Mai 2005 May


To continue the saga of our Village Hall, by 1978 the building had been bought. The Chairman of the committee, Clwyd County Councillor Rhys Webb and Glyndwr Councillor Mr. R. D. Jones were delegated to meet with the Clwyd County Architect on site to discuss the plans and the possibility of using the Job Creation Scheme to help with some of the work.

Now that the old school was no longer church property it was eligible for grants from various sources. Applications for funds were made initially to the Welsh Church Fund, David James Foundation, Sports Council for Wales and the National Playing Fields Association. Money raising ideas were put forward - i.e. - Mrs. Silcox of Glandwr would run a sale of clothes on a Saturday morning - Mrs. Silcox and Mrs. Dorothy Tinniswood of Y Felin offered to organise a treasure hunt and Mr. Dave Jones of Maes y Waen offered to run a lottery. It was suggested that we should continue to write letters, requesting a donation, to ex-residents and ex-pupils of the school.

At the height of all the effort in 1979 the village mourned the very sad loss of Mr. R. D. Jones who was our representative on Glyndwr District Council, one of the main members of the committee and a great loss.

The estimate of the renovations was put at 36,000 and finally the contract was awarded to Mr. Price Hughes & Co of Glyndyfrdwy at 38,411. Very soon the work got under way. The old building was stripped down to the four stone walls and as it was quite lofty the height was sufficient to allow a complete upper floor to be constructed. There were two staircases with the main one starting from the new foyer and the other from near the old front door. A first rate job was planned by Clwyd Architect’s department with kitchen, toilets and upstairs a games room and a quiet committee room.

Outside, the narrow road leading to the primary school was widened, a car park laid out together with a rockery garden developed and cared for by Mr. Grenville Teague, the Treasurer, who also ran the village shop and Post Office.

Mrs. R. D. Jones continued with her fund raising effort of coffee mornings in her home and by January 1981 had raised 1,100. The Lottery raised 1,056, Xmas Carols 71, waste paper 112, whist drives 101, Carrog Show Trustees 150, Sale of Work 442, Grouse Inn collection 19, Sponsored Slims and Walks 364, Discos 404, Village Fete 173, Grand Draw 199, Deed of Covenant 25, Snow Ball Teas 40 and the Welsh Church Fund 1,000.

The request letters drew contributions from Cardiff, Bangor, Sussex, Norwich, Sheffield, and from as far afield as California, New Zealand and Japan, in all amounting to 640. Grants came from Corwen and Llansantffraid Glyndyfrdwy Parish Councils, Glyndwr District Council and Clwyd County Council bringing the fund to 42,208.

Dealing with the administration entailed a lot of hard work by the committee but fell mainly to the Chairman, the Secretary, Mr. Pritchard who was the retired headmaster of the primary school and the Treasurer, Mr. Grenville Teague. In February 1981 it was decided that the games room should have a Billiard Table and it was to be left to the officers to obtain one. It was also decided that the official opening was to take place on April 25th and the committee was delighted that Mrs. R. D. Jones agreed to do the task.

Valmai Webb 2005

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