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At Awen, we are committed to operating in a responsible and sustainable way. We have joined a growing community of forward-thinking organisations who are helping Wales transition to a low carbon future by signing the Green Growth Pledge. By January 2024 we will: Increase the proportion of suppliers that are based in South Wales;…
Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which provides opportunities for people and communities across South Wales to experience, enjoy and be inspired by culture, has appointed Ava Plowright as its new Chair of Trustees. Ava takes over the role from Alan Morgan, who is stepping down as Chair after seven years but remaining as…
Awen Cultural Trust is working in partnership with Gig Buddies Wales, BAVO and Learning Disability Wales to offer a free, relaxed screening of the film Heavy Load (12A) at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Saturday 11th February at 7.30pm. Described by film critic Mark Kermode as “a really, really fine music documentary”, the film…
The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl’s much-loved seafront theatre has been awarded £18 Levelling Up Funding from the UK Government, as a result of Bridgend County Borough Council, working in close partnership with Awen Cultural Trust, demonstrating that the investment would make a visible positive difference to the local area and supporting the creative economy of…
Unsuspecting carers from across the county borough of Bridgend received a surprise delivery of Christmas cheer when they answered their doors recently. They were greeted with a fun, festive dance from the Kitsch n Sync Collective in recognition of their tireless, and often unpaid, work. The Doorbell Dances were organised by registered charities Awen…
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding of over £130,000 from Welsh Government and The National Heritage Lottery Fund’s The Woodland Investment Grant to enhance the historic woodlands at Bryngarw Country Park. The funding will be used to: carry out conservation work on the existing trees; build a new boardwalk…
Review by Karen Price, Wales Online Jack And The Beanstalk, Porthcawl – 4/5   There’s nothing like a panto at Christmas – whatever your age – and after the covid pandemic it’s fabulous to see theatres packed once again with families eager for this dose of Christmas magic. The Grand Pavilion at Porthcawl has…
If you care for an adult with a learning disability, or know someone who does, you may be interested in this short video about B-Leaf and Wood-B, our work-based training programmes in horticulture, grounds maintenance and carpentry. Watch it here.  …
The 2022 Winter Mini Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency in partnership with Science Museum Group, launches across Awen Libraries today. The Summer Reading Challenge 2022 saw thousands of children reading and exploring science and innovation as part of this year’s Gadgeteers theme. Now that it’s getting chilly and the Christmas holidays are…
Christmas trees from the award-winning Gower Fresh Christmas Trees have arrived at B-Leaf ready to go on sale from Saturday 26 November. This year’s trees are the Fraser Fir variety and prices range from £22.50 up to £46. Poinsettia will also be available to buy for £5.50. Profits from these sales are reinvested into…
Panto audiences at Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl can look forward to a giant adventure this festive season with fun-filled family pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk from 16th December to 8th January. Much-loved panto legends Kyle Tovey and Vern Griffiths return to lead the cast which includes Samantha Spragg, Ellena Louise Thompson, Harry Lynn, Darcy…
At B-Leaf and Wood-B we offer hands-on, work-based learning opportunities in horticulture, grounds maintenance and carpentry. Our trainees are supported by a team of dedicated and experienced staff who help them to develop new skills at their own pace, make new friends and feel part of a community, and lead more independent and fulfilled…