This Year, 2017, is the 8th Year for the Pennant Community Project. The Community ‘Spirit’ is still strong but requires our new residents to join in to sustain the future of your Community and the Centre.
What stands Pennant in good stead is that
‘Together we make things happen and that little bit better for Everyone’
‘Our Community working together is always stronger’
Let us do what we have always done up until now, ‘Get Things Done’.
Outline of Project / Initiative:
The aim of this community project is to set up a sustainable Community Centre for the residents and surrounding populous of Pennant village, Llanon, Ceredigion.
An organisation, Cymuned Pennant Community, came into being after the closure of Pennant Village School following the end of the school term in July 2009. Following the closure process, by Ceredigion County Council, the building ceased being a school in April 2010.
There had been a need for a community facility identified, some years previously, following the closure of the village pub in 2004, but there were no suitable buildings or land available to develop.
In November 2010 the local shop/post office closed. Also, there is no longer a regular local bus service available to the village.
The community, and various community groups, were allowed by Ceredigion County Council to use the old school premises free of charge up to 1st September 2010.
On the 7th July 2010 the community group became a company limited by guarantee, Cymuned Pennant Community Limited, a not for profit organisation.
The organisation’s chairman is local County Councillor, Dafydd Edwards. There are 7 other ‘volunteer’ Directors who run the organisation and all meetings are open to the public.
On the 14th November 2011, Cymuned Pennant Community was entered on the register of charities by the Charities Commission. All the Directors then became Trustees.
Timescale of project / initiative:
The project is to provide a sustainable Community facility that can be utilised for many years to come.
This project was commenced when we took over the old school premises on 1st September 2010. We were able to charge for the use of the premises but became solely responsible for the maintenance and service charges. It was granted rent free for the first 12 months.
Ceredigion County Council have agreed to the sale of the former school premises to Cymuned Pennant Community Limited. The old school premises has now been purchased through a Ceredigion County Council Community Capital Grant along with generous donations from the Community.
Funds for the re-development and refurbishment of the building are being sought through a ‘Big Lottery’ Grant and other Foundations.
We received a Development Grant from the Big Lottery Fund which enabled plans to be drawn up, and approved by Ceredigion County Council, for the re-development and extension of the old school building.
This project will affect and improve the community and has been fully evaluated.
The community facility will be used to provide training, leisure and fitness for the disabled, elderly, children and young persons. It will also provide new skills and educational opportunities to everyone. The social element of the project is also of great importance, as there are no other facilities that serve the community. The social elements will help reduce any individuals feeling of isolation and encourage social interaction. People will be encouraged to take on challenges and responsibilities to improve their self-esteem and worth. Vulnerable individuals will have positive experiences thus enhancing their confidence and general well-being.
Evaluation of the project is validated through the number of visitors using the Centre, monthly public meetings and through community surveys.