February half term
HLC-CHT February Poster 2019
New Board member needed
Our strong team of Board members are looking to expand their skill base by recruiting a new Trustee, a Board member who can competently run a volunteering programme.
This significant facility was transferred to community ownership in April 2017 after two years of negotiation with a local community charity. Previously the centre had been subsidised annually to the tune of £400,000 with running costs of approximately £1m.
The Centre is organised as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation who employ a management team of three and a staff of 24. Oversight is provided by a Board of nine volunteer Trustees who provide the business with a wide range of expert skills. We also have Associate Trustees who advise on other specialist aspects when required.
We are now seeking a new Trustee to bring additional skills and expertise to the business as we move forward and build on our achievements.
We’re looking for a passionate individual who can volunteer their time and undertake the following:
1) To be a full member of the Board and contribute to the development of this vital community facility.
2) To principally establish and have oversight of a volunteering programme.
3) To work in conjunction with a member of the Administration Team who will have the direct responsibility for on-site organisation and supervision of volunteers and activities.
4) To build links with local community groups and organisations.
5) There will be opportunities to be involved with other areas of interest.
6) Meetings are held once a month [1½ hours] with occasional additional meetings of subgroups in between as necessary.
7) Previous experience will be a bonus but is not a requirement. We are seeking a person who has the drive and will to make this facility an attractive, happy and sustainable enterprise of which the community can be justifiably proud.
Anyone with an interest in this challenge are welcome to meet with members of the Board for initial discussions at the Leisure Centre.
Please contact: Tudor Jones, Chair, call: 01352 720192 / 07751001045 or email: email@example.com
Renovations at Holywell Leisure Centre breathe 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 remains challenging but it’s remarkable how much we have achieved. Financial support from rural councils, the County and in particular Holywell Town Council has really made a massive difference enabling us to make important operational decisions and our plans are really starting to pay off.
The support of the community is the real key to our success and everyone knows that every penny counts and will be spent wisely to keep the Centre open into the future.”
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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’.