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A.N.A Amateur Boxing Club

A.N.A is a friendly boxing gym run by Paul Thomas and Anthony Trow.
The gym offers a wide range of fitness and boxing for both men and women.

Abercwmboi Photo Archive Project

The purpose of the Abercwmboi Photo Archive Project is to tell the story of Cap Coch and Abercwmboi through photographs of the people and places that have made this village.

A local history group has been formed and through them a collection of images and photographs are being built. Abercwmboi has a strong industrial history but it also has a rich cultural, commercial and rural heritage.

Aberdare Boys County Grammar School in old picture postcards

Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School 1896 to 1978

A personal record of the life and times of the County Grammar School for Boys published by the old pupils of the School

Aberdare Camera Club

A warm friendly welcome is extended to all. We are a long standing club based in the Cynon Valley of South Wales with a thriving membership and an exciting events calendar.
You may have only just purchased your first camera or be an "expert" who has been taking photographs for many years. Everyone is treated equally here . We all learn something new every time we come to a meeting.

Aberdare Community School

Strive, Believe, Achieve

Head-teacher Sue Davies

Our Mission statement: Work Hard, Dream Big, Reach for the Stars
Too many children in Wales lack goals and don’t have confidence in their own ability; at Aberdare Community School we are committed to changing that and want to develop a hunger to succeed in our pupils. We want every child to use their talents, reach their potential and reach for the stars.

Aberdare Golf Club

Aberdare Golf Club founded in 1921, it has been a well established facility in the heart of the Cynon Valley for many years. Our Club lies just one mile from Aberdare town centre; acres of manicured, meadow lawns and mature oak form the contours of our mountain parkland course. Surrounded by panoramic views of the South Wales Valley, this is truly a beautiful place to golf, lunch and socialise.

Aberdare Heritage Trail

Aberdare Tang Soo Do

We teach Traditional Korean Tang Soo Do in the Hirwaun and Penywaun area of Aberdare, RCT, South Wales. We are affiliated to the International Tang Soo Do Federation (UK).

Aberdare Valley Amateur Athletics Club

Aberdare Valley Amateur Athletics Club extends a warm welcome to all visitors of its web site.
Based in the Aberdare Valley, our club offers Senior and Junior athletes the opportunity to train and compete in the sport of athletics which encompasses Track and Field, Cross Country running and road running.

An Autobiography in Random Chapters

Being a Non-Linear Account of the Life and Opinions of The Author, Cross-referenced and Illustrated, with Occasional Hesitations, Repetitions and Deviations.

Arts Factory

Arts Factory is an independent development trust that was established in 1990 by local people who were tired of being labelled as “problems” and who wanted to work together to improve the quality of their lives. We are based in the Rhondda Valleys in South Wales. Arts Factory exists to build a stronger, more inclusive community by creating opportunities for people who feel marginalised and excluded to develop skills,
supportive social networks, self-confidence and self-esteem by contributing to team based projects that:
- Create opportunities for others to learn and develop
- Provide valued services that meet needs in the wider community
- Develop social enterprises that will fund our work in the future

In 2012 an Arts Factory Organisation received £35,549.87 from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council


Asbestos: Your Right To Know

"All that matters is whether or not kids are breathing in asbestos and, until you find that out, everything else is hot air"

Bryncynon Strategy

Bryncynon Strategy, is a not for profit registered Charity based in Ynysboeth in the Cynon Valley, our aim is for Bryncynon to be a self sufficient and self-governing community where all ages work together to ensure that its people are caring, tolerant, healthy, skilled and forward looking - a place where we are proud to live.

Colstars Operatic Society

We perform in the Coliseum Theatre Aberdare, and work with people of all ages helping them gain confidence and experience in Musical Theatre. We have both a youth chorus working with children aged 8-16, and an adult chorus for those 16 and over.Welcome to our site. This is just a place holder page while we gather our content.

Cycle Network around Rhondda Cynon Taf

Sustrans Cymru is working with communities, schools, workplaces and policy makers to promote walking, cycling and public transport as realistic alternatives to the car for everyday journeys.

Cynon Culture

The objects of Cynon Culture are to promote and protect all aspects of the culture and history of the Cynon Valley. Our website is intended to inform and generate people’s interest in the valley and surrounding areas, and the material that is on this website is the results of many years of research. The material that you will see provides, for the first time, a detailed history of the valley online. The website is dedicated to all the researchers who loved local history and left a legacy of material for me to access, and in turn be able to provide for you - the readers.

Cynon Valley History Society

The Cynon Valley History Society was founded in Aberdare in 1971. Our objects are to promote, encourage and maintain an active interest in the history of the district in all its aspects; to arrange talks and lectures; to undertake original research and assist in the collection of local material such as manuscripts, books, artefacts and photographs, and to publish titles on local history.

Cynon Valley Indoor Bowls Centre

The Cynon Valley Indoor Bowls Centre opened its doors for the first time on 1st Sep 1996.The centre is built on the site of the former Deep Duffryn Colliery a coal mine which was originally sunk in 1850.

Cynon Valley Ramblers

Get the most out of the countryside with the Cynon Valley Ramblers

Cynon Valley Women's Institute

We meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month at Oasis Community Centre, Hirwaun Road, Trecynon, Aberdare, you can contact us on 07771 861979. 

Dare Valley Country Park

Welcome to Dare Valley Country Park and welcome to 500 acres of countryside, walks, trails and family fun all within a mile of Aberdare.

Fix My Street

In 2007, we built the national website, The aim? To make street fault-reporting as simple as it could be, both for residents and for councils. And it worked. Residents loved the easy interface; councils welcomed the shift to digital. Now we’ve developed FixMyStreet for Councils, allowing you to bring the award-winning FixMyStreet experience directly to your own council website’s users.

FixMyStreet for Councils creates a council-branded, seamless fault-reporting interface for your site, integrating directly with your back-office systems, and available via web or mobile.

Friends Of Tir Founder

Information Map of Rhondda Cynon Taf

Community and Living
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Education and Learning
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Transport and Travel
Parking Restrictions
Public rights of way

Mountain Ash Comprehensive School

As the new head teacher of Mountain Ash I would like to thank you for the interest you are taking in our school. These are exciting times for our community and I’m both proud and privileged to lead this school.
Huw Lloyd Headteacher

Mountain Ash Golf Club

Mountain Ash Golf Club nestles on top of Cefnpennar mountain with breathtaking views to the north as far as the Brecon Beacons and stunning views of the surrounding Cynon Valley.
Founded in 1908, and although not long, measuring 5345 yards, 5002 yards for ladies on our forward tees (5825 off blue tees) it provides a stern but enjoyable test of golf. As you would imagine being a heathland mountain course the course drains extremely well which supports our aim to keep our greens open twelve months of the year.

Ourbobby The site provides you with information on neighbourhood policing, and will keep you informed about our partnership work to tackle anti social behaviour, crime, and other problems,

Penderyn Community Historical History Society.

This site is the showcase for, and maintained by, Penderyn Community Historical Society - based in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales.
We exist to ensure that the memories of Penderyn's colourful past are never forgotten.

Phurnacite Justice Action Group

PJAG - Fighting for justice for victims of the pollution from the Phurnacite coking plant in Abercwmboi, Wales. Branded as 'Europe's Filthiest Factory' by Gov. Inspectors, it left behind a terrible legacy of cancers & ill health. The battle continues....


Rebecca Television began publishing in April 2010.

It is Britain’s first stand-alone investigative website combining both broadcast-quality “television” videos with conventional “print-style” investigations.

It takes its name from the Rebecca Riots, a series of agrarian disturbances in west Wales in the nineteenth century.

Poor farmers dressed up in woman’s clothing and destroyed the gates of the turnpike trusts which were driving them into poverty.

In the 1970s and early 1980s Rebecca took the form of “a radical magazine for Wales” and quickly gained a reputation as an investigative, campaigning title.

The magazine and its uncompromising Corruption Supplementdocumented the decay of Labour politics in south Wales and helped to bring about a long series of corruption trials which saw many politicians and businessmen go to prison.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Committees - Minutes, Agendas & Reports

The Local Authority records and publishes all decisions taken and recommendations made by the Council at its Committees and Panels.
Most Council and Committee meetings are open to the public. Agenda and reports are available four working days prior to meetings. Council and Committee minutes are archived on this site from 2009 onwards.

Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council

The county borough was formed in 1996 following the abolition of the county of Mid Glamorgan. Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council was formed by the merger of the former Mid Glamorgan districts of Rhondda, Cynon Valley and Taff Ely (with the exceptions of Creigiau and Pentyrch). The population of the county is 234,300 (Census 2011), consists of 99,700 households (Census 2011) and has 7 neighbouring local authorities

Rowan Tree Cancer Care

Mountain Ash and Pontypridd

St John Baptist Church in Wales High School

St John Baptist High School aims to provide for all pupils a full and balanced range of educational opportunities, which recognises their value as individuals and which will help to provide a preparation for adult life.
Dr Susan Mitchell - Headteacher

THE ABERDARE LEADER - (1902-1968, 1971-1991)

A weekly newspaper circulating in the Aberdare Valley, Mountain Ash, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd and Glyn Neath areas. Published between 1902 and 1991, the newspaper's main content was local news. The newspaper's proprietors between 1902 and ca.1967 were W. Pugh and J. T. Rowlands, with the Celtic Press subsequently becoming proprietors. Associated titles: Aberdare Times (1869); Aberdare post (1912-1920); Mountain Ash Post (1912-1920); Aberdare and Mountain Ash Leader (1968); Mountain Ash Leader (1971); Cynon Valley leader (1991-).

The Office for National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute for the UK. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. It also conducts the census in England and Wales every ten years. ONS plays a leading role in national and international good practice in the production of official statistics. It is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority and although they are separate, they are still closely related.

The Penywaun Enterprise Partnership

PEP (The Penywaun Enterprise Partnership) is an exemplar local regeneration organisation, anchored in the community of Penywaun, nestled in the scenic valley of the River Cynon in Central South Wales, where the past 150 years has witnessed significant change. Once, coal and mining were synonymous with the Welsh Valleys. Recent decades, however, have seen the marked decline of heavy industry, leaving an equally weighty challenge of shaping a new society, environment and economy in its wake – a challenge taken up PEP.

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Weekly lists of planning applications

Applications and decisions form part of the public register and the Council publishes this information as listed. The register includes names and addresses as provided on the application forms.

What do they know

Freedom of Information Requests to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun

At Rhydywaun we intend to offer an education of the highest standard possible which tries to answer the needs of the individual within a supportive, happy and totally Welsh environment. Every pupil will be encouraged to develop self respect and a positive, responsible attitude towards life in general.