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Relighting the Fire at the Old Parliament House (12-09-2019)

There’s a new fire in the belly of Machynlleth’s Old Parliament House, thanks to the support of Cwrw Llyn, Gwendoline and Margaret Davies’ Charity and Geraint Owen Roberts Planning and Development Consultant. This comes in the form of a beautiful and welcoming wood burning stove – one that Owain Glyndŵr himself would have approved.

Since its launch at Gwyl Glyndŵr festival in Machynlleth in 2014, Cwrw Llŷn have firmly established Cwrw Glyndŵr as one of the favourites amongst their selection of popular Welsh craft beer. What makes this golden ale special however is that every bottle and barrel sold during the following years have led to a financial contribution towards the Owain Glyndŵr Centre Charity.

The contributions made by Cwrw Llŷn, along with a grant from Gwendoline and Margaret Davies’ Charity, have enabled the Owain Glyndŵr Centre to invest in a wood burning stove that has now features proudly within the Parliament House’s inglenook. Of course, planning consent had to be granted for a development of this kind in a Grade I listed building, and we are extremely grateful to Geraint Owen Roberts for leading us through this specialist process on a completely voluntary basis.

For a charity that looks after one of the most important buildings in Welsh history, these contributions are exceptionally important and valuable. Not only does the wood burner add to the Parliament House’s special atmosphere; it also means that it’s possible to provide a welcoming, characterful – and warm room for anyone wishing to hold a meeting or event at the venue. Be it summer or the middle of winter, you can now feel the warmth at Wales’ Old Parliament House throughout the year.

If you’re interested in hiring the Parliament House for a meeting, event or wedding, or if you wish to join in with the Owain Glyndŵr Centre Charity’s efforts to protect such a notable building, please contact the Centre on enquiries@canolfanglyndwr.org

New job and new shop for Machynlleth (29-02-2016)

Congratulations to Connor Llewelyn Jones on securing a job as the deputy manager of the new Siop Glyndŵr, located here within the Old Parliament House at the Owain Glyndŵr Centre. Selling Welsh products, the shop will also serve as a Local Tourist Information Centre for visitors of the Machynlleth area.

The Welsh Experience at Owain Glyndŵr’s Parliament House (03-09-2015)

It’s a little known fact, but Wales once had its own Parliament. Old Parliament House, located in the beautiful market town of Machynlleth in mid-Wales, is a remarkable survivor from the Middle Ages. It is also the venue where you can now enjoy The Welsh Experience - a new and unique package launched in 2015 to mark the 600th anniversary of Owain Glyndwr’s disappearance. These events can be pre-booked by groups of 20-50 and can be held during the daytime or evenings.

Owain Glyndŵr, a figurehead of Welsh nationalism, led a rebellion against the occupying English forces of Henry IV in the fourteenth century and declared himself Prince of Wales. By June 1402, Glyndŵr had recaptured and controlled most of Wales and successfully drew up mutual recognition treaties with France and Spain.

Often referred to as the "ancient capital of Wales”, Machynlleth was chosen as the seat of Owain Glyndŵr's Welsh Parliament in 1404. Despite fierce battles with forces loyal to the English king, Owain was never captured and his disappearance continues to be a mystery to this day.

The Old Parliament House building itself is a magnificent Grade 1 listed stone structure from the late medieval period, offering an inspiring setting with an amazing atmosphere and a great welcome.

The Welsh Experience events will see guests invited to sit back and enjoy a delicious, medieval themed meal, or a Welsh afternoon tea, made from local, Welsh ingredients. There will also be Welsh themed entertainment including singers, a harpist and a few other special guests.

Contact

For more information on The Welsh Experience events please contact Canolfan Owain Glyndwr Centre on:

Telephone: 00 44 (0)1654 702932 within opening hours

Email: post@canolfanglyndwr.org at any time

The Owain Glyndŵr Story (03-09-2015)

A very special (and fully bilingual) evening discussing the fascinating story of Owain Glyndŵr in the company of Emyr Llew, Cyril Jones and Terry Brevington. Entry by ticket only for £4 - available by calling Sioned Fflur on 01654 702 932 or email sioned@
mentermaldwyn.org.

Gŵyl Glyndŵr Festival 2015 (03-09-2015)

Bring everyone with you to this special day and evening - it promises to be another great event...

History in a Bottle… of ‘Cwrw Glyndŵr’ Beer (20-02-2015)

With exactly 600 years since the disappearance of Owain Glyndŵr, we are delighted to announce that it is now possible to celebrate the life of one of Wales’ greatest heroes with the launch of a pint glass and bottle of ‘Cwrw Glyndŵr’ Beer. Come to Machynlleth’s Parliament House to enjoy crackers, cheese, beer and lots of fun with the Ymryson y Beirdd poet competition...

On Saturday afternoon 28th of February, on St David's weekend, ‘Cwrw Glyndŵr‘ Beer will be launched in style at Machynlleth’s Parliament House. There will be musical entertainment, refreshments for everyone and 4 teams of Wales’ best poets to entertain you in an ‘Ymryson’ between 1 and 4:30 on Saturday afternoon. Gwenallt, the ‘Chief Bard’ will be at the helm and there’s also a chance for you to participate (details below)...

Also present will be Cwrw Llŷn - the company commissioned by the Owain Glyndŵr Centre Charity to produce Cwrw Glyndŵr Beer. Following the launch, Cwrw Llŷn will distribute Cwrw Glyndŵr to its network of pubs and shops around Wales. For every pint or bottle sold, a percentage of the price will be donated to the charity. A great example of collaboration between companies and areas and of how Welsh products can be used to promote our heritage.

Owain Glyndwr Centre Charity is responsible for looking after this building which is so important to the history of Wales. Here, in this exact spot, representatives of communities throughout Wales assembled in 1404 to crown Owain Glyndwr as the Prince of independent Wales. Also present, according to tradition, were dignitaries from France, Scotland and Castile (Spain).

Very timely therefore that the launch of Cwrw Glyndŵr Beer between 1 and 4:30 leads to another encounter between Wales and France at 5pm - on the rugby field this time. What better way to prepare than by raising a glass to Owain Glyndŵr, our national hero.

Competition to tempt... Limerick, Line and Englyn.

Here are the tasks that have been set to the public by the Chief Bard. Bring your entries to the Parliament House in Machynlleth between 11:30 and 12:30 on the day (Saturday 28th February) and the winners will be announced during the day.

Limerick to include the line: ‘Mae Owain ar botel o gwrw’
A line out of the word 'Hyddgen'
Englyn on the topic: 'Owain Glyndŵr' (the winning Englyn will be displayed permanently at the Parliament House with the author's permission)

Gŵyl Glyndŵr Festival 2014 Rises Over £4K for Charity and Eisteddfod (19-09-2014)

Over 600 people gathered at the Canolfan Owain Glyndŵr Centre in Machynlleth on Saturday the 13th of September to celebrate Gŵyl Glyndŵr Festival 2014. Fittingly, it was also just over 600 years ago that Wales was united at this very same location by the man himself, Owain Glyndŵr. The event also managed to raise a whooping £4,218.66 to be shared equally between the Canolfan Owain Glyndŵr Charity and Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Meifod a’r Gororau 2015.

There was a very special atmosphere on the Senedd-dy grounds, which hosted a great variety of entertainment throughout the day. From S4C’s Cyw characters and a dancing class for children to a Speed Shearing competition and 6 different bands including Patrobas and Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, the crowd was thoroughly entertained.

Alun Jones, one of the organisers and Chairman of the Bro Ddyfi Appeal for the Esiteddfod said, ‘It was an absolutely fantastic day and the turnout was higher than we ever expected. We’d like to thank everyone for their support in making this festival such a success, which has produced a substantial profit for the Bro Ddyfi Appeal and for the Canolfan Owain Glyndŵr Charity.’

The event also marked the launch of a brand new beer, called Cwrw Glyndŵr, a lovely, light ale which will be officially available in pubs and shops in 2015. This is just one of many exciting new developments currently taking place at the Canolfan Owain Glyndŵr Centre in Machynlleth as the charity aims to bring life back to the Senedd-dy – one of the most important historical buildings in Wales.

Another very exciting development is that couples can now get married at this special building. If you’re looking for a beautiful and unique venue for your special day, a Wedding Fayre will be held on the grounds on Sunday the 28th of September between 11am-3pm.

Nia Sian Lewis, the Fayre organiser said ‘It is a truly inspiring setting for a wedding – if only it had secured the wedding licence last year when I got married! The Senedd-dy holds a very special place in the hearts of many and being able to unite in marriage at the place where Glyndŵr once united Wales really is something quite special.’
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June 18 – Celebrations in Machynlleth (10-07-2011)

On Saturday, June 18, six hundred and seven years after Owain Glyndŵr held Wales’s first Parliament on the site, a new exhibition was opened in Parliament House, Machynlleth.
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Princely Exhibition for a National Hero (10-06-2011)

An exciting new exhibition will open on Saturday 18th June 2011 in the newly renovated Owain Glyndŵr Centre in Machynlleth.
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