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Re: Pen-y-Fai church light Dear Editor, I’m writing about our Welsh Heritage, due to an article that I read regarding Pen-y-Fai Church outside lights. I read the back issue on your web which started this debate. I write with disappointment at Alex Marshall’s lack of concern to our heritage. I regularly drive via Pen-yFai, attended events in the named church, so decided to comment to these articles. The named church has no need for damage to be incurred. Name withheld was pointing out the Grade II listed church now has holes where solid stone should be, with lights totally unsuitable for the fabric of the building. Such damage leaves all elements of weather to penetrate. Prevention of any damage should be the utmost to the care of any listed building. Seeing a recent front page Gazette article regarding yet more of our heritage, the Old Bridge in the town, it clearly shows when

restoration/repairs go wrong or so noticeable it spoils its appearance and history. I agree with name withheld; the lights are industrial design not appropriate to the front of a lovely listed building of any kind. This type of industrial lights didn’t exist at the time the building was erected so clearly are not suitable in design or age to the listed church. I notice such lights are fitted illuminating from the ground; these are capable of complementing the church with no damage inflicted to the stonework. Mr Marshall should commend name withheld or anyone trying to protect our future Welsh heritage. In the past our historic market town has seen major parts demolished and areas altered over the years, as I write yet another part of local history to Bridgend is being demolished to rubble. Mr Marshall, do you want every listed building to come under the same standard you quote “quite ordinary design of outside light; a type fitted to exterior of many

buildings including homes and even churches”? Listing any Grade II building is not ordinary or any other home, they are special to our heritage. That’s why care was taken to protect these buildings I assume for the future! Fitting such items doesn’t make it right. Hopefully none of those mentioned by Mr Marshall are Grade II listed either. Mr Marshall should not want our heritage classed using ordinary. These lights would best be fitted in the appropriate place, not on any heritage site. Was Mr Marshall really concerned about this lovely church? It appears he really wanted the identity of name withheld. Admit Mr Marshall, name withheld is right to voice his concerns, these industrial lights would best be removed and repair the damage created. Do we want better protection on our listed buildings and Welsh heritage? Let’s take a vote or shall we not care what inappropriate fittings or damage is done to our heritage? Surely you don’t want everything classed as ordinary Mr Marshall.

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You won’t fit your luxury car with items more suitable for a bus. Do what is right and in keeping, protect these lovely buildings it’s all our history. Name withheld has my vote for making me show I care enough to write also, stop this needless vandalism of our heritage. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED

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Misguided dog owners To all dog owners, I would like to take this opportunity to try and enlighten people about my dogs, after just having been stopped over the sand dunes and basically accused of being an irresponsible dog owner. I own two Staffordshire Bull Terriers, they are walked off the lead every day, so they are very fit and look more intimidating than they actually are. My problem is with people who misjudge them, they look aggressive therefore they are dangerous!

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… Continued from previous page For example, today, the gentleman who stopped me assumed firstly that they were going to be kept on their leads because of their breed and secondly, (after being told that they were going to be let off to run) that they were aggressive and going to attack his dogs. He didn’t bother to consider the fact that all dogs have different temperaments and the fact that just because they’re Staffys they are not dangerous. Yes the Staffy breed was originally bred for bull fighting (not to fight other dogs) as were the Mastiff breed, but dog fighting was banned in this country well over 100 years ago (in the 19th century). Yet Staffys as a breed are still being judged by their past! While I understand unsocialised and untrained dogs can be unpredictable and can cause problems, it is a truth that can be said of any breed of dog and not just the Staffy. I consider myself a responsible dog owner, I carry doggie bags to clean up after my dogs (which is something many of the dog walkers that use dunes need to learn how to do!), I vaccinate my dogs every year, they are wormed every 3 months and regularly treated for

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fleas. Both my dogs have been to obedience classes and are generally well behaved. I will continue to walk my dogs off the lead until it is either banned by the nature reserve or it is made law to keep them on a lead, as I believe they have as much right to be walked off the lead and run free as any other breed of dog. A PROUD STAFFY OWNER!

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Kenfig Hill jazz band Dear Editor, It is currently 8.42pm on a Wednesday evening and the local jazz band are practicing their routine on the grounds of Kenfig Hill rugby field. I can sometimes bear the noise made by the group but it is the same continuous drone being played over and over for several hours at a time. I am unable to enjoy the evenings in my garden or leave open windows as the racket is extremely unbearable. This has gone on for several weeks on several evenings and doesn’t stop until past 9pm. I have tried to contact the club but never get an answer, also I have tried to locate

where the group leader is from but still no joy. I’m due to have a new baby in November and also my 5 year old daughter has mentioned how annoying the noise is. I don’t wish to cause offence to anyone but I would like to ask that the group be more considerate to the people that live in the area and remind them that not everyone is as passionate about percussion instruments as those playing them. Thank you for your time. MRS BROOKES Kenfig Hill

Christian Eyes Dear Editor, Regarding my drawing attention to the awful atrocities carried out against Christians in Muslim countries, I cannot see why Jan says this is continuing the ‘tribal feud which began with Abraham’s sons’. She asks Paul Anderson for ‘chapter and verse’ in his Seaside News column, although, yet again, she noticeably failed to provide any documentary evidence for her letters. For example, on what basis does she refer to ‘tribal feud which began with Abraham’s sons’? Abraham is a highly revered patriarch not only to Jews and

Christians but also to Muslims. He had two sons Ishmael and Isaac. We read in Genesis 25:9, “His sons, Isaac and Ishmael (together) buried him (Abraham) in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite. Again we read in Genesis 28:9 “So he (Esau, son of Isaac) went to Ishmael (Isaac’s half brother) for permission to marry Ishmael’s daughter Mahalath.” I suggest that these events indicate family harmony rather than ‘tribal feud which began with Abraham’s sons’. DOUGLAS DAVIES Porthcawl

Diabetes Cymru 10K run Dear Editor, I am writing to thank all of the generous people who took on the challenge of running the Cardiff 10K on Sunday 11 September to raise crucial funds for Diabetes UK Cymru. It was a fantastic event and we would like to express our thanks to all who ran it for the charity to show their support for growing number of people with diabetes across Wales. Around one in 20 people are now

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diagnosed with diabetes in Wales and on average 19 more people are told they have the serious lifelong condition every day here. Money raised by our Cardiff 10K runners will enable Diabetes UK Cymru to support people with diabetes and their families by providing information, advice, running care events and our voluntary groups, which meet monthly to provide peer support. The funds raised will also pay for much-needed research into the condition as Diabetes UK is currently funding research projects totalling more than £960,000 in Wales alone. JOSEPH CUFF National

with Bridgend County BC, the Town Council and the Chamber of Trade and also the Tidy Towns Community to obtain grant funding for this work. Pink Diesel Ltd and the Porthcawl Comprehensive A-level art students have done us proud. I took a few pics and chatted to shoppers, visitors and local residents, young and old following the official opening on Saturday 3rd September. All think it’s a vast improvement on the old subway and welcome the new look. Hopefully this will be “just the start” as promised by the Mayor, and we’ll see additional new art space and a fresh, more modern cultural direction for the town. I believe all the student artists deserve a huge thank you: Alysha Jones, Bethany Thomas, Bethan Williams, Anik Cartwright, Zoe Parris, Drew Richards, Gareth Richards, Katy George, Holly Brooks, Louis Browning, Tshivelotso Tshoes, Jessica Powell and Rachel Kinsella. Also, a big thanks to the great design work done by Charlie and Jason from Pink Diesel Design Studio. MARK EVANS

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Porthcawl Primary School Welcome back! We are delighted to welcome back our pupils to the start of a busy school year. Following the exceptional end of key stage results last term and the larger number of pupils attending the school, we have had to increase the number of classes within the school. If you are particularly interested in nursery provision, please don’t forget to contact the school to arrange a visit to have a look at our purpose built nursery facilities. Over the next few weeks, we shall be holding our usual meetings whereby parents may visit the school and find out about the work planned for the year ahead and launching our updated website to help keep parents and the wider community informed about the exciting developments at the school. We look forward to keeping you updated with our school news in future editions of the Seaside News. ANDREW WOOD Head Teacher

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St Clare’s We all look forward to getting to know them and hope they enjoy this first term at St Clare’s. We’re still celebrating the outstanding GCSE results that Year 11 pupils received in their summer exams. This year’s students achieved a fantastic 97% A*–C; and every single one managed to gain at least five A*–C Grades. Of particular note are: Georgia Williams: 8A*, 2A, Emily Whittle: 7A*, 3A, Cian Jenkins: 6A*, 4A, Theo Clarke: 6A*, 2A, 2B Ffion Lewis: 5A*, 5A, Simmi Patel: 5A*, 4A, 1B Rebecca Lewis: 5A*, 4A, 1B Katy Seldon: 4A*, 5A, 1B Most of the students listed above will be continuing on into St Clare’s Sixth Form to study for their A levels. Another good start to the year was the Mindshop experience, in which Year 12 and 13 Business Studies students took part. Our thanks to Roma Medical in Bridgend - who

hosted the students for a week and gave them a tricky problem to tackle – and to Cardiff Business School who attended their final presentation. The pupils gave an excellent presentation with many interesting ideas. JOHN AGUILA Head Teacher

Great results for St John’s GCSE pupils! Once again St John’s pupils achieved great GCSE results with 65% of all examinations taken being awarded the top A* to B grades. 47% - over double the UK% - of all the exams were given A* and A grades with 21% at the highest A* level. Over half the pupils achieved at least 4 A* or A grades. The highest achiever at the school this year was Elan Edry who gained 11 GCSEs, 10 of which were A* with the other being an A. In July Elan was chosen as the school’s “Good Citizen of the Year”. This highlights how Elan and other high achievers

at the school such as Tom Brown, Laura Clint and Daniel Shearer, who between them gained 9 A*s, 16 As and 5 Bs, as senior pupils make valuable contributions to school life. They take on roles of responsibility and play full parts in sport, music, the Interact Club and act as good role models for younger pupils. We have had a busy start to this academic year welcoming a great number of new pupils to classes across the school. Everyone is working hard and all are enjoying the range of lunch-time and after-school activities. MRS C A CLINT Headmistress

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Newton news We would like to welcome all new pupils to our lovely school, especially those who start in Nursery (Foundation Phase 1). I am sure that everyone will settle in quickly and enjoy all that Newton has to offer. We also welcome the arrival of Mr Price who is taking

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over from Mr Staples in Year 6 for this term. Congratulations to Miss Davies whose Cookery Club is proving very successful with Year 6 pupils. Miss Davies has been asked to help other schools in the area set up similar after-school clubs…she now only answers to the name ‘Nigella’ – will it be Masterchef next? Grace’s Garden is now up and running and Foundation Phase 1 and 2 are enjoying the fruits of all their hard work. Many, many thanks to Mr & Mrs Salberg who donated the funds to establish this very welcome resource in memory of Baby Grace. The children are getting so much enjoyment from Grace’s Garden. GILL GORE

Cynffig Comprehensive Firstly, congratulations to our sixth form students who successfully achieved some of our best Advanced Level results. In particular, we should congratulate Eliot Penny and Lauren England who both secured Fairwood Trust bursaries. In addition, Eliot was one of our top performers with 4 A grades he will now study Astro-

Children & young people It’s October already which always feels like the month when autumn really kicks in. The clocks go back, the nights are darker and there’s a distinctly spooky theme to our shops and supermarkets. I’m amazed by the way we have followed the US and turned Halloween into such a big

Physics in Surrey University and Lauren England is going to study at De Montfort. At Cynffig we believe in enriching pupils and so three of our year 11 pupils studied Advanced levels alongside their GCSEs. Lauren Browning gained an A in Maths and English, Kelly Charles an A in English and Regan Noble a B in English. In addition , Lauren gained 6 A*, 2 A grades and the Certificate in Digital Application. We were also delighted with our first cohort of Welsh Baccalaureate results with over 92% of the year group gaining their full qualification. This is an amazing achievement and we look forward to taking the

business. I’m all for a bit of pumpkin carving but it does feel ever so slightly OTT. If you’re planning on marking Halloween with some trick or treating, just spare a thought for those residents who may feel a little vulnerable at this time of year. For a person living on their own, especially someone who is older, answering the door to a group of witches and skeletons could be a little unnerving! Even the words ‘trick or treat’ can sound threatening. Why not greet householders with the words

‘Happy Halloween’ instead and if people don’t want to answer their doors please respect that and move on. There’s a lot of fun to be had around Halloween and I’ll certainly have a bowl of goodies to hand out to any visiting ghouls, but I’d ask parents and carers to encourage their youngsters to be considerate to everyone’s feelings. CLLR ALANA DAVIES

qualification into the sixth form. Our numbers entering the school in year 7 and pupils returning to the sixth form continue to grow as we attract more pupils from outside our school to join us. SUE DAVIES Head Teacher

Cowan and Megan Pritchard. The election for the House Captains has also taken place, Captains and Vice Captains for the houses are: Felin – Brandon Davis and Nikita Jones; Ysgol – Ieuan Daily and Jay Smalldon; Ysgol – Ben Cowan and Megan Pritchard. The School Council and Eco School Committee are yet to be chosen at the time of writing. The whole school is eagerly looking forward to the visit to St Fagan’s on the 21st September, and we celebrate the Harvest Festival shortly. Our Christmas Fete will be held on the 25th of November.

Afon y Felin news The new school year started on September 5th. A big welcome to all new pupils and to Miss Beatty, our new LSO. Congratulations to Jay Smalldon and Nicole Perham. They have been chosen as Head Boy and Head Girl. Deputy Head Boy and Girl are Ben

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If you wish to help in any way you will be made very welcome, please enquire at the school. Congratulations to Megan Pritchard, who has reached the standard required to join the Bridgend County Youth Orchestra. She has been playing the flute under Mr Collins tutorage for less than two years. Well done Megan. A PRITCHARD Parent Governor

CROSS COUNTRY NEWS Our cross country runners have been magnificent this year and managed to reach the magic 1,000 miles. Well done to Adam Bertorelli who got the thousandth mile. Thanks to Mr Brophy who provided a wonderful celebration cake for everyone to share. Thanks also to Mrs Bloomfield who works so hard with the cross country runners.

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We at Little Wonders Childcare would like to say goodbye and good luck to our preschool children, Oliver, Ava Mai, Jake and Elliot who are now starting at Infant School. We wish them well in their new ventures and we hope to see them and everyone else at our Halloween themed party/open fun day which we are holding on Saturday 29th of October from 12–2pm. We would like to invite all children past and present and their friends and families to this event. Activities will include a fancy dress competition to support our charity event for Mo-

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FOOTBALL TEAM SUCCESS I was extremely proud of our football team who attended a ceremony at Bridgend Recreation Ground to receive an award for winning the league title. The award was presented by Carwyn Jones the First Minister for Wales. Harry Evans won the GOLDEN GLOVE award for his excellent goal-keeping and Ioan Clatworthy, Dan Williams and Louis Protheroe shared the GOLDEN BOOT award for their fantastic 14 goals each. Special awards for our school were as follows:Most improved player: Ben Roach

Sportsman of the Year: Milo Rogers Player of the Year: Harry Evans Ioan Clatworthy also came third in the overall player of the season award. Congratulations to the whole team and thanks to our two fantastic coaches Mr Andrews and Mr Gallagher for all their hard work during the year. SUE O’HALLORAN Head Teacher www.nottageprimary.bridgend.gov.uk

Follow your Dreams

Jessica joined some of the Follow Your Dreams team at Pizza Express, who provided a complimentary meal. After a quick ride at the fair she then settled into her front row seats to watch a fabulous display of dance. This was an exciting day for a young girl who dreams of being a ballerina when she grows up!

Follow Your Dreams is a national charity that works with local children with Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Autism and all other learning disabilities. Jessica, who attends Heronsbridge School, had a dream that included watching the ballet, so the charity got in touch with some friends at the Millennium Centre who was able to provide some tickets to watch a show. To make a day of it

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Porthcawl Comprehensive School Although we are now well and truly into autumn our thoughts are still with our summer GCSE results where records were smashed! The percentage of pupils gaining five or more Grade A*–C surpassed all school records at 82%. All associated with the school are delighted with the record achievements of pupils as students deserve these rewards for their hard work and study. We were particularly heartened to see many of our pupils with additional learning needs gaining an impressive range of awards as a result of their hard work. The following thirty-four students gained eight or

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more GCSEs at A*/A: Adam Mounce: 9A*, 1A, 1C, 1 Distinction Jonathan Berry: 8A*, 2A, 2C Daniel Evans: 8A*, 2A, 1 Distinction Joseph Strong: 7A,* 2A, 1B, 1C, 1 Merit Elliot McAuliffe: 6A*, 6A, 1Pass Matthew Harries: 6A*, 3A, 1B, 1C Kieran Richards: 6A*, 3A, 1B, 1C Kyle Richards: 6A*, 3A, 1B, 1C Daniel Pugh-Bevan: 5A*, 6A Lewis Oakley: 5A*, 4A, 2C Ben Evans: 5A*, 4A, 2C, 1 Distinction Thomas Davies: 5A*, 3A, 3B Jack Taylor: 5A*, 3A, 2B, 1C Ben Vance-Daniel: 5A*, 3A, 2B, 1C Richard Evans: 4A*, 5A, 2B, 1C Ben Squire: 3A*, 7A, 1B Conor Rees: 2A*, 7A, 2C

The plight of the bumblebee has been a big issue over the last couple of years. Claire George from Bridgend College came up with the idea to produce a song to make awareness of our black and yellow friends. A competition was set up, and the winning school Dolau Primary was delighted with the outcome, and thoroughly enjoyed the professional experience they received when working with the Music Technology students at Bridgend College. The song was

India Rees: 10A*, 1A, 1Pass Jemimah Williams-Rumble: 9A*, 2A, 1C, 1 Merit Heulwen Everton: 9A*, 1A Lora Roberts: 6A*, 5A, 1C, 1 Merit Rebecca Lewis: 6A*, 4A ,1C Robyn Wilkins: 6A*, 2A, 2B, 1 Pass Lydia Sheppard: 6A*, 1A, 3B, 1C, 1 Merit Jessica Evans: 5A*, 5A, 1B Carys Phillips: 5A*, 5A, 1C Amy Cahill: 5A*, 4A, 1B, 1C Sarah Pickett: 4A*, 5A, 1B, 1C Amy Hancock: 4A*, 4A, 1B, 1C Arsha Mathew: 3A*, 7A, 1C Christie Owen: 3A*, 6A, 1B, 1C Georgia Power: 3A*, 6A, 1B, 1C Melissa Wootton: 3A*, 5A, 2B, 1C Zoe Davis: 2A*, 7A, 1B, 1C K DYKES Head teacher

written to create awareness of this issue and the song is called ‘Bee Power’. Throughout the autumn the students from the Music Technology department will be on local and national radio promoting the song. Michael Oxley (Music Technology year 1) said “Working closely with both the producers, musicians and school I got to see how each part of the song developed...Working with the children was fantastic, they were all excited and willing to make this a success”.

The launch of the song is at the new Sony Theatre in Bridgend College on October 10th. The song will be available to download from the 10th October for 79p on iTunes. Please support this cause our aim is to try and get this song charted, fingers crossed. ADAM RICHARDS

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Porthcawl Comprehensive School

OPEN EVENING FOR YEAR 7 INTAKE IN 2012 To be held at 6.00 pm Thursday 13th October 2011 The school is holding its Annual Open Evening for those parents who wish their children to attend Year 7 in September 2012. Anyone interested may obtain more details and ‘The Welcome Pack’ by e-mailing OpenEvening@PorthcawlSchool.co.uk or by telephoning 01656 774100. Porthcawl is a traditional school with a proven track record of excellence for all. Examination results have been consistently above local and national averages. Over 83% of this year’s GCSE pupils gained at least 5A* to C grades. (A record for Bridgend County Borough Council).

This is what Estyn (School Inspectors) said about us:“Transition arrangements from both primary into secondary and into the Sixth Form are very strong. The outstanding primary/secondary liaison is very well co-ordinated”.

“The quality of the accommodation is good and in some areas very good. The provision of ICT facilities is an outstanding feature of the school”.

“Behaviour is very good, based on self-discipline and outstanding relationships exist between students and teachers”.

“The school has a very rigorous approach to bullying; there are very good follow up procedures”.

“There is an exceptional range of “The overall provision for pupils extra-curricular activities, held and students personal development mainly during lunchtimes and after is an outstanding feature of the school, the participation rates are school”. very high”.

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First Responder scheme must be saved An important scheme in which the Ambulance Service works with rural fire stations to improve responsiveness and save lives is under threat. The partnership has been operating for 12 years and involves 13 fire stations saving on average 60 - 70 lives per year. Its aim was to bring a fast response to all those medical emergencies where the ordinary Ambulance Service would not make it in time. Members of the Fire and Rescue Service have been trained by paramedics in order to be able to provide not only basic medical help but also to cope with more serious casualties involving using defibrillators, oxygen and many other complicated medical techniques. Unfortunately, the scheme has been recently scaled back and the resultant gap in providing fast response to medical emergencies

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has not been covered. Most of the categories of emergency response are no longer included in the scheme. There is a need for both parties to work together to look for an agreement that will not lead to any further loss of time, or impact on people’s safety. PETER BLACK AM

Welsh Liberal Democrats www.peter-black.net www.peterblack.blogspot.com

Celebrating credit unions October 20th is International Credit Union Day with the aim of celebrating the economic and social contributions credit unions make to people’s lives all over the world. An opportunity to celebrate some positive financial news for once. While other financial institutions face critical examination, credit unions, without shareholders and run almost entirely by volunteers, are a credible alternative that

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more and more people are taking advantage of. Over 1 million people in the UK are now a member of a credit union, saving £600m and giving loans of £475m. For those who have difficulty getting a bank account or who struggle to get credit and are driven towards loan sharks, credit unions offer a lifeline. In difficult economic times, it is all the more important to have credit unions in place. As the Vice Chair of a group of MPs who work to support credit unions, I have seen at firsthand the value of the work they do and how they can make people’s lives easier. The Bridgend area is fortunate to have its own credit union, Bridgend Lifesavers, of which over 2,500 people are members. More information is available by calling 729912 or at www.blscu.co.uk MADELEINE MOON MP

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New restorative justice scheme As a police officer for 32 years prior to entering politics, I have encountered many victims of crime and have firsthand knowledge of the anguish which they suffer. One of the worst crimes are socalled creeper burglaries because the effects can be devastating particularly when people realise that someone has visited their house as they slept. Such burglars not only steal material possessions but something else that is priceless – people’s peace of mind and sense of security. I am therefore very supportive of a new restorative justice scheme which is about to start at Swansea Prison. This aims to bring criminals face to face with their victims who will be able to explain exactly how they were affected. Many criminals seem oblivious to the effects of their actions and a

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confrontation of this nature can be profoundly shocking. For those who do participate – both offenders and victims – the outcome can be therapeutic. Similar schemes in other areas have resulted in a 30 per cent drop in re-offending. And that has to be good news not just for society but also for the criminals who can begin the process of rehabilitation to become useful members of society. BYRON DAVIES

Welsh Conservative Regional AM for South Wales West

We must all take up this Coastguard fight

Swansea may be some way from Porthcawl, but it is from there that the Coastguard keep watch over the whole of this stretch of cast. In spite of the well-documented challenging waters in this part of the

world, the Conservative-Lib Dem Government has announced plans to close it. The bolt-out-of-the-blue way in which this has happened has understandably aroused much anger, particularly as Swansea wasn’t earmarked for closure in the Government’s original plans. It has provoked a 100,000-name petition against the proposal, which I recently helped deliver to Westminster. What this development has demonstrated is, in spite of the proper consideration we were assured of, the cuts are carried out using accounts or, in this case, maps. There is little local consultation. Civil servants have no idea of the unique circumstances that have made Swansea Coastguard so vital. To date, the media has done the Government’s bidding in suggesting that there are vast swathes of waste to cut from public services, yet it always appears to be low paid people losing their jobs. We were promised keyhole surgery for our services. Instead, they are being operated on with a two-headed axe. BETHAN JENKINS AM

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Mayoral message I opened the Summer Fayre at the Newton Institute, its principal fundraising event to enable the Trustees to maintain and refurbish it. The Institute is used by many clubs and the hardworking Trustees wish to continue supporting the community. I opened the Skateboard Park, a sporting facility that provides an extra activity to help broaden the skills and talents of our young people. We attended the opening of Porthcawl Subway. It has been refurbished and features an art gallery designed by students from Porthcawl Comprehensive School. We attended a very enjoyable Garden Party in aid of the Royal British Legion Porthcawl to celebrate its 90th Anniversary. We attended a concert in the Grand Pavilion by Porthcawl Male Voice Choir, featuring Lesley Garrett. The theatre was packed and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the absolutely superb performance. We attended and walked the Fun Walk organised by Crossroads Care for Carers which started from the Hi-Tide, up to Rest Bay Lifeguard

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Station, and back where a raffle was held. The Crossroads voluntary group work hard in the local community to provide support and advice to carers. In the afternoon we judged and presented prizes for the best of the organic vegetables, fruit and flowers by the Newton Allotment holders. The display was fantastic. BARBARA STUBBS

Porthcawl Town Mayor

Leader’s life I recently had the pleasure of visiting Bridgend County Borough’s first Extra Care housing complex which will shortly be opening in Kenfig Hill. I was delighted by the quality and standard of this very special new facility. Known as Llys Ton, it offers 39 high quality, purpose-built flats for 70 older people. It’s a £5m scheme funded with the help of a Welsh Government social housing grant and the money has clearly been well spent. What’s so impressive about Llys Ton is the way it offers independent living combined with specialist support…

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… Continued from previous page …for those who need it, either now or in the future. Tenants can live in self-contained flats with the added security of knowing that there is on-site help and support. What pleases me most is that, for the first time, it allows older couples who might otherwise need to live apart because of their varying needs, to stay together safely. Traditional care settings still have an important place in our communities but the needs and preferences of older residents are also changing. We must change with them, whether it is increasing opportunities to live independently at home, or developing innovative schemes such as those offered by Llys Ton. COUNCILLOR MEL NOTT

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Porthcawl regeneration As I write these words, arrangements are being finalised for a public exhibition featuring plans for the first phase in the regeneration of the waterfront area. The plans were revealed by

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developers Chelverton Deeley Freed at a recent Porthcawl Regeneration Forum and are currently being presented to traders and Porthcawl Town Council before the public exhibition begins. The first phase features a new highway system, a public square, new town centre car park, a Tesco store and other high street shops, so if you want a glimpse at how the waterfront area may look in the near future, come and make your views known – dates will be announced very soon. On a different note, as the nights grow darker and the weather turns cold, I always look forward to what the Grand Pavilion has in store for the festive season. This iconic seafront building has helped to put Porthcawl on the map for more than 70 years, and the autumn programme promises to be particularly memorable. With tickets on sale for this year’s panto, Cinderella, I can thoroughly recommend picking up a copy of the brochure or visiting www.grandpavilion.co.uk to have a look online. COUNCILLOR DAVID SAGE

BCBC Deputy Leader, 01656 643643, www.bridgend.gov.uk

Local businesses going strong

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It is always a pleasure to see local businesses going from strength to strength. Bridgend-based publishing company Seren, are celebrating their 30th anniversary linking with Bridgend’s Feastival which kicked off on the 30th September. The Feastival, Bridgend’s alternative food festival, from 30th September to 1st October, promised to top the excitement of last year’s Feastival which featured a giant collapsing cauliflower sheep. The Feastival is very successful in bringing local communities together, along with independent Welsh traders, promoting the best of Welsh produce. Seren, as an independent publisher promotes high quality writing from Welsh authors to universal acclaim, with many authors shortlisted for, and winning literary awards. Seren are celebrating their achievements with a number of launches across the year we can look forward to seeing the publication of new work from talented Welsh authors. More on the Feastival can be found at feastival.moonfruit.com and to learn more about Seren, visit

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Porthcawl Town Council In order to improve communication with the public, the Town Council has agreed to look at holding four of its full council meetings at different locations in the mown. We are currently exploring using schools and church halls as alternative venues. If you have any suggestions for possible venues please contact us. When the alternative venues and dates are agreed these will be advertised on the calendar page on the Town Council website (www.porthcawltowncouncil.co.uk) and in the Town Council notice boards. If you wish to find out what has been discussed at a meeting of council, the website is regularly updated with the minutes of the meetings. You can access these under our ‘Council Agendas Minutes’ section. Brief notes on the discussions that took place are recorded, together with the Resolu-

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tion of Council. The attendance of Councillors is also recorded. The Town Council has recently appointed a new Town Crier, Mark Jones. He is often accompanied in his duties by his wife, and they are known as ‘Mr and Mrs Town Crier.’ He has attended several events since his appointment in July. Look out for him at our Christmas Event November 26th! ALISON LEYSHON Town Clerk

Neighbourhood policing: Nottage & Rest Bay

Your Top Priorities 1. Speeding 2. Licensing & ASB issues

You Said, We Did SPEEDING – FULMAR ROAD You told us your concern for vehicles exceeding the speed limit

on Fulmar Road at different times of the day. We took action – Results from exercises carried out: Saturday 20th August at 9pm: 45 minutes; 104 vehicles recorded (3 excess of 35 mph – average speed 30 mph). Drivers of vehicles caught speeding have been issued with warning letters. Friday August 26th: 30 minutes; 62 vehicles recorded (2 excess of 35 mph and were issued warning notices (FT71’s). LICENSING AND ASB ISSUES – SEAGULL PUB You told us your concerns regarding licensing and anti-social behaviour issues. We took action – Since the PACT meeting Sergeant Davies has held a meeting with the licensee and has discussed the issues raised. Sergeant Watkins of the Licensing department has also sent a letter to the licensee confirming issues brought up and have offered support to the licensee with regards to improving issues. Patrols have been made during the weekends and no problems have been witnessed. PCSO 54295 LEIGHTON REES

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Through Christian eyes A monthly thought from a Christian perspective… I have always looked at my grandfather as a wise man. I had great respect for him. I found out though of course that even the people that we hold in high esteem don’t know everything. When I became a Christian I discovered that in 1904 there was a great revival in Wales. I asked my grandfather if he had heard of it, he hadn’t. It’s funny how we lose stories from one generation to another, especially stories about God. A revival is when God comes and visits a certain place in mighty power and makes Himself known. The revival in 1904 is a historical fact but most of us have not heard of it. That’s a shame. There are many stories from this event in old newspapers and over the next months I will share some with you. The aim will become more obvious

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as we go on this journey. Here is one for now. It’s quite funny. When the miners turned to God they were changed to such a degree that their ponies stood there and didn’t understand when they gave them orders. Up until this point they’d be instructed with swear words, but all that changed. The ponies had to learn again, to understand simple, clean commands. NEIL HARVEY

Young charity opens first UK office in Porthcawl

On the eve of their first anniversary as a registered charity, Porthcawl-based charity TEACH (Time to Educate Africa’s Children) have brought together

a workforce to establish their inaugural UK dream team. TEACH is a charity run by young people for young people with an aim to alleviate poverty through the power of education. With core values of sustainable development and community interaction, the young founders of TEACH have already built schools and developed sustainable learning programs working alongside local communities in Ghana and Tanzania. Located a short walk from the beach in Porthcawl, an intense week of team building, skills workshops and online training from top professionals has been taking place as TEACH’s dream team are determined to make a difference and create something positive from grassroots level. With planned Community Challenges to Mount Kilimanjaro, India and across the UK, the young people of TEACH have bold plans for a bright future from their humble offices in Porthcawl. Founding Director, 19 year old Krupa Patel added “We are so

happy to be based in Porthcawl and really excited about the next twelve months”. BECKY OATLEY

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Kenfig Hill cadets help out at RIAT

Left to right: Cdt Harriet Maine, Cdt Ieuen John, Cdt Cpl Nathan Cooper, Cdt Olivia Norris

This year saw the 40th anniversary of the Air Tattoo which has become the world’s largest military air show. Fg Off Gerry Lewis accompanied four cadets from 2117(Kenfig Hill) Squadron ATC together with cadets and staff from Bridgend Squadron to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, to assist along with cadets from all over the country in setting up the Royal International Air Tattoo. They arrived on the Wednesday and started work in preparation for the main show over the coming

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weekend. Once the show had finished they remained at RAF Fairford for the following few days to help with dismantling the show. It was hard work and long days but gave the cadets a unique opportunity to get close to the action and to meet not only cadets from around the country but also to meet pilots and aircrew from around the world, a surely unique opportunity. Cadet Corporal Nathan Cooper was selected best cadet in his flight and Cadet Harriet Maine was selected for the Red Sparrows being one of the twelve chosen from the ‘first timers’ under 15yrs old. LINDSAY THOMAS

The Militia, Kenfig’s first police force The roots of the militia can be found in Anglo-Saxon England when the leader of a village would gather together a group of men to defend their community or apprehend criminals. In the early 1800s able-bodied men aged between seventeen and forty-five were eligible for the militia. By this time the militia had become a volunteer force and men would report for basic training, sometimes lasting several months, before returning to their regular

jobs. The men received a wage during their training and many men regarded a period in the militia as preferable to labouring in the fields or in a coal mine. Certain occupations were exempt from serving in the militia. These included: apprentices, clergy, medical men, professional men and teachers. Furthermore, fathers whose children were under the age of fourteen and men who stood less than five foot four inches tall were also exempt. Many men from Kenfig served in the militia including numerous members of the Howells and Yorwerth families. However, a number

of men were dismissed and the reasons for their dismissal were plentiful. They included having sore legs, epileptic fits, a dislocated shoulder, being deaf or blind, missing a thumb and possessing a crooked leg. In 1820 Lewis Morgan was dismissed for larceny and transported for seven years. And in 1821 Jenkin Heycock, a collier, was discharged for being ‘not of commonsense’. MANSEL JONES

for dementia suffers. Last time a number of staff and residents were up and dancing in the aisles. Should you require a tour of the home please do not hesitate to contact us on 01656 785311. REBECCA TIMMS Royal Masonic

past: ‘you’, who find holes ‘dug’ through and destroy its many delicate archaeological layers of preserved history that each tell us a secret clue to who we are, must feel alarmed. When an artefact is found it is rarely reported and the archaeological evidence is destroyed for ever. On a recent visit to two very similar sites I witnessed a stark contrast to site protection. Both Llantwit Major Caermead… Continued on the next page…

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…Continued from previous page …and Ely Cardiff Roman Villa’s are Protected Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Llantwit Major Roman Villa, an archaeological site with walls exposed, has tell tale signs of ‘treasure hunters’ who have dug those tell-tale holes in the ground. The Roman Villa at Ely is protected by a very novel approach. Surrounded by a well maintained playing field, it has the protection it deserves. Long grasses dominate in these well spruced up playing fields. A number of archaeological sites throughout Britain could be protected in the same way Ely Roman Villa, has been saved. Allowing long grasses, and only long grasses to grow at many of our open access monuments is a cost effective low maintenance way to preserve them in the long term. KARL-JAMES LANGFORD

Archaeology Cymru

RNLI deals with emergency call during fundraising event RNLI volunteers, Porthcawl Coastguard Unit, families and friends took part in a charity

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cycle ride around Porthcawl. The event was to raise money for Logan Evans, grandson of the late Mike Evans who had served Porthcawl lifeboat for forty years. Within minutes of returning to the lifeboat station ‘Rose of the Shires’ was launched to two people in a kayak who had called 999. One of the fundraising organisers Ross Martin, said, “Tragically Logan was orphaned earlier this year and so crew arranged to raise money for Logan’s benefit. Members of Logan’s family joined in the cycle ride and with his grandmother Myra Evans, Logan who is now 1 year old, supported the cyclists. We cycled via Rest Bay, Nottage Green and back to the lifeboat station, and that evening crew members organised a barbeque.“ Lifeboat Operations Manager, Philip Missen MBE said, “We had a successful fundraising event but there was a serious part to the afternoon. Our lifeboat was launched to rescue two male casualties who feared for their own safety. Within minutes we had them safely aboard the lifeboat. After the rescue Porthcawl Coastguard Unit provided the casualties with sea safety information”. IAN STROUD

Pluto probe on track

Once thought to be the most distant planet in the solar system, Pluto was demoted to the status of ‘dwarf planet’ in 2006 when astronomers began to discover similar size objects orbiting at the same distance. Pluto has four known moons – Charon, Nix, Hydra and a 4th which is not yet named. One of the fastest spacecraft ever launched – New Horizons – is heading for Pluto. Launched in 2006, it has been going for longer than some missions last, and still has four more years to go. When it reaches Pluto in 2015 it will have travelled for longer than any spacecraft has previously flown to reach its main target, although Voyager 2 had been going for more than 12 years when it had its final and very successful rendezvous with Neptune in 1989. To save power and reduce wear, New Horizons

hibernates much of the time. The probe is equipped with spectrometers and one of the largest and highest-resolution interplanetary telescopes ever flown, called LORRI, short for Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager. At closest approach to Pluto, about 10,000 km, LORRI should resolve details almost as well as a spy camera. CLIVE DOWN

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Porthcawl Townswomen’s Guild Our Chairman Dee Richardson welcomed everyone to our meeting, we were in for a treat today as it was our Harvest tea and the tables were full of a variety of goodies. We also enjoyed a mixture of entertainment from renditions of the works of Pam Ayres to music from the Highlands of Scotland and a new version of Cinderella. On 11th September our Federation and nearby Guilds joined us at the Hi-Tide for a fun day with a nautical theme appropriate dress for Porthcawl. A presentation of flowers was

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made to one of our members for her ‘special’ birthday. After all the business was completed it was time for tea which was enjoyed by all. The next meeting is on 12th October when we will be bringing back memories with a talk on ‘the toy box’ by Mr Stephen Jarvis. As usual we will meet in the church hall at All Saints Church at 2pm and we welcome all to come and join us. FREDA RODGER Press Officer

The Rest Holiday Hotel diary Due the recent inclement weather some of our Car Boot Sales, unfortunately had to be cancelled, as a result we are considering staging one or two sales in October. At the time of writing, no firm dates had been decided so please ring us now on 01656 772066 for further details. May we also draw your attention to our forthcoming Open Day & Coffee Morning, which will be held on Thursday 17th November that have previously always been so successful with many visitors enjoying a

wonderful day. Why not come along and see first hand all that The Rest has to offer - our history section alone is a must with an amazing selection of items, this is just the occasion to lift you into the Christmas spirit. More detailed information will be available in next month’s Seaside News. May we also remind any groups about our superb free presentation of The Rest. We would be delighted to visit you and are confident that you will be amazed at the images shown from the past to the present. For more information regarding any of the above - please call us on 01656 772066. LINDA WADE AND STAFF

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Porthcawl branch of Kidney Wales coffee morning September saw the annual fundraising coffee morning of the Porthcawl Branch of Kidney Wales. Held at the Atlantic Hotel the coffee morning was well attended. The Mayor Mrs Barbara Stubbs and her husband Bill supported the event and Mr Roy Thomas Executive Chairman of Kidney Wales accepted an invitation to attend and receive a cheque for £2,500 from Mrs Jean Schofield Chairman of the Porthcawl Committee. Mrs Schofield explained that the money was raised thanks to the support of the events organised by the Committee by the people

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of Porthcawl. The money would be used by Kidney Wales towards the salary of a Specialist Social Worker at the Children’s Kidney Centre for Wales. Both Mayor Barbara Stubbs and Mr Roy Thomas praised the Committee for their hard work in fundraising over many years. The coffee morning raised over £370. Mrs Schofield thanked the members of the Committee and friends for the hard work in organising the raffle, cake stall, book stall and bric-a-brac stall which helped raised that amount but most of all she thanked all those who attended and gave so generously. GAIL RALPH

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Kenfig WI Brenda Greenwood, the President, welcomed members to the September meeting. She thanked members for their participation and help as stewards at the Glamorgan Federation Show held in Cornelly in July. Muriel Stubbs was congratulated on winning the Swansea Cup for the best cookery in show. Members had completed one of the Cornelly Circular walks as a sponsored walk in aid of Sandville. The outdoor bowls team of Pam Coates, Margaret Jones, Meira Price and Alma Gregory came third in the tournament. The catering team also provided lunch for the teams playing in the Bowls Tournament. The quiz team of Alison Cox, Muriel Stubbs, Daphne Lewis and Pam Redmond is preparing for the Federation Quiz at the Hi-Tide. The next meeting will be at Cornelly Primary School on Monday October 3rd at 6.45 pm when the speaker will be Mr Howard

Mortimer on Ivor Novello. All are welcome. EURYL BROOKES

Sker WI The September meeting of Sker WI met on Thursday 9th September at St David’s Hall, Nottage. Vice President Pat Jolly welcomed 38 members and two visitors to the meeting. Members were reminded about the quiz evening to be held at the Hi-Tide and also the Autumn Council Meeting being held at Port Talbot on 5th October. The speaker for the evening was Ms Hayley Williams who gave a very interesting talk on ‘Local Ghosts’. It would appear that there have been ghosts in at least two of the pubs in Nottage. The Swan Pub was built in 1870 and there have been reports of a lady walking in the toilets. The Farmers Arms is one of the oldest pub in Porthcawl and drafts have been felt in the dining area even when the doors have been closed.

Also the gentleman who used to run the butchers shop heard unusual noises in the back room. The next meeting will be on 13th October when it is the Annual Meeting. ANN VIPOND

Mynydd Cynffig WI Mynydd Cynffig WI have moved Pyle Church Hall is our new venue! Our first meeting was held on September 13th when President, Mrs Marjorie Goode welcomed all members and expressed the wish that we would all swiftly settle into our new surroundings. After a full and informative meeting we welcomed our speaker, Mrs Helen Williams who is a volunteer ambassador of the charity, ‘Send a Cow to Africa’, and explained that

the charity was started in 1988 after problems occurred in this country when thousands of gallons of milk were being poured away at a time when thousands, especially children were dying in Africa. It was decided to send cows to these countries and many people, including celebrities gave their support and subsequently African women were trained in animal husbandry and hygiene for two years before being allowed to keep a cow. The effect on the families was immediate as they were now able to give their children fresh milk and also to sell any surplus which enabled their older children to attend secondary schools. The information and details given were warmly received by the members who were also highly entertained by Mrs Williams during her talk. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 11th October when our speaker will be Mrs Ann Mahoney who will demonstrate the art of serviette folding. MARJORIE GOODE

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The funding of Care Home fees People are often concerned about how they are going to pay for their care should they need to go into a care home. In Wales, if you have savings or other assets of over £22,500, then you will have to fund your fees yourself unless certain exemptions apply, such as if the care needed is of a temporary nature only, or if your spouse or a relative aged over 60 is still living in your house after you go into the care home. There are various funding options if you find that you or a relative has to go into a care home. With a little planning, you can avoid using up all of your assets and depleting your estate in paying the care home fees. It is a common belief that the only way forward is to sell your home and use the proceeds to fund the care. This is often not the best option as it would mean that potentially your whole estate could be used up in paying for your care. A better option may be to consider

using some of the sale proceeds to buy a Care Fee Annuity which is a policy designed to cover the cost of your care. The benefits of this strategy are that the annuity would enable you to cap the total cost of your care, help to protect your remaining capital and would provide a tax free income if used to pay your care provider direct. Choosing to buy such a policy, would allow the remaining equity and other assets to be reinvested to regenerate your estate for your beneficiaries. There are some drawbacks to entering into such an arrangement however. For instance, should you die before you recoup the cost of the policy in fees paid, you will have depleted your estate in order to purchase an annuity and would not survive to reap the benefits of it. The cost of such a policy is determined by individual underwriting and a medical report, so it is not a simple matter to provide an estimate of the initial financial outlay. Normal practice is to purchase an annuity either immediately before the person enters the care home or

within a few months of them having settled in. It is also possible for a third party to purchase the annuity for the person going into the care home and so this could an attractive option for the children of the person entering the care home if their funds allow. If this article is of interest to you, then do not hesitate to contact us at RLE Law as we will be happy to discuss the options with you in greater detail in conjunction with a specialist adviser in care fees planning. MADELINE RAND RLE Law, see

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ners, a grandparent’s bond with the grandchildren can also suffer, often cutting ties all together. Although in essence, the answer to the question is no, grandparents do not have legal rights, we at Cannon & Smith Law Practice know that the matter does not have to end there. There are still avenues to be pursued which, in the majority of cases, result in grandparents having contact with their grandchildren. After all, if you have been involved all along, why should your bond be broken. You are not to blame. At Cannon & Smith Law Practice, we believe that there are ways to help you retain your relationship with your grandchildren. In the first instance, we will help you choose a route that will cause the least disruption. Circumstances may still be fragile. However, if necessary, we can offer other routes to get contact with your grandchildren. The moral is…don’t give up – there are options that can help. DANIELLE SMITH Cannon &

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When will interest rates go up again? As the economic clouds darken, many economists are now predicting that we could see near-zero interest rates for years to come. In September, for the 30th month in a row, the Bank of England held the base rate at 0.5% and economists predict that the first interest rate rise won’t be until at least 2013. If we are now heading into a Japanese-style era of ultra-low rates to combat a depressed economy, is it time to reappraise your personal finances? As recently as the beginning of this year, the consensus view was that rates would start to rise within months. In late January, the money markets were pricing in three 0.25% rate rises during the year. It hasn’t happened. Many are now expecting the European Central Bank to reverse its two rate rises this year and make cuts as early as October as it battles

the eurozone debt crisis. Against that backdrop, the chances of the Bank of England increasing rates look virtually nonexistent. The extended period of lower lending costs spells more misery for savers, who will continue to suffer low returns on their money at a time when high inflation is eroding the value of their deposits. To add to the problem, in September, National Savings and Investments (NS&I) abruptly decided to withdraw its hugely popular IndexLinked Savings Certificates denying savers an opportunity to invest in a guaranteed, inflation-beating home for cash. NS&I also warned that it was very unlikely the certificates would be back on sale before April next year at the earliest. NS&I’s fixed interest savings certificates have been on sale since 1916, and the index-linked certificates since 1975. In a sign of their huge popularity, around 1.46 million people have an NS&I savings certificate of one type or the other, attracting around £26 billion. If you were considering investing

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What is an Independent Financial Adviser? There are currently three main ways of seeking financial advice for products such as life assurance, pensions and collective investments like unit trusts/ OEICs, Individual Savings Accounts and Child Trust Funds; either through an independent financial adviser, a multi tied agent or a tied agent. Independent Financial Advisers Independent Financial Advisers (IFAs) offer unbiased financial advice to their clients and recommend the most suitable products, if any, after researching the whole market.

The key differentiator is that they act on your behalf and will offer you the option of paying by a fee, as well as the option of paying by commission. The benefits of Independent Financial Advice The big advantage of independent financial advice is that you have access to all the products on the market through a qualified practitioner. An IFA’s job is to research and recommend the most appropriate financial solutions after asking their clients a whole range of detailed questions about their circumstances, their financial goals and their attitudes to risk. IFAs are answerable to the FSA to ensure that they keep to the rules. As they act on your behalf they provide personalised written reasons why they have recommended particular products or a course of action. At Bartholomew Hawkins the majority of our business is built on personal recommendations. When someone is happy with the quality of advice and the levels of service we provide they are happy to

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recommend us to others. Here is a recent testimonial sent to us. “Just a short note to say ‘Thank you very much!’ for all the help you and your staff, gave me, I really valued the time you spent explaining the pros and cons of the various options. Nothing was too much trouble and the whole process was handled swiftly and efficiently. I will have no hesitation in recommending you to friends/family when unbiased professional financial advice is needed.” Appointments can be made in the comfort of your own home from 9 in the morning to 9 at night, or at our fantastic offices in Bridgend. IAN DAVIES Bartholomew

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The Equity Release market today Choice and flexibility of equity release plans for the over 55s are possibly greater than ever. Today it has evolved into a financial product allowing you to drawdown additional cash, when required, from a pre-arranged cash reserve.

The typical ‘drawdown’ equity release plan allows you to take an initial lump sum of say £5,000 or £10,000. This is paid free of tax and at the same time, a ‘cash reserve’ is set up, for an amount of your choice, subject to the provider’s criteria. This is similar to an overdraft. You don’t have to use it and most providers don’t charge anything if you don’t use it. Equity release plans are now authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Most equity release providers are also members of Safe Home Income Plans (SHIP), member firms have to abide by a code of conduct and meet certain strict guarantees. One of these is the right to remain in your property for life providing it remains your main residence, they also offer a “No negative equity guarantee”. This ensures that no matter how long you live or what happens to property prices, you will never owe more than the value of your home and no debt will ever be left to the estate. For those who want to guarantee they leave something behind for their family, the ‘Protected Equity Guarantee’ available on some plans will ensure that a portion of the

value of your home is protected for you or your children. The most common reasons that people take out an equity release plan vary from home and garden improvements, helping children financially, either buy their first home or move up the property ladder. Other common uses include paying off a mortgage, buying a second home abroad and taking a holiday of a lifetime. These schemes can be helpful in a variety of circumstances but are not suitable for everyone e.g. they can be expensive and inflexible. If you want to find out more about equity release, call Bryan Davies for a free information pack on 01656 653500. BRYAN DAVIES Bright Financial

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Expensive send-off! At the time of writing, figures have just been published regarding the cost of funding our final journey. Most people don’t want to talk about their funeral arrangements and one can understand why, however, startling figures show that

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the average cost of a funeral in 2011, including cars, fees, flowers, wake etc. is in excess of a staggering £7,200! One thing is for sure, the cost is not going to come down and who knows what future costs might be. That said, there is a guaranteed way of dealing with the issue and that is to purchase a pre-paid funeral plan. It may sound a bit morbid, however, we take out life cover to protect against unexpected death, so why shouldn’t we protect against the cost of a funeral? Where’s the difference? In countries such as the USA and a number of European countries, pre-paid plans have been around for many years and are considered to be part of everyday life. Per-paid plans ensure that you pay for the funeral at today’s costs but it’s better than that, since the UK’s major provider of pre-paid plans charges around £3,500 for their most expensive plan, representing excellent value for money. The money is held in a trust fund, which appreciates in value over a number of years and increases the pay-out… Continued on the next page

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Continued from the previous page …as the cost of the funeral rises, depending on when your claim is made. Call us at Cambria Financial on 01656 782545 and we’ll be delighted to assist you with this latest of our increasing range of financial services. PAUL FIELDING Cambria

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Investing in the future of your business The economic climate has been very difficult for many years now with a strain on all sectors of a business. One of the main areas to suffer when cash is difficult is investing for the future. It may now be time to overcome this fear and look to budgeting for this cost. There are signs in manufacturing in particular that suggest that although two thirds of businesses continue to be pessimistic about the coming 12 months a large percentage are looking to invest significantly into new equipment, tooling, people skills and so on, with innovation and new products being a key priority.

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It is probably time for you to therefore schedule a review of your current assets, products and staff skills and determine how these could be improved to move the business forward in the next year or so. A short term and long term investment plan would be highly beneficial and it would also cut the opportunity cost of not investing (by way of inefficient and old equipment, increased maintenance costs, out of date skill sets etc). It is important to note that these investments will not obtain the return as rapidly as it may have done in prior years but as long as the term is realistic, then expenditure on equipment and so on should realise a satisfactory return term and thus be effective for your business. You may then feel that it would be the right time to progress your investment plan but are not sure how you will fund this? It is important to note that you have more options than only your own bank. A Banking Specialist or Broker has many contacts in the finance field and can advise on your best course of action and whom to approach. Our Nigel Roberts for example can assist you with this – call him for further details or to discuss your thoughts.

When your investment is underway, ensure you then monitor its return on an ongoing basis and use the opportunity to improve the incidental systems that are involved. You will already have cut your costs as much as possible to assist you in trading through this difficult climate and a new focus on improving the results of the business should be the next logical step. ANN THOMAS Clay Shaw Butler.

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search engine would be a grave mistake. It is very difficult to bias or cheat your way into Google’s clever algorithm. People therefore find it reassuring to know that Google’s results will be very relevant to their searches. It helps people to build trust in Google search engine and the website it displays. This gives Google the ability to advise people on the best websites to match their specific search queries. You can be assured of a large amount of targeted traffic if your website appears among the top results for your market. The best thing about this search traffic is that people landing at your website will be actively looking for your product or service, which means that you can be sure of a high conversion rate. If you have a website that is not producing results, give us a call. STEVE PROTHEROE South

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How reflexology can support the menopause experience The menopause tends to get a ‘bad press’, with a proliferation of horror stories about the terrible symptoms it brings. Many people see it as an illness to be treated, but it is a natural gradual process where a woman’s body moves out of the childbearing years and into a (hopefully) liberated and more relaxed phase of life. Not everyone finds it a positive experience, however. The transition entails many physical changes, which can also have a mental and emotional effect, and in some women this can be severe. Regular reflexology treatments can support a menopausal woman physically, mentally and emotionally. It can help a woman tune into her body’s needs, subtly re-balancing the hormones and re-tuning the body for the next stages of her life. It can provide a safe space in which to relax, receive and be self-focused.

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Having an empathic reflexologist who understands the physical changes behind menopausal symptoms and takes her problems seriously can, in itself, relieve stress. Post-menopause can be a wonderful time to explore new freedom, develop as an individual, tear down old boundaries, redefine roles and goals, and celebrate new achievements. Ladies, embrace this change. JANE BAKER Step to Health

You’ve got to get enough vitamin D for optimal health Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body, and is easily one of nature’s most potent cancer fighters. Receptors that respond to vitamin D have been found in nearly every type of human cell, from your bones to your brain. Your organs can convert the vitamin D in your bloodstream into calcitriol, which is the hormonal or activated version of vitamin D. Your organs then use it to repair damage, including damage from cancer cells and tumors. Vitamin D’s protective effect against cancer works in

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Get fit in an instant! You can stay in shape and burn enough calories to maintain or lose weight by doing miniworkouts throughout the day. As few as three 10-minute sessions are just as effective as long ones, provided the total cumulative workout time and intensity level are comparable. Here are some 60 second exercises. 1. Jumping jacks. Stand with feet together, then jump, separating legs and raising arms overhead. Land with feet hip-width apart, then jump feet back together and lower arms. 2. Run up a flight of stairs, pumping your arms, then walk down. Vary by taking two stairs at a time.

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3. Jumping rope, not jumping too high off ground, elbows by your sides. 4. Squat jump. Stand with feet hipwidth apart. Bend knees and lower hips into a squat. Jump in air and straighten legs, lifting arms upward. Land softly, lowering arms. 5. Step-up. Step up on a stair, or sturdy bench with one foot, then the other, then down one at a time; repeat. 6. Jog in place or march on the spot, land softly, ball of foot to heel. 7. Side-to-side leap. Leap sideways over any long, thin object (broom), landing with feet together. CATHERINE TUCK

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You lean over to whisper something to your friend and you can tell by their face that something’s up. Could it be your breath? WHAT’S THAT SMELL? Bad breath is the common name for the medical condition known as halitosis. Many different things cause halitosis — from not brushing teeth to certain medical conditions. What causes bad breath? Three common causes of bad breath: 1. foods and drinks, such as garlic, onions 2. poor dental hygiene, not brushing and flossing regularly 3. smoking and other tobacco use Not brushing your teeth will let plaque build up on your teeth- a great place for bacteria to live and another reason why breath can turn foul. PREVENTING SMELLY BREATH So what to do? Don’t smoke or use tobacco products. Take care of your mouth by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Brush your tongue because bacteria can grow there.

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Cefn Cribwr Gardening Club Now is the time to plant broad beans for a May crop, but if the ground is frozen, you may need to lay some polythene down to warm it up. Broad beans are an ancient favourite with evidence of cultivation from as early as 6,000BC. They are high in protein and rich in vitamin C. Pinch out the top two leaves as soon as the young beans appear. It’s also time to get spring flowering bulbs in, plant in groups at least six, the more the merrier for a great display. Twenty-five to fifty are needed to make a really impressive show. Well done to two of our members, Alex Jones is off to Worcester University to study horticulture and David Colbridge is through to the finals of the Valleys to Coast Garden competition with his lovely garden. We have a talk on October 25th from a gentleman from the Allotment Society and Coffee Morning 5th November, both in the Green Hall. All are welcome.

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Garden rule: The best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it’s a valuable plant! CHRIS EARLY earlycefn@btinternet.com

Cornelly Organic Gardening Society What awful weather we’ve had, lets hope autumn kicks in soon and we have some sunnier weather. I would just like to remind everyone that Cornelly Organic Gardening Society meets the first Friday of every month at The Methodist Church Hall in North Cornelly at 7pm. A years subscription costs £5 for individuals or £8 for couples and costs £1 per meeting. Everyone is welcome that has an interest in growing organically and children are welcome accompanied by an adult. We are a friendly group so come and share in our enthusiasm in growing without the use of harm-

ful chemicals. We look forward to seeing you. Happy Gardening! ANG FENNELL 01656 661626

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Solar champions needed for exciting project

Sustainable Wales is seeking ‘solar champions’ to help promote the charity’s scheme to offer FREE solar (pv) panels to people in the Bridgend/Porthcawl area. The project is part of the ‘GCEL’ consortium of charities and social enterprises that include ‘Creation’ in Cwm Garw and ‘New Sandfields’ in Port Talbot.

These groups have combined to offer fitting of free solar panels to houses with south-facing roofs. Because of the government’s ‘Feedin tariff’ payments (FITs), electricity bills will be reduced annually by c£150 (today’s prices!). “We want help from ‘street champions’ to promote solar energy in their areas, particularly those with south-facing properties, as they receive most sunlight. Training and support materials will be provided. With help we can do more towards reducing our carbon footprint. Any monies raised via the FITs payments would go to a social fund. “Here’s a chance for people with social vision to also earn money for their community as the project develops.” said Director of Sustainable Wales, Margaret Minhinnick. “But hurry. These FITs monies will not be there for ever.” If you wish to become a ‘solar energy champion’ and help create a sustainable future contact Sustainable Wales, 01656 783405. MARGARET MINHINNICK

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Book of the month: The Vault by Ruth Rendell

Wexford has retired but a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything. Tom Ede is now a Detective Superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case. The bodies of two women and a man have been discovered in the old coal hole of an attractive house in St John’s Wood. None carries identification. But the man’s jacket pockets contain a string of pearls, a diamond and a sapphire necklace as well as other jewellery valued in the region of £40,000. Wexford is intrigued and excited by the challenge, and, in the early stages, not really anticipating that this new investigative role will bring him into extreme physical danger… ELAINE WINSTANLEY

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SUSANNA GREGORY Mystery in the Minster ANDREW GROSS Eyes Wide Open GRAHAM ISON Gunrunner ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH Bertie Plays the Blues MICHAEL ONDAATJE The Cat’s Table JAMES PATTERSON Now You See Her TASMINA PERRY Private Lives RUTH RENDELL The Vault CAROL RIVERS In the Bleak Midwinter DEE WILLIAMS Lights Out Till Dawn

Michelle Berriedale-Johnson COOKING GLUTEN, WHEAT AND DAIRY FREE Mary Berry HOW TO COOK Tim Cooper HOW TO READ INDUSTRIAL BRITAIN Jonathan Copus BRILLIANT WRITING TIPS FOR STUDENTS Antonio Giustozzi THE ART OF COERCION John Harrison VEGETABLE GROWING MONTH BY MONTH Jim Miotke BETTERPHOTO BASICS Evelyn Prentis A NURSE IN ACTION Margaret Rhodes THE FINAL CURTSEY Robbie Savage SAVAGE

All these books and many more are available to order, free of charge. We have DVDs, CDs, and Audio books, Books in Large Print and on audio, books for adults and children and books available electronically on our website (both audio books and e.books). There are lots of changes at Porthcawl Library at the moment. Our new printer/photocopier means we can now

make colour copies up to A3 in size. We can also scan and then fax or email for you. The Council Information Point has also moved into Porthcawl Library and a full range of services will be provided, including a phone for you to contact the Council directly. Finally, the library is being rearranged to provide more room for fiction and computers for you to use. Look forward to seeing you soon.

Local book:

The UK Bullying and Hate Crime Handbook by Neville Evans £9.99 The UK Bullying and Hate Crime Handbook by Neville Evans is a comprehensive survival guide for bullying victims, and makes for a very informative, yet easy, read. It is packed with practical advice on how to cope if you are suffering from bullying, but also includes useful information for loved ones and even for bullies themselves. From confrontation management to legal help and relaxation tips, the guide really works to empower the reader because the advice it offers is realistic. The really good thing about this book is that anybody who suffers from bullying can relate to it. Neville

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includes help and information for all different forms of bullying including school bullying, domestic abuse, and even cyber bullying, so there is something for everyone. The book would serve well in a variety of settings. Teachers would find it helpful in a school context, but it could also be purchased as a home read or for somebody working within a health or social care profession. All in all, a value for money read that’s great help. Highly recommended. To download free chapters and learn more about bullying, visit www.talkandsupport.co.uk or visit Amazon UK. NEVILLE EVANS

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The First Borough of Kenfig by Barrie Griffiths £11.95 Major publishing event for Kenfig! In the dunes of Kenfig you will find the forlorn remains of a castle poking out of the sand. This is all that is left of the once thriving town and castle of Kenfig. The First Borough of Kenfig tells the dramatic story

of the town from its founding by Anglo-Norman invaders, to its final swallowing up by the in-blowing sand. Why did the town become such a focus for Welsh resentment? How did it survive despite being repeatedly attacked, sacked and burned? Most important of all perhaps - how, why and when, having survived for nearly 300 years was it subsequently abandoned beneath the sand dunes? This book has the answers. Barrie Griffiths (1942-2009), author of The First Borough of Kenfig, was a prolific local historian. He published many titles relating to local history around Kenfig. He left this book as the final summing-up of all he had learned about Kenfig in more than 20 years research. Those who remember Barrie will find both his keen wit and no-nonsense approach to some of the more fanciful theories on vivid display here. The book is widely available. CONALL BOYLE

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Free library ebook service Book lovers in Bridgend County Borough can now beat waiting lists for the latest titles thanks to a FREE new library e-book service. Following a rise in the popularity of e-readers - portable electronic devices which can store large numbers of digital books - Bridgend County Borough Council’s Library and Information Service is offering its members an opportunity to obtain a PIN number which they can use to download e-book titles and transfer them to their e-reader, computer, MP3 player, iPod, mobile phone or Mac. Borrowers can select up to four titles at a time, and after three weeks, the e-books automatically disappear from their devices. A wide range of e-book titles are available covering adult fiction, mainstream adult non-fiction and junior fiction. Councillor Lyn Morgan, BCBC Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said: “Local libraries are moving with the times. Innovative facilities such as this and the recently launched downloadable audiobook service

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are ensuring that library users are able to access a wide range of new technology.” Library member John Heard agrees. He said: “The new e-books service is a brilliant use of technology which is bringing book-borrowing into the 21st Century!” For more information, please call (01656) 754800 or visit www. bridgend.gov.uk/libraries MICHELLE BOWER BCBC

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Names

Autumn

I belong to a strange family You can read it in our faces Because my Mum and Dad Named their children after places. Meet my Brother Turkey and my Sister Mexico Why they named us after places? I really just don’t know. Scotland lives in England England lives in Spain Living with these place names Really is a pain. I went to visit Canada today I found it very nice. To see my dear Brother though Not the land of ice. USA and Russia would often disagree So one moved to St Petersburg the other Tennessee.

Simplicity

Alchemically calculated cuppa

When I travelled You were with me. Your spine against my thigh.

Having summed up differentiation With calculus in kettle Integrally integrated origin And all its dimensions Length breadth and height Shining like a beaconic light To show the not quite Their curse of their own bite Whilst the dimensions of tea Are perfect for me. GARETH T PRICE Porthcawl

When I needed to rest You soothed me to sleep. Sometimes people see The glory of Autumn For the first time In the Autumn of your life You notice things more Than you ever did before Autumn is the time for harvest Marking the end of Summer Before the first Winter freeze Gusts of wind sweep down The crinkly crimson leaves Shaking, rustling almost whispering As they fall in the breeze

You might feel sympathetic I’m sure that you do. But the one you should feel sorry for Is my Brother Timbuktu.

The silver birch turning silvery green Others turning Autumn yellow Lawns glinting with ripe conkers And the mellow sunlight Winking through the trees In the cool crisp air

H MABLY Porthcawl

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When I was frightened You told me about another life. When I was lonely You were a friend to me. When I was nervous, frustrated, bored You captivated me with your tall tales.

Oxwich Bay

You; a last minute thought... a Christmas wish... a treasured piece of childhood. You educated me, Taught me about the world. You liberated and loved me, Showed me how to dream. You gave me a future. And when I need you I’ll always find you where I left you. LAURA BARTON Brackla

So many times I’ve sighed for artist’s skill To trace the shining beauty of this bay The peace, tranquillity as dawns each day

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The water glinting fair below the hill As from Nichol’ston I gaze o’er Oxwich Bay

I can’t afford to see a dentist. I walk the seven miles to work Grudgingly.

I’ve marvelled at the skill of those who sew With thread and needle capturing the scene From hill-top refuge down through wood and stream To picture and God’s glories thus display From Nichol’ston to waters of the bay

But I saw you on the television. You’ve got nothing, so you Robbed and rioted. You stole from the poor because You were angry at the rich. You spat on anybody who got In your way.

But He who is the Word now bids me write Shows me afresh the wide sweep of the bay The headland curved around as sheltering arm That ships may anchor safe and children play And God gives peace as I too rest awhile At Nichol’ston and gaze o’er Oxwich Bay PAULINE LEWIS Porthcawl

Greed There is nothing in my fridge. I’d like some new makeup. I’d like some new clothes. I can’t afford to travel.

So you could get what you wanted, Because you had what you needed. Maimed and murdered and misplaced Your morals. Because you weren’t starving, or dying of dysentery. You just felt discontent. Society failed you? Well it failed me too. Fortunately I believe in second chances. LAURA BARTON Brackla

The great coffee hoax There once wasn’t a cup of coffee For it was a cup of tea That went inside my stomach To give my heart some glee. If you were to ask why tea I’d reply that I’m very sorry

It’s a drink that suits me But is not for everybody. If you were to ask about gossip With ridicule concerning this famous beverage I’d say this is why I drink my tea Not gossip for tea speaks volumes to me. Asking if my friend would like some coffee He said it would give his life some spice So I gave him some tea instead What a hoax but very nice! GARETH T PRICE Porthcawl

The sunflower

They are so much fun The pleasure they bring To the old and the young As they peep over my fence Turning their heads to the sun SUE WATERS Porthcawl

Dear Editor… Some of the ‘poems’ that you publish, Are nothing more than puerile rubbish, Surely poems are meant to rhyme, And no scansion – that’s a crime, So for the sake of Seaside News, Please be careful what you choose. MARY GRAVENOR Porthcawl

I’ve written about the snowdrops And the bluebells too Now the big bold and beautiful Sunflower for you This cheerful looking flower Such an amazing sight A plant that brings sunshine Almost smiling with their Big lofty heads so bright Crepe paper like petals Surrounding a central ring A brown pod of seeds A feast for the birds And even the bees

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Shopping bag legislation Wales is now the first country in the UK to charge for any single use bag, as of October 1st 2011. As a local retailer we felt it important to let people know how it might affect our customers. At Home & Colonial we have always had a commitment to reduce our packaging wherever possible, and it won’t have escaped people’s notice that we already charge for our carrier bags! We have a fund set aside from the sale of our bags and donate it to local charities and have done so for the passed 12 months. This is now the preferred model for the rest of Wales too. However this new legislation goes even further than just your main carrier bag charge. The Welsh Assembly Government have said that certain items which are pre-packaged or pre-wrapped can also carry a charge if you require a bag for them; paper, plastic or biodegradable. Items that are fresh served, like

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pies, welshcakes or cooked meats in our case still of course need a bag. So for that first wrapping/packaging to protect the product there is no charge. However a jar of jam or a packaged sandwich (if placed in a paper or plastic bag) would need to carry the minimum levy of at least 5p. For H&C this approach will be quite simple and already our customers are fantastic at bringing their own bags and manage to cope in general. For other businesses however the way is a little less clear. The Assembly have set up a new website to help with clarification and further information at www. carrierbagchargewales.gov.uk The Assembly Government have also indicated that business who do not comply will be fined. So we hope the people of Porthcawl will be a little patient with the retailers in the High Street over the next few weeks as all the nuts and bolts get ironed out, and I suppose we will all get used to it in the end! ABBE VAUGHAN

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meringue. 3. Drizzle the chocolate over the meringue, and using a large metal spoon, gently fold the chocolate into the meringue using just 2 or 3 strokes to give a streaky marbled affect. 4. With a large dessert spoon shape the meringues into 16 mounds on the prepared trays. Dust with cocoa powder and then bake in the heated oven for 2 hours until firm. 5. Leave to cool, then gently peel off the lining paper 6. Put the chilled cream into the chilled bowl, add the vanilla and then whip until thick and firm. Use to sandwich the meringues and set on a serving plate. 7. Dust with cocoa powder at the last minute. The meringues can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. MARGARET MINHINNICK

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Stag’s world of rock The kind people of Porthcawl Steve Strange turned out in their hundreds for a fundraising event outside the Seahorse Pub in aid of the Michael Logan Evans Padden Trust. Described by the landlord Rob as “the best band in south Wales”, the Cover Sluts played a fantastic set and got the whole audience up and dancing in the car park. I wish them all the best with their tour of the South of France. There was also an auction taking place with Radio Wales’s Owen Money as auctioneer. There were many things up for grabs including a Cover Sluts T-shirt that went for £400. I think over £3,000 were made, so a big well done to everyone! And still on the subject of a good night out, Scruff is still packing them in at the Prince on a Friday night, and two bands for your notebook

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are Rock House and Miners Chuff. As promised last month Bridgend’s rock band Sex has a new CD out called Sorry I Loved You the best of Sex! The band has been going for three decades and Phill Jones and the guys are still gigging! Standout songs are Rockstar, Radio Radio, I Wish You Rock and Sorry I Loved You. You can buy a copy at their gigs. Next month I’ll have an exclusive, when I have a chat with a 80s popstar and fashion icon, a man who refuses to ‘Fade To Grey’ about his illustrious career and his current plans, don’t miss it! Keep the calls coming… STAG 07788 962028

Can you hear the Sound? Don’t miss a Exit International feast of live rock music with Sound? 2011 at Bridgend Recreation Centre on Friday 7th October from 7–10.30pm featuring headlin-

ers Exit International and many more local bands in celebration of World Mental Health Day. The night also includes live performances from Bridgend based bands Colours of One, Where Is Billy, Stars & Flights, Four Words Later and Station 13. Organised by PROMHS (consisting of local organisations working in Bridgend) and Siaradwn Ni – Let’s Talk (five year Big Lottery project), this event aims to promote positive mental health wellbeing amongst young people through the medium of rock music, breaking down the barriers to accessing support, recognition, response and recovery. Throughout the concert during band changes, there will also be short videos made by Bridgend College student Sophie Williams highlighting young people’s successes in overcoming personal issues. Tickets are £3. Tickets can be purchased on the night or before the concert at Bauhaus Coffee Shop (Wyndham Street, Bridgend), Bridgend Music Station, Londis Store ( Bryngolau, Bryntirion), Hobos

(Queens Street, Bridgend), Black River Arts and band members. Please note that ID will be required to purchase alcohol. For further details please call 01656 642688 or visit www.thegatheringonline.co.uk LAURA CHAMBERS BCBC

Acoustic Club Our last club night on 8th September, was a fabulous night, with Cakehole Presley, a fantastic band from Cardiff, who were supported by local talent The Dirty Green Stuff. We laughed and laughed at The Dirty Green Stuff’s lyrics and some great comedy stuff performed by them. Followed by a special treat from Cardiff, Cakehole Presley, had us all up dancing and they played a storming set. Their CD Look After Your Chihuahua is available from Spillers Records in Cardiff, as I know they ran out of them on the night, and people were disappointed they couldn’t buy one. I would especially like to thank all those who have supported us

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this year, and of course it would not have happened without our fantastic musicians. Our next night will now be in the New Year – details will follow shortly. Follow us on facebook @ The Acoustic Club, The Stage Door, The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl for more up to date details, videos and pictures of past events, or ring the Box Office on 01656 815995 for more details of dates, and membership. See you all in the New Year. LIN WILLIAMS

Porthcawl Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society PAODS new season has begun. We love to welcome new members and encourage lapsed members to return to the fold. As an amateur society, it isn’t a requirement to have any previous acting experience. In addition to those who would like to sing and act we are also delighted if you can do any of the following: prompt, sell programmes/tickets, build sets, show people to their seats, deal with costumes, help with props, paint and

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Pyle & Porthcawl Photographic Society Our new 2011/2012 season started on Thursday 1st September with an enrolment and social evening and several new members signed up for the first time, along with some former

members returning to us after a period with other clubs! We have had some interesting presenters already this season, not to mention the Chairman’s Trophy Competition, which was for images taken during club evenings, events and field trips. We have a full programme of learning, entertainment, competi-

tions, field trips and events lined up until next summer; details can be found on our website at pyleporthcawl-ps.co.uk, so if you have an interest in photography come and join in the fun any Thursday evening at the Rest from 7.15pm. GLYN EDMUNDS

wallpaper or just help with general DIY. Even if you can’t do any of this but would still like to be part of the team putting on live theatre, contact our membership officer, Owen Harris on 01656 743554 or 07968 230380 or woharris@uwclub.net for more information. Tickets are now

on sale for our next production on Saturday Nov. 26th , “Broadway’s Back”, a musical review featuring a brand new selection of songs from the shows and other well loved music featuring the RAF St Athan Voluntary Band and Bridgend Youth Dance. Tickets available from

PAODS Hotline 01656 788148 or Grand Pavilion Box Office. Advance dates for your diary: April 26th – 28th, our 2012 production “The Sound of Music” – more details to follow in due course. ANDREW MORGAN

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Monday • ANCIENT ART OF BELLRINGING, PORTHCAWL @ St. Johns Church, Newton Green, Porthcawl 7.45-9pm. Email ruth.birch@hotmail.co.uk • BALLROOM & SEQUENCE DANCING, PORTHCAWL (EXCEPT BANK HOLS) @ the Awel-y-Mor Centre. 2–4.30pm. Admission £2. Tel: 01656 783344 • BELLY DANCING CLASSES with Elindia at the Newton Institute, Porthcawl. 1.15–2.15pm: beginners and refreshers; 2.30–3.30pm: refreshers and improvers. • BRIDGEND & DISTRICT CAMERA CLUB @ Nolton Church Hall, Merthyr Mawr Rd, Bridgend, 7.30pm. Disabled access. Contact: info@bridgendcameraclub. co.uk • BRIDGEND WARRIORS KICKBOXING CLUB, BRIDGEND Above Codys, The Dunraven Arms Hotel, Bridgend. Beginners: 6.30–8pm, graded members: 7.30–9pm (times overlap). kkaw_copp@hotmail.com • BRIDGEND U3A, BRIDGEND Every 3rd Monday @ The Mission for the Deaf, Coychurch Rd, Bridgend, 2pm. 01656 656207 • CHESS CLUB MEETING, PORTHCAWL 7.30pm @ The Fairways Hotel, Porthcawl • CHILDREN’S SWIMMING LESSONS, BRIDGEND @ Heronsbridge School Pool. 5–7.30pm. Also on Tuesdays & Saturdays. Contact Anne: 01656 773475 • COMEDY IMPRO CLUB £15 per term. Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. For more info or to book a place, call Tracy on (01656) 815995 • CREATIVE STITCHING, CEFN CRIBWR (Term time only) WEA Creative Stitching Class in Bethlehem Church Life Centre. 12pm–2pm. Come and learn some new techniques and meet new people. More info: Kim 02920 382431, courseinfosouth@swales.wea.org.uk • CYLCH MEITHRIN, PORTHCAWL Open Mon–Fri 9.15am-1.15pm. Welsh Nursery at Tabernacl Chapel, Fenton Place. Nicola Gamble 07789 446407 or Nicola Jenkins 07931 957668. 2+ years • DANCE CLASSES, BRYNTIRION @ the Dance Studio, Mount Pleasant, Bryntirion. Classes in cheerleading/hip hop/ jive for kids/line adult jive classes 8–9pm. Tel: 07980 039128 • DISCOVERY TOTS BABY & TODDLER CLASSES, COYCHURCH @ Williams Memorial Hall. 10.45–11.45am: Multi-sensory Baby Play (6 wks – 18 mths); 1–2pm: Toddler Play – Multi-sensory, Yoga and Messy Fun! (18 mths – 4 years). Contact Helen: 01656 818727/07795 150602/ info@discoverytots.co.uk/www.discoverytots. co.uk • DRAGON SPORT NETBALL, KENFIG HILL 5-6pm @ Cynffig Sports Hall. Contact: Debbie 07890 582636 • FITNESS CLASSES, PORTHCAWL HOTEL Pilates 10–11am; Spinning 5.30–6.30pm; Zumba 6.45–7.45pm. For more information call 01656 782257 or kath@porthcawlhotel.co.uk, or visit www. porthcawlhotel.co.uk/healthclub • HATHA YOGA CLASSES, PORTHCAWL 6.30–8pm @ St Clare’s

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School. All levels welcome. Please contact Alan Davies, British Wheel of Yoga teacher, on 01639 888705 • INDOOR 5-A-SIDE FOOTBALL LEAGUE, MAESTEG @ Maesteg Comprehensive 6–9pm. Boys 13–15 years. Call Phil on 07535 254290 or email philipnmorgan@sky.com • JUDOKWAI, BRIDGEND @ Cefn Glas, Bridgend, 07530 700243 (Andrew). Juniors (6–15 years) 7–8pm. Seniors (16+) 8.30–10pm • KENFIG HILL & DISTRICT MALE VOICE CHOIR Rehearsals in the Choral Suite, Green Acre Motel, North Cornelly, 7–9pm. Tel 01656 740766 • KYOKUSHIN KARATE, CEFN CRIBWR @ Green Hall Cefn Cribwr. Juniors Training: 6.30–7.30pm; Seniors 6.30–8.30pm. First lesson free. Juniors £2.50, Seniors £3.00. Ages 6–104. Beginners and improver’s welcome. Come and get fi t and learn the Kyokushin way. cckkc@ hotmail.co.uk. Also on Thursdays • LEARN TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL @ Royal British Legion Club, Pyle Road, Bridgend. Jive Lesson: 8–8.45pm. Rock ‘n’ Roll Disco 8.45–10.30pm. Entrance £3. Info: Frank, 07400 080101 • 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 • MONKEY MUSIC FOR BABIES & TODDLERS, BRIDGEND Award winning music classes for babies and toddlers aged 3 months to 4 years. 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. Call 01656 784211 • PORTHCAWL SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB FREE beginners karate course, with 5th dan Christian Whale. 4.45–5.45pm at Awel Y Mor centre, Porthcawl. Just turn up or call Christian on 07784 317151. All ages welcome. Regular Training for all Martial Arts graded students of all ages 5.45–7pm • ROYAL MARINES ASSOCIATION, SWANSEA BAY BRANCH Last Monday of every month. Further details 01656 670224 • SALSA DANCE BEG/IMP, BRIDGEND 8pm @ The Dance Centre/ Labour Club Bryntirion, 01656 652165 • 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 • TAI CHI FOR HEALTH, PORTHCAWL (except bank holidays)

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* COLOURED LISTINGS ARE NEW OR AMENDED @ Awel Y Mor Centre, Porthcawl. 10–11.30am. Eening classes at other venues. www.myweb.tiscali.co.uk/suntaichi • 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 fi tness 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 AQUA FIT CLASS, PORTHCAWL @ Splashland Pool, Trecco Bay Holiday Park. 7pm. • AEROBICS, KENFIG HILL 6.15– 7.15pm @ Cynffig Sports Hall, everyone welcome. Interested? Contact: Debbie 07890 582636. Also on Sunday 5–6pm • BELLY DANCING with Elinda at the Dance Centre, Bryntirion (next to Filco) 6pm: beginners and refreshers. Please call to book. www.elindiabellydance.webs.com Tel: 01656 863639/ 07824 874511 Email: Elindiabellydance@gmail.com • BRIDGEND & DISTRICT BONSAI SOCIETY, PYLE 1st Tuesday of every month @ Pyle Church hall, opposite Clarke’s garage, 7pm. New members always welcomed. Secretary: 01656 742008, Chairman: 01656 742077 • CHILDREN’S STORYTIME, PYLE

@ Pyle Life Centre from 2.15–2.45pm. FREE. Tel: 01656 754850 email: pylelib@ bridgend.gov.uk • CORNELLY LUNCHEON CLUB @ Cornelly Community Centre, 12.30pm. Good home food for just £3.50 which includes main meal, pudding, tea/coffee and biscuits, a true bargain! • CYLCH TI & FI (BILINGUAL MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP), PORTHCAWL Ti a Fi Tabernacle, Neuadd Eglwys Tabernacle Church Hall, Elder Lane, Bridgend, 12.45 –2.15pm. Call Lou Stevens-Jones 07966 313609 • DANCE CLASSES, BRYNTIRION @ the Dance Studio Dance Centre, Mount Pleasant, Bryntirion. Drama/ Tap/ Jazz/ Acrobatics/ Line/Ballet. 07980 039128 • EXERCISE FOR THE OVER 50s @ NEWTON INSTITUTE, PORTHCAWL 10.30–11.30am Based on pilates with instructor Sue Cheesebrough – two time Olympian & Commonwealth silver medal winning athlete. Call 07866 313623 • 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. • FITNESS CLASSES, PORTHCAWL HOTEL Spin Circuits 10–11am; Circuit Training 5.30–6.30pm; Total Body Conditioning 6.45–7.45pm. For more information call 01656 782257 or kath@ porthcawlhotel.co.uk, or visit www. porthcawlhotel.co.uk/healthclub • FRENCH & SPANISH CLUBS FOR CHILDREN, BRIDGEND Aged 4–11 years. A fun program all in French and Spanish. Email: 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. All activities are led by the children that attend. • GYMTOTS, KENFIG HILL 2–5yrs @ Cynffig Sports hall. Contact: Debbie 07890 582636 • 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. Tiger tots 4–6 yrs 6–6.30pm, Children 7+ yrs & Adults 6.30–7.30pm. A MONTHS TRAINING FREE FOR NEW STARTERS. 07788 482450, email:

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porthcawltsd@btinternet.com, web www. ttfuk.co.uk • LADIES ONLY FITNESS SESSIONS, SOUTH CORNELLY @ 2tone fi tness, South Cornelly Trading estate. 8–9pm. Call Jo on 07730 676664 or 01656 670064 • LEGS, BUMS & TUMS @ Griffin Park Community Centre 6.30–7.30pm. Also on Wednesday @ Awel y Mor 9.30–10.30am. Michelle: 07795 664982 • 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 • NORDIC WALKING FOR BEGINNERS, PORTHCAWL 12–1pm. Meeting at the Shelter Opposite Windsor Road. Poles are provided, please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes • OPEN JAM NIGHT @ THE GRAND PAVILION, PORTHCAWL for all musicians and music listeners at 7.30pm. Every 4th Tuesday of the month, tickets: £2. Info: 01656 815995 • PENYBONT LADIES CHOIR, BRIDGEND @ Bryntirion Community Centre, Bridgend, 5–7pm. New members welcome. Joan: 01656 740840 • PILATES @ Awel y Mor 9.30–10.30am and Griffin Park Community Centre, 7.45 –8.30pm. Call Michelle on 07795 664982 • POEMS AND PINTS, PORTHCAWL 7.30pm, every 3rd Tuesday: Lorelei Inn, Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl. All those with an active interest in poetry welcome. poemspints.webs.com • PORTHCAWL GYMNASTICS CLUB (TERM TIME ONLY) Girls and boys gymnastics classes, from 3+ years @ Porthcawl Comprehensive School, Park Avenue. Tel: 07971 476738 • PORTHCAWL MALE CHOIR PRACTICE 7.30–9.30pm @ Presbyterian Church, Arlington Road, new members needed. Contact Mike Watkins on 07729 691496. Also on Fridays • SHOTOKAN KARATE, PORTHCAWL @ St John’s School, 6.30–7.30pm. Call Phil on 07966 624140. All welcome • SLAPPINGSKINS AFRICAN DRUM WORKSHOP, BRIDGEND Workshops at Heronsbridge School, Bridgend. 6–7pm for beginners; 7–8pm for regulars. All instruments provided. Contact Aaron at www.slappingskins.co.uk • ST JOHN AMBULANCE Badgers (age 5–10) @ Trinity Church. 6–7.30pm. Call 01656 786869 for more information • STORYTIME FOR CHILDREN, PENCOED Pencoed Library. 2.30pm. 01656 754840 www.bridgend.gov.uk/ libraries • STREET DANCE FOR ADULT IMPROVERS, BRIDGEND 8pm @ The Dance Centre/Labour Club Bryntirion, Tel: 01656 652165 • TABERNACL MUSIC SOCIETY CHOIR PRACTICE, BRIDGEND @ Tabernacl Chapel, Derwen Road, Bridgend. 7–8.45pm. Mixed Voice. New members welcome. Tel: (01656) 654899

• TAI BO KICK AEROBICS, PYLE @ Pyle Life Centre. 7–8pm (except every 3rd Tuesday). Male & female, all ages welcome! Instructor Sarah Panes, 1st Degree Black Belt, Tae Kwon Do. Contact: Sarah 01656 743478 or 07773 041339 • PORTHCAWL MUSIC SOCIETY (CLASSICAL) Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month at 2pm at the Brentwood Hotel, Porthcawl. New members welcome. Secretary, Jean Ball: 01656 782917 • SING AND SIGN, BABY SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES @ Awel Y Mor Community Centre, Porthcawl, CF36 5TN. 10.45–11.30am. For more information or to book please contact Beverley on 07583 087157 or email beverleythomas@ singandsign.co.uk www.singandsign.co.uk • STORYTIME FOR CHILDREN, PYLE @ Pyle Life Centre. 2.15pm. Tel: 01656 754850, pylelib@bridgend.gov.uk • TUESDAY CLUB Work with a range of artists throughout the year. Older people: 1–3pm; Kids (8–12 years): 4–5.30pm. £3 per session. Grand Pavilion, 01656 815995 • TUMBLE TOTS, COYCHURCH @ Williams Memorial Hall. Ages 6 months to 3 years. www.tumbletots.com/cardiff-south or 01446 500526 (times vary according to age) • WELSH LANGUAGE GROUP, ABERKENFIG @ Aberkenfig Library. Every 1st Tuesday of the month at 11.30am (no meetings in August). Tel: 01656 754820 email: abkenlib@bridgend.gov.uk • YOGA CLASSES, PORTHCAWL with Carol Curtis-Jones, British Wheel of Yoga teacher. Hope Chapel, Newton: 1–3pm. Hope Chapel: 7.15–9pm. Beginners welcome. Tel. 01656 773266 • ZUMBA SCULPT & TONE @ Porthcawl RFC, 7.45 pm (bring light weights or wrist weights) with Nikki, Qualified Fitness and Zumba Instructor, insured and CRB checked. £3.50 per class. Please wear trainers. All abilities welcome

Wednesday • 1ST CORNELLY SCOUT GROUP Silverbirch Beaver Colony. Ages 6–8, 4.30–5.45pm. Cornelly Scout & Guide Hall, Meadow Street, North Corrnelly. Contact Rob on F700pff@aol.com or 01656 746564 • 1ST PORTHCAWL SCOUT GROUP Cubs (8–10½yrs) 5.30–7.15pm. Woodland Hall, Woodland Ave. Meirion: 01656 78471 • ADRAN YR URDD, PORTHCAWL @ Tabernacl New Hall, Fenton Place, Porthcawl 5.30–6.30pm throughout school term. Ages 6–12. A fun Welsh medium youth group. caelleucu@aol.com or 07790 216312 • BADMINTON COACHING, KENFIG HILL @ Cynffig Sports Hall. 6–7pm, 7–11yrs. £1.50. Call Debbie 07890 582636 • BOUNCE & RHYME SESSIONS FOR BABIES & TODDLERS, PORTHCAWL @ Porthcawl Library, last Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm. 01656 754845, www.bridgend.gov.uk/libraries • BOWLS, PORTHCAWL @ Griffin Park, from 4pm. From beginners to players with years of experience. Also on Sundays from 4pm and Fridays from 2.30pm. All welcome. Call Derrick on 01656 784149 • BRIDGEND INVOLVEMENT GROUP ‘Peer support in recovery’. 1–3pm @ ARC, Quarella Road, Bridgend. Service user led group, providing support and information for people affected by drug

and alcohol and their families. Contact Linda: 1656 763117 (Mondays only), abm. bigbridgend@wales.nhs.uk • BRIDGEND COUNTY SHOW MEETINGS @ Bridgend Festivals Office, Cambria House, Wyndham St. 1st Wed of the month at 6.30pm. Tel: 01656 661338 www.bridgend-events.co.uk • BRIDGEND PARKINSONS GROUP Every 2nd Wednesday @ Llys Faen Community Hall, Quarella Road. Tel: 01656 720791 • BRIDGEND YOUTH THEATRE WORKSHOPS Junior & Youth Theatre Workshops (5–25). Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during school term-time. Backstage and design tuition, as well as performing experiences. Pre-booking essential for all classes. 01656 815995. Email: pavilion@ bridgend.gov.uk • CAFE FOR CARERS & CARED FOR, PORTHCAWL All welcome. Run by Bridgend County Crossroads. 12.30–3.30pm at Trinity Church, Porthcawl. Info and advice for Carers. Disabled access. 01656 784100 • CEFN CRIBWR MOTHER, BABIES & TODDLERS @ Cefn Cribwr Community Hall 10–11.30am. £1.50 per child. Newborns+. 07787 578295 • CHILDREN’S SWIMMING LESSONS @ Porthcawl Comprehensive. 5–7.30pm. For more details contact Anne 01656 773475 • COR BRO OGWR, BRIDGEND Mixed choir @ Tabernacl Church, Derwen Road, Bridgend. 7–9pm. All welcome. 01656 784180. www.Cor-Bro-Ogwr.com • CORNELLY & KENFIG HILL PUMAS FOOTBALL CLUB @ Cynffig Comprehensive School Girls Gym. 5–6pm. Ages 5–7yrs. Boys & Girls welcome. Contact Mark for details: 07929 969259/ nmedewar@aol.com • DISCOVERY TOTS BABY & TODDLER CLASSES, BRYNTIRION @ The Dance Centre. Messy Play (1–4yrs) 10–11:30am. Contact Helen: 01656 818727 / 07795 150602/ info@discoverytots.co.uk / www.discoverytots.co.uk • FITNESS CLASSES, PORTHCAWL HOTEL Legs, Bums & Tums 10am-11am; Spinning 5.30pm-6.30pm; Total Body Conditioning 6.45pm-7.45pm. For more information call 01656 782257 or kath@ porthcawlhotel.co.uk, or visit www. porthcawlhotel.co.uk/healthclub • FRENCH & SPANISH FOR CHILDREN, BRIDGEND Aged 4-11 years. A fun programme all in French and Spanish. sandrineantenucci@yahoo.fr or 07724 069820 • HATHA YOGA CLASSES, PYLE 6.30pm @ The Life Centre. All levels welcome. Contact Alan Davies, British Wheel of Yoga Teacher, on 01639 888705 • JUDOKWAI, BRIDGEND @ Cefn Glas, Bridgend, 07530 700243 (Andrew). Juniors (6–15 yrs) 7–8pm. Seniors (16+) 8.30–10pm • KYOKUSHIN KARATE CLUB, BRIDGEND @ The Deaf Club, Tremains Road, Bridgend. Also, Fridays @ The Scouts Hall, Cefn Glass, Bridgend and Sundays @ Nantymoel Memorial Hall, Ogmore Vale. All classes 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. Children must be over 8 years old. First lesson free. Call Jason: 07779 113273 • JUNIOR & YOUTH THEATRE WORKSHOPS, PORTHCAWL (5–25) During school term-time. Also Saturdays and Sundays. More info: 01656

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Penybont Welsh Folk Dancing Club meet at Coychurch Memorial Hall Bridgend at 8.15pm. New members always welcome. Tel: Sue 01656 659676 • HATHA YOGA CLASSES, PORTHCAWL 6–7.30pm and 7.30–9.00pm @ Tabernacle Church Hall, Fenton Place. All levels welcome. Please contact Lexi Jones on 07817 521350. British Wheel of Yoga teacher • KEEP-FIT CLASSES, COYCHURCH Coychurch Memorial Hall 7–8pm. All levels of fi tness 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 fi tness, 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 check out www.restbaylifeguards.org.uk • LINEDANCING CLASSES, PORTHCAWL @ Gilgal Baptist Church Hall, Woodland Avenue, Porthcawl. 11-12.30. Beginners welcome, any age. Admission £3.50. More info: 01656 863753 • MADE STAGE ACADEMY for young performers aged 3–11 at exclusive venues. 3-5pm. Please see www.madestageacademy. co.uk or call/sms 07585 808200 • MID GLAMORGAN MIXED CHOIR, PENCOED (Term time only) in The Bowls Club, Pencoed from 7.15–9pm. Call Leila on 01656 667095 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. A small fee paid to each act. • PORTHCAWL SHOTOKAN

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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 • 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.co.uk), or www.pyleporthcawl-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 • 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. • SLIM AND TONE, PYLE @ Pyle Life Centre, 1.30pm. Bring a small set of hand weights or 2 water bottles. All ages and fi tness abilities welcome! Other classes including Zumba and Aerobics throughout Bridgend/Porthcawl. £3.50 to Tone, £5.80 to Slim and Tone. Call Cath on 01656 745245 or visit www.rosemaryconley.com • SLIMMING WORLD WITH DEE Upstairs @ Pyle Life Centre, 5.30pm & 7.30pm. Call 07733 267369 • 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 7–8pm. Male & female, all ages welcome! Instructor Sarah Panes, 1st Degree Black Belt, Tae Kwon Do. Beginners Class: 9.30–10.15am; Kids Tae Kwon Do 5.45–6.45pm. 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 • TIMESIGNS ARCHAEOLOGY CLASS, BRIDGEND @ the West House, West House Road, Bridgend, 2.15pm. For everyone interested in the Archaeology and History of the Roman period. Looking at the deterioration of life in Roman Britain and the eventual fall of the Roman empire in Britain. 07751 255725 or karljlangford@

hotmail.com • ZUMBA Qualified and experienced Fitness Instructor/Licensed Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumbatomic Instructor Hannah Bowen 07886 487853 @ Awel y Mor Community Centre 9.45–10.45am. Wear suitable clothing and footwear, bring plenty of water, arrive early. £3.50. • ZUMBA @ Bethlehem Church Life Centre. 6.30–7.30pm. Everyone welcome. Please contact Vicky on 01656 745655 or visit www.healthandfi tness4all.org.uk • ZUMBA North Cornelly Community Centre. Only £3. join the party! Call Mandy: 07854 372582

Friday • BINGO, KENFIG HILL – after Luncheon Club. Eyes down at 1.45pm at the Talbot Community Centre, Kenfig Hill. More info: Cheryl on 01656 749754 • 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 @ YMCA Building, Angel Street, Bridgend. 2nd Friday of the month. 7.15pm. New members very welcome. www. bridgendwriters.webs.com • 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 (tutor) 01656 650360, courseinfosouth@swales.wea.org.uk • CORNELLY ORGANIC GARDENING SOCIETY 1st Friday of every month @ The Methodist Church Hall, Heol Fach (opposite the surgery) at 7pm. Angela Fennell on 01656 661626 • FITNESS CLASSES, PORTHCAWL HOTEL Zumba 10–11am; Spinning 5.30–6.30pm; Total Body Conditioning 6.45–7.45pm. Call 01656 782257 or kath@porthcawlhotel.co.uk, or visit www. porthcawlhotel.co.uk/healthclub • KOREAN KARATE, PORTHCAWL TANG SOO DO @ All Saints Church

Hall, Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl. Tiger tots 4–6 yrs 6–6.30pm, Children 7+ yrs & Adults 6.30–7.30pm. ONE MONTH FREE FOR NEW STARTERS. 07788482450, porthcawltsd@ btinternet.com, www.ttfuk.co.uk • MONKEY MUSIC FOR BABIES & TODDLERS, BRIDGEND Term time only. @ St Marys RC Church Hall, Ewenny road, Bridgend. Aged 3 months–4 years. Contact Emma for a free trial 01656 649190. www.monkeymusic.co.uk • PORTHCAWL GYMNASTICS CLUB (Term time only) Pre-school ‘Gym Joey’ classes (3 yrs +) on Fridays 4.30–5.15pm. Additional classes from 5.30–8.30pm for older children. Limited places. Register your child in our fun packed classes. Existing members guaranteed a place. Tel: 07971 476738 • SEQUENCE DANCING, PORTHCAWL @ Trinity church 8–10.15pm. £2. 01656 782606 • 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 @ Parish meeting room, St Theodore, Port Talbot, SA13 1LB 10.45–11.30am. For more info or to book please call 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 • 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 • TI A FI AR LAN Y MOR PARENT TODDLER GROUP 10am–12noon. All Saints Church Vestry, Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl. Contact: 07813 457955 • 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 10–11am. 07956 241878, www.tinytalk.co.uk/rhiannonh

• 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 Zumba Toning (weights optional) 9.45–10.45 am @ Awel y Mor Community Centre, Zumbatomic (kids school yrs 4-6) 5.30–6.15 pm @ St Johns School, Newton, Zumba (with optional 30 min add on Zumba Toning) 6.30-7.30 (8) pm @ St Johns School, Newton. Contact Hannah Bowen 07886 487853. See us on facebook: Zumba Fitness - Porthcawl • 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. Tel: 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 • DISCOVERY TOTS @ Nolton Church Hall, Bridgend. Alpha Bugs (18mths–4yrs) Multi sensory educational classes themed around a letter of the alphabet each week. Baby Play (6wks–18mths) Multi sensory developmental play classes. Contact Helen for more info: 01656 818727 / 07795 150602 / info@discoverytots.co.uk/ www. discoverytots.co.uk • LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Saturday nights @ Kenfig Hill Labour Club. £2 • PORTHCAWL & DISTRICT ART SOCIETY EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS @ the old Police Station Gallery, John Street. 11am–4.30pm. FREE. Also on throughout the rest of the week

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• ROCK CLUB, PORTHCAWL Music workshops for 9–15 years old. Learning, training, jamming, singers, meeting new friends, playing in a band. We learn and perform regularly! All levels, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, singers, all welcome. Book a place on 015656 786319. Sustainable Wales, 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 – 3.45–4.30pm. Tel: 01656 754845 email: porthcawllib@bridgend.gov.uk

• MADE STAGE ACADEMY For young performers aged 3–11 at exclusive venues. Various times between 10am–4pm. Please see www.madestageacademy.co.uk or call/ sms 07585 808200 • 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 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 KARATE & KICKBOXING, BRIDGEND @ Cefn Glas Scouts Hall, Llangewydd rd, Bridgend. 6–7pm karate, 7–8pm kickboxing. Also, Tuesdays 7–8pm karate. Beginners and all levels welcome. Contact Paul Evans: 07791 412864 • SINGLES RENDEZVOUS CLUB, BRIDGEND @ the Brewery Field, Rugby Club, Tondu Road, Bridgend. For single over 30s. 8pm to midnight. Membership free, entry £4. Smart dress. 01656 773330 or email oursinglesclub@gmail.com

Sunday • CAR BOOT SALE, BRIDGEND @ the multistorey car park next to Aldi, Bridgend, 7am–12pm. 80–200 car boot stalls each week! All proceeds invested into events in Bridgend. Tel: 01656 661338 • 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!

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8276 / wales@diabetes.org.uk • Bridgend Lions Clearance Book Sale @ the YMCA, Angel Street, Bridgend. 10am–4pm, admission free. Please bring your own carrier bags to avoid the new compulsory 5p charge. All profits to the many local causes supported by the Bridgend Lions Club. www.bridgendlions.org.uk • Children’s Disco (Under 8), fancy dress optional, Cowbridge Leisure Centre, 10am–12noon, £2.50/child or £5/family, tickets on door. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes welcome. Tel Julie 01656 662564. In aid of The National Childbirth Trust. www.nct.org.uk/in-your-area/ southwales

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FRIDAY 7th • Sound? 2011 @ Bridgend Recreational Centre, 7–10.30pm. See Arts section for details • Table Tops Sale @ Trinity Church, Porthcawl. Raising funds for Heroes of Wales. 10am–3pm. To book a table please call Beryl on 01656 772032 or Margaret on 01656 782702. Tables are £10

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• PACT meeting for the Nottage & Rest Bay area @ Nottage Scout hall at 8pm

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• PACT meeting for the Newton area @ Newton School Rooms, 7pm. Come along and have your say about issues that are affecting you and your community • Porthcawl Floral Arrangement Society 7.30pm at Awel-y-Mor, a flower demonstration by Beryl Griffiths ‘Shades of Autumn.’ A warm welcome to everyone.

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TUESDAY 25th • Open University Advice @ Pyle Library, 10-15am–2.15pm. www.openuniversity.co.uk/wa

SATURDAY 29th • Halloween charity fun day @ Little Wonders nursery, 12-2pm. See Schools section for details • Charity Music Evening Entertainment by musical duo Kudos, two course meal included. In aid of childrens’ charity Compassion. 7.30pm, Bethlehem Church Life Centre, Cefn Cribwr. Tickets: £5.00 Adults; £2.50 Children. Call Lisa for tickets/ more information 07817 853390

SUNDAY 30th • Halloween Ghost Talk & Walk by Hayley Williams and Tracey Walmsley at The Swan Inn, Nottage, 6pm. Contact 07813 506044. £2 per person

NOVEMBER SATURDAY 12th • Nearly New Sale @ Bryntirion Comprehensive School, 11am12.30pm (Doors open 10:45am for NCT members with a membership card). Sellers contact Julie on 01656 662564 to pre-register by Wednesday 9th November or email us: nctnearlynewsales@live.co.uk. In aid of The National Childbirth Trust. www.nct.org.uk/in-yourarea/southwales

SATURDAY 19th • Craft/gift fayre @ YMCA, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4AD. 10–4pm. Free entry & parking. Craft stalls and henna painting/threading (eye brow shape). For further information please telephone trace on 01443 202081 or email: blossomevents11@aol.com

SATURDAY 26th • Christmas Fun Fete @ St David’s Church Hall, Porthcawl, 11am–4pm. £1.50. To donate any items, volunteer to help or have a craft stall on the day email c1a1re@hotmail.com

The Love2Walk festival is back in Bridgend this October to celebrate the joy of walking! So come along and experience the outstanding views, flora and fauna and landmarks that the county has to offer. Walkers will have the opportunity to take part in over 40 walks to explore all areas of Bridgend County Borough from the 1st - 9th October. New walks have been introduced on to the 2011 programme which include zorbing on water, astronomy, archaeology and a dairy farm walk. The programme also features the most popular walks from the last two years – ‘Ghostly Encounters’, ‘Wild Food Foraging’ and ‘Go Batty at Bryngarw’ plus a range of other favourites such as Nordic waking, and scenic and industrial heritage walks. Love2Walk is also offering an opportunity to win a break in a Romany Caravan by entering a competition on Facebook. All you have to do is upload a photograph or video of your favourite walks in Wales and explain what makes them great. Most walks will be free of charge and led by expert local guides. For further information contact love2walk@bridgend.gov.uk or visit www.love2walk.co.uk KELLY JONES BCBC

Bridgend Lions Walk in the Park On October 9th Wales’ favourite weatherman, Derek Brockway, will not only be opening but taking part in the inaugural Walk in the Park organised by Bridgend Lions Club. Along with Derek entrants have the opportunity to take part in the Walk (or run) in the Park at the wonderful Bryngarw Park, Brynmenyn and

to raise much needed funds for the Lions Club of Bridgend or for their favourite Charity or Voluntary Organisation. There are three superb routes to chose from, varying from a gentle 1 mile meadow walk suitable for young families and the not so active, to a 3 mile fun/trail run for runners and fun seekers. Derek will be presenting great prizes for the best costume in each event and for the highest overall individual fundraiser Throughout the afternoon there will be lots of stalls, displays and demonstrations of local crafts accompanied by musical and dance entertainment provided by local performers for the enjoyment of all. For more information or to enter contact Tony Rees at tony.rees@ bridgendlions.org.uk or see the Lions website at www.bridgendlions. org.uk HENRY TRIMLETT

Let’s do the Time Warp again!

If you were in your teens and twenties in the 1970s – this is an appeal to your old self. I know there was a time when your curves were the part on show and not the part encased in Spanx. Once…long ago the girl with the purple hair and the tattoos and Doc Martens was your girlfriend and not…well you know what I mean. Yes, there was a time before your life just happened to you and you were young and free and you danced like nothing else mattered… and you did the Time Warp. Let’s do the Time Warp again! Porthcawl Film Club proudly presents the Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on Tuesday 11th October at 7.30pm in the Grand Pavilion. This is the cult classic film of all time. Written and directed by Richard O’Brien and starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meatloaf. Do something on a Tuesday night…and wear your fishnets! Tickets are £4 and seats are limited – so book them through the Grand Pavilion Box Office: 01656 815995. MONICAL BOEHRINGER

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Pyle and Kenfig Juniors win Rhys Davies trophy

Rhys Davies is the brilliant young golfer from Royal Porthcawl who plays on the European Tour where he has already won an event and had several top ten places. In the inaugural event, open to junior teams from the seven clubs in the Borough of Bridgend, the winners were Pyle and Kenfig with an aggregate score of 410 points, an excellent score in the windy conditions. Rhys’s father kindly acted as substitute and presented the prizes at the evening dinner that followed the golf. P&K also had success in the individuals. In the gross score category Brad Young came second with a score of 78. The best net was Rhodri Booth with 72 and third was Cameron Morris. P&K was represented by Jamie Jones(Captain), Bradley Young, Tom Furneaux, Leon McNally, Tom Easterbrook Rhodri Booth , with Cameron Morris and Zac Thackery. A warm welcome awaits you at Pyle and Kenfig whether or not you have played golf before. Visit the website or contact the Club regarding these matters. DYLAN WILLIAMS 01656 772446

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Brackla Harriers In September the Brackla Harriers ran the Hay Hill Raiser race. On Saturday 10th Malcolm Jones organised a treasure run and barbeque at Bridgend tennis club. The event attended by the Harriers, friends & families raised money for the Macmillan Cancer charity. Last month we gained new members to the club and also saw the moving of a few of our faster runners.

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Kenfig Hill match reports KENFIG HILLS U7S On a rare gloriously sunny Sunday morning the Kenfig Hill U7s opened their 2011/2012 season campaign. First to take to the field were the U7s playing their first competitive match. The mules were dominant from the first whistle, playing attractive flowing rugby complete with a mean sturdy defence with the first half scorers Owen Pugh (1) Luke Harvey (1). After the break, enter Sam Maddock scoring a hat trick on his debut (3) and the captain, Lewis McLoed, sealing the final score (1). U7s 6 Porthcawl 3 KENFIG HILLS U8S A stunning sunny Sunday morning The U8s took to the stage to open their 2011/12 season. The boys started at a great tempo with Adam Johnson scoring the first opening try of the game (1). This seemed to kick start a fierce response by Porthcawl who attacke-

dand defended intensively scoring 3 tries and not giving any ground away with some solid tagging. After half time with their backs against the wall the mules dug in deep and started to find their true form with Kelvin Mills starting the season as he left off running in 2 tries to rescue the game. U8s 3 Porthcawl 3 Well done and big effort to all! EMMA MILLS

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Rest Bay Lifeguard Club As the Lifeguard Station at Rest Bay closes down for the winter, we can reflect on a very successful season at Rest Bay. Nippers competed in carnivals and competitions including the Welsh open water championships and the Gold coast Ocean fest in Croyde. There were nearly 40 nippers who also attended nipper camp at Atlantic College and despite the wettest

and coldest of “summer days” this season the weather couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Rest Bay Nippers. Well done!! The junior and senior section took part in the Welsh open water championships, Welsh Ranking events and a small team took part in the GB Surf lifesaving championships in Cornwall. With only seven members in the team, Rest Bay came 13th out of 25 clubs taking part. A fantastic and well-deserved result for two long days of competition in tough surf conditions. Finally to wrap up the season a family car-treasure-hunt and beach fun day were organised – amazingly no cars got lost and this year’s fun day had no parent (or coach) injuries! We will be holding this year’s presentation evening at the Hi-Tide on 28th October. Tickets will be on sale at the pool on Thursday nights. NICK CAMPBELL

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Bridgend Town AFC Under 14As New Season – New Signings – New Coach. This season has brought a new look to the Under 14As, with a rejuvenated squad and a new coaching set-up. There’s also a new league structure in place which now separates the Under 14s from the Under 13s Seven new players have already signed for the club, replacing those who opted to leave for Brackla Under 13s, bringing the squad up to a healthy number, and allowing the coaches to rotate players. The team has two dedicated

coaches, Andrew Morgan and Leigh Shattock. Andrew has successfully managed the club for several years, while Leigh is recently qualified and brings fresh ideas. Both are volunteers and fully accredited by the Welsh FA. The emphasis is on fitness, skill and above all, enjoying the beautiful game. Home games and training take place at Newbridge Fields, but being part of Bridgend Town FC means

The Brackla Harriers prides itself on offering even novice runners the opportunity to run in a group and hopefully progress to a level that suits their goals, this along with a social programme affords members the opportunity to meet other runners and make new like minded friends who can then give support to one another. The faster runners have moved to a club with a slightly more competitive agenda and we are happy to have helped them on their way to the fulfillment of their

aspirations. This month the registration for the famous Pudding race will open. This very popular race is normally sold out within the first few weeks so register as soon as possible. Photos are of the infamous “big dipper” hill start of the pudding race and Dean and Helen winning Malcolm’s charity fun run quiz. Also don’t forget the Drovers Run on the 27th of November registration is open until we hit capacity. PAUL BIGMORE

the team has the use of the Brewery Field for functions and special events, like the summer training day (pictured). The season kicked off with a hard-fought 4-3 away win over an excellent Aberkenfig A, followed by a less enjoyable 5-1 home defeat by local rivals Bryntirion A, giving ’the dark side’ the bragging rights, at least until the next game! RICHARD LEONARD

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Porthcawl & Pyle Pumas Amateur Boxing Club We have recently received planning permission to integrate the adjoining redundant public conveniences into our premises which will give us much needed extra space. We are continually fundraising to enable us to totally refurbish our premises in New Road which will cost £75,000. After our very successful sponsored climb of Pen-y-Fan we are hoping to raise funds through a quiz and raffle which is being held at The Seagull Public House. Our thanks go to Mike and Debbie of The Seagull and a big thank you to quizmaster Dennis Johnson who does a fantastic job of raising funds for many local charities and groups. Our club is also taking part in Natwest Community Force where we could be awarded £6,000 but we desperately need your help. We need to receive the most votes so this is where you can help. We need your vote. Voting takes place from September 26th closing on October 23rd. Please ask your family, friends and email contacts to

Lottery grant enables Lifeguard Club to extend patrols Members of Kenfig Sands Surf Lifesaving Club voluntarily patrol the beach at Sker from the beginning of April through to the end of September. Their work has been recently made a lot easier by the purchase of an all terrain Quad Bike made possible by a grant of £5,000 from The Big Lottery Fund. Club Chairman, James Marks commented that “The club is now able

vote for our project. Details to vote on line: www. natwest.com/communityforce Project: Porthcawl & Pyle Pumas Amateur Boxing Club Thank you all for your help. NORAH CLARKE

Tim Velinmanjaro The time has finally come with the flights being booked and the walk to climb Kilimanjaro becoming a reality. With under a year to go we have

to extend the area it patrols, reach casualties quickly and respond rapidly in order to prevent beach related incidents.” He went on to thank the Kenfig National Nature Reserve for their cooperation in this expansion plant thus allowing the club to move equipment to and

from the beach with ease. Dave Carrington, the Reserve Manager added “The reserve beach with stunning views towards the Gower Peninsular and over the Bristol Channel is very popular with visitors. The sandy two mile beach and rolling waves provide a lot of fun for visitors. We are grateful for the hard work put in by the voluntary lifeguard club who help ensure peoples safety, we are pleased to play a part in the process.” The club always welcomes new members and should contact James on 01656 788340. LYLE BLUCK

passed our original fundraising limit so we have increased our target goal. This has only been possible due to the huge amount of support we have had from everyone in the local community. We have been overwhelmed with the generosity people have shown and saddened by how many people have had family members and friends using Velindre. It has certainly reinforced to us what a good cause we are raising money for. Many thanks must go to Jerry who was at the Jolly Sailor for holding

the quiz night for us. He also made a donation to us from the quiz fund making the total for the evening over £700. All these go a long way to helping us raise as much money as possible. We will keep you posted of upcoming events and news of the team. Keep an eye out for us as you will no doubt see us out walking and running in an attempt to get somewhat fitter in the hope that this helps us in our journey to get to the top! HANNAH JENKINS

Club Chairman, James Marks and Lifeguard Owen Morgan with the clubs Quad Bike funded by The National Lottery

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After a week of growling winds and massive waves all along the South Wales coast, produced by Hurricane Katia, the winds eased for a day or two in mid September. The day the winds dropped, surfers took to Southerndown Bay to surf the bumpy remnants of the Hurricane swell. Although the surf was still choppy from the lighter onshore wind, there were still some smooth big faces to be had if you could scrape down into them and avoid the galloping white water avalanching down the wave to explode you off into the air for ever. Some hoots were hailed as the bigger sets of 8ft loomed up out back un-surfed and yet still providing the challenge of Duck diving entertainment. In the morning I had surfed the tide dropping back and felt a September chill on my hands and face from the breeze and the morning chilly water. On the afternoon tide, the days sun had warmed the sand and the water as it slipped up the beach. On the edge of a storm on the cusp of autumn. DAVID A BATTEN

We’ve had an autumn, so far, of compromises. Surfers can’t really complain about the amount of waves on offer - there’s been something to ride nearly every day. But in terms of the quality, it’s been frustrating. Regular wind, an early onset of cold and short-period swells have compounded what feels like weeks on end without seeing the sky for dark blue and grey rainclouds. Later this autumn will see a couple of great events take place in Porthcawl. The UK Pro Tour is on the verge of agreeing a return to Rest Bay, which should see some hot surfing if it goes ahead. But the key gig to get in to your list of priorities is the Surfers Ball which is making an epic return to the Grand Pavilion - its best venue, on Saturday October 22nd. Tickets will be £10 and available from the Box Office. After a couple of years of Haloween bashes this year’s theme is ‘Carnival’ and will feature huge sets from DJ Neil Navarra and top local band the Evil Turkeys. The best night out of the year is certain to retain its title so get yourself a ticket, and tell a friend! See you in the water. TOM ANDERSON

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