Tagged: Pontypridd

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International Welsh Poetry Competition 2020

The 14th International Welsh Poetry Competition is now open and accepting entries.   Started in Pontypridd we are now the biggest and most well-respected poetry contest in Wales! The 2020 competition will offer the following prizes: 1st Prize – £500 2nd Prize – £250 3d Prize – £100 plus 17 other...

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Christmas Day 2019

Thank you to all those who took the time out from preparing their sprouts to wander over the Common, play the mandolin, charge around with a Mari Lwyd, come up with yet another great TV idea and raise a glass to the people of Ponty. It was real. The drinking...

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Family Cycle Ride

For the last few years a small gang of local ‘Ponty’ cyclists have been brushing away the cobwebs with a short, family-friendly, cycle ride from the Llanover Arms to the Old Bwl pub in Ynysybwl.  The outings have been rather infrequent although well attended.  All that is about to change...

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Ponty Park Run

I’ve always been a lover not a fighter, and a sprinter not a jogger (not sure the ladies want to hear that) but this morning my wife and I did the ‘Park Run’, although technically I should say park walk. It was fab!  Very well organised, loads of helpful, smiley...

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Druids Drink 2018

Well, it’s that time of year again.  When lapsed druids from all walks of life gather for a handshake, a toast to the ‘stones’ and a good ole fashioned chinwag.  Rock stars, dog walkers, retired adult movie stars, chemical engineers, poets, probation workers and photographers will once again be in attendance...

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Boxing Day Swim

The ‘Boxing Day Swim’ at the National Lido of Wales is back for 2018 and doors open on Wednesday, December 26, Online bookings are already open. Sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. N.B. No telephone bookings will be taken.  The first Boxing Day Swim session will commence at...

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Why Christmas Day?

Have you ever wondered why Christmas Day (that time when we scoff too many sprouts, we get inundated with socks and the Llanover Arms, Pontypridd closes weirdly early) is celebrated on December 25? History Well, it wasn’t always so. In fact, for the first three centuries of Christianity’s existence, Jesus...

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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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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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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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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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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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Druidic Drinks

Started in 2013 by Welsh writer Dave Lewis and other 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....