Neyland Carnival 2022

‘For the Romans bread and circuses sufficed to keep the population happy. For Neyland folks I think the return of the annual carnival, and the centenary carnival at that, went a great way to meet the same public need. The sheer creativity of the entries, whether floats or walking characters were uniformly of a really high standard and the entries were widely considered the best for many years. Along the route and on the field thousands watched the annual spectacle bathed under a hot July sun. It was the perfect day for community celebration. Enormous thanks are due to the participants, sponsors and the hard-working carnival committee under the dedicated leadership of Malcom Hawkins. The day could not have been bettered.’

Skate Park

A large number of youngsters turned up to witness the opening of the new Neyland Skatepark on Brunel Quay this evening.  The Mayor, Councillor Simon Hancock declared the facility open. Funding came from the Welsh Government capital play fund, Pembrokeshire County Council and from Neyland Town Council itself. The total cost of the scheme is nearly £50,000.  The council are pleased to make this important play provision for children in the town and feel sure it will be well used for years to come.

Neyland Carnival Coming Back 

Due to Coronavirus there was no carnival in Neyland in 2020 and 2021 but with the relaxation of restrictions it is intended to hold the carnival in July 2022. 

A meeting of the committee is being held at the Viewing Gallery, the Community  Hub, Neyland on Friday 25 February at 7.30pm  to discuss arrangements. 
Members of the public who would like to attend and who would like to help organise the event are most welcome. 

The Mayor of Neyland Councillor Simon Hancock  said ‘ Nowhere does a carnival like Neyland. There is such expectation of this year’s event and the effort and artistry of the entries  if usually of  an astonishingly high standard.  I would invite anyone to attend who would like to be actively involved and assist the committee chair, Mr Malcolm Hawkins and his committee. Mr Hawkins and the RAOB have worked so hard over years to make the carnival a reality and they cannot be credited enough. This year is especially auspicious since it is the 100th anniversary of the annual Neyland Carnival, first organised by the British Legion in 1922. There have been gaps over the years of course but the event is now an established tradition and we want to make this year’s spectacle the best ever. ‘ 


The skatepark equipment will cost £37,000 plus VAT and the resurfacing of the land cost £11,975.00 plus VAT and is being funded by joint funding from Welsh Govt Capital Funding and PCC Supporting Play Opportunities.  The resurfacing work has been completed and the equipment is due this month.  Work has to be completed by 31st March to comply with funding criteria.   The size of the park is 279 sq metres and there will be several different pieces of equipment similar to those in the illustration attached. We are leasing the grassed area from PCC as part of their Community Asset Transfer policy.


The photograph shows outgoing Chairlady Carol Scale and incoming Chairlady Trisha Campodonic.

After a long break of 18 months from singing because of Covid restrictions Neyland Ladies Choir were able to reconvene in September for the AGM.  There was a change of rehearsal venue, a necessary change in how rehearsals are conducted and a change of committee.

The choir made the move for weekly rehearsals to the schoolroom at Bethesda Chapel in Neyland.  The schoolroom is bigger than the previous rehearsal room enabling the ladies to be socially distanced from each other and everyone is currently wearing a visor or a mask whilst rehearsing.  Big thanks to the Pastor at Bethesda for helping with these new arrangements.   

The new committee were elected and the photograph shows the outgoing Chairlady, Carol Scale, being presented with the Waterford Bowl to mark her 2 years as Chairlady of the choir.  This bowl was specially made for the choir and presented to them on their visit to the Waterford Crystal factory in 1977 in honour of the choir’s 20th anniversary.  It is now presented to each outgoing Chairlady for safe keeping until it is time to pass it on.

The choir are now rehearsing items to be sung at the ordination of Robert Waygood as Pastor at Bethesda on 20th November and arrangements are taking place for the choir to share the stage with Barry Male Voice Choir on their planned visit to Pembrokeshire in April 2022.

Further information about the choir can be found on their website – or email –

Progress on Isambard Gardens, Neyland Continues Apace

Hale Construction are ahead of schedule as they build much -needed social housing for Ateb. The site, just off Belle Vue will comprise 33 properties including eight one-bedroom bungalows, three elderly bungalows and twenty- two houses. The latter has bedrooms ranging from two to four bedrooms. Work is estimated to be completed in October 2022.

The site plan and ariel views make for an interesting view of the development.

Talk Recalls Glory of Vanished Hotel

The very first talk held at the new Neyland Community Hub took place last Friday evening to a very good, socially-distanced audience. The talk was given by Dr Simon Hancock and was entitled ‘Visions of Greatness: The South Wales Hotel, Neyland 1858-1970.’ The presentation covered the whole history of the building and those  who owned and stayed there from its opening in July 1858 until it was demolished in May 1970.  The hotel  was one of the most iconic and important buildings in the history of the town and served the railway terminus and especially the steamers which went to Waterford and Cork from Neyland for exactly fifty years. The loss of the steamers and  later closure of the Royal dockyard were terrible economic reverses which left  the very large hotel with little business. It was used as hostel accommodation during the oil boom around the Haven in the 1950s but was demolished as a dangerous structure fifteen years later.