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February 2016

two year old pony suffered serious injuries at Mill Road, Ynysybwl

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after a two year old pony suffered serious injuries in an attack between 8pm

Labour's potted plant secrecy a thorny issue

Labour Ministers have moved to avoid answering questions about the levels of taxpayer’s money spent on potted plants and other decorative fauna - years after previous, excessive spend in this area was revealed.

Social care leader slams "institutional prejudice" in the Cynon Valley

A social care leader has hit out against the "institutional prejudice" towards private companies providing services for vulnerable people in the Cynon Valley.

Over 2 tonnes of waste cleared at Cwm Taf Fechan

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has recently taken part in a clean-up day in Cwm Taf Fechan, a woodland Site of Special Scientific Interest, where over 2 tonnes of waste was collected.

RCT council could invest ??11m in 'key priority areas'

More than ??11m could be invested by Rhondda Cynon Taf council in areas it identifies as areas of key priority. Cabinet members will meet on Thursday, March 3, to consider earmarking the money to 10 areas they see as important to the council.

Owain Arwel Hughes made patron of Stiwt Theatre's 90th Anniversary concert

Rhondda-born Owain , the son of Rhos-born composer Arwel Hughes, spent many childhood holidays at his grandparents??? home, just yards from the Stiwt. He said: ???You could see the Stiwt from the family home, Arwelfa, and it was a place I???ve ...

Wales is third in Europe as it hits new high of food waste recycling

Since opening in May, the Biogen plant in Aberdare has recycled more than 15,000 tonnes of food waste - enough to power 250 homes for a year. Angela Spiteri, Campaign Manager for Recycle for Wales, said: "There are lots of good reasons to recycle your ...and more »

Newport business named as 'Winner of Winners' at the Welsh Business Awards

In addition, Cwmbran-based business, Spear Europe, was a joint winner with Rhondda-based Welsh Hills Bakery in the Success through Overseas Trade category, sponsored by Atradius. The company employs around 170 staff and is a successful supplier of ...

What are the challenges of teaching? We asked two Valleys teachers who recently entered the profession

Daniel Cowlbeck, 26, from Essex, is halfway through his first year at Lewis Girls' Comprehensive School in Hengoed after he started the course in September, while Carly Jones, 27, is an English teacher at Welsh medium school Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda, ...and more »

Royal Mint's colour coins for Beatrix Potter anniversary

The Royal Mint in Rhondda Cynon Taff has announced new full-colour coins featuring Beatrix Potter characters to celebrate 150 years since her birth. The Beatrix Potter range was announced at the beginning of 2016, and the Royal Mint in Llantrisant has ...and more »

Sharp increase in the number of deliberately

“This year, we're targeting children of 10 and 11 years of age in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area with our primary school road show. “We also have children coming to the station. It's all about interacting with the firefighters and seeing the faces of ...and more »

St David's Day Run: Can you spot yourself in these brilliant pictures from the Cardiff event?

A group of four students, called The Mathletes, from Ysgol Gyfun y Cymer in Rhondda Cynon Taff raised £350 for Cancer Research Wales. One of them, Elis James, 17, said: "I completed the 5K today in 23 minutes, which is my personal best so I am quite ...and more »

Pontypridd town centre businesses to share in £400000 investment

Coun Robert Bevan, cabinet member for economic development and planning at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council , said: “This is positive news for Pontypridd which will complement the council's continued support of Pontypridd town centre. “Becoming a BID gives ...

Watch the moment Prince Charles congratulates workers at an Aberdare factory, 28 years after he opened it

The Prince of Wales toured the workers' factory at Prysmian Cables and Systems Ltd in Trecynon, Aberdare , on Friday and pressed a button to officially launch the new distribution centre, where 170 people are based. Prysmian Group has four ...and more »

Sun shines on Bute Park as hundreds take part in St David's Day Run

A group of four students, called The Mathletes, from Ysgol Gyfun y Cymer in Rhondda Cynon Taff raised £350 for Cancer Research Wales. One of them, Elis James, 17, said: "I completed the 5K today in 23 minutes, which is my personal best so I am quite ...and more »

More than 40 firefighters tackling blaze at factory on Hirwaun Industrial Estate

Crews from Hirwaun , Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil Treorchy, Pontypridd and Ferndale are at the scene. Metech Recyling Uk Ltd. Unit 49 Hirwaun Industrial Estate. Emergency services remain at the plant after an over night fire. A hydraulic platform, seven ...and more »

Prince Charles spends a busy day in Wales

He visited Airborne Systems, a parachute factory in Llangeino; met students from Stebonheath Primary School in Carmarthenshire and workers at Prysmian Cables and Systems in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Whilst at Airborne Systems, he was shown from some of ...and more »

Britain's fattest woman snubs new £150000 home paid for by taxpayers

Georgia Davis, 22, was about to move into the specially designed new property with extra-wide doors and easy access for the emergency services. But at the last minute Georgia, now said to be 50st, told social workers she wants to stay in the council ...

'Little or no notice' of pension age changes for women

Elizabeth Conway, from Tonteg, Rhondda Cynon Taff, retired as a nurse at 58, expecting to start receiving her state pension when she turns 63 this year. "You think that you're going to get your pension at a set age which you could then add to another ...

Tour of Britain heading to Bristol and will race through Gloucestershire to Bath

The fifth of eight stages will see the elite cyclists race through Gloucestershire as they travel from Aberdare in Wales to Bath. Residents could be able to glimpse the likes of Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and the world's leading sprinter ...

Wales and France show willing but Six Nations spark is already fading out

... the Japanese and Georgians showed that. Wales just comfortably beat France, who beat the current champions and top the table unbeaten with 5 points. That's what people will read in 40 years time and the highlights will be in colour not Rhondda Grey.and more »

Prince Charles visits parachute factory, rugby club and cable company on whistle stop tour of Wales

The Prince of Wales toured the workers' factory at Prysmian Cables and Systems Ltd in Trecynon, Aberdare , on Friday and pressed a button to officially launch the new distribution centre, where 170 people are based. Prysmian Group has four ...

EU referendum is 'bigger' than Assembly election says PM during visit to Welsh aviation plant

Speaking at the GE Aircraft Engine Services in Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taff, the Prime Minister admitted more had to be done to tackle the steel crisis enveloping the industry in Wales and across the UK. But he insisted that could be done more ...and more »


But speaking at an inquest at Aberdare Coroner's Court on Friday, her family complained about the care she had received at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Rhymney . Her mother, Mary Anne Evans, told the hearing: “At one point, she told the nurses her ...

South Wales Police encouraging landlords to be on the lookout for a cannabis factory

South Wales Police encouraging landlords to be on the lookout for, and to report, suspicious activity in their properties th


The Wales Federation of YFC has recently established links with national boot

company Grubs.

In Wales YFC’s 80th year, volunteer officers are stepping out all over Wales in stylish

boots supplied by this recognised brand of Country footwear.


Prince Charles meets children and apprentices on south Wales visit

The Prince of Wales has spent the morning meeting schoolchildren in Carmarthenshire. Prince Charles visited Stebonheath Primary School, Llanelli, where he was shown a water catchment system and was treated to a concert. He also visited parachute ...and more »

Britain's fattest woman Georgia Davis using gym, has 'skinny' Sunday roasts delivered and does art to lose weight

But it can be revealed that Georgia, who lives in Lives in Aberdare and weighs around 50 stone, Wales, has been going to the gym and she's opting for healthy delivery meals to help her continue her weight loss. According to sources the Disney -loving ...

'A great opportunity' for RCT'

Aberdare has been chosen as one of two Welsh hosts of this summer's prestigious Tour of Britain cycling event . Rhondda Cynon Taff will host the televised event for the first-ever time on Thursday, September 8, as the Cynon Valley town launches stage ...and more »

What do you make of the 18

The 1931 theatre, which saw Aberdare Little Theatre Company become the UK's first amateur dramatic society to privately own its own venue, played host to its last-ever production in February 2007. It remained unoccupied and then trustees sought outline ...

Tour of Britain returning to Gwent

The Tour of Britain has passed through Wales in some way since 2010 and riders will race through the counties of Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire on Thursday, September 8 on a 205km route from Aberdare to Bath. The fifth stage of the tour will run ...

Sunday's 27

A statement on RCT council's website said: “An essential road closure of the A4058 from Hopkinstown (after speed camera) to Trehafod (Rhondda Heritage Park roundabout) that was planned to take place this Sunday (February 28) has been postponed.

Now you can listen to the Welsh National Anthem at a memorial to its writers

Visitors to a park in Pontypridd can now listen to the national anthem on their mobile phones as they view the memorial to the song's creators. Information project HistoryPoints has teamed up with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to display QR ...and more »

Tour of Britain cycling event set to visit Bath for first ever stage finish

Stage Five, which will begin in Aberdare, will finish in Bath having crossed South Wales and Gloucestershire, before the finale in Bath, which will be shown live on ITV4 and around the world. The announcement builds on the success of Bath having hosted ...

South Wales Echo letters: Friday, February 26, 2016

The referendum is the result of Cameron's election promise to hold one; a promise made to appease Eurosceptics in the Tory Party and the threat from Ukip. The bitter Tory in-fighting has now infected the UK and spread right across the EU. If the UK ...and more »

Western Mail letters: Friday, February 26, 2016

Schools like the brand new Aberdare Community School, a £42.9m project with a capacity for 1,600 pupils. Our investment enabled the building of community sporting and leisure facilities including eight court sports hall, an athletics stadium, multi-use ...and more »

South Wales to host Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett added: "We are pleased to be returning to South Wales with this year's Tour of Britain and a new start venue in Aberdare before the race heads across the country taking in many new towns and villages in an ...

Wales to host two stages of Tour of Britain 2016 cycling event

Stage five will re-start from Aberdare and take in Rhondda Cynon Taf, before crossing South Wales and finishing in Bath. Ken Skates, the Welsh Government deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism, said: "We're looking forward to hosting the Tour ...

Get ready to Get Welsh!

The former maths teacher from Aberdare first came to many people's attention when he appeared on The X Factor in 2011, singing Damien Rice's Cannonball. And at 1.20pm, it's a rare chance to see Who's Molly on home turf. The four-piece have supported ...and more »

The Tour of Britain cycle race will come to Gloucester this year

The biggest cycle race in Britain is returning to Gloucestershire - and this time Gloucester and the Forest of Dean are on the route too. The Tour of Britain, British Cycling's premier road cycling event, returns to the county on Thursday, September 8 ...

CONFIRMED: Bath will host stage of the Tour of Britain in September 2016

Stage Five, which will begin in Aberdare, will finish in Bath having crossed South Wales and Gloucestershire, before the finale in Bath, which will be shown live on ITV4 and around the world. The exact route into Bath and site of the finish line have ...

Tour of Britain returns to Gloucestershire

Stage Five of the prestigious race will see cyclists travel from Aberdare to the stage finish in Bath on Thursday 8 September 2016, and while a detailed route has not yet been published, the course overview sweeps through Cinderford, Gloucester, Stroud ...

Wales to host the two longest stages in 2016 Tour of Britain

North, mid and south Wales will get a taste of the Tour of Britain cycling event in September. Wales will host the two longest legs, stages four and five, on 7-8 September. Denbigh is the starting point for stage four, which heads through Flintshire ...

Why more top jobs could face the axe at RCT council in a bid to save £400000

More top jobs could be axed at Rhondda Cynon Taf council in order to save around £400,000. Council leader Andrew Morgan has revealed a confidential report by chief executive Chris Bradshaw will be discussed at the next cabinet meeting on Thursday, ...and more »

Maerdy Mountain Road 'being monitored daily' after landslip

But it will cost more than £1m to put right. Rhondda Cynon Taf council has confirmed the repair cost for the Maerdy Mountain Road – a section that connects the village of Maerdy in Rhondda with Aberdare in the Cynon Valley – following the landslip on ...and more »

Newport council bosses throw support behind £1.28bn City Deal

Along with Newport the other regions involved in the City Deal are Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Blanau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan. To view the full report presented to the cabinet visit ...and more »

2.75% council tax rise agreed in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Council tax payers in Rhondda Cynon Taff face an increase in bills by 2.75% after councillors agreed the local authority's budget for 2016-17. But, an amendment proposed by the opposition Plaid Cymru group to freeze all fees and charges the council ...and more »

Every Rhondda Care Home resident has 'found a new home' following its shock closure

At a meeting of Rhondda Cynon Taf council on Wednesday evening, Ystrad councillor John Watts asked cabinet member for health and adult social services, Mike Forey, for an update over the home's closure, and asked what lessons could be learned from it.

Unison welcomes Caerphilly Council decision to pay education staff's registration fees

... added: “Yet another council has recognised the need to pay the fees for its learning support workers, following similar decisions by Cardiff, Bridgend, Swansea, Torfaen County, the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Neath Port Talbot and Gwynedd.and more »

Great News for Recyclers in Rhondda Area!

Recycling is about to get even easier thanks to a brand new Community Recycling

Caerphilly teacher on Swiss science sojourn to CERN

... will give teachers the opportunity to attend lectures and learn about CERN's facilities, functions and operation from the scientists and engineers who work there, including Dr Lyn Evans from Aberdare, the former director of the Large Hadron ...and more »

Property Developer Mandy St John Davey Named Chairman of the South Wales Branch of Women in Property

Mandy, who lives in Aberdare, has a multi-million pound property portfolio and is well known in Wales and the UK for encouraging women to enter the property and construction sectors. MSJD WiP 5 The Association of Women in Property (WiP) is a UK wide ...

Aberdare 50 stone woman Georgia Davis gets a specially

A woman who was dubbed Britain's fattest teenager is set to move to a specially-designed house half a mile from 20 fast-food outlets. Georgia Davis, 22, from Aberdare in Wales, is known as the Takeaway Princess in her neighbourhood and has been ...

Mother and son to face murder trial over alleged killing of her husband

Port and his mother, whose address was given as Brithweunydd Road, were remanded in custody while Donovan was granted bail on conditions which include a prohibition on entering Rhondda or contacting witnesses in the case. Mother and son will face ...

Comedian hopes to bring laughs to Pontllanfraith with new comedy club

Doors will open on Saturday, March 5, attracting touring comedians hailing from Luton and Rhondda to Bedfordshire. The Blackwood man will perform on the night and hopes the club will be the start of a "thriving comedy scene" in Blackwood. He said: “We ...and more »

Tonyrefail funeral procession horse dies after crash

A horse that had been pulling a hearse in a funeral procession has died after being hit by a car. The coach master guiding it also received minor injuries after the crash in Tonyrefail, Rhondda Cynon Taff. It happened at 10:40 GMT on Tuesday. South ...

Leanne Wood 'disappointed' Velothon 2016 will not be visiting Rhondda Cynon Taff

The South Wales Central AM, who lives in Penygraig in the Rhondda , had contacted organisers of the country's biggest cycling sportive to include the county borough in the 140km closed-road event, citing a boost for local businesses. This year's event ...

People with dementia urged to consider volunteering for research studies

People affected by dementia, particularly those in the early stages of the condition, are being urged to consider volunteering for research, to help vital new studies get off the ground.

Cwm Taf University Health Board Meeting


Young carers are ‘slipping through the cracks’, says report

Young carers are not being provided with the early support they require from sch

Charities call for Children’s Minister in joint manifesto

The six leading Welsh children’s charities will today call on the next Welsh government to include a Children’s Minister in its Cabinet.

And Then the End: Keith Bayliss

To celebrate Keith Bayliss’ successful exhibition at the gallery, the last day of the show, Swsana and The Elders, will end with music and poetry, a fitting end to an intriguing body of work.

Man who set fire to Aberfan chapel is jailed to protect public

I set fire to my house in Aberdare when I was nine. I need help." He made further admissions in interview that he got "a kick" out of seeing the emergency services arrive. "He told the police he was a Christian and attended weekly prayer meetings ...

Arsonist who burnt down historic Aberfan chapel is jailed to protect public

A pyromaniac who destroyed an Aberfan chapel has been jailed to protect the public from his love of starting fires. Serial arsonist Daniel Brown, 27, got a “kick” from setting fire to the historic Capel Aberfan which was used as a makeshift mortuary ...

600 new firms registered in borough in 2015

Cardiff was top with 2,818, followed by Rhondda Cynon Taf with 1,311. Swansea is in third-place with 1,216. In total, Wales had 14,689 new business registrations last year, up by 5.3% compared to 2014. However, it has been claimed that Wales is ...and more »

Arsonist who got a 'kick' from setting chapel alight is jailed

I set fire to my house in Aberdare when I was nine. I need help." Brown was also arrested for an unsolved arson attack on a Pounstretcher store in Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil in 2009. His DNA was found on cigarette butts outside the blaze. Brown, of ...

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Announced As A Stonewall Top 100 Employer

Rhonda_Logo_News Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is thrilled this year to have been announced as a Top 100 Employer in Stonewalls 2016 Workplace Equality Index. The Council, who is also a Stonewall Diversity Champion, is now ranked 78th in the UK ...

Musical soundtrack to Get Welsh celebrations

The former maths teacher from Aberdare first came to many people's attention when he appeared on The X Factor in 2011, singing Damien Rice's Cannonball. He takes to the stage at 12.15pm. Acts from the Welsh Factor and other artists also feature on the ...and more »

These Merthyr primary school entrepreneurs are through to the finals of a national business competition

The other schools to emerge victorious from the heat were Darran Park Primary in Ferndale, Rhondda and Trinnant Primary near Llanhilleth. More: Primary schoolchildren in Merthyr Tydfil treated to an £11k playground makeover. Darran Park's winning entry ...

South Wales Police are trying to locate the man in this photograph

South Wales Police  are trying to locate the man in this photograph as he may be able to assist with our enquiries into an a

This housing development near Pontypridd was the most lucrative new

The Church Village and Llantrisant area south west of Pontypridd in the county of Rhondda Cynon Taf appears in the top five list again, as the setting for the new development of Dan y Bryn Gaer at Brynteg Green. Another 40 brand new homes were sold ...

Children in Rhondda Cynon Taff are the most likely to need counselling, according to Welsh Government figures

Children in Rhondda Cynon Taff are more likely to need counselling than those in any other area in Wales, according to new Welsh Government figures. In total, 1,627 children between the ages of 10 and 18 received counselling in 2014/15, which is the ...

Cynon Valley MP to demand meeting with HSBC over 'extremely disappointing' Aberdare branch closure

... number of people still rely on physical visits to, and face-to-face meetings with advisers at, their local branches. “There are a number of elderly and vulnerable people living in Aberdare for whom using telephone, mobile and internet banking in ...

Cheers! Rhondda pub where Morty performed for the final time is named a CAMRA pub of the year

A pub where Racing Cars frontman Morty made his last performance has become the first Rhondda pub to be named winner of the Mid Glamorgan branch of the Pub of the Year contest. The Pencelli Hotel in Pencai Terrace, Treorchy , picked up the run by ...and more »

Largest ever development of RCT Homes to be built in Church Village

The Welsh housing organisation has unveiled details for Springfield Court in Church Village, which will consist of a mix of flats and family homes - built on the site of a former housing complex. The properties will be offered as affordable homes to ...

Main road connecting Rhondda and Pontypridd to close for 27 hours this weekend

Rhondda Cynon Taf council will close the A4058 from Hopkinstown, the section of road after the speed camera, to Trehafod at the Rhondda Heritage Park roundabout. It will close from 3am on Sunday, February 28, and will reopen 27 hours later early in the ...

New Post Office in Rhondda town aims to give first

Penygraig Post Office move may not get a stamp of approval – even by opening on Sundays. The new Post Office 'local' service will move to Penygraig Stores, at 61 Tylacelyn Road, Tonypandy , from 1pm on Monday, March 21, and will increase its opening ...

​Britain's Got Talent singers deliver big invite for Swansea choir

... conductor Julian Reynolds, and he conducted the choristers on the day of the recording session in Tabernacle last September, although he did need some help with Welsh pronunciation in Myfanwy and Cwm Rhondda from the choir's own MD Huw Rees.".

Clayton emerges from the 'twilight zone'

There have been periods over the past seasons when he has been absent from duty, as on SWALEC Finals Day 2015 when Pontypridd contested the Cup Final against Bridgend, but Clayton turned out for Ystrad Rhondda in the Plate Final. He was on the ...

Last chance for rural Valleys groups to win regeneration support

People with plans to help enhance rural life in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf have just over a week left to apply for support from a £1m regeneration programme.

Patients urged to avoid accident and emergency departments at FOUR Welsh hospitals

... “extremely high demand” at all of its hospitals on Monday. This also included Prince Charles Hospital, Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda and Ysbyty Cwm Cynon. The health board said: “Please only come to A&E if you have a serious and life-threatening emergency.” ...and more »

Massive 600

Rhondda Cynon Taf council has granted permission in principle for the huge development at Trane Farm, with applicant Newhall House LLP gaining outline permission to transform the large area of woodland and grassland into a massive home and retail ...

Wales's Quick Reads 2016 titles announced!

Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis, will officially launch the titles at Yr Oriel in the National Assembly building on Thursday, 25 February.

Carwyn’s ‘Decade of Disappointment’

Labour’s claims to be halfway through a decade of

RW plans to improve Welsh waters

Plans to protect and improve Wales’ water environment over the next six years have been published.


The proposals, known as River Basin Management Plans, have been pulled together by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).


She says her priorities, if she were elected, include looking ahead to local government reorganisation, working to make sure Merthyr Tydfil doesn't get “swallowed up” if it merges with Rhondda Cynon Taf and/or Bridgend , and looking at sustainable ...and more »

Why Welsh women are far more likely to be morbidly obese than men

Cerys Bradwick, from Aberaman, near Aberdare , become morbidly obese after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour more than a decade ago. Read more: This primary school teacher lost an incredible 20 stone in just ONE YEAR. The mum-of-three, who ...

Rhondda man used his own car to ferry people between pubs, charging them as if he were a taxi

A Rhondda man who used his own car to ferry people between local pubs, charging them as if he were a taxi, has been fined. According to a statement from Rhondda Cynon Taf council Hywel Jones, 36, of Salem Terrace in Llwynypia, was prosecuted by the ...

Malton choir tunes up for concert with soprano Lesley Garrett

The programme includes I Dreamed a Dream, Do you hear the People sing, Unchained Melody, Cym Rhondda and Morte Christe. Share article. Anyone who would like to join the choir and be part of the Scunthorpe concert should phone 01944 758693 or ...

Llanelli MP Nia Griffith reveals she is gay

Ms Griffith, who is also Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, hopes her joining in the historic photoshoot, organised by Rhondda MP Chris Bryant, will help other people take pride in their sexuality. Having received a positive reaction to the news, she ...and more »

Jeremy Corbyn's Aberdare talk 'among the largest political events in the valleys in 20 years'

The lecture commemorates the life and work of Keir Hardie, founder of the Labour Party and MP for Merthyr and Aberdare from 1900 to 1915. Each year, a notable political figure delivers the lecture with David Miliband and the former Deputy Prime ...

Jeremy Corbyn has lavished praise on Welsh Labour's record on the NHS

Mr Corbyn said he would be returning to Wales many times during his leadership - including to Aberdare next month for the annual Keir Hardie Memorial Lecture. On Hardie, the first leader of the Labour party, he said: “We learn from the past in order to ...and more »

Rhondda Tunnel campaigners hit out at Welsh Government over project delays

Campaigners hoping to open Britain's largest cycle tunnel in the Afan Valley have hit out at the Welsh Government over project delays. Plans to reopen the Rhondda Tunnel have been steaming ahead thanks to the work of the Rhondda Tunnel Society, which ...

Europe lurks behind assembly poll

Senior Welsh Labour figures said they didn't want any distractions this weekend in Llandudno. Good luck with that one. First of all Jeremy Corbyn got mobbed by selfie-hunters, and then the EU referendum debate lurked in the background of virtually ...and more »

These are the 10 best restaurants in Rhondda Cynon Taf, according to Tripadvisor reviews

This cosy joint is the top-rated pub in Rhondda Cynon Taf, according to Tripadvisor reviewers, with an array of tasty, home-cooked food. The pub does a number of themed evenings, including steak, cheese and wine, and curry, and the Sunday roast is a ...

Carwyn Jones to pinpoint the Welsh Conservatives as Labour's main threat in the Assembly elections

Carwyn Jones will today declare it will be a straight shootout between him and Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies for who becomes First Minister following May's Assembly election. The Welsh Labour supremo is expected to talk up the Tories as the main ...

Free Heart Screening For The Young

Welsh Hearts are holding heart screening sessions for young people at Lido Pont

Firm fined for “frightening” late night sales calls

A West Midlands firm which made thousands of nuisance phone calls in the mi

Blaencwm tunnel project 'stalled' by Welsh government

Campaigners working to reopen a historical railway tunnel to tourists have criticised the Welsh government for delays in the project. The Rhondda Tunnel Society wants the Blaencwm tunnel, in Rhondda Cynon Taff, to Blaengwynfi, in Neath Port Talbot, to ...

Swansea and Burry Port drug smugglers jailed for £1.5million cannabis haul

Karl Richter-John, aged 43, formerly of Spain, now Rhondda Street, Mount Pleasant, Swansea has been jailed for nine years. He will also be subject to Serious Crime Prevention Order when he is released from prison, which places various restrictions on ...and more »

Drug dealers face future in jail following successful Zephyr operation in Bristol

Karl Richter-John (aged 43 years) formerly of Spain, now Rhondda Street, Mount Pleasant, Swansea has been jailed for nine years. He will also be subject to Serious Crime Prevention Order when he is released from prison, which places various ...

Wales moves towards 58 per cent target

Rhondda Cynon Taff (59 per cent) is one of the LAs to have already hit the target, despite recording a rate of 48 per cent in September 2014. Using funding of £952,000 from the Welsh Government's Collaborative Change Programme to improve recycling ...and more »

Western Mail letters: Friday, February 19, 2016

SIR – In response to L Davies of Aberdare and Brian Christley of Abergele (WM letters, February 15), they are totally incorrect to attack Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru, after her appearance on Question Time on February 11. Leanne as leader and ...and more »

Robbery in Maesgwyn, Cwmdare.

Detectives in Merthyr are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Maesgwyn, Cwmdare.

Warning of a possible strong batch of the drug GHB in circulation in Pontypridd

South Wales Police  are warning of a possible strong batch of the drug GHB in circulation in Pontypridd following t

Museum Open Days

Two more Open Days are planned at the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery during th

Care Act conundrum: recovering care home fees


Has the Care Act granted an amnesty on care home fees? Jonathan Auburn reports.

'I'd be £570 a year better off living 82 metres up the road' Mum's anger at new RCT transport fee

A Rhondda Cynon Taf council spokesman said: “The decision taken by cabinet to continue to provide discretionary transport, with the introduction of a subsidised charge, is different to the approach taken by many other local authorities in Wales who ...and more »

Police investigate after cars were deliberately set on fire in a Cynon Valley village

An investigation has been launched after several cars were deliberately set on fire on Wednesday night. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service was called to the Canal Road area of Cwmbach, near Aberdare , where they found five cars which had been ...

Group of 13 appear at Lincoln Magistrates' court in connection with 'illegal' rave

Anthony Davies, 29, from Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taff, charged with violent disorder. Ashleigh Davies, 33, from Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taff, charged with violent disorder. Richard Higgs, 21, from Headingley, Leeds, charged with violent disorder.

This is how to get a refund if your train was delayed

The Aberdare service has been delayed every day for the past few months. — Andrew Burton (@0787Burton) February 13, 2016. More: Welsh passengers are among the least satisfied. How to get a rail refund if your train has been delayed. So, if you were ...and more »

Rave goers appearing in Lincoln Magistrates court today

Ashleigh Davies, 33, Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taff, charged with violent disorder. Richard Higgs, 21, Headingley, Leeds, charged with violent disorder possession of controlled Class A drug. Zachary King, 20, Lakenheath, Suffolk charged with violent ...and more »

'A casualty of UK austerity cuts' Union's jobs axe warning for company that supplies 700 South Wales schools

County Borough Supplies was established as a joint arrangement between Bridgend , Caerphilly , Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) councils, and its catalogue supply service is also provided to local authorities, charities and other public ...

Almost 2000 NHS workers in Wales were paid more than £100000 last year – and the number is rising

Cwm Taf University Health Board, which covers Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr, had the most senior staff earning more than £100,000 (536) which was four times as many as Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (136). Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB, ...

Dog Owners Required to Chip Their Dogs by April

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is reminding owners they must have their dogs micro-c

Positive jobs figures welcomed

Commenting on the publication of today’s unemploy

This Rhondda woman has dedicated 50 years of service to nursing

Since 1983, Elizabeth has been a sister district nurse in the Rhondda, and will retire next week having given 38 years as a community nurse. Elizabeth, who grew up in Treorchy and whose father owned a popular shoe repairing business in the town, said ...

A 73

Police are appealing for information to help find a 73-year-old woman from Rhondda Cynon Taf . Mary Theresa Puttick, from Tonyrefail , was last seen on Monday, February 15, at around 3.30pm on Duffryn Terrace, Tonyrefail. A spokesperson for South Wales ...

Artist's impressions show plans for new

“It's definitely something that Aberdare needs to bring businesses into the town centre, who might have worked at home, or travelled to work in Cardiff.” On its website, the new owners said: “The old Exchange buildings, a former workhouse and council ...

South Wales Echo letters: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Coming back to the present day I note that Rhondda Cynon Taf is letting all users of the new lido pool have free entry for the 2016 season. Well done to RCT for giving something back to the people. And what do we have here in Barry? A big fat nothing ...

Wales is becoming more active: Official survey reveals over 1million want to do more sport in Wales

The number of adults hooked on sport – participating three times a week or more – in Wales is up (41%) according to the official Active Adults Survey, released today by Sport Wales.


Bogus callers in Aberdare

Officers in Aberdare are reminding homeowners to be wary of bogus callers after men purporting to be from the water board ca

Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood: Time to shake up the system

Year 12's Georgia Harrison wants to know why someone from the traditional Labour stronghold of the Rhondda opted for Plaid Cymru? Ms Wood said being a traditional Labour stronghold has held the area back. Voters are not listened to, she said, and it is ...

Is this Rhondda ironmongers the oldest shop in the Valley?

Opened in 1898, Ironmongers Thomas Jones and Sons is a real Aladdin's cave and has been providing the Valley with everything from nails, screws, buckets, brushes and lots more for nearly 120 years.

Lost Ynysybwl dog found 150 miles from home in Hampshire

The search is on for the owners of a dog found 150 miles away from home. Harvey the Dalmatian was found weak and cold at a bus stop in Shedfield, Hampshire, more than 240km from the vets where he was registered in Ynysybwl, Rhondda Cynon Taff.and more »

The alarming rise of alcohol

The Cwm Taf area, which covers Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr, is one of five pilot sites across the UK where “interventions” are already being tested. The other four areas include Glasgow, Western Health and Social Care Trust area (Northern Ireland), ...and more »

The first person identified in a council's littering suspects' gallery has been prosecuted

The first person to be identified in a council's anti-littering campaign has been prosecuted. Lee Phillips, 40, from Cwmparc, Rhondda, was also the first to be identified following the launch of Rhondda Cynon Taf council's Who Done It? campaign – which ...and more »

Is this Britain's cheapest flat? One

Home buyers looking to buy more space with their cash might want to consider Aberdare or Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, Wishaw or Airdrie in Scotland, or head for Accrington or Blackpool in Lancashire, the research suggests. Last year two crumbling ...and more »

Temperatures dipped to as low as

Wales' temperatures dipped well below freezing last night during one of the coldest nights of the winter so far. St Harmon in Powys saw one of the lowest temperatures of the night at -5°C, while Aberdare wasn't far behind at -4.5°C, -4°C in Cowbridge ...

Burglar broke into three houses days after being caught trying to burgle GP surgery

The court heard a window in a consulting room at the surgery had been smashed, but entry had not been gained. Evans, of Rhondda Street, Mount Pleasant, had previously pleaded guilty to attempted burglary on December 10 when he appeared in the dock.

The final curtain call for Aberdare's iconic Little Theatre

One of the most celebrated buildings in Aberdare , which has a rich, 85-year history, has been demolished. The Little Theatre on Depot Road – which iconically peered over the wall separating it from the A4233 road – has recently been knocked down to ...

A cancer drug could help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, new study finds

Research published today, Friday 12 February 2016, indicates that a cancer drug, bexarotene, could potentially be used

Rhondda Cynon Taff Council: Abolish the Planned Charges to Learner Travel

This petition is in response to the letter received titled: Learner Travel Policy, Informat

Issue of Rhondda bank closures raised in the Senedd

“Plaid Cymru in the Rhondda has campaigned vigorously against bank branch closures affecting the Rhondda as well,” said Ms Wood during the debate. “HSBC, who ironically market themselves as the world's local bank, have announced that they're going ...

RCT council proposes 2.75% council tax rise for 2016

Rhondda Cynon Taf council is proposing a 2.75% increase in council tax – but school meal, car park and playing field costs are likely to be frozen. Cabinet members have provisionally agreed the council's budget for 2016-17, which plugs a £20m budget ...and more »

Hospital cancels all routine operations due to pressures on its A&E

Craige Wilson, assistant director of operations at Cwm Taf which covers Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr, said: “We have had to cancel elective routine surgery today because of a high level of emergency admissions, but we fully expect to start carrying ...

'People will be denied justice'

Pontypridd Assembly Member Mick Antoniw says “people will be denied justice” as the closure will leave Rhondda Cynon Taf without a magistrates court after a similar wave of cuts first proposed in 2010 saw Llwynypia Magistrates' Court and Aberdare ...

Chris Elmore selected as Labour candidate in Ogmore's Parliamentary by

He currently leads the education consortium that delivers school improvement across the Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf council areas. Mr Elmore said: “I am delighted to have the support of Welsh Labour members in Ogmore for the by-election.

Unions rally against job cuts

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Aggregating our grant settlement, council tax income and the current cost of delivering our services, we find ourselves facing a savings target of £10.9 million. “Our focus must now turn to how we will make these ...and more »

Boost for the 2017 Eisteddfod Fund

With almost a year and a half to go before the National Eisteddfod is held on Anglesey, the festival fund has received a great financial boost.

Western Mail letters: Monday, February 15, 2016

Now the Welsh Labour Government, and in particular the Minister for Public Services Rhondda AM Leighton Andrews, wants to force an amalgamation of Merthyr, Bridgend and RCT councils and wipe us off the map completely. While we agree that there ...and more »

Glamorgan spinner Cosker allocated to Newport for 2016

DIVISION TWO: Aberdare - Colin Ingram, Carmarthen Wanderers - Timm Van Der Gugten, Clydach - Graham Wagg, Miskin Manor - Jacques Rudolph, Panteg - Will Bragg, Penarth - Mark Wallace, Pentyrch - Michael Hogan, St. Fagans - David Lloyd, Tondu ...

I was a working

The Rhondda Valley is a truly special place, as the many fine poems and stories written of its flourishing society and culture testify. The working men's institutes, built from individual subscriptions, had the finest libraries and reading rooms. My ...and more »

Poorest students will suffer when axe falls on subsidised buses, charity boss warns

Mr Hall, whose group is involved in efforts in Glyncoch, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynnon Taf, to get more youngsters to stay on at school, said: “It can be viewed as the straw that breaks the camel's back or the barrier that becomes the thing that people blame.

Degrees on the cheap? Experts' concern at rise in 'unconditional offers'

Cardiff Central (3%), Swansea West (4%), Rhondda (4%), Newport East (4%), Neath (4%) and Pontypridd (4%) laid claim to the lowest proportion of students with unconditional offers. Dr Philip Dixon, director of education union ATL Cymru, said: “This ...and more »

Wynne builds career beyond comparison

... Opera then as the principal tenor with the Welsh National Opera – a role that took him all over the world and also famously led to him raising the roof singing Cwm Rhondda in response to the All Black's Haka at Wales vs New Zealand rugby match in 2004.

New transport plans put to the test as thousands of rugby fans flood Cardiff for Six Nations

Valleys Lines passengers – those travelling to destinations including the Vale of Glamorgan , Treherbert , Aberdare , Merthyr , Pontypridd , Rhymney and Caerphilly – were asked to approach the rear of the station via the lower end of St Mary St and ...and more »

Here's how fans partied in Cardiff as Wales took home their first victory in Six Nations 2016

The game, the first played at the newly named Principality Stadium, kicked off with fireworks, cheers and music from the Rhondda Cynon Taf's Pendyrus Male Choir. Tickets for the match had quickly sold out. In fact it is understood that, for the first ...and more »

This is Britain's 'most unusual' house and it only costs £10000 because of it's shape

BRITAIN'S 'most unusual' home is up for sale - and it has a very unique selling POINT. The quirky triangular-shaped house in Penygraig in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, is going to auction with offers starting at £10,000. The unusual home in Wales is ...and more »

These Scottish fans embodied the spirit of the Six Nations as they played Hen Wlad fy Nhadau in a Valleys rugby club

These Scotland supporters embodied the spirit of the Six Nations as they played Hen Wlad fy Nhadau on bagpipes in a Rhondda rugby club on Friday night. The Scottish fans were at Penygraig Rugby Club - which they visit every year for the Six Nations ...

Throughout its history the Scottish match has produced moments ranging from the spectacular to the surreal

Club twins include Cumbernauld RFC and Ystrad Rhondda RFC while one of the most enduring links exists between Glynneath RFC and the Scottish border town of Hawick. Carolyn on the Rugby World Cup: Who has learned the most from a thrilling World ...and more »

The Cardiff Mayor campaign launched today

The Cherry family, from Tonpentre, Rhondda, who were out in Cardiff for daughter Carys' birthday, think a directly elected mayor could be good for Welsh politics but also worry about the cost. Mum Gainor said: “I think a mayor could make politics ...

Britain's 'most unusual' house costs just £10000

If you love a truly unique property then it's worth viewing this home that comes with a starting guide price of £10,000+. It might be an end of terrace, but that's all that is standard about it. The amazing home in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, is shaped ...

Swim the distance of the Channel in your local pool for charity

Diabetes UK Cymru is looking for people in Rhondda Cynon Taf to take on its Swim22 challenge and swim the distance of the English Channel at their own pace.


Grassroots rugby in the Rhondda has scored a massive boost with new long

Cardiff Met has announced it is entering into a four-year partnership with Rhondda Schools Rugby (RSR), worth a substantial but undisclosed amount of money, as part of the university's commitment to nurturing talent within the community.

Church users caught up in roadworks chaos

Mr Johnstone has now written to council leader Rhondda Geekie demanding an explanation. He said: “We checked and checked our past emails, but there was nothing. “The first we knew about it was when a workmen appeared at the nursery and mentioned ...and more »

This quirky house with a guide price of just £10000 is shaped like a perfect triangle

Who wants a square house with perfect right angles? That is soooo boring. Triangular is the way to go if you want to own probably Wales' quirkiest shaped house. If you love a truly unique property then this brilliant house up for auction with a ...

Police hunt for Newport man after failing to notify police of his address

... slim build, with short brown hair and green eyes. Share article. Officers believe he could still be in the Newport area but he also has links to Aberdare. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call 101 quoting reference number ...

Watch Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood show off her Strictly Come Dancing skills

"It was a great night with a huge turnout, performances from young local dancers from Tip Tops dance company and beer from the Treorci-based Cwm Rhondda Ales was on sale. Members were thrilled to see Leanne take to the stage alongside notable TV ...and more »

1400 people have signed a petition against RCT home to school transport fees

Recently, letters outlining the charges have been sent to parents and guardians, and Lee Thomas launched a petition calling for the council to abolish the fees. The petition – entitled Rhondda Cynon Taff Learner Travel Policy: Abolish Planned Charges ...

Government announces closure of 10 courts in Wales as part of plan to modernise legal system

Wrexham Tribunal – Rhyd Broughton (July 2016 to September 2016). After already closing Llwynypia Magistrates Court Tories are now closing Pontypridd too. It's as if they're closing the Rhondda bit by bit. — Chris Bryant MP (@RhonddaBryant) February 11 ...and more »

New Caerphilly business will take the hassle out of HR

Mrs Thomas, 38, and originally from Aberdare has now based her branch of the HR Department at Welsh ICE, on Caerphilly Business Park. Her franchise, which is part of a network of 80 nationwide, will concentrate on the Valleys and the west of Cardiff.

GARDENING: Growth for Bideford Gardeners' Club after name change

This week, Ray Cooke of Fremington Garden Club, talked on hellebores, on March 8 Ivor Mace travels from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales to take the club through his expertise in his garden and how to grow top flowers and veg, and April sees local ...

'Come clean' on reasons behind controversial shared space, demand residents

Residents are demanding East Dunbartonshire council leader Rhondda Geekie “comes clean” on the reasons behind the controversial shared space project for Kirkintilloch town centre. The Herald has been inundated with complaints since work began on ...and more »

These are the 21 Coleg y Cymoedd rugby players who've been selected for Cardiff Blues under

... Lewis-Hughes, one of the players picked for both the Blues under-18s and Wales under-20s, studies at the college's Nantgarw campus. Flanker Shane, from Ferndale, learned the game in the mini and junior ranks at Ferndale RFC and Ystrad Rhondda ...and more »

Police hunt for Newport man

... slim build, with short brown hair and green eyes. Share article. Officers believe he could still be in the Newport area but he also has links to Aberdare. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call 101 quoting reference number ...and more »

Leighton Andrews' blunt message to critics over council mergers: 'Grow up'

The Labour AM for the Rhondda said he was “very confident” that councils can bear the additional costs of mergers. He said: “All of the studies have indicated there will be significant savings from the process of mergers. “We have to remember always ...and more »

Two lorries involved in accident that closed busy Valleys road for a time

An accident that is believed to involve two lorries and another vehicle has closed a busy Valleys road. The Trehafod Bypass, just outside Pontypridd, has been closed after the lunchtime accident near the Rhondda Heritage Park. Diversions in place ...and more »

Emergency crews at scene of accident that has closed a busy Valleys road

An accident that is believed to involve two lorries and another vehicle has closed a busy Valleys road. The Trehafod Bypass, just outside Pontypridd, has been closed after the lunchtime accident near the Rhondda Heritage Park. Diversions in place ...and more »

Pontypridd Ynysangharad Park lido to stay free in 2016

The revamped lido at Pontypridd is to continue with its free entry policy in 2016 for its second season. The Grade-II listed structure reopened at the end of August 2015, and offered free swimming until the end of October. Rhondda Cynon Taf council ...and more »

Shared space road closure sparks anger

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said signs had been erected to say Cowgate will shut for 18 months but work may finish before then. She added: “This does not mean the full length of Cowgate will be closed for that time. It will be closed in distinct ...and more »

Glamorgan players allocated to South Wales Premier League clubs

... to appear regularly in what is already a hectic summer schedule, those with the most first team experience have been allocated to division two teams including captain Jacques Rudolph with Miskin Manor CC, Colin Ingram at Aberdare and last year's ...

Newport County through to FAW Youth Cup semi

The remaining quarter-finals all take place on Sunday with Aberdare Town taking on Penybont, Afan Lido against Gap Connah's Quay and holders Swansea City hosting MBi Llandudno. The Exiles were knocked out in the semi-finals last season, losing on ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Chris Bryant, MP for the Rhondda, has sparked considerable debate by announcing that Welsh fans should stop singing Delilah at rugby matches because it incites violence. This is not a new idea, of course. Plaid's Dafydd Iwan said the same thing in 2014 ...

Stay in EU to solve its problems, Plaid Cymru says

Plaid Cymru has said there are "serious problems" with the EU, but Britain must remain a member to help solve them. Launching Plaid's "Wales In Europe" campaign, Euro-MP Jill Evans said Wales benefits "economically, socially and culturally" from ...

Plaid kicks off its campaign to persuade you to stay in the EU

The campaign will kick off in Porth in the Rhondda constituency which Ms Wood hopes to take from Labour in the May Assembly elections. Plaid's long-term goal is securing Welsh independence within the EU, and Ms Wood will describe her hopes for a ...

Pencader coach driver gives Wynne Evans driving lessons in S4C series

Eurwyn , 62,, moved to Aberdare eight years ago with his wife, Geraldine. During the series, we see Eurwyn giving a bus driving lesson to the choir's tutor, tenor Wynne Evans, and taking the singer who stars as Gio Compario in the GoCompare adverts for ...

Pupils clean up at Ferndale Cemetery after vandals

School pupils have carried out a major clear-up at a cemetery in Rhondda Cynon Taff targeted by vandals. Seven graves in Ferndale Cemetery were deliberately toppled in January and rubbish left strewn across the site. More than 20 children from nearby ...

This is where rugby fans will queue if they are travelling home from Wales v Scotland by train

Valleys Lines passengers – those travelling to destinations including the Vale of Glamorgan , Treherbert , Aberdare , Merthyr , Pontypridd , Rhymney and Caerphilly – will be asked to approach the rear of the station via the lower end of St Mary St and ...

A decision on the future of the controversial Morning Star Inn in Pontypridd has been delayed

... in prison with a minimum term of 15 years. Richardson, of no fixed address, was jailed for 14 years. Now the Morning Star Inn could be transformed into six self-contained flats as owner Taha's Ltd has applied to Rhondda Cynon Taf council to change ...

How a red Valleys phone box and his parents' courtship 50 years ago inspired singer Ragsy's moving new song

The Aberdare singer-songwriter added: “My mam told me my dad had to go to Birmingham, obviously she was in Wales. "My dad used to ring the phone box at the end of the street. My mother's parents didn't have a house phone and there were obviously no ...

Two men deny Mark Jones Abercynon layby shooting murder

Two men have denied murdering a man who died after being shot in a layby in Rhondda Cynon Taff. Mark Jones, 43, was left in a critical condition in hospital after the shooting on the A4059 near Abercynon in July but died later in hospital. Stephen ...

Former tailoress Gwendoline Williams, who helped make parachutes during the war, turns 100

Gwendoline Williams, from Cardiff , marked becoming a centenarian alongside residents, staff and family at Duffryn Ffwrd Manor residential home in Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taf . Lyn, as she likes to be known, is originally from Canton and lived most of ...

This Pontypridd charity needs donations to save lives in the cholera

PONT has been making links between Rhondda Cynon Taff and Mbale for 11 years, to reduce poverty in the area. The charity is now calling on people in South Wales for donations to help prevent the outbreak of the water-borne infection from spreading ...and more »

Lennoxtown Hub is open for business

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The development of the Community Hub has seen a £5.29m investment by the Council within Lennoxtown town centre and is a key element of our commitment to supporting development within the area. “I am delighted ...

Do you remember when there WAS a dragon on the Rhondda mountainside?

Chris Howard, 20, has recently floated the idea of making a huge Welsh dragon on Trealaw mountainside, which has gained plenty of support on social media. This is Chris - and this is what he wants to do: But, going back almost two decades, something ...

Thousands Without Power After Storm Imogen

Those still affected include Cornwall, Devon, Rhondda in Wales, Somerset, Blackpool and the Peak District. The RSPCA has appealed for help in finding one of its inspectors who has gone missing after rescuing sea birds. A search is under way for Mike ...

Rhondda neighbours call for safety barrier to protect them from cars smashing into their homes

In response, a Rhondda Cynon Taf council spokesman said: “The council is aware of the concerns raised by residents and officers are currently considering the options available, which include the possible introduction of a speed limit reduction from ...

West End star Sophie Evans describes 'surreal' moment Taiwan earthquake struck

The Tonypandy actress is now back home in the Rhondda after the latest performances of hit show Lord of the Dance – and was in Lingyaliao when the 6.4 magnitude quake struck in the city of Tainan, around 26 miles away, at 4am on Saturday morning local ...

Should Welsh rugby fans stop singing Delilah?

Thankfully, crime is low in my constituency, but nearly all the murders in my 15 years as MP for the Rhondda have been domestic. In two cases the man killed his partner and their child. Depressingly, the most recent statistics suggest that the number ...

Maximising Treforest Industrial Estate's Potential

The Council is working with partners to maximise the economic potential of Tref

Incredibly someone walked away from this with only minor injuries

A spokeswoman said: “We were called around 6.22am this morning to assist with a road traffic collision that occurred on the A470 Aberdare heading towards Cardiff. One vehicle was involved in the collision. Fire and ambulance also attended.” The South ...

Storm Imogen cuts off thousands and shuts town centre

Over the course of the day Western Power Distribution has dealt with more then 5,000 power cuts in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Monmouthshire, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, ...

Reservist recognised for service in first Armed Forces in Wales Awards

... classifications and Wales is now seen as the exemplar nationwide. Also recognised at the awards was Major Bobby Grey, who received the Armed Forces in Wales Youth and Cadets Award for his volunteer work with Army cadets in Rhondda Cynon Taf.and more »

9 of the most unusual weddings Wales has ever seen

The pair arranged a gothic-themed do at Castell Coch where Claire, 46, from Penygraig, Rhondda, shunned the wedding march to walk down the aisle to the theme music from Hammer House of Horror. The 46-year-old wore red while Michael, from Trealaw, ...

Bygones: Ron's National Service cruelly interrupted by tragic death of brother

He got us to sing Cwm Rhondda, the hymn, and Sospan Fach, in Welsh, amongst others. One other diversion we got up to, in the classroom and the barracks, was to see who could write the "antidisestablishmentarianism" in the smallest space. We got it down ...

Western Mail letters: Monday, February 8, 2016

SIR – Chris Bryant, MP for the Rhondda, has sparked considerable debate by announcing that Welsh fans should stop singing Delilah at rugby matches because it incites violence. This is not a new idea of course. Plaid's Dafydd Iwan said the same thing in ...

Travel disruption as Storm Imogen batters south Wales

There's an amber 'be prepared' warning for the Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Torfaen. Coastguards say winds could reach violent storm 11 along the coast for a time with gusts up to ...

Flooding hits South Wales with homes, trains and drivers all affected

Train services from Arriva Trains Wales stopped their service between Newport and Hereford yesterday because of flooding. Flooding in Llanharan caused train delays between Swansea and Cardiff Central. Lines between Mountain Ash and Aberdare were ...and more »

Wind warning level raised as Storm Imogen is set to arrive in Wales

A yellow warning for rain is in place for Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of ...

Heavy rain and strong wind warnings for parts of Wales

Sunday's warning covers Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Bridgend, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Vale of Glamorgan, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Newport and Torfaen. Monday's warning is ...and more »

Storm Imogen to batter Swansea as 70mph winds and heavy rain forecast

The Met Office has issued a yellow - be aware - warning for Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Ceredigion, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, ...and more »

Delilah writer to Chris Bryant: 'My song is NOT about a prostitute and it doesn't cause violence'

Rhondda MP Mr Bryant hit the headlines when he called for Sylvan's song – crooned by Sir Tom Jones and bellowed out by Welsh rugby fans – to be banned because “that song is about the murder of a prostitute”. “There are thousands of other songs we ...

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre evacuated after ceiling collapse

There have also been delays and cancellations on Valley Lines services between Mountain Ash and Aberdare in the Cynon Valley. The Severn Bridge was closed eastbound, and closed to high-sided vehicles westbound. Speed restrictions are also in place ...and more »

How the transfer of ownership of the Rhondda Tunnel is 'holding the project back'

The Rhondda Tunnel Society has revealed delays in the transfer of ownership of the tunnel to Wales is causing issues with the society applying for vital funding. At present, Highways England owns the tunnel, which stretches between Blaencwm in the ...

Flooding affects Welsh train services

Flooding has affected train services across parts of Wales. Arriva Trains Wales say there is currently no service between Newport and Hereford. Earlier there were delays of up to 40 minutes between Swansea and Cardiff Central because of flooding at ...and more »

Sports fixtures postponed and travel disrupted: this is what the forecast is like for today

Several train services are delayed or cancelled due to floodings, including lines between Shrewsbury and Machynlleth, Newport and Hereford, Bridgend and Cardiff Central, Mountain Ash and Aberdare and Hengoed and Pengam. On Friday the Met Office ...and more »

Heavy rain and gales warning issued for south and mid Wales

... of localised flooding as up to 5cm-7cm (2-3in) of rain is expected to fall. The warning covers Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen and ...

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to deliver lecture in Aberdare

As part of an annual event held by the Cynon Valley Labour Party, Mr Corbyn will deliver the Keir Hardie Lecture, having been invited by Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd. The lecture commemorates the life and work of Keir Hardie, founder of the Labour Party ...

All systems go for £6m Pontypridd YMCA transformation as planning permission is granted

Rhondda Cynon Taf council's development control committee have given the green light to the ambitious £6m plans , which have benefited from a £2.25m contribution from The Arts Council of Wales alongside a £2m Welsh Government pledge.

Why? Why? Why? Here's how people reacted to calls to stop singing Delilah at rugby matches

... to our Facebook page to fiercely defend his views to critics, in light of the amount of domestic murders in his constituency. Here are the pick of the hundreds of comments we received and, as you'll see, they weren't all opposed to the Rhondda MP's ...

Council tax freeze confirmed for East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire Council has confirmed that council tax will be frozen once again in 2016/2017. At a meeting last night, councillors were advised of the latest current savings target. Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Aggregating our grant ...and more »

Cabinet Rejects Proposed Funding Reduction

Thanks to the protection afforded to Council funding in Wales by the Welsh Gove

BMA Cymru Wales appoints member-focused director

BMA Cymru Wales has appointed Rachel Podolak as its new national director.

Rhondda AM urges relatives of care home residents to get in touch after closure announcement

He added: “A shortage of nursing staff has been suggested but we also know that the Rhondda Care Home faced some difficult issues when it was last inspected by the regulator for the care home sector, Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales.

Why? Why? Why ban Delilah? Welsh MP calls for fans to stop singing rugby anthem

Chris Bryant, Rhondda MP. "It goes right to the heart of the issues we are discussing. There are thousands of other songs we could sing. "I have sung 'Delilah' as well - everybody loves doing the 'She stood there laughing' moment- but if we are really ...

Should singing Tom Jones' 'Delilah' be banned from rugby matches over claims it glorifies violence?

House of Commons shadow leader and Rhondda MP Chris Bryant is campaigning for the Welsh rugby anthem to be dropped after claiming the song is about "killing a prostitute". The Sixties hit is an unofficial anthem at matches - with male voice choirs and ...

Parliamentary hopeful who collected proxy forms left off Labour shortlist

Former Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire AM Christine Gwyther, who served as Minister for Agriculture in the first Assembly term, joins Vale of Glamorgan council's cabinet member for education Chris Elsmore, Rhondda Cynon Taf cabinet member ...and more »

Bus routes saved and NO single

There will be NO cuts to bus routes and NO single-staffed libraries introduced in Rhondda Cynon Taff after all - and a Pontypridd day nursery has also been given an eleventh-hour reprieve. Final decisions on proposed cuts to bus routes, libraries, day ...

An MP wants people to stop singing Delilah at rugby matches during the Six Nations

The Rhondda MP joins singer and Plaid politician Dafydd Iwan in raising concerns about the song. Mr Bryant said: “Violent crime has risen 23% in recent years in Wales and it's a simple fact that domestic violence is one of the prime killers of women.

Stop singing Delilah at rugby matches, urges the Shadow Leader of the Commons

The Rhondda MP who is Shadow Leader of the Commons has called on Welsh rugby fans to stop singing Delilah ahead of the Six Nations championship. The MP said the song, recorded by Tom Jones in 1968, is about “killing a prostitute”. Mr Bryant said: ...and more »

A new £7.9m primary school could be built on a former colliery site in Cwmaman by 2018

Rhondda Cynon Taf council's cabinet members met on Thursday morning to discuss a new 200-pupil school for three to 11 year-olds in Cwmaman, which would see the closure of Cwmaman Infants' School and Glynhafod Junior School in August 2018.

Hundreds of homeless people are sleeping rough on the streets of Wales

Cardiff reported the highest number of emergency bed spaces (70) on the night of the snapshot count, of which only three were unoccupied and available. Rhondda Cynon Taf was the only other area in South Wales that reported having emergency beds, 26, ...

Young musician Ellie Parris has released an EP on her own label because she was so inspired at college

A former Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Technology learner at the Coleg y Cymoedd Rhondda campus, Ellie has been writing, producing and promoting her own songs with the hope of cracking the music industry. Aura, the EP which has a contemporary ...

TV pioneer's Emmy award arrives in Scotland

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: "Arrangements are now being made to have the Emmy put on public display in the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch so everyone can have the opportunity to see this prestigious award and learn more about the work of ...

Swansea one of the 10 most anxious places in Wales

Then came Newport, Blandu Gwent, Merthyr Tyfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot, which were level with each other, followed by Monmouthshire, which appeared slightly ahead of Swansea with 2.97. The place which ...

Emmy award for pioneer of TV is set to be put on display for all to see

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Our residents should be proud of Alexander Bain and the arrival of the Emmy in East Dunbartonshire is sure to generate a lot of excitement in the local community and beyond. “Arrangements are now being made to ...

Death of bakery worker whose body was found in the River Taff remains a mystery

An inquest at Aberdare Coroners' Court heard Polish national Mr Kaminski was “clearly drunk” and had stopped “looking after himself” when he was last seen by Mr Rogacki, who worked with his housemate at the Memory Lane bakery in Cardiff. In a statment ...

Crossrail monitoring – Delivering the three Rs

In 2018, Crossrail services are due to commence through central London. As most readers... Read more · Healing wounds · Heritage Feb 3, 2016 0. Before the advent of Xboxes and all-singing smartphones, kids signed up to a vivid,... Read more ...and more »

Work to begin on new school

Council leader, Rhondda Geekie, said: “The safety of our pupils is of the utmost importance and all the measures being introduced are to reduce the risks to children travelling to and from school. “There will be an increased community warden and police ...

This former night club and town hall could be turned into flats and shops

Plans to convert an 1890s former snooker hall, night club and town hall in the Rhondda into 18 flats and five shops have been lodged. Rhondda Cynon Taf council will discuss the plans for 15 De Winton Street in Tonypandy – built in around 1892 – at its ...

A CASE OF FLY TIPPING by Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC?

It was back in June of 2015 that a local resident noticed some building waste that was being tipped at a local beauty spot known locally as “The reservoirs”, in the village of Glynhafod, at the top of the Cwmaman Valley.

RCT council's deputy leader Keiron Montague will stand down in May

Rhondda Cynon Taf council 's deputy leader has confirmed he will stand down from the role this May and will not seek re-election as a councillor in 2017. Councillor Keiron Montague – cabinet member with responsibility for tackling poverty, engagement ...

Rate Relief for Businesses in RCT

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has already pledged £800,000 rate relief to the count

Private Dentistry (Wales) Regulations 2016 – changes to the way dentists are regulated

Welsh Government are proposing to change the way dentists and private dental services are regulated with the new Private Dentistry (Wales) 2016 Regulations.

The Welsh Government is consulting on the proposed changes

Helen Walbey is 'the only female motorbike scrapyard boss' in Wales and she's landed a top new role

A woman believed to be the only female motorbike scrapyard boss in Wales has earned a high-profile role promoting diversity. Helen Walbey, managing director of Recycle Scooters in Aberdare, has been named the Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) ...

Aberdare teenager Rebekah Jones is one step closer to a career at sea with the Royal Navy

The former Blaengwawr Comprehensive School student, from Aberdare , has recently taken part in the passing-out parade in front of family and friends. Rebekah, who previously worked as a sales assistant, was selected as the class leader and her duties ...

Barry Town United looking for glory against Welsh Premier League champions

Trailing twice at Briton Ferry in a first round thriller, goals from TJ Nagi (2) and Bobby Briers helped the Town advance to a second round tie with Aberdare. where a rampant James Dixon would score five times in a scintillating 7-2 win (with Jordan ...

New modernised Post Office in Aberdare will give customers a first class service

Aberdare is set to get a new modernised Post Office after plans were given the stamp of approval. The newly modernised “main” Post Office at 28 Whitcombe Street, Aberdare , will launch at 1pm on Thursday, March 17, where services will include five ...

School bus driver drunk at wheel in Ton Pentre

A school bus driver who was over the drink-driver limit as he drove pupils in Rhondda Cynon Taff was caught after being spotted with a can of cider as he stopped to buy more alcohol, BBC News reports. Forty-four year old Jeffrey Owen, from Maerdy, was ...

Huge changes to Pontypridd YMCA set for green light from RCT planners as exciting new details revealed

The huge transformation of the 1910 Pontypridd YMCA building could be given the green light this week at a vital meeting. Rhondda Cynon Taf council 's development control committee will meet on Thursday, February 4, to discuss an application for full ...

Pontypridd's Morning Star Inn where a man was murdered last year could be turned into flats

The Morning Star Inn in Graig, which has also operated as a licensed pub, could be transformed into six self-contained flats as owner Taha's Ltd has applied to Rhondda Cynon Taf council 's planning committee to change its use. The two-storey ...

These striking pictures are a moving portrait of Welsh life

Gawain, from Rhondda, has focused his work mainly around the environment and people of his youth. Making quiet portraits of adolescence and precise observations of their surroundings Gawain brings new and fresh reflections of the once industrialised ...

'It's so sad': News of Aberdare HSBC closure draws angry response on social media

Carla Jackles added: “Aberdare is just card shops and hair dressers.” Speaking about the branch closures, Coun Morgan said: “I will seek to raise this matter at full council to demonstrate the strong opposition to these closures in the Rhondda and ...and more »

Rise in Bridgend County schools given top green rating by Welsh Government

... Bridgend County Borough has the highest percentage of green schools in the Central South Consortium, a joint education service commissioned by local authorities including Bridgend, Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.

Rail union 'disbelief' at new passenger satisfaction report

A broken down train between Aberdare and Mountain Ash which led to buses replacing trains on Arriva Trains Wales. :: Southeastern services were also replaced by buses because of a signalling problem between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, while other ...and more »

Rhondda AM visits her old secondary school in run up to the Assembly elections

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood marked 100 days to the Assembly elections with a visit to her old secondary school. Ms Wood went to Tonypandy Community College – just round the corner from her home in Penygraig – to take part in a question and ...and more »

Blaze at pub was accidental, fire service say

... accidental and is believed to be electrical. It has been confirmed there were no injuries. Six breathing apparatus were used. Four fire engines were sent from Merthyr, Hirwaun and Aberdare and Heolgerrig was closed temporarily while they attended ...and more »

School bus driver drunk at wheel in Ton Pentre, court hears

A school bus driver who was over the drink-drive limit as he drove pupils in Rhondda Cynon Taff was caught after being spotted with a can of cider as he stopped to buy more alcohol. Jeffrey Owen, 44, from Maerdy, was stopped by police after a member of ...

Man who died in Llantrisant crash was 'devoted family man'

A father-of-three who died in a Rhondda Cynon Taff crash on Saturday has been described as "a loving and devoted family man". Sean Topping-Morris, 33, from Pentyrch, Cardiff, died following the incident on the A4119 near Talbot Green, Llantrisant.

'There is nothing better than seeing someone love the subject that you do'

Both Carly and Gwilym had jobs when they were going through the application process with Teach First, and are now on two-year placements in the Rhondda school. Carly, who is in the first year of her placement and joined Ysgol Gyfun Cymer in September ...

Rail union leaders question findings in report on passenger satisfaction levels

A broken down train between Aberdare and Mountain Ash which led to buses replacing trains on Arriva Trains Wales. :: Southeastern services were also replaced by buses because of a signalling problem between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, while other ...and more »

Survey of Britain's train services by Transport Focus watchdog shows people are happy

A broken down train between Aberdare and Mountain Ash which led to buses replacing trains on Arriva Trains Wales. Southeastern services were also replaced by buses because of a signalling problem between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, while other ...and more »