Community Centre News
20 March 2020

The Oakdale Community Centre has decided that it is essential we do all we can to serve our community at this difficult time. The only group still open is Little Peeps who are officially allowed to continue as they will be able to provide childcare for children of essential workers.

The Centre will be available for as long as it is needed and will also ensure that Peeps does not run at a loss. We believe this is how we can best serve our community. Please spread the word as best you can.

Thank you,
Oakdale Community Centre Management Committee

14 September 2019

Community Centre Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Oakdale's award winning Community Centre recently celebrated its 'Silver Jubilee', having opened for the use of local residents in September 1994.

It was built by the former Islwyn Borough Council as part of its urban regeneration project in the former mining village, which saw its pit, the last working mine in Gwent, close in 1989. However, that did not mean the end of the village as the Community Centre soon established itself as the hub of a revived and active community.

The Centre is now 'home' to twenty local community groups, from pre-school playgroup to pensioners, and caters for over 300 users each week. All were represented at a special buffet lunch held in the Centre on 14th September.


The guests were welcomed by Mrs Ann Parsons, Chair of the Management Committee, who thanked them for their loyal support. She also announced that the Centre would be presenting each of its users with a commemorative lapel badge as a token of appreciation, donating £500 worth of new play equipment to the resident Little Peeps Playgroup, pledging £250 every year to the village's Christmas Lights Fund, and 'twinning' one of its toilets with one in Malawi to demonstrate the wider charitable aims of the Centre. Also present at the event were representatives of Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO) and Caerphilly CBC.


The Centre prides itself on its high standard of facilities and service. It is regularly redecorated and refurbished; it boasts state-of-the-art digital projection and PA equipment, and free wi-fi. The Centre has also adopted new signage on its frontage, which is repeated on its 'Welcome' mats and on its personalised coffee mugs.


The Centre is managed entirely by a local voluntary committee. In the last two years it has won the Gwent Best Kept Village Award for the most energy-efficient Village Hall, following the installation of solar panels and battery storage.

11 May 2019

GAVO comes to Oakdale
Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO) will be holding their next quarterly meeting for Caerphilly groups in our Centre on Tuesday 21st May, from 10am to 12 noon.

If you are involved with a local voluntary organisation in any way, please come along and find out what is happening, what other groups are doing, and how GAVO may be able to help your group (including grant funding). For further information, visit:

Situation Vacant (but not just yet!)
The Centre needs a volunteer to take over from the current Treasurer in due course. This person would join the Management Committee and learn the job in the coming months. Full training will be given so, if interested, please contact or phone 222160 for more details.

23 April 2019

Mix at Six
This is a new group meeting on Mondays 6-8pm. A Social Evening for people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and physical impairments. Entrance fee £3, free raffle ticket on entry, bingo, music, board games, karaoke. Hot snacks and drinks available. Carers welcome.

Community Centre Annual Meeting
All residents of Penmaen Ward (Oakdale, Penmaen & Woodfieldside) are invited to attend the Centre's Annual Meeting, to be held on Wednesday 8 May at 6.15pm in the Centre. The Centre’s Management Committee (all local volunteers) will present their reports on last year’s activities and finances. Nominations for three Committee places may be returned to the Secretary by Friday 26 April.

Please note: new contact number for bookings: 07969 291157 (Russ Newman).

4 December 2018

Do you have a story to tell
about Oakdale?

Tuesday December 4th 2018
10.30am – 12pm

Re-Live is an award-winning charity providing a dynamic, inspirational programme of Life Story Theatre based in Cardiff.

We have been commissioned by St Fagans to create a theatre performance with veterans and community members which will re-imagine a Victory Ball that was held at Oakdale Workmen’s Institute for returning WW1 veterans in 1919. The performance will also provide insight into the experiences of 21st Century service men and women returning to their communities from war.

There will be 3 public performances at Oakdale Workmen’s Institute in March 2019.

If you would like to find out more about the performance or have a story to tell about Oakdale, we would love to meet you on December 4th for a cuppa and a chat. Refreshments provided.

If you have any questions or would like a chat before Dec 4th, please contact:

Karin Diamond
Re-Live Artistic Director
07900 000125

14 November 2018

Oakdale Christmas Lights Fund
Wednesday 14 November - Saturday 22 December

Christmas lights in the Square this year will cost £1,500 so we are appealing to you, our residents, for help.

Look out for the posters and official bright yellow Partnership collection boxes in every business around the Square. They will be on display until Saturday 22 December. Personal cheques are accepted, made payable to: The Oakdale and Penmaen Partnership.

Donations may be dropped of at 61 Blacksmith Close Oakdale NP12 0BP. Please include your address on the back of the cheque if you wish a receipt.

Our thanks to the following local businesses for taking a box: Dean's Hair Stylist, Jake's Barbershop, The Chinese take-away, Parson's Bakery, Pearn's Pharmacy, The Co-op, Oakdale Rugby Club, Ghost Hair Stylist, Huggamug Cafe, and the Community Centre.

We gratefully acknowledge donations already received from 'The Chinese' take-away and the Oakdale Rugby Club. Thank you!

11 November 2018

Oakdale Remembrance Day
Sunday 11th November 11am - World War I Centenary

Join us in the Square for the village's biggest annual event, when we remember the war dead of our community. The march will assemble 10.40am at the Presbyterian Church in Penmaen Avenue and the Service will be at 11am, supported as usual by Oakdale Silver Band. We thank David Morgan for taking on the organisation of the event from this year.

Huggamug Cafe will open from 9am for light refreshments. After the service refreshments will again be available in the Community Centre for everyone (not just those taking part). They have been kindly supplied by our local Co-op shop. ☞ View poster

19 October 2018

Gwent's Best Kept Valleys Village - again!

Oakdale village is celebrating another 'double' success in this year's Gwent Best Kept Village awards, organised by Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations and held recently in Llanarth Village Hall.

The village was judged the overall winner in categories for:
  • Best Kept Post-industrial Village
  • Most Energy-efficient Village Hall or Community Centre
This is the second year running that Oakdale has 'scooped' both awards. Their entry was submitted by the local community partnership, which has initiated over 40 regeneration projects in their 15-year existence.

Oakdale Community Centre's award for energy efficiency was helped by the installation earlier this year of LED lighting throughout its building and storage batteries to complement the Centre's solar panels. The judges were again impressed with the very high use made of the centre by over twenty local organisations between Monday and Friday each week. This year's work was partly funded by a grant from Caerphilly County Borough Council's Welsh Church Fund.

15 October 2018

Oakdale Community Centre launches website!

At the beginning of 2018 Oakdale Community Centre began developing its very first website. The goal of having a web presence is two-fold; to reach out to the community by showcasing groups and activities happening here in Oakdale, plus to inform people that the facilities are open for business. It's available to host their events or meetings too. Future plans include developing individual web pages for vendors as well as allowing visitors to sign up for classes and activities directly online.

"We want to reach out to our local residents to let them know what great things are happening just around the corner in their community. It's a great location for group parties or meetings and it's open for everyone to use."; stated Roger Evans, of the Oakdale Community Centre Committee.

We've got a Facebook group too!
Along with the new website, Oakdale Community Centre has also created a Facebook group. All local residents are encouraged to join. It's another way for people to communicate and build upon the great community we share. See: Oakdale Community Centre Facebook group.

01 August 2018

Green upgrade for local community centre

Oakdale Community Centre is using the 'summer break' for an extensive upgrade of its facilities. The popular centre is home to over twenty local community groups, so fitting in the work has been a challenge for the Centre's Management Committee.

Work has already been completed on installing batteries to store the surplus energy generated by the Centre's solar panels, on upgrading the CCTV security system and in changing all lighting to LED fitments. These actions will not only reduce energy bills but also enhance the Centre's 'green' credentials. Last year the Centre won the accolade of 'Most Energy Efficient Village Hall' in Gwent's Best Kept Village Competition. The work has been largely funded by a grant from Caerphilly County Borough Council's Welsh Church Act Fund.

The Centre's next project is redecoration and re-carpeting of the Lower Hall which is home to Little Peeps Pre-school Playgroup. This will be completed during August Bank Holiday week when the playgroup is closed. The Centre's Chairperson, Mrs Ann Parsons, says, 'We very much appreciate the support of our regular users and aim to provide them with first class facilities to enjoy their activities. I'm sure everyone will be suitably impressed with the improvements when they return in September.'


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