Heritage & Arts Centre 2020 Calendar Now Available

Calendar Cover

Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre has just taken delivery of its new 2020 calendar.

Featuring 12 full colour A4 images of landscapes and views in the local area the new calendar will brighten any household.

All the featured images have been provided by local photographers and show the area at its best throughout the seasons.

April – Garn Ponies


The calendar is available from the Heritage Centre at a cost of £7.50 with all profits going toward the continued running of the centre.

If you don’t have time to pay us a visit then use the Contact Us form, let us know you’d like one, send a cheque for £8.50  (inc. p&p) made payable to Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre  and we’ll ensure you will receive one by post. 

A pleasant surprise

What a pleasant surprise it was to welcome Phyllis and Derek Reynolds of Staffordshire who chose to revisit the former Congregational Chapel at Llanwrtyd today, 27th July, on the occasion of their 56th wedding anniversary.

Phyllis Rowlands, as she then was, of Tanycoed, Llanwrtyd and Derek Reynolds of Builth, whose father taught Science at Builth Secondary School were married here with Rev John Francis conducting the wedding ceremony on 27th July 1963.

Best wishes are extended to the happy couple from all at the Heritage Centre.

Ollie West Band

Wednesday 12th June 2019 saw another great night of live music at the Centre with a visit from the Ollie West Band as part of their national tour.

A vibrant mix of orchestral pop including a string quartet was appreciated by an enthusiastic crowd. The second half of their performance the band played every track from their debut album Time Stood Still.

Ollie West Band


The band appeared to enjoy their visit to the Centre and were made welcome by the town and hopefully they will be back in the near future.

Live Music at the Centre – 12th June 2019

Originally a solo artist, Ollie West formed the band some five years ago and, having previously performed with a 24 piece group, now tours as an eight piece band with a full time string quartet. They create a unique genre blending pop, jazz and classical developed from Ollie’s distinctive style of piano based compositions with catchy melodies and intriguing harmonies.

Ollie West Band

A singer, songwriter, pianist and arranger Ollie has been compared to Billy Joel and Jamie Cullum recognised by some of the leading music critics in the industry and the band is going from strength to strength developing their performances with innovative ideas and wonderful music.

This is an evening not to be missed and tickets are just £6 – available from the Llanwrtyd & District Heritage & Arts Centre on 01591 610067, email: ldhac2016@gmail.com or from Caffi Sosban in Llanwrtyd Wells.

Man versus Horse 8th June 2019

On Saturday 8th June Llanwrtyd Wells plays host to the 40th annual Man versus Horse Mountain Marathon, an event unique to the town. Up to 1,000 runners and 60 horses take on the grueling 22 mile course.

Man takes on Horse in the hills and valleys around the town.

After watching the spectacular start in the centre of the town why not take the time to visit the Llanwrtyd and District Heritage and Arts Centre which you pass on your way to watch the climax of the race.

The centre will be open all weekend between 10 am and 4 pm and entry to the Centre is free of charge.

Heritage & Arts Centre re-opens 5th April

A new season at the Heritage & Arts Centre starts on 5th April 2019.

This will be our third season and yet again we have a full programme of events over the coming months. Our Gallery space continues to attract artists and crafters, some we welcome back and others for their first time. Be sure to come along and give them your support.

Ray Burnell

We also have a number of evening events and concerts including Builth Wells Ladies Choir – see our What’s On page to keep up to date.

Commemorative Concert – November 11th

Demand for the Heritage Centre commemorative concert was so high that the venue had to be moved to the larger Victoria Hall.

A full crowd enjoyed an evening of music featuring the Llandovery Male Voice Choir as well as a range of local musical talent.

Llandovery Male Voice ChoirAmong the crowd sat silent figures representing those who lost their lives during the Great War and subsequent conflicts.

They will not be forgotten

The event was a great success and a fitting tribute to the many soldiers who served overseas and those who stayed at home.


To commemorate a century since the end of the Great War Llanwrtyd and District Heritage and Arts Centre is hosting a Concert of Rememberance.

The event is being held on Sunday 11th November 2018 at 7.30 pm. The concert will feature Llandovery Male Voice Choir and other artistes. The concert is in support of the Royal British Legion and is supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund.

Entrance is ticket only and priced at £6 which includes a buffet and wine. Tickets are available from the Heriatge Centre and from Caffi Sosban.

This is an event not to be missed and will no doubt be both an emotional and enjoyable evening.

Annual General Meeting

There was a good turn-out for the Annual General Meeting of the Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre held on the evening of 29th August 2018.

The minutes of the last AGM were agreed and the Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports were given.

Chairman’s Report to AGM Llanwrtyd and District Heritage Centre –
29th August 2018

Another eventful year has passed since our last AGM and I am pleased to announce that the Centre goes from strength to strength, with our visitor numbers maintaining an upward trend, our finances in good order and our art galleries fully-booked. I have below outlined in more detail the activities and changes at the Centre during the last 12 months.

In October, after 6 years’ service Pat Dryden retired from her position as Admin Officer. A new position of Public Relations Officer was advertised at the start of 2018, and Lynne Brookes was the successful candidate. Lynne brings with her a wealth of marketing experience and is working towards raising public awareness of the Centre and also working closely with volunteers, managing the rota, organising social events, trips and producing a regular newsletter. This year we have had weekly mentions in the What’s On sections of the Brecon and Radnor Express, as well as articles and adverts in The Cambrian Times, County Times, Mid-Wales Journal, Carmarthen Journal, The Brecon and Radnor Express, The Post and the lead article in The Wales Art review (http://www.walesartsreview.org/arts-and-heritage-in-llanwrtyd-wells/). We also had a mention in an article about Llanwrtyd in the travel section of The Daily Telegraph and the Centre is now included in all the tourism websites relating to the area.

At the start of this year, our treasurer was successful in an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the funding of a mentor to advise us on project management, governance and marketing. Heritage consultant Andrew Deathe from Swansea has been appointed to the position and his brief is to help trustees gain the skills required to develop a successful long-term future for the Centre. Andrew will also be working with the Town Council and local businesses.

We have seen an increase of 10% in visitor numbers and have welcomed many overseas visitors from countries including Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland and USA amongst others. Once again, our visitors’ book is full of complimentary comments and we currently have a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, with 21 out of 22 reviews giving us an ‘excellent’ rating and the other ‘very good’. This season several visitors have made use of our archive to research pictures or information about ancestors – something which is very satisfying, considering how much work went in to building the archive in the early years of our project (please see letter from Dilys Nicholson). Plans are afoot to recommence archiving items loaned to us by local residents, and others further afield who have connections with Llanwrtyd.

Our art galleries have hosted exhibitions including: painting, sculpture, digital art and photography with more art, sculpture and woodwork to come before the end of the season. In July we became an international venue by hosting French artist Helene Forgeaite from Meriel and we are already taking art gallery bookings for 2019.

During the closed season Rob Thomas once again hosted our monthly talks and lectures and he has already started planning for the upcoming winter (please see details elsewhere). We also hosted a solo guitar concert by Tim Edwards. The Centre has also been used as a venue for outside organisations to hold meetings, including Cymdeithas Cymraeg Llandrindod, Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society, Cambrian Mountains Initiative, Spa Towns Wellness Group and PAVO (Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations). All organisations were very impressed with the surroundings and the facilities.

Pat Jones has introduced many new products to the retail range, so please feel free to browse at the end of the meeting. There are also raffle tickets for our big annual draw available at the reception desk.

Prior to opening this year, a small group of volunteers converted the small middle room into a commemorative display to mark the centenary of the end of World-War 1. This display has greatly impressed with some visitors being moved to tears. This display will stay in place until remembrance Sunday, when we will open for the day as part of the commemorations. The knitted poppies which form part of the display will be donated for sale during next year’s poppy appeal. On the Saturday evening before Remembrance Sunday, there will be a Concert of Remembrance at the Centre featuring Llandovery Male Voice Choir (for more information see details elsewhere)

We also have a temporary display to mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Heart of Wales railway line as part of celebrations taking place in towns up and down the line. It is also the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Congregational Chapel where we are seated today, and we have an event to mark the occasion on Sunday 23rd September. There will be a walk from Gelynos graveyard (the site of the original Congregational Chapel) to the Heritage and Arts Centre, where there will be a Victorian Tea and a talk on the history of the chapel by Susan Price.

Finally I would like to thank all the stewards, trustees, volunteers, friends and donors for their contribution to another successful year at Llanwrtyd and District Heritage and Arts Centre.

Tony Thorpe
August 2018

Election of Trustees

Sarah Jones and Paul Schofield stood down as trustees and were duly re-elected for the forthcoming year.

The year ahead looks promising with the town appearing more vibrant with the addition of three new shops, bringing back to life a number of the buildings in the town.

Letter recently received by the Heritage Centre

Dear Tony

Greetings from Sydney, Australia.

My husband Brian and I have recently returned from our travels in the United Kingdom.  We visited Llanwrtyd Wells because my grandmother, Margaret Jones was born there in 1868, 150 years ago. We had no expectation of learning anything about my family, only to see the area where she was born. However, the highlight of our whole journey was our visit to your town, and the Llanwrtyd and District Heritage and Arts Centre was the key to the success of our visit.

This was because of the resources at the Heritage Centre, and the  people connected with the Centre itself, as well as others of the district. I have learnt so much about individual family members including my great uncle Evan Jones (Margaret’s brother) and his daughters Dilys and Menna Jones, and about their way of life. For example, I have never known why I was named Dilys and my brother named Evan. Now, at age 77, this mystery has been solved! In addition, to receive photos of these people from the Heritage Centre has made the connections even more precious.

And this is all due to the existence of the Llanwrtyd and District Heritage and Arts Centre. I am very aware that this has been a mammoth task for many people over many years, but the results speak for themselves.

I would like to commend the Trustees and all the volunteers for such a wonderful and valuable provision. The resources provided in the Centre are extensive, and the people there were so helpful and knowledgeable.

Please pass on my congratulations to everyone concerned – keep up the good work!

Yours sincerely
Dilys Nicolson