Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Community - David New­ton-Wil­liams

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Porth­cawl St Se­bas­tian Town Twin­ning As­so­ci­a­tion: Mem­bers please note that the PSSTTA will be hold­ing a fish ’n’ chip sup­per with a Euro­pean Day of Lan­guages quiz and raf­fle on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 3 at Beales, Porth­cawl at 7.30pm.

There is a choice of menu and if you are in­ter­ested could please con­tact me­lands@ hot­mail.co.uk or con­tact Anne on 01656 788027 as Beales need to know num­bers quite soon.

Porth­cawl Shout Fo­rum: Shout will be meet­ing on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5 in Trin­ity Church at 2pm and the guest speaker will be Sue Cooper who is the BCBC Direc­tor of So­cial Ser­vices.

For those res­i­dents in­ter­ested in the BCBC Care in the Com­mu­nity ser­vice and its fu­ture fol­low­ing the new sit­u­a­tion af­ter 1 April 2019, then it will be a chance to go along to the next Porth­cawl Shout Fo­rum at 2pm on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5 to hear Sue Cooper give a talk on the ser­vice and maybe what the fu­ture holds.

Clo­sure of John Street Pub­lic Toi­lets: I have to be hon­est, I looked at the cal­en­dar to see whether we were still in April and time had passed with­out my knowl­edge, when I read the ar­ti­cle in last week’s Gazette – but no, it was gen­uine; Brid­gend have reached a new level of mu­nic­i­pal mad­ness – in­deed it is some­thing wor­thy of a Monty Python episode.

BCBC are se­ri­ously think­ing of clos­ing the pub­lic toi­lets in the main street of ‘the Jewel of the Sev­ern Sea’, the ‘Lung of the Val­leys’ and the only sea­side re­sort in the Bor­ough!

We have all seen the queues on Bank Hol­i­days or dur­ing the Elvis Fes­ti­val as well as the steady stream of lo­cal res­i­dents on a nor­mal work­ing day who make use of these fa­cil­i­ties.

None of us is get­ting any younger, and by the same to­ken I don’t think any of us would ob­ject to pay­ing 20p for this es­sen­tial fa­cil­ity – well we have to when we to visit Tenby or Nar­beth.

What about chil­dren who can’t wait un­til they get home (wher­ever that may be) or wheel­chair users who couldn’t make it down to Grif­fin Park – if in­deed that stays open.

There are peo­ple who don’t want to go into pub­lic houses to ‘spend a penny’– and there are pub­lic build­ings in the town who have re­fused other peo­ple en­try to use the toi­lets.

With­out rais­ing the is­sues of statu­tory du­ties and dou­ble tax­a­tion it does make one won­der about their com­mit­ment to re-gen­er­a­tion gen­er­ally.

There is a pe­ti­tion on Face­book for you to sign and I would stress that ev­ery­one who can reach it should do just that.

Can­cer Re­search UK: Two dates for your di­ary: Can­cer Re­search Christ­mas Lunch has been ar­ranged for Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1 at 12.30pm for 1pm; Tick­ets at £13.50 can be ob­tained from from Diane on 784762.

Then the Can­cer Re­search Can­dle Lit Ser­vice has been ar­ranged for Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, com­menc­ing at 4pm.

Love2Walk Fes­ti­val: The Love 2 Walk Fes­ti­val is back for its 4th year this au­tumn, tak­ing place over 4 days be­tween Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 31 – Sun­day, Novem­ber 2.

The fes­ti­val prom­ises to be the per­fect so­lu­tion for keep­ing the whole fam­ily en­ter­tained this half term.

Back are the firm favourites such as Food Foraging, Lo­cal Her­itage, Meet the Dairy Cows and a Na­ture Walk; as well as plenty more new walks such as Creepy House, Stargaz­ing and a Ghost Walk!

The fes­ti­val of­fers a va­ri­ety of walks which will in­clude stun­ning ex­pe­di­tions around our SSSI scenery and blue flag coast­line.

Look out for a leaflet or a flier de­tail­ing all the walks through­out the Bor­ough.

There are one or two lo­cal to Porth­cawl: One is subti­tled ‘Porth­cawl’s Past’ and is on Satur­day, Novem­ber 2 (2 miles) – It starts at 11am from the Porth­cawl Mu­seum and is a tour of Porth­cawl aimed at dis­cov­er­ing the town’s past. There is also a Ghost Walk & Talk on Satur­day, Novem­ber 2 (1 mile) - Start at 6pm

Join lo­cal writer Hay­ley Wil­liams and Tracey Walm­s­ley on a tour around the most haunted spots of Not­tage, Porth­cawl with sto­ries and tales from the other side. Y hois starts off in The Swan in Not­tage and can be de­scribed as a spook­tac­u­lar event not to be missed!

Fi­nally, Only Dogs Al­lowed – Sun­day, Novem­ber 3 (1.5 miles) - Start at 2pm at New­ton Beach.

Take your dog and join the Welsh Dog Whis­perer Colin Jones for a stroll across the beach at New­ton, and pick up tips and learn more about your four-legged friend.

Full de­tails of the walks are found in the book­let/ web­site www.love2walk. co.uk / www.face­book. com/love2walk and can be booked by call­ing 01656 815078.

Royal British Le­gion Porth­cawl Branch: Just a re­minder that the Porth­cawl Branch of the Royal British Le­gion meets on the third Wed­nes­day of the month in the RAFA Club on Sta­tion Hill at 7pm.

Are any of you exser­vice? If so come along to the next Branch Meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 19 and meet up with a friendly group of ex-ser­vice per­son­nel and find out the ben­e­fits of mem­ber­ship.

Grif­fin Park Ta­ble Top Sale: This pop­u­lar in­door ta­ble top sale is held ev­ery Fri­day morn­ing in Grif­fin Park Hall in New Road start­ing at 8am and fin­ish­ing at 12.30pm. If you want a ta­ble to sell items your­self then the cost is £5 per ta­ble. Fi­nally, I be­lieve that re­fresh­ments are avail­able and from my ex­pe­ri­ence the sale is usu­ally worth a visit.

Porth­cawl Farm­ers Mar­ket: The next Farmer’s Mar­ket will be held in Grif­fin Park, New Road Porth­cawl CF36 5DF on Satur­day, Septem­ber 22 from 9.30am-12.30pm.

All the usual lo­cal stalls will be there and re­fresh­ments are avail­able. Re­mem­ber, that the Farmer’s Mar­ket is al­ways on the 4th Satur­day of the month.

Porth­cawl Mu­seum and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety: The Mu­seum So­ci­ety will be hold­ing one of their very pop­u­lar Quiz evenings in the Hi-tide in Mack­worth Road on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4.

The evening starts at 7pm for any­one wish­ing to or­der food (not in­cluded in the ticket price) the quiz will start at 8pm and there will be prizes for the best and worst team as well as spot ta­ble prizes and a raf­fle.

Tick­ets at £5 each are now on sale at the mu­seum

Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27 sees the start of an Arche­o­log­i­cal Week which is in the mu­seum un­til Satur­day, Novem­ber 3 and then, also in Novem­ber there ís an ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled The U-Boat War 1914-1918.

As we reach the cel­e­bra­tion of the end of the Great War 1914-1918 it is only right that we re­mem­ber the men and in­deed women who gave their lives to en­sure our free­dom.

On Satur­day, Novem­ber 10 there is a show­ing of a unique film on the Bat­tle of An­cre in the Mu­seum and which, I am in­formed, was one of the first oc­ca­sions that tanks had been brought into the front line, the first time they had been used was in fact at the Bat­tle of Flers-Courcelette in Septem­ber 1916, some ten days be­fore the Bat­tle of the An­cre Heights which started on Oc­to­ber 1st 1916.

There is also a Good Old Days Show – War Has Ended in the Hi-tide on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23.

Fi­nally One of the high­lights of the Mu­se­ums Year is the Gwyn Petty Lec­ture

Which this year is be­ing given on Tues­day, Septem­ber 25 at 2.30pm by Trevor Fishlock the dis­tin­guished for­eign cor­re­spon­dent, broad­caster and au­thor.

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