About Us

The story so far...

In 2010 Siop Griffiths, one of the oldest buildings in Penygroes, closed its doors, From 1828 to the First World War it was a tavern, the Stag's Head. Then, in 1925, Siop Griffiths opened as an ironmongers, a family business for 85 years.

In 2016 Siop Griffiths was bought with money raised by the community. A Community Benefit Society was established to ensure the building stayed in the hands of the community, for the benefit of the community. In 2019 the community enterprise bought a second building, to rescue another building on the original site.

Over 3 years Siop Griffiths has raised £900,000. The money has renovated 3 buildings, and opened a café, accommodation and a digital centre for young people. There are also several community projects on site, which use dozens of volunteers to deliver the social enterprise's community benefit.

Yr Orsaf Staff

Llio

Llio

Administrative Officer
Llio is the Administrative Officer of Yr Orsaf, particularly looking after the accommodation bookings, and financial reporting. Funded by the Community Lottery.

Gwion

Gwion

Community Tourism Leader
Gwion helps develop resources and activities for local residents and visitors, which celebrate the history, culture and landscape of Dyffryn Nantlle. Funded by the Rank Foundation.

Luke

Luke

Marketing and Communications Officer
Luke works to promote Yr Orsaf's businsesses and community activities. Funded by the Community Lottery.

Sarah

Sarah

Yr Orsaf Café’s Waitress
Sarah works in Yr Orsaf's accommodation, getting everything ready to ensure a quality stay for our visitors.

Elenid

Elenid

Community Transport Co-ordinator
Developing community transport in Dyffryn Nantlle.

Gwenllian

Gwenllian

Zero Waste Officer
Promoting re-cycling, re-using, and changing attitudes towards waste.

Osian

Osian

Yr Orsaf Ffiws Officer
Osian is responsible for arranging activities in the maker space and the repair café in Penygroes.

Greta

Greta

Marketing and Development Officer
Greta works on developing the family of businesses under the Siop Griffiths name, including the café, bunkhouse and projects mainly. Her role is funded by the National Lottery. Greta is currently away on maternity leave.

Our Funders

  • Cronfa Datblygu Cymunedau Gwledig
  • Llywodraeth Cymru
  • Loteri Cymunedol
  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
  • CIST Gwynedd
  • Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig
  • Tesco Bags of Help
  • Ymddiriedolaeth Stadiwm y Mileniwm
  • Mantell Gwynedd
  • Cronfa Iwan Huws
  • Sefydliad Rank
  • Cronfa Gofal Canolraddol
  • Sefydliad Cymunedol Cymru
  • Arfor