A Purrfect Welcome at Bryncethin’s Cat Protection Centre

The staff, volunteers and feline members of Bryncethin’s cat sanctuary provided a warm welcome to Welsh Government Minister Lesley Griffiths AM and Huw Irranca-Davies AM during a recent visit to the Adoption Centre. Following a tour of the ever-expanding venue, and after meeting many of the extremely well-behaved felines, the group had an opportunity to[…]

‘Cake and a Climb’ to celebrate ‘Spirit of Llynfi Woodland’s’ Community Green Flag Award

The dedicated volunteers and organisers of the ‘Woodland Group’ celebrated in style with a ‘cake and a climb’ to the site of the iconic ‘Keeper of the Colliers’ after helping the ‘Spirit of Llynfi Woodland’ win their first prestigious Green Flag Award. Located on the eastern slopes of the upper Llynfi Valley, the Community Woodland[…]

£6.7 million Investment Will Transform Former Pencoed Primary School Site

A ground breaking ceremony has signalled the start of a new housing development in Pencoed which will deliver 40 much-needed affordable homes on the site of the former Pencoed Primary School. Hafod, Bridgend County Borough Council and Bridgend based contractor, Jehu Group are working in partnership to redevelop the site which will help to meet[…]

Exciting Times Ahead for the all new Bryncethin RFC Community Centre

Following a major revamp via Bridgend County Borough Council’s Community Asset Transfer Programme, the Bryncethin RFC Club House has been transformed into a top-class community hub to serve the club and wider community. The opening of this modern club-house and versatile community hub is a tribute to the passion and willingness of Club members and the[…]

Is Your Business Ready for Brexit – Deal or No Deal? If not, you’re running out of time

The UK is due to leave the EU on 31st October – with or without a deal – and the Welsh Government has published important advice for businesses to prepare via a ‘5 point check-list’ which asks: If you are an importer or exporter, you’ll need an Economic Registration and Identification (EORI) number.  Get an[…]

Celebrations as Treetops Care Home mark 30 year milestone

Treetops Care Home, based in Brynmenyn marked their 30 year anniversary at their annual ‘Open Day’ recently held at the Home. Management, staff and residents of the privately owned home gave a warm and friendly welcome to everyone who attended their anniversary celebrations which was also attended by the first and original matron of Treetops[…]

Ogmore AM and MP Help Judge Annual “Y Bont Bake Off”

Huw Irranca-Davies and Chris Elmore, the local AM and MP for Ogmore, took time out from their Parliamentary duties to help judge Y Bont’s annual Bake Off competition. Y Bont is a Bridgend-based charity working to support children with disabilities to reach their full potential. The Ogmore duo joined several new judges this year, including[…]

Breaking the Barriers – Support for Welsh Government’s call to end pavement parking

Motorists who park on pavements with no consideration for the safety of pedestrians or cyclists could soon face action as the Welsh Government announce plans for an expert group to look at ways of clamping down on illegal parking across Wales. This follows the recent announcement of the Welsh Government’s to change the default speed[…]

Exciting New ‘Project Skyline’ shows ‘How To Build A Valley’

Project Skyline is a ground-breaking study looking at what would happen if local people were handed the means to shape their own environment. Working with three pilot valley communities, Treherbert, Ynysowen, and Caerau, along with NRW and the local authority the study looks at how to make this happen. Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies hosted[…]

Vernon Hartshorn OBE MP Exhibition Launches in Y Llynfi Library

Staff from Awen Cultural Trust have celebrated the launch of the Vernon Hartshorn OBE MP exhibition being displayed at Y Llynfi Library. Alongside Huw Irranca-Davies AM, Chris Elmore MP, Mayor of Maesteg, Steve Smith, and the Chair of Garw Valley Community Council, Sorrel Dendy, representatives from the organisation were proud to open the exhibition on[…]

Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen yn barod ar gyfer Cwricwlwm Sgiliau Newydd/ Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen All Set for New Skills Curriculum

Gwahoddwyd Huw a Gweinidog Addysg Llywodraeth Cymru, Kirsty Williams, i Goleg Cymunedol y Dderwen i weld y gwaith arloesol sy’n cael ei wneud gan y disgyblion a’r staff ar y cwricwlwm newydd – ‘Cwricwlwm i Gymru’. Yn dilyn yr ymweliad, dywedodd Huw: “Roedd cyffro ac angerdd y staff a’r disgyblion yn ysbrydoledig ac roedd y[…]

Bridgend Ford Engine Plant Closure

Following the announcement Welsh Government Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates, along with Ogmore representatives Huw Irranca-Davies AM and Chris Elmore MP, on site at the Bridgend plant, after having spent some time chatting to members of the workforce, listening to their concerns and offering their support. FORD BRIDGEND – EMERGENCY QUESTION IN SENEDD[…]

More Innovative Housing for Ogmore

Valleys to Coast and modular building specialist, Wernick Buildings are delivering eight new modular homes in Sarn and Tondu, after being awarded funding from Welsh Government, and supported by Bridgend Borough Council. Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies and Welsh Government Minister for Housing Julie James visited the Tondu site to see the firm’s construction techniques[…]

Tea & Cake Delight at Pencoed Mothers’ Union Fund-Raiser

Ogmore representative Huw Irranca-Davies AM enjoyed tea and cake whilst supporting Pencoed Mothers’ Union annual fund-raising event held in St David’s Church, Pencoed. The Mothers’ Union have a caravan sited on Trecco Bay, Porthcawl, which they offer to families in need who may otherwise not be able to get away and have a holiday. The[…]

Ogmore AM supports Dogs Trust ‘Pawlicy Priorities for Wales’

Animal welfare charity, Dogs Trust, visited the Welsh Assembly to discuss their priorities for Wales with Assembly Members including Huw Irranca-Davies AM. With 21 rehoming centres across the UK and Ireland, including one in Bridgend, the charity cares for around 15,000 dogs each year. They never put a healthy dog down and in the last[…]

Busy Day at the Senedd for Young Carer Oliver whilst shadowing Local AM

Welsh Youth Parliament Member and young carer Oliver Davies, spent a very busy day being ‘educated outside of school’ whilst working alongside Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies at the National Assembly for Wales.  Taking time from his caring responsibilities, Oliver eagerly took advantage of an opportunity to work with the Ogmore AM to gain valuable[…]

Local AM Supports Welsh Government’s Decision to Declare a Climate Emergency

My contribution to the Climate Change Debate in the Senedd The declaration sends a clear signal that the Welsh Government will not allow the process of leaving the EU to detract from the challenge of climate change, which threatens our health, economy, infrastructure and our natural environment. The announcement draws attention to the magnitude and[…]

20mph ‘Should be the Default Speed Limit for Residential Areas’

Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies has welcomed comments from the First Minister, that speed limits of 20mph could be introduced in all residential areas in Wales.  The announcement builds on the hundreds of millions already invested by the Welsh Labour Government, to provide 20mph zones in many parts of Wales. First Minister Mark Drakeford said this[…]

AM invited to see Garth Primary pupils ‘BEEing’ environmentally friendly

The Reception Class at Garth Primary School invited their local Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies to their school fair showcasing all their hard work and efforts to be environmentally friendly by tackling plastic pollution. The primary school pupils told their AM how they’d been learning about oceans and sea creatures this term and were worried that[…]

Official Opening to Celebrate new Pencoed Primary School

The new Pencoed Primary School opened its doors last September and is among the six new schools built locally within the last five years under the Welsh Labour Government’s school modernisation programme. The new two-storey building is built on playing fields off Penprysg Road, a stone’s throw away from the school’s old site. It contains[…]

Ogmore MP and AM’s Annual Advice Day Reaps Reward for Local Charity

Less than three weeks after Ogmore MP and AM, Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies, held their third annual Funding Advice Day, one local organisation has already emerged as an early success story. Western Power Distribution (WPD), who attended this year’s event as a funding provider for the first time, have allocated funding to a group which[…]

Huw Launches ‘Pit Bottom to Parliament’ Exhibition Portraying Ogmore’s First MP

A miners’ leader, trade unionist and politician, Vernon Hartshorn OBE MP was the first collier to become a Cabinet Member during the early 20th century. South Wales Miners’ Museum based in Afan Argoed, launched an exhibition depicting the fascinating story of the very first MP for Ogmore to celebrate his life and the significant contribution[…]

Afternoon Tea celebrations for ‘Ty Ynysawdre’ residents in their new home

‘Ty Ynysawdre’, is a brand new extra-care facility based in Ynysawdre built in partnership between Linc Cymru and Bridgend County Borough Council, helped by Welsh Government funding. It provides support to meet people’s individual needs, while they live independently in their own homes. With 25 extra care apartments and 15 residential beds for people over[…]

Huw Joins Rockwool UK to Celebrate 40 Years of Business Success

Rockwool UK’s base in Heol Y Cyw Bridgend has played a pivotal role in the South Wales business community since 1979 with their production of sustainable volcanic rock insulation products. Offering a full range of high-performing products for the construction industry and as part of the national Rockwool UK, they have become the UK’s leading[…]

Bonnets Galore at Llanharan OAP’s Annual Easter Bonnet Parade

In spectacular style and as expected, this year’s Llanharan OAP’s annual Easter bonnet parade once again produced some exceptional designs of bonnets at Llanharan Rugby Club.  With a great turnout, the fun event, (of course without any underlying competitiveness!) saw bonnets and costumes this year, ranging from bizarre to traditional in great style. This year[…]

Huw Visits Innovative Local Food Producer with Welsh Government Minister

Samosaco, based in Pontyclun is a leading producer of a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free Indian products. Starting out as a small family-run business in Toronto before moving to Wales, they have the only purpose-built samosa making factory in Wales.  Now providing the finest range of products to some of the biggest food[…]

Older People’s Commissioner Pops in to Cefn Cribwr Young at Heart

Cefn Cribwr Young at Heart, a long established popular over 50’s group, run by Enid Lloyd and hard-working volunteers, welcomed a distinguished guest to one of their latest meetings. At the request of their local AM Huw Irranca-Davies, who is a regular visitor to the group, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales was invited to[…]

Excitement Grows with Outline Planning Permission Granted for Proposed Afan Adventure Park.

AFAN ADVENTURE RESORT UPDATE from Huw Irranca-Davies AM and Dave Rees AM     Plans for an Afan Valley Adventure Park take a step closer this week as Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council grant outline planning permission for the long-awaited adventure complex. Aberavon’s Assembly Member, David Rees, and Ogmore Assembly Member, Huw Irranca-Davies, will[…]

Another Successful Ogmore Funding Advice Day

This year’s Ogmore Funding Advice Day, organised by Huw Irranca-Davies AM and Chris Elmore MP and held at Maesteg Celtic Club, saw the biggest ever turnout of funders, local groups and organisations. A deluge of organisations from all parts of the Ogmore constituency attended seeking out advice and funding opportunities from the many funders present[…]

Ogmore Valley Celebrates Newly Refurbished Nantymoel Boys & Girls Club & Community Centre

In the heart of the Ogmore Valley, the beloved ‘Mem’ (Nantymoel Miners’ Memorial Hall) has undergone a £350,000 transformation following joint working from Bridgend County Borough Council, Nantymoel Boys & Girls Club, local community groups and many others. Revamped to become a prime community hub and heritage centre with full disabled access, it will also[…]

Ogmore AM urges local business to prepare for Brexit

Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies has urged local businesses to prepare themselves for Brexit and seek advice from Business Wales’s Brexit Portal. Business Wales is a free service that provides impartial, independent support and advice to people starting, running and growing a business in Wales. With regional centres across the country, they offer a mixture[…]

Garw Valley Hosts Winter OlympAGE

Bridgend County Borough Council’s successful series of OlympAGE events held throughout the county borough provide socially active sporting activities for older residents and people with learning and physical disabilities. A range of accessible activities such as boccia, bounce ball, target throw, badminton and shuffleboard to name a few are offered. The latest Winter OlympAGE, held[…]

AM Welcomes Live Fear Free Campaign

Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies has backed a powerful Welsh Government campaign to help people identify controlling behaviour in relationships. Coercive control is when a person with whom you are personally connected with, repeatedly behaves in a way which makes you feel controlled, dependent, isolated, humiliated or scared. The Government’s new ‘Live Fear Free’ Campaign[…]

Christmas Stars in Ogmore

With the festive season upon us community groups across Ogmore have again excelled in producing many excellent Christmas parades, fetes, fayres for us all to enjoy. Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies has been out and about attending some of the varied events in village halls, churches, vestries Christmas tree festivals and Christmas lights parades to[…]

No Shave December – You and Your Beard Can Help

With more than 23,000 men diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year, it has become the third most common cancer in men. However it shouldn’t be as it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies is encouraging people to support Bowel Cancer UK’s ‘Decembeard’ fundraising campaign by[…]

‘Choose Well’ this winter and help our NHS

With the onset of winter and the increase of cold weather ailments, Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies is asking Ogmore residents to help the NHS by choosing correctly the health service they need for their illness or injury. This winter’s NHS campaign ‘Choose Well’ encourages residents to plan ahead and check out the campaign website[…]

Local AM Supports Making Wales a ‘Living Wage’ Economy

Following last week’s ‘Living Wage Week’, Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies is urging employers to find out more and pay their employees a “Real Living Wage”. The Real Living Wage is a voluntary higher rate of base pay. It provides a benchmark for responsible employers who choose to pay their employees a rate that meets[…]

First Class Facilities for Ogmore Students

The all-new Brynmenyn Primary School has been officially opened by First Minister Carwyn Jones and is the latest edition of new schools for the Bridgend County Borough. With funding from the Welsh Government, these schools have been delivered as part of Bridgend County Borough Council’s flagship 21st Century school modernisation programme. Brynmenyn Primary School is[…]

Maesteg Community Hospital

Following the announcement from ABMU about planned changes to Maesteg Community Hospital. Ogmore representatives Huw Irranca-Davies AM and Chris Elmore MP have provided the joint statement below.   Huw Irranca-Davies AM and Chris Elmore MP are encouraging everyone to have their say on any proposals from ABMU Health Board and also to be fully aware of the[…]

Stay Smart This Winter

Huw Irranca-Davies AM with British Gas Smart Energy Expert Aled Edwards With winter just around the corner, representatives from British Gas have been advising local Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies AM on tips for Ogmore residents about making sure their homes are ready for anything the weather might bring. Last winter thousands of homes across Wales[…]

Bridgend Business Community Celebrated at Awards Ceremony

 Bridgend Business of the Year 2018 – Apollo Teaching Services At a recent gala dinner and awards ceremony held at the Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel in Bridgend, the Bridgend Business Forum celebrated the local business community at this year’s Bridgend Business Forum Awards. Over 220 business professionals attended the awards ceremony including Carwyn Jones AM for Bridgend[…]

Tea & Cakes at the Senedd for Macmillan’s Coffee Morning

Macmillan Cancer Support were at the Senedd this week to promote their flagship fundraising event, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.    Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies was one of the many supporters who attended the event to help promote and highlight that the Macmillan Coffee Mornings are upon us and being held throughout many towns[…]

New Chapter for Betws Primary School

Betws Primary, a new multi-million-pound, state-of-the-art school opened its doors in January and pupils have settled into their new surroundings whilst looking forward to a broad range of improved opportunities and facilities. Previously, Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies and others visited the school to see first-hand the new building and also the pupils celebrating World[…]

Visit to Optometric Practice – ‘An Eye Opener’ for Ogmore AM

 Chatting with Practice Owner Nick Maydew  Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies was recently invited to local optometric practice ‘The Eye Centre’, based in Ogmore Vale to hear all about their work and the success of optometric practices in Wales.  During the visit he met with Practice Owner Nick Maydew and Sali Davis Chief Executive of[…]