Community Membership Scheme

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We are offering all members of the community of Talsarnau, Harlech, Llanfair, Llanbedr, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Tal y Bont and Barmouth – FREE MEMBERSHIP to Harlech & Ardudwy Leisure, as long as you live here permanently and not own a holiday home.   This means you will save money on the entry price to all activities to include swimming and climbing and access to any offers in our Café.

To get this discount, you need to bring along a copy of your Council Tax Bill for 2017-2018 fill in a simple membership form and then you will be issued with a membership card which will be valid until 31 March 2018.

You will be able to sign up from the 1st March 2017.

Click her for the Community Membership Form:

FREE COMMUNITIES DAY

In order to promote this, we are having a FREE Community Day on the 18th March 2017 between 10am – 3pm where you can come along and use our facilities for FREE but don’t forget your Council Tax Details and you can sign up for the FREE Membership Scheme.

Click here for a poster for the day:Community Day 18.03.17

Background Information

Harlech & Ardudwy Leisure is a not for profit, Social Enterprise which is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Since taking over the running of the centre in 2010 as it was due to be closed by the Local Authority – the Board have worked hard to try and secure its future.  Taking on a failing business was never going to be an easy task but it was seen as an essential service in this coastal area, an area struggling economically anyhow could not afford to loose another business and service, what would be next ? Running a Swimming Pool was always going to be a hard task due to the cost of heating a swimming pool but it was essential that we had a swimming pool in the area to provide swimming lessons to school children but also the health benefits of swimming to residents in the area which has an ageing population.

The business has run for the last 7 years with various pots of funding from the National Lottery and  Gwynedd County Council but with no more revenue funding available from funding bodies and the cuts faces by the local authority, it was essential for us to look for an alternative form of funding.  We did this by approaching the local Community Councils and presented a precept proposal to raise the £50,000 a year through the contribution that Community Councils from the Council Tax Payment.  This would mean that each household would pay more on their council tax each year to raise the £50,000 needed to secure the future of the centre.  The most any household would pay on an average Band D category would be £25 a year, 50p a week. All 6 Community Councils that we approached agreed to the proposal which includes Talsarnau, Harlech, Llanfair, Llanbedr, Dyffryn & Tal y Bont, Barmouth.

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