The Christmas events held in Bettws, Blaengarw and Pontycymer seemed to have been enjoyed despite the wet weather and a broken timer. Santa and his elves visited each event and gave out lots of chocolate, there was community singing led by members of two churches in the valley and refreshments were served.
In addition trees were added in Bettws and Blaengarw, as well as wooden remembrance trees in each ward for residents to place remembrance baubles, and there were additional solar powered trees on lighting columns in Llangeinor, as well as new column lights in Bettws, Blaengarw and Pontycymer.
Halloween Treasure Hunt
This was a great success and the Council received many entries. There were two prizes of a £10 gift card for the 1st and 2nd place winners in each ward along with a box of Celebrations chocolates for each winner. The chocolates were kindly donated by the Co-op in Pontycymer.
The winners were:
Bettws ward: Poppy Filton and Riley Thomas (Bettws Primary School)
Blaengarw: Emma John (Blaengarw Primary School) and Iola Pinches (Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen)
Llangeinor: no entries received
Pontycymer: Lexi Burroughs (Ffaldau Primary School) and Lauren Silverthorn (Ysgol Cwm Garw)
3 Tier Floral Planters at Shwt and Bettws
It's great to see the new 3 tier floral planters installed on Shwt and Bettws greens. They will be planted up for winter and summer each year.
Christmas Events Pontycymer, Blaengarw and Bettws
We are holding 3 Christmas events to celebrate the Christmas lights being turned on this year on the following dates:
1st December at 4.30 pm Pontycymer Co-op car park
2nd December at 4.30 pm around the tree at Dan y Mynydd, Blaengarw (or inside if raining)
5th December at 6.00pm opposite Bettws Primary School
Please see the posters below for further details:
Flower Beds Parc Calon Lan
The summer bedding plants have now been removed from the 3 beds at Parc Calon Lan and replanted for winter.
Public Meetings for Each Ward 1st and 7th November 2018
The Community Council is holding four public consultation meetings, 1 in each ward. Bettws and Llangeinor's are being held on 1st November in Bettws Life Centre and the Richard Price Centre and Pontycymer and Blaengarw's are being held on 7th November in Pontycymer OAP Oxford Street and Blaengarw Workmen's Hall. Come along and let us know your views, they will be informal drop-in sessions with a cuppa. The consultation survey is attached here . Full details are attached
Halloween Treasure Hunt
The Council's Events Committee have organised a Halloween Treasure Hunt for children of all ages. See the entry form here and full details attached
Daffodil Planting for Spring 2019
Once again in 2019 the Community Council is committed to increasing the daffodil display throughout the valley to brighten up your environment and have purchased 7 x 25 kg sacks of bulbs. They will be planted across all 4 wards and some of our councillors have already been out planting; the rest will be planted in the next few weeks.
Our Community Warden is absent at the moment and we would be grateful if you could please help the Community Council by reporting any Parc Calon Lan or Pontycymer Lake issues to the Clerk or one of your ward Community Councillors. We have put temporary cover in place to cover grass cutting, litter bin emptying and dog waste bag dispenser refilling. It would really help us during this time if you could ensure you place your litter in the bins. Thank you.
Teddy Bear's Picnic Parc Calon Lan
Saturday 18th August 11.00 am to 2.00 pm - further details to follow.
Management of Japanese Knotweed in the Garw Valley
Please see the latest information here
Further Maintenance in Llangeinor
The Community Warden has recently carried out some further maintenance work in Llangeinor, clearing the area around the Miner's Lantern, the steps and the weeds from the sides of the road at the crossroads near the Richard Price Centre.
Algae Pontycymer Lake
The algae on the lake has been analysed by Natural Resources Wales, and we can confirm that it is not the blue/green toxic algae which has recently been in the press.
Visitor Centre Parc Calon Lan
Our councillors will once again this year be opening the Centre on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer holiday period. Refreshments will be available.
Portraits at Bettws Primary School
The Bettws Community Councillors have recently purchased portrait frames to decorate the new School Board Room with portraits of past Community Council school governors.
New Noticeboard Blaengarw Ward
Look out for our new noticeboard in Blaengarw, it's on the side of the WEXA. We will be using one side to publish our agendas, minutes, notices etc. and the other side is for the Community's use. If you'd like to put up a community notice please contact Councillor Sorrel Dendy on: 07707683559
New Flower Beds Parc Calon Lan
Our new flower beds in the Parc, made and planted by the Community Warden, are now looking wonderful.
Maintenance Work in the Llangeinor Ward
Our Community Warden has recently carried out some community maintenance work in Llangeinor, strimming and scraping 'the stack' from Braich y Cymmer to Pont y Rhyl.
Maintenance Work in the Bettws Ward
Our Community Warden has recently carried out some community maintenance work in Bettws, cutting grass at the two stone Bettws signs and the village green.
Gavin Hodges Football Festival, Bettws
The Bettws Ward of the Garw Valley Community Council are pleased once again this year to have been able to support this festival which took place on 30th June 2018. Hundreds of people attended the event to take part in the football competition as well as visit the stalls and amusements and watch the displays.
Over £5,000 was raised for local charities contributing to a total of £26,000 that has been raised to date. We are grateful to the Hodges family for continuing to organise this event.
The Community Council are delighted to have funded the installation of a 24 hour accessible defibrillator and AED outside Pontycymer Police Station.
The Community Warden is continuing to carry out a schedule of maintenance throughout the valley. One recently completed job was the paining of a bench and laying chippings at Pont Lake.
Cleaning Out Pont Lake
The Community Warden has been busy cleaning out rubbish from Pont Lake. Several trailers full of items were removed including a table. See the photo below of some of the items removed including tyres and a microwave.
New Dog Waste Bin and Dog Waste Bag Dispenser at Pontycymmer Rugby Field
The Community Council has purchased and installed a new dog waste bin and dog waste bag dispenser at Pontycymmer Rugby Field.
Once again this year the Community Council has added to the displays of daffodils in each ward. Bulbs were added this year to areas in Lluest, Pontycymer, Pantygog and Bettws with new displays added in Shwt, Outside Dan y Mynydd in Blaengarw, opposite the Co-op in Pontycymer, Waunbant and on Bridgend Road.
New Litter Bin outside the shops on Bettws Road
The Community Council has just purchased and installed a new litter bin outside the shops on Bettws Road.
Mini Olympage - Pontycymer Leisure Centre
A fun day of trying out different games and activities is being held on 24th April from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm at the Leisure Centre. The organisers are looking for teams of 6 people aged over 60. To register a team or to ask about the free door to door transport tel: 01656 815254
Draught Busting Workshop
A Draught Busting Workshop is taking place at Halo Leisure Centre, Pontycymer on 27th March 2018, for further information and to book your place see here
Logs for Sale
The Community Council are trialling the sale of logs, for further details please see here
New Dog Litter Bin near Pontycymer Lake
The Community Council has just purchased and installed a new dog litter bin on the path behind the Co-op in Pontycymer.
Tree and Landscape Maintenance
Pulling out fallen trees with the quad bike
Leylandii tree removal along the river bank
Bramble cut down Llangeinor
Tree maintenance Shwt
New Dog Waste Bin Bettws
The Community Council has purchased and installed a new dog litter bin near the shops in Bettws.
Dog Waste Bins and Dog Waste Bag Dispensers
The Community Council has purchased and installed many new dog waste bag dispensers and dog waste bins throughout the Garw Valley
Braich y Cymmer Park
Signage and Life Rings
The Community Council has purchased and installed new water safety signage and life rings for both Pontycymer and Parc Calon Lan lakes
Rights of Way Work Throughout the Garw Valley
Bettws to Bryngarw
Llangeinor to Bettws
Braich y Cymmer
Autumn Daffodil Planting Throughout the Garw Valley