The former site of the historic church of Valleys transformed into a brand new community center


The site of an old historic church in Valleys has been completely transformed to provide Aberdare with a community center with a doctor’s office and a brand new cafe.

For over 150 years, St Mair’s in Aberdare has been a part of the city’s daily life – first as a church, then as a popular day center for the elderly.

The site has been a key part of the community for a long time and will now continue to bring people together as the Seymour Street site reopens as an inclusive center.

Following a major renovation project, the building will be officially inaugurated on Thursday, November 25 under the name of Cynon Linc.

The Cynon Linc project was developed through a partnership between Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Cwm Taf University Health Board, third sector partners and the local community.

The vision was to transform the old St Mair day center into a modern and inclusive center to serve the whole community, and the new facility includes a large kitchen and cafe, doctor’s office, advice and counseling point. information for those over 50, mental health support services and a nail clinic.

The hub opened this week

Cynon Linc is also able to host events, courses and meetings. It has six rooms for rent, including a fully accessible main room, which can accommodate up to 248 people.

The event program includes everything from fitness classes for those over 50 to technical classes for beginners and weekly youth groups.

Rachel Rowlands, CEO of Age Connects Morgannwg, said: “I am very impressed with the redevelopment of Cynon Linc and the work done by the whole team.

“Despite the considerable challenges created by the pandemic, the project was delivered on time and on budget.

“The result is a bright, spacious and welcoming hub that will be a great asset to all of the Cynon Valley for many years to come.”

An old photo of St Mair’s in Aberdare

St Mair’s Church opened in November 1864 and was built for the Anglican Welsh congregation in Aberdare.

When the church was demolished in 1963, the site was converted and rebuilt as Center St Mair, a day center for the elderly in the area.

St Mair’s redevelopment plans began in August 2018 when the charity Age Connects Morgannwg took over management of the building.

Construction began in August 2020 and was completed exactly one year later.

The grand opening will be led by Julie James MS, Minister of Climate Change, who will unveil a commemorative plaque in the foyer. The event will also bring together many key stakeholders who have helped make Cynon Linc a reality.

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Councilor Nicole Burnett, Chair of Cwm Taf Morgannwg’s Regional Partnership Board, said: “As a Regional Partnership Board, which manages £ 5million of Integrated Care Capital Fund (ICF) in the region, it is always wonderful to see fantastic ICF funded projects come to life.

“The hub, which has received £ 1.3million in funding from the ICF, is truly impressive and clearly developed with the heart and soul of the community in mind.

“We know that Cynon Linc will greatly benefit the local community and beyond, and we look forward to seeing people take advantage of all the facilities he has to offer.”

The Cynon Linc renovation was funded by the Welsh Government Integrated Care Fund and several other funding agencies, including the National Lottery Community Fund, Dunhill Medical Trust and Pen Y Cymoedd.

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