Gresford and Pandy Sports and Leisure Limited, is a registered charity organisation (charity number 114 5978) which was formed in 2011, located in the village of PANDY, Wrexham, North Wales.
“To provide and assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for sport, healthy recreation, and other leisure time occupation for individuals who have a need for such facilities, by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances, in order to improve their conditions of life”
On the closure, of what was a former Coal Mine funded Recreational Ground, The community came together to take over the Recreational Grounds, and facilities to form Gresford and Pandy Sports and Leisure.
A lease on our grounds and facilities was taken out at this time for 25 years. The charity continues to invest in the grounds and buildings for the benefit of the local community and visitors from afar.
The Pandy (Welsh Y Pandy, meaning the fuelling mill) is a village situated near Gwersyllt and Rhosrobin in the borough of Wrexham in North Wales. The main entrance to the former Gresford Colliery originally stood in the village. Gresford and Pandy Sports and Leisure Ltd - Recreational and Community facilities, are situated in the village. Within the grounds there is a memorial to the Gresford Colliery Disaster which killed 266 men on September 22, 1934. There are two small industrial estates located within the village, on land of the old Colliery site. Many local companies utilise the facilities we have to offer, for business, social, recreational and corporate events.
The village of Pandy is isolated, situated between 2 main roads, the Wrexham to Llay road and the A483. The nearest village is RHOSROBIN with neither having many social amenities, or community facilities, except for Gresford and Pandy Sports and Leisure Limited, which consists of a community hall, sports bar and indoor games area (Pool, Snooker and Darts), bowling green and football pitches.
With closures of public sector community centres across the Wrexham borough, there is clear identifiable evidence that the facilities we provide have become an integral part of the local community, with our facility user numbers exceeding an average of 1800 - 2000 per week from all age groups, and from all areas of the community in which we operate.
More about us – Our story so far:
Since our formation, The Trustees and Directors along with community members have been continually improving the facilities we offer to our community and users in order to fulfil our user’s requirements and meeting our overall charitable objective.
Our community Hall (Function Room) capacity has increased to a maximum of 130 users, and has seen the benefit of a complete overall, including more energy efficient windows, fire doors, and lighting, replacement suspended ceilings, installation of sound and disco lighting systems, installation of Television, and replacement stage/dance floor. New carpet and fixed seating was also installed. The hall also received new tables, and window blinds.
Installation of Disabled Washrooms, including Baby changing facilities, along with modernisation of all washrooms serving the community hall were completed during 2016/2017.
The Community Hall is used for many events and caters for all our local community and users from afar.
Private parties’ including Birthdays, Christenings, Children’s events, and Funeral wakes. (As Required)
Slimming World (Weekly)
Local Band Practice (Weekly)
Local Pigeon Club (Weekly)
Charity Fundraising events (As Required)
Street dance – dance group formed to allow children to become involved with dance (Weekly)
Used by local business organisations for meetings/events/seminars (As required)
Community social nights including Charity Prize Bingo (Organised by community users)
The charity supports social events, and often organises events free of charge or at minimal costs to the community, including a night of Live Music at Christmas (As Organised)
Indoor attic sales (Organised by community users)
Fashion Shows and Gift Fares (Organised by community users)
Council Polling Station (As required)
Local free Newspaper Collection Point providing access to the community (Weekly)
North Wales Ambulance Service (Daily)
Our recreational facilities are used by the community and local sporting teams, including the charities own formed teams/sections.
Our sports sections:
The charities sports teams/sections are flourishing with increasing community members taking an active part in the recreational/sporting facilities we provide. Our on-site bowling green continues to be maintained to a high standard with significant community member involvement. The Bowling Section is a member of the Welsh Crown Green and British Crown Green Bowling Association, and we have teams competing in a number of leagues with all age groups participating. The section has been very successful and has won more honours than many other bowling clubs in Wales. The section has players in the Welsh men’s and ladies teams, and players in the Veterans County team. The Green hosts Welsh teams competing against different counties at junior, senior and Veteran levels, and is also used by outside organisations. Recently the BCGLBA ladies junior merit final was held here. Along with players, the green is also used by many spectators, who just enjoy the atmosphere of watching the game from one of our community benches situated around the green. The green is well utilised and is maintained by the users, who do it voluntarily for the benefit of the community, and visitors. Our on-site Football facilities continue to progress and various teams from all age ranges from across the community utilise the facilities we have to offer. Replacement Goal posts have been installed, and ground keeping improved with support from community users. Many local football teams also utilise our community hall as their own base. Children/teenager football training, is also completed each month within our grounds, helping and encouraging the younger generation to participate in sport. Our Pool team, play in the Wrexham Sunday and Wednesday leagues with 20 teams in each league. Our Dominoes teams play in the Monday and Friday night Wrexham and District League. Since our formation in 2011, it has become clear that our charity has become a key hub within our local community and beyond, providing recreational and community facilities to the community in which we operate. We continue to work on Maintaining, Developing and Expanding the range of activities and facilities we can offer, both today and for the future.