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.
Spiritual Healing: Spiritual healing is offered each Tuesday from 6pm-7.30pm at the Ynysawdre Community Centre (at the junction of Bryn Road and Heol-yrYsgol).
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.
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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] googlemail.com
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. webplus.net.
Contact: [email protected] hotmail.co.uk
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. 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.
To find out more about recycling in Bridgend County Borough please visit www. recycleforbridgend. wales. 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. to Patrick and Paul of Laleston Gardening Club for all their newsletters of 2018.
New Members are always welcome and here is the first newsletter for 2019.
Laleston Gardening Club: Members are reminded that the first lecture of 2019 takes place on Monday, January 14, at the usual time of 7.30pm when Kevin Thomas makes a welcome return to the club to give a talk entitled 12 months in the Small Greenhouse.
Kevin is a popular lecturer who has visited the club on many occasions and given talks on a wide range of horticultural topics.
Greenhouse management should be of great interest to a number of the new members from the local allotments who are keen to produce their own vegetables for the table.
Details of all lectures are included on the club membership card and attendance at the lectures is a sure way of getting to know about forthcoming events at the club and meet other members.
The club is planning a Chinese Evening for Friday, February 8 to usher in the Chinese New Year.
This function is the brainchild of Linda Thomas who will use her experience with Chinese cuisine to lead the arrangements with other members of the clubs ladies section for what should be a most enjoyable evening.
This is a new venture for the club and builds on the success of the Curry Evening held last year.
Gardeners and Allotment holders in the area will be delighted to hear that another Mega Plant Sale is being planned for May.
This will be the club’s 7th Annual Plant Sale and is a massive undertaking for a small number of dedicated members who devote so much time and effort over many months to produce the thousands of plants necessary for the sale.
The club’s not for profit shop (The Cabin) at Cliff Cottage will reopen for business on Saturday, February 2.
Although the shop has been closed since November there have always been members