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£100k redevelopment for Pyle Library

The funding will be used to redevelop and refurbish the much-loved library into a large, lighter and brighter, accessible open space, so that it can be used as a more flexible and functional area by the whole community. The existing large and imposing reception desk and four air-conditioning columns will be removed to open up […]

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Maesteg Town Hall Redevelopment Secures Heritage Lottery Funding

Development funding of £96,800 has been awarded to the project so that a range of important preparation work can be completed in readiness for the next crucial funding application which will need to be submitted in early 2019. As well as further work to establish the existing condition of the building structure, recording its historic […]

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Booking now for Maesteg’s first ever Photomarathon

Maesteg Town Hall will play host to the town’s first ever 24-hour Photomarathon from 12 noon on Saturday 7 July until 12 noon on Saturday 8 July. Participants of all ages and abilities will have to take a photograph to represent 10 different topics in order, which they will be given on the first morning […]

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David Baddiel – My Family: Not The Sitcom

Following a sold out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel brings his Olivier-nominated one-man show to the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Friday 25 May at 7.30pm.

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Royal Wedding High Tea Party

Join us in the celebration of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding on Saturday 19th May 2018. Watch the Royal Wedding on the biggest screen in Porthcawl!

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Bryngarw Country Park takes centre stage for outdoor theatre this summer

The season starts with Immersion Theatre’s production of Peter Pan at 5.30pm on Wednesday 25 July. Eye-catching costumer, toe-tapping music and larger-than-life characters, including the Darling children, the lost boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and the infamous Captain Hook, promise to capture the imaginations of young children and nostalgic adults alike. On Wednesday […]

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting

We have voluntarily chosen to report our Gender Pay Gap Data. This involves carrying out six calculations that show the difference between the average earnings of men and women in our organisation; it will not involve publishing individual employees data. Please click here for the our full report.

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

Bryngarw Park Volunteer Group is delighted to announce it has bagged £1000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme. The funding will pay for volunteer training in the rural skill of cleft fencing, which will complete improvements to the park’s orchard area, and equipment for an annual apple pressing event for the community. Bags […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Top 5 Awen activities of February half-term 2018

Family Willow Weaving Workshops at Bryngarw Country Park Are you looking for an activity to get your children creative this half-term? Our team at Awen Cultural Trust have organised for the fantastic Out to Learn Willow group to lead a workshop that will demonstrate how to make fun and exciting willow crafts. From butterflies and […]

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Awen Cultural Trust teams up with Freedom Leisure

Freedom Leisure has been awarded a 10-year contract by Stafford County Borough Council to manage a portfolio of facilities which include a Victorian theatre, a smaller studio theatre, an Elizabethan town house, a castle and visitor centre, three leisure centres and a sports stadium. The not-for-profit leisure trust, which manages leisure and cultural facilities on […]

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Macca: The Concert

Macca: The Concert – celebrate the music of Paul McCartney and the greatest hits of The Beatles live at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Friday 16 February at 7.30pm.

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Cinderella Breaks Box Office Records at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

The doors have closed on the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl’s most successful pantomime season ever. Cinderella smashed all previous box office records during its four-week run, much to the delight of the venue and producers Imagine Theatre.

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Milkshake! Live – The Magic Story Book

Milkshake! Live – The Magic Story Book at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Saturday 21 April 12noon & 3.30pm.

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Relaxed and signed performances of Cinderella

Following on from the success of last year’s accessible performances, The Grand Pavilion will once again be staging a signed performance on Thursday 28 December at 5pm and a relaxed performance on Thursday 4 January at 10.30am.

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New sound and lighting desk at Maesteg Town Hall 

The installation of a brand new FLX lighting console, Yamaha TF5 sound desk, projector and Apple Mac computer will allow Maesteg Town Hall to continue to attract professional live productions, which demand high quality sound and lighting. Shows such as the Johnny Cash Roadshow require special effects such as ‘intelligent’ stage lighting. The new lighting desk allows the lights to be automated, so they can move and create complex and colourful effects on […]

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Summer Art Exhibition

Artists – submit your work to our annual art exhibition which takes place Monday 7 – Sunday 13 August 10am – 6pm and the launch on Monday 7 August 6pm.

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Bryngarw Country Park achieves coveted Green Flag Award

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space. In total, 183 parks and green spaces in Wales have met the high standard needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award. The Flag will be flying […]

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Children invited to join Animal Agents at Awen Libraries

Awen libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017. The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books during the school holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip. This year’s […]

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Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast

Just announced Sarah Millican will be bringing her Control Enthusiast tour to the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Thursday 8 February at 8pm.

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You could be the lucky winner of a bottle of champagne if you book to see Pasha in Feb!

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer and winner Pasha Kovalev announces a special month for February with a Valentines promotion!

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Connla

Connla are an exciting new band from Ireland with strong traditional roots that give their music a unique sound. Described as “The Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland” (Irish American News) see them live at the Grand Pavilion…

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Awen helps staff achieve their resolution goals!

By joining Halo Leisure at a reduced rate, employees can access the gyms, pools, group exercise classes, spas and saunas, indoor climbing wall, toning suite and racket sports at all their centres across Bridgend county borough.  Awen Chief Executive, Richard Hughes, said: “Typical New Year resolutions include losing weight and getting fit, but many people […]

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Seann Walsh – One For The Road

Seann Walsh is back on the road with a brand new show and is coming live to the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Thursday 16 February at 8pm.

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Barbara Dickson

Barbara Dickson, multi-million selling recording artist, returns to the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Thursday 2 February at 7.30pm, with her incredible band.

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Theatre goers raise money for charity

Generous families enjoying Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime at the Grand Pavilion Theatre, Porthcawl on Sunday 11 December have raised an impressive £1568 for local charities.

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Local Star Rebecca Craven to Spread Some Magic in the Grand Pavilion Panto

The Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl are delighted to announce that Rebecca Craven will be starring in their gigantic family panto Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas.

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The Three Degrees

The Three Degrees can still make claims as the longest running female vocal group in history! Come and enjoy hits by the famous trio in this one-night-only concert!

Thursday 15 September 7.30pm

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FREE events to celebrate our first birthday!

Join us for our 1st birthday celebrations by taking part in one of our free events, this Saturday 1st October.

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Nature’s Calendar – September

Fruit is out in abundance. Rosehips on the park’s dog roses are a favourite of finches and small mammals, while blackberries provide another source of food at the edges of the meadows and in the north woodlands.

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Celebrating a century of Roald Dahl

2016 marks a 100 years since the birth of the master storyteller Roald Dahl. Born in Cardiff, wrote some of the finest children’s books of all time, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Twits, and The BFG.

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Ranger’s Blog – August

“…a lizard in the cleaning cupboard.”

August …a busy time for country parks up and down the British Isles, and Bryngarw has been no exception!

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Bryngarw Country Park wins a Green Flag Award

Bryngarw Country Park in Bridgend has double cause for celebration: it has been awarded a Green Flag, the international mark of a quality park or green space, in its 30th anniversary year.

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The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston Show

Starring Belinda Davids

Wednesday 26 October 7.30pm

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Bryngarw Country Park wins a Green Flag Award

Bryngarw Country Park in Bridgend has double cause for celebration: it has been awarded a Green Flag, the international mark of a quality park or green space, in its 30th anniversary year.

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New season, new brochure, new look

Awen Cultural Trust has launched a new look What’s On brochure for the autumn season at the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl and Maesteg Town Hall.

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