Rhiwderin Community Centre

Availability & Bookings - Please contact Paul Gregory at p.gregory@graigcc.co.uk
PLEASE NOTE: the Clerk is unable to take community centre bookings 

Rhiwderin Community Centre Today

Rhiwderin Community Centre Today

Rhiwderin Community Centre Today

Rhiwderin Community Centre Today

Rhiwderin Community Centre Interior

Rhiwderin Community Centre Interior

Rhiwderin Community Centre Main Hall

Rhiwderin Main Hall

rhiwderin old black and white photo

Rhiwderin in the Past

rhiwderin school in the past

Rhiwderin School in the Past

Regular Events at Rhiwderin Community Centre

New members are welcome to any of the groups, please just go along and speak with someone at the aloted time. 

These timetables show regular events of the Community Centre. There is a large hall and a small meeting room available for bookings. Besides these rooms, there is a dedicated nursery room and dedicated Railway Society rooms.

Special one-off events will be publicised on the News page. The large hall is regularly booked for children's parties on Saturdays and Sundays, availability can be checked with the booking clerk.

There are currently no events for the small meeting room. All events displayed below are for the large hall. 

 

 

Contact details for group leaders

Yoga          Zoe Davies            07908398071

Whist        John Lockington   01633 895149 

Karate       Lisa Slack                07969226098

Toddlers   Beth Davies            07534030652

Bowls        David Vacara         07719382818 

N.B. Due to Covid restrictions and summer holidays some classes may not be running, therefore it is advisable to contact the organiser. 

 

Singalong      Liz Turner         07941344077

Brownies       Sam Morgan    07513414754

Art                 Mike Yearsley   07963309279

Kung Fu        Sam Bosworth  07752025782

Exercise         Lisa Williams   

Rhiwderin Community Centre Timetable

Monday
Yoga
10:00 - 11:00

Zoe Davies

07908398071 

 

 Whist
14:00 - 16:00

 

 

Karate
16:30 - 17:30

 

 

Tuesday

Toddlers
09:30 - 11:30

Indoor Bowls
19:00 - 21:30

Wednesday

Singalong
10:30 - 12:00

Indoor Bowls
14:00 - 16:30

Brownies
16:45 - 17:45

Guides
18:00 - 19:00

 

Indoor Bowls
19:00 - 21:30

Thursday 

Toddlers
09:30 - 11:30

Art
12:30 - 16:30

Karate
17:00 - 18:00

Friday

Kung Fu
17:30 - 18:30

Indoor Bowls
19:30 - 21:30


Sunday

Exercise
17:00 - 18:00

Indoor Bowls   19:00 - 21:30 

The History of Rhiwderin Community Centre

The Rhiwderin Community Centre dates back to 1877, when it was built as the Village School, a role that it performed until 1986. In those days the village consisted of Tredegar Street, built to house workers at the Garth Tinplate Works, and several outlying farms and cottages. Garth Works occupied the area presently covered by Harlech Drive and Caernarvon Drive. It closed at about the time of WW1. Comparison of photographs shows that the Village School changed little over the years. The part of the building at the South end, nearest to the railway, was the Headmaster’s house.

When a new primary school was built, Pentrepoeth School, the old school remained unused for a little while, until a group of local residents persuaded the then owners, Newport Borough Council to lease the building to the Graig Community Council for use as a Community Centre. The building comprises 2 halls, and the Headmaster’s House. At the time of taking the building over, there were no toilets inside the building, these were all in the outside yard, so a number of modifications were carried out to provide inside toilets, and other facilities. In the mid 1990’s the derelict Headmaster’s house was refurbished and connected to the main building to give additional accommodation. Over the years other improvements have been made with funds raised by the Centre Management Committee, often with the help of our local City Councillor, Mrs Margaret Cornelious. Windows have been double glazed, heating systems improved, toilets and kitchens renovated.

Presently the core users are Rhiwderin Village Meithrin, a pre-school nursery, Rhiwderin Indoor Bowls Club, Mothers and Toddlers and Machen Karate Club. The Welsh Railways Research Circle occupies the upper floors of School House. The large hall is ideal for private parties, small group meetings can be accommodated in School House, and the smaller (Meithrin) Hall can be made available in the evenings and at weekends. A regular event is a Quiz Night, and we would welcome you to join us. See notice boards and the diary to find out our next Quiz.

And finally, you might be lucky enough to meet “Arthur”, our ghost, who sometimes puts in an appearance. He was run over and killed on the tramroad that preceded the railway. Please don’t be alarmed, he is a very friendly ghost. I just wish I knew how to ease his restless spirit………