New ‘Tenancy Saver Loan Scheme’ to help tenants and landlords across Ogmore affected by coronavirus

A new £8 million Welsh Government Tenancy Saver Loan scheme to help tenants struggling with rent arrears due to coronavirus has launched. First of its kind in the UK, the Tenancy Saver Loan scheme will be open to private rented sector tenants in rent arrears and those who may also struggle to pay future months’[…]

‘Have your Say’ on consultation to improve Autism services in Wales says Huw Irranca-Davies MS

The Welsh Government have announced a consultation on the draft Statutory Code of Practice on the Delivery of Autism Services, which had previously been delayed from April due to the coronavirus pandemic. A further one year of funding for Wales’ Integrated Autism Service has also been announced. The consultation seeks responses on the draft Code of[…]

Huw Irranca-Davies MS welcomes new fund to support Ogmore’s creative freelancers

Freelancers working in the cultural and creative sectors in Ogmore and across Wales will be able to apply for their share of a £7m fund – which is targeted specifically at those in the freelance sector hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The fund will open for applications on Monday 5th October and will run[…]

* Huw Irranca-Davies MS urges Ogmore’s sporting groups to tap into £14 million Emergency Fund

The Welsh Government is supporting Wales’ sport and leisure sector with a £14million funding package to be managed by ‘Sport Wales’. The ‘Sport and Leisure Recovery Fund’ will be available soon to complement the current ‘Hardship Fund’ for local government, and will provide essential support to sports clubs and organisations through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic[…]

MAESTEG SCHOOL – JOINT STATEMENT

Bridgend County Borough Council press release 2.9.20 Council offers reassurance over Covid-19 concerns: https://www.bridgend.gov.uk/news/council-offers-reassurance-over-covid-19-concerns/ Frequently asked questions about Maesteg School Q1. Are you referring to ‘Maesteg School’ or ‘Maesteg Comprehensive School?’A1. The formal name of Maesteg Comprehensive School is ‘Maesteg School’. Q2. How safe is it for me to send my child back to the[…]

REGENERATING EMPTY PROPERTIES – GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE

Ogmore MS Huw Irranca-Davies commented: “Our local authorities with Welsh Government support are targeting funds towards regeneration of properties in the valley areas, including most parts of the Ogmore constituency. This is something which I and other Labour/Co-op valleys MSs pushed hard for, so some of the empty properties can be turned back into homes.[…]

Local MS and MP secure Royal Mail ‘U-Turn’ on decision to move Maesteg Sorting Office

Local MS Huw Irranca-Davies and Chris Elmore MP are pleased that Royal Mail have listened to local residents and reversed their decision to move the Sorting Office from Maesteg to the Waterton Industrial estate and have announced that customers will be able to collect items from the Sorting Office in Maesteg. Chris and Huw have[…]

Ogmore MS & MP thank Ford workers for supporting other local businesses during pandemic

Local Welsh Labour duo, Huw Irranca-Davies MS and Chris Elmore MP have praised the “amazing community spirit and resilience” of Unite workers at the Ford engine plant in Bridgend who have been creating and distributing free visors to local businesses and organisations as lockdown restrictions continue to be eased. Over the two weeks, Chris and[…]

INEOS

During a virtual Plenary session, I spoke in support of Carwyn Jones MS’ question about the deeply worrying news from INEOS.I call on the Prime Minister to intervene and speak directly to the INEOS Chief Executive to reverse his decision. Read my full statement here: ⬇️

Maesteg Post Office

Statement Friday 15th May 2020 Update on Maesteg Post Office service provision from Huw Irranca-Davies MS, Chris Elmore MP, and Welsh Labour Maesteg Town and County Borough Councillors Click here to sign the petition relating to this issue: https://tinyurl.com/ybo9efrs Follow this link to view the job advert for the permanent Postmaster opportunity in Maesteg: https://tinyurl.com/y83w24lq[…]

Huw Irranca-Davies AM urges people in Ogmore to give safely to charities responding to Coronavirus pandemic

Huw Irranca-Davies AM joins the Charity Commission, the Fundraising Regulator, Action Fraud and Trading Standards to encourage people to give to genuine registered charities as people in Ogmore respond with generosity in the current crisis. It comes as regulators receive reports of scammers targeting vulnerable people, for example by posing as fundraisers collecting money for[…]

Ogmore MP and AM urge local industry collaboration in Coronavirus fight

Welsh Labour MP and AM, Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies, are calling on local businesses to alter their manufacturing capabilities to help build the Welsh NHS’ resilience against Coronavirus.   Life Sciences Hub Wales are currently working with industry to help boost supply of goods and develop solutions which address the immediate needs of the[…]

Ogmore MP and AM call on local businesses to join Welsh Government fight against Coronavirus

Ogmore’s Welsh Labour MP and AM, Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies, are calling on local businesses to help develop rapid sanitising solutions for emergency vehicles as part of the Welsh Government’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Businesses with suitable expertise and equipment are being urged to work with the Welsh NHS, the Defence Science and[…]

Community funding frenzy at Ogmore MP and AM’s advice day

Local representatives from clubs, community groups, and charities from across the Ogmore constituency packed-out Aberkenfig’s Community Church on Friday (6 March) at the latest Funding Advice Day held by local MP and AM, Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies. This was the fourth annual Funding Advice Day the Ogmore duo have hosted, having previously held similar[…]

Launch of Climate Change Coffee Partnership to help farmers and producers in the developing world tackle the climate emergency

A new initiative has been launched by an International Climate Change Coffee Partnership, made up of organisations across Wales and Uganda including Ogmore’s Pontyclun based Ferraris Coffee. (Other members include: Mount Elgon Agroforestry Community Co-operative Enterprise MEACCE; Fair Dos Siopa Teg (Cardiff based Fair Trade shop); Wales Co-operative Centre and Etico – Ethical Coffee Importers). More[…]

New Heritage Trail celebrates the wonderful history of the Ogmore Valley

Ogmore AM Huw Irranca-Davies joined a celebration of the new Ogmore Heritage Trail and Heritage Hub which took place at the historic Nantymoel Boys and Girls Club. This exciting new heritage trail includes a dozen interpretation boards placed along the community path/cycle trail which runs the length of the Ogmore Valley. Each display carries fascinating[…]

Local MP and AM welcome regeneration kick-start at Maesteg Town Hall

Local Ogmore Welsh Labour duo Huw Irranca-Davies AM and Chris Elmore MP have welcomed the start of construction work as part of the ambitious redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall. Welsh Labour-led Bridgend County Borough Council is working with the Awen Cultural Trust and a number of other key funders to repair, restore, and extend the[…]

Pencoed School Students Celebrate F1 Project Success

‘The F1 in Schools’ social enterprise project provides a challenging educational experience for students and school children from across the country whilst raising awareness of STEM and Formula 1. Teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to cover all costs including research, travel and accommodation. Participating pupils are inspired to use IT to learn about[…]

Children’s TV legend opens Maesteg recycle centre shop

(Press Release via Bridgend County Borough Council website) Underground, overground, Wombling free – the Wombles from Wimbledon know a thing or two about making good use of the things that they find, the things that everyday folks leave behind. And following in their footsteps, Bridgend County Borough Council has been working with its partners Kier[…]

Local AM pledges to “get behind the daffodil” for Marie Curie this February

Huw Irranca-Davies AM is encouraging constituents to donate and wear their iconic Marie Curie daffodil throughout February and March to help the charity’s Nurses provide vital care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. The Ogmore AM joined forces with Marie Curie Chief Executive Matthew Reed alongside Marie Curie Nurses[…]

Successful Business Breakfast hosted at ‘The Old House’

The newly refurbished and impressive ‘Old House’ in Llangynwyd played host to a Lloyds Bank ‘Business Breakfast’ as part of an ongoing series of events being held across Wales. Attended by Local MS Huw Irranca-Davies, MP Chris Elmore and Lloyds Banking Group’s Ambassador Wales Carys Williams, the breakfast gave local SME’s (small and medium enterprises),[…]

“Millions of pounds of children’s savings could go unclaimed” warns Local AM

Huw Irranca-Davies AM is calling on all parents and teenagers about to turn 18 to check they have access to government-backed trust funds, set up when they were born. In some cases these child trust accounts, which will mature this Autumn, may contain around £1,000, could be lost after the UK Government scrapped the Labour[…]

Local AM calls for more understanding of Stoma and ‘Hidden Disabilities’

Pelican Healthcare, a leading provider of disposable stoma care products, held a campaign launch at the Senedd calling for a society change to tackle everyday challenges that ostomates and more widely those with invisible illnesses may face. The ‘Be The Change’ event heard from a panel of ostomates who shared their heartfelt stories about some[…]

‘Heavenly Light Garden’ provides sanctuary for families struggling with loss

‘Bridgend Community Bereavement Support’, provides free-to-use group support for people following a bereavement by offering one-to-one confidential counselling sessions with voluntary qualified counsellors and volunteers.   The aim of the local charity is to help rebuild lives and relationships following a loss and provides children the opportunity to express their emotions using various arts, crafts and[…]

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[…]