Hedd Wen, Abergavenny
Hedd Wen Peace Place is a welcoming space for all faiths and none. Set in a terraced row in a village setting. The entrance is accessible from the street and continues on one level, from the lobby, across the meeting room into the Peace Garden. The meeting room has a small kitchen area and wood burner. The garden offers a quiet place for reflection, a ‘peace wall’, and tells the story of Sadako Sasaki and the 1000 Peace Cranes (http://www.hiroshima-is.ac.jp/index.php?page=sadako-story). On the first floor is the Retreat, a self-contained apartment available for short term stays. Visitors, pilgrims and Servas travellers come from around the world. Since the opening of the Peace Garden on World Peace Day in September 2012 we have inspired pilgrimage walks, visits from peacemakers and outreach work in local schools. Current activities in response to local needs include workshops, mindfulness classes, quiet days, and open days.
Hedd Wen means blessed or tranquil peace - inspiration for the name came from the WW1 Welsh poet Ellis Hymphrey Evans whose pen name was Hedd Wyn.
Hedd Wen is a unique recently converted barn linked to the owner’s home and garden and nestled in a quiet location in Llanfoist on the outskirts of the market town of Abergavenny. The village lies at the foot of the Blorenge Mountain on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park with views of the surrounding hills, and has its own industrial past. Hedd Wen is managed by a small group of Quakers. It is in regular use by local Friends for meetings, groups, and social events, and is a valued resource for outreach activities. Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday morning at 10.30 am in Llanfoist Village Hall just a 5 minute walk away.
Standard Opening times: Please telephone or email in advance. A remembrance activity is held in the garden on Hiroshima Day when prayers are said for children lost in current conflicts and for peace workers all over the world.
Ty-Gwyn Kiln Road, Llanfoist, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 9NE, United Kingdom
Grid reference: SO 28707 13256
By car: Llanfoist village is located just a mile from Abergavenny. When approaching from the north or east at the roundabout on the outskirts of Abergavenny take the A465 Heads of the Valley exit - this bypasses the town. In less than a mile take the first left exit signed to Llanfoist village. Follow the directions to Hedd Wen below.
When approaching on the A40 from the west, on the outskirts of the town just past Nevill Hall Hospital at the next roundabout follow the signs to the A465. Go straight over another small roundabout, over the river bridge, then at the next Waitrose roundabout filter left, signed to Llanfoist.
You are now on the edge of the village. Follow this road across a mini roundabout and in approximately 100 yards turn left alongside the Spice Lounge Indian restaurant. This is a narrow one-way access road, this is Kiln Road. You will see Hedd Wen about 50 yards ahead on the right. It is a ‘back to front’ white property with double wooden doors. Parking for a few cars is available on the right side along the wall of the house.
By public transport: Abergavenny Railway Station, then Llanfoist bus from Abergavenny bus station (10 minutes walk from railway station).
On foot: 35 minute walk from railway station along the River Usk through the Castle meadows. Or a 25 minute walk from town - call for directions.
Wheelchair access via a ramp from the road into the hall and garden (but no access to first floor apartment). Toilet available on site. Light refreshments available. Suitable for quiet days and possible worship sharing for small groups (by arrangement).
Hospitaller’s contact details below; a second contact is Linda Green, 2 Thomas Hill Close, Llanfoist, Abergavenny, NP7 9FJ. Tel: 01873 85 7489 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 07855 200132