Awen Cultural Trust is a brand new not-for-profit organisation which went live on 1st October 2015. Working in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, Awen will manage and develop the council's cultural facilities and services including theatres, libraries, community centres, a country house and park and work-based projects for adults with disabilities.
A board of trustees has recently been appointed from a diverse range of backgrounds but with one shared vision: to enhance the lives of people living in our region through culture. For more information on our board members, please visit the About Us tab above.
The trust has taken its name from an ancient welsh word for artistic inspiration and we hope that you'll see why when you take a look at the respective webpages for the individual facilities and services below.
Situated on Porthcawl's seafront The Grand Pavilion is a beautiful Grade II listed building offering a diverse programme of cultural events and activities. As well as being the home of the renowned Bridgend Youth Theatre and a great number of local amateur groups it plays host to everything from the very best stand-up comedy to small scale lunchtime theatre and from classical concerts to the Elvis Festival. The Pavilion offers something for everyone - with a beautiful view to boot!www.grandpavilion.co.uk
Maesteg Town Hall is an imposing Grade II listed building positioned in heart of the town centre. It presents a mixed programme of professional and community events including children’s events, community cinema, live music and theatre. The venue is also a popular choice for weddings, dinner dances and a range of other functions.www.maestegtownhall.com
Nestled on a hill at the top of the Garw Valley, Blaengarw Workmen's Hall is a thriving community facility with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Well used by local groups and organisations, its programme of activities also includes live music, tea dances, children's shows and dance events.
Bridgend Library and Information Service provides public book lending and information services to the 139,000 residents of Bridgend County Borough. Our mission is to "enable and encourage individuals and groups of individuals to obtain unbiased access to information, knowledge and works of the creative imagination for purposes of education, work and recreation". As well as our network of branch libraries across the borough we also offer a mobile library service, a delivery service for the housebound and a specialist local and family history library. We aim to be a one-stop shop for help and support with digital skills and we are a key player in the drive to improve children's literacy. You can now borrow a wide range of e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines completely free of charge - all you need is a library card!www.bridgend.gov.uk/libraries
Bryngarw Country Park offers over 113 acres of diverse parkland with everything from native woodlands to formal gardens and ornamental lakes to a much loved children's play area. On site we also have our beautiful wedding and functions venue, Bryngarw House, as well as a visitor centre and cafe. Also based at Bryngarw is B-Leaf, a work-based horticultural project for adults with disabilities and a sister-project called Wood-B, just a stone's throw from the park, which uses carpentry as the basis for the training.www.bryngarwhouse.co.uk
We directly manage three community centres: Awel-y-Mor; Bettws Life Centre; Coity & Litchard Higher Community Centre. These well used facilities offer affordable spaces for a whole range of events and activities from dance classes to family parties and educational courses to childcare. We also offer support to a number of other community centres throughout the county.www.bridgend.gov.uk/services/libraries/community-centres