We are restoring Llanfyllin's historic Workhouse as a vibrant community enterprise.
Ours is one of the finest Victorian workhouses in Britain: a handsome stone building in a beautiful setting, listed Grade II*. It stood empty and abandoned when our local trust acquired it in 2004 with the aim of preserving it for the community and the nation. Today, thanks to the efforts of local volunteers, much of the building is back in use. A town with only 1,500 people is home to one of the biggest heritage projects in Wales. Now the Trust is facing its greatest challenge: restoring the Master's House at the heart of the complex and giving it a new function.Why the community needs us
We provide work space for 17 local enterprises: artists and craftspeople. People come for craft markets, art exhibitions, music festivals, gardening courses, weddings, food fairs and horse and pony shows. Walkers, rowers and cyclists stay in our bunkhouse. Families attend forest schools or nature weekends. Visitors from home and abroad come to see the only workhouse museum in Wales.Our impact on the community
A prominent historic building that was once a derelict eyesore is now used and cared for: serving the community, attracting visitors and generating pride in our heritage. In the last year we have repaired the roof of the Master's House, restored the imposing cupola and made the historic building more secure. Now we want to fit out the interior to create useful, accessible spaces for community events and private functions. All donations will go to our Master's House Appeal.
We need volunteers to maintain the building and gardens; help with events and activities; welcome visitors or research the building's history.