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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...