Community Centre News
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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