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Darts players target Mayor's charity appeal

Lady darts players hit the bullseye when they decided to raise funds towards the Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Charity Appeal.

Mayor Cllr John Watts is working this year to raise awareness and funds for The Royal British Legion and Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT), as well as the Rhondda Appeal, a local cause for Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs.

Members of Pontypridd and District Ladies Darts League raised £1,000 towards the Mayor’s Appeal through raffles and a darts competition.

The Ladies Darts League is made up of 30 teams and members decided to raise the money towards the Mayor’s Appeal, and in particular Macmillan Cancer Support, in honour of current and past members of the league whose lives have been touched by cancer.

Cllr Watts thanked committee members for their fantastic donation when he met them in Pontypridd on Thursday, January 22.

On Monday, January 19, during his civic week of January 18-24, Cllr Watts met representatives of the organisation Sporting Marvels.

The charity, based in the Rhondda, aims to put a positive Christian role model (a “marvel“) in front of every school pupil in the Rhondda in the age range 10-18.  The organisation works with many of the Rhondda’s primary and secondary schools.

The charity also works in church youth clubs and through its sports teams, Sporting Marvels Football Club & Sporting Marvels Netball Club.

“It was a pleasure to meet representatives of the Sporting Marvels who work to motivate children through sport and social interaction,” said Cllr Watts.

Phil Davies, founder and chairman of Sporting Marvels, said: “Councillor Watts has always been an admirer of Sporting Marvels and, over the years, he’s never been slow to acknowledge the work we do with the children and young people of the Rhondda.

“His appreciation for the heart and commitment of our young team of outstanding role models has always been a source of great encouragement to us as an organisation.

“On becoming Mayor, Councillor Watts invited the team to visit him at the Mayor’s Parlour. We were thrilled to accept and we had a marvellous time. The level of courtesy and respect the Mayor and Mayoress afforded us was a great boost to our young team, all of whom are Rhondda born, bred and educated.”

Top class construction companies, builders and their architects were celebrated at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Building Excellence Awards on Friday, January 23 - and Cllr Watts was on hand to present awards to the winners.

The Mayor presented awards to the winners of five categories - from house extensions to large-scale commercial buildings with specially-designed trophies, while certificates were also presented to those who reached the “highly commended” standard of excellence. 

Winners will go forward to the LABC South Wales Building Awards and some may be entered into the national awards in London.

Cllr Watts was among the hundreds of people who attended a special event on Saturday, January 24, to mark the creation of a lasting memorial to the proud coal-mining past of the area.

The new Maerdy Gateway Memorial and the Memorial Garden, situated at the foot of the mountain road linking Maerdy with Aberdare, is a tribute to all of those who lost their lives while working in the coal industry over the years.

  • Donations to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal can be made      through a secure online service. Please visit the Mayor's page if you  would like to make a donation.

If you have an idea for a fundraising event, please contact the Mayoral Office in Pontypridd on 01443 494061 or email