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January 2020

Brexit Day: ‘It's time to seize the opportunities’

“Today, January 31  2020, is an historic day.

 “At 11pm, Wales, along with the rest of the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, delivering on the outcome of the referendum in June 2016 and finally getting Brexit done.





Leading charity Diabetes UK is looking for swimmers in Wales

Diabetes UK is looking for people from Wales to take on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim22, between 22 February and 22 May.

17-day festival at Yr Ieuan Ap Iago Aberdare

Gin lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of gins from the UK and overseas during a 17-day festival at Yr Ieuan Ap Iago.


The pub in High Street, Aberdare, will be serving up to 14 gins from England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and Italy.


Porth Community School Teaching and learning experiences: Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement

Porth Community School is an English-medium all-age (3-16) comprehensive school in Porth, Rhondda. The school opened in September 2018 following the closure of Porth County Community School, Porth Infants School, Porth Junior School and Llwyncelyn Infants School.

Comment on A & E provision at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital

“There seems to be some confusion, denial, or just a slopey-shouldered attitude to Wales NHS in Welsh Labour,” began Andrew RT Davies AM/AC, commenting on a social media spat that saw Dawn Bowden AM/AC, the Welsh Labour Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, publicly correcting people on Twitter

Transport for Wales still not performing

Russell George AM/AC today (January 29) chaired a meeting of the National Assembly's Economy, Infrastructure, and Skills Committee, which focused on rail services.

Do you fancy a career in the TV and film?

Do you fancy a career in the TV and film? Young people from Rhondda Cynon Taf are once again being given the opportunity to get their first taste of life in the industry.  

Welsh Labour’s plan for revitalisation of towns is a sticking plaster, not a solution

Commenting on the news that the Welsh Government is to invest millions of pounds in struggling towns, Mark Isherwood AM/AC said:

Cwm Taf scandal: Shadow Health Minister adds support to calls for a police investigation

Shown on BBC Wales yesterday (January 27) evening, the investigation The Baby Scandal – about maternity services at scandal-hit Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board – included harrowing interviews with bereaved parents or those of children left adversely affected by the care given.

Statement on Royal Glamorgan Hospital emergency services

Dr Sharon Hopkins, Interim CEO, said: “The South Wales Programme was a large-scale consultation designed to address major challenges faced by many hospitals in recruiting and retaining highly skilled staff in certain speciality areas.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Board on Thursday, 30th January

There will be a meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Board on Thursday, 30th January 2020 at 10.30am in Ynysmeurig House, Abercynon, regarding services within the health board.

A & E waiting times in Wales are the worst on record

Shadow Health Minster says “This Welsh Labour Government has created this crisis, and can’t solve it.”

For the fourth consecutive month, A & E waiting times in Wales are the worst on record.

Smacking ban: ‘The state should not be telling people how to parent’

The message today (January 21) from Janet Finch-Saunders on the controversial Smacking Ban Bill was clear:

“The state should not be telling people how to parent.”

British Canoeing, to increase the public’s opportunities to gain access to water.

The society is backing the Clear Access, Clear Waters campaign by British Canoeing, to increase the public’s opportunities to gain access to water.

Public consultation - improving transport links between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil

Cynon Valley needs better public transport throughout the valley and a direct bus route to Cardiff and Swansea, Merthyr and Rhondda have direct bus service to Cardiff.

Ford Bridgend: reasons for optimism over automotive sector in South Wales

Commenting on the report that staff have started leaving the Bridgend Ford engine plant – due to close when production of the marque’s Sigma engines ceases later this year – Shadow Minister for Business and the Economy Russell George said:

New poll shows smacking ban is ineffective in New Zealand

Darren Millar AM calls on Welsh Government to scrap plans for this unpopular law.

“A Remarkable Range of Voices” investing in new writing and literary talent from Wales

Literature Wales has today announced its investment in diverse and innovative literary voices with its list of the 2020 Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme recipients.

Site clearance work in Robertstown as part of modern units scheme

The Council will undertake a week-long project to clear a strategic site in Robertstown, having previously secured European funding to develop new modern business accommodation for the area.





Women and Families in the Miners’ Strike, 1984-5

Community Dinners at the Cynon Valley Museum 


1 Feb, 18 Feb, 21 March, 15 April 2020. 

1.00pm – 2.30pm. 


Free buffet dinner, short talks, activities for children, all welcome! 




Almost 3 in 4 people in Wales ‘quit their 2019 health kick’

Our new poll reveals why fad diets should be avoided in 2020

-Almost half of the population in Wales say they plan on going on a diet in January 2020

-Diabetes UK urge public to avoid fad diets and to approach a healthy lifestyle in a sustainable way

National Hoarding Conference Roadshow will be coming to Cardiff on 13th February.

I just wanted to get in touch to let you know that the National Hoarding Conference Roadshow will be coming to Cardiff on 13th February.As an event for healthcare professionals as well as members of the public and anyone who is affected by hoarding behaviour, we’re looking to spread the word so t

£2bn Transport Vision Revealed for Cardiff

A transport vision designed to transform Cardiff and South East Wales' transport network has been unveiled by Cardiff Council.

Pontypridd phone-jacking scam prompts warning to others

Police are urging the public to be vigilant following an alarming incident in Pontypridd yesterday (13 Jan).A woman was contacted by somebody claiming to be from Sky TV.

Fraudulent use of an elderly woman’s bank card in Aberdare

Officers would like to speak to this woman in connection with the fraudulent use of an elderly woman’s bank card in Aberdare. Know her? Call 101 give ref: *240750

Trainee teacher from Hirwaun hears first hand from Education Minister why there’s never been a better time to teach

The Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, has visited the School of Education at Aberystwyth University to talk to students about why now is the perfect time to start their teaching career in Wales.

Reallocation of service responsibilities - Cabinet. The chosen few why?

Council Leader Andrew Morgan has today reallocated service responsibilities within his Cabinet following the personal decision of Councillor Geraint Hopkins to step down from his Executive responsibilities earlier this week.

Road shut for 23 years for opencast mine may never fully re-open despite 'promise'

Village residents are "furious" a mining firm might not fully rebuild a road it "promised" to restore.

When are you going to get to grips with Transport for Wales which is failing the people of Wales?”

Paul Davies AM says: “Transport for Wales is not delivering for this country”.

The Leader of the Opposition took Mark Drakeford to task over Welsh transport woes during First Minister’s Questions today (January 7).

Improvements at A4059 Asda Roundabout again council taxpayer forking out again

The Council will start a significant scheme to improve traffic flow on the A4059 southbound approach to Asda Roundabout in the Cynon Valley. Most of the work will be undertaken at night, to extend and widen the approach lanes.

Flu is circulating

Flu is circulating in Wales and people are being urged to do what they can to limit the spread of this potentially fatal disease. This includes remembering to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ if they have symptoms of flu.

Councillors in RCT are considering broadcasting their meetings online

Councillors in Rhondda Cynon Taf are considering broadcasting their meetings in a bid to increase public engagement and transpa

Bus and coach accessibility and the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 2000

A question put to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council on Twitter: Will this new legislation be applied to RCTC school transport? Ministers give councils and schools go-ahead to breach bus discrimination law