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May 2011 - Issue No.2

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Europe’s largest coal tip

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Community “Covanta” believe it... - look inside for the full story

for local people, about local people, produced by local people


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Useful numbers... Welcome to your second issue of “ your rhymney valley “. We are very passionate about all things local, including the people, the businesses and the community we live in. We hope to bring you the very best of what the Rhymney valley has to offer. Throughout this magazine you will find information from your local painter to delicious recipes, also why not sit back and have a go at one of our crossword / Sudoko puzzles. Have you ever found yourself searching for a certain number, well we have included useful contacts too, just for you.

Rhymney Health Centre 01685 840627 Victoria Surgery, Rhymney 01685 840614 Gelligaer & Gilfach Surgery 01443 831150 Bargoed Health Centre 01443831211 Aberbargoed Health Clinic 01443 831185 White Rose Medical Centre 01443 878300 Out of Hours Doctors 0845 6001231 Rhymney Pharmacy Pontlottyn 01685 841351

The views expressed by any advertiser / author in this issue Rhymney Pharmacy, Rhymney are not those of 01685 842969 “your rhymney valley”. If you would like to get in touch Shephards Pharmacy, New Tredegar please contact us as below: 01443 830741 24 Edmund Street Pontlottyn Bargoed CF81 9RR Tel: 01685 845 091 Email:

Handbury Pharmacy, Bargoed 01443 831007 Vida Rogers Pharmacy, Aberbargoed 01443 831015 P Hopkinson Pharmacy, Aberbargoed 01443 831073 | To advertise please call: 01685 845 091


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Do you remember when ?

The coal tip in Aberbargoed was at one time, one of the largest in Europe, it could be seen from Pengam road. Today, all that can be seen is the horizon. | To advertise please call: 01685 845 091


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Join the warden Matthew from the Wetlands Centre for an early morning walk around the Nantcarn Valley to capture the wonderful sounds of early morning birdsong! then back to the centre for a cuppa and bacon sarnie! For further details please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre on 01495 272001 Date : 08 May 2011 Time : 0930 Venue : Twyn Community Centre Every 2nd Saturday a month. A farmers market selling a range of different produce including:- Eggs, meat, cheese, cakes, bread, honey, preserves, plants and woodcraft. For more information look at or phone 01656 658963

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Date : 13 May 2011 Time : 2000 Venue : Blackwood Miners Institute Fall about laughing with our brand new comedy nights featuring comedians currently touring the UK circuit. This brand new show sees 3 comedians a night and offers a hilarious alternative to your Friday nights, at an unbeatable price of just ÂŁ7 for advanced ticket holders. Strictly over 16yrs only For further information or to book tickets contact the box office on; 01495 227206 alternatively log on to | To advertise please call: 01685 845 091


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Unit 4 St Margarets Park boiling water for about 8 minutes or Bowen Ind Est,Aberbargoed CF81 9FW according to the packet instructions. (behind the tile centre)

Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently cook the onion and garlic until softened. Add the Philadelphia and milk and continue to cook over a low heat until the Philadelphia has melted. Stir in the ham pieces. Drain the pasta and return to the saucepan KEBABS - BURGERS - PIZZA - CHICKEN with the Philadelphia mixture and all but 1 Mon-Thurs 16:30-23:00 tablespoon of the chopped parsley. Gently Friday-Sunday 16:00-23:00 stir the Philadelphia mixture through the FREE DELIVERY pasta and garnish with the remaining parsley. SUBJECT TO

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If you thought moths were dull and boring, then think again! Join us at the lake where we will use a light trap and sugaring to attract the local moths and prove that there is more to moths than brown and clothes eating! Bring a flask and a torch! For further details please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre on 01495 272001 Date : 14 May 2011 Time : 1000 Venue : Bargoed Library Researching your Family Tree. Please contact the library to book an appointment For further details please telephone Bargoed Library on 01443 875548

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Date : 14 May 2011 Time : 2030 Venue : Cwmcarn Forest Drive

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• Loose Covers (made to measure) • 3 Piece Suites • Antiques • Pubs & Clubs • Office Chairs • Caravans • Cars/Mini Buses • Coaches • Spring Repairs 10 River Road • New Cushions Pontlottyn | CF81 9PN • Fabric Sale By The Blast Furnace | To advertise please call: 01685 845 091


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Community “Covanta” believe it... American company Covanta seem to be causing waves amongst the local community. They plan to build a large incineration plant at a site near Methyr Tydfil. Here at “your rhymney valley “ we asked local people and Merthyr Tydifil Council what there thoughts were on the planned proposal.

How the community feels... Written by Sarah Brockingfield, Fochriw The thought of Covanta building an incinerator so close to the village is quite scary. I am a Mum of 4 young children, and I am concerned about the possible health issues of my children and for their children. There are no 100% guarantees that this monster will be safe and why should we be put at risk? I attended the Covanta consultation a couple of years ago in the local community centre, which I only stumbled across as I was in the room next door and wondered what it was about, I asked questions regarding what they will be burning and what effects it will have to our health and they reeled off lots of facts and figure none of which I could really understand, but they said it was safe, but after doing a bit of looking around on the net Covanta seem to have a very poor track record on the emissions that the incinerators release and they have been fined many millions of dollars in the USA over many years, and I wonder what effect these leaks will have on the health of communities in years to come,all these words like dioxins and toxins are all very scary, there has been talk that one of the reasons they have chosen this area is because of the poor health of the locals already and if anything should leak then it would be very hard to prove that Covanta are at fault, it could just be put down the past living conditions, We already have the open cast and the land fill, surely this enough for us to put up with, If they do build this incinerator what will be the impact on the value of my house, who would want to buy a family home in an area where your child's health can be at risk, will this mean people moving away from the area? I hope that the Councils, AM's and PM's will listen to the communities and say No to Covanta, I feel my duty as a Mother is to try my hardest and fight this along with the local comm unites, and maybe the power of the people can win this!!! | To advertise please call: 01685 845 091


What the Council say... Covanta Energy Ltd have submitted an application for this major infrastructure project to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). It will be decided by the IPC. Merthyr Tydfil County Borough The Br Council is a consultee in the process. ig y Cw Council's views will be made known to Merthy m site in r Tydfi the IPC by means of a Local Impact Report (LIR), which will be submitted to the IPC. Whilst the Council is not required to carry out its own consultation with the community, it has been decided to set up a comments page on the Council website ( to enable people to express their views. These views will be forwarded to the IPC along with the LIR. The application is described on Covanta's website as follows: "Brig y Cwm, Wales Energy-from-Waste Project Covanta Energy is proposing to build an Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility near Merthyr Tydfil (Wales) to provide sustainable energy for Welsh households and industry. The ÂŁ400 million plant - known as Brig y Cwm - is located on land adjacent to the Cwmbargoed rail head and largely within the Ffos-y-fran Land Reclamation Scheme. It will take approximately 750,000 tonnes of non-recyclable household and business waste a year and generate around 67 Megawatts of electricity enough to power all the homes in the Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly county boroughs. Around 75% of the waste will be brought to the site using the existing railway line that will link to a number of rail operated waste transfer stations to be created across Wales - significantly reducing the need for road haulage........."

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Valley and then Valley life has changed so much over the last 30 years or more, from working pits to dole queues,from corner shop to super store. Where crime is on the increase,but no policeman walks the beat, when kids were safe in playgrounds instead of on the street.

Village schools and chapels are sadly closed and gone, and no more council buses from us to travel on. When a pub for all the locals was open in every town, but windows now are boarded up and most are now shut down. So was it really 'the good old days' as people often say, and would you turn the clocks back if you had your way? Which is best,is it now or then? What would your answer be? Food for thought for many,I'm sure you would agree.

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What’s on ... Date : 11 June 2011 Time : 1000 Venue : Heolddu Playing Fields The Bargoed Carnival will be held at Heolddu Playing Fields, Bargoed on Saturday, 11th June 2011. The event will feature a live music stage with music from local bands, funfair, dance demonstrations, children’s activities, food and licensed bar and much more. A large marquee will house craft, food and charity stalls and there will be space available for outside trailers. Entry to the event is Free. For further details please telephone Marketing & Event's Team 01443 966228

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Date : 11 June 2011 - 12 June 2011 Time : 1000 Venue : Llancaiach Fawr Manor Helpful Herbs and their uses- lotions, potions and posies, remedies and recipes. Event over 2 days. Normal admission to the Manor applies. Last entry to the Manor 4pm. For further details call Llancaiach Fawr Reception on 01443 412248 Date : 18 June 2011 Time : 1400 Venue : Winding House An entertaining talk on pests in the home and how to deal with them, by Bob Childs, ex Keeper of Large Objects, National Museum, Wales. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. For further details please telephone Winding House on 01443 822 666 | To advertise please call: 01685 845 091


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