New Family Community Centre planned for Trethomas

Rev. Dean Aaron Roberts’ Social Media Announcement

The Parish Trust is excited to announce a groundbreaking initiative aimed at enhancing community life in Trethomas. After extensive negotiations and discussions dating back to 2021, The Parish Trust has secured ownership of The Bryn Hall, a former OAP Community Centre adjacent to Tiddlers Wraparound Nursery and St Thomas’ Church.

The Bryn Hall, long neglected and in disrepair, will hopefully undergo a remarkable transformation under the stewardship of The Parish Trust. The vision is to reimagine it as a versatile, family-centric space, designed to cater specifically to the needs of families, children, and youth while remaining accessible to all residents of Trethomas.

Approximate Site Plan for The Bryn Hall
The approximate site boundary of The Bryn Hall, showing a birdseye view of the building and surrounding land. Access is via a public footpath.

Rev. Dean Aaron Roberts, CEO of The Parish Trust, expressed his anticipation, stating,

“The Bryn Hall project represents a significant step forward in our commitment to community revitalisation. We envision a space that not only provides essential services but also fosters a sense of belonging and togetherness among residents. I’m really excited about where this project will take us, and I’m also looking forward to collaborating with the community. We really want to do something for the people of Trethomas who have been so kind to us as we’ve made the village our home as a charity since 2020. Trethomas is a great village, with many individuals and organisations such as Ty’n y Wern Primary School and Tiddlers Wraparound doing amazing things in the community and it’s a privilege to be able to share in some of that work.”

In collaboration with the Bedwas Theatre Group, who generously donated the site to the charity, The Parish Trust aims to engage the community in shaping the future of The Bryn Hall. Mrs. Diane Brierley, Chair of Trustees, emphasised the inclusive nature of the project, stating,

“Our goal is to create a welcoming environment where families, children, and youth feel supported and empowered to thrive.”

Carrie Gealy, Youth and Children’s Officer, highlighted the tailored services that will be offered in the new centre, stating,

“The Bryn Hall will be a dedicated space for families, children, and youth, providing a range of programs and activities designed to meet their unique needs and interests. From educational workshops to recreational activities, we aim to create an inclusive environment where every individual feels valued and supported. We already have a great track record in this regard, and the move to relocate our family, children, and youth services to this site will safeguard our work in Trethomas and allow it the opportunity to grow and flourish well into the future.”

The acquisition of The Bryn Hall is only a part of The Parish Trust’s relocation. The charity is moving to a multi-site model of operation, with advanced negotiations taking place currently on an additional site which will hopefully become the charity’s main Headquarters. More announcements will be made in the coming months regarding this.

The Parish Trust recognises the importance of community input and invites all residents to participate in upcoming consultations to ensure that The Bryn Hall reflects the diverse needs and aspirations of Trethomas.

As The Parish Trust embarks on this transformative journey, the organisation reaffirms its commitment to serving the community and looks forward to collaborating with residents to create a vibrant hub for families, children, and youth in Trethomas.

Time is limited, however, and a small window of opportunity for some major grant funding means that consultations will be taking place over the coming weeks with a first major grant application being submitted at the end of June.

In the first instance, any letters of support for the project are encouraged to be sent to the Chief Executive Officer, Rev. Dean Aaron Roberts at or by posting them to the charity at The Parish Trust, Heol yr Ysgol, Trethomas, Caerphilly. CF83 8FL.

Please note that in order to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and to enjoy the Easter Holidays, The Parish Trust will be closed from Thursday 28th March 2024 and will reopen on Monday 8th April 2024. We wish all our stakeholders and beneficiaries a Happy Easter.

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