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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,

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