New Heritage Trail celebrates the wonderful history of the Ogmore Valley

Ogmore AM Huw Irranca-Davies joined a celebration of the new Ogmore Heritage Trail and Heritage Hub which took place at the historic Nantymoel Boys and Girls Club.

This exciting new heritage trail includes a dozen interpretation boards placed along the community path/cycle trail which runs the length of the Ogmore Valley. Each display carries fascinating local information on key historical moments, industrial heritage, and people of the valley communities. Each also has interactive “Q” symbols, which allow you to download more information on your phones as you pass.

If you don’t manage to get out to see all the interpretation boards all on the trail (though you should, as it’s also a chance to explore this beautiful valley), then they are all also replicated in the community hub at the Boys and Girls Club in Nantymoel. This is worth a visit to see the other fascinating heritage exhibits, to have a cuppa and cake in the cafe, and to see the extensive refurbishment of this community hub with around £300k funding from Bridgend Council and other partners.

The celebratory event drew many local residents along with Huw, Ogmore MP Chris Elmore, Bridgend County Borough Mayor Councillor Stuart Baldwin and Councillor Lee-Anne Hill – Chair of Ogmore Valley Community Council. The children of Nantymoel Primary School sang beautifully, to a delighted audience including many groups which use the refurbished community hub as their home.

Following the celebration event Mr Irranca-Davies said “It’s fantastic to see this continuing investment in Nantymoel and the whole Ogmore Valley which has been supported by a wide range of funders and partners who see this as part of building a bright future for the valley. This will benefit residents and visitors whilst also celebrating the incredible history of the people and communities of the Ogmore Valley.”

“Chair of Ogmore Valley Community Council Lee-Anne Hill added “I want to especially thank the many volunteers who’ve made this happen, not least the Ogmore Valley Local History Group who have brought together the fascinating stories of the real people and places who have made this valley such an interesting place to live and for visitors and tourists to explore.”

Chris Elmore MP praised the Boys and Girls Club too, saying “It’s great to see the community coming together to celebrate its past in a fun and innovative way. I pay huge tribute to Bridgend County Borough and Nantymoel Boys and Girls Club for delivering this project which allows local residents and people from further afield to explore the fascinating history of the Ogmore Valley while enjoying the beauty of our natural environment. I can’t wait to explore the heritage trail myself as we head into the spring.”