The Keep Warm Keep Well initiative in Pembrokeshire has provided funding for community halls and venues to offer a warm space for people to meetup and socialise over this winter, with some of the venues offering a free meal to locals.

The Warm Room initiative in Hermon has been set up by a group of volunteers and the grant bid submitted by Cris Tomos, chair of Crymych Community Council.

Cris said: “This initiative has received funding from the Keep Well Keep Warm funding for Pembrokeshire and we at Canolfan Hermon have teamed up with Fairfield Catering in Crymych to offer a free meal each Friday at 12 noon in the hall in Hermon.”

“Everyone is welcome,” added Cris, “and it is an opportunity to address the cost-of-living crisis as well as ensuring people socialise and discuss current issues affecting their day-to-day lives. People who can afford to donate some funds will then help the project continue past the end of March end date and allow the project to continue into April, May and June in 2023.”

Anyone interested in a meal need to contact Cris Tomos on 07974 099738 or email [email protected] before 8pm on the Wednesday prior the meal to confirm booking and the choice of meal and pudding.

Cris said: “I have also been successful with funding for a Warm Room and free meals at Seion Chapel Vestry in Crymych itself. There is a supporters’ meeting on Thursday, December 29 at 2pm to prepare for the meals in Crymych every Thursday at 12 noon from January 2023 onwards. But we need help in coordinating the cleaning, washing up and collecting orders for the Crymych venue. If you can help, please come to the meeting or get in touch."

More infomration about the pan Pembrokeshire initiative can be found on or by calling the help line on 01437 723660.