Ceremonial Concert Civic Opening New Hall at Aberdyfi December 6th 1957
A SHORT HISTORY OF NEUADD DYFI, ABERDYFI
by Hugh M. Lewis, MBE
the early years of the 20th Century the village of Aberdyfi was growing
fast. As a result there was a growing need for a public place suitable
for social events such as concerts, musical competitions and meetings
of various kinds. As a temporary measure these were held in chapel vestries
and the village school, but it was soon realised that a much larger, and
more permanent, building was needed.
were days when home entertainment was in its infancy, telephones and radio
were scarce and of course television was unknown. A few people had the
odd gramophone or two, but generally people had to make their own entertainment.
A strong amateur Drama Society flourished in Aberdyfi, and I can remember
many wonderful performances at the Pavilion, from tense thrillers to rip-roaring
comedies. Later on a local orchestra was formed to support the Drama Society.
Then between 1951 and 1954 the role of the Pavilion changed. During that
period it was used as a cinema, to the delight of young people under the
spell of this new form of entertainment. There was something here to appeal
At a well-attended meeting (uninterrupted by rain)'it was decided to approach the Council with plans for a new building, and a committee was formed to raise money for the project. As the Hon. Secretary, I had a large plan drawn up, and marked it out in squares, each to a total of £50. As the money came in, the squares were painted in red, which made a prominent display. This created much interest, and it contributed greatly to the substantial sum eventually given to the Council. In 1957 the new hall, the Neuadd Dyfi as it was christened, was opened with a Civic Ceremony (see above). There was also a Ceremonial Concert, at which local artists took part, and a Pageant of Youth, arranged by Aberdyfi Primary School staff.
new hall has been used continually over the years for various functions,
including visits by the odd touring company. Lately it has been less frequented.
Once again it has been found that some vital alterations and improvements
were necessary to make it an attractive venue for the 21st Century. This
work is now going forward, and I believe we can look forward to a prosperous
future for the hall.
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