A Ceredigion pub frequented by legendary poet Dylan Thomas is one of three Welsh projects set to share in £770,057 in government funding to keep them open for future generations.

The Community Ownership Fund supports treasured institutions like pubs, museums and sports clubs across the UK so that they can continue to be run by the community.

An additional £770,057 of funding was announced today which will be split across three Welsh projects.

Welsh Secretary, David TC Davies, said: "These three latest Welsh recipients of the Community Ownership Fund are all fantastic projects that will make a huge difference to their local areas.

"We are proud to be supporting people to take control of their local assets.

"Levelling up is at the centre of the UK Government’s ambitions and communities across Wales will be transformed over the coming years as this funding continues."

Ceredigion pub frequented by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas to receive funding

The Tafarn y Vale/Vale of Aeron pub in Lampeter, Ceredigion was known as a favourite haunt of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas when he lived nearby in the 1940s. 

The Ceredigion pub will now receive £300,000 as part of the new funding announced today.

The investment will be used for renovations to secure its future and make it accessible to the whole community.

UK Government minister for Levelling Up, Jacob Young, said: "The community institutions we’re protecting today are the pride and joy for many residents, and we’re securing their future through a £12.3 million boost of levelling up funding.

"These places – from pubs to historic railway lines – are the golden thread which run through our social fabric, and keeping them going is vital for supporting communities."

The Judge’s Lodging Museum in Powys will also receive £187,557 in the latest round of funding in order to preserve the historic old court building and sustain its financial resilience so it can continue to be a fully functioning museum.

The Community Ownership Fund has now given £4 million for 18 projects in Wales, part of 195 projects now being supported across the UK.

The Community Ownership Fund is currently open again for bids and will close on October 11 2023, and groups are being urged to apply for up to £2m in funding for the very first time.