An Organic Cafe, Farm Shop and Workspace Hub
Inspired by the design of a 15th century local hall and medieval cathedral spire framing, the CLAS building - community visitors centre - is one of the most spectacular oak framing projects anywhere in the UK. It was made entirely by volunteers using curved oak trees, sourced from the nearby Snowdonia valleys, and was superbly carved to provide an impressive backdrop to the proposed new café area.
When completed, the Café will offer a vegetarian, plant-based menu including wholesome light meals made with as much biodynamic produce from the gardens as possible. Any produce that the garden doesn’t supply will be sourced from other ethical and local suppliers. The day to day menu will include a small but delicious selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch options, which will change regularly with the seasons. Cakes, pastries and sourdough will be baked freshly on-site and the woodfired cob oven will be used for pizza evenings. The café will provide a relaxed environment for its customers – YOU! – imbedding the goals of getting more people to eat wholesome, sustainable meals, and as such, encouraging more people to eat veg and helping contribute to reducing environmental impacts. In the evenings, the café space will be used to host musical events, storytelling’s, talks, celebrations and pizza evenings!
There will be tables and chairs both inside and outside. This will enable our customers to be cosy and warm during the autumnal and wintery days, whilst in the spring and summer they can enjoy being out overlooking the garden and the undulating green roof of the adjacent CAMAS building.
The rooms above the café will welcome individuals to hold their own workshops and seminars for the local community, visitors and volunteers. When not in use, they will present a creative open space for individuals to practice their studies, art, music and movement.
So that CLAS can open its beautiful carved oak doors to its visitors, Menter Y Felin Uchaf is asking for your support! By donating you will be contributing toward the costs of the remaining capital items, ramps and signage, appliances, catering kitchen fixtures and fittings to furbish the interior, electrics, heating, plumbing and materials for completing the building work.
A New Heritage Visitor Centre
The design for CAMAS came from researching the earliest structures in Britain - Neolithic barrows from around 4500 years ago. Massive stones punctuate its thick foundation walls that support the cob-earth walls and undulating living green roof. This the largest modern cob-walled building in Wales has been constructed by local schools and volunteer teams form around the world. Hundreds of tonnes of stone earth and turf were raised to form its curved walls and undulating grass roof. The great oak beams spanning the gallery have been carved with motifs from early Celtic through to Celtic Christian period, spanning around 1000 years. The entrance foyer greets you with three massive whole oak trees carved with Norse Myths designs - as the Vikings left place names along our coast - that reach up and through the roof to stand like stone sentinel meinhirs above the green hill of the roof.
The building will have a spacious, gallery-exhibition space dedicated to interpreting the ancient stories of the peninsula and its people, two spacious craft studios, a catering area and foyer - display space. The sheltered central courtyard will have a circular garden seating area leading on to the twelve sided Astronomical Observatory.
We are currently fundraising to complete the building through the laying of a beautiful stone floor, plumbing, electrics and Eco-heating system and exhibition fixtures and fittings . You are welcome to visit and watch the building process and come in and discuss the work with the staff and trainees. Like the adjacent CLAS building: this space already has a big wow-factor - so you can just imagine what its going to be like when it opens with its first exhibition.