Remembrance parades and services
Following the two-minute silence held to mark Armistice Day, a range of parades and services will take place across Bridgend County Borough this weekend to mark Remembrance 2021 as people pay their respects and reflect on the contribution and sacrifice made by British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women. Individual town and community councils have organised local events, and members of Bridgend County Borough Council will be laying wreaths at war memorials throughout the area on Remembrance Sunday. For more details, visit the council website.
Strong progress at Plasnewydd
Plasnewydd Primary in Maesteg has been removed from special measures after inspectors from Estyn confirmed that the school has made significant improvements since issues requiring further progress and monitoring were identified in 2018. Following intensive support from Bridgend County Borough Council, the Central South Consortium and local schools, Estyn has confirmed that the action plan has made strong progress, and that a broad base is now in place upon which the school can make further improvements.
Safeguarding Week 2021
Bridgend County Borough Council is joining other organisations across Wales for a national campaign focusing on a range of safeguarding issues affecting our communities. This year, the theme chose by the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board is ‘Safeguarding our Communities’. A number of virtual sessions will be held during the week which runs between November 15-19. For a full schedule of events and details of how to attend, visit the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Week webpage.
Budget consultation ends on Sunday
This year’s budget consultation, Shaping Bridgend’s Future, will close on Sunday 14 November. There is still time to choose from a range of formats and fill it in online. Please visit the council website for further details, including FAQs and a podcast of Council Leader Huw David talking about why we need people’s views and how they will be used to deliver the final budget.
Covid Pass extension begins on Monday
Welsh Government has confirmed that from Monday 15 November, people in Wales must show a Covid Pass or demonstrate their Covid-19 vaccine status to enter cinemas, concert halls and theatres. The extension follows the mandatory use of a Covid Pass for over-19s attending nightclubs, indoor non-seated events for more than 500 people, outdoor non-seated events with more than 4,000 in attendance, or any setting or event featuring more than 10,000 people. Full details of how you can get a Covid Pass are available on the Welsh Government website.
Council adopts Islamophobia definition
To demonstrate the local authority’s commitment to supporting the Muslim community and to working with them to tackle Islamophobia, Bridgend County Borough Council has formally adopted the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims’ definition of Islamophobia: ‘Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.’
Major infrastructure works completed
Plans for a new strategic employment site at Brocastle have moved a step closer following the completion of major infrastructure works. The works were funded by more than £10m from Welsh Government, including around £6.2m awarded through the European Regional Development Fund. As part of the plans, Welsh Government will also be funding an active travel route, with works scheduled to begin in the spring. For more details about the site, visit the JLL website.
Free unlimited Wi-Fi access
Free and unlimited Wi-Fi will be available in town centres across Bridgend County Borough under a new scheme aimed at increasing connectivity among residents, businesses and visitors. The £70,000 investment will see Wi-Fi infrastructure installed at the same time as a new CCTV system.
Careers in care
Pencoed consultation opens
Consultation has started over plans that could transform the centre of Pencoed. Residents and businesses are being asked for views on £17m proposals that could rebuild the Penprysg road bridge to accommodate two-way traffic and create a safe, all-new active travel bridge, which will enable the current level crossing to be closed down. You can complete the consultation survey online or request an alternative format by emailing [email protected], calling 01656 643664 or writing to Communications, Marketing and Engagement, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB. You can also attend a drop-in session on 13 November (Pencoed Pavilion, Felindre Road, 10am-12pm), 15 November (Pencoed Town Council, Salem Chapel, 6pm- 8pm) or 3 December (Pencoed Library, 10am-12pm).
Nominate your local heroes
The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough is asking local residents to put forward their nominations of individuals, groups or businesses who are worthy of this year’s Mayor’s Citizenship Award. Organised by the Council, the awards are open to people who live in the county borough, as well as local groups and businesses. Nominations can be completed online and must be submitted by Friday 7 January, 2022.
Want to represent your local community?
Virtual sessions will take place at 6.30pm on 18 and 25 November for potential candidates in the 2022 local government elections. The sessions will outline the role of a councillor, how the council works and more. To take part, email [email protected] and indicate which session you would prefer to attend. You can also find out more about becoming a councillor by visiting the council website.
Don’t miss sports funding deadline
Sports clubs and organisations who want to develop their services have until 30 November to apply for Sports Support Funding from the council. The £75,000 fund provides grants for equipment purchases, training opportunities and potential match-funding to support other initiatives as well as supporting sports clubs looking to develop facilities under the local authority’s Community Asset Transfer Programme. The maximum grant level has increased from £1,000 to £2,000 for club development and up to £3,500 for asset development, and grants up to £5,000 for exceptional projects that demonstrate wider community benefit will also be considered. More details are available by emailing [email protected].
Booster vaccine FAQs
If you have any queries about the Covid-19 booster vaccine, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has published a series of answers to frequently asked questions – find out more at the health board website.
Food payment voucher reminder
Parents and carers eligible for free school meals are being reminded to redeem their October half-term food payment voucher before it expires on 21 November. The £19.50 voucher is redeemable at any ‘PayPoint’ outlet for cash to be used for food for their child. PayPoint outlets are often located in local shops, major supermarkets and fuel filling stations. To find your nearest outlet just enter your town or postcode on the PayPoint website. Anyone who has not received a payment voucher should contact [email protected].
Mobile testing arrangements
Free mobile testing for anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 remains available at the former Revlon site in Maesteg (CF34 9TS) from 9am to 5pm and is open all week except Tuesdays. This site incorporates a drive-through testing facility, which must be booked in advance. Please note that on Saturday 13 November, this mobile testing facility will close at 3pm. Drive-through testing is also available at Coity and Litchard Community Centre (CF31 1PA) from 9am-5pm, and at the walk-through facility based at the Bowls Hall car park in Angel Street, Bridgend (CF31 4AH) which is available between 8am-8pm – booking for both of these sites is essential.
Jobs available in catering services
The Catering Services team is urgently looking for cooks, senior dining room assistants, assistant cooks, general kitchen assistants and more to help prepare and serve meals for children at local schools. With benefits ranging from flexible term-time working hours to a staff pension scheme, the Catering Services team offers excellent rates of pay such as £9.50 an hour for a general kitchen assistant. Continuous support is available as well as on-the-job training, and there are plenty of opportunities to study for further qualifications while working. Find out more by visiting the jobs pages at www.bridgend.gov.uk.
Support for 16-24 year olds
The Inspire 2 Work programme provides 121 support and advice from qualified youth workers, free professional CV development, access to free online training and more. Get in touch via the team’s online chat or contact them by calling 01656 815146 or emailing [email protected]