Y Shed, Meliden, is within a beautiful setting at the side of the old railway line which is now a pedestrian path with a recorded 60,000 users per annum.
We are renovating the historical listed building back into use and the project involves developing a vibrant and sustainable community asset. The vision is to develop a hub for the local community, offering volunteering, enterprise, employment and learning opportunities within a building that is contemporary whilst still in keeping with its original strong features.
Y Shed will host the following activities:
• Café on the first floor which promotes healthy food and local growing initiatives with 44 covers inside and an additional 20-30 covers outside.
• Heritage Centre – 1 ground floor time tunnel and some heritage interpretation within the cafe. There will also be heritage activities to attract visitors and educational visits.
• Workshops/business spaces for local artisans/businesses - located in individually designed shipping containers adjacent to the building - designed to incorporate visitors being able to watch crafts people at work.
• Bike hire facility with potential to expand to other outdoor activities – Nordic walking etc.
• Community shop - an opportunity for small artisans and local residents to test trade, display and sell their products. Exhibition space will also be available for local artists.
The ‘Meliden Residents Action Group’ (MRAG) has had aspirations ever since its closure to develop the grade 2 listed building into a centre which incorporates the rich heritage of Meliden and encourage visitors to the area. MRAG identified an opportunity to bring back to life a building that has historical significance to Meliden.
Grŵp Cynefin’s Community Initiatives Team was approached in January 2015 to support MRAG and the local authority to progress the project further. Following two years of hard work, preparing the business plan and funding applications we had confirmation that the National Lottery had awarded £1.1 million to achieve the project. In May 2017 the additional match funding was confirmed and we were able to procure for the main contract. Building work started late 2017 and we hope to open the project around Easter 2019.
Artists, photographers, craft makers, and food producers are being offered the chance to showcase their wares once open: Produce/art declaration of interest
If you’re interested please get in touch with us.Send your form to firstname.lastname@example.org or Grŵp Cynefin, Tŷ John Glyn, 54 Vale Street, Denbigh, LL16 3BW.