LLYNFI VAL­LEY

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Fire­works: Next week, on Mon­day No­vem­ber 5, Maesteg Ro­tary Club will be hold­ing their an­nual fire­works dis­play at Maesteg Rugby ground.

Over the years this has been de­scribed as one of the best dis­plays in the val­ley, the pro­ceeds of which are used by the Ro­tary Club to sup­port lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional char­i­ties.

The rugby club will be sell­ing re­fresh­ments and the Ro­tary Club will this year be sell­ing light sabres etc. The gates will open at 6.30pm and the dis­play will com­mence at 7.30pm. This year ad­mis­sion will be £6 per per­son, with fam­ily of four £20. Un­der 5s free, and 6- 11s.

Note­wor­thy: The choir will be hold­ing their An­nual Cof­fee, Cake and Craft morn­ing on Satur­day, No­vem­ber 10 at 10am at Maesteg Town Hall. Please in­vite fam­ily and friends along to en­joy this oc­ca­sion, which will also in­clude live en­ter­tain­ment and an op­por­tu­nity for some early Christ­mas Shop­ping.

Armistice: On Satur­day, No­vem­ber 10 the con­cert and ser­viced will be at Maesteg Town Hall at 5.30pm for a 6pm. Pupils from Maesteg Com­pre­hen­sive School will be tak­ing part, as well as soloist Kirsten Os­born, the Royal Ma­rine Forces sweet­heart, and the Brid­gend Big Band to cel­e­brate end of WW1. There will also be com­mu­nity singing and danc­ing. The Act of Re­mem­brance will take part in the first half when with a recital from Jane Mullins.

As last year, on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 11 the ser­vice will be at St Michael’s Church at 9.15am. The Pa­rade will march down to the Ceno­taph for the Wreath Lay­ing. Wreaths are all ready to col­lect as from the Tues­day at 10.30am-1pm up to Fri­day

At Caerau, the ser­vice at St Cyfe­lyn’s Church will start at 10am and the march down to the War Mem­po­rial at the square will be at 10.55am.

Drama: You are in­vited to at­tend Llynfi Val­ley Am­a­teur Dra­matic So­ci­ety’s trib­ute to Frank Vickery at Maesteg Har­lequins RFC, on Thurs­day, No­vem­ber 22 and Fri­day, No­vem­ber 23 at 7pm for 7.30pm. Who could for­get the Gran in the Bed, and hypochon­driac Idris in Fam­ily Plan­ning, or the chaos in get­ting ready to have A Night Out, among the mem­o­rable snip­pets of ‘All’s Fair’, ‘Fam­ily Plan­ning’, ‘A Night Out’, ‘1 o’clock from the House’ and ‘Af­ter I’m Gone’ Be­cause ev­ery­one wanted to take part on this spe­cial evening, 20 mem­bers will take part They are cer­tainly hav­ing great fun repris­ing these well­re­mem­bered plays.

Tick­ets cost £5 from so­ci­ety mem­bers. Con­tact 01656 735 622.

Spe­cial Con­cert: Take Note, with MD Richard Hur­lock-Nor­ton and Ac­com­pa­nist Lisa Nor­bury, present “The Great­est Story”. It is a Grand Christ­mas Con­cert retelling the great­est story ever told through mu­sic! As with all Take Note con­cert, they will have their live 12 piece orches­tra. Adding to the spe­cial­ness of this evening, their guests are Maesteg Chil­dren’s Choir and Cur­tain Up Youth Theatre. It’s on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 at 7.30pm at Maesteg Town Hall and tick­ets are al­ready on sale now at £8 from Maesteg Li­brary: 01656 815995 or http:// www.maestegtown­hall. com/events/3658romeoand­juliet.

Town Hall Events: All tick­ets are avail­able from the hall on 01656 815 915.

Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31 – Drama­tised Ghost Tours, 5.30pm. £8.50 and £6.50 cons.

Fri­day, No­vem­ber 2 – The Gen­tle Good: Welsh folk Singer Song­writer with full string band. 7.30pm. £10.50.

Sun­day, No­vem­ber 4– There Was An Old Lady Who Swalled A Fly: Chil­dren’s theatre. 2pm. £6.50.

Fri­day, No­vem­ber 9 – Loot: Dark com­edy play. 7.30pm. £15.50 or £14.50.

Fri­day, No­vem­ber 16 – Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers. 8pm. £23.

Satur­day, No­vem­ber 24 – Ven­toux: New play about the great­est race in his­tory. 7.30pm. £9.50

Fri­day, No­vem­ber 30 – Buddy Holly: A leg­end re­born. 7.30pm. £22.50 / £21.50.

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1- Christ­mas Craft Fayre. 10am-1pm. Free.

Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6 - Lunchtime Theatre: The Crash Land­ing of Os­car Romeo. 1pm. £6.50.

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 - Take Note Present The Great­est Story. A Grand Christ­mas Con­cert. 7.30pm. £8. Sun­day, De­cem­ber 15 - Af­ter­noon Tea and Craft with Santa. 3pm. Adults £3, Chil­dren £10. Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21 - The Rat Pack Christ­mas Show. £21/£20.

Maesteg Gleemen: Dates for your di­ary.

Thurs­day, No­vem­ber 1- Coal Ex­change Cardiff Bay Res­ta­raunt open­ing cel­e­bra­tion.

Satur­day, No­vem­ber 17 - Au­di­tions young singer in St Davids.

Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2 - St Marys church Swansea for Sin­gle­ton Hospi­tal.

Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10 - Glanogwr House Brid­gend Carol Con­cert.

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 - Mcarther Glen Car­ols for Ty Hafan Bucket col­lec­tion.

Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 20 - Or­chard House Barry carol con­cert.

Busy time for the Glee men to say the least.

Events Di­ary: This is for or­gan­i­sa­tions of the val­ley, ask­ing them to check at the Coun­cil Of­fice’s Di­ary be­fore ar­rang­ing an event, so that you won’t clash with any­one else.

The di­ary is in the of­fice purely for that pur­pose.

Note­wor­thy: It was a bril­liant evening of won­der­ful mu­sic per­formed by this choir, their fab­u­lous har­mony soar­ing, from bass, tenor, alto and so­prano, fill­ing St Michael’s Church from floor to rafters and be­yond. This is due, of course, to Ryan Wood, who is the M D and ex­pertly as­sisted by ac­com­pa­nist and cel­list Stew­art Roberts.

Bev­er­ley Humphreys gave her al­ways in­ter­est­ing com­ments as she in­tro­duced the choir and their guest artistes to what was a var­ied and ex­cit­ing pro­gramme with con­cert and opera star,so­prano Fflur Wyn, young Welsh ac­tor and singer Cal­lum How­ells and Cor Merched Ys­gol Gy­fun Rhondda.

Note­wor­thy’s open­ing set be­gan with Joseph Parry’s Aberys­t­wyth ar­ranged by Jef­frey Howard – a com­pli­cated piece so well sung and ended with the well­known Zadok the Priest, to im­mense ap­plause.

Other items in­cluded Bene­dic­tus (the Armed Man), Stew­art pa­ly­ing his cello, the song so suit­able at this time of the year, when we pause to re­mem­ber that it’s100 years since World War One; then Tolga Kashif’s Ave Maria; joined by Fflur and then the rous­ing Builth end­ing the first half.

Show­ing the ver­sa­til­ity of the choir, Med­ley from West Side Story opened the sec­ond half and, later, Singing in the Rain.

Fflur has suc­cess­ful per­for­mances all over Bri­tain with a va­ri­ety of opera com­pa­nies and no­table con­cert per­for­mances. Her pro­gramme in­cluded arias from Puc­cini’s La Ron­dine, Char­p­en­ter’s Louise and Strauss’s Die Fle­d­er­maus, plus her beloved Welsh song Cynru Fach. Her beau­ti­ful voice, com­bined with her per­son­al­ity, won the hearts of the au­di­ence.

Cal­lum, hav­ing al­ready per­formed in a West End show, is study­ing at the Welsh Col­lege of Mu­sic and Drama. He chose, there­fore, songs from the mu­si­cals – Thor­oughly Modern Mil­lie, Sorta Love Sings and God­spel and his ex­pe­ri­ence in per­form­ing showed through to the ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence.

Both soloists were ac­com­pa­nied by Ryan, who is an ex­pe­ri­ence and ac­com­plished pi­anist.

Then, to add to the mu­si­cal treats, the school choir en­ter­tained us with Schu­bert’s Ave Maria, Co­hen’s Hal­leluia and the lovely John Rut­ter’s O Dduw Rhan’aith Fen­dithion, not for­get­ting cel­list Cerys Swain, along with her teacher Stew­art Roberts, play­ing Cello Duet With or with­out you.

The fi­nale was Note­wor­thy per­form­ing An­them from Chess and the (now) well-known Y Tangnefed­dwyr. Won­der­ful! Cwlwm Cwm Llynfi: There have been two spe­cial nights held over the past few weeks. On Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13 at Maesteg Golf club a Twm­path was held which was ex­pertly lead by Dawn­swyr Gw­erin Penyfai.The group are well known and have a world wide rep­u­ta­tion.

They have per­formed in nu­mer­ous fes­ti­vals in the UK and Eu­rope and are ac­com­pa­nied by a group of skilled mu­si­cians. Dressed in tra­di­tional Welsh cos­tumes they gave a won­der­ful dis­play of Welsh folk danc­ing.

To end the evening it was the turn of the au­di­ence to par­tic­i­pate and learn how its done. Some had dif­fi­culty but there were a few who showed po­ten­tial and could con­sider join­ing the group in the fu­ture! Many thanks to Dawn­swyr Penyfai and also to the Golf club for ac­com­mo­dat­ing the event.

The sec­ond evening on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13 was at the Squash Club Maesteg. A large gather­ing turned out for an evening of Welsh folk singing led by Gwyr y Stac, a lo­cal trio who per­form and sing tra­di­tional Welsh folk songs. Tim Rees, Ken Thomas and Jane Wil­liams make up the group and they per­form reg­u­larly in fes­ti­vals and evenings like this.

We were also happy to wel­come Bois Yr Afan, giv­ing sup­port to the au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion. A tra­di­tional cawl was served fol­lowed by Bara Brith and Welsh Cakes. Many thanks to the ladies who cooked and pro­vided the re­fresh­ments and also to the Squash club for their wel­come.

There will be a shop­ping trip on Satur­day, No­vem­ber 24 to Car­marthen and a stop at Troestre on the way. The cost will be £12.50 to in­clude a glass of pros­ecco, mince pies and a raf­fle.There are still places avail­able so con­tact Rhian Ste­rio on 07861 660 970.

The next meet­ing of the group will be on Tues­day, No­vem­ber 13 at 7pm in the Coun­cil Of­fices Maesteg.

Ther­apy Dogs: Ther­apy Dogs Na­tion­wide have a South Wales Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Ben the Poo­chon. TDN is a na­tional char­ity.

Our vol­un­teers have their own pet dog, tem­per­a­ment tested, and al­ways fo­cused on car­ing for peo­ple in the com­mu­nity, so our vol­un­teers will go to nurs­ing homes, Schools, Spe­cial Needs Schools, Hos­pi­tals, Hospices, Care cen­tres and Prisons, or lo­cal groups PLUS we of­fer help by work­ing with the pro­fes­sional med­i­cal sec­tor.

For more in­for­ma­tion on join­ing TDN or the pro­grams we of­fer please con­tact - clare­grif­fiths@ aol.com

Clwb Maesteg: Clwb Cym­raeg Maesteg / Maesteg Welsh Club Mae’r Clwb yn rhoi gyfle i Siarad­wyr Cym­raeg gy­far­fod yn gymdei­tha­sol a chyn­nal neu wella eu sgiliau Iaith Gym­raeg.

Mae’r clwb yn cy­far­fod bob pythefnos am 7 og nos Fercher yng Nghlwb y Gwei­th­wyr yn Stryd y Teml.

Mae rhagor o fanylion ar gael gan Lloyd Evans 07856 553 777 e-bost: Psy­cho1283@hot­mail. com.

The club pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for Welsh Speak­ers to meet so­cially and main­tain or im­prove their Welsh lan­guage skills.

The club meets ev­ery fort­night at 7pm on Wed­nes­day evening in the Work­ing­men’s Club in Tem­ple Street.

Fur­ther de­tails are avail­able from Lloyd Evans on 07856 553 777; or e-mail: Psy­cho1283@ hot­mail.com.

Milk: De­liv­ered to your door in glass bot­tles in­stead of plas­tic, con­tact Steve Sim­momds [de­liv­ery Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day] – call 01656 712 858 or 07807 282 790.

Sewing Class: At Cwm Calon Com­mu­nity Hub (op­po­site Asda) ev­ery Tues­day from 6pm7.30pm. Be­gin­ners and ex­pe­ri­enced sew­ers wel­come.

Dress­mak­ing, soft fur­nish­ing, soft toys, patch­work, quilt­ing, em­broi­dery, cross stitch, cush­ions, all ex­pertly taught by a fully qual­i­fied in­struc­tor.

Call 01656 735 622 for more de­tails.

There is now room for two peo­ple who’d like to join, so give them a ring.

Cwlwm Cwm Llynfi: The group con­tinue to meet ev­ery sec­ond Tues­day of the month at 7pm in the Coun­cil Of­fices Tal­bot St Maesteg.

Any­one wish­ing to join us is wel­come. The pur­pose is still to pro­mote and en­hance the aware­ness and use of Welsh cul­ture and lan­guage in par­tic­u­lar to the ben­e­fit of res­i­dents of Maesteg and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

If shop­ping is your scene come and join us on Satur­day, No­vem­ber 24 when there will be a trip to Car­marthen.

Tick­ets are £12.50 to in­clude Pros­ecco, mince pies and a raf­fle.

Con­tact Rhian Ste­rio on 07861 660 970 or email rste­rio@icloud.com.

Ro­tary Club: The 70-plus year old Maesteg ro­tary Club meet ev­ery fort­night on a Mon­day at 1pm in the Cross Inn Maesteg/ Cwm­fe­lin. The pur­pose is to dis­cuss projects to ben­e­fit oth­ers (of­ten in the val­ley) and to so­cialise. They are look­ing for new mem­bers so they can con­tinue to be able to help lo­cal char­i­ties as well as in­ter­na­tion­ally.Any­one, male or fe­male, who is able to spare an hour each fort­night and would like to help in the ben­e­fit of oth­ers is wel­come. so con­tact Tal Har­ries 01656 711078 or 079998861.

Maesteg WI: Maesteg WI wel­comes new mem­bers, come along and see for your­self what we get up to. Meet­ings are on the third Thurs­day of the month at 7pm in Maesteg Rugby Club. We wel­come vis­i­tors and prospec­tive mem­bers at all times.

Con­tact us on maestegwi@gmail.com for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

River Care: There are two groups, who some­times work separately and some­times to­gether.

One group is re­spon­si­ble for the com­mu­nity gar­den in Garth, the other with Re­sources Wales, the three year plan to get rid of Ja­panese Knotweed.

Both work to clear the rub­bish still be­ing dumped along the banks of our River Llynfi and plant­ing bulbs.

Maesteg CC: The club is avail­able to hire for par­ties, chris­ten­ings, etc – con­tact Ryan Parry 07712 243 589 and Lyn­don Horrigan 07971 943 284.

Ram­blers: Maesteg Ram­blers will meet at 9am on Sun­day. At present, for de­tails con­tact 07977831317 or 01656738079.

All are wel­come to join and wear sen­si­ble cloth­ing and walk­ing boots/shoes are ad­vised and bring a packed lunch and a drink

Art So­ci­ety: The so­ci­ety meets at Maesteg Col­lege on Mon­days, from 4pm6pm, and work is cre­ated in a va­ri­ety of me­dia.

His­tory: Llynfi Val­ley His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety on the first Tues­day of the month in Fair­field Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Maesteg Park at 7pm.

They meet next week on Tuers­day, Oc­to­ber 23 when Dean Powell will speak on This Land of Song.

Maesteg U3A: meet at Cen­tral Church Maesteg on the 4th Tues­day of the month, As well as monthly meet­ings, there are in­ter­est groups which are set up by mem­bers – walk­ing (strid­ers, sight seek­ers and strollers), art ap­pre­ci­a­tion, mu­sic ap­pre­ci­a­tion, fam­ily his­tory, French In­ter­ludes, book club, gar­den­ing and the oc­ca­sional quiz teams as well as reg­u­lar monthly lunches, a quiz group and a theatre group when ap­pro­pri­ate.

For more in­for­ma­tion on what’s on dur­ing the month please visit our web­site at www. maestegu3a.org.

Yoga (seated): For peo­ple with mo­bil­ity dif­fi­cul­ties, gen­tle ex­er­cise aims to help the re­lease of ten­sion from the body.

At St David’s Church (op­po­site Asda), Mon­days, 10.30am11.30am (ex­cept bank hol­i­days).

Cost £5 per ses­sion Come along to join us – it re­ally does you good.

Maesteg Min­ers: The

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