- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Mid and West Wales Assembly Members, Joyce Watson and Rebecca Evans have given a warm welcome to news that the Welsh Labour Government is providing funding for Ferryside Village Hall, Penrhyn-coch Village Hall and St Michael’s Church in Eglwysfach, and Heol Senni Village Hall (Brecon Beacons).
It was announced today (Wednesday 21 September) that the following awards would be provided:
- Ferryside Social and Welfare Association has been awarded £47,186 for much-needed restoration work so that the historic building can be put to good use by community groups
- £220,000 will be spent on much-needed restoration work at Penrhyn-coch Village Hall and St Michael’s Church in Eglwysfach
- St Michael’s Church will get £105,077 to refurbish The Iron Room and to rebuild the west side of the hall, extending it outwards to create extra floor space and storage cupboards. Also to alter the main entrance to improve access and install disabled access to the toilets.
- Neuadd Y Penrhyn will get £114,617 to refurbish the village hall by removing the existing asbestos sheet roof, renew existing windows and doors, resurface the car park, repaint external walls and woodwork and improve the toilets, including disabled access; and
- £64,893 will be spent on much-needed restoration work at Heol Senni Village
Joyce Watson said, “I’m delighted that communities across Mid & West Wales are receiving this money and I’m sure it will be put to good use.
“It is a very welcome boost to community life during these difficult economic times.”
Rebecca Evans added, “These village halls have served the communities well for many years, and thanks to this funding they will continue to do so for many years to come.”
The money has come from the Welsh Government’s Community and Activities Programme. It is an all Wales capital grant scheme. It is open to community and voluntary organisations and provides funding for the provision of facilities within communities and for activities that will help promote regeneration and, in so doing, involve local people.
15 successful projects across Wales will share £2,581,304.
Social Justice and Local Government Minister Carl Sargeant said: “These grants are not simply about improving buildings. Local clubs and centres can be the hub of the community where people, young and old, get together and enjoy social activities.
“Whether a small or large amount, CFAP funding has a beneficial impact upon Welsh communities and the day to day lives of local people.”
Since CFAP was launched in in 2002, it has funded 825 projects totalling over £91 million.