St Peter's is celebrating after being awarded nearly £324,000 to transform its community hall into a more flexible centre.
The refurbishment of St Peter’s Community Hall, Fairwater, Cardiff, is one of eight projects across Wales benefiting from the Welsh Governments’ Community Facilities Programme. The money will be spent dividing the large hall into a flexible space which could house four groups at a time.
The new hall will complement the adjoining community garden which recently won a Green Flag Award from the National Garden Scheme. The hall and gardens are used by a variety of groups including Communities First, Rookwood Brain Injury Unit and the children in the adjacent primary school.
Father Colin Sutton, Vicar of Fairwater, says he is delighted with the news which was announced by the Communities and Children Minister Carl Sargeant at the hall today (July 27).
He says, “This has taken more than two years to achieve and a lot of work from the Focus Group, and support from a large number of people-from the Church and the community, who have shared our vision. We have made it through – now a different kind of work begins to help us serve the community with both a more flexible hall and developing gardens. Our thanks go to all who have helped in any way.”
As part of the refurbishment, the hall’s stage will be converted into a community garden rest room or training room. The kitchen will open out both into the hall and meeting room and through a hatch out onto the patio.
Mr Sargeant says,“The £2.6m I have announced today is set to breathe new life into these buildings and will help ensure they help to play a valuable role in improving the lives of the people who use them.
“These projects truly are the heart of their communities, providing a huge range of important services, to young and old and space for groups to come together. The funding will enable these projects to expand their work further, throwing open their doors to even more people in the local community.”
The photo below shows Cabinet Secretary Carl Sargeant looking at the plans for improving the building and facilities.