THE ongoing restoration project of the historic Cefn Fforest Miners Welfare Hall has received a financial boost from a home builder.
Persimmon Homes East Wales has awarded a grant of £1,000 to help bring the hall in Twynyffald Road back into use.
Just last week, the Argus spent the day in the room as part of our Community Newsroom initiative.
The building, one of the few remaining mining institutes in the region, was built between the two world wars, but fell into disuse with the closure of the coal industry.
But now the charity Cefn Fforest Miners Welfare Hall hopes to raise enough money to rewire the hall, replace boarded up windows and redesign the toilets.
Terence Evans, one of the fundraisers, said: “We are delighted to receive this donation from Persimmon Homes.
“We want to create a space to provide facilities for our local community.
“It will be a real asset.
“There are only 48 out of 200 buildings left in the whole of Wales and we want to make sure ours is one of them.
“We organized Christmas raffles and shopping sprees and sold polo shirts with our logo on them.
“This donation brings us one step closer to our goal.
Cefn Fforest Miners Welfare Room
The group of volunteers received a Permission check earlier this week, alongside Islwyn MP Chris Evans.
The donation comes from the homebuilder’s Community Champions scheme, through which the company donates up to £64,000 to worthy causes in the UK – including up to £4,000 in Wales – each month.
Mr Evans said: “I was delighted to learn that Cefn Fforest Miners Welfare Hall is the winner of the Permission Community Champions initiative and will be receiving a donation. This funding is essential to ensure their incredible work continues.
“The work of the Friends of the Cefn Fforest Miners institute to restore the Miners Welfare Hall is so impressive.
“The Hall has an important history in our community, and I’m thrilled to have it restored to its former glory.”
The charity has also applied for lottery funding for the main hall. Once revenue is generated, the funds will be invested in a café and upstairs offices that can be rented out.
Victoria Williams, Sales Manager at Persimmon Homes East Wales, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Cefn Fforest Miners Welfare Hall with this funding.
“Mining is such an important part of Welsh history and these wellness centers were, in many cases, the hub of the community.
“We hope this is the start of a productive relationship with the group and it would be fantastic to see this facility brought back into use for the benefit of many local residents.”
Inside Cefn Fforest Miners Welfare Hall
Previously, the Coal Field Regeneration Trust gave £6,000 to the Miners Institute, while Caerphilly Borough Council has a community fund.
Permission Homes is currently building new homes across South Wales, including the £29million project at Carn y Cefn in Ebbw Vale.
Development work began last summer and will include a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes being built, with prices starting at £184,995.