As we move into 2015 we would like to wish everyone a happy and a healthy new year. Our heath is something many of us take for granted until we encounter problems. Just as we take for granted the hard work put in by the many front line staff who work in our health services.
From 2nd January 2015, anyone who holds a valid Welsh Government concessionary travel pass can get a fantastic 34% off local fares on the Cardiff and Valleys network, without the need to buy a Rail Card.
As the year draws to a close we thought it time for a round up of some of the major happenings that have taken place in, and affected, RCT and the people who live here. Far too much has been happening for one article, so here is part 1
Cylch Meithrin Ynyshir a Wattstown
This Welsh-medium nursery, which serves the communities of Ynyshir and
Wattstown near Pontypridd in Rhondda Cynon Taf, is situated in Wattstown Park
Bowling Pavilion. It was established in 1983.
Contact: Detective Sergeant Greg Methven at Talbot Green police station on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 101 and quote reference 1400476603.
Detectives in Talbot Green are investigating two burglaries which occurred on Tuesday 23rd December.
A report on Cymmer Infants School
Graigwen Road Cymmer Porth
Cymmer Infant School serves the village of Porth in the Rhondda Valley. The local
authority is Rhondda Cynon Taf. There are currently 113 pupils on roll. Nearly all
Commenting on reports of provisional November passenger numbers at Cardiff Airport – which show an 18.5 per cent drop on the previous month - Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Transport, Byron Davies AM, said:
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s dedicated army of foster carers will take to the streets of the county borough in January to encourage more people to consider taking up the “rewarding and challenging” career option.
‘The preference of waste producers (for example, householders or businesses) for different methods of waste collection will not be a relevant consideration….’ (Welsh Government guidance, December 2014)
With 2014 drawing to a close the Christmas festivities are once again upon us. However, 13 million people today in the UK will find it difficult to feel festive while living with the grind of poverty. Nearly a million people now rely on food banks.
South Wales Police are appealing for information following a burglary in the Pontyclun area.
The incident happened at around 7pm Friday 19th Dec at a property on Tegfan Street and follows a spate of similar incidents which took place (Thursday 18th Dec) in Church Village.
It's been another bleak week for NHS statistics in Wales. Hard working front line NHS staff must be utterly demoralised seeing the constant bad news headlines and it is time the Welsh Labour Government addressed the problems.
The consultation on the proposed nursery cuts in RCT has been extended until the end of January which is good news for opponents trying to put together a case against this ridiculous move.
However, we have to ask what exactly are the Officers at RCT Council playing at?
An analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study, published in The Lancet, has found that Alzheimer's disease was responsible for 52 per cent more deaths in 2013 compared to 1990.
The number of UK deaths from Alzheimer's rose from 32,429 in 1990 to 49,349 in 2013.
Motability have introduced changes to their grant making conditions discriminate against disabled people with the highest support needs who are unable to work for a minimum of 12 hours a week, carry out at least 12 hours voluntary work (which apparently can’t be internet based but has to be outsi
Leading researchers at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales have teamed up with Diabetes UK Cymru for the first time to show people affected by Type 1 diabetes cutting edge diabetes research in Wales.
SEWDCS member Brooke Withers, 8 years
The South East Wales Deaf Children’s Society (SEWDCS) is holding its Christmas party and is calling for all families with deaf children and young people to come along and make contact.
This has been another busy and very successful term for all at St John’s. We came back after the summer break delighted with the results that pupils had received. In particular 94% of our pupils achieved 5 GCSEs A* - C, and 75% 5 GCSEs including English and Mathematics.
Iwan James is the winner of the Cog1nio competition on S4C after successfully preparing a complicated three course meal. He was announced as the winner on the programme when he beat William Howell from Carmarthen in the final.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and leader of the Green party in England and Wales Natalie Bennett have today stated that all three parties will unite whenever possible to battle the Westminster parties’ obsession with austerity.
Patients are advised to check they have sufficient prescription medicines for the four-day Christmas holiday period and to deal with any routine medical problems before the GP practices close for the Christmas break.
Following a review of provision for English-language magazines from Wales, the Welsh Books Council has announced that five magazines will receive grant support for the next four years to commence in April 2015, broadening the support to ensure a wide range of material for readers.
A Penrhys teenager who “commands more police time than any other individual in the Rhondda” as a result of her alcohol and drug-related behaviour has been made subject to an ASBO in a bid to curb her behaviour.
Citizen survey launched into the current state of Welsh council sport and recreation services
Services are changing in Wales. In these times of austerity local government has to re-assess which services to prioritise and many services now have to deliver with less.
The minister for disabled people knew that closing the Independent Living Fund (ILF) would mean many disabled people would lose their ability to live independently in the community, a judge has concluded.
Every year we see people getting into the spirit of Christmas as soon as December begins. But did you know that around this time of year the Romans customs and traditions were actually not so different from ours?
As part of an event to mark the conclusion of the successful year-long Dylan Thomas 100 Festival, Dylan Thomas’ granddaughter Hannah Ellis today announced the creation of Dylan Day, a new annual day of celebration in the name of Wales’ most famous literary son.
Looks like there is a problem in Canon Street with new pavement excavated plenty of protective barriers outside Burtons to stop pedestrians walking on the highway but not a few meters away where pedestrians have to walk on the highway to get by.
Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) today publishes a report following an unannounced Dignity and Essential Care inspection to Ward 3 of Royal Glamorgan Hospital, part of Cwm Taf University Health Board. The inspection was undertaken on 10 and 11 September.
South Wales Police officers investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Tinh Van Tran, whose body was discovered on common land in Abercynon last week, have sourced and released a photograph of him.
The final hopes of keeping Aberllechau Primary School open were dashed today when the Cabinet decided that the concerns expressed by local councillors who "called - in" the decision for further scrutiny were not sufficient for them to reverse their decision.
If you are one of over 13,400 people in Rhondda Cynon Taf living with diabetes, following a healthy lifestyle at Christmas can be a struggle, but it shouldn’t mean traditional festive foods should be forbidden.
As Labour’s Shadow Health Minister announces new plans for an expansion of the cancer drugs fund in England, Labour’s First Minister in Wales has called the fund ‘political’ and ruled out any introduction in Wales.
A Penrhys man who sold counterfeit feature films and extreme pornography to friends on the estate as part of a “cottage industry” has narrowly escaped spending Christmas in prison, following a successful prosecution by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
Following Wales’ best ever Commonwealth Games medal haul, cyclist Geraint Thomas and gymnastics coach, Jo Coombs, took the major titles at the Wales Sport Awards ceremony in Cardiff this evening (Monday December 8).
Arriva Trains Wales has launched a new money saving special offer, available through its unique Mobile Multi-Flex ticket app, which will benefit part-time and flexitime commuters across the Cardiff & Valleys region.
Hospital campaigners hopes were dashed earlier this week when Rhondda based Judge Justice Wyn Williams, sitting at the civil court in Cardiff, turned down their application for a judicial review against Cwm Taf Community Health Council.
A health warning has been issued by South Wales Police following the report that a person lost their prescription medication on a bus on Thursday, 4 December.
Officers are concerned as the medication – which has not been recovered - can be harmful if taken without a prescription.
In the Commons today, Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards MP will challenge the Labour and the Conservative party to bring forward amendments to the Infrastructure Bill that would grant the Welsh Government power over fracking in Wales.
Commenting on warnings from the Association of School and College Leaders Cymru that the average Welsh secondary school could soon face a funding shortfall of over £1million, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:
We are delighted that the school has been judged as ‘Excellent’ by inspectors during its recent Estyn Inspection. St John’s is one of the few schools in Wales to have been given an ‘Excellent’ for current performance in the past 2 years.
The man whose deceased body was discovered on common ground in Abercynon on Tuesday (December 2), off a road which runs from the A4054 towards Whitehall Golf Course, has now been identified as Tinh Van Tran, who is a 41 year-old Vietnamese national.
Licensees are once again being urged to ensure they and their staff know the law, after a bowling complex manager was prosecuted for “substituting” vodka as a result of a “mistake from a staff member”.
Austerity and de-industrialisation a dent in Welsh tax take
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has today said the first OBR publication of tax revenue forecasts for Wales is a vindication of her party’s long held view that Westminster can’t be trusted with Wales’ economy.
New undergrad facility_POThe construction of a new undergraduate medical education facility at Keir Hardie University Health Park in Merthyr Tydfil is almost complete, with new doctors in training preparing to start their studies on January 5th 2014.
Top health officials in Wales have issued an urgent call to parents of two, three and four year olds to get their children vaccinated against flu this winter, with only one in five of those eligible vaccinated so far.
Were incredibly gutted to hear the news that Merthyrs finest The Blackout have decided to call it quits in 2015. The band have been great supporters of Merthyr Rock since the beginning, and have also been fine ambassadors for the Welsh rock scene.
The UK Government’s austerity agenda has failed and must be replaced by a programme of rebalancing wealth and power. That was the message from the Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood on the eve of the UK Government’s Autumn Statement.
Gwen Samuel of Aberedw YFC in Radnor bred the champion lambs in the Wales YFC Best Prime Lamb Producer sponsored by Dunbia. The reserve champion was bred by Caitlin Harley of Builth Wells YFC, Brecknock.
“Through After Three” – a new initiative to allow motorists into Pontypridd town centre at 3pm daily is being introduced thanks to the partnership working between high street traders and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
The latest in a round of public engagement sessions announced by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Leader Cllr Andrew Morgan as part of the consultation process for music and nursery service change proposals, takes place tonight.
Henry Street Car Park will be filled with free family fun from 11am to 7pm. Santa will be in his grotto from 11am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm. Other attractions include a giant snow globe, toboggan run, children's entertainment, festive funfair and more.
Come and see our amazing Sleeping Beauty panto at Penrhiwceiber Hall on December 5th. Enjoy a stunning performance of the children's classic - 100 minutes of festive, family fun, from Wales' biggest, brightest touring pantomime.
£8 Adult, £5 Child, £22 family ticket
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell has hit out at the "appalling" state of the ambulance service after a lady from Cilfynydd spent five hours on the floor because equipment needed to lift her was not available.
The countdown to Christmas has begun and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is encouraging residents to recycle festively and give a special gift to the environment by recycling all their extra waste over the festive period.
The Welsh Institute of Health & Social Care in partnership with Time To Change Wales are conducting an online survey which is designed to gain an understanding about young people’s experiences and feelings in regards to mental health.
National Theatre Wales is inviting proposals from across south Wales for the second event in its Big Democracy Project. The project explores how art and creativity can play a part in helping communities across Wales re-engage with the democratic process.
Staff were treated to a well deserved cake at the end of October. Mrs Hedges, Mrs Slade and Mrs Webber organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning for staff during the break time. Mrs Slade and Mrs Hedges baked lots of scrummy cakes and I got my Mum to bake for me!
Wales’ food hygiene rating scheme is being extended to trade-to-trade businesses, such as food manufacturers and wholesale providers who sell food to other businesses, Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced.
Drink-drive victim, Dr Mark Boulcott will be supporting the campaign, after he lost his wife and he was left disabled by a drink driver, when the annual campaign is launched by Dyfed-Powys Police on behalf of the four Welsh forces.
A balance of resources is needed to enable everyone access to GP services in Wales, doctors leaders have said.
The call follows the publication of the National Survey for Wales, which showed employed people found it difficult to get an appointment with their GPs.
The county borough was formed in 1996 following the abolition of the county of Mid Glamorgan. Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council was formed by the merger of the former Mid Glamorgan districts of Rhondda, Cynon Valley and Taff Ely (with the exceptions of Creigiau and Pentyrch). The population of the county is 234,300 (Census 2011), consists of 99,700 households (Census 2011) and has 7 neighbouring local authorities