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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…
Awen Cultural Trust has partnered with national charity The Reading Agency to promote the link between regular reading and improved health outcomes this winter. Supported by Welsh Government, libraries across Bridgend will be involved in the public information campaign ‘Dip into Reading’ which aims to promote small amounts of reading each week to support…
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…
Bridgend, Pyle, Aberkenfig and Maesteg Libraries will be open between Christmas and New Year to offer a warm and welcoming space to the community. Times will vary, please see below: Bridgend Library Christmas Eve                                Closed Christmas Day                                Closed Boxing Day                                      Closed Tuesday 27th December               Closed Wednesday 28th December         10am – 6pm Thursday…
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…
Pencoed Library will be closed to the public from Monday 19th December to commence its redevelopment work. The library is expected to reopen in early March 2023 for its 50th anniversary year. The redevelopment, which will include updating the old, static furniture with mobile shelving, creating a work/study space and building a community meeting…
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…