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Coleg Harlech Site and Buildings Under New Ownership

02-April-2019
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Addysg Oedolion Cymru │Adult Learning Wales have announced that the former Coleg Harlech site has been sold.

The Coleg Harlech site which hosted adult learning from 1927 to 2017, was advertised for sale by formal tender in November 2018, and comprises of Wern Fawr (the main building), the Auditorium, the former Gymnasium and the Amenity Centre.

Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales Chief Executive Kathryn Robson said, “We can announce that the sale of the former Coleg Harlech site has been made to local businessman Leslie Banks Irvine. We are excited by the opportunity and potential the sale brings for the local and wider communities, marking a new chapter in the site’s history.”

Mrs Robson continued, “Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales, the National Community College, will ensure that the work of Coleg Harlech and all it stands for remains, where we provide life-changing opportunities for adult learners in Gwynedd and across Wales, continuing the good work and positive legacy for second-chance education which has been the life-blood of Coleg Harlech for the past 90 years.”

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Since the closure of Coleg Harlech’s library, Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales has sought to establish a national resource centre in the name of benefactor Tudor Bowen Jones and to this end is working in partnership with the National Library of Wales and other experts, to enable many thousands of learners across Wales to access information and resources to help them with their studies.

Many books from the Coleg Harlech library have gone to Harlech Old Library. And in addition, proceeds from a book sale has supported the fund-raising efforts of Sheila Maxwell and Harlech Old Library to help establish a reference library.

“We’re indebted to Sheila Maxwell and Harlech Old Library, together with many local volunteers for their help and support with the organisation of the recent book sale,” added Mrs Robson. "Although it is very sad to see this facility close, we take some comfort from the fact that many books have gone to new owners who value their importance. I have no doubt that they will be well looked after.”

 

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