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Concert: Raising funds for the Llynfi Valley Council of Churches’ Christmas Vouchers appeal, Noteworthy mixed voice choir will perform at St David’s Church Maesteg this coming Friday, September 15 at 7pm, together with their MD, Ryan Wood and accompanist Stewart Roberts. Guest soloist is tenor David Fortey. Tickets cost £6.
The choir has covered a huge variety of genres including musical theatre, choral classics, opera chosuses, traditional Welsh hymns, folk and pop.
Among their several highlights with numerous celebrated artists, one that stands out was A Night at the Musicals when they performed alongside West End and Broadway star John Owen Jones during the Maesteg Festival.
It was then that Ryan was called Magic Fingers by John Owen Jones, so impressed was he with Ryan, who was his accompanist for the night.
Kelly’s Wish: Paul Potts is at Maesteg Town Hall on Friday, September 15, at 7pm. Also taking part are Maesteg Gleemen and special guests. Tickets at tables £30 each, balcony £25.
Harvest and Bats: The Friends of Maesteg Welfare Park are pleased to announce that their upcoming annual Harvest Day will include some bat detecting this year.
We will be harvesting the vegetables in our community garden and as the sun sets, heading out for some bat watching throughout the park on Saturday September 16.
The harvest will start at 4.30pm, followed by crafts and a BBQ. Bat detecting begins as the sun sets! All bat boys and girls are welcome with their bat outfits. Dress accordingly! All proceeds will go to the Inclusive Play Equipment Fund. All donations to this fund are welcome.
Macmillan Coffee Morning: The biggest coffee morning at Central Church on Friday, September 29, from 10am-12noon. A cake stall and raffles will be there to raise extra funds for Macmillan nurses at Y Bwthyn, Princess of Wales Hospital. Tickets £2 from church members.
Reunion: Calling all MAOS Ladies past and present, for a get together at Wetherspoons on Saturday, September 30 at 4pm – the only time they can reserve a space as it is the quiet period of the day and there’s a deposit of £3 per person (which we all get back). So Sian asks you please to send the £3s from those who are coming by no later than Monday 25.
Town Hall Events: All tickets are available from the hall on 01656 815 915 or maestegtownhall.com
Johnny Cash Road Show – Saturday, September 9. Awardwinning singer/ songwriter Clive John presents the show, which has sold out wherever it plays.
Strictly Cinema – The films are resuming after the holidays and the next is on Wednesday September 27 at 11am. It’s La La Land. Tickets cost £5.50.
Rich Hall’s Hoedown – Thursday, September 28. Tickets cost £17.50.
Big Lottery Fund: Staff from the Big Lottery Fund is offering one-to-one appointments to local voluntary groups and organisations to discuss funding opportunities when they visit Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) on Wednesday, October 25 in their office in Maesteg from 9.30am-3pm.
Thirty-minute meetings are available by appointment only. Every year the Big Lottery Fund distributes millions of pounds of National Lottery funding to good causes. It funds not for profit and voluntary organisations to deliver projects that improve health, education, environment and improve the lives of people and communities most in need.
It can fund capital or revenue projects and has two grants available, Awards for All Wales which distributes grants from £300 to £10,000 and People and Places which distributes grants from £10,001 to £500,000 for projects lasting up to five years.
Both funds have recently had some changes, so you are strongly advised to check the eligibility of your project on the Big Lottery Fund website appointment.
If you’re interested in having an appointment at this session, you must register your interest by contacting BAVO on 01656 810400 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 13.
Maestge Gleemen 59th Annual Concert: What a fabulous night it was at Maesteg Gleemen’s concert in St Michael’s Church on Saturday, September 2.
Beginning with songs of love and continuing through the first half, they sang On the Street Where You Live, Perfect Love, The Flower That Shattered the Stone, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Make You Feel the Love Tonight, gaining in volume to end with Deus Salute.
More love and other themes filled the second half, with the most delightful interceptions by two lovely people – the soprano Erin Alexander, with a glorious voice that immensely pleased the audience each time she sang – an English lady, studying in Wales, singing first in Welsh – Y Blodau ger y Drws and entertaining with operatic arias including Je Veux Vivre from Romeo et Juliette.
Then tenor Robert Lewis, with a superb tenor voice, a Welshman studying in England, Dunraven Welsh Singer of the Year 2017, with items including from Carmen Le Fleut Que tu me Jetee and Arafa Don.
Their most beautiful duet was Notturno from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.
All were introduced by compere extraordinaire Ross Penhale Thomas. Ending the evening, the Gleemen gave us How great Thou Art and Nos Da – wonderful!
Events Diary: There is a Town Events Diary in the Council Offices, accessible during office hours. All organizations in the valley are urged to enter individual events in that diary to avoid overlap or clashing of dinners/concerts, etc.
Special Dates: Do you have a 100th birthday coming up, or a Golden or Diamond Wedding and live in the Maesteg Town Council area? You, or your relatives, can inform the council. Then you can expect a special visit from the Mayor and consort bearing gifts. Or even a card from the Queen.
If you live in the Llangynwyd Middle Council area, then you contact their Clerk of the Council.
Maesteg CC: The club is available for hire for parties, christenings, etc. Contact Ryan Parry 07712 243 589 and Lyndon Horrigan 07971 943 284.
Ramblers: Maesteg Ramblers will meet this coming Sunday at 9am for the for the 6 mile Ancient Briton (Gravy walk ). Contact 07977 831 317 for details. Remember that you walk at your own risk.
Art Society: The society meets at Maesteg College every Monday from 4pm6pm and work is created in a variety of media.
Yoga (seated): For people with mobility difficulties – gentle exercise aims to help the release of tension from the body. At St David’s Church (opposite Asda) Mondays 10.30 am11.30am (except Bank Holidays). Cost £4 per session.
Ukelele Club: The Maesteg Ukulele Club meet every Monday (except bank holidays) at 7pm in the Cross Inn, Cwmfelin/Maesteg. For all levels of players – new members are welcome.
Maesteg U3A: Meet at Central Church on the fourth Tuesday of the month – they next meet on September 26 at 2pm.
For more information on what’s on during the month please visit the web site. www. maestegu3a.org.
U3A is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.
Local U3As are social cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups.
Booth’s Befrienders: This is a new drop-in centre at the salvation Army and they meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month – open to all with refreshments, Wi-Fi and more.
Parkinson’s Support: Maesteg Parkinson’s Support Group meet at Maesteg Hospital one Wednesday a month at 2pm. Contact Bernard Barns for details on 733560.
Your partner is welcome to attend with you to join this cheerful group, with speakers, trips and lunches.
Men’s Shed: The Men’s Shed Maesteg Headquarters is open at the Court House every Thursday from 11am1.30pm.
They have been producing a monthly podcast which goes out live on Celtica Radio on the last Wednesday of the month at 8pm, and podcasts are available on the Shedquarters website (maesteg shedquarters. wordpress.com).
Regular activities include a music group, woodwork, guest speakers, painting and other activities and community events.
All welcome, and a hot meal is cooked every week.
The Men’s Shed is part of a national movement aimed at bringing men together in a social environment to get involved in activities that interest them.
Spirit of Llynfi: TheLlynfi Woodland group meets on the first Saturday of the month from September. The group has been busy installing picnic benches for families to enjoy their visit to the site.
New volunteers are welcome – contact llynfi woodland group@gmail. com for details.
Murder: There’s a Murder Mystery Book Club which is held at the library in Maesteg Sports Centre.
A book for the month is given, you read to a specified page, ring Martyn to say who you think is the murderer, then meet to discuss the book on a Saturday morning.
Interested? Contact Martyn at the library.
Choir News: If you like to sing then join our friendly choristers who come from all over the borough.
Côr Meibion Maesteg a’r cylch/Maesteg Male Voice Choir rehearse at the Celtic Club on Thursdays and every other Tuesday from 7pm-9pm on Thursday with a 15-minute break and from 7pm-8.30pm on Tuesdays with no break.
Côr Merched Cwm Llynfi, the Llynfi Valley Ladies Choir rehearse at the Catholic Church – St Mary’s and St Patrick’s – on Wednesdays, from 7pm-9pm.
Maesteg Gleemen Male Voice Choir rehearse at the British Legion Club, from 7pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
Harmony Ladies Choir rehearse at Nanty Rugby Club, from 7.30pm-9pm on Mondays.
Maesteg Children’s Choir: The children are guaranteed a great time learning new songs.
They meet every Saturday in the Crypt of St Michael’s Church from 10am-12noon and pay only £2 a week.
Curtain Up Youth Theatre: Meets every Tuesday at Maesteg Town Hall from 4.15pm for primary school age children and 6pm for those of comprehensive school age up to 18.
They are trained to a high standard in all aspects of stage-craft – acting, mime and movement.
Fee is £6 with an offer of £10 for 2 in the family.
Scouts, community based: The 3rd Maesteg Group meets at the building in Llwydarth Road. Beavers (6-8 year-olds) meet Monday 5pm-6.30pm; Cubs (8-10) meet Thursdays 5.30pm7pm and Scouts (10-14) meet Thursday 7.15pm9.15pm, all cost £3 each week.
The 631 (Maesteg) Squadron meet on Tuesday and Friday evenings at their Upper Street HQ and welcome boys and girls aged 13 and over.
The Courthouse in Station Street Maesteg is open every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5.30pm7.30pm.
MHM Wales: Emotional Wellbeing Drop-in. Thursdays 12.30pm4.30pm at Central Ecumenical Church, Church Street, Maesteg. Over-50s Coffee Group every Wednesday 2pm4pm at Lloyds Café, Maesteg.
Special Families: This is a family support group in Maesteg for families that have children with disabilities.
Term Time Support Group Coffee Morning at Maesteg Sports Centre Wednesdays, from1012noon – open to all.
Term Time Saturday Activity at Maesteg Sports Centre, from 12noon-2pm, members only.
Contact Claire Edmunds on 07588 460 796 or find Special Families Maesteg on Facebook.
Doggy Bags: Maesteg Council Offiices on Monday to Friday between 10am-1pm have free doggy bags for dog owners to clear up the mess their animals make.
Pet Care: Holidays away, not got enough hours in the day?
Llynfi Pet Care, in Maesteg area – dog walking, pet sitting and house visits throughout
Credit Union: Llynfi Valley Credit Union is open for business for just £1 membership joining fee. You’ll find it at 15a Talbot Street from 9am-1pm Monday to Saturday, call 731392; or 177 Caerau Road, also from 9am-1pm, Monday to Friday, call 736267.
Food Bank: The service is kept stocked by generous people and stores in the community. You can deliver items to Noddfa in Caerau, Peniel in Maesteg, or Caerau Development Trust via Dr Jill.
Nanty Sport: Llynfi Valley Table Tennis every Friday, 6.30pm-9pm, at Maesteg Sports Centre.
All equipment is provided for use, with qualified coaches to help and assist from absolute beginners to the more experienced player.
Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for children.
Call Peter Williams on 07956 608 581.
Nanty MI: Bingo Night with refreshments at Nanty Miners’ Institute on a Monday and Thursday from 7.15pm.
Nanty Library also has two large halls available with vacant slots throughout the week and weekends.
Call Bernard Aylward 01656 739898.
Caerau Men’s Shed: Every Friday from 1pm-3pm. Based at Noddfa Community Project, Caerau. Every man welcome over the age of 18 years. More information please call or email Phil John Secretary on 07966 614 459 or you can email: jen4phil4ever@talktalk. net.
Development Trust: Daily cooked meals from wide menu MondayFriday.
Free food available Monday-Saturday mornings; Charity Shop open Monday-Saturday; Library; Computer suite with computer use – help available; Craft sessions Thursday 6pm onwards; Keep fit – two sessions according to ability on Wednesdays (call 01656 810 225 for details); Music and story recording sessions Tuesdays – volunteers welcome; craft groupjewellery & card-making; computer suite; various courses.