Pounds 4.7m New Lease of Life for Welsh Language Centre; Lottery Chips in Pounds 1/2m for Historic Buildings

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Byline: ERYL CRUMP

THE Welsh Language Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn is to be given a new lease of life thanks to Lottery cash.

A pounds 527,700 grant will fund the restoration of historic buildings and develop interpretation facilities at the centre on the Llyen peninsula.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant is part of a larger pounds 4.7million re-development of Nant Gwrtheyrn. The scheme is also being supported by funding from the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) and other sources and will enable the centre to restore the Victorian Grade II listed Trem y Mr terrace, offices and Plas buildings to their original condition.

The former quarry village has been a centre for promoting the Welsh language and culture in Wales since 1982 teaching Welsh to adults from all parts of Wales and abroad.

But the Centre is about more than the Welsh language. Sitting on the dramatic coastline of the Llyen Peninsula in Gwynedd, it offers a unique opportunity to tell the story of the granite quarrying industry and the people who worked and lived in the isolated community, a story not told elsewhere in Wales.

A development officer will be appointed to recruit local volunteers and deliver community-based projects.

A new heritage learning programme will offer visitors a series of activities including drama, history and crafts.

Jim O'Rourke of Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn, said: "We are delighted to have received this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Nant Gwrtheyrn represents the quarrying industry and Welsh heritage, and is home to the first Welsh language centre in Wales, so it's important to safeguard its future. …