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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 rste­rio@icloud.com.

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

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