Work starts on Ogmore village hall with help from much-loved local resident
Work has begun on a new village hall in Ogmore-by-sea.
The project has seen the trustees of the Ogmore Village Hall Association work in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council to secure funding towards the ambitious £634,000 build.
The Ogmore-by-Sea Village Hall Association has been the driving force behind the project, which will see the former toilet block on open land adjacent to Slon Lane redeveloped to provide a community hall. Pene Haskayne has long hoped a village hall could be built in Ogmore and now that dream is set to become a reality:
“This is a special day and we really feel like we’ve achieved something. I’m really pleased to see work start on this building, which will be an important focal point for Ogmore,” said Pene, long-time resident, Ogmore Village Hall Association Trustee and Committee Member.
“This will be somewhere to meet, it will be for everything and everyone. Everybody is so enthusiastic, we’re going to need a good timetable to fit everybody in!”
The hall will serve the local community and be available to hire for weddings, christenings, funerals, sports and social events. It will include quiet space that can be used for classes and sit within landscaped green open space. The building, designed to be a focal point will also include a cafe to help with the hall’s sustainability and also create jobs.
In total, the project will cost £634,000, £332,000 of which will come from Section 106 contributions secured by the Vale Council from nearby housing developments and £6,000 from the its Strong Community Grant Fund.
The Association have also secured money from the EU via Welsh Government Rural Community Development Fund. The Community Facilities Programme and the Big Lottery have also provided generous grants.
“I know the community has worked extremely hard to ensure this project became a reality and for that they deserve immense credit. I am pleased that that the Vale Council has been able to transfer a piece of land over to the community which will now house this beautiful hall.” - Cllr Kathryn McCaffer, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Arts and Culture.
“It is great to see our contractor partner Holbrook Homes start work on site. The effort put into delivering a hall has truly been community based particularly given that the residents have been trying to deliver a community hall ever since the early 1970s.
"I am sure the community hall will be a successful facility enjoyed by all in the community and I’d like to particularly thank the large number of individuals and companies who have given their time and money to help us finally achieve our goal.” - Chair of the Ogmore by Sea Village Hall Association, Eugene Travers Jones.