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Christmas: Maesteg’s Christmas festivities start on Saturday, December 1 with the Craft Fair in Maesteg Town Hall opening at 10am.
Then, outside the Council Offices st 10.30am Join in the Blessing of the Crib with Llynfi Valley Council of Churches.
The parade of floats will leave Ewenny Road at 3.45pm and will arrive at the Town Christmas Tree at 4.30pm, when the Mayor, assisted by the winner of the Poster Competition - Evie Griffiths from Plasnewydd Primary School and, of course, Father Chtistmas, will switch on the lights, followed by a Firework Display.
At 5pm the Disco will be in Maesteg Town Hall, entry £1 plus Santa’s Grotto.
Details of visits to Santa and his Elves in Maesteg Council Offices will be in next week’s column, including bookable time slots - £2 per child.
Maesteg C C: The AGM of Maesteg Cricket Club will be held on Wednesday, November 28 at 7pm at the Clubhouse.
Tree Lights: The Caerau Christmas Celebration group are pleased to announce that the Christmas Tree in Caerau Square will be lit up at 5pm on Saturday, December 8 after the Light Parades meet there from six different areas of Caerau and carols are sung around the tree. Afterwards everyone is welcome to follow Santa down to Caerau Development Trust (Woodlands Road) for refreshments including Mulled Wine and Hot Chocolate and visit Santa in his Grotto.
For more details see the Facebook page: Caerau Christmas Celebrations.
Harmony: Their Annual Christmas Charity Concert will be held on Thursday, December 13 at 7pm in St David’s Church. As usual there will be Sherry and Mince Pies for all!
Tickets are £5 each from any choir member or ring Wendy Murphy on 07983 571578
It promises to be a lovely night of Christmas Music to put people in the festive spirit.
All proceeds to go to Ty Hafan.
Noteworthy: The choir’s Annual Cancer Research Christmas Concert will be held on Friday, December 14. Please note the change of venue, where they will perform in Zion Baptist Chapel, Castle Street at 7.15pm The concert will feature Noteworthy Mixed Choir and their guests Cor Tadau Trisant and Charlotte Ellet, Soprano. Tickets are £7 and are available from members of the Maesteg Cancer Research Fundraising Committee, Jane Mullins (Maesteg Library), Noteworthy Choir members or Lisa Howells on 07721 369367.
Special Concert: This fabulous concert is on Saturday, December 15 at 7.30pm at Maesteg Town when Take Note present ‘The Greatest Story’.
Together with their MD Richard Hurlock-Norton and Accompanist Lisa Norbury and special guests Maesteg Children’s Choir and Curtain Up Youth Theatre, not forgetting the 12-piece orchestram it is a Grand Christmas Concert retelling the greatest story ever told through music.
Maesteg Children’s Choir is led by MD Enid Sian Hughes, and Curtain Up Youth Theatre is trained by Ruth Whelan, Sarah Thomas and Richard Hurlock-Norton.
Tickets are already on sale now at £8 from Maesteg Library: 01656 815995 or http://www. maestegtownhall. com/events/3658romeoandjuliet.
Bands: At Maesteg Harlequins RFC in December the following bands will be playing:
Sunday, December 9– Kerry & Wayne in the bar from 3pm.
Thursday, December 13 – The Ramblers in the bar from 8pm.
Saturday, December 15 – The Rain Kings upstairs from 7pm, entry £3.
Wednesday, December 26 (Boxing Day) – Doctor Rock, with special guest and Disco, upstairs from 4-8pm, entry £3.
Further details and bookings 01656 737 176.
Town Hall Events: All tickets are available from the hall on 01656 815 915 or from www.maesteg townhall.com
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 16 – Afternoon Tea and Craft with Santa. 3pm. Adults £3, Children £10.
Friday, December 21 – The Rat Pack Christmas Show. £21/£20.
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.
Rotary: On Monday, November 19, The Maesteg Rotary club made a donation to Llynfi Valley Voluntary Aid to thank them for providing First Aid cover during the fireworks display.
Armistice: The Armistice Service and Concert in Maesteg Town Hall, organised by Maesteg Branch of the Royal British Legion, was held on Saturday, Novemebr 10 and was extremely well supported by a large audience.First there was the procession of Standards, Clergy and the Book of Remebrance, then the the hymn He who would valiant be, the presiding Minister was Rev Chris Reany, and the Service of Remebrance was followed by a moving poem, read by Jane Mullins.
The Exhortation was spoken by Stuart Bevan, Chairman of Maesteg RBL, followed by the Last Post – trumpeter Bill Davies, two minute silence and the Reveille. Roy Meredith, Secretary of Maesteg RBL read The Epitaph – Kohima War Memorial.
The blessing and the Anthem ended the service and. with the hymn God is our Strength and Refuge, the Clergy and the Stamdards left the stage for the performance of the Remembrance Concert, with compere Stuart Bevan. Sophie Thomas. A pupils at Maesteg Comprehemsive School sang The Army Wives’ Song with much applause.
Brooke Johnson was awarded the prize for the winner of the poem competition. Then came Kirsten Osborne, the Royal Marines’ Sweetheart and now the Maesteg RBL and all who attended the concert. She sang a selection of songs and was generously applauded.
Her voice anod personality inspired and enthralled all and she is the talk of the town.
Needless to say, Bridgend Swing Band then took to the stage and is already a popular item in the town and the valley.
Armisitce Day in Maesteg on Sunday, November 11 – The service was held at St Miichael’s Church, with Rev Chris Reany blessing the wreaths. There was a choral rendering by the choir, Jane Mullins recited Tears of Victory and the children of the Llynfi Valely also took part.
At the end if the service as the clergy processed a Lament was played by Piper Tony Bunchamp form Port Talbot.
As the Parade assembled, there were a police car and two police horses and the lone Piper led the way as the Standard Bearers, church choir, Maesteg Branch of the RBL, the Cadet Training Corp followed by People of Maesteg, Piper Lomgine and Margam Knights contigent, and ten motor bikes.
After a long walk around streets of the town the procession gathered at the Cenotaph along with Mayor Lynne Beedle and Consort Tom Beedle, Chris Elmore MP and Joanne.
AMs took the salute on the way to the Cenotaph where there was a throng of people waiting to take part in the service there, where htre Exhotation was read by Stuart Bevan, the Last Post and Reveille were sounded by Bugler Barbare Pincham, then the wreaths were placed. What a Remembrance to our fallen from the valley, may they rest in peace.
Armistice Day in Caerau – The service of Remembrance was held at St Cynfelin’s Church with a full congregation of people. including the pupils of Caerau Primary School Choir and Cor’ Miebion Choir, who both sung two beautiful respective songs
Directly after the service the congregation then walked in silence to the Caerau War Memorial at the square and joined a very large group, where the whole of the circular area of the memorial was covered.
Some 24 memorial wreaths were laid with many poppy crosses added and it was a tribute to all the men and women who have given their lives to allow us to live.A very memorable occasion to complete 100 years of the ending of the 1st World War.
Thank you all who participated in the event.
Our Hospital: On behalf of the committee of Maesteg Hospital League of Friends, now that another year has almost come to an end, we would like to thank everyone who has supported the hospital, either by their kind donations or by their attendance at this years hospital fete in June during the very bad weather conditions. This year we have raised money to provide Maesteg Hospital with the following.
Individual young person’s speech therapy training - £236.
2 special mattresses - £7150. 5 adapted tables - £910. Total cost of monies spent - £8296. In addition to the above, the committee will also distributing, once again, Christmas presents to those patients who will be spending the festive season in Maesteg Hospital. We could not have provided this level of financial help without the invaluable support of the people of Maesteg and wider community. John Thomas, Chairman Maesteg Hospital League of Friends
Côr Meibion: CÔr Meibion Maesteg ar Cylch were part of the entertainment at Laleston school to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis on Friday, November 16.
They were joined by Trelales Primary school choir and talented soprano Sarah Morris. A packed hall listened to CÔr Meibion start the concert with three pieces Men of Harlech, Let All Men Sing and Cwm Rhondda and were then entertained by the school choir who brilliantly performed Colours Of The Wind, Perfect and finally an excellent version of Rhythm Of Life before Sarah sang a solo, CÔr Meibion then finished the first half with Llef and then the first performance in concert of Afonaf Angel and Rachie After the interval Cor Meibion commenced with Anthem from Chess, Tell My Father and Yfory.
Then the school choir then performed A Million Dreams and This Is Me and they had a wonderful response from the audience. Sarah then completed her stint with a solo from Les Miserables before CÔr Meibion finished the concert with Fugue for Tinhorns and finally another wonderful piece from Les Miserables - One day more.
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: Psy[email protected] 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: Psy[email protected] 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.
Rotary Club: The 70plus 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 711 078.
Maesteg WI: Maesteg WI are having a busy end to a busy and fun year! Maesteg WI are celebrating Christmas with a meal out in Nanty Rugby Club, as well as a Christmas party on their usual night.
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 [email protected] 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 Saturday for the 8-mile Brombil walk, for details contact 01656 731568.
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 4pm-6pm, and work is created in a variety of media.
History: Change of venue - Llynfi Valley Historical Society on the first Tuesday of the month upstair in Maesteg Council Ofices, Maesteg Park at 7pm.
They next meet on Tuesday, December 4 - when Dr Brian Gibbons will speak on the 1916 Easter Sunday Uprising (A forgotten Welsh Story).
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,