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Whitland Memorial Hall Re-Opens its Doors to the Community
Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 11:36 am
Whitland Memorial Hall Re-Opens its Doors to the Community
A commemorative plaque marking the official re-opening of the Memorial Hall was unveiled by the Hon. Robin Lewis OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed on Friday 4th March.
The Hon. Robin Lewis OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed was joined in the re-opening celebrations by representatives of the organisations and the individuals who made the rejuvenation project possible as well as Carmarthenshire County Council Executive Members and Councillors, the Whitland Mayor and representatives of the Whitland Town Council, Simon Hart MP, Angela Burns AM and representatives of the many of the Whitland clubs and organisations.

The celebrations started on a musical note, provided by the Whitland Primary School Choir whose attendance replicated the involvement of the children’s choir in the Opening Ceremony of the newly built Hall in February 1928.  This was followed by some introductory words from Mr. John V. Llewellyn (Trustee and Chairman of the Hall’s Management Committee), who acknowledged and thanked the sources of funding and all the individuals, businesses and organisations involved in the project.  He then called on the Hon. Robin Lewis OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed to unveil the commemorative plaque.

In his speech, prior to the unveiling, the Hon. Robin Lewis OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed referred to Whitland as a place “where things happen” and that the renovated Memorial Hall is now able to play a part in this.

Following a buffet lunch there was the opportunity for those present to view the refurbished Hall and view a photographic display of the “Before and After” of the project.  This display and displays from the Whitland WI, Whitland and District Male Voice Choir, Whitland Job Club and the Footcare Programme from Wellbeing Regeneration (representing some of the organisations currently using the Hall) could also be seen by the members of the public who visited the Hall throughout the afternoon.

The Memorial Hall has just completed a refurbishment project funded by the CWM Community and Environmental Fund, Awards for All Wales, Carmarthenshire County Council Collaboration Fund, Rural Development Plan Axis 3 Improving Access to Services and Rural Development Plan Axis Developing Identity and Distinctiveness schemes (the latter two programmes are funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development).  Grants totalling £61,358, together with £7,000 from the Hall’s own funds, were spent in the rejuvenation of the Memorial Hall.

The project included building work, a new kitchen and new flooring in the main room of the Hall as well as new central heating and heat insulation.  To complete the project the Hall was re-decorated throughout.  The Memorial Hall Management Committee hopes that the Hall will now become a venue of choice for many community events.

Alongside the above, the Memorial Hall has created the Whitland Job Club, which was officially launched on October 6th 2010 by Cllr. Clive Scourfield, Executive Board Member for Regeneration and Leisure.  The Job Club is free and open to all and meets every Wednesday, from 2 to 4pm at the Memorial Hall, Whitland.  It is an ideal place for anyone looking for occasional, part-time or full-time work to meet.  It is also the place to advertise if you want any job done (small or large, one off or more permanent).

Another initiative is the creation of a monthly Local Produce Market.  This is still being developed but it is hoped that it will start in April.  Markets will take place on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm.  It is hoped that this will encourage local producers to come forward and sell their produce to the local people.

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