What’s in a Name?

One of the discussions that we got bogged down in at the very first meeting was over what to call ourselves.

Nearly two years later, we still haven’t properly resolved this issue.

So how did it start? Well, there are a number of things that have a bearing on the discussion. We wanted to choose a name that included what we were aiming for. This included “arts”, “welsh”, “community”, “culture”, plus something to actually have something to do with the building that we were focussed on at that stage – Porthkerry Road Methodist Church. So it was already unwieldy – especially if the name had to be in both English and Welsh.

Further issues included the realisation that “one name” would not suffice.

  • We needed a name (or maybe names) for the final centre.
  • We would need a legal name for the legal entity (probably a Trust or Community Interest Company (CIC)) that would be required to have legal responsibility for the protection of the main asset – the building housing the centre.
  • We would need a name for the operational organisation that would deal with the day to day running of the centre.
  • We needed a name for ourselves – the group that was working towards the final centre.

So we decided that some of these would be “for later”, and for the moment, we would work towards the “Canolfan Porthceri Centre”, which is a bit of a mouthful, so is often abbreviated to CPC. And that makes us the CPC Group.

And maybe, if we were running an English- speaking event, it would be at “The Porthceri Arts Centre”. Or for Welsh, the “Canolfan Porthceri”.

And maybe, like the “Memo”, it would be the users who provided the name.

All a bit messy really.

So, what do you think?


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