On Saturday 16th September the newly refurbished Talybont Community Village Hub will be officially opened by double World Champion and Silver Olympic medal winner, cyclist, Becky James and gold Paralympic table tennis player, Rob Davies. The hub centred around Henderson Hall at Talybont on Usk has a new community playground, improved visitor facilities and an exciting new eco-friendly bike wash. The community celebration will take place between 2-4.30pm with visitors from the wider area welcome to join in.
The £250, 000 Big Lottery funded project is a Community Council backed venture which involved the whole Talybont community. The project included the creation of an accessible path around the playing field for children to ride their bikes, a fantastic new playground for families and major improvements to the kitchen and toilet facilities within the hall which is available for hire. The inclusion of the bike wash along with purpose built showers and toilets make it a key biking hub within the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park for the many cyclists who visit Talybont to explore the mountain bike trails that branch out from the village.
At the opening event there will be bike fun and games for children and adults (bring your bikes), tea and cake and the opportunity to meet the two local Olympians. The event will also celebrate a new visitor entrance to the hall which gives everyone easier access to the hub off the main road.
Claire Wright from the Totally Talybont Big Lottery Steering Group said;
“The new village hub will be run by local volunteers and we are hoping that the new and improved facilities will attract people and organisations to come and use the venue, helping make the project sustainable for the future.”
Glyn Thomas, Chairperson of Talybont Community Council added; “We are delighted with the new village hub at Henderson Hall. Talybont is an extremely popular spot for all sorts of biking and these new facilities will improve the experience for locals and visitors alike, attracting people to the area and supporting our local economy and businesses. We look forward to welcoming people here at our opening and feel privileged to have Becky James and Rob Davies attend.”