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‘Help us save Rodney’s Pillar’

 
Created on 10/07/2019 @ 10:22
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A big community effort is underway to try and save one of our favourite landmarks, following a well-attended meeting on Monday evening.

A Friends of Rodney’s Pillar group is being set up to secure the long term future of the popular feature overlooking the border which has provided a welcome to Wales for over 200 years.

But age is taking its toll and unless vital works are carried out, it could be closed off to the public.

“It was a good turnout, but mainly quite local people to the pillar and we know Rodney’s Pillar has a broader appeal, being such an icon visible from all over the area, so we are hoping to engage with a wider audience to gain interest, local understanding of what needs to happen and support and hopefully some volunteers too,” said a spokesperson, who said that a second follow-up meeting has been planned for July 29.

“There were lots of ideas on how we may get support and funding and what type of group the Friends of Rodney’s Pillar might be were discussed. Before the next meeting some of these ideas will be investigated and reported back on, so in the next meeting we should have a much better idea about what funding and support we might be able to expect and can start assigning roles and start the whole process.”

A survey of what work needs to be done has been completed and a timeframe of when that work should be done will be released soon.

The meeting is being organised by Llandrinio & Arddleen Community Council but it is hoped that the Friends of Rodney's Pillar' group can become the driving force to move the project forward.
That next meeting will take place at Criggion Village Hall from 7.30pm.

Admiral Rodney's Pillar is built on Breidden Hill. It was built in 1781–82 to commemorate the naval victories of Sir George Brydges Rodney, Admiral of the White.

You can also follow the group on Facebook through https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfRodneysPillar/

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