Community Hub December fundraising update

We’d hoped to have some good news to share with you before Christmas, but unfortunately we have just heard that our bid to the Big Lottery People and Places fund has been unsuccessful. We were up against some £4.6m of projects in poorer areas of Wales, and they took priority.

We still need to thank the Lottery for the £50k of support they have already given us. Added to community fundraising and other successful applications we’ve made, plus the value of the junior school site, adds up to nearly £237,000 raised so far.

The journey continues

Although we’re disappointed at this set back, this isn’t the end of the project. We are still working on other applications to a variety of different funders and looking at other finance options. Monmouthshire County council are still being very supportive, and we are also hopeful there will be another more suitable Lottery grant available in the Spring.

Thanks for all your continued support, will keep you posted as we get more news!

We hope you will join us this Saturday (9 December) afternoon in Raglan Old Church School between 3-5pm to start the festive season with a glass of mulled wine and some tea and cakes.

Fundraising for the hub build begins

Fundraising for the hub build begins

We’ve started work on raising the capital costs needed to build Raglan’s Community Hub after the project reached the milestone of full planning permission in June.

Our first and largest funding application for £499,000 to the Big Lottery Fund has now been submitted. The application represents almost half of the estimated £1.2m capital cost needed for the build. A decision is expected in around six months time, so we’re keeping everything crossed!

Thanks to everyone who helped produce the 304 pages and 29 documents that we needed, and a grateful thank you to Jonathan Mills and Allens Printers for rescuing us when our printer gave out.

Now that the latest Big Lottery Fund application is in, we’re planning further submissions to other funders including the Welsh Government to raise the estimated £1.2m total build cost.

Our partners Monmouthshire County Council will transfer the former Raglan Junior School site into our ownership once all funding has been secured.

New Community Hub gets planning permission

New Community Hub gets planning permission

We are delighted to announce that the new £1m Community Hub in Raglan has successfully achieved planning permission. A big thank you to all our partners, supporters and volunteers for getting us to the halfway point in this six year project.

The aim of the hub is to provide a permanent, purpose built home for community activity in the village, as well as improving access to services. Feedback and ideas from local residents shaped the final design, coordinated by our volunteers.

Monmouthshire architects Hall + Bednarczyk produced a design which aims to balance cutting-edge design sensitively and cost effectively within Raglan’s traditional village setting. The proposal has been granted planning permission by Monmouthshire County Council.

Our Chair, Chris Butler-Donnelly, said: “We’re so proud and delighted to have achieved this milestone. This community building is much needed to create a permanent facility for everyone in the local community to share.

“Planning permission marks the halfway point in our six-year plan to improve community services in Raglan and brings us a step closer to an attractive, multi-purpose local venue.

“Having up-to-date facilities will make a big difference to residents in Raglan and the surrounding areas. A wider variety of events and better availability of services will really benefit both local people and businesses.

“The hub is a local project and we couldn’t have got here without the support of our partners, volunteers and the wider community. A big thank you to everyone, including the BIG Lottery for awarding their generous capital development grant, and to Monmouthshire County Council for their continued backing of the project.

“Our focus now is to secure capital development funding to build the Community Hub in Raglan. It’s an exciting time for Raglan so if you’d like to get involved then please do get in touch. Our community is very much at the heart of this project, we’re all volunteers and want it to be something that everyone can enjoy for generations to come.”

Read more about the design of the Community Hub.

The planning and design process was funded by a BIG Lottery (People and Places) capital development grant of £47,904, awarded to the Raglan Village Hall Association in 2016. Quantity surveyors Adams Fletcher & Partners and architects Hall + Bednarczyk have helped to ensure the cost effective development of the design.

The finalised designs and planning permission will form the basis of further submissions to BIG Lottery, and to other funders including the Welsh Government. Once funding has been secured, the former Raglan Junior School site will be transferred by Monmouthshire County Council to the Raglan Village Hall Association and construction can begin.

Canolfan Cymunedol Newydd yn Cael Caniatâd Cynllunio

Canolfan Cymunedol Newydd yn Cael Caniatâd Cynllunio

Rydym yn falch o gyhoeddi bod Canolfan Gymunedol £1m newydd Rhaglan wedi derbyn caniatâd cynllunio yn llwyddiannus. Diolch yn fawr i’n holl bartneriaid, cefnogwyr a gwirfoddolwyr i helpu ni gyrhaedd hanner ffordd yn y prosiect chwe blynedd.

Nôd y ganolfan yw i ddarparu adeilad parhaol ar gyfer gweithgareddau cymunedol yn y pentref, yn ogystal â gwella mynediad i wasanaethau. Gwnaeth adborth a syniadau’r drigolion lleol helpu creu’r dyluniad terfynol, a gydlynir gan ein gwirfoddolwyr.

Cynhyrchodd penseiri o Sir Fynwy Hall + Bednarczyk dyluniad sy’n anelu at gydbwyso dylunio arloesol yn sensitif ac yn gost effeithiol o fewn gosodiad pentref traddodiadol Rhaglan. Cafodd caniatâd cynllunio i’w rhoi i’r prosiect gan Gyngor Sir Fynwy.

Dywedodd ein Cadeirydd, Chris Butler-Donnelly: “Rydym yn falch iawn i gyflawni’r garreg filltir hon. Mae angen yr adeilad cymunedol yma i greu cyfleusterau parhaol i bawb yn y gymuned leol i’w rhannu.

“Mae caniatâd cynllunio yn nodi’r pwynt hanner ffordd yn ein cynllun chwe blynedd i wella’r gwasanaethau cymunedol yn Rhaglan ac yn dod a ni gam yn nes at lleoliad lleol amlbwrpas deniadol.

“Bydd cael cyfleusterau cyfoes yn gwneud gwahaniaeth mawr i drigolion Rhaglan a’r ardaloedd cyfagos. Bydd amrywiaeth ehangach o ddigwyddiadau a gwell mynediad at wasanaethau o fudd mawr i bobl a busnesau lleol.

“Mae’r ganolfan yn brosiect lleol ac ni fyddem wedi cyrhaedd y pwynt yma heb gefnogaeth ein partneriaid, gwirfoddolwyr a’r gymuned ehangach. Diolch yn fawr iawn i bawb, gan gynnwys y Gronfa Loteri Fawr am wobrwyo eu grant datblygu cyfalaf hael, ac i Gyngor Sir Fynwy am eu cefnogaeth parhaus.

“Ein ffocws yn awr yw sicrhau cyllid datblygu cyfalaf ar gyfer adeiladu’r Ganolfan Gymunedol. Mae’n gyfnod cyffrous i Rhaglan, felly os hoffech chi gymryd rhan, yna cofiwch gysylltu â ni. Mae ein cymuned wrth wraidd y prosiect hwn, rydym ni i gyd yn wirfoddolwyr ac am iddo fod yn rhywbeth y gall pawb ei fwynhau am genedlaethau i ddod. ”

Darllenwch fwy am gynllun y Ganolfan Gymunedol.

Mae’r broses cynllunio a dylunio wedi ei ariannu gan Gronfa Loteri Fawr (Pawb a’i Le) a grant datblygu cyfalaf o £ 47,904, a wobrwyd i Gymdeithas Neuadd Bentref Rhaglan yn 2016. Gwnaeth syrfewyr meintiau Adams Fletcher a’u Partneriaid a phenseiri Hall + Bednarczyk helpu i sicrhau bod datblygiad y dyluniad yn gost effeithiol.

Bydd y cynlluniau terfynol a’r caniatâd cynllunio yn ffurfio sail cyflwyniadau pellach i’r Loteri Fawr, ac i gyllidwyr eraill, gan gynnwys Llywodraeth Cymru. Unwaith y bydd cyllid wedi’i sicrhau, bydd hen safle Ysgol Iau Rhaglan yn cael ei drosglwyddo gan Gyngor Sir Fynwy i Gymdeithas Neuadd Bentref Rhaglan a gall y gwaith adeiladu ddechrau.

Raglan Masterchef competition

Raglan Masterchef competition

We had a right royal cook off for this year’s Raglan Masterchef competition on Sunday 14 May.

Inspired by the Queen’s sapphire jubilee, this year’s theme was ‘The Queen’s garden party’.

Congratulations to first prize winner Daphne Pettit for her majestic ‘Patriotic Pavlova’ entry.

Aprons and rossettes were awarded to the first three winners, and judges also awarded an apron and wooden spoon for two special prizes.

In true garden party style, entrants provided a feast of different dishes, from jellies to meringue and from sweet to savoury. Thank you to all those who took part and supported the village.

Many thanks to our judges Pennie Walker, Paul Davies, former Raglan Masterchef winner Jane Powell, and Nick Ramsey. Thanks also to our wonderful hosts at The Beaufort Arms Hotel.

Check out all the fabulous entries on our Facebook page.

Masterchef results

First place – Patriotic Pavlova by Daphne Pettit

Second place – Meringue Crown by Karen Hurley

Third place – Smoked Salmon Twirls by Kirstie Pope

Best effort – Princess Charlotte Raspberry Mousse by Vicky Spencer-Francis

Best patriotic dish – Summer Fruit Jelly by Tali Mills

Film and curry night stirs the senses

Our April pop up film night proved to be the hottest ticket in town.

Raglan film-goers got into the spirit of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with delicious curry and salads raising £145.08.

Thanks to all volunteers for their efforts including Kathleen Butler-Donnelly and Kirstie Pope for providing the wonderful food, Laura Butler-Donnelly for the bar and Catherine Brown and Gwyneth Morgan for their organisation.

Don’t forget to come along to the next film night on the 17 September. Details coming soon!

Race night is a winner

Thanks to everyone who supported our race night, you raised a brilliant £828.63.

Well done to everyone for your efforts whether it be promotion, food, drink or tote.

A special thanks to our generous race sponsors:

A great result all around!

Our next race night is on the 16 September.

Planning permission submitted for Community Hub

Our Community Hub design has moved towards planning permission after local consultation.

The aim of the hub is to provide a purpose built, permanent home for our community activity in the village, as well as improving access to services.

Thank you to everyone who has shared ideas, expertise and feedback at our consultations, meetings and fundraising events. Your input has been invaluable we wouldn’t have reached this stage without your support.

Monmouthshire architects Hall + Bednarczyk produced our final design which is shaped by our local surroundings and your views and ideas.

The plan aims to balance contemporary design sensitively and cost effectively within our traditional village setting. The proposal has been submitted to Monmouthshire County Council for planning permission and the outcome is expected in early summer 2017.

The architectural drawings feature a curved roof inspired by the agricultural barns in our area, elevated by smart design and an airy, bright, modern interior. An added benefit to the slightly lower profile of the roof will mean that the hub is less costly to heat.

It’s important that the building will work for our whole community, so split-level rooms have been cleverly designed to maximise space, creating both a stage and separate areas for classes, groups and activities.

The entrance of the building includes a community café and there will also be an additional office space for service providers.

The planning and design process has been funded by our BIG Lottery (People and Places) capital development grant of £47,904, awarded in 2016. Quantity surveyors Adams Fletcher & Partners have helped to ensure the cost effective development of the design.

The finalised designs and planning permission will form the basis of further submissions to BIG Lottery, and to other funders including the Welsh Government. Once funding has been secured, the former Raglan Junior School site will be transferred to us by Monmouthshire County Council and construction can begin.

Raglan Village Hall Association Chair, Chris Butler-Donnelly, said: “This exciting, contemporary community building is much needed to create a permanent facility for everyone in the local community to share.

“Having up-to-date facilities and an attractive, multi-purpose venue on our doorstep will make a big difference to residents in Raglan and the surrounding areas. A wider variety of events and better availability of services will really benefit both local people and businesses.

“We would not have been able to reach this major milestone without the continued help and support of local residents, volunteers and partners, including Monmouthshire County Council and Big Lottery. It was really important to us that as many of our community as possible were involved in the design, and we’re grateful to everyone who contributed ideas and suggestions.”

Caniatâd Cynllunio Wedi’i Gyflwyno ar Gyfer y Ganolfan Gymunedol

Mae ein cynllun Canolfan Gymunedol wedi symud tuag at ganiatâd cynllunio ar ôl ymgynghoriad lleol.

Nôd y ganolfan yw darparu cartref pwrpasol, parhaol ar gyfer gweithgareddau cymunedol yn y pentref, yn ogystal â gwella mynediad at wasanaethau.

Diolch yn fawr i bawb sydd wedi rhannu syniadau, arbenigedd ac adborth ar ein hymgynghoriadau, cyfarfodydd a digwyddiadau codi arian. Mae eich cyfraniad wedi bod yn amhrisiadwy a ni fyddem wedi cyrraedd y cam hwn heb eich cefnogaeth.

Cynhyrchwyd ein dyluniad terfynol gan penseiri o Sir Fynwy Hall + Bednarczyk sydd wedi ei ysbrydoli gan ein hamgylchedd lleol yn ogystal ac eich barn a’ch syniadau.

Nôd y cynllun yw sicrhau cydbwysedd rhwng dylunio cyfoes sensitif ac effeithiolrwydd cost o fewn ein lleoliad pentref traddodiadol. Mae’r cynnig wedi’i gyflwyno i Gyngor Sir Fynwy am ganiatâd cynllunio a disgwyliwyd y canlyniad yn gynnar yn yr hâf 2017.

Mae’r lluniadau pensaernïol yn cynnwys tô crwm a ysbrydolwyd gan sguboriau amaethyddol ein hardal, mae ganddo ddyluniad smart ac awyrog, llachar a modern. Mantais ychwanegol yw gan fod proffil ychydig yn is gan y tô bydd yn llai costus i’w wresogi.

Mae’n bwysig bod yr adeilad yn gweithio ar gyfer ein cymuned gyfan, felly ystafelloedd ar ddwy lefel sydd wedi cael eu cynllunio yn fedrus i wneud y gorau o’r gofod, gan greu yn llwyfan ac ardaloedd ar wahân ar gyfer dosbarthiadau, grwpiau a gweithgareddau.

Bydd y fynedfa i’r adeilad yn cynnwys caffi cymunedol a bydd hefyd le i swyddfeydd ychwanegol i ddarparwyr gwasanaethau.

Mae’r broses gynllunio a dylunio wedi ei ariannu gan ein grant datblygu o’r Loteri Fawr (Pawb a’i Le) o £ 47,904, a ddyfarnwyd yn 2016. Syrfewyr Meintiau Adams Fletcher & Partners sydd wedi helpu i sicrhau bod datblygu’r dyluniad wedi bod yn gost effeithiol.

Bydd y cynlluniau terfynol a’r caniatâd cynllunio yn ffurfio sail cyflwyniadau pellach i’r Loteri Fawr, ac i gyllidwyr eraill, gan gynnwys Llywodraeth Cymru. Unwaith y bydd cyllid wedi’i sicrhau, bydd hen safle Ysgol Iau Rhaglan yn cael eu trosglwyddo i ni gan Gyngor Sir Fynwy a gall adeiladu ddechrau.

Dywed Cadeirydd Cymdeithas Neuadd y Pentref yn Rhaglan, Chris Butler-Donnelly: ” Mae angen mawr am yr adeilad cymunedol cyffrous, cyfoes yma i greu cyfleusterau parhaol i bawb yn y gymuned leol i rannu.

“Bydd cael y cyfleusterau cyfoes a lleoliad deniadol, aml-bwrpas ar garreg ein drws yn gwneud gwahaniaeth mawr i drigolion Rhaglan a’r ardaloedd cyfagos. Bydd amrywiaeth ehangach o ddigwyddiadau a nifer gwell o wasanaethau o fudd mawr i bobl a busnesau lleol.

“Ni fyddem wedi gallu cyrraedd y garreg filltir bwysig hon heb gymorth a chefnogaeth parhaus y trigolion, gwirfoddolwyr a phartneriaid lleol, gan gynnwys Cyngor Sir Fynwy a Loteri Fawr. Roedd yn bwysig i ni bod cymaint o’n gymuned â phosibl yn cymryd rhan yn y cynllun, ac rydym yn ddiolchgar i bawb a gyfrannodd syniadau ac awgrymiadau.”

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