PORTH­CAWL

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Community - David New­ton-Wil­liams

avail­able on Thurs­day and Satur­day morn­ings be­tween 10am and 12noon, to open up the shop for mem­bers need­ing sup­plies for their gar­den­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Any­one in­ter­ested in hir­ing the hall at Cliff Cot­tage for func­tions, meet­ings etc, are wel­come to come along at the­ses times to have a look at the fa­cil­i­ties the club has avail­able at a mod­est cost.

The next com­mit­tee meet­ing of the club will take place on Fri­day, Jan­uary 18 and the Chair­man and Com­mit­tee hope you have a happy and healthy New Year.

In­ter­ested in Join­ing? Why not come to our next ad­ver­tised lec­ture or event and meet some of our mem­bers.

We will be happy to tell you about the ben­e­fits of join­ing this friendly, well es­tab­lished lo­cal club.

Please see the links be­low for more de­tails.

For room hire de­tails please see our web­site at: www.lale­ston­gar­den club.co.uk or find us on Face­book. Cof­fee Morn­ings:

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 10am12noon.

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

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.

Your News: Please re­mem­ber to send any news or in­for­ma­tion to me by 10.30pm on Wednes­day night ev­ery week.

Email [email protected] og­more-vale.co.uk or ring 01656 760 640.

Com­mu­nity Coun­cil: The New­cas­tle Higher Com­mu­nity Coun­cil clerk John Rich­field has re­ceived a re­ply from the mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer of Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil Kelly Wat­son, about the New­cas­tle Higher Com­mu­nity Coun­cils ques­tions put in con­nec­tion to the own­er­ship by Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil of the Pheas­ant Field Peny­fai.

The let­ter from Kelly Wat­son mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer to John Rich­field clerk is to be dis­cussed sep­a­rately from the other busi­ness of the New­cas­tle Higher Com­mu­nity Coun­cil meet­ing on Jan­uary 8 at 7pm in the Westly Methodist Church 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: 42 Suf­folk Place, Porth­cawl, CF36 3EB. 01656 451844 [email protected]­call.co.uk

Porth­cawl Lions Burns Night: Porth­cawl lions are hold­ing their An­nual Burn’s Night on Fri­day, Jan­uary 26 in the HiTide 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 12.30pm.

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 per event.

Porth­cawl Christ­mas Morn­ing Swim: This year saw the Big­gest and Bestest Christ­mas Morn­ing Swim with nearly 1,500 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 all those who braved the el­e­ments on the day.

Fair­trade Af­ter­noon Tea: Come and beat the win­ter blues, by en­joy­ing a se­lec­tion of de­li­cious homemade cakes with Fair­trade in­gre­di­ents and Fair­trade tea or cof­fee: all this at an Af­ter­noon Tea – Fan­fare for Fair­trade, which will be held at Trin­ity Church Porth­cawl this Satur­day, Jan­uary 12 from 2pm4pm.

There will also be some up-beat mu­sic to cheer the af­ter­noon, with the mu­si­cal duo, the Scott- McNi­cholas Ex­pe­ri­ence.

Tick­ets are only £3.00 each and will be avail­able from Trin­ity Church Of­fice, morn­ings only.

Porth­cawl Be­friend­ing Group: A new not-for­profit weekly “Porth­cawl Be­friend­ing Group” started on Sun­day, Jan­uary 6 be­tween 2.30pm to 3.30pm at the Grif­fin Park Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, New Road , Porth­cawl.

The Group is mainly for peo­ple who live alone so that they have a chance to meet with sim­i­lar peo­ple for a chat over a cup of tea or cof­fee.

Your first visit is free then £2 per visit to cover hall rental and cost of milk and tea bags etc. but then at­ten­dees can help them­selves to as many free cups as they want.

Porth­cawl Mu­seum So­ci­ety: As part of their win­ter se­ries of lec­tures, the Mu­seum So­ci­ety have ar­ranged a lec­ture on ‘Food dur­ing World War I’ to be given by Alan Un­der­hill at 7pm on Tues­day, Jan­uary 15.

These lec­tures are usu­ally free to mem­bers and vis­i­tors are charged £1.

Note that the Mu­seum So­ci­ety is closed un­til Satur­day, March 30, but that the front of­fice re­mains open ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing from 10am-1pm for queries and to en­able mem­bers to re­new their mem­ber­ship sub­scrip­tions.

Time: Here we are at the start of a new year, and each and ev­ery­one of us has their own way of cal­cu­lat­ing the pass­ing of time.

I had an aged aunt who was a mem­ber of the Gorsedd and al­ways re­lated years and events to where the Na­tional Eisteddfod was that year; and I am sure that ev­ery­one who was in the Ser­vices and who was ap­proach­ing the end of their time and w as look­ing for­ward to ‘de­mob’ had a graph of some de­scrip­tion on which they could tick off the weeks and days. I know I did.

Mine – cer­tainly for the last three months of my time in Egypt and was liv­ing un­der can­vas - was headed by an ex­tract from an old evan­gel­i­cal hymn and nightly pitch my mov­ing tent a day’s march nearer home’.

Later on in life –1979 to be ex­act – and liv­ing in West Road in Porth­cawl at a time when the bins were col­lected on a Mon­day and it al­ways seemed to be Mon­day; and I al­ways seemed to be walk­ing down the drive with two black bin bags I had a thought.

At the time it was a Mon­day, a few days be­fore my birth­day and coin­ci­den­tally my next door neigh­bour was also walk­ing down his drive with the oblig­a­tory two black bin bags.

I had a sud­den thought and af­ter a quick cal­cu­la­tions said to my neigh­bour, “Do you know: in an­other two thou­sand and eighty bin bag days I will be 90” and we both laughed.

It’s not quite as funny now that it is down to 32! Or in­deed 16; now that BCBC has cho­sen to go to a two week cy­cle.

Porth­cawl Pub­lic Toi­lets CLOSED: I was talk­ing to a friend of mine who was sit­ting down on a bench by the side of the old Vic­to­rian Toi­let Block in John Street last Fri­day when I be­came aware of the num­ber of el­derly ladies who were en­ter­ing the toi­lets – or in­deed try­ing to en­ter the them; and then ‘bounc­ing’ right back out! ‘Why?’ I can hear you ask! ‘Closed’ was the shabby an­swer.

BCBC in their wis­dom have de­cided to close the pub­lic toi­lets in what was one of the premier hol­i­day re­sorts in Wales.

‘The Jewel of the Sev­ern Sea’ and ‘The lung of the val­leys’ were ep­i­thets used when talk­ing about Porth­cawl – not any longer ob­vi­ously.

I know that there were talks about Porth­cawl Town Coun­cil tak­ing them over-hope­fully still on­go­ing.

The queue of peo­ple who were still try­ing to get in but could only read the shame­ful no­tice did not abate.

I have to ad­mit that BCBC have served the cit­i­zens of Brid­gend no bet­ter.

I have no knowl­edge of the state of af­fairs in Maesteg, but past ex­pe­ri­ence leaves the peo­ple in Porth­cawl sus­pi­cious as to the an­swer.

The queue didn’t abate even though we are in mid-win­ter; but then that may also be the cause.

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