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AWEN CULTURAL TRUST

Making lives better by providing space and
opportunity for people to enjoy vibrant
cultural experiences that inspire and
enhance their sense of wellbeing

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Our Theatres

Maesteg Town Hall, The Grand Pavilion
& Blaengarw Workmen's Hall special
places to play, to sing, to dance, to learn,
to watch and to dream

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Our natural heritage

Nurturing 113 acres of beautiful diverse
parkland at Bryngarw Country Park
for people to explore, to learn, to play,
to watch and to wonder

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OUR TRAINEES

Breaking down barriers for people
with disabilities, developing new skills
through horticulture & carpentry projects
at B-leaf and Wood-B

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OUR LIBRARIES

Opening doors, inspiring learning,
improving basic skills, closing the
digital divide and nurturing communities

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OUR COMMUNITY CENTRES

Providing vital community facilities at
affordable levels to help local people
live full and active lives

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What We Do

Pafiliwn y Grand

Grand Pavilion

With its octagonal dome and classic 1930s frontage, this much-loved venue has dominated the Porthcawl seafront for over 80 years and continues to host a wide variety of events including live theatre, concerts, ballroom dancing, conferences and weddings.

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Canolfannnau Cymuned

Community Centres

Our three community centres – Awel-y-Mor in Porthcawl, Betws Life Centre, Coity and Litchard Higher Community Centre – are well used private hire venues offering affordable spaces for a whole range of events and activities.

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Llyfrgelloedd

Libraries

We offer knowledgeable and helpful staff, innovative and interactive events and activities, lifelong learning opportunities for adults and fun events for children. Or just come and pick up a good book!

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Wood-B

Our fully equipped carpentry workshop based in Tondu offers employment opportunities for adults with disabilities, using practical woodworking and joinery projects, both onsite and in the community, as a basis of their training.

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Neuadd y Dref Maesteg

Maesteg Town Hall

This imposing grade II listed building with its prominent clock tower is the focal point of the town and proudly serves Maesteg, the Llynfi Valley and the surrounding areas as a large multifunctional venue for professional and community events.

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B-Leaf

Buy your high quality, competitively priced plants, shrubs and perennials from our purpose-built garden centre based in Bryngarw Country Park and run by a horticultural project which provides employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.

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Neuadd y Gweithwyr Blaengarw

Blaengarw Workmen's Hall

Nestled on a hill at the top of the Garw Valley, and enjoying spectacular views over the countryside, the hall is a thriving community facility, comprising a 250 capacity auditorium, dance studio, IT training suite, and many general purpose rooms.

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Parc Gwledig Bryngarw

Bryngarw Country Park

Whether you are a family in search of a great day out or a walker who wants to escape to the country, you’ll find 113 acres of picturesque parkland, native woodlands and formal gardens to explore, easily accessible from the M4.

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Bryngarw Park Volunteer Group Bags £1000 from Tesco’s Community Grant Scheme

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £43 million to over 10,000 local community projects. Bryngarw Country Park is managed by Awen Cultural Trust […]

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Borrow a BBC micro:bit from your local library

The tiny computers, donated by The Microbit Foundation, will allow people of all ages, whatever their experience, to unleash their digital creativity whilst in the comfort of their own home. BBC micro:bits are handheld, fully programmable computers which can be used to make all sorts of creations, from musical instruments to robots, smart watches and […]

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Something eggs-citing is happening at Bryngarw this Easter!

Families with egg-cited young eggs-plorers will find plenty to discover at Bryngarw Country Park in Brynmenyn, near Bridgend, this Easter weekend. The annual Easter Egg Hunts will take place between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April and will involve a total of over 7,000 chocolate treats! The egg-cellent bilingual street […]

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David Bowie’s links with Maesteg!

WalesOnline claimed that “just like Kylie Minogue, rock superstar David Bowie can trace his family roots back to Maesteg.” https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/we-love-david-bowie-2380156 And Britain’s greatest rock star has even visited the valley! Here’s an account from one local fan lucky enough to meet him at the Old House, Llangynwyd. ‘David Bowie is having lunch in the Old House.’ […]

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Jason And His Amazing Midlife Crisis

Jason Donovan will take to the road live at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm with his autobiographical show ‘Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis.

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