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Community hub @ the vestry Glais

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Community hub @ the vestry Glais

Community hub @ the vestry Glais

Kirstie  Richards By Kirstie Richards

A welcoming community space available to access activities, create opportunities, make and sell crafts, a preservation group and an exhibition of Nicolas y Glais, welsh poet and Minister.

Glais Delivery stage

pledged of £38,638

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Glais has great community spirit, but over the past few years opportunities for people to celebrate and share together have disappeared. We want to enable a fantastic new community space by bringing Seion chapel back to the community and hosting an exhibition of its history. It will be a place where people can come together to try new arts & crafts such as pottery, pop in for a cuppa and a chat, be part of the heritage and its preservation of the graveyard. A place to unite people through the love of their community whilst also providing opportunities for exhibitions, workspace. In the future we plan to open a community craft and coffee shop. Organisations and health services can utilise the space to hold mindfulness sessions, bereavement support and more. The aim is to meet local requirements and revive local assets, all this whilst making friends. But not only will it be a community space it will also attract individuals and groups from far afield with an interest in welsh history.

What we'll deliver:

  • Nicolas y Glais exhibition & Titanic memorial - An historical insight through time in a welsh community
  • Community Space - A place to make, show and sell, supporting local communities aspirations and enterprises
  • Community Connections - Through well-being, friendship, crafts and activities i.e. walking, gardening
  • Vestry Bakes - Generations working together to share recipes, cooking and tantalise your taste buds
  • Friends of Seion preservation group - Looking after the community members no longer with us up keep of graveyard
  • Transform and reopen an unused community building
  • CreateSpace - people meet together, share food, stories, experiences & information point
  • Restoration of headstone of 2 local men who lost their lives in the RMS Titanic

Why it's a great idea:

Appeal to local people, environmentalists, historians, walkers, cyclists, tourism and businesses who want to improve the area. Support organisations in need of a venue for community activities, training, historical talks and classes that people would like to try. A place to provide local information and the restoration of a community building. Open opportunities for people to sell their crafts and produce, leading to possibilities of further business start-up and an Increase in volunteering locally and employment. A place to help residents recover from the impact of COVID 19 and support people who have been in isolation, especially those residents struggling during and pre the pandemic. Local traders could use the space and driveway for a small pop up monthly market of fresh local produce and crafts. Not only will it be a community space it will also attract individuals and groups from far afield with an interest in welsh history. Preservation of graves and the history of area

Steps to get it done:

  • Nicolas y Glais Exhibtion area to be completed with sound and lighting
  • Heating installed
  • Floor boards repaired and flooring laid in Vestry area
  • Plastering and painting completed in Vestry
  • Public toilet and baby change area completed - roof repaired, toilet installed
  • Coffee shop serving counter installed in Vestry main area
  • Fire suppression unit installed
  • Community seating area - lounge area, space decorated, display shelves for commuity items,
  • Small childrens play kitchen/ market reading area to be cpmpleted
  • Kitchen Installation
  • Signage
  • Bike rack for cyclists installed externally
  • Gardening tools purchased for preservation group
  • Restoration of historic TItanic grave stone

The history of the chapel is breath-taking. An example, is a grave that commemorates two local men that died on the Titanic in 1912 when it sank and we have some articles from the time describing it. There are 2 War graves that are maintained by the CWGC within the grounds. There is documented evidence, & actual Large print photographs, of when the chapel celebrated its centenary in 1934, & over 2000 people attended, also a famous Welsh Poet and author, who used to be the minister here in 1904 for ten years and as a result he inherited the nickname ‘Niclas y Glais’. have created a QR code which is displayed at the front of the chapel allowing the public to scan the code with their mobile phones which subsequently brings up the histor

Location Glais

About the space

Glais is located in a semi-rural village located on the outskirts of Swansea. Nant-y-Pal stream runs through the middle of Glais, and the River Tawe below. It is built upon a glacier moraine called Y Garth. There is a Primary School, Sports clubs such as rugby, golf & fishing. Cycling tracks and many walks & local pubs with restaurants.


City and County of Swansea Council

How will the money be spent?Total £38,638

New Roof above kitchen and boiler room, Plastering and window - £11,000 (28%)
Projector, screen, speakers fo exhibition area - £4,000 (10%)
Flooring Vestry - £3,681 (10%)
Cafe counter - £2,700 (7%)
Handmade Oak Dining table and chairs - £2,500 (6%)
Heating system & installation - £2,300 (6%)
Fencing, tool shed &log store - £2,219 (6%)
Sofa Community Member - £1,500 (4%)
Toilet Baby change area - £1,499 (4%)
Gardening tools - £932 (2%)
Other - £6,307 (16%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

New Roof above kitchen and boiler room, Plastering and window
Projector, screen, speakers fo exhibition area
Flooring Vestry
Cafe counter
Handmade Oak Dining table and chairs
Heating system & installation
Fencing, tool shed &log store
Sofa Community Member
Toilet Baby change area
Gardening tools
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Professional outdoor spotlights
  • Handamde welsk oak dresser
  • Bike Rack
  • Sofa
  • Transaction Fees
  • Vinatage Mahogany Wardrobe
  • 3 sets of table and chairs
  • Vinatge Mahogany Dressing table
  • Wooden crafted childrens kitchen
  • Vintage Mahogany Welsh Dresser
  • VAT
  • Vintage Tea sets


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Cost of plastering, electrical, plumbing trade work
  • Further restoration of gravestones
  • Kitchen area and appliances training area

Total £38,638

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Trades help, such as painting, plastering, materials and help to replace flooring.

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