Dancers disappointed after events cancelled at Newport's Lysaght Institute

David Wassall is a dancer with Pam Jones' dancing group who used to dance on a Sunday at the Lysaghts Institute in Newport, who have cancelled their dances at very short notice to give other events priority. David is pictured at home in Risca with Pam

David Wassall is a dancer with Pam Jones' dancing group who used to dance on a Sunday at the Lysaghts Institute in Newport, who have cancelled their dances at very short notice to give other events priority. David is pictured at home in Risca with Pam

David Wassall is a dancer with Pam Jones' dancing group who used to dance on a Sunday at the Lysaghts Institute in Newport, who have cancelled their dances at very short notice to give other events priority. David is pictured at home in Risca with Pam

David Wassall is a dancer with Pam Jones' dancing group who used to dance on a Sunday at the Lysaghts Institute in Newport, who have cancelled their dances at very short notice to give other events priority. David dancing with his wife Kate. (3222040)

First published in News

A GROUP of dancers say they have been pushed to the back of the queue after their Newport venue repeatedly cancelled their dances forcing them to go elsewhere.

More than 40 dancers aged between 60 and 85 have had to find another venue for their weekly dances following repeated cancellations at Newport’s Lysaght Institute over the past few months.

Dance leader Pam Jones was disappointed when her dances were repeatedly cancelled and was forced to seek another venue at the Whitehead Sports and Social Club in order to keep the dances consistent.

“I got involved with the Lysaght right when it was getting refurbished,” she said.

“I got on the committee to get my dances there, as everybody used to dance there.

“We are all pensioners, and right from the beginning I said that I wanted a Friday afternoon and a Sunday evening dance there, but there was no contract and they were cancelling my dances left, right and centre. Everybody is disappointed as it has a beautiful ballroom.

“Some of the dancers only go out once a week and look forward to the dance.”

Dancer David Wassall, 69 of Risca, is also disappointed by the outcome.

He said: “It is unfortunate that it is run by a business and not the council because as a business it is looking for money.

“But from my point of view it is for the community, but we pensioners have been pushed to the back of the queue.”

Alun Harries, social enterprise project manager with Linc Cymru, said: “The Lysaght Institute is at the heart of the local community, and we need to ensure that it’s accessible to as many people from the community who want to use it.

“On occasions, when we have a big event in the diary such as a wedding, some of our regular users have to move the time or date of their sessions. We are very sorry that the tea dance group has decided to move and we would be very happy to host them again.

The tea dances will now be held at Whiteheads from January 12, at 8pm.

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9:43am Sat 4 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

Black mark for the Lysaght Manager. Maximise profit and 2 fingers to the regulars.
Black mark for the Lysaght Manager. Maximise profit and 2 fingers to the regulars. Woodgnome
  • Score: 25

1:00pm Sat 4 Jan 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

It would appear that Lysaght's didn't really want them there but didn't have the guts to say so.
It would appear that Lysaght's didn't really want them there but didn't have the guts to say so. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 16

1:06pm Sat 4 Jan 14

dky1899 says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Black mark for the Lysaght Manager. Maximise profit and 2 fingers to the regulars.
The members at Whiteheads might be having exactly the same problem!! So it might not be the perfect move they are expecting it to be!
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Black mark for the Lysaght Manager. Maximise profit and 2 fingers to the regulars.[/p][/quote]The members at Whiteheads might be having exactly the same problem!! So it might not be the perfect move they are expecting it to be! dky1899
  • Score: -2

4:22pm Sat 4 Jan 14

portman says...

Strictly out of order !
Strictly out of order ! portman
  • Score: 6

12:15pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

In the end this places need to at least break even. As they are retired they could easily hold the dance away from the weekend
In the end this places need to at least break even. As they are retired they could easily hold the dance away from the weekend Bobevans
  • Score: -2

3:14pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

Bobevans wrote:
In the end this places need to at least break even. As they are retired they could easily hold the dance away from the weekend
I see. Retired = 2nd best does it?
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: In the end this places need to at least break even. As they are retired they could easily hold the dance away from the weekend[/p][/quote]I see. Retired = 2nd best does it? Woodgnome
  • Score: 2

5:40pm Mon 6 Jan 14

DaiWas says...

A dance floor of this quality should NOT be used for kiddies parties.Weddings YES but who on earth wants a wedding there at 8 pm on a Sunday night. Bob Evans suggestion of not dancing at a weekend,does he know that the Friday afternoon tea dancing were also cancelled. Can some one tell me why have a dance floor if you can't dance. There are hotels in and around Newport that offer kiddies parties,business lunches & weddings etc. Who will foot the bill when this dance floor will need repair and did Morrisons know they were investing in a profit making business?
A dance floor of this quality should NOT be used for kiddies parties.Weddings YES but who on earth wants a wedding there at 8 pm on a Sunday night. Bob Evans suggestion of not dancing at a weekend,does he know that the Friday afternoon tea dancing were also cancelled. Can some one tell me why have a dance floor if you can't dance. There are hotels in and around Newport that offer kiddies parties,business lunches & weddings etc. Who will foot the bill when this dance floor will need repair and did Morrisons know they were investing in a profit making business? DaiWas
  • Score: 2

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