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LETTERS EXPLORING

A VOICE FOR THE FUTURE PORTHCAWL

Dear Editor, Myself and Husband are quite new to the area, we are both Doctor and Nurse and have worked rather relentlessly this passed year so haven’t had as much time as we’d have like to explore the area. We’ve been receiving your Seaside News magazines every month, which are absolutely brilliant. It inspired me to go out and take some pictures with my pup as a way to explore the area. So far I have been to Rest Bay, Kenfig Nature Reserve and Margam Park. I thought I could send you the pictures of any of them would be appropriate at all for the Photograph section - I’ve titled them The Four Legged Explorer. Sarah Cox, Margam

Dear Editor, This last month we have been engaged in several meetings/ discussions and the feedback received from each engagement has been very positive and encouraging. We have met with local groups ‘Shout’ and ‘The Porthcawl Civic Trust’, presented to full council and engaged with Sarah Murphy and her Dragons Den event at the Hi Tide. Our focus has been on encouraging written objections regarding the Statement of Reason/compulsory purchase orders - we hope our template letter helped? The primary objective is always to ensure that an area of sufficient size and suitability is both retained in public ownership and is protected from permanent types of development. Our vision is to then focus on the development of this land and ensure that it meets the community, environmental and future generations’ needs, relevant to this town, the borough, and its many visitors. Hopefully you all visited one of BCBC’s drop-in sessions at the Pavilion and you are now busy preparing your written feedback on what it is you were encouraged/discouraged by. It is certainly our priority to do so. As a united community we truly believe that we can make a real difference for our future generations and ourselves and so please, please do positively engage at any given opportunity that presents and have a VOICE. Jamie Strong, Porthcawl

SWIMMING IN THE SEA TO HELP MENTAL HEALTH

PORTHCAWL FOODBANK - THANK YOU

Dear Editor, Newton Buoyant Bluetits get together everyday and take a dip in the sea (following the tide timetable). The group gets larger every week and the feeling of euphoria once you have achieved this cold-water swim is so exhilarating. It is well organised we are all made aware of the risks and everyone looks out for each other. We sing we shout and we certainly have a good laugh. Lynne Hyde, Porthcawl

PLANET EARTH Dear Editor, Following a week on Social media, television and the press etc regarding Action Climate Week. I hold my hat up to being a hoarder keen recycler and could find use for most things, this trait of mine comes after many years of running a Preschool Nursery for many years in the past on limited finances this helped to shape me but it wouldn’t suit everyone. The world’s population is presently full of innovative ideas now in helping to reduce Co2 emissions and racing to Save our Planet. My husband and I have taken three or five grand children to Country Parks and Indoor Play Centers usually with a picnic but always using our own drinks bottles for the children individually and not buying more Plastic bottles. Also we now use soap and not liquid soap so that’s another bottle dispensed with, we hope to do much more to cut our Carbon footprint and respect our amazing Planet. Christine Noyes, Porthcawl 8 | seaside news

Dear Editor, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Bridgend Foodbank and Porthcawl Foodbank donations 2021 this year. We had 73 donators and filled a garage of toiletries! The donations will now be sorted and collected by the Foodbank and given to families in Porthcawl and Bridgend in time for Christmas. Toiletries are expensive to buy and a luxury for the families who use the bank. I am absolutely delighted that the people of Porthcawl, yet again, showed such kindness and generosity. The sense of community was so wonderful and it makes me proud of our town. Thank you to the original group of donors who didn’t think twice about joining us again this year and to our new members; it was so lovely to have you be part of it! I could not have done it without the amazingly organised Hollie, Trish and Gill from the Foodbank and the lovely team who gave their time collecting the donations from Porthcawl, Kenfig Hill, Tythegston to Maudlam; James owner of Nottage Stores for offering his van and time to collect with Joe, Stephanie, Alan. Thank you Porthcawl. If you’d like to be part of our next event please join our Facebook group, Porthcawl Foodbank Donations 2021. If you are in need of help please visit https://bridgend.foodbank. org.uk or contact info@bridgend.foodbank.org.uk 01656 750016. Lucy Bevington


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BOOKS NEW BOOKS AT PORTHCAWL LIBRARY

THE NIGHT HAWKS BY ELLY GRIFFITHS

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OH WILLIAM! Elizabeth Strout

BETTER OFF DEAD Lee Child

FEMLANDIA Christina Dalcher

OVER MY DEAD BODY Jeffrey Archer

A CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCE Susan Hill

The 13th instalment in this Ruth Galloway series sees Ruth return to her roots at the University of North Norfolk as the Head of Archaeology. Once again, Ruth becomes embroiled in a murder mystery involving a group of amateur archaeologists and metal detectorists. The group, calling themselves ‘The Night Hawks’, happen to stumble upon Bronze Age artefacts alongside a dead body, which has recently been washed ashore along the Norfolk coast. In the following days, the same detectorists uncover the murdersuicide of a scientist and his wife, both bodies found at their farmhouse, in the same vicinity. Ruth, alongside DCI Nelson and other favourite characters from the preceding books in the series, are once again brought in to unravel the clues! The Night Hawks can be read as a stand-alone story. Better still, you can check out the entire series, which is available via Porthcawl Library.

NEVER Ken Follett THE CHRISTMAS BOOKSHOP Jenny Colgan RICCARDINO Andrea Camilleri A SIMPLE WISH Rosie Goodwin THE JEALOUSY MAN AND OTHER STORIES Jo Nesbo A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS Anna Jacobs THE WOMAN IN THE MIDDLE Milly Johnson THE PARTY CRASHER Sophie Kinsella

NON FICTION WHISTLE BLOWER Mark Clattenburg THE REACHER GUY: THE AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF LEE CHILD Heather Martin BEHIND THE DRAGON: PLAYING FOR WALES Ross Harries PUTTING THE RABBIT IN THE HAT; MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY Brian Cox THE CHINESE CONUNDRUM Vine Cable

DEAR SANTA Debbie Macomber

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PHOTOGRAPHS BONFIRE NIGHT IN PORTHCAWL

JUVENILE OSPREY AT OGMORE-BY-SEA

Cole Burgess, Stormy Down

Steve Rosser, Bridgend

PORTHCAWL SUNSET

EARLY MORNING SUNRISE

Alan Thomas, Bridgend

SPOTTED IN KENFIG Kerry Wilce, Porthcawl

JUST AN AUTUMNAL PHOTO

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Pat Thomas, Porthcawl


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NEWTON CHURCH

DEER AT MARGAM

Pat Thomas, Porthcawl

PORTHCAWL FROM GARTH MOUNTAIN Llewllyn Hall, Bridgend

VIEW THROUGH THE MERMAID

Trudy Peever, Penyfai

GONE SURFING

Ray Lewis, Broadlands

FIREWORKS PANORAMA

Sandra Beer, Porthcawl

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PHOTOGRAPHS JURASSIC COAST

PORTHCAWL FROM THE SKY

Pat Lathey, Penyfai

SANDY BAY SUNRISE

David Hooper, Bridgend

CANDLESTON BROOK

Anthony Callaghan, Porthcawl

PORTHCAWL PROM SUNRISE

Dave Thomas, North Cornelly

SUNRISE AT KENFIG POOL

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Rosalie Hopper, Porthcawl


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PHOTOGRAPHS HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU

SUNSET FROM OGMORE BY SEA

Carly Andrews, Bridgend

SUNRISE OVER MEDICAL CENTRE

Pat Lathey, Penyfai

L’APPEL DU VIDE

Jesse Owen, Porthcawl

CONEY BEACH

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dros dro ar ddydd Sadwrn a chofiwch gadw llygad am Quin, coblyn direidus y Cwadrant! Gallwch ddod o hyd i fwy o anrhegion gwych a digonedd o gynnyrch ffres lleol ar gyfer eich gwledd Nadoligaidd ym Marchnad Abertawe. Bydd Marchnad Nadolig Abertawe, gyda'i chrefftwyr talentog, ei masnachwyr traddodiadol, ei bwyd stryd blasus a'i danteithion melys hefyd yn dychwelyd i Stryd Rhydychen o 26 Tachwedd tan 21 Rhagfyr. Mae'r Bar Bafaraidd clyd yn berffaith ar gyfer seibiant mawr ei angen o'r holl siopa, wrth fwynhau’r naws Nadoligaidd! P'un a ydych yn mwynhau archwilio yn yr awyr agored, creu llanast gyda chelf a chrefft neu ymlacio gyda llyfr da, mae ein Lleoliadau Diwylliannol hefyd yn paratoi ar gyfer hwyl yr ŵyl. Felly, os ydych chi'n chwilio am weithgareddau a syniadau i ddiddanu'r teulu cyfan yn y cyfnod cyn y diwrnod mawr, cadwch lygad ar y wefan!

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The return of the Big Wheel is a sure sign that Christmas is on its way, and a Swansea Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Waterfront Winterland. At Museum Park until 3 January, you’ll find everything you need for a festive family day out - take in the views from the Observation Wheel, glide around the ice rink and through the brand new magical Ice Walk, have a go on the funfair rides, or just relax, socialise and soak up the atmosphere with some festive treats in the Alpine Village. You’ve made a list, maybe checked it twice and a shopping trip to Swansea’s city centre will have you ticking those items off. First stop must be the Quadrant Shopping Centre, home to top brands, high street favourites and some exciting new stores, just in time for Christmas! And it’s not just shopping on offer, enjoy pop-up musical

performances on Saturdays and keep an eye out for Quin the mischievous Quadrant Elf! You’ll find plenty more great gifts and an abundance of fresh local produce for your festive feast at Swansea Market. What’s more, Swansea Christmas Market, with its talented crafters, traditional traders, delicious street food and tempting sweet treats, will be making a welcome return to Oxford Street from 26 November until 21 December. Stop off at the cosy Bavarian Bar to enjoy a well-earned shopping break, whilst soaking up the festive atmosphere! Whether you like exploring out and about, getting messy with arts and crafts, or just settling down with a good book, our Cultural Venues are also gearing up for Christmas fun. So, if you’re looking for activities and ideas to keep the whole family entertained in the run up to the big day, keep an eye on the website!


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POEMS

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SON OF DAVID

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What does it mean to be human? And what is the worth of a man Who has fallen so far from God’s image And the purpose for which he did plan? God sent Jesus to sojourn among us Son of David, but yes, Son of Man He alone shows us how to be human As he offered his life for each one. Like David we all need forgiveness To be turned afresh to God’s ways So may we, like David, repentant Live a life of thanksgiving and praise Pauline Lewis, Porthcawl

The road of life is a precarious path ahead. It leads wherever I choose, open to the world before me. I will not ask good fortune, but make it And bear it with me wherever I go. I look ahead and much remains to be seen. There are twists and turns And betimes it seems, an endless climb. Steps are heavy, bodies weary, When care is pressing then rest I must, And if ever I should lose the way I will not lose faith and be discouraged But keep on through youth, and middle age And grey-bearded, revered old age. The destiny may seem often far away, Trudging through the days to rest at night. To look along that road and see it stretch and wait. To gather sights and sounds and notions, Villages, towns and cities as I go. And if I give you my love, Give you all of myself, Will you give yourself to me? And will you stay with me a lifetime And travel with me that stony road ahead? John Davies Eglwys Nunnydd, Margam

WHAT AM I? Can you guess what I am, If I give you a few little clues? I’m something very distinctive, And I may well give you the blues.... You can taste me at your leisure, From bottles large and small, That come in different colours, You’ll want to taste them all! My aroma is quite exquisite, It’s one you will never forget, I’m the latest fashion everywhere, Your appetite I will surely wet! I’m smoother than ice cold water, And will quench your thirst just right, I’m crystal clear throughout, I will keep you bouncing all night! I’m cool on a summer’s day, Served up with a slice of lime, You can also add a bit of tonic, I’m so refreshing all of the time. I’m best poured from a blue bottle, In Bombay I made my fame, With ice cubes like sparkling sapphires, Yes its Gin, that is my name! Marilyn Cook, Bridgend

ADVENT Advent is with us, Xmas draws near. It rushes upon us this time every year. Just twenty-four days to get everything done. Write cards and wrap presents, Saving some time for fun. Dress the tree, trim the hall, All those Xmas displays. Those calendar doors count down the days. I open the first door looking for clues. What will I find? Of course ‘Seaside News’! Merry Xmas. Judy Dee, Porthcawl

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

Christmas is coming, whatever the weather, Whatever the rules about gathering together For this is the day that has changed the whole world When the flag of God’s kingdom through Christ was unfurled So let’s celebrate Christmas, the birth of God’s Son With parties and presents and plenty of fun And remember that night when the angels sang And know the child, Jesus, is God’s gift for us – each one. Pauline Lewis, Porthcawl

CHRISTMAS TREE When I was just a boy of ten What I remember most from then Is crusted snow on frozen fronds And skating on the ice-bound ponds The holly tree with berries bright And Robin red-breast taking flight The paper decorations hung On walls where Christmas cards were strung But more than that I loved to see The decorated Christmas tree We were not rich but always had A real tree which made us glad And oh, what joy we had that day To dress that tree with baubles gay With silver balls and coloured lights Which warmed the room on winter nights A portly Santa dressed in red Jingle bells and a reindeer sled And best of all Dad used to drop A bright gold star right on the top That Christmas tree brought such great joy For me when I was just a boy But those old days have long gone by I still recall them with a sigh Now life goes on and time has flown A wife and children of my own And what a time of joy and glee We have to dress our Christmas tree John Davies, Eglwys Nunydd

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HEALTH

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Hope you all had a safe but enjoyable Bonfire Night. Now we can welcome Christmas. I expect that we would have had our Light For a Life Event by the time the December issue comes out. Thank you to those who came and supported us. The next event in our calendar is the Step Up for January. This is an excellent way for you guys to get fit and get some exercise in after Christmas. We ask that you complete 12,000 steps per day which can be done by running or walking whichever you prefer. I’m going to be running some of mine as I need to get in shape as I’m doing the Euro 3 City Cycle in September. You can sign up for both of these events on our website. www.costofcancer.org.uk. The number of people we are helping has increased, so the more we can raise the better. We don’t want to turn anyone away because we don’t have the funds so please do help us to raise money to help us help others. Finally, please do follow us on all social media platforms and remember we help those who are finding life a struggle financially whilst Nicky, Emma & Cath Trustees

The human mind has up to 70,000 thoughts a day and as you read this a few more thoughts of disbelief go through your mind. A very large number and many of them are the same thoughts over and over again. Strangely enough many of the thoughts we choose are negative and can make us anxious or fearful and yet we keep on turning them over again and again. If we were prompted by a child, they would ask the question “Why?” And in spite of being older and wiser we have no idea what the answer is! Would you like to start and observe your thoughts and decide which ones to take notice of and which ones to release? Next time you have a repetitive unpleasant thought; notice what is going on with your body as well as your mind. Where can you feel it? Is there a restriction in your stomach, throat or head? Or somewhere else? Take a breath, let it go and on the next breath, breathe into the restriction and let it go. Repeat a few times until you feel the tension decrease. Well done you are on your way! Margaret Brown

BENEFITS OF REGULAR EXERCISE Exercising regularly can improve your mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression and is crucial to supporting a healthy metabolism and burning more calories per day. It also helps you maintain your muscle mass and weight loss, helps you build muscles and strong bones and it may also help prevent osteoporosis. Engaging in regular physical activity can increase your energy levels; this is true even in people with persistent fatigue and those with serious health conditions. Daily physical activity is essential to maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of chronic disease. Moderate exercise can provide antioxidant protection and promote blood flow, which can protect your skin and delay signs of aging. Regular exercise improves blood flow to the brain and helps brain health and memory and among older adults, it can help protect mental function. Regular physical activity, regardless of whether it is aerobic or a combination of aerobic and resistance training, can help you sleep better and feel more energized during the day. Exercise has favorable effects on the pain associated with various conditions and it can also increase pain tolerance. Taken from www.healthline.com Supplied by Glyn Hardwicke

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NEWS PLACEMAKING IN PORTHCAWL Thanks to everyone who attended the recent drop-in sessions at the Grand Pavilion and provided valuable feedback on the council’s placemaking plans. With exhibition boards offering full details now in place at Cosy Corner and also available to view at the council website, there is still time to give your views and help inform our draft placemaking strategy. Among the potential opportunities that we want to explore as part of this are a modern multi-storey car park at Hillsboro Place, a luxury spa waterfront hotel, landscaping and pedestrianisation along the Eastern Promenade, a multi-million Metro bus link, the extension of Dock Street, fresh community space and much more. We remain extremely ambitious for delivering realistic, sustainable regeneration in Porthcawl. Placemaking is all about organisations, businesses and communities working closely together to deliver balanced development which meets local needs as well as planning criteria and legislative requirements. We want this to be a meaningful, worthwhile process which contributes towards our aspirations for Porthcawl, both as a visitor destination and as somewhere to live and work, so please view the exhibition boards at Cosy Corner or online at www.bridgend.gov.uk and provide your feedback so that we can work towards making these opportunities a reality. COUNCILLOR CHARLES SMITH Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration Bridgend County Borough Council Tel: 01656 643643 www.bridgend.gov.uk

REGENERATION FUNDS FOR SALT LAKE Making sure our local communities have the investment they need to thrive is something I am so passionate about as your representative for Bridgend and Porthcawl. And the upcoming regeneration funds for Salt Lake are a real opportunity for Porthcawl. That’s why I hosted a community event to hear from local people about ideas that matter to them – what they want the regeneration to look like. The Porthcawl Regen Dragon’s Den event was at the Hi Tide Inn, with a panel of judges including special guest DJ Lee Jukes. They rated ideas by local businesses, organisations and societies. I always want to hear from people in the community what ideas they have to support businesses, create new homes and attract tourists to Porthcawl. That’s why I put on the event, to hear a wide range of voices from across the community about how the regeneration can benefit everyone in Porthcawl. Investing in our local communities across Bridgend and Porthcawl is vital. That’s why I want to hear from you what your ideas are – if you want to get in touch please contact sarah. murphy@senedd.wales SARAH MURPHY MS Member of the Senedd for Bridgend

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NEW GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE WORKS TO TAKE PLACE It’s great to see that 10 local nature reserves, parks and outdoor areas in Bridgend County Borough are set to benefit from a £580,000 Welsh Government ‘green spaces’ grant. Wilderness Lake in Porthcawl, Frog Pond Wood Local Nature Reserve in Pyle, Bedford Park Local Nature Reserve, Parc Tir Iarll in Llangynwyd, Parc Calon Lan in Blaengarw, the Ogmore Washeries and Aberfields in Ogmore Vale, Tremains Wood Local Nature Reserve and Brackla Hill, Maesteg Welfare Park and Craig y Parcau in Bridgend will all share in the new funding. Part of the Cwm Taf Nature Network Project, the scheme is designed to create a partnership of organisations who will manage green infrastructure for the benefit of local people, businesses and communities. Improvement and regeneration work will be carried out to enhance access to high-quality green spaces, and engagement with communities will take place to develop plans for providing more ‘early years’ learning spaces. People will also be encouraged to think about how they interact with nature, and to discover what is on their doorstep. We have all come to recognise the importance and value of green spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic, and this project will be of great benefit as we seek to promote greater awareness. COUNCILLOR HYWEL WILLIAMS Deputy Leader Bridgend County Borough Council Tel: 01656 643643 www.bridgend.gov.uk

MORE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES Thanks to £2.87m investment from the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, plans are moving ahead to introduce charging infrastructure for electric vehicles across Bridgend County Borough. The first round of this will focus on candidate sites at the John Street and Hillsboro Place car parks, Salt Lake, West Drive, Mallards Way and along the Eastern Promenade. It also includes the Rhiw multi-storey, Innovation Centre, Pencoed park and rides and car parks at Brackla Street, Tondu Road, Tremains Road, Neath Road and Maesteg town centre. Each site is currently being assessed, and more details will be available soon. In other news, county borough businesses are showcasing their festive products online this Christmas as part of a festive drive to encourage residents to shop locally. A Digital Christmas website and app have been made available where businesses can advertise their products for free, and shoppers can take advantage of special offers, promotions, discount codes, competitions and more. You can also visit the Digital Christmas website for a virtual flight through Santa’s grotto, and a virtual meet-and-greet with Santa’s reindeer. Finally, there is just enough room left for me to wish all residents a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year – see you in 2022. COUNCILLOR HUW DAVID Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council Tel: 01656 643643 www.bridgend.gov.uk

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NEWS SCHOOLS UNDERFUNDING MUST END AS a former school governor I was alarmed by a report published by the National Association of Head Teachers Cymru, which showed the true impact of years of chronic underfunding of schools in Wales. Per pupil funding in Wales stands at £6,600 - £100 less than England and a whopping £1000 less than Scotland. A school with 1,000 pupils – and many have more – loses £100,000 compared to England. That’s the money that would pay for repairs, for new equipment and cover other capital costs, which heads say they need. The recent budget has delivered a massive boost to the finances of the Welsh Labour Government which is getting £2.5 billion more from the UK Treasury this year on top of the £15.9 billion it was due to get anyway. This money is meant to help Wales recover from the shock of the pandemic and as the education of our children was so badly affected by school closures, Welsh Government is honour bound to ensure that it is used to boost education spending. What it cannot do is squander it on vanity projects like Universal Basic Income under which everyone would be given a state income regardless of need or means. DR ALTAF HUSSAIN Welsh Conservative Regional MS for South Wales West

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WELSH GOVERNMENT MUST INVEST MORE IN SPORT Oscar Wilde once said that a cynic was someone who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. I am afraid that the Welsh Labour Government may be in that bracket as it has failed to invest enough into grassroots sport in Wales despite the recognised value of sport not only in health terms but also in hard cash. The FAW has done a study, which showed that football clubs and players generate a total of £552 million for the country. This is made up of £263m for the economy, social benefits of £84m and savings to the Welsh NHS of an estimated £206 million. Putting a price on how being healthier saves the NHS money is difficult but there is the non-monetary value of having a fitter population in terms of people living longer, better lives not blighted by the diseases caused by obesity and inactivity. That really is priceless. As Shadow Sports Minister, I urge Welsh Government to invest more in all sports and sporting activity in Wales in pursuit of our long-term aim of creating a healthier population able to work productively for longer and enjoy their lives to the full. TOM GIFFARD Welsh Conservative regional Senedd member for South Wales West

DOES PORTHCAWL NEED A TRAMWAY OR LIGHT RAIL LINK? Public transport is massively important to every community in Wales and Porthcawl is no different. The Cardiff Capital City Region Deal, which is jointly funded by UK Government, Welsh Government and local authorities, places the improvement of transport infrastructure at the heart of economic regeneration and has decided to fund a new bus terminus in Porthcawl. But some Porthcawl residents say there’s no need for a new bus station as bus services operate effectively using the existing stops in the town. It has also been suggested that the money would be better spent carrying out a feasibility study into the possibility of creating either a light rail link or tramway between Porthcawl and the railway station at Pyle. This would give Porthcawl residents a direct link into the rail network. While a feasibility study does not commit anyone to anything, it would look into the pros and cons of providing Porthcawl with a fixed link similar to the railway line, which closed in the 1960’s. Or would this be a waste of money? What do you think? Let me know by contacting me by e-mail at Jamie.Wallis.MP@ Parliament.UK or writing to me at my office in Lias Road, Porthcawl. JAMIE WALLIS MP for Bridgend

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Email us your report to: info@seasidenews.co.uk including Usain Bolt, Wilston Samuel Jackson, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Barack Obama. We learnt about Betty Campbell and many of us went to see her statue in Cardiff. We played Bob Marley songs, became costume designers and learnt about the women who created Notting Hill carnival. Our school is small and known for its friendliness. We always prioritise well-being and are proud of our excellent academic standards. If you are looking for a new school, please contact me for a chat on the number below or email admin. porthcawlprimary@bridgend.gov.uk. We have Nursery spaces for September 2022. You can also find out more about us by visiting our website or Facebook page. Jo Rowley, Head Teacher Tel: 01656 815660

NOTTAGE PRIMARY - A VIP VISIT As we move to the end of the term, it is worth mentioning a few student events at school. Our school participated in a Minecraft Education event, sponsored by the Welsh Rugby Union, which involved our team of three girls designing and building their own virtual rugby club of the future within Minecraft, paying particular attention to the needs of the local community. We were delighted to reach the regional finals and our team of Meryn Bridge, Seren Davies and Connie Howe went on to be announced as the winners of the Key Stage 3 & 4 category. Staff from the WRU attended school and presented the girls with their award, along with a signed Wales rugby shirt which is now proudly hanging in our foyer. On another matter, the School Carol service will be a virtual event again this year. Canon Masson has very kingly “loaned” us All Saints Church in order for us to film our service. Once complete, you may enjoy our virtual carol service by visiting the link on our school website. As this will be my final note for the year, may I wish you all a healthy and happy Christmas and a good new year. Andrew Slade, Head Teacher

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On Thursday 21st October we had the pleasure of hosting the Welsh Minister of Education and Welsh Language, Mr Jeremy Miles to celebrate our Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru / Arts Council of Wales project in conjunction with Architects Caukin that took place last academic year with Year 3 pupils to design and build an outdoor structure. The process went from deciding on the location on school grounds, size, function, design concept then models both physical and digital 3D were created and then to the BIG build. Pupils worked with Harry from Caukin over several weeks in school both before and after the school closures caused by the pandemic. Pupils gained a plethora of new skills and were able to see how classroom work transferred to the ‘real’ world during all aspects of the process. All the pupils took part in the ‘big build’, some painting, some measuring and using angles, some made the ribbons and they showed great teamwork whilst sawing the wood. We hope to have inspired young engineers, creative designers, architects, and builders of the future. Our visitors also had the opportunity to view our new Outdoor Learning philosophy for Years 3 to 6, where our pupils have been taking part in a plethora of outdoor activities in the morning of each day. Representatives from CAUKIN and the Arts council attended along with some of our school Governors including the Chair Mrs Allison Thomas, representatives also came from Bridgend Council, Cllr. David, Cllr Smith, Sarah Murphy MS and Bridgend Education department. The visit was an overwhelming success and we at Nottage are privileged to have received such incredible feedback from all our visitors on both the Arts Council project and our new Outdoor Learning philosophy.


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FEATURES CHRISTMAS AND DOGS Christmas is coming, so here’s some tips on how to keep your dog happy during this festive season. • Foods that your dog can enjoy (in moderation); skinless turkey and chicken, sausage, ham, sweet potato, most green veg, parsnip, mashed swede and carrot (no butter added). • Foods that they can’t have; Christmas cake/pudding, mince pies, macadamia nuts, walnuts and stuffing (contains onions). • Do not leave chocolates laying around or hanging on the tree. Poisoning happens as dogs aren’t able to metabolise theobromine effectively. • Make sure any holly/berries, mistletoe and poinsettia are well out of reach. • Take care with tinsel and other decorations, such as glass baubles, as these can cause an obstruction or injury if swallowed. • Be careful that there are no trailing cables or tree lights, as they can shatter and cause injury or your dog can get tangled up in them. • Anchor the tree securely – especially if you have a puppy or rambunctious adolescent hooligan! You may like to pop a barrier around the tree to keep it safe, as well as the presents underneath it. • Keep lit candles away from your dog’s tail wag zone. • Keep an eye with dog-dog interactions, even the best of friends can get a little protective over new toys. • If you can’t actively supervise your dog, then just shut the door of the room that you don’t want them to go in. • Give your dog their own presents to open. Wrap them loosely in brown paper or cardboard, making sure that it’s just being ripped not swallowed. • Make sure your dog has their safe place to remove themselves from the hustle and bustle if they want to. If your dog does become overstimulated and over tired, then here’s some calming activities they can do; • Sniff out either some of their food or tiny goodies in the garden or suitable room. • Give a loaded Lickimat or Kong with either some of their wet food or some mashed banana or dog friendly peanut butter on/ in it. • Give your dog a brand new long lasting healthy or natural chew in their safe place. A whimzee, yaker, dehydrated fish stick, beef hide or trachea. •Hide some of your dog’s dry food in a snuffle mat or rolled up towel. Here’s wishing you and your dogs a very Happy Christmas! Julie Williams APDT IMDT South Wales Dog Training Academy

THE PROBUS CLUB OF PORTHCAWL We are now pleased to be able to report that following the suspension of meetings due to the Covid virus, we are now back to our regular Tuesday morning meetings held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at The Grove Golf Club, South Cornelly at 10.45am. At our last meeting held on the 5th October 2021, we were addressed by Mr. Dean Powell who spoke lucidly on the fascinating story of the incredible life of Dr. William Price, best known for the introduction of cremation to South Wales. Some of our speakers address us on more than one occasion because they are recalled by poplar request and speakers for the coming months include Rev. Clive Williams whose knowledge of classical composers is phenomenal and who illustrates his remarks on the piano, Roy Noble, the well-known broadcaster and entertainer and Trevor Fishlock who is also well known for his “on air” entertainment. Then at the beginning of next year, we have booked Rowena Williams to speak on John Thomas, a Harpist to Queen Victoria and other talented entertainers together with our friends, John Pearman and Debra John. For further information please contact our Secretary, Peter Downes, Telephone no. 01656 785505. David Morgan, Past President

THROUGH CHRISTIAN EYES Do you agree with this post from social media? “Saying Christmas is at risk due to supply problems leads me to believe that you do not know the reason for Christmas’. For Christians, Christmas is not about us, it is about Jesus Christ. If we lose sight of the momentous significance of His birth, life, death, resurrection and promise to return then the heart of Christmas is missing. Christmas becomes just another excuse for a party, which eventually leaves us feeling empty and unsatisfied in the deep places of our soul. Instead, if we remember and celebrate that ‘God so loved the world he sent his only Son so that whoever believes in him may not perish but have everlasting life’ then Christmas takes on a much deeper meaning. Christmas may be spoiled by our selfishness and wrong expectations, but it can’t be spoiled by supply problems. It’s not about the party it’s about the birthday boy. The birth of Jesus Christ is the greatest event in the history of the human race. Our Saviour has come. If you would like to know more about becoming a Christian, or about Christmas events at Gilgal Baptist Church please contact us at faith@gilgal.co.uk Christmas Blessings, Rev. Martin Gillard

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Join us in our Christmas photo competition, juniors and adults – ends 8th Dec. Santa’s Grotto is on Saturday 4th, 11th and 18 December, and Santa’s picture trail, is at the Boxing Day Morning Fun Run, Hi-tide and in the Happy New Year just join us! For friendship, fun, fundraising and local support: membership@ porthcawllions.com


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CCTV has now been installed at the Reserve and this in conjunction with forthcoming ANPR and regular visits from the local police will help to keep everyone safe when they visit the Reserve. I am sure that by now most people will be aware of the forthcoming introduction of car parking fees at the Reserve. This was my no means an easy decision to make however, for the day-to-day operation of the Reserve to continue alongside continued development it became an absolute necessity. To reassure everyone it has been agreed that costs should be kept to a minimum and there will be an option to become a member of the Friends of Kenfig which offers a reduced annual parking charge of £45 per year (working out at approximately 12p per day).

I am writing this article the day after Remembrance Sunday, a significant and poignant day in everyone’s calendar for many reasons. You may or may not be aware that during the second world war over 5000 American troops joined a convoy across the Atlantic and arrived in Swansea. The troops disembarked and were transported to billets in and around Kenfig. There was an air-gunnery school at RAF Stormy Down where more than 10,000 aircrew trained, and the local beaches were used for target practice especially Sker Beach. When D Day approached orders came for the troops to move out, many were involved in the fiercest fighting throughout the rest of the war and very sadly some would never return to their homes in America. This intrinsic link with Kenfig Nature Reserve ensures that we remember these American Servicemen and Women along with all the British soldiers who fought so bravely for our country. Now back to the present day, our next Farmers Market is on 5th December and will run alongside our Christmas Craft Fayre. On the day we will be entertained by Briton Ferry Silver Band and the Cool Hand Ukes, and there will be a switch on of some new Christmas Lights (big thanks to Centregreat UK for their generous donation). Mulled wine and hot chestnuts will also be available to help everyone get into the Christmas Spirit. There will be an additional Farmers Market on the 19th of December to allow people to get everything they need for Christmas Day (keep an eye out for the Santa & Elf Motorcyclists on the day!!) It is really wonderful that the local community is so supportive of the Farmers Market especially as it enables us to support so many small business owners coming out of Covid world. However, we are very conscious of how busy the car park gets so a GREAT BIG PLEASE - try and park sensibly and with care to avoid congestion and potential accidents.

Furthermore, the Trustees have taken time to listen to the community’s reaction to the charges and these have now been reviewed and I am able to confirm the following: £1.00 for the first 90 minutes £2.00 for 3 hours £4.00 for All day For further information on this please see our website www.kenfigcorporationtrust.co.uk Looking to the future our Warden Chris is arranging a Calendar Competition and he is asking people to submit their photographs of Kenfig to him at warden@kenfignaturecorporation.com before 31st January 2022 in readiness for our 2023 calendar. Also, in the New Year the BSBI Plant Hunt Walk will be taking place on Tuesday 4th January if you are interested in taking part just come to the Reserve Centre at 10am on the day and Chris will guide you in this special UK wide flower hunt. It has been a challenging year in many ways but in other ways extremely rewarding especially seeing all the hard work that has gone into the reopening of the Centre and the ongoing maintenance of the Reserve itself making progress. There is still lots to do!! but thank you to everyone who has been involved in this and for the continued support and encouragement of so many in the community. A very wise person once said: -

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the positive and compassionate actions of its members” Long may this continue! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Kenfig Nature Reserve. Ceri John Reserve Centre Manager

The room hire at Kenfig is getting busier, we now have yoga, pilates, U3A sessions, quilt making, choral practice, photographic and education sessions booked, and I am very excited to announce that we have received our very first booking for a Wedding in 2022!!

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During October we dealt with 4 incidents; a kite surfer in difficulty, people trying to cross the Ogmore River on a flood tide, a surfer in difficulty and concerns over a kayak in trouble. In September we were joined by David, Mario, Gayle, Mike and Becky, our new trainee watchkeepers who commenced their training with us. We wish them well. We continue to promote our third musical evening on March 3rd, 2022 at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl and tickets are still available for this event. Every year we look to create something new and exciting. This year’s event features the Pendyrus Male Choir, the Parc and Dare band and guest soloist, Lauren Williams from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. We are looking for key sponsors who can support this event and in exchange, we can offer advertising space in our programme and complimentary tickets to the event. We are also receptive to other marketing ideas from sponsors such as banners, advertising space on tickets and posters. If you are interested in supporting our event and helping us, the busiest NCI station in the UK, contribute to the local Search & Rescue community, please do get in touch. Nick Weedon, Media Officer Porthcawl NCI

The members of Cor Tabernacl, Bridgend are looking forward to performing once more after an interval of almost two years. On Sunday, December 5th at 7pm the choir will perform a short concert of Christmas music to a limited audience. Entry will be by ticket only, available from choir members. There will be no charge for tickets but a collection will be made for Bowel Cancer U.K. The choir will also be singing at McArthur Glen on Saturday, December 18th and again the collection will be donated to Bowel Cancer U.K. We would welcome anyone who is interested in joining the choir. We practise every Tuesday from 7-8.45 pm at Tabernacl Chapel, Derwen Road, Bridgend. Information on joining can be obtained from our Chairman Richard Logan by email at drskin79@hotmail.com Anne Kendall, Secretary

TRINITY CHURCH At the time of writing we are looking forward to the Advent and Christmas season. Last year lockdown prevented us celebrating Christmas together so we expect this year to be even more special. We are collecting donations towards the Christmas Child appeal and also gifts for mothers in local refuges. Our Trinity Music Group has restarted and there is talk of a proposed concert, possibly during one of our morning services. Singing in church has also returned with gusto but we are still wearing masks. We continue to send out audio services and our morning service on Sundays at 10.30 is also available on zoom. Please contact our minister if you wish to receive a zoom link. We will not be holding a Christmas Bazaar but we have many toys, gifts and clothes at our Trinity Bargain store. Please come to browse. We are open most mornings apart from Friday and Sunday, weather and volunteer availability permitting. Details of our services are on our website and Facebook page. We are delighted to welcome visitors and new members to our church and wish everybody a very Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year. Alison Meredith Thomas, Communication Secretary. www.trinitychurchporthcawl.org

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MYNYDD CYNFFIG WI Here we are once more meeting the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Talbot Center Kenfig Hill. The weeks are rushing by with Christmas in everyone’s mind. We had a good turnout of members with a new lady coming with a mind to joining, all are welcome we’ve plenty of tea and biscuits. WI business discussed there are plenty to keep us on our toes. We attended the quiz night in the Hi Tide in October it was a fun evening and enjoyed by our members. (We didn’t win) Our walking club had a great walk in Cwmavon in November the scenery was breathtaking. scrabble club is ongoing and our lunch club had a good turnout and all enjoyed the meal. Our 70th anniversary meal sorted for November and our Christmas tea party is arranged for December with Enid who is once again entertaining us with her pass the parcel. We had an interesting talk from Mr Nick Jenkins with slides he taken on his walks. Next month we have a talk from Marilyn McNeil her topic pennies for friendship, it will explain to our members where their pennies they put down on our competition table go. We are all looking forward to Christmas and next year with the WI. And would like to wish all the seaside readers a very happy Christmas from Mynydd Cynffig WI. Christine Callaghan

PORTHCAWL RAILWAY CLUB Hello! We are delighted to let you know that the Club has now restarted following the Covid lockdowns etc. Meetings will be held on alternate Wednesdays i.e. 1st December, 15th December, 29th December 2021 and12th January 2022 etc. from 7.00pm to 9.00pm at the Newton Institute, Newton Nottage Road, Porthcawl, CF36 5RR. Please come along if you would like to be involved in a club with interests in miniature, model and real railways. (Please note under 18 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times). Howard Evans (Secretary) 07790 830707


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BRIDGEND ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY THE ORION COMPLEX

The drawing by Mark James (chairman) depicts a typical workshop like ours sending out flat pack cribs around the world. Tools for Self Reliance send seasons greetings and thanks everyone for their support. From all the team.

PORTHCAWL TOWNSWOMENS GUILD We are well established now at our new home, the Grove Golf Club welcoming old members and inviting new members to try us out! Our programme is now settled until at least a year ahead, lots of old friends coming back to speak to us. Our Swansea Federation is also planning ahead for a Carol Service on December 4th and another Garden Party. We very much enjoyed the one in Margam Park in 2019. We shall be taking part again in the Christmas Tree celebration at All Saints Church. Our speaker in October was Dean Powell who gave a most interesting talk on the life of Glyn Houston illustrated with films. We welcomed three visitors to last months meeting. Debra John gave us her fascinating version of a Welsh Fairy Tale - always a popular speaker. This month our meeting will be our Christmas lunch again at the Grove Golf Club on December 15th. Just remains to send best wishes for a happy Christmas to all from Townswomens Guild. Do come and join us in 2022 - you will be most welcome! Dorothy Thomas 772157

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The constellation of Orion is well known. Its seven principal stars make up the recognisable outline of a man and the three stars of his belt have fascinated observers for millennia. However, lying to the south of this belt of stars is one of the most famous objects in the heavens, the great Orion Nebula, otherwise known by its designation Messier 42. The Orion nebula is an enormous cloud of gas and dust over 26 light years across, around 1350 light years away. It is easily visible to the naked eye, is a magnificent sight in a pair of binoculars and even more remarkable in a telescope. The spangled field of light is home to a nursery of newborn stars! December is one of the best months to spot the great constellation that is Orion! Society News Our December meeting will be a family friendly festive affair! Dr Jana Horak of the National Museum of Wales will deliver a talk about ‘Meteorites’. Members will get up close and personal with a wonderful collection of space rocks – some 4.5 billion years old! Wednesday 15th December 7:30pm, Bridgend Tennis & Bowls Club. Contact: secretary@bridgendastro.org.uk Find us on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter

THE INNER WHEEL CLUB OF PORTHCAWL Christmas is nearly here and we are busy making preparations for our activities. Our December meeting is on Tuesday the 7th at the earlier time of 6pm. This is so we can have our meeting before our meal, as we have a visit from our District Chairman Maria Williams who is joining us for a Christmas Dinner. While in Porthcawl DC Maria will be going to see one of our ladies who are being made an Honorary Member in recognition of many years as a dedicated part of Inner Wheel. Some of our members are keen Knitters and were able to contribute to the 46 hats that were given to the Chaplain of the Seamen’s Mission in Port Talbot. The sailors come from all over the world and are very happy to choose a new hat. We have a lot to look forward to before Christmas including the District meeting and the Christmas tree festival. If anyone is interested in finding out more about the Inner Wheel, please come along and meet us you will be made most welcome. Liz Jones


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Our members are delighted to be meeting again after a long lay off. This month was our 3rd meeting and we were treated to a very entertaining and fascinating talk from Gayney Jones. Her wonderful quilts were so beautiful and inspiring. Next month is our Christmas meeting with festive food and music accompanied by a ukulele player. We are a small W I and would love to welcome new members. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month in All Saints church hall at 2pm. Prospective members can visit 2 meetings without a charge. If you would like to know more please feel free to ring me, Tina Richards, on 01656 788725.

Bridgend Soroptimists enjoyed a Festive Christmas Dinner on 10th November at the Heronston Hotel, Bridgend complete with Paper hats and crackers, not to mention much laughter from cracker jokes and charades.. New Member Lesley Dunlop shared with the club her story as a photographic magazine editor and the many books she has written on her journey and experiences during her varied career with the American Embassy. We hope she will enjoy the friendship, fun and service shared with members. For Christmas the club has donated “Pamper Bags” to Llamau (Womens Aid) to distribute to the victims of domestic abuse who will be in the Refuge over the festive season. In addition 30 selection boxes were donated for the children who will be in residence. Shoeboxes of goodies have been given to the Samaritans Purse charity for children in less affluent areas of the World. On 4th December members will be enjoying a Christmas Fundraiser Tea at the home of Past President Sharon Dixon. Proceeds will be donated to Llamau and SUTDA (Stand Up To Domestic Abuse). 8th December will be a ZOOM meeting to mark SIGBI INTERNATIONAL NIGHT. Members have been busy researching and will be relating the traditional Christmas customs from by-gone eras in all four nations of the United Kingdom, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Not to be missed! Find us on Facebook. Eileen

LALESTON WI Our W.I. met on Wednesday 3rd November at 2pm. Members were informed of a forthcoming trip being organised by Pen-yFai W.I. to Labels Ross-on-Wye and then lunch at Ross-on-Wye Golf Club, which we had been invited to join. Barbara Rees manned a Bring and Buy Stall, which raised £85, we also had old Scrap Books for members to look at so members could get a view of how our W.I. performed in years gone by. On Thursday November 25th we are having a lunch as a welcome back to our W.I. after Covid this will be our Christmas meeting. There will be no meeting in December. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 5th January at 2pm at The Blandy Hall, Laleston. Prospective new members are welcome to join us. More information from Diane Marshall 01656 656600.

NEWTON WI Although depleted in number due to illness, we all enjoyed the November meeting, which comprised of ‘Cheese Tasting’ supplied by the Blaenavon Cheese Company, who also gave a very interesting and informative talk on their business. Pat gave an appropriate reading for Armistice Day about the ‘Unknown Warrior’ which was quite moving, and our President Jennifer laid a wreath on behalf of Newton WI, at the Cenotaph. We had a very successful Christmas Fayre on November 12th. despite the bad weather. Thanks to all who supported us and our members that worked so hard. Plans are now going ahead for the Carol Singing and Christmas Party on December 1st, which we are all looking forward to. M Freeman

THROUGH CHRISTIAN EYES In the English language we only have one word for love. Therefore, we can say “I love my spouse”, and in the next breathe say, “I love chocolate”. In the Greek language however they have four different words for love depending on what is being referred to. The words are 1. Storge, which means affection - maybe the sort between family members. 2. Philio, which means something like fondness that can exist between friends. 3. Eros, which is to do with romance. 4. Agape, which means unconditional love. Parents would certainly understand this kind of love toward their children. Agape is the word used in the bible when talking about God’s kind of love. God’s love is unconditional. It is always others centeredness and selfsacrificial. In fact the bible says that God is love (1 John 4 v 8). God loves because he is love. His love reaches out to you whether you know it or not. My encouragement to all this month is to get to know God and this kind of love. It’s this kind of love that could answer the problems we see in the world today. What would the world be like if everyone loved like God? Neil Harvey

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HISTORY MEET MY ANCESTORS Through my gateway ancestor Barbara Aubrey (1637 – 1711) I’ve traced the Stradling branch of my family tree back to Sir John d’Estratlinges, born c1240 in Strättligen, Kingdom of Arles, Switzerland. He married a niece of Otho de Grandson and they produced a son, my direct ancestor Peter de Stratelinges. Strättligen consisted of villages in the possession of the von Strättligen noble family, named after their home castle of Strättligburg. My ancestors ruled over much of western Bernese Oberland. Strättligburg was destroyed by the Bernese in 1332 and later generations of the Strättligens lost most of their possessions. Sir Peter de Stratelinges was born c1260 in Strättligen. He travelled to England with his father and in c1290 married Joan de Hawey, heiress of her brother, Thomas de Hawey. Their marriage produced two children: John Stradling and my direct ancestor Edward Stradling. Sir Peter was governor of Neath Castle and owned St. Donat’s Manor. The family intermarried with the noble families of Glamorgan and provided sheriffs and MPs. They became constables of local castles and throughout the late Middle Ages were prominent members of Glamorgan society. Hannah Howe, international bestselling author https:// hannah-howe.com Image: The Codex Manesse depicting the von Strättligen family arms.

PORTHCAWL WATER SUPPLY

In the inaugural meeting of the Porthcawl Urban District Council, in December 1894, it was decided to pump water from Y Ffynon Fawr to Porthcawl. This situation lasted for 8 years until water came from Craig-yr-Aber, near Margam, (see photo) and later from a service reservoir at Ty-Coch. The reservoir at Ty Coch when it was built included a Filter House which acted not only as a filter for impurities but also as a storage facility to provide for flows of water during demand periods at Porthcawl. Also, the elevated Braithwaite water tank at “RAF Stormy Down” (now demolished) had its supply pumped from Ty-Coch In 1955, the Ty Coch reservoir was connected to the Schwyll in Ogmore by Sea. The main which was 6 miles long and 48 | seaside news

cost £90,000 was capable of a maximum delivery of 1,500,000 gallons a day. By the 1980’s the MidGlamorgan Water Board instigated the water supply to all Porthcawl houses from Llyn Brianne, a man-made reservoir 6 miles upstream from Rhandirmwyn, just above Twm Sion Catti’s Cave. As Llyn Brianne was filtered close to source, and from a purer supply, there was no need for the Filter House or the reservoir at Ty-Coch, which was roofed over, sometime in the late 1970’s. Ceri Joseph

STUCHBERY’S – DRAPERS & MILLINERS The shop, at 34 Caroline Street, was opened in 1871 by a young woman called Constance Stuchbery. Born in 1847, her parents moved to Bridgend when she was a child where her father was an Inland Revenue officer. As a young girl she was a draper’s assistant in Benjamin Phillips’ Dunraven Place shop but in the early 1870s opened her own shop in Caroline Street. Her premises, at number 34, were called Emlyn House. Until around 1912, when she moved to Merthyr Mawr Road, she lived next door to the shop together with her two sisters and a few staff. She retired through ill health in 1927, handing the business over to her nephews. She died, unmarried, in 1939 at the age of 92. The business, which closed in 1972,h was a traditional drapers, and haberdashers, featured an American Lamson system, known as a cash railway. On making a purchase, the customer’s money was put into a container and clattered along wires to a central cash desk, with the change and receipt returning to the salesperson the same way. I found this fascinating and I cannot have been the only child to have urged my mother to buy something simply to see it working again. Ian Price Bridgend & District Local History Society

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FINANCE MONEY FOR CHRISTMAS

spark a collector’s hobby for yourself and family. Visit Rogers Jones Auctioneers website www.rogersjones.co.uk and check out what they’re selling these days in the way of Welsh Art and Artefacts. The last auction on 6th November had all manner of fabulous lots from Prints, Posters, Water Colours, Oil Paintings, Jewellery, Books, Watches, Sculpture, Furniture, Pottery, Rugby Memorabilia and lots more varying in value from £100 to £40,000. You can watch these sales live on line and bid as you go. Someone picked up an original Kevin Sinnott for a snip at £900. A signed cheque by Richard Burton for 100 dollars sold for £120, work that out! If all else fails there’s always chocolate money!

Well the easy one is give cash but it doesn’t take much thought or creativity. I have in the past given cash to grandchildren in the way of bank notes but cut them in half and told the recipient they can have the other half at Easter if they behave themselves. That’s called a ‘gift with reservation’! Another gift idea would be Premium Bonds. You can’t buy them in the Post Office anymore but they are easy to buy ‘on line’ and the minimum purchase is £100 if you’re feeling generous. First prize is £1,000,000 with two lucky winners every month, I’ve still to meet one. If you’re helping to build wealth then you can open a Junior Stocks & Shares ISA for a child. Money on its own is very sterile PHILIP VAUGHAN the fun here is helping them understand and buy shares and Director at Abacus Assurance track the results. If there’s more than one child then you have a Financial Services Ltd Porthcawl 01656 772222 thriving competition. Educational books on finance could be another step towards helping loved ones get an understanding of what happens in the financial world. Martin Lewis has published such a book called ‘Your Money Matters’ aimed at school children, you can download a copy for free but it’s not as good as the real book. There are lots more if you want to trawl the internet, books like ‘Investing for Dummies’, ‘Stock Market Investing’ for beginners, ‘The Naked Trader’ is a best seller but you won’t go wrong with any books penned by Warren Buffet one of the wealthiest investors ever. You might find buying creative gifts is far more stimulating especially as over time they’ll go up in value and you might just BCBC WE CARE AD SEAS NEWS 10.21.qxp_Layout 1 14/10/2021 13:38 Page 1

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THE FIGURES ARE OUT – FEELING DEFLATED? Or would that be inflated? At the time of writing this, we have just seen the figures on inflation, at 4.2%, a whopping increase to say the least and the highest for ten years. Little surprise though when the price of fuel has now reached around £1.50 a litre for the car, the cost of a typical shop is estimated to be around £8 a week more, plus a plethora of other items, all of which feed into the equation. Last month I mentioned the rise in mortgage rates and yes, interest rates have been steadily been edged upwards by lenders, yet the Bank of England held the base rate for another month at the current level. That may not be the same next month or after Christmas, so anyone with a mortgage or later life / equity release loan that could be reviewed now, should be. It costs nothing to find out and our phone here is very busy with people wanting to renew the mortgage with a fresh deal whilst the rise in rates is still yet to really gather speed, and that goes for the retired sector too, where some people are managing to slash their interest payments from the fixed rates that they took out some years ago. We have just managed to rearrange the rate for a couple in Porthcawl who were paying an eye-watering 7.79% rate, fixed for life and they now have a new arrangement at 3.22% fixed for life. Remember you may have to pay some kind of early repayment penalty to change lender, however, the massively lower interest rate should be of real benefit going forward, especially as people are living longer. We are computer-linked with all the lenders in the market and our sourcing systems will help determine the best course of action for you – you pay nothing to ask the questions and to find out the viability of changing schemes. For those of you with some years to retirement yet, if your fixed rate is coming to an end within the next three months, now is the time you should be looking to re-fix your mortgage borrowing, ahead of rates rising further. Once you have a new deal agreed, a lender will usually hold that rate for between three and six months, depending on the lender. We’ve had a good spell of low interest rates on borrowing and we may be able to help you extend that further. We have the answers, you could too. Call 01656 782545 or 07768 418308 to find out. PAUL FIELDING Dragon Financial 01656 782545 / 07768 418308

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LEGAL CHRISTMAS CONTACT ARRANGEMENTS

COHABITATION AND COMMON LAW MARRIAGE Many couples believe that moving in together creates a common law marriage, giving you the same rights as if you were married. It does not the concept of common law marriage has no legal validity in the UK. In reality, moving in together does not give you automatic rights to each other’s property, no matter how long you live together. Conversely, however, if a cohabiting couple separates and there are children involved, both cohabiting partners may have rights and responsibilities. Problems can occur, particularly when one of you moves into a property the other owns or rents. The property owner is the only one entitled to live there, anyone else can be asked to leave. Cohabiting couples have no legal duty to support each other financially, either while you are living together or if you separate. Nor do you automatically share ownership of your possessions, savings, investments and so on. Cohabiting partners have no automatic right to inherit if their partner dies, although they may be a beneficiary under the other’s will. If you are a beneficiary, any assets you receive may be subject to inheritance tax - there is no exemption for unmarried couples.

It is that time of year again when Christmas planning is underway, but if separated parents cannot agree on shared contact arrangements for their children, what should be a joyous and child-focused time often becomes stressful. If this is an issue, your options are to speak to a Solicitor, attend mediation, or if all else fails, make an application to the Court for an order to be made. However, the Court will not view resolving Christmas arrangements as an urgent issue, so it is important to plan ahead and not leave things until the last minute. Assuming there are no welfare concerns, the Court will normally take the view that it is in the children’s best interests to see both of their parents over the festive period. The Court will strive to order arrangements that are fair to both parents so it is highly unlikely the children will remain with one parent for the whole Christmas period. If you have very young children, thought may need to be given to whether they should wake up where they normally call ‘home’ as this is where children believe Father Christmas will visit. When children are older, a Court will often suggest that arrangements are alternated each year. This could be splitting Christmas Day in half and alternating each year who has the children for Christmas lunch. Or it could be that the children spend Christmas Day with one parent and Boxing Day with the other, and the following year the arrangements are swapped. Ideally, Christmas arrangements should be agreed upon early after separation or divorce. This makes planning much easier and everyone involved knows where they stand. Christmas is an extremely busy time so it is beneficial to all, especially the children, to have clear arrangements in place earlier on in the year. MADELINE RAND King Davies & Partners

If you have lived together ‘as man and wife’ for at least two years or if you can show that you were financially dependent on your partner, you can make a claim for a financial settlement even if you were not a beneficiary of the will. However, making a claim can involve a complex and expensive dispute with the other beneficiaries. If you owned your home together, the form of legal ownership has a major impact. If you owned your home as ‘joint tenants’, you will automatically continue to own the (entire) home if your partner dies. But if you were ‘tenants in common’, your partner’s share is dealt with under the terms of his or her will. Written agreements can help to protect you from potential risks if you separate or your partner dies.

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ARTS STAG’S WORLD OF ROCK Well, it’s my favourite time of the year again. By the time you read this, my tree would have been up a month. Xmas always reminds me of my late granddad. We called him “Spider Man” not because he was a hero but because he couldn’t get out of the bath by himself. Well that’s the joke done, now the music news. I gave you exclusive news a few months ago about a huge festival to be held on our doorstep next year. The “In It Together Festival”, which has a 40,000 capacity, will be held on 3rd-5th June 2022 at Newlands Farm, Margam. Some top chart-topping names have been announced, including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tinie Tempah, Scouting For Girls, The Hoosiers, Soul 2 Soul, The Vaccines, Gabrielle and more names to be added. The family-friendly event also has stages for circus, comedy and alternative styles of entertainment, plus a camping site. Get your tickets now! Finally, thanks to my minders, Mat at the magazine for giving us a voice with the columns, and all you contributors with your music news. Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Stag Marks 07549 728356 Photo: Stag Marks

A FILM MAKER’S POINT OF VIEW

I have been fortunate to have a volunteer assistant helping for the last year or so on my Llandow Air Disaster film; Louise Jones, a highly competent stills photographer herself, has been keeping a behind-the-scenes photographic record of the production as well as assisting with carrying the movie camera gear and being involved in scene composition. On a documentary film, it is often necessary to work quickly to keep up with the action and traditional movie cameras, which shoot film rather than digital, are by nature slow to set up and require a light meter to obtain the correct lens aperture. A measuring tape is frequently used to set or check focus. Nothing on an Arriflex 35 2B is automatic. When we shot some scenes in Pontardawe recently – two of the 54 | seaside news

disaster’s victims came from the town, and I am doing a roundup of places affected – I thought it was time to give Louise a chance to operate the camera, so I showed her how the light meter worked and we spent a few minutes debating how the shots should be composed, then she took her place behind the viewfinder to run the shots. Anthony Hontoir Downwood Films 07510 934299 Picture: Louise Jones at the camera (photo: Anthony Hontoir)

PORTHCAWL MALE CHOIR Mair Jones, our Musical Director, has recently retired after 32 years dedicated service to the choir. A farewell evening was held at the High Tide to thank Mair for all her hard work over the years. We are pleased to announce that Alec Brooks will replace Mair as our new MD. Alec is well known to the choir and stood in for Mair on numerous occasions. Liz Cree has also joined us as an accompanist. We are very excited to publicly perform for the first time since the pandemic, at a wedding in November. This is first of many performances planned between now and Christmas and includes a number of our favourites including the RNLI Carol Service and the Stroke Club Christmas Dinner. We have also been invited by the Town Council to sing at the bandstand on the late-night shopping evening on the 25th November. Come along and see us. If you’re looking to have a great start to your festive season, why don’t you join us for an evening of Carols at ‘All Saints Church’ 7pm on the 18th of December? We are always looking to welcome now choristers. If you’re interested, please contact us on contact@pothcawlmalechoir. co.uk or Noel Williams on 07902 333559.

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PYLE & PORTHCAWL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY We recently held our annual Dennis Lines Memorial Competition, judged this year by Ralph Snook from Bristol. It was another very close competition with some excellent entries. We had 5 20s awarded on the night, all worthy of winning the competition, so the judge had to decide the overall winning entry and he narrowly chose “Jay in the rain” by Geoffrey Baker 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 join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm at St Clare’s School, Newton CF36 5NR Our meetings are held within the social distancing rules and guidelines. Our program is available at www.pyle-porthcawl-ps.co.uk. Geoff Baker

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Here we are in December, preparing for the fast approaching Christmas season. There are still some things to be done in the garden to prepare for those cold January days. Make sure pots are raised to prevent frost damage; outside taps should be isolated from the mains and lagged. Remember to fill bird feeders, put out fat balls to sustain our feathered friends. Make sure Brussels sprouts are secured to prevent wind damage. Deciduous shrubs and trees can still be planted and make sure your roses are pruned back to prevent winds from uprooting them. I will be out shortly with my secateurs raiding my shrubs for greenery to bedeck my Christmas arrangements, a little bit of my garden inside to cheer the festive season. We at the Garden Club would like to thank all those who supported our Christmas Fayre it is very much appreciated. The much needed funds will enable us to install our new windows and as soon as we are able open up to more activities we will announce our New Year program of events. We would like to wish all of our Members and supporters our very best wishes for a Happy & Healthy Christmas and a green and prosperous New Year! Susan Ford

December can be quiet month in the garden but there are still things to be done! With limited daylight hours as we approach the shortest day of the year we must make the best of them. The wintery weather can be strikingly beautiful and bitterly cold in equal measures! A nice bit of gardening will keep you warm! Get pruning, roses, wisteria and Japanese maples will all benefit from a good winter prune. Hang your bird feeder next to your roses; to attract hungry birds our lovely feathered friends will soon see off any over wintering pests! Dig a trench ready for next years beans, fill it with compostable kitchen waste (not cooked food) then cover with soil, this will rot down and dramatically improve growing conditions lots of fab beans to look forward to! If by chance we have a mild winter, I’m very sorry but you will have to keep cutting the lawn, on high blades of course (the only good reason to hope for a harsh winter) December’s flower is the Narcissus; this represents good wishes, hope and wealth, lovely! Don’t worry about the size of your Christmas tree; in the eyes of children they are all 30ft tall! Chris Early

PORTHCAWL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT SOCIETY At the time of writing we are looking forward to our Practice night mid November when we will be learning to make Christmas wreaths and swags. This was held in Arlington road church at 7.30pm and this is the location and time for all future Practice nights and demonstrations. We were delighted with our Open Evening earlier this month where we enjoyed a beautiful display of festive floral arrangements by Elizabeth Gordon the current chairman of our NAFAS Area. Lucky raffle winners were able to take home the displays and the more adventurous can make their own versions at home. Since we started back after Covid we have been overwhelmed by local interest and are delighted to have 23 new members join us. In December we have our Christmas meal in the Grove Golf Club, preceded by a short AGM. Our next meeting is an afternoon tea also at the Grove • Grass Cutting on 26th January. Terry Walton • Hedge Trimming the radio gardener will be our • Tree Services • Turfing guest speaker. • Decorative Gravel If you would like to join our • Fencing group and for further details of our full programme and events please consult our Facebook page or ring 01656 222985. RELIABLE LOCAL SERVICE Alison Thomas, Club Secretary Call Rhys Home: 01656 745560 Mobile: 07854 911166 Mobile: 07805 138819

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Rydym ni’n edrych am wirfoddolwyr gyda sgiliau cyfathrebu ardderchog a diddordeb mewn theatre a’r celfyddydau i ymuno â ni wrth i ni groesawi pobl yn ôl i Bafiliwn y Grand. Hoffwch chi wybod mwy? E-bost box.office@awen-wales.com

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Welcome to the Nipper Section Our club’s Nipper section are aged between 7-13. 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).

If you would like your child to learn important lifesaving 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.

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We are delighted to announce that the 57th Christmas Morning Swim will be going ahead this year. We ask you all to join us and Paint the Town Red to celebrate whilst also marking 20 years of our headline charity Wales Air Ambulance. Last year’s virtual event raised an incredible £8,900 for Wales Air Ambulance and 22 other local causes. Let’s see if we can beat that this year. Registration will open online shortly or you can register on the day – follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the details. Or you can visit our website: christmasswim.org See you on the beach – wearing something red! Lucy

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Bus Times Saturday 11th December 2021 2-3pm Newcastle Ward 3-4pm Morfa Ward 4-5pm Oldcastle Ward In the event of inclement weather, and the bus is unable to travel on Saturday 11th, we have made provision for the event to take place at the same times on Sunday 12th December 2021. For queries please contact: carnegiehouse@bridgend.gov.uk


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