Abermule Community Centre Strength in Community

January 2019

CCTV System

Many centre users have noticed the installation of a new CCTV system at Abermule Communtiy Centre and various questions have been asked. As it is important for the Communtiy to understand the reasons behind the installation and investment, we are publishing responses to the most frequently asked questions.

What was wrong with the previously installed system?
The system had become obsolete, we had been losing functionality since late 2017, in 2018 the system had completely stopped working.

The quality of images was also poor by modern standards, the new system comes with HD cameras and recording.

What is the need for CCTV at Abermule Communtiy Centre?
Ultimately the CCTV has been installed for the Comfort, Safety and Security for those using Abermule Communtiy Centre and the surrounding Community. However, as a licensed premises, it is one of the operating conditions of our licence that a working CCTV system which is installed and that the system is approved by local police.

In the past we have been able to assist the police by providing CCTV footage, it also acts as a deterrent for anti social behaviour in and around the Communtiy Centre.

Where are the cameras recording?
As before the system covers the majority of the Communtiy Centre grounds with the addition internal corridor. Digital privacy screens are in place where Cameras overlook private property (this prevents them being seen or recorded on the CCTV System).

Who can view the CCTV?
It is unlikely "live" CCTV will be monitored at Abermule Communtiy Centre. It is currently our policy that CCTV will only be access at the request of the police or in the event of a serious incident and it is agreed by the trustee group. Otherwise the CCTV is in a locked room which is not accessible by the general public and is password protected.

How much did the new CCTV System Cost?
The invoice for our new system was just under £3000, which includes the equipment, installation and a 3 year warranty and VAT. Hopefully, as a registered charity we will be able to claim just under £500 VAT back making this a sound and affordable investment.

The use of CCTV is governed by the ICO and Data Protection Act.

Abermule Communtiy Centre was supplied and installed by: ORP Surveillance Ltd Church Lodge Leighton, Welshpool SY21 8HL.

If CCTV at Abermule Communtiy centre is a concern for you, please contact info@abermule.cymru

Adult Learning Wales FREE IT Classes

Adult Learning Wales (AWL) Will recommence their FREE IT classes from 14/01/2019. The first module which will focus on iPads and Social Media will be held in the HAFREN room and will run from 10:00-12:30 every Monday Morning for 6 Weeks. The course is open to all.

Please see the spring timetable below for details of following courses.

Shropshire and Mid-Wales Ballroom Dancers

A huge welcome to Shropshire and Mid-Wales Ballroom & Sequence Dancers who have recently joined us as an affiliated group. Dancers will meet on Thursday afternoons at 19:30 in the main hall to enjoy dancing with group leaders Shirley and Rob Andrews. The first dance proved popular with over 20 attendees and much interest from people unable to attend that evening. Dances are open to all and require a small contribution of £2.00 which will go towards the affiliation fee and ongoing costs.

For further information visit the groups facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/2251750135051916/ or get in contact via the HUB.

New Years Joint Service (Llanmerewig Church & Moriah Presbyterian Chapel)

Abermule Communtiy Centre
on Sunday 6th January 2019 at 3:00 PM
Llanmerewig Church and Moriah Presbyterian Chapel
Rev. Diane Stirling will take the service supported by officers of Llanmerewig Church

Refreshments will be available after the service


Fire Safety Audit

RE: Fire Safety Audit (Fire Safety Order 2005)

Dear Aliated Group / Regular Centre User

Abermule Communtiy Centre has received notification by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service for a full Fire Safety Audit under Fire Safety order 2005.

This will include an in-depth examination of the centres fire safety system(s), associated arrangements and relevant documents to ascertain how the premises are being managed regarding fire safety.

As part of the audit the Communtiy Centre will be required to provide the following evidence.

- A suitable and sucient fire risk assessment by a competent person

- Action plans related to any significant findings of the fire risk assessment

- Fire safety arrangements and policy detailing who is responsible for dierent fires safety measures

- Emergency plans for the premises (what to do in the event of a fire)

- Preventative and protective measures regarding fire

- Fire drills and sta fire training records (who, when, & what training)

- Fire safety maintenance checklist (what is checked, by who, and when)

- Sta information on fire safety and dangerous substances.

- Evidence that the following have been tested by a competent person:- Fire detection and warning system; Emergency lighting; Sprinkler System; Ventilation System; Firefighting equipment; Electrical wiring in the building; Portable appliance testing

The trustee group are in the process of reviewing our fire safety systems, updating and collating documentation in preparation.

The advisory notice indicates that there should be a fire safety risk assessment completed for all regular activity taking place or groups meeting on the premises and these should be available for audit. All aliated groups are requested to provide a copy of their fire safety risk assessment in preparation for the audit by 18/01/2019, these may be submitted by using the details at the top of this letter.

Please do not ignore this request as our compliance with statutory regulation eects our ability to operate as a community venue. Support will be available to groups who need assistance in updating or drafting risk assessment, please get in touch should you need to access this.

Kind Regards

Leon Shearer Chair and Warden - Abermule Communtiy Centre