Announcement of new Denbigh office name, Tŷ John Glyn, a testimony to Wales’ housing sector champion Thursday 24 November 2016
Grŵp Cynefin is delighted to announce that its new area office in Denbigh is to be named: ‘Tŷ John Glyn’ in honour of one of Wales’ most prominent housing sector champions.
Naming the housing association’s £3 million new building after the late John Glyn Jones, the first employed officer at Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd, is testimony to the enormous contribution he made to housing in Wales over twenty five years, whilst serving as Tai Clwyd’s Chief Executive.
John Glyn Jones also played a fundamental role in cultural activities within his home town of Denbigh and beyond. Through his vision and dedication within the north Wales region he grew into a pillar of the housing sector in Wales.
Rhys Dafis Grŵp Cynefin Director of Regeneration Services said: “Following the untimely death of John Glyn over a year ago, as association staff and board members we were unanimous in our desire to place this wonderful man’s name into the fabric of our new office building, as a commemoration for him in the town of Denbigh.
“Tai Clwyd and Tai Eryri merged two and a half years ago to form Grŵp Cynefin, but John Glyn’s years of legacy, prior to his retirement in 2007, continues. He created a sense of family amongst staff who worked with enthusiasm and dedication. The 80 Grŵp Cynefin staff members based in Denbigh are looking forward to walking through the doors of Tŷ John Glyn in the coming months.”
Currently Grŵp Cynefin staff are located in three separate offices within the town, following the decision to demolish the old building to create a new work space on the high street. The Denbigh office is one of four area offices for Grŵp Cynefin, with others located at Penygroes in Gwynedd, Bala and Llangefni.
Creu of Denbigh are the architect designers for the new building, with R L Davies, Colwyn Bay busy developing the new offices. The roof and walls are nearing completion with work indoors to begin during the winter months. Plans are in place to complete the building by the spring.
Manon Glyn, John Glyn Jones’ daughter said on behalf of the family: “As a family, we deeply appreciate that dad’s work, his dedication to the area and to housing societies locally and throughout Wales is to be recognised in such a distinguished way. He was proud of what Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd achieved, and he would have been the first to emphasise the contribution each worker made to foster support for Tai Clwyd in those very early days in that small office room at the top of town. He would also have been extremely proud of seeing a new eco-friendly office where everyone will be able to work together again under one roof but he would have been even more pleased to know that Grŵp Cynefin has managed to keep the new office not only in Denbigh, but in the town centre.”
The need for a new office in Denbigh was identified several years ago, as the association grew too large for the previous building on Vale Street, and it is sad that John Glyn isn’t here to see the dream fulfilled.
“It will be a new home - but the association has the same vision as when Tai Clwyd and Tai Eryri were founded 40 years ago, to provide quality housing and support communities across north Wales,” said Rhys Dafis.
“We are also pleased that we support the cultural and linguistic traditions of north Wales through our activities. The creation of an organisation that works in Welsh and provides a fully bilingual service was very close to John Glyn’s heart, and continues to be one of the cornerstones of Grŵp Cynefin’s business objectives. You can walk into any of our offices, and receive a full service in either language throughout all aspects of our work. Long may it continue.”
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