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                            CONNECTIONS Society • Economy • Environment • Bridgend
                                                                        Issue 6: 2009


Featuring:
Where fly tippers buzz
I don’t want to go to Tesco
The way to nowhere
Farmers’ Market
How I changed my life




        “Don’t you think it’s criminal?”…
         The incongruous Ogmore river
         walkway
IN THIS EDITION:
2     Editorial                                     EDITORIal                                                                                                                        THE laND wHERE THE FlY
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      Sustainable Solutions Project
      Final Report
      The land where the fly tippers
                                                    Why we should co-operate in a crisis
                                                    At Sustainable Wales we have opposed ‘superstore culture’ because we think it
                                                    destroys the variety of our high streets.
                                                                                                                                                                                               TIPPERS bUzz
      buzz                                          The Co-op stands out                                                                                                          Carol Richards ventures into the county borough’s countryside.
4     Plastic politics good for                     But Co-operative stores must be exempted. The Co-op’s determination to provide fair trade
      democracy                                     and ethical goods, its employment policy, dividends and community project support are
                                                    exemplary.                                                                                               On a cold December’s day I walk down a footpath on the Court
5     From behind the canvas                                                                                                                                 Colman Estate. It’s a familiar slice of countryside sandwiched
                                                    In July 007 the Co-operative Group merged with United Co-operatives, forming the world’s
6     I don’t want to go to Tesco                   biggest consumer co-operative, with 3 million members. In 008, the Co-op refitted 700 of                between Pen-y-fai and Cefn Glas that I’ve been watching
7     The ‘Enigma’ of Schwyll                       its food stores at a cost of £00 million. In 009 another 700 will be refitted at similar cost.         ‘evolve’ since my childhood. – a snapshot of thousands of rural
                                                                                                                                                             areas around the UK.
8     The Way to Nowhere?                           A fair trade cuppa with Robert Owen
9     Good health news from Gofal                   I sit in the Co-op’s café in Pyle. It’s an excellent place. The walls are decorated with bilingual       Perfection?
                                                    accounts of fair trade projects. There is also a biography of Robert Owen from Newtown, one of
9     Trustees old & new                                                                                                                                     It’s mid-morning now, the collie is straining on her leash as I hurry
                                                    the Co-operative movement founders, and an account of the Co-op’s extraordinary influence
                                                    in Wales. Would that Asda, Tesco and the other giants were so socially responsible.                      along behind her, squinting against the sun. We’re both exhilarated
10    Well I didn’t know that!
                                                                                                                                                             by the freezing temperature and I marvel at the perfection of the
11    Farmers’ market celebration                   First law of holes                                                                                       winter frost silvering the vegetation. A skewbald pony is foraging
                                                    With the near meltdown of the world’s banking system and the double bail outs of October
12    Inspired by Kenfig                            ‘08 and January 09, it’s a dire financial situation we face. Our children will have to pay back
                                                                                                                                                             nearby, goldfinches peck at weed seeds, and a few feet away a robin
13    SUSSED – fighting on in our                   almost one trillion pounds!                                                                              creates an archetypal Christmas card image.
      credit crunched, cracked fish                 The problems were created by debt, yet it seems our politicians believe the only way to                  Other species
      world                                         solve that problem is to encourage more debt. But you don’t escape from a hole by digging                Just concentrate on this charming little scene – don’t look away too
14    How I changed my life                         deeper.
                                                                                                                                                             far. If you do, you’ll almost certainly be diverted by other country
14    Scarweather silence?                          (Meanwhile, The Co-operative Bank’s proposed merger with the Britannia Building Society                  sights as much a part of the landscape as the birds and the trees.
                                                    will create a £70 billion ‘super-mutual’ and ‘ethical alternative to banking plcs.’ This is the
15    Directory                                     ONLY good banking news I’ve heard in ages).                                                              Clinging to the hedgerows and fluttering by the edges of lanes
16    Directory                                     Casino politics?                                                                                         and streams are a very successful ‘species’. Plastic bags increase
                                                    The truth is that governments are now bewildered by globalised capital. We have created a                their territory every year, their tenacity only equalled by the army of
                                                    system based on smoke and mirrors and money appears to have a supernatural life of its own.              aluminium cans hurled to freedom by willing human hands.
Printed on 100% Recycled Paper                      Or maybe we’re simply living in a global casino.
                                                                                                                                                             brash
                                                    That’s why inspirational thinkers and doers such as Robert Owen are important again. If you
Sustainable Wales                                   shop in supermarkets, try the Co-op in Pyle, Pencoed, Brackla or Llangeinor. The closure of              I walk on, knowing that I’ll soon be confronted by brasher spectacles.
1st Floor, 41 John Street, Porthcawl,               the Maesteg Co-op was a severe blow for that town. A very positive rumour is that the Co-op              Just like dandelions, these stubborn ‘weeds ’once uprooted are bound
Wales, CF36 3AP                                     will open in Porthcawl.                                                                                  to reappear within weeks. Usually found close to farmyard gates they
Phone: 01656 783405 Fax: 01656 771900                                                                                                                        have recently begun to range some distance further.
Email: angharad@sustainablewales.org.uk             So keep your money local! That’s the way to increase the borough’s prosperity.
www.sustainablewales.org                            Margaret Minhinick Director, Sustainable Wales                                                           bizarre
                                                                                                                                                             The settee that I’m passing is an incongruous vision; the same applies



SUSTaINablE SOlUTIONS
                                                                                                                                                             to the mattress surrounded by discarded children’s toys. They’ve both
                                                                                                                                                             been mouldering in this frozen field for months.
                                                                                                                                                             But not even the settees and mattresses are a match for the bizarre


PROjECT NEwS                                                                                                                                                 pyramid of cassettes, multi-coloured wigs, skimpy clothes and shoes
                                                                                                                                                             I stumbled upon last year. Maybe the wearers were stripped and
                                                                                                                                                             spirited away by aliens during some surreptitious midnight rave. This
                                                                                                                                                             is an area where fly-tippers really buzz!
Final Report
The production of Community Connections has been one of the key components of the Big Lottery-funded Sustainable Solutions
                                                                                                                                                             ‘Trash-planters’
Bridgend project, and has proved one of the highlights.                                                                                                      Passing the rusting carcass of a burnt out car, I wonder at the temerity
Over the 3 years the project has also encouraged locally distinct people- and planet- friendly activities.                                                   – the breathtaking thoughtlessness - of these trash ‘planters’, at the     Fly tipping in Llangewydd. (Carol Richards)
We have supported Bridgend Farmers’ Market and a host of local traders; fair trade schools and churches; and invaluable projects such as EcoDysgu            furtive energy it takes to transport their dross to fields and woods.
of Tondu that works with our youth, and Bridgend Freecycle which offers web-based recycling. There are countless others!                                     Aren’t these people quaking at the prospect of the wrath poised
Partnerships have been created and important new links made - all to strengthen sustainability within the borough.                                           to descend upon them from our intrepid bunch of enforcement
We have also offered local people opportunities to join in our exciting festivals – in Bridgend town, Bryngarw Park and Porthcawl. Our December ‘08          officers? And wouldn’t it be easier to cart this surplus stuff to the
fair at the Seabank Hotel saw over 1000 visitors shopping amongst the 30+ stalls of local food and crafts, with children meeting our ‘Green’ Father          Civic Amenity Site just down the road? Perhaps this facility should be
Christmas.                                                                                                                                                   renamed ‘Rubbish Dump’ to make its function less ambiguous?
The six issues of this magazine have included comment, controversy and opinion, profiled local issues, and introduced work such as that of Bryngarw
Country Park’s rangers, Welsh Bio-fuel’s alternative energy production, the ways in which Valleys to Coast is increasing energy efficiency in its housing,   Throwaway dogs, ponies
and Creation’s time-banking in Blaengarw.                                                                                                                    Depressingly, though, dumping is just one of the many ugly faces
Sustainable Wales’ Plastic Bag Free Bridgend campaign also concludes in March, ‘09. A huge ‘thank you’ must be extended to our colleague Joe                 of our throw-away materialism, and most of us are guilty. The dog
Newbury, dubbed by one newspaper, ‘Rubbish Super-Hero!’                                                                                                      I’m walking is yet another sensitive collie that has wound up at the
Joe, ‘the Bag-Man,’ has brilliantly raised awareness of the problems caused by plastic bags, whilst promoting the alternatives. His campaign has             local dogs’ home; the pony has been abandoned; and the majority
secured the support of 94% of Porthcawl’s shops, and its concluding phase targets Bridgend town centre.                                                      of Court Colman’s once thriving farms now lie derelict, the earth
Sustainable Solutions has also supported the SUSSED Co-operative, and is proud of the progress of Porthcawl’s own ethical retailer as it grows year by       tattooed with motorbike tracks.
year with new customers, volunteers and members. Rebecca Arnold, known more often as the ‘fair trade banana-lady’ is also sadly leaving. Rebecca
has shown energy, confidence and commitment as she has driven this project forward.                                                                          Banning plastic bags would be a tiny step towards improvement - an
Finally, I must thank you the public, for your invaluable support. Our aim is to encourage sustainable behaviour, and if we have helped persuade you         easy measure which could be implemented soon. If we can’t achieve
to change just one thing over the past 3 years, we will have succeeded.                                                                                      even that then God help us all!
For further Sustainable Solutions work, look online at www.sustainablewales.org .uk
                                                                                                                                                             To report an incident of fly-tipping in the area please call
Angharad Dalton                                                                                                                                              Bridgend County Borough Council on 01656 643443                            Fly tipping in Llangewydd. (Carol Richards)

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PlaSTIC POlITICS                                                                                                                                                            FROM bEHIND THE CaNvaS
GOOD FOR DEMOCRaCY                                                                                                                                    One of the more difficult pub quiz questions that crops up in the county
                                                                                                                                                                                 borough is who is Bridgend’s greatest artist?
                                                                                                                                                   Until recently the answer was Christopher Williams (1873
                                                                                                                                                   - 1934) whose work can be seen in Maesteg Town Hall and
                                                                                                                                                   many museums. But the publication of ‘Behind the Canvas’
                                                                                                                                                   (Seren) will bring the very much alive Kevin Sinnott to an even
                                                                                                                                                   wider prominence than he currently enjoys.

                                                                                                                                                   ladies in red
                                                                                                                                                   Sinnott was born in Aberkenfig in 1947 and has created his own
                                                                                                                                                   studio in the Garw. ‘Behind the Canvas’ is his autobiography and
                                                                                                                                                   contains ninety full colour prints.
                                                                                                                                                   But the book begins by giving the past its due. Thus its first plate,
                                                                                                                                                   ‘Valley Girl’, is Sinnott’s tribute to Christopher Williams. The older
                                                                                                                                                   artist’s most famous picture is ‘The Red Dress’ from 1917, portraying
                                                                                                                                                   his wife. It is owned by the National Museum but currently on loan to
                                                                                                                                                   the Welsh Office in London. (Can we have it back please?)
                                                                                                                                                   Sinnott’s ‘Valley Girl’ is full of a typical gutsy energy. The girl’s crimson
                                                                                                                                                   dress, in contrast to William’s more demure portrait, is windlifted
                                                                                                                                                   and revealing, But with both men it’s the colour that counts. How
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘Turkish Bath II’ by Kevin Sinnott
                                                                                                                                                   memorable it would be to see these paintings together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Role models?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Readers will be intrigued to learn how Sinnott made a living, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   then didn’t, as a professional artist in London; why he returned to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wales, and by his description of turning a derelict church in Pontrhyl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   into a home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘Behind the Canvas’ is the perfect introduction to a distinctive painter,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   who should be seen as a role model for aspiring artists everywhere.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sinnott deserves the freedom of the borough.
It is estimated Welsh shoppers accept half a BILLION in-store plastic                                                                                                                                                              Seren publishers
carrier bags annually. However, opinion polls indicate the majority of                                                                                                                                                             Seren Books, based in Bridgend, and internationally recognised for
people are beginning to refuse these bags.                                                                                                                                                                                         their high quality art publications, have done Kevin Sinnott proud. Go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to <www.kevinsinnott.co.uk> for more information.
New powers                                                                New powers for wales                                                                                                                                     As to Christopher Williams, an earlier role model, the National Library
Some might find it hard to believe that the plastic bag is                This also demonstrated the fact that our Assembly welcomed                                                                                               of Wales will show a major exhibition of his work in 01. It will be
characterising a new dawn in Welsh democracy. But the fate of             petitions from anyone on issues that local government or AMs could                                                                                       curated by Robert Meyrick, another Bridgend artist made good.
such bags is an example of a grassroots concept now moving                not address.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘Behind the Canvas’ (Seren) £19.99 by Kevin Sinnott. Printed
positively through the corridors of power.                                Initially the petition was passed to the Sustainability Committee                                                                                        by HSW of Tonypandy. See www.seren-books.com for a full
                                                                          for possible inclusion in the Legislative Competence Order (LCO)                                                                                         catalogue of Seren publications.
In   November                                                                                                                                                              ‘Valley Girl (High Wind)’ by Kevin Sinnott
                                                                          on Environmental Protection and Waste Management. Granted
008,     new        SHOPPERS COUlD PaY                                   by Westminster, the LCO is a law-making power that devolved
powers    were
granted to the       a 10P Tax ON PlaSTIC                                 governments might utilize.

Welsh Assembly          baGS IN walES                                     Cardiff-london ‘ping pong’                                               aix of hearts?
Government                                                                After receiving evidence from environmentalists and retail groups,       Elsewhere Sinnott discusses the influence that Paul Cezanne, ‘the
that mean we shoppers could pay a 10p tax on plastic bags in              the Sustainability Committee recommended that a tax would be             Master of Aix’, has had on his work. But with its eroticism and
Wales.                                                                    more effective than a ban. But the LCO process proved intricate          highly surprising colour, his painting can also be reminiscent of Paul
                                                                          and prolonged, with sluggish ‘ping-ponging’ between Cardiff and          Gauguin.
Media help                                                                London.
                                                                                                                                                   Sometimes Sinnott uses such influences humorously. Thus ‘Bryngarw
The idea originated in 007 with the birth of ‘Plastic Bag Free Towns’,   However, at this time the Climate Change Bill was reaching its final     Park’ might be a lilypool in Provence, whilst several works such as
in which volunteers across Wales and the UK grouped together to           amendment phase. Thus the Sustainability Committee took steps, via       ‘Public/Private Life’ bathe the Garw in a louche, Mediterranean
‘ban’ the plastic bag. This involved talking to traders, holding street   this Westminster bill, to obtain law making powers on charging for       light. Or is the artist instructing us to see familiar environments in
events and raising awareness about the harm that plastic causes to        plastic bags.                                                            unfamiliar ways?
the environment. A large mainstream media profile ensued.
                                                                          Riposte to the cynics                                                    Thrilling…
assembly petition                                                         This issue demonstrates that the Assembly Government has
                                                                                                                                                   Often Sinnott’s figures can seem more alive than the living. They are
In the same year, the BBC Wales competition If I Ruled Wales invited      strengthened the connection between itself and Welsh people
                                                                                                                                                   ebullient, indeed ecstatic. Exaggerated might be one description.
                                                                          via the processes of petitioning, LCOs and Bills. This is a welcome
people to submit ideas which might feasibly become law. The winning                                                                                But surely his people naturally reveal an overwhelming life force,
                                                                          development for all worried about public cynicism for, or exasperation
idea of ‘banning plastic bags’ submitted by a Carmarthenshire council                                                                              an uncontainable impulsiveness - “the thrill of existence” as he
                                                                          with, the political process.
worker, grabbed over half of the public vote, and led to one of the                                                                                describes it. That’s why their sexuality is so powerful, their animation                              ‘Counting Your Chickens’ by Kevin Sinnott
first petitions for Assembly Members to consider.                         JOE NEWBERRY                                                             irrepressible.
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Gorau Gweithio, Cyd-weithio!                                                                                                                                                  THE ‘ENIGMa’ OF SCHwYll
OR: I DON’T waNT TO GO TO TESCO.                                                                                                                             Many people know that Schwyll, ‘the great spring of Glamorgan’,
                                                                                                                                                          between Ewenny and Ogmore (just outside the county borough) was
Congratulations to Bridgend Library Service and Llynfi Valley Historical                                                                              where Bridgend used to obtain its drinking water. Today our water comes
Society for republishing Brinley Richards’ ‘History of the ‘Llynfi Valley’ (1982).                                                                                                             from Felindre, Carmarthenshire.

Understanding                                                                                                                                         Greatest in wales                                     One of very few visible Schwyll outlets, near Afon Ewenni. (SW)
                                                                          bCbC responsibilities?                                                      But Schwyll remains a ‘backup’, its volume,
Richards, born in Nantyffyllon in 1904, was a poet and                    Is there an answer? Of course. Bridgend County Borough should               at six million gallons PER DAY, much larger
councillor who represented his wards for an astonishing 44                heed our Chambers of Trade and cut council rents for small business         than any other Welsh freshwater spring. In
years. Unlike so many other local politicians, he possessed               premises. In fact, the council should offer financial incentives to local   an emergency, Schwyll would be vital for
a deep understanding of Welsh culture and was proud and                   entrepreneurs to fill ‘the holes in the high street’. The UK government     us, and it is believed Schwyll is again being
knowledgeable of his bro - his home patch.                                bailed out the banks. Why shouldn’t BCBC have a role in encouraging         looked as a sustainable source of potable
For me, the book’s reappearance was an excuse to revisit old haunts.      small enterprises?                                                          water.
My sister and I would have been born in Maesteg if the maternity
hospital not been full (!) and we spent our first years in Salisbury      No loyalty                                                                  Schwyll water probably runs through limestone
                                                                                                                                                      from an aquifer that extends from the Brecon
Road in the town.                                                         The truth is, if we don’t support our risk takers who run unique local
                                                                                                                                                      Beacons. It can be glimpsed in places on the
                                                                          shops, we will become slaves to the superstores. For evidence of
Tescotown?                                                                what happens to communities without viable high streets, visit the
                                                                                                                                                      Southerndown golf course, but the most obvious
                                                                                                                                                      place to see it is where it joins the Afon Ewenni,
Today, first impressions are not propitious.                              USA. Downtowns there are bleak and abandoned.
                                                                                                                                                      in front of the pumping house. (Permissions are
The new road to Tesco, bypassing the
                                                                          Superstores have no loyalty to their locales. They hasten cultural          required.)
centre, is only too visible. You can visit
                                                                          anonymity. And one day they might vanish as quickly as cosmetics.
Maesteg without visiting Maesteg.
                                                                          Or coal.                                                                    labyrinth
Four days per week Tesco is open till                                                                                                                 It is thought Schwyll might be the most extensive
                                                                          ‘History of the Llynfi Valley’, hb £.50, pb £13.50, from Bridgend
midnight. Now, some people want                                                                                                                       cave system in the UK south of the Yorkshire Dales.
                                                                          Library Service.
a real shopping ecology. Others seek                                                                                                                  Caver Martyn Farr has made several discoveries
immediate convenience. For these, the                                     Robert Minhinnick                                                           there, and a 1998 expedition progressed over
sooner Tesco starts selling EVERYTHING                                                                                                                400 yards underground, discovering what are
the better. (Tesco promises to create                                                                                                                 thought to be horse bones. This gives rise to
10,000 new jobs in the UK in 009).                                                                                                                   speculation that early man might have ventured
But perhaps we might remind Tesco that                                                                                                                here.
the Maesteg motto is Gorau Gweithio, Maesteg coat of arms                                                                                             However, this limestone labyrinth remains largely
Cyd-weithio (The best work is working                                                                                                                 inaccessible and unpenetrated. An ‘enigma’
together). Yet such a notion seems alien to this voracious colossus.                                                                                  indeed. The only discovered possible access to
                                                                                                                                                      the caves is at the pumping station, Ewenny,
Culture                                                                                                                                               although there is a possibility that springs such
It’s better in Commercial Street                                                                                                                      as Ffynnon Pwll in Newton Burrows are linked to
and Castle Street. Here are real                                                                                                                      the system.
businesses. History is not erased
and everything is human-scale
                                                                                                 Job centre: The Future
                                                                                                                                                      Does the darkness beckon?
again after the superstore’s
                                                                                                                                                      Thus Schwyll is a marvellous but still mysterious
amnesiac aisles.
                                                                                                                                                      resource for the county borough. It must be
There     are   also    plaques                                                                                                                       protected from pollution and harmful extraction.
commemorating            painter                                                                                                                      Meanwhile, there is argument about the name.
Christopher Williams and the                                                                                                                          Some people link it with ‘Pwll Swil’ on the
writing of the national anthem                                                                                                                        Burrows, but your suggestions are welcome.
in the town. The distinguished          Plaque to artist Christopher
writer Vernon Watkins was born                                                                                                                        Sustainable Wales recommends Martyn Farr’s
                                                 Williams                                                                                             ‘The Darkness Beckons’ (Diadem), a history of
here in 1906.
                                                                                                                                                      UK caving, which tantalisingly touches on the
Yes, the evidence is all around. Maesteg was a vibrant place with an                                                                                  mysteries of Schwyll.
indigenous cultural energy. It might be so again. The opening of the
new Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd is a landmark event.

Tir Iarll
And anyone who picks up the reprinted History will discover there
is more to the Llynfi than the drink-ravaged Valleyville that bloggers
libellously create. Indeed, the whole Tir Iarll area - roughly Maesteg,
Llangynwyd, Betws, Kenfig, Margam - has a striking cultural heritage.
Though we might not know it, it belongs to us.

job losses
But recent job losses have damaged community health. Around
500 have gone at Budelpack cosmetics, after the Dutch company
guaranteed the positions when it took over from COSI in 007. And
                                                                                                                                                        Plaque at Schwyll pumping station. (SW)
of course Woolworths has collapsed.
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      E waY O NOwHERE?
    TH     T                                                                                                                                                 GOOD HEalTH NEwS
                                                                                                                                                             FROM GOFal
Carol Richards casts an eye over ‘Brigen(d)eration’.
New walkway
“Just look at it. Look! It’s a disgusting waste of money.” The woman’s
lips twisted with contempt. “Don’t you think it’s criminal?”

Confronted by this elderly fury, I tried to present my views as gently as I                                                                                 Local mental health charity, Gofal Cymru, has launched its first
could. “Well maybe it’s something positive for the town,” I mumbled,                                                                                        social business - an e-commerce enterprise selling organic, fair-trade,
daring to meet her gimlet gaze. “It might…” But challenged by this
heretical dissent she was already flouncing off, and I was left alone
                                                                                                                                                            wholefood and ethical products.
to contemplate the intriguing structure taking shape across the river
Ogmore.
                                                                                                                                                            Not Just Nuts specialises in products that are linked to good mental wellbeing                Cut environmental impact
                                                                                                                                                            – including vitamin-rich dried fruit and nuts, relaxing bath products and scented
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “We also took the decision early on that
                                                                                                                                                            candles – all of which are then delivered straight to customers’ doors.
jewel carriageway?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        we wanted to try to limit our impact on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          environment, and so we make a point of sourcing
It was September ‘08 then,                                                                                                                                  Employment opportunities                                                                      all our products as locally as possible and use
and despite sometimes feeling                                                                                                                               They also offer local customers the opportunity to save on delivery charges and pick up       only recycled packaging materials – we’ve found
as if I was in a minority of one,                                                                                                                           from their premises. Best of all, the new venture provides employment opportunities for       that shredded office waste paper is great for
I wholeheartedly supported                                                                                                                                  people who have experienced mental ill-health and all surplus profits go back to Gofal        packing our products in!”
Bridgend’s        new       River                                                                                                                           Cymru to support the charity’s work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With Valentines’ Day, Mothers; Day and Easter
Walkway as the jewel in the
crown of our much maligned
                                                                                                                                                            New outlook                                                                                   all fast approaching, why not consider treating
                                                                                                                                                            Jo-Ann Davis, who works for Not Just Nuts, said: “Being part of this project has changed my   your loved ones (or yourself!) and buy your gifts
town’s regeneration.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from www.notjustnuts.co.uk.
                                                                                                                                                            whole outlook on life and I now look forward to what each day will bring. My confidence
Along with a fine new                                                                                                                                       and self-esteem have increased to levels I could only imagine possible at one time.
bus      station,    increased
pedestrianisation,         the                                                                                                                              Good health all round                                                                           TRUSTEES OlD aND NEw
excellent,      award-winning                                                                                                                               “I also really believe in the ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ message of Not Just Nuts. On and     Sustainable Wales is seeking more
                                                                                                                                                            off throughout my life I’ve maintained a certain level of healthy eating, but that totally      trustees to oversee the work of this
restoration of 10-1 Dunraven
                                                                                                                                                            went out of the window before and during my illness.                                            vibrant charity.
Place, could Bridgend finally
be on the up? Not before                  10 -12 Dunraven Place.                                The incongruous Ogmore river walkway. (SW)                  “There were, of course, other factors affecting my mental health but by improving and           Are you interested in environmental and
time when it’s become uncool Beautifully restored in Georgian                                                                                               maintaining a healthy eating routine I feel better able to cope.”                               cultural issues? Do you, with the terrible
                                              style. (BCBC image).                                                                                                                                                                                          warnings of the credit crunch and climate
to even admit to the slightest
                                                                                                                                                            Charity support                                                                                 change, have strong views on how we
affection for a place which has become a bit of a joke.                                                                                                                                                                                                     might live more sustainably? Then we’d like
                                                                                                                                                            Janet Lane, Head of Social Business at Gofal Cymru added: “What makes Not Just Nuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to hear from you!
Perfect location, but…                                                                                                                                      different from any other business is its link to Gofal Cymru. Shoppers know that by
                                                                                                                                                            supporting the site, they’re also supporting the charity.
Yet how paradoxical that it should be like this. Location-wise,                                                                                                                                                                                             Goodbye two stalwarts!
perfectly positioned between Cardiff and Swansea, adjacent to the                                                                                           Using www.notjustnuts.co.uk is a way of doing something positive to help to tackle the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, we must pay tribute to two of our
                                                                                                                                                            stigma around mental health as well as buying quality ethical products.”
Vale of Glamorgan, and the stunning beaches of the Heritage Coast,                                                                                                                                                                                          original trustees, David Thomas MBE and
Bridgend appears to have it all. So what went wrong?                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christine Eynon, who are finishing their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            terms, after serving since the creation of this
The answer isn’t hard to fathom. Travel back almost 40 years and                                                                                                                                                                                            charity, in 1997.
witness the demolition of the old Town Hall. Since those amazing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            David’s background and career in the health
pillars crumbled, Bridgend’s identity and reputation have crumbled,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            service, and Christine’s knowledge of food,
too. Indeed, so much character has been bulldozed from our once                                                                                                                                                                                             plant husbandry and the cultural industries,
                                                                                                                        Embassy. Left to rot. (SW)
fair town, one wonders if the planners were either blind or regarded                                                                                                                                                                                        have been invaluable in allowing Sustainable
that quality as an anathema.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wales to establish itself as a voice for radical
                                                                              Faded mural                                                                                                                                                                   common sense.
Embassy embarrassment                                                         So am I still imagining summer days ensconced in one of the eclectic array
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            More practically, they have helped provide
Just glance at the dilapidated spectacle of the Embassy cinema.               of cafes that flank this imaginative innovation? Proverbial pigs might fly!                                                                                                   paid employment, work experience and
Marooned on its sorry little parking lot, the building has regressed          Since last autumn my optimism has been fading like the romantic mural                                                                                                         research opportunities for a host of people.
from cinema, to bingo hall to dereliction.                                    on the exposed wall of the demolished Palais de Dance.                                                                                                                        Now that’s really making a difference!
Looking at it now, who could imagine its once splendid art deco               bling?
interior left to fester for years? Similar indifferent contempt has           But how could it have been otherwise? Not when the view from
been meted out on many other Bridgend buildings. The Elder Street             those cafes is obscured by the rock face of the River Ogmore’s flood
cottages and the old Post Office are just a couple of sad examples of         barrier. Not when this piece of architectural bling ends in such a tragic
the destruction and neglect that have diminished the town.                    collision with the Old Bridge.
But let’s turn our minds back to Bridgend’s new Walkway. At the time          True regeneration needs to be holistic, but the River Walkway is a
of writing this article on a rain-sodden afternoon in January ‘09, the        misfit that clashes with the old – a £.5 million spectacle that leads
project is almost complete.                                                   us nowhere.
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wEll I DIDN’T KNOw THaT!                                                                                           FaRMERS’ MaRKET CElEbRaTION
Regular correspondent Iorwerth Little notes some of the facts that make
                                                                                                                          In 1999 Bridgend became only the fourth Farmers’ Market
Bridgend County Borough such a fascinating place.
                                                                                                                             in Wales. Bridgend Farmers’ Market celebrates its tenth
*Porthcawl “Gavin & Stacey” writer and actress Ruth Jones runs a radio/TV company called ‘Tidy Productions’.                anniversary in September 2009, and here Gill Morgan of
*Verses from Psalm 104 in Welsh and English are transcribed on a metal plate at Bwlch y Clawdd, overlooking        Gellifeddgaer Farm, Blackmill, a stallholder since the beginning,
Cwmparc, on the Bridgend / Rhondda border. “How many are your works, O Lord…”                                                   describes how such markets benefit the community.
*At the other end of the borough, the prehistoric footprints found in ossified
peat on Kenfig sands by Steve Maitland Thomas and John Blundell in 2007 might
                                                                                                                   Consumer direct!
be 8000 years old. See Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust Report 2007 /013.                                      First, the markets allow local producers to sell their
                                                                                                                   produce direct to the consumer, thus offering customers a
*BCBC generated 87,000 tonnes of waste in 2008. More than half of this was ‘diverted from going to landfill’.      taste of local produce.
Myself and Sustainable Wales are unhappy about how much of our waste is burned at Crymlyn Burrows                  Second, our Farmers’ Market supports the county borough by
incinerator. Contracts suggest the bulk of our waste will be incinerated there for the next two decades. Crazy!    attracting visitors to the area. There is also the question of cutting
                                                                                                                   down on “food miles” by restricting the distance produce has
*’Caerau 1’ comes in at 13 on the list of near 800 wards on the Wales ‘Index of Multiple Deprivation’. Community   to travel.
and voluntary groups there - and elsewhere in the borough - can apply for ‘People & Places’ awards as part
of the Big Lottery Fund, for sums between £5000 and £1million. Contact <www.biglotteryfund.org.uk>                 Not just farmers!
                                                                                                                   However, the term “Farmers’ Market” implies that only farmers
*JMW Turner’s watercolour of Ewenny Priory was exhibited at London’s Royal                                         are involved, but this is not the case. Anyone who rears, grows,
Academy in 1797. A reviewer wrote: “In point of colour and effect this is one of the                               bakes or makes their own produce is eligible to apply for a
grandest drawings we have ever seen, and equal to the best pictures of Rembrandt”.                                 stall.
                                                                                                                                                                  ^
*The new Celtic Crusaders rugby league team played its first home game at Bridgend’s Brewery                       At our present location, the Awel-y-Mor community hall,
field against Hull in February ‘09. Families from the north of England, London and elsewhere are                   Porthcawl, there is room for only 0 stalls, some of which are run
now pouring into Bridgend to see what the borough has to offer. But local charities and schools                    by charities. It is hoped that a larger venue can be found to allow
should be aware that the Crusaders want to support their initiatives. For details, contact: Matthew                the market to grow and offer a wider selection of produce.
Pritchard, Community Rugby League Officer. 01656 658535 or mpritchard@crusadersrfl.com
                                                                                                                   50 mile maximum
                                                          ^                                                        To make it attractive, the market must offer varied produce.
*Oldest pub in the borough is the Old House / Yr Hen Dy, in Llangynwyd, dating from 1147.
                                                                                                                   At present we are unable to locate cheese- and butter-makers
*A plaque at Tonyrefail commemorates the capture of King Edward II there on November 16,                           within the borough. Vegetables, fish, eggs, bread are also
1326, during what were effectively civil wars. Before his capture, Edward had sought refuge                        unavailable and therefore producers come from outside. But all
in the ancient farm, Gelli Lenor, Llangynwyd. (Perhaps he had a tipple in the Old House.                           travel within a 50 mile radius.
I hope so. Not long after, poor old Edward met the grisliest end of any English monarch.)
                                                                                                                   More growers and makers required!
*Yr Hen Bont / the Old Bridge in Bridgend dates (probably) to 1425.                                                We obviously need more producers! This is called ‘capacity
Originally it was larger but two of its arches were washed away in floods.                                         building’, and the local authority has a role in ensuring new
                                                                                                                   producers can start up and thrive, thus boosting our Bridgend
*Porthcawl lighthouse was the last coal- and gas-powered lighthouse                                                economy. As it is, our growers and makers can cope only with
in the UK. It switched to North Sea gas in 1974, then electricity in 1997.                                         monthly meetings.

*Look out for Tom Anderson of Porthcawl’s new book, ‘Chasing Dean’ from Summersdale Media                          Procurement
Group, in June, 2009. Tom describes it as ‘a story of two childhood friends who embark on a                        Bridgend Farmers’ Market works with the community. At
road trip to chase hurricane surf on the US Eastern Seaboard.’ See <tomandersonbooks.com>                          Gellifeddgaer, we have hosted several school visits, showing
                                                                                                                   children how some of their food is produced, offering 100%
*Bridgend Bus Station, opened 2004, was designed to draw part of its energy                                        traceability.
from solar panels. Meanwhile, in Pencoed, SolarCentury and Sony UK are
                                                                                                                   I believe our children, elderly and hospital patients must be
developing a solar panel factory that could service 11,000 UK homes annually.
                                                                                                                   offered wholesome and nutritional food. Those in charge of
                                                                                                                   council procurement should consider these values above the                                            Gill and Charles Morgan, Gellifeddgaer
*William Evans (Wil Ifan), one of the most successful of all
                                                                                                                   pounds and pennies of the bottom line.
Welsh language poets, died in 1968 at his home in Bridgend.
                                                                                                                                                                   Farmers Market Dates for your Diary
*Pricey new apartments in John Street, Porthcawl, are named after the
Brogden family. Why? In the 1860s the Brogdens acquired 32 acres around                                                         awel y Môr Centre, Porthcawl                                             Maesteg Outdoor Market, Talbot St
the new dock. Eventually Mary Brogden initiated the building here of                                                          – every 4th Saturday in the month                                       takes place on the 3rd Friday of the month
Porthcawl town. Note John, Mary, and James streets, are all called after                                                8//09            3/5/09           /8/09           8/11/09          Currently on break, the market is under discussions to start again in
family members. The Brogden home, New House, (now the Seabank Hotel)                                                                                                                                      March 009. Contact Sara, Markets Manager on
                                                                                                                        8/3/09            7/6/09           6/9/09
was built c.1865. James Brogden was buried in St John’s, Newton, 1907.                                                                                                                                             sara.hawkins@bridgend.gov.uk
Mary Brogden died 1927. (I recommend Keith E. Morgan’s Around Porthcawl,                                                5/4/09            5/7/09          4/10/09                                          or phone 64705 for further information.
Newton and Nottage, Chalford, 1996).                                                                                                                                                   … see you there!

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INSPIRED bY KENFIG                                                                                                                                             SUSSED - FIGHTING ON IN OUR
Driving into the borough from the west along the M4, just past the Port
Talbot steel working plant, the motorway briefly runs alongside the
                                                                                                                                                                          CREDIT CRUNCHED,
edge of a huge coastal dune system. This is the northern boundary of
Kenfig National Nature Reserve, one of the most important conservation
                                                                                                                                                                     CRaCKED FISH wORlD
habitats in Britain.                                                                                                                                     2008 was a year of real consolidation for SUSSED, the ethical, green and
                                                                                                                                                            locally-produced goods shop, at 92, John Street, Porthcawl. Our first
UK importance                                                             Kenfig Castle                                                                               manager, Ester Foster left in April, ‘08 and was replaced by
The reserve covers nearly 800 hectares, and has been recognised           It was probably not until Norman times, however, that the human
as a Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1953.                      population really began to thrive. In about 1140 a castle was built
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rebecca Arnold.
                                                                          on the banks of the Afon Cynffig and a colony quickly sprang up
The dune slacks, and the presence of rare fen orchids and petalwort,
are considered to be of national importance. Over 550 flowering
                                                                          around it, eventually growing large enough to contain a hospital, a        Utmost                                          Our ‘window on the world’                        becomes bust, and how a risky idea is not
                                                                          town hall, a market and a church. St James’s church, Pyle, was built                                                                                                        always thought through. Bankers, of course,
plants have been recorded here, and the dunes are an important                                                                                       Now    Rebecca     has    departed.    Both     But here at Sustainable Wales, SUSSED
                                                                          in 1471, by partly dismantling Kenfig castle, but castle walls are still
stronghold of rare invertebrates and fungi.                                                                                                                                                                                                           are the world’s greatest fish crackers.
                                                                          visible close to the M4.                                                   managers, having honed their skills             continues its outreach work, taking the fair
leeches!                                                                  Encroachment                                                               at SUSSED, have gone to work in the             trade / ethical message into schools, colleges   Porthcawl market?
Kenfig Pool, at 70 acres, the largest body of fresh water in Glamorgan,                                                                                                                              and other organisations, and this year we
                                                                          The town suffered numerous Welsh raids during its existence, but it        safer, if not greener pastures of local
supports an abundance of birdlife and enjoys a high reputation among                                                                                                                                                                                  Here at SUSSED we are well aware that
                                                                          was the changing environment that put an end to Kenfig. Despite            authorities. We wish them well in their         will be profiling climate change.
“twitchers.” Less appreciated perhaps, but of no less importance are                                                                                                                                                                                  Porthcawl, unlike Maesteg and Bridgend,
                                                                          struggling for generations to keep out the shifting dunes, the town
the Pool’s resident population of medicinal leeches – so no swimming!                                                                                new careers and know they will do their
                                                                          was eventually abandoned and is now buried somewhere under the                                                             We think of SUSSED as a window on the            lacks a market. We back the idea, discussed by
As to fish stocks, in the eighteenth century pike and other species
                                                                          sand. The people moved inland, settling Mawdlam, Pyle, and Ton             utmost to promote good practise in
were introduced from lakes at Hensol and Llangors,                                                                                                                                                   world, located on the high street. But           the Chamber of Trade, that the Woolworths’
                                                                          Kenfig.
                                                                                                                                                     Bridgend and Cardiff councils.                  whether there is a future for any borough
Human settlement                                                          Inspiration?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      premises in John Street would serve as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                     high street - be it, John Street in Porthcawl,
In 1996 the EU, honouring commitments made at the 199 Rio Earth
                                                                          The environmental challenges we face today are of course global in
                                                                                                                                                     Sad farewell to ‘Coast’                                                                          market, offering local traders, craftspeople,
Summit to protect vulnerable wildlife and habitats, declared Kenfig a                                                                                                                                Adare Street in Bridgend, Commercial Street      entrepreneurs and artists an outlet for their
                                                                          scale – we can’t simply move as the people of Kenfig did. Our ever-        But SUSSED surges on, even in these
Special Area of Conservation.                                                                                                                                                                        in Maesteg, or Oxford Street in Pontycymmer,
                                                                          increasing consumption of finite resources cannot continue. Perhaps                                                                                                         wares. It’s an exciting idea.
The reserve is not only exceptionally rich in plant and animal life;      Kenfig can give us a double-edged inspiration, with its current            confused economic times that have seen
                                                                                                                                                                                                     is now open to doubt.
there is evidence of human occupation stretching back at least 4000       cherished biodiversity and the memory of a town lost in time.              three Woolworths stores and a host of other                                                      We’d also be pleased to learn from shoppers
years.
                                                                          Kris Evans                                                                 shops shut in the borough. ‘Ceased trading’     Reduce rates?                                    about items no longer available because
viking language                                                           (The best way to keep up with news and historical discoveries              signs are depressingly common.                  It seems a paramount council duty to             of shop closure. If appropriate, SUSSED
Flint arrowheads from the neolithic, bronze age axes, and a Celtic        of this ancient area is to subscribe to the excellent www.                                                                 consider relaxing rates for small businesses,    would consider selling them, so please get
                                                                          kenfig.org.uk    )                                                         The only borough restaurant commended
brooch have all been found here. The Vikings stayed long enough to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and indeed offer financial incentives to fill    in touch.
leave their language in the landscape – Sker beach to the south may                                                                                  in the 008 Michelin Guide, ‘Coast’,
derive its name from the Norse word for ‘reef’.                                                                                                                                                      the gaps and mend the cracked fish in our
                                                                                                                                                     at Porthcawl, has also closed. This is                                                           volunteers always needed
                                                                                                                                                                                                     high streets. We need positive steps like that
                                                                                                                                                     a   tremendous    blow,   because     ‘Coast’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But come and see our exciting new stock.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     to maintain commercial variety.
                                                                                                                                                     showcased local and fair trade dishes and was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Better still, become a SUSSED volunteer and
                                                                                                                                                     a wonderful advertisement for Bridgend.         Cracked fish                                     join a dedicated team. For more information
                                                                                                                                                     Indicative of the times, Porthcawl Job Centre   The cracked fish, by the way, is Sustainable     about SUSSED events, ring Sustainable
                                                                                                                                                     has been reprieved from closure!                Wales’s image for how quickly boom               Wales, 01656 783405.




                                                                                                                                Photo: Kris Evans
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HOw I CHaNGED MY lIFE.                                                                                                                             COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS DIRECTORY:
“Two years ago,” writes Robert McGhee, “I planted some seeds of change                                                                             We have gathered together some useful contacts to create a directory
in my life. This took me out of my job as an estate agent in Clifton,                                                                              of local and advisory services – please inform us of any further
Bristol to the other side of the world and back again. I needed a change                                                                           organisations you would like to see included.
of focus and I had a strong desire to pursue a greener future.                                                                                     Directory Feature: Recycling & Waste                        HDA Services: Bridgend 66349
“University studies and first job gave me an opportunity to               Assessor involved visiting homes and businesses to discuss energy        Council Services                                            A.L Quick: Ogmore Vale 849145
step onto a career ladder. This was soon outweighed by a wish             saving measures and install free energy saving devices. I had found      Refuse Collection: 01656 643443                             Hotpoint Creda Cannon: Bridgend 0870 9066066
to develop a career in an ethical and environmental industry.”            my new direction!
                                                                                                                                                   Bulky Refuse Collection: 01656 658134                       P.J Clarke: Laleston 659354
More to life than this?                                                   bringing it all back home                                                Litter: 01656 643419                                        Eltec Electrical Services – NICEIC Approved Contractor &
“Many times I had a voice in my head, normally on a Monday morning        “After an amazing year in Australia I decided that it was time to take                                                               Domestic Installer – Telephone: 01676 788 774
when the alarm had just gone off, saying, “there must be more to life     my experience home. I started by making as many contacts as possible     Recycling: 01656 643439                                     – 07775 644 53
than working just for the pay cheque at the end of the month.             by attending events like the Transition Talks and Green Drinks.
                                                                                                                                                   Misc Waste                                                  Transport
“I knew that there were so many more important things in life, like the   “Frank O’Connor of Eco Design put me in touch with Sustainable
environment we live in. I wanted to be able to make a difference.         Wales, a charity passionate about sustainable lifestyles. I became a     Freecycle Bridgend: Online community that offers            Rush: 773311 www.rushextremesports.co.uk
                                                                          volunteer which helped me to build a better understanding of the         members’ unwanted items for free http://groups.yahoo.
Hard yakka                                                                environmental initiatives being implemented at community level.          com/group/bridgend_freecycle                                Carconomy: 788110
“I handed in my resignation and booked a ticket to Australia. I left      “Finally, after applying for a position within the Energy Saving         National Recycling Helpline: 0845 330 5540                  H.R Cycles: 766006 – http://www.hrcycles.co.uk/
south Wales in November 007 with a focus on starting afresh and          Trust, I have been offered the role of Energy Advisor. So the
finding a new direction.                                                                                                                           Cylch: Community Recycling Network: 785384                  Llynfi Valley Community Transport Ltd: 01656 736945
                                                                          seeds that I planted in my mind two years ago have grown into                                                                        http://www.llynfivct.org.uk/
“Following an internet search I found myself sitting in an office in      a greener future.”                                                       Celtic Recycling: Specialist in recovery and recycling of
north Sydney, suited and booted, preparing myself to go through the                                                                                heavy electrical equipment: 745777                          Mountain Biking Wales: www.mbwales.com
usual interview grilling. But I was greeted by a typical down to earth    Useful links:
                                                                                                                                                   Bayliss Recovery Ltd: Vehicle and tyre dismantlers/         Ogmore Valley Wheelers: 01443 8864
Aussie bloke in ‘hard yakka’ shorts and a polo shirt.                     Email: info@cardifftransition.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                   recyclers: 84498                                           www.britishairways.freeserve.co.uk
                                                                          www.greendrinks.org
a new direction                                                           www.envirojobs.co.uk                                                     Nolan Recycling Ltd: Serves trade & domestic customers,     Sustrans: 0845 113 00 65 www.sustrans.org.uk
“Brian Smith was Supervisor for the Enviro Saver Programme with           www.cat.org.uk
                                                                                                                                                   providing skip hire and a weighbridge facility: 74086      First Cymru Buses: www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/wales/
a company called Field Force Environmental. The Programme was             www.sustainablewales.org.uk
part of a government carbon-offsetting scheme. My role as Energy          www.energysavingtrust.org.uk                       Robert McGhee         The Sustainable Wales Real Nappy Advice Line:               swwales/home
                                                                                                                                                   Promotes reusable nappies in Wales: 0845 456477            Travel Line Cymru Information line: 0871 00 33


SCaRwEaTHER SIlENCE?
                                                                                                                                                   Bridgend Car Boot Sale: Cheapside 661338 -                  www.traveline-cymru.org.uk/
                                                                                                                                                   www.bridgend-events.co.uk                                   National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50 www.
                                                                                                                                                   Porthcawl Car Boot Sale: Awel Y Mor Community Centre,       nationalrail.co.uk
In 2004, the Welsh Assembly announced that 10% of the energy                                                                                       Porthcawl 657464
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Energy
generated in Wales by 2010 should come from renewable sources. It                                                                                  Stormy Down Car Boot Sale: Every Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Welsh Biofuels Ltd: Brynmenyn-based wood pellet
hoped Wales would become a ‘global showcase for clean energy.’                                                                                     Tools For Self Reliance: Refurbishes donated tools for      biomass manufacturer: 01656 79714 http://www.welsh-
Although much of this was to be supplied by ‘on shore’ wind, the energy                                                                            African aid: 01656 786367                                   biofuels.co.uk/contactus.htm
from the proposed Scarweather Sands 30 turbine wind farm, 3 miles off
                                                                                                                                                   Domestic goods & furniture recycling                        Carbon Trust: 0800 085 005 – www.carbontrust.co.uk
Porthcawl, was part of the equation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Energy Saving Trust: 0800 51 01
Failure                                                                                                                                            Enfys Foundation: Swansea 0845 0094646                      www.est.org.uk/
The failure to commence work on Scarweather is an embarrassment to the                                                                             Cash Generator: 659649 www.cashgenerator.co.uk/             Welsh Energy Research Centre: 01639 86466
Assembly, which went out of its way to promote the project, after the results of                                                                                                                               www.welshenergy.org/
                                                                                                                                                   Bridgend Furniture Arcade: 649798
a Public Inquiry.
                                                                                                                                                   Track 2000: Cardiff 0845 0700395                            South East Wales Energy Agency: 0800 5101
No confirmation                                                                                                                                    Bridgend Freecycle:
                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.sewenergy.org.uk
Today, Scarweather is a project jointly owned by E.ON UK Energy and Dong Energy                                                                    bridgend_freecycle-owner@yahoogroups.com>                   Sustainable Wales Domestic Energy Assessor: 783405
of Denmark. (Dong also drills for oil and gas.) As we go to press, Sustainable                                                                                                                                 www.sustainablewales.org.uk
Wales cannot confirm or deny the rumour that the construction period is 009                                                                       Reuse & Repair: Electrical Appliance Repairs                Good Energy: www.goodenergy.co.uk
- 011.
                                                                                                                                                   Kenfig T.V: Kenfig Hill 744747                              Uswitch: Energy comparison website: www.uswitch.com
Delays over the last five years have been blamed on unavailability of turbine
blades, and the need for more government subsidy. As to that target of 10% renewables by 010, it’s looking ambitious.                             PBC Electrical: Bridgend 667990                             Energywatch: Gas and electricity watchdog:
                                                                                                                                                   Tele-Electrical Servicing: Bridgend 654156                  www.energywatch.org.uk
Disappointment
But whatever the reasons for the delay, we must state our disappointment at the developers’ failure to ensure communities are kept up to           Jeal Electrical Factors: Maesteg 735538                     Winter Fuel Payment Helpline: 0845 9151515
date. Public information is vital for projects of this size. Keeping people in the dark is no way to win hearts and minds.                         Highland Electrix Television: Aberkenfig 7418             www.thepensionservice.gov.uk/winterfuel

botched job?                                                                                                                                       Bakers Television & Electrical: Aberkenfig 700           Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: www.heeswales.co.uk
                                ^
The go ahead for the Gwynt-y-Mor wind farm off Llandudno, late in 008, was another botched political and PR job. Who was in charge,               D.H Edwards & Son: Porthcawl 783396                         Energy Saving Wales: www.energysavingwales.org.uk
Whitehall or Cardiff? Remember please, you developers (and politicians) that locals want to know what’s on the horizon.
                                                                                                                                                   Appliance Repairs: Bridgend 647548                          B&Q: Bridgend 768611
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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS DIRECTORY:
Computers                                                  Local Food
Cartridge World Bridgend: Bridgend - 651651                Bridgend Farmers’ Market:
                                                           www.bridgendfarmersmarket.co.uk
The PC Doctor: Ewenny Industrial Estate, 669036
www.thepcdoctorwales.com/                                  Maesteg Farmers’ Market: www.bridgend.gov.uk/Web1/
                                                           groups/public/documents/report/0061.doc
PC Repairs: Bridgend – 651859
                                                           SUSSED Café: Local and Fair Trade café 783405 - sussed@
Computers in the Community: Cardiff - 09 046 3963        sustainablewales.org.uk
www.citcwales.org.uk/
                                                           Pencoed Organic Growers: Organic nursery, Pencoed
Environmental                                              861956

Legal Environmental Advice Line: 0808 801 0405             Ty Talgarth Organics: Farm shop and organic meat,
                                                           Nantymoel: 840436 www.tytalgarthorganics.co.uk
Tree Preservation: 643156
                                                           M J Morris & Son. Farm Shop: Cefn Cribwr – 7006
Nature Conservation & Ecology: 643170
                                                           Mount Pleasant Farm Shop: Bridgend 7006
Countryside Access: 64318
                                                           The Chocolate House: Hand-made chocolates, Bridgend
Arena Network: 868886                                      66038 http://www.the-chocolate-house.co.uk/5.html

Woodland Grants (Coed Cymru): 01443 486801                 Aroma Delicatessen: 769199 – www.aromadeli.co.uk
                                                           Matildas Kitchen: Home-made cakes and pastries:
Nature Reserves & Country Parks                            Maesteg 731713
Bedford Country Park: 75155
                                                           Pant Derwen Apiary: Welsh honey and products:
Bryngarw Country Parks: 75155                             Bridgend 658963
Park Slip Nature Reserve: 74100                           Ty Tanglwyst Dairy: Local, fresh Milk: North Cornelly
Tondu Iron Parc: 7315                                    7404 – www.tytanglwystdairy.com
Kenfig National Nature Reserve: 743386                     Lewis’ Fine Foods: Bread, savouries and cakes:
                                                           Pyle 784374
Heritage
                                                           In a Pickle: Marmalades, jams, chutneys: Tondu 79305
Coity Castle: CADW 01443 336000
                                                           Environmental Education & Information
Newcastle Castle: CADW 01443 336000
                                                           EcoDysgu (EcoLearn): 78137 - EcodysguEcolearn@aol.com
Ogmore Castle: CADW 01443 336000
                                                           Sustainable Wales: 783405 - www.sustainablewales.org.uk
Grand Pavilion: Porthcawl: 815995
                                                           Eco Info: 880038
Maesteg Town Hall: 73369
                                                           Bridgend Eco-schools co-ordinator: Matthew Bunt
Porthcawl Museum: 786639 / 7811                          matthew.bunt@keepwalestidy.org
Tourist Information Centre: Bridgend: 654906               Groundwork Bridgend Neath & Port Talbot: 77800
Tourist Information Centre: Porthcawl: 786639              info@groundworkbnpt.com

Fair Trade Shops (…most supermarkets stock some FT)        Miscellaneous
                                                           Carwyn Jones AM (Lab); Bridgend: 66430
SUSSED: Local, Eco and Fair Trade shop. Porthcawl 78396
                                                           Janice Gregory AM (Lab): Ogmore: 860034
Oxfam Bridgend: 66598
                                                           Peter Black AM (LD): South Wales West: 090 89 8744
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Co-op Pyle: 74088
                                                           Dai Lloyd AM (Plaid): South Wales West: 0179 646430
Co-op Brackla: 660077                                      Alun Cairns AM (Con): South Wales West: 733060
Co-op Pencoed: 86166                                      Bethan Jenkins AM (Plaid): South Wales West: 898719
Co-op Pontycymmer: 87513                                  Huw Irranca-Davies MP (Lab): Ogmore: 737777
                                                           Madeline Moon MP: (Lab): Bridgend: 75000
Vive Juicebar: Fair Trade café in Bridgend town centre
75041 – www.vivehealth.co.uk                              Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations: 810400