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Macmillan Coffee Day: A Macmillan Coffee Day will be held on Friday, September 28 between 10.30am-5pm at Carol and Keith’s home - 164 Bridgend Road, Aberkenfig, tel 723210. Coffee/Tea and cake £3 with a selection of craft items, gifts, cakes and jams to take away. Great prizes in the grand raffle including a vintage-style hand-made patchwork quilt and also a prize of Sunday Lunch for two at a local establishment.
Bryncethin Concert: As promised more details on the Musical Evening at the Bryncethin Memorial Hall on Friday, September 28, at 7pm. Doors open at 6.30pm. The evening will feature choral and individual talent with a range of songs and music compered by the incomparable Miss Felicity Watkins. Admission £2, payable at the door.
Spiritual Healing: Spiritual healing is offered each Tuesday from 6pm-7.30pm at the Ynysawdre Community Centre (at the junction of Bryn Road and Heolyr-Ysgol).
There is no charge for the service but a small donation to help defray expenses is appreciated.
Call Mrs Bryant on 01656 657 463 or 07890 234235.
Christian Spiritualist: A Christian Spiritualist Church meets each Sunday at 6.30pm at the Ynysawdre Community Centre. Call Mrs Bryant on 01656 657 463 or 07890 234 235.
Nazareth Chapel: Nazareth Baptist Chapel Bryncethin offers a service at 4pm each Sunday.
For information regarding weddings and funerals call Andrew Davies on 01656 663 652. see and some delicious international cuisine to test your taste buds.
For more information: www.bridgendbid.com
Hope Baptist Church: It was a day to remember when a Colonel set aside his high ranking authority to embrace an even higher authority. On Saturday, September 1 - Colonel Robert Hall was promoted yet further to become Reverend Robbie Hall, minister and pastor of Hope Baptist Church, Station Hill, Bridgend.
During his Army career, he chose the niche role of Explosives Ordinance Disposal with underwater clearance diving as his speciality. On just his second assignment he was called to diffuse a German Bomb which had been sitting quietly for forty years under a gasometer in the east End of London, but now the broken bomb finally raised its ugly head.
Robbie’s mandate was to diffuse it - make it safe. Although hidden in the depths of the horribly contaminated water Robbie saved the day. It also ‘saved’ the life of Robert Hall. In those dark, murky waters he vowed to serve the Lord who had saved him. For this courageous act he was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal which was presented by Her Majesty in person.
For 37 years his army career reached a high ranking with many high points of excellence. However, upon reaching the time to retire the spark of faith had turned into a flame. With the same courage and determination Robbie studied to become a highly qualified candidate for the Christian Ministry. There was to be no retirement. A few speaking engagements here and there perhaps? No, his calling was that of service to a church and its local community.
Hope invites you to come, see and hear Robbie, and realise where his courage, his endurance and his faith come from; what drives him on with an energy that remains inspirational.
His coming to Hope is a wonderful answer to our prayers and those of Robbie and his wife, Helen. His coming to Bridgend to serve in the community will be an enhancement of his ministry in the Town.
Robbie writes: Jesus told his disciples: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit.” I am grateful to God for this great appointment of Pastor at Hope, and pray that, with His help, our wider ministry in Bridgend will prosper. We would like to thank Mayor John McCarthy and his wife Judith for their presence their warm welcome and encouragement at the induction service.
Hospital Christian Fellowship: Services held in the Princess of Wales Hospital Chapel at 3pm. - Glenys Wilkes, Friday, September 21. prisons, as well as other voluntary organisations and groups. We are able to visit to offer therapy, or to introduce our organisation and the work that we do.
TDN have a South Wales Representative in Ben the Poochon. Ben has been trained and assessed, and is insured for visits. He is calm and happy to meet all sorts of ages, needs and also in all walks of life. Contact Clare on 07792680254 or email merchygarth@gmail. com for any queries or to arrange a visit.
Community Path Clearing Squad: A group of volunteers have been busy tidying the overgrown community path from Bryngarw to Blaengarw. The next clearing session will take place on Saturday, September 15, with everyone meeting at 10am on the path at the crossing off Station Row in Lluest. The community path is a well loved and much used lifeline for Garw and the valley would be lost without it. Any extra help would be very welcome indeed.
Pontycymer R.F.C.: Briton Ferry 12 - Pontycymer 50. Pontycymer travelled to Ynysymaerdy Road for their opening game of the 2018/19 season, where the green and ambers put in a titanic performance to sink the ferry on the first Saturday of the season.
Ponty’s admiral of the fleet was the outstanding Ryan John, who crossed for three tries, and also slotted over six conversions and a penalty, giving him a match tally of 30 points to go with the man of the match award. The Lawrence Park side’s other tries came from Bridgend Blue Bulls star centre, Gareth Howells, who bagged a brace, while single touchdowns came from Nathan Hawkins and Jason Faulkner.
Garw Valley Heritage Society: The Garw Valley Heritage Society, in conjunction with CADW’s Open Doors Project, will be holding an Open Day at Tabernacle Chapel in Meadow Street, Pontycymer on Saturday, September 15.
Photographs, maps, articles, and memorabilia of valley life will be on show, plus a non-stop screening of old Garw sights. In addition to this, organist Peter David will be playing a selection of popular pieces, both sacred and secular. Refreshments are available, and there will also be a sale of secondhand books.
Entry is free, and it will be open from 10am3.30pm, so please come along and share your memories.