The Senior Citizens Centre had been running since 1985 and when Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council took the decision to close it in 2014 local volunteers undertook to manage and maintain the facility for the benefit of Glyncorrwg and its wider community. These volunteers formed a Committee, identified Trustees, and were handed the keys to the Centre in September 2014. They have since worked tirelessly, with the communitys' support, to make the venture a success and provide a local meeting point for villagers to socialise in and to learn new skills and crafts. At the time of writing we are nearing our 5th anniversary of the Centre being managed by the local community.
It costs in the region of £15,000 a year to keep the Centre open which is met with the help of the kind donations received from local residents and by the rental income from hiring out the hall to groups and services. In addition, the Trustees seek funding through other sources including grants, to maintain the Centre, ensure it is a safe and secure environment and to keep rents as low as possible for centre users.
The Centre was in need of much work when we took it over, to make it more habitable and comfortable and enable it to be used by a wider group of people. We also needed to focus on reducing our carbon footprint to help in the fight against Climate Change. To this end the following work has been completed during the last 4 years:
- Fitting out a new kitchen (including a new cooker and fridge/freezers)
- Installed a new roof
- Installed external insulation to the walls
- Purchased new tables and chairs for the main hall
- Purchased a new dishwasher
- Supplied additional lighting and upgraded the electrical system
- Supplied additional storage facility
- Upgraded the kitchen to an Industrial Specification to help us attract Hygiene Level 5
We have been fortunate that the following grant funders have financially supported us to help us do all of this essential work, provide the necessary equipment and to help us meet our running costs:
- Coalfields Trust
- Peoples Health Trust
- Neath Port Talbot County Borough Councils Rural Development Programme
- Lottery Funding
- Fynnon Oer
Grant funding rules specify what any financial support can be spent on. For example, the funding received from Peoples Health Trust to help with our running costs, is not allowed to spent on anything else. Therefore we have to account very carefully for all of our spending and be very clear about what we need when we need it and if it will be a long term investment for the Funders and for the Community.
Without their help none of the above improvements could have been made and in fact, the Centre would probably not have remained open.
Users of the Centre
Noddfa Community Centre supports the following groups and activities :
- The Methodist and Nebo Church Service, meeting every Sunday in our lounge.
- The New Age Club (originally The Old Age Pensioners Association) to continue to provide weekly events and get-togethers for the older members of our community
- The Womens’ Institute, providing a valuable support network for the ladies within our community and neighbouring areas
- The Job Club, helping those in the community who are seeking work and careers
- Keep Fit and Yoga sessions
- Flying Start for young children and their mothers
- The Craft Class, for those wishing to expand or develop their craft skills
- The Welsh Conversation, providing a beginners course to help local people speak Welsh
- Weekly Coffee Mornings for the whole community
- Corrwg Hub – a newly formed Youth Club managed by the youths themselves
- Bingo evenings
- Family events, providing reception facilities for weddings and birthdays etc.
Our Centre is also available for occasional users e.g. Funerals and wakes, Polling Station, Politicians' Surgeries (M.Ps & A.Ms), Police rounds and the Peoples Health Trust Local Conversation meetings. Our own social activity calendar is aimed at the development of social cohesion, and includes Christmas Tree Festivals, Concerts, Meet Santa, Cultural celebrations (such as Welsh Nights and Italian Nights), Faggots & Peas evenings and Vintage Afternoon Teas. Take a look at our diary and events page for more information.
Trustees of the Centre
All of the Committee Members are Trustees of the Centre, voluntarily giving up their time to make sure that the Centre stays open for the whole village and for the groups that use it. We thought you might like to know a little more about us:
- Lynwen Davies (Chair). Lynwen was borne and bred in Glyncorrwg and brings her experience as a Head Teacher for the Abergwynfi school to the table as she organises the Committee and ensuring we are working in the right direction to secure the future of Noddfa Community Centre.
- Sylvia Tittley (Vice Chair). Sylvia was born in Glyncorrwg and gave 36 years service with HMRC retiring in 2005, and has been the President of Glyncorrwg WI for the last 11years. For the last 6 years she has been a Trustee of Glamorgan Federation of Women's Institute and has been a WI Adviser since 2016. She and Ray celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 21st June 2019.
- Ray Tittley (Treasurer). Ray was born in Glyncorrwg and holds a BSc Hon Civil Engineering at Swansea University. He was a Construction site manager for 35 years and set up his own limited company as a Housing Association surveyor. When he and Sylvia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2019, they wanted to show their support towards Noddfa further by using Noddfa for their party and raising money for the Centre.
- Lesley English (Secretary). Lesley moved to Glyncorrwg in 2014 following a lengthy career in London as a Director of Housing and Social Care and New Business Integration. She set up her own Management Company and helped new businesses set themselves up. Her aim now is to support the committee in all aspects of its work … as long as she doesn't have to cook!
- Glenys Roberts - Glenys was born and bred in Glyncorrwg and says: 'at one time we had all the facilities we could think of but then it got to the point where we had almost lost everything and the Council was going to close Noddfa. I was devastated and joined the committee to save the Centre and keep it open. This has been my salvation and for everyone else it's now the hub of the village and used for such a lot of things. I don't know what I would do without it'.
- Graham Stent - Graham was born and bred in Glyncorrwg is the Warden of St Johns Church in the village, a Governer of Cymer Afan Comprehensive and Glycorrwg Schools. Graham is very well known in the village and, with his wife Pat, organises many trips and outings for the local community.
- Tracy Maggs - Tracy has strong roots in the village and was once the Caretaker of the Centre, so knows the building and its needs well. She joined the Committee in 2018 and became a Trustee in November 2018. She is hands on in many aspects of the workings of the Centre and in our activities and events.
- Rita Clatworthy - Rita was also born and bred Glyncorrwg and is a real people-person offering a warm welcome to all of our visitors and members coming to the Centre. She gets involved where she can in the organising, setting up and the delivery of events and activities. Rita also joined the Committee in 2018 and became a Trustee in November 2018.