Clean-up day: This Saturday members of St Illtyd’s Church will be having a holding a clean-up of the church grounds. It will be a time of rubbish collecting, weeding and pruning etc. If you’d like to help you would be made very welcome. We aim to begin around 10am. Refreshments will be provided.
Book donation: Mr Emlyn Hatch has very kindly given me, what looks like a collecting book dated 1912. Although some research is needed, the book is very interesting with lots of Bridgend town street names and people’s names. Many thanks to Emlyn and daughter Caroline.
Photo exhibition: I am planning another photographic exhibition of my collection of many local photos of Bridgend with many more donated. Included this time will be plans and maps from Bridgend’s bygone days. The exhibition will be held in Carnegie House (the former library) for a week at the end of October. More on the event will follow.
Family history: If you’re interested in local or family history, Ty’r Ardd, located in Sunnyside, holds much you might find of interest, and is accessible for absolutely free! The centre is open between 9am and 1pm and 2pm and 5pm Monday to Saturday, opening later on Tuesday and Thursday. Ty’r Ardd offers free one-to-one family history sessions. If you are interested but don’t know where to start, book for an hour and you will be taught. As well as experienced staff available to assist you, the centre offers a range of facilities including local newspapers back to 1804, the index of all registered births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales back to 1837, maps of the county dating back to 1840, parish records dating back to the 1500s, monumental inscriptions taken from local cemeteries and free access to www. ancestry.com. Call John or Bryn on 01656 754810 for more information, or visit the website at www.bridgend.gov.uk/ services/libraries/localand-family-history.aspx
Garden party: Bridgend Quakers invite you to a garden party in aid of Friends of Monze, to support self-help projects in Zambia. Deana Owen will share the latest news following her recent visit to Monze. The event will take place on Saturday, September 16 between 2pm and 4pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 87 Park Street. There will be cream teas, a kiddies’ corner, books, crafts, home produce, plus African drumming by Womp. All are welcome. If wet, events will take place in the Meeting House.
Birthday wishes: Local lady, Val would like to wish her greatgranddaughter Layla Rose a very happy first birthday on September 6, lots of love from nannie and ganie.
Hospital Christian Fellowship Service: This Friday is the next Hospital Christian Fellowship Service which as always is held in the Hospital Chapel, Princess of Wales Hospital, Coity Road. Mr Jeff Gray, from Bridgend, will lead the 3pm service and all are very welcome.
Community days: Come along to one of our community days to share and record your memories and stories linked to World War II. Bring old photos or memorabilia along if you would like them to be recorded as part or our developing archive. Come and chat over a cuppa with our young historians from Bryntirion Comprehensive. The next meet is this Saturday between 11am and 2pm.
Accredited course: Bridgend Communities First Steps to Excellence course, accredited will take place on September 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 9.15am until 3pm at Bridgend YMCA, Angel Street. Find out how to gain confidence to try new things, motivate yourself, reach your potential, achieve new ambitions, stretch your comfort zones, seek new opportunities, increase your selfesteem and set goals. Bring a packed lunch. Free to all living in Bridgend Communities First postcode areas. For further details, contact Jess on 01656 643634/07974 399194 or email Jessica.Jones@ bridgend.gov.uk Send Your News To: 01656 740026 Smart meter advice surgery: In conjunction with Cefn’s Young at Heart, you are invited to come along for a cuppa whilst learning more about the roll out of Smart Meters and what they mean for you and your energy bills. Two representatives from Smart Energy GB (the voice of Smart Meter Roll Out) will be on hand to explain everything.
This awareness has been initiated by AM Huw Irranca Davies and MP Chris Elmore, both of whom will be present and who are happy to take general surgery casework also.
For further information, contact Huw Irranca Davies on 01656 737 777 or Chris Elmore on 01656 850 034.
Cefn Sports and Social Club: A 60s themed charity night will be held on Saturday, October 14 at 7.30pm in aid of the Cefn Young Footballers and the proposed sensory unit at Cefn School.
There will be live music, a raffle and prize for the best 60s fancy dress.
Tickets are £5 each and are available at the bar.
Charity coffee morning: , Cefn Cribwr Green Hall’s annual Coffee Morning for Cancer will be held on Friday, September 15 from 9.30am.
There will be crafts, holistic therapies, card readers, medium, gifts, handmade stalls, beauty treatments, skincare and much more, plus a raffle and refreshments all on offer.
Proceeds will be donated to Ward 11 at Singleton Hospital, which is our local leukemia and cancer treatment centre. Entry is just £2 and includes a cup of tea or coffee.