The History of Treuddyn Community Association
TCA was set up in 1982 when the decision was taken to purchase from Flintshire County Council, for £1000, the old wooden army-hut that had served as a youth hall in Treuddyn from the late 1950s.
Trustees were appointed and a steering committee elected:
John Alfred Gladman (Chairman), Terrig Morgan (Treasurer), Ceinwen Parry (Secretary),
Cliff Williams, Iona Smith, Harold Kendrick, Gill Pollard and Noel Parry as members.
This committee got off to a flying start when they applied for a grant and were awarded (to their delight) £20,000. A new kitchen was installed, windows reglazed and the hall decorated. A great deal of voluntary work was recognised when a further lottery grant paid for wall lights and new chairs. The hall began to support a wide range of activities, private parties and functions.
Recent Activity of TCA from May 2008
The old hall was showing its age and had become quite an eye sore in the village and was little used. There were calls for it to be demolished. David Petie approached newly elected Councillor Carolyn Thomas to suggest that efforts were made to save it as an important resource for the village. Carolyn visited the hall and saw the potential. The deeds were transferred to new Trustees and a new steering committee established.
Grant applications were made to funding bodies. It was apparent that red tape has increased substantially as a single application with all supporting evidence frequently weighs more than a kilogram! Current legislation also requires different approach, a new constitution was drawn up to retain charitable status, an equality and diversity policy and a procurement policy were adopted. This all presented some challenges to the new committee but eventually all the difficulties were resolved.
The new committee were successful in 2009 in securing grants from The Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund for £42,000 to refurbish the outside of the hall, double glazing, insulation and for new central heating. The Flintshire Local Voluntary Association fund £4,400 for the installation of a new toilet. FCC Community Chest granted £1,000 for new curtains. Cadwyn Clwyd supported the first Treuddyn Festival in 2009.
In November 2009 the refurbished hall was re-opened with a barn dance with live music and a New Year’s Eve Party. Now the bookings are flooding in and unexpected things keep happening. Members of the steering committee were delighted one weekend in February 2010 to see 68 young children all dressed as Disney characters trooping through the village for a private birthday party! The Mold Players will be rehearsing every week from March 2010 and residents are enjoying salsa classes and art classes among other activities.