The idea of having an Association grew from a discussion over a pint between friends in The Crown. There was some nostalgic “lamp swinging” as tales were retold of past village life and the community events that used to take place, as well as a realisation that there are a few village clubs etc. that aren’t widely known about.
An open meeting was held in The Memorial Hall and we talked about the village of Trelawnyd and how much we enjoyed living here. From that discussion, we formed an informal committee and a program of work that we’d like to undertake. The overriding factor we decided was the work had to be fun and should never be a chore that always landed on the same people. So far it has been fun and we have had a number of social events which have also been fundraising activities. Although these events are under the umbrella of the Trelawnyd Community Association they are open to residents of Gwaenysgor and other villages around us.
To date we have held:- Monthly Quizzes in the Crown; a Treasure Hunt; an Events afternoon; and a number of Saturday Coffee Mornings and Book Exchanges. Follow us on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/Trelawnyd-Community-Association or https://www.facebook.com/Trelawnyd-Community
The Association has also helped to start a new WI group in Trelawnyd; a new independent Youth Club (19th October); helped to promote an Oil Club with the North Wales Energy Advice Service; assisted the Community Council in producing a Community Resilience Emergency plan by submitting a successful grant application for emergency generators for both village halls; and members have worked with the AONB on identifying footpath improvements on the Gop.
This work has to be placed in the context that the Association has only been running since April 2018. It also has to be stated that this wouldn’t have been achieved without the commitment of the members; the support and encouragement of the Community Council; and, the support of ASDA Community Champion Lisa Harrison from Kinmel Bay ASDA.
(ASDA Community Champion, Lisa Harrison, presenting a cheque to the Association Secretary)
For the future, the Association is looking at getting the annual flower show underway again – although it may be merged into a bigger Village Fete with children’s activities. They are also looking to put on an event at Christmas (22nd). In the meant time, the Association will continue to think about things to do and raise money to promote village activities. If you’d like to be involved or you have ideas to put forward, please e-mail the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org