Events - Local Community Preservation in Wales

May 2017

Dereliction: a photographic competition and exhibition: Join us in our challenge to record abandoned buildings in South and West Wales before they disappear forever

How often have you spotted old, abandoned homesteads on wild moorland, on field margins or in woodland, slowly being engulfed by vegetation – melting back into the landscape? 

ABC invites entries for a photographic competition entitled ‘DERELICTION’. Selected pictures will be exhibited as part of an exciting event to be held on 17 June 2017 Entries must be submitted by 5 June 2017

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December 2016

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New ABC website now live!

November 2016

Thanks to grant support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Brecon Beacons Trust and Community Foundation in Wales, ABC was able to appoint InSynch website developers to completely redesign our bilingual website making it more attractive and user friendly. Please keep revisiting for the latest ABC news!

ABC is recruiting for a Project Officer

We are now recruiting for a Project Officer to plan and deliver a series of community workshops. For the job description and additional information, click on: ABC project officer job description.
Closing date: 1 July 2016; interviews: 12 July 2016

ABC Funding Successes

Thanks to grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Brecon Beacons Trust, the Quaker Housing Trust and the Community Foundation in Wales, ABC is now able to start our Grass Roots Heritage programme. See under New Buildings and Projects, for an initial outline of the plan.

New ABC Trustees

ABC is very excited to announce the appointment of two new members to the Board of Trustees, Joyce Morgan-Gervis and Diana Miller. Joyce Morgan-Gervis and Diana Miller. Joyce is the co- founder and Managing Director of Ty-Mawr Lime (based in the Brecon Beacons National Park), is also a Company Director and Treasurer of the Welsh Traditional Building Forum, and represented the Community Council on BBNP Sustainable Development Fund, was a member of the Steering Group of the Twyi Centre, the BEST project and the GLASU steering committee in Powys. Diana is a trainee solicitor working for George, Davies & Evans in Cardigan. Following her degree, she worked for Taff Housing Association as a project officer for 16 to 25 year-olds, and volunteered for Shelter Cymru. Most recently Diana has read Law, where her dissertation was on the legal difficulties faced with housing policies and planning structure. For more details, see under Trustees. For more details, see under Trustees.

Wales Festival of Architecture

ABC is featured in the launch event on 6 April 2016, 6-8pm, at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in a panel discussion entitled ‘Are derelict buildings a solution for affordable rural housing’. This discussion will be repeated on 4 May at MOMA Machynlleth,12-1.

ABC's new Executive Director(s)

We are thrilled that Lowri and Nathan Goss will together take up the post of executive director, in April 2016. And we are overjoyed that The Pilgrim Trust is funding this post for the next year. See ‘Who we are’, for more information.

Murray Vincent Quartermaine

It is with great sadness that we note the death of Murray Vincent Quartermaine, one of ABC’s founder trustees and latterly an advisor. Murray, or Vincent as he was called for the last few years, was a man of multiple parts. He was a skilled and meticulous conservation builder, an amateur geologist, a keen gardener with a great interest in birds, an activist when he felt strongly about issues, but most importantly he was passionate about saving vernacular buildings in Wales and was determined that ABC should succeed. His no-nonsense, well-informed approach kept ABC on track and his wit and humour will be sadly missed.


Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and ABC have made an agreement to work together to help deliver affordable housing in the western end of the Park, in Carmarthenshire, by reusing derelict vernacular buildings in the countryside. We also have the support of Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Bro Myrddin housing association, Carmarthenshire County Council housing department, and others, to take this forward. We will be adding a special section to our website to report and illustrate what we are doing over the three-year period of this pilot project. We hope the programme will start in March/April 2016, but this depends on funding which we are currently applying for.

ABC is recruiting for a new executive director

With the retirement of our founder and first executive director, we are now recruiting for a successor. For a job description and additional information: ABC executive director job description Nov 2015. Closing date: 16 November 2015; interviews: 5 December 2015.

ABC seminars at Wales Planning Conference, 20 May 2015

ABC ran two seminars at the RTPI Cymru conference, City Hall, Cardiff, on how to remove the perceived barriers to achieving ABC’s aim: turning derelict vernacular buildings into affordable homes for local people in rural Wales.


June 2017

By popular demand! Come along and enjoy our exhibition ‘Dereliction’ for a little bit longer, at the Tywi Centre, Dinefwr Farm, Llandeilo, during the week between Monday 26th June and Thursday 29th June (10am - 3pm)


A photographic exhibition of the abandoned buildings of South West Wales

ABC invites you to come and view ‘Dereliction’ at the Tywi Centre, Dinefwr Farm, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire from 19th to 22nd June 2017. 

The exhibition is being held to draw attention to the great number of historically significant derelict vernacular buildings across the region, and the cultural loss that their decline, without recognition or record represents.

This exhibition will also showcase work carried out during ABC’s ‘Grass Roots Heritage’ Project.

Opening Hours

Monday 19th June            10am-3.00pm

Tuesday  20th June           10am-3.00pm

Wednesday 21st June    10am-7.30pm

Thursday 22nd June          10am-3.00pm

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