Press Release

Posted: 23rd September 2021

Crickhowell’s Clarence Hall celebrates £100k grant from the National Lottery for refurbishment

After the uncertainty of the past 18 months, the Trustees of Crickhowell’s Clarence Hall are celebrating after being awarded a £100,000 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, to upgrade the Hall.

Clarence Hall organised a Community Survey early in 2020 to find out what local people wanted then applied for a grant to meet the priorities the survey identified. A new, upgraded kitchen, new toilets and new disability access toilets incorporating a baby changing area, a small bar area and a new, accessible entrance into the hall with ramped access from the A40 and car park.

Commenting on the award, Chairman Dean Christy said:

“Clarence Hall has been at the heart of community life in Crickhowell for over 130 years, giving residents a focal point for entertainment, meetings, education and volunteering. Now, thanks to National Lottery players and the support of The National Lottery Community Fund, it is reassuring to know that we are a step closer to creating a welcoming and accessible venue that offers positive and inclusive activities for individuals and groups of all ages in the post lockdown environment. We still have to raise more funds to preserve and enhance this important community asset for the benefit of this and future generations. Our Trustees are currently working on a programme of fundraising events to build momentum from this award.”

John Rose, Director of The National Lottery Community Fund in Wales added:

“National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK, last year we funded over 8,000 projects across the UK to bring communities together. The improvements planned for Clarence Hall will make sure the community has a first class facility to help residents of Crickhowell run the activities that matter to them.”