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About Nant Gwrtheyrn

Nant Gwrtheyrn was an abandoned village in the 1970s following the closure of the quarries. The redundant houses, offices, chapel and shops constructed during the quarry’s heyday between 1860 and 1920,when over 2,000 men worked the granite, had fallen into rack and ruin.

Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn, a registered charity was formed through the energies of Dr Carl Clowes, the local GP and others and eventually they bought the village and set about renovating the old buildings and developed a centre to teach Welsh to adults which also attracted other groups to enjoy the unique ambience of this peaceful valley.

Between 2007 and 2010 a £5m renovation of the listed village at Nant Gwrtheyrn was realised through grant. This grant aid has helped to establish a unique residential centre and day visitor attraction at Nant Gwrtheyrn

Nant Gwrtheyrn continues to be managed by Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn and is a charity and company limited by guarantee.

Historical Background

Discover the history of the Nant Gwrtheyrn valley that dates back to the 5th century

Folk Tales

Nant Gwrtheyrn is home to some of the most famous folk tales in Wales.

People

Business is people…

Founder of Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn (Trust) in 1978 when he was a medical practitioner in the Bro`r Eifl area. Chairman during the formative period and now President of the trust. He was the Founder Chair of Antur Aelhaearn, the first community cooperative in Britain in 1974. He was also the Founder Chair, Dolen Cymru, the special country to country link between Wales and Lesotho established in 1985. Now the organisation`s Life President and Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Lesotho in Wales. In 2009, he was awarded with the country`s highest civilian honour as a Member of the Most Loyal Order of Ramatseatsana. A member of the Gorsedd of Bards of the National Eisteddfod of Wales when he was made a member of the Druidic Order for services “locally, nationally and internationally”.

He retains an interest in his medical speciality, namely `public health` and has been honoured as a Fellow in Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians and in 2015 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners for his contributions to medicine.

Jeff Williams – Jones is a consultant and trainer in managerial skills. He established his consultancy company in 2003 and has 20 years of experience in the business of importing and distributing. He became a member of the Trust over ten years ago and was appointed Chairman in 2007. He lives in Paradwys on the Isle of Anglesey with his partner Nona

Huw Jones was the Chief Executive of S4C between 1994-2005. During the previous 25 years, he co-founded Barcud, the TV facilities company based in Caernarfon, Teledu’r Tir Glas and Sain Record Company. At present Huw is the Chairman of Portmeirion Cyf; is Vice-Chairman of the Wales Employment and Skills Board (WESB), a member of The Welsh Language Board and Chairman of “Cyfle”, a training company for the Creative Media Industries. He lives in Llandwrog, Gwynedd.

Phyllis Ellis is a retired School Headmistress and has also worked as a Research Officer for Dafydd Wigley M.P. She is the Chairperson of the Cefn organization, the Chairperson of Llanddeiniolen Community Council, she’s a member of the governors of Penisarwaun school and the Chairperson of Management Committee of Penisarwaun Hall. As well as being a member of the National Eisteddfod Council, she was the Vice Chairperson of the Learners Committee of the National Eisteddfod in 2005 and was the Chairperson of the Penisarwaun Appeal Committee towards the Urdd Eisteddfod of 2011. Phyllis has been a member of the Nant Gwrtheyrn trustees since 1990.

Clive Wolfendale joined the Board of Nant Gwrtheyrn in 2003, having attended the Centre in the course of his Welsh language studies. He was appointed Chief Executive of CAIS, the Wales Substance Misuse charity, in September 2009 following his retirement as Acting Chief Constable of North Wales Police. He is a Board member of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Chair of the North Wales Alcohol Harm Reduction Forum and a Director and Company Secretary of Drug & Alcohol Charities Wales. He is a keen amateur musician and Musical Director of Llandudno Town Band.

Phyl Brake works for Aberystwyth University, leading the research programme of the Mid Wales Welsh for Adults Centre. Over the years he has written many textbooks for Welsh learners at every level – from courses for complete beginners to proficiency courses for first language Welsh speakers, but Linguistics, especially Socio-linguistics, is his chief interest.

Gareth Jones returned to the Third Assembly as Member for the new seat of Aberconwy in 2007, having been the Member for Conwy in the First National Assembly from 1999 to 2003. During his career he has held several posts; he was spokesman and Shadow Minister for Education, and Chair of the Education Committee. Gareth is currently the Chair of the Assembly’s Enterprise and Learning Committee and also sits on Legislation Committee No.2. A former Head teacher and Education Consultant, Gareth’s political interests include education, social justice and the Welsh Language. In his spare time he enjoys golf.

Gwenda is one of the leading independent television producers in Wales. She founded her company Fflic in 1982 at the start of S4C. Over thirty years Fflic has produced excellent and memorable programmes for children, Welsh learners and lifestyle programmes of the highest quality for the general audience and won many industry awards. She contributed to two books that were published to accompany her series on Welsh Architecture. In 2002 she received the prestigious award for Welsh Woman of the Year in Media and is also a Trustee of the Welsh Broadcasting Trust. Gwenda and Fflic continue to produce regular content for S4C and the company is now one of the Boom Cymru companies. Gwenda was raised in Corwen, went to Bala Girls’ Grammar School and graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She has two children – Dylan and Beca.

Ifor Gruffydd joined the Nant Gwrtheyrn Board in 2017. He is Director of the North West Wales Teaching Consortium since 2016 and before that he was Director of the North Wales Welsh Language Learning Center for ten years. He began his career in language policy and worked in that field for 15 years in local government and higher education sectors before moving into the Welsh for Adults field. He lives in Llanfairpwll, Anglesey.

A native of Llanrwst, raised in a Welsh bookshop and followed in the footsteps of the family by setting up Gwasg Carreg Gwalch in the town in 1980. He won the National Eisteddfod Chair twice and was the first Bardd Plant Cymru in 2000-01. He lives with his family at Llwyndyrys, has established the Tonnau gallery with his wife Llio in 2006 and he is one of twelve directors of local craft brewery, Cwrw Llŷn in Nefyn. He is also a director of Tafarn y Fic, Llithfaen and has held poetry evenings for learners at the Nant.

Originally from Alltyblaca, Ceredigion Menna has settled in Llanwnda, Caernarfon for the last 22 years with her family Idris, Mabon and Caradog. She worked for a short period for Dr Carl Clowes, at the Gwynedd Health Authority and then worked for Dafydd Wigley MP at the Plaid Cymru Office, Caernarfon and Cymdeithas Tai Eryri as a project development officer – before starting as Chief Executive at Antur Waunfawr over twenty years ago. She is a Board member of Menter a Busnes, Galeri Ltd., Arloesi Gwynedd and The Gwynedd Social Enterprise Forum. She is convinced that the social enterprise model is key in providing creative and innovative solutions to satisfy services and developing local businesses.

Some help along the way…

The redevelopment of Nant Gwrtheyrn was made possible through the support of a number of key funders, organisations, and private individuals…

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