The Old School

The Old School

Hen Neuadd Talsarnau1

 

Early in the 1950s there was am intention within the community to build a village hall to serve the Talsarnau area. There was a billiard room for the men situated in a wooden chalet in the Gelli, but this had fallen into disuse by the end of the 50’s, and it was sold off to be converted into a house, which is now “Arlunfa uwch y Mor”. When the local men came back from the Second World War a welcome home fund was set up for their benefit, but the great majority decided to leave the money in the fund to be used towards building a new village hall. Several plans and locations were mooted but for various reasons the hall was never built.

In the meantime a new Primary School was built, which was opened in 1959, and the old school was bought from the Merioneth Education Authority for the princely figure of £500. The next door house of Iscoed was also bought as a dwelling for the caretaker. Work was carried out to adapt the building as a hall, snooker tables were placed in the old infants class, and the hall was opened at Christmas 1963. The building served the community well over the years being used by societies like the Women’s Institute, WEA, The Youth Club, and as well as other societies. Concerts were held and the annual Eisteddfod in March was always a big success.

However, in the background the fabric of the building was deteriorating. There was constant repair and maintenance, and by the 1990s it was obvious that the building was not fit for purpose.  In 1997 the committee undertook a feasibility plan to look into the way forward. The architect brought forward three plans, the first to upgrade the hall, secondly to demolish the hall and build a new building on the site, and lastly to build a new hall on the site of the Primary School. There were protracted discussions, and two public meetings before the decision was taken to build on the Primary School site.