Musicians looking to crank up the decibels in concert pitch now have the perfect place to practice in a converted garage in a Flintshire village.
The old building of the historic Penyffordd and Penmynydd War Memorial Institute was used as a storage shed, but is now refitted and repurposed as a sound studio thanks to a former multi-purpose shipping container.
Local rock bands practicing at the Institute had to lower their pitch in case they disturbed other users of the building. Thanks to a grant from the Your Community, Your Choice fund of the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, they were able to purchase a storage unit. of the container sales center based in Denbigh.
According to their drum specialist Tanya Jones, from Penyffordd, whose own rock and metal band, Blood Moon, also plays there, it has helped local non-profit The Rock Works to expand its own services to the ‘Institute.
She said: “Many of the groups are quite loud and there are three halls at the Institute which are regularly rented out. When you play with guitars and drums, it becomes difficult.
“Yoga and a rock band on the side don’t really work.
“As musicians and as rock bands we have been screaming for space in North East Wales and with social distancing it has been made even more difficult.
“If you’re a drummer 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. ‘other.”
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 feet cubes in the volume.
The new units supplied are weatherproof and can also be insulated and offer versatile storage options or, for the more ambitious, a range of possible uses including offices and even as components of innovative new homes.
CSC Sales Consultant Lisa James said: “In this case our container was used to free up space in the old garage but they are really versatile and ideal for so many different uses and we are seeing that there has been a real increase in demand for them.
“One of the benefits of buying outright is that you can also paint the exterior to your liking, including your company branding if you’re starting your own business.
“Our containers have been used to house a flight simulator and even as an indoor cafe bar and with our specialist truck we can deliver containers up to 40ft long and can also arrange for the movement of units to different sites. “
The Institute was built in 1922, serving as a memorial to villagers killed in World War I and while 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 the Second World War and has returned to live there.
He said: ‘The Institute is a wonderful facility for the village – it was built with local people’s money and local people helped fund it again with the cost of the improvements around £250,000 .
“Part of this will be done in the new sound studio which will be fully soundproofed and will have its own control room for recording.
“We’ve had so many people come and ask to play at the Institute and we don’t want to turn them away, so it should provide the perfect place for them to train 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 on evenings and weekends and it really is in the heart of the community.