A CAMPAIGN is under way to raise £200,000 to set up a centre promoting Welsh heritage, culture and entertainment in a former Wrexham pub.

A co-operative called Canolfan Gymraeg Wrecsam/Wrexham Welsh Centre has been launched to take over the disused Seven Stars pub in Chester Street.

Interim chairman Marc Jones said the aim was to establish a lasting legacy from the town hosting this year’s National Eisteddfod, which has generated so much goodwill for the Welsh language and culture throughout the community.

“What we are looking to do is to either buy or lease the Seven Stars, which is currently not being used as a pub. It is an excellent building in good condition.

“Among our plans we are aiming to establish a cafe bar which would put the focus on local produce – food and drink.

“There could be a wide range of activities and attractions such as live entertainment and drama. There are also offices and meeting rooms available.”

Mr Jones stressed that if people wanted to back the initiative financially they would be making an investment, not a donation.

So far £24,000 had been pledged. The minimum amount people interested in joining the co-operative are being asked to contribute is £100 and the maximum is £20,000.

“Our target is £200,000. If everything goes well then the centre could be up and running by late autumn this year. There are examples of initiatives similar to this already in place in Wales and doing well such as Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff.

“So many people have said what a success the National Eisteddfod has been in Wrexham and we want a lasting legacy to come from that.”

If anyone would like further details they can find out more by logging onto the website www.saithseren.com or telephone Mr Jones on 07747 792441.