Pride in our Heritage

Take pride in your heritage


This grant scheme has now closed.


Some projects that received funding from this grant scheme were:


Dunraven-Walled-garden-aerial-viewDunraven Walled Garden

Thanks to a £99,000 project, Dunraven Walled Garden in Southerndown has been beautifully restored for future generations to enjoy.

The restoration was made possible with the use of a £70,000 grant from the Vale council’s Creative Rural Communities and a generous contribution from the ‘Friends of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast’ and the Dunraven Estate. Find out,more.|




Galilee Chapel StonesSt Illtuds Church and the Galilee Chapel, Llantwit Major

St. Illtud’s Church is one of the most significant historic sites in Wales and indeed the British Isles, with a continuous Christian history of over 1,500 years.  The present church building contains examples of the craftsmanship of every century for the past thousand years and houses one of the most important collections of Celtic standing stones and crosses in Wales. 


An exciting project is underway which focuses on the conservation, display and interpretation of this important heritage and in particular will provide an appropriate setting for the Celtic stones in a re – roofed Galilee Chapel.  The Chapel, currently derelict, will also provide space for a Centre for Education in Celtic Studies.  The project will raise the profile of this important and under appreciated heritage site and help St Illtud’s take its rightful place on the map.


The church also provides a valuable resource that is used by many local community groups for concerts, meetings and other celebrations. The project will free up space to make it better suited for this wide range of community uses.  The Church applied for Creative Rural Communities funding through the ‘Pride in Our Heritage’ Grant programme and has received a grant of £70,000 towards the overall cost. 




Old Place in Cowbridge

Old Place, Llantwit Major

A lesser known historic asset in Llantwit Major is also undergoing painstaking restoration with the help of a Creative Rural Communities ‘Pride in Our Heritage’ Grant of just over £64,000. 


Old Place is a Tudor manor house which has been largely untouched since 1690 and has fallen into disrepair over the centuries. The architectural and historic importance of Old Place is recognised through its designation as a Grade 1 Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument and support for restoration has also been awarded by Cadw.



Local stonemason Anton Jones recently acquired the property and is tackling masonry restoration and consolidation of the existing structure. He understands the huge of scale of work involved and explains:


‘I live 200 yards from this project, was born here in the Vale and my family has resided in the same 17th Century farmhouse for 120 years.  I have always had a great passion and desire to restore the Old Place.  There has been huge increase in public interest since work has started in the form of people stopping to take photographs and enquiring about the works while we’re on site’. 


Local groups have received talks on the project and passers by will soon be able to learn more about the project from information boards which will be placed at the entrance to the site.


Cowbridge Old HallOld Hall Gardens, Cowbridge

The Old Hall Grounds Revival Project is transforming a popular community space and well used thoroughfare in the centre of Cowbridge. 


A package of improvements includes repairs and restoration of the Grounds’ historic Inner Georgian walls, enhancement of biodiversity through replacement elsewhere in the grounds of the foliage removed from the walls during repair, improved signage at either end of the main footpath and a new outdoor story telling space near the library.  


The Story-Telling Space will add what the Garden currently lacks - a free public facility specifically for children.


The Interpretation Plinths and the Story-Telling Space will explain to the local community and visitors the historic context of the Grounds and the aims of the project.  Creative Rural Communities has offered a grant of £15,617.15 towards the cost of the improvements.   



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