Heritage hub success

Reporter:

David Humphreys

Film shows, banners and new displays have been unveiled at a community heritage hub.

A wide range of activities and work has been made possible at the Old Court House in Flnt through Heritage Lottery Funding, supported by Flintshire Council.

David Hanson, Labour MP for Delyn, attended to thank all the volunteers who helped developed the displays and taken part in producing a series of films centred on the history of the site.

Lorna Jenner, local history consultant who has been co-ordinating the community heritage programme, said: “It was wonderful to welcome so many people of all ages to the event celebrating how the premises has developed into a focal point in the town during the last two years.

“A new leaflet telling the history of the building from Court House to café is now available and striking canvas banners giving a visual timeline of the town hang in the café, while displays in the cosy snug on the first-floor show some of the old shops in the town that are still fondly remembered.

“One corner is decked-out as an old-fashioned grocer’s shop, reflecting an earlier use of the building.

“A series of short films reflecting different aspects of the town have been made and these will be available online and on the digital kiosk.”

Lorna said Pam Drennan, daughter of Tommy and Margaret Bithell who ran an electrical and fancy goods shops in the Court House for more than 40 years, was guest of honour at the event.

Pupils from Ysgol Gwynedd played a big part in the development of the new displays and interpretation.

Junior pupils visited the Court House and took part in mock trials.

They helped draw up a timeline of the building and went on to work with drama specialist Polly Snape to put on a play in school about the history of the building and create an evocative film about the trial of Dorothy Griffiths for witchcraft, produced by Graham Cooper of Follow Films.

Lyn Patel, head of residential commercial services for Clwyd Alyn Housing Association which manages the Old Court House Café and Heritage Hub, said: “The Heritage Lottery Funding and support from Flintshire Council has made a huge difference in helping to make the building a real centre for living history, and the local community has really embraced the opportunity to be involved.”

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