Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport is a voluntary ‘not for profit’ organisation. It is not currently a registered charity, but by its own initiative and hard work is self-sufficient. The organisation became operational in June 2002 and was the brainchild of Managing Director Dave Brown. Its initial aim was to provide transport for all, because in this rural area public transport is somewhat limited. All the services provided are for all age groups, although of course the necessary assistance will be given to older and more frail members of our community.
To become self-funding, Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport realised it had to branch out and widened its scope, so is now also registered as a professional dealer/broker of controlled waste. It has been responsible for providing recycling at many events, not least The Royal Welsh Showground.
We can provide help with pre-event planning, environmental policies, waste audits, advice on waste minimisation, event resource management, recycling bins for hire and supply volunteers. Anyone planning an event locally is invited to contact us for further details of how we can manage waste for them on 01982 551295. As a part of the events recycling, it was decided to try and do something positive with the glass collected which would raise much needed funds to keep our services to the community viable.
With this in mind, and with a grant from The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust, it was possible to purchase a glass imploder that turns waste glass bottles, window glass and mirrors into sharp-free cullet in sizes from 250 micron dust to 10mm. The cullet can be made in varying sizes to suit the customer’s needs, and comes in blue, brown, clear or mixed colours. They are useful for placing around plants in the garden or potted houseplants where they will help to prevent weeds growing, act as a deterrent to slugs and snails, and will keep the moisture in the soil on hot days.
They can also be used in fish and reptile tanks, for garden paths; ornamental decoration, a heat sink in greenhouses, cast with resin or cement to make garden ornaments; paving slabs, building blocks and wall tiles.
The cullet can be placed in paving pallets, which are British made from recyclable material.
When properly installed, these can support a weight of 25tonne per square metre.
We also produce house and garden ornaments from the fine glass mixed with either resin, which comes in a variety of colours, or concrete. Leaflets and catalogues of these items for sale can be found on our website at Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport. Providing waste management services and the sale of glass cullet and house and garden ornaments and furniture helps to pay for the other services we provide to the community.
The Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport service has expanded over time and now provides weekly Shoppa Buses, monthly outings, and individual outings to visit family and friends, medical appointments, trips to the vet with beloved pets etc. provided by volunteers using their own vehicles. All mini bus drivers are Midas trained, so passengers can be assured they are in very safe hands.
We also do mini bus hire (under certain circumstances), so if a customer wants to take a party somewhere, perhaps a community gathering or sporting event, they should give us a call for more details, and Laura Burn, Transport Manager is the person to speak to on Laura Burns on 01982 552727 or 07767 771489.
Builth Wells each Monday
Llandrindod Wells first Friday of each month
Llandovery second Friday of each month
Brecon third Thursday of each month
Carmarthen last Wednesday of each month
Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells alternate Fridays (call office for details)
Llanwrtyd Wells: Collection from
Builth Wells £7.50 £6.50
Llandrindod Wells £8.50 £7.50
Llandovery £6.00 £7.00
Brecon £9.75 £9.00
Carmarthen £11.25 £12.00
If you would like to use the Shoppa Bus service, or have any ideas for venues for the monthly outings, please call Ann Brown on 01591 620786.
Llanwrtyd Community Centre
We are situated in Llanwrtyd Community Centre based at the Old Railway Station buildings on Station Road.
We are open each Tuesday from 10.30am until noon, and each Thursday from 10.30am until 01.00pm, however we hope to expand our opening hours as demand increases.
We ask for a donation of £2 per session, and for that you get a variety of refreshments, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cup a soup, soft drinks and squashes, plus of course yummy biscuits or cake.
Sue manages the running of the centre, and Ella helps with the refreshments and washing up. Why not pop along and see what’s going on, with a warm wood burner and comfy chairs, a nice cup of steaming brew, you’ll be made very welcome indeed. We hope to see you very soon, oh, and please tell your friends they are welcome too.
Free Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport can be provided for anyone living within a two mile radius of the centre.
The centre is a service point for Red Kite Credit Union, so if you need information about that, Sue is the lady to speak to.
For further details about the centre, please leave a message for Sue Williams on 01591 610789. To take up the offer of free transport, please call Ann Brown on 01591 620786
Llanwrtyd Community Centre Meeting Rooms
Are you looking for a place to hold a meeting, seminar, training session etc? if so, we might have just the place to interest you.
Here at Llanwrtyd Community Centre, based in the old station buildings, we have meeting facilities for hire. We have two rooms available one seating 12 persons the other seating 20 persons. We have a modern and fully equipped kitchen, high speed broadband and printing facilities, plenty of free parking, and of course full access to the beautiful Heart of Wales line between Shrewsbury and Swansea. The smaller room is available 7 days a week, the larger one is unavailable on Tuesdays and Thursdays but is available on all other days at present. The hire rate is £30 per room per day (normally around £50 per day to hire both rooms) to include tea/coffee and biscuits. A buffet can be arranged at extra cost to be calculated as to your needs.
If you would like any further information, or to make a booking, please leave a message for Andrew Cook or Sue Williams on 01591 610789 (the centre’s answerphone), or email Andrew on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for volunteers to work in our Community Garden based in Cilmery. The garden has been operational since 2013, and has some years provided weekly fresh produce packages to some 27 households in need. Excess produce, including flowers, are sold for a small donation at our weekly Drop-ins at Llanwrtyd Community Centre. We are extremely grateful to past volunteers for all the work they have done to make the garden thrive, thereby helping some of the more needy members of the community, we cannot thank them enough.
We are now hoping to find a small group to take on the gardening tasks here in Cilmery, whether you can commit a little or a lot of time, and whether you can commit for the whole 2019 season, or for the initial preparation of the ground for planting, you will be very welcome. If you are even lightly green fingered and feel you can contribute in any way, please make contact with us, we’d love for you to join our team. Please have a look on our website at the past photographs of the garden in bloom. Please come and help us out if you can. Fresh air, exercise, and helping others to eat healthily ….. what a grand combination.
For more information about how you can help please call Dave Brown on 01982 552727 or 07979 316680.
Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport
Tunnel Site, Cilmeri, Builth Wells LD2 3FL
For more news about Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport on this Welsh Country website visit: www.welshcountry.co.uk/llanwrtyd-community-transport
April 2019 Update
Opening of the New Kitchen at Llanwrtyd Community Centre
Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport (LWTC) was delighted to welcome around 35 local people and dignitaries to the official opening of the new kitchen at Llanwrtyd Community Centre on Thursday April 18th at 11am.
LWTC was fortunate in receiving a grant of £12,000 from The Welsh Assembly Integrated Care Fund to renovate the old kitchen and bring it up to Health and Safety Standards. The group are extremely grateful to Dominique Jones, Senior Partnership Manager with Powys County Council in particular for her assistance and support in gaining the grant, and were pleased she could join us for the occasion along with a Communications Officer Philip Stasiw who took a short video of the proceedings.
The Chairman of the Coffee Club committee, Mr Eifion Lloyd welcomed everyone and began with a minute’s silence in memory of John Price who had recently passed away. John had worked on the railway both in Llanwrtyd and Llandovery in varying capacities over the years, and was the last Signalman at Llanwrtyd before the line became automated. Eifion then presented flowers to Sue Williams and Ella Mountford for their hard work in running the Heart of Wales Coffee Club before handing over to the Town Mayor for the official opening.
Councillor Lynda Pace-Avery thanked the Trustees for inviting her to officiate. She said that the renovation of the kitchen would reflect a new phase in the life of the building. Lynda went on to thank Kirsty Williams AM, Dominique Jones Senior Partnership Manager, Sue and Ella, and to all the other volunteers and drivers who give their time generously and enthusiastically. Lynda was presented with a basket of fresh flowers by Sue.
Visitors were invited to partake of refreshments, and view a display of art work done by some of the pupils from Ysgol Dôlafon especially for the event, and we are very grateful to those pupils and the staff for arranging this for us.
By courtesy of Network Rail the group are using the old Station Buildings, which have been completely renovated, to house the Llanwrtyd Community Centre which has a meeting room seating 12 people, a community room seating 20 people, office with high speed broadband and printing facilities, toilets and a fully fitted kitchen. There is a small garden area, plenty of free parking and of course full access to the beautiful Heart of Wales Railway Line. For hire details and costs, please leave a message for Sue Williams or Andrew Cook on 01591 610789 or email Andrew at email@example.com.
The centre is used regularly each Tuesday and Thursday as a coffee club for people of all age groups to encourage interaction and combat the isolation which is often prevalent in rural communities. Free transport can be arranged for people living within a two mile radius of the centre which is on Station Road, Llanwrtyd Wells. The centre is also a service point for Red Kite Credit Union.
LWCT would like to offer sincere thanks to everyone involved in whatever capacity with the centre and opening day, not least Lynda Pace-Avery, Kirsty Williams AM, Dominique Jones, Network Rail and all our wonderful volunteers.
Photographs courtesy of Chris Prichard.
March Update 2016
Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport retain Social Enterprise Mark
Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport are proud to announce that they have retained their social enterprise mark again this year.
They are one of only four community transport schemes to have this mark, the other 3 being very large schemes in the south of England. The Social Enterprise Mark is only awarded to credible social enterprises that can prove they operate with the central aim of using income and profits to maximise positive social and/or environmental impact, taking precedent over a requirement to maximise personal profit for owners and shareholders.
Not only have Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport been awarded this Mark for another year, they have been selected to be one of the social enterprises that demonstrate to other applicants, effective examples of social impact statements and supporting evidence.
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement for all applicants and renewing Mark Holders to provide at least three ‘social impact statements’, which illustrate how they are striving to meet their social/environmental objectives. Below are examples of how Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport is making a mark, striving to make a difference to our local community:
Enabling social interaction via community hub
We have recently opened our own community centre/social hub at the old station in Llanwrtyd. We use the hub as a centre where people can get to together over a cuppa.
We have various activities including coffee mornings, exercise clubs, and befrienders. We offer free transport to those who are unable to make their own way to the hub, ensuring no one is socially excluded. We also have computers in the hub, so those who have no access at home can access the internet to access any information they may require.
Reducing social isolation via ‘shoppa’ service
We run twice weekly shoppa services for anyone unable to access regular means of transport. This not only allows our users to get to the shops to get what they need, it is also a social outing; they regularly all go for a meal out when they go on the shoppa trips.
Through these trips, the users create a friendship wheel, where they all communicate and check on each other on a regular basis. This is a great way to break the loneliness that can be felt by many who suffer with rural isolation.
Community garden project
Our community garden is managed by volunteers, and all the fresh produce is distributed to those in need in the local community.
Many families find it difficult to afford fresh fruit and veg, so this is a way of us ensuring they always have access to fresh produce. Last year we supplied 27 families with fresh fruit and vegetables on a weekly basis.
Recycling At Spring Festival Reaches Record Figure
Events Recycling at Llanwrtyd Community Transport based at Cilmeri, believe they have achieved a first in Wales.
By working closely with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and taking control of the recycling of waste at the Spring Festival at the RWAS showground in Builth Wells in May; Events Recycling managed a recycling rate of 73.9%; this is believed to be the highest recycling figure achieved from recycling waste at an event in Wales.
Events Recycling, a not for profit organisation, works with Event Organisers across Wales by providing a recycling management service which helps them to recycle into dedicated waste streams for recycling; waste that would normally end up being sent to landfill.
Set up in 2006, Events Recycling has worked hard to get recycling at events taken seriously and to move it up the events agenda.
“We are absolutely thrilled that we have managed such a high recycling rate at the Spring Festival, this has been achieved through the hard work of our Recycling Wardens who help and advise the public at shows, and monitor the recycling bins carefully” said Della Bufton, Co-ordinator for the project. “The staff at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society should also be applauded as they have shown great commitment to the recycling agenda and support the whole concept of recycling at their events” continued Della.
Over the two days of the Spring Festival 12430 Kg of waste was generated, only 27% has ended up in landfill, this is an exceptional achievement. The recyclate from the show will now be recycled into new products which includes garden compost from the food waste and compostable food containers.
To aid the recycling work, Events Recycling takes all glass from the events and implodes it creating decorative glass cullet. This can be used in a number of ways; including the organisations own production of garden ornaments made from resin and concrete which is mixed with the glass. Any funds raised from the sales are then ploughed back into the community transport project which provides the much needed transport service for those living in the isolated communities in the Llanwrtyd Wells area.
For more information visit/contact:
Llanwrtyd Community Transport
Tunnel Site, Cilmeri, Builth Wells LD2 3FL
Phone: 01982 551295/552727