We are delighted to announce we will be delivering a *strictly* remote VE Day celebration on Bank Holiday Friday 8th May to commemorate the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe by the Allied forces in WWII.
Celebrations will start with an air raid siren sounding from the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall at 6pm (please share this information with your friends and neighbours in order to minimise alarm!) Music from the era will be broadcast from loud speakers from 6pm until 6:30pm in Dolywern and Llwynmawr and then broadcast again in Pontfadog from around 6:45pm until 7:15pm.
Volunteers will also be delivering as many celebration cup-cakes as possible during the day to offer a fillip to those in our community deserving of some much-needed good cheer. This will be done in accordance with all Covid-19 safe distancing guidelines. Again details can be found on the Community Agent Facebook page.
This is a strictly non-attendance event. Please do not come to the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall. The musical celebration will be live streamed on the Community Agent Facebook page. Our thanks to Colin ‘Skyman’ for all his help in staging this virtual celebration alongside our Community Agent, Davena Davies, and all the volunteer bakers and distributors.
We wish you all a happy and safe VE Day Bank Holiday.
Glyntraian Community Council (GCC), in partnership with Rural
Development Agency, Cadwyn Clwyd, has called a public meeting to discuss the
preferred option to be taken forward by the Council for the future use of the
redundant Ysgol Pontfadog site. The village primary school in Pontfadog was
closed in July 2019.
The meeting will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday 30th January at the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall, Dolywern.
One-to-one stakeholder discussions, feedback forms and small
forums were conducted by the Council’s community engagement consultant over the
autumn and brought forth several emerging themes.
A comprehensive opinion survey asking householders to score
their preferences on those ideas was delivered to the majority of households in
the Glyntraian area in the first week of January. Responses are currently being
analysed and the results will be revealed at the public meeting.
The project has received funding through the Welsh Government
Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by
the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Further queries on the meeting should be directed to the Glyntraian Community Council Clerk in the first instance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of further updates will be posted on the GCC Facebook page and website www.glyntraian.org.uk.
NB. Register to attend here. You do not have to register but it is helpful to the organisers if you do so.
The Ceiriog Connects dance programme, supported by Glyntraian Community Council and our Community Agent, and which aims to improve social opportunities in Glyntraian and the wider area, is holding a Barn Dance & Simple Supper event on Saturday 19th October at the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall, Dolywern. The event sees the return of the popular Shave the Donkey band who will once again lead us all in a merry round of fun dancing. Tickets are just £5 and includes the simple supper. Licensed bar available. Great fun for all ages.
A great success in bringing residents of the Ceiriog Valley together over the winter months came in the form of an affordable community film screening project, which saw over £1,000 donated to the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall.
The pilot project, co-financed by the Glyntraian Community Council and the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall management committee, in partnership with Arts Alive/Flicks in the Sticks, saw over 160 people aged from 11-90 years enjoy three big screen movies between December – March. Ticket prices ranged from just £3 – £5 per movie.
The project was part of the Council’s efforts to tackle rural isolation and loneliness over the winter months and develop a strong cohesive community as part of our commitment to the Welsh government’s Wellbeing agenda. It was led by Cllr Jools Payne and enthusiastically supported by a young journalist from Dolywern, the Double.LLMagazine editor, Holly Payne. Holly devoted over 40 volunteering hours in organising and promoting all three screening events.
The feedback from those who came was overwhelmingly excellent. Good attendance figures over the three screenings, and solid support from several local volunteers who ran the bar and catering, provided ample evidence of a clear appetite for a sustainable film club at this venue going forward.
Thanks also go to our Community Agent, Davena Davies, who along with Cllr Graham Barrow put on a superb Welsh Cawl Supper for the final St David’s Day screening on 1st March, which attracted 40 diners before the movie and 70 film goers.
It is hoped the hall’s management committee will use the profits donated to the OJMH to support a potential bid to Arts Council Wales for the hall to purchase its own digital screening and projection equipment. The item will be included on the Agenda at the management committee’s meeting on Monday 13th May after the AGM.
Members of the public can attend the meeting and voice their opinion on whether the Oliver Jones Film Club has a future. Updates can be found on the Oliver Jones Film Club Facebook page.
Glyntraian Council Chairman, Cllr Chris Futcher, runs a computer club every Wednesday at the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall, Dolywern. The club runs from 1:30 – 3:30pm and is designed to help and support those who are struggling to get to grips with modern technology or just want to get the most of their mobile devices – be it a smartphone, tablet or laptop.