Welcome - Continued

The first thing to appreciate and recognise in the village is the determined spirit of the community.

Examples of this are demonstrated by the achievements of the Hafodyrynys Community Association.

The first is a traffic light-controlled pedestrian crossing (the bridge across the village). It is absolutely necessary to part the rivers of traffic that flow through the village.

The second notable achievement was the replacement of the Memorial Gates which bear plaques listing the village's war dead. It is the village's war memorial. These gates were installed after the original gates were taken away without much consideration by the old Islwyn Council. Every year there is a service at this site to recognise the sacrifice of previous generations and it is an important place for remembrance of the lost sons of the village.

The next achievement and perhaps the biggest so far is the successful campaign for a new Village Hall. This campaign was a very long and difficult one. The aim was to build a new community Village Hall on the site of old St. John's Ambulance Station that had served the community for many years as a central meeting point for the villagers.

The villagers raised the money to buy the old hall and it's acre of land. After that the only job was to raise the money to build the new hall. This was a tremendously difficult and frustrating job for the Hafodyrynys Community Association but with incredible determination and after many set-backs it was eventually achieved and the new Village Hall was opened with much celebration on Saturday the 22nd of November 2008.

Many people have acknowledged the major contribution of Mr. Andrew Lewis, [Chairman of the Community Association] and his close associates , to the achievements of the Association,over the years.