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Anniversary celebrations for Wrexham venture

Published date: 21 January 2014 |
Published by: Nathan Rowden
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A community venture is celebrating its second birthday.

Saith Seren, Wrexham’s Welsh centre, was opened in January 2012 after a fundraising effort by more 130 people who invested in the enterprise.

They succeeded in re-opening the old Seven Stars pub on Chester Street in the town centre, a listed building which had been empty for a year.

Saith Seren chairman Marc Jones said the centre was more than a pub.

He said: “We have a wide range of activities going on in our upstairs rooms. These now house Menter Iaith Wrecsam, a weekly toddlers’ group, Welsh language lessons from beginners onwards and also rooms for hire for community groups and voluntary organisations.

“We also have hot-desking facilities and offices for rent to local businesses or voluntary organisations. Like all businesses in the town centre, it hasn’t been the easiest two years of trading.

“We’ve had our setbacks and the economic situation means it’s still a challenge to make the centre work.

“This is especially the case as we haven’t received a penny of public funding for our venture and have had to make very difficult decisions to maintain this unique centre.”

To celebrate the anniversary there will be a concert by singer Tecwyn Ifan on Friday. Mr Jones said: “We’re looking forward to celebrating our second birthday with a bang. Tecwyn Ifan is well known in Welsh folk-singing circles and is making a rare visit to the north.”

The venture, which is the only community-run pub in the town, features in a forthcoming S4C documentary with English subtitles, called Wrecsam di Wrexham about Saith Seren, Wrexham FC and Wrexham Lager.

Mr Jones said: “The cameras have been following our fortunes over the past year and I’m sure it will be interesting to see their take on things.

“The first programme goes out on January 30 and we’ll be having a special viewing on the big screen.”

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