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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Family fun day marks opening of Pengwern's new Community Hub

* Ten-year-old Jimmy McGreary helps Cllr Roberts cut the tape to open the Hub.

* Jimmy with his winning design for the Hub's logo.

* A demonstration of hairbraiding in a new Hub building.

* Drosi Bikes' pop-up workshop.

* Local entertainer Chris Burton provides the music.

* Cllr Roberts holds up the £78, 400 cheque that made the Hub scheme possible.

* The team involved with the project. 

A full programme of fun activities was held to celebrate the official opening of the new Pengwern Community Hub yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. 

Families enjoyed trying out nature projects, colouring and crafts, macramé, bracelet, keyring making, hairbraiding and a photo booth.

Locally-based Drosi Bikes held a pop-up session featuring free bike health checks and there was also music entertainment plus a buffet lunch and refreshments. 

Denbighshire County Council secured over £78,000 of funding for the project from the National Lottery and Rural Futures to develop Pengwern Community Centre into a community hub space that aims to meet the needs and aspirations of the surrounding area and Llangollen generally.

South Denbighshire Community Partnership (SDCP) has employed a part-time project coordinator for the project to initially consult with the community so that everyone has the opportunity to have their say and share their thoughts of what services and activities are most important to them, their families and their community.

To the cheers of the crowd, the Hub was officially opened by Denbighshire County Council chairman, Cllr Arwel Roberts.

He said: "This has been a vision of county council housing for three years and with a pandemic appearing in the middle of that it's great to see the end result.

"It's a big thank you to the National Lottery for assisting in the development of this scheme.

"Well done to all the council officers who have been involved in this and to all those in the local community who took part in the public consultation process.

"This is an exciting time for Pengwern and I hope that now the buildings are in place they will be much used by the community."

Helping Cllr Roberts to cut the blue ribbon was 10-year-old Jimmy McGreary, of Year 5 at Ysgol Y Gwernant, who was the winner of the children's competition organised to design the official Pengwern Community Hub logo.

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