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Since Jacqui/Richard and Sue have commenced litter picking – Magor Road/Pencoed Lane are greatly improved. but there are still concerns regarding the road leading to Underwood up to the bridge and on the road leading to Magor where fly-tipping is still occurring. We are looking at signs for ‘Keep our Village Tidy’ and investigating to see if any local campaign is currently being undertaken. We will also approach the local schools to see if they are doing any litter campaigns – improved education is essential in this respect.

Speed Watch

​No current speed watch sessions held owing to poor lighting. Mark, Jacqui and Tony await training. Speed watch will recommence in the Spring. The 20 is plenty campaign is still gathering pace and leaflets are being circulated to all households in the Hamlet

Repairs to the Church Hall

Hilary Prest reported: A brief report on the condition of the Church Hall has been received.It has now been discussed with the Ministry Area Leader, Rev Jeremy Harris. As expected, there are several areas that require significant work.At this point we do not have full details of the costs involved to undertake the necessary work, but it is expected to be considerable – in excess of £30,000.We have limited funds and the matter remains under consideration.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM is booked for Tuesday 26 March 2019 in the Church Hall. Jean Morris has been booked to give a talk on ‘The day in the life of a local Vet extraordinaire’.She will commence her talk at 7.45 pm and will follow on with a Question/Answer session. 7 pm AGM to commence 7.30 pm break for buffet


Grabbers, high viz jackets are available in the container in Doug’s field for anyone who can help with litter picking. Richard and Sue will utilise the equipment to do their end of Pencoed Lane and Jacqui will do from the junction to Underwood to the Crematorium. Mark and Carl will do the top end of Pencoed Lane

The Bridle Way

The Bridleway has now been opened but some people are still trying to block it. People are accessing the bridleway from the A48/Llandevaud entrance which is good. Two new photos from Tony at Oakdale


Sending congratulations to Will Routley who is to be the next mayor of Newport

Wales in Bloom

With so many ongoing projects we have entered again for Wales in Bloom. We will also enter Newport in Bloom and we are automatically entered into the best kept village competition which is judged in June by Langstone Community Council. As we have funds available we hope to take up Tony's offer to create ‘people’ holding baskets throughout the village. The hanging baskets will again be a feature Richard has pointed out that there is a lot of work to do on Doug’s patch – ongoing work rather than one big push at the beginning of the season. The Old Barn would will be encouraged to enter the best pub in their own right. Anyone who has a garden worthy of a visit from the judges is asked to conta

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Mower News

The Old Hamlet has been granted £2,000 by the Churches Fund to purchase a new mower. Great news. The second hand one purchased will now be stored for use in 'Doug's Field.' Others kindly donated will be sold for charity Uodates to follow.

Thanks for your Support

Wyn receives a cheque from Langstone Community Council on behalf of the Old Hamlet of Llanmartin

New Years Honour List

For his outstanding contribution to the Hamlet of Llanmartin Richard Raymond received a well deserved award from the Langstone Community Council. Maintaining the Hamlet Green for over 15 years, making owl, bat and bird boxes, contributions to speed watch and being a quiz master extraordinaire being just a few of his contributions

Away in a Manger

The lambing barn at Gwentlands made the perfect setting for festive fun when friends, family and neighbours came together - every one from tiny tots to grandpas and every age and shape in between. A welcome drink of mulled wine put everyone in the right spirit. There were carols, quizzes and a visit from Santa - although one of his reindeer was playing up so we sang jingle bells quite a few times while he was sorted!! There was festive food and presents for all. A very merry interlude before the big night

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