What's happening in the village

8.1.18                  The Community Centre is having a make-over!     The main hall has had the floor stripped and a

                            new surface is being laid.   The toilets are also being altered with the provision of disabled toilets.

                            The Community Association was one of the recipients of the donations given out by the Co-operative 

                            store and the Association was very grateful for this and thank the Co-op and all customers who made 

                            this possible.

                            St. Mary's Church Hall is also being refurbished.  Secondary double glazing has already been

                            fitted and the electricians are working on new heating and lighting before a lowered ceiling

                            can be fitted.  Once completed the hall will be much warmer and the groups that use it will feel the benefit.


7.12.17                The annual 'Mince Pies and Music' afternoon was hosted by the Community Association for all

                            local senior citizens.  After a glass of sherry and nibbles, everyone settled down to enjoy being 

                            entertained by Caz B who sang well known songs.  There was a break for tea and mince pies and 

                            then some brave souls got up and danced as Caz B. sang again and serenaded a local gentleman

                            with 'Santa Baby'.   Lucky winners of the raffle collected their prizes and a good afternoon was had by all.             .        


23 -26.11.17         St. Mary's Church was alive with angels for three days in November.  Windowsills, walls, doors were

                             decorated with a great variety of angels, made of wool, material, wood, pottery and even two constructed

                             from traffic cones with football heads!  The centrepiece was a beautiful large angel, made by Neil Machin,

                             the Begelly woodcarver, which hung in the main arch of the church.  



                                                     St. Mary's Church Flower Festival and Teddybear Parachute jump


    Easter Garden by the Sunday Club children                                                        Altar arrangement


                        St. David's Day                                                                                          Mothering Sunday


                                 Trinity                                                                                                The Lychgate



The colourful flowerbeds planted by the Community Association


21.7.17       The Presentation of Trophies and Strawberry tea was held in the community Centre for all entrants of

                   the Kilgetty in Bloom competition.  The judging had taken place on Wednesday 12th July and the three 

                   judges had the unenviable task of remembering the 94 classes entered and giving their verdicts.  County 

                  Councillor David Pugh presented the sixteen trophies and certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  It was 

                   an enjoyable afternoon and thanks go to members of the Community Association for all the preparations.




10.6.17      Members of the Begelly Kilgetty Community Asssociation had to hold their Garden Fayre Table-top / Plant Sale 

                in the Community Centre due to the inclement weather. Thank you to those who supported us with donated items

                and ventured out in the mist and rain.  All proceeds go towards village projects, such as the village flower beds, the 

                Community Garden and refurbishment of the Community Centre.


                 The Men's Shed brought some of the items they have been making, including bird nesting boxes, wine racks

                 and garden trugs, one of which Tom is modelling on his arm!   The Men's Shed meets on a Wednesday at

                 1.00pm in the small white building next to the Community Centre.  Please drop in to see them.


                 The Garden is looking colourful and well-kept and the village beds will soon be planted out with the Summer 

                 bedding.  Please, dog owners keep your dog on a lead whilst walking through the garden to the paths behind 

                 the garden, even if your dog is friendly and well-behaved!  

                The Association A.G.M. is on Monday 26th June at 7pm in the Community Centre and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday 3rd June     Members of the three churches from Ludchurch, Begelly and East Williamston took part in a walk of prayer

starting at St Elidyr's in Ludchurch with a short Morning Prayer, walking to St. Mary's in Begelly, where they stopped for lunch 

followed by Midday prayer in the church, then on to St. Elidyr's in East Williamston. Rev.Caroline stopped for one-line prayers on 

the way, to open eyes to things that are not noticed, and Evening Service was held to finish the day.  Well done to those who managed the whole route.


On Sunday 14th May, members of St. Mary's Church  went to St. Elidyr's Church,  East Williamston to attend the 

licensing of the Revd. Caroline Mansell as Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Begelly, E. Williamston and Ludchurch.  

The service was taken by Bishop Joanna Pemberthey and the church was also re-dedicated after its refurbishment.  

The service was followed by a lunch for all three congregations in the village hall.

St. Mary's Church held a successful Coffee morning in the Community Hall.  Tea and coffee was served whilst visitors browsed 

the tables containing bric-a-brac, cakes, books, cards, bottle stall and "Guardian Angel" items.  At present money is being raised to 

refurbish the Church Hall, along with the usual fund-raising to keep the church functioning for the residents of the area.


Have you seen the colourful display of hyacinths in the raised bed in the Community Garden.  The volunteer gardeners have 

begun work on Tuesday mornings keeping the Garden a lovely place in Kilgetty.  Helpers are always welcome at table-top sales

and in the Garden.   Come and join us.  



Saturday 25th March                              Table-top sale in aid of the Community Association and Harriet Davis Trust


Shy Lyn hiding behind the curtain with her lovely array                          Kathy with the bric-a-brac and clothes stall

            of lovely jewellery

The profits from the table-top sale will go towards village projects.  Recently a new kitchen has been installed in the 

Community centre, following the refurbishment of the small hall.  The Harriet Davis Trust table had an enticing display

of cakes to buy. 

February 2017             The Community Centre has had a facelift!  Following last years painting of the outside of the

                                  building, the inside has now been refurbished.  Both halls have been decorated and a complete

                                  new kitchen has been installed.  Thank you to John Keeler who has completed most of the work

                                  and thank you to the regular users of the halls for their patience whilst the kitchen was out of action.

                                  It is certainly a vast improvement.  The halls are available for rent for sales or private parties. 

                                  Phone Mrs Skelton for bookings 01834 813331.

  The next event in the Community Centre will be a Spring Fayre on Saturday 25th March 

                                   which will be a combined function between Begelly Kilgetty Commmunity Association and the 

        Harriet Davis Trust.  Refreshments.  Come along and see the improvements.



11.2.17 Rev. Caroline Mansell, St. Mary's, Begelly attended the enthronement of Joanna, the 129th Bishop of St.

David's and the first woman bishop in Wales, at St. David's Cathedral.



February 2017            'Twisted Tangles' is a new hairdressing salon that has opened in Kilgetty in the former quilting shop.



                                                       Music and Mince Pies afternoon in the Community Centre

                                                                     entertainment by 'The Jinglebelles'




8.12.16             Christmas activities are in full swing in Kilgetty and Begelly.  The W.I. had a mince pie and coffee morning 

                        on Tuesday morning with all the tables looking very festive and visitors enjoying a chat.  Stepaside School 

                       Choir and Brass ensemble along with St David's Choir entertained in St. Mary's Church on Wednesday evening 

                       and all local senior citizens gathered at the Community Centre for the annual 'Mince Pies and Music' 

                       afternoon arranged by the Begelly Kilgetty Community Association,with entertainment by 'The Jinglebelles, a 

                       singing duo.




13.11.16       Remembrance service held in Kilgetty Community Garden at 3pm.

                   Rev. Caroline Mansell led the service with readings by Judi Ball, Tom Price and schoolchildren from 

                   Stepaside School.

                   County Councillor David Pugh read a poem and representatives from the local community, the R.A.O.B., 

                   St. Mary's Church, the Sports and Social Club and Kilgetty Begelly Community Council, laid wreaths at 

                   the memorial stone, which commemorates the fallen from the first World War. Members of the Salvation 

                   Army band accompanied the hymn 'O Lord, our help in ages past' and Adam Hensman played the Last Post 

                   before two minutes silence was held.

                   Begelly Kilgetty Community Association provided refreshments in the Community Centre after the service.



Rev. Caroline Mansell in St. Mary's Church, Begelly, with a table of food donations for PATCH.

    Harvest festival service and Bring and Share Supper at St. Mary's, Begelly


19.9.16           Ludchurch, Begelly and E.Williamston churches joined together for a coach trip to the Italian prisoners 

                      of war chapel at Henllan, Llandysul.  The day was fine and breezy and Mr Jones prepared us with a 

                      background history of the camp before taking us into the chapel, which is now seventy-two years old.  

                      Other wooden buildings had rotted away over the years but thanks to the owner of the site, the chapel 

                      building has been protected from the weather by encasing it in a building and recently erecting over it a

                      large shelter.  The artwork, done by a young Italian man, is still outstanding and fresh, despite his using

                      tea-leaves, onion skins and plants for paint.  All the candlesticks and crosses were made from flattened 

                      food cans. An excellent  lunch was taken at the Cenarth Falls, followed by a short service in the local 

                      church, before the return journey and the threatened rain arrived.


27.8.16            A teddybear's picnic and parachute jump was held at St. Mary's Church.  Teddybears were weighed and

                      fitted with harnesses and appropriate size parachutes before being launched from the top of the tower.  

                      Some managed to  drop onto the marked spot although a few parachuted off in the breeze and dangled 

                      from the trees.  All were rescued and no teddies were harmed.   Picnics were enjoyed in the sunshine at 

                      the top of the churchyard and hot dogs, cakes and drinks were on offer in the church hall.  There were

                      also activities for children; a craft table, a lucky dip, a chance to win a toy, a 'Find the teddy' in the Church

                      and also a Church quiz for children and adults.  Many thanks to the two gentlemen who climbed the 

                      tower about four times during the afternoon.


20.8.16             A Book Sale was held in the Community Centre by Community Association members and refreshments

                       were available whilst visitors chose their books.

18.6.16             The Community Association held a Spring Fayre in the Community Garden.  The weather stayed dry

                        and visitors browsed the stalls and enjoyed tea in the Garden.  All profits go to enhancing the village.

2.7.16               A strawberry tea was held at the Community Centre by members of St. Mary's Church, Begelly.

                        Visitors could either sit inside or take their tea in the Community Garden on a lovely sunny day.

                        A raffle was held and everyone enjoyed the afternoon.

12.6.16             Escaped sheep foil police search!  Several sheep spent the day wandering around Kilgetty.  One was

                        eventually found hiding in a garden shed and was unceremoniously lifted into the back of a police van.  

                        Reports came in that the other was behind the Co-op store so the police rapidly headed that way.




Kilgetty and district Amateur Gardening Club

The April meeting of the Club was the annual Spring Show and members laid out their exhibits to be judged.  Unfortunately our usual judge was not available so members voted with tickets for the winning entry in each class.  The unusually early Spring meant that many narcissi / daffodils had flowered early but quite a good number of exhibits were on the tables. The overall winner was L. Lawson.

The raffle was then held and all enjoyed a chat and viewed the exhibits.

The club meets on the first Monday of each month (May will be the second Monday due to the first being a Bank Holiday) at the R.A.O.B. Club in Station Road, Kilgetty at 7pm..  The speaker at the May meeting will be Annie Haycock who will be giving a talk on 'Wild flowers of the Pembrokeshire coastal path.'  Visitors are always welcome and entry is free.



27.6.15             Begelly Kilgetty Community Association held a June Garden Fayre in the Community Garden on

                        a sunny morning.  Plants, bric-a-brac, clothes and books were on offer along with other stalls and 

                        refreshments.  The volunteers were pleased with the response and their efforts raised funds for

                        village projects.  Thanks go to the helpers and also to the New Life Christian Fellowship members

                        who kindly helped put everything back in the building afterwards.  Volunteers are always welcome to help 

                        at these type of events.


17.5.15             The Parochial Church Council of St. Mary's Church, Begelly, would like to thank those who responded

                        so generously to their recent Gift Day. This raised much-needed funds to help keep the Church open

                        for services, Baptisms, Confirmations, Weddings, Funerals and other events held throughout the year.

                        The Church is open every day throughout the summer months if anyone  wishes to take a look around this 

                        lovely church.



                                           Volunteers needed
                     One area where a few volunteers are needed is St. Mary's Churchyard.  The churchyard verger, Ted George, is
                     looking for a few more people to help with mowing and strimming, mainly on a Tuesday afternoon, with a break
                     for a cuppa in the church hall.  At one time there was quite a good size team keeping the churchyard very tidy
                     but numbers have dwindled and its beginning to be a struggle to keep up with things.  If anyone has a few
                     hours spare on a Tuesday afternoon, please get in touch with Ted on 01834 813981 and tell him you
                     read about it on the village website!  Other times could possibly be arranged to suit.




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