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Month: January 2023

Haycastle Community Forum

Group updates

Management Committee – No meeting held.
Next meeting to be held on the 21st of March 2023 at 7pm

Community Council – No information

St.Mary’s Church – Mike Rowlands is very busy with other churches, has been
less than 6 people attending. Next meeting regarding the church will be in the

Newton Chapel – First Sunday of every month in Newton all welcome.

Environmental Society – They have had no new members of recent, the
concern is that it will not last. We could put an email out to all asking for help/
to attend the group. Rachel Jones explained the YFC would be happy to help
but can only do weekends, Dave said that the shed does need painting Rachel
has agreed for the YFC to take this job on. Dave Baster is going to speak with Emyr who already mows the woodland to
see if he will be able to help with some further tasks, funds will be available
from the community council.

Grasshoppers – Would like to see some more members. Individuals have
offered to help with the watering of the flowerbeds in Hayscastle.

WI – Will be celebrating the 50th anniversary in November this year. They are
in need of new members and will be starting a recruitment drive soon.

YFC – Have had an influx of new members and been very busy with activities
and community events. They are currently preparing for talent, after this will
hope to help towards some community work. Geraint congratulated YFC on
the Welsh speaking event they attended. Dave Baster also thanked the YFC for
helping them through the pandemic with shopping.

Hayscastle Show – We raised over £900.00 on the gate last year with all
proceeds going to Shalom House, they will be attending the community centre
on the 23rd of January at 7.30pm to do a small talk and have the cheque
presented to them.

Over 55 club – We meet up at 2’oclock the first Monday of every month,
always welcoming new members.

Y Cross Cas-lai Community Benefit Society Ltd – We are at the stage of seeing
about the feasibility of purchasing the pub. The next public meeting will be
held on Tuesday 24th January at 7pm at Newton Chapel. We would like to liaise with other organisations, local businesses, and suppliers, and hope to provide employment in the community and volunteers.

Cross Inn Community Purchase Update

Thank you to all of you who have previously attended the public meetings regarding the potential community purchase of the Cross Inn.

Since the last meeting held on 27th September, a significant amount of work has been undertaken. A Committee of 15 members has been established, with a number of sub-groups created to take forward specific tasks. This group have all the necessary skills to both evaluate and to run the project, if appropriate.

We can confirm that the required Business Plan, Share Offer document, Risk Assessment and 3-year Financial Plan will be finalized shortly. The application to set up a Community Benefits Society (CBS) has been submitted and the initial application to the Community Fund has also been submitted. We have evaluated the accounts and a full survey of the premises has been undertaken.

We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their kind help and support in providing us with cash funds to cover all initial expenses e.g. survey costs, CBS application etc:

– Castle Hot Tubs
– Richie Hunter Agricultural Contractor
– Sean Savage Agricultural & Lime Contractor
– Gwilym J Morris Building Contractor
– Sheldon Humprhreys Electrical Contractor
– Emyr Evans Agricultural Contractor
– JJ Morris Estate Agents
– Peter James Welsh Hook Garage
– Wyn Raymond Swmbach Farm
– Clive & Kay Hampton
– Mike & Anne Hillier
– Jeremy & Jill Bowen
– Ashley & Kay Thomas
– Richard & Sue James
– Alyson Moules
– Capel Noddfa (Newton)
– Alan Mason Mason Bros

The is another public meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 24th January where the findings of the feasibility work will be shared and the next steps identified. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting and find out more about the efforts being made to ensure our local pub is not lost.

As well as an email distribution list, we have setup pages on Instagram and Facebook. We are also in the process of creating a website.

Instagram – Y Cross Cas-lai (@y.cross.caslai) • Instagram photos and videos

Facebook –