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BAVO: Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) is offering the opportunity for local voluntary organisations and groups to meet a representative from Grow Wild UK on Tuesday, October 16 from 10am-3.30pm in BAVO’s offices in Maesteg.
Grow Wild UK support community groups and organisations to bring imaginative and engaging projects to life.
Community project grants of £2,000 or £4,000 are available to groups to deliver projects focused on UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi.
Youth projects funding provide young people aged 14-25 with £500 funding.
Thirty-minute appointments are available to meet a representative from Grow Wild UK at BAVO.
To book your free place, contact BAVO by calling 01656 810400 by Friday, October 5.
Much-loved Bridgend Teacher: On Monday, September 10, hundreds gathered at a thanksgiving service at Litchard Mission Church to pay their last respects to Oswald Penry.
A well-known and much-loved Christian teacher and church leader, he passed away on August 23, at the age of 90, after a life of devoted service to the people of our community.
This area will be a much poorer place without him; he touched the lives of so many and became their friend and often their mentor.
As a schoolboy at Gowerton Grammar in the 1940s, Oswald excelled academically and also in sport and music, winning the county championship as a sprinter and playing the flute in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
Tennis was a great love throughout his life and even in his sixties he could get up quite a turn of speed on the squash court.
After gaining a first-class degree in Biochemistry at University College, Cardiff, Oswald achieved a Master of Science in Microbiology.
He took a temporary job as a teacher while completing his MSc and was soon convinced that this was his calling.
After teaching science for a while, he realised that he would love to teach Religious Education and spent many happy years at Garw Grammar School, which later became Ynysawdre Comprehensive.
He was loved and respected by staff and pupils alike and influenced many for good. He became Head of Religious Studies and even after retirement, continued to teach A-level on a voluntary basis there.
He served the Valley churches as a preacher until his health failed and was a dedicated member of the Gideons International, an organisation which distributes Bibles in schools, hospitals and other public places.
He was senior elder of his own church, Litchard Mission, until his death.
A devoted family man, Oswald adored his wife, Mair, and his daughters, Delyth and Ruth, as well as his seven grandchildren. He was especially proud to become a greatgrandfather last October.
Sadly, he suffered a stroke in December 2014 and was in poor health after that, though he retained his strong faith and quiet dignity to the very end.
He will be remembered for his gentle, saintly character and his love and concern for all those who crossed his path.
Cymdeithas Hanes Bro Ogwr/Bridgend and District Welsh History Society: Nos Lun, 8 Hydref, am 7.30yh yn y Clwb Criced Tondu - mae’r Gymdeithas wedi trefnu sgwrs pan fydd Joe Lewis yn siarad am Y Gaer a’r Fyddin Rufeinig.
Bydd croeso cynnes i ddysgwyr (o leia Lefel Canolradd) a siaradwyr.
£2 neu am ddim i aelodau. Am ragor o fanylion, cysylltwch â Pat Jones-Jenkins, 01656 741622, patjonesjenkins@ googlemail.com.
On Monday, October 8, at 7.30pm, Tondu Cricket Club – the Society has arranged a talk when Joe Lewis will be coming to talk about The Roman Fort and Army.
There will be a warm welcome for learners (at least Level Canolradd) and Welsh speakers. £2 each or free to members. For more details, contact Pat as above.
Bridgend United Church: Macmillan Coffee Morning-Saturday, September 29, from 10am-12noon. Entry by donation. There will be stalls for bring and buy, cards and books, and guess the cake weight.
Princess of Wales Hospital Chapel: Next service - Friday, October 5 at 3pm, Adam Thomas.