Victoria hall (Transition Llambed)
The Victoria hall is based in Lampeter and is being run by a community based, not for profit, social enterprise group, Transition Llambed Development Trust, for the benefit of the people of Lampeter. Transition Llambed is a company limited by guarantee and the Victoria Hall is one of the actions born out of this group. The ethos of the trust is to demonstrate and to promote the understanding of transition issues locally.
Historically the Victoria Hall had a reputation for being a vibrant and exciting town venue where a variety of activities, classes and events took place. In recent years the hall has deteriorated and usage had declined. In 2011 Transition Llambed development trust took the lease of the hall over from Ceredigion County Council with the aim of bringing the hall back in to use.
At the beginning of 2013 Transition Llambed were successful in their application to the ERDF funded Ceredigion Social enterprise Growth Fund and received just under £50,000 to bring the hall up to standard by installing new toilets, kitchen and allow the main hall to have a multi-purpose. This is just the start of redevelopments for the hall as over next few years the group intend to revitalise the iconic building inside and out for community activities and events.
All income generated will be reinvested in the Victoria Hall and, in time, made available for other local projects. Since the group have taken over the hall they have managed to attract significant interest and bookings of which 80% are new to Lampeter.
This project has been supported by The Wales Cooperative Centre, Ceredigion Social Enterprise Growth Fund, Maximising Community Resources Rural Development Plan European project and the Enterprising Communities project.