Following on from an unsuccessful application to the Big Lottery fund several years ago, the Trustees carried out further research and consultation within the community, and generated a detailed proposal, based on that evidence, and submitted a ‘expression of interest’ to the Welsh Government’s Community Facilities Programme, last year 2020. This however, is a two-stage process, and after the Welsh Government reviewed our submission at Stage 1, the Trustees have now been invited to submit a full application at Stage 2. This however, needs to be completed and returned by early April.
The Trustees would like to update some of the information they hold in relation to these proposals, but during the current pandemic situation, organising meetings and conducting surveys within the community, have not been possible. We are asking, therefore, for individuals and groups, to write in to us with their views on the proposals and in particular how they would intend to use the hall once the new, and full range of facilities, are in place.
Please fill out our survey, or email your thoughts to us by March 12th 2021. The more people who show their support for these developments, the the stronger the case becomes for the grant application to succeed.
From the original consultation process, which started in 2016 and continued right through until 2018, the Trustees established that there was:
Since these findings were established the Trustees have continued to maintain the hall, carrying out essential work on the heating system and redecorating the main hall and foyer areas, to ensure that the current facilities were pleasant and efficient for existing users. The Trustees have also installed ‘broadband’ internet access, which many users have used effectively.
The Trustees also indicated that once they had the support of the community that they would develop provisional ideas and plans, and consult with the necessary authorities in relation to planning. Preplanning advice was also received and taken into consideration. A schematic has been generated [see below] in relation to how the new facilities could look.
The graphic shows the main hall largely unaffected, but improved in order to offer a wider range of events in addition to all those that currently take place. It also shows the addition of a new meeting room to the left, with new and improved access and toilet facilities. The kitchen is shown repositioned to more of a central location in the area to the right of the existing hall (it is currently situated to the left) and the lower part of the hall then remodelled to provide a drop-in centre, which can be used on an informal basis. The important thing about this scheme is that all of the areas can be used independently of each other and it provides, for the first time in this community, a flexible facility where people can meet informally for a chat and to take advantage of other support and provision that could also be generated.
In April, we launched our new website so that you can find what you need quickly and easily.
We have an exciting year ahead with many social events planned, which we'll promote on the homepage and What's On page. The Calendar shows the wide variety of weekly activities that run and when, including singing, martial arts, yoga, Zumba and many more.
If you'd like to book the hall for a party or an event, you can use the Booking form and someone will respond to you within a day.
We hope that you enjoy the website and please do give us any feedback - we are always listening!
We’re currently looking for some new members to join our committee.
The committee meets regularly during the year – usually about every 6 weeks. Being a committee member with us is about much more than simply attending meetings.
We’re looking for local people who are keen to make a difference to the wellbeing and quality of life of the people in our community. Roles within the committee would include things such as; helping make decisions within the group, helping with the management of the charity, assisting with fundraising, sharing ideas, etc.
On our committee currently, we have our volunteers and parents and we’re keen to get more local people and professionals involved too.
If you’re interested in joining us as a committee member, please do get in touch! The more heads we have together, the better!
If you are interested in finding out more or wish to join us, please contact us.
It wasn't a great start for us this year with the news that we had been unsuccessul in our bid for Big Lottery funding. However, that hasn't stopped us looking for other ways to improve the Hall. We are currently assessing what can be done in the short-medium term so that the Hall is both compliant for disability access and generally more appealing to its current and prospective users.
The most recent upgrade is the new glazing in the main hall, which has improved the natural flow of light and increased heat efficiency.
Here are just a few of the proposed ideas to upgrade the Hall this year...
An application was submitted to the Big Lottery Fund in November 2018 but unfortunately the application was unsuccessful. The Trustees are continuing to talk to the Big Lottery Fund to address their concerns so that a new application might meet their criteria.
At our January meeting, a decision was made to revisit the application over the next few months, addressing all the points made by the Big Lottery and in particular looking at ways that a new application can be seen as providing ‘value for money’.
We recognise that the Hall needs some urgent attention and upgrades which will be addressed over the coming weeks. In addition to using the Hall's own captial we'll be seeking other financial assistance, through local regeneration fund applications, available through Powys CC. The Trustees will continue to develop a dialogue with the Big Lottery Fund, and then submit a new and amended application in 2019. Watch this space!
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