Cllr Watts at the Attend and Achieve celebration evening
Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor unveiled a memorial stone to the men from Cwmaman who fought in the Great War and welcomed Ugandan visitors to Pontypridd during his civic week July 6-July 12, 2014.
Cllr John Watts opened the World War I exhibition at the Cwmaman Hall and Institute in Alice Place on Friday, July 11, where he unveiled a memorial stone to the 82 young men from the village who bravely gave their lives for their country in the War.
“This memorial stone will forever more stand as a symbol of a nation’s gratitude to these young men,” said Cllr Watts.
The exhibition contains many original artefacts from the Great War and will give visitors a sense of how soldiers lived and worked in the trenches.
Four teachers from Mbale, Uganda, were welcomed to Pontypridd by Cllr Watts on Tuesday, July 8th. Their visit was arranged by PONT, the community linking charity which has twinned more than 60 schools in RCT with schools in Mbale.
Pupils in Rhondda Cynon Taf who have gone above and beyond to either maintain or improve their school attendance were congratulated by Cllr Watts at the Attend and Achieve Celebration evening at Garth Olwg Lifelong Learning Centre on Wednesday, July 9.
Cllr Watts welcomed everyone to the event and gave this message to the award recipients: “You have recognised that good attendance promotes good learning and I hope that you go on from here and reach the targets that you have set for yourselves.”
On Saturday, July 12th, the Mayor cut a ribbon to officially start a charity cycle ride to raise funds for Ysgol Hen Felin, Rhondda. Cyclists set off from Rhondda Sports Centre and stopped for a break at the Glynrhedyn Pub, Ferndale, where the Morlais Choir performed.
The Mayor started his week by officially starting the Rhondda Fun Run (Sunday, July 6).
During his year in office from 2014-2015, Cllr Watts will be working through his charity appeal to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT), The Royal British Legion and the Rhondda Appeal, a local cause for Boys’ and Girls’ clubs.
To make a donation to this year’s Mayor’s Charity Appeal, please go to the Mayor's page