Annex: 2

Regeneration & Leisure Executive Board Report

Welsh Church Fund 2019-2020

Report Author: Lorena Alvarez/Jon Hancock

LAlvarez@carmarthenshire.co.uk

JonHancock@carmarthenshire.co.uk

 

Tel: 01269 590216

Balance Available: £74,900.16

 

Report Value: £17,681.50

 

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Application Reference – WCF – 19-14

 

Project Title

Tywi Gateway Project

Applicant

Tywi Gateway Trust

 

Project Description

The Tywi Gateway Project is community led, re-connecting, unifying, restoring and re-invigorating the gardens and parkland of the Bishops of St Davids’ Old Bishops Palace, Abergwili, and now home to the Carmarthenshire County Museum.

 

The current ongoing development in collaboration with Carmarthenshire County Council and the representative Body of the Church of Wales, following successful funding awards in excess of £1.5 million, is restoring the grounds to their last major re-design of the 1840s, bringing back into production the walled kitchen garden, improving public access to and management of the Great Meadow, improving the condition of the SSSI Bishops Pond ox-bow lake and restoring the outbuildings of the Old Bishops Palace for use as an education and interpretation centre with café, which will open early Spring 2021.

 

The initial programme of capital works is currently being delivered and will be completed by August 2021, this phase has secured the employment of the Tywi Gateway Trust Manager and Head Gardener.

 

Following on from this, is a five year operational phase including the continuing delivery of learning activities and events, incorporating the employment of a Community Engagement and Learning Officer (CE&LO), responsibilities of which will include the running of the café and the management and maintenance of the site.

 

This project is for the employment of a Community Engagement and Learning Officer (CE&LO), this two year post will establish a solid basis on which to build and develop increasing numbers of people of all ages as users of the site as a place to enjoy and learn in, bringing together and building links between the Bishops Park, the Old Bishops Palace and Carmarthenshire County Museum and its collections.

 

The aim of the officer is to encourage and develop a network of users across Carmarthenshire that will support and contribute to the site’s sustainable future.  The officer will develop learning opportunities with schools and home education learners creating activities to explore what makes the Bishops Park, the Old Bishops Palace and the Museum’s collections special. 

 

Learning and education at the Bishops Park must also provide an income stream to assist in securing a sustainable future for the site. The officer will help to develop the facility as a high quality and distinctive learning space, developing a learning strategy and creating a range of learning resources for visitors to the Bishops Park along with an initial programme of learning opportunities and activities.

 

The aim is to develop the site as a high quality and distinctive learning space, developing a learning strategy and creating a range of learning resources for visitors, along with an initial programme of learning opportunities and activities.

 

These will include a range of training courses, workshops and learning experiences drawing on the site’s history, culture, collections, horticulture and natural environment and Bilingual working will be crucial to producing learning resources and delivering formal learning opportunities to schools and colleges in English and Welsh. The first year will focus on specialist training schools and colleges.

 

The Trust, in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Museum, will develop its community engagement and learning programme based on five main themes:

-       Sense of place. The former palace of the Bishop of St David’s once a centre for spirituality, the arts and the Welsh language – for inspiring a new future

-       A park through time. A private pleasure garden being restored to its 19th century design – for understanding a changing past and cultivating a community led future

-       A food for though. The walled kitchen garden with memories of past luxuries for the Bishops table – for encouraging self-reliance and horticultural innovation

-       Saving the environment. The Great Meadow and the Bishop’s Pond together are of special ecological significance – for engaging with contemporary issues of sustainability

-       Exploring the landscape. Physical and visual connections within the Tywi Valley and beyond – for building links and networks between places and people.

 

The principal outputs will be:-

  • A learning strategy and learning resources for the site that explore the links and connections regarding what makes the Bishops Park, the Old Bishops Palace and the Museum’s collections special, will be developed in collaboration with the Museum.
  • An activity programme developed and delivered for families and young people outside formal education.
  • A programme of public activities and events relevant and appropriate to the site organised in conjunction with the Museum to include a range of training courses, workshops and learning experiences drawing on the site’s history, culture, collections, horticulture and natural environment.
  • The Park used as a resource for teaching and for personal development, including training in outdoor classroom work, supporting delivery of the New Curriculum for Wales 2022 and ‘A curriculum for Wales, a Curriculum for Life’.
  • Health and well-being focused activities for all ages including Park trails and walks developed and put in place with opportunities for staff, patients and visitors at Glangwili General Hospital and other health agencies to take part.
  • Volunteering, work experience and student placement opportunities offered in all aspects of the work of the Tywi Gateway Trust and the management and maintenance of the site.
  • A survey, research and archiving group which will search, record and disseminate information about the Park, the Museum and Abergwili, including the people who lived and worked there, as well the historic and natural environments
  • An interpretive entry point for those wishing to discover and learn about the Tywi valley will be created.

 

The main outcomes will be:

  • All ages will gain an enhanced understanding, enjoyment and empathy with the Park, the Museum and their wider setting by fostering their powers of imagination, observation and communication.
  • The socially inclusive activity programme will benefit people in the shared enjoyment of the Park, Museum and their environments, contributing to their spiritual well-being and physical fitness.
  • An emphasis on outdoor learning will re-connect people to their heritage and the natural world.
  • A sustainable income will be generated to contribute to the long term management and maintenance of the Bishops Park and public visitor facilitates.

 

This project will be unique to the area and not replicated anywhere else in the community.

 

Total Project Cost

 

Eligible Capital 

 

Eligible  Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Ineligible Costs

 

Amount and % of grant requested

 

Match funding

£48,000.00

 

Nil

 

£48,000.00

For the FT post of 1x Community Engagement and Learning Officer. Gross salary over 2 years includes all other contributions

 

 

Nil

 

 

£3,000.00 @ 6.25%

 

£45,000.00

£13,680.00 – Heritage Lottery – Secured

£11,320.00 Brechfa Windfarm Community Fund – Decision October 2019

£20,000 Carmarthenshire Targeted Finance Fund  - Decision October 2019

 

 

Cllr and Officer Consultations Undertaken /

Evidence of need, community engagement

  • Cllr. Peter Hughes Griffiths
  • Cllr. Dorian Williams - Trustee of Tywi Gateway Trust
  • Llinos Quelch – CCC Head of Planning
  • Julian Edwards – CCC Development & Built Heritage Manager
  • Jane Davies – Cultural Services Manager
  • Morrigan Mason – Museum Manager

 

Letters of support included from:

  • Abergwili Parish Church Council
  • Abergwili Community Council
  • Ken Skates – Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism
  • Huw Francis – Director of The National Botanical Garden of Wales
  • Huwel Manley – Natural Resources Wales

 

Ownership/ Lease

30 Year lease agreement – Carmarthenshire County Council

Economic Benefit

·         Number of individuals into training/education - 20

·         Number of individuals into volunteering - 20

·         Number of individuals into employment

·         Number of community groups /organisations assisted - 8

·         Number of social enterprises created

·         Number of social enterprises supported

·         Number of jobs created – 1

·         Number of jobs safeguarded - 2

·         Public and private leverage funding £28,000

Officer Comments

The project will assist in adding economic benefits and growth within the community which will be derived from the responses to the requirements of the Wellbeing Act.

 

The park currently has more than 12,000 visits a year from the community as well as further afield.

 

The Tywi Gateway project will secure a sustainable future for the site through developing income streams to support the future management and maintenance of the site and income from the Tywi Gateway centre, including trading, retailing and catering will provide a surplus for continued employment of the Tywi Gateway Trust staff.

 

The site not only brings together an exceptional Museum collection, nationally important historic park and garden and nationally significant wildlife, it is the partnership of the community, TGT, Museum and Local Authority that provide a unique opportunity for future growth.

 

Beyond the delivery of the Tywi Gateway project the Tywi Gateway Trust is committed to continuing to develop opportunities to secure and increase income streams to ensure on-going management and maintenance and the future financial viability of the site.

 

The “Centre” has been designed as a flexible space which can accommodate and provide a venue for a wide range of activities and events. Built upon the research and consultation undertaken for the development of the Business Plan and Activity Plan this provides the opportunity to explore and develop a variety of commercial opportunities as they arise. For example, at present workshops and training which provide enjoyable and unique learning “experiences” are generally popular and can easily be accommodated and offered at the site. At the same time complimentary activities and events such as pop-up restaurants, arts performance and concert, can be trialled and markets developed.

 

The Trust manager, supported by the Board of Trustees, will also continue to seek additional project funding to achieve discrete additional objectives as opportunities are identified.

 

The officer will provide a unique provision for Carmarthenshire residents and visitors creating a programme of activities, events and learning opportunities across the site of the Carmarthenshire County Museum and Bishops Park.

 

 

Officer Recommendation

 

Award - £3,000.00

 

 

Subject to

 

Match funding being secured

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Application Reference – WCF-19-15

 

Project Title

Replacement Boiler/Equipment

Applicant

Caersalem Independent Chapel

 

Project Description

Caersalem Independent Chapel is located centrally in the village of Pontyberem, which continually encourages the community to utilise on a regular basis for events, including coffee mornings, with the aim of opening the doors to draw in new members, also the local junior school visit the building regularly as part of their Pastoral Care lessons.

 

The Chapel has seen some notable alteration and modernisation over the years, with the replacement of windows and weatherboards, also modernisation of the kitchen and WC facilities, which has led to changes in the aesthetical appearance of the exterior, but internally the main Chapel retains its fine interior.

 

The existing boiler has been condemned by a qualified engineer as unsafe to continue using and requires urgent replacement, which will include to strip out and remove the existing Potterton Osprey 150 heating boiler and install a new wall mounted Valliant Ecotec 48 kw condensing boiler, which may include the installation of a plume management system to meet current Building Regulations.

 

Also, following the recent installation of a new sound system to improve the service delivery they offer for groups participating in special services and concerts, also young musicians and choirs participating in family services, carol services, nativity plays and recitals, offering new modernised services for the community, there is a need to purchase an iPadPro, due to the quality of the item, to work in conjunction with the new sound system.

 

 

Total Project Cost

 

Eligible Capital 

 

 

Eligible  Revenue

 

Ineligible Costs

£9,276.00 - Gross

 

£9,276.00

Valiant Boiler - £8,353.20

IPadPro - £922.80

 

Nil

 

Nil

 

Cllr and Officer Consultations Undertaken

Consultation has been undertaken with the local and wider community, also current users of the venue.

 

·         Cllr Liam Bowen

 

Ownership/ Lease

Independent Chapel of Wales

Funding Package

 

Value of Community Investment

 

Amount of grant requested

 

Value of Levered Funds

£9,276.00

 

£9,276.00

 

 

£2,319.00 @ 25%

 

 

£6,957.00

 Own funds secured

 

Economic Benefit

·         Number of individuals into training/education

·         Number of individuals into volunteering

·         Number of individuals into employment

·         Number of community assets - 1

·         Number of new services created -  1

·         Number of physical improvements

·         Number of environmental improvement scheme - 21 

Officer Comments

Caersalem Chapel has a lot of local history and whilst the group have given up numerous volunteer hours and used a large amount of their own funds it is essential that the group seeks financial support for the future sustainability of the chapel as a local community venue.

 

The grant will accelerate the implementation of the project.  It is fully sustainable in both the short and long term. The replacement, energy efficient boiler will ensure that the chapel is fit for purpose and therefore lead to its long term sustainability.

 

Officer Recommendation

 

Award - £2,319.00

 

 

Subject to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Application Reference – WCF-19-16

 

Project Title

Hill House Project

Applicant

Bethel Church - Carmarthen

Project Description

Bethel church has been meeting in Carmarthen in various locations for a number of years, first meeting in rented rooms and then building our current building and opening in November 1989. The building was built mainly by trades people and friends from within the church. This was funded by our local church building fund, personal agreements to support the mortgage payments and gifts, together with some personal loans and a bank loan. All loans and bank mortgage were paid off in full well before the agreed repayment period.

 

They currently support a number of ministries and activities on a regular basis, the following is a summary of those core ministries.

 

·         Sunday Services: Congregational meetings aimed at celebrating their faith and facilitating personal faith growth, the services are open to anyone to attend and incorporate on average 160 to 250 individuals.

·         Bethel Kids church: An opportunity for children aged 2 years to school year 6 to enjoy time together, having fun and learning about God, supporting up to 55 children.

·         Bethel Youth Church: An opportunity for children school years 7-9 to spend time together, building relationships and learning about God with an average of 20 children attending.

·         Messy Church: An interactive family oriented gathering with crafts, bible teaching and a meal on a monthly basis, attended by 150.

·         Bethel Tots: An opportunity for parents/care providers of pre-school children from our community to gather together on a weekly basis.

·         Bethel Youth: An opportunity for young adults from our local community to gather in a safe environment, have fun and learn something of how God is relevant in their lives.

·         TLG Early Intervention: Bethel has six active coaches working in three local schools implementing the Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) programme, supporting one child each who is finding school life challenging and who might otherwise be moved on or withdrawn from school.

·         Seniors Ministry: A group of Bethel family members who visit local care homes and share fellowship, songs, bible teaching and God’s love (20 / 100+)

·         Bethel Kids Events: A number of specific events held over school holidays which attract over 100 local community children. They spend time being creative and energetic, playing games and sports, singing and dancing, hearing about God’s love and seeing it in action.

·         Community Events: Bethel church facilitates a number of events through the calendar year, supporting and blessing the local community. These regularly include Community Fun Days attended by many hundreds of local residents, Fireworks evening, Christmas events / productions and many others.

 

The church is very dynamic, practices modern worship while retaining traditional Christian values and has a good balance of age ranges in its membership.

 

It is proud to have considerable diversity in its racial and cultural make up and has grown in numbers, as well as in services offered to the community and now needs to move to bigger premises to house all the people and services offered.

 

The project idea is to fund part of the capital cost of converting the newly purchased building (Hill House) from primarily office based use, from existing government building, to making it more suitable for the church members and community.

 

The renovation work will be largely confined to reconfiguring the internal spaces to provide one large meeting space on the first floor, which will require the removal of the demountable partitions and raising the suspended ceiling to give sufficient ceiling height commensurate for a public meeting area.

 

This meeting facility will need to be equipped with appropriate lighting and a full AV and sound management system, also to install some accessible toilet facilities on the first floor. An additional first floor space will need minimal adjustment to facilitate the Children’s work.

 

On the lower floor, a kitchen facility will need to be installed. The main use of the ground floor will be a large open space for multipurpose use, which will facilitate many of their community groups and young adults. They will however, re-erect some of the demountable partitions to form auxiliary meeting / counselling / administration rooms.

 

The lower floor will also have AV and sound equipment installed and all areas will be redecorated. There is no external renovation work needed except for some cleaning and tidying of the grounds.

 

The project is to be led by a Project Team, responsible directly to the church leadership team and are all members of Bethel Church, with varied experience within the construction industry.

 

They have appointed a Project Manager who has extensive project management experience in building and shop fitting projects, supported by a qualified Quantity Surveyor, two qualified Civil Engineers and a qualified accountant, all of whom have a wealth of experience in their specific fields of expertise.

 

Total Project Cost

 

Eligible Capital 

 

 

Eligible  Revenue

 

Ineligible Costs

£733,910.00 - Gross

 

£192,690.00

Full tender specification with breakdown of costs included with the application

 

Nil

 

£541,220.00

£460,000 – Purchase of building

£2,085 – Planning & building control

£20,000 -  Contingency

£25,635.00 – Fees

£33,500.00 – Furniture & fittings

 

Cllr and Officer Consultations Undertaken

Consultation has been undertaken with the library service, local groups and the community. The following Councillors are supportive:

·         Cllr. Gareth John

·         Cllr. Alun Lenny

·         Llinos Quelch – CCC Head of Planning

 

Individual letters of support have been received from the community in support of this project.

 

Ownership/ Lease

Ownership – Land Registry confirmation – CYM439163 / CYM439378

Funding Package

 

Value of Community Investment

 

Amount of grant requested

 

Value of Levered Funds

 

 

 

 

 

£192,690.00 - Gross

 

£733,910.00

 

 

 

£10,000.00 – Maximum award

 

 

£182,690.00

£10,000 – James Pantyfedwen Foundation – secured

£15,000 – Congregational Charitable Trust – secured

£15,000 – Garfield Weston Foundation – secured

£130,000 – Own Funds secured

Economic Benefit

·         Number of individuals into training/education

·         Number of individuals into volunteering - 2

·         Number of individuals into employment

·         Number of community groups /organisations assisted - 1

·         Number of social enterprises created

·         Number of social enterprises supported

·         Number of jobs created

·         Number of jobs safeguarded

·         Public and private leverage funding – £170,000

Officer Comments

Consultation has been undertaken with the local and wider community, also current users of the venue, which identified the need for this project and individual letters have also been received

The grant will accelerate the implementation of the project. The Church is fully sustainable in both the short and long term.

 

Their desire is to deliver a building that will enable them to grow as a gathered church, allow them to better serve their local community with whom they already have strong links, and facilitate growth

Into new areas of ministry and service.

 

They believe these areas are linked, that as they grow and

develop they will be better able to invest and serve our community. In turn, this will result in further growth and through additional development they can participate in yet greater service to

the community.

 

Officer Recommendation

 

Award - £10,000.00

 

 

Subject to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Application Reference – WCF-19-17

 

Project Title

Spire Repair

Applicant

Trinity Methodist Church

 

Project Description

Trinity Methodist Church, built in 1866, is a well-known landmark in Kidwelly with its iconic tower, lantern and spire, and a circular stained-glass window.

 

The Church serves the community in varies ways, beyond providing Sunday services, which are well attended by all ages. The services have something for everyone in them, from the formal to the modern and are led by the ministers or the local preachers.

 

This project request is following a Quinquenniel inspection of the church, where it identified emergency works were required to the spire, the wooden frame work for the spire was completely rotten posing a big health and safety risk to the community as the spire is situated along a main road.

 

The work had to be carried out immediately, therefore this request for funding is retrospective to the works being carried out, which is in line with the criteria of the funding.

 

The cost of the repair came out a lot higher than expected and the grant would be a great financial relief to the church.

 

The community have been instrumental in supporting the church by deciding what activities they would like to happen  and are key to coming up with fundraising ideas.

 

The community came together to plan ideas how to raise funds for the repair of the steeple, such as; Harvest supper, Special Saturday coffee mornings, gift day, Christmas market, fundraising in the local Co-op supermarket, the community are making knitted goods to sell, and embers donation.

 

Total Project Cost

 

Eligible Capital 

 

 

 

 

Eligible  Revenue

 

Ineligible Costs

£9,334.00 Gross

 

£9,334.00

Scaffolding

Removing and replacing wooden frame

New frame work constructed and new lead wrapped around it

 

 

Nil

 

Nil

 

Cllr and Officer Consultations Undertaken

 Cllr Jeanette Gilasbey   

 

Ownership/ Lease

Owned by The Methodist Church South West Wales

Funding Package

 

Value of Community Investment

 

Amount of grant requested

 

Value of Levered Funds

£9,334.00

 

£7,000.50

 

 

£2,333.50 @ 25%

 

 

 

Nil

Economic Benefit

·         Number of individuals into training/education

·         Number of individuals into volunteering

·         Number of individuals into employment

·         Number of community assets

·         Number of new services created

·         Number of physical improvements - 1

·         Number of environmental improvement scheme - 1  

Officer Comments

This funding request is in line with the criteria of the Welsh Church fund, as shown below;

 

·         Applications for building and improvement works from Chapels and Churches only will be considered for work that has been carried out within six months from the date of application.

 

  

Officer Recommendation

Award - £2,333.50

 

Subject to