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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 10:59 UK time, Monday, 31 January 2011

If you've ever lived in or visited Penrhiwceiber, it's time to start hunting through those old photographs and mementos!

We're looking for your old pictures, film footage or even old souvenirs linked to Penrhiwceiber Institute and Community Hall. Maybe you've got an old ticket stub from a time you visited the cinema? Did you keep hold of a ticket for a concert you attended there or your membership card? Perhaps you've still got an old film poster or kept a snooker cue used years ago. Maybe you were ahead of the times and filmed a special event there.

Penrhiwceiber Institute

Penrhiwceiber Institute, 1912.

Were you one of the women who packed parcels at the hall during the 1984 Miners’ Strike and have photographs from the time? Or perhaps you worked at the colliery and have photos from your time there. It doesn’t matter what time period they are from, whether it’s the 1920s or the 1980s.

Whatever you have, we’d love to hear about it so we can pass on your memories to the institute. It could also be that your memories may appear on the X-Ray programme as we follow the progress of plans to host the film festival (which begins on February 25) and revive the cinema.

The team at the Institute are keen to find any artefacts linked to the Institute for a very special reason. Throughout the Ceiber Film Festival, which begins on February 25, they will be running an exhibition downstairs at the Institute. ‘This is Ceiber’ will tell the story of the history of Penrhiwceiber Institute, the colliery and the village itself. Following the renovation of the hall in the early 1990s, a lot of the old photographs and documents were lost, so the team at the hall would love to hear about anything linked to the history of the hall that still exists.

If you think you can help in any way, please contact the X-Ray team on 03703 334334. Alternatively, write to us or post your memories to X-Ray, Room 4020, BBC Broadcasting House, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2YQ or e-mail any photographs to x-ray@bbc.co.uk.


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi X-Ray team!

    A great article, thanks for supporting our exciting project!!

    Come on everyone....send X-Ray your pics and items and we'll make sure your given full credit in the exhibition!

    Coordinator, Tri yn Un Communities First (Penrhiwceiber)

  • Comment number 2.

    Penrhiwceiber Hall is a wonderful community facility, along with the Glasbrook recreational field it has a long association with the mining industry, these links are still maintained through their involvement with CISWO (Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation), who assits with legal and governance matters. CISWO also have a presence in Penrhiwceiber through their support of social groups, as well as providing a free social work service to those facing personal and financial hardship with close mining links. They can be contacted on 01443 485233.

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi All, Want to Congratulate Tri Yn Un Communities First on their exciting and innovative new project. There is such an interesting history in 'Ceiber' and I am looking forward to learning a lot more through the project. I would also like to say what an excellent team you guys are and to thank you for all the help you have given me!
    Will hopefully see you all soon, well done guys!!

  • Comment number 4.

    I agree with Darren and all of those involved in bringing this fantastic building back to life. I enjoyed the X-Ray programme and am sure their involvement will help hugely in making the film festival a success and of course lead to long term sustainable success. I am not from Penrhiwceiber so I am unable to help with any artifacts but I have worked with the Communities First team over many years and of course if I can find a way to help this project I will. All the very best

  • Comment number 5.

    A great project! and hopefully the picture house will be in regular use after the film festival. Many local families have neither the transport or the disposable income to go to the nearest cinema's in Methyr or Nant Garw. A trip to the pictures can be very expensive with tickets & snacks etc. As well as sustaining the great building, the Ceiber picture house has the potential to have a great postive inpact for local people for many years to come.

  • Comment number 6.

    On behalf of Gilfach Goch Community Association, I would just like to congratulate everbody involved in what is a great project that will surely bring lasting benefits to members of the local community. I would also like to thank the X-Ray programme for not only supporting the project but also for highlighting the important work being carried out by Communities First and community development in general. Well done Penrhiwceiber!!

  • Comment number 7.

    I was lucky enough to attend the opening night and can truely say it was a triumph, It is all down to the magnificent efforts af all involved they really deserve the praise. How green was my valley on the big screen in excellent quality it was great.

    I hope the ceiber film festival can kick start the revival of the institute for years to come, the efforts of communities first and the x-ray programme have been immense its now up to us all, residents, businesses and our community to show our support and visit the festival.

    Well done to all the organisers.

    P B


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