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Youngest citizens welcomed to historic landmark

The youngest residents of Swansea are being invited to spend quality playtime at one of the community's most iconic buildings.

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By joining a playgroup at Morriston Tabernacle they will help start breathing new life into the historic location.

Places are now available at the Cylch Ti a Fi (Welsh-medium baby and toddler group) held at the 147-year-old building every Wednesday from 9.30-11am.

The Swansea Council officer leading a revitalisation plan for the Tabernacle is urging young mums and dads - and grandparents - to seize the opportunity.

Jacqualyn Box, based at Tabernacle, said: "It's wonderful that this group and others are now making use of this amazing building.

"It's delightful to see the newest generation of Swansea people being given the chance to benefit from the great spaces the Tabernacle has to offer."

The weekly group is being run by Mudiad Meithrin, the voluntary sector's main provider of Welsh-medium early years care and education. Each session costs £2 per family.

The organisation's Carole Williams said: "The Cylch Ti a Fi is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents or guardians to meet regularly, enjoy playing with their children and socialise over a cuppa.

"People who come here make new friends, listen to simple Welsh language songs, listen to Welsh stories and have a good time.

"Our aim in Mudiad Meithrin is to give every young child in Wales the chance to benefit from early years care and education experiences through the medium of Welsh."

Another person making good use of the famous chapel is Morriston musician Mathew Morgan who is hosting regular guitar lessons there.

Other new activity hosted at the venue since the revitalisation plan's launch in October includes a film show and weekly seated yoga classes.

Other activities are in the pipeline and those leading the project are eager to hear from others who would like to use the Tabernacle.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "It's encouraging to see creative new use being made of one of Swansea's most celebrated buildings.

"I wish those making use of it all the best and I encourage the people from Morriston to make even more use of it."

Theplan to revitalise the Tabernacle is being driven by the council. The project represents an important development in the history of a building of national significance, one of only two Grade 1 listed structures in Swansea.

The revitalisation plan - Morriston Tabernacle: Sustaining for Future Generations - is being funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund under its Resilient Heritage Programme. The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant was made possible by National Lottery players.

The £71,300 The National Lottery Heritage Fund award is supporting the work of Jacqualyn to develop a business plan and fundraising plan.

More info: Contact Jacqualyn Box - email Jacqualyn.Box@swansea.gov.uk, phone 07827 307968. Facebook - @TabernaclTreforys. Instagram - tabernacltreforys.

Photo: Angharad Davies, leader of the Morriston Tabernacle Cylch Ti a Fi.

 

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