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The Walled Garden – Winter 2018-19 Newsletter

Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter for Winter 2018/19.

Download Winter 2018-19 Newsletter pdf file

In this issue:

  • Garden design update on planned structures
  • Spring raffle
  • Supporting us – become an Associate Member
  • Grange University Hospital build update
  • News in brief
  • Llanfrechfa parish church history links

Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition of our newsletter ‘The Walled Garden’ which can be downloaded at this link:

The Walled Garden – Autumn 2018 pdf

In this issue:

  • Garden design update
  • Grange university Hospital build news
  • Growing Space pilot
  • Celebrating NHS 70th birthday – making royal connections
  • Lord Lieutenant of Gwent visits the garden
  • News in brief
  • Llanfrechfa village scarecrow competition

The Walled Garden – Newsletter Summer 2018

Our Summer 2018 newsletter is out now and can be downloaded at this link:

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In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • Forthcoming events
  • Garden design update
  • Progress on the new Grange University Hospital build
  • ‘Have a Grow’ day
  • NHS 70th birthday
  • Norwegian visitors
  • Remembering Terry
  • Calling local history buffs
  • Contact us

The Walled Garden – Newsletter Spring 2018

Our Spring 2018 newsletter is out now and can be downloaded at this link:

Spring 2018 Newsletter final

In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • Spring diary
  • Garden design news
  • Spring into planting
  • News in brief
  • Grange University Hospital build news
  • Thank you tea for volunteers
  • A growing space for veg
  • Contact us

The Walled Garden – Newsletter Winter 2017

Our Winter 2017 newsletter is out now and can be downloaded at this link:

The Walled Garden – Winter 2017.pdf

In this issue:

  • Becoming a registered charity
  • Poly tunnel goes up in Productive Quadrant
  • Spring raffle announcement
  • Grange University Hospital build update
  • News in brief
  • Hidden Now Heard goes online.


Annual General Meeting 2017

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The second AGM of the Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden was held in the Main Hall at Llanfrechfa Grange on a dark and soggy afternoon on 20 November 2017. Despite the dreadful weather, a few brave souls joined the Trustees for a look back over the last year’s activities and to hear news of our future plans.

The Trustees presented our Annual Report for 2016-17 and Chris Parsons, Treasurer, reported a healthy bank balance in his Financial Statement. Both documents can be downloaded here:

Annual Report 2016-17 (pdf)

Financial Accounts for FOLGWG Sept 2017 (pdf)

A raffle and sales held on the day, along with some membership renewals, raised around £100 for the charity.

Our thanks to all our supporters for your contributions over the past year.


The Walled Garden – Newsletter Autumn 2017

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 edition of ‘The Walled Garden’.

Autumn 2017 Garden Newsletter (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Wall repairs and new entrances
  • Growing support for Autism
  • Chepstow Family Fun Day
  • More volunteering days
  • Our partnerships and affiliations
  • Membership renewals
  • Scarecrow competition

The Walled Garden – Newsletter, Summer 2017

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Welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of our newsletter, ‘The Walled Garden”.

In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • Forthcoming events
  • New hospital build starts
  • Garden design update
  • Give and Gain Day
  • News in brief
  • History – the Grange House chapel
  • Contact us

The Walled Garden – Summer 2017 Newsletter (pdf)

Walled Garden Give and Gain Day 19 May 2017

Give and Gain Day is an annual volunteer day where companies provide their time and resources to volunteer for local community groups and charities. On Friday 19 May 2017 we are delighted to report that volunteers from the Health Board’s Specialist and Critical Care Centre (SCCC) supply chain partners, (Gleeds, BDP, Laing O’Rourke Construction, WSP, AECOM), chose to help out on our Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden project. Along with a number of staff from the Health Board’s planning team, they supported the volunteers from the Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden charity to take forward the garden’s restoration plan.

More than 20 volunteers from the various companies spent all or part of the day in the garden undertaking a variety of tasks.  Gleeds kindly made a donation in support of the day to cover materials and refreshments, while Laing O’Rourke supplied some tools and compost. Laing O’Rourke also arranged for a small digger to work in the garden the day before the event to break up the old concrete footings and paths, providing plenty of rubble for the volunteers to barrow away!

Jan Smith, MBE, extended our appreciation on behalf of The Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden, by saying; “A huge thank you to each and every one for taking part in last Friday’s Give and Gain Day at Llanfrechfa Grange.  It was lovely to meet you all and brilliant to be a part of such a productive day.  The enthusiasm and energy you provided meant we achieved a great deal in all areas of the walled garden, testament to the power released when a group of people come together in a common cause. 

We now have jolly flower pots painted, cuttings taken, seedlings potted on, guttering installed for more rain water capture, brambles and weeds banished to the bonfire, more flowers and vegetables planted, cardboard and mulch laid (a no dig approach promoted by Charles Dowding, and that mountain of rubble moved out of the garden.” 


There were no injuries on the day, unless we count two of our wheelbarrows as casualties!  They took a bit of punishment but will recover with some TLC.



The achievements of the day can also be seen on our Facebook page. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has also produced a short video about the day which can be viewed on their intranet site.


Notice of Public Meeting – 8 December 2016

sunflower-header-2016In December 2015, we set up the Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden (FoLGWG) as a small charity with its charitable aims being to take forward the plans to redesign and restore the Walled Garden as a community project for the benefit of all.  We have had a busy year working in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) and others and have began to realise the plans for the garden.

We will be holding the first public meeting of the FoLGWG on Thursday 8 December 2016 at 4 pm in the Main Hall, Llanfrechfa Grange. The purpose of the meeting will be to present our first year achievements and, in order to promote and sustain the garden’s ongoing development, will seek to recruit members to the charity.

The meeting will be preceded by an invitation only event for current volunteers, hosted by the Chair and Chief Executive of ABUHB, who wish to meet and thank all those who have helped get us this far.

Please join us at 4 pm to find out more about the project and become part of this exciting venture for the community. You might even win a prize in our raffle!

We look forward to seeing you.