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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...