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Send Your News To: Gerry Lewis Old Po­lice House, Maesteg Road, Tondu Cf32 9dw 01656 725911 07779 870137 [email protected]­

● Spir­i­tual Heal­ing: Spir­i­tual heal­ing is of­fered each Tues­day from 6pm7.30pm at the Yny­saw­dre Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (at the junc­tion of Bryn Road and Heol-yr-Ys­gol).

There is no charge for the ser­vice but a small do­na­tion to help de­fray ex­penses is ap­pre­ci­ated.

● Chris­tian Spir­i­tu­al­ist Church: Meet Sun­days at 6.30pm at the Yny­saw­dre Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

● Nazareth Chapel: Nazareth Bap­tist Chapel Bryncethin of­fers a ser­vice at 4pm each Sun­day. For more in­for­ma­tions, call An­drew Davies on 01656 663 652.

● Items: Please send items to the ad­dress at the head of the col­umn by the Wed­nes­day evening for pub­li­ca­tion the fol­low­ing week.


Send Your News To: Han­nah May han­nahlouise­[email protected]

● Brackla Com­mu­nity Cen­tre: Is avail­able to hire Satur­day and Sun­day af­ter­noons 2.30pm5.30pm at £60.

Please con­tact Brackla Com­mu­nity Coun­cil to book on 01656 767 072 (week­days 10am-4pm) or email: [email protected]­la­com­mu­ni­ty­coun­ Where pos­si­ble please book around six months ahead.

● Elec­tion: Brackla Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has an elec­tion called for Thurs­day, Jan­uary 3, 2019 to re­place a seat on the coun­cil.


Send Your News To: John Dunk­ley-Wil­liams 16 Nant Yr Adar, Brid­gend, CF31 4TY john.dunk­ley-wil­[email protected]­

● Cymdei­thas Hanes Bro Ogwr/ Brid­gend and District Welsh His­tory So­ci­ety: Nos Lun, 14 Ion­awr, 7 30yh yn y Clwb Criced Tondu. Bydd Richard Gam­mon yn siarad am “Streic Cy­fu­niad Y Cam­brian a Therfys­goedd Tony­pandy”. Bydd croeso cynnes i ddys­g­wyr (o leia Le­fel Canol­radd) a siarad­wyr. £3 yr un neu am ddim i aelo­dau. Mae aelo­daeth 2019 yn dechrau ym mis Ion­awr - £12 yr un. Am ragor o fanylion, cy­sylltwch â Pat JonesJenk­ins, 01656 741622, patjones­jenk­[email protected]­

Mon­day evening, 14 Jan­uary, 7 30pm in the Tondu Cricket Club. Richard Gam­mon will be talk­ing about The Cam­brian Com­bine Strike and the Tony­pandy Ri­ots.

There will be a warm wel­come to learn­ers (at least Canol­radd Level) and Welsh speak­ers. £3 each or free to mem­bers. 2019 mem­ber­ship starts in Jan­uary at £12 each. For fur­ther de­tails, con­tact Pat Jones-Jenk­ins as above.

● Brid­gend Writ­ers Cir­cle: De­cem­ber’s meet­ing saw the pre­sen­ta­tion of tro­phies, cups and cer­tifi­cates to this year’s suc­cess­ful com­pe­ti­tion win­ners.

The Saviker Shield be­ing won by John Bow­didge, for his poem Lit­tle One and mem­oir Mem­o­ries of Wartime; Claudette Evans, re­ceived the run­ner-up Shield for her story The Great Gnome Mys­tery and col­lected the En­deav­our Shield for her jour­nal­is­tic ef­fort Your Starter for Ten.

Other win­ners re­ceiv­ing their tro­phies were; Bri­die Bran­well – the Keith Cole Shield and Michael Hayes for his Mono­logue. Un­for­tu­nately, Liz Ma­honey was un­avail­able to col­lect her Rail­ton Shield, and she also won the an­nual short play com­pe­ti­tion, with her farce What a Shower.

En­tries be­ing read and judged on the evening, by Alex Mar­shall. Mem­bers and guests were also treated to a buf­fet and read­ings from the Og­more Val­ley Lo­cal His­tory So­ci­ety’s An­thol­ogy Wartime Mem­o­ries.

The Brid­gend Writ­ers Cir­cle will take a break un­til Fe­bru­ary, when they meet again at 7pm, on the first Thurs­day of the month at Carnegie House, Wyn­d­ham Street, Brid­gend, where new mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.

The Cir­cle’s an­nual short story com­pe­ti­tion for this year is 1500-1800 words on a theme of your choice. En­try is £5 for a sin­gle story, £7.50 for two sto­ries; clos­ing date is Fri­day, March 1, 2019.

Prizes are £100, £50, £30 and pub­li­ca­tion on the Cir­cle’s web­site.

The judge is Colum San­son-Re­gan.

Rules, con­di­tions of en­try and en­try form can be viewed at: http://brid­gend­writ­ers.web­ Con­tact: [email protected]­

● Li­ons Club of Brid­gend: Brid­gend Li­ons are now col­lect­ing books in readi­ness for their 2019 spring Book Fair, as well as DVDs, CDs, Jig­saws and Com­puter Games.

All dona­tions can be handed in at the West­ward Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Sun­days be­tween 10.30am and 11.30am. (Please do not de­liver books out­side of these hours.)

Books can also be de­liv­ered to Aberkenfig Wel­fare Hall on week­day morn­ings from 11am.

Al­ter­na­tively, call 0845 833 9582 to ar­range a col­lec­tion.

● Hospi­tal Chris­tian Fel­low­ship: The next ser­vice to be held in the Princess of Wales Hospi­tal Chapel, is at 3pm on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 28.


Send Your News To: Jill Goudge 01656 740026 [email protected]

● Ex­tra Bin Bag This Christ­mas: While res­i­dents are usu­ally re­stricted to fill­ing two bin bags each fort­night, each home will be per­mit­ted to put out one ex­tra bin bag for their first refuse col­lec­tion af­ter Christ­mas Day to help ac­com­mo­date all of the ad­di­tional rub­bish ac­cu­mu­lated over the fes­tive sea­son.

Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil have also con­firmed there will be col­lec­tions on Christ­mas Eve but there won’t be any col­lec­tions on Christ­mas Day or Box­ing Day, so ev­ery­thing will be picked up two days later than nor­mal for the rest of the week.

Col­lec­tions will be made as usual on New Year’s Eve, but there won’t be any col­lec­tion on New Year’s Day so ev­ery­thing will be one day later up un­til Satur­day, Jan­uary 5.

Col­lec­tions will be back to nor­mal from Mon­day, Jan­uary 7.

The main fes­tive item that can’t be re­cy­cled is wrap­ping pa­per, while cer­tain types of pack­ag­ing can’t ei­ther, such as black plas­tic, cel­lo­phane wrap and poly­styrene.

Rather than us­ing one of their al­lo­ca­tion of blue bin bags, res­i­dents are rec­om­mended to use a black plas­tic bin bag should they need to use the ex­tra al­lowance for their first refuse col­lec­tion fol­low­ing Christ­mas Day.


Send Your News To: Liz Streat­field 01656 513416 Liz.streat­[email protected]

● Jimmy Walker Me­mo­rial Match: Pon­ty­cymer R.F.C. 24 - Llangeinor A.F.C 24

Now in its 17th year, the an­nual Box­ing Day Jimmy Walker me­mo­rial match, be­tween Pon­ty­cymer Rugby Club and Llangeinor Football Club, proved to be an­other Christ­mas cracker.

The game is played in mem­ory of Jimmy Walker-Hal­stead, who be­came a Llangeinor F. C. stal­wart, not only on the field but off the field as well when for many years he was in­volved in the day to day run­ning of the club. Be­fore he turned to football, a teenage Jimmy played a few times for Pon­ty­cymer rugby.

The match this year lived up to its big billing, with a fan­tas­ti­cally en­ter­tain­ing game. Points on the days for Llangeinor came from tries by Josh Tame, Jake Lewis, Kai Lewis, and Lee Abra­ham, with Jake Lewis and Brian Tame fir­ing over a con­ver­sion each. Eye catch­ing dis­plays for the vis­i­tors came from Colin ‘Chow’ Lewis, Nathan Hawkins, Geraint Hal­stead and pacey wing John Lewis, whilst huge games for Pon­ty­cymer came from fa­ther and son Steve and El­lis Ma­jor, Zack James, Scott Hamp­ton and Ethan ‘Sidestep’ Stead.

The two clubs have en­joyed a very good re­la­tion­ship with one an­other over the decades, due to the fact that they played side by side at Llangeinor Park un­til the con­struc­tion of Llangeinor swim­ming pool in 1967. A large part of the play­ing area had to be de­mol­ished to pro­vide an ac­cess road, and so the coun­cil built Lawrence Park, which to this day is the home of Pon­ty­cymer rugby.

The Jimmy Walker me­mo­rial match has forged friend­ships be­tween the clubs, and it has be­come the high­light for many over the yule­tide pe­riod, with large crowds brav­ing the weather to en­joy the Box­ing Day fix­ture, and this year proved to be no ex­cep­tion. Thank you to all who turned out to watch.

● Carol Ser­vice: The res­i­dents of Darren Bun­ga­lows and King Edward Street showed the true spirit of Christ­mas when, on Christ­mas Eve, they gath­ered in the grounds of Darren Bun­ga­lows to sing tra­di­tional car­ols around the Christ­mas tree. The evening was an­other great suc­cess, and a huge thank to those who at­tended, and to ev­ery­body who sup­plied re­fresh­ments. It was great to see so many peo­ple en­joy­ing a tra­di­tional yule­tide con­cert. Plans are al­ready in place to make next year’s event big­ger and bet­ter, if at all pos­si­ble.

● Rugby Fix­ture: On Satur­day, Jan­uary 5, Pon­ty­cymer Rugby Club will play their first game of 2019 when they wel­come lo­cal ri­vals Bryncethin to Lawrence Park.


Send Your News To: Mar­ion Rogers 01656 733417 llyn­[email protected]­

● Pan­tomime: Come to see our pan­tomime Beauty and the Beast.

There is free trans­port on re­quest, star­ring Owen Money, at Maesteg Town Hall on Fri­day, Jan­uary 20, 7pmSatur­day 21 & Sun­day 22, 2pm.

Tick­ets avail­able from Maesteg Li­brary, 01656 815 995 and maestegtown­ Adults £12.50, chil­dren £10.50, Fam­ily of Four £42

● Spirit Of Llynfi: The Llynfi Wood­land Group No­tice of First An­nual General Meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 16, 2019 at 6.30pm-8pm at Y Llynfi Li­brary, Maesteg CF34 9EB with Guest Talk Bio­di­ver­sity on coal spoil sites.

The AGM is open to all in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing the work of this newly es­tab­lished com­mu­nity group and to re­ceive its first an­nual re­port and ac­counts. Mem­bers with vot­ing rights may be re­quired to vote on cur­rent is­sues such as ap­point­ments to the board of trus­tees.

Nom­i­na­tions for new trus­tees should be emailed by 31/12/18 to: llyn­fi­wood­land­[email protected]

Hys­bysiad o Gy­far­fod Cyf­fredi­nol Blyny­d­dol Dydd Mercher 16 Ion­awr 2019 6.30yh– 8.00yh yn Y Llynfi Li­brary, Maesteg CF34 9EB

‘Bioam­ry­wiaeth ar hen safleoedd glo’

Mae’r cy­far­fod cyf­fredi­nol blyny­d­dol yn agored i bawb sydd â did­dordeb mewn cefnogi gwaith y grwp cy­munedol hwn ac i dder­byn ei adrod­diad a’i gyfri­fon blyny­d­dol cyntaf. Efal­lai y bydd an­gen i aelo­dau sydd â hawliau plei­dleisio NTSblei­dleisio ar fa­te­rion cyfredol fel pen­odi­adau i fwrdd yr Ymd­diriedol­wyr

Dy­lai en­we­bi­adau ar gyfer Ymd­diriedol­wyr newydd gael eu ebostio er­byn 31/12/18 at: llyn­fi­wood­land­[email protected]

Edrychwn ym­laen at eich croe­sawu!

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

■ 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 cost £13.50, (£10.50 cons) and, for a fam­ily of four, £43.

■ Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 7- Lunchtime Theatre - Desk Job. A New Com­edy £6.50. 1pm.

■ Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 22 - Mur­der She Didn’t Write. An Im­pro­vised Com­edy Mur­der Mys­tery.£13. 7.30pm.

■ Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 23 - Queen: Cham­pi­ons of Rock. £21.50. 7.30pm.

■ Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 25 – Kev F’s Comic Art Master­class. £6.50. 10am, 12.30pm & 1.30pm & 4pm.

● More Dates in 2019: Maesteg and District Male voice choir, Cor Meibion Maesteg a’r cylch, on Satur­day, March 2, 2019 are fea­tur­ing a bril­liant con­cert at Maesteg Town Hall with in­ter­na­tional Tenor Wynne Evans. Tick­ets are only £10

● Drama: Llynfi Val­ley Am­a­teur Drama So­ci­ety are now re­hears­ing A Street­car Named De­sire for the fes­ti­val in June. Sarah Thomas is Blanche, James Owen is Stan­ley, Paul Skye is Mitch, Sally Richards is Stella, Sian Rees is Eu­nice, An­drew Mor­gan is Steve, Aled Wil­liams is Pablo and Bethan Skye is a com­mon woman.

We hope Maesteg will sup­port us in great num­bers so we can con­tinue to bring qual­ity drama to the town. Look out for more de­tails in this new year. Look out for more in the fol­low­ing weeks

● 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.

● 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.


● Golf Club: At Maesteg Golf Club – the Box­ing Night Ex­trav­a­ganza Live Mu­sic pro­vided by The Decades. Tick­ets cost £10 – bring your own party food. Call 734106. Sun­day Lunch at Mount Pleas­ant Restau­rant, book­ing ad­vis­able.

● The Quins: More bands will be at Maesteg Har­lequins:

■ Satur­day, Jan­uary 5 – Alex John.

■ Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 16 – Sweaty Fin­gers Rock and Blues Band.

● 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]

● 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]­ 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] hot­

● 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 6pm-7.30pm. 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 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 711 078.

● Maesteg WI: Maesteg WI have their first meet­ing of the New Year on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 24. We have an ex­cit­ing pro­gram planned for the year, and will meet on the Third Thurs­day of each month at 7pm in Maesteg Rugby Club ev­ery other month.

Come along and see for your­self - we wel­come vis­i­tors who can see if they fancy join­ing us, we’re a friendly bunch who love hav­ing a good time. Con­tact us on [email protected] 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 7-mile Baglan Cir­cu­lar walk, for de­tails con­tact 01656 731598.

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 up­stairs in Maesteg Coun­cil Ofices at 7pm. So on Tues­day Jan­uary 8th Ciaran Gib­bons will be there, with sub­jsct Is­raeli/ Pales­tine Bor­der.

● Maesteg U3A: meet at Cen­tral Church Maesteg on the fourth 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

● 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.

● Maesteg Min­ers: The newly formed Llynfi Val­ley Ex-min­ers Group meets fort­nightly on a Tues­day at 6.30pm in Maesteg Rugby Club.

All ex-min­ers who worked on top or underground are wel­come.

For more information con­tact Chris Davies on 07521 906 796 or see the Face­book page: Llynfi Val­ley Ex-min­ers.

Min­ers’ Wives meet on Thurs­days at Cen­tral Church.

● Ukelele Club: The Maesteg Ukulele Club meets ev­ery Mon­day (ex­cept bank hol­i­days) at 7pm in the Cross Inn, Cwm­fe­lin/ Maesteg.

It is suitable for all lev­els of play­ers – and new mem­bers are wel­come.

● Parkin­son’s Sup­port: The Maesteg Parkin­son’s sup­port group now meet as Friends of Pen­dre, which is the Parkin­son’s ward in Brid­gend general hospi­tal.

If you wish to join them, en­quiries to Bernard Franks on 01656 733 560.

● Men’s Shed: The Men’s Shed Maesteg head­quar­ters is open at the Court House ev­ery Thurs­day from 11am-1.30pm.

They have been pro­duc­ing a monthly pod­cast, which goes out live on Celtica Ra­dio on the last Wed­nes­day of the month at 8pm, and pod­casts are avail­able on the Shedquar­ters web­site (maestegshedquar­ters.word­

Reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a mu­sic group, wood­work, guest speak­ers, paint­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties and com­mu­nity events.

All wel­come, and a hot meal is cooked ev­ery week.

● Spirit of Llynfi: The Llynfi Wood­land group meets on the first Satur­day of the month.

The group has been busy in­stalling pic­nic benches for fam­i­lies to en­joy their visit to the site.

New vol­un­teers are wel­come – con­tact llynfi wood­land­[email protected] for de­tails.

● Mur­der: Do you fancy be­ing a de­tec­tive? There’s a Mur­der Mys­tery Book Club which is held at the li­brary in Maesteg Sports Cen­tre.

A book for the month is given, you read to a spec­i­fied page, ring Mar­tyn to say who you think is the mur­derer, then meet to dis­cuss the book on a Satur­day morn­ing. In­ter­ested? Con­tact Mar­tyn at the li­brary. The group is now in­volved in cre­at­ing a book – Mur­der and de­tec­tive of course.

● Choir News: If you like to sing then join our friendly cho­ris­ters, who come from all over the bor­ough.

■ Côr Meibion Maesteg a’r cylch/Maesteg Male Voice Choir re­hearse at the Celtic with a 15 minute break and 7pm-8.30pm, Tues­day with no break.

■ Côr Merched Cwm Llynfi, the Llynfi Val­ley Ladies Choir re­hearse at the Celtic Club – on Wed­nes­days 7pm-9pm.

■ Maesteg Gleemen Male Voice Choir re­hearse at 7pm at the Bri­tish Le­gion Club on Mon­days and Thurs­days.

■ Har­mony Ladies Choir, re­hearse Mon­days 7.30pm-9pm at Nanty Rugby Club.

■ Maesteg Gleemen Male Voice Choir re­hearse at the Bri­tish Le­gion Club, from 7pm, on Mon­days and Thurs­days.

■ Har­mony Ladies Choir, re­hearse Mon­days 7.30pm-9pm, at Nanty Rugby Club.

● Tak­ing To The Stage: The Llynfi Val­ley Am­a­teur Dra­matic So­ci­ety meet at 7.30pm at the Quins on a Thurs­day.

They are now re­hears­ing for The Grad­u­ate, which will be per­formed in June.

New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.

● MAOS: Singing and act­ing com­bined – the award-win­ning Maesteg Am­a­teur Op­er­atic So­ci­ety meet on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days at 7pm. They are now busy re­hears­ing for their next show, which will be Sis­ter Act.

● Chil­dren/Youth: We have two chil­dren’s and young peo­ple’s cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties in our val­ley plus Scouts, air cadets and the Court­house.

● Maesteg Chil­dren’s

Choir: The chil­dren are guar­an­teed a great time learn­ing new songs.

They meet ev­ery Satur­day in the crypt of St Michael’s Church from 10am-noon and pay only £2 a week. ● Cur­tain Up Youth Theatre: Meets ev­ery Tues­day at Maesteg Town Hall from 4.15pm for pri­mary school age chil­dren, and 6pm for those of com­pre­hen­sive school age, up to 18.

They are trained to a high stan­dard in all as­pects of stage-craft – act­ing, mime and move­ment. Fee is £6 with an of­fer of £10 for two in the fam­ily.

Cur­tain Up are now able to con­firm that our younger mem­bers will be per­form­ing Dis­ney’s Alice in Wonderland at Maesteg Town Hall on Satur­day, June 1.

There will be just 2 per­for­mances. Look out for fur­ther de­tails over the com­ing months.

■ The 631 (Maesteg) Squadron meet on Tues­day and Fri­day evenings at their Up­per Street HQ and wel­come boys and girls aged 13 and over.

■ The Court­house in Sta­tion Street Maesteg is open ev­ery Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day from 5.30pm-7.30pm.

Plus there are dance groups of var­i­ous styles – bal­let with Miss Sian, based in Church Street, Maesteg, (near the bus sta­tion); plus UDC from Caerau, Funk Force and Con­ta­gious from Maesteg.

● MHM Wales: Well­be­ing and emo­tional well­be­ing drop-in – in­crease your pos­i­tive emo­tional well­be­ing. Well­be­ing Hub at Ma­sonic Hall, Cas­tle Street, Maesteg, CF34 9YL, on Thurs­days, 12noon-3pm.

● Spe­cial Fam­i­lies: This is a fam­ily sup­port group in Maesteg for fam­i­lies that have chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

Term-time sup­port group cof­fee morn­ing at Maesteg Sports Cen­tre, Wed­nes­days, 10am-12noon. Open to all.

Term-time Satur­day ac­tiv­ity at Maesteg Sports Cen­tre, from 12noon-2pm, mem­bers only.

Out of school ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing hol­i­day time mem­bers only.

Con­tact Claire Ed­munds on 07588 460 796 or find Spe­cial Fam­i­lies Maesteg on Face­book.

● Credit Union: Llynfi Val­ley Credit Union is open for busi­ness for just £1 mem­ber­ship join­ing fee. You’ll find it at 15a Tal­bot Street from 9am-1pm, Mon­day to Satur­day, call 731 392; or 177 Caerau Road, also from 9am-1pm, Mon­day to Fri­day, call 736 267.

● Food Bank: The ser­vice is kept stocked by gen­er­ous peo­ple and stores in the com­mu­nity.

You can de­liver items to Noddfa in Caerau, Pe­niel in Maesteg, or Caerau Devel­op­ment Trust via Dr Jill. Check if you’re en­ti­tled to use the food­bank – you need a note from your doc­tor, the So­cial Ser­vices, the Job Cen­tre or Cit­i­zens’ Ad­vice Bureau, then take it with you and hand it in.


● Nanty Sport: Llynfi Val­ley Ta­ble Ten­nis ev­ery Fri­day, 6.30-9pm, at Maesteg Sports Cen­tre.

All equip­ment is pro­vided for use, with qual­i­fied coaches to help and as­sist, from ab­so­lute be­gin­ners to the more ex­pe­ri­enced player.

Ad­mis­sion is £3 for adults and £1 for chil­dren.

Call Peter Wil­liams on 07956 608 581.

● Nanty MI: Bingo Night with re­fresh­ments at Nanty Min­ers’ In­sti­tute on a Mon­day and Thurs­day from 7.15pm.

Nanty Li­brary also has two large halls avail­able with va­cant slots through­out the week and week­ends. Call Bernard Ayl­ward 01656 739 898.

A good evening with a great at­mos­phere is as­sured when you go to Nanty Min­ers’ In­sti­tute for a Bingo Night with re­fresh­ments on a Mon­day and Thurs­day from 7.15pm.


● Be­friend­ing: Are you lonely and want a bit of com­pany or need a break from your four walls?

If your an­swer is yes, visit our Be­friend­ing Cafe at Caerau Devel­op­ment Trust – Caerau Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Wood­land Ter­race, Maesteg CF34 0SR ev­ery Mon­day from 12noon-2pm. Start­ing Mon­day, Septem­ber 10.

Come along and have a cup of tea and a chat with us and meet new friends!If you haven’t got trans­port, no need to worry! Please get in touch and we can ar­range the town rider ser­vice to col­lect you from your home and re­turn. For fur­ther information con­tact: Laura (Com­mu­nity co­or­di­na­tor), on 07815 579082 or Tracy at BAVO on 01656 810400.

● Tai-Chi: At St Cyn­fe­lyn’s Church Hall ev­ery Thurs­day from 11am to 12noon at £2 per ses­sion. Tea /cof­fee avail­able.

● BMX Track: The Llynfi Val­ley BMX Rac­ing Club is thrilled to share in the com­mu­nity projects fund­ing.

With an ex­panded car park and resur­faced and en­hanced race track, the club was able to host a South West Re­gional race meet­ing in Au­gust and the Welsh BMX Cham­pi­onship for the first time, which brought more than 600 vis­i­tors into the area from Wales and Eng­land.

They must have ap­pre­ci­ated the lovely views from the hills.

For more information about In­vest Lo­cal Caerau, see the Face­book page. ● Caerau Men’s Shed: Caerau Men’s Shed meet ev­ery Fri­day at 1pm at Caerau Devel­op­ment Trust Wood­lands Ter­race. Ev­ery man is wel­come over the age of 18 years of age. For more information con­tact Phil John sec 0796 661 459 or chair­man Chris Davies on 07521 906 796.

● De­men­tia Sup­port: Are you very for­get­ful? Are you look­ing af­ter some­one who is very for­get­ful or has been di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia?

Come and meet peo­ple in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion at Dyf­fryn Chapel, Bedw Street, Caerau, and there en­joy a cup of tea and a chance to talk with mem­bers of the De­men­tia Friends Group.

Our meet­ings are ev­ery Thurs­day from 1pm-4pm and are open to any car­ers, not just for de­men­tia.

Con­tact Eir­wen Thomas, 736 379, or John Hughes, 731 392, (Maesteg Credit Union) for more information.

● Devel­op­ment Trust: Daily cooked meals from wide menu, Mon­day-Fri­day.

■ Free food avail­able Mon­day-Satur­day morn­ings;

■ Char­ity Shop open Mon­day-Satur­day;

■ Li­brary; com­puter suite with com­puter use – help avail­able;

■ Craft ses­sions, Thurs­day, 6pm on­wards.

■ Keep fit – two ses­sions ac­cord­ing to abil­ity on Wed­nes­days, call 01656 810 225 for de­tails.

■ Mu­sic and story record­ing ses­sions Tues­days – vol­un­teers wel­come.

■ Craft group – jew­ellery & card-mak­ing; com­puter suite; var­i­ous cour­ses.

Call 01656 810 225 or email caer­aude­vel­op­ment­[email protected] for more information.

● Noddfa Com­mu­nity Project Caerau:

■ Mon­days: 5-8pm UDC Dance; 6-8pm Fit­ness Class. ■

Tues­days: 10am-12noon Caerau Food­bank – vouch­ers only (vouch­ers can sort on Mon­day and Thurs­day, 1pm-3pm from Noddfa); 1pm-3pm Bingo Club; 4pm-6pm Caerau Box­ing Club; 4pm-5.30pm Kids’ Club (home­work and drop-in – Pri­mary School); 6.30pm-8.30pm Youth Club (11 to 25 year olds).

Both Kids/Youth Club link with Caerau Grow­ers’ Mar­ket Gar­den.

■ Wed­nes­days: Job Club and Adult Art/Crafts; 5-8pm UDC Dance; 6-8pm Fit­ness Class.

■ Thurs­days: 11am-3pm Sew­ing Class; 4pm-5.30pm Kids Club (home­work and dropin – Pri­mary Schools); 6.30pm-8.30pm Youth Club (11 to 25 year olds).

■ Fri­days: Youth Drop In, from 4pm-5.30pm. Fit­ness Club, from 6pm-8pm.

■ Satur­days: Free for book­ings.

■ Sun­days: UDC Dance Noddfa Com­mu­nity Project, run by a group of vol­un­teers who are very ex­pe­ri­enced and a qual­i­fied man­ager at the helm.

■ Both Kids Club and Youth Club have qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced youth work­ers. The lo­cal PCSO and fire ser­vice pro­vide sup­port to a va­ri­ety of projects within Noddfa.

Call 01656 738 866.


● Garth WI: They will be hold­ing their meet­ings on the sec­ond Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month at Maesteg Celtic Club in the room down­stairs.

Meet­ings will start at 7pm and fin­ish at 9pm.

● OAP Club: Garth OAP Club meet in their hall on Brid­gend Road ev­ery Wed­nes­day, from 5.30pm7pm.

A new craft group is start­ing on Tues­days from 10am-12noon. Cost £3 and any type of craft is suitable. New mem­bers warmly wel­come. Mem­ber­ship fee £2, then weekly subs £1.

Call Anne on 07904 604 049 or 737 323 or Ethel on 735 571. We are now on Face­book.

● So­cial Ses­sions: Chat over tea or cof­fee, bingo, card games, day trips, din­ing out and the oc­ca­sional speaker.

For more information, call Anne or Ethel as above.


● Lunch: The fund-rais­ing lunches on the third Wed­nes­day of each month are at 12.30pm for 1pm, at the Corner House.

● Tir Iarll WI: Mem­bers meet on the first Tues­day of the month at Llang­y­n­wyd Pri­mary School.

● Llan Hall: Llang­y­n­wyd Vil­lage Hall Events - Con­tact de­tails for all events are avail­able via our web­site www. llanvil­lage­ by con­tact­ing our book­ing line 07936 524 553 or email­ingllanvil­lage­[email protected]

At the hall:

■ Mon­days – 10.15am–12noon - Par­ent & Tod­dler Group. 6pm-9pm - Ma­te­rial Girls Sew­ing Group. 6.30pm-9pm - Llang­y­n­wyd Mid­dle Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (2nd Mon­day not Au­gust).

■ Tues­days – 10am-2pm Cof­fee Shop Open; 12.30pm-1.30pm Tai Chi. 1pm-3pm - Tir Iarll Craft Club (ex­cept first Tues­day). 7pm-8.30pm - Singing For Plea­sure. 7pm-9pm - Llang­y­n­wyd Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion (3rd Tues­day).

■ Wed­nes­day - 10am-2pm - Cof­fee Shop Open, 10.30am-11.30am - Pi­lates. 2pm-4pm - Prize Bingo. 6pm-8pm - USW Welsh Class (from Septem­ber 2018). 6pm-8pm - Ta­ble Ten­nis

■ Thurs­day - 10am-2pm - Cof­fee Shop Open. 10.15am-12noon - Par­ent & Tod­dler Group. 6.30pm-7.30pm - Pi­lates

■ Fri­day - 7.15pm-9.30pm - Monthly Sup­per Club (on Last Fri­day).

■ Satur­day - 8.30am-10.30am - Pi­lates

■ Sun­day - 6.15pm-8.15pm - Med­i­ta­tion Group (first Sun­day).

● Shiloh Church: Shiloh Church, Llang­y­n­wyd, of­fers ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and young peo­ple of school age on Mon­days, 6pm-7pm, (War­rior Club ages five-11, fun, games, craft and much more).

Fri­days, 7pm-8.30pm, (youth, ages 11-16, games, re­fresh­ments and top­i­cal dis­cus­sion). Cost 50p.

● Bryn Val­ley: Com­put­ers at Bryn Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Bryn ev­ery Tues­day 10.30am-noon.

To get peo­ple to feel com­fort­able and con­fi­dent when us­ing a com­puter.

Con­tact Paul Bul­mer on 07757 016 572 or email: paul.bul­[email protected] or Gaynor Jones, on 07989 130 933 or email: [email protected]­

In­ter­ested par­ties are asked to bring your phone, tablet or lap­top to the com­mu­nity cen­tre.

● Sandville: The cen­tre is open from Mon­day to Fri­day – ring 01656 743 344. Oc­ca­sion­ally Lee the chi­ropodist is there.

On Thurs­days a bus picks up from Maesteg to take those who feel that they need a va­ri­ety of treat­ments for their pain.

Ring Tu­dor on 01656 731 697.Treat­ments are on var­i­ous days from Tues­day to Thurs­day.

They are self hyp­no­sis, re­flex­ol­ogy, pool ther­apy, form ther­apy, home­opa­thy, hair­dress­ing, Indian head mas­sage, bowens ther­apy hand and foot mas­sage – ring sandville to find out when they are on.

Fri­day is spe­cial­ist day/ mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.

● Car­ers: Maesteg Car­ers now con­tact the cen­tre to ar­range a visit at their home, or at an­other suitable place.

The cen­tre is at Brid­gend Car­ers, call 01656 658 479.

Open Mon­day to Fri­day with ac­tiv­i­ties and ad­vice. Le­gal surgery on oc­ca­sions.


Send Your News To: Owen Sen­dell 1 Cardiff Street, Og­more Vale, Brid­gend. CF32 7EW. 01656 840914 [email protected]­

● The Inn, Nan­ty­moel:

■ Satur­day, De­cem­ber 29 – Fair Warn­ing.

■ Satur­day, De­cem­ber 31 (New Year’s Eve) – The Pretty Feck­less.

● The Wyn­d­ham Pub: Join us on a Tues­day night for poker from 8pm.

Ev­ery Thurs­day night 9pm is our quiz and Play Your Cards Right where you could have a chance to win £100.

● Cof­fee Morn­ings: There is no cof­fee morn­ing at the end of the month at Christchurch Chapel Cor­bett Street, Og­more Vale. We will restart them the end of Jan­uary.

We would like to wish ev­ery­one from us all at Christchurch a Merry Christ­mas & Happy New year.

● Char­ity Work: Would like to up­date you on what Brent & Theresa Ed­wards of Ed­wards 3JJJs of Og­more Vale have done over the last year.

They have given boxes each month to Christchurch Chapel Cor­bett Street Og­more Vale, raf­fle prizes to Wyn­d­ham Boys & Girls Club, School’s & to the whole com­mu­nity, too many to man­sion for dif­fer­ent things but one char­ity is Cancer Research which they have given over six times on the last count. One of the best things that they have done so far is get­ting t-shirt’s printed & signed by the Most Haunted crew and sell­ing them for raf­fle prizes for our lo­cal char­ity’s.

Brent has just won an award for South Wales Vol­un­tary Work but not for­get­ting Trig­ger and Snow­drop the horses that does so much with them to. They both would like to say a Big Thank You to Brid­gend Em­broi­dery Store, Tim & Owen all the fans and cus­tomers who buy raf­fles, etc, be­cause with­out you we couldn’t do what we do. Thank you all.

● Black­mill Over 50s: Black­mill Over 50s meet at The Lo­cal Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day evenings at 7pm, al­ways glad to wel­come new mem­bers. This is a so­cial gath­er­ing and oc­ca­sion­ally a trip to the theatre or a meal out is ar­ranged.

● Nan­ty­moel Knit­ters Class: We are mem­bers of a Knit­ting Club who live in Nan­ty­moel. We meet twice a week at Di­nam Close ev­ery Tues­day and Fri­day from 10am-12noon.

We are al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers and all our ef­forts are to make things for char­ity’s.

If there is any­one who has any spare wool they do not want, we would be very grate­ful to re­ceive it.

Many thanks from all the knit­ting club mem­bers.


Send your news to: Meryl Wilkins 1 Pen-yr-Heol, Peny­fai CF31 4ND 01656 724794

● Sun­day Ser­vices: All Saints Church Peny­fai:

■ First Sun­day of the month – Morn­ing prayer and Holy Eucharist at 10.30am.

■ Sec­ond Sun­day of the month – Shared Benefice Eucharist, 10.30am.

■ Third Sun­day of the month – Said Holy Eucharist 8.30am, fol­lowed by Morn­ing Prayer, 10.30am

■ Fourth Sun­day of the month – Holy Eucharist, 10.30am.

■ Fifth Sun­day of the month – Benefice Eucharist at 10.30am, fol­lowed by lunch. Call the Rev An­thony Beer on 01656 859 487.

● Smyrna Chapel Ser­vices: A tra­di­tional Sun­day school ser­vice in Smyrna Chapel, Peny­fai, al­ways starts at 10.30am and the evening ser­vices take place in Smyrna Chapel start­ing at 6pm. There is a cof­fee morn­ing ev­ery Tues­day in the Smyrna Chapel vestry from 10am-12noon where stalls of pro­duce are also on of­fer.

Bi­ble stud­ies take place on Thurs­days at 7.15pm and are led by Mar­lyn James and Dorothy Evans. New­com­ers to the vil­lage of Peny­fai are al­ways wel­come. ● Com­mu­nity Coun­cil: The first meet­ing of the new year 2019 for the New­cas­tle Higher Com­mu­nity Coun­cil will be on Tues­day, Jan­uary 8 at 7pm in the Westly Cen­tre Tondu.

● Peny­fai Guide Group: Scout and Guide Hall, Court Cole­man Road, Peny­fai (ex­cept sum­mer) as fol­lows:

■ Rain­bows (ages 5 to 7) meet Wed­nes­days from 5.30pm-6.45pm.

■ Brown­ies (age 7 to 10) meet Mon­days from 5.30pm-7pm.

Call Pippa O’Neill on 07480 825 532 for more information.

● 1st Peny­fai Scout Group: Scout and Guide Hall, Court Cole­man Road, Peny­fai (ex­cept sum­mer):

■ Beavers (ages 6 to 8), meet Thurs­days from 5pm-6.15pm.

■ Cubs (ages 8 to 10) meet Thurs­days from 6.30pm-8pm.

■ Scouts (ages 10 to 14) meet Thurs­days, 6.30pm-8pm.

■ Call Chris­tine Jor­dan on 01656 860 831.

● Play and Com­mu­nity Play­group: For fam­i­lies of new­com­ers to the vil­lage of Peny­fai with chil­dren from two years to four years look­ing to join a play group, there is the Play and Com­mu­nity play group held in the Scout hall on Court Cole­man Road, Peny­fai.

The play group is open 9.15am-3pm Mon­day to Fri­day dur­ing term time.

Call 07813 392 464 for more information.


Send your news to: David New­ton-Wil­liams 42 Suf­folk Place, Porth­cawl, CF36 3EB. 01656 451844 [email protected]­

● Happy New Year: May I wish you all an ex­tremely Happy and Healthy New Year with many more to come.

● Porth­cawl Li­ons Burn’s Night: Porth­cawl li­ons are hold­ing their An­nual Burn’s Night on Fri­day, Jan­uary 26 in the Hi-Tide in Mack­worth Road Porth­cawl at 7.30pm prompt.

En­try is by ticket only and tick­ets at £27 can be ob­tained from Porth­cawl Mu­seum, Porth­cawl YMCA or from in­di­vid­ual Li­ons. The Hag­gis will be piped in by piper John Camp­bell and there will be a raf­fle in aid of Porth­cawl Mu­seum. Dress code is lounge suit and black tie or tar­tan.

● Porth­cawl Farm­ers Mar­ket: The next Farm­ers Mar­ket will be held in Grif­fin Park Hall on Satur­day, Jan­uary 26 be­tween 9.30am and 12.30 pm. All the usual stalls will be there and re­fresh­ments will be avail­able.

● Porth­cawl Weekly Ta­ble Top Sale: This is a weekly event and is held ev­ery Fri­day at grif­fin Park Hall with doors open be­tween 8.30am and 12.30pm. If you want a ta­ble to sell things your­self then ta­bles are avail­able at £5.00 per event.

● Porth­cawl Christ­mas Morn­ing Swim: This year saw the Big­gest and Bestest Christ­mas Morn­ing Swim with nearly 1500 swim­mers and thou­sands more wrapped up warm view­ers. Well done to the or­gan­is­ers and to all those who braved the el­e­ments on the day.

● Porth­cawl Li­ons Fun Run: This again was well at­tended and again may I con­grat­u­late the or­gan­is­ers and to all those who braved the el­e­ments on the day.

● Porth­cawl RNLI Fundrais­ing Events Di­ary 2018: Those of us who braved the cold weather to at­tend the RNLI Carol Ser­vice last Wed­nes­day had a most en­joy­able time. There were read­ings by the Rec­tor and by mem­bers of the RNLI as well as per­for­mances by West Park Pri­mary School and the Porth­cawl Male Voice and then the pub­lic car­ols when we all had a chance to sing our hearts out and all this in the on­go­ing at­mos­phere of the Ro­tary Christ­mas Tree Fes­ti­val which seems to be grow­ing big­ger and bet­ter year by year.

● Porth­cawl Ro­tary Club Christ­mas Events: The Christ­mas Tree Fes­ti­val in All Saints Church has lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions and has again been a great suc­cess and a credit to the work put into it by Porth­cawl Ro­tary and the Or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who pro­vid­ing trees.

● Cabin Bar Coney Beach: The man­age­ment and staff of the Cabin Bar at the en­trance to Coney Beach Amuse­ment Park put on a Christ­mas lunch for their many se­nior ci­ti­zen cus­tomers last week: and what an event it was.

About 150 peo­ple sat down to a su­perb Christ­mas Lunch with all the trim­mings and I mean all the trim­mings!

The staff rose to the task with mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion and there were free raf­fle tick­ets for all as well as ‘bingo’ cards (’HousyHousy’ as it used to be known in the Army) with ex­tremely gen­er­ous cash prizes and then a visit from Santa dur­ing which ev­ery­one re­ceived a present.

While all this was go­ing on Carl car­ried out a run­ning com­men­tary, acted as Bingo caller and then went into ‘Quick Change’ Cabaret mode and per­formed as ev­ery­one from Elvis to El­ton John.

Noth­ing was too much ef­fort and both Carl and his staff de­serve a great big ‘Thank you!’


Send your news to: Dawn Lewis 01656 880418

● Gar­den Green Waste: The fort­nightly col­lec­tion of green-bag gar­den waste for our area by the Vale Coun­cil has now ceased un­til the spring and the ring and re­quest ser­vice has recom­menced. Call 01446 700 111.

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