Community Events and Workshops 2017

During 2017 ABC ran a series of community events and workshops as part of our Grass Roots Heritage Project.  These events were focused around Myddfai and Llanddeusant in the north-western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The many abandoned traditional buildings which came to light during our Historic Landscape Mapping Programme, helped to inform the focus of the workshops and events throughout the year.  

The last year has been an amazing opportunity to celebrate and share this very local heritage. It’s been really good to take time to appreciate some of the fascinating hidden histories which are right on our doorsteps, but which are often overshadowed by ‘big heritage’ like castles and stately homes. Our community events meant we met lots of new people and were able to provide support and advice about looking after older buildings that survive in this part of rural Wales, and also hopefully inspire those involved in the project about the rich cultural heritage that these small abandoned buildings represent. Adfer Ban a Chwm worked with over twenty volunteers who helped to record some of the buildings identified through our mapping programme, and talked to many local people throughout the project and at our five key events.

The five key events we held were:

Click on the links above to read more about each event.

We’d like to thank our funders for making these events and work in the community possible: The Pilgrim Trust, Community Foundation in Wales, Brecon Beacons Trust, Quaker Housing Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund

 

May 2017

Dereliction: a photographic competition and exhibition: Join us in our challenge to record abandoned buildings in South and West Wales before they disappear forever

How often have you spotted old, abandoned homesteads on wild moorland, on field margins or in woodland, slowly being engulfed by vegetation – melting back into the landscape? 

ABC invites entries for a photographic competition entitled ‘DERELICTION’. Selected pictures will be exhibited as part of an exciting event to be held on 17 June 2017 Entries must be submitted by 5 June 2017

Read More 

December 2016

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New ABC website now live!

November 2016

Thanks to grant support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Brecon Beacons Trust and Community Foundation in Wales, ABC was able to appoint InSynch website developers to completely redesign our bilingual website making it more attractive and user friendly. Please keep revisiting for the latest ABC news!

ABC is recruiting for a Project Officer

We are now recruiting for a Project Officer to plan and deliver a series of community workshops. For the job description and additional information, click on: ABC project officer job description.
Closing date: 1 July 2016; interviews: 12 July 2016


ABC Funding Successes

Thanks to grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Brecon Beacons Trust, the Quaker Housing Trust and the Community Foundation in Wales, ABC is now able to start our Grass Roots Heritage programme. See under New Buildings and Projects, for an initial outline of the plan.


New ABC Trustees

ABC is very excited to announce the appointment of two new members to the Board of Trustees, Joyce Morgan-Gervis and Diana Miller. Joyce Morgan-Gervis and Diana Miller. Joyce is the co- founder and Managing Director of Ty-Mawr Lime (based in the Brecon Beacons National Park), is also a Company Director and Treasurer of the Welsh Traditional Building Forum, and represented the Community Council on BBNP Sustainable Development Fund, was a member of the Steering Group of the Twyi Centre, the BEST project and the GLASU steering committee in Powys. Diana is a trainee solicitor working for George, Davies & Evans in Cardigan. Following her degree, she worked for Taff Housing Association as a project officer for 16 to 25 year-olds, and volunteered for Shelter Cymru. Most recently Diana has read Law, where her dissertation was on the legal difficulties faced with housing policies and planning structure. For more details, see under Trustees. For more details, see under Trustees.


Wales Festival of Architecture

ABC is featured in the launch event on 6 April 2016, 6-8pm, at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in a panel discussion entitled ‘Are derelict buildings a solution for affordable rural housing’. This discussion will be repeated on 4 May at MOMA Machynlleth,12-1.


ABC's new Executive Director(s)

We are thrilled that Lowri and Nathan Goss will together take up the post of executive director, in April 2016. And we are overjoyed that The Pilgrim Trust is funding this post for the next year. See ‘Who we are’, for more information.


Murray Vincent Quartermaine

It is with great sadness that we note the death of Murray Vincent Quartermaine, one of ABC’s founder trustees and latterly an advisor. Murray, or Vincent as he was called for the last few years, was a man of multiple parts. He was a skilled and meticulous conservation builder, an amateur geologist, a keen gardener with a great interest in birds, an activist when he felt strongly about issues, but most importantly he was passionate about saving vernacular buildings in Wales and was determined that ABC should succeed. His no-nonsense, well-informed approach kept ABC on track and his wit and humour will be sadly missed.


ABC & BBNPA

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and ABC have made an agreement to work together to help deliver affordable housing in the western end of the Park, in Carmarthenshire, by reusing derelict vernacular buildings in the countryside. We also have the support of Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Bro Myrddin housing association, Carmarthenshire County Council housing department, and others, to take this forward. We will be adding a special section to our website to report and illustrate what we are doing over the three-year period of this pilot project. We hope the programme will start in March/April 2016, but this depends on funding which we are currently applying for.


ABC is recruiting for a new executive director

With the retirement of our founder and first executive director, we are now recruiting for a successor. For a job description and additional information: ABC executive director job description Nov 2015. Closing date: 16 November 2015; interviews: 5 December 2015.


ABC seminars at Wales Planning Conference, 20 May 2015

ABC ran two seminars at the RTPI Cymru conference, City Hall, Cardiff, on how to remove the perceived barriers to achieving ABC’s aim: turning derelict vernacular buildings into affordable homes for local people in rural Wales.

During 2017 ABC ran a series of community events and workshops as part of our Grass Roots Heritage Project.  These events were focused around Myddfai and Llanddeusant in the north-western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The many abandoned traditional buildings which came to light during our Historic Landscape Mapping Programme, helped to inform the focus of the workshops and events throughout the year.

The last year has been an amazing opportunity to celebrate and share this very local heritage. It’s been really good to take time to appreciate some of the fascinating hidden histories which are right on our doorsteps, but which are often overshadowed by ‘big heritage’ like castles and stately homes. Our community events meant we met lots of new people and were able to provide support and advice about looking after older buildings that survive in this part of rural Wales, and also hopefully inspire those involved in the project about the rich cultural heritage that these small abandoned buildings represent. Adfer Ban a Chwm worked with over twenty volunteers who helped to record some of the buildings identified through our mapping programme, and talked to many local people throughout the project and at our five key events.

See our news section and project pages for more information

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