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Thank you Dear Editor, May I use your letters page to thank the gentleman who came to my aid when I fell outside Walters shoe shop in John Street, Porthcawl on Wednesday 31st October. My enquiries as to his identity have been fruitless but I know that he has asked about my condition since. I’ve been able to thank others who helped at the incident personally, but not this gentleman. After excellent treatment at Bridgend POW Hospital A&E, I have now fully recovered from my head and wrist injuries and I want him to know how grateful I am for his intervention and care. MARGARET S WELLS

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Discarded dog pwp! Dear Editor, Like so many locals and visitors, my husband and I enjoyed a stroll along the coastal pathway from Rest Bay towards Pink Bay on New Year's Day. Some couples were pushing prams and complaining of dog mess on the wheels. It was then I noticed the large number of used dog poo bags

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Dear Editor, I am appealing to your readers to volunteer for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Great Daffodil Appeal, and help people with a terminal illness in South West Wales get the care they need. We’re looking for people who can donate an hour of their time this February and March to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pin in return for donations. Marie Curie nurses provide free care to local people with a terminal illness in their own home, but to continue providing this vital care we need people to help make this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal a success. If you’re able to donate an hour of your time to help someone in their final hours then please contact me on 01792 461435 or visit www. mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil. KATY TAINTON Swansea

Dear Editor I am writing to warn people about the dangers of Chinese lanterns. Whilst I understand grieving relatives and friends wishing to honour their loved ones by sending these lanterns into the sky, they should be aware of the fact that what goes up must come down. On Saturday 19th January I happened to have an early night and luckily was in bed reading when my outside security light went on (if I'd been in my lounge I would not have been aware of this). Upon investigation I found a lantern burning on my plastic shed and

just discarded on mainly the grassy bank alongside the foot path. I could not see a disposal bin for such rubbish but that is still no excuse for dog owners to dispose of their dog's mess in such a careless manner. I hope that BCBC will provide dog mess bins in strategic places along the pathway and by doing so, prevent the awful sight that blights such a fantastic walkway. RUTH TRIGG Porthcawl

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Dear Editor, I am pleased to announce that Archaeology Cymru has started its recording of the erosion to our coastal hill-forts: from Sully

managed to put water on it until the burner eventually was extinguished. In that shed are paint strippers, paint, a gas cylinder used for camping also straw and hay for my rabbit, whose cage (made of wood) is next to the shed, so not only would the shed have gone up in smoke the lantern could have landed on top of the rabbit in the first place, and burnt him to death before igniting the shed's contents and possibly my downstairs flat and the one above. I really think these lanterns should be banned or alternately sent up on a tethered line so they are controlled safely without danger to people or animals. Before now these lanterns have landed in fields after they have burnt out and horses and other animals can get entangled in the wire frame. So please think before you send these potentially dangerous lanterns up into the sky. MS J HOLBUTT Porthcawl

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Dear Team, I would just like to say well done with your publication. I'm from Port Talbot originally, then I moved to London and worked in publishing for 20 years. I set up my own local mag and website in Crystal Palace: www. palacemag.co.uk so I know how difficult it is to set up a local mag. I gave up in the end and moved to Pen-y-Fai and I'm now teaching eCommerce and Information Systems at Swansea Met Uni! The reason I thought I'd drop you a line is regarding a website I use which may be of use to yourself, if you are not aware of it: www. fixmystreet.co.uk It's a really good site for reporting problems to the council and putting pressure on them to get things fixed. I was out running today

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Dear Editor, If it's possible I would like to thank the friends myself and my German Shepherd, Troy, have made over the last eight years while on our walks on Locks Common. Sadly, Troy passed away on the 8th January. He was eight years old. Again I would like to thank every one we met. JEFF COOPER Porthcawl

Dear Editor, I greatly appreciated Mr James "Jack" Carter's comments in last month's edition. Mr Carter not only proves he was a very brave man during the war, winning the DFC and equally brave in peacetime by crossing swords with the unusual and disjointed Avril Lake. Perhaps during the past years I might have monopolised the letter space of the Seaside News and following Avril Lake's outburst, I feel it is only right that I should now take a back seat in order to give other residents the opportunity to express their views.

and noticed some fly tipped rubbish, so I took a photo of it and sent it to the site. You can check how reports are progressing and get emailed updates. It's also a good way to see what are the main problems in the local area which could form the basis of an editorial piece. In the end I embedded the site into my website. Like anything it is only useful if enough people are aware of it or make use of it. Best wishes for the future. CHRIS THOMAS Pen-y-fai

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Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School

On Friday 4th January 2013, Welsh Government First Minister, Carwyn Jones and Westminster Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, Huw Irranca-Davies, visited Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School, Bridgend to lead a day on education in global citizenship and sustainable development. The Welsh Government First Minister described the part the country of Wales plays in the global need to develop a society that is energy-conscious and sustainable. Together, they addressed over four hundred students

about Wales and its position in Europe and the world. As well as dealing with concerns regarding energy, both visitors spoke of the incredible beauty of Wales and the welcome Wales provides to visitors from around the world. Headteacher, Rev Dr Philip Manghan, thanked both men for their involvement in the school’s programme on global citizenship and sustainable development. At Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School, we are committed to forming young people who are fully aware of their roles and responsibilities in creating a society that is just, fair and sustainable as Christian stewards of creation. Dates for your diary: inset day: 15th February; half term:18th-22nd February; Year 11 parents' evening: Tuesday 12th February; Year 12-13 parents' evening: Wednesday 27th February. REV DR MANGHAN

Spring term news from St John’s School We started the spring term with musical and artistic celebrations as several pupils gained merits in recent instrumental and singing examinations and Josh Olsen from Year 5 has a role singing with the Welsh National Opera over the next few months. Further celebrations took place when the Deputy Mayor of Porthcawl visited a Friday assembly to present prizes to Alana, Harvey and Ella, Year 4 pupils who had won the top three prizes in the Town Council Poster Competition held before Christmas. Our senior pupils have been hard at work with GCSE and

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having been awarded Fairtrade School status for the second time. I would like to thank the staff, pupils and parents who have worked so hard to help us gain this award.

The start of term has been a busy time at St Clare’s, with pupils across the Senior School sitting their January examinations. It is an important time for GCSE and A-level students and we wish them all the best. In January we also launched our new out-of-hours service which allows pupils to be dropped off early before school

Nottage Primary We had a wonderful musical end to the autumn term with several wonderful concerts held at school and our carol service at All Saints Church. A big thank you to all the staff for their dedication and hard work and thanks to our parents, for providing such wonderful costumes and for attending in great numbers. We also raised a great deal of money for the Mayor of Porthcawl's charities by holding a raffle. We started the spring term

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school examinations and preparations are underway throughout the school for our annual Eisteddfod which is always a very enjoyable day. We are also making arrangements for our Saturday Open Morning on 9th March. This will be an opportunity for current parents and other interested parties to visit the school and find out more about the excellent education, the range of after-school activities, the extra support and expertise offered to dyslexic pupils and the great pastoral support for all pupils. If you would like to visit the school before that date please call the office as I would be very happy to show you around. MRS C A CLINT Headmistress 01656 783404, www. stjohnsschool-porthcawl.com

begins and be collected up until 6pm. These pupils can take part in our after school club, ‘Xtra!’ where they are offered a range of fun and exciting activities as well as a healthy tea before going home. The club has been very popular so far with pupils from across the school enjoying board games, crafts and play activities. Rehearsals are now fully underway for this year’s musical, ‘Dunsinaine High,’ our own version of Macbeth with a modern, rock twist. After the success of last year’s musical our pupils are perfecting their performances ready for the show which is being held from 6th to 9th March. Tickets will be on sale soon, and anyone who would like more information can contact the school on 01656 789966. MR JOHN AGUILAR

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Porthcawl Comprehensive With Christmas a distant memory, we focus upon the New Year, new term and the challenges ahead. I am delighted to start 2013 with news of outstanding success: Heulwen Everton and Dan Pugh-Bevan (both members of the school’s Head Team) have

been offered places at Oxford University; Heulwen to read Law and Dan to read Music with an Organ Scholarship. We are so proud of these two fine, young people and wish them every success. This year, our school show is 'Jesus Christ Superstar', our thirty-fifth successive musical production and a tradition of which we are very proud. The

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Musical duo go national Two young Bridgend County Borough violinists have achieved national recognition for their outstanding talent. 11-year-old Macie Wallis from St Robert’s R.C. Primary and 12-year-old Rhianwen Keirl from Porthcawl Comprehensive have been selected to join the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain. Composed of children between seven and 13 years old from across the UK, the orchestra offers the young musicians a life-changing experience where they are guided by top professional musicians, meet a range of people and perform on a national stage. Having been members of

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ary at 4pm in the Sixth Form Hall and our Year 11 Sixth Form Induction Evening to be held on Wednesday 13th March. Anyone interested in joining our Sixth Form is very welcome to attend. More details can be obtained from school on 01656 774100.

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and butter. Class 3 have been enjoying Forest Friday. They all wrap up warmly, put on wellington boots and explore the surrounding countryside. They look for and examine insects, signs of wildlife and vegetation. They are also cultivating a patch of land near the classroom and growing vegetables. The children sow the seeds and then tend the plants on Weeding Wednesday. Simon Richardson sent in the torch that he lit the cauldron with in Cardiff. It was taken to every class to show all the pupils and staff. Thank you Simon.

Last term £25.36 was raised for the Poppy Appeal and £78.25 for Children in Need. Thank you to everyone for your generosity. This term has started with an appeal for items to recycle, e.g. old mobile phones, coins, jewellery etc. House points at the end 2012 stand at: Ty Afon: 611; Ty Felin: 579 and Ty Ysgol: 618. Class 2 had an eggs-eedingly eggs-citing afternoon recently. Free range eggs were donated to the class. Half the children chose to boil some, and the other half scrambled theirs. They all enjoyed the results of their cookery lesson with bread

Ysgol y Ferch o’r Sger Year 6 girls had an insight into the work of the early years’ classes recently when they visited Miss Evans’ ‘Reading Café'. The café is a new initiative designed to encourage the younger pupils to enjoy books and stories with their parents. The staff dressed up as pirates for the session, read a pirate story and led the children on a ‘treasure hunt’. The children then enjoyed making ‘golden necklaces’ from pasta, supported by Year 6 who now plan to lead a future session based on their own stories. As part of Year 5 and 6 ‘Crossing the Boundaries’ theme work we recently visited the Welsh Government Senedd

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building in Cardiff Bay. The focus of our visit was children’s rights. We had a very interesting day learning about the world of politics and the visit has resulted in substantial discussion and debate back in the classroom. Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a visit from Warburtons bakery last week and took part in a healthy sandwich workshop. This was the beginning of their healthy eating theme and has led to a challenge of designing a week’s worth of healthy lunch boxes. We are now looking forward to taking part in the sponsored Powershot challenge and seeing who wins the Golden Boot for the fastest travelling ball. We are sure the competition will be fierce! JOHN MASON


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YEAR 12 OPEN EVENING 6.00pm 13th March 2013 To be held at 6.00 pm Wednesday 7th 2012 The school is proud to hold its Annual Open Evening for those students who wish to enter the Sixth Form in September 2013. Any student or parent interested can obtain more details and the “welcome pack” by emailing:

year12openevening@ porthcawlschool.co.uk Alternatively you may telephone 01656 774100. Porthcawl is a traditional school with a proven track record of excellence for all in Years 12 and 13. AS and A2 results consistently compare very favourably with local and national figures.

The A2 pass rate was over 99%, almost 30% of papers sat were an A* or A grade pass.

This is what Estyn (School Inspectors) said about Sixth Form education in Porthcawl:“Teachers are well qualified and committed. There are sufficient suitably qualified and experienced staff to deliver the school’s planned curriculum effectively. Teachers in the Sixth Form are highly qualified, experienced and are deployed well to ensure all students are provided with every opportunity to succeed.” “Sixth Form students are mature, well-motivated young adults with a wide variety of talents and interests who display confidence without arrogance and are personable and at ease with visitors to the school. Their behaviour is very good and outstanding relationships exist between students and teachers”. “Students make very good progress through their Sixth Form studies and the vast majority of students stay in school for two years before progressing to further or higher education”. Students are confident in their ability to think and work independently and take a leading role in a wide range of activities in school and the local community. Their contributions are often outstanding and, through on-going work and involvement, continue beyond the students’ life in the school”. “Communication and numeracy standards are very good and the use of IT is integral to many tasks presented to the students. Standards in the use of wider key skills are often outstanding”. Seaside News | 17


Cynffig news

It is with great pleasure that I start my column with the news that we are once again proud to be the top performing school in Bridgend in the banding. This follows on from our inspection report last year where we gained 13 excellent

gradings out of a possible 15. This term we welcome two new members of staff to our school. Mr Michael Stephens joins us as an assistant headteacher. We also welcome Mr Haydn Jones as our bursar/ finance manager and like Mr Stephens he is part of the Senior Leadership Team. Before I finish this column I would like to pay tribute to the staff and the pupils of our school. I was humbled to be awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours List and would like to publicly dedicate it to our teachers who go the extra mile for our children. Now is the time when parents are making final decisions about the school they want their child to attend. This year we have more pupils wanting to join us than ever before. For those who were unable to visit us during the open evening please feel free to contact us on 01656 740294. SUSAN DAVIES

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Boo! Hiss! Hooray! Once again a large group of eager, excited children were treated to a spectacular seasonal pantomime experience - thanks to the Rotary Club of Porthcawl. This time around 50 children from Porthcawl Primary School booed and hissed on cue while watching the story of Sleeping Beauty unfold at the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl. They cheered Josh the Jester (once again, an amazing performance by Stefan Pejic) They laughed at Vern Griffiths as Nurse Nanny Nora and held

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of around 90 carers. Councillor Huw David, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “With the start of a new year people often think about making positive changes in their life. Children really benefit from the stability of a happy home and helping them to reach their full potential can be very rewarding. “I’d really encourage people to contact the team and come along to our regular meet and greet events where they can talk to existing carers.” Foster carers receive extensive training and full support, and receive an allowance for their role. JENNY OWEN

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their breath as Jessica Sandry did her evil utmost playing the panto baddie, Caraboose. The sets and costumes were fantastic and the special effects were breathtaking, especially the time machine which zipped through a hundred years and the terrifying stage-sized dragon! On a bitterly cold morning, the children from Porthcawl Primary School were warmly entertained by a production that could not have been bettered at any theatre in the West End of London! Oh no it couldn’t! IVOR WILLIAMS

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Dental provision falling short locally Food glorious food

‘Food glorious food’ sang Oliver and his fellow orphans as they queued up to receive a meagre bowl of gruel. Wasting any food would have been a long way from their minds. It appears it is something we don’t contemplate very often either. In Wales in 2009/2010, we threw away enough food to fill two-thirds of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff or 410,000 tonnes. This is equivalent to £420 per household or £8 a week. The most wasted item? The potato. This is not only bad for our pockets but the environment too. Food that goes in the bin has already had an impact

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on the environment; having been produced, wrapped and transported, but once it goes into landfill, it produces methane gas. A new campaign has been launched to raise awareness of simple measures people can take to reduce the amount of food they throw away; planning meals, reducing portion sizes, eating leftovers and understanding the difference between a best before and a use by date. Recycling is also important. If food has to be thrown out, it can be turned into fertiliser and or used to generate electricity. More information about the campaign is available at http://wales. lovefoodhatewaste.com/ MADELEINE MOON MP www.madeleinemoonmp.com

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countries which have good direct links to Wales. The government is missing a massive open goal here. There are flights from seven different Spanish airports to Cardiff while ferries to Ireland go daily from Pembroke, Fishguard and Holyhead. The government almost halved its marketing budget last year which is short-sighted in view of the economic uncertainties in Wales. It must look again at this budget before writing a blank cheque to buy Cardiff Airport. There are other ways of supporting the airport which do not entail pouring millions of pounds of Welsh taxpayers’ money in at a time when spending on the NHS is being axed to the tune of half a billion pounds. SUZY DAVIES

Welsh Conservative Regional AM for South Wales West

Last week the Welsh Liberal Democrats Leader, Kirsty Williams, strongly criticised the Welsh Government after figures on the NHS Direct website revealed that many dental practices across Wales are not accepting new NHS patients, whilst in some areas it is virtually impossible to register as an NHS patient with a local dentist at all. In 2006, the Welsh Labour Government set a 100% target for everyone in Wales to have access to an NHS dentist. Only five of the 19 dental practices in the Bridgend area

BAVO awarded £1million to help give local communities a stronger voice Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) has been awarded £1million by the Big Lottery Fund for the next four years. This will help give communities in Bridgend County Borough a stronger voice in local decision making and to help people speak out to influence the decisions that affect their own community and their lives. Through the Big Lottery ‘Community Voice’ programme, BAVO will help local communities influence policies and decisions that affect them so their needs are better met through the seven projects they will be working on. An estimated

are accepting new NHS patients. In the rest of my region the situation is worse. It is unbelievable for example that out of the 40 or so dentists in Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Gower, not a single one is accepting new NHS patients. That means that Bridgend residents are competing with patients from the west to register with the few available practices for regular dental treatment. Just stating that everyone should have access to a dentist isn’t enough, there has to be action too. Labour has presided over a dentistry service that penalises people depending on their income and where they live. Under Labour, dentistry in Wales is a far from universal service. PETER BLACK AM

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SHOUT about Porthcawl's potential! Many thanks to Porthcawl SHOUT for their invitation to be their New Year guest speaker at Trinity Church, discussing a number of local issues. Naturally, of interest to the audience was regeneration, and the current improvements to the harbour are an important starting point in attracting further interest and investment in Porthcawl. Work is progressing well on the new breakwater wall, new marina gate, pontoon system and sluice gates which complements the refurbishment of Porthcawl's 19th century lighthouse. Visitors along the seafront can keep up to date with the information displays and look at the interesting temporary urban artwork around the site. It was extremely helpful to get further feedback from local

residents on ideas for regeneration, which made it clear that attracting private investment is crucial for Porthcawl to realise an ambitious vision of an evermore outstanding seaside town with high quality facilities and attractions for residents and visitors alike. We all are agreed on the need to meet future demands across all areas from leisure to health provision, retail to tourism. Providing a wide range of amenities and boosting trade requires supporting local traders, encouraging entrepreneurs and attracting private investment. Lets remember, we have to promote Porthcawl to the very best of our ability. Shout about Porthcawl's potential! CARWYN JONES

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It’s great to see the new £3.2m Porthcawl Marina taking shape. With most of the off-site work now complete, foundations for the extended eastern breakwater are in, the harbour walls have been strengthened and abutments for the marina’s new lockgate have been precast. Preparations are underway for draining the harbour basin, and a temporary barrage is being set up to keep the tide at bay. Once this is in place, we will

Our team of civil enforcement officers will patrol the local area to offer advice and support to drivers, and to respond to reports of problems. We won’t be clamping, but we will be clamping down! We’re giving our enforcement officers the power to issue fixed penalties of up to £70 to offenders. We believe this scheme will improve safety and accessibility in local communities and help to provide easier access for pedestrians, cyclists, disabled people, public transport, delivery drivers and the emergency services, as well as help those businesses who are regularly bothered by problem parkers. COUNCILLOR MEL NOTT

Leader of BCBC be able to focus on excavating the harbour floor to create a permanent body of water which will ultimately be used to provide 70 pontoon berths for leisure, commercial and visiting boats. A new pontoon system has been manufactured, and the marina lockgate has been constructed by a specialist firm based in Holland. As you can imagine, the lockgate is a particularly impressive size, and will be shipped over for installation as the project nears completion. I think that the new marina is going to really benefit local trade and tourism, especially as we set about establishing Porthcawl as an official Water Sports Centre of Excellence, and I’m looking forward to seeing it open for the first time this summer. COUNCILLOR DAVID SAGE

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Kenfig Hill Air Cadets help with bag packing at Morrisons Air cadets and staff from Kenfig Hill spent a weekend bag packing in Morrisons Store in Baglan. On Saturday the cadets were supervised by Sgt (ATC) Kevin Gould, Sgt (ATC) Richard Peckham and Civilian Instructor Kinsey Williams. Sunday saw the return of Sgt (ATC) Richard Peckham along with Civilian Instructor Chris Lewis and Civilian Committee members Mrs Claire Norris and Mrs Lindsay Thomas. The bag packing weekend is becoming an annual event in our calendar and the cadets really enjoy meeting the public. The customers at Morrisons were really generous this year and the amount collected over the two days was £2,268.88, counted and bagged by Mr

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and Mrs Aston. Mrs Thomas, Secretary of the Civilian Committee, would like to thank the staff at Morrisons for their help in organising this event. The funds raised will go towards subsidising the cadets in various activities such as weekend camps at MoD St. Athan, Summer Camp, equipment for adventure training and various other activities. This was the last planned activity for 2012 and everyone at 2117 (Kenfig Hill) Squadron is looking forward to the challenges and activities planned for 2013. Flt Lt B C Thomas, Staff Cadets and Civilian Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the Seaside News for all the wonderful support they have given to the Squadron over the past twelve months, their support is invaluable. LINDSAY THOMAS

Secretary Civilian Committee so we can expand our capabilities as a group. We are in talks with several locations to run public events and we also have quite a few investigations coming up as the year progresses. You can follow us on facebook or view our website www. paranormalinvestigatorscymru. co.uk and contact us there. To be an investigator you don't need much equipment to start. A camera, digital voice recorder and a torch is a good start, the rest you can get once you are happy you want to continue with the group. We have full spectrum and infrared Camcorders, IR floodlights, digital voice recorders, EMF KII meters, and more. We are always open to any enquiries and we take them all seriously. TIM BUTLER

Hi folks, and happy New Year to you! Over the next few months we are going to look at a very important word in the Bible. That word is ‘justification’. We are familiar with the word from a legal perspective. To be justified is to be declared innocent. The Bible has such a theme. This series will develop and become a picture for us – hope you follow along. The first place to start is to say that God is ‘holy’. This means

Outlaws at Llanmihangel Llanmihangel Mill was part of St Michael’s Grange, the second largest grange owned by Margam Abbey. Initially, the grange covered an area of seven carucates, a carucate being as much land as a team of eight oxen could plough in a year and a day, estimated at 100 acres. The mill was first mentioned in a bull issued by Pope Urban III in 1186; however, the building probably precedes this date. The monks of Margam Abbey used the mill to grind corn from the nearby grange of St Michael’s and, further along the River Kenfig, they also established a fulling mill to manufacture cloth. In 1326 the fulling mill pro-

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duced an annual income of £1 while, for the same period, the corn mill generated revenue totalling 13s 4d, which suggests that the manufacture of cloth was more profitable than the grinding of corn. One of the lay brothers, Brother Meuric, was indicted in 1358 for harbouring two men at the grange, John ap Griffith and Rees ap Griffith, regarded as felons and outlaws. In his defence, Brother Meuric claimed that he had the right to be tried in an ecclesiastical court. Eventually, the Sheriff of Glamorgan agreed to this request and the men were tried, and acquitted, at Cardiff on the 26th May 1358. MANSEL JONES

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event and we are very grateful to Charles for arranging this particularly as this year he has During also arranged a piper. January We would like to say a great our resibig thank you to Nottage dents have Primary School and Ysgol Y formed Ferch o’r Sger for coming to a choir the home and performing here at outstanding carol concerts to Mr Charles the home the residents. They were both McBride which very professional and all chilmeets every Thursday. dren were exceptionally well Our choir master Colin Wilbehaved. The main lounge was liams is hopeful that they will fit to bursting and there was perform at our 40th anniverstanding room only for both sary celebrations in September. these events. During January Mr Charles Should you require a tour of McBride had very kindly the home please contact us on arranged a Burns Evening cele- 01656 785311. bration, the haggis was brought REBECCA TIMMS Royal in and the whiskey was flowing. Masonic Benevolent This has now become a yearly Institution (RMBI)

Life with the Porthcawl Lions At the first meeting of the year club members reviewed the last few events of 2012 and started making firm plans for 2013. The tea party for some of the older members of the community was well attended with everyone having a very enjoyable time. Santa’s new grotto was popular in its new position with one little boy visiting all the way from Australia! The Boxing Day fun run attracted over two hundred competitors and raised a lot of money for Sandville. Porthcawl Lions would like to thank the Y Centre, Trinity Church and

the Hi-Tide for making these ventures possible. Dates, already confirmed, for your diary are 6th May for the May Fayre at All Saints Church, 1st June for a new event, a Vintage Fair, at The Rest Hotel, 6th June for Porthcawl Lions annual Golf Day at the Grove and Boxing Day for the Fun Run. There will also be car boot sales at the Rest, for which club members do the car parking, beach cleans, book sales at various venues and Santa's grotto. Knowing the fertile minds of members there will doubtless be other events, but this column will keep you updated on all dates and venues. JOHN COSSON

Save Morfa beach 1st January brought a break in the weather, and our annual 'New Year’s Walk for Morfa' took place. Around 50 walkers, including children and dogs, met at the railway gates, Longlands Lane, Margam (Footpath 92) and exercised their rights to walk to the beach. We reflected on a successful year, when our e-petition became one of the most strongly supported on the Welsh Assembly website. We proved conclusively that public opinion is on our side, and we expect the Welsh Assembly to respect this and act accordingly. The following week our first public

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meeting of 2013 mapped out a series of forthcoming activities. Press coverage of our walk led to a burst of recruitment, with the Save Morfa Beach page on Facebook coming ever closer to 1000 members. Tata Steel and officers of Neath Port Talbot

Council might well come to regret their plans to close our footpath. They have stirred up several hornet’s nests, including the surfing community - an economically important interest group with global reach and sophisticated public

relations expertise. Our next meeting at the Twelve Knights Hotel, Margam, is at 7.30pm on 18th February. All supporters welcome. DR CHARLES SMITH


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Tools for Africa

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supplement the sewing machines, and are well needed to kick start young folk in Africa earn their own living. Our Annual Report shows that during the year we have shipped 21 crates containing Tools gratefully received 1,058 renovated tools. These We are grateful to Seaside have included carpentry, buildNews for our bi-monthly slot. ers, block making, leather workThis has resulted in having ers, auto mechanics, plumbing, more volunteers for our workmetal work, and several boxes shop, all experts in both skills of unrefurbished tools. We and bodging! All enthusiastic are grateful to many local – just what we need. organisations who supported We were able to offer a two our work last year. We are able day training course for five of to contribute £1,750 towards our group who wished to do shipment and training in seven the Sewing Machine refurbish- countries. ers course. (There are about We had good feedback from 50 checks to be made on the Group's coordinator when every machine). Can we thank he visited us in December. those who, as a result of our Workshops are on Wednesday recent articles, have supplied and Thursday afternoons. some old sewing machines. For local details or informaDuring the last year we sent 63 tion contact John at 01656 machines. Some are just what 786367 or the charity website we need, some have to be www.tfsr.org scrapped for spares. JOHN HANSON During the last year we sent Tools for Self Reliance 54 haberdashery kits, which www.tfsr.org

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they arrive at the inner solar system the Sun's heat causes the ice to vaporise and form a tail which always points away from the Sun. In March, Comet PanSTARRS will appear low in the western sky before it swings around the Sun to appear again in the morning sky towards east. Its parabolic orbit means it will never be seen again. However, the biggest comet of the year will turn up in November and pass within one million miles of the Sun in December. This is Comet Ison which may prove to be the brightest comet in living memory. CLIVE DOWN Bridgend Astronomical Society

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Porthcawl Townswomen's Guild Our chairman welcomed us all and good wishes were exchanged for 2013. News from our twin guild, and the plans for our visit to Mansfield in the summer were read. We had a lovely letter from Afghanistan thanking us for all the parcels sent for the solders. Two cheques were presented,

Porthcawl Inner Wheel Porthcawl Inner Wheel had a busy and enjoyable end to the year. Our coffee morning was well supported and raised a good amount for charity. The Tree Festival in All Saints Church looked splendid and our tree was decorated with Inner Wheel symbols depicting the causes we support. We held our Christmas dinner at the Rest Hotel and enjoyed singing carols and testing our

Porthcawl U3A January saw the resumption of all our interest groups. A popular trip to Cardiff Castle, fascinating talks on the Welsh Slate Industry and the beliefs of an Anglican Priest (Father Philip Masson) as the start of a new series about the different faiths in our society. The next in this series will be on Islam on Friday 22nd February. We also look forward to

for £300 each, to the Kidney Appeal in Porthcawl, and the Literacy in a Box Trust for school aid in Zambia. Our speaker, Mr David Anderson, gave a wonderful history lesson about the British Isles. Our next meeting is on 13th February at All Saints Church hall at 2pm. Mr David Haberfield will be our guest speaker and all will be welcome. FREDA ROGER

knowledge with a quiz. It was a very happy occasion. We begin this new year with our monthly meeting at the Rest Hotel and will attend our special church service followed by refreshments at St John's. There is already a full annual programme of events planned by our committee and president Mary Emment-Lewis and we look forward to a busy year ahead. If you would like further information about the Inner Wheel please contact Janice on 01656 78517. JANICE JONES

Allan Underhill on ‘Dangerous Waters’ on 6th February, trips to Jesus Christ Superstar on 7th, a Philharmonia Concert in Cardiff on 13th, and – book early for – Nos Lawen on 28th. Details of these and all our activities appear in our newsletter – there is a wide choice on every weekday. Interested to know more or join us? Please ring Chris James on 01656 864742.

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portunity to view pictures taken by Mr Haberfield following the redevelopment of the gardens since 1995 when it was handed over to the Aberglasney Restoration Trust. The whole presentation on screen was backed with appropriate music and was so enjoyed by members that we look forward to another visit from Mr Haberfield in the future. We would like to wish all Seaside News readers a happy New Year and welcome new members and visitors to our monthly meetings. PAM REDMOND

talk on 'Women's suffrage in Wales'. Women had been holding meetings since the mid 1800s to win votes, but at this particular time they were very restricted especially if they were married. They did gain the vote in 1918 but had to be over 30. Emmeline Pankhurst was part of a small militant group which caught the headlines. Some of those who went to prison went on hunger strike. More than one person tried to get elected to Parliament and Megan Lloyd George was successful in 1929. There is a very varied programme in the coming year which should cater for everyone. The next meeting is on 14th February when the speaker will the Mr David Anderson on 'Around Britain Cruise'. ANN VIPOND

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Investing for growth

Regrettably, the world of the 1980s has disappeared

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First of all a happy New Year to everyone and it’s already kicked off with a spate of interest rate cuts as mortgage lenders start to see the market settling down, with a sense of confidence starting to return. It’s still far from perfect of course but with one eminent economist recently declaring that he felt that bank interest

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ation of a company's shares with its profits. The growth that we became used to during the 1980s and 1990s was to a larger degree than we thought at the time, a product of progressively cheaper money, rising house prices and ever-increasing debt. That world has, for the foreseeable future, disappeared. Today investors find themselves in a low-growth environment in which rapidly rising earnings are the exception. So the future of investing could start to look very familiar to those who were investing pre 1980 where income, not

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Elliott Mills goes mobile! Meditation The beginning of January saw a number of yoga teachers and meditation teachers meet at the Yoga Studio, Maesteg. We agreed to work closer together and share access to day retreats and structured courses. We also agreed that we intend to organise a launch day for anyone who has practiced yoga or meditation. A great opportunity to get back into the ‘now’. If you would like to be kept up to date with our developments you can join our Facebook page

‘Meditation Matters’. We have a website planned and I have written a document that will keep you fully up to date with what is going on. If you would like to read this document please email me at evansneville@aol.com The group has a wide range skills and expertise. From birth preparation, relaxation classes, stress reduction, spiritual teachings, reduction of anxiety/depression and of course optimal living. There is something for everyone. NEVILLE EVANS

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How to make divorce and separation an easier experience In the New Year, family solicitors notice an increase in clients seeking advice regarding separation and divorce. The reasons for this vary, it could be that the client has experienced a difficult Christmas with their partner when the pressures of being in close contact for an extended period of time has made them realise that they no longer wish to be in the relationship. Alternatively, the parties may have been separated for some time and when the New Year comes around, the client feels that the time has come to make a fresh start and deal with the divorce or financial or children issues resulting from the breakdown of the relationship. Going to a solicitor for the first time can be a daunting experience. You will be asked to provide instructions regarding the problem and so it can help to make notes in advance of your appointment. It will also save time and expense if

you obtain full details of your financial position, for example bank statements, wage slips, pension statements and details of any debts which you have. You should also locate your marriage certificate or obtain a copy from the Register Office in the area that the marriage ceremony took place. Your solicitor will discuss the various ways of dealing with your case and will explore the possibility of mediation with you. This is a process whereby the parties meet with an independent solicitor who is also a trained mediator and attempt to reach an agreement without resorting to court. If agreement is reached, then the mediator will prepare a written summary of this. Mediation can be a positive experience in that it can result in agreement being reached in a less costly, quicker and less adversarial way. If any of the above is relevant to you, please contact us as we will be happy to deal with any queries which you have. MADELINE RAND

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Cefn Cribwr Gardening Club

We were going to show a picture of the Spanish monster slug but it was too horrible. Here's a sleeping kitten instead…

The mild January has turned this month’s maybe jobs into must-do jobs. Divide snowdrops, chit early potatoes (much easier to keep chit up if you place them in old egg boxes), trim hedges and put up bird boxes – last chance before the tits start looking for a suitable residence! They will repay you with insect control later! February is a poor month for gardening, cold, dark, windy, soil still too wet to get on.

The month is named after the Roman festival of ritual purification (spring cleaning) so maintenance jobs rule. Moss starts growing on lawns before grass, so now is the time to start killing it with ferrous sulphate. Did you know about the Spanish monster slug, brought into our country on imported salad leaves (yuck!) are up to 5” long and have been found eating dead mice, dogs mess and even each other. They caused havoc in Scandinavia where feasting on road kill caused so much slime it became a road hazard! Coffee morning 2nd March, 10am-12pm in the Green Hall, come and have a natter (even about slugs). If a man alone in the garden speaks, and there is no woman to hear, is he still wrong? CHRIS EARLY earlycefn@btinternet.com

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To Heather You danced your way into our lives, Heather, our child from heaven Laughing and loving, scattering joy We knew you had been given, A special grace in all our lives Our treasured gift from heaven And as you grew and burdens came In all you danced with grace Our loving, caring Heather, Heaven’s light upon your face Your special touch on all our lives Of joy and radiant grace

The sentiment Cursing at the wind, After scattering the ashes, Of a loved one's soul Across the sand. Go dance on the waves, Lay on the sea bed, Make love with the grains, Hand in hand.

As butterfly from womb of pain Bursts into heaven’s delight We must release you into joy And know you’re dancing still In worship now and ecstasy God’s heart of love to fill

HOLLY ASPEY North Cornelly

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Poems STACY LOCK North Cornelly

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Swallow your pride now, It's worthless here Nobody knows who you are, Dead amongst the sand.

I will be here waiting, Long after your time, Hold your breath, Own the land.

I still miss you so much, Your smile and gentle touch, Your warmth and loving heart. I can't believe your not here

PAULINE LEWIS Porthcawl

Living is easy when it's August and the smile of a pretty girl makes your heart sing You feel you really can believe in miracles and can conquer anything. But living is hard when it's November a heart feels desolate and days are cold. There's no warm smile or glance just regret, perhaps a missed chance. And love seems as distant as the echo of a warm August afternoon when the smile of a pretty girl steals your heart away.

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In my heart

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NEW BOOKS AT PORTHCAWL LIBRARY Non-fiction Fiction DAVID COHEN

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A Bridgend County Borough adult learner is celebrating success in a regional literary competition. Laura Foakes has triumphed over more than 100 unpublished authors to win first prize at the South Wales Short Story Competition sponsored by Cardiff-based Candy Books, with her entry, The Countess and the Mole Man. The would-be author currently attends two Community Learning in Bridgend writing courses and credits her tutor, Stephen Jenkins for inspiring and encouraging her to enter the competition. Taking inspiration from overheard conversations,

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Plenty to write about, as always. It was great to have a few beers with my old chum Jay Aston. Jay, who hails from North Cornelly, found success in the USA back in the mid 80s with his band Gene Loves Jezebel which still has a large fan-base there today. Jay is

Art in Focus As an Art Tour Guide at The National Museum of Wales in Cardiff I wish to bring to your attention an exquisite masterpiece, soon to leave us, by Rembrandt van Rijn. It was created at a time when Rembrandt was producing his most prolific and best works, so come along and see it whilst you can as it is only on display till 17th February. What is so intriguing about The Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet, painted in 1657, just a year after Rembrandt had to claim insolvency, is her face. She sits before us in her refinery appearing to gaze into a space unoccupied, where in fact her pet parakeet emerges from the darkened background as a ghostly apparition. Her dress reveals she is of a strict religious order who would have

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now based in London, and said he was making a fleeting visit home before going back over the pond on a solo tour, then to Italy for some GLJ gigs. I will keep you posted on Jay’s career! And talking of stars of the 80s, they don’t come bigger than Steve Strange, whose band Visage had all those hits back then. Steve told me that Visage are releasing a new album (their first since the 80s) in March, and it’s already getting rave reviews. I’ll catch up with the great man himself in next month’s column. I missed Phil James and Rob Ash’s recent gig but will check them out soon. Happy birthday to Rob, drummer with The Guzzards and have a good un! Finally, keep the calls coming but please note my new number is 07979 971127. Cheers. STAG 07979 971127

frowned on such displays of wealth. She was separated from her preacher husband at the time, so she must have been strongly independent to sustain such an unconventional lifestyle, in both character and financially. Rembrandt created this fittingly authoritative pose leaving us with an enduring masterpiece. Daily tours free to the public: 12.30pm. JOSEPHINE LEWINGTON BA HONS. MA

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the Grand Pavilion in August and we will be announcing a competition and exhibition of images of Porthcawl for the We have had some excellent public very soon, so watch this space. presentations recently, including one by Chris Warren. Full details of our programme We are holding an exhibition are available on our website at pyle-porthcawl-ps.co.uk. We of prints from club members at the Nolton Gallery in Brid- welcome new members of all ages and skill levels, so if you gend during March, so if you are in Bridgend, why not come have an interest in photograalong and enjoy our work and phy come and join us at the Rest on Thursday evenings. the other prints on display. We are also working towards GLYN EDMUNDS pyle-porthcawl-ps.co.uk our Porthcawl Summer Competition and Exhibition in


Cantorion Coety Mixed Choir Following the Annual General Meeting, Cantorion Coety (a choir of 31 mixed voices) are presently preparing for their programme of varied Welsh music for their schedule of concerts to be held at various venues in the area during 2013. At the conclusion of the AGM, the choir was addressed by the President, Mr John Elfed Jones, Coity. He congratulated the choir on their success and efforts in completing ten concerts in 2012, and for the support and leadership of the

committee and the musical director, Mrs Eira Paskin, Bridgend. He reflected on how quickly the time had gone since the formation of the choir in September 2007, with only a handful of enthusiasts. The original intention was to sing Welsh music, whenever possible in Welsh, and to encourage a wide repertoire of both traditional and contemporary works. John Elfed Jones concluded with a quote from a Scandinavian saying that “If you love singing you will always find a song to sing”. ALUN ROBERTS JONES

FEBRUARY Themed Exhibition By members of Silures @ Silures Gallery, 40 South Road, Porthcawl CF36 3DG. Runs until Sunday 24th February 2013. Open 11am to 4.30pm weekends.

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Acoustic Club Hi there, and happy New Year from the Acoustic Club. Huge thanks to all who supported us last year. We have had some great musicians over the last year: Woody Mann and also Shootin' the Crow, Thistledown, to name but a few. After a short break over the Christmas period, we are back with a great line up this year. We kick off with our first event on Thursday 14th February, featuring Blue Rhondda, back by popular demand (check out

their website at www.bluerhondda.co.uk). Folk, blues, rock, with a dash of country and western, supported by singer/ songwriter Huw Chidgey from Aberdare. For more information on tickets and membership please contact the Grand Pavilion Box Office on 01656 815995, or website www.grandpavilion. co.uk You can also follow us on Facebook at The Acoustic Club, The Stage Door, Grand Pavilion Porthcawl. LIN WILLIAMS

BOOGIE BEAT classes and parties are ENERGETIC and FUN, introducing boys and girls to the joys of MUSIC, DANCE AND SINGING. Our pre-school classes are themed based on traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes using all our own music and illustrations. Contact Nicky on 07789 688447 for more information or to book your FREE TRIAL for the PORTHCAWL or KENFIG HILL class

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Charity Valentine's 16 Ball Love is in the air at The Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff at 7pm (black tie optional) in association with Welsh Hearts supporting local heart groups in Wales. The event is in aid of two local heart charities in Wales 'Cardiomyopathy' and the Heart Research Fund for Wales. Tickets £30 and include a sparkling reception, a threecourse dinner with coffee, a charity raffle and auction. Live entertainment and dancing. For tickets contact 02920 435000 or Sharon Owen on 07730 944700 or email fundraising@welshhearts.org

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(Doors open 10.45am for NCT members with membership card). For more info please go to: www.seasidenews.co.uk/ whats-on.html Jubilation in Art an Exhibition by Peter Millis @ Silures Gallery, 40 South Road, Porthcawl CF36 3DG. Runs until Sunday 31st March 2013. Open 11am to 4.30pm weekends.

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Jazz in the Stage 14 Door The Phil Dando Sextet @ the Grand Pavilion @ 8pm. Tickets £8. Tel: 01656 815995 or at www.grandpavilion.co.uk Art,Craft and 30 Vintage Fair Brackla Community Centre, Whitethorn Drive, Brackla, Bridgend CF31 2PQ. 10am– 2pm. Free entry and parking. For further information or to book a stall please get in touch: jctfairs@gmx.com

Porthcawl Art Society table top sale Porthcawl Art Society will be holding a table top sale of reasonable priced original painting throughout February. This is alongside our normal exhibits. Gallery opens Thursday, Friday and Saturdays during February. Opening times 11am–4pm. ROBERT TAYLOR

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on (01656) 815995 • CREATIVE STITCHING, CEFN CRIBWR (Term time only) WEA Creative Stitching Class in Bethlehem • ANCIENT ART OF Church Life Centre. 12pm–2pm. Come BELLRINGING, PORTHCAWL and learn some new techniques and @ St. Johns Church, Newton Green, meet new people. More info: Kim 02920 Porthcawl 7.45-9pm. Email ruth.birch@ 382431, courseinfosouth@swales.wea. hotmail.co.uk org.uk • BALLROOM & SEQUENCE • CYLCH MEITHRIN, DANCING, PORTHCAWL PORTHCAWL Open Mon–Fri (EXCEPT BANK HOLS) @ 9.15am-1.15pm. Welsh Nursery at the Awel-y-Mor Centre. 2–4.30pm. Tabernacl Chapel, Fenton Place. 2+ years. Admission £2. Tel: 01656 653914 Nicola Jenkins: 07931 957668 • BELLY DANCING CLASSES • DANCE CLASSES, Beginners and refreshers @ the Dance BRYNTIRION @ the Dance Studio, Centre, Elm Crescent, Bryntirion Mount Pleasant, Bryntirion. Classes in (next to Filco) 6–7pm. Contact cheerleading/hip hop/jive for kids/line Linda 01656 863639/07824 874511, adult jive classes 8–9pm. Tel: 07980 elindiabellydance@gmail.com 039128 • BRIDGEND & DISTRICT • DRAGON SPORT NETBALL, CAMERA CLUB @ Nolton Church KENFIG HILL 5-6pm @ Cynffig Hall, Merthyr Mawr Rd, Bridgend, Sports Hall. Contact: Debbie 07890 7.30pm. Disabled access. Contact: 582636 info@bridgendcameraclub.co.uk • HATHA YOGA CLASSES, • BRIDGEND WARRIORS PORTHCAWL 6.30–8pm @ St KICKBOXING CLUB, Clare’s School. All levels welcome. BRIDGEND Above Codys, The Please contact Alan Davies, British Dunraven Arms Hotel, Bridgend. Wheel of Yoga teacher, on 01639 888705 Beginners: 6.30–8pm, graded • INDOOR 5-A-SIDE FOOTBALL members: 7.30–9pm (times overlap). LEAGUE, MAESTEG @ Maesteg kkaw_copp@hotmail.com Comprehensive 6–9pm. Boys 13–15 • BRIDGEND U3A, BRIDGEND years. Call Phil on 07535 254290 or Every 3rd Monday @ The Mission for email philipnmorgan@sky.com the Deaf, Coychurch Rd, Bridgend, 2pm. • JOY OF LIVING Classes in 01656 656207 mindfulness meditation. Learn to calm • BUZZ SOFTPLAY (inc. messy the mind and open the heart. Every 1st play) 10.30am–1pm - BCLC Cefn and 3rd Monday of the month at Friends Cribwr www.mybclc.org/01656 745655. Meeting House, 87 Park St, Bridgend, Age 0-3. £3 1st child, subsequent CF31 4AZ. May 7th and 21st. 7.30-9pm. children half price Donation based classes/drop in basis. • CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE Suitable for beginner and experienced MORGANNWG 1st and 3rd Monday meditator of each month (Bank Holidays excluded). • JUDOKWAI, BRIDGEND @ Cefn Friendship/Social Group @ the ARC Glas, Bridgend, 07530 700243 (Andrew). centre, Bridgend, 6.30–8.30pm. Contact Juniors (6–15 years) 7–8pm. Seniors 01792 462845 or just drop in (16+) 8.30–10pm • CHESS CLUB MEETING, • KENFIG HILL & DISTRICT PORTHCAWL 7.30pm @ The MALE VOICE CHOIR Rehearsals Fairways Hotel, Porthcawl in the Choral Suite, Green Acre Motel, • CHILDREN’S DANCE CLASSES North Cornelly, 7–9pm. Tel 01656 For ages 3 to 18 years, 4–8pm @ The 740766 Dance Centre, Bridgend. 01656 652165. • KYOKUSHIN KARATE, CEFN www.dancecentre-bridgend.com CRIBWR @ Green Hall Cefn • CHILDREN’S SWIMMING Cribwr. Juniors Training: 6.30–7.30pm; LESSONS, BRIDGEND @ Seniors 6.30–8.30pm. First lesson Heronsbridge School Pool. 5–7.30pm. free. Juniors £2.50, Seniors £3.00. Also on Tuesdays & Saturdays. Ages 6–104. Beginners and improver’s Contact Anne: 07748 472481, email: welcome. Come and get fit and learn the swimschoolwales@yahoo.co.uk Kyokushin way. cckkc@hotmail.co.uk. • CIRCUIT TRAINING 6pm - 7pm, Also on Thursdays Awel y Mor Community Centre, for all • MENTAL HEALTH WELLBEING levels of fitness, all genders & all ages. GROUP @ Sarn Life Centre, Call Mark 01656 784391 6.30–7.30pm. Experienced mental • COMEDY IMPRO CLUB £15 per health issues? No referral needed, all are term. Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. For welcome, just to pop along and have a more info or to book a place, call Tracy cuppa in a relaxed and informal setting.

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• MID GLAMORGAN ACCORDION BAND, PYLE Rehearsals at Pyle Rugby Club 7–9pm. Beginners and other instruments welcome. Contact Allan: 01639 888053 or Gerry: 016567 784904 • MINI ROCK MONDAY 5–6.30pm. BCLC Cefn Cribwr www.mybclc.org/ 01656 745655. Age 4–9. £2 inc. tuck shop, drink, craft • MONKEY MUSIC FOR BABIES & TODDLERS, BRIDGEND Award winning music classes for babies and toddlers aged 3 months to 4 years. New after school class 4pm. Term time only @ St Marys RC Church Hall, Ewenny Road, Bridgend. Contact Emma to book a complimentary session: 01656 649190, emma.loyns@monkeymusic.co.uk, www.monkeymusic.co.uk • OVER 50s KEEP-FIT, BRACKLA Brackla Community Centre. 10.30– 11.30am. Call Pat on 01656 785148 • PENCOED & DISTRICT CHORAL SOCIETY, PENCOED @ Salem Chapel Vestry, Coychurch Road, Pencoed, 7.30–9.30pm. Mixed voices, new members welcome. Contact Helen: 01656 861481 • PORTHCAWL CHORAL SOCIETY PRACTICE @ Trinity Church 7.15–9.15pm. Mixed voice choir. New members welcome. 01656 784211 • PORTHCAWL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB @ The Rest Hotel, 7pm. Contact Tricia: 01656 785794 • PORTHCAWL SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB 5–7pm, Awel Y Mor Community Centre. Training for Graded Martial Arts students of all ages with gradings every 3 months. FREE MONTH TRIAL FOR NEWCOMERS. Call Christian Whale (5th Dan) on 07784 317151 • PRAM FITNESS, BRIDGEND 1.30–2.30PM @ the Loft Cafe, Broadlands. Specialist outdoor postnatal exercise class for mums whilst baby enjoys a ride in their pram. Contact Sarah on 07917 276788. Email sarahdowson@sky.com • ROCK MONDAY 7–9pm. BCLC Cefn Cribwr www.mybclc.org/ 01656 745655. Age 5–8. 50p • SALSA DANCE BEG/IMP, BRIDGEND 8pm @ The Dance Centre/Labour Club Bryntirion, 01656 652165 • SLIMMING WORLD, PORTHCAWL Gilgal Church Hall Woodland Ave @ 5.30pm. Tel Bev: 07912 172674 • SLIMMING WORLD WITH DEE @ North Cornelly Community Centre, 10am. Call 07733 267369 • SNAC - SPECIAL NEEDS ACTIVITY CLUB, MARGAM Adult Social Night 6.30–9pm £4. Call

Cheryl 01639 899666 • STREET DANCE CLASSES with the British Street Dance champions BRIDGEND: @ Westward Community Centre, Llangewydd Rd Bridgend. 3–5yrs 4–5pm, 6–11yrs 5–6pm. More info: 07974 904181. www.popstarsdancestudios. co.uk • TAI CHI FOR HEALTH, PORTHCAWL @ Awel Y Mor Centre, Porthcawl. 10am. Beginners welcome. www.cobwebs.uk.net/suntaiji • TANG SOO DO, PYLE & DISTRICT (Korean self defence). No training fee for 1st month. 5–6.30pm mixed class (also Fridays). Upstairs in Pyle Life Center contact Kyo Sa Nim Gareth Powell on 01656 659592/ 07884 295499/gareth.powell@tangsoodo. co.uk • TRINITY ART GROUP @Trinity Church, Porthcawl, 7pm. Beginners & experienced artists, 14+. Wide range of media, subjects and approaches. Also on Fridays, 1–4.30pm. Jean: 01656 783017 • YOGA CLASSES, PORTHCAWL With Carol Curtis Jones. British Wheel of Yoga teacher. Trinity Church, Porthcawl 1–3pm. Beginners welcome. 01656 773266 • YOGA CLASSES, PORTHCAWL With Carol Curtis Jones. British Wheel of Yoga teacher. Awel-y-Mor. 7.15–9pm. Beginners welcome. Tel. 01656 773266 • ZUMBA @ Labour Club, Bryntirion. 6–7pm. £3.50 per class. Dance fitness class. Come along and have fun, no need to be a dancer, it suits everyone. Everyone welcome, for further details contact Diane Ryan 07773 912728 or www.zumba.com • ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS @ Porthcawl RFC, 10.15 am with Nikki, Qualified Fitness and Zumba Instructor, insured and CRB checked. £3.50 per class. Please wear trainers and prepare to sweat! All abilities welcome

Tuesday • 1ST CORNELLY SCOUT GROUP @ Willow Beaver Colony. Ages 6–8, 4.30–5:45pm. Cub Scout Pack. Ages 8–10, 6–8pm. Cornelly Scout & Guide Hall, Meadow Street, North Corrnelly. Contact Rob on F700pff@aol.com or 01656 746564 • ADULT MUSIC WORKSHOPS, PORTHCAWL Return to music. All instruments, all levels of ability. Dust off that old guitar and come along! Rock and Arts Club, 41 John Street, Porthcawl. 7-9pm with new groups opening on other nights. £20 per month. 01656 856074 for more information


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Olympian silver medal winner Sue Cheesbrough. Ring 07866 313623 for more details. • FILM CLUB @ Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. Please visit our Facebook page or contact the Grand Pavilion Box Office. £4 per film or £27 for the season. • FRENCH & SPANISH CLUBS FOR CHILDREN, BRIDGEND Aged 4–11 years. A fun program all in French and Spanish. alicastanera@ googlemail.com or 07533 597229 • GROUNDWORK ACTIVE PLAY SESSIONS Ages 8-12 @ Newton Park. 4–6pm. A supervised 2 hour activity session with trained Groundwork staff and PCSO Holly. Sports, arts and crafts, and general outdoor activities. Activities are led by the children that attend. • GYMTOTS, KENFIG HILL 2–5yrs @ Cynffig Sports hall. Contact: Debbie 07890 582636 • HATHA YOGA CLASS @ 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: mail@ michelelambertyoga.co.uk www. michelelambertyoga.co.uk • KICKBOXING CLASSES: BEGINNERS ONLY, BRIDGEND @ Jeff’s Kickboxing Gym, Dunraven Arms. 6.30–8pm • KETTLE BELL CLASSES @ Cynffig Comprehensive. 5.15–6.15pm. All over body workout. Interested? please contact Debbie on 07779 709814. Also on a Thursday, 5.45–6.45pm • 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 e-mail: porthcawltsd@btinternet.com. Web: www.ttfuk.co.uk Also on Fridays • LINE DANCING FOR ALL @ Newton Institute, Porthcawl. 7pm–9.30 pm, £3.50. Everyone welcome – beginners to enthusiasts. Come and learn some great dances and get fit at the same time. • LADIES ONLY FITNESS SESSIONS, SOUTH CORNELLY @ 2tone fitness, South Cornelly Trading estate. 8–9pm. Call Jo on 07730 676664 or 01656 670064 • LIBRARY READERS’ GROUPS @ Pencoed Library, every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10am. Tel: 01656 754840 www.bridgend.gov.uk/libraries, Also @ Aberkenfig Library – every 1st Tuesday of the month,11.30am. 01656 754820, abkenlib@bridgend.gov.uk. • LINE DANCING FOR BEGINNERS @ NEWTON INSTITUTE, PORTHCAWL 7pm. £3.50. Make new friends, have fun & learn some great dances • LINE DANCE CLASSES @ Awel y Mor, Porthcawl. Everyone welcome, including beginners. 7pm start, £4 per person. 01639 631544 or 07770 966624 • LUNCHEON CLUB for senior citizens @ Trinity Church, John St, Porthcawl, 12.30. All are welcome. For further details tel. 01656 772364 • OUTDOOR BOOTCAMP – FORCES FITNESS, BRIDGEND Open to all levels of fitness from the

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8.15pm. New members always welcome. Tel: Sue 01656 659676 • HATHA YOGA, BRYNCETHIN All levels welcome. 7–8.30pm @ Ynysawdre Parish Hall, Bryn Road, Tondu, CF32 9EF. Contact Michele: 07793 544 956, michelelambert 21@hotmail.com www.michelelambertyoga.co.uk • KEEP-FIT CLASSES, COYCHURCH Coychurch Memorial Hall 7–8pm. All levels of fitness catered for. No joining fee. Also on Monday & Friday, 9.30–10.30am • KENFIG HILL & DISTRICT MALE VOICE CHOIR Rehearse in the Choral Suite, Green Acre Motel, North Cornelly, 7pm–9pm. Come and give it a try, you won’t regret it. There isn’t a better hobby than singing! Tel: 01656 740766 • KETTLE BELL CALSSES 6–6.45pm, in Cynffig Comprehensive School’s main hall. Call Debbie on 07779 709814. • KICKBOXING CLASSES: CHILDREN FROM 5 YEARS, BRIDGEND Also on a Monday @ Jeff’s Kickboxing Gym, Dunraven Arms. 6–7pm. Loose clothing to start • LADIES ONLY FITNESS SESSIONS, SOUTH CORNELLY @ 2tone fitness, South Cornelly Trading estate. 8–9pm. Please phone Jo on 07730 676664 or 01656 670064 for more details • LIBRARY READERS’ GROUP, PYLE @ Pyle Life Centre, every 3rd Thurs of the month at 7pm. Tel: 01656 754850 www.bridgend.gov.uk/libraries • LIFEGUARD CLUB - POOL TRAINING, PYLE @ Pyle Pool 8–10am. Tel: (01656) 771380 for details or www.restbaylifeguards.org.uk • MID GLAMORGAN MIXED CHOIR, PENCOED (Term time only) in The Bowls Club, Pencoed from 7.15–9pm. Call Louise Baker on 01656 667451 timohagan388@hotmail.com • ORIGINAL ARTISTS ACOUSTIC EVENING Every fortnight at the Seahorse, 9pm, in aid of BOBATH Centre for Cerebral Palsy. To play on one of these evenings please contact Nikki on 07916 342370. Small fee to each act. • PORTHCAWL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB @ Awel-y-Mor, Porthcawl, 7pm. Contact Tricia: 01656 785794. Also on a Saturday • PORTHCAWL SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB 5–6.30pm @ Awel Y Mor Community Centre, for Graded Martial Arts students of all ages/with gradings every 3 months. Call Christian Whale (5th Dan) on 07784 317151 • Porthcawl WI Every 4th Thurs @ All Saints Church, Porthcawl, 2–4pm • PREGNANCY YOGA @ Litchard Infants School, 6–7.15pm. A time for you and your baby, suitable from 16 weeks. 6–7.15pm: Pregnancy Yoga (£30 for 6 weeks). 7.30–8.45pm: Yoga Drop-in class (£4.50 per session or £20 for 5 sessions). Please contact Emma on 01656 651230 www.pure-yoga.co.uk or pureYoga on facebook • PYLE & PORTHCAWL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY MEETING @ The Rest at 7.15pm. Diverse range of photography related activities. Call Glyn on 01656 772831 (publicity.officer@pyle-porthcawl-ps.

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co.uk), or www.pyle-porthcawl-ps.co.uk • READING GROUPS @ Ogmore Valley Life Centre. Last Thursday of the month, 11am. 01656 754856, ovalelib@bridgend.gov.uk. Also, Pyle Life Centre, every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm. 01656 754850, pylelib@ bridgend.gov.uk No meetings in August • ROYAL MARINES ASSOCIATION, SWANSEA BAY BRANCH Last Thursday of every month. Further details 01656 670224 • SENSHI DO KARATE & KICKBOXING @ Cefn Glas scouts hall. Karate: 6–7pm. Kickboxing: 7–8pm. www.senshido-wales@webs.com • SHOTOKAN KARATE, PORTHCAWL @ St. John’s School, 6–7pm. Call Phil on 07966 624 140. All welcome. • SLIMMING WORLD WITH DEE 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm at Pyle Parish Hall, Pyle road. Tel: 07733 267369, or just pop in!   • STAGECOACH THEATRE ARTS SCHOOL, BRIDGEND Performing arts classes, ages 3–18. Contact Helene on 01446 781454. www.stagecoach. co.uk/bridgend. Also on Friday & Saturday • TAI BO KICK AEROBICS, PYLE @ Pyle Life Centre 7.15–8.15pm. Male & female, all ages welcome! Instructor Sarah Panes, Qualified Tai Bo & 2nd Degree Black Belt ITF TKD Instructor. Kids Tae Kwon Do 6–7pm. Call Sarah: 01656 743478 or 07773 041339 • TI A FI Y SGER PARENT TODDLER GROUP 9–11am. Cornelly Integrated Centre, Greenfield Terrace, North Cornelly, CF33 4LW. 07866 162440 • WESTWARD 0–4 MEET AND PLAY GROUP A stay and play facility for babies and toddlers aged 0-4. Westward Community Centre, Cefn Glas, Bridgend. 1.30-3pm. £1 donation required (includes tea/coffee) • YOGA CLASS @ Litchard Infants School, 7.30–8.45pm. General drop in class, suitable for all levels, time for you to relax, re-centre and renew. Please contact Emma on 01656 651230 www.pure-yoga.co.uk or PureYoga on Facebook • ZUMBA North Cornelly Community Centre. 8–845pm. Only £3. Join the party and zumba the winter blues away! Call Mandy: 07854 372582 • ZUMBA, PORTHCAWL 9.45– 10.45am Awel y Mor Community Centre, Wellfield Avenue and 5.30–6.30pm at Nottage Primary School, Suffolk Place. Hannah Bowen Qualified Fitness Instructor Licensed Zumba Instructor find me on Facebook as Zumba Fitness Porthcawl and on Zumba.com or call 07886 487853

Friday • ARCHAEOLOGY CYMRU ARCHAEOLOGY WALKS 10am meeting at the Llantwit Major Train Station carpark. Looking at a wide range of archaeological sites throughout the Vale of Glamorgan. We look at Iron-Age hill-forts, medieval castles, and even sites that we just discover along the way. Walking boots and refreshments a must.

More info: 07751 255725 or email: karljlangford@hotmail.com • BINGO, KENFIG HILL – after Luncheon Club. Eyes down at 1.45pm at the Talbot Community Centre, Kenfig Hill. More info: Cheryl on 01656 749754 • BOOGIE BEAT MUSIC & MOVEMENT Classes for 1–5year olds. Awel y Mor Community Centre, Porthcawl, 9.30–10.15am. To book a free trial call Nicky on 07789 688447 or email nickygreenway@boogiebeat.co.uk • BOUNCE & RHYME SESSIONS FOR BABIES & TODDLERS @ Aberkenfig Library. 10am. 01656 754820, abkenlib@bridgend.gov.uk. Also @ Pyle Life Centre, every 1st Friday of the month, 2pm. 01656 754850 pylelib@ bridgend.gov.uk • BRIDGEND FUCHSIA SOCIETY, YNYSAWDRE @ Ynysawdre Community Centre. 1st Friday of the month, 7pm. All welcome! Call 01656 661338 / 07976 430086. king-barry@ btconnect.com • BRIDGEND WRITERS’ CIRCLE, BRIDGEND @ Bryntirion & Laleston Community Hall, Mount Pleasant, Bryntirion, CF31 4EF. 01656 772738. www.bridgendwriters.webs.com • BUZZ SOFTPLAY (inc. messy play) 10.30am–midday - BCLC Cefn Cribwr. www.mybclc.org/ 01656 745655. Age 0-3. £3 1st child, subsequent children half price • CHARITY PUB QUIZ, PORTHCAWL @ Seagull Pub, Rest Bay, Porthcawl. 9pm. Proceeds to local charities. • CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH AND SPANISH FOR ADULTS (term time) @ Cefn Cribwr, Bethlehem Church Life Centre. Spanish 10am–12pm. French 12.30pm–2.30pm. Call Kim: 02920 382431 or Amanda 01656 650360, courseinfosouth@swales.wea.org.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 e-mail: porthcawltsd@btinternet.com. www.ttfuk.co.uk Also on Tuesdays • MONKEY MUSIC FOR BABIES & TODDLERS, BRIDGEND Term time only @ Trinity Church, Porthcawl. Aged 3 months–4 years. Contact Emma for a free trial 01656 649190. www. monkeymusic.co.uk • PORTHCAWL GYMNASTICS CLUB (Term time only) Classes from 4.45–7.15pm, please call for details Limited places. Register your child in our fun packed classes. Existing members guaranteed a place. Tel: 07971 476738 • PORTHCAWL PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP Last Friday of the month in the Unitarian Church School Room, Nottage, 10.30am. More info: 01656 783071 • SEQUENCE DANCING, PORTHCAWL @ Trinity church 8–10.15pm. £2.50. 01656 782606 • SENSHI DO ‘The Warriors Way’ KARATE & KICKBOXING, BRIDGEND @ Brackla Community Centre, Whitethorne drive, Brackla, Bridgend. 6.30–7.30pm. All levels, beginners welcome. Call 07791 412864,

email bkkc@live.co.uk • SHOUT – FOR OVER 50s, PORTHCAWL 1st Friday of month. Open forum in Porthcawl to express your concerns. @ Trinity Church at 2pm. Tel: 01656 786463 • SING AND SIGN, BABY SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES, BRIDGEND @ 9.45–10.45am. For more information or to book please contact Beverley on 07583 087157 or email beverleythomas@singandsign. co.uk www.singandsign.co.uk • TAI CHI, BRIDGEND @ Bridgend Recreation Centre, 7–8.30pm. Beginners welcome. John Jones, Chief Instructor. sunsdragon@hotmail.com • TAI CHI CLASS Traditional Sun Style Taijiquan. Pyle Church Hall. 10–11am. Other classes held throughout the Borough. Instructor G Lake, email: Caringspirit15@yahoo.co.uk • TANG SOO DO, PYLE & DISTRICT (Korean self defence) No training fee for first month. Junior 5yrs+ 6.30–.15pm. Mixed class 7.20–8.30pm. Advanced Class 8.30–9pm (also Mondays). Upstairs in Pyle Life Centre. Kyo Sa Nim Gareth Powell: 01656 659592/ 07884 295499/gareth.powell@ tangsoodo.co.uk • TAI CHI FOR HEALTH, PORTHCAWL @ Awel Y Mor Centre, Porthcawl. 10.30am. Beginners welcome. COntact John, 01656 784991. www.cobwebs.uk.net/suntaiji • TI Â FI AR LAN Y MÔR BILINGUAL PARENT TODDLER GROUP 10am-11:30am. All Saints Church Vestry, Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl. Call: Lou on 07966 313609 • TIMESIGNS ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD WORKSHOPS, BRIDGEND Meet at Bridgend Train Station, 10am. Looking at the archaeological landscape, through all periods. Walking boots and flask necessary. No longer weekly – please call Karl for details on 07805 772818 karljlangford@hotmail.com • TINYTALK BABY SIGNING CLASSES, PYLE @ Coychurch Memorial Hall 10.30–11.30am. Eluned: 07877 566935, eluendw@tinytalk.co.uk or www.tinytalk.co.uk/elunedw • TWIN-KLE TWIN-KLE TWIN GROUP Bump to 4 years at Westward Community Centre, Cefn Glas, Bridgend every Friday 1-3 o’clock. Contact Samantha: 07989 873497 or Facebook Twin-kle Twin-kle Twin Group Bridgend • TWINS & MULTIPLES GROUP, PYLE @ Once Upon A Playtime in Bridgend, 10am–12 noon. Clare Roberts: 07932 972200, d.c.roberts@sky.com • WELSH KARATE UNION PORTHCAWL CLUB @ Porthcawl Community Hall, Porthcawl Comprehensive School. 6–8pm. www. welshkarateunion.org • ZUMBA @ Kenfig Labour Club. 5.30–6.30pm

Saturday • BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS, KENFIG NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE 3rd Saturday of the month, 9am–12pm. Enjoy walks with the warden, in association with Glamorgan Bird


Club. Meet at the Reserve Centre. Free admission and car park. 01656 743386 • 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 • CAR BOOT SALES, BRIDGEND @ The West House Pub. 9am–12pm. Set up 8am. Cars £5/Vans £8. All proceeds to local charities. Please contact Rob & Helen on 01656 653809 • CHILDREN’S ART & CRAFT WORKSHOPS, PORTHCAWL 10.30–11.45am, Crafty Little Creations @ Porthcawl RFC. Call Sue on (01656) 788420/ 07791 476882 • INDOOR CAR BOOT SALE @ Awel-y-Mor, Porthcawl. First 3 Saturdays of every month. 9am–12pm. Phone 01656 657463 to book. Free tea, coffee & biscuits • LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Saturday nights @ Kenfig Hill Labour Club. £2 • MEMBERS AND GUESTS OF THE RAFA CLUB, PORTHCAWL are invited to enjoy bingo at 7.30pm. Followed by live entertainment by top class artists till 11.30pm • PORTHCAWL & DISTRICT ART SOCIETY EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS @ the old Police Station Gallery, John Street. 11am–4.30pm. FREE. Also on the rest of the week • PRAM FITNESS, PORTHCAWL 1.30–2.30pm @ the Salthouse, Porthcawl. Specialist outdoor post-natal exercise class for mums whilst baby enjoys a ride in their pram. Contact Sarah on 07917 276788. Email sarahdowson@sky.com • ROCK CLUB, PORTHCAWL Music workshops for 8–16years old. Learning, training, jamming, singers, meeting new friends, playing in a band. Learn and perform regularly! All levels, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, singers, all welcome. Book a place on 01656 786319. Rock & Arts Club, 41 John Street, Porthcawl Town/ www.rockclub.org.uk • SILURES ART GALLERY, PORTHCAWL Open every Weekend and Bank Holidays 11am to 4.30pm at 40 South Road. New exhibition each month with free admission. www.silures.co.uk • ST JOHN AMBULANCE Adults @ Trinity Church. 6–7.30pm. Call 01656 786869 for more information • STORYTIME FOR CHILDREN, PORTHCAWL @ Porthcawl Library 2.30pm. Tel: 01656 754845 email: porthcawllib@bridgend.gov.uk • STREET DANCE CLASSES with the British Street Dance champions NORTH CORNELLY: @ Cornelly Community Centre, Heol Las North Cornelly. 3–5yrs 10.30–11.30am, 6–11yrs 11.30–12.30pm. PORTHCAWL: @ Gilgal Church Hall, Woodlands Ave Porthcawl. 3–5yrs 10.30–11.30am, 6–10yrs 11.30–12.30pm, 11–18yrs 12.30–1.30pm. More info: 07974 904181. www. popstarsdancestudios.co.uk • TAI CHI All Saints Church, Victoria Ave, Porthcawl 10–11am. Fair LadySleeping Tiger Tai Chi. 01656 785014

Sunday • BRIDGEND RAMBLERS A weekly programme of three walks: long (10–12m), medium (7–9m) and short (4–6m). Meet at Bridgend Rec Centre. We’re gone by 9 am for long and 9:30 for medium and short walks. See www. bridgendramblers.co.uk for program. • CAR BOOT SALE, BRIDGEND @ the multistorey car park next to Aldi, 7am–12pm. 80–200 car boot stalls each week! All proceeds invested into events in Bridgend. Tel: 01656 661338 • CAR BOOT SALES at the Rest Porthcawl 6am ‘til late. Extremely popular events – really lovely family days out. Hot & cold refreshments served throughout the day from our new cafe – open daily 10am–4pm, early on car boot Sundays. Sellers £6/car and £12/van. More info: 01656 772066 • CIRCLE OF LIGHT SPIRITUALIST CHURCH, PORTHCAWL @ Awel y Mor Centre. 6pm. itstriza@talk21.com • INDOOR 5-A-SIDE FOOTBALL, MAESTEG @ Maesteg Comprehensive. 11am–6pm. Adults 16+. Contact Phil: 0753 5254290; philipnmorgan@sky.com • LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 5–7pm @ Kenfig Hill Labour Club. Plus karaoke until late! • RED TOOTH POKER, PORTHCAWL Evenings @ The Salthouse, Porthcawl. For a chance to be in the regional finals and win big money. Or just play for fun. Tel: 01656 783380 • 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. New group for 0–5 year olds (under 2s must bring a parent) • ST JOHN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL, NEWTON Age 3+ every Sunday, 11am–12 noon, in the schoolroom opposite the church on the 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! • SENSHI DO ‘The Warriors Way’ KARATE & KICKBOXING, BRIDGEND @ 3rd Bridgend Scouts Hall, Llangewydd Rd Bryntirion, Bridgend. 6pm till 7pm Karate and 7pm to 8pm Kickboxing/MMA. All levels, beginners welcome. Call 07791 412864 email bkkc@live.co.uk Also, Tuesdays 7–8pm karate. Beginners and all levels welcome. Call Paul Evans: 07791 412864 • SINGLES RENDEZVOUS CLUB, BRIDGEND @ the Brewery Field, Rugby Club, Tondu Road, Bridgend. For single over 30s. 8pm to midnight. Free, entry £4. Smart dress. 01656 773330 or email oursinglesclub@gmail.com

The Grand Pavilion Bids Farewell to Sleeping Beauty

As 2012 came to an end it was also time to bid farewell to Sleeping Beauty at The Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl which completed its run on New Year’s Eve. Sleeping Beauty received excellent reviews from critics and audience members alike. Steve Boden, Managing Director of Imagine Theatre, says “We are really pleased with how well Sleeping Beauty has been received this year. We strongly believe in providing high quality shows at affordable prices and part of the measure of our success is how many audience members from

Feast to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight Porthcawl-based charity, Sustainable Wales, is teaming up with Bridgend College’s Seasons Restaurant to hold a Fairtrade Feast on February 28th (7pm), which will coincide with the annual celebration of Fairtrade, Fairtrade Fortnight. Sustainable Wales has challenged Seasons to create the fairest feast in town, using only Fairtrade, local and ethically-sourced ingredients. The evening will begin with a drinks reception, followed by a mouth-watering three-course meal; ending with Fairtrade chocolate. Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages will also be available from the restaurant bar.

previous years have returned to see the show this year. “Our thanks go out to all the cast and crew who worked so hard to make the show such a special part of the festive season.” Vern Griffiths who played Nurse Nanny Nora says “I am very sad to say goodbye to the cast and crew of Sleeping Beauty as we are like one big family, but even more sad to say goodbye to some of those fantastic frocks that I got to wear! Entertaining people and making them laugh is a wonderful and rewarding way to spend the festive season and I think I speak for everyone when I say how much we have all enjoyed working on the show.” Next year The Grand Pavilion will be home to the magical fairytale of Snow White which will be running from Wednesday 11th December 2013 until Sunday 5th January 2014. For more information or to book tickets call the Grand Pavilion box office on 01656 815995 or visit the website www.grandpavilion.co.uk SERINA WILLIAMS

Seasons Restaurant is run by the students of Bridgend College under the supervision of their lecturers. Their aim is to train the next generation of chefs, using locally-sourced ingredients to create healthful meals for healthy people. Sustainable Wales’ Managing Director, Margaret Minhinnick, told us: “We’re really looking forward to working with Seasons to promote Fairtrade Fortnight. It’s great to see the college already has a policy of serving as much local produce as possible. Hopefully the Fairtrade Feast will act as an ethical exhibition for both the student chefs and attendees; encouraging a switch to Fairtrade throughout the county.” Tickets: £25. Telephone: 01656 783962 or call into SUSSED to book. MICHAEL GORE

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Lifeguards launch appeal following theft of £8,500 quad bike

to tow and launch the safety boat to cover training sessions these sessions could be put in jeopardy. Club Captain Chris Page said: ‘We have been left devastated by how thieves could steal a rescue vehicle. To make matters worse our insurers would not cover this vehicle for theft. As a result we now need to raise a substantial amount of money before summer 2013 starts. Without the ability to reach casualties on the beach or launch rescue powercraft quickly I have no doubt that lives at Rest Bay will be at risk. In 2012 lifeguards at Rest Bay performed 93 first aids, found 26 missing children, rescued six people and assisted a further 17 from the water. The quad was used in a large percentage Rest Bay Lifeguard Club has of these incidents. We are very launched a fundraising appeal to replace the quad bike grateful to members of the community who have already which was stolen from their donated to the appeal but lifeguard station at the end still need your support as we of October 2012. have a substantial amount to The quad bike was an essenraise. If you’re involved with an tial part of operations on the organisation or company who beach and was used as both may be able to help out please a response vehicle to reach casualties on the beach quickly get in touch. You can contact as well as being used to launch us via our facebook or twitter pages or by email: info@restsurf rescue powercraft to rescue and assist beach goers who baylifeguards.org.uk If you wish to donate to the had got into difficulties in the strong currents at Rest Bay. The appeal please visit our online fundraising page. Visit: www. club has around 200 members virginmoneygiving.com and from 7 upwards and the quad search for Rest Bay." was used to support training CHRIS PAGE operations. Without the ability

Porthcawl Mayor Councillor Alana Davies leading the swimmers accompanied by Vic Davies and Chris Hughes

48th Anniversary Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim Porthcawl’s 48th Christmas Morning Swim saw more than 900 swimmers taking the traditional dip at Sandy Bay, whilst an estimated 2,000 plus spectators cheered them on. Many were in fancy dress as they paraded through the spectators to the sea. The procession, male and female of all ages, were led from the Hi-Tide Inn to the beach by Victor Davies and Chris Hughes each with 45 plus swims to their name. Swimmers from all over the UK and overseas took part. Two visitors from S Africa who entered the swim were Thomas and Jamie Owens, grandchil-

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dren of the late Arlon Owens, a founder member of the swim. Their father Peter Owens brought his family over to Porthcawl to spend Christmas with his brother, Gareth and sister Wendy Richards who are both residents in the town. Peter said: “Every year back at home we follow the tradition of the Christmas morning swim and carry the Welsh flag to the waters edge. Of course the climate and the sea are much warmer in South Africa." Swim Chairman, Nicola Willis commented: “Again we are grateful to all who supported our swim. "I would like to thank all swimmers, spectators, individuals, businesses, fellow ‘Buckaneers’ and organisations who help in so many ways.” IAN STROUD

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