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Library books NEW BOOKS AT PORTHCAWL LIBRARY NON FICTION

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HERBIE BRENNAN The Mysterious World of Cats FIONA CAIRNS Celebration Cakes

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CATHY KELLY The Year that Changed Everything

JAMIE OLIVER 15 Minute Meals JONATHAN ROMAIN Confessions of a Rabbi PETER WOHLLEBEN The Inner Life of Animals

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We have had a busy month enjoying a visit from local author Pat Roper who shared her book with the children, and then the adults had a treat from Fluellen Theatre who were presenting the Detection Awards with Hercule Parrot, Sam Callaspadeaspade and Miss Losthermarbles at Porthcawl Library. Unfortunately someone was ‘stabbed’. But with the help of PC Dai Laffin and our lovely audience, justice was done.

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Local history THE FIRST GETAWAY CAR

On 21st December 1911, a French anarchist gang made history by using the first getaway car. The car, a 1910 DelaunayBelleville luxury limousine (pictured), registration number 783X-3, was stolen on 14th December 1911 by four members of the gang who changed the number plate to 668-X-8. A week later they used the car to intercept a bank messenger en route to a bank in Paris. At 8.25 am the messenger arrived by tram carrying a satchel and briefcase. A gang member grabbed the satchel and briefcase, but the messenger would not let go. Shots were fired, wounding the messenger. With the satchel and briefcase in their hands, the gang jumped into their getaway car, executed a screeching  U-turn and sped away. They left the car in Dieppe, which suggested to the police that they had fled across the channel. However, they were still in France. In hiding, they opened the satchel and discovered 5,126 francs while the briefcase contained 130,000 francs-worth of useless cheques and bonds. If only they had looked inside the messenger’s jacket where they would have discovered a wallet crammed with 20,000 francs. Hannah Howe, author of the locally based Amazon #1 Sam Smith and Ann’s War (1944-5) Mystery Series. https://hannah-howe.com

PORTHCAWL MUSEUM After further renovation works during the winter months Porthcawl Museum once more opened its doors to the public at the end of March. While repair works continue in parts of the building other exhibitions and displays have been updated and repositioned. Current exhibits include the Porthcawl Railway, Maritime Porthcawl, The Great War and taking pride of place RAF 100 which marks the centenary of the RAF. Visiting the RAF 100 display last week was Air Commodore Adrian Williams, Air Officer Wales he was accompanied by Flying Officer Martyn D Davies, Holding Officer RAF100 Wales, MOD St Athan and the Member of Parliament for Bridgend Madeline Moon MP. Air Commodore Williams commented “This really is a most interesting Museum, and I congratulate the volunteer team for all their efforts to commemorate the RAF and its people over the last 100 years.” David Swidenbank 20 | seaside news

WHAT NEXT FOR THE INNER DOCK?

Salt Lake Car Park enters a new era. BCBC have bought the lease, intending to develop the site. Except for the odd circus, bonfire or car parking area, it has lain almost untouched for 75 years. What of its past? Originally, before the arrival of the Brogden designed dock in 1865, the coastline reached what is now the dual carriageway. The Eastern Promenade was built to encompass an inner dock area, from which coal carrying ships exported to all parts of the globe. In 1906, this enterprise proved no longer viable and the inner dock officially closed; but as the town developed, it continued to be used for importing building materials. Then, following the end of WW1, R Hayes leased it as a ship-breaking yard; during which time, 14 destroyers were broken up. From 1926, as the town grew as a seaside resort, a swimming pool was built at the north east end of the dock, whilst rowing boats used the rest of water. A miniature railway proved an added attraction from 1935. However, the dock was filled in between 1937 -1942 in time for the Americans to arrive. Since their departure in 1943 it has not basically changed. Ceri Joseph

FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY NEWS The ‘Mysteries of the Brunel Family’ will be the topic provided by Mr Glyn Williams, on 21st May 2018. Doors open 7pm with refreshments. Our 18th June Meeting is a trip to Ty’R Ardd, Bridgend, for members and non members to use the facilities provided by Mr John Dunkley Williams.  Our Research Centre in the Len Evans Centre, Aberkenfig, is open on Wednesday from 10.30am-3pm, except for the last Wednesday of the month. Volunteer researchers are on hand to guide you in your search for ancestors, but now need to be booked for hourly sessions on Tel: 01656 728531 [Wednesday’s only] or arc@glamfhs.org.uk . For more information see our website www.glamfhs.org.uk  Victoria Salmon


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School reports BRYNTEG SCHOOL NEWS

the judges. The parade was followed by a range of family fun activities organised by the Parent Council. There was also family fun to be had during the Class Oren, Glas Golau and Porffor Shine Days. Parents and children enjoyed sharing art activities developing their skills to produce some lovely work.  Sport Relief saw us walking a mile and the whole school dancing to raise over £150. Work has started on clearing our new vegetable garden and we are collecting plastic bottles to make a greenhouse.  We are taking applications for our September 2018 Nursery Class so if you would like your child to join please contact us.  Sue Jones

Brynteg School held their school Eisteddfod on 14th and 15th March. The talent on display from pupils was outstanding, the acts included plenty of variety: singing, acting, dancing and recitals. All performances were extremely entertaining and a fantastic day was had by all. On 9th March a number of year 8 and year 9 pupils took part the South Wales Final of the F1 in Schools competition. There were three entry teams and six awards were obtained by Brynteg School in various categories. One team went on to compete in the F1 National Final held on 19th March in Silverstone. Pupils exhibited their designs and marketing skills through a series of presentations and racing and were rewarded with the ‘Judges Recommendation’ award for their overall performance and quality. What an achievement!  In other news the Bear Creek rugby team from Canada visited Brynteg School in March with Brynteg pupils acting as hosts. The Canadians had a fantastic experience staying with our pupils and making friends for life. The rugby was interesting and closely fought with all players gaining valuable experience.  Jen L Davies

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school reports PORTHCAWL COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

laws. This has been supported by the hard work undertaken by all pupils as part of the `Rights Respecting Schools` initiative. Jack Black, eat your heart out! The Bridge has its very own Rock School!! Pupils have taken part in extracurricular sessions with visiting musicians from Community Music Wales. Finally, we held an Easter Fair, raising a total of £132.00, which will be used by The Parents and Friends Association to improve facilities.   Zak Davies, Year 11.

CYNFFIG COMPREHENSIVE NEWS

Having cancelled our first attempt because of snow, our Annual Eisteddfod at the Grand Pavilion eventually got underway on March 9th. Pupils and staff enjoyed an extravaganza of young talent with both traditional and non-traditional events taking place all day. The standard of entries for all competitions was exceptionally high and a massive thank you to pupils and parents for their support. Eisteddfod Results: 1st Gwynedd – 592, 2nd Morgannwg – 557, 3rd Dyfed – 378, 4th Powys – 317. Junior Eisteddfod Champion: Grace Clear Y7. Senior Eisteddfod Champion: Millie Stables Y10. Senior Drama Winner: Carys Rosser Stanford Y12. Junior Welsh Chair: Olivia Geddes Y9. Junior English Chair: Laila Foode Y8. Senior Welsh Chair: Hannah Strong Y11. Senior English Chair: Alice Webber Y13. Congratulations to all pupils who received awards at our recent presentation evening. Notable prize-winners were: Year 10 Academic: Sunil Vummiti; Effort: India Clatworthy. Year 11 Academic: Catherine Pickett; Effort: Joel Williams. Year 12 Academic: Laurence Hunt; Effort: James Evans-Jones. Year 13 Academic: Sultaan Azam; Effort: Anna Weston. PE: Morgan Roberts, Nia Eales, Jonathan Munro, Nia Clatworthy. Drama: Carys Mainwaring, Elin Morris, Molly Brace, Lauren EllisStretch. Art: Anna Weston. Technology: Grace Hadley. Maths: Sultaan Azam. Science: Sultaan Azam. Music: Olivia Geddes, Pippa Harrowing, James Evans-Jones. Languages: Bethan Rees. 100% Attendance (Yrs 8-11): Georgina Andersson. Elizabeth Sumner Challenge Award: Ryan Thomas.

THE BRIDGE NEWS Masai Warriors, Ogmore Castle and Rock School! Just another average month at The Bridge! KS2/3 visited Ogmore Castle. Luckily no one managed to fall in the river! KS2 enjoyed a visit from Rachael the first aid trainer demonstrating bandaging, resuscitating and putting their teacher in the recovery position. She’s still there! We were privileged to receive a visit from two ladies of the Masai. Pupils enjoyed the tribal dancing, which involved jumping whilst creating music with jewellery. They also took the opportunity to raise awareness of the serious issues affecting the tribe. KS3/4 had the opportunity to give their views on smacking children. UNICEF is lobbying to reform physical punishment 24 | seaside news

Cynffig’s BBC News Report team have been extremely busy this term researching topics from sexism in sport to teachers having guns in American schools. Together they have produced an impressive news bulletin and articles, which can be viewed at: www.cynffigcomprehensive.co.uk/bbc-school-report-day A fantastic time was had by 79 pupils and 10 members of staff at Disneyland Paris to celebrate the wonderful Welsh weekend. Pupils and staff faced their fears and took on Big Thunder Mountain; a ‘magical’ time was had by all.  Year 9 and 10 pupils thoroughly enjoyed a live interactive performance of ‘Twelfth Night’ by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Our pupils posed insightful questions to the actors during the interval and were delighted to be acknowledged at the end of the performance.  Finally we are proud that Cynffig was selected as one of the Lead Creative schools to take part in ‘TATE Exchange’ a live learning event at the Tate Modern in London from 24 – 29 April.  Visitors to the event were taken on a journey through the ‘Five Creative Habits of Mind’. Our pupils and teachers along with Dr Glenda Jones show cased innovative teaching pedagogy that was developed at Cynffig through the Creative Lead programme.  Hannah Castle  Head Teacher

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school reports NEWTON PRIMARY

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Reading Cafés As part of World Book Day celebrations, we invited family members to come see how we develop reading in our school.  Nursery and Reception Lots of the parents came and really enjoyed listening to children participate in the story telling of we are going on a bear hunt.  Parents enjoyed listening to the children and learning about different activities they can learn and do at home.  YEAR 1 studied the book the Gingerbread Man. First they did a quiz, then the children pretended to be the characters from the story in a hot seating scenario.  YEAR 2 read the book ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’. First they rearranged the story, then they had to skim and scan and look for the adjective that the author had used. They also used the power of YET.  YEAR 3 & 4 had been learning about the story ‘Romeo and Juliet’ They used the ipads to show their family members an app called ‘Puppet pals’ where you can make your own mini movies using characters. The parents were quizzed on how well they listened to the story.  The children from years 5 and 6 had been studying the story Gwenllian. There was a variety of activities such as hot seating, group reading and role play. They showed the parents how tricky some of the questioning was.  Star Enos, Eva Dickenson, Tilly Morgan-Sleep, Livi Summers, Emily Jenkins and Neve Beale Newton Primary School Newspaper

Our Easter Celebration was an unparalleled success! A glorious display of Easter bonnets, cards, decorated eggs, t-shirts and gardens! There were some wonderful entries, all the hard work that had gone into them, it must have taken hours! It was so difficult to judge, they were all worthy winners in the eyes of the judges. The standard gets better every year, a massive thank you to all the parents and everybody who came to support their children and the school. The singing was a joy to hear, a mixture of hymns and Easter songs. The winners were: Millie Williams, Finley Penny, Roseali Owen and Summer Andrews with their bonnets. Harri Dobbin with his card, Laura Curtis with a decorated egg, Scarlett Andrews made an Easter garden and Emilia White decorated a t-shirt. This term has absolutely flown by, we are now heading into the summer term, which will also be very busy, with sports day to look forward to, and the PFA’s Summer Fete. A big thank you to the PFA, who host other events for the children throughout the year, and for their donations to the school Easter Raffle. It raised £192 for the school! AJ Pritchard – Parent Governor

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Poets corner WONDERFUL ONE

No longer our Baby, you’re our wonderful One So loved and so treasured, such a joy to your Mum And to Dad too, of course, for they’re in this together And through you we’re all blessed, whatever the weather Oh yes, you’re our joy, you’re a gift from the Son Even now, though for you, life has only begun But each day as it’s given is God’s gift to us all With your laughter and mischief and growing up tall   So we pray you will learn to walk in God’s ways And while learning to talk you will speak forth his praise; That you’ll open your heart to respond to the love Of Jesus, your Shepherd, who is come from above. Pauline Lewis, Porthcawl

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Who shall be the first and last? Strays come in like lost pearls, Caught between emerald and golden shores  Waved a kindly hand, sanctified gesture Eclipsed magnified white embers. A greeting in wood and stone  Dwindled hues of passing forms, Unbeknown to us now our blueprint souls Sublime to gravity’s long lost era. Took to a steady dance, Drooped canopies of Cherub’s stringed harp,  Wooing to an every lasting summer Stood a throne pillared to every Everest Spoke voice of smooth ripples energised thunder. Lara Fuller, Pontycymmer

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TO THE MINER

Hail to the miner and the men of the pit, Hail to the divers of the stone, To those who move mountains, And dig they way to the black coal. With iron horse and cheerful canary, The men of the dirt toil away, The darkness of the hole beckons, And the sound of the deep, Loud and eerie with no end. They worked hard and complain When they had too, But now after days long since gone, The cold hall of stone wood, Go still and quiet with absence, Of the men who honour the power of the earth, Hail, to the miner, hail, to the diver, Of The Stone. Steven T. Richards, Bridgend

SPAM, JAM, AND AUNTY POLLY

Homemade coloured rag mats with sacking squares peeping through. My Aunt Polly made them by the light of a gas mantle  But forgot to put in blue.  Aunt Polly also made seasonal ginger beer, corked with a china top with spring  And after my first glass I totally forgot about my ankle rash stings.  Aunt Polly also made rose hip jam, this I may add a refreshing change from pickle and spam.  Where is this story going you may wonder, and ask, “Did Aunt Polly forage for fruit and make a jam blunder?”  Rag mats, jam, spam and ginger beer, this poem you may think sounds more like a folly!  But I’m sure you guessed by now it’s just my warm fond memories of my dear Aunt Polly. Alun Davies, Porthcawl

THE SYMPHONY FROM THE SEA

While sitting on the promenade, I listen to the sea, The sound is so enchanting So beautiful and free. I hear this great crescendo As the big waves crash and roar. And the distant diminuendo As the pebbles leave the shore. For the melodious sounds and cymbals,  That echo from the sea, Are natures wonderful symphony  For you and for me.   Triza Jones, Porthcawl

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God created wombats And nobody knows why.  P’raps furry little creatures  Are pleasing to His eye.  The purpose of the wombat  Is not obvious to see,  There’s nothing in the Scriptures  On their economy,  Perhaps when God was out one day  Surveying what He’d done,  He made a little wombat  Just to have some fun.  They live down in Australia  And very rarely roam,  So if you see one late at night  He’s missed the last bus home.  If he should approach you,  Don’t laugh or joke or jeer,  Just whisper to him gently,  “What’ya doing here”?  Then is a very soothing voice  That will not cause him fear,  Explain that he should really be  In the southern hemisphere. Bob Davies North Cornelly

KENFIG DUNES

I went for a walk to Kenfig dunes today, the sights that I saw blew me away, was it the beautiful views or the wildlife to see? No it was the dog poo on the floor and in the tree. I would not let my children run free, but sadly dog owners weren’t as careful as me. To let your dog’s run out of your sight, and jump on my children is just not right. Responsible dog owners have them under Control, on a lead they can still walk and achieve their excercise goal. He won’t bite he’s friendly some owners may beg, in the few seconds before he starts humping my leg. I just want to go and use what is local, without dogs and their poo becoming so focal. And before you cry I’m one of those dog hating moaners, I don’t dislike dogs just disobedient owners. Mrs S Hamilton-Howell, Kenfig Hill


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NEW SERVICE AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY A new community-based way of screening for heart disease and strokes is giving people the tools they need to live to a healthy old age. Forty to 64-year-olds living in some of the ABMU health board’s less affluent areas are being invited to have a cardiovascular disease check if they are not already being treated for a chronic condition. The idea is to catch people who may not normally go to see their doctor but whose lifestyles are storing up health problems for them later in life. It’s already making a big difference to people in north Bridgend, where the scheme has been launched.

Neil Fraser, 62, pictured here with healthcare support worker Louise Kelly, was expecting a good result from the test at Tondu parish hall because he is lean and very active. “I was under the impression that I was fit and healthy because I don’t drink or smoke and I exercise a lot,” said the warehouse manager from Llangeinor. “I was expecting my heart age to be under my real age, but it was actually over. My blood pressure and cholesterol are too high as well, apparently because of what I eat, and my stress levels. “This test has been a huge benefit to me. I couldn’t remember the last time I had my blood pressure or cholesterol checked and if I hadn’t have come here today I wouldn’t have known. “It’s opened my eyes and made me realise some people are 30 | seaside news

walking around with a health time bomb. I can change what I eat and I will. The staff here are lovely and they give you ways to tackle the problems. I can’t recommend this service enough.” Health care support workers Louise Kenny, Heather Dawes and Anne Williams are carrying out the checks, which are designed to screen for the risk of developing conditions like coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis and stroke. Each one takes 45 minutes and begins with the patient being weighed and having their height and waist measured. A fingerprick cholesterol test is given and blood pressure taken too. Patients are asked about their family health history, and their habits around diet, exercise, smoking and drinking. At the end of the assessment each person is given a heart age, which can be quite different from their actual age, and told what risk they have of developing cardiovascular disease over the next few years.

Heather Jenkins, 51, from Brynmelin, pictured with healthcare support worker Ann Williams, was at the clinic to find out if her attempts to lower her cholesterol levels had been successful. “I was worried about coming here today but it’s been really positive for me. I joined a gym in May last year and did a health MOT and found that my cholesterol level was very high at 7.9. “Since then I’ve been exercising, lost a stone in weight and changed my eating habits. I was nervous about getting my results


today but I was really happy to hear that my cholesterol level is 5 now, which is normal.” Heather is encouraging anyone who gets an invitation for a cardiovascular disease check to take advantage of the opportunity to find out more about their heart health. “Personally I wouldn’t go to the doctor unless I was really unwell. It’s a faff to make an appointment and I don’t like to bother them. “But I think this is a very good idea. Unless you do a check like this you might never know if you had high cholesterol.”

Health care support worker Louise Kenny, left, said: “Even if you think you live a healthy lifestyle, a check-up like this can reveal hidden problems. “We had one gentleman attending whose heart age was 34 years older than he was because of his smoking, family history, high blood pressure and cholesterol.” After completing her assessment at Tondu parish hall, Sian Howell, 49, from Sarn, discovered that her heart age was 56, but was given information by Ann Williams on how she could bring that back down to 49 by exercising and changing her eating habits to include foods like fish, avocados, nuts, porridge, olive oil and avoiding saturated and hydrogenated fats. “I want to lose weight so I am going to join the gym at work. My results were not ideal but they were better than I thought they would be,” she said. “It has set my mind at ease, which is good because I wouldn’t normally go to see my doctor.”

habits – it’s not a diet – as well as getting them to exercise. Everybody who has completed the course has reduced their BMI and lowered their blood pressure.” Patients can also be referred for help with stopping smoking or drug and alcohol misuse. The Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Clinic is currently running five days a week in Tondu parish hall or Aberkenfig church hall and both early morning and evening appointments are available. “It’s being offered in certain postcode areas where the need is greatest,” said Louise Kenny. “From Bridgend to Ogmore and the Ogmore Valley, then the Garw Valley and the Llynfi Valley. Hopefully with funding we will roll it out to the Afan Valley and beyond.” Patients are invited by letter to ring up and make an appointment at a time convenient for them. “The take-up of the scheme has been twice as high as we were expecting it to be,” said Heather Dawes. “We can’t believe how popular it has been.” “A lot of people say they feel more comfortable coming here than to the doctors,” added Anne Williams. “It’s a friendly atmosphere and people are really taking on board the advice we give them.” Left, Heather Davies weighs patient Lisa Rosser, from Tondu. Access to the scheme is by invitation only from the GP surgeries in the Bridgend North primary care cluster. This is a group of GP surgeries in the north of the borough who work together to provide additional services for patients. CVD health checks are currently being delivered in Tynycoed and New Street Surgery/ The team will then move onto Ogmore Vale and Nantymoel in the spring, then Cwmgarw then the Llynfi Valley practices later in the year (Llynfi, Bron y Garn and Woodlands). To watch a video on this new service: With subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVlE6d-rZOA Without subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIe1AQvsMlI

If patients are discovered to have a high risk of developing problems, they are referred back to their GP. If they are low to medium risk, they are invited to talk to lifestyle coach, from HALO, Louise Skevington, right, who is also on hand at the sessions. She can sign up attendees for a free 12 week exercise and weight management course. “The course teaches them about food and how to change their seaside news | 31


Local news PORTHCAWL INDEPENDENT ALLIANCE

A CUT TOO FAR?

We are eleven of your 19 town councillors who mutually support and endorse each other, working to improve Porthcawl for residents, businesses and visitors. Project update Our ‘100 Bins Project’ continues and we are working closely with BCBC to ensure that the remainder of the bins yet to be installed are in place by the start of the tourist season. We have also fulfilled our pledge to provide extra grass-cutting services across town.  What’s happening generally? We are aware that many residents still do not have any recycling containers or blue refuse bags. You can contact Kier by calling BCBC on 01656 643643 (option 2) or by emailing recyclingandwaste@bridgend.gov.uk. Alternatively, please contact your local independent councillor. What are your Independents doing? Your Independent councillors have been contacted by a number of residents who are concerned about the order, which has been made to upgrade the footpath from Newton church to Candleston castle to a bridleway. Please note that any representation or objection relating to the order must be sent in writing to the Corporate Director, Operational & Partnership Services, at BCBC by 16th May 2018.  Porthcawl Independent Alliance - Let’s take Porthcawl Forward

An interesting fact emerged from a public meeting held in Porthcawl to discuss proposals to scrap bus subsidies on three routes serving the town. And it was that car parking revenue from the town contributes £400k a year to the coffers of BCBC while the bus subsidies due to be axed amount to just one tenth of that - £40K. Is it fair for all the car park profit to drain away into the council’s unspecified spending while crucial services in Porthcawl which provide connectivity and help combat social exclusion are scrapped?. And if those bus routes disappear, will there be a greater cost from the loss of custom to the town centre because people who rely on those buses will no longer be able to access any shops or businesses there. If some of them then close, the council will no longer get the business rates that they pay. So we are forced to ask if BCBC has done any cost benefit analysis not only of the financial costs of their proposals but also of the unintended social consequences of leaving people unable to reach the new health centre or engage in any social activities that include shopping and visiting friends and family.

BE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WITH YOUR NIPPERS’ NAPPIES

TENOVUS BIG BIRTHDAY RAFFLE

The new absorbent hygiene products collection is proving to be hugely popular across the county borough, and nearly 10,000 households have signed up to the scheme since it was launched in June 2017. So far, 662 tonnes have been diverted from going to landfill and sent to the pioneering Nappicycle plant in Ammanford instead.  Here, the waste is processed so that all of the recyclable materials can be recovered and re-used in products ranging from fibre boards to acoustic panelling and more.  This is really positive, especially as the average child goes through 5,520 nappies before they are potty trained, and each nappy can take up to 500 years before it fully breaks down.  The scheme can also be used to dispose of wipes, paper tissues, stoma bags, adult incontinence pads and nappies, absorbent bed sheets, plastic gloves and disposable aprons. You can find out more and register for the service at www.recycleforbridgend. wales  Parents of young children can also take advantage of a discount deal on re-usable ‘real nappies’ through the Bridgend Nappy Gurus scheme.  This offers big savings as well as being a green alternative to using disposable nappies – for more details, visit their Facebook page or email bridgendnappyguru@gmail.com  COUNCILLOR HYWEL WILLIAMS Deputy Leader Bridgend County Borough Council Tel: 01656 643643 www.bridgend.gov.uk

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SUZY DAVIES AM Welsh Conservative Party www.suzydavies.com

Last month it was a pleasure to attend the launch of Tenovus Cancer Care’s Big Birthday Raffle to mark the charity’s 75th birthday. There are some great prizes on offer including the star prize of a new car. Raffle tickets are available from Tenovus Cancer Care stores and the raffle will be drawn on the 15th October. The charity is hoping to raise vital funds to support its mobile units. It was also wonderful to see the Tenovus Bridgend Sing with Us choir again- another stunning performance. There will be many events over the coming year to mark the 75th birthday including a ‘Light up the Night’ walk by Aberystwyth Friends of Tenovus, a ‘Hymns and Pimms’ party hosted by Aberdare Friends of Tenovus and an evening with Rob Brydon at a birthday ball in June at the Celtic Manor Resort.  I would like to thank Tenovus for all the good work that they do in our communities. Here’s to another 75 years where many more people will be offered hope where previously none existed and who are given inspiration by other people to look at life anew and to look forward with optimism.  CARWYN JONES AM AM for Bridgend


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JENNINGS IS AMONG THE BIG WINNERS AT BUILDING AWARDS

HELP FOR CARE LEAVERS AND GRIEVING FAMILIES

The stunning transformation of the Jennings Building in Porthcawl and the new ‘Y Bont’ café and meeting space next to South Wales Police in Waterton were the big winners at this year’s Building Excellence Awards. The awards recognise the quality of workmanship shown by constructors in complying with building regulations, demonstrating the highest standards of technical innovation, and constructing buildings which look great.  They are organised by the council’s building control team, which carries out more than 7,000 inspections every year - from checking the foundations of a new house to ensuring that the steel structures of an industrial project are up to standard.  The Jennings and the Y Bont café took five of the nine awards between them. Best extension or alteration went to Pyllau House in Coytrahen, and best individual new home was presented to ‘Bayleaves’ in Marlpit Lane, Porthcawl.  Bettws Primary School took best educational building, and the best high volume new housing development was awarded to the Pentre Felin development on Maesteg Road in Tondu.  The winners will now compete at the South Wales Local Authority Building Control Awards, then hopefully the UK awards later in the year – good luck to them, and well done. 

Following a report from the Children’s Society which recognises that young people leaving care for the first time are particularly vulnerable to falling into debt, Bridgend County Borough Council has agreed to make them exempt from having to pay council tax until they are 25 years old. The move is intended to provide a helping hand as they learn to become more self-reliant and capable of living independently.  Managing finances can be a daunting prospect for anyone tackling it for the first time, but for someone leaving care who doesn’t have parental support, it is particularly challenging.  In our role as corporate parents, we hope that the move will give young people leaving our care a stronger start as they adapt to living independently.  In another recent move, the council has scrapped fees for the burial or cremation of children and young people who are under 18 years old.  We’ve increased the age limit for incurring burial fees from 12 to 18 as part of a campaign led by Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris, which has been recognised by Welsh Government.  The council fully supports both initiatives, and we hope that they will help our communities through difficult times. 

COUNCILLOR CHARLES SMITH Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration Bridgend County Borough Council 01656 643643 www.bridgend.gov.uk

GLOBAL TRADE, LOCAL JOBS With Brexit one year away and the confusion still raging over the pros and cons of alignment with Europe, it is worth pondering the local impact of global trade.  The UK is a trading nation, and a global one at that. Between 1997 and 2011 our exports grew from £172bn to £308bn. However, these are just numbers, what do they mean for the local area?  In short, exporting means stability, growth and jobs. 85% of Companies in the UK say that they have achieved a level of growth they could not have without exporting. These advantages can only be gained when exporting, goods or services moving from one economic structure to another, is carried out in as smooth a way as possible. This can come down to things as simple as the colour of the ink you use to sign a contract, all differences create delay, delay increases costs, costs lead to less growth and less growth means fewer jobs.  There will always be necessary barriers between Nation States, but the friction which delays exporting and trade can be overcome when Countries agree to follow the same rules, enforced by a single body. This is why the current debate over membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union is so important to follow. MADELEINE MOON MP www.madeleinemoonmp.com 01656 750002

COUNCILLOR HUW DAVID Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council Tel 01656 643643 www.bridgend.gov.uk

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Club features DOGS TRUST DOG OF THE MONTH

Misty is an affectionate eight-year-old Lurcher who has bounds of energy despite her age. She enjoys going for long walks and having plenty of off-lead exercise. She gets on well with other dogs and could live with another dog of similar size already in the home. Misty enjoys her food and this will help with any training as she is eager to please.  Misty is looking for an active home with owners who enjoy going for daily walks. She is house trained and she is fine to be left for a few hours. Misty can live with children 8 years and over who are used to being around lively dogs. She is a favourite with the staff and we are sure you will fall in love with her too. For more information on Misty, please visit the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Bridgend, CF31 4NG; or give us call on 01656 725219. You can also visit our website at www.dogstrust.org.uk

THROUGH CHRISTIAN EYES Jesus preached, “The time is fulfilled, the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the Good News” (Mark 1 v 15). This message is simply this: When Jesus came 2000 years ago it was the fulfilment of many Old Testament prophecies that said a King would come who would destroy the works of the kingdom of darkness and set people free from it’s power. The power of death would be one of those works. Jesus came to set people free and offer them eternal life! As he did then, so he does now - he calls people to repent and believe. This means to turn to him and to put our trust in him as the King that God sent. Jesus is King of the whole universe and everything in it. Through his conquering of death in his resurrection he is now the Lord. We will do well to get to know Jesus personally so we can also experience the gift of eternal life - and also the wonderful blessings that it can bring into our lives now!  Neil Harvey

NEWS FROM THE TALBOT

BRIDGEND TOWN TWINNING NEWS Bridgend Town Twinning Association (B.T.T.A.) recently welcomed a delegation of 10 representatives from their twin town of Villenave d’Ornon in France. The Mayor of Bridgend Town Council Mr. Stuart Baldwin formally received the delegation and provided them with a buffet lunch at Carnegie House. Discussions took place between the Twinning Associations of Bridgend and Villenave d’Ornon to arrange forthcoming student and adult exchanges. During their stay in Bridgend the delegates also travelled to the Principality Stadium to support France in their Six Nations clash with Wales. A disappointing result for them but a Welsh win was great for us.  Sixteen students from Brynteg and Bryntirion Comprehensive Schools have recently visited Villenave d’Ornon and their host students will travel to Bridgend in April. A full week of activities and visits is being planned and B.T.T.A. is very grateful to local families for hosting these students.  In May, a mixed choir ‘Chorale du Lac’ from Villenave d’Ornon will visit Bridgend and concerts are being arranged with Tabernacle Music Society for Friday 18th May at 7pm and Sounds Familiar at All Saints Church, Porthcawl on Monday, May 21st at 7pm.  A. Kendall

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We celebrated Easter last month in the traditional way, a nice hot lunch followed by an Easter Bonnet parade. Those members who made their bonnets paraded around the Talbot whilst other diners and the judges serenaded them with the Easter Parade song – in your Easter bonnets. The judges all agreed that the turn- out was good, and chose the only male who had made a bonnet as the winner. Miniature eggs and bunnies were handed out afterwards. We are now at the start of the new financial year, and this means subscription time! We are pleased to advise that there will be no increase in the membership fees of £5, commencing 1st April (less than ten pence per week). Again, and as in the past, members will receive priority bookings for: Day trips, Theatre visits, Evening functions, Discount on lunches, Computer classes (Reduced Fees).  Don’t forget, we offer a small library of books and jigsaws for a small donation, and all our facilities are available for hire at various times of the day and evening.  For more information contact Cheryl on 01656 749754. Email: talbotcc@tiscali.co.uk or visit our website: www.talbotcc.co.uk  Cheryl Butcher


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TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE

Tools for Africa We were delighted to have a visit from the Mayor of Porthcawl - Councillor Lorrie Desmond Williams to the workshop on 20th March - happy to meet the team who were working that day. Welcomed by the Chairman Mark James, and shown around the workshop by David Cook the workshop manager, The Mayor is familiar with tools and enjoyed the intricacies of why hand drills are only sent if they are double pinions, and saws set and sharpened according to whether they are rip saws or cross cut saws! We thank her for the visit as she concludes her year in office. We are currently working on kits for Malawi. These include three electrician kits of varying sizes, one large auto mechanics kit, a group size carpentry kit and a building kit. We are also sending haberdashery kits and several sewing machines. These tools all look immaculate, we know they will be much appreciated, well looked after and well used by those who have completed their training, for tools without training is no good, and training without tools is no good either. That is why TFSR is such a good and worthwhile charity which is well controlled through years of experience.  John Hanson Group Coordinator Tel: 01656 786367

HELP (Helping Everyone Lonely In Porthcawl) The COOP, in collaboration with South Wales Police and the Y Centre, held a coffee morning on Saturday 31st March. If you are new to Porthcawl and would like to find out what there is to do, or living here and your personal circumstances have changed. Come and find out if we can help you? Or if you find it difficult to engage or talk to other people come and meet us. We have put together a list of facilities, clubs, Associations and other societies. On our last coffee morning we visited Porthcawl Museum and Porthcawl Art Society - two of the groups on our list. A further coffee morning will be arranged at the Y Centre Porthcawl and this will be advertised locally. If you require any further information please contact your COOP Pioneer for Porthcawl Kerry Marlow on 07900 494386 or email kerry.marlow@coopmembers.co.uk

SUMMER PLANETS Summer 2018 will be remembered for the number of bright planets that can be seen in the evening sky.  Venus will be a permanent feature, rising higher and higher in the western sky and becoming ever brighter as summer progresses.  The giant planet Jupiter will be visible in the east after sunset and although it’s brighter than any star, it will not outshine Venus.  This summer Mars will be at its brightest since 2003 when it was at its closest for 60,000 years. By late summer Mars will be twice as bright as Jupiter and easily identified by its bright red colour.   Even Saturn will put on a fine appearance with its rings presented favourably towards Earth.  The key to finding these planets is not to look too high in the sky as all are positioned in constellations that remain stubbornly near the horizon.  For those lucky enough to be travelling abroad for holidays, the planets will be much higher in the sky and therefore a great deal brighter.  Definitely worth packing a pair of binoculars to explore the area of sky around the planets which is full of exciting nebulae and star clusters.    Clive Down FRAS

TRINITY CHURCH We enjoyed some special services over the Easter period and have some exciting plans to report. On Saturday 12th May we have our May fayre from 10am to 1pm in Trinity Hall. There will be a tombola, cake, bricabrac & craft stalls as well as refreshments and a raffle. On Saturday 19th May we are celebrating the Royal Wedding with live TV on a big screen and lunch with coffee and snacks. All are welcome to attend. The Junior Band/choir continues on a Wednesday evening and Saturday Teen Disco is monthly with the next sessions on May 26th from 6-8pm. We warmly welcome visitors and new members to join us at our church services and other events throughout the week. For further information please call into the foyer at Trinity or consult our Facebook page and website at: www.trinitychurchporthcawl.org Alison Thomas, Communication Secretary

LOOKING FOR WORK/NEED SOME SUPPORT? KPC Youth & Community, based in Pyle, offer a range of support towards employability - such as help with Job Searches, Updating or Creating your CV, several short courses to help with developing skills - Eg: Customer Services Skills, Introduction to First Aid, Health & Safety in the Workplace, Health & Safety in Construction (prior to CSCS Card), etc.   Other support includes help with literacy, numeracy, help to develop IT/Digital Skills (even from the most basic level) and also interview techniques and tips. To find out more, and check your eligibility - why not pop into the Centre (off Pyle Inn Way, Pyle, Bridgend CF33 6AB) on a Weds or Friday morning for an informal chat or phone 01656 749219. 

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Club features BRIDGEND LIONS ANNUAL 3 DAY BOOK SALE

club. £140 / Team of 4 and /or sponsor a hole £50 - a good way of promoting yourself or your business. If you are interested email Brian: bar1@talktalk.net or David: davjanr@yahoo.co.uk Perhaps you would like to join us in our good work. If so contact Jim our Membership Officer on email: jabmarshall@tiscali.co.uk We still take unwanted books for our sales in John Street, so give me a call if you wish to donate and I will arrange collection. Sonia Wilkinson Tel: 01656 772374

NATIONAL COASTWATCH INSTITUTION – PORTHCAWL

Bridgend Lions’ Book Sale held at Westward Community Centre last weekend raised over £5,000. Organiser Lion Tony Rees and President Patrick Halliwell wish to thank all concerned who supported the event with Special Thanks to the Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Pam Davies who opened this popular event and enjoyed refreshments in the POPUP cafe run by the Lions’ wives Gloria, Biddy and Carol. The photographs show the Mayor with President Patrick Halliwell and Past President John Paton, also Mary Metcalf,  who won the raffle and is seen receiving a large Thorntons Easter Egg from President Patrick. Carol Thomas Tel: 01656 657846

LIFE WITH PORTHCAWL LIONS Well the date you have all been waiting for - the start of our car boot sales at the rugby ground has been confirmed as Sunday 6th May 8am -1pm, £6/car. There are toilet facillites on site and the the rugby club are open for the purchase of refreshments. We look forward to seeing you all again this season. Your support enables us to help others. Following on the next day, 7th May Bank Holiday Monday, is our annual May Fayre at All Saints Church which starts at 11am until 4pm. We have lots of craft stalls, BBQ, dog show with judging at 1pm, bric-a-brac, teddy bears picnic at 2pm with stories, teddy walk and refreshments. So if you have a teddy bring it along and join in the fun - but don’t worry if you do not have one just come along anyway and enjoy a story. Friday 1st June it’s our annual charity golf day at the Grove golf 36 | seaside news

One of our incidents in March saw us using our new state of the art binoculars to accurately locate a casualty on Witches Point, Southerndown (4.5 miles away), from which we calculated the grid reference. This was sent to UK Coastguard, who passed to Llantwit Major Coastguard Rescue Team, to safely recover the casualty. We were guests of Porthcawl RNLI recently, when we visited the station. We also attended the Coastguard Helicopter Base at MOD St Athan and had an excellent tour of their facilities and helicopters. Thanks to both for their hospitality.  We were invited to Porthcawl Town Council to receive a plaque in appreciation of our services to the community and were proud to accept the honour.  At the end of April we held our Choral Evening at All Saints Church. Thanks to all who performed and supported this successful and enjoyable event, where so much talent was on display.  We recently met Natalie Wilson who is cycling 5000 miles around the UK coastline, to raise awareness of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. We also met Sian Sykes who is paddling a stand up paddleboard around Wales to raise awareness regarding single use plastic discarded in our rivers and seas.  Nick Weedon Media Officer, Porthcawl NCI

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH We hear a lot of talk these days about lost increasing toughness and lost tenderness. The writer of the book of James suggests the divine origin of gentleness and that origin may matter more than we think. Gentleness turns the tide of a conversation, when we respond with a smile to a rude person. It changes the tone of meetings, when we insert a joke where everyone else has decided to take matters too seriously. It changes what we talk about regarding the government’s austerity cutbacks, when we insert a fact about how some families have a pound for every twenty pence other families have to their names. How do we say something like that with gentleness? We say it quietly, softly, and slowly. We acknowledge every time we complain about how austerity measures are hitting us that they have hit others longer and harder. What is gentle about such truth? It takes the long view. It goes gentle in the face of hard. Gentleness is wisdom from on high. We are allowed to bring it down to earth.  God Bless.  Rev Lewis Rees Nottage General Baptist & Unitarian Chapel


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KENFIG HILL & DISTRICT MALE VOICE CHOIR The choir was well received at The Grove Golf Club for our annual Patrons evening on 7th April. The choir is delighted and pleased to have a solid base in excess of 100 regular contributing supporters consisting of Vice Presidents and Patrons. Each year we take great pleasure in saying “Thank you’ by inviting them all to a very special evening of entertainment, informal social mixing and a meal. Taking care of our Patrons is Paul Burnell who welcomes all enquiries from anyone wishing to have details of becoming a Patron or Vice President by contacting him at – pburnell@talktalk.net or phone 07837187274.  The Choir (as I write) are preparing for our weekend tour to Wimbourne, 20-22nd April where we will sing in the fabulous Wimbourne Minster to a packed audience of up to 500.  We always welcome new members who can join us at rehearsals on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7-9pm at the Choral Suite, Greenacres Motel, 111 Heol Fach, North Cornelly, CF33 4LH. More information can be found on facebook at https:// www.facebook.com/KHMVC/ on our website at http://www. kenfigwelshmalechoir.org.uk/index.html or contact the secretary Tony Ulberini at tonyulberini@gmail.com Tel: 07866 742452. Dave Xerri – Publicity and Media officer

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PORTHCAWL U3A U3A stands for the University of the Third Age - but please don’t be put off by our name! We’re not a bunch of dusty intellectuals - we’re a dynamic self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment offering educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly, accessible environment right here in our seaside community. April was another exciting month. Our regular interest group meets at venues across Porthcawl covered 42 different activities from creative writing to crafts; painting to photography; singing to scrabble. There were also lunches, debates, day trips and theatre visits. It was especially encouraging to see such a good attendance at the inaugural meeting of the Mindfulness and Meditation group. This month we’ve yet another new start-up group: Exercise to Music. We’re holding our Spring Coffee Morning on Friday 4 May, from 10.00 in Trinity Church, John Street. It’s an informal gathering of new, old and prospective members - an ideal opportunity to drop by and find out what Porthcawl U3A has to offer. There’ll be tea/coffee, a raffle and tombola stall … but most of all a warm and friendly welcome - do come along! Brian Thomas Secretary, Porthcawl U3A sec@porthcawlu3a.org www.porthcawlu3a.org

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WORKPLACE BULLYING AND HARASSMENT Workplace bullying and harassment can take many forms, some more obvious than others. Examples include: • name calling, sexist remarks, racial slurs, comments about appearance; • offensive office ‘banter’, malicious rumours or controversial humour; • unfair treatment or informal threats of being sacked; • sexual innuendo, advances from a co-worker, or unwanted flirting, including “sexting” or sexual comments made via social media. Harassment is linked to discrimination. It is related to any of the following ‘protected characteristics, Age, sex, disability, race, religion, gender, marriage and civil partnership; Harassing someone from one of these groups is illegal if it violates their dignity, or if it creates a hostile, degrading or offensive environment for them. Bullying is often defined in terms of behaviour that undermines, humiliates, or injures a person. It is not linked to discrimination, so the legal implications are different to harassment. If you feel this is happening to you then raise your concerns with your line manager, union representative or the HR department with evidence to back up your claim if you have it. If the bullying or harassment is affecting your health, visit your doctor. If it is causing you to take time off work sick, ask for a ‘fit note’. Keep a detailed record of every bullying incident and related conversations. Keep any evidence, for example emails from the bully. You should have been given a copy of the company’s written disciplinary and grievance procedure when you started your employment (it may be part of the company handbook) this should set out the internal steps you can take to address a problem at work such as bullying or harassment. If an informal approach does not work, follow the formal grievance procedure set out in your company’s policy. If you are a member of a trade union, talk to the employee representative about your problem. If you have exhausted all other options and the problem is still not resolved, you can discuss the matter with an employment lawyer who may advise legal action. In some circumstances this may lead to a settlement agreement or as a last resort, an employment tribunal. If you resign as a result of bullying or harassment, in certain circumstances you may be able to bring a claim of constructive dismissal against your former employer, based on the fact that the mutual trust and confidence has been broken. But always take legal advice first.

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Women’s institutions SOROPTIMISTS SUPPORT TY HAFAN

On Wednesday 28th March President Eurwen presented the sum of £825 to Emma Anthony from Ty Hafan the Children’s Hospice situated in Sully. The hospice opened in 1999 to serve children with life limiting medical conditions and support their families. The hospice is self funding and relies mainly on the generosity of people in Wales and beyond in order to maintain the initiative which provides truly life enhancing care both in the hospice itself and also in the community. Bridgend Soroptimists raised this donation holding various events throughout the year and were humbled by the presentation given to the club by Emma who enthusiastically relayed the work undertaken by the virtual army of dedicated staff and helpers who make this wonderful establishment a joy to behold.  For more information on Soroptimist International check out the website http://sigbi.org/bridgend-and-district  Or find us on Facebook: Bridgend Soroptimists Eileen Bayley Publicity/Communications Officer Soroptimist International - Bridgend and District

PORTHCAWL INNER WHEEL Hello, everyone. I am back but there is so much news. Our GB and NI National Conference took place in Bournemouth in March. The conference was opened by Liz Thomas our Association President. We had great speakers and representatives from the charities we support as an organisation.  A collection was taken for Alzheimer’s research UK, and the president’s charity for the year is “Children’s Hospices”. There were far to many speakers to name them all. John Benjamin of Antique Roadshow fame gave us an excellent talk on antique diamonds. Then Helen Sharman, CMG, OBE, explained what it took to be the first Britain in space. She was launched in a Soyuz space craft to spend eight days orbiting the earth on the Mir Space Station in 1991. A talk about the training and work of Medical Detection dogs in our communities by Rtn. Norma Howell was extremely interesting. The International I.W. Conference will have taken place in Melbourne in April, our district chairman Mary EmmentLewis joins thousands of delegates from all over the world. Mary has posted many pictures on facebook for anyone who is interested. Suzanne Jefferies

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LALESTON WI Our April meeting was attended by 27 members, they were informed of various activities arranged by GFWI. Our W.I. would be visiting Lacock and Bath on 10th July. We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year and we would be having a celebratory tea on 21st June and as this coincides with Ladies Day at Ascot members were asked to decorate hats to wear.  The May meeting would be the AGM and resolutions and we would be having a Bring and Buy Sale.  Luncheon Club is on 17th April at The Grove Golf Club Porthcawl. The speaker for the evening Reverend Clive Williams was then introduced who gave us a very informative and amusing talk on Bach, Mozart and Beethoven he played various pieces of music from these composers, a lovely evening. A vote of thanks was given by Elaine Jones. Our W.I. meets on the first Thursday of each month at The Blandy Hall, Laleston at 7.15p.m. More information from Diane Marshall on 01656 656600.

PORTHCAWL TOWNSWOMENS GUILD NEWS At our A.G.M. the officers remained the same, Chairman Diana Richardson, Vice Chairman Freda Rodger, Treasurer Janet Anderson and Secretary Jean Dorrington and we welcomed Sandra Phillips as President for the next year. Flowers were presented to Ann Barrett on the occasion of her Diamond Wedding.  Our 64th Birthday Lunch had been enjoyed at the Grove Restaurant.  We welcomed Roger Slennett and Rhys Morgan from Porthcawl First Responders who told us of the organization, which only started here last November. They are trained by the Ambulance Service but rely on donations to cover the cost of equipment and clothing. Roger demonstrated all the equipment from a defibrillator down to small it essential items. In case of heart attacks, strokes and heavy bleeding time is of the essence so we could see what an important service it is. Our meeting this month is on May 9th 2.00 p.m. at All Saints Church Hall when Clive Williams will entertain us with his music and talk. Always popular so do come and join us.  All welcome. Dorothy Thomas 772157

NEWTON WI In the April meeting members were welcomed by our President Jennifer, who also welcomed Pam a visitor from Mynydd Cynffig WI. Betty Metcalf was congratulated regarding her poem ‘Bodmin Moor’ which was chosen to be read at the G.F.WI. Literary Lunch, held at the Hi Tide. Betty then read out her poem to the ladies at our meeting, and was warmly applauded. An Easter Bonnet Competition was held with members parading their hats to the chorus of ‘In my Easter Bonnet’. The winner was Pat Richards, who was presented with an Easter Egg. The speaker for the evening was Tina Hoskins (Gutteridge Flowers) who is also one of our members. She gave a wonderful flower arranging demonstration, also telling us of her passionate interest in plants and flowers all her life.  Tina then organised us into creating a corsage, there was a lot of laughter but everyone had a most enjoyable time. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at Gilgal Church Hall, Woodland Avenue, at 7pm. All are welcome. M. Freeman


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Mynydd Cynffig WI held their monthly meeting at the Talbot Centre Kenfig Hill 2pm to 4.30.pm. We had a good turn out of members including two new ladies who have decided to join us. Minutes read out and WI business discussed including our guided walk around Tewkesbury, and our trip to Carmarthen and the botanical gardens. We are all looking forward to entertaining our link members, Sker, Newton, Porthcawl and Cwm Brombil these meetings are what the WI is all about, friends meeting each other from other WIs and enjoying time spent together. Our speaker this month was Don Llewllyn who gave us a talk on ‘Brains behind the Mob’ a man who’s parents came from North Wales who emigrated to America, and who’s son Murray Humphrey was one of the most feared gangster of his day. His talk was riveting and had us enthralled. Our next months meeting is our AGM so no speaker but June should be interesting. Our meeting came to a close, tea and biscuits enjoyed by all, hope to see you soon.   Christine Callaghan

The May meeting of Sker WI was held recently and after the minutes had been read it was with much sadness we heard one of our members Anne Lodwig had died. On a brighter note we have a varied programme coming up with the Link Meeting being hosted by Mynydd Cynffig at the Talbot Centre, which should be an enjoyable evening. There is our Birthday Supper at the Hi Tide and also a trip to the Theatre in Swansea and a visit to a visit to a Vineyard to look forward to. The entertainment for the evening was Linda and her group of Belly Dancers The ladies were ornately and colourfully dressed. There is a lot of history involved and has been called belly dancing from the start. It is seen mainly in Eastern countries. The ladies showed us some of the various dances and movements involved.  Some members had a try and did very well. The competition for the evening was won by Margaret Owen with Audrey Ellams 2nd and Nora Williams 3rd. The raffle was won by Lauraine and Sarah. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at St. David’s Church Hall, Nottage at 7pm. Anyone wishing to join us will at very welcome. Ann Vipond

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Gardening advice LALESTON GARDENING CLUB NEWS

The gardening year begins to reach a crescendo of activity this month with tender annual plants to harden off, hanging baskets to be made up and weeds appearing in abundance! With lush new growth emerging our reliable adversaries, snails and slugs, seem to view a large number of our favourite plants as a tasty meal. There are a few that they pass by (including Verbena, Geranium and Penstemon) which at least allows us to focus on protecting the plants most at risk. Earlier in the month we held our annual plant sale, which was hard work but also great fun. We enjoy meeting fellow gardeners and having the chance to share our love of gardening. This year we have been delighted to welcome quite a few new members who seem to enjoy our comradery and activities. Who knows we may even see their competitive spirit at our annual autumn show?  Since last autumn enthusiastic club members have set about refurbishing one of the borders. It began with the restoration of a very old plough, which is now the centrepiece, cutting back an overgrown area and the introduction of a new planting scheme. We are all looking forward to seeing it mature.  New members are always welcome – find out more at lalestongardenclub.co.uk Joyce Pegg

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CEFN CRIBWR GARDENING CLUB May Day, May Day, might be a distress call to Mariners, but to gardeners it’s the start of the loveliest month of the year!  It’s time to start picking your rhubarb if you are lucky enough to have some, pick when to stems are about 10 inches long, pick from the outside, always leaving about a third, do not harvest in the first year after planting as this reduces vigour. It depends on the species of rhubarb you’ve planted what colour the stems are, it may be ripe even though the stems are still green!  Rhubarb contains oxalic acid so short lengths pushed into the ground next to cabbages protects against club root, also if you soak the leaves in rainwater for a few weeks, the liquid is an excellent pest control! Oh the joys of rhubarb!  Try tying some black thread around fruit bushes, birds have difficulty focusing on it which makes it hard for them to judge distance so they won’t risk getting snagged up in it (bit mean though).  Pinch out the tops of broad beans now and earth up potatoes.  Gardening - a leisure time activity - lots of time and little leisure! Chris Early

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Health & wellbeing KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DAY 2018 The Rotary Club of Porthcawl recently organised the annual Stroke Association’s KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DAY at Trinity Church, Porthcawl. Rotarians, assisted by members of Porthcawl Stroke Club, encouraged people to have a free blood pressure check taken by health professionals, without any need to make an appointment. Mayor of Porthcawl, Cllr. Lorrie Desmond Williams was first in the queue to see Nurse Gill Williams and while Rotary President Sandra Townsend, Madeleine Moon MP and Mayor’s Consort, Don Sutton looked on, they couldn’t resist hamming it up a little! Of course there’s nothing funny about Stroke and that’s why this event is held every year; high blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke, contributing to 50% of all strokes, and of course not everyone with high blood pressure experiences any symptoms. During the day one hundred and sixty seven people took the opportunity to get checked: of this number sixteen were advised to have a routine follow up and six were recommended to make an urgent referral at their local surgery. If only one or two are alerted to possible problems then the Rotary Club of Porthcawl feel it was all worthwhile. Rotarians are very grateful to all the volunteers who worked throughout the day, especially the health professionals who gave their time so willingly. For further information about stroke and the Stroke Association, visit www.stroke.org.uk Further information about Rotary visit www.rotary-ribi.org

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‘GENEROSITY’ A PERFECTION OF THE HEART Many parents, educators and public organisations use the lived and spoken process of extrinsic reward. We all play a part in it, it is a very powerful motivator and as a method it can organise the collective movement of human behaviour. Much of the early research was conducted by the developmental psychologist - Skinner. Skinner had a huge impact on education, but went a bit mad towards the end of his life!  Extrinsic reward as a behaviour tool can be used in many ways, sometimes the outcomes can be disastrous (think gambling, excessive spending, forms of cheating, fraud etc.). The self and our personality that we are trying to continually create, is a fragile sensitive self. Receiving a reward stimulates pleasure and desire. Being rejected by a rewarding system, creates animosity and mistrust. Emotions such as anger and resentment follow. Therefore both systems create a push and pull movement system. Personal Bias ignores the push and pull of the mind. The mind and this heart needs stability, because it is stability that forms the foundation for deep care and the next intention. Buddhist teachings show us how to liberate ourselves from these constructs.  Because of the many levels that ‘reward’ exists at, loosening and recognising the bias that the process causes, reduces suffering. Lived generosity is the sacred, our highest human capacity. The Buddha called ‘Generosity’ a perfection of the human heart. This next month notice the dissatisfaction that arises when your not rewarded. Notice the ease when generosity flows and there is no outcome. Ponder on that. Neville Evans


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Arts & music A FILM MAKER’S POINT OF VIEW Filming is now well under way on the new Porthcawl documentary film, and it will show viewers how much the town has changed. One section looks at the contrast between pre-war Porthcawl, with relatively few streets and no housing estates, and searches for some of the grand houses of the day.  I recently asked, in a Facebook request, if anyone could remember Long Acre, the house which used to stand in isolation at what is now the end of Long Acre Drive, roughly where the houses of Long Acre Court are, and I received responses from several people whose information helped me to piece together its history – it had a stained-glass atrium, which must have been an impressive feature. But like so much else, it has slipped into the past.  Some houses, such as West Winds on Locks Common, fortunately still retain much of their original character and give us a visual taste of the town’s earlier days. And the new Porthcawl film will include old home movie footage shot in the summer of 1940 in the front garden of what was then one of Danygraig Avenue’s few houses, complete with a column of soldiers marching past on the concrete road!  Anthony Hontoir  Downwood Films  07510 934299  Picture: Anthony Hontoir and film camera

HANDBELLS ANYONE?

We are a group of people who ring handbells for fun and are based in Porthcawl. We are trying to get more people interested in this and are looking for anyone of any age or ability to come along to our twice-weekly practice evenings and see if they would like to learn this unique musical form. Musical ability is not needed as music is colour coded and you will only be given two bells to start and learn with. Our practice evenings 48 | seaside news

are Tuesday/Thursday from 7-30-9-00pm with a break in the middle for a cuppa. We regularly get asked to play for different events and organisations and our busiest period is leading up to Christmas when we are in great demand. There is no cost for the first four weeks you come along as we look on this as a ‘get to know us’ period. Then it is £1.50 an evening. All we ask is the commitment to practice evenings and a sense of rhythm (a sense of humour is also good as most evenings are filled with laughter). Interested? Please contact Tim on 07749 254131 or thetilts@hotmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.

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STAG’S WORLD OF ROCK It’s always nice to get calls from promoters who say “I’m putting on a festival and you are the man to talk to!” The music world is so fickle. Past glories are soon forgotten or just ignored, especially on a local level. One of these events is to be held in South Wales so I’ll have more information next month. I’ll also ask Steve Maitland Thomas for the line up for Newton’s Pop and Beer Festival in August.  Jay Aston, who hails from Cornelly, popped around recently. He found fame with his band Gene Loves Jezebel in the 80s but still has a large cult following around the world. Jay, now London based, has a recent album out with G.L.J. called Dance Underwater – check it out! Bridgend’s Last Flight To Pluto, featuring Alice Freya, plays the Trinity Prog Fest at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on Saturday 12th May. Headliners are Marillion’s Steve Rothery Band along with Touchstone and Ghost Community. Pluto’s new album is out soon and I attended a recording session – it’s sounding the biz and I’m certain it will put them in the big time.  As always, let me have your music news.  Stag Marks  07549 728356  Picture: Alice Freya


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PORTHCAWL MALE CHOIR

Preparations are well in hand for our forthcoming summer events. The Choirs highlights include a short tour to Belgium at the end of May, with our Annual Concert in The Grand Pavilion Porthcawl on the 8th September, where we will be joined by The 4 Tunes - four young singers who have had wide success in musical theatre, taking lead roles in the West End. They have come together to sing iconic songs spanning the world of pop, opera, & musical theatre. Two of the quartet are Welsh, Michael Conway hails from Porthcawl, having attended Porthcawl Comprehensive School. He played the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in the West End. The other Welshman is Aled Williams from the Amman Valley, his roles have included Jesus in Godspell, and Don Carlos in Carmen. Tickets will be available shortly from choir members. The Choir is currently inviting applications for The Dillwyn Evans Memorial Award, from A level music students from Porthcawl intending to further their education in music. The successful applicant will receive a cash award and the opportunity to perform with the choir. Contact John Jones – Secretary johnj.mairj@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 07989 461122

PYLE & PORTHCAWL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY We recently held our annual Alan Thomas Memorial Competition where each member can enter up to four digital images and/or prints, mono only, no colour. The winner was the member with the highest total from their two highest scoring entries and it was extremely close again this year with two members tied in 1st place - Geoff Baker and Richard Craze. So we then had to include their 3rd highest entries to establish the winner but it was still a tie so we then introduced their 4th entry and Geoff Baker won by just two points. Dennis Russ was our judge and as usual his unique humour and personality made it a very entertaining evening. Our programme is available at www.pyle-porthcawl-ps.co.uk   We welcome new members of all ages and skill levels, so if you have an interest in photography, why not join us on Thursday evenings at 19:30 at St Clare’s School, Newton, CF36 5NR. Geoff Baker Tel: 01639 851050 Email: compsec@pyle-porthcawl-ps.co.uk

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

MONDAY A TASTE OF YOGA, PORTHCAWL For all ages and abilities. 1.30-3pm at Stella Maris Catholic Church Hall New Road Porthcawl.For more information contact Angela Rock 07980 936198 or Email: angelarock11@hotmail.com BOOK CLUB, BRIDGEND 2-3.30pm weekly. Read and discuss books and literature in a group. £3 / £1 members. Evergreen Hall, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4AD. GLAMORGAN FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY, BRIDGEND BRANCH Meet 3rd Monday of each month at the Len Evans Centre, Aberkenfig. 7pm for 7.30pm. All welcome. www. glamfhs.org.uk Tel: 01656 862762. HATHA YOGA CLASS, PORTHCAWL Mixed ability class, including novices. All are welcome. 7.30-9.00pm at Awel-y-mor Centre, Porthcawl. For more information contact Carol Curtis-Jones, British Wheel of Yoga. Tel: 01656 773266 or Email: carol. yogi@aol.co.uk KENFIG HILL & DISTRICT MALE VOICE CHOIR We always maintain a warm welcome to new members who can join us at rehearsals on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7-9pm at the Choral Suite, Greenacres Motel, 111 Heol Fach, North Cornelly, CF33 4LH. More info can be found on facebook at https://www.facebook. com/KHMVC/ on our website at http://www.kenfigwelshmalechoir. org.uk/index.html or contact the secretary Tony Ulberini at tonyulberini@gmail.com Tel: 07866 742452W KEYBRA (YOUNG KEYBOARD FUN) BRIDGEND Group keyboard lessons for 4-9 year olds. Well known songs, taught with games and movement for a fun learning experience. Classes are 4pm - 7pm. Free tasters available. Visit keybra.co.uk MONKEY MUSIC, BRIDGEND & COWBRIDGE Award winning classes for children ages 3 months to 4 years. First class FREE. @ Heronston Hotel and Bijou Cowbridge. Other days and venues available. Please book via Emma 01656 649190. Vale.bridgend@ monkeymusic.co.uk www.monkeymusic.com PILATES / YOGA, PORTHCAWL 6.30pm-7.30pm at The Y Centre. Mat required. Flexibility, postural alignment and core strength from 14yrs with Hannah Bowen. Registered Exercise Professional 07886 487853 see Facebook Porthcawl Fitness Classes.

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PORTHCAWL COMMUNITY SINGERS @ Trinity Church Porthcawl 7.15 -9.15. Come and join our friendly group of singers . Tel 01656 784211. PORTHCAWL & CYNFFIG KARATE CLUB Training - Monday & Thursday at Cynffig Comprehensive School Sports Hall 5 - 7pm, First Lesson FREE, Age 5+, Call Chris (6th Dan) 07784 317151. PORTHCAWL GYMNASTICS (TERM TIME ONLY) are now running their classes at The Community Sports Hall, Park Ave. Please email me for information on: porthcawl.gymnastics@gmail.com SLIMMING WORLD, PORTHCAWL @ Gilgal Church Hall, Woodland Ave, Porthcawl. 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Tel Bev: 07912 172674 THE SWIM SCHOOL, BRIDGEND Children’s small group & 1:1 lessons at Heronsbridge School Pool. Contact: Anne 01656 772725 or 07920 796637.

TUESDAY ADULT AQUA FIT CLASS, PORTHCAWL Splashland, Trecco Bay Holiday Park, Porthcawl. Starts 7pm. Classes run school term times only (no classes during school summer holidays). Call Diane 07966 529417. A TASTE OF YOGA, PORTHCAWL For all ages and abilities. 6.30- 8pm at Stella Maris Catholic Church Hall New Road Porthcawl. For more information contact Angela Rock 07980 936198 or Email: angelarock11@hotmail.com FUN ART CLASSES, PORTHCAWL 12.30-2.30pm @the Y Centre. Learn all the skills needed in various mediums. Tel: Derek 07717 948781. HANDBELL RINGING, PORTHCAWL Would you like play handbells? We meet Tuesday and Thursday in Newton Institute Basic music knowledge an advantage plus commitment and rhythm. Would you like to learn?. Call Tim 07749254131. HATHA YOGA CLASS, PORTHCAWL @ the YMCA on John Street, Porthcawl. Mixed ability class, so all levels welcome. 10– 11.30am. For more info contact Michele 07793 544 956 email: michelelambert21@hotmail.com www.michelelambertyoga.co.uk KOREAN KARATE, PORTHCAWL TANG SOO DO @ All Saints Church hall, Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl. Martial arts for the whole family. Tiger Tots: 4–6yrs: 6–6.30pm; Dragons: 7–12 yrs 6.30–7.30pm; Adults: 13yrs+: 7.30–8.30pm. Tel 07788 482450 email: porthcawltangsoodo@sky.com Website : www.traditionaltsdfed.org Also on Fridays.

LEARN TO ROCK N ROLL 50’S STYLE, KENFIG HILL @Kenfig Hill Rugby Club, Pisgah Street, CF33 6BU. Dance Lesson 8.15-9pm.Rock n Roll disco til 10.30pm. Entrance £5. contact Frank 07400 080101 or email. franklngfrd@gmail.com First dance lesson free.

MONKEY MUSIC, BRIDGEND & COWBRIDGE Award winning classes for children ages 3 months to 4 years. First class FREE. @ Trinity Church Porthcawl and Bijou Cowbridge. Other days and venues available. Please book via Emma 01656 649190. Vale. bridgend@monkeymusic.co.uk www.monkeymusic.com

MONKEY MUSIC PORTHCAWL & BRIDGEND Award winning classes for children ages 3 months to 4 years. First class FREE. @ Jump Jam, Bridgend. Other days and venues available. Please book via Emma 01656 649190. Vale. bridgend@monkeymusic.co.uk www.monkeymusic.com

PORTHCAWL ART SOCIETY We are looking for new members. We meet every Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evenings at the Old Police Station. Gallery open most days 11am to 4pm. Tel: 01656 767611, email: art@porthcawltown. co.uk

PORTHCAWL MALE CHOIR Choir Practice between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at Arlington Road Church, Porthcawl. New choristers always welcome. Choir available for weddings and Charity events. Website: www.porthcawlmalechoir. co.uk Contact Mal Evans on 07773 622537.

PORTHCAWL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT SOCIETY Interested in becoming a flower arranger? Alternate Wednesdays at Awel-Mor Centre, Porthcawl. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tel: 01656 649585

SLIMMING WORLD, PORTHCAWL @ Gilgal Church Hall, Woodland Ave, Porthcawl. 9.30am. Tel Bev: 07912 172674

PORTHCAWL STROKE CLUB From 2pm-4pm at the Masonic Lodge Home, Pen-y-Lan Avenue, Porthcawl. A warm welcome awaits for new members, free taxi transport for the less mobile. Contact Keith and Mary Duggan (01656) 773376.

SLIMTONE SLIMMING CLASS, BRIDGEND @ Sainsburys Coffee Shop, Bridgend, 5.00pm - 6.30pm. Contact Marie on 01656 870339.

SLIMTONE SLIMMING CLASS, TONDU @ Tondu Cricket Club 5.15-6.15pm. Contact Marie on 01656 870339 for further information.

ST JOHN AMBULANCE PORTHCAWL We meet at Trinity Church, Porthcawl. Badgers & Cadets 6:00 7:30pm (Ages 5-17). Adults 7:30pm (Ages 16+). Contact 07861 600667 or Email jack.bridger1@porthcawl. sjaw.org.uk

SLIMMING WORLD, PORTHCAWL @ Trinity Church. 9.30am–11am. Call Bev 07912 172674

TABERNACL MUSIC SOCIETY, BRIDGEND Mixed choir practice, 7-8.45pm @ Tabernacl Chapel, Derwen Rd, Bridgend. New choristers welcome. Contact 01656 665393. www.cor-tabernacl-choir.co.uk

WEDNESDAY COR BRO OGWR, BRIDGEND Mixed choir @ Tabernacl Church, Derwen Road, Bridgend. 7–9pm. All welcome. 01656 784180. www.CorBro-Ogwr.com CREATIVE WENDESDAYS, BRIDGEND 2-4 weekly. Try different creative activities such as drawing, painting, textiles, up-cycling and pottery. £3 / £1 members. Evergreen Hall, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4AD. JOLLY JOY’S QUIZ NIGHT, PORTHCAWL At The Jolly Sailor Pub, Newton - 9pm every Wednesday. LAWN BOWLS, KENFIG HILL & PYLE ‘Bowled Over’ bowls club meets at the Kenfig Hill and Pyle bowl club at 2.15pm. New members, any age, experienced or novice, ladies and gentlemen are very welcome. Ask for Dave, Richard or Brenda. Also on Friday and Sunday. Call Dave on 01656 749614/ 07500 945752 or Richard 07583 865366.

YOGA @ PARC SLIP NATURE RESERVE, TONDU Beginners class: 5.45pm till 7pm. Mixed Ability class: 7.15pm till 8.30pm. Contact - Michele on 07793 544 956. For all weekly class listings www.michelelambertyoga.co.uk

THURSDAY BCDP PARA DANCE CLUB, PENCOED BCDP Para Dance Club sessions are adult inclusive dance classes, whatever your ability / disability “Everyone can dance”. During school term time 11:00-13:00 at Pencoed Social Club, Hendre Road, Pencoed, Bridgend. £1.50 per class. Contact Louise Bowman 07971 497439 for details. BRIDGEND MALE CHOIR Choir Practice, 7.30 – 9.30 pm at Oldcastle Primary School, South Street, Bridgend. Contact G Reese T.07773 170373 or www. bridgendmalechoir.co.uk Winners 2014 Llangollen Eisteddfod Male Choir Competition. New choristers and visitors to the area welcome – again contact G Reese or website to arrange. Motto – “Friendship through Music”.


advertise your club info@seasidenews.co.uk BRIDGEND STAMP & POST CARD SOCIETY Why not start a new hobby or revive an old one? Displays, sales, speakers. All levels welcome. 7.30Pm, 2nd and 4th Thursday every month. Gospel Hall, Oddfellows St., Bridgend. Tel Maureen on 01656 653753 for more information.

MONKEY MUSIC PORTHCAWL & BRIDGEND Award winning classes for children ages 3 months to 4 years. First class FREE. @ Jump Jam, Bridgend. Other days and venues available. Please book via Emma 01656 649190. Vale. bridgend@monkeymusic.co.uk www.monkeymusic.com

BRIDGEND SUGARCRAFT CLUB 1st Thurs each month 7-9.30pm at Pencoed Welfare Hall, Heol-Y-Groes, Pencoed, Bridgend, CF35 5PE Demonstrations/ workshops and more. All Welcome. £6.00 for visitors who are very welcome. Follow us on Facebook at Bridgend Sugar Craft Club. Contact Lynne bridgendsugarcraftclub@gmail.com

PYLE & PORTHCAWL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY MEETING @ St Clare’s School, Newton, Porthcawl CF36 5NR. at 7.15pm. Diverse range of photography related activities. Call Trevor Morris 01656 782603 (secretary@pyle-porthcawl-ps. co.uk), or www.pyle-porthcawl-ps. co.uk

COOLKIDS COMPUTING, PORTHCAWL @ WEST PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL. Creative technology based activities for children! We run classes during term-time, 3.30 - 4.30pm. Contact Sion on 01656 772560 / 07719730779 or email coolkidscomputing@ gmail.com to book your place. We also run evening and weekend ICT and Mathematics tuition classes. Visit our website www. coolkidscomputing.com

SLIMMING WORLD, KENFIG HILL @ Talbot Community Centre, Kenfig Hill. 9.30am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Call Millie - 07765 040006.

HANDBELL RINGING, PORTHCAWL Would you like play handbells? We meet Tuesday and Thursday in Newton Institute Basic music knowledge an advantage plus commitment and rhythm. Would you like to learn?. Call Tim 07749254131. HEADWAY, BRIDGEND Offers support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers. We meet at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month at Evergreen Hall, Angel Street, Bridgend. For further information please contact headwaybridgend@btinternet.com KEYBRA (YOUNG KEYBOARD FUN) BRIDGEND Group keyboard lessons for 4-9 year olds. Well known songs, taught with games and movement for a fun learning experience. Classes are 4pm - 7pm. Free tasters available. Visit keybra.co.uk MAESTEG CANOE CLUB At Maesteg Swimming Pool 7-9pm. Learn new skills and meet new friends. Junior and Adults of all abilities welcome. No previous experience needed. We are also a Disability Inclusion club. Website: www.maestegcanoeclub.org Contact Em Evans on 07810 151305 or Sharon Thomas on 07882 821114 for more information. MID GLAMORGAN MIXED CHOIR, PENCOED 7:15-9:15pm Rehearsals take place in the Bowl’s Pavilion, Pencoed. We are a friendly choir of mixed ages and abilities. New members warmly welcomed! Contact us on 0786 6810579 or email us at midglamorganmixedchoir@outlook. com

SLIMMING WORLD WITH RACHEL, PORTHCAWL 5:30pm and 7:30pm at The Bayside Room, Hi-Tide, Porthcawl, CF36 5BT. Call 07779 956233. YARNY ARMY, BRIDGEND 10-12 noon, weekly. Join our task force of knitters and crocheters to yarn bomb the town. Beginners welcome. £2 / £1 members. Evergreen Hall, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4AD. ZUMBA DANCE FITNESS CLASS, PORTHCAWL 9.45-10.45am @ Awel-y-Mor Community Centre. The fun, low impact, easy to follow Latin based dance fitness class. Beginners welcome. Hannah Bowen Registered Exercise Professional/Official Zumba Instructor 07886 487853

FRIDAY CHARITY COFFEE MORNING AT NOTTAGE CHAPEL 11am until 1pm every Friday at the Old School Room, Ty Canol, Nottage, Porthcawl. We are a friendly group for people of all ages in the community looking for companionship and fellowship in a welcoming, caring environment. Our regular members will ensure that you are made to feel very relaxed, loved and special. Any queries contact Rev Lewis Rees on: 07984 651888 or email nottage. minister@gmail.com COOLKIDS COMPUTING, PORTHCAWL @ NOTTAGE PRIMARY SCHOOL. Creative technology based activities for children! We run classes during term-time, 3.30 - 4.30pm. Contact Sion on 01656 772560 / 07719 730779 or email coolkidscomputing@ gmail.com to book your place. We also run evening and weekend ICT and Mathematics tuition classes. Visit our website www. coolkidscomputing.com

INDOOR TABLE TOP SALE, PORTHCAWL @ Griffin Park. 8am-12midday. Call or text 07778 599616 for a table. RE-OPEN 2ND MARCH 2018. KOREAN KARATE, PORTHCAWL TANG SOO DO @ All Saints Church hall, Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl. Martial arts for the whole family. Tiger Tots: 4–6yrs: 6–6.30pm; Dragons: 7–12 yrs 6.30–7.30pm; Adults: 13yrs+: 7.30–8.30pm. Tel 07788 482450 email: porthcawltangsoodo@sky.com Website: www.traditionaltsdfed.org Also on Tuesdays. YOUTH CLUB @ GILGAL BAPTIST CHURCH, PARK AVENUE. 6.30pm to 8.30pm every Friday during Term time for Year 7 and above. For more info email steve@ gilgalbaptistchurch.co.uk www.gilgalbaptistchurch.co.uk MONKEY MUSIC, PORTHCAWL, BRIDGEND & COWBRIDGE Award winning classes for children ages 3 months to 4 years. First class FREE. @ Trinity Church Porthcawl and Bijou Cowbridge. Other days and venues available. Please book via Emma 01656 649190. Vale. bridgend@monkeymusic.co.uk www.monkeymusic.com PORTHCAWL GYMNASTICS (TERM TIME ONLY) are now running their classes at The Community Sports Hall, Park Ave. Please email me for information on: porthcawl.gymnastics@gmail.com PORTHCAWL MALE CHOIR Choir Practice between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at Arlington Road Church, Porthcawl. New choristers always welcome. Choir available for weddings and Charity events. Website: www.porthcawlmalechoir. co.uk Contact Mal Evans on 07773 622537. PORTHCAWL SHOUT FREE FORUM Free forum on first Friday of the month to express all your concerns with Porthcawl Shout - a non political voluntary organisation. @ Trinity Church, Porthcawl at 2pm. Tel: 01656 786463. SLIMTONE SLIMMING CLASS, BRIDGEND @ Llys Faen (opposite the Quarella Road Tesco Store), Bridgend, 10am - 11.30am. Contact Marie on 01656 870339. SLIMMING WORLD, CORNELLY 9.30am. Cornelly Community Centre, Heol Las CF33 4AS. Call Rachel on 07779 956233. TRINITY ART GROUP, PORTHCAWL Trinity Church, John Street, Porthcawl. 10am - 12.30 and 1.30 - 4pm (also see Monday). 16+ all abilities welcome. Professional tutor, Tel Lesley on 01656 772940.

SATURDAY BORE COFFI/COFFEE MORNING, PORTHCAWL @ Tabernacl New Hall, Fenton Place 10.30am–12pm. 1st Sat of the month. For Welsh learners and Welsh speakers to meet for a chat. A warm welcome to all – croeso cynnes i bawb KEYBRA (YOUNG KEYBOARD FUN) BRIDGEND Group keyboard lessons for 4-9 year olds. Well known songs, taught with games and movement for a fun learning experience. Classes are 9am - 12pm. Free tasters available. Visit keybra.co.uk TEENS’ DISCO TIME AT TRINITY CHURCH, PORTHCAWL Come and join us at Trinity Church for our free weekly Teens’ Disco Time, starting on the 22nd of October: 2pm to 4 pm - ages 7-11 (younger teens), 5pm to 7pm – ages 12-17 (older teens). For further information please contact our secretary Joy Parish on 01656 773290 or parishjoy57@gmail.com TRINITY ART GROUP, PORTHCAWL Trinity Church, John Street, Porthcawl. 10am - 12.30 and 1.30 - 4pm (also see Monday). 16+ all abilities welcome. Professional tutor, Tel Lesley on 01656 772940.

SUNDAY GOOD NEWS KIDS’ CLUB, PORTHCAWL @ The Gospel Hall, Lias Road, Porthcawl ages 3yrs plus. Traditional Bible stories, songs, puzzles and craft activities to challenge and entertain children of all ages and ability. Join us Sundays 11.20 – 12.20, make friends and have fun. Helpers CRB checked. More information: ring Ruth on 786447. PORTHCAWL COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA Rehearsals 6-8pm in Stella Maris Catholic Church Hall, 201 New Rd, Porthcawl, CF36 5BN. £2 weekly subs. Contact rachelyoulten@ hotmail.com / 07812 735145 for more info. ST DAVID’S JUNIOR CHURCH @ St David’s Church, Florence St, Porthcawl. Term time only, 9.30–10.30am. Play games, sing songs, read stories and do craft. Group for 0–5 year olds (under 2s must bring a parent) ST JOHN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL, PORTHCAWL Age 3+ every Sunday, 11am–12 noon, in the schoolroom opposite the church on the Newton green. Great stories, drawing, singing, with Janet and Bev, followed by squash and a biscuit. Come along any Sunday, we would love to see you!

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What’s on PORTHCAWL CARNIVAL 2018 Theme: A Year by the Sea All groups and organisations entering floats, or as walkers, please contact Kerry Marlow on 07900 494386, Porthcawl Carnival Facebook page or Marlowk@sky.com. We need to know as soon as possible to organise transportation. Wednesday 9th May

PORTHCAWL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT SOCIETY DEMONSTRATION At Awel-y Mor, Porthcawl Starting at 7.30pm, a demonstration by Beverley Clay entitled ‘A Few of My Favourite Places’. Doors open 6.30pm. Everyone welcome. Friday 11th May

NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE ACT At Tondu Railway club Doors open 7.30pm. Monies raised for Marie Curie. Tickets £10 available from Tondu Railway Club Tel: 01656 720005, Helen 01656 660391, or Maureen 01656 723512. Saturday 12th May

THE NAVIGATORS SAIL INTO PORTHCAWL At 14:00 hrs the 34ft yacht Rival Star will sail into Porthcawl on Day 2 of a round-Britain expedition seeking the early voyages and life stories of Celtic Christianity.  Howard Worsley and Andy Carnegie will trace the sea routes, landing places and influences of the early Celtic Christian saints. Howard is a theological college vice principal and Andy a businessman and keen sailor. They will be met by the Sea Cadets and the Town Mayor at the harbourside. A reception will be held in the YMCA at 7pm where the pair will talk about the voyage and hope to gain knowledge of the local Celtic traditions from those attending. There is no entry fee and everyone is welcome. If you would like to attend you will be very welcome. You do not need to book but it would help with catering if you could let us know if you are planning to come. Contact: John Berry 01656 772002 E: berry7@hormail.co.uk, or Andrew Singer 01656 785628 E: abs.singer@btinternet.com, or please call in at the YMCA or telephone 01656 772166 E: info@theycentre.com Saturday 9th June

HANDBELL RALLY At North Cornelly Community Hall There will be teams playing from across South Wales, Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall. It is a free event (voluntary contribution on the door) and ringing will start around 1.15pm and finish about 5.30pm. It has been many years since a rally like this has been held in South Wales and we would love to have as many as possible come along to hear this unique sound. It will be a very informal day with various teams ringing solo pieces as well as all teams taking part in mass ringing of music-this has to be heard to be believed! Free tea and coffee will be available during the day and there will be plenty of seating also there is ample parking room. Please come and 54 | seaside news

support this event, even if you can only just pop in for a short time - maybe you might be inspired to give handbells a try! Further information if needed from Tim on 07749 254131 or thetilts@hotmail.com Friday 22nd June

KPC YOUTH CHARITY GOLF EVENT At the Grove Golf Club, Porthcawl KPC Youth & Community are holding their 20th Annual Charity Golf. Team entry for teams of 4 is just £160 per team and includes coffee on arrival, golf fees and a buffet meal following the round of golf, and entry into our Golf Prize Competition. Please come along for a great day’s golf and the chance to support a local charity! Sponsorship is also sought for raffle/auction prizes or £50 to sponsor a hole - if you can support us that would be really appreciated.   For team entry forms/more details please contact: Alison on 01656 749219 Email: kpcyouth@hotmail.com Friday 22nd June

SOLSTICE REUNION GIG 7pm at Porthcawl Rugby Club The Summer Solstice is coming and a day later the Lepton Shoddy will gather again for one night after many years apart for a longrumoured reunion gig. Old and new tunes will be played, and crazy dudes will come out to play and party... all for the joy of magic music vibrations, to raise some money for local charity Sustainable Wales, and to have a right laugh! If you were there 25 years ago you might remember the feedback, smoke-machines, tiedyed shadow-making, kaleidoscopic lazers, giant stage mushrooms, abandoned rules. If you never saw the Shoddy (because they were also a collection of elusive travellers) then this will be a one-night-only chance to lift a lid on their underground space-punk-rock ... and watch out for the didgereedoos! Tickets £5.50 online at Eventbrite and Facebook. Search: Lepton Shoddy Reunion Gig www.facebook.com/pg/sustainablewales/events/   Saturday 23rd June

THE BIG TODDLE 2018 Porthcawl Seafront Following last year’s success, we are so excited to announce 2018’s Big Toddle in Porthcawl in aid of Barnardo’s! Last June around 200 of us toddled along the seafront with our little ones, raising a fantastic £2750! There will be balloons, face painting and some special guests along the way! If you and your little champions would like to join us and make this year extra special, please contact me on


promote your event info@seasidenews.co.uk Facebook (Celyn Astro) or text me on 07540 522400. To all Porthcawl residents, when you see us give us a huge wave! We can’t wait to see you all there…

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ANNUAL TY ELIS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY At the Band Stand in John Street, Porthcawl With a bucket collection around and about in Porthcawl. If you are free for a few hours to help with the collection please contact Sian or Sue on 01656 786486. Once again, a huge thank you to all the Friends of Ty Elis and the community who generously donate to our charity.

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YOUTH Details of our end of season Presentation Evenings will be posted on our Facebook page.

Presentation Nights

Under 12s, 13s, 14s - Friday 25th May Minis - Saturday 26th May Under 11s - 15th June

100 Club Draw

Win up to £90 in our monthly draws! 100 Club members can win up to £1,300 in our big Christmas Draw! Get your numbers now! Contact us for details.

T. 01656 784242

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Sport reports TATA STEEL SAILING CLUB

Tata Steel Sailing club held its Annual Dinner and prize-giving event recently at the Fairways Hotel in Porthcawl, and those present enjoyed a very nice meal. Following this the prizes were presented to the worthy winners by our Commodore - Linda Ingram, prior to everyone taking to the dance floor. Our first photo’ shows David Gibson receiving the ‘Ian (Leedsy) Williams’ trophy, which is presented annually to the Sailing Club Overall Champion. The second photo is of Sophie Edwards, one of our Junior members receiving the ‘Brocks Pot for Dames’ trophy. This is one of the clubs earliest trophies dating back to the 1960s when the Club sailed on Port Talbot Docks, and is awarded annually to the top Lady Helm at the club. The last photo’ shows the Members and Guests present at the Fairways Hotel. A.L. Stanley Williams

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PORTHCAWL RFC UNDER 9S NEWS

The period after Christmas has been hugely distributed by very poor weather and many games have been called off, so no articles were published. However, despite this intermittent break, the boys have sustained their good level of performances. We have been working very hard in training on team structure and different ways of attacking spaces.  What makes the coaching team so pleased and proud is the boy’s commitment to each other during training and matches, always giving 100% and wanting to learn and develop.   The results for matches were: Nantyfyllon 15 v Porthcawl 75; Cwmgors 0 v Porthcawl 60; Porthcawl 40 v Pencoed 15; Valley Ravens 15 v Porthcawl 70; Porthcawl 55 v Bridgend Athletic 15. Ospreys Festival: Porthcawl 20 v Chigwell 0; Porthcawl 45 v Morriston 0; Porthcawl 30 v Chigwell (2) 5; Porthcawl 25 v Treherbert 0; Porthcawl 30 v Bank of England 0; Porthcawl 30 v Taibach 0; Llantwit Fardre 0 v Porthcawl 30; Pembroke Dock 0 v Porthcawl 35. We are not that bothered about score lines, but more on the performance and the way that they play.  All these matches are played ‘our way’ - making good decisions, defending well and moving the ball into space when it is created.  In some matches we have had a small squad with three players representing Swansea Academy, so these results are even more special as all the squad are contributing in every match.  This reiterates the fact that we are a TEAM, and not individuals. Thanks for reading and your continued support. Geraint Evans


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REST BAY NIPPERS NEWS I’m delighted to report that, on the 24 & 25th March, Rest Bay Nippers came 4th in Britain in the SLSGB Nipper Pool Championships held in Cardiff! Over the two days of competition we scored 945 points, won 51 medals and set 9 British records. A fantastic achievement and one all the kids involved should be really proud of.

WE CURRENTLY HAVE AVAILABILITY FOR BOYS & GIRLS BORN IN 2010. LIVING ON THE COASTLINE - WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CHILD TO LEARN IMPORTANT LIFESAVING SKILLS?

But, as I said to the kids, it’s not all about the medals and points – it’s about the whole team from the youngest to the oldest, and the team spirit every child showed was superb. Cheering on and supporting their team mates and having loads of fun was as important and a particularly pleasing part of the two days. The atmosphere at the event was fantastic, with local teams hanging out together and cheering each other on. All in all, a really enjoyable two days and great to be part of.

They will have loads of fun with likeminded kids, get fit, boost confidence and build friendships for life. If the beach life is for you and your children then get in touch to learn more. Mat Hardwicke HEAD COACH Rest Bay SLSC – Nippers Mobile: 07974 205603

REST BAY LIFEGUARD CLUB NIPPERS SECTION Now it’s onto the beach, and by the time you read this we will have already started beach training. We train on Rest Bay beach, Porthcawl on a Tuesday 6-7.30pm and Sunday 11am - 1pm. Anyone is welcome to come along and see what we do. There are 6 different age categories and Nippers are aged 7-13 years old.

Rest Bay Nippers has limited spaces available for boys and girls but there are spaces for those born in 2010. If you would like your child to learn important life saving skills, how to be safe in the sea and have loads of fun at the same time with like minded kids, then get in touch. They will have fun, learn lifesaving skills, get fit, boost confidence and build friendships for life.

If you would like more : information please contact

Mat Hardwicke

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OGMORE BY SEA & SOUTHERNDOWN SURF REPORT

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What a fantastic week of surf we have had in the 2nd week of April. The winds stayed offshore for day after day. With varying May May Time m Time m Time m size swells rolling through with a fetch of up to 17 secs. The Time m m8.78 m 8.23Time 0346 0207 Time 7.83Timem0348 1 0835 2.91 16 1 0.98 1004 10060.98 2.05 Ground swell came from a long way out to sea and arrived in 0145 0145 1.09 1.09 2.580122 0122 F 1622 8.891 1453 W 162116 1 7.80 1 08069.91 0806 9.918.1316 0741 0741 10.23 10.23 sets with plenty of time to paddle back out without zero degreesTu 2230 2.60 2232 1.94 e 2106 2.87 Tu Tu 1404 1404 1.171.17W 1343 W 1343 0.850.85 F water blasting your head and down your neck. 0444 0449 9.21 8.26 2023 2023 9.89 9.89 8.49 2001 2001 10.28 2 0321 210.28 1103 1.65 0943 2.42 17 1052 2.34 I have seen surf spots at their best with evening glass offs Sa 0.87 0219 1.22 1.228.48 0205 0205 W 1600 8.39 1711 17200.87 9.40 Th and perfect crackling ‘A’ frame peaks breaking both ways, 2 2.30 2 0219 17 17 2316 2.33 2329 1.492 2209 0840 0840 9.72 9.72 0825 0825 10.26 10.26 conditions made better with less water movement due to the W 1436 W 1436 1.40 1.40 Th Th 1425 1425 0.88 0.88 Sa 0531 8.74 0547 9.62 0424 8.88 18 310.25 2056 2056 9.70 9.702.11 2045 2045 10.25 1134 1158 1.29 smaller tides meaning the surf was at its best. The biggest and 3 1041 1.84 Su 1816 9.85 Th 1658 9.06 F 1754 8.79 1.47 1.47 2.100249 0249 0.940.94 most spectacular day was a 4–5ft swell hitting Ogmore by sea 2355 2303 1.71 3 0253 3 0253 1818 0913 0913 9.439.43 0910 0910 10.08 10.08 3 and Southerndown but with a strong offshore wind. Meaning 0613 8.94 0023 1.10 0519 9.49 Th Th 1509 1509 1.72 1.72 F 1510 F 1510 1.10Su 4 1132 1.32 19 1211 1.93 4 1.10 0643 9.92 the wave faces were held up longer by the wind and created 2129 2129 9.39 9.399.032130 2130 10.04 M10.04 F 1749 9.67 1832 1248 1.04 Sa a bigger tube with lots of offshore spray. As usual though in 19091.18 10.17 2353 1.18 @ 1.18 0326 0326 1.821.82 0335 0335 4 4 19 19 these conditions the waves are harder to catch because of the 0033 01149.72 0.854 0946 0946 9.05 9.05 1.920958 0958 5 0611 9.99 20 5 9.72 0651 9.09 0736 10.07 1540 F 1540 2.11 2.11Sa Sa 1555 1555 1.47 1.47 M strength of the offshore wind. With the weather finally warming 1221F 0.92 Tu 1338 0.92 Sa 1839 10.14 Su 1246 2202 2202 9.01 9.01 1.81 2217 2217 9.669.66 up spring is slowly flourishing on our shores but it will be a while 1907 9.20 2000 10.32 A 0359 2.22 2.22 1.810425 0425 1.57 1.57 before the water starts to warm up. 0106 0204 0.76 0042 0.78 510.31 5 0359 209.1620 5 6 21 6 9.22 1018 1018 8.60 8.60 1048 1048 9.22 0726 0826 10.04 0701 David A Batten Sa 0.68 Sa 1612 1612 2.55Su 1645 1645 Tu W 1.93 Su 1307 1320 1.74Su 14261.93 0.96 M2.55 Tuskasurf.com 1941 2049 10.28 @ 1926 10.42 2237 2237 8.56 8.569.302310 2310 9.20 9.20

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