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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: bavo@bavo.org.uk 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.

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