Remembrance parades and services

A range of parades and services will be held across Bridgend County Borough this month 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 a series of 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.

 

New funding for sports support

This year’s Sports Support Fund is open for applications to help local clubs and organisations develop their services. Since its launch, the £75,000 fund has evolved to provide 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 the council will also consider grants up to £5,000 for exceptional projects that demonstrate wider community benefit. In the past year, 67 clubs received almost £65,000 in support. The deadline for submitting applications is 30 November and more details are available by emailing guy.smith@bridgend.gov.uk.

 

Views wanted on £17m Pencoed plans

People and businesses are being asked for their views on plans that could transform the centre of Pencoed. Between 8 November 2021 and 30 January 2022, residents will be asked for feedback on £17m proposals that will enable the eventual closure of Pencoed’s level railway crossing by rebuilding the Penprysg road bridge so that it can accommodate two-way traffic, and creating a safe, all-new active travel bridge over the line for pedestrians and cyclists. You can find out more, view answers to frequently asked questions and complete the consultation survey online at the council website, or request an alternative format by emailing consultation@bridgend.gov.uk, calling 01656 643664 or writing to Communications, Marketing and Engagement, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB.

 

School funding approved

Funding for a new community hub at Abercerdin Primary School in Evanstown has been approved by Bridgend County Borough Council. The hub will feature a crèche for children aged up to three, community meeting rooms, training facilities and a community café. The project is being jointly funded by the school and local council, and has also been awarded £150,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation and a £45,000 grant from local company, Pennant Walters.

 

Budget consultation enters final week

There is now just over a week to go before this year’s budget consultation comes to an end. Fill in the survey online before 14 November or order a hard copy by emailing consultation@bridgend.gov.uk, calling 01656 643664 or writing to Consultation and Engagement, Civic Offices, Angel Street Bridgend, CF31 4WB. More details are available at the council website

 

UK Government-funded projects confirmed

UK Government has confirmed which local projects will receive funding from the Community Renewal Fund. Set up as a precursor to the Shared Prosperity Fund which will be launched next year as a replacement for EU structural grant funding, the £220m national scheme aims to support people and communities across the UK who are most in need. With a total of £46m allocated to projects across Wales, Bridgend County Borough will receive £785,149 for six initiatives. For further details about the successful schemes, visit the council website.

 

Support for adverse childhood experiences

Welsh Government has announced a new £200,000 grant scheme for individuals and organisations who undertake work with people affected by domestic abuse, substance abuse and other adverse childhood experiences. For full details or to apply to register for the scheme, please visit the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.

 

Festive fun in Bridgend County Borough

Plans are in place to celebrate Christmas across the county borough in a range of festive ways. The local authority has put a focus on shopping locally this year with businesses helped through promotion on digital apps and a Christmas website where traders can post offers, vouchers, discount codes and more. This year’s Bridgend town centre lights switch-on will be broadcast on social media and a special, free Santa Trail is being planned for Saturday 27 November. Tickets are essential so book early to avoid disappointment. Full details will be released later this month.

 

Potential candidate sessions

Virtual sessions will take place at 6.30pm on 18 and 25 November for potential candidates in the 2022 local government elections. To take part in either session, email membersbcbc@bridgend.gov.uk – you can find out more about becoming a councillor by visiting the council website.

 

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. 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.

 

Childcare Offer for Wales

Did you know that working parents in Wales can receive funding for up to 30 hours early education and childcare through the Childcare Offer for Wales? Find out more at the Childcare Offer for Wales website.

 

Careers in care

Ever considered a career in social care? Watch a new video, visit the WeCare Wales website or follow WeCare Wales on Twitter or Facebook to find out more. You can also find out about local opportunities by visiting the council website.