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Here’s Issue 45 of our newsletter, we hope you enjoy it!

Sadly, due to the coronavirus, we have had to cancel our Wednesday morning talks for the foreseeable future, but we are having Wednesday morning zoom meetings and enjoying fun quizzes, at the moment.  We wish everyone good health, and ask them to follow the advice on the NHS website. If you feel unable to leave your home and need help with shopping, collecting medication or just fancy a chat, please email info@llandaff50plus.com and we’ll arrange it for you.  We’re here to help, at this strange time.

The building work of The Pound is almost complete despite lockdowns, virus scares, and the difficulty with materials’ deliveries.  When we open, we will be following government guidelines and running activities for a maximum of six, as the building is very small.  We will keep members informed of the progress.

One of the aims of the conversion is to provide an eco-friendly building with low running costs and near zero carbon footprint to facilitate activities and volunteering for the elderly.  View the fly-through of the building by our architects.

Working with Downs Merrifield Architects, Severn Wye Agency and Welsh Government, the building, which is the size of a small bungalow, will be an exemplar for sustainability for all domestic refurbishment and conversions.  There will be solar slates and panels, rainwater harvesting, triple-glazing, heat exchanger and an air source heat pump.

Local contractors, A&N Lewis have just begun the conversion work, following an extended community archaeological dig led by Dr Tim Young of GeoArch.  Local suppliers will be providing materials, wherever possible, and contributions have been given from the nearby Plasdwr development.

Learn about our Archaeological Dig, which ran from September until November!  We welcomed schools, visitors and the whole community to ‘have a go’ at archaeology, under the supervision of professional archaeologists.  Kindly funded by Lottery Heritage Fund and Cardiff YMCA (1910) Trust and then continued, with the help of professionals and volunteers, to discover an unknown medieval hall house.

We achieved funding from Welsh Government, Cardiff YMCA (1910) Trust, National Lottery Community Fund and a local charitable trust for our Centre for older people in Llandaff, as well as a Heritage Information Centre and an accessible toilet.  Cardiff Council has offered us a Community Asset Transfer of the old ‘loos’ next to the 13th century Bishop’s Castle at the top of the High Street.  As the derelict loos stand in the old medieval cattle pound, we are calling the Centre ‘The Pound’.  It will be a base for activities for older people, run by older people. The small heritage centre, manned by Llandaff 50+ volunteers, will share the story of Llandaff and the Bishop’s Castle, and we will return an accessible toilet to our village city for visitors and locals. We are delighted to be working with Downs Merrifield Architects and the Llandaff Society on this development.   

Llandaff 50+ is a registered charity to promote social inclusion among the over 50s in Llandaff by the provision of facilities for social interaction, recreation and opportunities for volunteering

We are part of the Cardiff West Neighbourhood Partnership, managed by Cardiff Council. We are also a member of Cardiff and Vale Ageing Well Network, managed by Public Health Wales. We work closely with Age Connects (Cardiff and the Vale), Age Cymru, Cardiff Council 50+ Network, C3SC and St. Fagans Museum.  

Get in touch with us on info@llandaff50plus.com or come along to a Wednesday meeting (when they resume) - you’ll meet like-minded people, learn something you never realised you didn’t know, and make new friends.  

Registered charity no. 1176165