Llanfoist Fawr Community Council
Llanfoist Fawr Community Council

Councillor Vacancies

Following the recent local elections, there are a number of vacancies for the Govilon and Llanfoist Wards for this Community Council. If you are interested in becoming a Community Councillor, please contact the Clerk for mor information.

New Defibrillator - Govilon!

The Community Council are very pleased to announce that a new defibrillator has been installed at the Sports Pavilion in the King George V Playing Fields in Govilon.

This defibrillator which is suitable for both adults and children is available 24/7. Llanfoist Fawr Community Council would like to acknowledge the support of Calon Hearts, Forgeside AFC and Abergavenny Rhinos FC with this project.

The Community Council are now the guardians of four defibrillators which are located at Govilon (2), Llanfoist and Llanellen. 

Christmas Greetings 2021

The Community Council are pleased to be able to offer some Christmas cheer in amongst the prospect of another disrupted Christmas experience this year!

A festive lighting display runs from the Bridge Inn, Llanfoist through to the Cedars in Llanfoist. New features have been added in Govilon to extend to Ty Carreg at the western edge of the village.

 

Your Community Councillors would like to wish all residents and their families a Safe and Happy Christmas along with a Healthy and Prosperous 2022. 

Community Fruit Planting - Dec 4th !

Black currents, red currents and gooseberries....the Community Council are pleased to have partnered with Brecon Beacons National Park to develop an area next to the playground at Govilon Recreation Ground for growing fruit.

 

Help to plant and care for the fruit bushes would be welcomed. Hopefully, in time, help with the harvest will also be needed. The raised beds have been installed and filled with topsoil.

 

We are ready to plant the fruit trees/bushes.

Planting will take place from 11.30am on Saturday, Dec 4th

 

If you think you could help us out, please contact Gareth Havard (Clerk) at clerk@llanfoistfawrcc.co.uk

Lest We Forget!

As we approach Remembrance Day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live in freedom and peace, the Community Council are delighted with the amazing work of staff and pupils of Year 6, Llanfoist Fawr Primary School who created innovative designs with two "There But Not There" Remembrance silhouettes.

Weather permitting, these will be proudly displayed at Govilon Memorial Gardens on Thursday, 11th November during this year's Remembrance Service. 

KEEP WALES SAFE!

TREES PLANTED IN GOVILON

Two young trees were planted this week at the King George V Recreation Ground in Govilon. A Rowan and native Green Beech were planted as tree recovery to replace a large Beech which was unfortunately diseased and needed to be felled.

 

This most recent planting builds upon the planting of 10 trees and circa 400 hedge whips at the King George V Recreation Ground last year and demonstrates the Community Council's commitment to it's Biodiversity Policy.

In support of Welsh Government's communication initiative to Keep Wales Safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic, please take some time to read the following images:

76th Anniversary of VE Day

To commemorate the 76th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day on May 8th 2021, the Community Council has unveiled a statue of the Unknown Tommy located at the Govilon Memorial Garden. The Tommy has been installed against the stunning backdrop of the Llanwenarth Breast and, as a permanent installation, it is hoped that Tommy will form a central part of the community's remembrance commemorations going forward.

Salisbury Community Hall Re-Opens!

The Salisbury Community Hall in Govilon re-opens on Monday, May 10th 2021 following a relaxation in Coronavirus restrictions. The Hall is available for hire for a limited number of organised activities (per Welsh Government guidance) with a reduced capacity of 12 people to comply with the 2 metre social distancing regulations.

Please contact the Clerk for more information.

HRH Duke of Edinburgh

The Community Council expresses sympathy at the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and offers condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family. 
The Community Council acknowledges the support given by His Royal Highness to many charities and organisations throughout over 70 years of dedicated service.

 

Unfortunately, the Community Council are unable to open a physical book of condolence during the current COVID restricted circumstances. However, please click on the below link to the online Royal Book of Condolence:

 

https://www.royal.uk/condolence

 

NEW COUNCILLOR FOR GOVILON

The Community Council are very pleased to welcome Una Rice to the Council following her recent co-option.

Councillor Rice fills a position that has been vacant for some months and adds that

"I have been living in Govilon since 2017 and feel very privileged to be living in such a beautiful place surrounded by hills and on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

Along side the joy of being out and about in our locality came the disappointment at the scale of littering along our roadsides and so I joined in with the local litter picking initiative a couple of years ago. I've been out and about with my hoop and picker over the last two years doing my bit to try and limit the damage being done through rubbish being dumped in and around our area. I think that living in such a wonderful natural environment comes with a responsibility to look after it and so far that's how I've been discharging that responsibility. However, I'd like to do more. The positive outcome of the current pandemic for me personally is that I now work full time from home in Govilon and so hope to have more time and energy to contribute locally. Through joining the Community Council I'm hoping to better get to know the village, its residents and to join in on progressing our community ambitions. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all."

RE-ENGAGE with a Call Companion

National charity Re-engage have adapted our National Lottery funded service in your area. 

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As our tea parties, book clubs and other social gatherings were put on hold last year, we set up a free call companions service.  Our call companions are supportive volunteers who, once matched to an older guest, phone every week or so to enjoy a warm, friendly chat.  Calls last for around half an hour and bring comfort and peace of mind to older people who feel lonely or isolated.

 

Just as our social gatherings make a difference, our call companions service reduces the number of older people who report feelings of loneliness and isolation while increasing their sense of wellbeing.  Our guests enjoy intergenerational contact and become more optimistic about the future.  Developing friendships during these extraordinary times gives people hope that once social activities resume, they’ll feel confident, engaged and connected to their community.

 

The service is specifically designed for people aged over 75 who live alone, though exceptions to these criteria are considered. 

Guests can remain with the service for as long as they wish.  Family, carers, agencies and older people themselves can register for a call companion. 

 

In case you encounter people who might value phone interaction, it’s easy to make an online referral through our website.  You’ll find answers to frequently asked questions here too: http://reengage.org.uk/ or you can call us on 0800 716 543. Our staff are always happy to help. 

SAVE A LIFE! CPR & DEFIBRILLATORS

Three AED PLUS Defibrillators are provided by Llanfoist Fawr Community Council for community use. These are externally located and are available 24/7 at the following places:

 

Salisbury Community Hall, Merthyr Road, Govilon NP7 9PT

 

St Faiths Church Hall, Merthyr Road, Llanfoist NP7 9LN

 

Llanellen Village Hall, Llanellen NP7 9HT

 

The locations of these life saving devices are registered with the emergency services. A training video is available below for your support:

 

English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOxhbGYRVK8&t=5s

 

Welsh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e3FIvlfhJg

 

NEW COUNCILLOR FOR LLANFOIST

The Community Council are very pleased to welcome Dr Mark Davies to the Council following his recent co-option.

Councillor Davies fills a position that has been vacant for some months and adds that

"I have a strong personal connection to Llanfoist having spent my childhood here, and then

moving back to the village 13 years ago. I feel that as a community, we should all           

be empowered to have our voices heard so that we may contribute meaningfully and 

feel fully invested in the area in which we live. For these reasons, I have sought            

opportunities to actively engage in wider community activities. I am a Local Authority Governor

with oversight across the Federation of Llanfoist Fawr and Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary Schools. I am also committed to championing the physical environment; I regularly comment on local planning applications and am a member of the ‘Keep Abergavenny Tidy’ steering group  participating in litter picks within the village of Llanfoist and wider area.       

 

I would like to encourage and support residents to become positively involved with our local community. In my experience, residents often wish to contribute or raise issues that are troubling them, but feel disempowered to do so. I feel that I can really help make these voices heard, so that Llanfoist may continue to flourish as a cohesive and supportive place to live"

COVID-19 LEVEL 4 RESTRICTIONS

Following Level 4 restrictions currently legislated by Welsh Government, the Community Council advises that the following facilities are closed until further notice:

 

Salisbury Community Hall, Govilon

Govilon Sports Pavilion

Llanfoist MUGA (Multi Use Games Area)

 

The children's play areas at Govilon, Llanfoist and Llanellen remain open but subject to COVID-19 guidelines as indicated by signage at each location.

 

Effective 20th December 2020 

OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPT - LLANELLEN

A selection of outdoor gym equipment has been installed at the Owain Glyndwr Field in Llanellen. The equipment was funded as part of the three year Community Plan. The equipment is suitable for a wide range of ages and each item has a specific instruction plate for your safety and enjoyment. The outdoor gym consists of an Air Skier, an Air Walker, Self Weighted Rower, Eliptical Cross Trainer, a Tai Chi Spinner, a Twist and Step and a Combination Press.

COMMUNITY ORCHARD - GOVILON

Land adjacent to the Salisbury Community Hall in Govilon has recently been planted with a variety of fruit trees to form the village's first community orchard. The Community Council has funded the orchard from it's Biodiversity budget and the trees, consisting of apples, pear and plum are expected to bear a small harvest in the late summer of 2021.

BRIDGES CENTRE PEN-PAL PROJECT

The Dementia co-ordination team at the Bridges Centre in Monmouth have just started a PenPal Project as a means of keeping people connected during the current difficult situation. Please see the information leaflet below with contact details should this be of interest.

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COUNCILLOR VACANCIES

There are currently two vacancies for Councillors to be co-opted on to the Community Council:

One for the Llanwenarth Ultra (Govilon) Ward and one for the Llanfoist Ward.

 

Please visit the "Vacancies" page of this website or contact the Clerk for further information.

PLAYLIST FOR LIFE!

The Community Council is pleased to publicise the work of dementia music charity Playlist for Life.

Playlist for Life promotes the therapeutic use of musical memories for older people who have been sheltering in lockdown. The soundtracks to their lives, the music they grew up with, can play a part in providing mental and emotional wellbeing in these difficult times.

Playlist for Life also has a good online resource section to help create playlists and musical memories. The BBC Musical Memories project is a partner, providing a wealth of material to create people's playlists. 

 

https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/resources/

PLAY AREAS RE-OPEN!

Llanfoist Fawr Community Council are pleased to confirm that the children's play areas at Govilon, Llanellen and Llanfoist will be open from Friday, July 24th 2020.

FREE MEALS FOR THE VULNERABLE

Llanfoist Fawr Community Council are committed to supporting the community wherever practical during these unprecedented times. Consequently, significant financial support is being provided to support two local organisations who are kindly providing a free meal service to the more vulnerable members of our community.

  • The Gateway Church in Abergavenny is currently preparing and delivering approximately 240 free meals each week to vulnerable members of the Govilon, Llanfoist and Llanellen communities through it's Gateway Relief programme.

In addition 

  • The Tafarn y Bont in Govilon is currently preparing and delivering approximately 30 free meals each week to vulnerable members of the Govilon community.

The Community Council would like to sincerely thank both these organisations for providing such essential and caring support to the community and is pleased to be able to offer financial support toward the significant costs associated with this tremendous effort.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Following Government and Public Health Wales guidance associated with the Coronavirus pandemic, the Community Council has agreed the following temporary measures:

  • Full Council meetings have been suspended until further notice. Delegated powers have been handed down to the Chair, Vice-Chair and Clerk to manage the financial commitments of the Council and to react to any Health & Safety matters that may arise during this time. Reasonable attempts will be made to collate statutory consultee planning application responses. All other matters will be deferred.
  • Community Council managed indoor facilities - Salisbury Community Hall and Govilon Sports Pavilion will be closed with immediate effect pending a change in Government and/or Public Health guidance regarding social distancing/gathering.

For further guidance, go to

phw.nhs.wales/coronavirus

SALISBURY HALL RE-OPENS!

The Community Council are very pleased to announce that the extensive refurbishment of the Salisbury Community Hall in Govilon has been completed and is available for hire. Please contact the Gareth Havard (Clerk to the Council) for any booking enquiries.

The Community Council would like express sincere thanks to the following contractors for the high standard of work completed:

Anthony A Davies Ltd, Thomas Brown Electrical, Keith Embrey (Drainage & Ground works) and David Mogford (Painter & Decorator).

The Community Council are also extremely grateful for the support of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Sustainable Development Fund. This project would not have been possible without the support of the National Park Authority.

NEUADD SALISBURY YN RHEOLI!

Mae'r Cyngor Cymuned yn falch iawn o gyhoeddi bod yr adnewyddiad helaeth o Neuadd Gymunedol Salisbury yn Govilon wed'i gwblhau a'i fod ar gael i'w logi. Cysylltwch a'r Gareth Havard (Clerc y Cyngor) i gael unrhyw ymholiadau archebu.

Hoffai'r Cyngor Cymuned ddiolch yn ddiffuant i'r contractwyr canlynol am safon uchel y gwaith a gwblhawyd:

Anthony A Davies Ltd, Thomas Brown Electrical, Keith Embrey (gwaith draenio a daear) a David Mogford (Peintiwr ac Addurnwr).

Mae'r Cyngor Cymuned hefyd yn hynod ddiolchgar am gefnogaeth Cronfa Datblygu Cynaliadwy Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog. Ni fyddai'r prosiect hwn wedi bod yn bosibl heb gefnogaeth Awdurdod y Parc Cenedlaethol.

LONG FOREST PROJECT & THE BIG CLIMATE FIGHTBACK

The Community Council are very pleased to support The Big Climate Fightback Abergavenny and the Long Forest Project (a hedgerow regeneration programme promoted by Keep Wales Tidy). The Community Council has granted permission for a Community participation event to plant selected trees and a mixed hedgerow in the grounds of the King George V Playing Fields, Govilon.

The 'Long Forest' project officer from Keep Wales Tidy will be on hand so you can learn how to plant bare root trees and hedge plants effectively and safely.

Please wear clothes suitable for outdoor working in the weather on the day and strong footwear, ideally boots with grip. Bring gardening gloves if you have them (spares will be available). Please could children be accompanied by an adult.

 

Saturday, November 30th, 2019.

11am until 1pm at King George V Playing Fields, Merthyr Road, Govilon, NP7 9PT.

 

https://www.facebook.com/The-Big-Climate-Fightback-Abergavenny-105255944210741/?modal=admin_todo_tour 

NEW VILLAGE SIGNS

The Community Council are pleased to announce that the new village signs have been installed. As committed in the Three Year Community Plan - ten new signs for Govilon (3), Llanfoist (5) and Llanellen (2) have now been installed in prominent locations on the main roads into the villages.

UPGRADE to Children's Play Area at Govilon - it's OPEN!

The Community Council are delighted to announce that work to upgrade the children's play area at Govilon Recreation Ground has been completed on schedule and in readiness for the school summer break. Please enjoy safely!

COMMUNITY PLAN - Update

Many thanks to all those who took the time to attend the three public engagement meetings held at the end of June/beginning of July. The Community Council has collated the feedback and a shortlist of the most popular ideas has been incorporated into a Three Year Community Plan. This Plan was formally adopted by the Community Council at the October 2018 meeting and work is already underway to deliver the Year 1 projects. The Plan can be viewed below:

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DIFFIBRILIWR - wrth GALON ein CYMUNED

Mae'r Cyngor Cymunedol wrth eu bodd i cyhoeddi bod grant wedi ei dderbyn gan Gronfa Loteri Fawr Cymru ar gyfer ein prosiect diffibriliwr.

Bydd y grant hwn yn ariannu tri AED yn allanol yn eich cymuned a dymunai'r Cyngor Cymunedol fynegi eu diolch i Gronfa Loteri Fawr Cymru am y wobr hon.

Mae gwaith eisoes wedi dechrau i sefydlu sesiynau hyfforddi ac ymwybyddiaeth yn y gymuned felly cadwch lygad ar y wefan hon ac a'r hysbysfyrddau pentref ar gyfer dyddiadau ac amserau'r sesiynau hyn.

DEFIBRILLATORS - at the HEART of our COMMUNITY

The Community Council are delighted to announce that a grant has been received from the Big Lottery Fund Wales for our defibrillator project.

This grant will fund the installation of three externally located AEDs in your community and the Community Council would like to express their sincere thanks to Big Lottery Fund Wales for this award.

Work is already underway to set up training and awareness sessions within the community so please keep an eye on this website and the village notice boards for dates and times of these sessions.

Contact Address

Llanfoist Fawr Community Council

c/o 19, Derwen Deg Close,

Govilon

Monmouthshire

NP7 9RJ

 

 

Email: clerk@llanfoistfawrcc.co.uk

 

 

 

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