Penrhos Village News

Church Repair Works

We have now applied  to the Diocese for a faculty (permission) to carry out the repair works

Posted on: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Mid Monmouthshire Broadband Project Meeting

Mid Monmouthshire Broadband Project (MMBP) is a local community project designed to meet the needs of people in Mid Monmouthshire suffering with poor internet access.

This exciting project will provide fast and reliable broadband for people in hard to reach areas and is being delivered in partnership with Broadway Partners, Nominet, Monmouthshire County Council, Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

If you are frustrated with your internet service or would simply like to know more about the project, you are welcome to attend a community meeting at:

Llanarth, Nr Raglan,
NP15 2AU
Monday 5th June 2017
6:30pm – 8:00pm (Doors open 6:00pm)

Posted on: Thursday, 1 June 2017


Open gardens raise £7,000 for great causes

Penrhos is beautiful, nestling in a magical bucolic setting. A village blessed with a plethora of exceptional gardens, some of which are opened periodically under the National Garden Scheme. Can any other Welsh village boast more? You probably have noticed all those bright yellow signs scattered around the lanes during the Spring and Summer, tempting you down previously unnoticed rabbit holes. Do you feel drawn to follow them when trudging off for your weekend trip to Lidl or Waitrose? It has got to be better than wrestling with that trolley with petulant wheels.

Rush hour in Penrhos came with a vengeance on two glorious weekends in April and May. The sun shone and the usual five cars, a tractor and the school bus were replaced with 700 hungry garden lovers (or the partners of garden lovers persuaded to spend an afternoon in the great outdoors lured by the promise of cake).

Woodlands Farm gardens, created from scratch by Craig and supported brilliantly by Helen (the Amazon) and Sue (from Church View), The Old Vicarage gardens, superbly maintained by the quietly effective Hartley and Tandderwen woodland gardens, our star new entry, transformed by Mat and Andrea all opened this year to an eager public.

A stunning £7,000 was raised for great causes including the NGS sponsored charities, such as Macmillan and Marie Curie; the Monmouth and District Foodbank; our very own St. Cadoc’s church in Penrhos; and to start a fund to buy a defibrillator for the village.

A huge thank you from the garden owners to all those whom supported these two very successful weekends.

Village gardens open for charity and good causes

Three Penrhos gardens are opening together in May under the National Garden Scheme.

Do join in and support us on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 May between 2 and 6pm.

Adults £6.50 and children free.

Details available on the NGS website:

The Old Vicarage

Woodlands Farm


Proceeds from the teas will go towards the church restoration or funding the purchase of a village defibrillator.

Church Update

A meeting took place in December 2016 about the future of the church.

Summary of meeting

A village meeting was held at Woodlands Farm Barn on 10 December 2016 to discuss the future of St Cadoc’s Church, Penrhos and its urgent need for repair.

There was a good attendance (23 attendees) including Heidi, our vicar. Peter Cobb chaired the meeting supported by Geoff Adams and Charles Horsfield. The agenda covered a wide range of issues associated with the church and in brief the conclusions from the meeting included the following:

  • We have funds allocated from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the development phase (obtaining costed works schedules for the repair, various surveys and a faculty from the Church in Wales ahead of repair works commencing). The HLF funding for carrying out the works and other specific items will not be made available unless the development phase is signed off by the HLF and alternative uses for the church are established (which will need support from the community).
  • The results of the Penrhos Questionnaire were instrumental in our obtaining the funding allocation from the HLF, which included proposals for alternative uses for the church in addition to religious worship.
  • Unanimous support was given to pursuing the pre-construction phase of the project which will be largely funded by the HLF with additional funding from us.
  • Once approved by the HLF the repair works will be funded up to 74% by the Heritage Lottery Fund, based on our initial estimates. Part of the balance, about £5,000, will be funded from donations and fund raising. The meeting confirmed unanimous support for this.
  • The meeting approved creating an exhibition in the church covering its history and restoration including providing windows into the inner workings of the roof space.
  • The meeting approved in principle the installation of wifi in the church and a telecom mast in the church tower which would be funded from existing funds or further donations. This will need further investigation.
  • The meeting approved the installation of a ramp, hearing loop and timed lock to give better access to the church.
  • The meeting approved the removal of the Leylandii, Cypress firs and other non indigenous trees as they are too big for the space and the foundations of the church may be being impacted. Expert advice to be sought to establish whether or not they (together with the copper beech) are affecting the church’s foundations.The Yews must be preserved.
  • The meeting approved the installation of a glass and wood screen with folding doors between the nave and the chancel to make the space more versatile. This will not be funded by the HLF.
  • The meeting unanimously approved the permanent removal of the pews (many of which are in poor repair) and replacing them with attractive chairs, subject to the obtaining of a faculty from the Church in Wales.
  • Alternative uses were considered for the church to support our Lottery funding application. The meeting approved the following uses:
  • As a play area/group and coffee morning social group  for mothers and children;
  • As a book/reading club;
  • As a gardening club;
  • As a Yoga and Jive club; and
  • As a walking/dog walking club
  • The proposal for alternative uses was a key element in our success in being allocated Lottery funding. Alex Glanville (head of property services within the Representative Body of the Church in Wales) has proposed that we incorporate a “glamping” pod in the vestry of the church (with a kitchenette, shower and outside lavatory). This would be funded by the Church in Wales. This was approved by the meeting.

Generous pledges have been made to the church fund. If there are any further pledges that have not been made to date, please let one of the church committee members know.

Full minutes of the meeting are available on request from one of the committee members.

Peter Cobb (chair)

Geoff Adams

Charles Horsfield

Bonnie Janes

Pip Rumsey (warden)

Posted on: Tuesday, 24 January 2017