Latest News from Castle Court Caerphilly:
NEW QUEEN OF THE CASTLE!
The Castle Court Shopping Centre, Caerphilly has a new Centre Manager.
Marika Jones comes to the Centre with a wealth shopping centre experience, having spent the last six years at the Morgan Quarter Centre in Cardiff – initially as a temporary Centre Administrator in Centre Management before being asked to join the team full time.
In June 2015, her knowledge of the Centre, liaison skills with retail and residential tenants and contractors and her administrative skills ensuring that Health and Safety documentation was kept up to date, resulted in her being invited to take up the position of Assistant Centre Manager.
In this role, Marika worked closely with the Centre Manager in the running of the Centre and her administrative skills proved invaluable working with the Management Surveyor ensuring compliance with regulations and health, safety, environmental and security standards.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Morgan Quarter,” says Marika. “While I was there, I gained a great insight into the running a shopping centre and what makes it tick.”
“The varied and demanding work I undertook during my time at the Centre will be invaluable in my new position as Manager of Castle Court.
Marika studied Business and Finance at the University of Glamorgan and from 1993 to when she joined the Morgan Quarter, had several Administrator positions including one for the City Centre Management, Cardiff Council and Clerk to the Governors at Derry Hill School in Calne.
“I took a career break in 2007 to bring up my son, but during that time, I helped out at a local play group then, when he started school, helped on the Parent Teacher Association before becoming a Parent Governor,” continues Marika.
In her spare time, Marika enjoys spending time with her son – 15 year old Rhydian, running, cycling, skiing and walking. She is a keen baker and socializing with friends at music festivals and concerts. She is also a Scout Sectional Assistant with the Penarth & District Scout Group.
“I have been working at the Centre several days a week over the last couple of months and am really enjoying being part of this Centre. Since I have been here, we have already run several very successful promotions and have more planned over coming months,” says Marika. “Now that I am here full time, I am looking forward to the new challenges and maintaining the important role the Centre has in Caerphilly.
Help For Heroes’ 40,000 Strong Installation marched into Castle Court Shopping Centre.
On Saturday, 2 November, Castle Court Shopping Centre was the venue for part of a major display on behalf of Help for Heroes featuring several thousand of the small figures which make up their #40Thousand Strong campaign. Caerphilly was been chosen as the focal point for the Welsh launch of the #40Thousand Strong campaign because it’s the town with the population closest to 40,000 - the number of men and women who had to leave the Armed Forces due to injury or illness in the last 20 years.
Help for Heroes Community Recovery Team, based in Treforest, delivers holistic support to serving personnel and veterans from the Army, Navy and RAF, including a number of individuals from Caerphilly, who take part in activities including model-making, sports recovery, and well-being sessions.
The charity worked closely with shops and businesses in the Centre in planning the event, which will include Caerphilly Castle lighting up in Help for Heroes colours of Navy, Red and Blue to reflect the three branches of the armed forces.
“We were so proud to host the event for the Wales launch (the national launch was at the Arndale Centre) and great to meet so many of the volunteers for this valuable service,” says Marika Jones, Manager of the Castle Court Shopping Centre. “Although the total amount of money collected on the day is not yet know, we are confident that the people of Caerphilly will have dug deep into their pockets for this very worthwhile charity.”