Nearly a year ago we had a visit from a very nice guy named Richard. who asked about the front area we have in the Old Library Art Craft and Heritage Centre and what we used it for.

He explained to us how he had come across an original 1890’s LNWR platform bench from Prestatyn station at The Crewe Heritage Railway Centre. He was trying to find a home for it if he could convince the heritage centre not to put it in to their next auction. We were very excited by Richard’s story and told him we were more than willing for the bench coming to us where we could give it a good home 🙂

Well to cut a long story short, after months of talks Richard negotiated a price and the purchase of the bench !  We hired a large transit van and Richard, Steve and myself took a road trip down to Crewe where we picked up the bench and bought it back to its home town of Prestatyn !

Harry Thomas on the heritage bench
Well known local historian Harry Thomas on the Heritage Railway Bench at The Old Library.

Health And Well Being

We are getting a lot more involved with local health and wellbeing initiatives. We have recently had high level meetings with Public Health Wales, Our Local Health Board and Social Services. Our work with Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community is ongoing.

In the very near future we will be hosting and facilitating a workshop for all interested parties concerned with the proposed new Academy a key support component to the Healthy PRESTATYN Iach model.

In the words of Chris Stockport Medical Director – Central Area
BCUHB  “An existing community interest company in Prestatyn has worked hard in the last year to provide a base for a number of ‘wellness’ services in the town. Their achievement has been impressive and they are well placed (and keen) to work with us in a co-productive way.

It is envisaged that they will act on behalf of the steering group to provide a level of coordination of available local ‘wellness’ services and also a geographical base for some. Their current base is immediately next to our future main surgery site (Ty Nant), so creating a health and wellness campus.”

Prestatyn Men’s Shed

Mens shed at llandrilloWe recently introduced Prestatyn Men’s Shed members to students at Llandrillo College in Rhyl, where they passed on some of their heritage skills and knowledge on to the students.

“We have had a fantastic week on Traineeships as part of our Intergenerational Project with Prestatyn Men’s Shed. We are so proud of all of you and a big thank you.

We dispelled the stereotypes and worked as a team, the story doesn’t end here……We cannot thank you all at the Artisans Collective CIC and Men’s shed Prestatyn enough. The young people had a great couple of days….more to come x”

Our community groups have also been working on a number of projects with Friends of Prestatyn Railway Station.

Published by Peter Harrison

Volunteer Director at Artisans Collective CIC in Prestatyn. Chair of Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community. Honorary President of Prestatyn Mens’s  Shed.
Time Served Engineer & Multi championship winning ex racing driver who loves all things electro-mechanical.peteharrison.co.uk

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