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Marie Curie: On this com­ing Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 Marie Curie is hold­ing a street col­lec­tion in Maesteg. We are des­per­ately want­ing some vol­un­teers to col­lect for an hour or two be­tween 10am-3pm.

Marie Curie sup­ports all pa­tients who are ter­mi­nally ill and pro­vides free care and as­sis­tance to pa­tients and fam­i­lies. Fundrais­ers are very im­por­tant to main­tain this.

If you are able to help col­lect on Satur­day 8th or with the Daf­fodil ap­peal in Fe­bru­ary please con­tact Ali­son Dis­combe on 01554 759071 or e mail ali­son.dis­[email protected] mariecurie.org.uk Churches:

Our Lady and St Pa­trick’s Christ­mas Eve Mass Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24. Our Lady & St. Pa­trick - 4.30pm St. Robert - 7pm, Christ­mas Night Mass Our Lady & St.Pa­trick - 10pm.

Christ­mas Day Mass - Our Lady & St. Pa­trick - 11am, St. Robert - 9am

Cen­tra l Church Christ­mas Carol Ser­vice, Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 at 11am,

Christ­mas Day Ser­vice at 10.30am,

Christ­mas Ser­vice, Sun­day, De­cem­ber 30 at 11am.

Sun­day, Deecm­ber 9 - St Michael. Dark­ness to Light and Bless­ing of Las Posadas. 6pm.

Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 - St David’s. Town Carol Ser­vice. 6pm.

16th Sun­day St Cyn­wyd’s 6pm Car­ols by Can­dle­light

23rd Sun­day St Michael’s 11am Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Pre­sen­ta­tion 6pm

9 Lessons and Car­ols St David’s 10am Car­ols

Christ­mas Eve St David’s 7pm 1st Eucharist of the Na­tiv­ity

St Michael’s 11pm 1st Eucharist of the Na­tiv­ity

Christ­mas Day St Cy­wnyd’s 10am Eucharist with car­ols

St Stephen’s Day St Michael’s 10am Eucharist fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments.

Carmel /Betha­nia have a Christ­mas morn­ing ser­vice at 9am.

Ebenezer, West St, has a Car­ols by Can­dle­light on De­cem­ber 23rd at 6pm

Visit Santa: Come and visit Fa­ther Christ­mas and his elves in the Grotto, Coun­cil Cham­ber, Tal­bot Street, Maesteg. Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 to Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22 (Not open on Sun­days); Week­days Mon­day to Fri­day 3pm-6pm and Satur­days 10am-4pm.

Tree Fes­ti­val: At St David’s Church the An­nual Christ­mas Tree Fes­ti­val wil be held from Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6 to Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 and each day ad­mis­sion is £3 (in­clud­ing re­fresh­ments in St David’s hall and mu­sic). Thurs­day from 9.30am4pm to view trees

Nan­tyffyl­lon Pri­mary School 10am-10.30am.

Ys­gol Cyn­wyd Sant 11am-11.30am.

St Mary’s and St Pa­trick’s 1.15pm-1.45pm.

Caerau Pri­mary School 2.15pm-2.45pm. Fri­day from 9.30am4pm to view trees

Llang­y­n­wyd Pri­mary School 10am-10.30am.

Garth Pri­mary School 11am-11.30am.

Cwm­fe­lin Pri­mary School 1.15pm-1.45pm.

Plas­newydd Pri­mary School 2.15pm-2.45pm. Satur­day from 9.30am3pm to view trees

Bois Goe­tre-Hen Male Choir - 10am

Maesteg Chil­dren’s Choir - 11am

Cur­tain Up Youth Theatre - 1pm

Car­ols with the Ukulele Band - 2.30pm.

Sun­day De­cem­ber 9 - 6pm-7pm Carol Ser­vice to close the Fes­ti­val (fol­lowed by the Grand Raf­fle Draw in the Church Hall with re­fresh­ments).

Through­out the Fes­ti­val, as well as the fan­tas­tic dis­play of trees, there are var­i­ous stalls in both the church and church hall sell­ing Chris­tian books, cards, cal­en­dars, CDs, Fair Trade prod­ucts and var­i­ous craft items.

Tea, cof­fee and mince pies are also be­ing served in the church hall.

Grand Raf­fle Tick­ets cost £1 per ticket and are on sale in the weeks lead­ing up to and through­out the fes­ti­val.

Tree Lights: Caerau Square will be lit up at 5pm on this com­ing Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, when the tree lights will be switched on.

First of all, the Light Pa­rades meet there from six dif­fer­ent ar­eas of Caerau, then car­ols will be sung around the tree.

Af­ter­wards all present are wel­come to fol­low Santa down to Caerau De­vel­op­ment Trust (Wood­lands Road) for re­fresh­ments in­clud­ing Mulled Wine and Hot Choco­late plus a visit to Santa in his Grotto.

For more de­tails see the Facebook page. Caerau Christ­mas Cel­e­bra­tions.

Har­mony Con­cert: Next week, Har­mony’s An­nual Christ­mas Char­ity Con­cert will be held on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13 at 7pm in St David’s Church.

This is al­ways a pleas­ant event, looked for­ward to each year by all who at­tend.

Har­mony is led by Wendy Mur­phy, who, as well as be­ing MD, ar­ranges mu­sic and is their ac­com­pa­nist.

Adding to the Christ­mas spirit will be a glass of Sherry and Mince Pies, all in the price of £5.

Tick­ets are avail­able from any choir mem­ber or call Wendy Mur­phy on 07983 571 578.

All pro­ceeds to go to Ty Hafan – a fan­tas­tic cause.

Note­wor­thy Christ­mas Con­cert: This mixed choir has held the An­nual Cancer Re­search Christ­mas Con­cert for years and do so again this year.

It will be held on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14 in Zion Bap­tist Chapel, Cas­tle Street at 7.15pm.

Ryan Wood, who formed Note­wor­thy for a one-off Cancer Re­search con­cert in 1998, thought that it was such a success and the choir all en­thu­si­as­ti­cally agreed to con­tinue with it.

Ryan and ac­com­pa­nist Ste­wart Roberts make a for­mi­da­ble team and it’s a plea­sure to lis­ten to the won­der­ful sound pro­duced by this choir.

The con­cert will fea­ture Note­wor­thy plus their guests CÔr Tadau Trisant and Char­lotte El­let, So­prano.

Tick­ets cost £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 369 367.

Spe­cial Con­cert: On Satur­day De­cem­ber 15 at 7.30pm in Maesteg Town the mixed choir, Take Note, present The Great­est Story.

It will be a Grand Christ­mas Con­cert retelling the great­est story ever told through mu­sic.

With their MD Richard Hur­lock-Nor­ton and Ac­com­pa­nist Lisa Nor­bury, the live 12 piece orches­tra, guests Maesteg Chil­dren’s Choir and Cur­tain Up Youth Theatre, it cer­tainly prom­ises to be a re­ally spe­cial night.

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 cost £8 from Maesteg Li­brary on 01656 815 995 or on­line from www.maesteg town­hall. 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.

Golf Club: At Maesteg Golf Club there will be a se­ries of Christ­mas events as fol­lows:

Bistro Night on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14 – Fine Din­ing, Three-course meal, serv­ing at 7.30pm. Call for menu and pric­ing 01656 734106 or email www.maesteg-golf.co.uk

Christ­mas Day Din­ner – Five Cour­ses adults £50, chil­dren £25. Serv­ing at 1pm - places still avail.

Box­ing Night Ex­trav­a­ganza – With live mu­sic from The Decades tick­ets cost £10 – bring your own party food. Call 734106.

Sun­day Lunch at Mount Pleas­ant Restau­rant - Sun­day lunches ev­ery Sun­day, book­ing ad­vis­able. From next week, this item will be in Maesteg Weekly.

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.

In Jan­uary - Peter Pan: A Swash­buck­ling fam­ily pan­tomime star­ring Owen Money run­ning for two week­ends - .Satur­day, Jan­uary 12 and Sun­day, Jan­uary 13 at 2pm. Fri­day, Jan­uary 18 7pm; Satur­day, Jan­uary 19 at 2pm & 5.30pm and Sun­day, Jan­uary 20 at 2pm & 5.30pm. Tick­ets £13.50, £10.50 con­ces­sions and, for a fam­ily of four, £43

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.

Drama: That was a great cou­ple of nights in Maesteg Har­lequins RFC for the Llynfi Val­ley Am­a­teur Dra­matic Society Trib­ute to Welsh Play­wright Frank Vick­ery. The cho­sen Vick­ery ex­tracts were very well re­ceIved and the au­di­ence were in stitches. So many came that ex­tra chairs had to be found to fit peo­ple in. The Au­di­ence were singing along to mu­sic, cho­sen by Alan, giv­ing a party at­mos­phere to the evening. There was a wide range of ages per­form­ing, from 13 to 75! Judith Hall has worked re­ally hard, choos­ing the ex­cerpts, cast­ing the parts, and di­rect­ing as well as act­ing. There were 22 in­volved, either act­ing or nar­rat­ing.

In­deed, Alan Flay will have a wide choice when he is cast­ing for their next pro­duc­tion, which is ‘A street Car Named De­sire’ for the fes­ti­val in June!

Spe­cial Dates: Do you have a 100th birth­day com­ing up, or a Golden or Di­a­mond Wed­ding and live in the Maesteg Town Coun­cil area?

You, or your rel­a­tives, can in­form the coun­cil.

Then you can ex­pect a spe­cial visit from the Mayor and con­sort bear­ing gifts or even a card from the Queen.

If you live in the Llang­y­n­wyd Mid­dle Coun­cil area, then you con­tact their clerk of the coun­cil.

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 clare­grif­[email protected] 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: 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 Sun­day for the 8-mile Afan Ar­goed walk, for de­tails con­tact 07875 229681.

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.

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

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