Mankinis, Conkers & Scooters – A Celebration of Men’s Sheds at the Senedd

A Senedd event saw Men’s Sheds from across Wales gather to celebrate the achievements of the rapidly expanding Men’s Sheds Cymru movement. Sponsored by Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies, the fun-filled event coincided with International Men’s Day marking the worldwide positive value men bring to the world. Shed members passionately told their stories and shared[…]

Community Transport Event a Great Success

Attended by many local residents and organisations, Bridgend Community Transport held a ‘drop-in’ information event at the Fairfield Centre Maesteg, hosted by Special Families Maesteg, and organised by local AM Huw Irranca-Davies, together with Member of Parliament Chris Elmore and local councillor Richard Collins. The event provided details of the company’s wide-ranging services aimed at[…]

Work Begins on Bridgend College’s £30 million STEAM Academy

Construction has begun on Bridgend College’s state-of-the-art STEAM Academy, built as an addition to its Pencoed campus. A ‘breaking of the ground’ ceremony held on the site was attended by Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education alongside Assembly Members, Councillors, Bridgend College Governors and various stakeholders from the local and wider community. Partly funded by the[…]

Assembly Members join leading Charity to keep constituents safe

Nearly 1,900 fires were caused by electricity in Welsh homes over the last 5 years and it’s been estimated that almost 30,000 Welsh hones are at potentially serious risk due to old or damaged electrics. Leading consumer safety charity, Electricity Safety First held an information event at the Senedd demonstrating to Assembly Members these potential[…]

Scouts Cymru Launch ‘A Million Hands’ Project at the Senedd

Scouts Cymru launched their ‘A Million Hands’ social project at the Senedd recently along with their charity partners Crisis, WWF, Mind Cymru, National Autistic Society Cymru, British Red Cross and Save the Children. The project aims to get Scouts from across Wales to take part in community action activities. Young people will address and tackle[…]

Tata Steel Announcement

The Tata Steel announcement is deeply disappointing and has caused great concern and uncertainty for the workers and their families, particularly at this time of year. The blow has been made worse by TATA providing very little detail about where the job losses will be. It is essential that TATA sit down with the workforce[…]

Supporting Remembrance at the Senedd with Annual Poppy Ride

Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies joined with colleagues to take part in the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy ride which coincided with the start of the annual Poppy Appeal. The annual event, taking place for a fourth year, saw Assembly Members and staff take up the challenge of riding as far as possible in three-minutes,[…]

Across the Ages for Poppy Appeal Band Concert

A first class Royal British Legion poppy-appeal fund raising concert was recently held at the Pontycymer Leisure Centre with multi-generational attendees and participants.  Organised by the Garw Branch of the Royal British Legion and Norman ‘Dixie’ Dean, the event saw superb performances from a combination of choirs including – schoolchildren’s choirs (of Blaengarw, Bettws, Ffaldau[…]

Ogmore AM and MP Give Local Businesses A Boost!

Local Ogmore duo Huw Irranca-Davies AM and Chris Elmore MP are calling on small businesses to get in touch with them in the run up to Small Business Saturday. Following their successful campaign to blow the trumpet for local businesses last year, Chris and Huw are asking new small and medium sized enterprises to get in touch with them. Small Business Saturday falls[…]

‘Our Valleys, Our Communities, Our Stations’ – Valleys Taskforce comes to Ogmore

As part of a series of regional community events, the Welsh Government’s Ministerial Taskforce for the South Wales Valleys held a public event at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen in Tondu providing local residents an opportunity to hear about future transport plans and to put forward their suggestions on local travel arrangements. Organised by Transport for[…]

Ogmore AM helps celebrates 25 years of National Lottery Community Funding

A photographic exhibition held at the Senedd, celebrating 25 years of National Lottery community funding in Wales, saw 25 national charities and community groups selected to join in the celebrations with the support of National Assembly Members. The community groups shared stories about their funding awards and demonstrated how this much needed funding has allowed[…]

Huw Irranca-Davies Joins Citizens Advice Cymru to Celebrate 80th Anniversary

Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies sponsored a Citizens Advice Cymru event in the Senedd as the organisation celebrated its 80th anniversary. Citizens Advice was formed the day after the outbreak of World War II, and initially helped people deal with the impacts of war, and the huge changes it brought to their daily lives.   While[…]

Ogmore AM ‘wears it pink’ for ‘Breast Cancer Now’ Fundraiser

Breast Cancer Now’s annual ‘wear it pink’ campaign helps fund vital life-saving breast cancer research and provides life-changing support for those affected by the disease.  A recent event at the Senedd saw Assembly Members adding a splash of pink to their usual attire in support of the campaign which has raised over £33 million since[…]

£194 Million Investment into Railways Stations in Wales

Great news for rail travellers in Ogmore and across Wales, as Welsh Government Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates introduces Transport for Wales’ £194 million investment plan to improve all 247 railway stations across Wales over the next 15 years. The ‘Station Improvement Vision’ highlights what customers and communities can expect to see at their[…]

Cycle driven smoothies and bike maintenance tips at new Community Hub

Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies joined the children, staff and volunteers of Nantymoel Boys’ and Girls’ Club at the new community hub to take part in a free bike skills and maintenance session. Demonstrations showed how to keep a bicycle in tip-top condition – (including a cycle-driven smoothie-maker!) along with basic puncture repairs and bike[…]

‘School’s Out’ for Food and Fun at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen

Following last year’s success and supported with Welsh Government funding, Bridgend County Borough Council’s ‘School Holiday Enrichment Programme’ (SHEP) has been rolled out for another year at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen and Cynffig Comprehensive School.  The school-based programme provides advice and education on nutrition and cooking, and fun-filled activity and enrichment sessions whilst also helping[…]

Evanstown and Gilfach Goch Fun Runners On Fine Form

Ogmore AM Huw Irranca-Davies and MP Chris Elmore have congratulated the participants of the annual Evanstown and Gilfach Goch community fun run. Runners braved slightly inclement weather to complete this year’s course around Evanstown and were cheered across the finish line by local residents, members of the Gilfach Goch Community Council and the Ogmore AM[…]

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[…]