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[…]

United Against Prejudice

May 17th, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHBT) brought together Assembly Members in a show of solidarity against prejudice. Ogmore AM Huw Irranca-Davies who is also the Welsh Government Minister for Children, Older People and Children joined with his colleagues in support of IDAHBT on the steps of the Senedd. Mr Irranca-Davies stated:[…]

Stroke Survivors Showcase Talent at National Assembly

  ‘Make May Purple’, Stroke Association’s annual stroke awareness month invites friends, families and communities to show their support for people who have been affected by stroke. This year’s campaign, launched at the National Assembly for Wales by Stroke Photography exhibited shortlisted images as part of the Purple Lenses exhibition. Clubs, groups and volunteers were[…]

Welsh Pets Deserve Better

The invisibility of pet sellers who advertise through websites allows vendors and breeders to avoid legislation and breed pets in unregulated and often poor conditions. National Animal Charity Blue Cross is trying to change legislation to protect the thousands of pets sold online each year.  Ogmore Assembly Member and Welsh Government Minister Huw Irranca-Davies met[…]

Extravagant Displays At Llanharan’s Annual Easter Bonnet Parade

Llanharan’s annual Easter Bonnet Parade held at Llanharan Rugby Club displayed some spectacular designs of bonnets. Ogmore Assembly Member and Welsh Government Minister Huw Irranca-Davies who was one of the judges was joined by local residents, school children of Dolau Primary School and Llaharan’s OAP Association amongst others. Mr Irranca-Davies stated: “I was delighted to[…]

‘Voices’ In Senedd Highlight Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer is the UK’s deadliest gynaecological cancer but with early diagnosis, survival rates are greatly increased.   Ovarian Cancer Action UK and ‘Ovarian Cancer Voices’ held an event at the Senedd to highlight the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and to encourage women and young girls to be mindful of the four main symptoms which[…]

A Welcome Return to the Welsh Assembly by the Tenovus Bridgend Sing with Us choir

Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones and Ogmore AM Huw Irranca-Davies were delighted to welcome back to the Senedd the Tenovus Bridgend Sing with Us choir.  In front of an assembled audience including school children, Assembly Members and Assembly Commission staff, the choir performed a number of songs including Burning Love, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Put a[…]

Huw Irranca-Davies AM Becomes A Dementia Friend

Ogmore Assembly Member and Welsh Government Minister Huw Irranca-Davies has taken a key step towards helping end the stigma surrounding dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend and supporting Alzheimer’s Society Cymru’s vision of a dementia-friendly Wales. A Dementia Friend is someone who has gained a basic understanding about what it is like to have dementia[…]

Marking Children’s Mental Health Week with Pencoed Scouts

Children’s Mental Health Week held in February aimed to encourage children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness and to ‘Be Ourselves’.  As part of ongoing events held throughout the country, Ogmore Assembly Member and Welsh Government Minister Huw Irranca-Davies met with the Pencoed Scout Group to discuss the importance of well-being and what[…]

Breaking the Silence with a Cuppa and a Chat

‘Contact The Elderly’ is a national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people through face to face contact. They recently launched their latest group which covers the areas of Llanharan, Brynna, Pencoed, Llanharry, Ynysmaerdy, Brynna and Bryncae. Volunteer-led Sunday tea parties are organised in a volunteer host’s home and guests must[…]

Great News From Pencoed Company Expansion Creating New Jobs

Local employer Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (Ortho), a global company with a base in Pencoed have, due to increasing demand, announced plans for expansion, hoping to create almost 50 jobs with help from Welsh Government investment. Ogmore Assembly Member and Welsh Government Minister Huw Irranca-Davies visited Ortho’s Pencoed plant with First Minister Carwyn Jones. Following a[…]

Inspiring Words at Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day has been marked with various events throughout Wales and the UK, providing a time to reflect and honor survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. Bridgend County Borough Council’s event at the Sony Theatre in partnership with Bridgend College heard their special guest, genocide education campaigner Mr Eric Murgangwa Eugene[…]

Coal Mining Heritage Sees Multi-Million Pound Project To Benefit Valley Homes

A pioneering large scale mine-water energy project is on the way for Caerau, a small ex-mining community at the top of the Llynfi Valley. A UK first, the ground-breaking multi-million pound initiative will see the extraction of naturally heated underground water from mine workings at the former Caerau Colliery site distributed via a network of pipes[…]

FFaldau Pupils Question Huw Irranca-Davies AM During Visit to National Assembly

Ffaldau Primary School pupil group known as the ‘Eagles’ recently met with Ogmore Assembly Member and Welsh Government Minister Huw Irranca-Davies during their visit to the National Assembly for Wales.   The pupils were on an educational visit to the Assembly to learn about its importance to Wales as a nation and to have a tour[…]

Huw Irranca-Davies AM Supports ‘Stand UP St Dwynwen’ to Tackle Climate Change

  At an event in the Senedd, Ogmore Assembly Member and Welsh Government Minister Huw Irranca-Davies pledged his support for the ‘Wales Stand Up Campaign’.  Last year, hundreds of people and their pets across wales took part by sharing their pictures on social media. From sandals on sand to slippers at sunset, they made their[…]

Innovative South Wales Policing Project is ‘ACE’ says Assembly Member

Photo from L/R:  Sergeant Gareth Bradley, Cllr Phil Waite, Emma Reed (Barnardo’s) Huw Irranca-Davies AM, Chris Elmore MP, Gemma Paskins BCBC, Acting Chief inspector Ross Crutcher Ogmore Assembly Member and Welsh Government Minister Huw Irranca-Davies visited Maesteg Police Station to hear about the new ground-breaking intervention programme known as ‘ACEs’ (Adverse Childhood Experiences). The pilot[…]

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 At The Senedd

This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, Saturday 27th January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and provides an opportunity to commemorate the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.    At the Senedd, Assembly Members were asked to sign the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment to show their support for Holocaust education and remembrance in the UK.   […]

AM and MP Impressed With Visit To Leading Stem Cell Company ReNeuron in Pencoed

During a visit to ReNeuron in Pencoed, Ogmore representatives Huw Irranca-Davies AM (Minister for Children and Social Care) and Chris Elmore MP were impressed to hear how well the company have settled into South Wales and are now expanding overseas.   ReNeuron is hugely successful in using unique stem-cell technologies to develop cell based therapies for[…]

Small Businesses Receive a Boost From Local MP and AM

  Huw and Chris with Joanna Bayliss of ‘Fresh and Fruity’ Local small businesses received a boost over the past few weeks as Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, and AM, Huw Irranca-Davies, helped promote some brilliant examples of entrepreneurship. In the run-up to the annual Small Business Saturday, this year held on Saturday 2nd December, the local politicians asked[…]

Respect For Our Shop Workers

Photo:  Usdaw ‘Respect for Shop Workers Week – Freedom From Fear Campaign’ Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies is asking people to spare a thought for shop workers in the run up to Christmas which can see rising tension levels in stores during this time.   The Assembly Member said:  “Our recent successful social media campaign promoting small[…]

Get Purple and Save Lives

This November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and a recent event at the Senedd saw Assembly Members ‘on purple alert’ raising awareness of the dreaded disease which is predicted to be the 4th biggest cancer killer in the UK by 2026.  Ogmore Assembly Member and Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies who attended[…]

“ON YOUR BIKE!” – OGMORE AM HUW IRRANCA-DAVIES SUPPORTS REMEMBRANCE IN SECOND ANNUAL POPPY RIDE IN WALES

Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies joined the Wales Area manager of The Royal British Legion, Veterans, Serving personnel and other Assembly Members to race against the clock on an exercise bike to mark the Remembrance period in Wales and commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago. The 6 hour bike ride was held in[…]