Pendinas Archaeology Project

An innovative ‘grass roots’ community led bilingual heritage and environment initiative, framed around the Pen Dinas hill fort / Local Nature Reserve site, which will explore the heritage, culture and environment of the site in numerous ways, as we briefly outline below. We envisage this will have positive economic, cultural, educational and environmental impacts upon the region, the community and its identity and in the Dyfi Biosphere.

  • This would entail a community geophysical survey, which has never been done on the fort.
  • Design and develop more appropriate signage and benches for the site – utilise the site for tourism and education
  • Create a History & Heritage centre space at the proposed new Community Centre, would focus on the Hillfort and the Village of Penparcau. This would include digital signage, ‘heritage stations’ and visitor/educational packs.
  • Visit other sites in Wales e.g. Caerau Community Hillfort project in Ely Cardiff, Heather & Hillforts project in Denbighshire and Castell Henllys in Pembs – to build capacity, develop the consortium (with a view to collaborative bids) and understand best practice in existing sites – scoping visits.
  • Work towards creating an up to date bilingual booklet on all the findings that is user friendly, easily available and open.
  • Carry out a feasibility study
  • Engage with the community in a variety of ways bilingually) to ensure the sustainability of the project.
  • Increase visitor/local footfall on the site.
  • Develop better access to the Coastal Path and Ystwyth cycle-trail through the project for i.e. sustainable tourism/heritage activities that could target health and wellbeing.

All of the above is aimed at celebrating and highlighting Pen Dinas as an important site of immense historical value to our immediate community and the wider area i.e. adding value to local identity, utilising natural & cultural resources and the exploitation of digital technologies.

The project would be focused on creating and developing structures and initiatives that enhance and provide improved access to the local natural and built environment. Together with promoting opportunities for joint co-operation actions related to the natural landscape within a Biosphere area and, deliver alternative methods of delivering tourist information in the area.

We envisage that the proposed project highlighted above would form the basis for a number of applications to the European Community Development Fund.

However in order to pull together all of the above into a coherent application to the ECDF, we need to look at an extensive feasibility study that researches the viability of the proposed outline above.

We have consulted with the Royal Commission and have asked the consultancy Trysor to outline a feasibility study quote estimate to carry out the work generated by such a study.

Over the last two years we have been exploring the possibility to develop the site in a sustainable, way that would be of interest to multiple stakeholders and form the ‘backbone’ for lager projects. In order to do this we have engaged in different types of consultation – led walks over 2 years on the site (over 200 people), we have held ‘Local Conversations’ with over 300 people, as well as questionnaires. We have regularly held Community Steering meetings to discuss the development in question, we have created a consortium to pull together expertise in the area and steer and manage the development in an appropriate and rigorous way. We have regular History Group Meetings and have a Facebook group that discusses related matters. As a consortium we have also ensured that we have had input from Ceredigion County Council, NRW and the Royal Commission.

It is important that we have carried out this work in order that we could develop a sustainable long-term project.



We hope that you are all keeping well and safe.  The team here at Penparcau Community Hub have been very busy supporting vulnerable and isolated members of the Community and  have now established Penparcau Action Team (PAT) so that we can work remotely and still keep services going as best we can. We thought we would give you an outline of what PAT will be doing

PAT is a coordinated Hub volunteer community group working in support of and in partnership with the Ystwyth Medical Group, Padarn Surgery and St Ann’s Church providing logistical, organised and controlled priority community support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Under the direction of Ystwyth Medical Group practice manager, we are now delivering a daily support service that targets the most medically vulnerable within the Penparcau community.  We also support St Ann’s church providing them with a much needed delivery service to distribute some food supplies.

A team is despatched daily from the Penparcau Community Hub in our minibus and we have established a morning, lunchtime and teatime delivery service. The main priority must be that of achieving a reliable support system for the community to help counter the Coronavirus pandemic.

Routine is essential, and for the success and sustainable control of PAT we must understand that we are not an emergency service, nor a home help or care group but will provide the vulnerable in the community with support for prescription collections and the occasional drop-and-go service.

During difficult and uncertain times, we can rely on the good within the community to respond and stand tall and support those most in need. PAT aims to provide that hand of support and we are now operating a 7-days a week service with 4 volunteers operating the morning shift and 4 volunteers operating the afternoon shift. The office is also open from 09:00 – 15:00 daily to receive phone calls only.  This should provide the community with a vital point of contact where they can receive information, support and direction from our informed Hub staff and volunteers.  Please ring 01970 611099 during those times.

In the meantime stay safe – keep washing those hands!

Karen Rees Roberts (Forum Manager)