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One Hun­dred: Con­grat­u­la­tions to Miss Mair Jones on her 100th birth­day last week. Miss Jones was head of Nan­tyffyl­lon In­fants School, later head of the pri­mary school. She now re­sides in Bryn Ce­lyn Care Home.

Cor Meibion: Let us en­ter­tain you – a fun­filled mu­si­cal evening Cor Meibion Maesteg a’r cylch, on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 17 at 7pm at Maesteg Celtic RFC in aid of the Mayor’s fund (see be­low). There will also be a quiz and a buf­fet. Tick­ets cost £8 and are avail­able from the coun­cil of­fices in Tal­bot Street, tele­phone 01656 732631.

Choirs Com­bined: This year for the St David’s Con­cert, Cor Meibion Maesteg a’r cylch and Cor Merched Cwm Llynfi have their con­cert on Satur­day, March 3 in the Bethel Com­mu­nity Church, Cas­tle Street. Huw Thomas, BBC Arts and Me­dia cor­re­spon­dent, will be the com­pere. The con­cert will start at 7pm. En­trance by pro­gramme is £5 and can be ob­tained from cho­ris­ters and from Bethel Church, Cas­tle Street, Maesteg, or Cor Meibion@talk­talk.net or pay at the door.

Maesteg Min­ers: The newly formed Llynfi Val­ley Ex-min­ers Group meets fort­nightly com­menc­ing Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 6 at 6.30pm in Maesteg Rugby Club. All ex-min­ers who worked on top or un­der­ground are wel­come. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Chris Davies on 07521906796 or see the Face­book page: Llynfi Val­ley Exmin­ers.

Mayor’s Fund: The Mayor of Maesteg’s Fund has ar­ranged a num­ber of fundrais­ing events to raise funds for the Mayor, Coun Idris Williams’ nom­i­nated char­i­ties: Di­a­betes UK Cymru and Cefn Yr Afon Com­mu­nity Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Unit. Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 17 – Let Us En­ter­tain You (see above).

Fri­day, March 23 – Mur­der with a Twist (of Lemon), a Mur­der Mys­tery evening at Maesteg Work­men’s Club. Tick­ets £8 (in­clud­ing buf­fet).

Sun­day, April 15 – The Mayor’s Gar­den Party, at Maesteg Wel­fare Park Satur­day, April 20.

Note­wor­thy in Con­cert at St David’s Church, Maesteg.

Satur­day, May 5 – The Mayor’s An­nual Ball at Maesteg Town Hall

Tick­ets for all events will be avail­able from the coun­cil of­fices in Maesteg.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on all events con­sult the Face­book page: Mayor of Maesteg.

Parkin­son’s: The Maesteg Parkin­son’s sup­port group has un­for­tu­nately dis­banded and are now meet­ing as ‘Friends of Pen­dre’. The rea­son be­ing Pen­dre is the Parkin­son’s ward in Brid­gend gen­eral hos­pi­tal. We meet at friends’ houses for a chat and still en­joy our meals out. We will try and con­tinue our trips but that will de­pend on how many book. Price will be paid in full be­fore­hand with no re­fund on can­cel­la­tion. In­quiries to Bernard Franks tel 01656 733560.

Lastly we en­close a “ditty” by one of our friends – Mr Keith Dixon. ‘Our sup­port days are over, But we meet now and again, Keep­ing our friend­ship go­ing, To part would be such a pain. To­day we are at Mar­garet’s, But not for friend­ship’s sake, We have to go where Bernie is, For he makes such scrump­tious cake.’

Town Hall Events: All tick­ets are avail­able from the hall on 01656 815915 or maestegtown­hall.com

Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 16 8pm – Let’s Dance: Paul Roberts, for­mer lead singer of The Stran­glers sings David Bowie.

Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 20 11am & 2pm – Mon­ster­saurus Chil­dren’s The­atre.

Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 21 - 7pm - Su­per­stars of Welsh Wrestling

Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 22 10am – Cir­cus Work­shop Ages 6-11. Spa­ces limited.

Events Di­ary: There is a town events di­ary in the coun­cil of­fices, ac­ces­si­ble dur­ing of­fice hours.

All or­gan­i­sa­tions in the val­ley are urged to en­ter in­di­vid­ual events in that di­ary to avoid over­lap or clash­ing of din­ners/ con­certs etc in the town/ val­ley.

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.

River Care: There are two groups, who some­times work sep­a­rately and some­times to­gether. One group is re­spon­si­ble for the com­mu­nity gar­den in Garth, the other with Re­sources Wales, the three year plan to get rid of Ja­panese Knotweed. Both work to clear the rub­bish still be­ing dumped along the banks of our River Llynfi and are plant­ing more bulbs in readi­ness for spring.

Maesteg CC: The club is avail­able for hire for par­ties, chris­ten­ings etc. Con­tact Ryan Parry 07712 243589 and Lyn­don Hor­ri­gan 07971 943284.

Ram­blers: Maesteg Ram­blers will meet at 9am on Sun­day for the 9.5-mile Brid­gend Cir­cu­lar (Pub­lic Trans­port). Con­tact 07977 831317. Re­mem­ber that you walk at your own risk, and take sand­wiches and a drink with you.

Art So­ci­ety: The so­ci­ety meets at Maesteg Col­lege on Mon­days, from 4pm6pm, and work is cre­ated in a va­ri­ety of me­dia.

Lo­cal His­tory: Llynfi Val­ley His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety meets on the first Tues­day of the month in St David’s’ Church at 7pm.

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, 10.30am11.30am (ex­cept bank hol­i­days). Cost £5 per ses­sion.

Ukelele Club: The Maesteg Ukulele Club meets ev­ery Mon­day (ex­cept bank hol­i­days) at 7pm in the Cross Inn, Cwm­fe­lin/Maesteg.

For all lev­els of play­ers – new mem­bers are wel­come.

Maesteg U3A: Maesteg U3A meets at Cen­tral Church on the fourth Tues­day of the month at 2pm. As well as monthly meet­ings, there are in­ter­est groups which are set up by mem­bers – walk­ing (strid­ers, sight seek­ers and strollers), art ap­pre­ci­a­tion, mu­sic ap­pre­ci­a­tion, fam­ily his­tory, French In­ter­ludes, book club, gar­den­ing and the oc­ca­sional quiz teams, plus reg­u­lar monthly lunches, a quiz group and a the­atre group when ap­pro­pri­ate.

For more in­for­ma­tion on what’s on dur­ing the month please visit our web site at: www. maestegu3a.org

Booth’s Be­frien­ders: This is a drop-in cen­tre at the Sal­va­tion Army and they meet on the sec­ond and fourth Wed­nes­day of the month – open to all with re­fresh­ments, wifi and more.

Parkin­son’s Sup­port: The Maesteg Parkin­son’s sup­port group has un­for­tu­nately dis­banded and are now meet­ing as ‘Friends of Pen­dre’. The rea­son be­ing Pen­dre is the Parkin­son’s ward in Brid­gend gen­eral hos­pi­tal. We meet at friends’ houses for a chat and still en­joy our meals out. We will try and con­tinue our trips but that will de­pend on how many book. Price will be paid in full be­fore­hand with no re­fund on can­cel­la­tion. In­quiries to Bernard Franks on 01656 733560. Your part­ner is wel­come to at­tend with you to join this cheer­ful group.

Maesteg WI: Maesteg WI will be hold­ing an open meet­ing at 7pm next week on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 15 in Maesteg Rugby Club. The speaker will be the Al­lot­ment Guru Terry Wal­ton. This meet­ing will be open to all (in­clud­ing men) and the en­try cost will be £2 for vis­i­tors. Maesteg WI look for­ward to see­ing you at our open meet­ing.

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: The Llynfi Wood­land group meets on the first Satur­day of the month.

The group has been busy in­stalling pic­nic benches for fam­i­lies to en­joy their visit to the site.

New vol­un­teers are wel­come – con­tact llynfi wood­land­group@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 Mon­days 7.30pm - 9pm, at Nanty Rugby Club.

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 - noon and pay only £2 a week.

Scouts, Com­mu­nity Based: The 3rd Maesteg Group meets at the build­ing in Ll­wydarth Road.

Beavers (6-8 year-olds) meet Monda,y 5pm - 6.30pm; Cubs (8-10) meet Thurs­days, 5.30pm - 7pm; and Scouts (10-14) meet Thurs­day, 7.15pm - 9.15pm. All cost £3 each week.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude help­ing in the com­mu­nity; ac­tiv­ity badges; camp­ing; learn­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing; fun days.

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 5.30pm - 7.30pm.

Plus there are dance groups of var­i­ous styles – bal­let with Miss Sian, based in Church Street, Maesteg, (near the bus sta­tion); plus UDC from Caerau, Funk Force and Con­ta­gious from Maesteg.

MHM Wales: Well­be­ing and emo­tional well­be­ing drop-in – in­crease your pos­i­tive emo­tional well­be­ing. Well­be­ing Hub at Ma­sonic Hall, Cas­tle Street, Maesteg, CF34 9YL, on Thurs­days, noon - 3pm.

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, 10am - noon. Open to all.

Term-time Satur­day ac­tiv­ity at Maesteg Sports Cen­tre, from noon - 2pm, mem­bers only. Out of school ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing hol­i­day time mem­bers only.

Con­tact Claire Ed­munds on 07588 460796 or find Spe­cial Fam­i­lies Maesteg on Face­book.

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 the day.

Con­tact Leah Pow­ell on 07966 351 244 or email info@ llyn­fipet­care, or find them on Face­book.

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.

Free Courses: With Brid­gend Com­mu­ni­ties First.

Com­put­ers: Bryn Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Bryn, Tues­days, from 10.30am - noon.

To get peo­ple to feel com­fort­able and con­fi­dent when us­ing a com­puter.

Con­tact Paul Bul­mer on 07757 016572 or paul. bul­mer@gmail.com or Gaynor Jones, on 07989 130 933 or gaynorj1@ hot­mail.co.uk.

Bring your phone, tablet or lap­top.

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 608581.

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.

In­vest Lo­cal Caerau: This lot­tery funded group has been awarded £1m to im­prove Caerau over the next 10 years.

Caerau Men’s Shed: Ev­ery Fri­day from 1pm3pm. Based at Noddfa Com­mu­nity Project, Caerau. Ev­ery man wel­come over the age of 18 years. For more in­for­ma­tion please call or email Phil John, sec­re­tary on 07966 614459 or you can email jen4phil4ever@talk­talk. net

De­men­tia Sup­port: Are you very for­get­ful? Are you look­ing af­ter some­one who is very for­get­ful or has been di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia? Come and meet peo­ple in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion at Dyf­fryn Chapel, Bedw Street, Caerau, and there en­joy a cup of tea and a chance to talk with mem­bers of the De­men­tia Friends Group.

Our meet­ings are ev­ery Thurs­day from 1pm-4pm and are open to any car­ers, not just for De­men­tia – every­one is wel­come.

Con­tact Eir­wen Thomas, 736379, or John Hughes, 731392, (Maesteg Credit Union).

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