We were delighted to welcome around 35 local people and dignitaries to the official opening of the new kitchen at Llanwrtyd Community Centre on Thursday April 18th at 11am.
We were fortunate in receiving a grant of £12,000 from The Welsh Assembly Integrated Care Fund to renovate the old kitchen and bring it up to Health and Safety Standards. The group are extremely grateful to Dominique Jones, Senior Partnership Manager with Powys County Council in particular for her assistance and support in gaining the grant, and were pleased she could join us for the occasion along with a Communications Officer Philip Stasiw who took a short video of the proceedings.
The Chairman of the Coffee Club committee, Eifion Lloyd welcomed everyone and began with a minute’s silence in memory of John Price who had recently passed away. John had worked on the railway both in Llanwrtyd and Llandovery in varying capacities over the years, and was the last Signalman at Llanwrtyd before the line became automated. Eifion then presented flowers to Sue Williams and Ella Mountford for their hard work in running the Heart of Wales Coffee Club before handing over to the Town Mayor for the official opening.
Councillor Lynda Pace-Avery thanked the Trustees for inviting her to officiate. She said that the renovation of the kitchen would reflect a new phase in the life of the building. Lynda went on to thank Kirsty Williams AM, Dominique Jones Senior Partnership Manager, Sue and Ella, and to all the other volunteers and drivers who give their time generously and enthusiastically. Lynda was presented with a basket of fresh flowers by Sue.
Visitors were invited to partake of refreshments, and view a display of art work done by some of the pupils from Ysgol Dôlafon especially for the event, and we are very grateful to those pupils and the staff for arranging this for us.
The centre is used regularly each Tuesday and Thursday as a coffee club for people of all age groups to encourage interaction and combat the isolation which is often prevalent in rural communities. Free transport can be arranged for people living within a two mile radius of the centre which is on Station Road, Llanwrtyd Wells. The centre is also a service point for Red Kite Credit Union.
LWCT would like to offer sincere thanks to everyone involved in whatever capacity with the centre and opening day, not least Lynda Pace-Avery, Kirsty Williams AM, Dominique Jones, Network Rail and all our wonderful volunteers. Photographs courtesy of Chris Prichard.
Below are a few of the pictures the pupils of Ysgol Dolafon did for the event.
We were fortunate a couple of weeks ago when some walkers called in to join us for a cuppa and a warm against the wood burner. These friendly folk had come on the train to enjoy the beautiful surrounding area, which is ideal for walking, cycling and pony trecking. If you happen to be alighting from the morning train on a Tuesday or Thursday, why not call in, we love to welcome new friends into our group.
Have you thought about calling in at our Drop in Centre on a Tuesday or Thursday?
We are in Llanwrtyd Community Centre based at the Old Railway Station buildings on Station Road.
We are open each Tuesday from 10.30am until noon, and each Thursday from 10.30am until 01.00pm, however we hope to expand our opening hours as demand increases.
We ask for a donation of £2 per session, and for that you get a variety of refreshments, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cup a soup, soft drinks and squashes, plus of course yummy biscuits or cake, plus. and this is a real bonus, to make new friends and keep up with local news..
Sue manages the running of the centre, and Ella helps with the refreshments and washing up. Why not pop along and see what’s going on, with a warm wood burner and comfy chairs, a nice cup of steaming brew, you’ll be made very welcome indeed. We hope to see you very soon, oh, and please tell your friends they are welcome too.
The centre is a service point for Red Kite Credit Union, so if you need information about that, Sue is the lady to speak to.
Are you looking for a place to hold a meeting, seminar, training session etc? if so, we might have just the place to interest you.
Here at Llanwrtyd Community Centre we have meeting facilities for hire. We have two rooms available one seating 12 persons, the other is the room we hold our weekly Drop-in sessions in and that seats 20 persons.
We have a modern and fully equipped kitchen, high speed broadband and printing facilities, a small garden area, plenty of free parking, and of course full access to the beautiful Heart of Wales line between Shrewsbury and Swansea.
The smaller room is available 7 days a week, the larger one is unavailable on Tuesdays and Thursdays but is available on all other days at present. The hire rate is £30 per room per day (normally around £50 per day to hire both rooms) to include tea/coffee and biscuits. A buffet can be arranged at extra cost to be calculated as to your needs.
The old station buildings in Llanwrtyd
With the help and co operation of Network Rail, Llanwrtyd Community Transport has taken over the occupancy of the old Station buildings in Llanwrtyd.
We would love to have input from the community to make the most of this wonderful opportunity.
We want to use the buildings in a way that the whole community of Llanwrtyd can benefit from, so please get in touch with ideas of what you would like to see besides the current Heart of Wales Coffee Club.
These are some of the things we considered could be provided if there is enough interest from the local community:-
A day room with internet facilities
An art gallery, featuring local artists
Various workshops, classes and information days (Art therapy etc)
We will also be very grateful for some volunteers to help!
We want this to be a community venture, we would like to involve as much of the community as possible in whatever way we can, so please get in touch!
Or even some ideas on the back of an envelope dropped into the letter box at the station!