Brechfa, a tiny village in Carmarthenshire, has been in existence since the 6th century and currently has a population of about 300. The Forest Arms, the village pub, was once a popular place to eat out but has been closed for several years and is up for auction next month. In the meantime, the chapel has closed and the falling population means that the school has also been shut down. Now the villagers are determined to fight back as you can read in the Western Mail's article: www.walesonline.co.uk/news/need-to-read/2012/06/21/meet-brechfa-the....
Diolch for posting....can you get me some contact details? Suffice it to say that any plan to regenerate a picturesque Welsh village by redeveloping the local pub has our complete support.
I would like to offer whatever help we can with publicity etc
I understand what is said about the character changing (due to influx of 'outsiders' using it as a dormitory community') but did the village grow in size? Were more houses built - to accomodate the 'outsiders'? Or did they move into housed vacated by the indigenous folk who left? Why did THEY leave?
Those who initially left, started the problem now faced by those remaining - making it an even more uphill battle for preservation. It's simply a sign of the times - more mobility by people in search of work and more modernity.
I fear this preservation effort, though admirable, may be akin to Canute's futile efforts against the sea.
Ceri, I've spent a bit of time trying to find a contact e-mail address. Very frustrating. Although the village has a website of sorts (with a link that took me rather surprisingly to something about Jessica Alba and her baby), the best I could find was the e-mail address for the local churches. The priest in charge is Rev. Lynn Chambers and the address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I've no doubt that the Rev Chambers will be taking a strong interest.
Gwych....diolch Will get in touch with him.
Meanwhile here's a picture of Brechfa Forest in the snow. Looks like it could almost be a ski resort :)
English: Brechfa Forest One edge of Brechfa Forest near to New Inn
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I dare say some publicity in the States might help. Llanegwad Church (where my parents were married) was saved by a very generous and kind American's donation.
Just where is this place? A pub with no customers? I'll soon get that blydi problem straightened out. If you get there before me, mine's a pint please!
Llanegwad Church. My grandfather was once the warden there and lived across the road.
He might have known my grandparents then, Edwards of Llwynfortune.
Must have - he was Thomas (Tommy) Lloyd, of TyLlandre, small cottage opposite the old Red Lion (was it a pub?). My dad was Vincent (now passed on) and he had two brothers and two sisters. Lovely village.
I asked my mother this morning about your family in Llanegwad and she remembers them well. Next time I'm in C'then I'll have a look through the photos as I remember one of Datcu Edwards with the vicar and wardens, I'm sure. Datcu was something or other at the church too. I never knew him, sadly.
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