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Aberkenfig Resource Centre (ARC)

CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Opened in 2002, our Resource Centre (ARC) is situated in Aberkenfig (see directions) about the middle of the old county of Glamorgan within easy reach of the M4 Junction 36 (Sarn Services).

Resources available at the ARC

Our resource centre holds an extensive collection of research material that is available to both members and visitors.

The library has a wide selection of books and journals to browse, covering family and social history of the local area as well as its archaeology, art and architecture. The material in the library extends to cover the rest of Wales, England, Scotland, and Ireland; with further - although more limited – books and journals from overseas. We also have a very large collection of BMD certificates, parish registers, and monumental inscriptions available for research. In addition you can buy a copy of some items for personal use at home, either as CDs, booklets, or fiche.

Download Part 1 : Research Catalogue

Download Part 2:  Library Catalogue

A number of computers are available at the ARC which allow researchers access to the internet and to FindmyPast. Computers must be booked in advance of your visit to ensure availability as we are often very busy at the centre. There is also a team of volunteers who can help both members and visitors with aspects of their research or to break down brick walls.  Again, it is necessary to book a time slot with a volunteer prior to your visit. Both computer use and volunteer help is limited to a maximum of 2 hours per visit. A charge of £1.50 per hour is made for internet use, plus 20p per page for printing.

You will be warmly welcomed if you wish to visit the centre, even if it is to just to browse and see what we have to offer. If you wish to book a computer or the help of a volunteer please phone 01656 728531 (phone only answered on Wednesdays when centre is open) or email the centre manager.
Please note that the centre is closed the last Wednesday of every month.

It may also be possible to accommodate small groups outside of opening hours. 

01656 728531

please note the phone is only answered during opening hours.

Email the ARC

 

Location:

The Len Evans Centre,
Hope Avenue,  Aberkenfig, CF32 9PR

Opening Times

Wednesday 10.30am to 1.00pm

CLOSED the last Wednesday of each month and after Bank Holidays. 

Directions

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO LONGER ACCESS FROM HEOL PERSONDY SHOWN ON GOOGLE MAPS ETC.

By Road

Exit the Motorway at Junction 36 and follow the signs for Maesteg and Services.
Continue to the end of the dual carriageway, at the roundabout follow B4281 (straight ahead).
Right turn to ABERKENFIG, Bridgend Road.
Right turn into Pandy Road and go past the Police Station.

Right turn next right into Hope Avenue.  Park in car park in Hope Avenue if Aberkenfig Memorial Hall gates are locked.  

If the gates are open drive through and turn left in front of the Memorial Hall.

The Resource Centre is in the Len Evans building next to the Welfare Hall across the green - there are parking spaces outside the Resource Centre.

 If you are using a Sat Nav please use CF32 9PR.

By Bus
32 or 36 from Bridgend to Maesteg. Alight opposite Starr Carpets.

By Rail
Hourly service from Bridgend to Sarn.
From the station turn right, pass the church and turn left under bridge into Heol Persondy.

Walk to the end of Heol Persondy (pass the School on your right and the Apollo Business Centre on your left).

Turn left into Pandy Road then left again into Hope Avenue.

The Welfare Memorial Hall is through the gates at the end of Hope Avenue.  Turn left after the gates - our Resource Centre is in the one storey building across the green.