Totally Talybont project was part of major (£248k) Big Lottery funded renovation which helped the community transform ageing community facilities into an attractive, efficient and sustainable ‘Community Hub’
The project was a Community Council backed venture which involved the whole Talybont on Usk community in the refurbishment of the village hall and playground. The project initially spent £7,039 of funding from the Sustainable Development fund. This funding was crucial in supporting the initial feasibility study which enabled the successful Big Lottery grant application. SDF also supported the main renovation project funding energy efficiency measures including air source heating, solar thermal conversion switch and led lighting with a grant of £7,374.
The new facilities at Henderson Hall now provide a safe, welcoming environment at the heart of the community where young and old can meet and socialise. Improved facilities have already attracted new groups including a fortnightly Scouts meeting and dance group. Community events have increased by 40% and hall hire has increased significantly.
The hall and facilities are becoming recognised as exemplar with visits from Sustainable Energy and Environment students at Cardiff University, The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority with the Welsh Government minister for Rural Affairs looking at resilient communities and most recently hosted the Eden Communities and Big Lottery ‘Big Walk’. An adjacent community has visited to share lessons learned and outdoor education officers regularly visit the hub to demonstrate to students the renewable energy initiatives.
The Bike Hub is helping sustain the facilities with income generation from 309 bike washes, 92 showers and 1200 toilet visits between January and April 2018.
Claire Wright from the Totally Talybont Steering Group said;
“The new village hub is run by local volunteers and we are hoping that the new and improved facilities will attract people and organisations to come and use the venue, helping make the project sustainable for the future.”
Glyn Thomas, Chairperson of Talybont Community Council added; “We are delighted with the new village hub at Henderson Hall. Talybont is an extremely popular spot for all sorts of biking and these new facilities will improve the experience for locals and visitors alike, attracting people to the area and supporting our local economy and businesses.”
The whole community have strived to develop this project and has shown to be a ‘can-do’ community. With its strong community spirit and volunteer base it is proving to be a ‘flagship community’ by showcasing innovative ideas to other groups and communities. The community are extremely proud of their assets and the strength of volunteers who give their time and expertise to ensure a sustainable future. ‘Totally Talybont’ project has shown how effective a united community can be and is testament to the experience and capabilities of all the volunteers involved. Furthermore the community has gone on to secure additional Big Lottery funding to create an accessible multi games area on the site of the old tennis courts which will further enhance the village hub and play facilities created through Totally Talybont.
Total grant given to Totally Talybont £14,412