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Christmas comes early as historic Welsh pub is saved by the community

WITH Hollywood backing from superstar Matthew Rhys, a community project has smashed its target of £250,000 and saved the historic Glan yr Arfon pub in Pennal, Machynlleth just in time for Christmas.

The village of Pennal played a key part in Welsh history in the 15th century with the then Prince of Wales, Owain Glyndŵr, and the funding will mean the community can continue with their plans of running the pub and restaurant, with a café and community hub, and look at further development plans for a hotel.

Chairman of the Menter Y Glan management committee, Meirion Roberts, would like to thank everyone who supported the campaign, donated money and invested in the community share scheme. Meirion said, “It was not just about saving a pub, it was about saving the very hub and heart of the village. It has been a long haul and nothing has been easy but our perseverance has led us over the line.

“There are so many people we need to thank for their ongoing help and support – Hannah at Compass Cymru, The Plunkett Foundation,

Co-operatives UK, Heritage Cymru, The WCVA, Four Cymru and Matthew Rhys have all been especially supportive.

“The aim was to save the pub and I feel really proud that a small community of just 150 homes has been successful against all the odds in reaching its financial target in today’s economic climate. The community as a whole has shown what can be achieved with hard work and determination. It will not be easy and it will be a steep learning curve but I feel that the community spirit we have will make it work.

“We have achieved our target and realised the community’s dream of saving the community hub of Glan yr Afon in time for Christmas. We hope to reopen the business in early February and will shortly be advertising for a manager. Please do get in touch if you would like to help or work for us.”

For more information about the community project please go to www.menteryglan.org.