Work underway on new childcare hub in the Garw Valley

Clearance work on the site of the former Boys and Girls Club in Bettws has started ahead of the construction of a new Welsh-medium childcare facility. The Bettws hub is one of four planned Welsh-medium facilities and will be joined by other hubs at Blackmill, Bridgend and Porthcawl in a £2.8m programme. It will provide 16 Welsh-medium childcare places, six places for children aged up to two, and out-of-school provision for 52 weeks of the year to the Garw Valley and surrounding valleys gateway area. The new hub is expected to be completed by spring 2022.

 

Get your tickets for the Santa Trail

Tickets are now available to book for this year’s free Santa Trail in Bridgend town centre on Saturday 27 November. Various Christmas-themed zones will be set up in the town centre featuring live music, street entertainment and reindeers. Access is by ticket only which can be booked through Eventbrite. If you require any assistance or support in booking tickets, please email [email protected] or call 01656 643643.

 

Christmas deal apps launched

As part of its support for local traders this Christmas, Bridgend County Borough Council is encouraging shoppers to download the We Love app in Porthcawl, Maesteg and Bridgend. The Bridgend Digital Christmas website features a range of offers, vouchers, discount codes and more, including competitions and a chance to win personalised messages from Santa.

 

Primary school scoops Welsh award

Litchard Primary School has been recognised for its commitment to the Welsh language with a gold Cymraeg Campus award. Run by the Language Charter, the award aims to promote a strong Welsh ethos in schools and to provide a range of enriching activities that encourage children to enjoy learning the language. The school were driven by an enthusiastic ‘Criw Cymraeg’ who led on initiatives in the school and wider community including an area in the school yard for children to speak Welsh, listening to Welsh music in assembly and making posters to promote the importance of learning Welsh.

 

Drop-in sessions reveal Porthcawl’s future

Drop-in sessions will take place at the Grand Pavilion next week to offer a glimpse of how Porthcawl could look in future. Available between 9am-5pm on Wednesday 24 November and 9am-8pm on Thursday 25 November, the Placemaking plans will outline potential opportunities for modern multi-storey car parking, a luxury spa waterfront hotel, landscaping and pedestrianisation along the Eastern Promenade, improved public transport, the extension of Dock Street, fresh community spaces and more. As well as the drop-in sessions, you will be able to view details online and have your say at the council website – look out for more details soon.

 

Road resurfacing works in Ogmore Vale this weekend

Essential work to resurface the A4061 High Street in Ogmore Vale will begin on Sunday 21 November. Part of the council’s ongoing highway improvement scheme, the works will see traffic controlled with a stop-and-go sign during the week, and the road will be closed from its junction with Commercial Street, past the junction with Glyn Street and up to 45 High Street on Sundays with work expected to finish by 30 November. Residents are being asked not to park on the street while the works are ongoing from 106 High Street to Bethania Row.

 

Learn about being a councillor

A Virtual session will take place at 6.30pm on 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.

 

Views wanted from parents and carers

The Cwm Taf Morgannwg Early Years Transformation Board is seeking views from parents and carers of children aged up to seven about the support they have received at different stages of their child’s life. Part of a Welsh Government programme to trial new ways of improving early years support, you can complete the survey online and find out more at the Cwm Taf website.

 

Nominate your local heroes

The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough is asking residents to put forward nominations of individuals, groups and businesses who may be worthy of a 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.

 

Have your say on Pencoed plans

Residents and businesses in Pencoed are being asked for views on £17m proposals for rebuilding the Penprysg road bridge to accommodate two-way traffic, creating a safe active travel bridge and closing down the current level crossing. You can complete the consultation 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 3 December (Pencoed Library, 10am-12pm).

 

Food payment voucher deadline

The 21 November deadline for redeeming October half-term food payment vouchers is fast approaching. The £19.50 voucher is redeemable at any ‘PayPoint’ outlet for cash to be used for food for their child. To find your nearest outlet, simply enter your town or postcode on the PayPoint website. Anyone who has not received a payment voucher should contact [email protected]

 

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. More details are available by emailing [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-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.

 

Apprenticeship vacancies

Did you know that the Apprenticeship Vacancy Service from Business Wales allows employers to advertise apprenticeship opportunities? Employers can add and manage vacancies through the manage apprenticeships service, while anyone over 16 who is looking for an apprenticeship in Wales can do so using the find an apprenticeship webpage.

 

Dealing with winter weather

The council has published its annual Winter Maintenance Plan which outlines how the authority will keep roads open and traffic moving. With more than 790km of highway within the county borough, the plan identifies priority routes and outlines secondary roads which are dealt with once the main highways network has been treated. The council stores up to 4,500 tonnes of salt and plans ahead using remote weather stations, ice sensors and specific weather forecasts from MeteoGroup. Find out more by visiting the winter weather page at www.bridgend.gov.uk

 

Save lives – donate blood

With Christmas approaching, the Welsh Blood Service is seeking donors and aims to have at least seven days of each blood type in stock to help people in need across Wales. Appointments are available in Bridgend County Borough at the Heronston Hotel on 25-26 November and you can book online – please note that anyone who has recently received a Covid-19 vaccination must wait seven days before making a blood donation.

 

Careers in care

Ever considered a career in social care? Watch a new video, visit the WeCare Wales website, follow WeCare Wales on Twitter or Facebook or visit the council website.

 

Jobs available in catering services in local schools

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.