A WORLD War II pillbox in Pontypridd, a housing estate on Anglesey and a primary school in Powys are just some of the 24 projects across Wales announced today that have won a share of a £260,000 heritage fund.

The ’15-Minute Heritage Fund’ from Cadw – the Welsh Government’s historic environment service and The National Lottery Heritage Fund is for projects that connect communities with the heritage around them.

It is based on an idea called the 15 minute city where ‘most daily necessities can be accomplished by either walking or cycling from residents’ homes.

Launched in 2020 after the first lockdown, the grant programme helped people across Wales to strengthen the connections they have with their surrounding community through ideas such as creating new walking trails and sharing stories about the place they called home.

Heritage projects in Pontypridd, Anglesey and Powys

Pontypridd Town Council’s ‘WW2 Pillbox project’: £7,100

This project will focus on an old allotment near a World War II pillbox in the Trallwn area of Pontypridd. The site will be laid out as a World War II ‘Dig for Victory’ plot, with the crops which ordinary people would have grown to supplement their wartime diet. At one end of the plot a corrugated iron Anderson Bomb Shelter will be built and covered with earth in which flowers and crops can be grown as they were during the war. Children will also be able to go into the pillbox and learn about World War II, the Blitz, the Anderson Bomb Shelters and the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign.

TeliMôn Cyf’s ‘Viva Pencraig’ project: £9,277

The ‘Viva Pencraig’ project will capture the essence of the Pencraig estate in Llangefni – its rich heritage, culture, history, proud roots and multi-culturalism and cosmopolitanism, in a 60-minute film. The close-knit and proud community has shown great resilience to the many adversities it has encountered – including deprivation, substance abuse, unemployment and child poverty, and its heritage deserves to be recorded, but has yet to be recognised and appreciated. ’Viva Pencraig’ will work with the local primary school to interview and film members of the local community and combine this with more formal research that explores and records the estate’s history, culture and heritage.

Carreghofa County Primary School’s ‘A Celebration of Carreghofa’ project: £5,000

Carreghofa County Primary School celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2021 and this project will celebrate this landmark by creating a collection of memories and photos that the local people have of the school. Local people’s pictures and memories of the school will be preserved for future generations in a book – both printed and digital. The school will also produce a local history and walks leaflet to encourage locals and visitors to see what rich heritage Llanymynech has to offer, such as the village’s lime kiln and Carreghofa Castle.

 We are surrounded by heritage

Commenting on the announcement of the 24 ’15-Minute Heritage’ grants, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport Dawn Bowden said: “In Wales we are surrounded by heritage, not just in our museums, castles and historic structures, but in anything that inspires a sense of belonging.

“I’m so very pleased that Cadw is once again collaborating with The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help communities explore, celebrate and share their local heritage stories – which will hopefully strengthen their sense of community and belonging. ”

Heritage is for everyone

“Heritage is for everyone and local heritage – whether that’s a building, a landmark, a nature reserve or even our local shop, helps to create and shape our communities”, said Andrew White, Director of The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales.

“It’s been a pleasure to work again this year with Cadw on the ‘15-Minute Heritage Fund’ and support even more communities across Wales to get in touch with their local heritage. It’s a very popular programme and in all, we have funded more than 120 projects the length and breadth of the country over the last two years through the ‘15-Minute Heritage’ programme and provided over £600,000 in grants.”

Full list of 15-Minute Heritage Fund grantees awarded in 2021:

North Wales

Snowdonia Slate Trail Trust’s ‘Snowdonia Slate Trail End Features’project: £3,000;

Gwynedd Council’s ‘Mosaig Glynllifon’ project: £10,000;

Bangor City Council’s ‘Bangor Garth Pier Exhibition’ project: £5,000;

Dyffryn Nantlle 2020s ‘Richard Wilson’s painting on the shores of Llyn Nantlle’ project: £4,290;

TeliMôn Cyf’s ‘Viva Pencraig’ project: £9,277;

The National Trust’s ‘Darganfod Lleisiau Tŷ Mawr – Discovering Tŷ Mawr’s Voice’ project in Penmachno: £9,222;

Hafod Ceiri’s ‘Taith Tre’r Ceiri’ project in Llithfaen: £4,455;

Rhosddu Community Council’s ‘Wats Dyke, Rhosddu Wrexham’ project: £3,965;

The Ruthin and District Civic Association’s ‘The Railway in Ruthin: Past and Present’ project: £10,000;           

Powys

Carreghofa County Primary School/Ysgol Carreghofa C.P School’s ‘A Celebration of Carreghofa’ project in Llanymynech: £5,000;

Llansilin Parish Church’s ‘Local Interpretation Boards’ project: £8,250;

Brecon Heritage and Cultural Network’s ‘Walk : The Brecon Story’: £9,890;       

Ceredigion

Cymdeithas Plant y Bryn’s ‘Ffrwyth y Coed’ project in Coedybryn: £8,660;   

Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust’s ‘National Park Digital Archaeology Interpretation’ project: £10,000;

Bwlchygroes Community Hall Committee’s ‘Bwlchygroes -Ein Hanes Ni’ project: £9,640;             

Carmarthenshire

The Tywi Gateway Trust’s  ‘Parc yr Esgob Hanes a Chôf: Capturing, Digitising and Sharing our Stories’: £7,590;

Swansea and the Gower

The Parish of South West Gower’s ‘Parish of South West Gower – Connecting People with their Heritage’ project: £9,880;

Circus Eruption’s ‘Sharing our Heritage/Shaping our Future: the former St Luke’s and Circus Eruption’ project: £9,958;             

Neath Port Talbot

Friends of Jersey Park’s ‘Sheltering Jersey Park for the Community’ project in Britton Ferry: £10,000;

Rhondda Cynon Taff:

Pontypridd Town Council’s ‘WW2 Pillbox’ project: £7,100;

The Parish of Aberdare’s ‘Thomas & Williams – An Inspiration’ project: £10,000;         

Cardiff

SpokesPerson CIC’s ‘LGBTQIA+ Cardiff Bike Tour’ project: £10,000;

Awen@theLibrary’s ‘Walking Whitchurch Heritage – Cerdded Treftadaeth yr Eglwys Newydd’ project: £8,505;