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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