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Llanddewi Skirrid Hall

 A Recycled And Restored Village Hall

As the twentieth century drew to a close, the committee members wondered what could be done to bring the hall up to date and secure for the future. Crawshay Bailey junior had donated the building, a recycled ‘Tin Tabernacle’, to the villagers of Llanddewi Skirrid in 1875, and it had been a focal part of village life ever since. Despite minor refurbishments over the years, by the end of the 20th century time had taken its toll. Much of the woodwork had become rotten, windows were just about holding in place and the kitchen and toilets were far from adequate. So in the autumn of 1999 it was decided to undertake a major restoration project.

The hall had been listed in March 1998 as a rare example of a late 19th century pre-fabricated, unaltered iron church hall. This meant any work would first need listed building consent. Some suggested that we should apply for de-listing, knock it down and build a new hall but we decided that would mean destroying an important piece of Welsh history, part of our heritage and a building which had become a landmark in this part of Monmouthshire.

After nearly three years, seeking advice, applying for grants, appointing architects and builders, the work finally began. Being a prefabricated building, it was taken apart and the walls were insulated and all wiring enclosed in metal ducting, Wherever possible all parts of the original structure were reused. The cost of the work, some 120,000 was met primarily by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Monmouthshire County Council. The hall was officially opened in 2003 by the late Mr Selby Milner who for that year was High Sheriff of Monmouthshire and one of our local residents, his wife Elizabeth was one of our committee members

The hall now offers a warm, comfortable well equipped meeting place for the residents of Llanddewi Skirrid, Brynygwenin and surrounding villages and, on occasions, by people from further away. In 2005 it was featured in a BBC Wales programme “Restoration Wales” and used for filming a programme where the Falklands war veteran Simon Weston interviewed people who had worked in the ammunitions factories during the second world war.

Finding the hall

The easiest way to get to the hall from Abergavenny is 'half a mile past the Walnut Tree on the left'. Look for the green building as the photograph above. Turn left by it and there are car parks on the left (below the hall) and right (behind the hall).

More precisely:

  • From the Hardwick 'peanut' roundabout south of Abergavenny, take the A465 towards Hereford.
  • After two miles and as soon as you see the (short bit of) dual carriageway, signal right, then turn off right in the dual carriageway, then left at the T junction onto the B4521, signposted Skenfrith.
  • A couple of miles up the road you'll see the sign for Llanddewi Skirrid and immediately around the corner the Walnut Tree restaurant on your left.
  • Half a mile past the Walnut Tree, the hall is on your left, on a right-turning corner.

The postcode is NP7 8AW, but beware of this as it will take you to the Church. The hall is just down the lane from the Church. The trick is to stay on the B4521.

Managing the hall

There is a local committee which manages the hall and who are guided by the Constitution of landdewi Skirrid Village Hall.

Committee

The Llanddewi Skirrid Village Hall Committee is made up of the following people:

  • David Straker (Chair)
  • Zoe Lane
  • Susan Kennett
  • Marjorie Bennett (Hall bookings)
  • Angela Bishop
  • Nancy Brown
  • Karen Smith
  • Eleri Straker (Secretary)
  • Tom Meredith
  • Jill Williams

Hiring the hall

You can hire the hall for events, weddings and so on at very reasonable prices.