Martletwy Community Council's ward incorporates the villages of Lawrenny, Landshipping and Martletwy along with neighbouring communities at Minwear, Coedcanlas and Cross Hands, large parts of which fall within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The Community Council is made up of six voluntary Councillors elected by residents to represent their interests in matters affecting the local community. The Council meets once a month - normally on the first Monday of each month, except for Bank Holidays and in exceptional circumstances.
This picturesque corner of Pembrokeshire has a well-known theme park and holiday resort in its midst as well as independent camping and caravan sites and B&Bs. It is also a popular spot for walkers with some very scenic routes through woodland and along the banks of the River Cleddau passing beautiful country churches and conveniently-located public houses. The community sees a large number of locally-organised events throughout the year, including Family Fun Days, Cricket matches, Raft Races and Cider Festivals, all of which draw a crowd of both local residents and holiday-makers.
Now a largely agricultural area, commerce once depended heavily upon fishing, boat building, quarrying and mining activities. The Landshipping Colliery was witness to one of the largest mining disasters in Wales on Valentine's Day in 1844, when 40 miners lost their lives after water flooded the workings trapping miners (many of them women and children) underground, unable to escape. A Memorial Plaque was erected by local people in 2002, and the disaster was also commemorated on part of the newly installed memorial at Senghenydd in Caerphilly.
An example of a recent initiative of the Community Council is the launch of the Good Neighbour Scheme which reinforces the strong sense of community within the ward by offering a helping hand in unusual circumstances. The Good Neighbour Scheme is a group of volunteers designed to be on-call to provide practical help for life's little emergencies - for those in need of assistance, perhaps when friends and family are away, with simple things like changing a light bulb or walking the dog, for example. The scheme has now been extended to include a Luncheon Club which is open to anybody within the community interested in a social get-together.
Martletwy Community Council is pleased to provide our community, and others, with information about the local area and to keep readers up-to-date with news and events. Whilst we are still in the process of getting the website off the ground, we ask for your patience as we continue to collate information and photographs to improve the site and please do check back for regular updates. If you would like to send in your scenic photographs taken locally to be considered for part of the main banner of this website, please send them to the clerk along with your written permission for the council to publish them online.