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Family Cycle Ride

Before the clocks move and it starts getting dark we thought it time we had another short cycle ride. So, if you fancy a bit of exercise, great banter and a pint of ale why not pump those tyres up and join the gang for a gentle autumn ride from...

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Birth Certificate Translation Template

There is no particular certified birth certificate translation template one could use because each country has its template. However, as a requirement, the certified translation needs to look exactly like the original, only translated. If we talk about birth certificate translation, then let me tell you that it is an...

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Nasty Politics

Growing up in the 70s and 80s I saw prosperity and austerity in equal measure, although I’ve only ever experienced the latter.  I saw the unions grow powerful which helped give workers pay rises but that was short lived when Thatcher came to power and dismantled everything. Love her or...

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Ponty v RGC 1404

As the BBC continues to charge us twice as much as Netflix while it keeps losing top class sport the bonus is that ‘Ponty RFC‘ are now back on the telly. Catrin Heledd presents live coverage of the Principality Premiership clash between Pontypridd and Rygbi Gogledd Cymru. Studio guests include...

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Welsh T-shirt Shop

The Welsh T-shirt shop has just had a makeover and we’ve added lots of new designs and Welsh-temed products for you to purchase. We hope to add many more in the future so please check back soon. We also post / tweet voucher codes every month on the Ponty Forum...

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Pet Food

As a dog owner you know how expensive your favourite furry friend can be, especially when it comes to providing the best quality nutrition. So we thought we’d try and help all ‘Ponty pooches’ (and your wallets) by searching the Internet for the cheapest pet food. Our own dog eats...

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Pontypridd music journalist launches memoir

Pontypridd journalist Steph McNicholas has published her first book – Town and Country Girl. Steph has written for national and regional newspapers and magazines, including Record Mirror and the Western Mail. She started her career aged just 19 as a local correspondent on the Pontypridd Observer. Steph was also one of the team...

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The Differences Between a Physical and a Digital Point of Sale System

Any point-of-sale system represents the backbone of the modern business. These frameworks are essential during the final checkout process and as a result, they could very well make or break a sale. Such systems are also useful when attaching discounts, “BOGO” (buy-on-get-one) specials and similar promotions. However, they have also...

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How to choose the best salon to go to?

Many of us (especially ladies) enjoy visiting the local salon or spa from time to time, in hopes of coming out looking and feeling great. However, with so many beauty businesses around, how do we decide on one that is best suited for our individual needs? Before booking your next...

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Popular online games on Android in 2018

Android is the world’s most popular mobile platform, appearing on hundreds of millions of smartphones, tablets and connected devices. With such a big audience, it has managed to attract a raft of developers, allowing the Google Play store to become packed with the top gaming experiences around. Here are a...

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The Voice Kids UK

Daniel Davies, a Hawthorn High School pupil, who lives in Pontypridd has followed in the footsteps of Stuart Burrows, Geraint Evans and Tom Jones and many other great Ponty singers. Dan has been chosen as the overall winner in this year’s final of “The Voice Kids UK”. Having heard Daniel...

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International Welsh Poetry Competition

Judy Durrant Wins Welsh Poetry Competition! The Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 organisers have announced the winners of the 12thinternational competition, judged by acclaimed writer Sally Spedding, and the overall winner was Judy Durrant for her poem Prayer To A Jacaranda. The winners were as follows: 1stPrize          PRAYER TO A JACARANDA –...

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Ponty Lido – Summer Opening

The National Lido of Wales, in Ponty Park is now open for the summer. It’s now open every day until 3rd September 2018. Timetable Online booking available, 7 days in advance, please book early to avoid disappointment. Weekends, school holidays, bank holidays 7:30am – 10:15pm Lane swimming 10:30am – 6:00pm...

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4 Ways to Look After Your Work Van

If your business requires you to drive from place to place in a van or commercial vehicle, you need to look after it so that it can look after you. Whether you’re delivering goods or delivering a service to people’s homes and businesses, your van is an essential tool for...

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New Poetry Collection

Pontypridd writer, Dave Lewis, has just released a new poetry collection – ‘Going Off Grid‘ – which is his seventeenth book and his seventh poetry collection. This modern collection focuses on digital capitalism, the negative influence of big tech and our addiction to data. Lewis is deeply concerned with the...

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Pop Up Art Exhibition

The ‘Pontypridd Pop Up Art Exhibition’ is once again open for business! So why not ‘pop’ along and ‘pop’ in to see the great artwork on display by some of the town’s local artists. Photography, watercolours, ceramics, photo cards, wooden crafts and more. A friendly welcome awaits and don’t forget to...

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Ponty Family Cycle Ride

It was good to see so many local Ponty people had taken the time to dust off the ole Choppers, Chippers and Tomahawks, pump those tyres up and join the gang for a gentle summer ride from Trallwn to Ynysybwl. Sunday 13th May Start: 11:00am Taff Trail by Trallwn Workmans...

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Amazon Frown

Amazon is inviting registered UK charities to join AmazonSmile, its affiliate marketing service that lets customers generate a donation for charity each time they shop on Amazon. Each time customers shop at smile.amazon.co.uk Amazon will donate a percentage of the net purchase price for millions of eligible products. There is no additional cost...

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Gender Pay Gap

We hear a lot in the mainstream media about the ‘gender pay gap’. Well here are some facts that the female dominated media are less likely to share: Paying men and women differently for doing the same, or equivalent, jobs is illegal. It has been since 1970. If you don’t believe...

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Data Collection

Most people know that big companies collect our data but few of us realise the extent to which they use it, who sees it and what impact it has on our lives. Well, here’s the thing. It’s important. If it wasn’t the world’s largest and richest companies wouldn’t want it....

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Lido Opening – Spring 2018

The National Lido of Wales will open for the 2018 season on the following dates: Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 15. and then… Saturday, April 21 and Sunday April 22 Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, 29 Saturday, May 5 to Monday, May 7 (May Bank Holiday) Saturday, May 12 and...

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International Welsh Poetry Competition

It’s that time of year again folks. Time to dust off those pencils and start scribbling. The biggest and best poetry contest in Wales (founded and based in Pontypridd) is now in its 12th year! Well and truly international with entrants from as far a field as Abu Dhabi, Australia, Belgium, Canada,...

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Happy Birthday

Well, I certainly never thought this day would come. It’s 20 years since I started the ‘Official Ponty Town website & message board’. I started it with two things in mind: one, to teach myself html and web design, and two, to try to highlight the problems with our town...

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Could Your Sports Knowledge Be Making You Money?

Most people think that players, managers and commentators are the only people who make money from sports, despite the undeniable wealth of the industry. However, thanks to the popularity of sports blogs and YouTube channels, online moneymaking opportunities for fans are on the rise. So, whether you’re a die-hard fan...

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Pop Up Art Exhibition

The ‘Pontypridd Pop Up Art Exhibition’ is once again open for business! So why not ‘pop’ along and ‘pop’ in to see the great artwork on display by some of the town’s local artists. Photography, watercolours, ceramics and more. A friendly welcome awaits and don’t forget to take your wallet. Taff...

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Basic Photoshop

‘Basic Photoshop – An introduction to Adobe Photoshop’ is an easy-to-follow, set of short lessons on how to begin using this industry standard, image manipulation, software package. Also, knowing how confusing Photoshop can be I wanted to produce a straightforward guide to using the basics of the program. This e-book...

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Druidic Drinks

Started in 2013 by members of www.pontytown.co.uk, the annual Christmas Day ‘morning drinkies at the druid stones’ kicks off again at 12:00pm. Massive crowds are once again expected to converge on the Rocking Stones, Pontypridd Common, for what some have called the new Glastonbury. Well, it’s muddy anyway. With guitarists come furniture restorers,...

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Photography @ Christmas

Local Pontypridd photographer Dave Lewis will be exhibiting and selling some of his images at Gartholwg Lifelong Learning Centre over the next two weeks. Start – Friday, 1 Dec 2017 Ends – Friday, 15 Dec 2017 The centre has a large exhibition space so why not pop along and see the...

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Christmas Shopping Online

I don’t know about you but as a bloke who doesn’t really see the point of shops I have to confess to doing all my Christmas shopping online (have done for years) apart from a box of Thorntons that I pick up on Christmas Eve for ‘er indoors to scoff...

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Dinner Party Politics

You’ve heard the one about the dinner party guests.  If you could have anyone from history… who would you invite and why etc.  Well, my list, let’s call it eight ‘cos I think I’ve only got that many plates might be – Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Richard Burton (the explorer),...

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State of Town

Latest News OK so we’ve had the new pavements.  People tripped, fell over, some even broke bones and then the slimy ‘claim merchants’ came out in force like vultures at a buffalo kill.  The electronic bollard outside The Wonky still doesn’t work properly… no-one knows where or when they can...

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Welsh Photo Blog

Those of you into photography might be interested in Ponty photographer Dave Lewis’s photo blog. Every month he tries to post an image that stirs some emotions or makes you think about life here in south Wales. Dave has been taking photographs with an SLR for nearly 30 years. He has taken...

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Social Ponty

Yes, I know… we finally gave in to the relentless push by Facebook for world domination and have started a new forum using their platform.  The old message board, which in its heyday had millions of page impressions a week, lots of active members and a spicy collective of rag-tag...

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T-shirt Shop

Ever wondered where people get those cool t-shirts from? The ‘Sex, Drugs & Sausage Rolls’ or the ‘A470’ route sign! Well wonder no longer… The Spreadshirt Collection stands for best-possible print results on top-quality products A huge range of sizes makes sure that our gear fits everyone, big and small...

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Welsh Rich v Welsh Poor

Although most people knew this already we now have proof that our TV people are paid way too much.  Just look at what some of BBC Wales’s TV presenters earn: Cardiff’s John Humphrys, presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme & bloke who reads the quiz questions on BBC Two’s Mastermind...

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Software for Photographers

Have you ever been so spellbound by something you see that you can hardly take your eyes off it? Maybe it’s a snow-capped mountain, an urban cityscape or a sunset over the ocean. Whatever it is, you are so fascinated by its grandeur, nuances and vibrance. Without diverting your gaze,...

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Happy

Now that the dust has settled after the General Election it’s time to face reality again. The world is still buggered, the same ‘nasty‘ people are still running it and the rich will get richer while the poor get poorer. So why stress over something that is so difficult to change (well,...

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What Happened There Then?

The election is over and the ‘Nasty Party‘ has won (again). J.C. ‘almost’ lived up to his initials, and ‘almost’ pulled off a miracle. If only he’d got rid of Abbott sooner who knows. Anyway, what happens now? Well, we are still leaving Europe, we still have millionaire May (for...

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Who Should You Vote For?

This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t waste it. Firstly, DON’T believe the media. Make your own mind up. Read the two parties policies then vote for what you’d prefer to see for your country. Labour Party This is the new Labour manifesto and I have to...

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General Election 2017

Normally I look forward to a general election because it means we finally get a chance to get rid of the Tories, start again with a few years of Labour before they get kicked out and so on… This time it’s a bit more depressing though. Most people I know,...

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Black Someday Soon

The global banking crisis of 2007-2008 that wiped trillions of pounds off the world’s stock markets and caused major heartache for millions of people is going to happen again. Everyone knows this but no-one really knows when it’ll be or how bad it’ll be. The ‘bankers’ (capital W), whose greed...

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Wales / Europe

In the Brexit vote Wales voted 53% to leave the EU. The BBC keeps telling us what idiots we were so let’s look at some finances. Wales gets about £658 million a year from Europe. This is spent on the following: European structural funds: This covers everything from supporting people into...

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A Look at the Top Casino Stocks of 2017

The online gambling industry has had a tremendous impact on the gaming business in the last few years and with online casino websites like Guts AU are ready to take Aussie casino players on, it is not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Things were not looking very...

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Housing Crisis! What Crisis?

Hardly a day goes by without some ‘expert’ telling us all that we have a housing crisis and that we (the UK) needs to build millions more homes. Really?  Well, there are over 1.4 million empty homes, the highest number for 20 years! These ’empty homes’ are typically second homes, or vacant...

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Tips for Buying the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

As March 26 approaches, you may still be looking for the perfect gift for your mum. You know that the gift must show her how much you love and appreciate her. However, it is never easy to find the gift you are looking for, whether you are ten years old...

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The ‘Precinct’ Latest

Most people have noticed that great big hole in the ground now and many have asked what’s going to go in there. Well, the council’s ‘latest’ plans (they do change their minds quite a bit) are to put a God-awful ugly building with offices, gym and library there. Horray! Maybe…...

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Brand Wales

About 20 years ago I tried to start a ‘wear red’ day on 1st March to celebrate St David’s Day. I got about five of us to turn up on a damp Tuesday in the local pub to have a beer and talk about our cultural identity over a pint...

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Welsh Poetry Competition 2017

Calling all poets amongst our readers. Check out the international Welsh Poetry Competition website. The contest was set up by Ponty poet & writer Dave Lewis in 2007. Officially launched on St David’s Day @ Clwb-Y-Bont, Pontypridd, 2007 the aim is to encourage and foster the wealth of creative writing talent that we know...

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Read All About It

Is it me or is there a severe lack of local news these days? WalesOnline seems to have abandoned it’s local news section with stories still there from Boxing Day!  The BBC don’t even know where the ‘valleys’ are and the local rag (the Observer) is losing circulation faster than...

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New £1 Coin

In order to steal even more cash from us poor the UK Treasury is to make the current £1 coin worthless later this year. A new 12-sided pound coin comes into circulation in six weeks time in a bid to beat the forgers. Don’t panic yet though as we still have eight...

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Industrial Style Bespoke Furniture

Barebones is driven by the desire to make living spaces and working spaces feel welcoming and comfortable for all those that experience them. We provide a service that gives our customers an opportunity to make their own mark on the space they occupy.  We believe that by actively encouraging our customers to...

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Big Brother

Extreme surveillance becomes UK law but not one of the mainstream media care. I wonder why? Maybe they are all in this together too? The bill gives the UK intelligence agencies and police the most sweeping surveillance powers in the western world. Maybe you should start asking your own MP why...

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Stupid & Racist

Hours after the Brexit result many of my so-called kind, intelligent, liberal friends (University educated, in good jobs, great pay) branded my other friends stupid and racist. I imagine the same thing happening in the USA after the Trump upset. I hung back and observed. I watched the vitriol spew...

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Christmas Shopping 2016

In order to help you beat the crowds, avoid road rage and expensive city centre car parks we have always offered quality year-round shopping on the website (see links on the right hand side). This year we have a few new suppliers. And remember, by shopping through us it helps...

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Wales Trails

In 2005 two Ponty boys, Dave Lewis & Derek Goode, cycled the iconic Land’s End to John o’ Groats route and raised over £1000 for Ty Hafan. In August 2016 Dave decided he needed a new challenge and so cycled around Wales to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. He completed the ride (with the...

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Dog Friendly Beaches

Wales is blessed with the Welsh Coastal Path. Opened in 2012 the path is the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast. The path shows off our beaches, estuaries, cliffs, woodlands and hills, There are also city waterfronts, writers’ retreats, fun-parks and historic castles. There’s 870 miles of coast path to explore. I don’t expect you to...

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3D Politics

It must have been about ten or fifteen years back when I realised that politics in the UK was not only rotten, but also broken. I suppose it’s always been rotten. After all, the system just keeps those in power in power and those that are rich, rich. But recently...

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Precinct Plans Out

Even though RCT asked the residents of the town what they wanted for the derelict precinct site they have once again completely ignored the views of the people, just as they did with the environmentally-unfriendly Lido. Details of the major plans to revitalise the former Pontypridd precinct site have been revealed...

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Living Income

Most rich, western, first-world countries have millions of ‘working poor’. These are people whose jobs do not pay enough to keep them above the poverty line, and whose wages are then topped-up by the state. In the UK we call this tax credits. The minimum wage has never been high enough...

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Wales Cycle Ride

In August 2016 Pontypridd writer Dave Lewis cycled 688 miles around Wales in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Eleven years ago two intrepid Ponty bimblers cycled the iconic Land’s End to John o’ Groats route and raised over £1000 for Ty Hafan. This summer, one of those riders, Dave, and a university friend (who joined...

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Ponty Prime Minister

‘Twas the night before the Labour leadership election and not a creature was stirring in the south Wales valleys. Well, apart from the usual scuffles between two obese, Kardashian lookalikes arguing over whose kebab is bigger whilst trying to strangle each other with their own stockings outside Soul Suite, but that goes...

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Welsh Poetry Competition – Winners!

The wait is over and the results of the 2016 Competition have now been announced by judge John Evans at a special prize night in Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd. 1st Prize – Blackfish by Tarquin Landseer (London) 2nd Prize – Shattering-earth 2016 by Paul Hawkes (Aberteifi) 3rd Prize – Birth by Diana Sanders (Corwen) For more details...

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EU – Result!

Well, there’s a turn up for the plus fours! Didn’t think they’d allow this to happen. So what next? Well, judging by social media (remind me to delete all my accounts later) the world will now dissolve, the KKK will be riding pale horses through Treorchy town centre, my children...

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Europe – Judgement Day

Europe eh? Bloody hell. Husbands against wives, brothers against sisters, dogs against cats, hamsters against gerbils. And that’s just my house. Yes, I know you’re bored with it. The claims and counter-claims, the lies and counter-lies, the smug faces and biased media. But, wake up for a minute. Here’s the...

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Reclaiming The Beat

Pontypridd writer Dave Lewis has just released his twelfth book, a poetry collection inspired by the ‘beats’ of 1950s America but not only brought up to date but also with a contemporary Welsh edge to it. Reviewers have included world famous Pontypridd writer Catrin Collier who describes Lewis as “a true...

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Precinct Plans

Right on cue – just before the Welsh Assembly elections – Labour-run RCT council have unveiled plans for the derelict 1960s Taff Vale Precinct in Pontypridd town centre, which the council has owned for a year and so far done nothing with. This month though the council has released two designs of buildings...

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Photo Exhibition

Pontypridd photographer Dave Lewis will be exhibiting some of his images at Gartholwg Lifelong Learning Centre from Friday, 15/04/2016 – Friday 06/05/2016. The centre has a large exhibition space so why not pop along and see the photographs close up. All images are framed (either 8 x 12 or 12 x 16)...

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Crap Jobs

Over 80 years ago John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would have advanced sufficiently by now to allow us to work just a 15-hour week. However, it seems technology is now used to figure out ways to make us all work more not less! How? Well, jobs have been created that are, effectively, pointless. Just...

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Music at Muni

Three of Ponty’s best bands are to play a benefit concert for the town’s Muni Arts Centre. Climbing Trees, The People The Poet and Peasant’s King will play the first live concert since The Muni Working Group – comprising representatives from Pontypridd Town Council, Cylch Cymreig, Artis Community, Coalfields Regeneration...

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International Welsh Poetry Competition 2016

Calling all poets amongst our readers. Check out the Welsh Poetry Competition website. The contest was set up by Ponty poet & writer Dave Lewis in 2007. Officially launched on St David’s Day @ Clwb-Y-Bont, Pontypridd, 2007 the aim is to encourage and foster the wealth of creative writing talent that we know exists...

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Come Dine With Me

Ponty girl Andrea Grainger (centre) appeared on Come Dine With Me, Cardiff 2013. On many occasions she said that it was the best week of her life. Andrea carefully prepared her menus including all ingredients that were Welsh e.g. Welsh salted butter and Welsh cream liquor etc. She practiced for...

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Six Nations 2016

Dates for this years’ competition: Sunday, 7 February Ireland v Wales (Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 15:00 GMT) Saturday, 13 February Wales v Scotland (Millennium Stadium, 16:50 GMT) Friday, 26 February Wales v France (Millennium Stadium, 20:05 GMT) Saturday, 12 March England v Wales (Twickenham, 16:00 GMT) Saturday, 19 March Wales v...

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Cuts to Libraries

RCT council, which still pays out £1.2m to councillors is to cut £1.1m from libraries, bus routes, day nurseries and youth services. Nice to see where their priorities lie! Among them are the introduction of single-staffed libraries – mooted for Hirwaun, Ferndale, Mountain Ash, Pontyclun and Rhydyfelin – and the plan to scrap three of RCT’s...

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Ponty Pubs

It’s been a while since we asked this question, so for 2016 here it is again. Kudos, Muni, Criterion all shut, still no-one knows what happened to the ‘Athletic’… but we still have a few watering holes worth a mention. Anyway, what do you think?

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Welsh Rugby Is Dying

Wales did well in the RWC 2015. Well, they lost anyway. Wales did well in the last 6 Nations too – we came 3rd. Regional rugby is going swimmingly well too. Yep, I’m kidding of course. A Welsh team has never won the European Cup, Beddau 2nds get more fans turning...

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Christmas Shopping

As many of us choose to do our shopping online each year why not have a look at some of the shops, businesses and links we promote on ‘Ponty Town’. We have our business page, we have the links and banners that run down the right-hand side of each page, we have...

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Councillors – Are They Worth It?

Firstly, can I say this is not a personal attack on any individual, or any political party but… In RCT, where we are seeing unprecedented cuts to jobs and council services it surely must make sense to look at other ways of saving money. An area that rarely gets looked...

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Services Cut

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has to save £63m over three years. They’ve known this for years yet they keep dragging their feet. As anyone with a primary school education knows the longer you wait to start paying the more you have to pay when you do eventually start. Big cuts...

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Samhain

I often wonder what our Celtic ancestors, or even the more recent Christian preachers, who once filled our chapels and churches up and down the Valleys, would say if they could see us hiding behind the settee with curtains drawn, TV and lights switched off, and the dog’s mouth all...

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Land’s End – John o’ Groats

Ever fancied doing the famous End to End challenge? The cycle ride from one end of the UK to the other. Well, now you can and you won’t have to leave the safety of your favourite armchair or risk getting bogged down in traffic, punctures, sweat and gears. A new book...

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Christmas Treat For RCT Residents

RCT have many car parks all over the borough, some are free, some are pay and display. The towns with free parking see an increase in footfall while the ones where you have to pay see less people (think dust bowl Ponty with its parking charges). So with this in...

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Latest Ponty Developments

Although Ponty has been going to the dogs for years, even though the council spent millions on half a dozen useless ‘I Love Ponty’ websites, Lost Prophet words etched into pavements, kerbs that are easier to trip over for the ‘Make A Claim’ insurers and ‘Do Up Your Shop Front If You Are...

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Tom Jones

Old Ponty boy Tom Jones, 75 years old, will be charging £35 for you to listen to him tell you things you could read in his autobiography at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on Oct 12th even though he’s worth over $250 million! Inspired by the release of Over the Top...

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Ponty Lido Open!

Well, the waiting is over. Over 35 years of waiting in fact… and I’ve finally been for a swim in the new swimming pool in Ponty Park. It was August, it was freezing cold and it was raining but I must say I was impressed. The actual pool is much...

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The Hagar Trilogy

Local writer, Dave Lewis, published his third crime thriller this week. A book that completes his modern technothriller trilogy based in various settings around south Wales and Africa. The novels deal with the dangers of social media, the internet, Facebook and the amount of information we all post freely about...

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Friends of Mynydd y Glyn

A group opposed to the construction of a new wind farm on Mynydd y Glyn mountain, Pontypridd, are holding a public rally this weekend. The protest at 11am on Sunday in the car park of the Queen’s Head Pub, Penycoedcae, Pontypridd, has been organised by Friends of Mynydd y Glyn, which...

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Buy British? You’ll Be Lucky!

Ever wondered whether those iconic British brands we’ve grown up with since we were kids are still British owned? Well, read on… Branston pickle – is now owned by a Japanese company. Robertson’s – it was sold, along with other famous spreads like Hartley’s jam, Gale’s honey and Sun-Pat peanut butter...

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Welsh Poetry Competition 2015

Congratulations to Mick Evans who won this year’s 9th competition! 1st Prize – Map makers, by Mick Evans 2nd Prize – Mother Ireland, by Barry Norris 3rd Prize – Road to Liberty, by Danielle Hope To see the full list of winners, read the poems and see judges comments please...

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‘Unthinkable’ RCT Council Cuts

Well, we’ve had ‘brutal‘ cuts, now for ‘unthinkable’ cuts… what’s next? ‘Historical’ ‘Hysterical’ cuts? Back to the present – Rhondda Cynon Taf council’s leader has called a meeting of the leaders of all local political groups to discuss “unthinkable” service cuts on the horizon. The meeting takes place at the civic...

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Ponty Lido

Great news that the restoration of Pontypridd’s famous lido at Ynysangharad Park is on track to be finished by this summer. Rhondda Cynon Taf council says its contractors have made significant progress over the winter months on the £6.3m project, which plans to transform the historic lido into a state-of-the-art...

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Cardiff v Ponty

Ever since Muppett, Samuels, the WRUin and the other 4 ‘clubs’ decided to scupper the best team in Wales, i.e. the Celtic Warriors, there has been animosity between C****** RFC, the Blues and the true home of rugby in Wales – Pontypridd. It seems a new row is erupting as the...

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YMCA

Plans to transform the iconic Pontypridd YMCA building into a state-of-the-art culture and community hub have been revealed after £4.25m was raised towards the £6m development. The new design will get rid of the beautiful old entrance and replace it with a carbuncle of modernity, but I guess that’s the...

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Election Result 2015

Well, the results are now in and as predicted it’s no change for Pontypridd, Wales or Westminster. Owen Smith, resident Labour donkey with red rosette (no offence Owen) has retained his seat, even though 60%, of those that could be bothered to turn up, voted against Labour, and so it’s...

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RCT Council Buy Precinct

RCT Council has bought the former site of Pontypridd’s famous precinct. It is hoped cabinet members will be “in a position to begin considering potential ideas” for the site by the end of the summer. Now the council will begin talks with other public sector organisations over its future. Council...

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Who Will You Vote For?

With the General Election getting ever closer we’ve added a poll on the message board. It’ll be interesting to see if we get the same kind of result as is often quoted/shown in the various TV polls. Click Here See who the candidates are here.

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Precinct Development

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is in the process of purchasing the Taff Vale site in Pontypridd. Thanks to Welsh Government funding announced this week through the Vibrant and Viable Places Programme, the Council is set to purchase the long leasehold interest for the former Taff Vale Precinct. The key Pontypridd...

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Friendly Valleys?

Do you live on the friendliest street in the Valleys? Wales Online have teamed up with The Big Lunch to find the place that boasts the happiest postcode, the most helpful neighbours and the most cheerful community. To mark the launch and let people across Wales know they can register...

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Obese Valleys

Two-thirds of people in some parts of South Wales are classed as overweight or obese, new figures have revealed. The Rhondda Valleys were the worst performer in the battle against the bulge with 65.8% of people having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher. Across all of Wales nearly...

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Happy St David’s Day

Saint David’s Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1 March each year. The first day of March was chosen in remembrance of the death of Saint David. Tradition holds that he died on that day in 569. The date was...

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Welsh Poetry Competition 2015

It’s that time of year again folks. When writers from around the globe focus on Pontypridd and the international Welsh Poetry Competition. We have a great judge in acclaimed writer, Sally Spedding, and are still offering great cash prizes. For more information and to download an entry form visit the...

Photo Exhibition 0

Photo Exhibition

Local photographer Dave Lewis will be exhibiting some of his images at Gartholwg Lifelong Learning Centre from Monday, 26/01/2015 – Friday 13/02/2015. The centre has a large exhibition space so why not pop along and see the photographs close up. All images are framed and can be bought direct from the gallery. Lifelong...

Council Tax Rise 0

Council Tax Rise

Rhondda Cynon Taff residents could be hit with a 3.8% rise in council tax next year as the council cuts jobs for frontline staff while giving senior managers huge pay rises. Doesn’t seem fair does it? Wales Online says that Wales’ third-largest local authority will consider the tax increase as...

Free Speech 0

Free Speech

At ‘pontytown‘ we believe in free speech. Well, we try anyway. In the past, newspapers, councillors, solicitors, Lords, MPs, business owners, deluded internet trolls and even other websites have tried to silence us. We’re still here though. We’re here because we care about our town and don’t like seeing selfish...

Happy New Year Taxpayers 0

Happy New Year Taxpayers

Taxpayers in RCT have had to pay a legal bill of more than £354,000 because officials failed to do things properly. Yet, the idiots who costs us this money are still in jobs! The local authority paid out £144,000 for the legal costs of nursery campaigners and then a further £97,500 to Rhydyfelin...

Champagne Druidic Christmas 0

Champagne Druidic Christmas

Started in 2013 by members of www.pontytown.co.uk, the annual Christmas Day ‘morning drinkies at the druid stones’ kicks off again at 10:00am. Massive crowds are once again expected to converge on the Rocking Stones, Pontypridd Common, for what some have called the new Glastonbury. Well, it’s muddy anyway. With hungover children, literature salesmen,...

Happy Yuletide 0

Happy Yuletide

Many cultures have winter festivals that are in fact celebrations of light. The Pagan holiday called Yule takes place on the day of the winter solstice, around December 21 in the northern hemisphere (below the equator, the winter solstice falls around June 21). On that day (or close to it), an amazing thing happens...

Ponty Bands Success 0

Ponty Bands Success

Two of Ponty’s best new bands, Climbing Trees and Peasants King have been successful in their bid for a bursary from the Launchpad fund, created as part of the BBC Wales and Arts Council of Wales’ Horizons scheme to develop new contemporary music in Wales. Both bands will receive up...

Stay Anonymous Online 0

Stay Anonymous Online

With plenty of talk in the media (and in local crime thrillers) these last few years about the criminal spying undertaken by the USA and UK governments on the world’s citizens many feel the NSA and GCHQ have gone too far. What we look at online, what sites we browse...

Christmas Craft Fayre 3

Christmas Craft Fayre

The Positively Ponty Christmas Craft Fayre will be held at Clwb Y Bont on Saturday, 6th December 2014. Times: 11:00am-4:00pm. Over 20 local craft makers selling unique handmade gifts. Something for everyone. Local writer & photographer Dave Lewis will be there with a selection of his books and photo cards...

General Election 1

General Election

Yes, I know, Christmas hasn’t happened yet, nor the New Year hangover and the credit card bill, but, very soon, whether we like it or not, in May there will be a General Election. Yep, just after Wales win the 6 Nations 😉 I wonder which political party will claim that as...

Valley Lines To Be Electrified 0

Valley Lines To Be Electrified

Plans are afoot to electrify the train network in south Wales. The current franchise holder Arriva Trains Wales receive a subsidy of around £180m a year from the Welsh Government. The next franchise operator will continue to receive a subsidy, but electric trains are more efficient to run and have...

Muni Deal Called In 1

Muni Deal Called In

As part of cost-cutting plans Labour-controlled RCT council decided to close Pontypridd’s Muni Arts Centre (even though it was losing the least money when compared to the Park & Dare and the Coliseum) and a private group setup by Pontypridd’s Labour MP Owen Smith, calling itself ‘The Muni Working Group’,...

RCT Cut Senior Managers At Last! 0

RCT Cut Senior Managers At Last!

Fifteen senior managers are to be given huge redundancy payouts while those remaining will receive pay rises! Rhondda Cynon Taf council will scrap the roles of 15 senior staff but some posts will be re-graded. As a result of the decision, the new management arrangements will come into place this...

RCT To Charge For Sports Fields 1

RCT To Charge For Sports Fields

As part of its drive to save millions of pounds Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has proposed charging clubs for the use of the council’s 26 bowling greens, 15 cricket grounds, 38 rugby fields and 67 football pitches, in Phase Three of cuts to services. It estimates a 34-week season would...

Redundancy Costs 1

Redundancy Costs

RCT have paid out £7,722,000 to 369 employees, in severance payments to staff leaving the council in 2013-14 – a figure up from £3,052,000 in 2012-13. Opposition leaders say this could run into millions more if more jobs are lost. The news comes in the same week that cabinet members...

Ponty Rugby Still The Best 1

Ponty Rugby Still The Best

Pontypridd RFC have been one of the best teams in Wales for many, many years now but not even their great passion and determination could beat professional outfit and English Championship leaders Bristol in an action-packed British & Irish Cup clash at Sardis Road. Semi-pro side Ponty were reduced to...

Local Author Publishes Photography Book 4

Local Author Publishes Photography Book

Local writer and photographer Dave Lewis has taken his first steps into non-fiction by publishing a neat little e-book on photographic composition. Wales has seen a huge growth in the numbers of people getting involved in digital photography, which has to be one of the biggest hobbies in the world!...

More RCT Cuts 2

More RCT Cuts

Whilst people are still reeling from the massive cuts in services and huge job losses that have already taken place in the council it seems that this could just be the tip of the iceberg. News is finally out about the third round of brutal cuts to services across the...

Online Shopping 1

Online Shopping

In addition to the local businesses that advertise with us on ‘Ponty Town’ we have updated our business directory with some online shops from around the UK. If you shop with these merchants we get a small commission. This helps to pay for the website and keep us free and...

Dewi Sant / Cottage Hospital 1

Dewi Sant / Cottage Hospital

Cwm Taf University Health Board’s oldest hospital, Dewi Sant, in Pontypridd, which opened in 1968, is to be developed into a University Health Park. As part of the plans, inpatient services currently provided at Dewi Sant as well as Pontypridd and District Cottage Hospitals will be moved to the Royal...

Thousands Of Jobs To Go 1

Thousands Of Jobs To Go

All 22 local authority leaders in Wales have signed a letter sent to all members of the National Assembly for Wales, the House of Commons and the European Parliament outlining ‘very serious concerns’ over having to find up to £900m in savings. The letter highlights the crisis in services where...

Darkness On The Edge Of Town 0

Darkness On The Edge Of Town

As part of RCT’s massive cuts to public services, cabinet members agreed to switch off all street lights in non-residential areas between midnight and 5am, while half would be turned off in residential areas during the same time period. Local councillors have been asked to help identify ‘areas of concern’...

Calling All Dog Lovers 1

Calling All Dog Lovers

Are you a cat, dog or animal lover? Then a recently launched website by a local dog just might be what your looking for! ‘Doggie Blog’ is a new site which highlights the adventures of a local pooch whilst also aiming to educate us all about dog related stuff. Local...

RCT Council Double Standards? 0

RCT Council Double Standards?

RCT council have already ‘deleted’ 111 staff. Strange term we know 😉 There’s a best selling crime thriller from a local author with that word in it, but anyway we digress. Amongst the staff, who have taken early retirement or voluntary redundancy, were 92 education and lifelong learning staff, 4...