Village Alive Trust
Village Alive Trust

Bringing Your Village Alive

The Trust was appointed as the delivery agent (2011 – 2013) under the Monmouthshire Rural Development Plan for two grant schemes: Bringing Your Village Alive and Sense of Roots.

Bringing Your Village Alive provided grants for projects that enhanced the heritage and visual appeal of selected rural Conservation Areas. The grants cover improvements to building frontages, railings, walls, public buildings and public spaces.  Each project demonstrates community benefit.

Anchor Inn, Tintern

£39,660 (80% of total project cost) for the refurbishment of the exterior of the coach house and surroundings.

This project is seen by visitors to the famous Tintern Abbey with the Anchor Inn alongside.  The project will refurbish the exterior of a coach house and provide traditional paving around.

Anchor Inn
The Anchor Inn
Anchor Watergate
Anchor Gable End
Gable End

Caerwent Churchyard

£6,752 (80% of total project cost) for rebuilding collapsing walls.

The funding helped to restore the boundary walls using traditional materials and techniques. Chairman of the Churchyard Maintenance committee, David Evans, said, “The churchyard of St. Stephen's and St. Tathan's church is surrounded by an ancient stone wall which was falling into a very bad state of repair.  Over the past few years a group of volunteers has been tidying the areas adjacent to the walls by clearing away rubbish and nettles.  Thanks to this funding, the churchyard maintenance group were able to employ a local stonemason to repair and rebuild the walls where necessary.  The project officer and the Village Alive Trust were a great help in seeing the work through.”

Caerwent before
Caerwent after

Grosmont Town Hall

£6,921 (80% of total project cost) for re-painting and the provision of a rail for disabled access on the exterior stairs.

The Town Hall stands in the centre of this lovely village which has many visitors to Grosmont Castle and ancient church of St. Nicholas. The Crucorney Community Council managed and part funded the project to provide a rail for disabled access on exterior stairs and refurbishment of exterior woodwork and redecoration

Grosmont Before
Steps Before
Grosmont After
Steps After

Llantilio Crossenny Church

£5,000 (7.19% of total project cost) for replacement of shingle on the spire (part of a wider re-roofing scheme).

The church council worked hard to secure major grants for urgent repairs to the spire of St. Teilo's church, a landmark for miles.  Bringing Your Village Alive support provided replacement shingles for the spire as part of a larger restoration project.

Llan Cross spire before
Llan Cross spire new shingles at base
New shingles at base
Llan Cross spire shingles going on
Shingles going on
Llan Cross Spire after

Shaftesbury House, 67 Monnow St, Monmouth

£34,862.11(80% total project cost) for the exterior refurbishment of the street frontage.Shaftesbury House , an important building on Momouth's main street, is in urgent need of sympathetic restoration.  The funding will secure improvements to the exterior with refurbishment of original features.  The project will also provide  training in traditional craft skills.

Shaftesbury House before

Singleton House, 20 Monk St, Monmouth

£6,418.67 (80% total project cost).This project on a busy road into Monmouth will restore exterior flagstones and refurbish surrounding railings.

Singleton House painting under way
Painting under way

St Arvans Church Tower

£8,000 (31.5% of total project cost) for the replacement of tiles with stone on the tower roof (part of a wider re-roofing scheme).Parishioners could not proceed with major restoration of the church roof without additional funding for the replacement of slate tiles with stone tiles on church tower roof. With funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales delivered by the Village Alive Trust, the project has restored an original feature and supported a larger restoration project.

St Arvans Roof before
St Arvans roof stripped
St Arvans tower roof nearing completion
Nearing completion
St Arvans Roof during
St Arvans roof ridge tiles

This project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.Cyllidwyd y prosiect hwn drwy Gynllun Datblygu Gwledig Cymru 2007-2013 a ariennir gan Lywodraeth Cymru a’r Gronfa Amaethyddol Ewrop ar gyfer Datblygu Gwledig.

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Monmouthshire County Council