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Sunday services: All Saints Church Penyfai:
First Sunday of the month – Holy Eucharist at 10am.
Second Sunday of the month – Holy Eucharist 11.30am.
Third Sunday of the month – Morning Prayer, 8.30am.
Forth Sunday of the month – Benefice Eucharist 11am.
Fifth Sunday of the month – Benefice Eucharist at 11am, followed by lunch.
For more information, contact the Rev Anthony Beer on 01656 859487.
Smyrna Chapel Services: A traditional Sunday school service in Smyrna Chapel, Penyfai, always starts at 10.30am and the evening services take place in Smyrna Chapel starting at 6pm.
There is a coffee morning every Tuesday in the Smyrna Chapel vestry from 10am-12noon where stalls of produce are also on offer.
Bible studies take place on Thursdays at 7.15pm and are led by Marlyn James and Dorothy Evans.
Play and Community Playgroup: The playgroup is open to children from two to four years of age and is held from 9.15am3pm in the afternoon from Monday to Friday during term time. Call 07813 392 464.
Penyfai WI News: Everone was welcomed back after the summer break in the September meeting where the speaker was Stephen Jarvis, who gave a talk on Disappearing Foods. Beverly Harry gave the vote of thanks.
Many members went on a wonderful federation summer trip to Chavenage house Tetbury in August. The tour and meal at the house were particularly appreciated.
More trips have been organised by the Penyfai WI, the lady members
Sustainable Wales: Sussed is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary in Porthcawl with a series of Counterpoint talks by three speakers, at The Green Room, above Sussed, in James Street, off John Street, at 8pm.
The first of these talks is by Prof Allan Williams on the subject of Marine litter this Friday, October 13, at 8pm.
This is then followed by a talk on Friday, October 27, by Professor Merryn Hutchings of London Metropolitan University, who will be speaking on children’s education.
The final talk is on Friday, November 3, when local artist Kevin Sinnott will discuss his work and gallery.
The series culminates at the Stage Door with the AGM in the Grand Pavilion on Thursday, November 16, from 6.30pm-10pm, with plenty of music, poetry and a performance by One Time Alive who are launching their new album.Call Robert on 01656 773627 or 0745 295 6330.
Porthcawl Male Choir: The choir held their Annual Celebratory Concert at the Grand Pavilion last weekend and performed to a full house. They sang a varied programme including hymns, standards and ballads and a new composition by Karl Jenkins, called Benedictus.
The guest celebrity was Mike Doyle. The choir was in fine voice and with 43 men on stage the quality of sound was excellent.
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Christmas Service: The Cancer Research Candlelit Christmas Service is on Sunday, December 10 at All Saints, Victoria Avenue, at 4pm.
There will be guest soloists and choirs and then we are asked to go to the front of the nave and light a candle to a loved one or a friend.
The lights are then dimmed and the sole illumination is provided by the candles.
Porthcawl San Sebastion Town Twinning Organisation: Cowbridge Twinning Association has invited members of PSSTTA to join them at a Roussillon evening this Friday, October 13 at 7.30pm at the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge. Roussillon is part of Catalan, has direct links with the Knights Templar and has Roman, Greek and Muslim historical connections.
Tickets cost £15 and there will be music, dancing, wine and a traditional Roussillon meal (Les boles de picolat and crème catalane).
Contact Melanie Weaver by this Thursday, October 5 (melands@ hotmail.co.uk).
Porthcawl Townswomen’s Guild News: PTWG will be holding their next meeting this Wednesday, October 11 at 2pm in All Saints Church Hall when the guest speaker will be Pat Johnson, who will be asking ‘What is she doing in the shed?’ All are welcome. Call Dorothy Thomas on Porthcawl 772157.
Saturday Pop-Up Café Is Back: Restarting after the summer break the Community run Café in the Green Room above
Rugby icon David Duckham returns to Porthcawl RFC this Thursday, October 12. Tickets cost £12 (with food) from the club on 01656 784242 or Paul Fielding on 07768 418308. Subscriptions for the 2017-18 season are also now due.
An Evening of Entertainment in Memory of Rev Paul Floe: This has been arranged for next Friday, October 20, at the Porthcawl RFC Clubhouse. It is hard to believe that Paul passed away a year ago at the end of October and this will be an opportunity for his many friends to get together to celebrate his life.
There will be a quiz, raffle and music and all monies raised will help provide water pumps in the Phillipines, which was a cause close to Paul’s heart. Tickets cost £10 including a buffet.
Civic Trust AGM: The Porthycawl Civic Trust Society have given notice that their AGM will be held in Trinity Church, John Street Porthcawl this Thursday, October 12, at 7pm.
This will be followed by an illustrated talk by Robert Taylor from the Porthcawl Art Society on the RAF Station on Stormy Down.
Table-Top Sale: Held Fridays at Griffin Park Hall, in New Road, from 8am-12noon. I believe that refreshments are available.
Museum and Historical Society AGM: The Annual AGM is next Tuesday October 17, at 7pm at the Y Centre. After the official items have been adhered to, our recorder, Mrs Elaine Newman, will give a brief presentation on how the museum’s collection is preserved and catalogued. A visit has been organised to Caerleon Roman Fort on Monday, October 30.
If you are interested, put your name on the sheet in the museum office.
Paul Robeson: Last Wednesday saw the start of the 60th anniversary of the ground-breaking transatlantic telephone call that Paul Robeson made from America to the Miner’s Eisteddfod in the Grand Pavilion Porthcawl to show solidarity with the men from the coal fields and their families.
The mayors of Porthcawl and Bridgend County Borough were there in The Stage Door, together with representatives of Anwen, the cultural trust who now have responsibility for the Grand Pavilion and the other Cultural Centres in the Borough, to listen to Roger Price speaking on behalf of the Miners’ Eisteddfod Committee, and Wales’ own Beverley Humphreys who set the scene for the Robeson Remembered event.
This will start its tour in Porthcawl on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4. Tickets cost £7 from the box office.
The tour will then move to The Park and Dare Hall in Treorchy on Saturday, November 11 and Maesteg Town Hall on Saturday, November 18.
The event will include contributions by The Bridgend Youth Theatre and the Treorchy Male Choir and should be a must for people of the town.
People have always wondered who paid for the 35 minute phone call because it was one of the first transatlantic calls ever made and would be well out of the financial reach of most people and especially Paul Robeson who at that time had been deprived of his passport and his livelihood by the McCarthy regime.
Beverley Humphries disclosed the fact that some years ago when carrying out an interview with Harry Belafonte and he told how Paul Robeson had befriended him how he had in fact paid for the call for his friend; adding the fact that it cost him ‘an arm and a leg.’
I must admit, I can’t wait for the actual event in the Grand Pavilion.