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New Inn Community Hall
Rooms Available for Hire:
Main Hall - 120 persons - dancing
Main Hall - 200 persons - seated
Lounge Room - 50 persons - meetings
Lounge room - 20 person - parties and socials
Main Hall - £10.00 per hour
Lounge - £6.70 per hour
Types of functions:
Meetings, Rehersals, Birthdays, Parties, Socials
Contact for Booking:
Kitchen (included in hire fee)
Bar (occassional licence required - hirer to make arrangements)
NEW INN COMMUNITY HALL FORMERLY PANTEG PUBLIC HALL
New Inn Community Hall (formerly Panteg Public Hall) is a registered charity (No 524368), which provides accommodation and other community facilities for the people and organisations of New Inn and the surrounding district. It is managed on behalf of the residents of the village by a management committee which includes a group of up to eight trustees whose signed acceptance of this responsibility has been registered with and is being held by the Charity Commissioners. The management Committee also includes 16 members elected at the AGM with one third being elected each year. It includes representatives of user organisations.
Unlike many other community halls in Torfaen which were provided by the local Council, the building of the Public Hall was paid for by local public subscription... Because of this, all the costs of maintaining the building and its equipment have had to be raised locally although a certain amount of assistance has been received in the forms of grants from Pontypool Community Council, Torfaen County Borough Council and local Councillors.
It is pleasing to note that nearly 38 years after the Public Hall opened in its present form (and nearly 80 years after the oldest part of the building opened); the hall is as popular as ever. It used regularly by numerous organisations, individuals and families and is an integral part of the local community. In spite of this, the management committee are constantly in need of additional helpers and ideas for raising the funds needed to keep the hall open and preserve the fabric of the building. All offers will be gratefully received.
The committee worked hard raising funds and in little over a year a site in The Walk had been purchased and a balance of £90 remained in the bank. This site is now occupied by the three shops and the pensioner’s bungalows. The efforts of the committee continued but in 1948 when detailed plans had been prepared for the building of a magnificent hall, the County Council Planning committee refused planning permission on that particular site. Negotiations took place and in 1950 the
Occasionally since 1946, suggestions had been made that the old
After that date the Public Hall was in constant use and it soon became apparent that a car park was urgently needed. The opportunity arose when the lease of the land immediately behind the Hall, which had been used as a vegetable garden by a local resident, became available. After negotiations, the plot was divided between Panteg Hall and the builder, who at the time occupied the neighbouring yard.
The popularity of the Public Hall did not diminish and it was often difficult to accommodate all those who wished to use it. And so in the early sixties it was decided to extend the building by adding a lounge with adjoining kitchen with serving hatch, an additional toilet and cloakroom. These were completed and were officially opened by Col. Roderick Hill on 5th December 1964.
In the years which have followed many changes have taken place in the fabric of the building, the way it has been managed and the people who have served on the management committee. But the village has always been fortunate in having volunteers willing to give of their time to assist in the running of the Public hall. It is pleasing to find new people coming forward to work for the benefit of others and there has always been a happy blend of these and veteran members.
So for nearly four decades, the Public Hall has provided an essential facility for the residents of New Inn and for countless village organisations. May it continue to do so for many years to come.