In September 2013 the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group approved approximately £3,000 of funding to go towards supporting the Aberporth Maritime Heritage Project. The project involved new partnership working between the Community Council, the local Hanes group and community volunteers who aimed to increase awareness of the importance of maritime history in Aberporth. The group had previously been working with support from Menter Aberteifi on the ‘Across the Waves’ project but approached Cynnal y Cardi about the possibility of creating new elements of the project. The group wanted to increase community involvement in the project by having a community launch event to unveil the new plinth and interpretation panel, which has been situated by Aberporth beach, along the safe route to school and the Coastal Path. See the link below for video from the opening ceremony on the 1st December 2013 http://www.youtube.com/user/tywod?feature=watch .

 

As part of the celebration of the project the plinth was unveiled by County Councillor Gethin James, and the community used the opportunity to remember those people from the village that lost their lives at sea and those who currently earn a livelihood from the sea. The ceremony was concluded with the community singing Calon Lân, after which the community continued the celebrations at Aberporth Village Hall where entertainment, competitions and refreshments were provided. The event was attended by 200 people approximately and a great time was had by all, especially the children, who thought that the ‘Pirate Entertainer’ (Louise from Merrymakers) was incredible. Information was also gathered for a Time Capsule which is to be interred on March 1st 2014 and a Memory Book will be taken to The National Library and will be returned to Aberporth Community Council in 50 years’ time.

Following the event, community volunteers were still keen to develop new aspects of this project and approached a Cynnal Y Cardi Rural Communities Officer to look at possibly extending the project. The Groups’ extension application was approved in February 2014 and the group continue to undertake research and development work in the community. They plan to produce further maritime heritage interpretation materials for inclusion on a second panel on the plinth and for use in other future projects. Due to the support of the CyC project the group and wider community will also have the opportunity to attend a research and familiarisation visit to the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea in spring 2013.