08 January 2018 / Club News





One of Rhyl’s premier Social Clubs is “open for business” despite being sold to a church last month.


Rhyl Rugby Sports and Social Club, on Vale Road, was said to be closing its doors after almost 20 years when the venue was purchased by Wellspring Christian Centre in December. But Rhyl Rugby Club Chairman, Richard Greenwood OBE, has been quick to quash rumours suggesting that one of the area’s largest and most popular Community Centres was closing down. He confirmed that the Vale Road facility remains fully operational from Monday to Saturday – it is “business as usual.”


Mr Greenwood said, “19 community groups currently use the building, from the NHS Blood Transfusion Service, to weekly special needs discos, a ladies’ choir and local darts teams. I have never seen a rugby club with so much community involvement and this will continue to be the case at Vale Road.”


In the autumn of 2018, Rhyl Rugby Club will move from its current base at The WaenRhuddlan, to Tynewydd Field, in Rhyl, as part of a huge regeneration project headed up by the former-England rugby player. He confirmed that the site is coming along very well and that all the groups who currently use the facilities on Vale Road and the Waen have expressed a wish to follow on to Tynewydd Field. The playing surfaces have already been laid and the construction phase began in late November and will continue until Autumn 2018. The new facility comprises of two hospitality lounges, bars, meeting rooms, catering facilities and changing rooms. As well as being a centre of rugby excellence, the new Tynewydd Field facility’s principal function will be as a Community Centre, which will accommodate all our current users and will provide a valuable social asset for the surrounding community. The move from Vale Road will not take place until the new facilities are complete.”


On Saturday, January 27th, the venue will be bursting at the seams when Wales and British Lions’ head coach, Warren Gatland, is the principal guest at a dinner to celebrate Richard Greenwood’s recent appointment as an OBE. All funds raised from the event will go towards the Tynewydd Field project. 


Greenwood added, “I am excited about the move later in the year, but until then the Vale Road site will continue to be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The main function room caters for 150 diners and all functions are assured of the warmest possible welcome throughout 2018, until the seamless transition to Tynewydd Field.”


The Minister, Pastor Michael Bettaney, adds that every Sunday the Club is used as a place of worship by the Wellspring Christian Centre, which has developed so strongly that they have outgrown their previous three premises. The church is Pentecostal in its emphasis and is also heavily involved in the community.


A warm welcome awaits everyone each Sunday morning at 10:30 am, with Sunday Schoolfor all primary age children during the service.

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