Monday, 10 December 2012

Join the cooperative revolution


Saith Seren’s cooperative adventure is about to take another exciting turn as building work on the first floor of Wrexham’s only community-owned pub and Welsh Centre comes to an end.
In order to pay for the work, the cooperative is offering another chance for people to become members by investing between £100 and £20,000 in shares in the venture. The Seven Stars opened as a pub and restaurant 11 months ago and is about to expand upstairs. We will be able to rent out offices to organisations that promote and teach the Welsh, Welsh learners’ classes and meeting rooms for the whole community. We have also restored and re-opened an important part of Wrexham’s heritage, a wonderful listed building that had lain idle for more than a year.
The support from the local community and from every part of Wales has been crucial so far. We have not received a penny of grant funding towards the enterprise and therefore all our success depends on the goodwill of our members and our own efforts. We are very grateful to those who ventured from the outset and we hope that we can attract as much interest and investment with our second offer.
This is your chance to do something practical to help build our community cooperative and normalise the language in a town where 1,000 adults are learning the language in various classes. In addition, thousands of people are sending their children to local Welsh schools  the latest opens in Gwersyllt next September due to the increasing demand for bilingual education.
 You can even buy the shares as a Christmas present!
If you want to be a member of this unique initiative, please visit www.saithseren.org.uk or contact 7seren@gmail.com to obtain the necessary form. Or you can call 07747 792 441 or write to Saith Seren, 18 Stryt Gaer, Wrecsam, LL13 8BG.

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