Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Community - Dawn Lewis with Plaid Cymru AM Dr Dai Lloyd

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Get Well Soon: Best wishes for a speedy re­cov­ery to Roger Lewis fol­low­ing his re­cent ill­ness.

Com­mu­nity Coun­cil: At the Oc­to­ber meet­ing it was re­ported that three se­ri­ous crimes and sev­eral smaller crimes had been com­mit­ted re­cently. Speed­ing is a high pri­or­ity and a Speed Watch group is to be or­gan­ised; ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able from the Clerk or PCSO Stone.

An up­date was re­quested re­gard­ing the progress of Og­more by Sea Vil­lage Hall and the meet­ing was ad­vised that the Trustees have asked for an ex­ten­sion to the con­struc­tion com­ple­tion date.

The Vale Coun­cil has ad­vised that Pop­pet Lane and Grey­hound Lane in St Brides Ma­jor are un­adopted and there­fore they have no re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for them.

Clean­ing of the War Memo­rial has been ar­ranged in time for the World War I com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice.

Quo­ta­tions for the in­stal­la­tion of seats in the bus shel­ters have been re­ceived.

Cof­fee Morn­ing: All wel­come to come along to a cof­fee morn­ing at 11am on Mon­day, No­vem­ber 5 in the Og­more Church, Og­more-by-Sea when there will be fire­works!

Ewenny Arts Fes­ti­val: Welsh gui­tar duo Mark David and Tom Gray at 7.30pm on Fri­day, No­vem­ber 16 in the Vil­lage Hall, Ewenny; tick­ets £5.

Vale of Glam­or­gan Ensem­ble An­nual Christ­mas Con­cert by Can­dle­light at 7.30pm on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21 in Ewenny Pri­ory; tick­ets £13.

More in­for­ma­tion from www.ewen­nyfes­ti­val.

Womens In­sti­tute: Mem­bers of South­ern­down WI are hop­ing to plant a shrub near the War Memo­rial in com­mem­o­ra­tion of World War I.

The Barn: Fam­ily brunch is avail­able at 12noon on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9 and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16.

Af­ter­noon tea at 1pm and 4pm on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, Sun­day, De­cem­ber 15 and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 22.

More in­for­ma­tion and costs avail­able from www. the­bar­natwest­ or call 01656 880465. IT has been a time of change in Welsh pol­i­tics over the past few months, with ev­ery party hav­ing held or are cur­rently in the process of con­duct­ing a lead­er­ship elec­tion.

The con­tests have pro­vided par­ties with an op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with mem­bers, and Plaid Cymru’s lead­er­ship elec­tion cer­tainly did that. We saw thou­sands take part in hus­tings events across the length and breadth of Wales, with Adam Price win­ning a clear man­date to lead the party into the next Assem­bly elec­tion as we bid to form the next Welsh Gov­ern­ment in 2021.

It is clear that Wales, and welsh pol­i­tics is at a cross­roads. We have had a Labour First Min­is­ter in Wales since 1999, yet Labour’s record in terms of ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards, health out­comes and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in­dices see Wales lag­ging at the bot­tom of many in­ter­na­tional league ta­bles. You can­not get away from the fact that the Labour Gov­ern­ment has failed in these ar­eas – there is a need for fresh ideas.

A dif­fer­ent and bet­ter Wales is pos­si­ble, and at this time of global un­cer­tainty Wales needs to grasp the leavers of power. For far too long we have al­lowed ex­ter­nal in­flu­ences to shape Wales in­stead of tak­ing the helm our­selves.

Adam Price has been clear that we need to chart our own course in the world, and is de­ter­mined to lead a dy­namic and out­ward look­ing Welsh Gov­ern­ment. In the first few weeks of his lead­er­ship, we have seen our party mem­ber­ship grow by more than 3,000 peo­ple.

I am pleased to have been given the role of Plaid Cymru spokesper­son for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Care and Pub­lic Ser­vices as part of Adam’s Shadow Cabi­net and I will be work­ing hard to de­velop in­no­va­tive and rad­i­cal poli­cies in these ar­eas.

There are in­ter­est­ing times ahead in Welsh pol­i­tics.

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