A 158-year-old former church and schoolroom building adjoining Tabernacle Baptist Church in Newbridge had been almost derelict since the 1960’s and was proving to be a major headache for the church leaders. Already engaged in an active programme of children and youth work and running a community luncheon club for over 50’s, the church realised that additional facilities were needed for its own growing range of activities and in the wider locality generally. This prompted the vision to transform the rear building into a centre for use by groups in the community as well as the church itself. Work on the project took 15 months to complete, and was supported by the Welsh Government’s Community Facilities Programme, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Community Regeneration Fund, the James Pantyfedwen Foundation, Tabernacle church members and friends, and invaluable help and support was also received from a number of other organisations and individuals.
Now renamed the Newbridge Vision Centre, the first-class facilities available for hire include two large halls, smaller meeting rooms, a computer suite and an accessible training kitchen. Tabernacle minister the Rev Peter Cho said: “We are really excited about the new opportunities these facilities will provide to enhance the quality of life of people in the community and our own programme of church activities which are very much community-focused. We thank God for His wonderful provision in this project and we give Him all the glory.”