Tagged: Pontypridd

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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!...

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Ponty Hero!

Former Pontypridd RFC and Wales rugby player Richard Parks is a man who has scaled the highest peaks and traversed the poles so fans of the adventurer will be delighted he has just written a book detailing his adventures. Beyond the Horizon tells the story of how the ex-Wales international...

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Positively Ponty

Aim Promoting Pontypridd’s heritage, culture, art, literature, music, economy, crafts, tourism, and its people’s health, education and social well-being. About Positively Ponty is a volunteer led community group formed in April 2012 to promote Pontypridd locally, nationally and internationally. We believe that we could attract tourists and engage residents, if...

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Town Council

At the Annual General Meeting on 28th May, Councillor Steve Powderhill was elected the new Pontypridd Town Mayor. Steve accepted the chain of office from the former Town Mayor, Councillor Keith Bennett. So if anyone has any issues with the running of the town then why not get in touch...

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‘Muni’ to close

Pontypridd’s Muni Arts Centre closes. The arts centre, in a converted church, is to close in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) council’s £70m budget savings. RCT’s two other council-run theatres – the Coliseum in Aberdare and the Park and Dare in Treorchy – have been spared the axe but councillors confirmed...

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Welcome

Welcome to the new Ponty Town website.  After sixteen years of html and css we’ve finally decided to move over to WordPress. This new structure will encompass most of the old pages and we’ll attempt to use this homepage for news, columns, campaigns etc. We hope you’ll continue to support...