- March 17, 2021
- Posted by: Mick 4 Ponty
- Category: Latest News
Clwb Y Bont was founded in the spirit of a co-operative in 1983, and has been at the heart of Pontypridd’s cultural life ever since. It provides a space for a diverse range of social, cultural and educational events, but it is also a place where people can use and hear the Welsh language, as well being a place to socialise.
The club was seriously damaged by the flooding of 2020. Since then, there have been significant efforts by the community to not only repair the damage, but to breathe new life into the venue.
Mick has been proud to help secure the £101,000 CFP* funding for Clwb Y Bont announced today. He says:
“Clwb y Bont has been part of Pontypridd culture for many years, providing a social centre for Welsh language and music culture. It provides opportunities for those who want to be able to hear, use or practise the language or just want to enjoy Welsh music and ‘hwyl’. The Clwb was devastated by the floods last year and it was clear to me that we had to do everything possible to support and restore this cultural jewel in the heart of Pontypridd. I am so pleased that we have been able to direct the CFP funds to prioritise restoration of the Clwb.”
Einir Siôn, Deputy Chair of Clwb y Bont and Chief Executive of Menter Iaith Rhondda Cynon Taf said:
“Clwb y Bont is a vital facility for promoting the Welsh language and culture in Rhondda Cynon Taf. After so many years of supporting Welsh language events, community choirs, music evenings, arts and community groups, we were devastated when Storm Dennis caused so much damage to the building. The hall was engulfed with up to seven feet of water. With the help of many local community volunteers, and the support of the ‘Prosiect Pum Mil’ programme on S4C, we succeeded in cleaning up the facility and gave the Clwb a chance to reopen in future. Today’s news of this grant secures that future and allows us to renovate the building to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for the whole community.”