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Praise for our health services Dear Editor, We frequently hear complaints about our health services, but we cannot praise them enough. Our son suffered a very serious heart attack on 7th July and was in need of the help of many services. We would like to thank them publicly. Thank you to the wonderful lady in ambulance control. Thank you to the first response and ambulance crewmen who arrived so quickly. Thank you to the A&E team at the Princess of Wales Hospital. Thank you to everyone at Morriston Hospital: to the cath-lab team; to the ITU team who were amazing; and the staff of the cardiac unit. Thank you to the staff of Ward 4 at the Princess of Wales Hospital. Thank you to Neath Port Talbot Hospital: the staff and the multi-disciplinary team of ward D; the therapists, doctors, nurses and all the team of the neuro-rehab unit. We look forward to his

continued improvement through the cardiac rehab programme and outpatient care. Everyone has been brilliant! We are fortunate indeed to have such well-equipped services and such highly qualified and experienced staff in South Wales. You have indeed performed miracles. Thank you all so much for the personal care we received as a family. We would like to mention too, the amazing support given by other distressed families in intensive care. Everyone took such an interest in each other, offered helpful information and provided tea and comfort for each other. Such times bring out the best in human nature. We thank our friends, the members of Trinity Church, and other churches in Porthcawl for your concern, support and especially your prayers. We have been blessed even in the worst of times. PAUL & JEAN FLOE

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Dear Editor, On Saturday 1st September, whilst walking over Newton dunes with my friend, we came across a large group of teenagers who had obviously been camping overnight, wending their way home, backpacks and all. Except that they had left

Dog tags Dear Editor, I would like draw attention to two facts: firstly that it is the law that all dogs should carry a name or identity tag, but second that they can be electronically chipped at very little cost (sometimes free) by organisations such as PAWS. This means that if they do stray or get lost their owners can be rapidly traced. May I relate a recent incident in which this becomes relevant: a dog was found on the beach which was clearly lost and taken home by a dog-lover with her own pet. She immediately tried contacting the police, the dog-warden and others. PAWS came to scan and learned that the animal had no tag and was not chipped; by chance another

some things behind, namely, two burned-out tents, cigarette packets, sweet wrappers, one collapsed tent and tent bag, glass bottles (some broken), beer cans, etc. This was just left behind for someone else to clear up. Also, where oh where do these yobs go to the toilet? It doesn’t bear thinking about! You know who you are! Have some respect for others. What kind of filth do you live in at home I wonder? Don’t mess up our lovely countryside. Oh, and by the way, overnight camping is not allowed on the dunes. BARBARA REES Porthcawl walker guessed its identity and rang the owner who was on holiday having left her pet with family members. Eventually, after several hours in which the finder’s routines were on hold with an unexpected visitor, someone arrived to collect him and declare how inconvenient this was. Not a word of thanks, no recognition of the nuisance to the finder, or the phone calls and others involved. No concern either that in the course of his adventure the dog had to have crossed at least two busy roads, ‘explored’ others and would – left on the loose – have roamed along who knows how many more. Please get your pets tagged and look after them – most people care! HELGA COLLIER

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Re: Nottage traffic Dear Editor, As Nottage resident and a former employee of the highway departments of both Mid Glam and BCBC, I am aware that at least two studies on this area were carried out. Both concluded that although the current situation was not satisfactory (‘chaotic' was the comment by one experienced officer), the conclusion in each case was that possible remedies were likely to provide little improvement, and would probably make things worse, or at least more dangerous. From memory the main reasons were: 1) The current two-way traffic causes drivers to proceed with caution because they know they may need to stop suddenly. Making the roads one way would cause a significant increase in traffic speed, which with the lack of footpaths and number of pedestrians would be likely to result in accidents. 2) Because of its width the use of Heol-y-Capel as one of the one-way routes would require a full parking/loading/ unloading ban for a full 24 hours, as the road would be used by all large vehicles. This would no doubt be resisted strongly by residents who can currently stop and park outside their houses, and would also be difficult to enforce close to the shop. 3) The alternative layout (eastbound down Ty Canol,

SHOUT, SHOUT, let it all out Dear Editor, Those Porthcawl SHOUT people, they’re everywhere aren’t they? Writing angry letters in all the local newspapers, telling the council what to do, giving their tuppence worth on all and sundry. Who actually runs this area anyway? I thought local elections were meant to decide that. My memory is a bit hazy,

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westbound along Pyle Road and West Road via the junction by the Swan) would have similar problems in the area of the old bus stops and from there to the West End Avenue junction. With regard to the last location, I was involved in the bus corridor improvement scheme which looked at ways of improving the bus route through Nottage. This was necessary because delays caused by inconsiderate parking meant busses frequently ran late, causing fines for the operator. The proposals were for some parking restrictions and the rebuilding of the bus-stop area at the Swan, including the removal of the shelter (but not the tree). When consultation was carried out a 60-page petition was submitted to BCBC opposing the plan and the members cancelled the scheme. As a result the operator withdrew the bus service, and shortly afterwards the Post Office closed. Whilst I support your efforts to resolve this situation I feel that the likely local opposition and the political fallout will make this a lengthy fight. I also recall the pleas from the Town Council and the then representatives of the elderly for central islands in Fulmar Road to give safe crossing points and reduce traffic speeds - the same organisations that are now demanding their removal! Be careful what you wish for…!

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but I don’t remember seeing SHOUT on the latest load of ballot papers. Also, I notice that SHOUT seem hold their meetings in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday. Come on SHOUT, if you’re going to “shout” from the rooftops on our behalf, can’t you at least show an interest in the opinions of those of us who have to work for a living? DAVE STEIN

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Dear Editor, Mr Carwyn Jones, First Minister, recently stated that Porthcawl has many assets that could be greatly enhanced and often referred to Porthcawl as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’, but by contrast, BCBC places Porthcawl in the category of ‘Jewel in the Pawnshop’. The unusual position of Mr Jones and Cllr David Sage, Chairman of Porthcawl Regeneration, of having four swimming pools and a first class recreation centre in their area are understandably having difficulty in assessing the needs of Porthcawl, who also want similar facilities. I am sure Mr Jones and Cllr Sage will do everything in their power to rectify the injustices imposed on Porthcawl over the years. Mr Jones has requested views on how to make Porthcawl a more vibrant town. This would never have been achieved under the present plans by littering Salt Lake and Sandy Bay with houses and flats that would be of no benefit to Porthcawl. To meet his request, a few of the following points: 1. Make Salt Lake into a pleasure park with a council-owned swimming pool, sports centre and children’s play park, to-

Dear Editor, I would like to make a few suggestions to help Porthcawl Town Council with their regeneration plans. With Porthcawl’s rich naval history maybe the new harbour development can incorporate a naval theme (sailors hanging around on corners etc). The Jennings building could be made into an old fashioned dance hall for the sailors and the local girls, these evenings ending in the local fishermen and farmers brawling openly

gether with a cycle and running track. In addition, landscape the site with colourful flower beds, shrubs and water features. 2. Build a new bus station near the Portway surgery. 3. Paint the Jennings Buildings in white or cream and convert it into a restaurant-cafe with large glass windows overlooking the sea. 4. Re-open the road connecting South Road and Station Hill, New Road. With regards to a swimming pool, over the years BCBC has used the same old theme song of they could not meet the cost of a pool and the running costs. Of course, this only applies to Porthcawl, as they have casually found £6 million to upgrade a swimming pool in the borough. BCBC’s argument is biased and blinkered. Since amalgamation in 1974, Porthcawl has paid council tax (rates) over £350 million and at present are paying annually £8.5 million into the BCBC coffers, which makes a farce of the situation. With regards to the decisions to be made on the regeneration plans for Porthcawl, it is essential and vitally important that the correct choices are made now as they will affect our children and future generations. It is a case of stand up, stand up for Porthcawl. JOHN JENKINS Porthcawl

outside at ungodly hours of the night with the sailors ‘stealing their girls’. How about a cannon mounted on the pier to ward off the invading pirates as well? This would I’m sure make us Porthcawlians feel a lot safer at night, it would certainly allow me to sleep at night. The aliens that I have seen down Newton beach could also be eradicated by a laser gun mounted next to the lifeguard hut there. I hope this helps the council and promotes some new ideas. MR V SILLY Porthcawl (Real name & address supplied)

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Speed retarders in Nottage village Dear Editor, Further to Mr T Emlyn Jones’s letter regarding the traffic congestion in Nottage, I would like to add a few more points relating to safety and speeding. I believe it is a myth that by keeping it as a two-way system naturally controls the speed of the traffic. Currently in order to avoid any potential reversing, drivers tend to accelerate in case a car suddenly appears around the corner from West Road. This regularly happens along Lougher Row and Heol-y-Capel. The only way to stop speeding and congestion is to make it a one-way system and introduce speed retarders. These speed retarders need to be at each

end off the approaches to the village and also in the middle opposite the entrances to the Rose & Crown and Farmers Arms public houses. There is a serious safety issue here and it will only be a matter of time before a young child is knocked over running to cross into the village green from the pub entrances. Speed retarders strategically positioned will ensure cars crawl along these roads. I have also heard it mentioned that a one way system with speed retarders will spoil the beauty of the village – come on let’s be realistic here! How will a few signs and humps spoil its beauty, and shouldn’t safety be of the prime importance anyway? GLENN WHITE

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Re: Newton Down Wind Farm Dear Editor, I refer to the many letters in your September issue regarding the proposed Newton Down Wind Farm and the arguments for and against. As Newton’s elected representative on the County Borough Council I have been consistent in my objection not only to the current proposal for two turbines but also the previous proposal for three. My grounds for objection have been consistent and simple having nothing to do with wind turbine efficiency, the possible attraction for tourists or them being used as an educational tool for children. These matters are and will be irrelevant when the application comes before the planning committee this autumn. The question to be answered is, 'does the application meet the requirements of planning regulations and the Unitary Development Plan?’ My firm view is they do not, in particular Policies EV7 and EV9 of the UDP. EV7 states "that every effort will be made to guarantee that the development respects and wherever possible enhances

the local environment in terms of the location, scale, layout and design. The coastline, valley sides, hilltops, ridgelines and the rural highway network of the County Borough are important features of the landscape for decision making". EV9 states "development which will adversely affect or would be visually intrusive upon the natural beauty of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast will not be permitted. The landscape associated with the GHC is important within the national context and covers one of the finest stretches of undeveloped coast in England and Wales. As such it occupies the highest tier of landscapes of importance in the County Borough. Therefore it merits a very high degree of protection in planning policy". The proposed application fails both these conditions in particular, scale, location and visual intrusion upon the GCH. It is my firm opinion and clearly that of over 1,000 petition signatories and the hundreds of individual letters received from residents of Porthcawl that the application should be refused on these grounds alone. CLLR. KJ WATTS

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Summer of success for St John’s pupils! Paralympian visit

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A visit from paralympian Paul Davies made for an exciting start to a new term at Corneli Primary School. At the end of last term, the Olympics had been a focus of study and given the success of the games, staff and pupils were thrilled to meet a ‘real live’ home-grown paralympian and to see his winning table

West Park Primary West Park has welcomed everyone back to school at the start of the new term. The children are all settling in well. Shortly our election day will take place where children will have the opportunity to vote for new School Council and Eco representatives. Our Eco day this term will focus on health and wellbeing. The children will be participating in various activities such as looking at the benefits of healthy lunch boxes, fitness, and learning about the food crisis in South Africa. Year 3 will be studying the Victorians and have a visit planned from John Richards who spends the day with us bringing along resources and information to

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tennis bronze medal. During a special assembly, the children had the opportunity to ask him questions about the sport and to learn about his life as a paralympian. When thinking of their questions, the children in Class 5 were so inspired they had also drawn pictures which they were pleased to present to him. Accompanying Mr Davies was his wife and son Jonathan, who is a past pupil. It was good to see him again and to recall with him the time he represented the school at table tennis, a truly talented sporting family. The new term also saw us welcoming our new Headteacher, Mr Adrian Mills. He is now busy getting to know everybody and is looking forward to meeting parents and members of the community. SUE JONES

support their studies. We would like to thank all parents who attended our recent welcome meetings… hope you found it useful. Please continue to make use of the Moodle to access school information. We are now enrolling for Nursery 2013! Please call school on 01656 815510. SIAN RICHARDS

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We have begun the year with celebrations of the recent strong set of GCSE results. Particularly impressive performances in Year 11 were from Charlotte Baker who achieved 11 A* to B grades, Chris Coulson 10 A* to B, and Rosie-May Lyddon 9 A* to B, including 6 A*s. Student of the Year was Head Boy, Hugh Perkins who added another 10 A*s to the one he achieved early last year and 2 As which included a Further Mathematics qualification. Additionally a number of Year 10 pupils gained excellent grades in modules sat in June. Music and drama pupils have also been successful. Martha Sanders and Alicia Cooke achieved distinction in their

Porthcawl Comprehensive The wheel turns full circle as all at Porthcawl Comprehensive School embark upon another year. As September settles, we are overwhelmed and delighted with the numbers of students who have enrolled with us. Year 7 has seen a record entry with learners coming from 20 different primary schools. This made our transition arrangements quite a challenge! Mrs Sloggett, Assistant Headteacher co-ordinated a rich and varied programme of activities designed to help youngsters settle into our school. The feedback from Year 7 is very positive, so thanks and well done Mrs Sloggett. DESIGN & PLANNING CONSULTANCY All aspects of Design undertaken for Planning and Building Regulation Applications to Residential and Commercial Properties For a full range of services please refer to

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Little Footsteps We have recently had our sports day and graduation ceremony. A big thank you to all parents for your wonderful support and encouragement, it was so nice to see all parents enjoying and experiencing the events with us, also we would like to say a big thank you for all of the wonderful gifts and messages in cards that parents/carers have so kindly given, it means a lot to hear the wonderful comments. Also we are very proud to say that we are one of the few nurseries in the area to be asked to join the ‘Healthy School Awards!’ This will

The Burrows A big thank you to all who helped and attended our open day on the 8th September. It was a great success and the sun was kind to us. Lots of prizes were won on hook-aduck and the raffle. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who donated prizes, especially the Rose and Crown, the Royal Oak and Delish Cakes. The children enjoyed the bouncy castle, face painting and a visit from the lifeboat. Parents enjoyed the variety

be a programme of monitoring and obtaining evidence of how we as a nursery achieve a healthy menu and physical exercise and how we promote this as a nursery, and if this is achieved an award for our achievements will be given, to which we will be very proud to obtain. Also, we would like to add, Zoe has now left to start her maternity leave, and soon to follow will be Nicola, Rachael and Amy, we wish them all the best, and can’t wait to meet the next generation of staff children into the nursery! Once again another ‘big baby boom’ in Little Footsteps Nursery.

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CORRECTION In the September issue of the Seaside News we erroneously attributed the article regarding the retirement of Corneli Primary School’s head teacher to Edith Hughes, Chair of Governors instead of Sue Jones. We’d like to thank Clive Down for bringing this to our attention and apologise to Jane Down (the actual Chair of Governors at Corneli) and Edith for the mistake. The person responsible has had to wear stones in his shoes for a week. Sharp ones…

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Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School Welcome back and congratulations to the school on its outstanding A-level and GCSE examination results. 40% of A-level grades awarded were A*-A and 86% were grades A*-C. At GCSE, 70% of students taught in Year 11 gained five or more GCSEs at grade C and above. Dr Manghan writes "These are excellent results and a testimony to the hard work, commitment and dedication of our staff and students. Llongyfarchiadau to all our parents, students and staff on this wonderful achievement".

Newton Primary I told you it was going to be a busy term, didn’t I? We have a newly-elected School Council and Eco-Council who have already had several meetings and are busy making plans for the future - congratulations to all those who were elected and congratulations also to the team captains of our four houses – Lundi, Morfa, Sger and Tusca. The school netball and rugby teams attended a Festival of Sport at St Clare’s and enjoyed a whole afternoon of fun, fellowship and, of course, sport. Many thanks to St Clare’s for hosting the afternoon - we had a brilliant time. At the end of September,

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Afon y Felin news It was lovely to see all the children dressed so smartly in their uniforms at the start of term, and we extend a very warm welcome to all our new pupils. The elections for house captains have been held. Captains and vice captains are: Felin – Matthew Cutler and Chloe Murphy, Afon – Riley Humphries and Lucy Charles, Ysgol – Elise Jones and Iwan Richards. Congratulations to

Cynffig news You may remember our English Department’s success in the Teaching Awards in June when they were officially announced as the Pearson Teaching Awards Team of the Year in Wales. We are delighted to announce that we have just had a visit from the UK judging panel as they have now been put forward as finalists in the UK competition. We are also delighted to announce that 78% of our year 11 pupils gained a GCSE in English this year putting our English department firmly at the top for Bridgend. We are also delighted that maths is

Jarrad Davis and Chloe Murphy, who have been chosen as Head Boy and Head Girl, very responsible roles! We have a very busy term ahead. We have a school trip to St Fagan’s, class assemblies to look forward to; harvest celebrations, parents' evenings, and Class 4 have a Rocket Workshop. The whole school contributed to a get well card for paralympic champion cyclist Simon Richardson, he is about to undergo spinal surgery, and we wish him well. A PRITCHARD

also performing well and is performing alongside the top 5% of maths departments in Wales. This summer saw most of our pupils gain places in their first choice university and all gain places either for this year or in some cases for 2013. We were also visited by Leighton Andrews Education Minister on GCSE results day. He was very impressed by the work we are doing, our continuous improvement in outcomes for our pupils and our outstanding ESTYN report. Cynffig Open Evening will take place on 2nd October, 5-7pm, all are welcome. Ring 01656 740294 for more information. SUE DAVIES Headteacher

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bigger event than ever. However some of our residents may feel a little vulnerable at this time of year, so please spare a thought for them. If you’re planning to go out trick or treating this Halloween, please respect those who don’t want to answer the door and move on. Why not plan your trick or treat route so that you call on family, friends and people you know, not only for the benefit of those who may not wish to take part, but to ensure your own safety too. Halloween is an exciting tradition for young people – no one enjoys carving a pumpkin more than me! Let’s make sure we play safe and stay safe this Halloween. COUNCILLOR HUW DAVID

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Traditional winter energy price hikes must end The price of electricity and gas has risen out of all proportion in recent years. But it is not entirely clear that the reason for this is a shortage of supply or the energy companies passing on costs to the consumer.

Stop, look and listen Stop, look and listen has been a message drilled into children for as long as many of us can remember; proving to be an effective way of reducing injuries and deaths on British roads. Sadly, a similar message for the railway does not appear to

Porthcawl lifeboats I recently paid a visit to Porthcawl Lifeboat Station where I was shown around by chairman John Abrahams. I was given a tour of the building, visiting the mess room, the boat house, the first aid room and their equipment stores. And I was very impressed by

Porthcawl regeneration As councillors return to their seats at the Town Council Chamber following the summer recess, there will be much to talk about at the first Full Council. Progress is underway on the refurbishment of the new harbour in Porthcawl, renovation works have begun

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In fact the way that the energy companies operate appears to suppress competition rather than encourage it and it is we who pay the price for that. In the light of this, the news that SSE, the parent company of SWALEC, has decided to put up its energy prices by 9% for the winter is disappointing but unsurprising. Industry analysts say that they expect all the other energy companies

to follow suit by the start of next year. In November 2010, Ofgem who regulate the energy market, announced an investigation into the way households and small businesses in Great Britain are sold gas and electricity. They came up with a number of proposals for action to make it much easier for consumers to identify who is offering the cheapest tariff; for new suppli-

ers to enter the market; and to increase the transparency of company accounting practices. The once a year price hike in time for winter has to stop.

be getting through; Network Rail estimates that there are more than 28 million incidents of trespass on the railway every year. 11 million of them are committed by the under 16s. Sixty people are killed every year. However, in the Bridgend constituency, this issue is not being ignored. Recently, I was approached by a high speed train driver, Geraint Llewellyn

and his manager who have developed an education programme for children about rail safety. They were spurred into action after Mr Llewellyn was involved in a frightening near-miss involving two children on a high speed line in South Wales. They have since garnered support from Bridgend County Borough Council, First Great Western and British

Transport Police and delivered their presentation to groups of school children. The plan is to try and reach as many children as possible. The efforts of Mr Llewellyn and his manager are to be highly commended.

everything I saw. Here we have a group of people who not only give up their time to help others but who also risk their lives. Every time they launch one of their two lifeboats, often in stormy weather, those on board are risking everything. But still they go to help, in the words of that very popular hymn, those in peril on the sea. Those who actually man the

lifeboats are backed by a team of people, mainly living in Porthcawl, who help with other things like servicing the engines on the boar, carrying out the administration involved with the running of the station, running their shop or fund-raising. As Milton said, they also serve who only stand and wait. The RNLI is a charity that I have huge respect for. They

keep our coastal waters safe and their volunteers have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Greater love has no man than he lays down his life for his friends. Amen to that.

on lighthouse including the removal and reconstruction of the upper lantern housing, installation of a new navigation light and repainting. Newton play park is set to see the addition of new equipment, the ‘Yes to Clean Streets Campaign’ is set to launch mid September and the YMCA rebuild is only weeks away from completion – to name just a few things that are progressing in Porthcawl!

The Town Council have helped fund the addition of a disabled allotment plot at Heol Y Goedwig allotment through a small grant awarded to the Allotment Association. The completion of this disabled plot will be a fantastic asset to the town and will be the second disabled allotment plot in Bridgend borough! As September closes, countdown to Christmas will begin.

Don’t forget to make a note in your diary about the Porthcawl Christmas Event taking place on Saturday 1st December. Keep an eye on the Town Council website for further information.

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Porthcawl Regeneration It has been heartening to see the enthusiastic reaction I have received from constituents providing ideas and feedback in response to my previous column on Porthcawl regeneration. I have been interested to read about all of the things that are important to people living in and around the town and to see the aspirations that people have for placing Porthcawl firmly on the map as a premier seaside resort with attractions for all the family to enjoy. Ideas for activities and facilities for residents and visitors enjoying the seaside meet with aspirations to improve the look of the town centre and boost trade for our local and independent businesses. Porthcawl must have intergenerational appeal, bringing new and old visitors alike. People are naturally keen to know that their contributions

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will weigh into future decisions on the shape and direction of the ongoing phases of regeneration. Some details are already set such as the improvements to the harbour but there is much still to shape before new proposals are taken forward for public consultation. I am thankful to all those who have taken the time to respond so far. I will carry on taking your constructive feedback, keep meeting with constituents and groups and continue to represent your views to the Cabinet at Bridgend County Borough Council. CARWYN JONES

First Minister Carwyn.Jones @Wales.gov.uk

Leader’s life I know law and order is something close to Seaside News readers’ hearts. I’m equally passionate about keeping our communities safe - as well as being Leader of the council, I’m also a magistrate and part of the Community Safety Partnership. So I’m looking forward to using my vote on Thursday 15th November, to help decide who will become the police and crime commissioner for the South Wales police force area. I’d urge you to use your vote too. The commissioner is important because he or she will be responsible for maintaining an effective and efficient police service and holding the chief constable to account. But if you want to have your say you’ll need to make sure you are on the electoral register. Poll cards will be issued later this month, but if you don’t receive one, don’t worry; you

can still apply to go onto the electoral register up until 31st October. The deadline for applying for a postal vote is also 31st October, and anyone who wishes to vote by proxy can do so up to 7th November. If you need more information ring the council on 01656 643116, email electoral@ bridgend.gov.uk or visit www. bridgend.gov.uk or www.southwalespoliceauthority.org.uk COUNCILLOR MEL NOTT

Leader of BCBC

Deputy’s days It’s great to see that the council is carrying out a £70,000 refurbishment of one of Porthcawl’s most iconic landmarks. The town’s Grade II listed lighthouse which stands at the end of the breakwater wall is undergoing a full restoration after a recent inspection revealed that the lantern was

suffering from severe corrosion. As well as replacing the corroded lantern housing, the work will provide a new access ladder and a platform for the navigation light, and a new £12,000 lamp will also be installed. The lamp will be a low-energy LED device which will incorporate red, white and green lenses. Porthcawl lighthouse was the last in the UK to be powered by coal and gas before it was converted to electricity in 1997, and the restoration of this 150 year old building will use tough, durable materials and paints to make sure that the works can withstand the marine weather conditions. When finished, the restored and renovated lighthouse will complement the ongoing Porthcawl marina development to form a major part of BCBC’s plans for the harbourside area. COUNCILLOR DAVID SAGE

BCBC Deputy Leader

Starting gun fired for ‘Rec’ refurbishment The new partnership between Bridgend County Borough Council and Halo Leisure will see Bridgend Recreation Centre undergo a £4m refurbishment over the next 18 months. Works are expected to be completed by mid 2014. There will be some disruption but all facilities will remain open. As part of the refurbishment customers will benefit from: • an integrated reception and café area; • bespoke changing rooms; • brand new 80 station gym; • new indoor climbing wall; • three exercise studios – supporting an exciting and extensive group exercise timetable; • new crèche and larger soft

play facility with dedicated birthday party area; • four court indoor sports hall; • spa – sauna, jacuzzi and steam room; • conference and meeting facilities; • refurbished car park; and • improved access for disabled users. Councillor Lyn Morgan, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing said: “These are exciting plans which will put us in a position to provide 21st century facilities for our customers and the local community as well as benefit from a more environmentally friendly building.” The refurbishment works will start with the development of the gym, workout studio areas and new reception which is expected to be completed by April 2013. EMMA WINKLEY

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The stormy seas off Kenfig For centuries the people of Kenfig have been feeding their families and making a living from the sea. Experience and local knowledge helped these people to navigate the dangerous sand banks and lethal rocks that lie in wait along Kenfig’s coastline. However, not all sailors were so fortunate and many lives and ships have been lost, particularly in the 19th century. Ships from the West Indies, Portugal, France and Scandinavia floundered, some with tragic consequences while others were rescued by the Porthcawl lifeboat which, in the 1860s, was called the ‘Good Deliverance’. The ‘Good Deliverance’ was a six-oared vessel, the first lifeboat to be stationed

Through Christian eyes After thinking and praying about what to share this month I felt God prompting me to write briefly about loneliness. Loneliness has been called ‘the great modern sickness of the soul’. Loneliness can be a terrible thing and those who have experienced it know how bad it can be. I want to encourage all those who feel lonely by saying that Jesus wants to come close to you. Take this message as if from him and not merely from me. I guess it would be worth

at Porthcawl. The lifeboat was launched on the 29th April 1860 and the craft saw service until 1872 when it was replaced by the ‘Chafyn Grove’ (1872–87) and then the ‘Speedwell’ (1887–1902). One of the more bizarre shipwrecks off the Kenfig coast occurred early in the 19th century, in April 1806, when the ‘Perseverance’, a brig bound from Cork to Bristol, was wrecked on a sandbank near Sker. Fortunately, the 60 people aboard the vessel were saved, but the cargo of Irish whiskey was looted by a mob before the cavalry from Swansea could arrive at the scene. A form of rough justice was delivered when, later, two of the looters drank themselves to death. MANSEL JONES

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clarifying that Jesus is certainly alive and real today, and that He knows all about how you feel. Turn to Him and allow Him to help you in that area. There are many, many people who have been right where you are and have found rest, comfort and healing in knowing God. God is the one who makes our lives complete and that is certainly something that every person needs. No-one has it all figured out. A prayer to pray: Lord, I want to turn to you and know your presence in my life which makes me whole. Help me to give it all over and find rest in you. NEIL HARVEY

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Double-star systems can host planets Astronomers using the Kepler telescope have for the first time discovered two planets orbiting a binary-star system. Kepler 47 and its planets, called Kepler 47b and Kepler 47c, are about 5,000 lightyears away, in the constellation Cygnus. Many of the stars in the Galaxy are in binary or multiple systems, so the fact that planets can exist in such systems is of interest. The planets were discovered by the drop in brightness caused when they transited in front of their star. The dimming is tiny, only 0.08% for planet b

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Earlier in the summer we received donations from Probus; Sker WI; Trinity Cameo; Stella Maris Ladies Guild; Trinity Card Group. Many many thanks as this covered costs for shipping our crates up until July. In September we prepared and sent an automechanics kit for Sierra Leone (The Nehmiah Lifeline development programme) and a metalworkers kit for Sido our

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and 0.2% for planet c. For comparison, Venus blocked about 0.1% of the Sun’s surface during its recent transit. One of the stars in the binary system is much like our Sun, and the other is about a third its size and 175 times fainter. Planets are thought mostly to form from a residual disc of debris left over from the starformation process, and it is not obvious that the disc could survive near a newly formed binary star. However, it now appears that, apart from minor differences in the orbital spacings, planetary systems around binary stars can be similar to those around single stars. CLIVE DOWN

Bridgend Astronomical Society training partners in Tanzania . These kits had been allocated for us to specifically prepare and contained around 100 beautifully renovated tools. The shipping cost for this and a contribution to training was made possible from a generous donation from Porthcawl Lions International. It is impossible to list the small donations that keep coming in to help our work, but many, many thanks. Again a big thanks to all who contribute tools. Over the summer period we have sent 32 sewing machines and 18 kits of haberdashery. More about that next time. A few more volunteers to renovate tools, would be welcome. You don’t have to be skilled and help for sorting would be much appreciated. Workshops are on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. For local details or information contact John at 01656 786367 or the charity website www.tfsr.org JOHN HANSON

We have been extremely busy again here at Jemima’s Place this month. It been all about kittens during September and we now have a number of lovely cats and kittens looking for new homes. Our Welsh Patron Dr Rhys Jones joined us at our last Pets at Home charity weekend and answered lots of peoples questions regarding their reptiles and exotics. We have since then rescued some more bearded dragons, with the help of the guys at ‘Lazy Lizard Rescue’ in Cefyn Glas and they are doing a great job getting them well and ready for adoption. The Animal Ambulance donated by AutoBarnes Wales has been given a great fresh new look thanks to the guys at www.smartdetailuk.co.uk so people can definitely see us coming.

Animal of the month: Jack Jack is a 3 year old Husky x German Shepherd, he is great with people and children, but is currently learning to play and mix with other dogs. He hasn’t had much contact with other dogs or animals before but he’s getting there. He is castrated, micro chipped, inoculated and comes with a month's free insurance too. He will need to be the only dog/pet but is very loving and loyal. For more information on him or any other of our other animals please contact us on 0800 0148332 – or our website at www.jemimasplace.com MARTIN CLOWES

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Save Morfa beach Over the summer the official opening took place of the Bridgend county section of the All Wales Coastal Path (AWCP). From the Heritage Coast at Ogmore, past Merthymawr, through Porthcawl, onwards via Sker and the Kenfig National Nature Reserve, we now have another great amenity. Further west, however, the picture is not so good. Sadly, Tata Steel appears to be using the AWCP as their opportunity to try to block access to Morfa Beach. As our photo shows, walkers this summer using the new bridge over the River Kenfig from Bridgend County into neighbouring Neath Port

Talbot, were greeted by Tata slag heaps, with no indication of the AWCP route. Save Morfa Beach fully supports the AWCP, but campaigns to maintain historic rightsof-way from the path to the beach. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. We meet on the first Monday each month at the Twelve Knights, Margam at 7.30pm. During September our campaign was included in ‘Wales This Week’ (ITV Wales). The programme’s theme was: ‘Who rules Wales?’ Our answer: ‘Tata are welcome neighbours in our community, we’ll gladly work with them, but they cannot expect to have their own way all the time.’ DR CHARLES SMITH

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Owls4U came to visit recently many of our residents enjoyed the talk given about the birds as well as having the opportunity to hold them. It was a fantastic afternoon and the birds were so well trained that some of our staff held them outside and none of them flew away. Our residents were very brave despite being told that the owls could tear through the glove they were wearing! We have introduced both pottery and painting classes to our events and will be holding

Life with the Porthcawl Lions Although a lot of the summer activities are now over the book sales continue, but in new locations and on slightly different days. The October sale will be at Trecco Bay on Sunday 7th, Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th and in November it will be in All Saints Church, Victoria Avenue on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th. Both are at the usual times of 10am–4pm. In November there is also an ‘Old Tyme Musical’ and hot buffet supper in The Rest on Saturday 17th, tickets £20. For

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a cheese and wine evening on Friday 9th November at 7pm to showcase our residents' work. We have recently started playing whist on Wednesday afternoon. Our residents would love to have more people to play against. Please contact the home if you could come and challenge our residents. Date for the diary – Christmas Fayre on Saturday 24th of November, 12.30-3pm. If you are able to volunteer help on the day, bake, or just attend we would welcome seeing you in November. Our bar will also be open on the day. Should you require a tour of the home please do not hesitate to contact us on 01656 785311. REBECCA TIMMS Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI)

more information please phone 773236. The evening is being held in aid of the Mayor’s and Porthcawl Lions charities. Santa has not yet revealed where his grotto will be this year, but he has promised he will be coming to Porthcawl. It is also time to start preparing for the annual Boxing Day fun run which will start and finish, as usual, at the Hi-Tide, Mackworth Road. This year all proceeds are being donated to Sandville. Porthcawl Lions still need more members so if anyone is interested please phone Don on 01656 788583. JOHN COSSON

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Porthcawl Townswomen Our chairman Dee Richardson welcomed all to our Harvest Jubilee meeting and from the start we could see that it was going to be a very colourful afternoon. Everyone had got into the spirit of the Jubilee and there was a sea of red white and blue. We also had a lovely surprise as our chairman had brought into the meeting the Olympic torch which her son Simon, Olympic gold medallist, had used to light the flame in Cardiff. Our thoughts were with our vice chairman Shirley Masterman who had suffered a heart attack recently and sadly

Herman, Artie Shaw and Glen Miller were some of the American bands. Joe Loss, Billy Cotton and Bert Ambrose were British bands. Most dance halls in the 1960s had a live band on every weekend. Victor Silvester was the best known band for ballroom dancing. With the coming of rock-n-roll the big bands have taken a back seat. The bowls team did well in the recent competition and come second - well done. The next meeting will be on Thursday 11th October at 7pm, the speaker will be Mrs Barbara Donovan on ‘A year in China’. ANN VIPOND

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Fee charging 2013 sees a huge change in the way that financial services operate in the UK, with commission in most product areas being replaced by a fee charging structure. To the uninformed members of the public (i.e. possibly the great majority of people) this will be a massive sea change in the way that they receive financial advice. Without any possible bias on remuneration, this will help drive up the standard of advice you receive and as with most things in life – you get what you pay for. Many independent advisers these days tend to specialise in their own particular strongest subject area and are well known for their skills, yet actually knowing who to go to for advice is often a very great difficulty for consumers. In order to assist you in the best way possible, at Cambria

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the return on your investment. Investing in funds also allows you to tailor your investment portfolio so that it is in line with your attitude towards investment risk. Therefore, if you are prepared to take greater risks with your money you may put a larger portion into equity funds. However, if your tolerance of investment risk is lower, you would put a greater portion into money market and bond funds which are less volatile but may not perform as well as equity funds over the long run. Another option would be to invest your savings into a structured product. Structured products are usually issued by established financial institutions and allow you to benefit from the growth of the stock market whilst offering either full or part protection of your initial investment. SHERIDAN JONES

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Employee ownership has been proven to increase employee engagement in a company, reduce absenteeism and increase both innovation and productivity. However, employee ownership is rarely presented to business owners as an approach that can support a sustainable long-term exit strategy or as an approach that can be used to support business growth and motivate its employees. The Wales Co-operative Centre’s team of experienced employee ownership specialists offer a wide range of knowledge in business development, employee ownership and funding issues and the surgery-style sessions are designed to allow business owners the opportunity to decide if the approach could be suitable for them. The drop-in sessions take place throughout October and November and can be prebooked at www.walescooperative.org DAVID MADGE

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Accurate pricing is key to success Well known local estate agents Peter Alan have reported that sales in their Porthcawl office have increased by 18% over the first eight months of trading when compared to the same period in 2011. It has been widely reported that the current property remains flat with only slight fluctuations in property prices being recorded but the company's local Porthcawl branch have still managed to achieve growth and they have put this down to a ‘common sense approach’ being applied. The branch valuer Hollie Gaynor commented, “There can be no doubt that the current property market remains challenging with transactions considerably reduced from the peak back in 2007, that being said there are still plenty of customers that need to move and we are delighted to have been able to assist a larger number of clients in 2012 than the previous year. One of the key issues in the market currently is that sellers obviously want to gain the best possible price for the property and on the

flip side we have purchasers wanting to pay as little as possible having concerns over the future of property prices, this has meant we have had to be very accurate when pricing properties coming to the market to ensure that they will attract interest from would be buyers. We use several sources of information to ascertain what we feel is the correct asking price for a property ranging from historical land registry data to comparable sales data gained from a variety of internet portals, with so much uncertainty in the market having this type of information helps our customers to remove any confusion and ascertain what they are likely to achieve in terms of offers”. The local branch have reported that their sensible approach has certainly paid dividends with several properties achieving offers within only weeks of coming to the market. Hollie commented further, “There is a fine line currently between a property gaining good interest from buyers and having little or no activity, with there being a large volume of properties for sale currently buyers are certainly hunting for the best deal and are viewing several properties before making a decision to purchase. Due to the amount of choice in terms of properties for sale a difference in price of just a few thousand can sometimes make the difference

between a property selling or not. We feel that we have got the balance about right in terms of our pricing with sellers achieving fair prices in the market and buyers content with what they are paying. Many customers are selling at a reduced level from what they would have achieved some years ago, however, those that are buying another property are generally finding that they are paying less for their subsequent property so essentially balancing the books”. The local agent summarised that despite challenging market conditions there is still a healthy level of transactions taking place in the area. If you would like to take advantage of a free no obligation market appraisal then contact the Porthcawl team on 01656 771600 and speak to one of the friendly sales team. Hollie Gaynor

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Women & child health Life with more bite Apple Day is celebrated annually on 21st October. The organisers, Common Ground, describe the day as a way of celebrating and demonstrating the variety of apples grown in the UK. But for how many of you denture wearers is the simple pleasure of eating an apple a long lost memory? Do you need new dentures? You can answer that yourself: The Big Five Denture Questions. 1. Are your dentures painful? 2. Do they look unnatural? 3. Do they keep breaking? 4. Do you have trouble chewing? 5. Are they loose fitting? If you answer yes to any of

Meditation I was fortunate to have spent ten days working at the London Olympics. I spent my time looking after the world’s greatest athletes, surrounded by the most focussed, determined and professional individuals in the entire world. What habits of mind do Olympians spend time engaging in? There was a simple pattern that emerged which I would like to share with you. I didn’t see an athlete walking alone. Every athlete was accompanied by someone close to them. This is what the games was really about. Inside the village a purposeful play area was built, so many different people were playing and laughing together. In the green space area, I wasn’t surprised at what I saw, coaches and athletes from various countries using meditation techniques to reach a clearer and calmer state of mind.

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these five questions it could be time for a new denture or a reline. Unfortunately, dentures don’t last a lifetime. Your gums shrink every year which means your dentures will not fit as well as they did when you first had them made. After all, can you still fit into the same jeans you wore 20 years ago! Modern advances in denture materials now allow dentures to be stronger and more durable and very aesthetically pleasing. A choice of denture materials is available for most situations. New dentures can restore your confidence, rebuild your facial profile, help you to look younger and help you enjoy eating again! ANN-MARIE HOWELLS BDS

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Music was also a huge part of the mind/body experience. Before Mr Bolt came onto the track, did you notice what he was doing? Such a simple method of non-doing: support, music, play and meditation. But this is no co-incidence. Meditation calms the mind, a mind that is calm infuses and opens up to opportunities for creativity, spontaneity and flow. The foundation for play is set. By supporting each other through opportunities for play we can add music and this can help to share the given experience and focus our deepest intentions. Each aspect of this non-doing process supports one another and this process allows tranquillity, ease and wellbeing to flourish amongst an individual, group and community. We can support you at the beginning of this process with a variety of meditation programmes that can improve your well-being. Please visit www.liveinmindfulness.co.uk NEVILLE EVANS

I would like thank the Seaside News for providing the opportunity to highlight and promote important issues relating to women and child health. As a midwife I will embrace this opportunity and hope to use the monthly article to discuss current and relevant issues relating to pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Having a baby is an exciting and anxious time for most parents. Half of all first time parents seek some form of antenatal class provided either by the NHS, independently or a combination

The vitamin D miracle Everyone knows the sun is essential to human health. Take a plant and shut it up in a cupboard and you know what happens. Sunlight is essential for life and although widely acknowledged, science is less enthusiastic about discussing the type of light we get in such abundance because the odds this occurred by chance does fierce violence to current evolutionary thought. The other reason science hates the sun is because the public can get the golden globe’s benefits for nothing so there’s no profit. What other reason can you come up with for medicine’s continued refusal to trumpet bold new initiatives for prescribing sunlight after the amazing studies published over the past seven years? John Maher, DC, DCCN, FAAIM, comments: “Natural sunlight’s benefits are not limited to vitamin D

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All these books and many more are available free of charge at any Bridgend Library.Don’t forget you can renew and reserve books for yourself, or download audio books or e.books if you have a PIN number.

Book of the month:

Local Book: A Treasured Chest and Many More by Rhian White Do you ever think what you'd do if you acquired a bit of money? Maybe buy a new car, take a long holiday or perhaps move and buy a bigger house? I have always wanted to publish a children’s illustrated poetry book and that's what I’ve done. The book is titled ‘A Treasured Chest and Many More’. It’s been written for children of all ages and are simple to understand (even adults enjoy them!). The collection of poems contained within this book range from teddy bears, monsters from the deep, a ghost or two, hungry crows, a pirate, a spider and many more.

Plenty of imagination and thought has gone into each poem and I hope that you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them. The book is priced at £8.50 and can be obtained by contacting me on 01656 786297 or rhian.white64@ gmail.com or from Pyle Library. RHIAN WHITE

NEW BOOKS AT PORTHCAWL LIBRARY Non-fiction Fiction BRIGID BENSON

BRETT BATTLES

52 Weekends by the Sea

No Return

DAVID BRET

STEPHEN BAXTER

Greta Garbo PHIL CAMPION

Iron Winter

MARK BILLINGHAM

Born Fearless: From SAS to Mercenary

Rush of Blood

BARRIE GRIFFITHS

A Sixpenny Christmas

Kenfig in Tudor and Stuart Times 1485-1699 RICHARD JONES

KATIE FLYNN

PHILIPPA GREGORY

The Kingmaker’s Daughter HOWARD JACOBSON

Myths and Legends of Britain and Ireland

Zoo Time

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PETER ROBINSON

Watching the Dark

ADAM NICOLSON

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Anne Neville and her sister Isabel are daughters of the most powerful magnate in 15th century England. Ever ruthless, always plotting, in the absence of a son and heir, Warwick sets about using his daughters as pawns in his political games. Anne’s life is overturned when her father turns on his former allies, escapes England and invades with an enemy army. Widowed at 14, fatherless, with her mother locked in sanctuary, and her sister a vengeful enemy, Anne faces the world alone. Than Anne plots her escape from her sister’s house, finds herself a husband in the handsome young Duke of Gloucester, and marries without permission, in secret but danger still follows her. She finds that she has a mortal enemy in the most beautiful queen in England and has to protect herself and her precious only son from the treacherous royal court, and even from the driving ambition of her husband - Richard III.

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all over the United Kingdom as it’s a national scheme. The children needed to read six books over the summer to complete the challenge, so well done everyone. During Story-time and Crafts on a Saturday we have enjoyed lots of interesting stories and made some fun crafts including making an elephant. Porthcawl Library’s Story-time and Crafts has a new time from 6 October as 2.30pm.

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All these books and many more are available free of charge at Porthcawl Library, so whether you want to explore local history, national history or myths and legends, bee keeping or cake decorating, we hope to help.

STEPHEN LEATHER

JOHN LEWIS-STEMPEL

Young James Herriot

THE KINGMAKER’S DAUGHTER by Philippa Gregory

This summer more than 245 children took part in Storylab, our Summer Reading Challenge at Porthcawl Library and 138 will be receiving certificates from me over the next couple of weeks. Many more children also took part at Pyle and Bridgend Libraries and

Don’t forget that Bounce and Rhyme for very young children and a parent, grandparent or carer is now every Tuesday Morning at 10am except during half-term. This month we are celebrating 15 years of Harry Potter with a spell-binding afternoon of Harry Potter Stories and Crafts on October 31st at 2.30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

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I didn’t mean to say it, It’s just I lost my rag Stays down the pub till closing time and then calls me a nag!

That’s when I meant to hit him With my saucepan – second best Oh doesn’t it just feel marvellous To get things off your chest!

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Put aside our selfish striving Hear the melody of God

Say, do you hear the music, That soft, persistent rhythm, Sense a harmony from heaven To the heart beat of our God?

Hear the laughter of the children And their thrilling of excitement The soughing in the branches And the babbling of the stream Hear the sound, so soft and pleading Of the voiceless who are needing To know they’re loved and special In the melody of God

But we’re all so busy chatting With our meeting and our greeting Our voices ever rising In our striving to be heard ‘Til around us sounds are crashing, Bashing our poor ears and strident And still we are persisting It’s our voice that must be heard Let’s just pause to hear the throbbing Of that soft persistent heart beat

Pause, that they may hear the music Feel that soft persistent rhythm Join with us in tuneful music To the harmony of God. PAULINE LEWIS Porthcawl

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Calling all cake makers and cake eaters! Pop on your pinny and join SUSSED’s Fairtrade Cake Baking/Tasting Event on 6th October at 10am. James Street, Porthcawl. Open to the public 11am. SUSSED, the local ‘fairlytrade’ and ethical shop, now located up from the bandstand in Porthcawl, is hosting the event. Bring your favourite recipe along with your cake made with as many Fairtrade ingredients as you are able.

Join us for a wine and cheese evening with a difference

The Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership invites you to celebrate Bridgend County’s renewal of Fairtrade status, with a wine and cheese evening at Pyle Co-op, on 19th October, 7–9.30pm. An assortment of the Co-op’s finest Fairtrade wine and cheese are available to titillate your taste buds. Hopefully this will be an inspiration for the Fairtrade quiz which will follow – with great prizes for

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Entrants please telephone 01656 783962 or email mm@ sustainablewales.org.uk in advance. The public will be invited from 11am to join in the tasting and will be helping judge. Tickets are £2.50 and include coffee/ tea and lots of tastes. (No charge for cake-makers). Recipes will be published on the Sustainable Wales website. The event is organised by The Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership and any profits will go to SUSSED. MARGARET MINHINNICK

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the winners. Even the Deputy Mayor is getting in on the act: accepting the Fairtrade renewal certificate on behalf of Bridgend County. Entry to the event will be £4, with all monies going to local charity Sustainable Wales. The event will inform as well as entertain; with community project, Valley and Vale (V&V) giving a presentation on their ground-breaking project with the Ethiopian NGO, the Gemini Trust. The Gemini Trust, based in the Addis Ababa slums, aims to help the families of twins. V&V have been working with them: visiting Ethiopia and utilising Skype to foster social, artistic and trading links between Addis Ababa and Bridgend County. Don’t miss the opportunity to be among the first in Wales to see the unique arts and crafts that are helping lift Addis Ababa’s slum dwellers out of poverty. MICHAEL GORE

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Leicester’s Restaurant relaunch The Great House Hotel in Laleston has recently relaunched its award winning Leicester’s Restaurant to celebrate 26 years since Norma and Stephen Bond first renovated the 15th century house and opened it as a restaurant. With new menus and a new head of the kitchen team it was a real showcase evening. Guests were offered nibbles and canapés as well as a cocktail tasting and demonstration.

3. Put the butter and sugar into a food mixer and beat until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. 4. Stir in the sour cream on low speed, followed by the flour and finally the melted chocolate, mixing gently until thoroughly combined. 5. Spoon the mixture into 12 muffin cases in a muffin tin and bake for 25 minutes until firm to the touch. Remove from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack. 6. Make the topping using a hand mixer to blend the avocado with the lemon juice until the consistency is smooth, and any lumps have been worked out. 7. Slowly blend in the sugar, increasing the speed of the mixer as you go. 8. Spread over the cooled cakes. Using a zester, create some dark chocolate shavings and sprinkle some onto the frosting and top with a cooled, toasted walnut.

Music was provided by a local group of likely lads and our new health spa was open for guests to sample a massage. The weather was perfect, on both evenings we had warm sun which showed off the gardens to their best, with several prospective brides expressing delight that it is a wonderful setting for a wedding. Leicester’s Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch being very popular for a traditional family celebration. GREAT HOUSE LALESTON

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Stag’s world of rock

Julie – the lady in the Tramps!

Someone reckons I’d turn up for the opening of an envelope, if there’s a free buffet! I blame my rockstar buddy Mark Jones and his nightly quest to become as famous as his sister Ruth, for turning me into a party animal! Still, back onto the real bizz, Rob held another successful charity bash at the Seahorse for the Logan Evans trust. All the bands : The Cover Sluts (who had travelled back from Essex for it), The Gizzards and Dick Dastardly

Hi there from the Acoustic Club A huge thank you for all who attended on Thursday 13th September. Kicking off the evening were a five-piece band from Gower, Swansea called Thistledown, with great five part harmonies. Jamie Nemeth played amazing fiddle parts. This band will be going places I’m sure, check them out on their website http://thistledownband. wordpress.com/. Following them were The Brwmys from Cowbridge, another original set played by them, influenced from around the world, with original turkish inspired War and Peace, and bangra inspired Leicester Special. They played one John Martyn cover, and finished up with Sway with Me. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed, and since 13th September The Brwmys have also played for the Secret Garden Party. Our next night is on Wednesday 10th October, featuring Eve Selis and Marc Twang. As

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were all on top form, and over £2,000 was raised. Well done to everyone. As promised I caught Lady and the Tramps, and was not disappointed. Singer Julie is a real star with a great voice, full of energy and on-stage charisma. The band are also top musicians with Pixie on Keyboards, Adrian Base, Wills Guitar and Gerald Drums. Check them out! Sad to see Scruff at the Prince leaving. He’s a top guy and I wish him all the best, and to the Evil Turkeys who are taking a break. A bit of good news. The Brogden is having live bands on a Saturday, well done Julian! Happy birthday to drummer Jamie Hooper and ‘busker’ Dave (Murf) Murphy, and watch out for a new rock band Club, you have been warned! STAG 07788 962028 winner of seven San Diego Music Awards in Americana and Adult Alternative she has a ‘honey chipotle’ voice. Check her out at www.eveselis.com/ There will be a guest appearance by Blackheart a duo. They have played over 400 gigs in the UK and Ireland. Their rise began when the track ‘Unlike Water’ was used for the Moben Kitchens TV commercial and they then went on to have Radio 2 Spotlight Song of the Day twice, followed by a No. 9 position on the US Tower folk chart. This will be an exciting evening. Also coming up on Sunday 14th October, we have Sunday Live, which will be at the Cafe Bar, Grand Pavilion from 2.30pm onwards, playing will be Mock Thee Knot, a well known local band, for more information please call the Box Office on 01656 815995, or follow us on facebook at The Acoustic Club, The Stage Door, The Grand Pavilion for further updates and information. LIN WILLIAMS

Porthcawl Male Choir

Hannah Thomas receives a cheque from Owain James

Earlier this year, Mike Watkins, a choir committeeman, spotted an appeal in the letters page of the Seaside News, made by Hannah Thomas for financial assistance following her acceptance at the London College of Music and Drama. This led to her being invited to apply for the Dilwyn Evans bursary awarded by the choir annually to students intending to pursue a career in music.

She submitted her CV and as a result was successful. The cheque for £250 was presented to Hannah by Chairman, Owain Jones. The choir’s Annual Concert was recently staged at the Grand Pavilion under the baton of Mair Jones and accompanied by Bethan Thomas. Guest artiste, Shan Cothi gave an absolutely superb performance, as ever, completely captivating the audience. The choir’s own Phillip Davies sang the solo parts with the choir in the Spiritual ‘I’se Weary of waitin’ and the chorus from the musical Oklahoma. Phil has a strong baritone voice which always delights both choir and audience alike. Amongst the choirs other renderings were Karl Jenkins’ Ave Verum, as well as La Donne Mobile, O Sole Mio, Workin’ Man. The audience, although smaller than hoped for, was very receptive to both guest artist and choir alike. JOHN WILLIAMS

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and enhance existing skills and or learn new skills from more experienced photographers. A large number of photographs Our new season has started taken during our field trips make their way into our comin earnest with some great presenters showing us their petitions, and often win! beautiful images, along with Full details of our programme a full line-up of presenters, are available on our website at pyle-porthcawl-ps.co.uk. We competitions and practical welcome new members of all evenings through to next ages and skill levels, so if you June. have an interest in photograWe are continuing our very phy come and join us. popular Saturday field trips GLYN EDMUNDS every few weeks throughout 01656 772831 the year, which give people pyle-porthcawl-ps.co.uk the opportunity to practise

OCTOBER MONDAY 1st • Four Local Artists Exhibition by John Hemsley, Kerry Jones, Christine and John Turner. Runs until Wednesday 31st. of October 2012. Open 10am–4.30 pm

THURSDAY 4th • Cheese and Wine Night for Cynffig Friends Association’s AGM 6.30pm in Cynffig Comprehensive School. Please see www.seasidenews. co.uk/whats-on.html for more information. Tel. Mandy on 01656 742832 for details on how you can help.

SATURDAY 6th • ‘Dewi meets Dylan’ by John Mason @ Silures Gallery, 40 South Road, Porthcawl CF36 3DG. Runs until Sunday 28th October 2012. Open 11am–4.30pm weekends bank & holidays • 70s/80s/90s Club Classics Evening @ Porthcawl United Services Club, upstairs lounge (entrance at side of building). £2.50pp on the door. 7.45–11.30pm. Everyone welcome

SATURDAY 13th • Save the Children – Paddle for Life Build a Raft and race across Newton bay. If interested please apply to the Jolly Sailor, Newton for further details

THURS 18th – SAT 20th • Sale of art materials by Porthcawl Art Society @ the Old Police Station, John street, Porthcawl. Will include various types of paints, brushes, pallets, books etc. All at reasonable prices. Lydia: 01656 767611

THURSDAY 25th • New WI being opened in Porthcawl Come along to All Saints Church Hall at 2pm

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After ‘Broadway’ PAODS support LATCH with ‘Calendar Girls’ with a view to opening a new WI. Contact Kath Tel: 01656 880366 or kathleen65@ hotmail.co.uk

SUNDAY 28th • Hallowe’en Ghost Talk & Walk By Hayley Williams and Tracey Walmsley at The Swan Inn, Nottage, 6pm. Contact 07813 506044. £2.50 per person. Followed by Karen’s Quiz. A fun night for all of the family!

NOVEMBER SATURDAY 3rd • ‘Stones Remain’ A contemporary exhibition inspired by Ecclesiastical ruins from Tintern Abbey to St David’s by Patricia Mears @ Silures Gallery, 40 South Road, Porthcawl CF36 3DG. Runs until Sunday 25th November 2012. Open 11am–4.30pm weekends bank & holidays

The performance is for one night only on Saturday 24th November at 7.30pm at the Pavilion with tickets priced at £11 and £9 (concessions). In January 2013, PAODS, supporting the charity LATCH, proudly present the play ‘Calendar Girls’ written by Tim Firth, based on a true story and adapted from the awardwinning film. The Women's With summer well and truly Institute in a quiet Yorkshire over, PAODS are now in full village decides to do somerehearsal for their next thing different for its annual two shows for your enjoycharity calendar: appear nude! ment both before and after Performances are from 17thChristmas. The annual ‘Broadway’ produc- 19th January at the Pavilion at 7.30pm with a matinee on tion entitled ‘Broadway Goes 19th at 2.30pm. Tickets are £11 Swing’ follows the success of and £9 (concessions). last year’s sell-out show. The Tickets for both shows are evening of toe-tapping music available from the society’s will feature the Broadway ticket secretary (tel: 01656 Chorus, the Phil Dando Big 788148). Band and special guests The BARRIE WILSON Sarah Burnell School of Dance.

The Yeomen of the Guard at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

SATURDAY 10th • NCT Nearly New Sale @ Bryntirion Comp School, Merlin Crescent, Bridgend, CF31 4QR, 11am-12.30pm (Doors open 10.45am for NCT members with membership card). Entrance/ suggested donation £1 per family. Please see www. seasidenews.co.uk/whats-on. html for more information

FRIDAY 16th • Jazz in the Stage Door ‘The Panama Jazz Band’ @ the Grand Pavilion @ 8pm. Tickets £7. Tel 01656 815995 or at www.grandpavilion. co.uk

SATURDAY 24th • RMBI Christmas Fayre 12.30pm-3pm. If you are able to volunteer help on the day, bake, or just attend we would welcome seeing you in November. Our bar will also be open on the day.

The Mid Glamorgan Savoyards will present a charity performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera The Yeomen of the Guard on Saturday 3rd November in the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. This opera is the most dramatic of all the Savoy Operas and the score is considered

Porthcawl Powerboat and Ski Club Porthcawl Powerboat and Ski Club together with Worldwide Watersports held a jetski fun day on Saturday 8th September. There were jetski rides and a barbecue and we would like to thank everyone who sup-

to be Sullivan’s finest. It has, therefore, become one of the most popular of these operas. Sullivan wrote in his diary after receiving a summary of the proposed plot: “Pretty story, no topsy-turvy, very human and funny also”. The performance will clearly provide an evening of delightful musical entertainment to remember. The proceeds will be divided between The Royal British Legion, Macmillan, for cancer support and The Save the Children Fund. Tickets (£10, concessions £9-50) may be obtained from the Pavilion Box office and from members of the company. ROGER HUDD

ported us on the day. All profits were donated to charity and together we raised £260.60 which was donated to the RNLI. Planning has already started for next year's fun day which we hope will be bigger and better. For more information and pictures of the event please see us on Facebook. DAVE CALNAN

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Urban Heights tower climb

to the fittest of the fit – who NEVER take the lift. The Ty Hafan 'Urban Heights' tower climb is the first of its kind to be held in Wales and the organisers are confident it will appeal to those who want to try something a little different. The challenge is for teams of three, or individuals, to climb the stairs to the top of the tallest building in Wales in the shortest possible time. Competitive participants may climb up to 3 times to try and improve their time. The 'Urban Heights' Tower Climb takes place on Sunday 18 November 2012 with the first climbers starting at 11am. The event is kindly sponsored by Foster Care Associates who have offices all over Wales. Registration costs just £10 with a request to raise a minimum of £40 in sponsorship or make an equivalent donation. Book your place on this new and exciting event online at www.tyhafan.org/urbanheights or by calling 029 2067 2060

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These have been diverse; from Bell Ringing, Beetle Drives and Bingo to Morning Prayer, Craft Cafes and Films! Tea and coffee, as well as biscuits and cakes, flowed as people relaxed and made new friends. So successful were the events, with church folk enjoying the experience as much as the holidaymakers, that Churches Together are continuing the Sunday worship on the first Sunday of each month, culminating with a Candle-lit Carol Service on Saturday, December 21st at 5pm. Watch out next year for this excellent partnership between the churches the Trecco Bay Management.

& Movement also offers Party Packages for one to five year olds including favourite For more information Nicky Greenway 07789 688447 s and much more for an action packed party. We contact also offer workshops for on schools, www.boogiebeat.co.uk d toddler groups and events. Weekly classes available in Porthcawl, Kenfig Hill and king enquiries being taken between Swansea and Cardiff region.

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Splash Up 2012 The 2012 ‘Splash Up’ is hoping to be one of the most exciting water sports and musical events in South Wales for years. The event will showcase the town of Porthcawl as one of the leading venues in Wales for watersports and to attract visitors to the area, for the benefit of the local businesses and enhance the lifestyle attractions to existing and potential residents. ‘Splash Up’ will take place in Rest Bay, the Esplanade and in Porthcawl town centre on Saturday 20th October. The day starts at 8am with an Iron-Man contest organised by the Rest Bay Lifeguards. Lifeguards will come from all over the country to compete in this gruelling and extremely athletic competition. Prize money will be awarded to the top three successful competitors on 20th October. A Junior Surf Competition

is also being held at Rest Bay on the 20th; attracting young surfers, their families and supporters from all over the country to compete in a Welsh Surfing Federation Junior ranking event with the additional attraction of prize money for the top four junior surfers. The surfing will continue and culminate with the inaugural ‘Splash Up Night surf’ which will be held under floodlight conditions in the famous local town break, ‘The ESP’. This is to be an invitational Night Surf Competition organised by the Welsh Surfing Federation and the Porthcawl based Welsh Coast Surf Club. Throughout the day shops will be open and there will be numerous street entertainers along with local musicians and bands including the headliners ‘Raphaelites’ supported by ‘Rainbow Maniac’ and ‘Tom Bedlam.’ There will be surf related activities such as brush boarding down at the harbour end of the promenade and

graffiti boards to enliven the hoardings of the harbour development enclosure. All ages will be able to have a go on the brushboard, a dry surf simulator, which will be located next to Cosy Corner. In the evening 16 invited surfers from South and West Wales will battle it out in one of the most difficult breaks to surf along the Welsh coastline. It is aiming be one of the most exciting and awe inspiring water sport events for locals, visitors and surf enthusiasts alike, to watch some of the foremost surfers in Wales surf at night while accompanied by music played by the well known and respected DJ Neil Navarra and a plethora of local bands and musicians headed by ‘JP3’ and supported by ‘The Kinky Wizzards’, ‘Kreed’ and ‘Dan Bettridge.’ This will also provide a great warm-up for the following weekend’s event The Welsh Coast Surf Clubs famous ‘Surfers' Ball’ where Neil Navarra will be playing his surfers ball 12 seaside.pdf

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Your teacher is two 7-9pm with new groups opening on time Olympian silver medal winner Sue other nights. £20 per month. 01656 Cheesbrough. Ring 07866 313623 for 856074 for more information more details. • ADULT AQUA FIT CLASS, • FILM CLUB @ Grand Pavilion, PORTHCAWL 7pm @ Splashland Porthcawl. Please visit our Facebook Pool, Trecco Bay Holiday Park page or contact the Grand Pavilion Box • AEROBICS, KENFIG HILL Office. £4 per film or £27 for the season. 6.15–7.15pm @ Cynffig Sports Hall, • FRENCH & SPANISH CLUBS everyone welcome. Contact: Debbie FOR CHILDREN, BRIDGEND 07890 582636. Also on Sunday 5–6pm Aged 4–11 years. A fun program all in • BELLY DANCING with Elinda at the French and Spanish. alicastanera@ Dance Centre, Bryntirion (next to Filco) googlemail.com or 07533 597229 6pm: beginners and refreshers. Please • GROUNDWORK ACTIVE PLAY call to book. www.elindiabellydance. SESSIONS Ages 8-12 @ Newton Park. webs.com Tel: 01656 863639/ 07824 4–6pm. A supervised 2 hour activity 874511 Email: Elindiabellydance@ session with trained Groundwork staff gmail.com and PCSO Holly. Sports, arts and crafts, • BOUNCE & RHYME SESSIONS and general outdoor activities. Activities FOR BABIES & TODDLERS, are led by the children that attend. PORTHCAWL @ Porthcawl Library, • GYMTOTS, KENFIG HILL 2–5yrs 10am (term time only). 01656 754845, @ Cynffig Sports hall. Contact: Debbie www.bridgend.gov.uk/libraries 07890 582636 • BRIDGEND ATHLETICS CLUB • HATHA YOGA CLASS @ Adult beginners and improvers jog club Porthcawl Rock & Arts Centre, 41 John @ Bridgend AC track, next to Newbridge Street, Porthcawl. Mixed ability class, Fields, meet at 6.30pm, More info: Jon, so all levels welcome. 10–11.30am. For treasurer@bridgendac.co.uk more info contact Michele 07793 544 • BRIDGEND & DISTRICT 956 email: mail@michelelambertyoga. BONSAI SOCIETY, PYLE 1st co.uk www.michelelambertyoga.co.uk Tuesday of every month @ Pyle Church hall, opposite Clarke’s garage, 7pm. New • KICKBOXING CLASSES: BEGINNERS ONLY, BRIDGEND members always welcomed. Secretary: @ Jeff’s Kickboxing Gym, Dunraven 01656 742008, Chairman: 01656 742077 Arms. 6.30–8pm • BRIDGEND HOME EDUCATORS A support, educational • KETTLE BELL CLASSES @ Cynffig Comprehensive. 5.15–6.15pm. and social group for families who are All over body workout. Interested? educating their children at home. Tondu Wesley Methodist Church, 10am till 2pm. please contact Debbie on 07779 709814. Also on a Thursday, 5.45–6.45pm See the website for more details: www. • KOREAN KARATE, bridgendhomeeducators.org PORTHCAWL TANG SOO DO • BRIDGEND RAMBLERS A @ All Saints Church Hall, Victoria bi-weekly programme of walks between Avenue, Porthcawl, Tiger Tots 4-6yrs 7m and 10m. Meet at Pyle Swimming 6.00-6.30pm, Dragons 7-12 yrs 6.30Pool, we’re gone by 9am. See www. 7.30pm, Adults 13yrs + 7.30-8.30pm. 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including complete beginners. It’s free, just bring your uke if you have one (if not, we may find you one to play on the night). Also, performances made for charities. Further details: Alan Townsend on 07971 838001 • WEIGHTWATCHERS, LALESTON @ St Davids Church Hall, High St, Laleston CF32 0HP 6pm. Lose weight & keep it off with a plan which fits into your lifestyle. A warm welcome awaits you! Sharon: 07932 549988, SharonJames@weight-watchers.co.uk • WEIGHTWATCHERS, PYLE @ Pyle Life Centre, 9–10am • WEIGHTWATCHERS, SARN 6–7pm @ Sarn Lifelong Learning Centre, Merfield Close, Sarn (next to Filco). A simple, healthy, sustainable way to lose weight and keep it off that fits around real life. www.weightwatchers.co.uk or phone 0845 070 4150 • YOGA CLASSES, PORTHCAWL with Carol Curtis-Jones, British Wheel of Yoga teacher. Hope Chapel: 7.15–9pm. Beginners welcome. Tel. 01656 773266 • ZUMBA @ Bryntirion Comp School 6–7pm. £3.50 per class. Bring a bottle of water. All abilities welcome. Qualified instructor for 15 years, teaching Zumba for 3 years. Info: Diane 07773 912728 • ZUMBA WORKOUT @ Porthcawl RFC, 7.45 pm with Nikki ,Qualified Fitness and Zumba Instructor. Insured and CRB checked. £3.50 per class. Please wear trainers and prepare to sweat!

Thursday • 1ST CORNELLY SCOUT GROUP Scout Troop. Ages 10–14, 7–9pm @ Cornelly Scout & Guide Hall, Meadow Street, North Corrnelly. Contact Rob on F700pff@aol.com or 01656 746564 • 1ST PORTHCAWL SCOUT GROUP BEAVER COLONY 6–8yrs. 5.15–6.30pm @ Woodland Hall, Woodland, Avenue, Porthcawl. Meirion 784711; davidmann.lewis@virgin.net • AEROBICS CLASS, BRYNTIRION @ the Dance Studio, Mount Pleasant, Bryntirion (next to the community Centre) 6.15–7.15pm. Call Debbie 07779 709814 • ARCHAEOLOGY CYMRU BRIDGEND 2.15pm at West House, West House Road, Bridgend. The afternoons are for anybody interested in Archaeology. At present we are

looking at the period in archaeology of Alfred the Great, the Vikings and lots more. Every week we bring an artefact along, news updates, and news from our workshops every Friday. More info: 07751 255725 or email: karljlangford@ hotmail.com • AUTISM AND ASPERGER’S SYNDROME INFORMATION SESSION @ Trinity Church Porthcawl from 11.30am–4pm • BOOGIE BEAT MUSIC & MOVEMENT Classes for toddlers. 11am – 11.45am @ Talbot Community Centre, 9 Prince Road, Kenfig Hill. To book your free trial contact NICKY on 07789 688447 / 01656 782360 www. boogiebeat.co.uk • BREASTFEEDING GROUP, PORTHCAWL @ the Salthouse, 10–12, only in term time. Claire and Carol: 07973 898219 • BINGO & SOCIAL AFTERNOON, PORTHCAWL @ Awel-y-Mor Centre, 1.45–4pm. All welcome. • BRIDGEND CARERS, PORTHCAWL 1st Thurs of every month, 10am–1pm, Trinity Church, John Street. Advice and information for carers. More info: 01656 658479 • BRIDGEND CHESS CLUB @ The Gilead Village Hall, Coity, Bridgend CF35 6AU. 7pm. Promoting all aspects of chess. Various club activities to suit beginners and experienced players alike. For more info, call Ken: 07546 946513 • BRIDGEND FESTIVALS COMMITTEE @ Bridgend Festivals Office, Cambria House, Wyndham Street, Bridgend. 1st Thursday of the month at 10am. For more info: 01656 661338; e-mail: king-barry@btconnect.com www.bridgend-events.co.uk • BRIDGEND PHILATELIC SOCIETY, BRIDGEND 2nd & 4th Thursday each month @ the Gospel Hall, Oddfellows St, 7.30–9.30pm. Tel: 01656 653753 • BRIDGEND TOWN AFC Under 12s football. Training at Newbridge Fields, Bridgend. 6–7pm. John: 07800 540309 • CHILDREN’S STORYTIME, PYLE @ Pyle Life Centre from 11–11.30am. 01656 754850; pylelib@ bridgend.gov.uk • CHOIR PRACTICE, BRIDGEND Bridgend Male Choir. 7.30–9.30pm @ the OCLP Club, Bryntirion, Bridgend. Gareth: 01656 862037. www.

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Jeff’s Kickboxing Gym, Dunraven Arms. 6–7pm. Loose clothing to start • LADIES ONLY FITNESS SESSIONS, SOUTH CORNELLY @ 2tone fitness, South Cornelly Trading estate. 8–9pm. Please phone Jo on 07730 676664 or 01656 670064 for more details • LIBRARY READERS’ GROUP, PYLE @ Pyle Life Centre, every 3rd Thurs of the month at 7pm. Tel: 01656 754850 www.bridgend.gov.uk/libraries • LIFEGUARD CLUB - POOL TRAINING, PYLE @ Pyle Pool 8–10am. Tel: (01656) 771380 for details or check out www.restbaylifeguards. org.uk • MID GLAMORGAN MIXED CHOIR, PENCOED (Term time only) in The Bowls Club, Pencoed from 7.15–9pm. Call Louise Baker on 01656 667451 timohagan388@hotmail.com • MONKEY MUSIC CLASSES After school class for children ages 3 and 4 years. 4–4.45pm at Laleston Church Hall, High Street, Laleston. Contact Emma to book a complimentary class on 01656 649190 or via www.monkeymusic.co.uk • ORIGINAL ARTISTS ACOUSTIC EVENING Every fortnight at the Seahorse, 9pm, in aid of BOBATH Centre for Cerebral Palsy. To play on one of these evenings please contact Nikki on 07916 342370. Small fee to each act. • PORTHCAWL SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB 5–6.30pm @ Awel Y Mor Community Centre, for Graded Martial Arts students of all ages/with gradings every 3 months. Call Christian Whale (5th Dan) on 07784 317151 • PREGNANCY YOGA @ Litchard Infants School, 6–7.15pm. A time for you and your baby, suitable from 16 weeks. 6–7.15pm: Pregnancy Yoga (£30 for 6 weeks). 7.30–8.45pm: Yoga Drop-in class (£4.50 per session or £20 for 5 sessions). Please contact Emma on 01656 651230 www.pure-yoga.co.uk or pureYoga on facebook • PYLE & PORTHCAWL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY MEETING @ The Rest at 7.15pm. Diverse range of photography related activities. Call Glyn on 01656 772831 (publicity.officer@pyle-porthcawl-ps. co.uk), or www.pyle-porthcawl-ps.co.uk • READING GROUPS @ Ogmore Valley Life Centre. Last Thursday of the month, 11am. 01656 754856, ovalelib@bridgend.gov.uk. Also, Pyle Life Centre, every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm. 01656 754850, pylelib@ bridgend.gov.uk No meetings in August • ROYAL MARINES ASSOCIATION, SWANSEA BAY BRANCH Last Thursday of every month. Further details 01656 670224 • SENSHI DO KARATE & KICKBOXING @ Cefn Glas scouts hall. Karate: 6–7pm. Kickboxing: 7–8pm. www.senshido-wales@webs.com • SHOTOKAN KARATE, PORTHCAWL @ St. John’s School, 6–7pm. Call Phil on 07966 624 140. All welcome. • SLIMMING WORLD WITH DEE 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm at Pyle Parish Hall, Pyle road. Tel: 07733 267369, or just pop in!    • STAGECOACH THEATRE ARTS SCHOOL, BRIDGEND Performing

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arts classes, ages 3–18. Contact Helene on 01446 781454. www.stagecoach. co.uk/bridgend. Also on Friday & Saturday • TAI BO KICK AEROBICS, PYLE @ Pyle Life Centre 7.15–8.15pm. Male & female, all ages welcome! Instructor Sarah Panes, Qualified Tai Bo & 2nd Degree Black Belt ITF TKD Instructor. Kids Tae Kwon Do 6–7pm. Call Sarah: 01656 743478 or 07773 041339 • TI A FI Y SGER PARENT TODDLER GROUP 9–11am. Cornelly Integrated Centre, Greenfield Terrace, North Cornelly, CF33 4LW. 07866 162440 • UAS SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP/ CIRCLE 7.30pm–10pm @ Kenfig Hill. Be amongst like minded friends. Also on a Friday. Contact Rachel 07889 786955 or 01656 859987 or chameul@ hotmail.co.uk • WESTWARD 0–4 MEET AND PLAY GROUP A stay and play facility for babies and toddlers aged 0-4. Westward Community Centre, Cefn Glas, Bridgend. 1.30-3pm. £1 donation required (includes tea/coffee) • YOGA CLASS @ Litchard Infants School, 7.30–8.45pm. General drop in class, suitable for all levels, time for you to relax, re-centre and renew. Please contact Emma on 01656 651230 www.pure-yoga.co.uk or PureYoga on Facebook • ZUMBA Qualified and experienced Fitness Instructor/Licensed Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumbatomic Instructor Hannah Bowen 07886 487853 @ Awel y Mor Community Centre 9.45–10.45am. Wear suitable clothing and footwear, bring plenty of water, arrive early. £3.50. • ZUMBA North Cornelly Community Centre. 8–845pm. Only £3. Join the party and zumba the winter blues away! Call Mandy: 07854 372582 • ZUMBA CARDIO WITH ZUMBA TONING (weights optional) 9.45–10.45am Awel y Mor Community Centre, Wellfield Avenue, Porthcawl. Hannah Bowen Qualified Fitness Instructor Licensed Zumba Instructor find me on Facebook as Zumba Fitness - Porthcawl and on Zumba.com or call 07886 487853

Friday • ARCHAEOLOGY CYMRU ARCHAEOLOGY WALKS 10am meeting at the Llantwit Major Train Station carpark. Looking at a wide range of archaeological sites throughout the Vale of Glamorgan. We look at Iron-Age hill-forts, medieval castles, and even sites that we just discover along the way. Walking boots and refreshments a must. More info: 07751 255725 or email: karljlangford@hotmail.com • BINGO, KENFIG HILL – after Luncheon Club. Eyes down at 1.45pm at the Talbot Community Centre, Kenfig Hill. More info: Cheryl on 01656 749754 • BODY TONING - PILATES (mat required) Use of weights and resistance bands optional. 9.45–10.45am Awel y Mor Community Centre, Porthcawl. ZUMBA TEENS

(ages 11 to 18 yrs) Term time only 4.30–5.30pm Awel y Mor Community Centre, Wellfield Avenue, Porthcawl. Hannah Bowen, Qualified Fitness Instructor Licensed Zumba Instructor. Find me on facebook as Zumba Fitness - Porthcawl and on Zumba.com or call 07886 487853 • BOUNCE & RHYME SESSIONS FOR BABIES & TODDLERS @ Aberkenfig Library. 10am. 01656 754820, abkenlib@bridgend.gov.uk. Also @ Pyle Life Centre, every 1st Friday of the month, 2pm. 01656 754850 pylelib@ bridgend.gov.uk • BRIDGEND FUCHSIA SOCIETY, YNYSAWDRE @ Ynysawdre Community Centre. 1st Friday of the month, 7pm. All welcome! Call 01656 661338 / 07976 430086. king-barry@ btconnect.com • BRIDGEND WRITERS’ CIRCLE, BRIDGEND @ Bryntirion & Laleston Community Hall, Mount Pleasant, Bryntirion, CF31 4EF. 01656 772738. www.bridgendwriters.webs.com • BUZZ SOFTPLAY (inc. messy play) 10.30am–midday - BCLC Cefn Cribwr. www.mybclc.org/ 01656 745655. Age 0-3. £1.50 1st child, subsequent children half price • CHARITY PUB QUIZ, PORTHCAWL @ Seagull Pub, Rest Bay, Porthcawl. 9pm. Proceeds to local charities. • CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH AND SPANISH FOR ADULTS (term time) @ Cefn Cribwr, Bethlehem Church Life Centre. Spanish 10am–12pm. French 12.30pm–2.30pm. Call Kim: 02920 382431 or Amanda (tutor) 01656 650360, courseinfosouth@swales.wea. org.uk • CORNELLY ORGANIC GARDENING SOCIETY 1st Friday of every month @ The Methodist Church Hall, Heol Fach (opposite the surgery) at 7pm. Angela Fennell on 01656 661626 • KOREAN KARATE, PORTHCAWL TANG SOO DO @ All Saints Church Hall, Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl. Tiger tots 4–6 yrs 6–6.30pm, Children 7+ yrs & Adults 6.30–7.30pm. ONE MONTH FREE FOR NEW STARTERS. 07788482450, porthcawltsd@ btinternet.com, www.ttfuk.co.uk • MONKEY MUSIC FOR BABIES & TODDLERS, BRIDGEND Term time only. @ St Marys RC Church Hall, Ewenny Road, Bridgend. Aged 3 months–4 years. Contact Emma for a free trial 01656 649190. www. monkeymusic.co.uk • PORTHCAWL GYMNASTICS CLUB (Term time only) Classes from 4.45–7.15pm, please call for details Limited places. Register your child in our fun packed classes. Existing members guaranteed a place. Tel: 07971 476738 • PORTHCAWL PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP Last Friday of the month in the Unitarian Church School Room, Nottage, 10.30am. More info: 01656 783071 • SEQUENCE DANCING, PORTHCAWL @ Trinity church 8–10.15pm. £2.50. 01656 782606 • SENSHI DO ‘The Warriors Way’ KARATE & KICKBOXING, BRIDGEND @ Brackla Community

Centre, Whitethorne drive, Brackla, Bridgend. 6.30–7.30pm. All levels, beginners welcome. Call 07791 412864, email bkkc@live.co.uk • SHOUT – FOR OVER 50s, PORTHCAWL 1st Friday of month. Open forum in Porthcawl to express your concerns. @ Trinity Church at 2pm. Tel: 01656 786463 • SING AND SIGN, BABY SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES, BRIDGEND @ 1–1.45pm. For more information or to book please contact Beverley on 07583 087157 or email beverleythomas@singandsign.co.uk www.singandsign.co.uk • TAI CHI, BRIDGEND @ Bridgend Recreation Centre, 7–8.30pm. Beginners welcome. John Jones, Chief Instructor. sunsdragon@hotmail.com • TANG SOO DO, PYLE & DISTRICT (Korean self defence) No training fee for first month. Junior 5yrs+ 6.30–.15pm. Mixed class 7.20–8.30pm. Advanced Class 8.30–9pm (also Mondays). Upstairs in Pyle Life Centre. Kyo Sa Nim Gareth Powell: 01656 659592/ 07884 295499/gareth.powell@ tangsoodo.co.uk • TI Â FI AR LAN Y MÔR BILINGUAL PARENT TODDLER GROUP 10am-11:30am. All Saints Church Vestry, Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl. Call: Lou on 07966 313609 • TIMESIGNS ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD WORKSHOPS, BRIDGEND Meet at Bridgend Train Station, 10am. Looking at the archaeological landscape, through all periods. Walking boots and flask necessary. No longer weekly – please call Karl for details on 07805 772818 karljlangford@hotmail.com • TINYTALK BABY SIGNING CLASSES, PYLE @ Coychurch Memorial Hall 10.30–11.30am. Eluned: 07877 566935, eluendw@tinytalk.co.uk or www.tinytalk.co.uk/elunedw • TWIN-KLE TWIN-KLE TWIN GROUP Bump to 4 years at Westward Community Centre, Cefn Glas, Bridgend every Friday 1-3 o’clock. Contact Samantha: 07989 873497 or Facebook Twin-kle Twin-kle Twin Group Bridgend • TWINS & MULTIPLES GROUP, PYLE @ Once Upon A Playtime in Bridgend, 10am–12 noon. Clare Roberts: 07932 972200, d.c.roberts@sky.com • WELSH KARATE UNION PORTHCAWL CLUB @ Porthcawl Community Hall, Porthcawl Comprehensive School. 6–8pm. www. welshkarateunion.org • ZUMBA @ Kenfig Labour Club. 5.30–6.30pm

Saturday • BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS, KENFIG NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE 3rd Saturday of the month, 9am–12pm. Enjoy walks with the warden, in association with Glamorgan Bird Club. Meet at the Reserve Centre. Free admission and car park. 01656 743386 • BORE COFFI/COFFEE MORNING, PORTHCAWL @ Tabernacl New Hall, Fenton Place 10.30am–12pm. 1st Sat of the month. For Welsh learners and Welsh speakers

to meet for a chat. A warm welcome to all – croeso cynnes i bawb • CAR BOOT SALES, BRIDGEND @ The West House Pub. 9am–12pm. Set up 8am. Cars £5/Vans £8. All proceeds to local charities. Please contact Rob & Helen on 01656 653809 • CHILDREN’S ART & CRAFT WORKSHOPS, PORTHCAWL 10.30–11.45am, Crafty Little Creations @ Porthcawl RFC. Call Sue on (01656) 788420/ 07791 476882 • INDOOR CAR BOOT SALE @ Awel-y-Mor, Porthcawl. First 3 Saturdays of every month. 9am–12pm. Phone 01656 657463 to book. Free tea, coffee & biscuits • LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Saturday nights @ Kenfig Hill Labour Club. £2 • MEMBERS AND GUESTS OF THE RAFA CLUB, PORTHCAWL are invited to enjoy bingo at 7.30pm. followed by live entertainment by top class artists till 11.30pm • NEWTON WINOS Once a month in the Newton/Dan y Graig area to enjoy a themed wine tasting evening. £10pp to cover cost of wine and nibbles. Take turns hosting the event and choosing a theme. More info: newtonwinos@ hotmail.co.uk or Cas on 07786 082864 • PORTHCAWL & DISTRICT ART SOCIETY EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS @ the old Police Station Gallery, John Street. 11am–4.30pm. FREE. Also on throughout the rest of the week • PRAM FITNESS, PORTHCAWL 1.30–2.30PM @ the Salthouse, Porthcawl. Specialist outdoor post-natal exercise class for mums whilst baby enjoys a ride in their pram. Contact Sarah on 07917 276788. Email sarahdowson@sky.com • ROCK CLUB, PORTHCAWL Music workshops for 8–16years old. Learning, training, jamming, singers, meeting new friends, playing in a band. We learn and perform regularly! All levels, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, singers, all welcome. Book a place anytime on 01656 786319. Rock & Arts Club, 41 John Street, Porthcawl Town/ www.rockclub.org.uk • SILURES ART GALLERY, PORTHCAWL Open every Weekend and Bank Holidays 11am to 4.30pm at 40 South Road. New exhibition each month with free admission. www.silures.co.uk • ST JOHN AMBULANCE Adults @ Trinity Church. 6–7.30pm. Call 01656 786869 for more information • STORYTIME FOR CHILDREN, PORTHCAWL @ Porthcawl Library 2.30pm. Tel: 01656 754845 email: porthcawllib@bridgend.gov.uk • STREET DANCE CLASSES with the British Street Dance champions NORTH CORNELLY: @ Cornelly Community Centre, Heol Las North Cornelly. 3–5yrs 10.30–11.30am, 6–11yrs 11.30–12.30pm. PORTHCAWL: @ Gilgal Church Hall, Woodlands Ave Porthcawl. 3–5yrs 10.30–11.30am, 6–10yrs 11.30–12.30pm, 11–18yrs 12.30–1.30pm. More info: 07974 904181. www. popstarsdancestudios.co.uk • TAI CHI All Saints Church, Victoria Ave, Porthcawl 10am -11am. Fair Lady-Sleeping Tiger Tai Chi. Info: 07840

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Porthcawl Runners With the holiday period almost over, now is the ideal time to get back in to shape. Porthcawl Runners are starting a jogging section within the club. This will be primarily aimed at people who are complete beginners, or perhaps someone who has had a break from running and would like to start back. There will be no pressure on how far or how fast you can run, the club just want people to take that first step to becoming a member and to enjoy their running, with all the benefits that exercise brings.

Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club news

Oliver Rudd

P&K GRABS YOUNG MASTERS GOLF JUNIOR GOLF ACADEMY STATUS Youngsters keen to try their hand at golf can now look forward to the very best introduction to the game as Pyle & Kenfig has become a YMG Junior Golf Academy. YMG is the first-ever structured educational syllabus designed to introduce boys and girls to the game of golf, and help them develop the skills and knowledge. We’re all very excited to have become a YMG Academy because it means we can now offer children the fabulous

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There will be set a route of between 1k and 5k which you can run or run/walk in your own time. If you improve to a level where you feel comfortable, we can then look at other training options open to you within the club that may further suit your needs. If you know of anyone else who would like to start running, bring them along as jogging is an ideal way to start. We look forward to seeing you at the club. Training for beginners is Monday evening 6.30pm, meeting place Porthcawl RFC. Further details can be found at www.porthcawlrunners.com TONY PHILLIPS

YMG programme, which, alongside coaching youngsters in how to play the game, also teaches the rules and etiquette through exciting activities, fun challenges to ensure that the whole golfing experience is about having fun. The extremely attractive and carefully assembled manual enables youngsters to see what’s in store, week-by-week for each of the 9 levels (Cadets, Cadets 2, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Master 1-4) and each level is marked by a series of fun skills and knowledge challenges. If you would like to find out more about joining a YMG Cadets course at Pyle & Kenfig, call the PGA Professional team on 01656 772446 or call in at Pyle & Kenfig Proshop which is located at Waun y Mer, Kenfig, near to Kenfig Nature Reserve. JACK MCKEE Secretary: 01656 783093/ 771613, Professional: Dylan Williams 01656 772446, secretary@ pandkgolfclub.co.uk www.pandkgolfclub.co.uk

H with a selection of his winning trophies and medals

On Saturday 15th September Harri Pugh of Porthcawl squash club competed in the Cardiff Cars Junior Open. This was his last tournament

Brackla Harriers

The London Paralympics 2012 will surely go down in history as the year when the whole nation realised what a wonderfully talented and truly dedicated group of athletes the paralympic games has produced. Not only are their achievements absolutely breathtaking, the conduct and charisma of the athletes has won the hearts of the nation and ensured that the Paralympics will most certainly be an event not to be missed in 2016. I am lucky to have a friend in Neil Robinson who has once again taken a very important role within the Paralympics by being a coach to the Great Britain table tennis team. Neil has had a hugely success-

he could compete in as an under 11, from the end of September he will step up a level to the under 13 events. Harri signed off with an impressive day of squash culminating in winning the event. This win follows his Gold Medal at the Gemau Cymru in the WIS cardiff and his tournament win at the Prestatyn Junior Open in North Wales. Harri first picked up a squash racket at the ripe old age of 4 and under the expert tutelage of Chris Rees - Squash Wales Regional Development Officer - and the club coaches he soon became a member of the Welsh Development Squad. Good luck for the future ‘H’ and lets hope you can turn all your hard work into a Full Welsh Cap in the not too distant future and emulate the club’s current Welsh ‘Junior!’ representative Geoff Perret. STEVE, MIKE AND NICK

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ful career winning no less than 7 paralympic medals himself for the British team before retiring in 2008 to take up coaching the sport. This year’s British team won four medals and this is thanks to a small team of dedicated coaching individuals such as Neil Robinson. Neil’s career started in 1981, and he competed in his first Paralympic Games in 1984, during his competitive years Neil was ranked world number 1 and was the European champion at table tennis. Neil was rewarded in May 2012 with an MBE for his services to disabled sports. In a recent conversation Neil expressed his delight at the tremendous support that had been shown at the London Paralympics this year, the stadiums were sold out and the crowd support was outstanding. Having been personally absolutely mesmerised by this year's events I can understand why. PAUL BIGMORE

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Well what an eventful Saturday we all had a few weeks ago down on Coney Beach. Bridge FM invited PLGC to help with members of the public for a world record attempt for most people on a beach in Baywatch fancy dress. This coincided with our weekend for ‘Beach Watch’ with the Marine Conservation Society & Keep Britain Tidy so it was going to be a busy day. Bridge FM started a live broadcast at 11am outside the Hi-Tide where all the budding Baywatch babes and Hoffs were to register and once registered the crowd were warmed up. With some light exercise on the beach by two of our junior

Rest Bay Lifeguard Club As the Lifeguard Station at Rest Bay closes down for the winter, we can reflect on a very successful season at Rest Bay. Nippers had another tremendous season. Competing in various club carnivals and the Welsh open water championships to maintain their reputation as one of the best nipper teams in Wales! Well done. The nipper coaches would like to give a special 'thank you' to this season’s nipper-juniors who now move up to the junior section to continue their development as future lifeguards. Junior section continued to develop strongly through the season taking part in the ranking events and successfully gaining their lifesaving awards. Well done. The entire coaching team

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members Tom & Jess. Sufficiently warmed, with the Baywatch theme blasting out over the beach the numbers were counted and a world record was obtained. (See Bridge FM website for official stats). After a quick coffee and still in Baywatch attire members of PLGC and a few members of the public did a two hour beach clean as part of ‘Beach Watch’ weekend. A staggering amount of rubbish was collected and We were even filmed by ITV and our own Karen Harris was interviewed so we had a fantastic bit of publicity too. We are planning another beach clean in a few weeks time and we welcome non members to join us to help keep our beautiful beaches clean. If you want to find out more please contact out club secretary Penny John SecPLGC@ hotmail.com for further details. Well done to all who attended. DAVE DAVIES PLGC

would like to thank all the nippers, juniors and helpers for their commitment and hard work this season and to the parents and families for all their time and effort given to support the club. Last month the senior members held a fundraising bucketcollection night around the Porthcawl pubs raising a total of just under £400. Thank you to everyone who donated on the night and those who gave their support to the collection on their premises. Junior midweek training has now changed venue for the winter from the beach to the gym and is available to adult members too. Many thanks to the Scorpions Kickboxing club in Bridgend for their support. Presentation night this year is on 17th November in the Hi-Tide. Tickets will be on sale soon at the pool on Thursday nights. NICK CAMPBELL

Tim Velinmanjaro We made it! We all reached the top of Kilimanjaro. Day 1. Left the Machame Gate for a long steep walk through the rainforest, with breathtaking views of the summit. Machame Camp 3,000m and our very own toilet tent! Day 2. Another steep ascent in the early morning sun. Mandy was forced to conquer her fear of heights as we clambered along narrow paths and steep drops. Shira Camp 3,800m. Day 3. Time to learn some Swahili words & songs… ‘Pole, Pole!’ (Slow, Slow!), the Kilimanjaro mantra. Walked to 4,600m and down to Barranco Camp, 3,900m. Night temperatures are below zero but the

Southerndown & Ogmore by sea surf report It has been a disappointing summer for surf and weather at Ogmore and Southerndown. This September, so far, some hurricane swells have been rolling in but only in the form of 3ft windy mush. The sand has taken a while to creep back up the beach at Southerndown and even in mid summer, heavy rain falls washed away much of the sand from the top of the beach. Compared to Rest Bay in Porthcawl, Southerndown and Ogmore suffers from a lot more tidal rips and currents and

moonlit view of the summit was unforgettable. Day 4. The path from camp was extremely steep and more like rock climbing! 8 hours of walking and a lunch of chicken and chips we were at the final camp, Barafu 4,600m. Day 4 & Day 5. 11.30pm Time to head to Uhuru peak 5,895m via the relentless, uphill, zig zag track and the guides singing softly in Swahili. With frozen fingers and toes, dawn finally broke and Stella Point 5,756m came into view. A final push through tiredness and altitude sickness - we reached the top! It was the hardest, most tiring experience but also the most amazing and unforgettable with memories to last a lifetime. LOUISE PIPER-JONES

hollowed out beaches make the conditions even worse. However, Southerndown has talent and to prove it, local up and coming surfers have made the Welsh team and squad. Cieran Hughes made the team and Tyler Rogers and Owen Alexander are in the Welsh Squad…also outstanding at the Bay is Josh Trotman who can be seen pulling off aerials. The Southerndown Surf School has been doing very well, not only introducing new people to the sport but also by providing custom to the local cafe’s etc for food after a good surf lesson which works up a good appetite. DAVID A BATTEN

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