Spending this half term with us? Everything you need to know about what’s going on at Holywell Leisure Centre is below…
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Renovations at Holywell Leisure Centre breathes new life into community facility
Since Holywell Leisure Centre (HLC-CHT) became a charitable entity back in April, the centre has been going from strength to strength. Most notable changes are the recent building work to the reception area, and the revamp of a tired meeting room into a family friendly soft play area.
HLC-CHT became a community led charity earlier this year after Flintshire Council transferred assets to a strong team of volunteer Trustees who now look after the centre’s interests.
Following extensive research and a forward thinking approach, HLC-CHT is fulfilling a number of community promises by delivering significant changes and improvements to the town’s much loved facility. Starting with the reception area getting a major facelift thanks to MPH contractors, followed by the installation of a soft play area fitted by House of Play and donated by Deeside Leisure Centre. At a cost of £40,000 for the work so far, HLC-CHT is keen to demonstrate how important investing in facilities now will benefit the centre’s future.
Ongoing improvement works are also in the pipeline; as the Trustee’s and management work as a team to source additional funding through grants and sponsorship.
Another exciting step forward at HLC-CHT is managing the new 3G football pitch at Ysgol Treffynnon, this additional revenue stream comes after HLC-CHT has been successfully managing the new Sports Hall bookings since Sept 2016.
And just a month ago, HLC-CHT’s Newydd cafe opened its doors, which perfectly complements the centre’s family focused community offering.
Tudor Jones, Chairman of HLC-CHT says: “This transitional period has been challenging but it’s remarkable how much we have achieved. Financial support from village councils, the county and in particular Holywell Town Council has really made a massive difference to enable us to make important operational decisions and our plans are really starting to pay off”
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Building work begins to transform the centre
Contractors MPH are onsite at HLC-CHT for the next few weeks (until 21st July) whilst they give the reception area at Holywell Leisure Centre a much needed facelift. The space will be modern, fresh and welcoming, giving customers a great first impression when they visit.
Part and parcel of the new look and feel will be growing the centres portfolio of facilities by adding a small soft play area, which will be kitted out with equipment from Deeside Leisure Centre.
During the work, disruption to visitors will be kept to a minimum; a temporary reception has been relocated and for all other facilities its business as usual.
Here’s an artists impression of how reception will look…
Holywell Leisure Centre celebrates new ownership and end of an era for swimming coach
After two years in the making, Holywell Leisure Centre – Canolfan Hamdden Treffynnon (HLC-CHT) has begun its journey as a community led organisation.
The official transfer of assets from Flintshire Council occurred on 1 April, and after just a week of operational changes, the centre celebrated with a family friendly free pool party, whilst a farewell retirement party filled the sports hall for Terry Hughes.
Mr Hughes has been a swimming coach at the centre for four decades; teaching many generations the lifesaving sport.
In just a week; staff have processed almost 4000 new membership cards and are now sporting a lovely new uniform to welcome customers in. Our new website is also live which demonstrates another positive step towards making this facility invaluable to those living in Holywell and the surrounding areas.
HLC-CHT is also working closely with ‘Men’s Sheds’ – a community group for men in Holywell to socialise and share their skills to help out with much needed maintenance at the centre.
Plans to start a volunteering programme, improve facilities, and add new ones like the soft play and café area are all in the pipeline over the coming months.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony drew a huge crowd this sunny Saturday of customers, staff, local councillors, the Mayor of Holywell and of course Terry Hughes who has played a huge part in the history of HLC-CHT.
Tudor Jones, Chair of the Board at HLC-CHT says: “It’s been a challenging week for all involved, but today, marked a turning point, a time for us all to reflect on what has been achieved so far, and what will continue to be achieved now that the centre has a skilled Board of Trustee’s and staff supporting it. Customers have been very accepting of the changes, and their support is vital for us.”
Through partnership working and local backing, let’s get together and place ‘Holywell Leisure Centre… at the heart of the community’.
Holywell Leisure Centre needs a family to take centre stage at opening event
Holywell Leisure Centre is on the threshold of a new future. By the end of this month the sports and swimming facility will be run by a community charity trust, as Flintshire Council hands over the reins after running it for 40 years.
On Saturday 8 April the leisure centre will be hosting a family event to thank the community for all their support so far. Involvement from locals will be key to the centre’s success so it’s vital that this event draws a big crowd.
The centre is looking for a local family with multi-generational links to this much loved complex to cut the ribbon. From grandparents to grand children, if you have a story to tell we want to hear it! To share your story, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the centre for details, the closing date is Tuesday 29th March.
Holywell Leisure Centre has played a significant role in the lives of many over at least three generations and the Trustees want to celebrate this fact on 8 April – a date which will undoubtedly go down in history as the day Holywell claimed back their community facility.
The driving force for the trustees and staff at the centre was to keep the doors open after the council unveiled plans to transfer leisure assets due to budget cuts. Part of this transfer was the relocation of Holywell Library into the leisure centre, which is already proving very successful.
The opening event will also enable the community to meet staff, learn more about the facilities and its volunteering programme.
Through partnership working and local support, let’s get together and make ‘Holywell Leisure Centre… the heart of our community’.