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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.

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