Come a-Wassailing in Llantwit Major!

Calling all Llantwit’s potential Wassailers for an afternoon of merriment on Sunday 10th February (later than normal due to the the wet winter weather).
‘Waes Hail’ means “Good Health”, and “wassailing” refers to a traditional ceremony, singing and drinking the health of trees in hope that they will thrive. According to Wikipaedia “The purpose of wassailing is to awake the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the Autumn.”

Llantwit’s Wassailers will process around the town’s apple trees, singing some of the beautiful Wassail songs (song sheets will be provided). Traditionally, toast is soaked in cider and hung in the boughs of the tree “for the robins, who represent the ‘good spirits’ of the tree.”

Then an incantation is usually recited such as:
Old Apple tree, old apple tree;
We’ve come to wassail thee;
To bear and to bow apples enow;
Hats full, caps full, three bushel bags full;
Barn floors full and a little heap under the stairs.

Wassailing will start at 2.00 pm at the Transition Llantwit Orchard, behind the Scout Hut, halfway along the lane to Hill Head. Afterwards we will visit as many apple trees as can be easily walked to in the afternoon. When we run out of daylight, we’ll adjourn to the Old Swan (to warm up!) If you play an instrument, bring it along. Also bring along any bells, and things to shake.

All are welcome to join the band of Wassailers: you don’t have to be an amazing singer, just enthusiastic! For more information, or if you have a tree that you wish to encourage, call 07804 624795. If the weather is terrible, ring this number to check what’s happening.

Litter Pick, a huge success!

Transition Llantwit were in action again this weekend and held a very successful litter pick today!
Regardless of the very windy weather, around two dozen people turned up for the morning litter pick of which we found all sorts of various weird and wonderful items including a car tyre and wind up radio!!

We would like to offer a big thanks to Atlantic College for attending our event, and also to all those who came regardless of the wind and the cold! We hope to organise similiar events over the coming summer!

We have added all the photos we took of the event to our Transition Llantwit Facebook group!

Mark Gabb
Transition Llantwit

Transition Llantwit Litter Pick: 27th January 2013.

Transition Llantwit





at Col-huw Beach




11.30 Sunday 27th January




Wear suitable clothing for January


and bring work gloves if possible.




Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


( 07804 624795 )

Marine Protected Areas in Wales – Last Chance to Have Your Say

Many of us in the Vale spend our summer holidays at locations around our beautiful Welsh coast. It’s easy to take for granted the clean seas and golden sands, but we urgently need legal protection to safeguard our waters from damaging activities.

Even the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve off the Pembrokeshire coast still has lobster potting, and boat users approaching breeding seals, and most of the sea has no real protection.

The Welsh Assembly Government’s Consultation on creating Marine Conservation Zones runs until 31st July, so this is our last chance to have our say.

“There are NO areas of Welsh coast that are fully protected. Out there, beyond the beach, habitats and marine creatures are being damaged or destroyed. Now YOU can tell the Welsh government why you want to see damaging activities stopped at the 10 sites they have selected for protection. The coastal waters of Wales must be saved for future generations, and your voice counts NOW.” (Marine Conservation Society)

It only takes a few minutes to help save our seas:
Step 1 – Pledge your support for Marine Protected Areas at
Step 2 – Write to your MP or AM (there’s a ready-made email online).

Do it now!

Miri Mieri – the Value of Diversity

We hear on the news that tonnes of food crops in the UK are ruined by the flooding. A grower in the East of England has 5,000 acres of ripe peas, in something resembling a paddy-field. If they aren’t harvested within a few hours of ripening, they will all be wasted.

Miri Mieri is having its share of weather catastrophes, but when you grow a wide range of food-plants, there’s a good chance that you will come out of it with something. Seeds are relatively inexpensive (or free if you save your own or come to our seed-swaps), so it’s wise to sow little and often, and spread the risk. You may lose the broccoli to birds, but you’ll still have kale. Caterpillars may devastate the cabbages, but the caulis survive. Slugs munch all the pumpkins, but the courgettes are spared. The birds pinch the currants, but if you’re canny, you’ll get some.

On a small scale, you can pick your strawberries just before they become attractive to the pests, and let them ripen on the window-sill. They will taste so much better than Spanish imports that have to stay rock-hard to survive their plane journey. Join us at Miri Mieri family garden near Llantonian Hall on Saturdays 11 – 1, weather permitting. For more info see or ring 07804 624795.

Transition Llantwit Community Foodie Day!

On Saturday, Transition Llantwit members took part in a Community Foodie organised trip around the Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend and Cardiff to visit existing Community Gardens sites to supplement and improve our current knowledge.

The large group included not only Transition Llantwit members but other “community garden enthusiasts” from Wick and Bridgend looking to form their own new community gardens, and improving their existing ones. It was a great opportunity to learn from others and form new links with other groups.

Llangeinor Community Gardens

After meeting in Bridgend, our first site visit was t o Llangeinor Community Garden where they were in the early stages of establishing their garden. This site is an area where there used to be a Swimming Pool so the soil is quite stony and poor and therefore they have a set of raised beds built using sleepers and have plans for many more!

Our next visit was to  Evanstown Community Garden where they have established a Community Garden mostly constructed using recycled materials and a large dose of ingenuity! My particular highlight was the veg stand made out of palettes! (see photo). This garden was probably the most akin to our Miri Mieri garden.

Following our visit to Evanstown, we went over to Cefn Criwbr Community Garden, which was founded in 2008. Over the last 4 years they have taken a plot of land behind their community centre and turned it into small plot allotments, including raised beds and the like. This allotment scheme is also linked to a gardening club ran by the community centre. In addition to the allotments, there is a small garden which is looked after by a local school effectively creating links with the local community.

Evanstown Community Garden

From the Chapter Arts Centre we made the short trip over to Leckwith allotments where we found the most mature project we had seen that day. At this site there were large scale allotments, including an NHS run “garden” with wheelchair access, fantastic stuff! There was also a dedicated space that was being prepared to allow gardening courses to take place under cover.Following our visit to the Vale of Glamorgan we headed over to lunch at the Chapter Arts Centre. Whilst at the Arts Centre we also viewed their small scale Community Garden at the front of the building which mixed flowers and vegetable growing in raised beds. Very effective, very pretty and you end up with lots of yummy produce at the end!

After Leckwith we made our way over to  our final destination at Taffs Well and Nantgarw Community Garden. This project was around 3 years old, and they housed their own bees (very jealous!), childrens play area, orchard and several very clever and innovative willow structures. Again, another site with ingenuity, ideas and a large dose of hard work.

Following this, we made our merry way home to Bridgend FULL of ideas and inspiration for any future and current community garden projects Transition Llantwit take on!

We’d like to thank Community Foodie for inviting us along! Thank you!

Transition Llantwit Meeting this Thursday!

Don’t forget to join us on Thursday 21st June at 7.30pm at The Heritage Centre.

We have lots to talk about and plenty of events to continue to plan! For more information please contact us at

Petition Fish

Petition Fish is The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign to put pressure on the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments to create Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – sanctuaries for our sea life.

Given Llantwit Major is on the UK coastline, it is important we support campaigns such as this, so please add your name to the petition!

More information is given on the link below:

Fill that hole!

Potholes can be more than a nuisance. They can be a danger to cyclists and others. In the UK, there’s an average of one road defect for every 110 metres of road. Now there is a way where you can make the council aware of potholes from your computer!

Fill That Hole is a website where you can log a pot hole at a particular location and they contact the council to try and get that pot hole fixed for you!

Mark Gabb
Transition Llantwit

Miri Mieri Update

Miri Mieri Update Chilly, rain-soaked Miri Mieri has transformed overnight to parched, baked clay, but astonishingly, most of our plants are thriving, including potatoes, beetroot, broad beans, oca, Calendulas, and all the herbs.

This summer, Transition Llantwit’s family garden project aims to have a regular session every Saturday from 11 till 1. If you can’t manage this, get a few friends together and we’ll arrange a gardening session for you.

Recently, we sowed Birds’ Egg French beans and peas from last year’s pods: “Shucking the dried peas out of their pods seems to be genuinely thrilling to small boys. Everyone joined in really well with planting the peas and birdsegg beans. One boy exclaimed ‘oh they look like eggs’ before I could tell them what they were and then went on to explain confidently to his mother that they were going to grow into beanstalks. Well done that boy!”

Miri Mieri is near Llantonian Hall, adjoining the small children’s play area. All ages are welcome, as long as children are accompanied by a responsible adult. Old clothes recommended. Enquiries 01446 796849 / 07804 624795.