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The Mayor's Week, November 9-15

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor joined citizens from across the county borough during his civic week November 9-15, to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Mayor Cllr John Watts attended Remembrance Services honouring those who served in World Wars I and II and other conflicts, on Sunday, November 9 in Ystrad, and later that day in Ynysybwl.

In commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, the Mayor unveiled a memorial at Gelli Primary School on Thursday, November 13. The memorial names 12 soldiers from the Rhondda and it has come home thanks to a project by Treorchy Comprehensive School and Gelli Primary School.

Cllr Watts said: “In this centenary year of the First World War, it is important to learn about those from our communities who went to foreign lands to fight to preserve their way of life, many of whom did not return.

“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is proud of its Community Covenant, which sets out its commitment to supporting former and serving members of the Armed Forces and their families.”

Earlier in the week, Cllr Watts was pleased to meet students from Rhondda Cynon Taf’s twin town of Wolfenbuttel in Germany and explain his role as Mayor when they visited his parlour in Pontypridd (Thursday, October 13).

On Friday, November 14, Cllr Watts attended the Rhondda School Rugby Association’s annual lunch and auction. More than £25,000 was raised through the event for the Rhondda Schools Rugby Association.

Throughout his year in office from 2014-2015, Cllr Watts will be working through his charity appeal to raise funds for The Royal British Legion, as well as Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT), and the Rhondda Appeal, a local cause for Boys’ and Girls’ clubs.

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.

Or if you have an idea for a fundraising event, please contact the Mayoral Office on 01443 494061 or email

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is supporting events across the county borough which commemorate the First World War. For further details, please visit the First World War Centenary page.