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Valleys to Coast to bring sense of community back with development of former ambulance hall in Cefn Cribwr

Work is set to begin in December on Valleys to Coast’s latest development which will be built on a site once home to the former athletic club, as well as the St John Ambulance Hall. 


Located on the junction of Cefn Road and Bedford Close in Cefn Cribwr, Bridgend, the site has a rich history, which is something that Valleys to Coast is eager to acknowledge, and we hope to reflect this in the naming of the development.


The former Ambulance Hall first opened on January 1st, 1938, and was intended, as The Glamorgan Gazette put it at the time, as ‘a dynamic centre, infusing happiness through the whole of a community’. 


As well as bringing first-aid training to members of the community, the venue itself was used in a number of different ways; to host dances, concerts, and other events. During the Second World War, the hall even functioned as the canteen for the local primary school


The Cefn Cribwr St John Ambulance Division were known throughout South Wales for their skill. As competitions were held between the local St John teams and Cefn Cribwr became known for winning most of the tests they competed in. 


Honouring the initial aim of the Ambulance Hall, Valleys to Coast is keen to preserve and enhance the Memorial Garden, creating a pleasant space that the whole community will be able to enjoy. 




Looking forward, Valleys to Coast is aiming to bring this sense of community back to the site, supporting our vision of helping to build a better Wales and breathing life back into an area of Cefn Cribwr that has been vacant for some years. 


The development will bring much needed flexible and accessible housing to the area. The two-storey development will consist of four single-bedroom flats, three two-bedroom flats, and three single-bedroom flats which will have wheelchair access.


To find out more about the build, take a look at the information pack here.


If you would like to share some history of stories about Cefn Cribwr, we would love to hear from you. Maybe you volunteered there or perhaps attended a Birthday party or wedding. You can share your stories by contacting us on email at or by commenting on our Facebook and Twitter posts about the site and development.