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St John
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Mair’s Walk
in aid of Cancer

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Bridgend Branch RBL

Poppy Appeal
Collectors Needed
Ring Andrew
01656 669988
Lifelong Support for our Forces and their Families.
Mr Davies
01656 785435

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A trip to the Somme


Bridgend Branch Royal Welsh (24/41) Comrades Association.

Meet 2nd. Thursday of the month in the United Serviceman's Club, Tondu Road.

All cap badges are welcome.


Flag Raising Day Pictures

Armed Forces Day Parade




2nd March



Laleston Church Fete & Fun Day Pics

Greyhound Rescue Wales

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Learn Tai Chi.

 Classes held by an instructor with 50 years experience in Martial Arts.
Classes in
Bridgend and Porthcawl.
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Laleston Gardening Club

Classic Car Club
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Bridgend Street Market

Remembrance Sunday
Service and March

Armistice Day Service


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Keeping you Posted

Welcome to we are a News and Information site for Bridgend Past Present Future. In the coming months the site will have a lot more to offer you, with regular updates on what is happening in your town.
If you would like your event or news to be included in our News section please contact us at:

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Please sign this petition to help inform the disabled of availability within buildings in Wales.
Full details on the Petition page.

Nine bus routes to go as council makes cuts. Residents can make case for keeping their service


A public meeting was held to discuss the proposed cuts has been convened for this Saturday. Click on the link at the bottom of this piece for full details.

Cash available to support bus services in Bridgend county borough has been reduced by almost £200,000 due to budget cuts, and the council is asking residents to comment and consult on where the axe will fall.

A spokesman for Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) told The GEM that, during 2017/18 the council spent more than £614,000 supporting bus services that wouldn’t otherwise be commercially viable.

But, as the council continues to tackle multi-million-pound shortfalls in the amount of funding it receives, its budget for subsiding bus services is due to drop to £426,000 for 2018/19.

As a result, the council is proposing to withdraw its funding for nine bus services:

• No 51 – Bridgend to Oaklands Road (Easyway)

• No 803 – Danygraig to Porthcawl (Easyway)

• No 61 – Nottage to Porthcawl (Peyton Travel)

• No 81 – Bridgend to Pen-y-Fai via Brackla and Coity (Easyway)

• No 68/69 – Bridgend to Cefn Glas (First Cymru)

• No 52 – Bridgend to Broadlands (Easyway)

• No 63B – Bridgend to Porthcawl (First Cymru)

• No 62 – Bridgend to Pencoed (First Cymru)

• No 73 – Pyle to Fforddygyfraith (Easyway)

Cllr Richard Young, the council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “BCBC and the Welsh Government subsidise some regional and local bus routes.

“Unfortunately, as we will have even less money available to spend on public services next year, the current level of subsidy is unsustainable.

“Clearly, this isn’t a situation that we would like to be in, but it is the harsh reality that the previous level of funding simply cannot be maintained.

“We therefore want to look at the consequences of withdrawing the subsidies on certain routes, and would like to gather public opinion before any decisions are taken.

“As well as telling us whether or not they value these particular bus services, we also want local residents’ views on possible travel alternatives that may be available to them, such as the community transport scheme.

“All of these schemes are designed to serve routes that are used, but only by relatively low passenger numbers, and may be the most suitable option for the future.”

BCBC’s ‘Supported Bus Services’ consultation can be completed online at before the closing date of Monday, March 26. Paper copies and alternative formats are also available by calling 01656 643664.
Massive turnout to support our bus dervice on Saturday but please fill in the form with all your thoughts it is so very important if you want to keep the service as we know it.


A New Cake Shop

Now open in Market Street
Their cakes are second to none, you just have to visit.
Birthday cakes - Cupcakes - Celebration cakes - Wedding cakes
(Wedding cake consultation by appointment)


RAF Stormy Down

RAF Stormy Down Saturday Morning , had a very respectable turnout . A few Dignitaries , RAF St Athan representative , local Air Cadets from 2318 Aberkenfig , a bugler for Last Post and the Vicar of Newton Church.
Picture Gallery HERE

New Shop Openings

in the Rhiw 'Something Diferent' and in the  indoor Market Tims Gallery



you missed ex-hurricane Ophelia look at these awesome pictures taken  at the hight of the storm in Porthcawl

To view the Picture Galery Click Here

Paul Robeson

On Thursday 5th October exactly 60 years since the world-renowned singer, actor and leading civil rights activist Paul Robeson's made his famous transatlantic broadcast to the Miners' Eisteddfod at the Grand Pavilion. To commemorate this special occasion we are hosting an exhibition of the Robeson story in the Pavilion’s Stage Door and, with the support of Arts Council of Wales, creating a brand new piece of theatre with our senior Bridgend Youth Theatre members. The exhibition will run from Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th October. There was a special launch event on Thursday 5th October  hosted by Beverley Humphreys, acclaimed BBC Wales broadcaster, singer, writer and Robeson expert. The exhibition chronicles Robeson’s struggle against prejudice and intolerance in a moving and inspirational way. A must-visit event for anyone with a connection to Porthcawl or the South Wales valleys.
Pictures fron The Special event

Craft Market
30 September 2017
Westward Community Centre

Setting up early for a busy day in the Community center Saturday Morning.
The markets are not "trustee" events but user events which are run by YAH
The Market will be held next on the
28th Oct.~~~ 18th Nov.~~~ and 16th Dec.

 More Pictures

Porthcawl Truck Gathering
Hanson Powder Tanker
More pictures Here

Fancy Dress  & Toys

L & P Fancy Dress and Toys Now Open in Wyndham Street Drop in and have a look around. 
Party in the Park

Great Fun and Games at the Party in the Park Saturday the 22nd with lots of events taking place.
More Pictures soon

Sandy Bay

This is one of South Wales’ finest beaches yet visitors have had to pick their way through wire, bottles and food packaging to find suitable a spot to sunbath.
 this summer things are going to be very different at Sandy Bay as Coney Beach funfair owner Pat Evans has invested around £35,000 in a new beach cleaning machine. The machine’s metal spikes dig into the sand to pull out any litter and dump it in a hopper on the back. Pat, who also places bins on the large section of beach the family owns, is confident that daily cleans will address the annual surge in complaints about the state of the sand.

Classic Car Show
Bridgend Town Centre 2017
View 2016 show HERE    2017 HERE

Saturday the 15th July saw another great Classic Car show on the streets of Bridgend.

The weather could have been better but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of onlookers as the cars came rolling in creating a blast from the past, they lined up along Dunraven Place Jags, Fords, Triumph, VW, MG, Mercedes, and many more, then the over flow into Wyndham Street where the Hot rods parked up showing off their gleaming engines and turning heads as they roared into life the echo of the exhausts bouncing of the buildings.

Cameras and phones clicked away as people captured the moment, yet again of a great show.

Thanks to Bridgend, Glamorgan Classic Car Club and it’s members.

Now Open
Den Clothing
Den Clothing Company are excited to announce our new location: Unit 2 - The Rhiw Shopping Centre- next door to our pals Fizzy Foam - You can buy most of our items online with free same day local delivery within CF31 to CF36
Now Open
Excelent Thai meals in the Indoor Market
Fizzy Foam
Moved to Unit 3 the Rhiw Shopping Centre
Fizzy Foam
A great selection to choose from
web site HERE


Bridgend County Borough Council.


A brand new integrated watersports centre and café could be on the way to Rest Bay, while Porthcawl Marina may benefit from a refurbished harbour kiosk.

These images show what the developments could look like, and you can get a closer look as further details and illustrations will be placed on public display at the Stage Door Suite of the Grand Pavilion on Wednesday 12 July between 1pm –

You can also view and comment on the plans and illustrations by visiting our planning webpages and entering references P/17/513/BCB (for the watersports centre) and P/17/516/BCB (for the
harbour kiosk):



Bridgend County Borough Council

Hundreds of local high street retailers could soon benefit from reduced business rates bills as we have adopted the Welsh Government’s High Street Rates Relief Scheme.

Eligible retailers will receive up to £1,500 off their non-domestic rates bill if they have a rateable value of £50,000 or less in the 2017-18 financial year, and the scheme will also be offered in conjunction with the Small Business Rates Relief and Transitional Relief schemes.

Their properties must be occupied, and either wholly or mainly used as shops, restaurants, cafes or drinking establishments. Critically, they must also be high street businesses that aren’t based in out of town developments or industrial estates.

While we don’t have control over any elements of the High Street Rates Relief Scheme, we’re pleased to adopt it and do what we can to support our high street retailers.

To find out more about the scheme, and to apply, please call 01656 643643.


RAF Stormy Down

Sunday saw the unveiling of a monument to Commemorate the 53 mens lives lost while training at Stormy Down Aerodrome , and that is without the many hundreds who trained at Stormy Down and then were lost in the War .

The RAF has accepted it as a War Memorial so therefore they will be there each year on Sunday nearest to the 11th Nov


Picture Gallery HERE


Parc Slip Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre a great place to visit

 View the Video Here


Free Parking

The first two hours of parking at the Rhiw multi-storey car park in Bridgend will be FREE from this summer until spring 2018.

The Welsh Government has made £3m available to support free parking pilot schemes in local authorities during the current financial year, and we’ll be using our £131,000 allocation to introduce a scheme to benefit Bridgend town centre.

The free parking pilot scheme is anticipated to begin during August, and a confirmed start date will be publicised soon.

Back to the 40's

On Saturday 10th June, Bridgend whent back in time to WW2. The Town Centre was transformed back to the 1940’s era with demonstrations, period games and activities that were common place during the war. Many of the activities were educational for people of all ages. Activities included WWII Toy Soldier Painting, 1940’s Cooking, Poppy Making School Life & Period Games and lots more! Live music entertainment took place throughout the day. A Winston Churchill ’sound’ & ’lookalike’ made an appearance around the town.  Photographic exhibition by Bridgend & District Local History Society, Wartime display by Michael Ridley, Island Farm talk by Brett Exton. This event was a unique experience in historical terms for the Bridgend area and was great fun for all the family, with thousands of people enjoying the day.

View the 40's Gallery Here


Planning application submitted for Nolton St. eyesore

With demolition of the derelict former McDonalds/Burger Master on Nolton Street in Bridgend town centre set to start imminently, Swansea-based housing association, Coastal Housing, have submitted an application to redevelop the site.

Coastal propose a mixed-use development of retail and housing, similar to their other project at the Rhiw car park (which looks to be nearly completed) but on a much smaller scale.

Subject to approval, the new building will be three storeys high - one storey higher than the existing building. Due to the site's close location to rail and bus services, the developers believe it's justification not to provide any parking spaces.

Two new shop units will be provided on the ground floor. The larger unit will be 230sqm, while the smaller one will be 50sqm.

The first and second storeys will include (in total) 10 apartments: 8 one bedroom apartments and 2 two bedroom apartments, accessible via a central staircase. A fire escape will be provided to the rear (Brackla Street Car Park).

According to the design statement (pdf), the building was originally going to be four storeys and have 15 apartments, but has subsequently been downsized to fit better with the surrounding buildings.

The development had been designed by Bridgend-based PJ Lee Architects, whose previous projects in the town include: the redevelopment of Cae Court (into a boutique hotel and restaurant), the ongoing Elder Yard/Victoria Inn redevelopment and Elder Mews off Caroline Street - which now houses Costa and Herbert R Thomas estate agents.

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Get Fit
with a Bike


Web site link Here

Bridgend County Borough Council

Anyone suffering from domestic abuse can receive confidential support and advice from the ‘Assia Suite’ service which is based at our Civic Offices in Bridgend.

Named after Assia Newton – a Pencoed resident who was murdered in her home in 2013 after decades of domestic abuse – the service offers a ‘one stop shop’ with partners including Calan DVS.

In the last year, nearly 500 local people have been helped with issues including physical, psychological, sexual, emotional and financial abuse, safety planning for victims and their children, and more.

If you need support, please call into the Civic Offices and ask for the ‘Assia Suite’. Alternatively, you can call 01656 815919 or email the team at


Bridgend Floating Support Scheme

Support for homeless and those of risk of homelessness.

Porthcawl Storm

Bridgend Skies

Click Here to view
Also added to this section are the times you can view the International Space Station as it passes over Bridgend

The New Rhyw Car Park
taking shape

Follow development here

Bridgend Station Get a Royal Visit
Prince Charles left the Royal Train  that had pulled into Bridgend station on the 26/02/2016 arround 12:15 on his way to visit a South Wales factory.

Pictures By Alan Bateman

More Bridgend railway pictures here

Photos Alan Bateman
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Bridgend's Rhiw Shopping Centre and Indoor Market

Picture Gallery of the Rhiw                Picture Gallery of the indoor Market

Bridgend Indoor Market   occupies a prime position within the retail sector of Bridgend, and is situated within the Rhiw Shopping Centre which fronts on to Caroline Street, Nolton Street and Queen Street. The Market is situated on the ground floor,  and has access to the basement on the lower ground floor,  with vehicular access to Queen Street.   Bridgend has a long history with the Indoor Market Hall dating from its inception in 1837. The market moved to its present location in 1972 when it was predominantly a meat market but has grown into a market of diversity, as you will see by linking to the picture gallery, then by paying a visit on you next trip to town and supporting you local traders who supply a vast range of quality goods and always service with a smile. :-)

The Rhiw Shopping Centre is bursting with your favourite top shops.    Greggs, Boots, Miss Label, Game, Smiths, Select, and many more, it is a family friendly place to shop and all under cover. View the Picture Gallery


The Magic Shop

The Magic Shop Market Street
This is the Only Magic shop in Wales
Pop in and see what you can conjure up!

Web Site Here

In the old Blockbuster store

The Mobility Superstore

Web site here
Bridgend Shopping Centre
Brackla Street
South Wales
CF31 1DD

Tel: 0800 999 2259 or 01656 856696


Cornus Midwinter Fire
Gardening Calendar


It's down!
Making way to re-develop as a private 80 bed residential care home and extra care facility.

See the Sunnyside Picture Gallery



THE RAILWAY has undergone a facelift and is now smarter than ever.

Now with a painting of a steam loco on the front of the building.
To see what's on when go HERE


Market Street

The old Tesco store in Market Street has been taken at last and has undergone a transformation, it opened on Friday as
the eden Bar & Grill restaurant.

Take a look inside


St Johns House Trust
A step back in time to the 1400's an experience not to be missed.

This project has been added to the
History section


Greyhound Rescue Wales


Another Empty Shop Now Transformed and Let

Park Street Barbers.
 Just opened
and replaced the old print shop in park Street.
Sun: Closed
Mon: Closed
Tues: 9:00 - 5:00
Wed: 9:00 - 5:00
Thurs: 9:00 - 5:00
Fri: 9:00 - 5:00
Sat: 9:00 - 3:00

Tel: 07414 775509

Lookup Bridgend
A stunning display of street art was presented by Lookup Bridgend last weekend with local and Cardiff artists working on their projects for nearly two weeks. Dan Green the project coordinator brought the two groups together with the aim of brightening up the stark walls of the town.


Visit Market street and see this display for yourself.

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Web Site

42 Dunraven Place, Bridgend
Contact: Mike 07840 287 383
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Bridgend History

The Old Post Office Garage
The Old Post Office Garage

Royal cipher E VIII R. 1936

Bridgend ROF 53
Bridgend ROF 53

Hut 9
Hut 9

Hut 9
Island Farm

The Old Historic Bridge

Newcastle Castle

St Illtyds Church

Mason Williams clock c1890

Bridgend Classic Car Show

Web Site

BJ Computers
Repairs, Upgrades, Installations, Setups and Configurations.
Unit 15D
Brackla Street Centre.
CF31 1DD
01656 662347
01656 872453

    On this day in History


Bridgend Male Choir

Web Site

View the 40's Gallery Here

Whiskey Lies

Whiskey Lies UK are a Four  piece Hard Rock Band from Bridgend.
With Killer riffs and mind melting solos, this band will take you back in time to the 80's, they take their inspiration from AC/DC and Guns 'n' Roses.

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Remembrance Sunday

Pictures Click Here to View
Bridgend Fayre


Captive Animal's Protection Society

42 Dunraven Place, Bridgend
Contact: Mike 07840 287 383
web site here

Bridgend Sandwich Bar.
Est: 1940

Porthcawl Christmas  Swim

View the Picture Gallery

Web Site Here

CoachHoliday Shop

The CoachHoliday Shop has closed it's shop in the Rhiw and moved to a new location, the indoor market Stall 25.
Tel: 01656 766500

BJ Computers
Repairs & Upgrades
New systems
System Installations
Software setup & configuration

Unit 1 5D
Brackla Street Centre
CF31 1DD

Phone: 01656 662347
01656 872453

Mobile: 07732416136

Web Site

The End of an Old Car Park
The Rhiw

View the Demolition Here

01656 750080