History

Gwersyll Llangrannog was founded in 1932 as Urdd Gobaith Cymru's first permanent centre.  The land was donated by J M Howell, and as a mark of appreciation for his generous gift, the main area named the centre of the Gwersyll at the time was named after his home, Plas Penhelyg. 

Where it all began

The wooden cabin of the refrectory, was the focus of the Gwersyll at the time. The gwersyll ran for four weeks during the hot summer of 1932, with room for 150 residents. 

The Gwersyll went from strength to strength in 1936 with grants from the Social Services Council and the Jubilee Trust enabling more resources and more cabins to be built.

In 1938, the first mixed Gwersyll was held in Llangrannog, before this they were segregated according to sex. Also during that summer a gwersyll was held for adults who wanted to relive their youth on the shores of Ceredigion. 

In 1939, with the aid of Health Council grants, the Llangrannog gym was opened, giving the Urdd the opportunity to develop educational courses for children and schools. This marked the beginning of the practice of combining education, the outdoors and leisure. During the same summer a new chapel was opened on the site.

1950s, 1960s, and 1970s

As Llangrannog proved itself very popular, the Urdd decided to establish another Gwersyll for the older members of the Urdd, namely Gwersyll yr Urdd Glan-llyn

In 1967, after the Aberfan disaster, when 116 pupils from Pant Glas Primary School were killed, a party of children and parents were welcomed to the Gwersyll for free. They in turn showed their appreciation by presenting the Gwersyll with a trampoline. 

 In 1968, £18,000 was paid for Cefn Cwrt farm on which the Gwersyll was situated. This was the highest price the Urdd had ever paid for land up until that point.

This was the beginning of the 'new' Llangrannog. The 1970s was a period of intensive development, with the Gwersyll opening its doors throughout the year for the very first time. Some members of staff are still here today!

A new dining cabin and sleeping blocks were built, and by the end of the 1970s all sorts of new activities and resources were available, including a large barn, swimming pool, hospital, shop and new gym. 

1980s and 1990s

The developments continued into the early 1980s as grants from the Welsh Office enabled the Gwersyll to expand and build halls, workrooms, a storeroom, a bike shed and a new sleeping block. 

There were huge developments in the Activities Department between 1987 and 1991, with the construction of a new ski slope, swimming pool and bridleway. 

During the 1990s the Hafod sleeping block was built with en-suite rooms. 

Latest developments

During the first decade of the new century a £5.5 million investment was made to build a brand new sleeping block, Cilborth, which accommodates over 200 residents in en-suite rooms, the Syr Ifan Leisure Centre, Heritage Centre - Caer Chwedlau and a designated parking area for the ever-increasing workforce. More recently we have opened an Indoor climbing centre, new accommodation block – Eleanor and not forgetting our Sustainability Project!

The Future

 There are exciting developments on the horizon – there will be a new activity in the Adventure Zone at Llangrannog – a new zip wire! The Zip wire along with a climbing and abseiling wall will open in early Spring 2018 and will be open for both residents and the public.

Additionally there are plans to transform the ‘heart’ of Llangrannog Urdd Centre – the dining hall, the main hall and also the kitchen in an investment worth £3 million. We have appointed architects to design the new buildings and are in the process of funding the development.

We hope the building works will start in 2018 and will result in better facilities and provision for a new generation of Llangrannog residents. 

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