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December 2016

Subway and Starbucks want to open outlets near Treforest Industrial Estate

There are plans to open a Subway, a Starbucks, a chip shop and a petrol station near a popular entertainment site and college campus. The development would see Euro Garages Ltd build on vacant land at Heol y Coleg, Parc Nantgarw, a stone's throw from ...

Nos Galan: Chris Coleman is Mountain Ash mystery runner

Wales football manager Chris Coleman has been revealed as the mystery runner in an annual race. Fresh from getting an OBE in the New Year Honours, Coleman will join about 1,500 other runners for Nos Galan. The race is held in Mountain Ash, Rhondda ...and more »

East Dunbartonshire apprentices up for national awards

Council leader Rhondda Geekie is thrilled that the council's strong team of apprentices is continuing its winning ways. She said: “We invest heavily in our apprenticeship programme as I believe it is important to give local young people an opportunity ...and more »

City's soul band still going strong after 26 years

He added the band had built up a loyal following in Newport, despite finding the city a hard nut to crack in the early years. “Newport has always been a notoriously hard audience,” he said. “When we started playing we were popular in the Rhondda Valley ...and more »

Has 2016 been all bad? Of course not! And here's why

Kathryn from the Rhondda, who had suffered recurrent miscarriages, also marvelled at the child she thought she'd never have. Her moment of 2016 was: “Watching my daughter in her first nursery school concert – something I never thought would ever ...

Britain's football accumulator hotspots revealed after punter scoops £23000 for just £3

The Rhondda in South Wales is third, having collected £56, 862 whilst Wolverhampton and Barnet round off the top five with £42,302 and £39,743 respectively. The biggest win from a small stake came from a lucky punter in Barnet, who pocketed £34,387 ...and more »

2016: A year of political drama in Wales and beyond

It was an extraordinary year by any standards. The Welsh Brexit vote and all its implications dominated the political scene. The referendum result came after such an intense campaign it seemed to cast the entire assembly election into the long and ...

Keeping your eyes healthy in 2017

It’s that time of year again and New Year resolutions are coming at you from every health corner. Here in RNIB Cymru we support people with sight loss, but our work also includes campaigns to help with preventing sight loss.

Extra security is in place for the 2016 Nos Galan races in Mountain Ash, say organisers

Co-organiser Rhondda Cynon Taf council says it wants to reassure people that "additional" security measures will be at the Mountain Ash event on December 31, when 10,000 people are expected to descend upon the town. RCT council, the Nos Galan ...

Football accumulator tips: Best place in UK to make football bets

The Rhondda in South Wales was next thanks to a win of almost £10,000 from £3. Wolverhampton came fourth and Barnet was the most successful London region. Small East Sussex coastal town Shoreham-by-Sea makes the list in 6th place with the ...and more »

Bin collections are going back to normal in Bridgend County from Monday

Recycling and waste collections in Bridgend County will return to normal on Monday, January 2, despite the fact it is a bank holiday. And the council's recycling partners Kier will be putting on an additional vehicle next week to collect the extra ...

Flagship outdoor sports and clothing store planned for the heart of Snowdonia

Retailer JD Sports has submitted plans for a flagship outdoor sports and clothing mega-store in the heart of Snowdonia. The company wants to knock down parts of the existing Ultimate Outdoors site in Betws-y-Coed and build a brand new three storey site.and more »

Merthyr Tydfil Council is trying to make £4.2m of savings for next year

Residents in Merthyr Tydfil are being asked for their views about spending cuts and financial priorities for next year. Merthyr Tydfil council is asking residents for their views on how they spend money for 2017/18. The local authority is carrying out ...

Nine things we didn't see coming that happened in Pontypridd and Llantrisant during 2016

And, with the big game in mind, the Royal couple were handed a pair of children's Wales football shirts from Rhondda Cynon Taff's mayor Rhys Lewis, with the names 'Prince George' and 'Princess Charlotte' printed on the back. So two of the youngest ...

Will council tax go up in RCT next year? Eight questions answered about how your money is spent

Rhondda Cynon Taf council leader Andrew Morgan has spoken candidly about the local authority's finances in reflecting upon the past 12 months and looking forward to 2017. He has answered eight questions - ranging from whether council tax will rise in ...

Overturned car on one of Cardiff's busiest roads causes delays

The accident happened on the A4232 inbound this morning between Culverhouse Cross and the Leckwith Interchange. One lane was blocked for a time and caused queues in the area. South Wales Police said they were called at 8.20am.

Business Confidence in Wales Remains Negative According to ICAEW Wales

The uncertainty regarding the future of Tata Steel's Port Talbot site and others across the country, may have been a factor weighing on business sentiment in Q4, though a resolution for the plant's immediate future is now in place. However, a broader ...and more »

Police want to speak to these women about an alleged theft from Debenhams in Cardiff

South Wales Police would like to speak to these three women in relation to an alleged theft from the Debenhams store in Cardiff city centre on December 19. (Photo: South Wales Police). Share. Get daily updates directly to your inbox. + Subscribe. Thank ...

Network Rail apologises for delays and replacement buses but warn there's more to come

Network Rail has apologised to commuters who faced delays and disruption after engineering work overran in Cardiff this morning. Passengers using services on the South Wales mainline and Valley line services on Thursday morning faced disruption, while ...and more »

These are the train problems you're facing today

The good news is that train services in South Wales are not as badly affected today as they were on Thursday. The bad news is that the improvement works being carried out by Network Rail at Cardiff Central are still ongoing. This means that because of ...and more »

RUGBY: Emlyn, Cardigan and Crymych face crunch matches

LOCAL rugby clubs Newcastle Emlyn, Crymych and Cardigan are preparing for hugely important games this month, the results of which could have bearings on their fates. Emlyn of the Championship are currently seventh of the 12 clubs and have eight ...and more »

Welsh outrage at reports of plan to pull out of European Court of Human Rights

Will Theresa May fight the next election with a promise to take the UK out of the European Court of Human Rights? Share; Comments. Get daily updates directly to your inbox. + Subscribe. Thank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again ...

More than £600m allocated to pay for clinical negligence and personal injury claims against the Welsh NHS in the future

Welsh Conservatives have condemned the “staggering” allocation of millions of pounds to a fund to pay for clinical negligence and personal injury claims. The latest figures show a Welsh Government provision of £682m for Welsh Risk Pool Services – an ...

How the emergency services and public transport are gearing up for New Year's Eve

The last night of the year is also the biggest party night of the year – and tens of thousands in our area are expected to hit the town to welcome in 2017. And with so many revellers out and about, Wales's emergency services and public transport ...

Fire at major office block in Cardiff city centre

Rhondda Cynon Taf CouncilWill council tax go up in RCT next year? Eight questions answered about how your money is spent · Council leader Andrew Morgan on whether more cuts are on the way · South Wales PoliceOverturned car on one of Cardiff's ...

The is what we know about train disruption this afternoon after a day of delays

Disruption is expected to rail services at rush hour today and into the evening after a chaotic morning for train passengers. Commuters in the Cardiff area were faced with a morning of delays and bus replacement services on Thursday after engineering ...and more »

New plans are submitted to transform Wales' second oldest pub

A planning application has been submitted proposing the "renovation and remodelling" of Wales' second oldest pub , which has been shut for the past 15 months. The Old House Inn , situated in the ancient village of Llangynwyd, near Maesteg , dates back ...

A woman's hair was set on fire at a bar and police now want to speak to this man

Police want to speak to this man after a woman's hair was set on fire in a Cardiff bar's smoking area. South Wales Police have issued pictures of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. It happened at Buffalo Bar, in Windsor ...

Here are some things you didn't know about the people who keep our roads safe each winter

As the cold weather comes once again, a dedicated team of people in Rhondda Cynon Taff are keeping the roads safe for thousands of drivers. When the conditions call from it - whether it's night or day - they'll be out and about driving a fleet of ...

This was the scene at a bizarrely quiet Cardiff Central train station after engineering works overran

This was the scene at Cardiff Central train station on Thursday morning as customers faced delays after engineering work overran. All lines into Cardiff Central were closed on Thursday morning after engineering work at the train station wasn't finished ...and more »

Who wants to build what in Bridgend, and where?

Mrs Mary Elizabeth Jenkins – 89 Heol Las, North Cornelly – Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of four linked dwellings. Rhondda Cynon Taff Council – Llwyncelyn Farm, Hafod Lane, Porth – Request for observations: erection of two wind turbines ...and more »

Work progressing well on £5.5m town hall upgrade

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Work is progressing well on the rejuvenated Kirkintilloch Town Hall and I am looking forward to it opening in late summer 2017. “It's important to bear in mind that although the exterior of the town hall will be ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Wednesday, December 28, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close I'd like to take some time to thank all 1,900 volunteers who generously give so much time to Tenovus Cancer Care across Wales. In the last year our volunteers have given an incredible 260,000 hours to fundraising, helping in ...and more »

Lexington Partners with Cardiff University to Help Match Corporate Buyers and Sellers

Lexington Corporate Advisors has partnered with Cardiff Business School and Cardiff University to offer internships to students striving to make an impact in the corporate finance world. As part of the initiative, the firm, which was set up by Gary ...

Further Growth for Blaenavon Based Business Consultancy

Blaenavon based business consultancy, RWA, has invested further in the growth of its head office and e-learning teams with the appointment of three new members of staff. Jayne Skyrme joins RWA from Torfaen County Borough Council. In her new role as ...

These people made sure the elderly didn't have to spend Christmas alone

It was another example of volunteers in our area showing true festive spirit – with people in the Cynon Valley among the others to have been generous with their time, cooking dinner and hosting a festive event in a church hall in Aberdare for those who ...

These were the dramatic scenes one year ago as Storm Frank battered Wales

... 85mph in Scotland where the worst of the damage hit. In Wales, the storm also brought winds of up to 75mph, leading to more than 1,400 properties losing power, including 498 homes in Carmarthenshire, 272 in Pembrokeshire, 207 in Rhondda Cynon Taff ...

Council puts forward its plans for future land use in the district

Council leader Rhondda Geekie, said: “Our Local Development Plan is a vital document and crucial to the environment, economy and aspirations of East Dunbartonshire. It provides opportunities, as well as guidance and protection to ensure the future ...and more »

Vintage Tearooms the Latest Merthyr Tydfil 'Meanwhile' Launch

A unique support scheme helping Merthyr Tydfil entrepreneurs showcase their goods and services on the High Street has seen the launch of the town centre's first vintage tearooms. Lunah Tearooms has opened on the site of one of the most iconic old ...

A look back at 2016 in politics

But that one loss was not insignificant, with former minister Leighton Andrews, who seemed as much as a permanent fixture of the Senedd as the groups of tourists sitting on the steps in front eating their lunch, losing the Rhondda seat he had held ...

No date yet for refugees arrival in East Dunbartonshire

Council leader Rhondda Geekie added: “We have established a working group locally which has already met. It includes representatives from across housing, health and social care and education along with others who will all play an important part in ...

Councils are using terrorism powers to spy on dog walkers and litter droppers

Councils in Wales have been using surveillance powers intended to fight terrorism to investigate littering. Authorities have been using the powers to gather information about fly tipping, the disposal of animal products like milk and eggs and allowing ...

Air ambulance helicopter lands in Welsh village after man falls from tree

A man has been taken to hospital by air ambulance after falling from a tree in Hirwaun. Emergency services were called to the scene at Boundary Road just after 11.05am. A witness reported seeing the Wales Air Ambulance landing ion nearby Caswell Close ...

These are the favourites and the odds for today's Welsh Grand National

AberdareVolunteers cooked for 65 people who would have spent Christmas Day alone · Around 80 volunteers and many local businesses helped out at the event at St Fagan's Community Hall in Trecynon · CrimeMurder investigation launched after man ...and more »

Volunteers cooked for 65 people who would have spent Christmas Day alone

Volunteers in the Cynon Valley have made 65 people's Christmas by cooking dinner and hosting a festive event so they wouldn't have to spent Christmas day alone. For the second consecutive year volunteers came together for the December 25 event ...and more »

Two defeats for Barry Chess Club

In division 4 the Barry Gambits hosted a match against promotion rivals the Rhondda Spitfires. In this case we were outgraded on all boards. This is fairly normal for the Gambits. We managed four good draws from the five boards. The other board should ...and more »

Fire tears through house in Welsh village on Boxing Day night

Fire crews spent several hours fighting a blaze at a house in a Welsh village. The first 999 call was made just after 10pm on Boxing Day. When fire crews arrived on the scene they found the end of terrace property at Derlwyn Street in Phillipstown ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Tuesday, December 27)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comments below or you can also tweet us @WalesOnline to share the news that's ...and more »

Four ways the Senedd is hotbed of rebellion with AMs unafraid of radical change

Leanne Wood's victory in the Rhondda in the May Assembly elections secured her own position at the helm of Plaid Cymru and won her new respect beyond her own party. She presents both a left-wing challenge to Labour and a significant shift in the centre ...

Armed police in Boxing Day call out to 'disturbance' in residential area of Cardiff

Officers were spotted outside the property in the Adamsdown area of the capital on Boxing Day afternoon. One neighbour told Wales Online he had earlier seen a number of armed police officers go into the property in the Meteor Street area. (Photo: South ...

Temperatures are going to drop below zero in Wales

You may want to keep your hats and scarves at the ready as Wales is expected to be hit by sub-zero temperatures over the next few days, with the mercury falling as low as -2°C in some places. Temperatures reached 7°C this morning, while some parts of ...and more »

The untold story of the Senedd's most dramatic moment in 2016

Leighton Andrews, a Minister who made a virtue out of taking on vested interests, was beaten by Leanne in her home seat of Rhondda . No-one had seriously talked up the prospect of her winning in advance, least of all Plaid – a paradox, one might think, ...

Boxing Day Swim in Tenby: Hundreds take to the sea for one of the biggest swims yet

Hundreds of daredevil swimmers took to the icy waters again this year for the Boxing Day Swim in Tenby . North Beach at the famously picturesque seaside town in Pembrokeshire was the setting for hundreds of men, women and children braving the cold ...and more »

On the front line of the war against Islamic State: A Welsh photographer took these stunning pictures in Iraq

Incredible images from the front line of the war against Islamic State have been captured by a Welsh photographer putting her life on the line. Claire Thomas, 32, from Carmarthen, flew into the Iraqi war zone to capture the “reality on the ground”. She ...

Home Rugby These are the hardest and most feared Welsh rugby teams we have...

But whether on a peak or a trough opposing teams knew they were in for one hell of battle visiting the Rhondda Valley club. And none more so than in the 1970s when Chris Jones was ruling the Treorchy roost. He was the man whose disciplinary rap sheet ...and more »

A positive way to end the year on a high

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie presented the participants with their portfolios at a ceremony in Hillhead Community Centre, in Kirkintilloch, and was very impressed by the level of achievement this term. She said: “The skills and experiences gained ...

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Monday, December 26)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comments below or you can also tweet us @WalesOnline to share the news that's ...and more »

Three of Wales' top four parking fines hotspots in Swansea

Only Rhondda and Newport failed to respond to the FOI request, while Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly said police were responsible for parking fines in their area. The figures also reveal motorists have been fined £20.8m for breaking parking rules over the ...

Boxing Day Sales 2016: Shoppers queue from 1am outside Next to be first in line for sale

Shoppers queued outside Cardiff's main Next store from 1am to be first in line for its Boxing Day sales. The shop didn't open until 6am but that didn't stop people spending most of their Christmas Day night standing on Queen Street instead of asleep in ...and more »

These were the scenes as more than 1000 people took part in this year's Porthcawl Christmas Day swim

Santas, elves, Stormtroopers and snowmen were among those taking part in the 52nd annual Porthcawl Christmas Day swim. More than 1,000 people braved the icy winter seas with another 1,000 people attending just to watch. And one of the organisers of ...and more »

These are the hardest and most feared Welsh rugby teams we have ever seen

But whether on a peak or a trough opposing teams knew they were in for one hell of battle visiting the Rhondda Valley club. And none more so than in the 1970s when Chris Jones was ruling the Treorchy roost. He was the man whose disciplinary rap sheet ...and more »

Plaid leader calls for an end to fees for help with forms

PATIENTS in Wales should not be charged for help completing medical forms, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said. The Rhondda AM has called for the Welsh Government to scrap such charges, which she said most often hit disabled people who have ...and more »

Santa spotted flying over Cardiff Castle on Christmas Eve

Rhondda11 things that happened in Rhondda which made us smile in 2016 · How many do you remember? PontypriddThese 11 people from Pontypridd and Llantrisant have all inspired us during 2016 · How many do you remember from the past 12 months?and more »

These 11 people from Pontypridd and Llantrisant have all inspired us during 2016

The Pontypridd gas engineer was welcomed on stage at Rhondda's Park and Dare Theatre with his children Tegan and Caden, and fiancée Saera Wilson - who he protected from a terrorist gunman on a beach on Sousse in June 2015 when 38 people were ...

Pair injured in crash outside Mountain Ash hospital

A man and woman were taken to hospital after their vehicle crashed at a roundabout in Rhondda Cynon Taff. The incident, involving a silver Citroen Berlingo, happened outside Mountain Ash Community Hospital on the A4059, at about 00:45 GMT on ...and more »

So, why can't you take the train from Cardiff to Paddington over Christmas? We explain it all

From today, Christmas Eve, and from Monday to Thursday all lines will be closed between London Paddington and Ealing Broadway because of engineering works, meaning there will be no trains to or from London Paddington for six days. Paddington is the ...and more »

A giant medieval shield has just landed in a stone on the turf of the Principality Stadium

With Father Christmas preparing to take to the skies, a giant shield has just plummeted to earth and embedded itself in a stone at the Principality Stadium. The reason? An early warning that while this may be the festive season, Judgement Day is coming ...

Council parking fines cost motorists £21m in Wales

Out of the 22 councils, Rhondda and Newport failed to respond to the FOI request, while Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly said police were responsible for parking fines in their area. Mr Browder said: "Over 50% of all parking tickets challenged are ...

A couple suffered three miscarriages but now finally have their 'little bundle of joy'

A couple, who suffered three miscarriages, have told how their family is now complete following the birth of their “little bundle of joy”. Rebecca and Richard Francis, from Cross Hands, spoke about their wishes to start a family when they appeared on ...and more »

We must all show tolerance and grace even to those whose views we oppose – religious leaders

More needs to be done to unite individuals and society after a year marked by the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump as the next US president, Welsh faith leaders have said. In their Christmas messages Christian leaders have called for ...and more »

17 things foodies in Cardiff must try in 2017

Once you're over the gluttony of Christmas and shaken off those diet resolutions of the new year it's time for foodies to brace themselves for a new challenge in the capital. Whether they are established favourites you've been putting off trying, pop ...

Aberdare received '£190000 economy boost' after hosting Tour of Britain stage

Aberdare received a '£190,000 boost' when it hosted a stage of the Tour of Britain , it has been reported. Rhondda Cynon Taf council says the September 8 event, which saw a field of cyclists including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull and Mark Cavendish ...

A schoolgirl who lost her dad to heart disease has been recognised for her charity work for the British Heart Foundation

A Merthyr girl whose father tragically died of heart disease last year has been recognised for her charity work. Niamh Winstone, a student in year nine at Pen y Dre High School , has been chosen as St Tydfil Shopping Centre's Christmas Star in ...

A baby seal has been found seven miles inland having swum up streams

The pup was dehydrated and a little underweight but he is now undergoing rehabilitation in RSPCA care. It was found in a farmer's field, in Graig Penllyn, near Cowbridge , on December 21. This seal was found near Cowbridge. RSPCA Cymru believes the ...and more »

Meet the fastest man in Welsh rugby who's on Wales' radar and is ready to outshine Alex Cuthbert

Welsh rugby's 'fastest man' has Alex Cuthbert and Keelan Giles in his sights as he bids to force his way into the Wales reckoning for the Six Nations. Ashton Hewitt is primed to take on Cuthbert during Newport Gwent Dragons' important Guinness Pro12 ...and more »

When a toddler started choking while out on a shopping trip, three passers

The family say they are indebted to the quick-thinking actions of members of the public - including council traffic wardens Nicholas May and Jacquie Raikes, South Wales Police PCSOs Christopher Medlicott and Annie Harris, and Rhondda Fach Leisure ...and more »

Katherine Jenkins Celebration – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

She wraps up the first half of the concert with a medley celebrating her native Wales, including Ar Hyd y Nos, Cwm Rhondda, Men of Harlech, and nod to Tom Jones with a slightly incongruous Delilah, and tells us about a carol she sang as a girl, a ...and more »

A mum called Mary gave birth at the side of a Cardiff road

A woman gave birth to a baby girl at the side of a Cardiff road just days before Christmas – with the help of two police officers. The mum, who South Wales Police say is called Mary, was being driven to the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) by her ...and more »

This is what it's like to be one of the 140 women working as prostitutes on the streets of Cardiff

I did. But only when I switched the warmth of my house for the streets of Cardiff. I was out with the staff and volunteers of the Streetlife project, run by Safer Wales. They work with up to 140 prostitutes who work on Cardiff's streets selling their ...

Is Gavin Henson coming back to Welsh rugby a goer? All the key questions around his possible return answered

Gavin Henson could be on his way back to Welsh rugby, with Newport Gwent Dragons leading the chase for his services. But would signing Wales' 2008 and 2005 Six Nations Grand Slam hero be a good move? Let's examine the merits of bringing the ...and more »

This councillor has been elected as Wales' youngest council leader

Since 2012, he's been a council backbencher, cabinet member and deputy leader but now Anthony Hunt has been selected as Wales' youngest ever council leader. The 36-year-old councillor will lead Torfaen Council. His political life began when he went to ...

There will be FREE buses running in Cardiff on New Year's Eve

Revellers going out on New Year's Eve in Cardiff won't have to worry about getting home as Cardiff Bus are providing a free service after 6.30pm. The services included are buses 8, 9, 17, 18, 23, 27, 44, 49, 50, 57, 58 and 61. They run up until 3am on ...

There will be 303 children who are homeless in Cardiff this Christmas Day

Instead of living in a permanent home, they will instead be living in temporary accommodation, according to Cardiff council's records. Charity workers blame the situation on a wider “housing crisis” that began in the 1970s. The issue of homeless has ...and more »

Another award for Lairdsland Primary

Leader of the council, Rhondda Geekie, said: “We are delighted to have received yet another award from a well-respected organisation for Lairdsland Primary School. “SPACES is a collaboration of construction professionals committed to achieving the ...and more »

Key amnesty launched to reduce tenancy fraud in East Dunbartonshire

Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, Councillor Rhondda Geekie, said: “We are experiencing an acute housing shortage in East Dunbartonshire and our social housing stock is vital to helping us address this. “People subletting homes illegally are ...

Here are the most expensive streets in Wales this year – with two £1m roads

The nation's most expensive streets this year have been revealed – with Wales boasting two £1m roads. The figures, released today by Lloyds Bank, show Wales' most expensive street is Llys Helyg Drive in Llandudno, with Swansea's St Anne's Close ...and more »

Police called to two

AberdareVolunteers cooked for 65 people who would have spent Christmas Day alone · Around 80 volunteers and many local businesses helped out at the event at St Fagan's Community Hall in Trecynon · CrimeMurder investigation launched after man ...and more »

Successful end to 2016 as Monmouth record important win

We can go away and enjoy our Christmas break and go again vs Ton Pentre who are one place above us”. The Town's next game is against Rhondda-based side Ton Pentre on 7th January 2017 where the Kingfishers will look to pick up more valuable points ...and more »

More than £2m investment for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

The Welsh Health Specialist Services Committee (WHSSC) has announced more than £2m in funding to increase the capacity of Blood and Marrow transplantation services across South Wales.

Supreme Court grants appeal on school term time absence dispute case

The Supreme Court has will hear an appeal by Isle of Wight council against the decision in the administrative court that no offence was committed by a parent who took a child out of school during term time.

Owen Smith has written about the life

You may have heard or read about PONT, the Pontypridd charity set up a decade-and-a-half ago to help poverty-hit communities in Uganda. PONT - or Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust - was set up by volunteers in 2000, with the intention of working ...

Dates and kick

The Scarlets have been handed another Sunday 1pm kick-off for their huge Champions Cup clash at home to holders Saracens in the new year. That was the timing of last weekend's memorable meeting with Toulon, which ended in a famous 22-21 win for ...and more »

The Welsh Rugby Podcast: The disciplinary process is a shambles but West really is best

The former Wales second row has raised questions about player welfare after he hit out at the Newport Gwent Dragons in a dispute over the termination of an insurance policy. Our man Andy Howell was at the heart of the story and conducted interviews ...and more »

Wales v England Six Nations tickets are being sold for up to £1250 on the WRU's official re

Tickets for the Wales-England Six Nations match are on sale for as much as £1,250 on the re-sale website officially sanctioned by the WRU. The Union have today announced that the February 11 championship clash at the Principality Stadium is a sell-out ...and more »

Train thief went through bags and suitcases stealing designer goods from passengers

A train thief who went through suitcases pinching designer items from passengers has been sentenced at Swansea Magistrates court. Matthew Grant Davies, 20, was handed a three month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to ...and more »


Black Friday celebrations last weekend passed off with far fewer assaults than previous years despite the city centre being busier than usual, police said yesterday. But with the prospect of a second Black Friday tomorrow night, emergency crews have ...

Wales' home Six Nations matches have just sold out despite controversial introduction of £100 tickets

Wales' two home Six Nations matches this season - against England and Ireland - have both sold-out, despite record ticket prices. With high demand from Welsh clubs and their members, plus debenture holders and official supporters' club members snapping ...and more »

The definitive ranking of the top 10 Welsh rugby players in 2016

... story of the private escort murdered by her sugar-daddy millionaire · Young mother Georgina Symonds had led a colourful life before her death at the age of 25 · RhonddaFamily's Christmas 'ruined' after burglar steals £900 worth of presents from ...and more »

This video of lovebird sloths reunited for Christmas at Folly Farm is the cutest thing you will watch today

Tuppee and Blackcap have finally been reunited after an absence which saw them separated for almost a year. Male sloth Tuppee moved to the Pembrokeshire farm back in March but his soulmate Blackcap was unable to travel as she had an infection in her ...

All of Wales will be hit by fierce Storm Barbara winds as Met Office extends weather warning

Christmas travel plans look set to be thrown into chaos, as forecasters say the whole of Wales will now bear the brunt of Storm Barbara tomorrow. Originally issued for North Wales and Anglesey , the Met Office has extended a yellow weather warning of ...and more »

Listen to a woman call 999 to report that her TV had no sound

Police have released an audio recording of a woman who called 999 to report her television had broken. The call was one of scores officers say their busy emergency hotline receives for issues that waste police time. Other unnecessary calls received on ...and more »

Boy, 4, was 'attacked by Alaskan husky' and hospitalised for two days

The child needed two days of treatment for facial injuries at Morriston Hospital in Swansea . Police confirmed they were investigating an incident involving a dog and a four-year-old boy. The child is believed to have been discharged from Morriston ...

Pair to appear in court over death of man at Newport golf course

TWO men will appear at Newport Crown Court in January after being charged with manslaughter following an incident at Peterstone Golf Club earlier this year. Jonathan Dean Pike, 47, of Sarn Helen, Ystradfellte, Aberdare and Dale Dean Pike, 25, of Chain ...and more »

New Bearsden hub is shaping up nicely

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The progress in the build has been remarkable and is testament to all the planning and hard work by the council and our partners. “The development of the community hub along with the nearby Kilmardinny House will ...and more »

A row has broken out about who is to blame for a rise in fly

A row has broken out about who is to blame for fly-tipping in Cardiff. While the Lib Dem opposition councillors say it has gone up by 59% during 2015-16, the ruling Labour group says it has actually tidied up the city. The Lib Dems say charges for ...

Tonypandy burglar steals family's Christmas presents

Sue Percival's grandchildren and daughter, Steph Summers, found the grim scene when visiting her home at Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taff. Her four-year-old, Tristan, the first in the house, told her: "Mum, Santa's been. All the presents are open.".and more »

Twechar's centre team honoured with plaque

Council leader Councillor Rhondda Geekie visited the centre recently to officially present a commemorative plaque to Sandra Sutton, company secretary of Twechar Community Action. She said: “It's been such an amazing journey. This is more than just a ...and more »

City of Cardiff Council Form Exciting Partnershp with National Developer Wates Living Space Homes ...

The Housing Partnership Programme (HPP) is an exciting development partnership between the City of Cardiff Council and national developer Wates Living Space HomesLink opens in a new window. It has been developed by the City of Cardiff Council to ...

Lord Sugar and his Latest Welsh Business Partner – Alana Spencer, Narna's Cakes

Self taught Welsh chocolatier and cake maker, Alana Spencer, has become Lord Sugar's latest Apprentice. In December she was named the winner of The Apprentice 2016 reality show, resulting in a deal which will dramatically change the nature of her ...and more »

Business Wales Helps Oshi's World Get Off the Ground

A social enterprise, supported by the Welsh Government's Business Wales service, has been launched in the Vale of Glamorgan with the aim of providing an inclusive and accessible social space for families of children with disabilities and special needs.

Christmas is a Busy Period for Business in Wales, are you Covered?

Penarth based Motts Insurance, one of the longest running Insurance brokers in Wales, considers the insurance cover Father Christmas will need when delivering presents throughout Wales this year. What type of insurance might Father Christmas need?

New Water Sports Centre Planned for Bridgends Rest Bay

Bridgend County Borough Council has revealed its plans for designing and developing a new water sports centre at Rest Bay in Porthcawl. The ambitious project is intended to provide new high-quality facilities for visitors to the award-winning Blue Flag ...

Minister Reviews Plans for Growth at UK's Biggest Energy Port Milford Haven Waterway

Ken Skates, Wales' Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, visited the Port of Milford Haven earlier this week (12th December) for a briefing from the Port's Chairman and Chief Executive on future development plans in the Milford Haven Waterway.

Severe weather warning for parts of Wales as Storm Barbara set to hit

Storm Barbara is due to reach UK shores tomorrow at lunch time and it will be bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds. Parts of Scotland have been issued with an amber warning which means people should make some preparations for likely weather ...and more »

St David's Christmas Toy Appeal has received over 5000 donations from generous shoppers

Last week more than 200 toys were delivered to Tonypandy charity, Valleys Kids, thanks to some generous shoppers. The Rhondda-based charity offers support to local families in need by giving them access to positive and unique experiences.and more »

A new obstacle course for teens will run through a slate mine

Teenagers will be able to go on an obstacle course that runs through 'The Slaughterhouse' Cwmorthin Slate Mine when a new attraction in Blaenau Ffestiniog opens next year. Go Below, who run high-adrenaline adventure trips through abandoned mine ...

Cardiff band's track chosen as the official theme song for the WWE UK Championship

A Cardiff band will receive massive global exposure after one of their tracks was chosen as the official theme song for the inaugural WWE UK Championship. Astroid Boys' potent mix of punk, hardcore and grime has brought them to the attention of the ...

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for Christmas Day

The nights might be getting shorter but that doesn't mean we're in for a brighter Christmas . On the day of the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year - the Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings. The forecast on Christmas Day ...and more »

Everything you need to know about the 2016 Nos Galan races in Mountain Ash

Organisers Rhondda Cynon Taf council and the Nos Galan Committee say thousands of people are expected on the night, both in the town centre and at St Gwynno's Church in Llanwonno - the last resting place of legendary Welsh runner Guto Nythbran.

A Swansea City club shop has been targeted in a ram raid

One of Swansea City's shops has been targeted by thieves in a ram raid attack. It is believed a large quantity of club merchandise was stolen in the incident at their Cwmdu store. Officers from South Wales Police are urging anyone with information ...and more »

Plymouth Argyle subject of Welsh betting shop blunder ahead of Newport FA Cup clash

Plymouth Argyle are the subject of a blunder on the part of a Welsh betting shop ahead of their big FA Cup second round replay with Newport County. The Rhondda Valley branch of Ladbrokes is currently offering odds on the tie, the winner of which will ...and more »

Discover the secrets of supercharging your marketing – and make new business contacts

That's why we've put together Business Discovery Wales, an event where we can share knowledge and ideas – and grow our businesses together. Discover how we can all help each other at our exciting new event in Cardiff City Stadium on January 18.and more »

Caerphilly Business Networking Event

The Next Caerphilly Business Networking Event will be similar to the last business networking event in Caerphilly, but with a different speaker and hopefully even more than the 40 visitors for our first event. The next Caerphilly Business Networking ...

Scarlets part company with their chief executive Darran Phillips after just two years with the west Wales region

The Aberdare-born Phillips worked in London for 20 odd years, latterly as a director of Threadneedle Investments in the city. In the late 1990s, he was a director of Zurich when they sponsored the English Premiership and the British and Irish Lions.and more »

The chilling moment Peter Morgan is filmed admitting to the killing of his escort lover

Like us on Facebook; Follow us on Twitter; Daily Newsletter. Follow @WalesOnline. Subscribe to our Daily newsletterEnter email. Subscribe. Promoted Stories. Comments. Show more comments. More On. Gwent Police · Ystrad Mynach · Rhondda · Caerphilly ...and more »

A woman has set up a clothes bank for children in Blaenau Gwent

All of these amazing toys are on their way to children in Rhondda thanks to the St David's Toy Appeal. The former teacher is also hoping to organise a charity fashion show next spring, and she is looking for volunteers to help out and model clothes.and more »

Council boss: 'No reason' shared space in Kirkintilloch to blame for accident

After the accident happened, council leader Rhondda Geekie tweeted: “This accident was not in the area of shared space.” However when the Herald contacted her later, she said: “The tweet I put out was only to make it clear which junction was involved ...and more »

Top award for two outstanding teenagers from Bishopbriggs and Milton of Campsie

Council Leader, Rhondda Geekie presented Holly and Angus with their Awards and said: “Everything I have read about our two winners has been truly inspiring and I'm delighted to meet them today. “It was clear from both nominations that Holly and Angus ...and more »

Oil 4 Wales Enjoys Record

One of Wales's largest independent oil distribution companies has enjoyed a record breaking year with turnover soaring to £120 million. Oil 4 Wales, which is run by father and daughter team Colin and Sally Owens, achieved its most successful year in 2016.

Welsh Creative Agency Adds BBC Framework Win to Successful 2016

Leading Wales-based creative agency WATERS has recently secured a place on the BBC's Digital Services Framework (DSF), which could see the company work on projects in areas including news, sport, children, radio, music and iPlayer. Launched in ...

The South East Wales Business Show

If so join us at the launch of The South East Wales Business Show at Chepstow Racecourse on February 10th 2017! Starting with a networking breakfast which will be opened by Nick Ramsay AM you can come along to hear our keynote speaker Sarah ...and more »

Section 21 and Rent Smart Wales

It has almost been a month since landlord registration and licensing in Wales has been in full force (the scheme launched in November 2015, but full enforcement began on the 23rd of November 2016). Landlords who have not registered with Rent Smart ...

Cardiff Open Coffee – Hero Business Club

Cardiff Inclusive Business Network Events South Wales UK International – Enterprise Network by Hero Business Club. Best of Wales & UK Biggest Business and SMEs. Read Full Story. SHARE. Next Article. Jamie Weighs Anchor At Pembrokeshire Business ...and more »

Startup Grind Cardiff

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share ...and more »

Introbiz Networking Event at the Vale Resort

You are invited to join us for the very first networking event of 2017! We're very excited to announce that the event will be held at the Vale Resort in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan on Thursday, 12th January from 4-6pm. This event is a power group ...

This is a heartbreaking look at homelessness in Cardiff

If anything spurs you on to spend a little time helping others this Christmas, let it be this. In this film, Cardiff's homeless give a rare insight into their lives - and reveal the heartbreaking conditions they live in. It was created by Ben Blyth, a ...and more »

Penarth Seasiders denied win despite dominating match

HAVING won their previous three games, the Penarth Seasiders dominated a one-sided game in wonderfully murky conditions, yet lost. Of course there were reasons for this and there was no real mystery to solve even though the home side never once ...

How friends and family of Cynon Valley teenager Chloe Christopher are remembering her two years after she died

Friends and family will remember a Cynon Valley teenager on the two-year anniversary of her tragic death. Chloe Christopher, 17, from Cwmaman, fell ill with what appeared to be a cold or chest infection, and collapsed on the evening of December 30, 2014.

The old Blaengwawr Comprehensive School buildings WILL be demolished in the New Year

Plans for WDL Homes to build 98 homes at Aberdare High School are going through the planning process, while an application to demolish the buildings at Blaengwawr has also been submitted to the council – and, according to the council's website, it has ...

Wales' Top Property Developments: Number 1 – Wales' Tallest Building

Cardiff is set to get that little bit taller over the coming years. Permission has been granted to developers Watkin Jones Group who will be working in partnership with Rio Architects to erect the 132m, 42 story city centre building. The building will ...

Gary Baker

Gary Baker MA founded Wales and West Media Ltd in 2007 and works within journalism and PR across all sectors of media, from TV, radio, sport, print and new and social media. Gary has written for all the London-based tabloid and broadsheet papers and ...

Cardiff's Big Weekend is coming back

Cardiff's Big Weekend is coming back – and organisers promise it will be bigger and better. Pride Cymru will host the three-day celebration in the heart of Cardiff over 2017's August Bank Holiday weekend. Organisers had feared for the future of their ...and more »

Men charged over Newport golf club death

Two people are to face court accused of killing a green keeper who died after being recovered from a lake at a golf club in Newport. The men, aged 25 and 47, have been summonsed to appear before Cwmbran Magistrates' Court on Thursday where they will ...

Donald Trump is the father of a new tribe the UK is unlikely to want to join

One of the most extraordinary Sunday nights of my life came this year when I attended a Trump rally in Michigan just days before the US election. I admit it. I didn't expect the billionaire in the baseball cap on the stage to win the presidency. But ...

The timeline of events since the tragic double murder on Cardiff's Queen Street

A man today admitted the murder of a young couple in a horrific double stabbing on Cardiff's Queen Street. Andrew Patrick Saunders, 20, of no fixed address, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday morning charged with the murders of Zoe Morgan, 21, ...and more »

Grandad put on foreign accent and claimed there was a bomb in social club

A grandfather phoned his local social club, put on an accent and claimed there was a bomb in the building. Peter Donoghue made the threat to staff member at Bryn and Trallwm Sports and Social Club in Llwynhendy, Llanelli, Swansea Crown Court heard.and more »

Grandad put on foreign accent and claimed there was a bomb in social club

A grandfather phoned his local social club, put on an accent and claimed there was a bomb in the building. Peter Donoghue made the threat to staff member at Bryn and Trallwm Sports and Social Club in Llwynhendy, Llanelli, Swansea Crown Court heard.and more »

This Welsh author's story is being made into a teen film for Netflix

RhonddaFamily's Christmas 'ruined' after burglar steals £900 worth of presents from under tree · The 'carnage' was discovered by the children in the family · CaernarfonA man lost his benefits 'because he wasn't ill enough' and died four months later.and more »

Ton Pentre's new 3G pitch is open to the community after a little help from a Cardiff City FC legend

The community centre opened in 2014 at the former Ton and Gelli Boys and Girls Club - and is run by volunteers within the community. It's for local teams and the community. Cardiff City legend Blake opened the new five-a-side pitch, which already hosts ...

Train passengers told to plan ahead as London Paddington closes for six days over Christmas

Train passengers travelling from London to South Wales are being warned of changes during a six day closure of London Paddington. London's Paddington station will close after Friday, December 23, for six days. The closure is due to Crossrail works.and more »

Aberdare Park will now remain closed until Wednesday as lake clean

Aberdare Park will remain closed on Tuesday as the clean-up operation on the lake continues. The public space in the Cynon Valley has been closed since 7am on Friday - with a planned four-day closure to empty, clean and re-fill the park's beautiful lake.and more »

Here's what the new science block at Treorchy Comprehensive School will look like

This is what the new state-of-the-art science block serving students at a Rhondda school will look like. Improvements to the building at Treorchy Comprehensive School is part of wider £85m changes to education in the Rhondda by 2018, and it has been ...

Warrington labelled football accumulator jackpot 'hotbed'

WARRINGTON has been labelled the football accumulator jackpot 'hotbed' of the UK, according to Ladbrokes. Data requested by revealed the town came top in a list of locations for the number of football accumulators with payouts of ...

Pair summonsed to court over death of Neath Valley man Gareth Pugh

A spokeswoman for Gwent Police said: "A 25-year-old man from Glynneath and a 47-year-old man from Aberdare have received a summons to appear in court for manslaughter by gross negligence. "They will appear in Cwmbran Magistrates Court at 9.45am ...and more »

The 20 most read articles on Wales Online in 2016

It's been a remarkable year in which the UK voted to leave the European Union and Donald Trump was elected the leader of the free world. In Wales, our national football team exceeded everyone's wildest expectations by making the semi-final of Euro 2016 ...

Aberdare's newest pub thankful for the community's support after its first week

A newly-opened pub in a Cynon Valley town centre has thanked the community for its support during its first week. The Bute Arms opened on Victoria Square in Aberdare on Monday, December 12, after the building was home to Beluga Bar for six years from ...and more »

Three men jailed for riots in Welsh city which saw fireworks thrown at police

The disturbances took place in the Pill area of Newport in October – with wheelie bins set alight and lit fireworks thrown. The men pleaded guilty to violent disorder and were jailed at Cardiff Crown Court . Gary Radford, Ahdil Ahmed and Grant Cuthbert.

Labour council candidate in Swansea dies suddenly

Lily Jayne Summers was standing in the Swansea council's Uplands ward in next May's local government elections. Tributes have already been paid to Lily. Council leader Rob Stewart said: “It is with great shock and sadness that we have learnt of the ...and more »

These are the most endangered buildings in Cardiff

Flatholm's laundry building, an old palace and a disused train station - just some of Cardiff's most at risk buildings. There are 27 buildings which are at risk - five fall into the most serious category of “extreme risk” category one. The rest are in ...

Wales have been punished and fined by FIFA for fans' touching poppy tribute

RhonddaHere are the 26 'common ailments' that Rhondda pharmacies can help you with · Rhondda pharmacies can now assess and treat patients without having to make a GP's appointment · Cardiff City FCCardiff City breaking news LIVE: Neil Warnock ...and more »

'He was the quietest kid in class' Friends reveal their shock at arrest of man for murder of young couple

Friends of Queen Street killer Andrew Patrick Saunders told of their shock when he was arrested for the murders of Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons. Rugby player Saunders, 20, admitted the murders of couple Zoe and Lee as they walked home from work on ...and more »

How Wales can be a world leader in broadband by creating and owning its own 'fibre spine'

In his recent Autumn Statement Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a five-point investment plan for the development of fibre and 5G digital infrastructure networks. This includes: £1bn investment in digital infrastructure, including £400m for the new ...

Drivers have now paid £5m in fines for breaking the rules on Cardiff's roads

Drivers in Cardiff have now paid more than £5m through driving in bus lane and breaking the rules of the road. The amount raised through the Cardiff council measures in the last 24 months now stands at £5.01m. That is made up of people driving in bus ...

Christmas weather forecast for Wales includes chance of 70mph winds and heavy rain

A white Christmas is very unlikely and instead we could be facing 70mph winds on Christmas Day . Simon Keeling from - a reliable forecaster - said people across the UK could be facing a very blustery Christmas Day. He tweeted: “Forecast ...and more »

This Welsh weather presenter is really not happy with a journalist

If you want to see an amusing and long-running Twitter feud, you could take a look at this one, which has been rumbling on for a while. Cardiff- born Channel 4 weather presenter and meteorologist Liam Dutton has long been calling out claims made by a ...

The Welsh rugby winners and losers as talented exile stakes Wales claim and red card controversy ignites again

It was three from four from our Welsh regions in Europe while Welshmen were making headline news across the Severn for their exploits in the Champions and Challenge Cups. Pride of place went to the Scarlets for toppling French heavyweights Toulon ...and more »

Hurt Warren Gatland's full and frank response as he reveals he's turned down major job to stick with Wales

AberdareMum shocked after doll she bought for her daughter makes 'sex noises' · Gail Turley bought the Cry Baby doll for her two-year-old daughter but was surprised when she went to check if it worked · Wales NewsHow all the strikes planned for ...and more »

Man admits murdering young couple in horrific double stabbing on Cardiff's Queen Street

AberdareMum shocked after doll she bought for her daughter makes 'sex noises' · Gail Turley bought the Cry Baby doll for her two-year-old daughter but was surprised when she went to check if it worked · Wales NewsHow all the strikes planned for ...and more »

Apprentice winner Alana Spencer wants to create a 'big business' in Wales

Aberystwyth cake maker, who launched her business when she was just 17, won the TV competition last night and a £250,000 investment from Lord Alan Sugar. Lord Sugar revealed he had a sweet tooth with his decision to go into business with cake ...and more »

Wales takes on income tax powers for first time ever in milestone agreement

A deal has been done that will see Wales take on income tax powers for the first time ever in little more than two years time. In a milestone agreement between the UK and Welsh governments, Wales will take control of 10p in each band of the income tax ...and more »

Exclusive Interview: Jason Evans, Regional Director for Mid Markets Banking in Wales, Lloyds Bank

16-12-jason-evans-image As part of Business News Wales' ongoing series of interviews, we had the opportunity to speak with Jason Evans, the Regional Director for Mid Markets banking in Wales. Tell us a bit about your role? As regional director for ...

Maddocks Continue Impressive Growth Strategy with Cardiff Expansion

Family owned and run business H T Maddocks & Son Ltd have continued their impressive recent growth plans by doubling their HQ and warehouse facilities within Cardiff. The company, who were established in 1957 and are the UK distributor of parts for ...

Monmouth Business Lunch

The Women's Business Club exists to connect, support and empower business women. Find out more and meet your hosts at FAQs: Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No we have your booking on our system.

SWIMMING: Cirencester Swimming Club swim their finest performance of the season at ARENA league final

The final results were: Truro City Swim Club 235, Southwold Swimming Club 209, Cirencester Swimming Club 207, Rhondda Cynon Performance Club 198, Paignton Swimming Club 185, Carn Bea and Helston Swimming Club 185, Neath Swimming Club ...

Announcement due on whether Wales could have powers over income tax: Here's how it could work

An announcement is expected today on whether a deal has been agreed between the UK and Welsh governments on a new “fiscal framework” that will allow the Welsh Government to vary income tax rates. Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke and ...and more »

Liberty House buys Britain's last aluminium smelter for £330m

Liberty House has bought Britain's last remaining aluminium smelter from Rio Tinto in a deal worth £330m. The company, which was one of the frontrunners to buy Port Talbot steel works last summer, has bought the plant at Fort William in the Scottish ...and more »

Reindeer at National Ice Centre

Adam Bienkov · TfL refuse to reveal complaints about 'new Routemaster' buses. 2 years ago. Cheshire West and Chester Council Watcher · A claer cock-up by #QuackCWaC council. 2 years ago. Malice in Blunderland - Rhondda Cynon Taff Council.

Food hygiene ratings: The places selling food near you with a ZERO rating

Scores between 0 and 5 will be awarded to food businesses under the new Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Share; Comments. Get daily updates directly to your inbox. + Subscribe. Thank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email.and more »

You can get a job on this remote Welsh island

Located less than a mile off the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast is the wildlife haven, Skomer Island. It is well known for its puffins as well as Manx Shearwaters, dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, seals and the unique Skomer Vole. And the ultimate wildlife ...

14 shops you used to go to at Christmas that aren't there any more

We'll start with easily the most iconic name on the list. Woolworths was founded in 1909 and closed down 100 years later. It had 800 shops in the UK before it closed. 2. David Evans. If you lived in West Wales and were old enough to care about what ...

School warns parents after pupils urged to share indecent images by stranger on Facebook

Pupils and parents at a Welsh comprehensive have been warned after a number of students were asked to share indecent images by someone they had befriended on Facebook. A posting by staff at Sir Thomas Picton School in Haverfordwest, ...and more »

How all the strikes planned for Christmas will affect Wales

Thousands of workers are launching strikes in the run-up to Christmas that will hit rail, post and airline industries. A series of disputes have flared over issues including jobs, pay, pensions and safety involving some of the country's biggest trade ...and more »

Leigh Halfpenny told to forget about Wales wildcard selection as he takes Christmas to decide his future

Leigh Halfpenny has been told to put Wales selection out of his mind as he takes Christmas to decide whether to accept a huge offer to stay at Toulon. The Lions full-back will need one of four wildcards to play for his country if he commits again to ...and more »

Primary school truancy has reached its highest level in the past decade in Wales

Primary school truancy reached its highest level in the past decade in Wales last year. Welsh pupils missed 1.1 per cent of all possible school time without permission in 2015/16, new figures from the Welsh Government show for all types of primary ...

Met Office issues severe weather warning for dense fog over parts of Wales

Fog that has caused transport problems in the south of England is expected to spread over parts of Wales this afternoon. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for areas of east Wales from 4pm today until 10am on Monday morning.and more »

Masked men with hammer carry out armed robbery at Cardiff club

A member of staff was injured after two men wearing balaclavas and armed with a hammer stole the cash takings from a Cardiff Conservative club. The armed robbery happened at Ely Conservative Club on Cowbridge Road West at around 11.55pm on ...and more »

Young driver seriously injured in crash on one of Cardiff's busiest roads

A statement from South Wales police said that the 25-year-old driver of a grey Volkswagen Golf was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where he remains. The road was closed in both directions for a time between Culverhouse Cross and Green Farm ...

Another great year for the Beavers!

At the end of the swimming gala timetable there were over 20 medals won for the team, not quite knocking Rhondda into second place, but the whole team did fantastic this year and hope to do better next year. Pat congratulates the team for doing so well ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Sunday, December 18)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comments below or you can also tweet us @WalesOnline to share the news that's ...and more »

Wales' Apprentice candidate Alana Spencer is quids in whatever happens in Sunday's final

Whatever happens in this Sunday's Apprentice Final the future is looking promising for Wales ' Alana Spencer. Her cake business has done so well since the show started she has been inundated with orders. Due to this success she has had to manage the ...and more »

Actor Matt Lucas gave us all a sneak peak behind the scenes at the Dr Who set in Cardiff

'We're filming inside a spaceship... well, actually it's not a real spaceship, it's a studio in Cardiff'. Share; Comments. ByWill Hayward. 21:27, 17 DEC 2016; Updated 21:28, 17 DEC 2016. News. Video thumbnail, Behind the scenes a t Doctor Who.

A man from Swansea suffered a broken arm after trying to stop a car being vandalised

A Swansea man suffered a broken arm and bruises after he says he tried to stop a car been vandalised in Middlesbrough. Dimitris Legakis, 40, runs his own photography business and was in the north-east town to cover Swansea's game. He said he had ...and more »

Why were giant statues of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond heading to Wales on the M4?

AberdareMum shocked after doll she bought for her daughter makes 'sex noises' · Gail Turley bought the Cry Baby doll for her two-year-old daughter but was surprised when she went to check if it worked · CardiffA woman was left lying on the pavement for ...and more »

BBC commentator Guy Mowbray attempts a bit of Welsh on Football Focus.. and then apologises for his pronunciation

BBC Commentator Guy Mowbray has just attempted a bit of Welsh on Football Focus, and it's fair to say he didn't get the pronunciation exactly right. The Match of the Day regular was speaking from the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough ahead of Swansea ...

Chirk 105

She went to live in the Rhondda Valley with Gwyn's family. While living in South Wales, the couple had two children – eldest daughter Iris who died in 1990 and her eldest son Dereck, who died in the year 2000. Gwyn and Rita and their two children left ...

A majority of people in Wales want to keep free access to the Single European Market

A majority of people in Wales say keeping free access to the Single European Market is more important to them than restricting the right of people from EU countries to work in the UK, an exclusive poll has found. Research conducted for WalesOnline by ...

Problems with Aberdare Canal

The above photograph taken on 14 November

Problems with Aberdare Canal

It would seen the Labour run Rhondda Cynon Taf Council officers say one thing and do something else.

This photograph was posted 20 November on Twitter

A Cardiff food store has been prosecuted for committing 10 hygiene offences

Live Dragon Seafood Trading Company Limited has ended up in court facing 10 different hygiene food offences. The charges included the failure of those handling food at the shop to keep “a high degree of personal cleanliness”. There was also a failure ...

Cardiff Airport says it won't be affected by a baggage handlers' strike

Cardiff Airport has stressed it will be unaffected by strike action being taken by Swissport staff. Members of Unite employed by Swissport will walk out on December 23 and 24 at a number of airports around the country - including Aberdeen, Belfast, ...and more »

Labour paid a youth football team to deliver their Christmas message and people aren't happy about it

A branch of the Labour Party paid a youth football team to deliver thousands of Christmas cards which contained a political newsletter to people's homes. The move has upset some residents in the Llynfi Valley who vented their anger towards the players ...

Welsh lottery set to be launched in 2017

Wales is set to have its very own lottery draw in 2017, as plans are underway to develop a televised Welsh society lottery. The lottery project, which will raise money for grassroots community causes throughout Wales, is being developed by Wil ...

Baggage handlers and cargo crew at Cardiff Airport to take part in UK

A Christmas weekend strike by baggage handling crew and cargo crew in a long-running pay dispute will go ahead. Members of Unite employed by Swissport will walk out on December 23 and 24 at Cardiff Airport - as well as Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, ...and more »

This video shows Aberdare Park's lake like you've never seen it before

Work to clean a lake in the Cynon Valley is now in full swing - and here's what's happening behind closed doors at Aberdare Park. The public park closed on Friday morning for four days, so the council can safely complete the project to empty, clean and ...

This Pontypridd astroturf is about to be upgraded to an all

An ageing sports pitch in Pontypridd will be upgraded to 3G to help local clubs play in poor weather conditions, it has been revealed. The astroturf at the Maritime Industrial Estate near Graig will become the latest sports field to benefit from ...

A £143000

Rhondda Cynon Taf council has appointed a permanent chief executive who will earn £143,000 a year. Christopher Bradshaw was formally appointed on Thursday evening after councillors at Wales' third-largest local authority followed the recommendation ...

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Chief Executive Confirmed

Mr Christopher Bradshaw has been formally appointed as Chief Executive of Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun

Statement in response to Yahoo data hack

Deputy Information Commissioner Simon Entwisle said:

“This latest report of another significant data loss at Yahoo gives us further cause for concern.

Find out what Prince Charles was up to on his visit to Wales

Meeting pupils and teachers at Cardiff's Fitzalan High School was the first stop in a busy day of engagements. During his visit the Teach First's patron visited two lessons taught by the charity's participants Harry Morgan, who teaches Maths, and Sam ...and more »

All children and young people have rights in Wales

All children and young people have rights in Wales – rights are things you can expect and are entitled to so that you grow up safe, happy, and respecting each other

Social care 'will collapse without more cash' – warning

CFW's chair, Mario Keft, has warned that the social care sector will collapse unless the Welsh Government inve

The 15 most shared stories on WalesOnline in 2016

The outdoor nursery deep in the Welsh woods, 27k shares. Children play in the woods of Aberdare. We were all impressed with plans for Wales' first Nature Kindergarten , revealed in August. When it opens in 2017, children will spent 90% of their time ...

Post Office workers at these Welsh branches will strike on three days before Christmas

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called for strike action on Monday, December 19, Tuesday, December 20 and Christmas Eve. The Post Office said that strike action has been called at its directly managed branches and it is soon to say how ...and more »

This disgusting fatberg has been found under one of Cardiff's busiest streets

AberdareThis video shows Aberdare Park's lake like you've never seen it before · The public park has been closed for four days as the lake is emptied, cleaned and re-filled. Most Read; Most Recent. Carmarthenshire CouncilThe boss of a green energy firm ...and more »

These seriously ill children have had a VIP day out in London

The Dreams and Wishes charity took 15 children to the House of Commons before going to 10 Downing Street for a tour of the Prime Minister Theresa May's home. Read More. Enough food for almost 25,000 meals was donated to Cardiff Foodbank in three ...

RCT Theatres' Dick Whittington is a perfect pantomime paved with gold

Essential guide to the Christmas 2016 celebrations in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Aided by his trusty sidekick - Tommy The Cat, Dick may have quickly discovered that the streets were not paved with gold, but it's fitting that a story about a man who heads to ...and more »

Transport vital to Capital Region success

The Cardiff Capital Region deal was signed by the leaders of Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen, and Vale of Glamorgan councils and aims to create around 25,000 new jobs ...and more »

Lantern Parade Lights Up Cardigan and Attracts Huge Crowd

A parade of lanterns last Friday night to celebrate Cardigan's Festive Fortnight has been declared a huge success. Sam Vicary, marketing manager at Cardigan's Small World Theatre, said: “Cardigan and the surrounding areas have not previously seen a ...

How to get Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour tickets at Cardiff's Principality Stadium

AberdareThis video shows Aberdare Park's lake like you've never seen it before · The public park has been closed for four days as the lake is emptied, cleaned and re-filled · Cardiff DevilsCardiff Devils cancel plans for ice dog racing after fans raise ...and more »

'Tough choices' on hospitals in 2017 says health expert

Fundamental questions about the way NHS services in Wales are delivered remain unanswered despite being talked about for 15 years, a leading academic says. Prof Marcus Longley predicts tough choices and unpopular decisions in 2017 about the future ...

This Welsh MP confronted the Russian ambassador about the carnage in Syria

Cynon Valley Labour MP Ann Clwyd met with the Russian ambassador at his residence yesterday and pressed for an immediate ceasefire and protection for civilians caught up in the conflict which has ravaged Syria. Russia's military intervention in the ...and more »

A kebab shop will open on Christmas Day to feed the homeless

A kebab shop will open on Christmas Day this year to host a soup and rice kitchen for the homeless and those in need. The Istanbul Kebab shop in Neath is now collecting for the special event, where it will also be giving out presents, food parcels ...

A company linked to London commuter chaos on Southern Rail wants to run train services in Wales

The biggest rail union says the Welsh Government was wrong to shortlist a consortium to run trains in Wales that has links with Southern Rail – the firm embroiled in a dispute over safety concerns that has created chaos for London commuters. KeolisAmey ...and more »

Welsh road signs have appeared in an English town

Drivers in an English county were left confused after they were faced with a road sign written in Welsh. The sign was installed in at roadworks stationed in Eccleshall, in Stafford, approximately 25 miles from the Welsh border. While Welsh language ...

Overturned car on A470 causes delays to Cardiff

A car overturned on the A470 on Thursday afternoon, causing delays and congestion that lasted right up until rush hour. The incident happened at just before 2.45pm on the southbound carriageway at Glyntaff, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and caused major delays ...

This popular bar is closing down and blames the desire to 'destroy city's night

A city centre night spot that has been operating for nearly 20 years say they have been forced out. Monkey Bar in Swansea is set to close permanently on January 1 which the owners say is through no choice of their own. Over the years, the venue has ...

All of these amazing toys are on their way to children in Rhondda thanks to the St David's Toy Appeal

Hundreds of toys have been delivered to Tonypandy charity Valleys Kids thanks to shoppers at St David's in Cardiff . More than 200 gifts, including toys from the likes of Hamleys, Lego and Disney, were delivered by a team of Christmas helpers as part ...and more »

Dragons weighing up Evans move

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons would need to be convinced by Ian Evans that he would be heading home for the right reasons and not just a pay day if they were to do a deal with the Wales and Lions lock, writes Chris Kirwan. The 32-year-old's contract with the ...

These primary school kids have recorded a 'tub thumping' Christmas single

RhonddaAll of these amazing toys are on their way to children in Rhondda thanks to the St David's Toy Appeal · More than 200 toys were donated by shoppers at St David's in Cardiff · Swansea City FCSwansea City directors decide NOT to reinstall Leigh ...

Distraction burglars Taffs Well Area

South Wales Police are appealing for information after distraction burglars targeted an elderly lady in Taffs Well.

These are the easiest and hardest places to pass your driving test in Wales

RhonddaAll of these amazing toys are on their way to children in Rhondda thanks to the St David's Toy Appeal · More than 200 toys were donated by shoppers at St David's in Cardiff. Most Read; Most Recent. Traffic and TravelOverturned car on A470 causes ...

Crwths, telyns and lots of cân (song) for a Welsh Christmas Revels

This year's Revels span centuries of Welsh tradition, from 18th-century hymns such as “All Through the Night” and “Cwm Rhondda” back to medieval poems like “The Book of Taliesin,” medieval traditions like the wren blessing and the Grey Mare wassail ...and more »

Wales' Six Nations 'lucky charm' could end exile to return to Welsh rugby and give Newport Gwent Dragons a huge boost

The 'lucky charm' who was a key figure in Wales lifting three Six Nations titles, two with Grand Slams, could be about to give to the country a boost by heading home. Coincidence or not, but Warren Gatland and Rob Howley's team haven't won any ...and more »

Someone actually called the police because of this Christmas mug

Police were called to a shop in Cardiff – following a complaint about a MUG in the shop window. Staff at Ginger Whites shop in Rhiwbina were stunned to find officers had received a call regarding one of their best-selling products. The mug, displayed ...and more »

The Wales Office has had a rebrand and got rid of the dragon and Welsh motto

The Wales Office has had a rebrand with the seal featuring the Welsh dragon vanishing. The department now styles itself on social media as “UK Government Wales”. Here is the old branding: The old branding of the Wales Office. And here is the new look:.and more »

This Welsh actor is set to hit the big screen in King Arthur legend movie

AberdareThis video shows Aberdare Park's lake like you've never seen it before · The public park has been closed for four days as the lake is emptied, cleaned and re-filled. Most Read; Most Recent. Carmarthenshire CouncilThe boss of a green energy firm ...

Tonypandy Community College has been taken out of special measures

Plans to build the new facility on the college campus are being delivered by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council as part of their improved performance in education provision and the requirements of the Welsh Assembly Government's latest National ...

Wales' economy bottom of GVA table again

Hi-tech company Renishaw moved into the former Bosch car components plant in Miskin, Rhondda Cynon Taff, four years ago and has invested £40m. It is now a very different plant with high levels of research and development carried out there. The company ...and more »

Town sign off in fine style

ABERGAVENNY Town ended their home fixtures for the year in fine style with a win over high-fliers Aberdare. Aberdare Town arrived at Pen-y-Pound boasting very real promotion credentials, having been amongst the front runners so far this season.

Major Changes to Boost Life Chances of Vulnerable Youngsters in Swansea

Plans to transform education for some of Swansea's most vulnerable young people and dramatically improve their life chances are going before the council's cabinet. If approved, work will begin on a feasibility study into developing a centre at Cockett ...

Lovemore Free From Foods Prepares to Feed Extra Holidaymakers in Cardiff Airport Deal

The Aberdare-based bakery, creator of globally successful Lovemore Free From Foods, has a substantial contract to supply Vueling jetsetters with its Lovemore chocolate brownie until 2017. Following the announcement that Vueling will now begin a major ...

Pembrokeshire Properties Most in Demand in UK

Four of the UK's biggest holiday cottage companies have announced their latest online search figures, revealing Tenby as one of this year's most sought after holiday destinations. The UK Top 50 Search Report*, which features search statistics as ...

Business Wales Helps Cwellyn Arms Realise its Potential

A traditional country inn and restaurant at the foot of Mount Snowdon has recently undergone a major renovation and achieved a 25% increase in turnover after securing funding with the help of the Welsh Government's Business Wales service. The Cwellyn ...

Trivallis buys Pontypridd premises

It previously rented space at the 40,673sq ft property, but has now acquired the freehold from St Catherines Corner Development. It will occupy 24,269 sq ft of the building. The organisation, which employs about 500 staff and is one of Wales' largest ...and more »

This is when your black bags and recycling will be collected in Bridgend County over Christmas

People living in Bridgend County need to know about changes to black bag and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year. Bridgend council has announced that collections scheduled for Boxing Day will instead take place on Tuesday, December 27 ...and more »

Bude woman pleads guilty to fraud

She also forged a cheque from her father's former pub business in Aberdare to obtain £365 from a money shop in the town, claiming the money was her wages. Her father Robert had moved out of The Crown in Cwmbach and retired to Devon by the time she ...and more »

Welsh FX Expert Urges Businesses to Get Plans in Place for 2017

2016 was unquestionably a year of the unexpected. The UK's vote to leave the European Union (EU) and Trump's US Presidency victory were just two shocking moments that triggered uncertainty and turbulence in financial markets the world over. In light of ...and more »

East Dunbartonshire Council must 'up its game'

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said improvements had been made but added there were areas where further progress was needed. East Dunbartonshire has agreed a "transformation programme" aimed at making savings and changing the way it delivers ...and more »

Watchdogs warn affluent East Dunbartonshire Council to 'up its game' over pending cash crisis

But council leader, Labour's Rhondda Geekie expressed her disappointment in how the report has been published, claiming that while the document outlines progress "their media emphasis is on 'concern' and 'capability'". The report, released today ...and more »

First Minister bows to Welsh Conservative pressure on business rates

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, appears to have buckled under Welsh Conservative pressure to introduce additional support

Do you think British Sign Language (BSL) should be taught in schools?

What do you think about British Sign Language (BSL)? Do you think all young people should have the opportunity to learn BSL?

Cardiff University gets the go

Construction work is due to start next year and the centre is due to be completed for the 2019-20 academic year. The building will mask the existing students union from view but to be built, two Victorian buildings will be demolished. The university ...and more »

These are the new plans for a pub which was closed after 125 years

An application has been made to convert the former Canadian pub on Pearl Street, Adamsdown , Cardiff, into 12 flats. The Brains pub and bowling alley and yard were closed in 2015. The pub had been open since 1890 but more recently, it was pivotal in ...

FOI should still apply when services are outsourced: Information Commissioner

The right to know about public services should be extended so that it is independent of the service provider, the Information Commissioner has said in response to a wave of outsourcings.

Welsh Government unveils plan to consolidate laws into Welsh legal code

The Counsel General for Wales, Mick Antoniw, has announced plans for a major programme to build a distinct body of Welsh law.

This man has been banned from coming within 50 metres of horses

A Welsh gypsy cob dealer who repeatedly left his animals to graze on public land has been banned from being within 50 metres of a horse, unless it is on his own land. Thomas Tony Price, 52, had continually ignored a ban on him leaving his horses on ...

Jobs threat as Newport bakery set to close

A Newport bakery is looking at plans to close its site that could result in 150 people losing their jobs just after Christmas. Food Utopia said it was consulting with colleagues about a proposal to cease production at Avana Bakeries in Newport at the ...and more »

One of Wales' fastest growing firms Starc on track for further growth after being acquired

One of Wales' fastest growing indigenous firms, Starc, has been acquired in a deal brokered by corporate finance boutique Gambit. The deal sees Chertsey-based Lowery acquiring a 75% equity stake in the Cardiff-based business, which is a leading player ...

Owain Fôn Williams has finished his Euro 2016 masterpiece

And now, here's your chance to buy a memory many of us will never forget. Welsh goalkeeper Owain Fôn Williams has spent five months painting this montage of some of the best moments of the Euro 2016 journey. Scenes inside the Welsh dressing room ...and more »

Police unearth a huge cannabis operation as they investigated a potential burglary

Officers also found documents linking two people to another address in Aberdare and using the information a search warrant was executed at Griffith Street, Aberdare. There police found a large tent containing 32 cannabis plants and associated ...and more »

Blakey's Bootroom podcast: The big Cardiff City surprise and the two Bluebirds who might have played themselves out ...

Cardiff City secured an important victory last night, coming from behind to beat Wolves thanks to a stunning second half display. Neil Warnock will have been raging with what he saw from his team in the first half, which was as bad as anything that we ...and more »

The story behind a huge new mural which has appeared on a Cardiff building

A giant mural which has been unveiled in the centre of Cardiff is raising awareness of homelessness. Linc Cymru, which owns and manages the development on Barrack Lane, commissioned two artists to create a bespoke mural to help bring the wall above ...and more »

Inspectors have handed out a rare 'double excellent' award to Bridgend school

Pupils, staff and governors at Bryntirion Comprehensive School in Bridgend are celebrating an early Christmas present after the school received a rare 'double excellent' inspection report from Estyn. Both the school's current performance and its ...

Swansea's homeless will get a free festive dinner at Brangwyn Hall

A two-course, carvery style lunch will be offered for the homeless and vulnerable in the city. Share. ByWill Hayward. 14:18, 14 DEC 2016; Updated 17:11, 14 DEC 2016. News. a homeless person,on the street. Share. Get daily updates directly to your inbox.

10 ways to celebrate on New Year's Eve in Wales if you've got kids

When it comes to New year's Eve with the kids, you can book a table at a local restaurant, go to the cinema or have some friends round for a knees-up. But if you fancy doing something a bit different this year here are some ideas that mean they won't ...

The story of how a former Wales stalwart helped Merthyr RFC land highly

Ruan Ludick, 22, joins the Ironmen at The Wern for two years after representing Namibia in four Tests and playing in the South African domestic Currie Cup. The 6ft 10ins second row arrived in the UK on Monday after a 22-hour journey from his home in ...

Sorry Warren, patriotic Welsh fans will call it as they see it and will NEVER be one

New Zealand legend Ian Jones admitted he'd been blown away by the events at Wembley when Wales played the Blacks in 1997 while the Millennium Stadium was being built. It wasn't the match that did it for the great lock – it was way too one-sided, with ...and more »

11 Christmas gifts and experiences for food and drink fans in and around Cardiff

If you've got a foodie fan to buy for this Christmas , then there are plenty of gifts which won't fail to impress. Here we have some ideas for budding cooks, wine fans or curry lovers which will keep them happy.

Lions' quality will be a lot higher than we had from Wales, says All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is expecting the Lions to play a lot higher quality rugby than Wales did in New Zealand this summer. Warren Gatland will again be the opposing coach, but Hansen says the different personnel at his countryman's disposal ...and more »

Wales Top 300: Here are the largest companies in Wales over the past year

G. Walters (Holdings) Limited, Aberdare, £102,759. Hexion Uk Limited, Penarth, £102,108. Premier Forest Group, Newport, £101,855. Acorn Recruitment, Newport, £99,715. Emerson Industrial Automation Uk Limited, Newtown, £99,033. Euro Foods Group ...and more »

Care home set to close and relocate 'heartbroken' elderly residents just weeks before Christmas

Elderly dementia patients at a care home have been told to leave just weeks before Christmas after the owner decided to close the home. The Old Rectory care home in Wenvoe has been open for 31 years and provided a home for up to 23 people over the ...

Weddings in Wales: 'We couldn't have had a better day'

If you tied the knot like Ceri and Christopher, we'd love to share in your celebrations . To take part, just fill in the simple form at the end of this story. And if you're from the South Wales Echo area, you will be featured in our newspaper, too. It ...

South Wales Echo letters: Wednesday, December 14, 2016

He claims £32,000 a year as cabinet member for corporate services, a salary the vast majority of those in his ward can only dream of, yet he also works for Rhondda MP Chris Bryant, and so takes a double helping out of the public purse. Councillor Joy ...and more »

Warren Gatland urges disgruntled fans to start making Wales 'the most patriotic, one

Warren Gatland has hit out at at Welsh critics and told sports fans 'let's be the most patriotic, one-eyed nation in the world'. Gatland has seen the man he's entrusted with the Welsh rugby reins while away with the Lions, Robert Howley, cop a fair bit ...and more »

South Wales Fire Service battled seven 'arson' attacks overnight

Promoted Stories. More On. South Wales Fire Service · Pontypool · Tonyrefail · Llandaff · Ely · Trowbridge · Torfaen · Rhondda · Newport · Cardiff. Promoted Stories. news; all. Most Read; Most Recent. SwanseaWhy thousands of people in Wales are ...

Aston Martin buys site for its first ever factory in Wales

Luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin has acquired the site for its new factory and offices in South Wales. It has bought former RAF super hangar facilities at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan in an undisclosed deal from the Welsh Government. The ...and more »

Fresh Air Business Walk

Fresh Air Business Walking is a membership and pay-per-walk programme for business leaders and their guests seeking fresh air, fresh perspectives, and fresh conversations. It's an opportunity to relax and draw energy and inspiration from stunning ...

The date for the delayed M4 relief road inquiry has been announced

The long awaited public inquiry into the M4 relief road will start at the end of February, Economy Secretary Ken Skates will announce today. In a major speech at Cardiff Airport, Mr Skates will also call for greater devolution of transport powers to ...and more »

Former Secretary of State for Wales Crowned Politician of the Year

... Flynn, named MP of the Year after briefly returning to the frontbenches following a 27 year absence and Leanne Wood picking up the AM of the Year award, following her unexpected capture of the Rhondda constituency during May's Assembly election.

Google Experts Offer Tools of the Trade to Port Talbot Businesses

Last month, Google UK set up a pop-up digital training school in Port Talbot's St Paul's Centre, where local business-owners, start-ups, employees and eager students were invited to attend one of 14 online training classes through Google's Digital ...

Chepstow Branch Staff at Monmouthshire Building Society Support their Local Foodbank Throughout December

The Society's Chepstow branch is pleased to be supporting Chepstow Foodbank by collecting food throughout December, before staff members take part in a day of volunteering on Friday 16th December. From Thursday 1st December, members and ...

The morning news headlines: Paddy Ashdown

The West must move rapidly to prevent a repeat of the Srebrenica massacre in Aleppo, Paddy Ashdown has warned. The former Liberal Democrat leader said the only leverage Western powers still had in Syria was to save 50,000 civilians trapped in the ...and more »

Why thousands of people in Wales are struggling to cope with the pressures of Christmas

Financial pressures, family commitments and loneliness are causing thousands of people in Wales to feel “unable to cope” over the Christmas period, new research has revealed. Mental Health charity Mind Cymru claims the impact of the pressures caused by ...and more »

Some hospital staff could go on strike following a dispute over pay

Hospital staff caught up in a pay dispute are set to be balloted for industrial action. Unison has announced it will be issuing papers to members working in the sterilisation and disinfection units and the x-ray department in hospitals run by the ...and more »

Concern over helipad as Wales Air Ambulance takes on bigger helicopters

Plans by the Wales Air Ambulance service to use heavier helicopters have caused concern among staff at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales. Coun Judith Woodman, who leads the opposition Liberal Democrat group on the city council, said she had been ...


A four-car accident blocked the M4 motorway, causing tailbacks for rush hour commuters on Tuesday evening. The incident happened on the stretch of motorway in Newport between Junction 28 / A48 A467 Forge Road ( Tredegar Park) and J29 A48(M) at ...

Meet the woman who walks her raccoon around Cardiff city centre

Meet the woman who was walking her raccoon around Cardiff city centre in the middle of the afternoon. Rosemary Bean said she decided to take her pet, called Rhara, for a stroll because “she likes getting out and about and meeting people”. They were ...

Passionate supporters of the Welsh language vastly outnumber critics, study finds

The survey by Professor Roger Scully of Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre, shows the language continues to be the subject of some disagreement within Wales. One in six say the Welsh language is "a nuisance" and “Wales would be better off ...and more »

A man who was prosecuted for dressing up as a clown outside a school has just gone on Judge Rinder

Judge Rinder may have overdone his “trout pout” on the Strictly Come Dancing stage but back in the courtroom he was certainly not smiling when he quizzed a Welshman who was fined for dressing up as a clown. In October, when the killer clown craze hit ...

Fervent supporters of the Welsh language vastly outnumber critics, study finds

The survey by Professor Roger Scully of Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre, shows the language continues to be the subject of some disagreement within Wales. One in six say the Welsh language is "a nuisance" and “Wales would be better off ...and more »

VoiceBox, the Swansea based tech company multimillion pound digital-production with world renowned producer, Guy Ritchie.

VoiceBox, the Swansea based tech company, has landed a starring role in a groundbreaking multimillion pound digital-production with world renowned producer, Guy Ritchie.

Barry to get two new mixed

New mixed-sex secondary schools will replace two ailing single-sex schools in Barry and catchments will change, councillors have agreed. The English-medium schools, for pupils aged 11 to 18, will open in September 2018 on the sites of Barry ...

Charity fundraiser is a lip

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Somali community thanks Wales for their welcome as appeal launched to help rebuild war

Wales's Somali community has issued a thank you to Wales for welcoming them when they fled civil war in the 1980s and 1990s as it launches a fresh appeal for help re-building their country. More than 75 delegates, including Cardiff South MP Stephen ...

BoJack Horseman and Orange Is The New Black stars film Hollywood feature in Cardiff

Hollywood stars Will Arnett and Natasha Lyonne have been filming live-action family comedy Show Dogs in Cardiff. Arnett - best known for BoJack Horseman, Arrested Development, Flaked and as the voice of Lego Batman - and Lyonne - star of Orange Is ...

Dinas ladies show their strength with win

Dinas Powys ladies went into this match against Aberdare with three big players away so the strength of the squad was tested to the full. Making a return to Bryn Y Don, the girls went right on the attack. Within 15 minutes it was 2-0 to the home side ...and more »

Aberdare Park will close for four days so the lake can be emptied, cleaned and re

Aberdare Park will close for four days from Friday morning so its lake can be emptied, cleaned and re-filled. The public park will close from 7am on Friday, December 16, and will re-open at 7am on Tuesday, December 20. A spokeswoman for Rhondda Cynon ...and more »

Aberdare Park will close for four days so the lake can be emptied, cleaned and re

A spokeswoman for Rhondda Cynon Taf council has confirmed work to drain and clean the bottom of the lake will involve large, heavy-duty machinery, so the park will close to protect the public and workers. Aberdare Park will close for four days (Photo ...and more »

Watch the Coyote Ugly Cardiff girls practise their moves ahead of opening night

AberdareConwoman stayed for almost a month at a caravan park after posing as a wealthy house buyer · Robyn Sunley has been ordered to pay compensation · NewportFour-car M4 accident blocks lane causing heavy traffic · The incident happened on the ...

T. Rex duo spotted exploring Welsh castles, mountains and even playing rugby

The duo were seen at Cardiff Castle, the Brecon Beacons and even playing rugby in Aberdare. Trex Tuesdays. The pair popped down to Aberdare Rugby Club for a quick game Credit: Trex Tuesdays. The stunt is all part of Visit Britain's #OMGB (Oh My ...

Italian police launch investigation into crash which left Scott Gibbs' wife Kate seriously injured

AberdareConwoman stayed for almost a month at a caravan park after posing as a wealthy house buyer · Robyn Sunley has been ordered to pay compensation · NewportFour-car M4 accident blocks lane causing heavy traffic · The incident happened on the ...and more »

More than 100 pensioners enjoyed Christmas lunch together after £2000 donation

More than 100 pensioners have come together in Talbot Green to enjoy a three-course Christmas meal. In a bid to spread festive cheer among the local community, Talbot Green Shopping Park welcomed the guests at Talbot Green Community Centre on ...

The fiver worth £50000 spent in a Welsh cafe was given to a customer in change

The manager of a cafe where a £5 note potentially worth £50,000 was spent says the note is no longer there. And that means it could be in your pocket, wallet or purse. The special new £5 note - one of only four in existence - was secretly spent in the ...and more »

Fight erupts outside train station which sees man injured and vehicles damaged

AberdareConwoman stayed for almost a month at a caravan park after posing as a wealthy house buyer · Robyn Sunley has been ordered to pay compensation · NewportFour-car M4 accident blocks lane causing heavy traffic · The incident happened on the ...and more »

Tributes paid to final survivor of the Cardiff team which beat New Zealand

And the Rhondda -born winger, who died last week at the age of 85, also made three appearances for the British Lions on their 1955 tour to South Africa. An inductee into the Cardiff RFC Hall of Fame, he made 140 appearances in 11 seasons for the club ...

Manchester United FC, Arsenal and Chelsea head race to snap up Wales teen starlet Ethan Ampadu

Wales young gun Ethan Ampadu will spark a scramble for his services when the January transfer window opens after becoming the most wanted teenager in British football. The biggest clubs in the Premier League are keen to land the record-breaking ...and more »

McDonald's in Cardiff city centre is reopening with digital self

AberdareConwoman stayed for almost a month at a caravan park after posing as a wealthy house buyer · Robyn Sunley has been ordered to pay compensation. whats-on; all. Most Read; Most Recent. TwitterMcDonald's released their Christmas cups and ...and more »

This busy junction in Mountain Ash could get its two new lanes during January

Plans to improve a busy junction in Mountain Ash by adding two new lanes and converting a street to a one-way system should happen in January. During September, Rhondda Cynon Taf council announced plans to improve traffic flow on the A4059 at its ...

Rhondda community centre celebrates Christmas in style

A Rhondda community centre has held a Christmas party with free festive decorations - as part of an award for two 'hidden heroes' who fought to keep the facility open. Elizabeth Williams and Lynne Holley have made a big difference to the community of ...

Fight erupts outside train station which sees man injured and vehicles damaged

Police are appealing for information after a fight broke out involving two drivers and a group of young people at a village train station. Officers from British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses after a fight erupted outside Pontlottyn train ...and more »

Lifeguards honored for helping to save the life of an amateur football player

Two lifeguards have been described as heroes after helping to save the life of an amateur footballer who suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch. Jonathan Daniel and Colin Wallace, who work at Sobell Leisure Centre in Aberdare, came to the aid of ...

First look inside Cardiff restaurant The Hashery which will serve 2

The Hashery, High Street, Cardiff (where Bella Italia used to be). The Hashery is a new bar and restaurant which will serve mussels and cocktails . Barnaby Bell making a cocktail. (Photo: Peter Bolter). Share; Comments. Get What's On updates directly ...

A new mine simulator experience at Rhondda Heritage Park will open in the New Year

A new mine simulator ride at the Rhondda Heritage Park will open in the New Year, it has been revealed. The ride will extend the Trehafod site's existing tour experience, and will transport people through underground tunnels at the former Lewis Merthyr ...and more »

Bow Street runner Aled wins Aber 10K

The top 10 was completed by Matthew Evans of Aberdare Valley AAC, fourth in 34:16, William Woodcock of Wirral AC, running for Aber Graduates, fifth in 34:21, Rob Johnson of Aberystwyth AC sixth in 34:24, Stephen Corbishley of Rossendale Harriers & AC ...and more »

UB40's Brian Travers meets Aberfan survivor he painted

When UB40 saxophonist Brian Travers started a series of paintings to commemorate Aberfan, little did he know he'd meet the little boy he'd painted - let alone become best friends with him. But Brian, and Jeff Edwards, a survivor of the Aberfan disaster ...

Extra Funding for Schools in Swansea Under Council's Budget Plans

Headteachers have been told the full Welsh Government funding increase of £600,000 will be passed directly on to them along with an extra £1.2m of additional cash which is being provided by Swansea Council to deal with new spending pressures on ...

South Wales Business Owners Encouraged to Make a New Year's Business Resolution

South Wales business owners are being encouraged to make a new year's resolution – and to put their employees' happiness at the heart of it! Counsellor Lynette Evans, who runs The Listening Helper, works with businesses to help them transform staff ...

Business Wales Supports Launch of New Cocktail Bar in Porthcawl – Cosy Corner Lounge

A new restaurant and cocktail bar has opened on the Porthcawl coastal front with the support of the Welsh Government's Business Wales service. Cosy Corner Lounge, situated on the Porthcawl Esplanade, was opened in August 2016 by local entrepreneur ...

Barclays Investment of £375000 Allows Bargain Booze Franchisee to Expand Across South Wales

Bargain Booze franchisee Gurpreet Randhawa has expanded into new premises at Station Road, Llandaff North, after a £375,000 investment supported by Barclays. The new off licence and convenience store under the select convenience brand will ...

Innovative Occupational Therapy Service in Pembroke Dock Celebrated in National Report

The introduction of an occupational therapist to the team at Argyle Medical Group (Pembroke Dock) has been featured in a national report celebrating the value of innovative occupational therapy services. The report, Reducing the Pressure on Hospitals ...

Monmouth Breakfast Business Networking

Chris is a digital marketing and publishing whizz by trade, having worked alongside the Recruitment, Automotive, Information Security and Software Asset Management sectors. Specialising in data analysis and social media, he combines an analytical ...

Morning news headlines: More chaos for passengers as Southern Railway drivers launch strikes; Government faces ...

Hundreds of thousands of passengers face further misery as strikes by drivers on Southern Railway will see the worst disruption in nearly two decades. The operator's owners lost a legal bid to halt the walkout, which will mean many commuters will have ...and more »

Enough food for almost 25000 meals was donated to Cardiff Foodbank in three days

AberdareAberdare Park will close for four days so the lake can be emptied, cleaned and re-filled · Here's all you need to know about the closure this week · Newport Crown CourtBusinessman who strangled girlfriend 'also thought about poisoning her with ...and more »

Police appeal for witnesses to serious assault near Merthyr's Celtic Bar

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious assault that took place near the Celtic Bar on Aberdare Road, Merthyr Tydfil . At approximately 12.20am on Saturday, December 10, a 26-year-old man was hit from behind by a Volkswagen Golf while he was ...


Griffiths was born in Penygraig in the Rhondda, and went to Loughborough College where he excelled at rugby and athletics. His sprinting speed made him a dangerous and versatile attacking player, able to cover the wing, centre and full-back positions.

Work could start on the state

... football club, school governors, staff and pupils who have all welcomed the planned investment in the area." Information about the planning application can be viewed online at, and hard copies are available at Aberdare Library.and more »

Tonyrefail West councillor Eudine Hanagan to seek election in neighbouring ward

A senior Rhondda Cynon Taff councillor has confirmed she will seek election in a neighbouring ward to the one she has represented since 1999 – ending rumours she had been deselected. Eudine Hanagan, councillor for Tonyrefail West, will be a candidate ...and more »

Dinas Ladies FC sit comfortably at top of league after 4

Dinas Ladies FC 4 - Aberdare Ladies FC 1. DINAS Ladies FC went into this match with three big players away so the strength in depth of the squad was tested to the full. Making a return to Bryn y Don - after their home pitch of Jenner park was booked ...

Conwoman posed as wealthy house buyer to defraud North Devon caravan park

She was also ordered to pay £1,195 compensation to the holiday park and £365 to Aberdare Cash Solutions by Recorder Ms Elizabeth Bussey-Jones at Exeter Crown Court. She told her: "The holiday park is a small, family run firm, and therefore the loss to ...and more »

Builder killed his partner and then himself after wrongly accusing her of having affair

A builder killed his partner and then himself at a farmhouse after wrongly accusing her of having an affair, an inquest has heard. Tracy Cockrell, 51, and partner Nigel McGrath, 45, were found dead at their isolated country farmhouse in Powys. The ...and more »

Staff in the NHS in Wales are enjoying work more

Job satisfaction among NHS staff in Wales is on the up, but bullying and work-related stress remain a significant concern. That's according to a new survey of more than 17,000 employees in Wales who were asked to comment on the quality of their ...and more »

This is what it is like to be a West Walian at Oxford University

The drive up to the world-renowned university city in early October seemed like an eternal one. For an individual who has been confident and sure of his ability for most of his life, even I was nervous to begin a new journey in the “dreaming spires” of ...

Exclusive Interview with Alyson Macnamara, Investment Executive, Finance Wales

How long have you worked at Finance Wales? Could you give us a quick career history? I joined Finance Wales in January 2016, so I've been here for nearly a year. Before joining the micro loans team – where I help structure loans from £1,000 up to £50 ...and more »

People on this housing estate have been waiting for a decent internet connection for a year

The AM said residents don't know who is responsible for fixing infrastructural problems causing the issue. She added that housing developer Persimmon says it is the responsibility of BT Openreach to fix the issue, but BT Openreach says the fault lies ...

A woman is walking her raccoon through Cardiff city centre on a pink lead

A woman has been spotted walking a raccoon through the streets of Cardiff city centre. The woman had the unusual pet on a pink lead and was spotted by several people amongst the Christmas shoppers. Tim Lewis, a PR for Brains brewery was one of the ...

Christmas the most isolating time of year for people with dementia

Alzheimer’s Society provides guidance to support people during the festive season.

Pontypridd's precinct will be fully cleared next month – almost SIX YEARS after demolition began

But, Rhondda Cynon Taf council says that next month will see a stage that no project has reached since the precinct closed – the full demolition of the site, including its base. The council's office-led plan also allocates floor space for cafes ...

Carwyn Jones offers plenty of diagnosis – but sadly for Wales, no cure

Just weeks after taking office, Carwyn Jones outlined a bold philosophy for government – describing education and skills as

Forgotten Aberdare offices have been transformed – now they're ready for businesses to move in

Old council offices in Aberdare town centre are now hoping to attract local businesses after a derelict building was transformed. The Exchange Buildings in Monk Street were sold by Rhondda Cynon Taf council to Albion Workplace Solutions in December ...

Consultation starts on new nuclear power station design

Natural Resources Wales and the Environment Agency are consulting on their assessment of a new nuclear power station design from Hitachi-GE.

Stalemate for Llantwit Major RFC youth team

The game played on Tuesday night under floodlights on a misty and chilly evening in the Rhondda Cynon Taf. The first half saw Llantwit dominate the start with two strikes against the head in the scrum against a much bigger Taffs Well pack. This acted ...and more »

A £5 note potentially worth £50000 has been spent in a Welsh cafe

It was revealed today that a special engraved note, one of only four in existence, was spent in the Square Cafe in Blackwood at the end of last week. If the cafe owner noticed, it could well be that he kept it for safekeeping. But, if not, it could ...and more »

'You've got to credit Swansea!' BBC presenter Jason Mohammad told on air to praise Bob Bradley's side after win

Canada star Tyler Ardron and Hanno Dirksen also become free agents in the summer as Ospreys face dilemma amid stern competition for places · AberdareForgotten Aberdare offices have been transformed – now they're ready for businesses to move in.

Deadly Rhys strikes winner for Bluebirds

A Cambrian second-half fight-back was inevitable but, because the Blues refused to sit on their lead and spent a long time chasing the second goal, the Rhondda side was never able to mount a real onslaught. There were a few flurries. James Gwilt had to ...and more »

Wales Takes Steps to Better Understand Housing Sector

Data is king. It doesn't matter if you have one property or over a hundred, you will know how many tenancy agreements you have, the rent, yield rate, bank balance, and probably a lot more numbers and figures than you care to imagine. Without data, it ...

Stressed Welsh Shoppers Urge Retailers to Enhance the Shopping Experience

With the Christmas shopping season in full swing, new research from Barclaycard has revealed that stressed shoppers are appealing to retailers to urgently enhance the shopping experience in the busy festive period or risk losing out on sales both now ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Monday, December 12, 2016

Labour's local AM and council candidates in Gabalfa have put out leaflets in recent months claiming they oppose the planned closure of Wedal Road tip – but have neglected to mention it's their own Labour council that wants to close it. Whether this is ...and more »

Western Mail letters: Saturday, December 10, 2016

There is a lot of debate at the moment as to why Welsh students are achieving lower grades than their English counterparts. Isn't it obvious? The politicians say that improvements are on the way, but while they continue the policy of compulsory Welsh ...

Port of Milford Haven Supports Challenge to Shop Locally on Small Business Saturday

An annual celebration of small business success takes place this weekend (December 3rd) in Milford Haven and shoppers are being set a fun challenge to shop locally. The special one-day event, called Small Business Saturday, is part of a national ...

Winter Season Off to a Flying Start as November Sees Another Month of Growth

Cardiff Airport has announced further passenger growth. The number of passengers who have flown through Wales' national airport in the last year now stands at over 1.338 million, representing +18% growth over the last twelve months. The month of ...and more »


Creo Medical, who make and design specialised medical equipment for use with an endoscope, have successfully listed on AIM. AIM is a sub-market of the London Stock Exchange. The Chepstow-headquartered company's initial public offering (IPO) raised ...and more »

Welsh Premier: Llandudno return to winning ways

Alan Morgan said he was delighted his Llandudno side delivered an early Christmas present for their supporters at the Giant Hospitality Stadium. Tudno completed the double over Carmarthen and moved back into the Welsh Premier top six after just their ...

'It was in such a dangerous position so I couldn't stop the car'

A driver has complained to a local authority after a “terrible” pothole in a precarious position caused a punctured tyre to her car. Jo Hill, who works for South Wales Police , was driving from Bridgend to Cardiff on the A48 Tumble Hill when she came ...

Police car windscreen smashed by two men on a motorbike in Swansea

A 26-year-old man has been arrested after a police car had its front windscreen smashed. Two men on a green Kawasaki motorbike caused the damage to the vehicle, which was on patrol in Swansea in the early hours of Sunday, before they left the scene.and more »

Watch as this Indian man who has never been to the UK speaks WELSH

Shiva was also filmed by Owain naming Welsh towns including Castell Newydd Emlyn (Newcastle Emlyn), Merthyr Tydfil, Tenby, Aberystwyth, Aberdare, and Ynys Môn (Anglesey). According to Twitter user, Alan Wilson, “everybody who goes to Benaulim” ...and more »

Locked Up: The murderer, blackmailer and girlfriend

Here are some of the criminals in prison this week after being sentenced at Welsh courts this week. They include a boxer convicted of killing a soldier on a night out in Brecon and a man who laughed as he beat up his girlfriend. Jake Vallely. The ...

Watch as dancing elves descend on Bridgend... to do the conga!

AberdareYou could soon see boats floating on Aberdare Park's lake for the first time in years · It was once a popular activity, and now plans are in place to make hire boats available once again. Most Read; Most Recent. CardiffLive updates as pothole ...

AA Gill, the restaurant critic who wasn't the biggest fan of Wales, has died

Tributes have been paid to AA Gill – the restaurant critic who famously once dubbed the Welsh “dark, ugly little trolls”. The award-winning writer's death was confirmed on Saturday afternoon just three weeks after he revealed he had been diagnosed with ...and more »

Live updates as pothole causes damage to at least ten cars and causes tailbacks on a major Cardiff road

The M4 has been closed after an overturned animal trailer left cows on the motorway A pothole has caused damage to "at least 10 or 11" cars on a major Cardiff road. (Photo: Traffic Wales). Share. A pothole has caused damage to "at least 10 or 11" cars ...

Worcester 33 Newport Gwent Dragons 20: Second

Don't be the last to know! Get the latest local news straight to your inbox. Sign up. A SECOND-HALF try blitz – including two penalty tries – saw Worcester power to a convincing European Challenge Cup win against a lacklustre Newport Gwent Dragons at ...and more »

Inside secret drugs factory reached by tunnel hidden behind a washing machine where gang mixed £6m of super ...

A drugs gang which flooded the streets of Wales with super-strength heroin was operating from a secret factory only accessible by crawling through a tunnel. Newly released images reveal how the gang of 20 criminals, which included three Newport -based ...and more »

Newport County match abandoned at half time as rain leaves Rodney Parade pitch unplayable

Newport County's match with Morecambe has been abandoned at half time after the pitch became unplayable. A sustained period of rain, which began on Friday evening sparked real concerns the game might not even start but a decision was taken to kick off ...and more »

You could soon see boats floating on Aberdare Park's lake for the first time in years

You could soon see boats floating on Aberdare Park's beautiful lake, as plans are in place to make them available for hire once again. As part of a raft of improvements at the Cynon Valley park, plans have now been announced to re-introduce the ...

It's Wizzard's Christmas classic as you've never heard it before... by the people of a Welsh valley

It's Wizzard's festive favourite hit as you've never heard it before - performed by the people of the Cynon Valley . From Hirwaun at the top of the valley to Abercynon at the bottom, local businesses have taken part in this music video showing their ...

No surprise in Sleaford

It is a surrender to xenophobia, mirroring the embarrassing stance by Corbyn's challenger Owen Smith, who claimed that school places in his Rhondda Cynon Taf area were under pressure caused by migrants. In reality there were hundreds of available ...and more »

The absurdly brilliant try that's made this Welsh teenager the talk of rugby today

Don't give him headlines, a well-intentioned Rob Howley urged the media about Keelan Giles during Wales's autumn series. The problem is the absurdly prolific youngster will keep doing things that demand attention. The first of his two tries in Friday ...

Wales is finally getting its own flag emoji

It is understood the authority in charge of computer text and characters has approved plans to add the Wales, Scotland and England flags in 2017. Read More. The latest emoji include a sauna, giraffe and breastfeeding. Unicode has approved the emojis ...and more »

Stagecoach gold in the Rhondda valley to Cardiff But Not Cynon Valley

Passengers travelling between Maerdy in the Rhondda valley to Cardiff will be able to travel in

Police incident closes one of Cardiff's busiest roads

A police incident has closed off part of Albany Road in the Roath area of Cardiff this afternoon. South Wales Police said they are at the scene of an assault which was reported shortly before 2.50pm today. A man has been assaulted and an ambulance is ...and more »

'There's blood everywhere' Murder trial hears police 999 call

The jury in the murder trial of three friends who allegedly stabbed a man in broad daylight have been played the distressing 999 calls made by witnesses. Lynford Brewster, 29, died from stab wounds following an incident which took place on an estate in ...

The Human League will headline an 80s festival at a Welsh castle

A retro festival being held next year at a Welsh castle has announced its headline act. Retroactive Festival will be giving fans of 80s music somewhere to get their fix - and it's been revealed that The Human League will be headlining the event.

Applications for term-time absences rise after High Court ruling: research

Nearly one in three school leaders (31%) have reported an increase in the number of applications for term-time absences since a landmark High Court ruling in May this year, a survey by law firm Browne Jacobson has found


Pupils at Capcoch Primary School have proven their green credentials after being awarded a top eco award.


A trampoline park is coming to Merthyr Tydfil and is set to open in 2017

The 40,000 sq ft space covers two units on Cyfarthfa Industrial Estate, one unit for the trampoline park and the second for a space for other attractions. The park will be called Vertigo and is intended to offer parents, families and teenagers ...

A new independent coffee shop in Newport has a baby grand piano for customers to play

The accident has happened near the Rhondda Heritage Park · CardiffThere's a fault with parking machines in Cardiff - so you don't have to pay (for now) · A number of council-owned parking machines are not working · Traffic and TravelUrgent police ...and more »

This car has been parked on the same spot on a Cardiff street for 10 years

And even if you've seen it, you probably don't know much about it or its owner – until now. The car once belonged to Dennis Desmond, a gold miner who lived in Wales but who would travel to South Africa regularly for work, leaving the prized possession ...and more »

Man jailed for blackmail after he threatened to drown a man he met on a dating website

A blackmailer has been jailed after he threatened to drown a man he met on a dating website and forced him to give him £1,400 in cash. Liam Hatcher, 25, from Cardiff , falsely accused his victim – who cannot be named for legal reasons – of raping him ...and more »


Natural Resources Wales is appealing for help after a group of people were caught on camera riding motorbikes illegally in a north Wales forest. The five riders were photographed in the heart of the Clocaenog Forest in Denbighshire on Saturday December ...and more »

The fascinating full story of the other Swansea City and the talented teenage players afflicted by poverty

Despite their worrying on-field form and the ongoing unrest among the supporters, Swansea City are enjoying the most profitable period in their history. At the start of this year they were named as the 26th richest club in the world by Deloitte , with ...

Council leader hits back at critics after Kirkintilloch junction reopens

East Dunbartonshire Council leader Rhondda Geekie has hit back at critics after, live on radio, she defended the reopening of all four arms of a busy junction in Kirkintilloch without traffic lights. Dozens of people complained on the Herald's Facebook ...and more »

Holy Cross Church tree concert captivates a packed audience

Elinor again produced a very polished and professional performance when she sang 'Bist Du Bei Mir'. She was then joined by Tom Hamilton to perform a duet of 'Falling Slowly'. The choir returned to perform 'Cwm Rhondda', 'You are So Beautiful to Me ...and more »

Arrest after man brandishes bladed weapon in Aberystwyth town centre

Police arrested a man in Aberystwyth after several reports of someone brandishing a bladed weapon in the town centre. The Dyfed-Powys force said they received a number of calls from members of the public concerned that a man was brandishing a weapon ...and more »

New Welsh Government role for director of CBI Wales Emma Watkins

Director of CBI Wales Emma Watkins is taking up a new role with the Welsh Government. Ms Watkins, as deputy director for business and sectors, will manage the Welsh Government's relationships with some of the economy's biggest employers. She will be ...and more »

Six thousand people sign petition against 'horrific' plans to create wakeboarding park at Cosmeston

A petition against plans for a wakeboarding park at Cosmeston Lakes has been launched by environmental campaigners, who claim it would turn the beauty spot into a “nightmare”. The current plans would see a cable wakeboarding facility installed at the ...

Cardiff is getting a new restaurant which will serve 2

Cardiff's latest bar and restaurant, The Hashery, is set to open next week and will tantalise customers with homemade burgers, mussels and 2-4-1 cocktails all day long. Priding itself on locally-sourced produce, The Hashery will serve breakfast, lunch ...

This lighthouse and headland are for sale for £1.4 million

Every day you would wake up to your own uninterrupted panorama of the Irish Sea. Uninterrupted, that is, apart from the dolphins swimming by or the sunrise glowing through your bedroom window. The Point Lynas lighthouse has guided ships through ...and more »

Family in emotional appeal to find missing walker who may be in Wales

The family of a missing man who may be in Wales have made an emotional appeal. Stephen Woolley from Kidderminster, was last seen when he went to bed at around 10.15pm on Tuesday, December 6. He was reported missing from his home a few hours ...and more »

There's a fault with parking machines in Cardiff

The accident has happened near the Rhondda Heritage Park · GwyneddHotel staff sacked after feral cat was killed as manager says 'we messed up' · Royal Oak boss admits 'we messed up' and reveals two workers have been dismissed as a result of the ...

Using London airports instead of Cardiff and Bristol is wasting 1000 years in travel time

The research by York Aviation put the cost of travelling to London airports in 2015 at £182m. Share; Comments. BySion Barry. 11:01, 9 DEC 2016; Updated 11:02, 9 DEC 2016. Business. Share; Comments. Get business updates directly to your inbox.and more »

Otters take up residence in new home installed at Pembrokeshire reserve

An artificial otter holt at The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales' Pembroke Upper Mill Pond nature reserve has already got tenants. The structure, which was funded through the Co-op Welsh Wildlife Heroes grant, was installed in April this year ...

Mint & Mustard opens its third Welsh curry house in Chepstow

A much-loved curry house has expanded once again as it opens the doors at its latest restaurant in Wales. Mint and Mustard , which started life in Cardiff before opening branches in Taunton and Penarth , has now opened at a new location - this time in ...

Urgent police appeal after serious accident closes major road

Police are investigating a serious accident between two cars on the main road between Brecon and Sennybridge. A young woman has been taken to hospital after the crash. The A40 is closed in both directions after the collision involving a black Mini and ...and more »

The best decorated houses in Wales this Christmas

We're all in awe of the Newport home whose owners call it 'best Christmas-decorated house you will see in Europe'. It is dripping in lights, took more than 12 weeks to put together and was even switched on by a Commonwealth gold medallist! This house ...

This post about a homeless man in Cardiff will restore your faith in people

A grateful Cardiff woman is searching for a homeless Good Samaritan who bought tears to her eyes with an act of kindness. Jess Beynon is desperate to identify the unselfish stranger, who is known only as Darren. She posted this on Facebook. "Hi I was ...

Wales captain Sam Warburton says several other sports are 'worse off than rugby' when dealing with concussion

Wales captain Sam Warburton believes a host of other sports are 'a lot worse off than rugby' when it comes to dealing with concussion. His comments come after Wales team-mate George North suffered a head injury after landing on his neck while playing ...and more »

Cyclist seriously injured after being struck by car involved in another accident on busy Valleys road

A 54-year-old cyclist was been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being involved in an early morning accident involving a van and a car. The A4058 was closed in both directions for several hours so accident investigation work and repairs ...

Main Valleys road closed after cyclist seriously injured in accident with two cars

A major road in the Rhondda has been closed after an accident involving a car and pedestrian. The accident happened in Hopkinstown between Pontypridd and Porth, near the Rhondda Heritage Park. The A4058 has been closed in both directions for ...

Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour hits Cardiff's Principality Stadium next year

... PoliceCyclist seriously injured after being struck by car involved in another accident on busy Valleys road · The accident has happened near the Rhondda Heritage Park · Wales schoolsThese teachers have launched a clothing range encouraging fidgeting.and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Friday, December 9, 2016

View from the edge of the Fontygary Caravan and Leisure Park looking west. Picture sent in by Ken Mumford. Share. Get daily updates directly to your inbox. + Subscribe. Thank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email ...and more »

Western Mail letters: Friday, December 9, 2016

The recent Pisa results illustrate how delusional we are in thinking that educational policy in Wales is a success. The annual scelebration of teenagers waving results papers followed by announcements of record GCSE and A-level passes leads us to think ...and more »

Amgen Cymru recycling firm staff contracts 'absurd'

Fresh concerns have been raised about employment practices at a council-owned recycling company. The GMB union has claimed agency workers at Amgen Cymru, an arm's-length waste management firm near Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff, have been ...

How Wales' first Syrian refugees are settling in a year after arriving

The first Syrian refugees to be settled in Wales, exactly a year ago, are fitting in well, according to those who have worked with them. Aberystwyth was the first town in Wales to welcome the refugees, despite the fact Ceredigion hadn't traditionally ...

A charity single featuring footballers, buskers and a school choir has been released

... but snooker chiefs contacted Williams to send him the prize money for winning the tournament · NHSWelshman who leads the biggest civil service union has had a successful heart operation · Mark Serwotka, who was born in Cardiff and raised in ...

The new Lidl store in Splott has opened its doors

Lidl's store on East Tyndall Street in Splott opened its doors for the first time on Thursday. This store's facilities include an in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing facilities, customer toilets, baby changing facilities and parking ...

Charlotte Church explores homelessness in Cardiff for a special documentary

Charlotte Church has released a special documentary where she explores homelessness and the initiatives set up to support those living on the streets of Cardiff . The 30-year-old Welsh singer, who grew up in the capital, speaks to a number of people ...and more »

The family of a biker who died during heavy floods call on fellow bikers to ride to his funeral

The family of a biker whose died during heavy floods in South Wales have called on fellow bikers to ride to his funeral. Russell Sherwood 69, went missing in November after driving to pick up his wife from Bridgend . Police found Mr Sherwood's body and ...

Who is Alex King? Meet the man who has emerged as the shock favourite to be named Wales' attack coach

What are his coaching credentials? What was he like as a player and what about his relationship with Howley. Share; Comments. ByMatthew Southcombe. 18:38, 8 DEC 2016; Updated 18:38, 8 DEC 2016. Sport. Alex King and Rob Howley celebrate winning ...and more »

Why not join the cwmbach Army cadets

More cadets needed within Cwmbach detachment the detachments have taken a lot of cadets off the street and taught them life lessons. Its a great experience too for them to have; of course also to make new friends too. 

Welshman who leads the biggest civil service union has had a successful heart operation

Mr Serwotka, who was born in Cardiff and raised in Aberdare , is now recovering in hospital and will then recuperate at home. A PCS statement said: “This is fantastic news for his family – his wife Ruth and children Imogen and Rhys – and for the union ...and more »

Bar 44 is launching new Spanish restaurant in Cardiff

The team behind award-winning tapas restaurant Bar 44 is to open a fourth location in Cardiff, specialising in Spanish 'asador' cooking as well as having dedicated wine and cheese rooms. This brand new venture is set to introduce a style of Spanish ...and more »

People of THESE two towns are the best punters in the UK

Punters in the North West are the best in the UK – with Warrington ranked as the most successful town in the country, according to Ladbrokes. The data, which was compiled by, revealed that football fans in the Cheshire town landed ...

Friars Walk in Newport scoops award for best new centre

Newport's new shopping centre has received plenty of praise since it opened - and now it has scooped an award. Friars Walk , the £90m development which opened just over a year ago, has won the Centre of the Year award at the Revo Gold Awards during ...and more »

Yard was broken into in Hirwaun industrial Estate

South Wales Police are appealing for information after a yard was broken into in Hirwaun industrial Estate.

Half the children at two Cardiff secondary schools can't read effectively, say inspectors

Two Cardiff schools which share the same site and interim head have been put in special measures after damning reports from inspectors. Glyn Derw High School and Michaelston Community College were deemed the lowest rank of unsatisfactory across all ...and more »

11 great Christmas grottoes within an hour's drive of Cardiff

Dare Valley Country Park, near Aberdare. Father Christmas will snuggled into Cafe Cwtch at the 500-acre country park on selected dates in December. And once you've been to visit you can spend time outdoors, walking the network of countryside trails.and more »

ICO investigation reveals how charities have been exploiting supporters

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and British Heart Foundation (BHF) secretly screened millions of the

Cynon Valley Party Meeting in Mountain Ash

Having attended all Cynon Valley Party constituency meetings to date it is clear the people who have attended the meeting all have one thing in common that they express the need for change in Cynon Valley.


Former England fly

Former England fly-half Alex King has emerged as the leading candidate to come on board as Wales attack coach for the Six Nations championship. The man who was Warren Gatland's playmaker and Rob Howley's half-back partner at Wasps is expected to ...and more »

Suspected 'window cleaner' burglars wanted by police

Police have issued CCTV pictures of two men suspected of pretending to be window cleaners to steal money from a vulnerable 88-year-old woman in Cardiff. They are appealing for the public's helping in tracking down two men alleged to have targeted the ...and more »

Architects want to build this incredible house in Wales

It would be one of the most unique, original and eye-catching homes ever built in Wales. If it is built, on a disused quarry on the edge of the South Wales Valleys, it would cost the buyer £500,000. The architects behind the design for the unique home, ...

Two men charged with kidnap after incident left person with head injuries

The incident happened on Commercial Road near the junction of Bolt Street in Newport at around 11am on Tuesday. It involved two men and a woman. The victim was left with non-life-threatening head injuries and was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in ...

Welsh Government announces £8m investment in Port Talbot steel works

The Welsh Government has announced it is investing £8m to help make Port Talbot steel works more viable in the future. The £8m will be spent on reducing energy costs and cutting carbon emissions at the plant, and is part of an £18m investment, the rest ...and more »

Fire started after petrol was poured through a letterbox while the occupants were at home

Police are appealing for information after petrol was poured through a letterbox and a fire was started in a house. The incident happened on Wednesday in Ebbw Vale at around 9pm. Gwent Police were called after petrol was poured through the letterbox of ...and more »

These are the referees who will take charge of Wales' Six Nations matches

The referees have been confirmed for the 2017 Six Nations and Wales now know who they'll have. English referee JP Doyle will take charge of the opening match against Italy out in Rome, which could prove to be a tricky encounter against a fired up ...and more »

These stunning new boutique hotels will pop up at secret Welsh locations next year

Gorgeous new boutique hotels will 'pop-up' at three secret locations across Wales next year. Less than 200 bookings will be available, meaning a select few will get to stay in the three locations with glorious views of the Welsh landscape. They will be ...and more »

A Bristol City fan has been banned from football for holding lit flare at Cardiff City Stadium

A football fan who was jumping up and down at Cardiff City's ground, holding a lit flare and chanting “Johnson says bounce around the ground” has received a four year banning order. Jordan McQuade, 22, from Ashton Drive, Bristol, pleaded guilty to ...and more »

Three people taken to hospital after car crash on residential city street

Mark Serwotka, who was born in Cardiff and raised in Aberdare, is now recovering in hospital and will then recuperate at home · AngleseyYoung pedestrian airlifted to hospital following 'serious' collision · The collision involved a grey Seat car and ...and more »

Wales' QC was politely savaged by the Supreme Court over Brexit and Article 50

The Welsh Government's QC faced tough questions from the UK's most senior judges in the Supreme Court. Public law expert Richard Gordon QC was arguing the Welsh Government's case that Parliament should have to vote on triggering Brexit through ...and more »

Port Talbot still faces uncertain future despite investment deal

Port Talbot steel works still face an uncertain future despite the deal agreed between Tata and unions representing steel workers this week, an expert said today. Calvin Jones, professor of economics at Cardiff Business School, warned that the Welsh ...and more »

The most expensive (and cheapest) houses sold in Wales in October

3. Tyr Felin Street, Mountain Ash: £28,000. Costing just £100 more, this mid terrace property comes in as the third cheapest sale for October. It has three bedrooms and is another home in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area.

The Assembly thinks it needs a new name and wants your views

The Welsh public are being asked to have their say on what the National Assembly for Wales should be called. In July, the National Assembly unanimously agreed that “the Assembly should change its name to reflect its constitutional status as a national ...and more »

New chief officer appointed for East Dunbartonshire

Councillor Rhondda Geekie, Chairperson of East Dunbartonshire HSCP, welcomed the appointment. She said, “I am delighted to welcome Mrs Manion to the team, her wealth of experience means that she is the ideal person to lead the continued ...and more »

The punishments Wales could face as FIFA bosses prepare to consider sanctions at poppy hearing

Wales are set to discover the fate of their FIFA hearing on Friday for the touching poppy tributes made during the World Cup qualifying clash with Serbia at the Cardiff City Stadium. After being told they were not allowed to wear poppies on their ...and more »

Everything you need to know about the Porthcawl Christmas Day swim

Mark Serwotka, who was born in Cardiff and raised in Aberdare, is now recovering in hospital and will then recuperate at home. whats-on; all. Most Read; Most Recent. CardiffBar 44 is launching new Spanish restaurant in Cardiff · The popular tapas bar ...and more »

Town stop the rot

On Saturday, Town play their last home fixture of the year, home to Aberdare (2.00pm). Meanwhile Town's reserve side went down 1-4 at Penypound to AFC Llwydcoed. Town v Cwmamman United: 1 Tom Indge, 2 Brett Alderson, 3 Jac Evans, 4 Ben Jones, ...


Cardiff-headquartered finance company MotoNovo Finance has this week (05 December) began the move of over 400 head office staff into its new city centre office. The move into the first five floors of One Central Square, the first scheme of the newly ...

Third Sector Tenants Association Relaunched in Cardiff

A third sector tenants' association has been relaunched to help protect the rights of all those who rent their homes in Cardiff whether from social or private sector landlords. Tenants in Cardiff (TIC) has been launched out of the nearly thirty-year ...and more »

Swansea Based Commercial Vehicle Dealer Supports Nursery with Vital Fundraising

Despite their nationwide reach, commercial vehicle expert David Spear Commercial Vehicles is one firm that is proud of its roots, and since its establishment the Heads of The Valleys based company has run several initiatives to support its local community.

Leaders Urge PM to Get Moving On Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Cllr Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, alongside the Leaders of other Swansea Bay City Region councils, has written to the new PM to reinforce the local commitment to the project which could create thousands of jobs in South West Wales. Mrs May ...and more »

National Training Federation for Wales Appoint Two Leaders During Period of Change

A woman who has been involved in work-based learning for 22 years has been elected chair of the National Training Federation for Wales for the next three years. Sarah John, commercial director at Newport-based Acorn Learning Solutions, had been acting ...

Tourism Boom Continues Through Autumn – With Further Awards for Wales

Latest figures show the summer tourism boom on day visits has also extended into the autumn – with more people taking a day trip to Wales and spending more on their trips. Latest results from the Great Britain Day Visits Survey published today show ...

BBC 100 Women 2016: Facts needed about Welsh heroines

The nine women will take part in the event at the same time as hundreds of others across the world as part of an event to conclude this year's BBC 100 Women series. Amy Morris, who made a film about Lady Rhondda, said: "If the information is not there ...and more »

Welsh Taxi Group Hires New Director to Board

A Welsh private hire and taxi group has appointed the former vice-president of global human resources at a multinational manufacturer to its board, as part of a growth strategy to reach a turnover of circa £50 million in the next two years. Tony ...

Women with dementia receive less medical attention, finds study

New research by UCL suggests that women with dementia have fewer visits to the GP, receive less health monitoring and t

Autumn Statement will improve living standards

The Autumn Statement will improve Welsh living standards, Welsh Conservatives will argue in an opposition debate today.

Book published for Welsh-speaking dementia sufferers

A social enterprise has published a book and related pack specifically designed for Welsh-speaking people with

Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun Christmas Concert 2016

Our Christmas Concert will be held at Saint Elfan's Church Aberdare on Wednesday 14th of December at 6:30pm.

Barry Chess Club news

We are only 0.5 point above our next opponents, Rhondda Spitfires. The Barry Chess Club meets at 7.30pm each Monday at the West End Club, St Nicholas Road, Barry CF62 6QY. The club is open to players of all standards; whether you are interested in ...and more »

These cyclists on the Taff Trail were confronted by an EMU

You see lots of dogs, the odd horse and even foxes on the Taff Trail - but spotting an emu must be a first. A group of cyclists were on the trail near Upper Boat, north of Cardiff, when they came across this large bird running around. They were riding ...

Major road in and out of Cardiff closed in both directions after crash

AberdareYou could soon see boats floating on Aberdare Park's lake for the first time in years · It was once a popular activity, and now plans are in place to make hire boats available once again · Cynon ValleyIt's Wizzard's Christmas classic as you've ...and more »

This little girl was sent home from school feeling unwell

Four weeks ago, Tia Llewellyn was a seemingly healthy girl until one morning she started being sick in school. The 12-year-old girl was sent home with what was thought to be a bug. But now she has been given a 'five per cent chance of living' by ...and more »

Milestone for £15.1m Revamp at Swansea School

During the next two years outdated demountable classrooms will be replaced by extending the existing buildings, there will be an extensive refurbishment of the rest of the school and its sports facilities will be given an overhaul and made available to ...

Training Support Business Wins at Armed Forces Awards Wales

A Swansea-based business that provides training support to the unemployed and ex-Forces personnel is celebrating after receiving the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) silver award at the Armed Forces Awards Wales event on Thursday (1 ...and more »

Council and Chambers Urge Businesses to Take Prompt Action on ...

Monmouthshire County Council is to urge the Welsh Government to postpone draft proposals for massive hikes in the county's draft business revaluations.and more »

Senior Team Expands to Drive Growth at Usk

Housebuilder Edenstone Homes has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of two new specialists. Helen Thomas and Huw Llewellyn have filled two newly-created roles to enhance Edenstone's senior team and drive the company forward at a ...

New Food Park Planned for Pembrokeshire

Major plans have been unveiled for a new food park in the County which could create up to 1,000 jobs. The Pembrokeshire Food Park would provide one million square foot of food production and cold storage facilities, a shared distribution network, and ...

Wales' Online Shopping Hotspots for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 Revealed

Royal Mail today reveals the top FIVE towns and cities in WALES where shoppers made the most online purchases in the week leading up to Black Friday and extending to Cyber Monday 2016. Bargain hunters in LLANDRINDOD WELLS top the list of most ...and more »

Right to roam? How Britain's country paths are disappearing

Last month, a mountain biker on a forestry trail in the Rhondda Valley said he could have been “decapitated” after cycling into a strip of barbed wire that had been strung between two trees. The steady deterioration of Britain's footpaths is not a new ...

A gang of men used their dogs to carry out 'abhorrent' attacks on wild animals

A group of men from South Wales travelled to Devon to use their dogs in a series of “abhorrent attacks” on deer, badgers and foxes. Plymouth Magistrates' Court was shown graphic and distressing footage of the dogs' attacks while the gang's ring leader ...and more »

Brexit minister wins Welsh Politician of the Year at 2016 Political Awards

The MP for Clwyd West was presented with his award by ITV News At Ten presenter Tom Bradby at a gala dinner held in Cardiff earlier this evening. The awards, sponsored by ITV Cymru Wales and leading marketing agency Four Cymru, are now in their 12th ...

Bargoed v Pontypridd

... Bradley Coombes returning from injury, and players drafted in on permit from neighbouring clubs - full back Joseph Williams and scrum half Greg Mogford from Ynysybwl, centre Jarrod Rees and back rowers Lee Evans and Lewis Young from Aberdare.

A Cardiff bar has been fined for failing to show its hygiene rating of one

Wow Bar & Deli in Churchill Way in the city centre was prosecuted for failing to display its “one” hygiene rating. Victoria Roffi, from Greenfield Terrace, Abercynon, and Pompous Ltd were prosecuted at Cardiff Magistrates' Court by Cardiff council ...and more »

Asquith resigns and Lloyd George forms a wartime coalition Cabinet Porthcawl at war: December 1916

His parents, William and Annie Davis, led the mourners at the funeral who included Mr William and Mrs Elizabeth Walker, and their son William from Treherbert, Rhondda. Elizabeth was the sister of Ernest's mother Annie: maiden name Gough. Elizabeth is ...and more »

This is how services will come together to keep millions of people in Cardiff safe this December

RhonddaRhondda club gets second chance to play live on S4C as Sgorio WILL broadcast re-arranged match · Bangor City FC will return to Ton Pentre AFC this weekend after Sunday's match was postponed due to a frozen pitch · NewportThis part of a Welsh ...and more »

Nine things you may not have known about schools in Merthyr Tydfil

Plans to improve a number of school buildings, bids for funding and a new building for a primary school have all gone under the microscope in Merthyr Tydfil this week. An update on school planning went before Merthyr Tydfil Council 's learning scrutiny ...

Here's how you can get FREE beer in Cardiff this weekend

Mark Serwotka, who was born in Cardiff and raised in Aberdare, is now recovering in hospital and will then recuperate at home · SwanseaThree people taken to hospital after car crash on residential city street · The emergency service rescue was filmed ...and more »

This part of a Welsh city 'is now an unofficial red light district' with sex sold at all times of the day

A part of a city centre has been described by locals as an "unofficial red light district" with sex being sold at all times of the day. Residents and business owners claim sex workers - many of whom appear to be young girls - can be seen on street ...and more »

Effects of Global Warming seen in Wales?

Are the effects of global warming seen in Wales?

PISA results mark a “decade of underachievement”, say Welsh Conservatives

Figures published today by the OECD reveal that Wales has for the fourth time in a decade finished significantly behind all other U

4000 low income families with disabled children hit by Welsh Government cuts

Charities Carers Wales, Contact a Family Cymru and Learning Disability Wales are today calling for the Welsh Government to rethink its decisi

Here's what we know about the new trampoline park planned for Cardiff Bay

A new entertainment destination is coming to Cardiff and it's sure to put a spring in your step. Air Arena, the latest addition to the capital's trampoline park scene, will be setting up in the Bay - and it will be working with its neighbours to offer ...

The new BBC HQ is already changing the cityscape of Cardiff

RhonddaRhondda club gets second chance to play live on S4C as Sgorio WILL broadcast re-arranged match · Bangor City FC will return to Ton Pentre AFC this weekend after Sunday's match was postponed due to a frozen pitch · British and Irish LionsThe ...

How to make the perfect takeaway

It's the nation's favourite food but most of us will dial our local takeaway rather than attempt to make a curry from scracth. But whipping up a spicy dish isn't as tricky as you think - as long as you have the right ingredients to hand. In our video ...and more »

Caged animal fight organiser jailed

The ringleader of a gang which carried out attacks on wild animals including putting a dog in a cage with a fox has been sentenced to 20 weeks in prison. Graham Coombes, 41, from Abbey Road, Bovey Tracy, Devon, was also disqualified from owning dogs ...

A new live music bar is opening in Swansea's Wind Street in time for Christmas

The Bucket List is aiming to become THE place for live music as well as offering a bottle shop and an American-style food menu. The people behind the new venue, Bruno Nunes and Mike Griffiths from the Welsh Creative Hospitality Group, already own ...

Welshman found dead after disturbance at house in Edinburgh

A 32-year-old man from Wales has been found dead after a disturbance at a house in the Scottish capital. Ashley Hawkins, from Barry, was found dead in a flat in Scotland Street, Edinburgh, on Friday at 5.30am. The victim has been described as a ...and more »

Parts of this housing estate has rubbish broadband but residents don't know who's responsible for fixing it

A resident from a Cynon Valley housing development says he hasn't been able to get a broadband connection for three years - and that Internet connection is so bad he can't even open emails. Christopher Stephens, of Coed Dufrryn in Cwmbach, says he ...and more »

Full Pisa results 2016 show Wales' schools are still adrift of the rest of the UK

Wales' schools system has been ranked the worst in the UK in the international PISA tests published today. Results from tests taken by 15-year-olds across Wales for the OECD survey of standards across the globe show we are adrift of the global and UK ...

Part of the Tour of Britain could come back to the Cynon Valley in 2017

"Last week officers met with me and Aberdare West councillor Ann Crimmings to discuss whether or not we should bid again for this prestigious event. We were both incredibly keen to see the council, with Cynon Valley as the preferred location, bidding ...

Penarth Seasiders hold out for single point win

HAVING grabbed a win in the last minute of last week's game, the Seasiders gained a third successive victory in a markedly different manner against Gilfach Goch. After a scrappy start with both sides struggling to maintain any continuity, the worry was ...

The OFFICIAL world rugby pecking order

Rob Howley's men won three of their four matches in November, but what impact did the results have on the ranking system ahead of next year's draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup? Share; Comments. ByIan Mitchelmore. 11:06, 6 DEC 2016; Updated 11:06, ...and more »

Pisa: Ferndale head urges 'no knee jerk reaction' to results

The head teacher of an improving school in the Rhondda, which took part in the Pisa tests, hopes there is no knee jerk reaction to the latest Wales results.and more »

Work Progresses on £44 Million 21st Century Schools Programme in Tonyrefail

Contractors are on site and work is progressing well on the new 3-19 Community School in Tonyrefail. Cabinet Member for Education and Local Councillor for Tonyrefail West, Councillor Eudine Hanagan, visited the site last week to check on progress being ...

“Rent Smart Wales Will Protect Tenants and Raise Standards”

Rent Smart Wales will help raise standards in the private rented sector, Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant said today. The Cabinet Secretary was addressing Assembly Members, on the eve of bringing in powers which mean enforcement action can be ...

Swansea's Oceana Demolition Setting the Scene for New City Digital District

Swansea Council is working on proposals to develop 100,000 square feet of office space on Kingsway that could benefit from world class digital infrastructure. Major investment in digital infrastructure is at the heart of the Swansea Bay City Region's ...

South Wales Echo letters: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

... overlooked by the national press and yet we have opposition MPs who would prefer to follow their own personal agenda than support a leader who has the overwhelming support of the party membership. Patrick G Rafferty. Penygraig, Tonypandy, Rhondda.and more »

Wales Week in London – Annual Programme of Events Launched to Promote Wales in London

A new marketing initiative to promote events and profile-raising opportunities in London for Wales and Welsh organisations has been launched. The launch event hosted by Rt Hon Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales in London on Monday 5th December ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Network rail to lose complete control of tracks in Government shake

Plans to strip Network Rail of its complete control of England's railway tracks are to be outlined by the Government. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling wants the publicly owned Network Rail to share its responsibility for running the tracks with ...and more »

Pensioner arrested and area cordoned off as police investigate incident at a pharmacy

A police spokesperson said: “ Dyfed-Powys Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault that occurred at Garnant Pharmacy, Cwmamman Road at approximately 12.40pm today. Police at the scene. “A 68-year-old man was arrested at the scene, and is in ...and more »

Aberaman North PACT Meeting

PACT meeting Aberaman North 6 December 2016 at 

Emphatic win in the mud for Llantwit Major against tough Rhondda opponents

Llantwit Major RFC cemented their second place in the league with a sound 10-24 win against Wattstown in the league. The pitch at Wattstown Park had not quite thawed out, leaving a boggy few inches of earth on a hard base making for slippery conditions ...and more »

Emphatic win in the mud for Llantwit Major against tough Rhondda opponents

Llantwit Major RFC cemented their second place in the league with a sound 10-24 win against Wattstown in the league. The pitch at Wattstown Park had not quite thawed out, leaving a boggy few inches of earth on a hard base making for slippery conditions ...

Ruth Davidson makes plea for Britain to avoid “unnecessarily divisive Brexit"

Delivering a lecture named after women's rights champion Viscountess Rhondda, which last year was given by Julia Gillard, the former Australian Prime Minister, Ms Davidson said: “To ensure we choose the path of openness and engagement, above all, we ...

Ruth Davidson warns against 'divisive Brexit'

... that people in Britain "do not go to sleep under a European Union duvet" - and should seek to accommodate the UK's chosen course. Ms Davidson was delivering the annual Rhondda lecture, given last year by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Ruth Davidson: Nigel Farage risks harming UK's Brexit deal by 'rubbing Europe's noses' in referendum result

Ruth Davidson has accused Nigel Farage and Ukip of endangering the UK's chances of getting a good Brexit deal by "rubbing Europe's noses" in the referendum result. The Scottish Conservative leader argued that Ukip politicians who “chuckle and bray” ...and more »

Why hosting the World Expo could be transformational for Wales

The World Expo – or World's Fair to use it older, more poetic title – has over the 165 years of its existence been a vast global stage on which many an invention has made its debut: from the telephone to the television set, from X-Rays to the Ferris Wheel.

Recycling and bin collection dates revealed for the Christmas period in Rhondda Cynon Taff

Rhondda Cynon Taf council has revealed the revised recycling and bin collection dates for the Christmas period. The week after Christmas - starting on Monday, December 26 - will represent the only change to people's collection dates over the whole ...and more »

Recycling and bin collection dates revealed for the Christmas period in Rhondda Cynon Taff

Rhondda Cynon Taf council has revealed the revised recycling and bin collection dates for the Christmas period. The week after Christmas - starting on Monday, December 26 - will represent the only change to people's collection dates over the whole ...and more »

100 year

TWO bottles of Welsh Whisky have been sold in Carmarthen for almost £15000. The Welsh Whisky Distillery Company bottles, which date back to 1900, were ...and more »

A new shisha bar with sand, palm trees and a water feature is opening in Cardiff

And among the highlights will be an 'oasis area' featuring sand and palm trees and 3D wall projections. Guests will also be able to tuck into a menu featuring American-style fast food made with halal meat. Owner of Cloud Shisha, Waseem Farid, has said ...

A cinema in Blackwood is holding a private screening for homeless people

A cinema in Blackwood is planning a special screening for homeless people in their town. A special showing of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be held at Maxime Cinema on January 9. Jenna Curtis, 32, runs Blackwood Arts Academy along ...

Welsh sailor Alex Thomson making excellent progress in effort to eclipse Dame Ellen MacArthur

Welsh sailor Alex Thomson has reached the Cape Leeuwin off Australia in a time of 29d 01hrs 28mins in the Vendee Globe. The second of the three great Capes, Thomson has now completed almost half of his solo, non-stop missiion around the world with ...and more »

Hundreds celebrate the festive season in style at the Aberdare town Christmas event

A Cynon Valley town centre started the festive celebrations in style with its Christmas festival on Saturday. Hundreds of people turned out for the Aberdare event, which saw the town offer a range of activities - from Santa's Grotto to a children's fun ...

Police appeal for information to find man missing from his Cardiff home

The 43 year-old is described as being 6ft 3ins tall with a stocky build, short brown hair, and a short goatee beard. Officers believe he may have used the Asda store in Leckwith on the day he went missing but do not know where he went after that ...

South Wales Police are appealing for any information missing Martin Gealy who is 45 years old and from the Hirwaun

South Wales Police are appealing for any information in relation to the wherabouts of a missing person, called Martin Gealy who is 45 years old and from the Hirw

Three Welsh police forces are now investigating allegations of child abuse in football

South Wales Police became the latest force to start an investigation into historical child sexual abuse at football clubs on Monday. The force said it had received one allegation of non-recent child sexual abuse related to an amateur football club ...and more »

Rhondda Swimming Club continues its meteoric rise with huge successes

Rhondda Swimming Club continues its meteoric rise with huge successes at recent swim meets and a burgeoning activity in the life of the club

£10m boost to create world's first compound semiconductor cluster in South Wales

Ambitious plans to create the world's first compound semiconductor (CS) cluster in the world in South Wales has been boosted by a £10m investment. Read More. It could create 5,000 jobs but what is the compound semiconductor cluster project for South ...and more »

Swansea sandwich supplier wins £5 million contract to supply every school and hospital in Wales

Frozen food manufacturer Panini's Ltd in Swansea has won a contract worth £5 million to supply every school and hospital in Wales. The family-run company, based in Fforestfach, are celebrating the first ever contract to supply chilled foods to all ...

Family of well

The family of a well-known traveller say they are "shocked and sad" after six pubs in a Welsh town closed on the day of his funeral. Samson Lee - who was known locally as Boxer and whose namesake grandson plays rugby for Wales and the Scarlets - was ...

This pressure group is changing its name after realising its unfortunate acronym

A pressure group set up to campaign against the Llandudno Pier Pavilion redevelopment plan thought they had found the perfect name to reflect their concerns. Save Llandudno Action Group spelt out exactly what they stood for, but unfortunately the ...and more »

The remarkable moment a 24

This is the incredible moment a 24-stone prop showed the side-stepping prowess and pace of Shane Williams to set up one of the tries of the season in a Welsh grassroots rugby match. Bonymaen's Jordan Collins received the ball just outside his own half, ...

The Welsh rugby winners and losers from a weekend of controversy, recrimination and inspiration

It was anything but your run of the mill weekend in Welsh rugby with talking points aplenty. On the Pro12 front it was another 50-50 split with the Ospreys and Scarlets bagging wins to continue their charge at the top end of the table while the Blues ...and more »

Garage broken into stolen 2 bikes one husqvarna and another rmz 250 2015

Garage got done over last night and they have stolen 2 bikes one husqvarna te 300 2016 with trax rear shock green number boards.

Chinese pre

Cardiff-based Cloth Cat Animation Studio has confirmed a collaboration with Magic Mall, based in Beijing for a project that will support up to 40 jobs and the entire £3.2m budget being spent in Wales. This is the first time the Beijing based company ...and more »

New pizzeria set to open in Cardiff suburb

A former sports coach says he wants to “follow his passion” and open a pizzeria in a Cardiff suburb. A planning application has been made to turn the arTeas shop on Cowbridge Road East into a pizza restaurant. It would be the latest regeneration on the ...

'Major search' for person in River Teifi in Cardigan due to resume today

Emergency services are due to resume their search this morning for a person believed to have gone into the River Teifi in Cardigan. Police, coastguard teams, a rescue helicopter, RNLI lifeboats and firefighters were all called to Cardigan Bridge in ...and more »

Specialist teams and police helicopter searching for missing man ...

Martin Gealy from the Hirwaun area has not been seen since Friday afternoon.and more »

Specialist teams and police helicopter searching for missing man

South Wales Police are appealing for information to help locate a man missing from Rhondda Cynon Taf . Martin Gealy from the Hirwaun area has not been seen since Friday afternoon. The 45-year-old is described as white, of small build and around 5'4 ...and more »

Street Lights Across Cardiff to Benefit from £4.4m Smart

Street lights on main roads and routes across Cardiff will benefit from a £4.4m smart-technology investment which will see 13,608 new street lights installed from December 1st. Following a successful tender process, the City Council has awarded the ...

South Wales Echo letters: Monday, December 5, 2016

The £9m cost of congestion is just a part – an estimate only of the excessive work-time costs to delivery vans etc. The costs of Cardiff's traffic congestion are much wider and far larger. Cardiff Bus managing director Alan Kreppel in 2002 stated their ...and more »

National Library of Wales faces new challenges after most turbulent period in its history

The National Library of Wales faces both challenges and opportunities following the most turbulent period in its Wales, according to a report from the Auditor General for Wales. In the last three years the Aberystwyth-based institution has had to deal ...and more »

Family can't put decorations up because they don't know if they'll be in their home for Christmas

A family say they are unable to put Christmas decorations up as they don't know whether they will still be in their home for Christmas. Rachel Marsh, 33, from Cardiff , has been told by Cardiff council that she is no longer entitled to remain at the ...

Police gear up for TWO Black Fridays – with up to a million people expected to come to Cardiff

South Wales Police are preparing for not one but TWO Black Fridays this December – with the force saying they expect as many as a million people to come into Cardiff over the festive period. Black Friday is the name normally given to the last Friday ...

Hundreds turn out to watch the 'biggest fight in Welsh White Collar Boxing history'

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the highly anticipated heavyweight clash, which was held at the Sports Yard in Ynyswen, Rhondda. Andrew Morris - or "Biggie" as he's known locally - has become somewhat of a celebrity in the Rhondda after his ...

Take look inside one of Swansea's most glamorous hotels after its huge facelift

North was seen lying completely motionless with his face buried in the turf for a number of seconds · RhonddaHundreds turn out to watch the 'biggest fight in Welsh White Collar Boxing history' · Hundreds of people turned out to watch Lee "Twp" Jones ...and more »

Unions and Tata close in on deal to keep Port Talbot steelworks open 'into the 2020s'

A deal to secure the future of Port Talbot steelworks into the next decade is close to be agreed. Workers at the Tata-owned plant, which employs around 4,000 people, are to discuss the plan - which if agreed, could see investment in the sprawling Welsh ...and more »

Plans unveiled for proposed new shared site for two Cardiff primary schools

Plans for a new primary school in Llandaff North have been unveiled by Cardiff council . The £8m development will see neighbouring schools Gabalfa Primary School and Ysgol Glan Ceubal merge into one building on the site in Llandaff North .

Swansea City facing identity crisis after White Hart Lane horror show – the final word

... for winning the tournament · NHSWelshman who leads the biggest civil service union has had a successful heart operation · Mark Serwotka, who was born in Cardiff and raised in Aberdare, is now recovering in hospital and will then recuperate at home.

Thousands of festive runners flocked to Cardiff Bay for Santa and Elf Dash

Christmas came early to Cardiff Bay today as thousands of runners dressed in festive fancy dress turned out to take part in the annual Welsh Hearts Santa and Elf Dash. Now into its fourth year, the festive fundraiser made for quite a sight as more than ...and more »

Welsh parties sceptical as new Ukip leader Paul Nuttall pledges his party is 'committed to keeping NHS in public hands'

New Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has been accused by Welsh political opponents of having a hidden agenda regarding the NHS. Mr Nuttall, who won an overwhelming victory in the party leadership election last week, has faced criticism in the past over his ...and more »

Staff at Sam Warburton's local pub are appealing for help finding a 'stolen' figurine of the Wales captain

There are fears a clay figurine of Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton could have been stolen – from his local Cardiff pub. The Deri Inn on Heol-Y-Deri, Rhiwbina, reported the theft of a framed Sam Warburton Grogg when it was noticed missing on Saturday.

Fire crew verbally abused at one of a string of deliberate blazes across South Wales

Three of the calls were in very close proximity to one other, around the village of Penrhys in the Rhondda . The first call was came at 3.32pm when a vehicle was set on fire on Lanelay Lane in Pontyclun . Two fires were started in the village of ...

A toilet brush and a carrot wrapped in foil: The worst Christmas presents people in Cardiff have been given

Have you ever been given a really terrible Christmas present and had to fake a smile saying "Oh, just what I wanted". Well these people know just how that feels. Shoppers in Cardiff have have revealed some of the worst Christmas presents they have ever ...

Wales star Dan Lydiate suffers major injury setback after damaging his knee against South Africa

Dan Lydiate of Wales goes off the field injured at the end of the first half. Share; Comments. Get rugby updates directly to your inbox. + Subscribe. Thank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email. Dan Lydiate has been ...and more »

England boss Gareth Southgate has known about Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn 'for a long time'

England's new manager Gareth Southgate revealed he has been aware of Ben Woodburn 'for a long time' as a battle to secure the 17-year-old's international allegiance begins. Woodburn grabbed the headlines by becoming Liverpool's youngest ever ...and more »

'Stop start traffic' following two

There have been reports of 'stop start traffic' following a two-vehicle accident on the A48 Eastern Avenue in Cardiff. The incident has happened between the A4161 Southern Way (Llanedeyrn Interchange) and A469 Whitchurch Road / A470 North Road ...

Stunning drone footage captures world

The almost two minute video will be played on cruise ships coming out of Miami in Florida to try and encourage people to visit the jewel in the crown of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage. The video was made by Welsh independent film ...

This man is doing a £3000 job for free for a hospice which cared for his grandmother

When a cancer care hospice asked an air conditioning company for a quote to repair an entire floor they weren't expecting to be given the price they were offered – nothing. The Marie Curie hospice in Penarth approached C&G Mechanical in Llanishen ...

The Flora in Cardiff has a new look and it gets a big thumbs up

But there is a way to bring them back to life, and that's what Brains and Ten Mill Lane have tried at The Flora. It was a traditional suburb pub until the owners said they would pump a huge amount of investment into it in a bid to change its fortunes ...

Team of volunteers go on a 33

The Royal Voluntary Service team delivering supplies at Velindre. Left to right: Damian Brown, Mark Olliver, Keiron Hardy, Pam Wilson and Gareth Thomas. Share; Comments. Get daily updates directly to your inbox. + Subscribe. Thank you for subscribing!

Valleys football team get messages from famous faces ahead of match

Ton Pentre AFC will take on Welsh Premier League side Bangor City FC in the third round of the Welsh Cup on Sunday – and the game at Ynys Park in the heart of the Rhondda will be broadcast live on S4C. The teams have not met since the 1996-97 season ...

Cardiff Business Club appoint new board members

They are senior associate with law firm Hugh James, Charlotte Leyshon, and founder of software development company Box UK Benno Wasserstein. They are replacing long-serving board members in Melanie Hamer and David Lermon, who will shortly be ...

Man found 'unconscious' at the wheel of a car in Cardiff

A man has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk in charge of a vehicle after emergency crews found a 35-year-old "unconscious" behind the wheel of a car in Cardiff . Fire crews, police and paramedics were called to Cathedral Road in Riverside at ...

'George North needs to retire before we have a tragedy'... fans voice their concern over the health of Wales star

Rugby fans from both sides of the border have voiced their concerns over the health of George North with some suggesting he should retire from the game after the Wales and Lions wing found himself at the centre of a major controversy on Saturday. North ...and more »

Derby murder detectives say victim's car may have been driven to Cardiff

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Derby believe his car may have been driven to Cardiff after his death. The body of Geoff Seggie was discovered by police at his house in the Mackworth area of Derby, in the East Midlands, on Thursday.and more »

TV historian Dan Snow on his great

Some families have heroes in their history whom they remember with pride, others have black sheep they hope the world will forget, and Dan Snow has a “goat”. This was the nickname for David Lloyd George, the only Welshman to become Prime Minister, ...and more »

Hundreds of people wore antlers and red noses to take part in the Reindeer Run in Cardiff

This year's event at Aberdare Park on September 8 was a huge success · ChristmasThese are the last dates for ordering your Christmas shopping online · Important news if you're buying gifts from from Amazon, John Lewis, Argos, Currys and eBay.and more »

Labour must spell out its vision for Brexit and push to recast Britain for the better

So UKIP has a new leader . I assume Paul Nuttall will last longer than his predecessor. Diane James could only stomach 18 days before resigning and quitting the party. Nuttall might be a professional northerner, but he's every bit the professional ...and more »

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Eddie Jones' England lifted the Cook Cup and completed an unbeaten year at Twickenham when they beat Australia for the fourth time in five months. A year after being humiliated by the Wallabies on the darkest day in the nation's World Cup history ...and more »

Council Unveils Swansea Central Transformation Exhibition

A public exhibition is taking place later this week, giving people the chance to share their views on ideas and concepts to regenerate Swansea's St David's development site – which has been temporarily renamed 'Swansea Central'. The exhibition is being ...

These incredible cheesecakes are the creations of an university lecturer and could soon be on sale in Wales

This university lecturer has many talents aside from teaching linguistics - including tap dancing, singing in a choir and riding a unicycle. But he also makes some of the most incredible cheesecakes you have ever seen. Among his beautifully inventive ...

The day we invited Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymi to take over WalesOnline

AberdareHundreds celebrate the festive season in style at the Aberdare town Christmas event · There were plenty of smiles on people's faces during Saturday's event · Garry MonkWhat has happened to Swansea City and Garry Monk 12 months after his final ...

This what Welsh Government will argue in the Supreme Court on Article 50

Carwyn Jones and his ministers will be represented by leading public law barrister Richard Gordon QC at the hearing in London this week. Mr Gordon will have one hour and 15 minutes to make representations on Thursday, the fourth and final day of the ...and more »

Tributes to former Cardiff Lord Mayor Max Phillips

Roath Park Open Day, Yasmin Saleh, 11, of Moreland Road Primary School, of the Steel Band plays along Max Phillips, Lord Mayor of Cardiff . Date: 12 July 1997. WME Copyright Image. Share. Get daily updates directly to your inbox. + Subscribe. Thank you ...

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This year's event at Aberdare Park on September 8 was a huge success · Cardiff City FCCardiff City announce restructure as Neil Warnock seeks to bring more young Bluebirds through · The club have parted company with development team manager Kevin ...and more »

Supreme Court urged to resist Welsh invitation to 'stray into areas of political judgement'

The UK Government has insisted that the Welsh Government cannot stop it triggering the start of the Brexit process and cautioned the Supreme Court against venturing into politics. In evidence submitted to the Supreme Court, the UK Government warns that ...and more »

Squash club turned up to play at local leisure centre and found a notice saying the courts will be turned into a nursery

Members of a squash club had a shock when a notice appeared at their local leisure centre saying the courts they use will make way for a nursery. Llantwit Fardre Squash Club players turned up for training to find a council notice for the changes ...

Liam Fox says Welsh business needs a Euro 2016 moment so it can thrive in a post

Welsh businesses need a “Euro 2016” moment when they will make their presence felt on the world stage, according to International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. The leading Brexit champion came to Wales and described his vision for how the nation's ...and more »

Watch Ferrari and Lamboghini supercars burn up the roads in South Wales

A Ferrari and Lamborghini are the stars in this advert for a the Cardiff-based company Specialist Cars . The short film, which features the two supercars driving around Dinas Powys and Penarth, was filmed by local company kinging-it for the car company.

A fund has been set up to help the family of a pregnant mum killed on the M4

AberdareHundreds celebrate the festive season in style at the Aberdare town Christmas event · There were plenty of smiles on people's faces during Saturday's event · Garry MonkWhat has happened to Swansea City and Garry Monk 12 months after his final ...and more »

Body pulled from water after being found in sea near village

A North Wales Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 10.44am today to reports of a body in the water at Trearddur Bay. "The body of a man has now ...and more »

Freezing fog disrupts Cardiff Airport flights as police warn drivers

The warning covers Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff and Powys. A flight from Amsterdam intended for ...and more »

This woman broke her spine after her car barrel rolled into a ditch

A woman has broken her spine after her car skidded on black ice and barrel-rolled into a ditch. Jemma Close, from Llantwit Major, is in hospital after the incident on Tuesday morning, and will now have to learn to walk again. She sent these pictures in ...

The best UK Christmas markets in 2016 including Bath, Edinburgh and York

It's the most wonderful time of the year - time to wrap up warm, drink steaming hot drinks and find unique gifts for your loved ones. And where better to stock up on festive cheer than one of the hundreds of amazing Christmas markets taking place ...and more »

11 useful and practical ways you can help others this Christmas

With Christmas coming, many of us are thinking about what we can buy for our family and friends. But what about helping those less fortunate? Christmas is a time for giving but not everyone needs, or can afford, expensive gifts. But you can help by ...and more »

Signs that Britain could avoid a 'hard' Brexit as pro

Pro-EU campaigners will feel the wind is at their back with the Brexit Secretary admitting the UK Government is willing to consider paying to secure the “best possible access for goods and services” and an anti-Brexit Liberal Democrat winning the ...and more »

Make the most of Wales' wintry weather this weekend with these outdoor activities

Bbbrrrr! We've got some frosty, dry weather forecast for the coming days and where better to spend them than by doing some of Wales' most fun, outdoor activities. But wrap up warm - you'll need to keep cosy in this frosty, fresh weather.

Successful North Wales Growing Gardens Company to Launch New Cafe for Pet Rescues

A growing gardens rooms company has doubled its output in the past year and is now working on its biggest project so far – a new cafe for a pet rescue centre. The building at North Clwyd Animal Rescue (NCAR) centre marks a successful year for Rubicon ...

Small Business Saturday Celebrates Independent Traders Across Caerphilly

Saturday 3 December is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate independent retailers of the local high street. Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers ...and more »

“Croeso i Sofology” – A Sofa Shopping Experience with a Difference Opens in Cardiff

One of the biggest sofa retailers in the UK, Sofology, are opening their doors in Cardiff and making a bold promise to help customers find their ideal sofa. The new Seagar Retail Park location marks the 35th Sofology store to open and promises to ...

Western Mail letters: Friday, December 2, 2016

The BBC programme on South Korea schools illustrated that it is unrealistic to expect Wales to compete with the Far East countries educationally unless a radical change takes place in Western culture. The Westminster government's obsession with Chinese ...

Church undergoing £450000 transformation to extend services it can offer to the community

A church is undergoing a £450,000 transformation to extend the services it offers for the community and double the number of days a week it can open. Work has begun on the transformation of the New Life Church on Mill Street, Tonyrefail , and will ...

Public safety concerns lead to proposed new Vale of Glamorgan hackney carriage licence rules

... to act as pre-booked private hire vehicles outside their home council area – and pointed out there was generally no issue with hackney carriages transporting Vale customers to and from other areas such as the capital, Bridgend or Rhondda Cynon Taf .

We want a better relationship with the EU not a 'bitter divorce', Brexit Secretary to tell business leaders in Cardiff

The Government is looking for a better relationship with the European Union not a “bitter divorce”, Brexit Secretary David Davis will tell an audience of business leaders in Cardiff tonight. The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union will ...

Who are the other major teenage talents in Welsh football and where do they play right now?

From Aberdare, Abbruzzese is described as a lightning quick, overlapping full-back who is comfortable on the ball. A proper modern-day left-back who flies up and down the flank and is being tipped to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Neil Taylor.

Forget Chamonix, Meribel and St Moritz

Wales is well known for its mountains with climbers and walkers flocking to the slopes to take in the spectacular views. But how would you fancy hitting the slopes of Snowdonia on skis? Mike Richards, a ski instructor from Llandeilo, does just that ...and more »

Newporty County boss Graham Westley hits back at reports of an investigation about his conduct

Newport County manager Graham Westley has dismissed reports his position at Rodney Parade is currently subject of an investigation about his conduct. Reports in the Daily Star claim that Westley resigned as County boss earlier this week, only to change ...and more »

This Cardiff company is making furniture out of cardboard

AiBox was started after founder Nathan Edwards wanted a standing desk but found they were "stupidly expensive". "In my previous role I was either sat in the office or on the road in the car for 10 plus hours, and at 26 years old, it was already ...

Bin officers are being brought in to police black bag use

Councillors have approved a controversial move to employ an enforcement company to make residents comply with a new waste policy. From April 1, people living in Bridgend county will be limited to putting out two black bags of non-recyclable waste per ...

The self

Soldier Matthew Boyd was 20 when he died following a fight in Brecon town centre in the early hours of the morning. The court heard he had never met amateur boxer Jake Vallely or his friend Aaeron Evans before the fatal assault on Sunday, May 8 ...and more »

Welsh encouraged to spread festive cheer among elderly

PEOPLE from Wales are being encouraged by an award-winning Welsh care provider to spread some festive cheer among any elderly and vulnerable neighbours and relatives they might have this Christmas (December, 2016).


10 of the best rock bands from Wales

The love of rugby, the bible-black melancholy, the heroic capacity for drink. Wales weathers its fair share of clichés, but if one does hold true it's that the love of music runs pit-deep in this proud nation's soul. From unsung folk hero Dave Evans to ...

Man sentenced for filming boy in shower at Royal Welsh

A registered sex offender who used his mobile phone to film a boy in a campsite shower has been sentenced. Jac Grmusa from Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taff, pleaded guilty to 11 offences, including voyeurism and sexual grooming. Merthyr Crown Court ...

Bridgend bids to banish its town centre reputation

That is what frustrated town centre business owners are urging the public to do in a new video. Concerned at the negative opinion surrounding the town they decided to take action by commissioning a film to show what it's really like. They hope it will ...

Cardiff Central's new platform 8 will open in the New Year

Rail passengers could see smoother services from Cardiff Central Station in the New Year when the new Platform 8 comes into use. The new platform is part of a £300m project to renew signalling and modernise the Cardiff and Valleys network. The platform ...and more »

Coleg y Cymoedd reveals housing plans on Cwmdare campus site

The land is a stone's throw from the now closed Aberdare High School site - which will be transformed into 98 homes . As part of its consultation process with local residents, Coleg y Cymoedd has posted a draft plan for its outline planning application ...

Air pollution alert issued as thick fog covers parts of Wales

A smog alert has been issued for parts of Wales as cold temperatures and light winds cover the area. The warning of a risk of air pollution is especially high in the Swansea Bay area. The area around Mumbles and the Gower has been given a seven rating, ...

Future Proofing Infrastructure of RCT Through Potential Investment of £3.5M

Cabinet will consider proposals to future proof key infrastructure such as bridges through potential additional investment of £3.5M. St Albans Bridge, Treherbert and Brook Street Footbridge, Ystrad, will be the key structures to benefit from this ...and more »

'We are in a state of shock' Devastated colleagues pay tribute to pregnant mum killed in M4 crash

The devastated colleagues of a young mum who died in a crash on the M4 have said they are in a "state of shock". Rebecca Evans, 27, was eight months pregnant and due to finish work to start her maternity leave in two weeks. Police said last night that ...and more »

These are the NatWest branches closing in Wales

NatWest is shutting nine branches in Wales as part of a move slammed as a “mass closure programme”. The banking giant has announced a cull of branches across the north Wales counties of Gwynedd, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire.and more »

More Syrian refugees have been resettled in Wales in three months than the previous nine combined

An increase in the number of Syrian refugees being resettled in Wales has been welcomed by a leading charity. The most recently released figures show that 182 refugees were resettled here between July and September. Home Office data shows that 294 ...and more »

Huge student accommodation scheme for the centre of Cardiff sold in a multi

A yet-to-be-built 24-storey student accommodation scheme in the centre of Cardiff has been bought in a multi-million pound deal. Bangor-based and London Stock Market listed property development firm Watkin Jones has forward sold the scheme, which will ...and more »

Award Winning Construction Company Embark on a £2.25M Grade II* Listed Renovation Project

Grade II* listed Insole Court has been a property of great significance since its construction back in 1855, however, like many historic buildings, the Victorian mansion house had fell into disrepair due to the lack of funding to make such expensive ...

Five Planning Approvals Secured on Pioneering Cardiff Housing Scheme

National developer, Wates Residential, has obtained planning approval for 353 new homes under City of Cardiff Council's flagship house building programme, which will see the development of 1,500 homes across 40 sites in the city. The approval of five ...and more »

Financial Services in Wales – How Would Banks Leaving the UK Following Brexit Impact Wales?

Following a referendum on the 23rd of June this year, the United Kingdom made the bold and globally surprising move of voting the leave the European Union bloc. The vote was close, with just 52% of those who voted opting to leave Europe and since the ...

South Wales Echo letters: Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sun Through The Trees. Winter landscape taken in Cardiff by the university buildings. Picture sent in by David Lloyd. Share. Get daily updates directly to your inbox. + Subscribe. Thank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid ...and more »

Can Welsh schools make up for 'lost decade' to climb in Pisa league?

One book may not sound like much but it is in Maerdy, a former coalmining village along the main road that snakes up the Rhondda Fach valley, where a good house can be had for less than £30,000. Ferndale has a lot riding on it. Local government ...

If you use Cardiff's leisure centres, you're about to notice some changes

Greenwich Leisure Limited – known as GLL – take over from Cardiff council as operators of eight city leisure centres. The eight leisure centres are: Llanishen Leisure Centre; Eastern Leisure Centre; Fairwater Leisure Centre; Western Leisure Centre ...