Gilwern Village Hall
village hall pic before renovation Renovated village hall
Old Village Hall (Pre May 2000)
Renovated Village Hall

With many thanks to Mr Brian Moss For the Photographs and for the availability of the extracted text

Brief History

1946
The land on which the Hall now stands was purchased from The Hereford & Tredegar Brewery Ltd for 50. The Welfare association (The village Hall Committee of their day) did not have sufficient funds to build the Hall but, they persuaded the National Council of Social Services to build it for them, but the hall was then rented to the Welfare Association.
24 September 1955
The Hall was opened by D. Lloyd Jones Esq. High Sheriff of Brecknockshire.
1965
The Welfare Association purchased the Hall from the National Council of Social Services for 700.
1965 - 1997
The Hall was used for many events including Whist Drives, dances and the WI. Although the Hall was still used for many activities the popularity of the Hall had declined, and the building deteriorated.
1997
Monmouthshire County Council carried out a survey and for renovation a quote of 47,000 was obtained. The commitee which was in office at the time applied for a Lottery Grant but was not successful.
1999
A new Commitee was elected and they set about raising the necessary funds to renovate the Hall. With the help of Monmouthshire County Council a grant of 23,500 was obtained from The Welsh European Programme Executive. Monmouthshire County Council gave 17,500 and the Hall Commitee raised approximately 9,000.
During 1999 and 2000 The Hall Commitee organised car boot sales, cheese and wine parties, coach trips, and other fund raising events to help raise the necessary funds. By May 2000 the cost of the renovation work had increased to over 50,000 and the Hall Committee had to cover the increased cost. Monmouthshire CountyCouncil also wanted to enlarge the Library so the Committee and the Council cooperated and this was acheived in May 2000.
May 2000.
The Refurbished Hall and Library Opened.
The Village Hall and Library extension had been completed and IT equipment was installed in the Library giving many benefits to the library and bringing the Library right up to date.
Credits
Many thanks to Mr Brian Moss

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