23/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 05:53

Llandyfeisant church restoration planned

Category: Wales

Published: 22nd May 2011 09:21:06

A meeting is to be held to discuss plans to restore a church in a Carmarthenshire beauty spot.

Llandyfeisant Church on the Dinefwr Estate near Llandeilo has been empty since it was used as a visitor's centre in the 1980s.

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales said a lot of work was needed to restore the building.

It wants people to put forward suggestions for future uses at a meeting next month.

The site has a long history, possibly dating back to pre-Christian times, and the church itself has been re-built on several occasions.

A medieval window, thought to date to the 13th Century, was re-used on the south face of the current building, which was constructed in the 19th Century.

'Beautiful site'

Services have not been held in the church since 1961.

It was later taken on by the trust as a visitor centre for schools and visitors exploring the adjacent nature reserve.

Trust conservation manager Lizzie Wilberforce said: "We are hoping to be able to restore this historic building to its former condition, as it is a beautiful site, and the building itself is a key part of the Dinefwr Estate's history.

"We really hope that people will come along to the meeting to find out more about the work we intend to do, perhaps support us if they can, and feed in ideas about how the restored building could be used in future".

The public meeting is being jointly staged with the National Trust at 1800 BST on 2 June in Newton House in Dinefwr Park.

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2011. Llandyfeisant church restoration planned [Online] (Updated 22nd May 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/155750/Llandyfeisant-church-restoration-planned [Accessed 23rd Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Ravenhill Road to remain closed as more holes found

    More "voids" have been found beneath an east Belfast road that was closed after a large hole was discovered under one of its traffic lanes.
  • Electronic Arts earnings surge 51%

    US video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has reported a 51% jump in profit for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by strong sales of titles like Titanfall and FIFA 2014.
  • Glasgow 2014: City set for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

    The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.
  • Glasgow 2014: Curtain to rise on 20th Commonwealth Games

    Sir Chris Hoy says Glasgow will deliver "the biggest and best Commonwealth Games we've ever seen", ahead of Wednesday's opening ceremony.
  • Electronic Arts earnings surge 51%

    US video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has reported a 51% jump in profit for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by strong sales of titles like Titanfall and FIFA 2014.