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June 2018

Upper Swansea, Neath & Dulais Valleys Covering Ystradgynlais, Ystalyfera, Abercraf, Coelbren, Crynant, Banwen, Dyffryn Cellwen, Onllwyn Seven Sisters, Cwmtwrch, Cwmllynfell, Cwmgiedd, Gurnos, Godre’rgraig, Glynneath and Resolven.

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Editor’s Foreword

Amazing isn’t it – after May 3rd’s local elections in England apparently (judging by the media, that is) all of those problems that spelled an end to Labour disappeared! All of the anti-Semitism headlines were quickly replaced with new ones. These ones, too, were a joy. Apparently Labour, who were up 79 seats to 2350, were having a disastrous time while the Tories, down 35 seats to 1332, were elated and feeling the warmth of hearty congratulations from every BBC news journalist within three continents. The BBC are, astoundingly, the worst of all of these daily liars. Practically everything they say is coloured with intent. Reporting on Labour on a plethora of adjectives and phrases like “failed to win” dominate the conversation, then switching to the Tories change their phrasing to include “major gains” and “substantial margin”. At 6am on BBC Breakfast the first item went ““Conservatives hold on to some councils and Labour make some gains BUT lose seats in other areas.” It doesn’t matter which political party, if any, you sympathise with - this should worry and anger each and every one of us. Even if not 100% successful, the very act of this deception is tantamount to brainwashing. The elections are just the tip of the iceberg, of course. Think of the current situation in Israel (that’s how the BBC would say it – I would say “Think of how Israel are carrying out Genocide in Palestine”). The BBC are terrified of upsetting the Israel lobby, even more so than American news stations. The Beeb’s website told us on 14th May that “Dozens die as US embassy opening looms”. How passive is that sentence? To be honest, after the past few months, nobody can be certain whether or not they are antiSemitic anymore. Pointing out that Israel are in the processing of carrying out the slow and deliberate extermination of the Palestinians is, apparently, anti-Semitic. Even Jewish folk who criticise the Israeli state can be anti-Semitic apparently. There is an obvious grip over our media by the same lobby groups that have hold of our politicians, but it’s not the Jews – it’s Israel. Israel want to make sure in your mind that criticism of their barbaric actions IS THE SAME as blind hatred for the Jewish community. I take issue with this. Trump smells money, and for that he’s willing to turn a blind eye to Israel’s tendency for terror. And if you think that it won’t be possible for Israel to win this battle of minds, think of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s brag to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee just a few weeks ago: “You remember people talked about Israel’s isolation? You remember that,” he said. “Israel’s isolation? Pretty soon, the countries that don’t have relations with us, they’re going to be isolated. There are those who talk about boycotting Israel? We’ll boycott them.” Israel have ignored international law for decades and have made a mockery of attempts at peaceful solutions. It’s time for the international community to bring sanctions and treat them the way they deserve for their behaviour. Until next month...

Phil

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Dear Phil I am raising money for my football club Ystradgynlais AFC Juniors. We are trying to raise money for kits and equipment for all age groups. We all love football and it keeps them out of trouble. My dad Sam England and his worker Brandon coy And myself who has just turned 17 are doing a sponsor 400 Ft bungee jump in Chepstow on July 28th. This is going to be live on Facebook. We have raised so far £1300.00 pound we want to reach 2,500 it’s taken 5 weeks so far we hope to smash our target by July. Could you put the word out for us please? Even if there are local companies who would like to sponsor one of our age groups. We have put sponsor forms out and we have a just giving page here is the link If you could put this in your magazine please it would be awesome.

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YELLOW TRIANGLE SCHEME AVAILABLE FOR DRIVERS Motorists in Powys are being urged to sign up to a scheme that could help emergency service find possible life-saving information about a driver in an accident. Powys County Council’s Yellow Triangle scheme car drivers the opportunity to display a means of quickly determining the driver’s details in the event of the collision. The scheme has two elements, a ‘Your Details’ card and a yellow triangle sticker. The card will give information about the driver’s next of kin, medical conditions, allergies and medications. We will inform drivers to keep this card in the glove compartment of their vehicle. The yellow triangle will be displayed in the bottom left hand corner inside the windscreen, out of the driver’s field of view, to inform the emergency services that the information is in the glove compartment. Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Ensuring that our roads are safe is hugely important for our county. “This latest initiative will provide emergency services with vital information if a driver is involved in a collision. I urge all Powys drivers to take advantage of this worthwhile scheme.” Geoff Wilks, the council’s Road Safety Project Officer, said: “As most mobile phones nowadays are lockable and only accessible by a password, the mobile phone I.C.E (in case of emergency) system can no longer be relied upon to give the emergency services access to details. “This scheme will go that one step further by not only providing next of kin details but details of the card holder’s personal information.” To request a ‘Yellow Triangle’ scheme pack, call 01597 826979 or email road.safety@powys.gov.uk 16

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With its growing number of daytime fun singalong sessions the Goldies Cymru Charity is taking off across Mid and West Wales. Fondly referred to simply as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Goldiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the growth of the charity has been supported by the Cardiff-based Moondance Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund in Wales. Cheryl Davies is project manager in Mid and West Wales for Goldies Cymru, she said; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our charity reaches out to older people, many who live in isolation and have little in their lives to look forward to. We are certainly NOT a choir, but fun singing of the popular songs of the 60s and onwards are at the heart of all that we do. Hardly a day goes by without a request to introduce our charity in a new area.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always keen to hear from potential freelance session leaders and as our work develops across Mid and West Wales we use Welsh language folk song books and therefore fluent Welsh speakers, and singers, are needed.â&#x20AC;? The work of the charity has been recognised through a number of awards. Last year Goldies Cymru was the national 2017 Epic Award winner run by the Voluntary Arts organisation. Goldies was shortlisted for this major award from a short list of 32 groups. Supported by a 3 year People and Places, Big Lottery Fund in Wales grant the first year has seen 15 new sessions open in Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea & Carmarthenshire and has built up many partnerships. The charity has more recently met with teams and venues in Powys, Pembrokeshire and of course Ceredigion to expand further into Mid and West Wales in Year 2. We have sessions running in: Ystalyfera Development Trust: 2nd Thursday of every month; 11am-12pm Ystradgynlais The Welfare: Last Thursday of each month; 11am-12pm

   

 

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Brecon Fire Station – June 6, August 7 and October 3 Llandrindod Fire Station – May 14, June 18 and September 3 Newtown Fire Station – May 31, July 11, August 16 and September 26

The course will cost £20 for participants as the Road Safety Unit will pay the remaining £80 thanks to the Welsh Government funding. Taking part in Pass Plus Cymru may help to make you a safer driver and possibly even reduce your insurance costs. Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Ensuring that our roads are safe is hugely important for our county. I would urge young drivers across Powys to take advantage of this fantastic scheme. “These courses are so important because they provide better driving skills and could ultimately help save lives.” For more information or to book a place, please visit www.dragondriver.com You can also contact the Road Safety Unit by emailing road.safety@powys.gov.uk

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Pharmacists Boost Services To Offer Extra Help For Patients Your local pharmacist is taking over some of the services traditionally provided by doctors in a bid to make life easier for both patients and GPs. ABMU Health Board has commissioned the new services from chemists to ease the pressure on doctors and give patients faster access to some treatments. Pharmacists study for five years before they can become qualified and registered so they are experts on medicines and how they are used. With the number of complex and chronic health problems on the rise, the NHS is calling on the expertise of pharmacists more and more to make sure patients are taking the right medicines for their conditions. It is keeping staff busy at pharmacies like DR Cecil Jones in Glynneath, where pharmacist Niki Watts is many patients’ first port of call for health advice. He runs a successful stop smoking scheme, supports local GPs by taking on complex medication usage reviews, and has performed more than 500 flu vaccinations this winter. “It makes sense for us to take over things like medication usage reviews or hospital discharge medicine reviews because they take so long and a GP appointment is usually only 10 minutes long,” said Niki. “We are experts on drugs and their side effects and we’ve got the time to explain why the patients are taking them and the best times of day to take them.” The service is hugely valued by local residents. “I think it’s marvellous,” said customer Ann Pike, 77. “I couldn’t manage without him.” “My husband has had a stroke and has to take a lot of medication. They put all his tablets out in a box marked with the days so I don’t have to worry about whether he has taken them. They even deliver them to the house.” Ann also had a flu vaccination at the pharmacy after seeing a lot of her friends at her bowls club suffering from the flu. She said: “I’m glad I had it done, it wasn’t painful, there weren’t any after effects and it didn’t cost me anything. My doctor’s surgery is so busy; it was much quicker and easier to have it done here.” “Quite a few people have been hospitalised with the flu this year so we’ve had a huge banner in the window advertising the flu service,” said Niki. “A lot of people said yes because they could have it done there and then without having to make a special appointment.”

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Pharmacists are also supplying emergency prescription medicine and palliative care drugs after hours. For a list of 26 minor ailments, they can now also prescribe prescription-only medicines without the


need for a GP appointment. Meanwhile, extended weekday and Sunday opening hours at chemists is making it easier for people to use the new services. The extra work being taken on by pharmacists has been welcomed by GPs. Dr Richard Tristham, who is based at Clydach Health Centre, said: “Pharmacists are vital and we welcome their input. Working together with them is helping ease the pressure we are facing.” Dr Steve Harrowing pharmacist Niki Watts.

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Dr Steve Harrowing, at the Vale of Neath practice, added: “Not having to spend ages doing complicated medicine usage reviews is freeing up my time to concentrate on sicker patients and more complex cases. “And from the patients’ point of view, it is a lot easier to walk into a chemist than take a day off work to make a GP appointment. They are open on weekends too, which helps people who are working.” ABMU primary care programme manager Lowri Hartson has overseen the commissioning of the new services, and is keen to see pharmacies extending their opening hours further. She said: “Until recently, only two pharmacies in the health board area were commissioned to open on a Sunday. “Now we have commissioned 10 pharmacies to open on Sundays and another six open voluntarily. They open on staggered hours to make sure a pharmacy is always open.” Pharmacy manager Debra Hughes (left) says customers at Lloyds Pharmacy at Baglan Moors are delighted that the dispensary now stays open until 10.30pm on week nights and 9pm on Saturdays. “One worried mum pulled up late one night with a poorly child in the back of the car,” she said. “It’s when you can help in those sorts of circumstances that you don’t mind giving up your Saturday night!” Find out if your local pharmacy is offering the service by visiting this link and entering your postcode. http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/LocalServices/?s=Pharmacy

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Brecon Railway (Middle). Distance:10 miles. Difficulty: Easy. Parking: Coelbren, Penrhos, Ystradgynlais, Ystalyfera, and Pontardawe. A cycle path now replaces the tracks of the railway link from Coelbren to Ystradgynlais. This then becomes a grassed walking path until you get down to Ystalyfera where the cycle path returns going all the way to Pontardawe.

Craig Gwladus Tramroad Distance: 1.5 miles. Difficulty: Easy. Parking: Craig Gwladus Car Park. A walk along part of a tramroad, which ran from the mine to the valley below. At one end was an incline run by a steam winding engine, some remains of the engine house are still present. A return walk in the woods above can turn this into a challenging circular walk.

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from close partnerships, as this part of your chart is energized by Uranus. New beginnings are predicted and unexpected, sudden changes that will make life more exciting. The new moon falls in your zone of shared finances. Time to think about new investments. Sagittarius – Renewals and upheavals occur in your money zone. Nothing bad occurs, just make adjustments and keep a clear head on budgets. There is a full moon on the 28th in your finance zone which gives you are chance to get a good handle on things. New relationships are being formed in association with hobbies and recreational time. You find new friends and your social life is on the increase. Capricorn – Saturn is your natural sign ruler and at present transits your own sign, so you feel completely up to speed with any odds and ends that need your attention. You are good at paying heed to detail and keeping one step ahead of responsibilities. This is a good time for you to focus on goals and ambitions. You tend to move carefully and cautiously towards this end and will make progress. There is a full moon in your sign on the 29th when you can enjoy the success of you have earned. Aquarius – Mars is in your own sign throughout this month, which adds a sense of assertiveness and determination to all you do. It might also make you a little short tempered and impatient, so be sensitive to those around you. The possibility of changes at home may make you consider a move. This will be positive for you. Lots of good feedback at work will give you extra confidence and encourage you to do more. Pisces – You feel frustrated with the things that hold you back and you may have to face delays regarding the practical ideas you are planning for. You like new ideas and connecting with people. Happy and charismatic in your development of creative skills as you have Venus in that part of your chart, expanding possibilities and connecting you with people. Plan for a more positive time ahead giving you more than you bargained for.

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At exactly 04.00 am gmt on 21st May 2018 the sun enters the sign of Gemini and for all of you born with this sun sign, the following ingredients colour your year ahead. Modifications and adjustments need to be make according to your own particular time, date and place of birth which are individual only to you… PERSONALITY – A very forceful and assertive side to you will make friends and associates happy to let you take the lead. Joined up with your usual charm and sociable qualities, this puts you in the drivers seat. You are spontaneous and pumped up towards personal goals and ambitions. This coming year helps you achieve much. FEELINGS – A very warm side to you helps you become more generous and helpful towards others. You are feeling fearless and want to help others. You will good at organizing things. MONEY – You have the handle on budgets and plan well for the months ahead, making business plans workable and profitable. You are careful and painstaking in your endeavors. Fear of failure ensures your success. GENERAL – A very lucrative year for you, with success and recognition on the cards. You are gifted with social skills and put all your talents to very good use in the coming months. You create opportunities that work well. Lots of love and best of luck from Izabella Vlahavas


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NEW STAGE SCHOOL OPENS IN GLYNNEATH Arts Academy is a new stage school that launched in November last year, and currently offers dance and performing arts classes in the Glynneath Town Hall every Saturday during school terms. Founded by two local sisters who have completed their professional training in London, Chloe and Elise had their first taste of the arts on stage as von Trapp children in The Sound Of Music at the Resolven Miners Welfare Hall in the 90s and have dedicated their lives and careers to the industry ever since. Chloe explains that “our vision has always been to return to our community, to share our skills and passion for the performing arts, and give other youngsters the same opportunities that we enjoyed, watching them take part in local productions and getting the chance to shine on the stage. Our mission is to discover and nurture fresh talent within our communities and to revive the tradition of staging musicals and plays in our villages, just like it used to be when we were growing up.” The Arts Academy are very excited to be staging their first Gala Performance on Saturday 23rd June 2018 in the Glynneath Town Hall, and a share of the proceeds will be donated to the Resolven Miners Welfare Regeneration Project, a project which the sisters are very passionate about. The other half of the proceeds will be used to promote performing arts events at the Glynneath Town Hall. The show, A Night At The Theatre, will showcase the students’ progress so far, and will consist of musical theatre numbers and acting pieces, and promises to be a wonderful night out…for the community…by the children of the community. Support for the Arts Academy stage school, and for this inaugural show, has been fantastic so far, and both Chloe and Elise can’t wait to show off the wonderful, homegrown talent that they have uncovered in our valleys. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Arts Academy on 07582 036542, or by visiting the Arts Academy FaceBook page (search for artsoacademy), or by calling in to the stage school classes on a Saturday. The Arts Academy offers dance classes every Saturday from 10:00am to 11:00am, and acting and singing classes from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Anyone from 6 to 18 years old is encouraged to attend, and all abilities are welcome. Trial sessions are available for new students, where they can attend a whole day for free to see if they enjoy the Academy. Apart from the dancing, singing and acting classes, the academy also helps transform students into well-rounded individuals, with essential life skills, ready to embrace any opportunities that may come their way. More importantly, these young stars put their phones down for a few hours, have a load of fun, keep fit and make lifelong friends along the way.

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Two lucky readers will win a pair of tickets each for the Arts Academy’s Gala Performance on 23rd June 2018. All you have to do is answer this question: “Which Academy Award-winning and Triple Threat actress was born on 22 June, the day before the curtain goes up on our young performers in A Night At The Theatre?”. If you know the answer, like the Arts Academy FaceBook page and leave a comment for us on our Night At The Theatre event page. Two winners will be selected on 16 June 2018 and notified via FaceBook. If you don’t win, don’t worry, you can still come along with the whole family and enjoy the production.


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Recipe PORK LOIN BRAISED IN MILK

Cooking in milk seems a little unnatural to us Brits for some reason (unless it’s puddings of course!), but this recipe changed my mind once and for all, and I’m on the lookout for more milk-based recipes. I don’t think there’s a better way to enjoy pork than this...

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to a high heat to brown the pork. Just as when ‘sealing’ beef, turn the joint until it 1 Boned Pork Loin Joint (approx. 1.2kg) has browned all over, then set aside. 3 tbsp olive oil Leave the pan a while to cool down to a 10-12 garlic cloves, peeled very low heat again, then add the lemon Wide stripped zest from 1 Lemon zest, thyme, bay leaves, sage and nutmeg and gently fry them off for a minute or so. 5 sage leaves, shredded 1 tbsp thyme leaves, chopped Add the meat to the pan, tossing it in the infused oil and herbs. Now cover the meat 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg with milk and simmer gently, uncovered, 3 bay leaves for around 80 minutes. Turn the meat over 1L warm whole milk in the pan occasionally and make sure that Salt and freshly ground black pepper the milk doesn’t burn at the bottom. Remove the rind from the joint, leaving You will notice that the milk appears to behind a thin layer of fat. Score the fat, curdle – don’t worry, this is normal. It’s then season well by rubbing in salt and caused by the acid in the lemon zest. fresh black pepper. Cooking meat this When cooked, rest the joint for at least 10 slowly means that it will be so tender that minutes before serving. it will collapse, if you’d rather it didn’t, a few turns of kitchen string will ensure it While the meat is resting, reduce the gravy in the pan. Slice the meat into thick slices stays in shape. and pour over the lumpy gravy. Enjoy Take a large casserole dish and gently served with crispy roast potatoes, green warm the oil, then fry off the garlic cloves beans and good bread. very gently until they just begin to colour. Phil Remove the cloves and bring the oil up


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Ystalyfera

01639 843251

Abercraf

01639 730225

Dulais Valley Surgery

01639 701660

Meddygfa’r Cwm Ystalyfera

01639 844738

Meddygfa’r Cwm Cwmllynfell

01639 830204

COMMUNITY POLICING (PCSO’s) Maria Edwards (Godre’graig / Ystalyfera)

07805 301533

Andrew Jones (G’neath/Cwmgwrach)

07469 907982

Aled Musselwhite (Resolven/MelynCt/Clyne) 07825 456539 Emily Tennet (Banwen/Onllwyn/S.Sisters)

07825 352047

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COUNCILLORS

Floodline Welsh Water (emergencies problems) Powys County Council NPT County Council Carms. County Council

Tai Tarian (NPT) Repairs

0845 988 1188 & sewerage 0800 052 0130 0845 602 7030 01639 686868 01267 234567

0300 777 0000 0300 777 3000

AMs & MPs

Kirsty Williams AM (Brec & Rad) Jeremy Miles AM (Neath) Christina Rees MP (Neath) Chris Davies MP (Brec & Rad)

01874 625739 01792 869993 01639 630152 01982 559180

HELP & ADVICE

Age Connect (NPT) 01639 617333 Citizens Advice 08444 77 20 20 Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 Victim Support 0845 30 30 900 Childline 0800 111 Domestic Abuse 0808 80 10 800 Welfare Rights (NPT) 01639 685225 RSPCA (Llys Nini) 01792 229435 Consumer Direct 08454 04 05 06 AfanTaweNedd Neighbourhood Watch www.atnneighbourhoodwatch.org

Maesydderwen

SCHOOLS

01639 842115

Cwmtawe

01792 863200

Y.G. Ystalyfera

01639 842129

Llangatwg

01639 634700

D. Huw Williams (Ystradgynlais)

01639 845868

Bishop Vaughan

01792 772006

David A. Thomas (Tawe Uchaf)

01639 730033

Ysgol Golwg Y Cwm

01639 846070

Susan McNicholas (Ynyscedwyn)

01639 849912

Y Wern

01639 842242

Sarah Williams (Abercraf)

01639 730508

Ysgol Gymraeg Dyffryn Y Glowyr

01639 846060

Glynog Davies (Cefnbrynbrain/Ystradowen)01269 823240

Ysgol Bro Tawe

01639 846000

Hugh Jones (Cwmllynfell/Rhiwfawr)

01639 831282

Ysgol Y Cribarth

01639 731500

Alun Llewelyn (Ystalyfera)

01639 849729

Caehopkin Primary

01639 730231

Sandra Davies (Cwmtwrch)

01639 830835

Crynant

01639 750224

Rosalyn Davies (Godrergraig)

01792 862447

Blaendulais

01639 700342

Sian Harris (Crynant)

07814 127555

Godre’rgraig

01639 843116

Stephen Hunt (Seven Sisters)

01639 700063

Blaendulais

01639 700261

Dean Cawsey (Onllwyn)

07817 218556

Cwmllynfell

01639 830630


ACCOUNTANCY SERVICES Lumin Accounts & Taxation 0330 1330344 www.lumin-acc.com AERIAL & SATELLITE TV Aerial & Satellite Services Mark Williams 01792 713998 07778 737161 AIRPORT TRAVEL & MINIBUS Dragon Travel (Swansea Valley) 07877 604841 07951 111448 BUILDERS Pheonix Construction Wales Ltd 07714 742599 01639 841157 CARPETS Benjamin Poole 01269 824137 07768 061903 Glantawe Carpets 01639 842522 CHIMNEY SWEEP Premier Chimney Sweeps Call Alun 01792 849050 07415 943080 Tawe Sweep 01639 415019 07552354726 Thomas Chimney Sweeps Call Neil 07817 624732 or Gerry 07974 001133

COUNSELLING Rebecca O’Dowd Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 07568 160084 www.rebeccaodowdcbt.co.uk DENTISTS Cwmdulais Dental Centre 01639 750260 cwmdulaisdentalcentre@ btconnect.com DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIR Robert Owen 07737 325605 01639 843214 RTH Domestics 01639 722689 07870 438842

PAINTING & DECORATING Howell Johns Painting & Artexing also repair damaged Artex patterns 01639 638629 07941 703612 PIANO TUITION Gina Earland B .MUS. 07814 919765 01639 843096 PLASTERING Neil’s Plastering Contact Neil Wood at: 07852 959451 www.neilwoodplastering.co.uk Neilwood1976@yahoo.com

Roy Cousins 07976 637 357

DOUBLE GLAZING REPAIRS PLUMBING www.neilshomeservices.co.uk Tony and Daniel Watson, plumbing, heating and 07890 500670 bathroom installers, ELECTRICIANS tel 07790008272, email T.E. Hughes Electricals tonywatson52@sky.com 01639 843826 RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME 07759 887395 Trem Y Glyn FUNERAL DIRECTORS Call Debbie on Brian E. Duggan & Sons 01639 720 786 01792 843373 / 844514 ROOFING 07788 996393 Sunnyvale Roofing Sheets, GARDENING SERVICES Blue Barrels & Salvage 3 Steps Gardening & Rhydyfro Maintenance 01639 845 096 07866 901911 07891 723 942 01639 841827 3steps4@gmail.com

COMPUTER SERVICE Simon Panacz Dulais Valley Computers mail@dvcomputers.co.uk 07966 433 540

MUSIC TUITION Classical Guitar & Theory Tuition, Rob Lewis F.M.C.M

PC Doctor 01639 843765

OPTICIANS Phil Thomas Eye Care 01792 862583

L..N.C.M A.L.C.M

01639 831499

PAINTING & DECORATING Andrew Best 07895 085056 65


Ystrad Recycling @ The Old Remploy, Glanrhyd, Ystradgynlais SA9 1AF

Ystrad Recycling brings together the Ystrad Wood Store, The Tool Store & Second-Hand Furniture Sales. Recycled wood, wooden craft items, second-hand furniture, refurbished tools and tool repairs plus much, much more all under one roof! Donations of furniture, wood & tools greatly appreciated Upholstered furniture must have relevant fire labels attached Open Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm

Tel 01639 845475 CROSSWORD ANSWERS

BIG NEIL’S QUIZ ANSWERS 1 SONIC 2 HIPPOCRATIC 3 AURORA AUSTRALIS 4 ARTHUR 5 Mrs HUDSON 6 HUMMINGBIRD 7 SEAHORSE 8 EPIDERMIS 9 SHEEP 10 HYDRAULICS 11 A PADDLING 12 EMPEROR 13 TOPIARY 14 HERBIVORE 15 BEAUFORT 16 TINY 17 BUSMAN’S HOLIDAY 18 KAREN 19 BULL 20 GELERT 21 DRESSING 22 *1997 23 FARROW 24 KILL FATHER 25 MONSOON 26 ANIMAL ANAGRAMS 27 LIGHT FLYWEIGHT 28 NUN 29 STUARTS 30 MORGAN FREEMAN

DINGBAT ANSWERS

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1 Aluminium Foil 2 Bow Tie 3 Drumstick 4 Flower Bed 5 Fountain Pen 6 Greeting Card 7 Mayonnaise 8 Nutcracker 9. Plus Fours 10. Tulip Bulb


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SWANSEA VALLEY BUSINESS uPVC Windows & DoorsPARK Available Fitted orYSTALYFERA) Supply Only (NEXTFully TO ASDA, Call in and see us for your FREE quotation

All uPVC Repair work undertaken: Misted Units, Broken Locks/Hinges etc.

Proud Stockists of

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Guttering, Fascias, Soffits and all plastics

KEY CUTTING NOW AVAILABLE Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays 9am - 5pm We have a huge range of blanks for Yale and many other brands to suit doors, windows, caravans, padlocks, security boxes etc.

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