Garage bands can turn the volume up at Flintshire Village Music Studio after £ 250,000 redevelopment

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Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2021

Update: Wed 18 Aug

Musicians keen to boost the decibels in concert height now have the perfect place to practice in a converted garage in a village in Flintshire.

The old building of the historic Penyffordd and Penmynydd War Memorial Institute used to serve as a storage shed, but is now refitted and transformed into a sound studio thanks to a former multipurpose shipping container.

Local rock groups practicing at the Institute had to tone it down in case they disturbed other building users. With a grant from the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Your Community, Your Choice fund, they were able to purchase a storage unit. from the Denbigh-based container sales center.

This has helped local nonprofit music training company The Rock Works expand their own services at the Institute, according to their drummer Tanya Jones of Penyffordd, whose own rock and metal band, Blood. Moon, also practices there.

She said: “A lot of groups are quite loud and there are three rooms at the Institute which are rented regularly. When we play with guitars and drums it becomes difficult.

“Yoga and a rock band next door don’t really work.

“As musicians and rock bands we have claimed space in North East Wales and with social distancing it has been even more difficult.

“If you’re a drummer and studying for an exam, where are you going to play, it’s really fantastic that we now have this facility here in Penyffordd where musicians of all kinds can hone their skills and sound without disturbing anyone else. . “

The container sales center specializes in the sale of new and used shipping containers ranging in size from 10 feet long to 20 feet to 40 feet, all eight feet high and eight feet wide, from 640 to 2,560 cubic feet by volume.

The new units supplied are waterproof and can also be insulated. They offer versatile storage options or, for the more ambitious, a range of possible uses, including offices and even building blocks for innovative new homes.

CSC Business Consultant Lisa James said: “In this case our container was used to free up space in the old garage, but they are really versatile in themselves and ideal for many different uses. and we see that there has been a real surge in demand for them.

“One of the advantages of buying direct is that you can also paint the exterior to your liking, including your business brand if you are starting your own business.

“Our containers have been used to house a flight simulator and even as an indoor cafe bar and with our specialized truck we can deliver containers up to 40 feet long and can also arrange for the units to be moved to different locations around the world. site.”

The Institute was built in 1922, serving as a memorial to villagers killed in World War I and when the population was only 250, it is now 5,000.

As well as being a popular venue for musicians, it is used by many community groups such as the Women’s Institute and for activities such as ballroom dancing.

The President of the Institute is Bob Oldham, who was evacuated from Birkenhead to Penyffordd during World War II and returned to live there.

He said: ‘The Institute is a wonderful facility for the village – it was built with money from the locals and the locals have helped fund it again with the cost of improvements of around £ 250,000. .

“Part of that will be on the new sound studio which will be completely soundproofed and will have its own control room for recording.

“We have had so many people come and ask to play at the Institute and we don’t want to turn them down, so this should provide them with the perfect place to practice and even record in the future.”

Stuart Guy, Treasurer and Trustee of the Penyffordd and Penmynydd Institute, said: “There are a lot of requests from groups to use the institute. Before Covid, we were 100% booked in the evenings and weekends and it’s really at the heart of the community. “

[Pictured at the new storage unit at Penyffordd and Penmynydd War Memorial Institute are, from left, Stuart Guy, Institute Treasurer; Bob Oldham, Chairman; The Rock Works music tutors Andy Hignett, Tanya Jones and Michael Harmina; and Lisa James, of Container Sales Centre. Picture by Mandy Jones Photography.]

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