Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Community - Gerry Lewis

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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.

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