Friday 25 January 2013
On St Dwynwen’s day – the Welsh patron saint of lovers, Housing Regeneration and Heritage Minister Huw Lewis, has praised a project to conserve an iconic church on Anglesey that has special significance for Welsh sweethearts.
St Dwynwen’s Church on Llanddwyn Head at Newborough on Anglesey is currently undergoing conservation and restoration work as part of the Mona Antiqua scheme, run by Menter Môn. It is one of 24 to benefit from £19 million Cadw’s Heritage Tourism Project, which is backed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Funding is also provided from the Welsh Government Môn a Menai programme and Ynys Môn County Council.
Once the restoration work, which is being carried out by a local construction company Grosvenor Construction, with the assistance of volunteers and staff of the Countryside Council for Wales, is complete, visitors will be able to see elements of the site that have not been visible for 200 or more years.
Work includes the removal of turf, fallen stone and sand, and the re-building of structural elements, including the restoration of an arch window that collapsed in the 1950s.
The story of St Dwynwen is one of Wales’s greatest legends. Unable to marry the man she loved, she devoted her life to the happiness of lovers which led to her becoming the patron saint of lovers. Her story is celebrated on 25 January the Welsh Valentine’s Day.
The Minister said: 'Menter Môn, the Countryside Council for Wales and all the volunteers who have been working hard on the conservation and restoration of St Dwynwen’s Church are doing a fantastic job and I thank them for their efforts'.
'The work they are undertaking will help to make one of Wales’s great legends accessible to local people and visitors alike. Projects like this are key to keeping our past alive as well as boosting the local economy in the future and play a very important role in selling Wales and its culture to the world. I am delighted that Welsh Government funding has contributed to the project and look forward to visiting the site once work is complete.'