Much used community hall gets much needed help from Valero

Pembroke, 30 October 2018 – A popular community hall in Pembroke Dock has been given funding to help with much needed repairs.
The St John’s Community Hall aims to provide first class facilities at a low cost for organisations in Pembroke Dock and to help disadvantaged groups where possible. The hall provides a home for a number of different clubs and activities, including a lunch club for over 60s, two toddler groups, two groups for disadvantaged families, short mat bowls, table tennis, a lace group, yoga, knitting, a craft group and various coffee mornings.
The hall committee approached Valero to help with costs to replace wood which has rotted on certain parts of the building, which was constructed 20 years ago, and received funding of £1,160 from the refinery’s community engagement programme to help with the repairs.
Vanessa Owen, Chair of the St John’s Community Hall Committee, said, “We are very appreciative to Valero for their kind support. The hall plays host to a large number of organisations in the town, and the improvements that have been made will benefit many people across the community.”
Stephen Thornton, Valero Public Affairs Manager, said, “Venues like St John’s play a significant part in community life across Pembrokeshire, providing a safe and functional place for a range of activities to take place that would otherwise struggle on their own. The wide number of groups that make use of St John’s Community Hall is a testament to its importance for many people in Pembroke Dock, and Valero are delighted to have been able to assist with these repairs.”

Valero’s William James presenting a cheque to members of St John’s Community Hall in Pembroke Dock
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St John’s Community Hall is a vibrant and busy Community Centre located in the heart of Pembroke Dock. The Hall is the centre-piece of a community – based charity, managed through a volunteer management committee and supported by a team of hardworking volunteers. In 2009 St John’s Community Hall was amongst the first in Wales to be honoured with the Queen’s Commendation Award.

Did you ever play Table Tennis or are you wondering where you can try it out? well St John’s Community Hall has a group who play on a Thursday afternoon, why don’t you pop along there and have a go, there is a very warm welcome waiting for you.

In 1999 the original church hall was completely refurbished to provide the multi-functional facility we have today. A wide range of activities and functions already take place in the Hall but we would always welcome new interest.

Please remember when there is a Five Week Month there will be a BIG BRUNCH in the Hall on the 5th Thursday 10.30 – 12-30 .

NB:   St. John’s Church  has a separate Parish Office from the Community Hall Office and for any queries relating directly to the church.  The Vicar’s contact number is 07712445140.

Please note that the Community Hall Office is only open on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings between 9.30 and 12.30 p.m., and between 9.30 and 11.30 a.m. on a Wednesday.