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We are delighted to have achieved a £200,000 Welsh Government grant , £3,000 from Cardiff YMCA (1910) Trust, £10,000 for National Lottery Heritage Fund, £5,000 from National Lottery Community Fund and £10,000 from a local charitable trust to help provide a 50+ community activity centre and heritage room in the heart of Llandaff village.  It will be a space to accommodate small-scale activities for older people, to alleviate loneliness and isolation, and promote wellbeing and community cohesion.  Llandaff has the second highest proportion of older people in Cardiff, but no designated centre for socialising, sharing information and making new friends.  


The Pound Centre will be run by volunteers on a self-sustaining basis and funded by users attending weekly activities such as: IT learning and support – already successfully piloted in Bishop of Llandaff School; health – wii fit and weekly walks make exercise fun; wellbeing – crafting, cake clubs and music groups encourage socialising; and gardening in the Bishop’s Castle grounds to improve the local environment.  At weekends, the Centre would host carers’ groups and be a dementia-friendly hub providing respite and companionship.



The Pound is located next to the 13th Century Bishop’s Castle at the top of the High Street.

It was built in 1924 at the same time as Sir William Goscombe John’s War Memorial on The Green.

Left - a loo with a view

There would also be the chance to re-open a public convenience, needed by both visitors and locals.

We are also delighted to announce success with a £10,000 grant from the Lottery Heritage Fund.  This, along with the grant from Cardiff YMCA (1910) Trust means that we can start planning an archaeological dig in The Pound, in the autumn.  This community dig will be an intergenerational activity with older people and children from the local schools, and will be organised by professional archaeologists.

We are continuing to work with Downs Merrifield Architects on our plans and have just submitted them to Planning.  We are also pursuing every means of making The Pound eco-friendly and sustainable, with advice from the Severn Wye Agency.


The Bishop’s Castle, Llandaff

We would like to thank everyone who is helping us with this unusual development:

Llandaff Society, Cardiff Council, Downs Merrifield (Architects), Owen Associates (Quantity Surveyors), PHG Consulting Engineers, East Ecology, RMC Construction, Dr Tim Young, Severn Wye Agency, C3SC, our local councillors, our AMs and MP, Llandaff Cathedral, Bishop of Llandaff School, Age Cymru, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Cadw, The Cathedral School, Designs and Signs, Domestic Building Services, 196 Productions,  The Llandaff Institute, St Fagan’s Museum

Please contact us on thepound@llandaff50plus.com if you would like to help, donate or just ask a question.

The Centre will also give our volunteers, in association with the Llandaff Society, the opportunity to share the history of Llandaff in a small heritage room, and also run guided tours of the Castle.



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Left: Carolyn Merrifield, Cllr Sean Driscoll and Louise Thomas (Cardiff Council) examine the wall of the Bishop’s Castle in The Pound

Left: Artists’ impression of the Courtyard.

Right: Floor plan of The Pound

The Dig