Annex: 1

Regeneration & Leisure Executive Board Report

Welsh Church Fund 2018 - 2019

Report Author: Caroline Owen

CAOwen@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01269 590216

Balance Available: £88,889.80

 

Report Value: £15,831.25

 

 

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Application Reference – WCF-18-12

 

Project Title

Hit Musical – “Chitty, Chitty Bang, Bang”

Applicant

Carmarthen & District Youth Opera

Project Description

In all aspects of the performing arts, stage, film and television, the Youth Opera stage lavish musical productions every February half-term at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen, preceded by annual September auditions. Their wealth of talent is also showcased throughout the year with a wide variety of dazzling cabarets, charity concerts and promotional events.

 

This project aims to deliver seven performances in 2019 of the major hit musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, currently touring at major venues in the UK. It is a huge project in every sense and they intend it to be a fitting production as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary in 2019.

 

The production will run each evening from February 26th to March 2nd 2019, together with a Matinee on the Wednesday and Saturday and the fund would be used to help finance the production.

 

The aim, as always, is to reflect the objectives of Carmarthen Youth Opera in an effective and responsible way and to the highest standards they can achieve and they have a long and excellent reputation for the outstanding quality of their productions.

 

They aim to give the talented young cast every opportunity and advantage to display their talents and to give the audiences high quality performances, good value for money and the feel good factor.

 

They offer young people high quality tuition in all aspects of the Performing Arts and play an important part in their development and inter personal skills.  The young cast of 73, with an age range from 6 to 21 years, will benefit enormously from the experience and exposure that being part of a major musical production will provide.

 

The cast are regularly given the opportunity to develop their talents at theatrical workshops and take part in an annual series of short-film productions in partnership with other youth companies in South Wales and in association with HTV Wales and various sponsoring bodies which include Carmarthenshire County Council.

 

The Youth Opera has continued to grow at pace, with the company making appearances at the London Palladium, Buxton Opera House and receiving curtain calls galore at the Waterford Music Festival.
BBC Wales Television broadcast a documentary of the company’s redevelopment of the Lyric Theatre including the unforgettable production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, performed in the most fitting setting of St. David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire.

 

Total Project Cost

 

Eligible Capital 

 

Eligible  Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ineligible Costs

 

£82,376.00

 

Nil

 

£82,376.00

£3,000.00 – Costumes

£1,200.00 – Advertising

£4,500.00 – Director/MD

£800.00 – DVD/Photos

£1,850.00 – Insurance

£500.00 – Performing Licence

£500.00 – Deputy stage Manager

£650.00 – Accountant/Auditor

£1,650.00 – Theatre ticket commission

£6,000.00 – Stage Lighting

£8,200.00 – Theatre Hire

£6,500.00 – Orchestra

£1,500.00 – Programmes

£7,400.00 – stage Props

£6,336.00 – Licence owner royalties

£16,200.00 – Scenery

£6,500.00 – Sound

£1,300.00 – Rehearsal room hire

£7,790.00 – Marketing/associated costs/hair/make-up/sundries

 

Nil

Cllr and Officer Consultations Undertaken

·         Jane Davies – CCC Cultural Service Manager

·         Cllr. Peter Hughes Griffiths

·         Cllr. Alan DT Speake

·         Cllr. Alun Lenny

·         Cllr. Emlyn Schiavone

·         Cllr. Gareth John

·         Cllr. Ken Lloyd

·         Masonic Province of West Wales

 

Ownership/ Lease

Not applicable

Funding Package

 

Value of Community Investment

 

Amount of grant requested

 

Value of Levered Funds

£82,376.00 - Gross

 

 

£82,376.00

 

 

£3,000.00 @ 3.64%

 

 

£79,376.00

£33,000.00 – Ticket Sales - projected

£5,000.00 – Business Sponsorship - secured

£10,200.00 Cast subs & gift aid - secured

£2,150.00 – Raffle - anticipated

£2,300.00 Programme sales - anticipated

£26,726.00 – Grant funding - secured

 

Economic Benefit

·         Number of individuals into training/education

·         Number of individuals into volunteering - 70

·         Number of individuals into employment

·         Number of community groups assisted - 1

·         Number of social enterprises created

·         Number of social enterprises supported

·         Number of full time jobs created - 1

·         Number of jobs safeguarded - 1

·         Public and private leverage funding - £79,376.00

 

Officer Comments

The company at large can reflect on some wonderful high class entertainment over a period of 40 years. Regular large audiences, accolades at national and international level and Royal Patronage from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

 

It is no coincidence that the company, at the annual NODA awards evening has won the Best Youth Production, for the Wales and Northern Ireland region in five of the last eight years.

 

Many members of the company have gone on to become professionals in TV, Radio, Musical Theatre and Opera; the roll of honour includes well-known names such as Mike Doyle, Mark Evans, Wynne Evans, Stephen Elias and Karen Evans.

 

As well as developing the acting and singing talents of members, many have gone on to become successful stage managers, lighting and sound engineers, costume managers, script writers and even artistic directors.

 

 

Officer Recommendation

 

Award - £3,000.00

 

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Application Reference – WCF-18-13

 

Project Title

External Ambulant Stairs & Lift

Applicant

St. Clears RFC

Project Description

St. Clears Rugby Football Club was established in 1985 and provides sports and social activities to the wider community within West Carmarthenshire.

 

St. Clears RFC has developed through a dedicated volunteer base, a strong community club. The key to the sustainability of the club for both juniors & seniors rely on the services and recruitment of various personnel all with one objective in mind, to promote and develop the game of rugby within the community in order to encourage maximum participation and enjoyment at all levels.

 

The club is proud of its tradition for growing and developing local talent, many of which have gained higher accolades in various national age grade teams.

 

This project is for phase 5 of the club’s development to install external ambulant stairs and an external lift, which is not sport or activity related but in line with community accessibility for the disabled.

 

As a well-established club, they are keen to deliver access for all groups, and due to the successful  completion of the development in expanding  the ground floor existing changing room facility to incorporate additional changing rooms, kitchen area, physiotherapy session room and extension to first floor function room

 

Close links have been developed with the town’s primary school enabling them to attract a wider player base and the club management team are maintaining and developing new contacts with local schools, in conjunction with WRU development officers, promoting rugby themed festivals and regional match day visits to the Scarlet’s.

 

Total Project Cost

 

Eligible Capital 

 

 

Eligible  Revenue

 

Ineligible Costs

 

£30,147.60 - Gross

 

£30,147.60

£7,800.00 – Ambulant stairs

£22,347.60 – External lift

 

Nil

 

Nil

Cllr and Officer Consultations Undertaken

·         Cllr. Philip Morris Hughes

·         Chris Munro – WRU Facilities & Investment Manager

·         Sarah Morris – CCC Planning Services

·         Ceri Richards – Technical Investment Officer Sport Wales

 

Ownership/ Lease

Leasehold with Carmarthenshire County Council

Funding Package

 

Value of Community Investment

 

Amount of grant requested

 

Value of Levered Funds

£30,147.60

 

 

£30,147.60

 

 

£3,000.00 @ 9.95%

 

 

£27,147.60

£20,000.00 – WRU facilities grant – secured

£7,147.60 – Own funds secured

 

Economic Benefit

·         Number of individuals into training/education - 10

·         Number of individuals into volunteering - 10

·         Number of individuals into employment

·         Number of community groups assisted - 1

·         Number of social enterprises created

·         Number of social enterprises supported

·         Number of full time jobs created

·         Number of jobs safeguarded

·         Public and private leverage funding - £27,147.60

 

Officer Comments

The club to date has been successful with the previous 4 stages of development.

 

The club have had the full support of the community throughout each stage of the clubs development, along with the local County Councillor, CCC Development Officer, Welsh Rugby Union and Sport Wales.

 

The club celebrated by hosting a community event / celebration dinner supported by players, past and present, club officials, sponsors and community representatives, which was to thank the community and wider community for their support.

 

The Club introduced a new youth team in the 2018 season to accommodate grass root rugby development for the St. Clears and surrounding communities from age 7 to teenage years including their senior squad and youth team. This will also help sustain and develop the senior playing resource in future years by having a continuous supply of new players through fit for purpose on and off field facility.

 

Officer Recommendation

 

Award - £3,000.00

 

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Application Reference – WCF-18-14

 

Project Title

Tool Kits for Apprentices

Applicant

Cyfle Building Skills Ltd

Project Description

The Cyfle Building Skills Shared Apprenticeship Scheme commenced in September 2013 with 3 Regions, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion/Pembrokeshire and Neath Port-Talbot/Swansea. In October 2016 the organisation was awarded Charitable Status.

Cyfle Building Skills is a Multi Award Winner Regional Shared Scheme that currently employs over 140 apprentices and is a Scheme that was launched by South West Wales Regional Shared Apprenticeship Ltd (SWWRSAL) and CITB in 2013 which is currently the largest Shared Apprenticeship Scheme in the UK. The aim is to provide a service which supports young adults into sustainable employment within the construction industry. This will help young people further their careers and their chances of gaining employment. They will have the opportunity to gain an NVQ level 2 & 3.

This project is to support the following 50 Individual apprentices with the necessary start up tool kits to the value of £150.00, in line with the funding criteria;

 

·         Mr Shujaat Hussain - Whitland

·         Miss Shannon Davies – St Clears

·         Mr Morgan Evans – Llanelli

·         Mr Aaron Davies - Llanelli

·         Mr Roy Johns – Swiss Valley

·         Mr Stephen Evans - Llanelli

·         Mr Jordan Lee - Llannon

·         Mr Jay Griffiths - Llanelli

·         Mr James Davies - Ferryside

·         Mr Liam Evans - Tycroes

·         Mr Jordan Williams - Trimsaran

·         Mr Owain James - Llandysul

·         Mr Oliver Thomas - Llanelli

·         Mr Corey Thomas - Llwynhendy

·         Mr Lewis Roberts - Cwmffrwd

·         Mr Steve Brandon - Ystalyfera

·         Miss Megan Bruce - Tycroes

·         Miss Jessica Rennie - Llanstephan

·         Mr Callum Mincione - Llwynhendy

·         Mr Kiean England - Carmarthen

·         Mr Steffan Price - Gorslas

·         Mr Dale Bohn - Ponthenri

·         Mr Rhodri Davies - Ponthenri

·         Mr Taylor Jones – Swiss Valley

·         Mr Scott Roderick - Llandybie

·         Miss Emily Thomas - Brynamman

·         Mr Grenville Daniel - Llanboidy

·         Mr Connor Evans - Ammanford

·         Mr Owain Davies - Pontardulais

·         Mr Samuel Morris - Ammanfod

·         Mr Rhodri Morgan - Kidwelly

·         Mr Jake Todd - Llanelli

·         Mr Morgan Stalley - Bryn

·         Mr Rhys Evans - Llanelli

·         Mr John Stone - Garnant

·         Mr Morgan Harries - Llanelli

·         Mr Brandon Mason - Llanelli

·         Mr Ashley John - Llangennech

·         Mr Nicholas Lewis - Llanelli

·         Mr Osian Thomas - Carmarthen

·         Mr Rhydian Rees - Carmarthen

·         Mr Sam Philips - Carmarthen

·         Mr Mathew Harriot - Llangyndeyrn

·         Mr Ashley Birdsall - Llanelli

·         Mr James Weston - Llanelli

·         Mr Callum Davies – Gwaun Cae Gurwen

·         Mr Carwyn Dando - Ammanford

·         Miss Megan Williams - Llanybydder

·         Mr Kyan Koszalski-Evans - Llanelli

·         Mr Mark Jones - Trimsaran

 

Total Project Cost

 

Eligible Capital 

 

Eligible  Revenue

 

Ineligible Costs

 

£7,500.00 – Net

 

Nil

 

£7,500.00 – 50 Individual tool kits

 

 

Nil

 

Cllr and Officer Consultations Undertaken

  • Cllr. Deian Harries
  • Jane Lewis – Regional Partnership Manager
  • Rachel Clegg – RLSP Development Co-ordinator
  • Construction Industry Cluster Group
  • Phil Lumley – Board Member

 

Ownership/ Lease

Not Applicable

Funding Package

 

Value of Community Investment

 

Amount of grant requested

 

Value of Levered Funds

£7,500.00

 

£7,500.00

 

 

 

 

£7,500.00

(50 Individuals @ £150.00)

 

Nil

 

Economic Benefit

·         Number of individuals into training/education

·         Number of individuals into volunteering

·         Number of individuals into employment

·         Number of community groups assisted - 1

·         Number of social enterprises created

·         Number of social enterprises supported

·         Number of full time jobs created  - 50

·         Number of jobs safeguarded

·         Public and private leverage funding

 

Officer Comments

Cyfle is a not for profit organisation, with all incomes going back into the Apprenticeship Scheme which allows for the sustainability of the Scheme.

 

An agreement was made with Cyfle that at induction stage the individual apprentices, completed and signed the individual Welsh Church Fund application forms, which have now been received.

 

Re-imbursement of the fund on behalf of the individuals would be made to Cyfle Building Skills Ltd for the supported evidence of the purchase of 50 tool kits.

 

 

Officer Recommendation

 

Award - £7,500.00

 

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Application Reference – WCF-18-07

 

Project Title

Updating Services

Applicant

Caersalem Independent Chapel

 

Project Description

Caersalem Independent Chapel is located right in the heart of the community, as an Independent Chapel they encourage the community to utilise the building. Events held include coffee mornings, with the aim of opening our doors to draw new members. St David’s day concert, Christmas Nativity play, Carol services, and Thanksgiving services are also events that draw non-members to attend with the aim of opening the doors and encouraging local residents to attend, also the local junior school visit the building regularly as part of their Pastoral Care lessons.

 

The main entrance holds a key historical feature of the chapel, currently there are slight issues with the coving located above the main entrance. The condition report of 2017 indicated that 18 meters worth of the coving is in poor condition and required replacement within 12-24 months, hence this is now due.

 

It is proposed to re-plaster the coving outside and repair the water penetration damaged to the internal wall which has been caused by the poor condition of the coving and replace the main window blind which has also been affected by the penetration. It is envisaged that the works will be conducted by a recognised and experienced conservation led Building Contractor.

 

Also proposed to install a new sound system that will improve the service delivery they offer for groups participating in special services and concerts, also young musicians and choirs participating in family services, carol services, nativity plays, organ and other recitals, also being able to offer new modernised services for the community.

 

Restricted funds are in place to cover ongoing running costs of the Church.

 

Total Project Cost

 

Eligible Capital 

 

 

 

 

 

Eligible  Revenue

 

Ineligible Costs

£8,728.00 - Gross

 

£8,728.00

Plastering and Coving - £2880.00

Painting and Decorating- £1880.00

I T System- £3628.80

Blinds- £340.00

 

 

Nil

 

Nil

 

Cllr and Officer Consultations Undertaken

Consultation has been undertaken with the local and wider community, also current users of the venue, which identified the need for this project and individual letters have also been received as support.

 

·         Cllr. Liam Bowen

·         James Yeandle – Built Heritage Officer

 

Ownership/ Lease

Not applicable

Funding Package

 

Value of Community Investment

 

Amount of grant requested

 

Value of Levered Funds

£8,728.00

 

£8,728.00

 

 

£2,181.25 @ 25%

 

 

£6,546.00

 £1,000 – James Pantyfedwen – Secured

£5,546 - Awards for All -  Applied

 

Economic Benefit

·         Number of individuals into training/education

·         Number of individuals into volunteering - 25

·         Number of individuals into employment

·         Number of community groups assisted - 1

·         Number of social enterprises created

·         Number of social enterprises supported

·         Number of full time jobs created

·         Number of jobs safeguarded

·         Public and private leverage funding - £6,546.00

Officer Comments

The Chapel has a lot of local history and whilst the group have given up numerous volunteer hours and used a large amount of their own funds it is essential that the group seeks financial support for the future sustainability of the chapel as a local community venue.

 

The grant will accelerate the implementation of the project.  It is fully sustainable in both the short and long term. The refurbishment project will ensure that the chapel is fit for purpose and therefore lead to its long term sustainability.

 

Officer Recommendation

 

Award - £2,181.25

 

 

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Application Reference – WCF-18-15

 

Individual

Applicant

Matthew Davies

Project Description

The World Scout Jamboree is the largest regular event organized by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, gathering up to 50,000 Scouts from more than 150 countries around the World.  It is an educational event to promote peace and understanding among young people from different cultures. 

 

The individual grant funding will be used for an Educational visit to America during 2019 with the Welsh Scout Units.

 

The experience is for the purpose of learning about different cultures from around the globe to create a bright future.

 

The trip itself will be hosted at the Bechtel reserve in West Virginia, and although much of the time will be spent partaking in problem solving and innovative thinking activities, there will be an opportunity for the scouts to engage through outdoor activities.

 

Total cost of the Educational visit will be £3,600 and the individual is undertaking fundraising activities to raise the project costs.

 

 

Amount of grant requested

 

 

 

 

£150.00

Officer Comments

Funding meets the criteria for the individual Welsh Church Fund towards a specific Educational request.

 

 

Officer Recommendation

 

Award - £150.00