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Report - Garnant Workmens Hall - Carmarthenshire - Sept '16

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by dirge, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. dirge

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    Hey folks, while driving to my previous report http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/ty-llwyd-glanammon-sept-16.t105154 I spotted this random building and thought I must check it out on the way back. So made my way in and the second big room I enter is full of pot plants and foil around the room. As I explored more floors of the building I find another three big hall rooms also used as an old cannabis factory. After I had left, a quick google search, gives me details on a police raid of the place in 2009, where the haul was estimated between £750,000 to £900,000.

    Located in Garnant in the Amnan Valley. The Workmens' Hall and Institute with a purpose built theatre / cinema that opened in 1927. The Workmen’s Hall had a 27 feet wide proscenium and the stage was 30 feet deep. There were six dressing rooms.
    Alas, over time, as people's interests changed, the hall ceased to attract the crowds that it once did. The committee tried various ways of making the hall a paying concern; films were shown at first for two or three nights a week, then only once a week. There was a Teen and Twenty club and a Junior Disco club hosted by Mr David Rees and Mrs Vera Jones. Bingo sessions were tried, but despite the efforts of all involved, the venue could not remain viable. The Workman's Hall closed in February, 1972.
    In December, 1982, after a period of closure, Mr T. Wyn Jones, a local businessman, purchased the hall and initially used it as a builder's supplier. After carrying out a good deal of work to the building, he was able to open the hall as a private leisure centre on 14th December, 1985. This became known as "Canolfan Hamdden Dyffryn Aman", that is, "Amman Valley Leisure Centre" and at one time, this club boasted around 1,000 members.

    When it ceased to be a leisure centre, the Workmen's Hall became a "Fun Factory", where children were able to safely enjoy a soft play area with slides and climbing frames. Many happy birthday celebrations took place at the venue.
    Estimated closure is early 2000's
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  2. dweeb

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    Hmmm... any sign of lofts / above ceilings / under stages etc etc? Looks like the kind of place that may have more epic behind plasterboard than in front of it...

    How many weed plants?!
     
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    Haha, maybe more investigating needed for secrets.
    Must have been way over a thousand pots.
     
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    Nice. That's quite the grow!
     
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    So essentially it became a Fun Factory, closed, then became a "Fun Factory" again? ;)
     
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    It certainly did until somebody decided nearly a million pounds worth of fun was too much fun!
     
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    @UrbexCamo Fancy going to an old weed factory? lmao
     
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    Nice one Dirge! the place we found was a lot smaller then this but there are was about three rooms upstairs with all the scaffold/racking up and littered with left over plants and that, that had plumbed in a water supply from the cellar with plastic pipe and the whole place was ringing wet threw, I never Googled though, I'll give it ago!
     
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    Cheers mate, yea give it a google, I'd be interested in hearing about it. Did you do a report on yours?
     
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