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LETTERS REGENERATION, REGENERATION, REGENERATION Dear Editor, In the past Porthcawl was a place that many folk visited to enjoy a day out or holiday at the seaside. All the regeneration schemes that come from BCBC appear to focus on increasing the number of buildings in our town, perhaps to generate extra council tax? A few years ago the idea was to build some 1200 dwellings on the land behind Hillsboro place, through Salt Lake car park and even some of Griffin Park. The state of the town center is disgraceful!  After rain, take a walk around the busy shopping area around the co-op shop on Lias Road and try to dodge the puddles on the pavement there and at the road junctions (I did write to BCBC in May 2019 on this point). I live in the old part of town and consider the council tax extortionate. So when I see the deterioration of the town, especially the Porthcawl Hotel, Glamorgam Holiday Hotel, Cosy Corner and cracked paving I have to wonder where does all the council tax money from Porthcawl go? Remember Bridgend town center was once a thriving place and is now a ghost town. Please don’t let this happen to Porthcawl. John Finney, Porthcawl

BRIAN SAUNDERS - AN APPRECIATION I always called him Mr Porthcawl Badminton. I refer to Brian Saunders who died in the Princess of Wales Hospital on February 6, aged 84. He was there for a course of intravenous antibiotics for a badly infected leg but contracted coronavirus. Brian contributed so much to the Porthcawl community in such a wide variety of fields. However, he will be particularly remembered for his involvement in badminton. He was a founder member of the Porthcawl club. A local leading figure in the sport described his contribution over the last 27 years as “outstanding, especially in the coaching of juniors.’’ There are literally hundreds of people who owe so much to his never diminished enthusiasm and infinite patience. His adult colleagues always enjoyed his company until ill-health meant he was unable to participate in recent times. But he never lost interest in his beloved club and was determined to return one day. Even having a leg amputated did not alter his attitude. “I can always hit a few shots from my wheelchair!“ he insisted. Such determination, such dedication. We shall eventually return to playing at the Porthcawl comprehensive school sports hall on Thursday evenings… but it will never be the same without Brian. Dave Bush, Chairman    Porthcawl Badminton Club

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REGENERATION PLANS PORTHCAWL Dear Editor, To the best of my knowledge the meaning of regeneration is the enhancement of an area for the benefit of future generations. Can anyone explain to me why building a supermarket and five storey apartments blocks on Salt Lake car park will give pleasure to future generations? If this crazy idea materialises then where are the day-trippers and residents going to park their cars to visit Porthcawl? At least 70% of Salt Lake car park should be resurfaced and designated to parking. The remaining 30% should be used for leisure alone. On many occasions in the summer months there is a tail back of cars queuing to get into Salt Lake car park as far back as the Laleston roundabout. This plan is not regeneration it is urbanization. The Bridgend County Council states that they need the money from the plan to kick start regeneration. Twenty years ago, the council closed the caravan park at Sandy Bay, in the name of regeneration. If they had sold the land at Sandy Bay for building twenty years ago then they would have accumulated millions of pounds in community charges from the hundreds of houses that could have been built on Sandy Bay. That land is worth mega millions of pounds. If they sold the land now it would pay for a new promenade, sea defences, a resurfaced car park at Salt Lake and leisure facilities for future generations to enjoy. The only leisure facility Porthcawl seafront provides is Griffin Park, which is totally inadequate. Approximately twenty years ago I attended a packed public meeting in the Seabank Hotel regarding regeneration. When one of the council’s representatives stated that their plan was to build a supermarket on Salt Lake, there was an outcry of objections. There was not one person in the meeting that agreed with the ridiculous idea and we haven’t changed our minds. In recent years Port Talbot and Barry have had millions of pounds spent on regenerating their seafronts, and not a supermarket in sight. May be representatives from Bridgend County Council should visit the above-mentioned seafronts to understand the meaning of regeneration. I cannot understand why our local MP and councillors are sitting back and letting this travesty happen. When they want our votes, they come knocking at our doors; they should be knocking on our doors with petitions objecting to these obscene plans. We are living in a democracy and Porthcawl residents should have their say. When is the public meeting on regeneration going to happen? I believe the majority of people living in Porthcawl are very angry over these plans and feel we are being sold down the river. I understand that the new Sunnyside development Bridgend has secured a £315,000 funding from the Welsh Government as part of a Transforming Towns Green space initiative. Has anyone on the council considered applying for a grant for his or her poor relations in Porthcawl? I thought Porthcawl was ‘the jewel in the crown’? Urbanising its seafront is a strange way to treat your ‘jewel’. Dorothy Bugden, Porthcawl

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BOOKS NEW BOOKS AT PORTHCAWL LIBRARY THE BURNING GIRLS FICTION C J Tudor THE COFFIN MAKER’S GARDEN Stuart MacBride THE RELUCTANT HEIRESS Dilly Court A TIME TO LIE Simon Berthon ALL THAT GLITTERS Danielle Steel A WOMAN’S PROMISE Anna Jacobs SPIN Patricia Cornwell NYPD RED 6 James Patterson BLOTTO, TWINKS MAHARAJAH’S JEWEL Simon Brett ONE AUGUST NIGHT Victoria Hislop

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KATE BLADON Facebook: PorthcawlLibrary | PyleLibrary Porthcawl Library Tel: 01656 754845 | 01656 754850 Email: porthcawl.library@awen-wales.com pyle.library@awen-wales.com Porthcawl Library will undergo a small renovation next month, thanks to a grant from the Local Government Cultural Service Fund (Welsh Government Culture and Sport Division). The library will be closed to the public from Monday 1st March to allow for the improvement works to be carried out safely and in line with current Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. It is anticipated that the library will reopen on Monday 15th March, either with a ‘book and collect’ service or for browsing and borrowing, subject to the Welsh Government alert level in place at that time. The renovation will involve rearranging and redecorating the front half of the library, to increase the size of the children’s library and move the public computers to a space with more privacy and closer to the printing facilities. The reception desk is also being moved to alleviate the ‘bottle neck’ it often creates near the library entrance, and to add more space for customers to browse for books, particularly when social distancing measures must be observed.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF WILLIAM TAYLOR by Lucy Richards

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In the age of digital footprints, is it possible to disappear? And how long would it take to notice someone is missing? When his wife May is taken into hospital after a serious fall during a competitive run, Chris Morrison does what anyone would do in a crisis: he phones his family. His son Mikey answers, but his daughter Ruth doesn’t. She’s always been distant, often working abroad for long stretches and communicating via social media. When Chris realises nobody has had direct contact with his daughter in nine months, he faces every parent’s nightmare – is Ruth missing, or worse? And with his wife in a coma and his daughter missing, suspicions fall on the family – and Chris himself. This is a deftly written thriller with a twist that is well hidden and smart. But this book is also quite heart-breaking in its own way and will leave a reader with much more to think about than the red herrings thrown in their way. The Edinburgh setting is almost a character in itself: atmospherically described and evocatively written. My thriller, Sleepless, is out in ebook, audio and paperback now.


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My step up for January challenge was just that, a challenge, but I did it and I cannot tell you 1, how pleased I am that I did it and 2, it’s over. It is actually harder than what you think. There were days I didn’t want to go out and do my steps, but I always felt healthier when I did them. Thank you to those who took part and for those who helped me complete my steps. We still don’t know whether or not we’ll be putting our annual charity ball on in May, so please do watch this space. We would really love to hear any fundraising ideas any of you may have but they’ll need to be COVID safe ideas. Don’t forget why we do all of this fundraising. We do it to help those who are going through treatment for Cancer. We help with things like gas, electric, council tax etc. All the bills that do still need to be paid. Please do keep an eye out on our social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Which reminds me to mention if you could get your family and friends to like us on these platforms it helps to spread the word of what we do. Anyway, do not forget to keep looking after yourselves as well as your friends, families and neighbours, wear those masks and keep a social distance. The sooner we adhere to the rules the sooner we can get back to normal fundraising. I just thought I would leave you with a quote I’ve recently seen which can be for anyone going through any difficult situation not just cancer and it’s this…….. When we long for life without difficulties, remember that oaks grow strong in contrary winds, and diamonds are made under pressure. Nicky, Emma & Cath Trustees

How would you feel if a friend, family member or stranger said those words to you today? Instead of having to listen to someone else’s opinion coming from the TV, radio, phone or device you heard ‘You may be right’ instead. If you think you would be grateful to hear this, why not offer the phrase to another first. Maybe when you are having one of those days when you are experiencing conflict, perhaps with someone close to you who likes to argue or prove a point. Instead of engaging in the discussion cut it short and say to them, ‘You may be right’. They will then feel they have won and you will have ended the argument and walk away to spend time doing something you enjoy. What are the activities that you enjoy? Would you like to spend more time with your loved ones, pets, gardening, walking, reading, dancing, crafting, day dreaming? What do you like to do but have stopped and now takes too much effort to begin again? When we stop doing activities that bring joy we are left with work and other stressors and feel exhausted. Every day you choose. Margaret Brown

MIND CONTROL Is your mind always right? We act in such a way that is consistent with what we believe deep in our subconscious. Our mind learns through our experiences and thoughts, seeking the familiar options with known outcomes. However, what happens when those beliefs cause us pain? When the priority is to prevent the greatest threat occurring we can inadvertently cause other harm. Fear of rejection for example encourages avoidance, and avoidance can be easily triggered by illness. Physical symptoms have very real implications but when these are underpinned by psychological reinforcements, they can be changed. There would be no placebo effect if the mind had no say over the physical and yet few of us consider how we can bring this to its greatest effect. The beliefs of what we are capable of surround us through our genetics, environment and upbringing laying deep foundations, but these are always open to interpretation. Once we focus on any underlying connections, we can challenge them. With this understanding comes a much greater ability to act. Hypnotherapy helps re-programme your subconscious mind to release those beliefs no longer serving you and move forward with what you want to achieve. Find out more at www.youraffinity.co.uk

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The Group continues to help the community. Over the winter months our volunteers assisted Porthcawl Medical Centre with marshals for the flu vaccination and with the current roll out of the covid vaccination. Volunteers continue to shop for the vulnerable in the COOP on a daily basis. The COOP have employed some of our volunteers within store and increased their home delivery system to meet the demand. Our Ward Managers continue to assist with the more vulnerable in Porthcawl, arranging collection of prescriptions and delivery of medication. We have implemented a project to assist school children with home learning and some of the older residents with tech equipment for communicating with family and friends. We are extremely grateful to the community for donating old computers and laptops, which our Techguy Steve Flett has been upgrading with the necessary hardware and software compatible for use in Schools. We are grateful to our MP Jamie Wallis for the supply of laptops for the community. We have been raising funds to upgrade all of this equipment and this will be ongoing on our Justgiving page. We have received substantial donations to our Justgiving campaign. If you can help or need help please contact us on www.Porthcawlc19s.weebly.com or on 771457. Kerry Marlow

Porthcawl...Love it, don’t trash it continues to evolve adding innovative new ideas targeting plastics/ litter with volunteers working from the new Rest Bay hub supported by BCBC cleaner streets newly created Community Engagement Team. New initiatives include: trialing several large recycling bins in specific areas to see how various recyclable litter can be collected. This will then lead into the Big Fish Project working with Naturequest which involves collecting all hard plastics from the beach and seafront areas and placing for collection in a giant dolphin like structure made from metal and other forms of recycled material which will be based along the seafront. It is planned to employ an artist to make the structure and it is hoped that the comprehensive school will be involved. The team has 8 months to put the project together for a funding application. New Hi Viz tops with the “Love it, don’t trash it “ logo enhances the project identity and also recognises the work the volunteers are undertaking. Thank you to our volunteers, residents, visitors and cleaner streets team for your support for this project which has made a huge difference in Porthcawl and which is now being rolled out throughout the borough.

HUGE THANKS TO OUR VACCINATION TEAMS Last month, the Welsh Government hit the first milestone in its vaccination programme of offering a first vaccination to the top four priority groups in Wales. I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all involved in the vaccine roll out, for their incredible efforts. The Health Minister has said that take-up amongst these groups has been incredibly high. It was a pleasure to be invited by the local health board, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, to visit Bridgend’s community vaccination centre to see just a small part of the set-up. During my brief visit, the centre was busy with lots of people coming and going. Speaking to some of the vaccination team, it was good to hear that there were no, no-shows, and that everyone who was given an appointment had their vaccination. It was very well organised, very efficient and I would like to thank all the team there for their truly heroic efforts. The Welsh Government is already looking ahead to meeting its next milestone as it now moves its focus to priority groups five to nine. They will start by offering appointments to people in groups five and six. Carwyn Jones, MS for Bridgend CARWYN JONES MS for Bridgend

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COUNCILLOR BRIAN JONES Mayor of Porthcawl

VACCINATION SUCCESS As I write this, Wales has just been declared the first of the UK nations to have vaccinated everyone within the top four priority groups. That’s over 100,000 people across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board region, more than 30,000 of whom are residents of Bridgend County Borough. This fantastic result is a sure sign of confidence in our national approach to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Following a temporary closure to allow vaccination centres to be repurposed and for suitable stocks of the vaccine to be prepared, work is underway on phase two of the programme, which is focusing on the next set of priority groups. As part of this, a second vaccination centre has been established at Maesteg Sports Centre to join the existing facility based at the Ravens Court building in Bridgend. Mobile testing also continues to be available, and I strongly urge people to keep using this wherever appropriate. Even with the vaccine rolling out, it is going to take some time before the pandemic is confirmed as being finally over, and we are going to need to continue to follow official guidance for some time yet. To find out more, visit the coronavirus page at the council’s website. COUNCILLOR HUW DAVID Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council Tel 01656 643643 www.bridgend.gov.uk


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NEWS NEW ROAD IMPROVEMENTS FOR HEOL MOSTYN Work will start on road safety improvements later this month at Heol Mostyn in Pyle. The £540,000 improvements will focus on the junction with the A48, and are being carried out as part of the development of an all-new community recycling centre on the Village Farm Industrial Estate. Designed to improve congestion and increase the flow of traffic around the estate, the works will introduce a new dedicated lane for turning into and out of Heol Mostyn, a new traffic island, traffic signals and full carriageway resurfacing. At the same time, the new recycling centre will feature bays for 24 cars at a time, and on-site queuing capacity for 72 vehicles. With a split-level system enabling access to higher-sided recycling containers and bypass lanes to allow better movement, the site will also feature a re-use shop similar to the one based at the Maesteg community recycling centre, which is run by Wastesavers – a really useful facility which ensures that items in good condition can be resold at low prices to benefit local good causes. Both the road safety improvements and the new recycling centre should be ready for use this summer – for more information, visit the recycling page at www.bridgend.gov.uk COUNCILLOR HYWEL WILLIAMS Deputy Leader Bridgend County Borough Council Tel: 01656 643643 www.bridgend.gov.uk

BACK TO THE FUTURE? How many of you remember the Promenade Princess? This was the brightly painted land-train, which used to run along Porthcawl’s seafront up to Rest Bay during the summer. It was a source of great excitement for the children on board and many of the mums, dads, grans and grandpas also on the train secretly enjoyed a nostalgic trip back to their own childhoods. I am told that for many years there was another train that ran on tracks along the edge of Salt Lake parallel to the Eastern Promenade. It even had its own “tunnel” through a very unrealistic-looking rocky hillside. That train was relegated to the scrap yard decades ago but the Promenade Princess is far more recent, finally ending its runs in 2008. So news that BCBC has advertised for an operator to run a similar train while welcome – and fun – is not a replacement for the lost Maritime Centre. BCBC needs a modern, ambitious tourism strategy for the borough, which recognises the role Porthcawl should play in this under-exploited part of the Welsh economy. Treating it as a convenient corner of Wales to help Welsh Government meet its housing targets is not that strategy. SUZY DAVIES MS Welsh Conservative Party www.suzydavies.com

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MAKING SURE PUPILS DO NOT MISS OUT Thousands of devices ranging from laptops and PCs to Chromebooks and tablets have been distributed to schools since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. As part of Welsh Government’s Hwb project, local schools have taken receipt of more than 4,500 new devices since February 2020, and a further 2,000 are scheduled to be provided by March 2021. The equipment is designed to be used both within schools and at home to support pupils who may not otherwise have access to computers or WI-FI. The Hwb project is supporting Bridgend County Borough Council’s efforts to ensure that children can benefit from a continuity of learning despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This has resulted in the purchase of more than 500 new laptops, 300 dongles for home internet access, and the rebuilding of 550 older laptops. As a result, no child has had to miss out on their education while staying safe at home, and they have been able to remain in touch with teachers and friends. These are some of the most challenging circumstances that schools have ever had to face, and I would like to congratulate everyone who has helped to deliver this project for local children. COUNCILLOR CHARLES SMITH Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration Bridgend County Borough Council 01656 643643 www.bridgend.gov.uk

NEW SCHEME HELPS PEOPLE INTO JOBS I have written to hundreds of businesses urging them to offer young people placements under the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme. This has been set up to enable employers to take on young people aged between 16 and 24, who are on Universal Credit, in a six-month placement, which is fully funded by the UK Government. This will cover 100 per cent of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week. Employers can top up the hours if they choose and they will also receive a £1500 grant per placement to cover the set-up costs. In return, employers will give young people valuable experience of work while helping their long term prospects with things like career advice, support for interviews and also teaching them new skills. I hope employers will take advantage of this new scheme, which has just opened to applications. This is a chance to have young people work in your business whilst giving them a chance to gain experience of a working environment. “Those businesses interested should get in touch with me on my e-mail, which is Jamie.Wallis.MP@parliament.UK I will give them whatever assistance I can with the application process. JAMIE WALLIS MP for Bridgend

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NOTTAGE PRIMARY NEWS Pupils, parents and staff at Nottage have been coping brilliantly throughout this spring term with daily check-ins, video and interactive lessons, creating home learning packs and on-site provision for those whose parents are working right on the frontline. We need to say a big ‘thank you’ to our lovely cleaners who are putting in hours above and beyond to keep us all super safe. We’d also like to thank the Porthcawl Covid-19 Strategy Group for their donation of refurbished PC’s, laptops and tablets to help our digitally excluded learners access their Google Classroom and connect with their peers and teachers. On February 1st we had a virtual whole school assembly to launch Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme was ‘Express Yourself’ and we enjoyed seeing the variety of creative ways our learners chose to express their thoughts and feelings on Google Classroom and our on-site provision. It was lovely to see whole families engaged with this theme and we know their creative positivity will carry them through these challenging times and beyond. Why not take a leaf out the Nottage book and find a creative way to express yourself? We continue to put a brave face on every day of the term and to everyone who hasn’t felt okay lately, you have got yourself up every day and refused to quit. Stay strong. Tel.: 01656 815540 Email/ebost: admin.nottageprimary@bridgend.gov.uk Website/Gwefan: www.nottageprimary.co.uk

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PORTHCAWL COMPREHENSIVE NEWS The MFL Department would like to say a bit well done and thank you to our Year 9 pupils for producing some excellent Berlin Wall graffiti for our Divided Germany topic. Twinkl, a well-known education site has told us that they were absolutely “blown away” by the amazing work produced by our “thoughtful and talented students” and will be featuring their work as part of their Berlin Wall Memorial Project. Many congratulations to Year 13 pupil Nia Clatworthy who has signed up to attend Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in September. She has been awarded a full sports and academic scholarship and will compete for the university on the track and at cross country for the next 4 years. Nia has been an outstanding and dedicated athlete during her time at PCS and we wish her well and feel certain that she will make the most of her exciting opportunity. Pupils are working hard at their Eisteddfod entries, both on and off stage at the moment, with the majority of traditional competitions still running, albeit in a virtual way. We are planning to produce a final showcase that we will be able to share with pupils and staff via Google drive. Andrew Slade, Head Teacher

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I had my Oxford Covid jab And I was quite content It guaranteed immunity At sixty- two percent The odds are not that great But I wasn’t really sore Until I saw the German one With ninety percent or more But I just shrugged my shoulders And thought it was Okay Until my Missus got the needle Earlier today And I asked her what she got And she told me it was Pfizer So she got Crystal champers And I got bloody Tizer sent from my iPad Jim Kyle, North Cornelly

Precious memories, long forgotten Fragrance of a wild rose Or a hidden bank of violets Hidden there for the one who knows Fragrance rare for some proud beauty Or Grandmama’s sweet lavender All of these awaking memory Carrying us back to days of yore There are other scents and flavours Wafting sweet nostalgia now Wood smoke carries me to far lands Lowly homes of long ago Scents hark back to Grandma’s kitchen Salty tang to distant shore Precious memories long forgotten Waked by scent to live once more   But there’s fragrance stored in heaven Precious nard from broken jar Patient priests, whose daily offering is Treasured there for evermore Precious oil from press of suffering Of saints and martyrs safely stored While from the pain of our obedience Sweet perfume still wafts abroad.  Pauline Lewis, Porthcawl

Before the pandemic we lived full and free We met all our friends for lunch and for tea We ate with bare hands, which caused us no fear We hugged and we kissed with those who were dear Shopping was easy and sometimes a pleasure Hobbies and sports once filled all our leisure Touching our families, the old and the small Sharing our joys and sorrows with all But now we are living in other strange lands No touching, no hugging and washing our hands Having to keep a safe social distance Trying to create a wall of resistance Working from home with no daily commute No jacket, no tie, just a shabby jumpsuit With all the kids home there’s no peace and quiet Can’t get the work done because of this riot! The months have passed by to the end of the year The virus lives on; we’re all full of fear I’m yearning to mingle, to travel and roam But just have to sit here alone in my home Better to stay home and go with the flow When your neighbour might kill you by saying ‘Hello’ But now there’s a vaccine, at last there’s a cure Our destiny’s safe, our future secure. John Davies, Eglwys Nunydd, Margam

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FIRE THE POWER OF LOVE Love is a word we’ve all heard of, Most experience it every day, The love for a child or a parent, Is a strong one wouldn’t you say? The powers of Mother Nature, Will ease you if you’re feeling tense, The hug of a tree, the sweet scent of flowers, The energy’s really immense. But the feelings of love for a partner, Is the one that most comes to mind, The one that we seek in our lifetime, It’s really quite one of a kind. And if you are lucky to find it, Your soul partner, a mirror of you, Don’t forget to give thanks to the powers that be, For without them what would we do? Marilyn Cook, Bridgend

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Yellow flame orange flame – red hot embers – exquisite pain Auspicious fire, holy fire, spiritual fire, Tendrils of smoke reach higher and higher – funeral pyre Spark of life spark of death No more to breathe this sacred breath We roast this food reward of graft And slate with ale our infinite thirst Inhale of earth gives inner peace Communal laughter communal feast The smoke is sweet birch-wood and incense of lavender The trees spin around and the dancing gets faster The sun shines down the moon will soon And stars appear one by one Solar eye lunar eye Earthly Mother Father Sky Solstice day and Solstice night Bursting down this burning light Orchestra of birdsong beautiful melody Perfect harmony – righteous duty – insanity Eating wood eating branch – brown to white a holy dance Magical time, magical spell, This Heaven descends – the Love never ends The Angels are here: I do not feel fear. Jonathan Bucke, Cefn Glas

LIFE STORY I’m writing my life story, Making rough notes from my past. I’ll leave it for my children, So my memories may last. I’ve looked at those old photos, Baby, toddler, little girl. Memories swirls around me, Leaving my mind in a whirl. After that will come my schooldays, Then my marriage, children sweet. I’d best get back to jotting, There’s a lifetime to complete. Judy Dee, Porthcawl


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FEATURES BRIDGEND SOROPTIMIST NEWS

Bridgend Soroptimist Club held a very entertaining Zoom Meeting on 20th January when Dean Powell joined them and related his varied and accomplished career as Journalist, Author, Broadcaster, Guest Speaker and Vocalist. An expert on local history in the Llantrisant area where he has lived all his life his love of the life of Dr William Price is well documented. His experiences as a journalist early in his career enabled him to interview a host of Hollywood stars including the great Gregory Peck. It was a really fun evening. Don’t forget our Virtual Dog Show which runs from 14th February to 14th March. Submit your photos before it is too late. Which category does your best canine friend fit? Saddest, best dressed, cutest, scruffiest or funniest? Come on - have a go!” Eileen Bayley, Publicity Officer

THROUGH CHRISTIAN EYES Dear all, I hope and pray you are well in these strange times. This month I would like to say something about the incarnation of Jesus. Surgeons will tell you of a medical term that’s called ‘incarning’. This is when a piece of flesh or skin is taken from one part of the body and put on another part, that has been damaged in some way. The flesh or skin that is applied then brings healing to the damaged part. When Jesus, (who is the Son of God) became human and took on flesh, a healing process started for broken humanity. He faced everything we will ever face and became victorious over it, ultimately proving that in his resurrection. Even death has been swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15 v 54). So, when we come into relationship with Jesus and become united with him, his life starts to flow into our life, giving us victory over all the troubles of the world. Some are still there but we stand in a different position facing them. In Christ, we can face the world strongly, victoriously and knowing the hope of eternal life with God. Today is your day to come to relationship with Jesus. Just reach out to him and talk to him about it. NEIL HARVEY Through Christian Eyes

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KIDNEY WALES FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE The Porthcawl Fundraising Committee of Kidney Wales has recently donated funds to purchase a specialised Blood Pressure Monitor for University Hospital of Wales Transplant Unit. This piece of equipment was purchased in memory of Vice Chairman Judith French who very sadly passed away in November 2020. Judith had been a patient of the Transplant Unit and was passionate about fundraising for Kidney Research. Over the years she helped organize many events such as Ascot Ladies Day in the Hi Tide, Porthcawl, Coffee Mornings and Craft sales, which raised thousands of pounds for the Charity. The Transplant Unit at UHW and the Dialysis Unit in Llantrisant benefited from many donations of equipment, which improved the experience of patients during their treatment. Judith will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  Kathryn Roper

BRIDGEND TOWN TWINNING ASSOCIATION B.T.T.A. recently held their Annual General Meeting for 2021. Due to current restrictions this meeting was held electronically via Zoom, which was obviously a first for many of us. Mr Adrian Kendall (Chair) outlined the activities of the last year which, of course due to Covid 19, were cut short last March. We were able to host our student exchange from Villenave d’Ornon in France in February 2020, before lockdown measures were introduced. As always this was a successful week with lots of activities planned, highlighting Welsh culture and history. Mr Kendall wished to thank local families, who hosted the students with a warm Welsh welcome and also thanked Mrs M. Walters (Secretary of B.T.T.A.) and Mrs Debra Walsh (Head of Modern Languages at Brynteg School) for arranging the programme of events. After discussion all officers agreed to remain in post for 2021. Mrs Walters told the meeting that she had received news from Villenave d’Ornon regarding a Zoom conference in March to discuss future twinning links for the period 2021-2026. We look for forward to planning ahead with our European friends. If anyone would like to join us please contact our secretary, Mrs Walters on 02920892011. We would love to hear from you. Anne Kendall, PR Secretary

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Over the last year, we have all had to adjust to a new normal but one of the memories I will take from this fraught time is how generous people have been with their time, money, and resources. Bridgend Labour Women’s Forum has been collecting toiletries for the Women’s Refuge and we have been overwhelmed by the response. Many women arrive at refuges with only the clothes on their back. Taking a shower or bath and being able to wash your hair and brush your teeth are so important when someone has been through a traumatic experience. Sarah Murphy asks, “If you have gift sets or toiletries you no longer need, think about donating them. It will make such a difference to someone in need. Please get in touch and help someone make a fresh start. We are collecting throughout the Bridgend area and you can choose to drop off near you or one of us will collect.” Finally, if this affects you, then look out for the ANI poster at any pharmacy. #LiveFearFree #AskANI To contact Bridgend Labour Women’s Forum please email: bridgend.labour.women@gmail.com. Elaine Winstanley 07493 933690 Women’s Officer Bridgend CLP Women’s Forum

What did we talk about before jabs and vaccines? The weather?  Hopefully, March has already moved us on so we can forget how bitterly cold February was.   Have our memories been wiped by Covid?  A friend asked today whether I remembered how we used to do something? I said I couldn’t remember except Scrabble or doing jigsaws and even Scrabble is on computer, but I play Scrabble with good friends I didn’t even know liked Scrabble pre covid and with my Grandson.  Grandsons in my experience usually play Scrabble after Monopoly, only in the Christmas holidays.  Computers are reserved for games Grandmas wouldn’t want to play, like Pokemon although you can if you want to, even do a jigsaw on computer. I already do too much on my computer, but I did before covid! It’s not what I want to do.  I want to meet a friend and walk on the beach and have lunch out. Do you remember lunch out? I cannot walk on the beach, I have the river and make do with that but am still jealous of those of you who can walk on the beach. We are getting closer to being free? Stay safe - we will meet again. Sally A Corbett

PORTHCAWL ROTARY ROUNDUP Who would have thought that the Rotary Porthcawl would be meeting virtually? Surely an “Old Boys’ Luncheon Club” would never cope with the technological advances that come so naturally to three-year-olds? And yet here we all are on Zoom! We meet every Monday at noon for an hour. Out of a total membership of 40 members, 30 of us have been seen on the screen. And, if you look carefully, you will see that many of our members are ladies. Gradually the image of Rotary is changing to keep pace with the society it serves. Our club is 70 years old this year and yet the motto we adopt is ageless: “Service before Self”. We have not been able to meet face to face nor been able to run our usual events but we are constantly looking to support our community. We reported last month on our donation to KPC. We sent funds to Madagascar to equip a school and we support the Doctor Bank initiative, which sends doctors and nurses to Africa. If you would like to know more about Rotary and its activities please come and join us on Mondays. Contact jeff@perrenpartners.co.uk for the link. Rtn Robert Lee

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GOOD NEWS FOR PARKINSON’S UK/ CYMRU CHARITY The adverse effect of the March 2020 arrival of coronavirus on the work of all charity fundraising has been significant. From cancelled coffee mornings and table sales to postponed concerts and sponsored walks, Parkinson’s and others have had to revise their spending plans. Research and support of those with the disease has taken a knock. The local Parkinson’s Bridgend branch has nevertheless managed to increase its fund-raising by 20% year on year and been able to send in excess of £6,000 towards this important work, which includes on line classes for singing; speech and communication and Tai Chi. Help with voice, breathing and balance are welcome components. The latest venture is the idea of local schoolteacher, Joanne Matthews who suggested Welsh themed PPE masks for St David’s Day. Joanne, together with her parents and her father’s cousin, retired schoolteacher Angela Williams set about the task. The finite amount of cotton; manufacture; cost sponsorship and sales has resulted in £750 income towards the current year’s challenge. Thanks to all and mostly to those who bought. For information about the Charity; it’s local online classes and activities and how you can become a volunteer, contact Honorary Branch Secretary, Bernie Rock on Email: b.rock@sky.com Tel; 07812 196170


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HISTORY WOMEN OF COURAGE HEROINES OF SOE THE RESTORATION OF SKER HOUSE Peggy Knight completed her SOE training in only two weeks. In April 1944, after a single practice jump, she parachuted into France as ‘Nicole’ to work for the highly compromised Donkeyman network. Following D-Day, Peggy crossed the battle lines many times, carrying intelligence messages and gathering vital information. She did this by travelling vast distances on her bicycle. She also participated in an attack upon a Nazi military convoy, firing her Sten submachine gun. Later in 1944, Peggy narrowly escaped capture and execution when one of her colleagues, Roger Bardet, betrayed her group of resistance fighters to the Nazis. One of thirty people, Peggy fought her way out of a forest through the encirclement. Bardet was later arrested. Although sentenced to death as a collaborator, he was released from prison in 1955. Highly praised by the SOE for her bravery and commitment, after the war Peggy settled down to a life of domesticity. Later, she told a local newspaper that her main concern was ‘getting enough soap during austerity to keep the family clean.’ Hannah Howe, international bestselling author of Ann’s War (set in Porthcawl) and Eve’s War (set in France). https://hannah-howe.com

MORE FROM THE MUSEUM ARCHIVES In the early 1930’s the main grocer in John Street was ‘Langdon’s.’ Young men were apprenticed, or indentured, and served five years in the trade. Weekly, they had to visit houses for family grocery orders often trudging as far as Maudlam, Ton Kenfig, Pyle and Kenfig Hill. Langdon’s occupied three premises in the street with the main shop originally being where Super Value and Price Carver are today. Taken in 1935 the photo shows Hillier’s Pork Butchers (now Fone Excellence) and another of Langdon’s Grocers (now Shireen). The shop to the right is Thomas & Evans, which had moved into the present-day Price Carver premises. To the left and on the first floor are the Celtic Cafe and Tea Rooms, which had been used for a short time in the late 1920’s by non-conformists. Welsh Congregationalists originally had a base in Hope Chapel Newton, but wished a presence in Porthcawl itself and settled in the café awaiting the building of Tabernacl in Fenton Place in 1931.Incidentally, to accommodate the chapel a few houses had to be demolished, one of which, No 18, was Captain Ralph Picton Daniel mother’s Naomi. Captain Daniel, who died 31st July 1917 at Passchendaele, is on the Porthcawl War Memorial. Ceri Joseph 36 | seaside news

I thought maybe your readers would be interested in this photograph of Sker House, which I found while sorting through photographs during the lockdown. My father was Captain Mark Dawe of the 24th Porthcawl Mounted Home Guard who patrolled the perimeter of the town on horseback.  He used to tell us that when they patrolled the coast in the evenings they would refresh their horses at Sker House and then they would be invited into the Great Hall where the owner refreshed them also! Sue Waters, Porthcawl   

WWI - THE BELGIAN REFUGEES IN BRIDGEND In August 1914 German forces demanded safe passage through neutral Belgium on their way to attack France, but the Belgian government refused. As the Germans forced their way through, cities were burnt and civilians were murdered. Terrified Belgians fled in their hundreds of thousands, and many came to Britain, including the cities, towns, and villages of Wales. For many people in Wales helping the ‘plucky’ refugees was their way of contributing to the wider war effort, and the Belgians were greeted with open arms. By early 1915 about 1327 refugees had made their way to the Glamorgan area. Around 15 people were accommodated in ‘Glenavon’ (now Riversdale Surgery) and the Kerkoff family were in Brewery House as the guests of Newcastle Church. To read about the experiences of some of the refugees that came to Bridgend and the surrounding area visit: https://bridgendhistorysociety.wordpress. com/2021/02/03/bridgends-belgian-refugees/ At the end of the war most of the refugees left has suddenly as they had arrived, and soon their presence was largely forgotten. If you are aware of any legacy items or stories locally, or any continuing connections to the refugees who came to Bridgend, the History Society would be interested to hear from you: committee.brid.hist.soc@gmail.com Rowena Williams Bridgend & District Local History Society


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Spring usually arrives mid- March (if we’re lucky!) warmer weather and sunnier days mean more gardening tasks. We also welcome the lovely daffodil, no flower heralds spring quite like to golden daffodil, and it represents rebirth and new beginnings, wonderful! Sow parsnips as soon as the soil warms up, they are notoriously erratic at germinating so sow plenty. Time to plant onion and shallot sets too, making sure the beds are free of weeds so they don’t have to compete for nutrients as this will affect their size! Try planting strawberries in a hanging basket so that even the most acrobatic slug can’t get at the fruit! Delicious and pretty too! Guess what? Time to start mowing the lawn again once they start back into growth (my husband will be thrilled!) Split clumps of primroses after they die down and plant in an odd corner ready to replant somewhere pretty next spring, fab flowers. But did you know – they were Disraeli’s favourite • Grass Cutting • Hedge Trimming flower, every year on primrose • Tree Services day, April 19th, primroses are • Turfing • Decorative Gravel placed on his statue outside, • Fencing Westminster Abbey, isn’t that lovely. All being well we hope to be up and running again soon and RELIABLE LOCAL SERVICE look forward to seeing your Call Rhys then. Home: 01656 745560 Chris Early Mobile: 07854 911166 Mobile: 07805 138819

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LALESTON GARDENING CLUB Spring is here at last, the daffodils are in bloom and it’s a time of new beginnings.  Even if we are still having to stay close to home in these difficult times, when the weather permits at least our gardens and allotments can provide us with a worthwhile pastime and therapy too.  Jobs for March are a plenty, lawns can have their first cut (weather permitting), and onion sets, shallots and early potatoes can be planted.  Plant summer flowering bulbs, lift and divide overgrown perennials, cut back dogwoods and those weeds will start to appear so good to keep them under control.  Containers can be top dressed with new compost.   Watch our Facebook page for news about our shop - we will be open for business as soon as permitted.  Remember plants will be available to buy from the Gardening Club first week in May and news of how we will run that sale will be published nearer the time.   Stay safe everyone and do stay in touch.  Susan Ford


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ARTS STAG’S WORLD OF ROCK While most bands are at a standstill with the ongoing pandemic, some bands are making the most of the lockdown. Bridgend top rockers, Those Damn Crows, who have had a couple of stellar years, have released a new ultimate edition of their great album “Point of No Return” which features four bonus acoustic tracks plus a new track and video called “Sick of Me”. It really is hot. The Crows also do a regular podcast each week so check them out. The group had to cancel their British and European tour (with The Dead Daisies) and festival dates which included main stage at the Download event. I’ve known the guys for years from their early days when they were known as Shirker and recorded in myself and Dale’s home studio, as well as coming on my radio shows. They had talent even then and the hard work is paying off. As that saying goes: “Never give up on your dream!” I will keep you up to date on the boys’ progress. Keep your calls coming, and don’t let the present circumstances get you down! Stag Marks 07549 728356 Photo: Stag Marks

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PYLE & PORTHCAWL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY We recently held our annual Club Competition 3, judged live on Zoom by Trevor James. The winner of the Print section was Howard Evans with ‘Aquilegia’ and the winner of the Digital section was William Baker with ‘Pendine Racer’. Congratulations to you both. 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, we usually meet on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm at St Clare’s School, Newton CF36 5NR but our meetings are currently suspended due to the Corona virus situation so we’re now holding competitions etc. online instead. Our program is available at www.pyle-porthcawl-ps.co.uk Geoff Baker

A FILM MAKER’S POINT OF VIEW When I was a teenager, one of the pleasures at the end of a week in school was to settle in front of the television at 7.30pm on Friday to watch The Persuaders, with Roger Moore as Lord Brett Sinclair and Tony Curtis as Danny Wilde. Produced by Robert S. Baker, it ran for 24 episodes in just one series screened in late 1971 and early 1972, and it represented one of many ITC (Incorporated Television Company) shows that brought adventure to the screen with 35mm cinema quality. The first episode, “Overture”, was broadcast on 17th September 1971, and I remember being captivated by the opening titles and John Barry’s music. What I failed to notice, though, was something that I only spotted recently when viewing the episode again on YouTube. It was the shot that comes soon after the title sequence, when Brett Sinclair’s Aston Martin DBS begins its race with Danny Wilde’s Ferrari Dino 246GT in the South of France. But the shot was a camera operator’s dream, because in the background, an airliner is taking off from Nice Airport. As the camera pans left, it briefly forms a wonderful triangulation with the speeding cars. What perfect timing! Anthony Hontoir Downwood Films 07510 934299 Photo: Anthony Hontoir 44 | seaside news

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Last week we had the pleasure of working out the total amount raised by the 56th Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim. With lockdown and social distancing to contend with we set out hoping to do our best and try and raise something for Wales Air Ambulance and other local charities and organisations. We accepted early on in our planning that a traditional beach event on Christmas Day was unlikely to be possible so started planning the Virtual Swim instead. We weren’t sure how successful it would be but felt we had to give it a go and ensure the 56th Swim went ahead one way or another. The support we received was amazing and we are both amazed and delighted to have raised a staggering £9,000 to be distributed between Wales Air Ambulance and 22 local charities and organisations. Thank you to everybody that took part, donated and joined in the fun! Particular thanks to all of our advertisers and especially to Driven Taxis for sponsoring the commemorative mugs. We still have mugs available and plan to have a distribution event when guidelines allow. In the meantime, the GoFundMe page is still open if you’d like to donate and reserve your mug. Full details are available on the website: www.christmas swim.org Lucy Jones

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