New Look Penrhyn Hall


Neuadd y Penrhyn A
Neuadd y Penrhyn A

Neuadd y Penrhyn B
Neuadd y Penrhyn B

Neuadd y Penrhyn C
Neuadd y Penrhyn C

NEUADD Y PENRHYN: ready for the Eisteddfod in 2012!

Neuadd y Penrhyn
Neuadd y Penrhyn

Neuadd y Penrhyn
Neuadd y Penrhyn

Work beginds on 9.1.2012

Neuadd
Neuadd

Neuadd
Neuadd


Penrhyn Hall will be ready soon! David Jenkins, Elfed Davies, David Evans, y Bwthyn, John Davies, Bryntirion. Thank you to Brian Davies for the photo.

Penrhyn Hall



Tractor Run - raising funds for the Hall, Sunday, 20 Sept. 2009 

Boake family
Boake family

Howard Evans
Howard Evans

Red Tractor
Red Tractor

Blue Tractor
Blue Tractor


VILLAGE HALL SURVEY:February 2009

Penrhyn-coch Village Hall 1945?1960


On 6 November 1945 an open meeting was held in the Church Hall, where the village day school was held at that time, to discuss the possibility of erecting a village hall for the benefit of the parish residents. It was unanimously agreed to go ahead with this plan and a committee of fifteen was elected, comprising a Chairman, Vice-chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. The original committee included councillors, a minister, a vicar, a teacher and several builders, proving that there was a broad spectrum of interest in the project.

In a committee held on 4 December eight members were elected to visit each household in the parish to raise money. Threepence was collected each week for a number of weeks and the money handed over to the secretary at the end of each month. At the same committee two members were asked to contact Sir Lewis Pryse, Gogerddan. The Pryse family owned the Gogerddan estate and several farms and cottages in the parish at that time, and the committee hoped that Sir Lewis would be willing to sell a piece of land for building purposes. In the meantime the committee was busy raising funds by holding concerts, plays, a sports day, a ?Bachelor?s Tea? and whist drives.

On 6 February 1952, after seven years of fund-raising, a committee meeting was held and a letter dated 2 February was read out confirming that the piece of land for the village hall had been accepted and approved for the sum of one shilling on condition that the Hall Committee be responsible for all legal costs and also for fencing the land. By this time Gogerddan estate had been transferred to the University at Aberystwyth, and it is likely that Sir Lewis and the college authorities were in agreement as to the sale of the land to the Penrhyn-coch Hall Committee. The piece of land was part of Cwmbwa farm, and owned by Pryse Gogerddan, and it was necessary for the tenant farming Cwmbwa to approve the sale of the land before the college could transfer it to the Committee.

Plans for the hall were drawn up by the chairman and secretary of the Hall Committee and accepted by the planning committee of the old Cardiganshire County Council. Frequent applications to the Council for a grant eventually bore fruit and ?400 towards the cost of building the new hall was received from Cardiganshire Tithe Fund.

The foundation stones were laid on Saturday 9 May 1953 by Mrs R. R. Davies, Llwyngronw, and Mrs J. Davies, Pant-drain, and building work began as soon as the building licence and water for the site was obtained. While the menfolk were busy with the building work, the committee members were equally busy raising money to equip the building.

After many years of hard work Neuadd y Penrhyn was officially opened on 28 September 1960 at 7.00 p.m. by Mr J. Garfield Davies, Penlan, Llandre (a member of the old Penyberth family). The minute books contain the report on the opening ceremony which appeared in the local newspaper. Thanks were paid to the small committee who had worked voluntarily over the years raising money and organising fund-raising activities, and also the men who had given of their time to build the hall. The only work which had to be paid for was the plastering.


The uses made of the village hall

Ysgol Feithrin
For thirty-five years Neuadd y Penrhyn has been the home of the local Ysgol Feithrin, which was originally held on three mornings a week but is now held every weekday morning. Events such as coffee mornings, a summer fair and Christmas parties are organised in order to raise funds to support the movement and to ensure the best possible start for children before they move on to primary school.

Ti a Fi Group
This parent and toddler group meets once a week, providing the children with an opportunity to play together in a safe environment and for their parents to socialise. A group of this kind is invaluable in that it helps in-comers to get to know other parents of young children in the village. Sometimes talks are given by individuals from organisations such as TWF, an organisation which encourages parents to raise their children bilingually.

Penrhyn-coch Eisteddfod
The Penrhyn-coch Eisteddfod has been held without a break since the 1960s, although it does in fact date back to the 1930s. At one time the eisteddfod was held on a Saturday, with an afternoon and evening session, but nowadays the first session is held on Friday evening and limited to children under 18 years who reside within Trefeurig parish. It provides these youngsters with an excellent opportunity to perform on stage, many for the first time. Two sessions are held on the Saturday, with competitions for young people under eighteen in the afternoon and for adults in the evening.

Welsh Classes
Since Penrhyn-coch has developed so much over the past twenty years and continues to do so, many non-Welsh speakers have moved into the village. It is gratifying that some wish to learn Welsh, hopefully with the aim of taking part in village activities and supporting events at the hall.

Penrhyn-coch Show
The Hall Committee is responsible for the annual show, at which the competitions include garden produce, cookery, preserves, flower arranging, hand crafts, sewing and knitting, crafts, woodwork and metalwork, and children?s competitions. The success of the show and the high standard attracts competitors from far and wide.

Birthday Parties
The village hall is gaining popularity as an ideal venue for children?s birthday parties, with plenty of space to play and to put up a bouncy castle.

Community Council
Trefeurig Community Council meets on alternate months in the village hall and at Trefeurig school.

Activities to raise money for the hall
Various activities and events, such as whist drives and concerts, are organised by the Hall Committee in order to boost the funds and help to pay for insurance, oil, electricity, etc

Other societies which use the Hall
Other societies which use the hall include the Football Club, Sewing Classes, Trefeurig League of Youth, Plaid Cymru?s Bro Dafydd branch, and the Playing Field Committee, PATRASA. Two pop groups practise regularly at the hall during the winter months.

Improvements

Roof
The roof is the original roof built when the hall was erected in the 1950s, and it is currently fragile since it is made of asbestos and is prone to leak. This is a cause for concern due to the danger to people?s health. The sooner it can be removed the better.

Disabled Access
Legislation requires that disabled access is available at the hall. The work necessary includes widening the doors in order to provide access for wheelchairs, and also the provision of disabled toilets, and a hearing loop in the main hall and in the committee room to help people who are hard of hearing.

The kitchen and committee rooms
At present the kitchen and committee room are at a lower level than the main hall, with a flight of steps leading up to the back of the stage. These narrow steps are extremely dangerous, especially when carrying food and hot drinks to the hall. Current Health and Safety regulations require major alterations, including moving the kitchen and committee room to the back of the hall so that everything is on the same level.

Doors and Windows
The present doors and windows are in a sorry state and need to be replaced by uPVC doors and windows. These would cut down on heating costs and be more environmentally friendly.

A new floor was installed some five years ago at a cost of ?4,200 and in 2005 the hall was rewired at a cost of ?11,182. Had this work not been completed by March 2005, the County Council would have withdrawn the hall?s performing licence. An expensive fire alarm system is to be installed in the near future.