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Dancers: This coming Friday, June 1, the three dance groups in the valley – Contagious, Funk Force and UDC perform Devoted to Dance at Maesteg Town Hall will showcase their variety of dance forms.
Collabro: Opening this year’s Gwyl Maesteg Festival is the musical sensation Collabro! They’re there on Friday June 1st at 7.30pm and tickets are £25. Don’t miss your chance to see these chart topping artists and Britain’s Got Talent winners live at Maesteg Town Hall. Tickets: maestegtownhall. com and 01656 815 995
Drama: Coming next week at Maesteg Town Hall as part of the Gwyl Maesteg - The Graduate performed by Llynfi Valley Amateur Dramatic Society, produced and directed by Alan J Flay. A little bird told me some sensational photos have been taken for publicity. Taken in a bedroom were some of the more intimate scenes of the play, whilst the others were taken at the Quins during rehearsal.. Look out for these in Town to give you a flavour of this brilliant production
It will be performed on Wednesday, June 6 through to Friday, June 8 at Maesteg Town Hall and is produced and directed by Alan J Flay. Tickets are available from the Town Hall and Maesteg Library 01656 815 995 www. maestegtownhall.com
Hospital Fete: Maesteg Hospital League of Friends hold their annual fete on Saturday, June 16 from 10am to 4pm. Don’t forget to wear your cowboy hats and outfits (if you have them), because it’s a Country & Western Day, As always, entry is free, but bring plenty of money with you to spend at the numerous stalls and rides. All proceeds go to our hospital to buy special equipment and other items to make life easier for the patients.
There will also be bandstand entertainment with children’s entertainer Pick & Mix and Alex John. All proceeds go to our hospital to buy special equipment and other items to make life easier for the patients.
Strawberries: Central Church’s Strawberry Tea is also on Saturday, June 16 at 3pm, so you can come across the bus station from the other fete to enjoy your strawberries and cream plus a buffet, Even more tempting will be the entertainment by Jason & the Argonauts. Tickets cost only £3 and are available from me or other church members, or you can pay at the door. Exhibition: Maesteg Art Society will be holdingntheir annual Art Exhibition form Tuesday, June 19 to Friday, June 22 in a different venue. It will be in the upstairs room of Maesteg Council Offices. Times – each day from 10am-3pm. If you buy a picture, you can pick it up on Friday.
Children: Maesteg Children’s Choir’s 32nd annual concert is on Saturday, June 23 at 7pm. Rhian Hughes. Simon Mullins and Rhys Davies are our guests and Tony Mullins is the compere. With their MD Enid Sian Hughes and accompanist Richard Hurlow Norton, this year they will be performing items from ‘Annie’ and ‘The land of Oz’, plus some pop songs including ‘Count On Me’ and ‘The Climb’. Tickets are £8 and are available from Sian or members of the choir, or the Town Hall.
Gfwyl Maesteg: Events are from Friday, June 1 to Sunday, July 1 and are held in Maesteg Town Hall, phone 01656 815 995 online www. maestegtownhall.com
For hall events’ details, see town hall below. Then for other events phone 01656 732 631 online www. maestegcouncil.org or call in the Maesteg Council Offices:
Tuesday, June 5 until Saturday, June 23 - An exhibition with art from local schoolchildren and Nathan Wyburn. Free entry, check times at the hall.
Wednesday, June 13 - Heritage Walk (a walk and talk tour of local sites) by Roy Meredith at 10.30am meet in the hall – free.
Senior Citizens Afternoon Tea in the hall, entertainment by local schools and Cor Merched.
Saturday, June 16 - Hospital Fete in the Market Square (Country and & Western Day) 10am to 4pm.
Sunday, June 17 - South Wales Classic Car (classical and modified) Show at Maesteg Celtic 10am to 4pm entry free call Tom on 07850 583 678.
Saturday, June 23 - Star Search (talent competition) The Grand Final at the hall 7pm.
Sunday, July 1 - Keeper of the Colliery Run (5k or 10k) – 11am start from Maesteg Comprehensive School, register at Maesteg Council Offices.
Town Hall Events: All tickets are available from the hall on 01656 815 915 or maestegtownhall.com
Friday, May 18 - Murder She Didn’t Write, 7.30pm. £12.50.
Saturday, May 19 - Star Search Auditions.
Sunday, May 20 - Gypsy Queen, 7.30pm. £10.
Saturday, May 26 - Craig Campbell Easy Tiger, 7.30pm. £15.
Monday, May 28 - Puppet making Workshop, Time and price TBC.
Wednesday, May 30 - Strictly Cinema - Dunkirk, 11am. £5.50.
Thursday, May 31 - Morning Has Broken – Ron Vincent sings Cat Stevens, 7.30pm. £18.
Friday, June 1 – Collabro, 7.30pm. £25.
Saturday, June 2 - Devoted to Dance, 3pm. £6 & £8 on the door.
Wednesday, June 6 - Thursday, June 7 - Llvads present The Graduate, 7.30pm. £8
Saturday, June 9 - Maesteg Festival Band Night, 7.30pm. £5.50 & £8.
Sunday, June 10 - Milkshake Live, 12noon. Tickets from £14 to £52.
Saturday, June 16 - Country Superstars Experience, 7.30pm. £15 & £18 on the door.
Tuesday, June 19 to Friday, June 22 - Maesteg Art Society’s Exhibition.
Friday, June 29 - Owen Money’s Juke Box Heroes, 7.30pm. £15.
Volunteers: Maesteg Animal Welfare needs some volunteers to help at the book shop in the market Square. If you are interested and have time to spare, contact Sandra on 01639 894 178, or call at the book shop. Over 60s would be very welcome.
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.
Children: On Friday, May 11, The Maesteg Children’s Choir performed a concert at St Cynwyd’s Church, Llangynwyd to raise money for Church funds.
The choir started the evening with the popular song ‘Love Shine a light’ and went on to sing a number of popular items including ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Any dream will do’. Their musical director was Enid-Sian Hughes and the accompanist for the evening was Sian Davies. Vicar Geraldine was the compere. Karly and Kirstie Whelan sang two duets ‘Calon lan’ and ‘Bugeilior Gwenith Gwyn’. Vicar Geraldine told the story of The Maid of Cefn Ydfa and mentioned that the two lovers were as far apart in dearth as they were in life with Will buried under the tree in the graveyard and Ann buried inside the church. Enid-Sian sang ‘I could have danced all night’ and ‘I dreamed a dream’. The choir finished the evening with the song ‘Count on me’ which they will be performing in their annual concert. After the concert everyone went into the church hall for refreshments and thanks must go to everyone who helped to make the evening such a success.
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.
Milk Deliveries: To your door in glass bottles instead of plastic, contact Steve Simmomds [delivery Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday] – telephone 01656 712 858/ mobile 07807 282 790.
Sewing Class: At Cwm Calon Community Hub (opposite Asda) every Tuesday from 6pm7.30pm. Beginners and experienced sewers welcome. Dressmaking, soft furnishing, soft toys, patchwork, quilting, embroidery, cross stitch, cushions, all expertly taught by a fully qualified instructor. Telephone 01656 735 622 for more details. The class is full at present. Cwlwm Cwm Llynfi: The purpose of the group is to promote and enhance the awareness and use of Welsh language, culture and traditions in a social context for the benefit of residents in the Llynfi Valley and surrounding areas in partnership with other bodies where appropriate.
The group meets once a month in Maesteg council offices to plan future events.
Anyone who is interested and would like to join us would be very welcome.
For further information contact Rhian Sterio on 07861 660 970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary: Maesteg club has been running for over 70 years and meet every fortnight on a Monday at 1pm in the Cross Inn Maesteg/ Cwmfelin.
The purpose of the meetings is to discuss projects to benefit others (often in the valley) and socialise.
They are looking for new members so they can continue to be able to help local charities as well as international.
If anyone male or female who is able to spare an hour each fortnight and would like to help in the benefit of others please contact Tal Harries on 01656 711 078.
Maesteg WI: Maesteg WI had a visit from the Mayor of Bridgend County Borough during their AGM. Their President, Ceri Reeves, had been nominated for a Citizenship award by committee member, Cath Cody and had arranged for the certificate to be awarded at the AGM. The certificate was awarded to Ceri for her work with Maesteg WI, where she has served as President for most of their 21 years. She has kept the WI running during years when the institute would have folded if it were not for her endeavours, persuading and encouraging people to stand for committee. Maesteg WI is going from strength to strength and starting off the next 21 years with a cocktail making class for their next meeting on June 21, followed by their now legendary summer mystery trip. Maesteg WI welcomes new members, come along and see for yourself what they get up to. Meetings are on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm in Maesteg Rugby Club.
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 planting bulbs.
Maesteg CC: The club is available to hire for parties, christenings, etc – contact Ryan Parry 07712 243 589 and Lyndon Horrigan 07971 943 284.
Ramblers: Maesteg Ramblers will meet at 9am on Sunday for the 10-mile Sarn Helen walk. Contact 07983 970 179. All are welcome to join and wear sensible clothing and walking boots/shoes are advised and bring a packed lunch and a drink.
Art Society: The society meets at Maesteg College on Mondays, from 4-6pm, and work is created in a variety of media.
Local History: Llynfi Valley Historical Society 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, 10.30-11.30am (except bank holidays). Cost £5 per session.
Maesteg Miners: The newly formed Llynfi Valley Ex-miners Group meets fortnightly on a Tuesday 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 07521 906 796 or see the Facebook page: Llynfi Valley Ex-miners, Miners’ Wives meet on Thursdays at Central Church.
Ukelele Club: The Maesteg Ukulele Club meets every Monday (except bank holidays) at 7pm in the Cross Inn, Cwmfelin/Maesteg. It is 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
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 733 560.
Your partner is welcome to attend with you to join this cheerful group.
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