The hamlet green was created by the residents from an old area of waste land. Over the years standing stones, bulbs, trees and a bench have been added together with a heron sculpture and flower filled planters. The stones were obtained from Hansons Quarry; the seat was dedicated to old Mr Price.
Dedication of .......
In 2006 a competition was held to design a sign which would be a focal point. The winner was Wyneira Archer who designed a heron carrying a sign. She chose the heron as they are frequent visitors and Tony Ford was commissioned to use the idea and produce a sculpture based on the theme. Simon Ford and Patterson Euroteck donated the materials. After a short speech by Chairman Mark Robotham it was unveiled accompanied by much applause. Celebrations then continued in Doug's field where a fete, dog show and sports took place.
Originally the sign bore the word Croeso ( welcome ) but this has now been replaced with 'The Old Hamlet.' The heron has also been geotagged for modern day treasure hunters.
The residents are indebted to Richard Rayment who keeps it in immaculate condition.
Hamlet green regeneration
From the Old Hamlet Gazette .....
' Having decided that the main features of the layby would be standing stones it was only a matter of a very short time before reconnaissance trip been arranged by Richard for the subcommittee members to visit Hanson quarry. Chosen to complement the ancient stones from which Langstone derives its name and to reflect the massive stone work as Pencoed castle it is also fitting that they should be placed in position in the year when the Eisteddfod it comes to Tredegar House and Country Park. The stone circle playing such an important part in the Eisteddfod ritual.
The size of the stones was quoted in tannage and some of the members found it difficult to visualise how big or small these might be so a trip to see for themselves and to ascertain how many and how much seemed prudent
Add trip to Hansons quarry-2003
Once we have turned off the main road the quarry track seem to spiral down for some distance before we suddenly found ourselves in a deep chasm. From the surrounding countryside it had been impossible to visualise the vastness of the operation and we were amazed. We had anticipated a short visit with a general overview but Steve treated us to a full guided tour with in-depth information about quarry conservation reclamation and management.
Six massive stones had already been selected and the vehicle bumped and swayed as it took us across to the other side of the quarry where they have been gathered together. They reflected the different colours of the limestone rock face. Some had a reddish tinge and one had a marked area of quartz. We were also able to choose our own central stone and watched as it was pulled out from its resting place and separated from those around it. It was then just a matter of arranging transportation and assistance with placement and we had secured our main features!
Back in the vehicle we then transversed the quarry again, passing the emerald green lake which we learnt acquired its colour from the limestone. Up on the rim we alighted and looked down on the operation be
We learnt more about the wildlife which abounds here.-peregrines, badges, rabbits, deer and stags. Seldom coming into contact with man in this environment we were told that nothing showed little fear and even the robins were so tame that the men would feed them from their hands.
From here it was also possible to understand better how a quarry was organised and understand how once completed the site would be reclaimed by planting trees and allowing it to grass over. Many people condemn quarrying blissfully ignorant of the contribution they make to conservation. With careful management, they do not create eyesores. They provide resources which are necessary to our existence in a civilised world and we were glad that we had the opportunity to see this for ourselves.
All in all a very successful expedition.
February 28th 2004
The snow was still on the ground and the children were sliding down the hill on toboggans and whatever else they could find when the vehicle arrived from the Quarry carrying the stones for the main feature of the hamlet green regeneration. The weight of the stones was massive and when they tumbled from the back of the tip up truck it almost stood on end.
2004 - Raising the central stone
Aided with chains and a tractor the massive hamlet stones were manoeuvred by Bill and David into their correct positions. The central stone however needed to be pulled upright so a date was fixed to attempt the task. Consequently, a few days later, a group of men arrived with crow bars and David again brought his tractor. Richard and John had dug a deep hole into which it would stand. Slowly the stone was edged into position but it was so heavy that even the tractor could not raise it more than a few centimetres. There followed much pushing and pulling by man and machine and eventually it slid into place. Delighted with their efforts the men stood back and admired their handiwork. .
With the stones now in position daffodile bulbs from Marion, Bill and Wales in Bloom have been added to give a splash of colour
2012 Dedication of the hamlet green sculpture
The old Hamlet of Llanmartin wanted to complete its Hhamlet Green regeneration in a spectacular way which would get the intention of everybody who passed by. On July 8, 2006 it realised it's ambition as a giant sculpture by local craftsman Tony forward was unveiled to reveal a striking 7 foot high metal Heron. In its beak it carries a metal fish ( although Tony took this away for safe keeping). Above it a sign reads Croeso. An apt welcome from the local residents to their neighbourhood.
The Hamlet Green was re-claimed by the residents from wasteland and over the last few years it has seen many changes. Six giant standing stones were added after members visited Hansons quarry where they selected some fine local specimens Next came a number of trees and last year the addition of a seat. Still the residents thought it needed a focal point so a competition was organised for a sign. The winner was Wyneira Archer who outlined a picture of a heron with a sign in its beak. Herons are a frequent visitor throughout the hamlet and Tony Ford was commissioned to use the idea and produce a sculpture based on the theme. Simon Ford and Patterson Euroteck donated the materials.
Dedication of the hamlet Green Sculpture from the Old Hamlet Gazette Spring 2012
Back in 2004 Carl and Mark began work on the piece of waste ground at the top of Pencoed lane. With the brambles gone and the debris cleared away it turned out to be a lot bigger than first thought and they found it allowed better vision when turning down the spur to the castle. The planting of bulbs was halted for the water board to carry out work but these were finally planted and another planter added to compliment those on the Hamlet Green Since its creation Mark has taken responsibility for keeping it in tip top shape and it is always a credit to him.
Heron one frosty morning
The sit on mower
It took a lot of hard work back in 2002 to clear and make the Hamlet Green and the addition of a sit on mower soon after was a must. Richard attended an auction in Chepstow and the 'Husqvarna ' for £380 was a steal.
Addition of planters
Over the years planters have come and gone. Earlier ones were wooden and the latest are from Newport Council. Tony Ford has now added dragons to these to single them out from others in the city
A new sign for the Heron.
Over the years Tony has maintained the sculpture and recently a new sign was added. In place of the word welcome it now identifies the hamlet.
Sign as it is today
Autumn 2015. Replacing old planters and repositioning the one which was salvaged.
Refurbishment of planters.
Now repainted each now sports red dragons
For over a decade Richard has kept the Hamlet Green in pristine condition come rain or shine. What dedication. While for many years this crew has kept our planters looking good n 2018 the Hamlet was able with the aid of agrant and a mower fund to purchase a new mower
In Loving Memory
In 2016 the heron was refurbished. When he returned he sported a poppy in memory of those who have served in the armed forces
New Hanging baskets
2017 has seen the addition of new hanging baskets These compliment others which have been added around the hamlet