Moylgrove lies in the north of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, six miles south of the the historic market town of Cardigan. It is about 15 minutes’ walk inland from Ceibwr Bay and the spectacular cliffs of the coastal path.
The middle of the village is a tumble of traditional slate-roofed cottages and chapels nestling in a sheltered valley.
The place has a long history. For much of its past, the occupants worked the land and sea, many of them venturing abroad as seafarers. There are neolithic monuments from thousands of years ago; defended settlements from the iron age; and records from mediaeval times.
The houses no longer function as the post office, mill, smithies, and grocery. The lime kiln down at the bay no longer burns. The reputed nine pubs closed long ago, and the beautiful churchyard of St Andrew’s is quiet. The school also closed in 2004.
But the old school is now a busy centre for activities and meetings. At Ceibwr Bay, coasteerers, kayakers and swimmers have fun. Many people walk the coastal path at least along to the Witches Cauldron, or perhaps all the way to Newport beach or Poppit Sands.
Pembrokeshire is still a working rural landscape, with farmers whose families have been here for centuries. Alongside them is a new generation of home workers who have come to live and raise kids (of both sorts) in a healthy environment, as well as the many who have retired here. For those who live or visit here now, Moylgrove is a haven of peace and quiet, sharp colours, clean air, prolific marine and bird life, and a slower pace of living.
Nevern Community Council
NCC is the branch of local government whose constituency includes Moylgrove, Nevern, and Felindre Farchog. The Council is responsible for the upkeep of local amenities, and owns the historic site of Nevern Castle.
Contact NCC to discuss planning, waste disposal, footpaths and roads, road signs, and other local government issues. although many of these matters are ultimately dealt with by Pembrokeshire County Council or (for planning) Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, NCC can give advice informed by local knowledge.
Meetings are held at 7:30pm on the first Wednesday of every month, alternating between the halls in Nevern and Moylgrove. Meetings are open to all.
The Clerk to the Council is Elizabeth (Libby) Balchin. Libby can be contacted on 881223 or by email: email@example.com.
Council minutes, agendas, and more information on the Council’s website.
Cymdeithas Trewyddel owns and manages the community centre of Moylgrove Old School Hall for the benefit of residents. There’s a lively programme of events and activities organized or supported by CT. We also monitor environmental issues, working with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. CT is a charitable incorporated organization.
All residents living within the area with landline numbers beginning 881— are automatically members of CT, and are welcome to attend committee meetings, held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Hall. (Minutes of meetings.) The committee of about a dozen trustees are elected annually, and new faces are always welcome.
CT began as a campaign group to oppose the closure of the school. After the school’s doors finally shut, CT continued with the object of providing for the welfare and recreation of the residents. The old school building was acquired by CT for the community, refurbished and re-opened in 2011 as a community centre. The school was originally built around 1868 on land belonging to the Lords Marcher of Cemaes. The building was kindly donated to the community by the current Lady Marcher.
Aside from Moylgrove’s reputation throughout the region for its talks, parties and open garden weekends, CT’s achievements include: a village speed limit; car park toilets open all year round; early access to proper broadband (and soon, fibre to the premises); and a continuing battle against Himalayan Balsam.
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