New Consortium Purchases Wales’ First Community Farm

A new era has dawned for the formerly community-owned Ffarm Moelyci near Bangor.  The farm has now been purchased from Moelyci Environmental Centre (In administration) Ltd by a consortium of a dozen interested parties representing former tenants, supporters, neighbours, community groups and local small businesses: Ymlaen Moelyci.  The consortium of owners came together in August 2017 to bid for the farm when its owners were forced to put it on the open market to clear their debts.

 Security and certainty will underpin future developments

To the outside world, the appearance of the farm and its planned development will not change much in the near future. The farm shop and cafe will continue its operation after a short break during this winter and the allotments organisation can now recommence cultivating their plots with confidence. Snowdonia Donkeys’ work with children and the community will expand as they take over additional buildings and land, and the education barn and community kitchen will still be available for hire for functions, events and the popular pop-up restaurant evenings.  Most of the planned small-scale biomass plant has recently arrived from Scotland and will be commissioned in the New Year, a calendar of events is being drawn up for 2019, and the public rights of way across the farm remain open to all. 

“It is a huge relief after all the twists and turns and dogged hard work of the last two years, to have secured the farm’s future” said Colin Keyse, founder of the consortium company Ymlaen Moelyci Cyf. “whilst we now have the farm privately owned by twelve different parties, their interests are complementary to each other’s and represent much of the strategic plan that had been developed under the previous tenant, Cwm Harry Land Trust’s guidance”.

Ruth Stronge of Snowdonia Donkeys said “we are delighted that our donkeys no longer face the prospect of having to find a new home before Christmas. We can look forward to putting our plans for the future into action in the New Year”.  Andy Crabb of Tregarth Community Allotments CIC said “Our members are delighted that our future here is secure and we can welcome more new members to join our friendly group”

Pledges

Crowdfunding

Pledge to one or more of the groups below to help save the farm!  Pledging to the groups not only makes their offer stronger to the security of Ffarm Moelyci it also helps them determine their own future plans.

If you want to help secure the freehold for the future, then PLEDGE to Ymlaen Moelyci

If you’re all about local foods and economy then PLEDGE to Blas Lôn Las

If you’re passionate about working and walking with Snowdonia Donkeys then PLEDGE

How about supporting Gwynedd’s largest private allotmentsPLEDGE

If donating on the internet isn’t your thing then you can pick up a pledge form from the shop, house or via your chosen group.

Ras Moelyci 13th Feb 2016

Ras Moelyci Fell Race

On Saturday 13th February 2016 at 12 midday (registration 10.30am until 11.45am)

At
Ffarm Moelyci, Felin Hen Road, Tregarth
Gwynedd, LL57 4BB (SH 593 678)

Details
8.1k/+390m; 5m/+1280ft

The race is considered by many to be one of the classic local short fell races and the route consists of various terrain that will test the runner’s speed, agility and confidence. Extremely muddy fields, stony single tracks, short sharp ascent to the summit, short but steep descent off the top, root-laden wooded paths, and a little bit of pot-holed tarmac. Everything you need for a fantastic little race to start off your running season.

Over 16 for the main race, over 8 for the junior race.
£5 on the day only (Junior race is free), fee includes soup and a roll.

Limited parking please car share

Please note, if it has been raining, there’s a chance your car may get stuck in the mud if you park in the field, so park at your own risk

Organiser: Gary Porter-Jones (07927655935) or garyaero@gmail.com
www.eryriharriers.org.uk

 

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Pub Quiz

Pub Quiz at the Douglas Arms in Bethesda

Tuesday 9th June 2015

Team “Unhinged “won the Moelyci veg box at the pub quiz last night with the stunning score of 77. Well done guys. Unhinged are donating the veg box to the “pay as you feel “cafe in Bethesda.

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