About Us

The photo is of the Park Cinema. It was situated behind our Centre. The perimeter wall and roof is possibly of the Park Dairy where our daily pinta awaited to be delivered to your doorstep.

The photo is of the Park Cinema. It was situated behind our Centre. The perimeter wall and roof is possibly of the Park Dairy where our daily pinta awaited to be delivered to your doorstep.

The Centre today

The Centre today

Senghenydd Community Centre was originally built as the Park Hotel and Assembley Rooms. Outside surrounding land was previously a dairy, catering for our daily milk delivered to our doorstep, also a slaughter house.

The main building was originally a hotel but the temperance movement was a strong influence in the area and they were refused a licence for alcohol, so the life span in usage as a hotel was limited. The 1901 census also showed it to be used as a police station until a purpose one was built a little further along,  also it was the miner’s HQ during the long strikes! In later years it became an employment exchange also housing a library for public use. The top floor was a snooker hall for many years, now a reception room for family parties with portable dividing wall to enable two smaller self-contained bookings.

The middle floor of the Centre recently has the addition of The Aber Valley Heritage Museum and The Tea Room, both open 6 days a week.

The main part of the building was rented by groups for various weekly/monthly activities, including Senior Citizens, Bingo and Citizens Advice Bureau. The downstairs hall was- and still is- used for sporting practises, children’s parties, cinema and stage productions.

The Centre is run today by a committee, as it was so many years ago, with an annual general meeting open to the public. It has recently undergone a massive modernisation, including the addition of a lift to all floors, kitchen facilities on each level, car park, and a wish that its usage will continue through many more generations.