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Dear Editor, Many thanks to Dr Charles Smith for advising Porthcawl Town Council how much to charge users to spend a penny at the newly reopened toilets in John Street. However, Charles neglected to mention that he was one of the six Labour BCBC cabinet members who decided to close the toilets in the first place, compelling the independently controlled town council to take them over. If, as BCBC claimed, it was to save money, why didn’t Charles and his comrades consider such a charge themselves, rather than simply shutting this essential facility, whilst claiming they were dedicated to increasing footfall in John Street? Steve Maitland Thomas Independent Town Councillor East Central Ward, Porthcawl

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Deadline date for the May issue is: Monday 15th April REGENERATION: LET THE YOUTH HAVE THEIR SAY

Dear Editor, In response to the letter from Rhyd Lewis of Porthcawl on page 8 of issue 230, I thought I could help in a little way to provide information. 1. I attach a scan of a photo of the tunnel. It is in a book titled ‘Steam in South Wales Volume 3 - Main Line and Docks’. SBN 86093 169 2. Oxford Publishing Co. 2. I attach a screen shot of a map showing the railway going through Nottage. Notice the Halt (Station) top centre of the view. I got this from www.old-maps.co.uk and you can screen shot without having to pay. 3. I reproduce a paragraph from a book titled ‘1825 D.L.P.R. 1861’ by Brynmor James of Kenfig Hill. It concerns the rebuilding of the DLPR into the standard gauge railway. “Before the steam engine was allowed to enter Porthcawl, Rev. Henry Hey Knight insisted on diverting the original line of the tramroad which passed through his garden. Plans of this

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Dear Editor, It is clear that BCBC’s proposed regeneration plan for Porthcawl has met with little or no support from residents and while it is claimed that some form of consultation is taking place, it is not clear what form this is taking. It is still the view of the Porthcawl Civic Trust that BCBC needs to call a town meeting so that residents have a genuine opportunity to express their views. However, it is unlikely that BCBC will agree to this proposal, as they will be fully aware that such a form of consultation will result in widespread objections to the plan that has been put forward. Meanwhile, it is important that the youth of the town have their say. In the long term, they are the ones who will benefit from regeneration or, more likely as things stand, will have to suffer the consequences. The Porthcawl Civic Trust has already had one meeting with youth groups and a second meeting is planned. If any youth groups would like to be included in this consultation exercise will they please email porthawlcivictrust@hotmail.co.uk in order to register their interest. Don Tickner  Porthcawl Civic Trust

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Local history MARGERY HOPKIN A.R.R.C. This September witnesses the 80th Anniversary of the outbreak of WW2. During the next five years Porthcawl Museum will be commemorating many aspects of the war. Our journey begins with Margery Hopkin of The Bakery, Newton. Born on 16th April 1917, Margery began her training, as a nurse, at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary, qualifying on 28th June 1940. In 1942 she joined the army and was posted to India where, she served at Dinpur in Assam, a hospital close to the frontline where she treated many hundreds of patients in rapidly constructed bamboo huts called ‘bashers.’ Margery, eventually, was posted to Akyab, an island off Southern Burma, where she met Lord Mountbatten. Her final destination was Rangoon, where she had to attend to the prisoners of war whom the Japanese had forced to build the Burma Railway. In 1946, for her bravery and dedication, Margery Hopkin was awarded the Association of the Royal Red Cross by Field Marshal Lord Slim, as King George VI was too unwell. The King, actually, wrote to her regretting that he was not able to present the award, personally. After retiring, she served her community in the Newton Village Bakery and Grocery Shop. Margery died on 5th October 1998. Ceri Joseph

THE NEATH ABBEY IRON WORKS IT CHANGED THE WORLD FOREVER The Bridgend and District Local History Society’s speaker this month was Peter Richards from the Friends of the Neath Abbey Iron Company. He gave a talk on the development of the Iron Works in the Clydach Valley from its beginnings in1785 to its closure in 1880. In 1792 the property was leased to George Croker Fox of Falmouth and associates. With their foundry and engineering expertise, they were able to develop the Neath Abbey ironworks from a bulk pig-iron producer to a precision engineering establishment. Peter explained how this Cornish Quaker family ‘never tried to grow large, but were content to develop slowly ‘ . . . ever mindful to turn out work of the best make’. Being Quakers, they were, unlike most iron works, not involved in the production of cannons. Instead Neath Abbey Iron Company were producers of engines, cylinders and other parts for Cornish pumping engines, blowing engines, marine engines, iron hulled ships, locomotives, rails and chairs, rolling mills, machine tools, gas plant, and a great variety of iron castings and forgings. Our next meeting takes place on April 10th at 7.00pm in Carnegie House.

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School reports BRYNTIRION COMPREHENSIVE MEET AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR

45 pupils from Years 10 - 13 visited Krakow over February half term with the Religious Education department. The visit included a powerful meeting with a survivor of Auschwitz who was only a small child when she was imprisoned in the notorious Birkenhau camp. Mrs Lydia Rose was from a communist family and was taken to the children’s barracks at the age of 3. The pupils learnt how difficult life was for Lydia in being separated from her mother at such a young age. The pupils were shown the 6 number tattoo that she was forced to have. As a child she was frightened and lonely in the overcrowded hut and she had to share a bunk with 10 other children. The only clear memory that she has of her mother now is that of her mother’s hands rather than her face as her mother made every effort to get food to her each day and that is what she focused on was the hands that fed her. Lydia told the pupils that she had met the infamous Dr Mengele who the children nicknamed the angel of death because of his many experiments with many of the children there. The pupils then visited Auschwitz the next day and came upon a typical hut that the children would have lived in at that time. The pupils were in awe of meeting one of the last few remaining survivors of the Holocaust and they commented that they would never forget this life changing experience. The pupils showed the utmost respect and maturity throughout this difficult visit and they will go back to Bryntirion and present assemblies to the rest of the school so the 1.1 million lives that were taken at Auschwitz will never be forgotten! Mrs C Matthews (Head of RE)

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COFFEE TIME AT BRYNTEG SCHOOL

Brynteg School is proud to have links with many local businesses and organisations and working together has certainly resulted in providing better opportunities for our pupils. One such partnership is that between the school and Council’s catering team supported by Argie’s Coffee. Over the past few months planning has been undertaken with our School Council and this has resulted in a superb new coffee shop being launched within school for pupils, staff and visitors to use. Argie’s Coffee, which is based in Bridgend, has worked closely with us providing the necessary equipment and the all-important Barista training. This work has resulted in a facility, which really is setting the standard in terms of the quality and range of products and services provided in schools.  If you are ever visiting the school, you are more than welcome to join us for a coffee and sample some of the fantastic cakes and other treats that are on offer.  This really does demonstrate what can be achieved when you work together!

PORTHCAWL COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL On Friday 8th March a few of our pupils were invited to the Porthcawl Fairtrade breakfast in Trinity Church. It was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas for Fairtrade events with Nottage Primary School and members of the community. We have been fortunate to have another visit recently from past pupil Dan Pugh-Bevan, a past Organ Scholar at St Peter’s College Oxford, who now works as their School’s Liaison Officer. He worked with sixth formers and pupils from Years 9-11 using a portal called Oxplore, designed to stretch the minds of young people.  ‘I was delighted to be provided with another opportunity to return to Porthcawl Comprehensive School. This school provided me with a wealth of opportunities both academic and cocurricular that have set me up for life.’  We have just held our Annual Awards Evening, which recognised the achievements and successes of pupils from 2017-18 academic year. As well as honours and academic success being celebrated, equally important were the copious awards given for effort and progress across the school to our hardworking pupils. The evening was extremely well attended by parents and pupils, and it is always a joy to celebrate so many individual triumphs. Current Year 7 pupils were also recognised with Honours for extra-curricular accomplishments. Congratulations to everyone involved!  Andrew Slade  Headteacher


THE BRIDGE Love was in the air, just after Valentine’s Day one of our longterm members of staff; Mrs Bowen (now Mrs Roberts) got married. We wish them a long and happy life together. On World Book Day pupils and staff at The Bridge dressed up as their favourite book character. The Cat In The Hat, Harry Potter and Roald Dahl to name a few books and authors. Our very own Mr Kingscott dressed up as a hippy poet. Back at Forest Schools, KS2 have been making rafts and testing them in the pond to see if they would float. They all succeeded. KS 3 Forest School skills included cutting firewood and building a den without using rope. Following our Spring Term theme, Castles and Kingdoms, KS3 pupils will all be visiting Caerphilly Castle. Some pupils have been making a large paper and glue model of Caerphilly Castle. Glue everywhere!! As part of our Gold Rights Respecting School journey pupils have been looking at Global Goals. We had a tutor time and assembly time around these important matters. Finally KS4 have started their Art GCSEs so we wish them all good luck and hope they do well. Ashley, Harlie, Kia, Ellie

AFON Y FELIN PRIMARY NEWS This spring term has been non-stop since we’ve come back after Christmas. First of all, we were given incredible news that we had achieved the Green school status in the Welsh Government School Categorisation System. This has been awarded for the quality that is seen in leadership, teaching and learning and also data. This achievement couldn’t have been possible without the leadership and vision of our Head teacher, Ms Nicola Williams, as well as the dedication of teaching and support staff of the school, and especially our fantastic pupils who always show dedication and positivity when it comes to their learning. Since the big news, our children have shown their Welsh spirit in the school Eisteddfod where they’ve showcased their wonderful Welsh themed arts and crafts, as well as poem recitals, music and dance. The fun did not stop there as the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about ethical values during Fairtrade week, learning about many different countries during their International days and have had a great time dressing up as their favourite characters during World Book Day. We wish everyone who’s competing in the Urdd Eisteddfod in the next few weeks the best of luck!​ Nigel Hughes Leader of Learning

FAIRTRADE AT PIL PRIMARY SCHOOL

Year 3 have been busy promoting buying Fairtrade products and have presented their message through assemblies last week. Also, as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2019, Year 3 planned and opened their own “Cocoa Café” in support of this year’s Ready Steady Cocoa theme. The pupils baked delicious Fairtrade chocolate cakes and served this with Fairtrade chocolate milk.  Thank you to all of the pupils who visited the café to support the Year 3 project. Congratulations to Grace, Lillie and Owen on winning a Fairtrade hamper with products donated by the staff.  Mrs Casey-Haimes  Deputy Head Teacher & Year 3

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School reports NEWTON PRIMARY SCHOOL

We have had a wonderful few weeks in Newton. One of the highlights this term was dressing up as our favourite book characters for World Book Day, the staff enjoyed this as much as the children when they dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland. We are proud of our team spirit in Newton and believe that children learn best when they are happy. The children have been busy cooking pancakes and baking Welsh Cakes. All were delicious; we definitely have some future Master Chefs at Newton!  St David’s Day was a wonderful celebration of being Welsh, we sang songs, read stories and shared arts and crafts, which our children and families had created together. A big well done to our talented musicians who performed during our Eisteddfod.  Our nursery afternoon was very well attended; it was lovely to meet so many new families. We have had lots of new children joining us this term in our nursery and across the school.  Choosing the right school for your child can be an emotional decision. If you would like to visit our school please contact us on 01656 815780 or email us at admin.newtonprimary@ bridgend.gov.uk. We are always happy to show you around. You can also take a look at our website www.newtonprimary.co.uk where you will see all the wonderful things which happen at Newton.  Rachel John  Head Teacher

RHYS’S GARDENING

ARCHBISHOP MCGRATH This year our school sees more students taking part in the Eisteddfod yr Urdd than ever before. They have enjoyed competing in the Welsh second language poetry recital as well as various Musical items. We wish them all ‘Pob Lwc!’ and have our fingers crossed that many will qualify for the next stage. I am thrilled to announce that one of our young carers has been elected a member of the Welsh Young Carers Council and had the opportunity to visit the Senedd last month. It was an incredibly enriching experience and I am very proud to have a member of the council amongst our school community.  ‘’On the first weekend of half term, Years 7 and 8 boys made the short trip to Dublin for the third Archbishop McGrath Rugby Tour. The boys were supported by our Sport Ambassadors from the 6th Form, who did a fantastic job in helping to organise the teams and look after the younger pupils over the weekend.  Both teams played entertaining running rugby and coaches were impressed by the team spirit and sportsmanship. The boys followed up those matches by cheering on the Welsh team to victory against England with the locals.  The boys toured the magnificent Aviva Stadium and they even got to sit in changing rooms of the home side giving them an insight into the life of elite level sports stars on match days!  The boys were a credit to the school and their families, flying the flag for Sport at Archbishop McGrath. Well done boys, we are proud of you!’’  Angela Keller, Head Teacher

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School reports PORTHCAWL PRIMARY NEWS

Talented artists Joel, Zak, Hattie, Maisie, Aleisha, Elsie, Callum, Lili, Harley, Casey, Ocean, Regan and Layla were lucky enough to spend time working with local artists Mel and Keith. The children worked together to paint their favourite things about Porthcawl. They wanted the finished piece of artwork to look fun, vibrant and interesting – just like our beautiful town. It now has pride of place in the foyer. Other children have worked with Keep Wales Tidy, Porthcawl Town Council, Surfers against Sewage and Seaquest on the ‘Porthcawl – Love It Don’t Trash It Campaign’. Children have carried out a litter survey and beach clean and were appalled by the amount of plastic waste. The children are proud of our town and want to keep it looking its best; they have designed litter prevention posters and leaflets, which should soon be available around Porthcawl. As we near the end of another exciting and busy term, I must mention how delighted we were when Porthcawl Male Voice Choir visited. We loved listening to them and joining in with some of the Welsh songs. We are a small, friendly, family - focused primary school set in huge grounds. We prioritise wellbeing and have excellent standards. We are proud to be a Welsh Government Green Category School for the fourth year running. We still have a few Nursery spaces available for September – please feel free to pop in for a visit by contacting me on the number below.  Jo Rowley, Head Teacher 01656 815660

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NOTTAGE PRIMARY NEWS We have had an incredibly busy few weeks and last week was no exception! The school took part in a week-long celebration of Wales, starting with a full day of competitions and festivities on Monday to mark St David’s day. We all took part in writing poetry, creating pieces of art, recitations and even cake making. We were proud to name our Bard in Y5 for an outstanding piece of writing about Wales. On Tuesday we welcomed a theatre production depicting welsh history which was brilliant and on Wednesday we combined a warm welsh welcome to our parents and a Fair trade coffee morning, where the winning poems were shared, our eco-committee spoke to parents about litter in the local area and our choir sang welsh songs about healthy eating. On Friday we celebrated World book day, with children and staff wearing pyjamas and reading favourite stories. On Friday morning, two pupils attended Porthcawl’s Fairtrade breakfast in Trinity Church along with pupils from Porthcawl Comprehensive and made plans to collaborate further to promote Fair trade in Porthcawl. Then to finish our exciting week Celtic dancers from Cornwall had us dancing and learning about Celtic traditions, we were amazed how similar the Welsh and Cornish language can be. By Jamie, Hallie, Elsie Y5 and Y6

CYNFFIG NEWS We are extremely pleased and proud to announce that Cynffig pupil Josef Gray has won ‘The Dunraven Welsh Singer of the Year’.  The final held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama was a prestigious event with finalists competing from across South Wales. Joe who competed in the 15 to 18 category impressed all who attended with the adjudicator describing his singing as natural, encompassing the style and character of each song.  Josef who is studying GCSE Music first learned to sing when he joined the Youth Choirs Da Capo and Crescendo under the direction of Katheryn Blight. A member of our school choir and school band Joe is currently working towards his grade 6 singing Musical Theatre and Grade 7 singing Classical. Congratulations Joe on an outstanding achievement!  Our girls celebrated International Women’s Day in style with Years 11 and 12 attending a World of Work event at CGI Bridgend and Year 9 attending a Girls in Construction conference at the University of Wales Trinity St David.  This year Red Nose Day at Cynffig was a hair-raising affair with Mr Morrish and Mr Reed shaving off their hair for charity. Congratulations to all who donated generously.  Hannah Castle Head Teacher 


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Local news OPEN PORTHCAWL POLICE STATION This week, Porthcawl Town Council voted to support a petition signed by more than 600 people calling for the front counter at the police station to be re-opened and for extra officers to be stationed there. At the moment, Porthcawl is policed by a sergeant, three constables and six PCSO’s. The council also heard that the police precept was being increased, adding another £24 a year to what people already pay.  Coun Sean Aspey said that council taxpayers in Porthcawl would contribute £1.7 million to South Wales Police this year. The council will now write to the police commissioner backing the campaign. Our police do a difficult and valuable job. Even so – and Coun Aspey’s figures have to be confirmed – this sounds like a lot of money for what’s visible to Porthcawl residents. Of course, policing is not just about the visible – the bobby on the beat - but many other back office functions. However, the police commissioner is supposed to consider local people’s priorities for policing. With this increased funding stream, I hope he will look favourably on what Porthcawl residents and the town council are asking for. SUZY DAVIES AM Welsh Conservative Party www.suzydavies.com

ON YOUR MARKS FOR THE PORTHCAWL 10K Porthcawl is set for another showcase as a visitor destination thanks to the new 10k run planned for the town.  With thousands of people expected to take part on Sunday 7 July, the route has been carefully planned by organisers Run 4 Wales, sponsors Healthspan and double-Olympic marathon runner Steve Brace to ensure it can show off the best of Porthcawl.  The run will begin outside the historic Grand Pavilion and take in the likes of Newton, Trecco and Sandy Bay before looping through John Street and out towards Rest Bay and back, ending with a sprint finish along the promenade.  With live music and other entertainment, the event will have a festival atmosphere and is expected to draw large crowds of spectators and supporters.  This is a major coup for the town, and follows the success of events such as the Senior Open Golf Championship or the Elvis Festival.  As well as supporting local businesses and tourism, the Healthspan Porthcawl 10k will help to raise money for numerous good causes, so there will be a real feel-good factor about the event.  I’m sure the run will quickly become a regular fixture for the town – find out more at www.porthcawl10k.co.uk  COUNCILLOR HYWEL WILLIAMS Deputy Leader Bridgend County Borough Council Tel: 01656 643643 www.bridgend.gov.uk

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WATER SPORTS CENTRE IN THE FINAL STAGE Final discussions are underway with applicants who have submitted bids for the café, kiosk and sport facilities at Rest Bay’s all-new Water Sports Centre.  With work on the new centre making great progress, Bridgend County Borough Council is preparing to announce who the new tenants will be.  Expected to be open this summer, it is being built using £1.5m of EU funding via the Welsh Government’s new Tourism Attractor Destination programme, which has been launched by Visit Wales to create 13 must-see tourist destinations.  It will provide a base for local water sports groups and clubs as well as offering a café/bistro upstairs, an ice cream kiosk downstairs, and toilet facilities, showers, changing cubicles, a function room and more.  As part of the work, a new pedestrian crossing is being installed to establish a safer link with the famous Blue Flag-winning beach.  Rest Bay offers one of the finest backdrops in the UK. With a design that incorporates solar technology, a covered area for dog walkers and glazed panels to make the most out of the stunning coastal views, the new centre is going to be fully accessible as it welcomes visitors to Rest Bay from other parts of South Wales - and beyond.  COUNCILLOR CHARLES SMITH Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration Bridgend County Borough Council 01656 643643 www.bridgend.gov.uk

70TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATO In my position as President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, one of my key aims is to educate citizens of NATO members about the alliance’s purpose and its importance going into the future. Seventy years ago this month, on the 4th April 1949, the UK signed the North Atlantic Treaty with eleven other founding members. NATO was founded to serve three broad purposes: to prevent the re-emergence of a military threat from Germany; to address the threat of an expansionist Soviet Union; and to encourage European political integration in order to maintain peace on the continent. Now expanded to twenty-nine states, with North Macedonia to become the 30th, the specific priorities of NATO have changed, but we are still committed to “promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area” by peaceful means. The counterpoint of this is the requirement of nations “to maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack”keeping the peace requires defensive capability. We live in a time of global flux, and while international organisations can seem remote from the concerns of people in their day-to-day lives, the shared responsibility and stability provided by NATO keeps the UK secure. MADELEINE MOON MP www.madeleinemoonmp.com 01656 750002

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Local news BUY LOCAL Whether you choose to live, work, or visit Porthcawl we must encourage ‘buy local’, create the environment for business entrepreneurs to see this as a great place to set up and create employment and for individuals and families it’s a great base for a holiday or short break. Our vision includes supporting our local traders by ensuring the town is clean, in good repair and welcoming. Porthcawl is a seaside town. A quality ‘seaside experience’ and a truly inspiring destination. Ensure that visiting Porthcawl is an exciting ‘experience’. Where entrances to Porthcawl are welcoming, well signposted, with well-maintained car parks that provide a safe place to park your vehicle. Comprehensive information boards, public toilets that are ultra clean and meet the needs of every individual including Changing Places for the disabled. Real time information on what to do and where to go, publically accessible electronically and via social media, year-round events programme and an inspiring interactive web site to share the delights of visiting Porthcawl nationally.  Your Porthcawl Town Councillors through the Promoting Porthcawl Committee are building partnerships and working hard to ensure this exciting vision becomes a reality.  Cllr. Mike Clarke  Porthcawl Independent Alliance

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ROSES WITHOUT THORNS THE VIEW OF THE F.O.B What strange harvest would you gather To leave your own flesh  blooded and scarred What awful way indulge your pleasure That leaves you also wounded and marred   You sought to crown him, King of glory Sinless, you vent on him your shame Mockingly pour on cruel derision And plan to crown, only in name.   But thorns? A gift from God, intended To guard you from His holy sword; Protection from the wild beasts prowling While bread may still grow, promised word.   But thorns to crown the Lord of glory? God’s majesty in meekness shown? To offer gall and vinegar, but surely Herein is man’s  depravity known.   Jesus, God’s Lamb, for our sins offered Allowed those thorns to pierce his brow Blood from those wounds his face disfigure That we might find God’s healing now  Pauline Lewis, Porthcawl

THE FINAL WAVE

Dusting the sand from sandals, Dreams of the blue green waves and gleaming ocean,  Bright and foaming,  Crashing on black, volcanic rock,  Drinking sangria  By the still waters of swimming pools,  Bubbling chacuzzis and glittering in the sun,  Hair hanging like rats’ tails,  Memento of bracing swims in an ice cold, blue bay,  Of clear, shallow waters teaming with fish,  Of children with strange, round goggles and fishing nets,  Swimmers with orange floats and hats,  Scuba divers,  Snorklers in black,  Standing canoeists,  Yaughtie in boats with white sails,  Naughties in biccinis  Jewelling the shore,  Of lying on a man-made beach of African sand,  The sound of waves collapsing on pebbles,  Ringing like sleigh bells  On a Christmas morning,  The final wave,  Erupting like a tsunami on my ear,  From a foreign island.  Sally Richards, Porthcawl 36 | seaside news

(Father of the bride) Two weeks to go, and it’s begun. My girl has come home to marry her man. There’s lots to do the list is drawn up. Dresses to sort, suits to hire. Couldn’t we just wear shorts and t shirts I cry, You can imagine the answer that curtly replied. So it’s all systems go with two weeks to go. Thought last week was mad, what a con. Glad I’m in work hopefully until the fussing is done. Never a quiet minute, Natalie baking, Sorting the food, dad are to inspect And Else in the background sorting the rest. Then Friday night passes, Boys on the bladder, Tony on the butter. Early to rise and bedlam ensues. First there’s hair by Gemma, And make up by Nat. I thank you both dearly and that’s a fact. House smells like boots, the chemist not track. People coming and going, kettle constantly hot. Then as fast as they came they all shot off. Suddenly quiet just me and my girl ( & Spuddy) She descends from above, stands there in my eye, This is a sight only a dad can describe. Then it’s off to the church to get the job done. Anthony Smith, North Cornelly

EASTER TIME

Easter is here What a lovely time of year Events and displays Pretty bonnet parades Spring flowers everywhere Sweet scent in the air A child shouts Eggs to seek out Baskets to fill Up to the brim Chocolate delights To eat at their will From singing birds To buzzing bees Lambs in the fields Everything bursting to life  So it seems So just spare a thought When Easter is here and why it is celebrated Year after year Jan Thomas, Sarn

OXYGEN MASK

“Secure your own oxygen mask before that of others” But what about the masks of our sisters and our brothers? Our children and our partners? our fathers and our mothers?  So if I have to choke  so my family can live. Then I will sacrifice myself, with every last breath I can give. Gavin Brown, Bridgend

DIAGNOSIS

I woke up one morning With a creping sense of doom Shadows of despair Lingered in the room It seemed a thousand blacksmiths Hammered anvils in my head And bindings quite invisible Tied me to the bed Pulling me back down Each time I tried to rise Someone’s lighting fires Behind my burning eyes I feel I am the focus Of all the wordly ills And stretch out a feeble arm To find some healing pills And I mumble to my wife That in this state of mine Should she not make haste And dial 999 For my strenghth is ebbing fast I am feeble and I’m old And the Missus says “Get a grip You’ve only got a cold” Jim Kyle, North Cornelly

MY VALLEY

Come and go Over mountains rivers flow My mother wants to say hello Monday blues, United friend or foe Nations still at blows Igniting fires haul the coal Tonight we sing with soul Yoke of the valley. Pontycymmer. Lara Fuller, Pontycymmer

SPENDING A PENNY?

No not me For our beautiful lavatory Was no more to be Porcelain perfection in Porthcawl A seaside treasure to benefit all So glad to see it open again for all Now I can spend that penny in Porthcawl Robert D Crandle


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Club features BRIDGEND CHILDREN’S CHARITY COULD CLOSE

The Contact Zone in Bridgend, a charity for children from separated families, will close without further funding. Established in 2014, The Contact Zone has helped hundreds of children make memories with the parents they no longer live with. Each Saturday children and parents meet at Nolton Church Hall, where a safe and non-judgmental environment is provided without fear of conflict. Twenty-five volunteers and a part-time manager ensure that families get to meet in the strictest of confidence, allowing children to paint, play or simply share a bag of sweets with a loved one they don’t often see. Louise, a parent who regularly attends the centre with her children, said, “Andrea and her team at the Contact Centre have supported my children and specifically my eldest through a difficult transition. My son was given control over the situation and subsequently made decisions for himself. The centre’s determination to be a child focused and safe environment has helped my children to begin to rebuild their relationship with their father. “If the centre closed, it would cause major disruption to my family. It would mean starting again, having to find a new centre where we must travel, resettling the children and rebuilding trust with staff and my children’s father. This is a risk and I fear that my son’s anxiety may return. We need to help this centre to continue to carry out the excellent job that they do.” With costs of more than £1,000 each month the charity is struggling to find further funding and is asking businesses who are keen to support local charities to get in touch. Andrea Thomas, Manager at The Contact Zone said, “It would be devastating if our charity closed on its 5th birthday. We would no longer be able to provide children with that opportunity to spend quality time with their parents. Children would need to travel further afield or risk not having an opportunity to meet with their parents at all. We urge businesses to get in touch if they feel they can support us in any way. A regular donation each month would be our dream.” To support The Contact Zone please email andrea. thecontactzone@yahoo.co.uk or call 07455 801617.

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STROKE CLUB - LIONS PRESENTATION An excellent presentation was given to the Porthcawl Stroke Club by Mr David Richards, a member of the Lyons, who give us an insight to what it was like working for the Metropolitan Police force from 1959 -1989.  David was a young man who originated from Nantymoel, who gained a high prestigious position by working hard through the ranks. He told us tales of Soho, the Miner’s Strike, Trained recruits at Hendon, worked at Croydon and was involved with the organisational safety procedures for the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, also Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. David was awarded the MBE by the Queen, which is a great honour. The presentation was very interesting and informative, even funny at times; especially when he changed into his Policeman’s uniform. However, you can imagine how the Miner’s Strike went down with his Dad and Uncle’s being Miner’s! OMG there must have been some heated debates over that one. David has been a regular supporter of the Porthcawl Stroke Club and has brightened up our days on several occasions, by giving talks and playing the piano, which he plays brilliantly. The members would like to express their gratitude to David for giving his time freely and making his visit enjoyable. Anyone wishing to join us, ring Mr & Mrs Duggan on (01656) 773376 On behalf of the Porthcawl Stroke Club Barbara Matthews

PORTHCAWL ROTARY CLUB INTERNATIONAL EVENING

Porthcawl Rotary Club recently held its annual International evening at the Hi Tide, when once again invited students from the Atlantic College at St Donat’s came to share an evening of music, food and culture. Nine International students and over 140 guests were welcomed by President Denzil Gould.  Entertainment was provided by harpist Stephanie Chick accompanied by her father Rotarian Rob Chick.  Their programme included a selection of Welsh music. 


email us your feature info@seasidenews.co.uk After their meal, the students (from Japan, Uganda, Palestine, Peru, Norway, Israel, Zambia, Namibia and Finland) spoke briefly about the culture and history of their respective country. All the students enthusiastically delivered interesting presentations to an attentive audience. This year, the Rotary Club is pleased to report that proceeds from the International evening will be donated to the Mercy Ships, a unique charity formed in 1978 by Don Stephens to support communities hit by disaster. The charity runs a ferry converted as a hospital ship from which 400 volunteers live and work on-board providing medical facilities in 57 developing countries and hold clinics and training for local health professionals.  The amount raised on the night for charity will be matched funded by Rotary International.  Robert Lee

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TRINITY CHURCH There has been a change of our Sunday morning Service time since the beginning of March. We will be holding our service at 10.30 instead of 11 am. This is to allow more time for fellowship and coffee/tea after the Service. We hope this will enable all members, particularly newcomers, to get to know each other better. Our GAP social group enjoyed celebrating Burn’s night at the Hi Tide as their January event. We will be watching the comedy murder mystery at the Grand Pavilion in March and attending the 60s night in May. We have plenty of ideas for the future including days out so please consult Trinity or our website. Churches Together in Porthcawl are holding special Lent meetings every Wednesday at 7pm. The last one will be held at our church on 10th April. It will focus on the Mystery of Love and sacrifice. Messy Church continues on the 3rd Sunday of the month between 2 and 4pm with children under 10 enjoying activities including painting, arts and crafts, games, stories and songs. All are welcome to attend this free activity. The February session was based on the theme of love and the March session on “Caring for Mother Earth.” We are delighted to welcome visitors and new members to our church. For further details please consult our website and Facebook page. Alison Meredith Thomas Communication Secretary www.trinitychurchporthcawl.org

NEWS FROM THE TALBOT Sewing Group – yet another new group is using the Talbot as their meeting place. They started earlier last month, (Tuesday, 5th March 2019) and will be meeting every fortnight thereafter. The class starts at 10.30 a.m. and closes at 3.30 p.m.  You are welcome to attend any time in between. The charge per hour is £2.00. Bring your own equipment including your sewing machine, and I’m told that all sewing levels are welcome. So come along, and start making those cushions you have always wanted, or even some dresses and skirts for the summer. Please use the rear entrance of the Talbot and you will find the group in the Aberbaiden Office. Please telephone Karen on 07572 464100 for further information.  We celebrated 1st March – St David’s Day – in the traditional way with a roast dinner, daffodil sponge for afters followed by welsh cakes and coffee. The hall was decorated with daffodils, welsh flags and even an inflatable leek and daffodil.  Did you know that our lunch menu is available every month on our website?  For more information contact Cheryl on 01656 749754, email: talbotcc@tiscali.co.uk or visit our website: www.talbotcc.co.uk  Cheryl Butcher

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Club features PORTHCAWL U3A IS SINGING IN THE RAIN

Last month’s Annual General Meeting of Porthcawl U3A was quite special: the well attended gathering was treated to a delightful musical performance by its own Ukulele Group, beginning - appropriately enough - with Singing in the Rain, which got so many feet tapping! It was reported that membership was flourishing, with new interest groups such as Karaoke and Mindfulness & Meditation attracting new members, thereby making this U3A one of the biggest and most active in the country.  Our monthly talk proved popular with new U3A member Ceri Joseph of the Porthcawl Museum enlightening us about Dic Penderyn.  Some members enjoyed an evening concert at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, whilst the Sunday Lunch Club dined at the Green Acres, Cornelly.  We’ve much to look forward to. On 17 April we’ve a Spring Lunch at the Hi Tide with a jazz trio providing entertainment, plus a host of theatre and concert visits, coffee mornings, lunches, and outings.  As well, of course, as over 40 interest/activity groups holding daytime meets in easily accessible venues across Porthcawl.  If you think what we offer may be for you do come along to one of our meetings, visit our website, or look us up on Facebook!  Brian Thomas  Secretary, Porthcawl U3A  sec@porthcawlu3a.org www.porthcawlu3a.org

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OPENING UP ST THEODORE’S TO THE FUTURE

Work is underway to transform the interior of St Theodore’s, the Parish Church of Kenfig Hill. This will give the building the flexibility to host a variety of community events and activities. The improvements being carried out at St Theodore’s will include a new under floor heating system, floor, storage, enhanced lighting scheme, sound system and kitchen. The old pews, which were uncomfortable and very difficult to move, are being replaced with chairs of quality. The parish of Kenfig Hill has been fortunate in securing a number of grants, as well as using its own resources, to fund the project. However we are giving individuals and organisations the opportunity to sponsor a chair, sponsoring a chair is a very practical way you can help the parish. A chair may be sponsored for £150, and can be dedicated to the memory of a loved one, or to commemorate a special occasion. However donations of any size will be gratefully accepted.  To find out how you can sponsor a chair, please contact: Heulwen Strathearn Tel: 01656 648272 Email: handpstrathearn@btinternet.com

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LIFE WITH PORTHCAWL LIONS

This month Porthcawl Lions welcomed a new member when Anne became the twelfth woman to join the club. All members wish her well and hope she enjoys a long and happy time as a Lion. Porthcawl Lions is always looking to help the local community so was pleased, this month, to make a donation to the National Coastwatch Institution which works with the local lifeguards, HM Coastguard and RNLI to keep all those using the local waters safe. Unfortunately there will not be a May Fayre this year as the club felt that after more than twenty years it is time to let it rest. However, the Vintage Fair will be bigger and better than ever and, of course, the car boot sales start again in May at Porthcawl Rugby Club. Of course members are always busy thinking of new ways to raise money and the more members the greater the variety of ideas and the easier they are to execute, so if you are thinking Porthcawl Lions might be for you visit #LionsGetInvolved

BRIDGEND LIONS’ PRESENTATION TO YOUNG CARERS

NATIONAL COASTWATCH INSTITUTION – PORTHCAWL

516 hours watchkeeping were undertaken during February. We monitored 5 incidents and dealt with a further 5 logged incidents involving a danger to navigation, missing persons and concerns for a possible vessel on fire. This reflects a 50% increase on the same period last year, with the new CCTV cameras being used 4 times in support of such incidents. At the time of writing we continue to be one of the busiest stations in the UK for the number of incidents handled.  We logged and monitored 117 commercial vessels, 171 leisure vessels, 2 military and 29 others.  In March, “Storm Freya” hit the coast, with striking images being captured by many photographers and videographers. These featured in the national press and television reports, making us one of the most-photographed NCI stations in the UK.  Recently, “Storm Gareth” arrived. We also received a visit from Ruth Wignall and the ITV Weather team who did a live broadcast from the tower and captured the early elements of the storm.  From April 1st our hours will extend from 0900hrs to 2000hrs daily. In due course this will further extend until 2100hrs, maintaining our ethos of “Eyes Along The Coast”.  Nick Weedon Media Officer, Porthcawl NCI

BRIDGEND RAMBLERS’ NEW WALKS PROGRAMME

A cheque in the sum of £500.00 was presented by the President of Bridgend Lions Club, Lion Tony Gates to Victoria Bailey – Project Leader of Young Carers aged 8 – 11 year olds. The presentation took place at the Compassion Church, Nolton Street on Monday, March 4, which Victoria was delighted to accept on behalf of the youngsters who were treated to a Bristol Zoo trip. These caring youngsters enjoyed this well deserved outing immensely.   C. Thomas  Tel: 01656 657846

Bridgend Ramblers have published their walks programme covering April through September 2019. We offer three walks very Sunday: a long walk of about 10 to 12 miles, a medium walk of about 8 to 10 miles and a short walk of 4 to 6 miles. Our Tuesday 10-mile walks continue and our fortnightly Thursday strolls of about 3 miles are going from strength to strength. As this is our Spring/Summer programme we also have included fortnightly Wednesday evening walks of about 5 miles. In addition to all that we have also now introduced Wednesday morning walks of about 5 miles interspersed with the Thursday programme. This gives us a total 139 walks covering the sixmonth period – not to forget to mention the two Saturday coach trips, which this year will be to the Elan Valley and Stratford upon Avon, each with a 5-mile walk. In addition to the variety of distances and difficulties these walks take place all over South Wales taking in our coastal, woodland and hillside locations. If any of this whets you appetite for healthy outdoor activity, visit our website at www.bridgendramblers.co.uk seaside news | 41


Legal advice YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED Question: I am divorcing my husband and am upset to hear from my solicitor that his behaviour during our marriage is likely to be disregarded when it comes to our financial settlement. He had an affair and left me for another woman. Is this correct as it seems so unfair? Answer: – I often hear this complaint from clients who when filing for Divorce on adultery or behaviour, think that “bad behaviour” will lead to a more favourable financial settlement. The reality is that this is rarely the case. It is a common misconception. In reality, the reasons for the Divorce are usually irrelevant to the Court and will not influence the outcome of a financial settlement. The Court must adhere to the rules and statutory criteria set out in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. I understand that this can be a bitter pill to swallow for many clients and I sympathise with you. However, the fact that your husband has had an affair will not be a consideration of a Judge if you make an application to the Court. Generally, conduct in a relationship will only be taken into account if it is so bad that it should not be ignored and would be classed as “gross or obscene”. Such examples of behaviour that might be taken into account are the sexual abuse of a child of the family or significant financial loss by one spouse as a result of extreme financial irresponsibility of the other spouse for example, serious ongoing gambling. However, as a matter of policy, it is generally accepted that if conduct were to be relevant to a financial entitlement, this would lead to long and expensive Court cases where divorcing couples would compete with each other to prove who was responsible for the breakdown of the relationship. Melanie Lazarus, Melanie Lazarus & Co

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WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A WILL IN PLACE AND CONSIDER INHERITANCE TAX PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE.

Having a Will ensures your estate is distributed according to your instructions and wishes. If you die without having made a Will, your assets are automatically distributed according to the Rules of Intestacy. This may well have undesired consequences. When making a Will, you should firstly consider who your executors will be. These are the people you trust to administer your estate according to your will. You should next consider who you want to benefit from your estate. Your spouse or partner is typically the first beneficiary, other beneficiaries may include children, relatives, friends, charities. Your Will can name classes of beneficiary (eg all your grandchildren). Gifts can be put in trust rather than made outright. For example, you might use a trust to control assets that are being passed to children (or young adults) or to individuals who are incapable of looking after their own financial affairs. When preparing a Will, we always consider the Inheritance Tax position of your estate. Inheritance Tax (IHT) is chargeable on your estate if it exceeds the IHT nil rate band (NRB) (currently £325,000). If you leave your residence to your children, you can claim an additional £150,000 (As of April 2019) known as the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB). Inheritance tax is charged at 40% on the value of your estate in excess of the nil rate sum. Effective planning can substantially reduce the amount of tax that will be payable on your estate. If your estate is likely to exceed the nil rate sum, it is worth discussing how family trusts and other planning options could benefit you. If your estate is valued at less than the nil rate band, IHT is not payable. Equally IHT is not payable on any inheritance you leave to your spouse. In addition, if your own estate does not use up the full nil rate sum, then your spouse’s tax free allowance on their death will be proportionately increased. Other IHT reliefs include reduced IHT on some business assets. The tax treatment of family trusts is complex and depends on the type of family trust being used. While gifts and family trusts can reduce the value of your estate (and consequently any IHT liability), always remember to retain enough for your own financial needs. Please speak to our Miss Natalie Thomas if you wish to discuss this further. Natalie Thomas DJM Solicitors 01656 772211 www.djm.law.co.uk SWANSEA | MUMBLES | PORTHCAWL | CARDIFF | 01792 65 00 00 The Dunes Business Centre, 267 New Road, Porthcawl CF36 5BG


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LALESTON WI We met on 7th March. Various items of interest were brought to the attention of members from the County Letter.  We were hoping to have a visit to The Mansion House Cardiff for a tour and afternoon tea sometime in September.  Names were taken of members wishing to attend The Council Meeting in Port Talbot on 30th April.  Luncheon Club was to be at The Bear Hotel Cowbridge on 19th March.  Our speaker for the evening, Mr Howard Lewis, was then introduced and gave a very interesting talk on Quarella Stone, which had been quarried locally and of which Laleston Church was built a vote of thanks was given by Elaine Jones.  Our WI meets on the first Thursday of each month, visitors welcome.  More information from Diane Marshall 01656 656600

LALESTON MOTHERS’ UNION Bridgend Soroptimists marked International Women’s Day with a brisk walk on the seafront at Porthcawl. On Saturday 9th March, a group of ladies from Bridgend club braved gale force winds and threatening rain to walk the seafront from Coney Beach to Rest Bay to raise awareness of the annual occasion. They then convened for welcome refreshments at The Atlantic Hotel on the Promenade. For further information about Soroptimist activities in the area find us onhttp://www. facebook.com/BridgendSoroptimists or visit the website sigbi. org/bridgend-and-district. Eileen Bayley Publicity Officer Soroptimist International Bridgend

PORTHCAWL TOWNSWOMENS GUILD NEWS Looking forward to Easter and a late one this year. Hope you enjoy an Easter egg! We had a change of speaker for our February meeting as the lady due to tell us about Agatha Christie was unable to come but we had an excellent replacement in Yvonne Rees telling us of the time “I went to a Greek island wedding”. What an interesting and amusing speaker she was. The island was Kerkira better known to us as Corfu and she also visited another more primitive island where hair wash and bathing was helped with a watering can! Names were collected for our National AGM in Cheltenham this year so a coach will be arranged. We enjoyed our 65th Birthday lunch at the Grove and spent time browsing through old photo albums of past guild activities. Happy memories! This months meeting is on April 10th 2pm at All Saints Church Hall when Dean Powell will tell us about the life of Glyn Houston. That should bring back memories of old films. Do come and be reminded! Dorothy Thomas 772157

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Laleston Mothers’ Union held their annual Pancake afternoon on Shrove Tuesday. It was held in Laleston Gardening Club. The members would like to thank the community for their support. We are a small group of 14 members. We meet regularly with other groups from other parishes, as we are part of a worldwide membership with over 4million members in 84 different countries. Members work as volunteers in local communities putting their faith into action giving individuals in need a helping hand. Our grateful thanks to our recently retired leader Ann who kept this small band active, and welcome to Frances our new leader who has experience and enthusiasm to follow on where Ann has left off. Gwen Bradford

Deadline date for the May 2019 issue is Monday 15th April MYNYDD CYNFFIG WI Tuesday the 12th of March saw us in the Talbot Center Kenfig Hill usual time 2pm to 4.30 pm. We had a good turn out of members. Meeting chaired by Christine, minuets read out by Katherine WI business read out by Enid. We discussed where and when we are going on our spring trip, with our summer and autumn trips yet to be organised. The summer Show by Federation House was discussed and our craft section will be submitting an entry for one of the classes. Our speaker this month was Sylvia Bird her topic was Decorated eggs and jewellery, the eggs she showed us were amazing, ostrich, emu, geese and chicken, every egg can be used except swans they belong to the queen. They would have given Faberge a run for their money. The jewellery was equally good, the examples she showed were of every colour and texture you could imagine several of the members purchased necklaces and eggs. All agreed she was a very talented lady. Our speakers next month is Emlyn Williams topic UFO in Swansea which should be interesting call in and listen with us tea and biscuits all round. Christine Callaghan


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I hope we are all in Porthcawl group, looking forward to adopting some of the new ideas being discussed for our fun and friendship this year. The birthday party, commemorating the start of the Porthcawl group IW, was very enjoyable. Live music got us all singing. We thank Carol our president and all her helpers for this special night. We have had two very good speakers at our latest meetings. Pat Richards gave a good talk on the history of tea, its many origins and rituals. We were also treated to a wealth of information, by Catherine Lowry, the clinical manager, on the work of the Angleton mental health assessment unit in Glanrhyd. The conditions and treatments have vastly improved during the more than 50 years since I worked there.  Looking forward we have our Great Britain and Northern Ireland IW conference in Cardiff early this month. It is held over three days and will have good interesting speakers as well as information pertaining to the charities we at I.W. support, as well as news from other groups all around the world.  Happy Easter to you all.  Suzanne Jefferies  Club correspondent

On Wednesday 6th. March our WI gathering included a celebration of ‘St. David’s Day’. The GFWI business part of the meeting was attended to first; with birthday announcements etc. also plans are in place for our Educational Trip in May. We then celebrated in style with bowls of delicious leak and potato soup, French bread with butter, followed by Welsh cakes and beverages, delightful.   The evening ended with a quiz and a hilarious poem, read by Marilyn.  It was a really fun evening.  Special thanks to Jennifer for making the soup and to all who baked the Welsh cakes. We held the annual ‘Pancake Day’ on Monday 4th. March. Once again Anna and Shirley were nominated as cooks for the morning, making delightful pancakes, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.  The winner this year at tossing the pancake competition was Malen Jones, the wooden spoon going to Jill George, the morning concluded on a very happy note. We look forward to our next meeting on Wednesday 3rd. April, at 7pm, which will be held at Newton Institute instead of our usual venue. M Freeman

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Health & wellbeing PROPOSED NEW TEMPLE Our temple ‘Sanghapadipa’ is in the process of relocating to Swansea. Planning permission has been granted and we are steps closer to the move. Located in a former wedding venue, the new temple is surrounded by trees and has a lovely garden. The temple will be home for our three resident monks and visitors. Pim and Mark Morgan have worked tirelessly to arrive at this stage of the project. One of the intentions of the temple is that its foundation is based on the act of freely giving. There is no charge for attendance, meditation days or charity days. All materials, talks, tuition and guidance are based on mutual generosity and fosters wellbeing. The lay members support the temple in many ways; the monks provide meditation and the conditions for a wholesome and stable mind. This perfection and practice of generosity ensures that Buddhism is beautiful and a true reflection of our best human qualities. My intention is to meet on the full moon and new moon stages of each month. If you’re reading this column and want to invoke such a commitment then please get in contact. We lift share at all our events. The new venue can be viewed by searching for ‘Tree Tops Swansea’ Pengwern Rd, Swansea, SA6 7LW.  Neville Evans

Deadline date for the May 2019 issue is Monday 15th April THE BODY, WATER AND SUNSHINE What if food and drink isn’t our only source of energy? What if we’re more like plants than we’ve been taught? And what if water really does have memory? If you could answer ‘yes’ to all those questions, would it change the way you view your body and live your life?  The link between the EZ (Eee-Zee) water and light was found totally by accident when one of Professor Gerald Pollack’s students moved his angle light over the experiment he was conducting and found that the EZ grew wherever the light was directed. Having repeated the experiment many times, they’ve proven that if you have more light the EZ grows because the light is feeding the growth. As the EZ grows, there is an increased separation of charge, which also creates electrical energy. Thus, water behaves as a light driven battery and remarkably; our cells behave in the same way. For many of us, this is important information, as we’ve often thought the primary benefits of sunlight were down to producing vitamin C. It’s yet another reason why we feel so good when the sun shines. Read more at www.anhinternational.org Supplied by Glyn Hardwicke

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COST OF CANCER This month is all about promoting our up and coming events. We’ve got bag packing in Porthcawl Town Co-Op on the 6th April so if anyone is free on that date who can spare a couple of hours to help out that would be great. We’ve also got a brand new event and I for one can’t wait, it’s called Melodies in Margam and it’s a night of song with 3 fantastic choirs, Kenfig Hill Male Voice Choir, Crescendo and Da Capo. The event is going to be held in Margam Abbey and when I was there recently just talking in the Abbey it was giving me goose bumps so listening to the choirs is most definitely going to give me chills. The price for the tickets is £15 pp, we’ve got a raffle also so why don’t you do something completely different with your Saturday night and get down to Margam Abbey. There’s a ticket link on our Facebook page which will take you to a Paypal checkout. We look forward to seeing you all there. Nicky, Emma & Cath Trustees Cost of Cancer

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Arts & music COR BRO OGWR AT CARNEGIE HOUSE

Something different took place at Carnegie house, Bridgend, this half term, attracting nearly 400 visitors. It was a photographic exhibition led by Natalie Murphy, President of Bridgend and District Local History Society, who invited Cor Bro Ogwr to display its own history. The Choir formed in 1998, after a successful Bridgend Eisteddfod, when Mr. John Elfed Jones and Mr. Alun John wondered what could be done to leave a legacy.  Choristers were asked for memorabilia and photos, sorted by committee members Ann and Jeff Heatley.  Photos from concerts, trips abroad, concert programmes and press releases were displayed to the accompaniment of choir cds and dvds.  Our President, Carwyn Jones, opened the exhibition. Visitors were surprised to see the range and number of concerts performed. Also evident was the fun experienced during trips away, social and fund raising events!  A Macmillan collection box raised £117.45, donated in memory of the late Mike Stokes, a longtime supporter of the History Society.  Thanks go to masterminds Ann & Jeff Heatley, Erith and Iorwerth Morgan for help setting up and daily presence, and Dominique Spearey for setting up and press material. Also thanks to the daily volunteers.  www.cor-bro-ogwr and Facebook.  Dominique Spearey

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‘uplifting’ and ‘the best they have heard the choir for some time’. We are performing in the Grand Pavilion and Margam Abbey during April, two concerts that are fundraising for the ‘Porthcawl National Coastwatch Institution’ and ‘Cost of Cancer’ respectively. It gives us great pleasure to be able to support local charities, such as these, that do incredible work in our community. Again, we are so very lucky to have our immensely talented and acclaimed Youth and Junior Choirs (Crescendo & Da Capo) to be taking part with us and should there be any young person out there who would like to join, from Year 5 upwards, you can call Mark on 07507 761381 or go to their facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/DaCapoCrescendo-133195556738001/ Should anyone want information about the main choir, this can be found at www.facebook.com/KHMVC/ on our website at www.kenfigwelshmalechoir.org.uk or contact the secretary Tony Ulberini at tonyulberini@gmail.com - Tel: 07866 742452  Dave Xerri Publicity & Media Officer

A FILM MAKER’S POINT OF VIEW

I went to the cinema the other day, which, you might think, is not a surprising thing for a filmmaker to do, but actually I have not been to watch a film on the big screen for some considerable time. I confess I am not especially keen on digital projection. But Ian Parsons runs a Film Club and on 1st March he put on a showing of “Only Two Can Play” in a small cinema at the Grand Theatre, Swansea, and I felt it was an opportunity that could not be missed. I went along with fellow film producer Carl Richards, who lives in Mumbles, and we watched the 1962 black & white screen adaptation of Kingsley Amis’s novel “That Uncertain Feeling” which is set in the fictitious South Wales town of Aberdarcy based, as it happens, on Swansea. It starred Peter Sellers, Mai Zetterling and Virginia Maskell, and, even though there was an adult theme to the story, it showed how skilfully the tale of an attempted love affair could be portrayed with taste, humour and an understated irony – sadly qualities that are not too much in evidence in today’s world. Anthony Hontoir  Downwood Films  07510 934299


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STAG’S WORLD OF ROCK

Local Band Last Flight To Pluto signs record deal! Bridgend/Porthcawl-based prog rock outfit Last Flight To Pluto has signed a record deal with White Knight Records. The group has just released its second album, “A Drop in the Ocean”, to rave reviews. The new promo video “Coverland” tells the story of their former days and dislike of playing covers on the deadend pub circuit, hence writing their own material and now rewarded by playing big venues like London’s Islington Academy. The other five songs in the album that feature alongside “Coverland” are “Masheena”, “Time and Love”, “The Kings are Dead”, “Morning Glow” and “Super Girl”. Pluto is made up of vocalist Alice Freya, bassist Lewis Kreft, guitarists Jack Parry and Ryan Alexander and drummer Daz Joseph. Check out their videos on Youtube and their site, and order the CD with its fantastic artwork and pullout booklet. It’s a great album. I will let you know their tour dates soon.  Another two bands to look out for are King Kraken featuring Mark Donohue from Maesteg and former Bullet For My Valentine’s drummer Moose Thomas with his new project “Kill the Lights”.  Keep your news coming.  Stag Marks  07549 728356  Photo: Last Flight To Pluto

PYLE & PORTHCAWL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY We recently held our 2019 Malcolm Nugent Portfolio Competition.   Each member could enter a set of four prints or digital images into the competition, one from each of the following genres: Abstract or Still Life, Landscape, Nature and People with 17 members entering. Dennis Russ from Swansea skillfully judged the competition, and not only awarded the points, but also provided an excellent critique on each of the 68 entries. Congratulations to Richard Craze who was the overall winner with 4 excellent prints scoring a maximum of 80 points. We’re a very friendly camera club with a mix of male & female members and welcome new members of all ages and skill levels; it’s all very informal. So if you have an interest in photography why not come along and join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm at St Clare’s School, Newton CF36 5NR.  Our programme is available at www.pyle-porthcawl-ps.co.uk.  Geoff Baker

CÔR DYSGWYR PORTHCAWL – PORTHCAWL WELSH LEARNERS’ CHOIR Our choir has recently received several invitations to perform at various venues in the coming months.  The first concert of the year took place on Saint David’s Day at Middleton Court, Porthcawl. The audience was very receptive and happy to join in with the popular Welsh folk songs and hymns. One member performed a solo and there was an item by the hand bell ringers. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the concert and the excellent buffet that followed.  We have received invitations to a ‘Noson Lawen’ evening in April and during the Urdd Eisteddfod Week at Cardiff Bay in May we will sing in the Pierhead Building.  After the sad loss of one of our members last year, we are making arrangements for a concert in Porthcawl during the summer as a tribute to Jacqueline Graham. The proceeds of the concert will be donated to a charity that she supported.  We extend a warm welcome to all who enjoy a varied programme of Welsh music. Further details on the concert by ‘Côr Dysgwyr Porthcawl’ will be announced in the coming weeks.  Irene Collier seaside news | 53


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Porthcawl ladies bowling club is based at Griffin Park and is a small friendly club currently looking to recruit new members. Our new season will start in April so if you are interested in fresh air, gentle exercise and good company please come along to any of our free taster days: Saturday 20th April at 2pm, Wednesday 24th April at 10am, Friday 26th April at 2pm. Just bring flat shoes as everything else will be provided. No previous experience is necessary and there are no age restrictions. You will receive a warm welcome and if the above dates don’t suit you other sessions can be arranged. For more information contact Sue on 01656 786687 / mob. 07969813540 / sue8bowen@gmail.com Friday 3rd May

PORTHCAWL MUSEUM’S MAY DAY COFFEE MORNING

Be part of Team KPC in the Healthspan Porthcawl 10K. If you would like to take part in the event to help raise funds for a local charity working with young people and our local community - just get in touch - we have 50 free spaces available if you can pledge to raise a minimum of £120 + Gift Aid for KPC first come first served - so book your place now!  Tel: 01656 749219 or email: kpcyouth@hotmail.com Saturday 20th July

PORTHCAWL BUCKANEERS CARNIVAL The theme for the annual carnival is ‘A year of Discovery’. Applications for float and walker entries please contact the Carnival Coordinator Kerry Marlow on http://www.porthcawlcarnival.co.uk or Porthcawl carnival Facebook page or message 07900494386. There is advice on the construction of floats on the website.

Please join us at the Y Centre, John Street, Porthcawl to celebrate May Day with your choice of tea/coffee and a delicious homemade cake. Entry is £2 at the door, starting at 10.30 and closing at 12.00. We will also have our popular themed quiz, raffle and the museum tabletop sale. Friday 21st June

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What’s on PRINCE OF WALES COURT BOWLING CLUB, PORTHCAWL We a currently recruiting experienced and novice bowlers. The Club is located on Penylan Avenue and has excellent Bowling and Social facilities. Please contact the Secretary if you are interested in joining. Lyn Guttridge. 01656 772018.

MONDAY A TASTE OF YOGA, PORTHCAWL For all ages and abilities. 1.30-3pm & 7.15-8.45pm at Stella Maris Catholic Church Hall New Road Porthcawl.For more information contact Angela Rock 07980 936198 or Email: angelarock11@hotmail. com EVERGREEN HALL OPEN DAY Saturday September 15th 11 am - 3 pm. Evergreen Hall opens its doors and welcomes you to spend a day seeing what’s on offer. Teas and cakes, live music, dance and fitness demonstrations, stalls, have-a-go arts and crafts and information stands. Free entry. Evergreen Hall, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4AD. Email evergreenhallbridgend@gmail. com or call 07849 648 786 for more information. GLAMORGAN FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY, BRIDGEND BRANCH Meet 3rd Monday of each month at the Len Evans Centre, Aberkenfig. 7pm for 7.30pm. All welcome. www. glamfhs.org.uk Tel: 01656 862762. HATHA YOGA CLASS, PORTHCAWL Mixed ability class, including novices. All are welcome. 7.30-9.00pm at Awel-y-mor Centre, Porthcawl. For more information contact Carol Curtis-Jones, British Wheel of Yoga. Tel: 01656 773266 or Email: carol. yogi@aol.co.uk KENFIG HILL & DISTRICT MALE VOICE CHOIR We always maintain a warm welcome to new members who can join us at rehearsals on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7-9pm at the Choral Suite, Greenacres Motel, 111 Heol Fach, North Cornelly, CF33 4LH. More info can be found on facebook at https://www.facebook. com/KHMVC/ on our website at http://www.kenfigwelshmalechoir. org.uk/index.html or contact the secretary Tony Ulberini at tonyulberini@gmail.com Tel: 07866 742452W PORTHCAWL COMMUNITY SINGERS @ Trinity Church Porthcawl 7.159.15. Come and join our friendly group of singers . Tel 01656 784211. PORTHCAWL & CYNFFIG KARATE CLUB Training - Monday & Thursday at Cynffig Comprehensive School Sports Hall 5 - 7pm, First Lesson FREE, Age 5+, Call Chris (6th Dan) 07784 317151.

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PORTHCAWL GYMNASTICS (TERM TIME ONLY) are now running their classes at The Community Sports Hall, Park Ave. Please email me for information on: porthcawl.gymnastics@gmail.com PORTHCAWL LADIES BOWLING CLUB GRIFFIN PARK Small friendly club seeking new members. No experience necessary. Free taster sessions to be organised during April. For more information contact: Sue 01656 786687/07969 813540, sue8bowen@gmail.com SLIMMING WORLD PORTHCAWL New Venue: Bayside Suite, The HiTide Inn, Porthcawl. 5.30-7.30pm. Tel: Bev 07912 172674. THE SWIM SCHOOL, BRIDGEND Children’s small group & 1:1 lessons at Heronsbridge School Pool. Contact: Anne 01656 772725 or 07920 796637. WEIGHT LOSS WITH HYPNOTHERAPY @ Awel Y Mor Community Centre, Porthcawl, CF36 5TP. 6-8pm. A group session introducing Hypnotherapy for weight loss. Includes 30 minute session of hypnotherapy for relaxation and weight control. Conducted by a qualified and professional hypnotherapist DHP.Acc.Hyp. Limited Spaces. To enquire or book a space contact Liz on 07753 111223.

TUESDAY ADULT AQUA FIT - Splashland Pool, Trecco Bay Holiday Park. Porthcawl 7-8pm Tuesday evenings. Class resumes: 5th March 2019. Details: Contact Diane 07966529417 A TASTE OF YOGA, PORTHCAWL For all ages and abilities. 6.30- 8pm at Stella Maris Catholic Church Hall New Road Porthcawl. For more information contact Angela Rock 07980 936198 or Email: angelarock11@hotmail.com HATHA YOGA CLASS, PORTHCAWL @ the YMCA on John Street, Porthcawl. Mixed ability class, so all levels welcome. 10– 11.30am. For more info contact Michele 07793 544 956 email: michelelambert21@hotmail.com www.michelelambertyoga.co.uk KOREAN KARATE, PORTHCAWL TANG SOO DO @ All Saints Church hall, Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl. Martial arts for the whole family. Tiger Tots: 4–6yrs: 6–6.30pm; Dragons: 7–12 yrs 6.30–7.30pm; Adults: 13yrs+: 7.30–8.30pm. Tel 07788 482450 email: porthcawltangsoodo@sky.com Website : www.traditionaltsdfed.org Also on Fridays. LEARN TO ROCK N ROLL 50’S STYLE, KENFIG HILL @Kenfig Hill Rugby Club, Pisgah Street, CF33 6BU. Dance Lesson 8.15-9pm.Rock n Roll disco til 10.30pm. Entrance £5. contact Frank 07400 080101 or email. franklngfrd@gmail.com First dance lesson free.

PORTHCAWL MALE CHOIR Choir Practice between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at Arlington Road Church, Porthcawl. New choristers always welcome. Choir available for weddings and Charity events. Website: www.porthcawlmalechoir. co.uk Contact John Jones on 07989 461122. SLIMTONE SLIMMING CLASS, BRIDGEND @ Sainsbury’s Coffee Shop at 5.00 – 6.45pm for further details call Marie on 01656 870339 ST JOHN AMBULANCE PORTHCAWL We meet at Trinity Church, Porthcawl. Badgers & Cadets 6:00 7:30pm (Ages 5-17). Adults 7:30pm (Ages 16+). 07401771136 Email daniel.birch1@porthcawl.sjaw. org.uk Facebook: St John Cymru Wales Porthcawl Division TABERNACL MUSIC SOCIETY, BRIDGEND Mixed choir practice, 7-8.45pm @ Tabernacl Chapel, Derwen Rd, Bridgend. New choristers welcome. Contact 01656 665393. www.cor-tabernacl-choir.co.uk

WEDNESDAY COOLKIDS COMPUTING, PORTHCAWL @ WEST PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL. Creative technology based activities for children! We run classes during term-time, 3.30 - 4.30pm. Contact Sion on 01656 772560 / 07719730779 or email coolkidscomputing@ gmail.com to book your place. We also run evening and weekend ICT and Mathematics tuition classes. Visit our website www. coolkidscomputing.com COR BRO OGWR, BRIDGEND Mixed choir @ Tabernacl Church, Derwen Road, Bridgend. 7–9pm. All welcome. 01656 784180. www.CorBro-Ogwr.com CREATIVE WENDESDAYS, BRIDGEND 2-4 weekly. Try different creative activities such as drawing, painting, textiles, up-cycling and pottery. £3 / £1 members. Evergreen Hall, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4AD. JOLLY JOY’S QUIZ NIGHT, PORTHCAWL At The Jolly Sailor Pub, Newton 9pm every Wednesday. LAWN BOWLS, KENFIG HILL & PYLE ‘Bowled Over’ bowls club meets at the Kenfig Hill and Pyle bowl club at 2.15pm. New members, any age, experienced or novice, ladies and gentlemen are very welcome. Ask for Dave, Richard or Brenda. Also on Friday and Sunday. Call Dave on 01656 749614/ 07500 945752 or Richard 07583 865366.

MAESTEG CANOE CLUB At Maesteg Swimming Pool 7-9pm. Learn new skills and meet new friends. Junior and Adults of all abilities welcome. No previous experience needed. We are also a Disability Inclusion club. Website: www.maestegcanoeclub.org Contact Em Evans on 07810 151305 or Sharon Thomas on 07882 821114 for more information. PORTHCAWL ART SOCIETY We meet every Wednesday afternoon 1pm–3pm and every Wednesday evening 7pm-9pm at The Old Police Station, John St (above The Museum). New Members welcome. Gallery open for visitors 11am-3pm most days. All enquiries tel: Wendy on 01656 859759 Email: art@porthcawltown.co.uk PORTHCAWL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT SOCIETY Interested in becoming a flower arranger? Alternate Wednesdays at Awel-Mor Centre, Porthcawl. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tel: 01656 782844 PORTHCAWL STROKE CLUB From 2pm-4pm at the Masonic Lodge Home, Pen-y-Lan Avenue, Porthcawl. A warm welcome awaits for new members, free taxi transport for the less mobile. Contact Keith and Mary Duggan (01656) 773376. SLIMTONE SLIMMING CLASS, TONDU Committee Room at Ynysawdre Swimming Pool – 5.15 – 6.15. Contact Marie on 01656 870339 for further information. SLIMMING WORLD, PORTHCAWL @ Trinity Church, John Street. 9.30am. Call Millie - 07765 040006. YOGA @ PARC SLIP NATURE RESERVE, TONDU Beginners class: 5.45pm till 7pm. Mixed Ability class: 7.15pm till 8.30pm. Contact - Michele on 07793 544 956. For all weekly class listings www.michelelambertyoga.co.uk

THURSDAY BRIDGEND MALE CHOIR Choir Practice, 7.30 – 9.30 pm at Oldcastle Primary School, South Street, Bridgend. Contact G Reese T.07773 170373 or www. bridgendmalechoir.co.uk Winners 2014 Llangollen Eisteddfod Male Choir Competition. New choristers and visitors to the area welcome – again contact G Reese or website to arrange. Motto – “Friendship through Music”. BRIDGEND STAMP & POST CARD SOCIETY Why not start a new hobby or revive an old one? Displays, sales, speakers. All levels welcome. 7.30Pm, 2nd and 4th Thursday every month. Gospel Hall, Oddfellows St., Bridgend. Tel Maureen on 01656 653753 for more information.


advertise your club info@seasidenews.co.uk COOLKIDS COMPUTING, PORTHCAWL @ WEST PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL. Creative technology based activities for children! We run classes during term-time, 3.30 - 4.30pm. Contact Sion on 01656 772560 / 07719730779 or email coolkidscomputing@ gmail.com to book your place. We also run evening and weekend ICT and Mathematics tuition classes. Visit our website www. coolkidscomputing.com HEADWAY, BRIDGEND Offers support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers. We meet at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month at Evergreen Hall, Angel Street, Bridgend. For further information please contact headwaybridgend@btinternet.com MID GLAMORGAN MIXED CHOIR, PENCOED 7:15-9:15pm Rehearsals take place in the Bowl’s Pavilion, Pencoed. We are a friendly choir of mixed ages and abilities. New members warmly welcomed! Contact us on 07939 886 843 or email us at midglamorganmixedchoir@outlook. com PYLE & PORTHCAWL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY MEETING @ St Clare’s School, Newton, Porthcawl CF36 5NR. at 7.15pm. Diverse range of photography related activities. Call Trevor Morris 01656 782603 (secretary@pyle-porthcawl-ps. co.uk), or www.pyle-porthcawl-ps. co.uk SLIMMING WORLD, KENFIG HILL @ Talbot Community Centre, Kenfig Hill. 9.30am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Call Millie - 07765 040006. SLIMMING WORLD WITH RACHEL, PORTHCAWL 9.30am in Gilgal Church Hall, Park Ave, CF36 3EP. 5.30pm and 7.30pm at the Bayside Room, Hi-Tide, CF36 5BT. Call 07779 956233. YARNY ARMY, BRIDGEND 10-12 noon, weekly. Join our task force of knitters and crocheters to yarn bomb the town. Beginners welcome. £2 / £1 members. Evergreen Hall, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4AD. ZUMBA DANCE FITNESS CLASS, PORTHCAWL 9.45-10.45am @ Awel-y-Mor Community Centre. The fun, low impact, easy to follow Latin based dance fitness class. Beginners welcome. Hannah Bowen Registered Exercise Professional/Official Zumba Instructor 07886 487853

FRIDAY COOLKIDS COMPUTING, PORTHCAWL @ NOTTAGE PRIMARY SCHOOL. Creative technology based activities for children! We run classes during term-time, 3.30 - 4.30pm. Contact Sion on 01656 772560 / 07719730779 or email coolkidscomputing@ gmail.com to book your place. We also run evening and weekend ICT and Mathematics tuition classes. Visit our website www. coolkidscomputing.com FIRDAY CLUB AT THE OLD SCHOOL ROOM, NOTTAGE CHAPEL, TY CANOL 10:30am -11am Meditation Group. 11am - 1pm Coffee and Chat. You are warmly invited to either, or both parts of our weekly Friday gathering. We welcome people of all ages who are looking for companionship and fellowship, and our regular members will ensure that you are made to feel relaxed, loved and cared for. If you have any queries please contact Rev Lewis Rees on: 07984 651888 or email: nottage.minister@gmail.com KOREAN KARATE, PORTHCAWL TANG SOO DO @ All Saints Church hall, Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl. Martial arts for the whole family. Tiger Tots: 4–6yrs: 6–6.30pm; Dragons: 7–12 yrs 6.30–7.30pm; Adults: 13yrs+: 7.30–8.30pm. Tel 07788 482450 email: porthcawl-tangsoodo@sky. com Website: www.traditionaltsdfed. org Also on Tuesdays. YOUTH CLUB @ GILGAL BAPTIST CHURCH, PARK AVENUE. 6.30pm to 8.30pm every Friday during Term time for Year 7 and above. For more info email steve@ gilgalbaptistchurch.co.uk www.gilgalbaptistchurch.co.uk PORTHCAWL GYMNASTICS (TERM TIME ONLY) are now running their classes at The Community Sports Hall, Park Ave. Please email me for information on: porthcawl.gymnastics@gmail.com PORTHCAWL SHOUT FREE FORUM Free forum on first Friday of the month to express all your concerns with Porthcawl Shout - a non political voluntary organisation. @ Trinity Church, Porthcawl at 2pm. Tel: 01656 786463. SLIMTONE SLIMMING CLASS, BRIDGEND @ Llys Faen (opposite the Quarella Road Tesco Store), Bridgend, 10am - 11.30am. Contact Marie on 01656 870339.

TRINITY ART GROUP, PORTHCAWL Trinity Church, John Street, Porthcawl. 10am - 12.30 and 1.30 - 4pm (also see Monday). 16+ all abilities welcome. Professional tutor, Tel Lesley on 01656 772940.

SATURDAY 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 TRINITY ART GROUP, PORTHCAWL Trinity Church, John Street, Porthcawl. 10am - 12.30 and 1.30 - 4pm (also see Monday). 16+ all abilities welcome. Professional tutor, Tel Lesley on 01656 772940. WEIGHT LOSS WITH HYPNOTHERAPY @ Awel Y Mor Community Centre, Porthcawl, CF36 5TP. 3-5pm. A group session introducing Hypnotherapy for weight loss. Includes 30 minute session of hypnotherapy for relaxation and weight control. Conducted by a qualified and professional hypnotherapist DHP.Acc.Hyp. Limited Spaces. To enquire or book a space contact Liz on 07753 111223.

SUNDAY MESSY CHURCH This is held on the 3rd Sunday of the month at Trinity Church between 2 and 4 pm. It is a fun interactive session for children up to 10 years. There are games, art and crafts, messy play, stories, singing and refreshments. All are welcome to attend together with their families. For further information please consult the foyer at Trinity or our website on www.trinitychurchporthcawl.org. ST DAVID’S JUNIOR CHURCH @ St David’s Church, Florence Street, Nottage. Age 3+ 9.30-10.30am. Fantastic stories, craft, games, puzzles. All welcome to join us.

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Sport reports

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REST BAY LIFEGUARD CLUB - JUNIORS

PORTHCAWL RUNNERS NEWS

We’d like to introduce you to, Meg McCloy and Jamie Harrowing, Rest Bay Lifeguard Club’s new junior captains!   Both Meg and Jamie are long standing members of the club and are already very active in the junior section, having been involved in organising training sessions and other activities for the younger members.  They are excellent role models and their selection as junior captains is thoroughly well deserved.  Meg has been a member of Rest Bay she was six years old and says, “I’m super excited to be the female captain of Rest Bay Lifeguard Club junior section.  I hope as a club we will have great fun in the sea, the pool and on the beach, and most importantly stay safe”.  Jamie added, “I’m really happy to have been selected as one of this year’s junior captains. I’m looking forward to a fun year and seeing the improvements in our performances, especially the new nipper juniors, as they become part of our junior section. I can’t wait to get back in the sea for the start of the summer season in the coming months”. The junior coaches wish Meg and Jamie good luck as they take on their new roles. Also, a BIG thank you to Erin Richards and Lewys Williams, the former captains, for all their hard work. 

Porthcawl Runners have recruited their latest batch of Couch to 5k recruits. The new bumper 25-strong group began their nine-week programme last month, under the watchful eye of coach Lucy Jones, and are due to graduate at Porthcawl parkrun on May 11. Before that though, the club will this month celebrate its catalogue of achievements and top performers over the last 12 months at their AGM and awards night. That bash at the Fairways Hotel comes shortly after a separate club social and introduction to nutrition for running evening at Porthcawl RFC with ‘endurance physio’ Mike James giving a talk and tips to members about fuelling and hydration. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to suicide prevention charity Papyrus. The Runners have also been on the road again, running a coach to Llanelli parkrun and following up on successful outings to Barry Island and Newport last year. A big shout out to Stephane Ollivier, who cycled from Cardiff all the way to Paris with wife Janet in order to raise money for Ty Hafan, as well as Mark James – who faced his fear of flying for his latest fundraising efforts for Cancer Research UK. Carl Field

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Porthcawl PhysiotheraPy & sPorts injury clinic 33 Mary St, Porthcawl CF36 3YN Tel: 01656 782362 www.porthcawlphysiotherapyandsportsinjuryclinic.co.uk

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REST BAY LIFEGUARD

SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB Welcome to the Nipper Section

SENIORS

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The date and venue for the District Cup Final will be posted on our social pages

Dev. Squad fixtures will be posted on our Facebook page.

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Our clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nipper section (Age 8-13) has over 80 children. As a Nipper your child will be taught surf safety, basic lifesaving skills, surf and beach sports (wading, surf swimming, boardpaddling, beach flags, beach sprints and relays).

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The emphasis is on fun in a friendly environment.

We need your help on a match day! Ever considered volunteering? Whether you're a current player, someone who has hung up their boots or a person who has never picked up the oval ball, you could be a valued rugby volunteer. Whatever skills you can offer, we need you. Contact tracey@porthcawlrfc.com for details.

During winter we also run lifesaving training sessions at local pools. We also take part in the various competitions in which teams and individuals can participate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; However no child is forced to compete. The children also work towards various national surf safety awards, which include both sports and lifesaving elements.

100 Club Draw

Now recruiting

Win up to ÂŁ70 in our monthly draws! 100 Club members can win up to ÂŁ1,000 in our big Christmas Draw! Get your numbers now! Contact us for details.

Rest Bay Nippers are now recruiting boys and girls born 2006-2011. If you would like your child to learn important life saving skills, how to be safe in the sea and have loads of fun at the same time with like minded kids, then get in touch.

T. 01656 784242

Have fun, learn lifesaving skills and build friendships for life.

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0444 1059 M 1659 2320

1.49 24 0411 1030 9.27

7

8

9

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M

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Tu 1626 1.67 2248 9.41

1.67 9.34 F 1252 1.50 A 1915 9.75

0221 0.86 0839 9.90 Sa 1436 1.01 2058 10.20

1.39 21 0215 0836 9.51 Sa 1429 1.35 2052 9.80

16

1.31 18 0117 0736 9.70

3

0239 0.86 0859 9.85 F 1457 1.08 2119 10.16

6

m

0139 0.91 0759 9.89 F 1356 0.99 2019 10.29

1.58 200139 5 0258 0916 0759 9.36 F 1351 1.48 2015 9.68

Time

0001 2.12 0620 8.88 Th 1215 1.91 1838 9.33

1.14 0039 2 0054 0715 9.70 17 0659

0.87 9.91 Th 1412 1.00 2036 10.28

W 1422 7.67 2038 3.13

Th 1529 7.77 2143 3.03

8.01 2.81 F 1628 8.03 2238 2.81

Tu 1739 2.58 0002 8.45 0607 2.67 W 1223 7.94 v 1828 3.00

W 1711 2.00 2333 9.04

Sa 1330 1.19 1953 10.06 1.05 9.94 Su 1409 0.99 2030 10.23

0.99 9.74 Su 1513 1.21 2134 9.95

0.93 200232 0851 10.03

0334 0951 M 1547 2210

1.27 9.44 1.54 9.56

0.98 21 0311 0929 9.94

0408 1024 Tu 1620 2242

1.67 9.05 1.97 9.08

1.22 22 0349 1009 9.67

6 7

M 1446 0.95 2108 10.24

Tu 1526 1.08 2147 10.05

W 1607 1.40 2227 9.68

2.12 0430 1.63 8 0440 1057 8.60 23 1051 9.24 W 1654 2.45 2317 8.55 0515 2.61 1133 8.12 Th 1731 2.94 v 2358 8.00

9

W 1831 2.54 e 8.53 2.51 Th 1332 8.22 1940 2.65

F

8.43 2.55 1443 8.29 2056 2.56

0315 0936 Sa 1554 2209

8.51 2.39 8.59 2.26

Th 1317 7.59 1929 3.32

Th 1803 2.38 e 8.61 2.54 F 1303 8.24 1910 2.71

0134 7.64 13 0152 0805 3.28 28 0752 F 1429 7.44 2046 3.42

8.24 2.81 Sa 1417 8.09 2035 2.81

0255 7.54 14 0305 0917 3.26 29 0919 Sa 1545 7.59 2159 3.25

15 0415 1022

7.73 3.02 Su 1648 7.97 2256 2.90

F 1823 3.40

2.15 26 0539 1201 8.58 11

2.34 0027 0051 7.98 27 0607 1228 8.34 12 0659 3.05 27 0637

0253 7.92 0202 8.28 29 0021 0637 2.71 14 0909 2.96 29 0822 Tu 1300 7.95 1905 2.86

0103 4 0726

2.13 11 26 0515 1135 8.56

0148 8.03 0055 2.60 28 0535 1156 8.06 13 0805 2.94 28 0709 M 1758 2.79 e

Tu 1237 1.33 @ 1858 9.94

m

0004 1.55 0626 9.32 W 1228 1.46 1849 9.86

Th 1650 1.85 2311 9.14 2.16 24 0516 1138 8.71 F 1743 2.39 e

1.93 3.08 0006 8.51 1.96 0524 2.22 1.78 10 0517 25 0452 25 0430 10 0558 1049 8.79 10 1139 8.37 1218 7.65 25 0613 2.71 1132 8.57 1111 8.96

0357 8.08 0128 8.25 15 0241 0905 2.78 300749 2.66 15 1007 Tu 1519 7.83 2135 2.87

M 1221 2.10 1844 8.97

0157 0.76 6 0204 0826 10.04 21 0817

0048 2.19 2.40 12 0539 27 0444 1155 8.29 1104 8.30 12 0703 Sa 1801 2.65 v

0602 8.47 1158 2.29 Tu 1822 8.84

0547 9.62 1158 1.29 Su 1816 9.85

Time

m

0514 8.08 1114 2.66 M 1739 8.42 2343 2.50

8.26 2 0321 0943 2.42 17

0444 8.49 1052 2.34 Th 1711 8.48 2316 2.33

Aug

2019

May

8.12 2.76 Su 1539 8.28 2159 2.55

300416 1034 M

8.35 2.40 1653 8.77 2307 2.07

8.42 31 0238 0900 2.42

8.83 31 0528 1135 1.92

Th 1518 8.40 2129 2.39

Tu 1756 9.35

0050 7.50 0658 3.48 Sa 1322 7.29 1944 3.70

12 0206 0823

7.20 3.63 Su 1454 7.26 2118 3.60

13 0338 0947

7.32 3.39 M 1615 7.66 2229 3.17

Sa 1241 8.20 1853 2.88 7.98 26 0116 0735 3.10 Su 1402 7.94 2029 3.03 7.81 27 0246 0913 3.04 M 1531 8.14 2156 2.71

28 0415 1030

8.15 2.58 Tu 1649 8.72 2302 2.15

0522 8.75 7.78 14 0447 1048 2.92 29 1128 2.01 Tu 1713 8.23 2320 2.64

W 1747 9.36 2355 1.61

0614 9.30 8.34 15 0538 1135 2.40 301216 1.52 W 1758 8.81

Th 1836 9.86

31 0039 0659

1.22 9.69 F 1257 1.20 @ 1918 10.14

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