A PENARTH artist has asked the community to share stories about St Paul's Community Centre on Arcot Street.

Sarah Sweeney is leading the project from Newydd Housing Association to replace the stained glass windows of the community centre.

She is holding workshops with the community to help her design the new windows.

Newydd was selected by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to redevelop St Paul's Church in 2017.

Built in the 1850s, the church was intended to serve and support families living and working at Penarth Docks.

Rachel Honey-Jones, head of Community Regeneration at Newydd Housing Association, said: “As part of the original planning agreement, the original façade of the building was retained, to be in-keeping with the architecture in the area.

"To finish this stunning development, we are very much urging local people to attend the workshops.

"We need to turn stories and ideas into beautiful stain glass windows that the whole community can be proud of.”

Ms Sweeney said: “This is a fantastic project to be involved in as we get to hear and reflect on what the community means to local people, from all ages and stages of life.

"I’m honoured to play my part in bringing those stories to life and so that they are remembered for generations to come.”

There will be two sessions at St Paul's Community Centre taking place on Sunday, October 2 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and Monday, October 10 from 6.30pm  to 8.00pm with refreshments included.

If you are unable to attend the sessions but still wish to participate, email your stories and ideas to stpaulspenarth@gmail.com.

Cllr Ruba Sivagnanam, Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet member for community engagement, equalities and regulatory services, said: “The opening of this new facility in Penarth shows just what can be achieved when partners and communities come together.

"Glamorgan Voluntary Service, Newydd and the Vale of Glamorgan Council have all played a part, but most importantly the development of this community space has been guided by the local residents and groups that will use it.

"I am delighted that the community has a major role in designing the space.

"The window will reflect the local Penarth communities and I can’t wait to see what residents come up with."