The Old Hamlet of Llanmartin Residents Association
In 2002 the Old Hamlet of Llanmartin founded a residents association to foster an old fashioned Community spirit. It organises many functions throughout the year, including bonfire night, carols in the barn, progressive suppers, treasure hunts, outings and in Summer the Big Lunch.
As well as an active neighbourhood watch network most members also belong to Gwent now messaging service which alerts of major police concerns which effect their safety.
The residents maintain the hamlet green which they reclaimed from wasteland. At its centre is a geotagged heron sculpture created by local craftsman Tony Ford. Its design was the winning entry in a residents competition run by the association. Over the years, standing stones have been added, several planters, trees and a bench in memory of old Mr Price
Also maintained by the Association is the old Bethel chapel graveyard, a triangle of land at the top of Pencoed lane and a community field in which major events take place. The latter contains a community storage facility, a gazebo and fruit trees in memory of Doug Stevens
Over the years the Association has been a regular competitor in the 'Wales in Bloom Competition' and received several awards. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 they were awarded a silver gilt certificate.
4 times a year they produce an Old Hamlet gazette which is a round up of news and events in the community and delivered to every household. In 2017 it was slimmed down as the web site became more prominent . A Twitter account was also set up
Each year the Association supports a number of charities. It also makes contributions to residents children who take part in overseas projects. They in turn write about their experiences for the gazette.
The AGM takes place in March and members who pay £20 per household are invited to nominate and vote for the officers and committee members. If you are not a member but would like to join please contact a member.
Chair Person -
Treasurer - Jacqui Ford
Web master and newsletter
Sue Rayment -
We are the smallest of communities but over the years since our foundation in 2002 we have done amazing things.
In 2017 The Gazette became a slimmed down Newsletter as the new web site takes precedence. A new Twitter account has been added and contributions added to Community First.
· The hamlet enjoys the funding provided by the residents through yearly subs.
· It receives monies from the LangstsoneCommunity Council for its ongoing maintenance of public areas
The Hamlet benefits from the generosity of local business eg Halse and Sons nursery in Langstone for advice and discount on flowers for the planters
.· Gwentlands for parking at community events and the provision of the Lambing Barn for the Carols
,· Oakdale Ironworks for the maintenance of the Heron on the Green
,· The use of 'Doug's Patch and the provision of storage by the Langstone council
;The Church Hall for events
; Councillors Ray Mogford and William Routley who are always willing to listen and help with problems.
If you would like to read the constitution click below