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March 2020

Castle Dairies Welsh Spreadable Butter available in Aldi stores across Wales from 1st April 2020!

Castle Dairies, the Caerphilly based butter experts, are one of the most celebrated and well-known butter producers in Wales. Castle Dairies is a family run business and has been churning Welsh cream for over 50 years.

Coronavirus: Week two of home schooling: help is at hand!

Please find general advice piece below, aimed at those coping with young children at home, it might be of interest to Aberdare Online readers.

Your Neighbours Need You – helping each other in Coronavirus crisis

The Council is re-launching its Your Neighbours Need You campaign to provide advice and encouragement that will help residents look after one another during the Coronavirus health emergency. 

Covid-19 Scams Warning

RCTC is aware that some members of the public and organisations are being targeted with emails, texts, telephone calls and WhatsApp messages offering advice and treatment for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Change to services at Royal Glamorgan Hospital

Diabetic Centre to Antenatal Area: 

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic please note that from 09.00am on Monday 30th March 2020 the Royal Glamorgan Hospital Diabetes Centre will be temporarily relocated to the opposite end of the hospital where the Antenatal outpatient department was located.

Wales, we need you!

WELSH home care providers have put out another urgent plea for more carers to come forward to help their frontline staff amid the ever-deepening Coronavirus crisis this month (March 2020).


Welsh Government challenge to businesses in fight against coronavirus

It currently takes up to 45 minutes to clean ambulances once they have transported someone with suspected coronavirus.

Arrangements for driver welfare and hours of work: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Driver access to welfare facilities

All drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work.

Volunteers – how to help, thank you, and stay safe

Wales has a strong tradition of people helping one another out, and we’ve really seen this in action over the past few weeks. From picking up the phone, to delivering supplies to people who are self-isolating, to helping our public services, there are lots of things that can be done.

A message to our communities from Chief Constable Matt Jukes:

A message to our communities from Chief Constable Matt Jukes:

"The majority of people are already making real sacrifices to save lives and we urge everyone to follow the advice that is designed to keep us all safe.

Parents MUST re-apply now for emergency childcare from March 30

New emergency childcare arrangements for essential workers will come into effect from Monday, March 30 – and Rhondda Cynon Taf residents and employees must re-apply by Friday to take advantage of it. 

Clap For Our Carers

Tonight the country is being encouraged to take part in a huge round of applause to show our appreciation of all those working in the NHS, and across all frontline services, at such a difficult time.

Deliberate Fires Appeal – Help Reduce Demand on Firefighters

This week our crews have attended a number of grass and refuse fires across South Wales, which we suspect may have been deliberately started.

Some have required the attendance of multiple appliances, use of critical equipment and the movement of resources.

Coronavirus (COVID - 19) latest information and advice from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

The Council’s contact centre has been repurposed to respond to coronavirus – please only contact the Council for essential/emergency requests. Our full focus is to prioritise all services in response to coronavirus.

Councils' plea to residents: "Don't wish you'd done things differently. Stay at home. Save lives."

Council leaders are urging residents to obey strict government curbs on our daily lives in response to the increasing Coronavirus pandemic.

New rules on MOT testing for light vehicles

Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, cars and vans and motorcycles due their MOT from 30 March 2020 will have their MOT extended by 6 months.

Coronavirus pandemic must rule out downgrade modelling of A&E provision at Royal Glamorgan Hospital

The Campaign to Save Royal Glamorgan Hospital A&E (SRGAE) urgently calls on the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board to stop ALL work on considering downgrades to A&E provision at the Royal Glamorgan Hospi

RCTC Focusing resources on essential services (March 24)

In response to the latest public health instructions, the Council will scale back service delivery in a number of areas to focus resources on essential services.

New visiting policy for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB

Please note that you must not visit if you are feeling unwell, especially if you have a high temperature or new persistent cough.

We have free Wifi across our sites and family and friends of patients are encouraged to keep in contact during this difficult time using online technology.

Laid-off Welsh urged to be carers in wake of COVID-19 outbreak

ANYONE in Wales who is fit and well and has been made redundant from hospitality or retail or whose business has closed due to the Coronavirus is being urged to become a carer (March 2020).


Natural Resources Wales (NRW) closes all car parks, play areas and toilets in the reserves, woods and forests. All mountain bike trails are also closed.

The UK and Welsh Governments have closed caravan parks, campsites, tourist hotspots and popular beauty spots to visitors.

In support of this, NRW has closed all visitor centres, car parks, play areas and toilets on the reserves, woods and forests that they manage.

Cwm Taf Health Board official sources of health information

We are aware of a growing number of social media posts from non-credible sources that appear to give advice on Coronavirus/ COVID19.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will be held in public on Thursday, 26 March 2020

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will be held in public on Thursday, 26 March 2020 at 10am.

COVID-19 Testing for Frontline Health Care Staff at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

To enable staff to deliver the very best level of care for patients and our communities, frontline health care staff at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board are set to receive testing via drive-through Coronavirus Testing Units (CTU).

Covid-19 Scams Warning

We are aware that some members of the public and organisations are being targeted with emails, texts, telephone calls and WhatsApp messages offering advice and treatment for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Abacare recruitment lead takes to social media in plea for carers

THE RECRUITMENT lead of a Welsh care company has taken to its Facebook pages to put out a plea for more people to come forward and work as carers in the wake of the Coronavirus (March, 2020).


HSE Protect home workers

As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers.


When someone is working from home temporarily, as an employer you should consider:

Latest hospital stats make unpleasant, but unsurprising, reading during the Covid-19 outbreak

Commenting on the latest set of hospital waiting time stats, specifically, A & E waiting times, released today (March 19), the Shadow Health Minister Angela Burns said:

COVID-19 Maternity Services update

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board’s Maternity Services have been making extensive preparations regarding Coronavirus in pregnancy.

RCT Council Leader Issues Appeal to Former Social Care Workers

As the National Health Emergency caused by the coronavirus continues to develop across the UK and in Wales, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are making an appeal to all former social care workers to consider coming back to work and to get in touch with the Council.

RCTC Service announcements due to Coronavirus

Due to the ongoing developments with the coronavirus outbreak in Wales and RCT, the Council is announcing that the following locations and services are to close to the public at 6pm today (Wednesday, March 18), for the forseeable future.

Transport for Wales Information

We’d like to reassure you that the safety and wellbeing of all our customers and staff are our top priority during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak throughout the UK.


Coronavirus: Joint Statement by WLGA and Welsh Government

Joint statement by Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James, and leader of the Welsh Local Government Association, Cllr Andrew Morgan


South Wales Police are appealing on behalf of the Coroner to identify the next of kin

South Wales Police are appealing on behalf of the Coroner to identify the next of kin for Mark Leslie Turner, who sadly passed away recently in non-suspicious circumstances.Mark was 54 years-old and lived in Wind Street, Aberdare.We know that he was born in Salford, near Manchester, and then live

Latest information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NOTE: Advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19), including what to do if you have symptoms, and what action you need to take to prevent its spread, has changed.  We are updating our website.  For the latest information visit the 

Corona Virus Crisis Being Used as Excuse to Fleece UK Drivers

Coronavirus Crisis may be being used as an excuse to fleece motorists at the pumps

15 pence per litre of Wholesale falls being held back from drivers despite 50% drop in the Oil Price.Since Christmas to March 13th:

Beers brewed exclusively by female brewers from the UK and overseas will be available at Yr Ieuan Ap Iago in Aberdare during its 12-day real-ale festival.

The pub in High Street will be serving a selection of beers during the festival, which runs fromWednesday, March 25 until Sunday, April 5 inclusive.

The overseas brewers are from Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.

Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun Information to parents & pupils

We are taking action to ensure the welfare and education of our pupils in very challenging and unique circumstances at this time. 

We have made some adjustments within the school to facilitate this over the coming days and weeks. 

LLG and ADSO issue statement on local authority decision-making and democratic process in light of coronavirus

Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) and the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) have issued a joint statement on local authority decision-making and the democratic process in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Coronavirus Testing Unit (CTU) for COVID-19

From Friday 13 March, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will have a Coronavirus Testing Unit (CTU) in the Bridgend area.  

Dr Kelechi Nnoaham, Director of Public Health for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said: 

Call for Cabinet Minister for the Valleys???

This week’s short debate was on the economic prospects of the coalfields, led by Vikki Howells AM (Lab, Cynon Valley).

35 years since the end of the miners’ strike

Chief Medical Officer for Wales confirms 9 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, has confirmed that 9 further patients in Wales have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID -19).

2 of the patients have recently returned together from northern Italy, and are resident in the Carmarthenshire local authority area.

Information watchdog warns of dangers of school photos and wrongful disclosure of personal data

The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued two reprimands, or legal warnings, to schools for wrongly disclosing the personal data of children.

Electric car owners in Aberdare and the surrounding area can charge their vehicles for FREE at the town’s Tesco superstore.

Volkswagen and Tesco have partnered to provide the largest retail electric vehicle charging network in the UK – powered by Pod Point, giving EV drivers a place to charge their cars while doing their shopping.Tesco stores in Aberdare, Abertillery, Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd have now been fitted

Coronavirus: public transport concerns raised during FMQs

Today (March 10) in First Minister’s Questions, the Leader of the Opposition – Paul Davies AM/AC – reminded Members that there are six confirmed cases in Wales, adding the caveat that this figure is expected to rise.

Shadow Environment Minister: 'Welsh Conservatives would ban building on flood plains'

Commenting on calls to stop the building of homes on flood plains in Wales, the Shadow Minister for Environment, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:

“Welsh Conservatives would stop the irresponsible practice and utter nonsense that is the building of homes on flood plains across Wales.





Support for businesses affected by flood in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Businesses flooded in Rhondda Cynon Taf will receive further support from the Council, through immediate relief from payment of business rates (Non domestic rates) for a period of three months. 

Mountain Ash community asked to help name the Cross Valley Link

The Council has now begun a process in which members of the Mountain Ash community, including local schools and groups, are invited to submit their suggestions for the official name of the new Cross Valley Link Bridge. 






The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Acquisition of Land Act 1981

To persons occupying or having an interest in the land.


Blooming’ marvellous - Cwmdare community celebrate St. David’s Day

The Cwmdare community has come together to celebrate St. David’s Day in the village’s flourishing garden.

Report into Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council highlights monitoring officer also being its sole qualified childcare lawyer as example of risk of ‘all hands to the pumps’ approach

A rapid assessment carried out by the Improvement and Assurance Board set up at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has highlighted a situation where the authority’s monitoring officer is also its sole qualified childcare lawyer and has additional responsibilities as an example of why it has si

Health and Care on your doorstep – Your Local Team

Health and Care on your doorstep say Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board So Why do they intend closing the A&E Department at the Royal Glamorgan

Is it good money after bad for Cardiff Airport who want more of Welsh taxpayers money for failing airport

Commenting on the news today (March 2), that the Welsh Labour Government is considering a further loan of £6.8 million for Cardiff Airport, Shadow Transport Minister Russell George AM/AC said:

“This is good money after bad.





If you value the Accident and Emergency Department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and you haven’t thought about it closing down and the alternatives

If you value the Accident and Emergency Department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and you haven’t thought about it closing down and the alternatives if your children get ill, perhaps you should start now not when you have to travel from Cynon Valley to Bridgend when Prince Charl