Describe your project
In January 2018 a group of Nefyn residents arranged a community meeting to discuss the possibility of re-opening Tafarn yr Heliwr-The Sportsman pub as a community venture. There was great support and so a committee was set up. In the next few weeks, with the help of the Wales co-op and other similar local projects the committee set about registering the venture as a Community Benefit Society and managed to sell £82,500 worth of community shares and were able to buy the pub. Clearing work has since started and the committee are now looking into funding by turning what once used to be a busy pub into a welcoming community asset. The Calor Rural community fund would help us fund paint the frontage of the building, buy new signs, lights, bike rack, bench and hanging baskets and help bring a bit of life and pride back to the High Street.
How will your project benefit your local community?
The committee have worked closely with the community by sending out questionnaires and organising information stalls and an open day. Residents and shareholders have voiced opinions on what they would like to see in the pub, plans have been carefully worked around what the community wanted. So plans are afoot to not only re-open as a pub but to offer light meals and teas, both upper floors will have accommodation aimed towards Coastal path walkers. One benefit of being a Community Benefit Society is that profits from the accommodation and community pub may be given to other similar community groups eg. playschool or museum. Lots of our shareholders and people who responded to the questionnaires wanted a family orientated atmosphere with a warm, comfortable space to be able to pop in for a chat and something to eat or drink. Lots of community groups such as local Welsh Learners, Nefyn Youth Group, a local overnight respite facility and the Church- to name only a few have shown interest in using the facilities for informal sessions. Living in a rural community can make people of all ages feel isolated, be it someone working from home, a stay at home parent or an elderly person, we have the aim of offering a warm welcome to all and helping to combat the rural and social isolation that affects lots of people in the Nefyn area. Volunteers are already commenting on how rewarding pulling together to make the project work is!
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
We have to date over 500 shareholders in our venture, all of who bought shares to enable us to buy the building and to start the renovation work. Members of the committee are clearing the pub every weekend and volunteers of all ages turn up every week to help, including our local Youth Club! Volunteers have promised all sorts of different skills to help with all stages of the work. Local partnerships have developed over the last few months and we've organised several fundraising events such as a BBQ at our local brewery a barn dance and music event to name a few, support has been immense!
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
We have 500 shareholders who all have an 'interest' in the venture so will all directly benefit. All members of the community can potentially use and benefit from Tafarn yr Heliwr. The population of Nefyn and the surrounding area is 2,602. To date we have 8 different community projects/ groups who are interested in using the facilities, so we have the potential of these groups maybe using the community facilities once a month possibly with 10 people at a time. We also have several partners such as the local housing association, local hospital/ coastal bus service, local college so the potential of several hundred of their 'clients' users' benefiting too.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
The committee and other volunteers are currently clearing and stripping out Tafarn yr Heliwr. If we were fortunate to be successful in getting funding off the Calor Community Fund we would really like to spend it on painting the outside of the building, getting new signs and lights, flower pots a bench and bike rack. Nefyn High Street has over the years seen the closure of lots of shops. Most of these shops lie empty and shabby. Getting this funding would mean being able to redecorate the outside of Tafarn yr Heliwr- an important historic community asset that's an eye sore- right in the heart of our high street. This will give our project a kick start visually but more importantly help tidy up the general appearance of our High Street and boost community morale.
When and why was your project founded?
Tafarn yr Heliwr pub itself has been closed for several years and had become an eyesore. A group of local people decided to organise a community meeting in Jan 2018 to see what the feeling was for trying to buy the building and regenerate it as a community venture.