Overmonnow Community Hall Reopens

Ty Price, St Thomas’ Community Hall was reopened after extensive redevelopment on Wednesday 26 July, 2017.

The redevelopment project started in 2006, and after much fundraising and with generous grants, over £500,000 has been raised for a wonderful new community resource.

Several people representing groups who had been centrally involved in the redevelopment spoke at the celebrations, sharing the vision and hard work that had brought the new hall into being.

Project coordinator Steve Martin said: “The foundations for the work and the building of the new hall were laid back through the years, I joined on later, about five years ago. We had a clear vision, we wanted to serve the community and ensure that the hall was owned by everyone involved. The church community and others got behind it so we have had a really good commitment.”

Rev Canon David McGladdery, vicar of Monmouth and Area Dean followed and said: “This is more than a church hall, it is a resource to be shared with our community in Overmnonnow. Ty Price is a local resource which the people of St Thomas can use in practical ways, ways to benefit the community.

“Ty Price is a visible place of hospitality where all who live and work in this community of Overmonnow and beyond in the town of Monmouth are welcome. Everyone is welcome to use and share our space because it is your space too. It is a place which can be used by all sorts of community groups and individuals, it is a place to celebrate, it’s a place where people can learn and gather to be human and to be a community.

“It’s a place which will encourage community support groups to work in partnership for good of this community.”

The ribbon was cut by local residents Eira Price (widow of the late Canon Norman Price), Maud Vickers (who has lived all her 91 years in the immediate streets and remembers using the hall when it was a British Restaurant during the Second World War, and Thomas and Issy Beard (who have been regular users of the old hall for all their lives) with help from David Price and Sue White.

The other speakers on the day included Bishop Richard Pain the Bishop of Monmouth, MCC leader councillor Peter Fox, former churchwarden Alec Riches, finance officer for the project Bill Leddington, team Vicar Rev. Catherine Haynes, Elaine Loe from CAP, Maggie Riches from the mother’s union and Mark Walton, director of Bridges Centre.

In the evening, a service of thanksgiving was led by Bishop Richard Pain, a former vicar of Overmonnow. Members of St Thomas’ Church squeezed into the main hall, and enjoyed a barbecue in the garden afterwards.

The hall will be used for a variety of community groups and will host drop-in sessions, an advice services and surgeries for local councillors and police. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) will offer a money course, life skills course and a job club while parents groups and Brownies, Rainbows, Guides, Rangers will also use the facilities. The hall is also available for private hire.