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:
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:
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’. Historypoints.org 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
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
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