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March 2019


Good luck to Iolo and the Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun year 8 boys embarking on a 100 mile bike ride to Bre

Pointless street signs to be removed

The Department for Transport has published guidelines for councils saying that pointless road signs should be removed amid warnings that they waste taxpayers' money, clutter streets and

Campaign to get Wales Reading

Breaking down barriers with Quick Reads

Wales' only youth-wide festival takes center stage in Cardiff RawFfest 25-28 April 2019

Created in 2016, and 4-day sub RawFfest youth arts festival for Wales Taking place in 25 Wales Millennium Center from April - 28 April 2019. A fun and innovative festival, RawFfes t lower Planned

Carers and those who receive care and support in Wales share their experiences in new report

Measuring the Mountain (MtM), a unique initiative gathering people’s experiences of social care throughout Wales, will share their findings today (Wednesday 27 March).

Congratulations to Manon Lloyd, Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun

Congratulations to Manon Lloyd, Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun Year 11 on winning the silver medal at the Welsh climbing championships. She will now progress to the British championships in Sheffield! Gwych!

Congratulations to the Yr.9 Robotics Team! from Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun

Congratulations to the Year 9 Robotics Team for an amazing second place at the 2019 'Tomorrow's Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge', and to Mr Kevin Davies for winning the teache

The Seven Principles of Public Life

The Seven Principles of Public Life (The Nolan Principles):

Standards watchdog to hold inquiry on AI and standards in public sector

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has announced a review into artificial intelligence and its impact on standards across the public sector.



Morgan to take to the skies for charity

A MEMBER of staff at a Welsh care provider is currently preparing and training to take part in a skydive in aid of charity next month (April, 2019).


BikeSafe Course Dates in Gwent

Gwent Police will once again be running a series of 1-day BikeSafe and 2-day 'Bridging the Ga

RCT Council library Service Strategy for 2019-2021

Cabinet has agreed the Council’s Library Service Strategy (2019-2021), having reviewed the good

More questions about the Phurnacite but nothing about the impending gridlock in Mountain Ash when the development is given the green light why?

A question to the Chancellor by MP for Cynon Valley the MP was asking what funding will be made available to the environmental sector in Wales to help clear up currently unusable land, as the former Phurnacite plant in Abercwmboi in my constituency, why is there an election due?

Website to explain education changes to parents launched

The Welsh Government has launched a new public-facing website to help explain changes to the curriculum to parents and members of the public.

No change for Gwauncelyn but the rest push on.

Parents at Gwauncelyn school breathed a sigh of relief this week when the Labour Cabinet announced they would not be pushing forward with changes to

What makes an icon? It is time for you to decide.

Open University experts had to consider this question when working as part of the ac

Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman issues good practice guide for care providers

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has issued a good practice guide to help adult social care providers improve their services.

Public Accounts Committee calls for ‘step change’ in transparency in local public bodies

There is a need for a step change in transparency by local public bodies and particularly those in the NHS, MPs have said.

Building a better democracy

We know that the House of Lords is a mess.

Food company in court after Carew Market visits

Three family members operating a stall at Carew Market and other sites in South Wal

Councils using “legal loophole” to house families in B&B accommodation beyond legal limit: charity

Local authorities “are using a legal loophole” to house families in bed and breakfast accommodation for longer than the legal limit, a children’s legal rights chari

Can you help us identify the man in this picture?

We believe he has information about an incident which occurred in the Tonypandy area of Rhondda during the late 1980s.

TEMPORARY FOOTPATH CLOSURE Aberdare on Moss Row, Abernant


Ynys section of the National Cycle Network is again blocked by floodwater

Once again part the 478 of the National Cycle Network is again blocked by floodwater also a well used Public Right of Way from Aberdare to Cwmbach. The flooding at this point is a well-established problem and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is aware of this.


All-Wales Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign Begins

Since the introduction of seatbelt laws in the UK, tens of thousands of lives have been save

A report on Ton Pentre Junior School Bailey Street Ton Pentre

Ton Pentre Junior School is in the village of Ton Pentre, in the local authority of Rhondda Cynon Taf. It has 191 pupils aged from 7 to 11. This is an increase in the number of pupils since the last inspection. There are six single-age classes and one mixed-age class.

Theatre Shows at Theatr Brycheiniog

March at Theatr Brycheiniog is busy this year, with something on almost every evening and a wide
variety of workshops throughout the days! What really stands out this month in Theatr Brycheiniog’s

Abacare signs up to help recruit 20,000 carers in Wales by 2030

WELSH care company Abacare has recently (March, 2019) joined a growing list of care providers coming together to help recruit 20,000 carers in Wales by 2030.


Abacare is just one of hundreds of businesses that are getting behind the recently launched WeCare Wales campaign.

Rhondda Cynon Taf to host National Eisteddfod in 2022

Rhondda Cynon Taf has been confirmed as the 2022 location for the National Eisteddfod for Wales.

Department for Transport consults on longer roadworks guarantee for utility companies

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on whether to lengthen the guarantee on utility firms’ roadworks so that if a pothole forms as a result wit

Extra Care or Sheltered Accommodation but who is the winner

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council says they want to modernize care for older people and produced a “Residential Care Services Consultation” shown below.  

Thousands more care workers needed in Wales by 2030

Wales will need thousands more people to work in caring roles with adults and children by 2030 if it is to keep pace with the growing demand for care services and provide support for communities

My Macmillan grant was a lifeline when I was homeless

Paula sets out her plans for Aberdare

Find jobs, apprenticeships and more at Jobs Fair in Aberdare

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is once again hosting its incredibly successful and ever popular Jobs

Tales on the Rails are back!

The Welsh Books Council are staying on track with another exciting event in their successful @LlyfrDaFabBooks reading promotion scheme.

Please find below a letter from Scout Ambassador Warwick Davis

Dear Editor,


Why being a great listener can make all the difference in Aberdare


As a proud Scout Ambassador I’m always looking for ways to help young people in Aberdare develop the skills they need to succeed. One of the most essential of these is active listening.

Community transport concerns as bus firms launch judicial review challenge

Smaller bus and coach firms have launched a judicial review of the Department for Transport’s interpretation of rules concerning vehicle and driver licensing.