Ynysywbl RFC Minis
Date: 23/04/2024

The Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm Community Council are very happy to have been able to support the Ynysybwl RFC Minis in their fund raising endeavors, with a grant which will be used during their fund raising events. The Community Council Members would like to extend their best wishes to all involved and hope the fund raising efforts for such a worthwhile cause goes well.

The Clerk and RFO
Date: 23/04/2024

In August 2023 The Ynysybwl & Coed -y-Cwm Community Council welcomed a new Clerk / RFO, Mrs A Bevan Edwards. The Clerk is in the office at The Old Police Station, Ynysybwl on a Tuesday and a Thursday from 10am - 5pm ( these times may alter). The Clerk can currently be reached via email at A further notice will be posted when the email address changes in the near future.

Temporary Change of Venue for Community Council Meeting
Date: 14/11/2023

This is a public notification that there will be a temporary change of venue for the Community Council Meeting on Tuesday 5th December 2023 at 6:45pm - the meeting will be held at Trerobart School for one week only, while the community center is being refurbished

Taff Vale Petition Letter
Date: 31/10/2023

If you wish to object to the proposed closure of Taff Vale surgery in Ynysybwl but are not sure how to go about writing your objection, the Community Council have a standard letter available which you can use. If you would like one, please contact or ring 07951 117876 or call into the CC office during opening hours, Tuesday 1-6, Wednesday 9.30 - 1.30, Thursday 9.30-1.30. We strongly advise that you object as soon as you receive your letter regarding the closure.

Temporary speed limit
Date: 12/06/2023

Please note there will be a temporary 30mph speed limit on the B4273 (Ynysybwl Road), from a point 15 metres west of its junction with Grover’s Close to a point 160 metres south-east of its junction with Darren-Ddu Road. Reason: For safety reasons during wall repair works along Ynysybwl Road Duration: From 3rd of July 2023 to 16th of October 2023

Vacancies on the Community Council
Date: 24/05/2023

Notice is hereby given pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a CASUAL VACANCY has occurred in the membership of Ynysybwl and Coed-y-Cwm Community Council for the LOWER WARD. If an election is not claimed as set out below the Council will be required to fill the casual vacancy by co-option in accordance with Section 116, of the Local Government Act (Wales) Measure 2011. An Election will be held if TEN Local Government Electors of the Ward give notice in writing to THE PROPER OFFICER, 10-12 GELLIWASTAD ROAD, PONTYPRIDD, CF37 2BW, OR EMAIL requesting an election. Such notice to be delivered no later than 14 days from the date of this notice. The computation of time in accordance with Rule 2 of the aforementioned rules disregard Bank Holidays, Saturdays & Sundays. Aqualified person interested in being considered for co-option in the event of no election being claimed should inform the undersigned. DATED 24 MAY 2023 Clerk The Old Police Station, Paget Street, Ynysybwl. CF37 3LF

Vacancy on the Council
Date: 24/05/2023

NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY YNYSYBWL & COED-Y-CWM COMMUNITY COUNCIL UPPER WARD NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to section 87(2) of The Local Government Act 1972 that a CASUAL VACANCY has occurred in the membership of Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm for the UPPER Ward. If an election is not claimed as set out below the Council will be required to fill the casual vacancy by co-option in accordance with Section 116, of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011. An election will be held if TEN Local Government Electors of the Ward give notice in writing to: THE PROPER OFFICER, 10-12 GELLIEASTAD ROAD, PONTYPRIDD, CF37 2BW, OR EMAIL REQUESTING AN ELECTION. Such notice to be delivered no later that 14 days from the date of this notice. The computation of time in accordance with Rule 2 of the aforementioned rules disregards Bank Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays. A qualified person interested in being considered for co-option in the event of no election being claimed should inform the undersigned. DATED 24 MAY 2023. Clerk, The Old Police Station , Paget Street, Ynysybwl, CF37 3LF

Emergency Alerts test.
Date: 17/04/2023

There will be a national test of the UK’s new Emergency Alerts system on Sunday April 23rd at 15:00. The test alert will be sent to most mobile phones across the UK. Devices will make a distinct, siren-like sound for up to 10 seconds, including on phones switched to silent mode. Phones will also vibrate and display a message about the test

Problems on the trains
Date: 03/11/2022

Due to strike action Transport for Wales recommends travellers check that the train they want to use is running before setting off. The strike days are Saturday 5th November, Monday 7th November and Wednesday 9th November.

Councillor Tony Burnell
Date: 21/07/2022

It is with great sadness that have received the news that Cllr. Tony Burnell has passed away. Tony was a true gent and a community champion. His love for the community shone through, he worked so hard for the place he lived in. He worked tirelessly for his community and many initiatives would have struggled without his support and guidance. He will be greatly missed.

Introduction to the new PCSO
Date: 14/10/2021

Our new Police Community Support Officer is Sam Evans and we will be publishing an introduction to her shortly.

Hello from the new Clerk
Date: 23/09/2021

The new Community Council Clerk, David Ludlow, has started and will be working the following hours: Monday 1pm till 4pm - office Tuesday 2pm till 6pm - office Thursday 10am till 3pm - office Friday working from home

Date: 19/08/2021

The interviews for the current vacancy of Clerk For Ynysybwl And Coed Y Cwm Community Council will be held on Tuesday 24th of August in the Council Office.

Office Closure
Date: 26/07/2021

Please note that as from 27th July, there will be no presence at the YCC office due to the Clerk taking retirement. A new Clerk will be appointed shortly and following the appointment, the office will reopen. Please check this page for further details.

Wanted: Part time Clerk to the Community Council
Date: 19/07/2021

YNYSYBWL & COED-Y-CWM COMMUNITY COUNCIL PART TIME CLERK TO THE COUNCIL AND RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER Salary : NALC point scale 20-26 depending on experience and qualifications. The Community Council serves a population of around 5000 residents and is situated 4 miles North of Pontypridd. The postholder is required to work 16 hours per week including attendance at evening meetings. Candidates will need to have a good general education; be able to demonstrate experience in general and financial administration; be fully proficient in the use of IT and be able to work on their own initiative in accordance with the requirements of the Council. A commitment to the provision of quality services to the community is paramount. Hours can be flexible with the exception of the monthly meetings which are held on the First Tuesday of every month (except August when there is no meeting). Candidates will be expected to undertake the clerks qualification (Certificate in Local Council Administration). Cost will be met by the council. For further details of the post and the full job description please e-mail the Chair, Cllr Tony Burnell on CVs will not be accepted. If you would like to discuss the requirements of the post please telephone the Chairperson, on 01443 790950 CLOSING DATE : 9th August 2021 INTERVIEWS WILL BE HELD ON : 20th August 2021

Job Vacancy - Mencap
Date: 28/06/2021

Please see the link below to the job vacancy of Project Officer with Mencap

Bingo returns to the Community Centre
Date: 22/06/2021

Ynysybwl Community Centre Bingo sessions are returning! Monday 1.45pm till 3pm Thursday 7.45pm till 9pm Why not come and join us for a game, chat, cuppa and a laugh

Lockdown Through A Lens - Competition Winners!
Date: 16/06/2021

The winners of the photography competition have been announced! There were some fantastic photographs submitted so many thanks to the 3 judges, Leah Roberts, Andrew Gronow and Mark Goodman, who had the difficult task of sifting through 76 entries to come up with a first, second and third place in each category. They also chose an extra 3 photos which will be included in a calendar for 2022. LANDSCAPE CATEGORY 1st place - Ian Thomas 2nd place - Amy Lewis 3rd place - Rebecca Chadwick WILDLIFE CATEGORY 1st place - Seren Hopkins 2nd place - Michael Perry 3rd place - Michael Perry PLANTLIFE CATEGORY 1st place - Julie Williams 2nd place - Phillip Evans 3rd place - Sheena Parry Davies EXTRA PHOTOS Andrew Roberts - Landscape Julie Williams - Wildlife Morgan Edwards - Plantlife The winners will receive a Currys gift voucher for £100 (1st place), £75 (2nd place) and £50 (3rd place). Well done all! All the photos entered will be on display in the village in the very near future.

Ynysybwl Vision
Date: 16/06/2021

We are not currently taking anymore customers bike for repairs or donations. Sorry for the inconvenience but based on the demand for our service we have alot of ongoing repairs, we are relocating to new premises, recruiting for a trainee mechanic, staff training and staff annual holidays. We anticipate a start back up early August. Thank You the UpCycle Team

Ynysybwl Vision
Date: 09/06/2021

If you go down to the woods today.......... visit Caban Guto, the visitor centre in the woods is now open on Wednesday and Saturdays serving hot and cold drinks between 10:30 and 14:00. Caban Guto is run by volunteers - the more volunteers we have the more often we can open. If you'd like to find out more about Caban Guto and volunteering contact

Volunteers Wanted!
Date: 09/06/2021

Ynysybwl & Coed y Cwm Community Council is looking for volunteers to help run the NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers' Day on Monday 5th July 2021. The event will run from 12 noon until 4pm and volunteers are required to help serve refreshments, marshal disabled parking, monitor entrances, assist with replenishing sanitisation stations, litter picking, and marshaling one-way systems. If you would be interested in helping out, please drop a comment below.

Ynysybwl Community Centre - volunteers needed
Date: 09/06/2021

Ynysybwl Community Centre are looking for volunteers. Do you enjoy meeting new people, having a laugh, got spare time, then volunteering in your local community centre could be for you! It will fit in with school hours, days that are easy for you. Training in food hygiene will be provided along with a sense of belonging and being part of a team. Just a few of the things the Centre offers: - Teas & Coffees - Light Bites - Bingo - Hall Hire - Roast Dinners If you want to know more, then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you. For further details ring the Centre on 01443 790316 Email the Centre on: Or call Kath on 07468 538189 Marianne - Chairperson

Do's and Don'ts of Recycling & Black Bag Waste
Date: 26/05/2021

We are regularly asked about the do's and don'ts of recycling and black bag waste. Please find below some information you may find useful. Recycling bags – There is no limit on the amount of recycling bags that can be put out for collection. However, you need to be aware that there are certain things that can contaminate your recycling and lead to your bags being red stickered. Contamination can be food, clothes, cigarette butts etc, anything that is not stated on the outside of the bags. A contaminated bag will be red stickered which is GPS monitored, relayed back to the system in RCTCBC, and then reported to Enforcement who are made aware of the address. If the bag is red stickered and not collected on collection day, the following day another department will arrive to pick it up. A section 46 notice can be issued, which states what you can and can’t put in the bag, how many black bags you can put out etc., and lasts for 1 year. A second offence in that year will result in an automatic £100 fine for residentials. Black bags – These will be green stickered if too many are put out for collection. A maximum of 2 black bags or a full wheelie bin can be put out. PLEASE NOTE - RCT are NOT obliged to collect from anywhere other than directly outside a house. Section 46 notices can be issued for bags that are put out too early. The earliest that black bags or recycling can be put out for collection is 7pm the night before collection day. Nappy/Sanitary bins – Collection day for these is a Wednesday. Residents need to be registered with RCTCBC prior to putting the bags/bins out. If no bags are put out for 4 weeks, the resident will be taken off the register. If you have any complaints with regards to rubbish, recycling or nappy bags not being collected and you have followed the correct procedure, please contact RCT, details below:

Temporary Road Closure
Date: 26/04/2021

Please note that there will be a temporary road closure in Cribyn Ddu Street from 8am to 6pm on Sunday 16th May 2021. This is necessary to allow installation of survey equipment in the carriageway by Welsh Water.

Scam Alert
Date: 26/04/2021

NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER 'COMPROMISED' COLD CALL An official sounding voice usually claiming to be from the National Crime Agency or National Office for Serious Crimes has been cold calling unsuspecting members of the public, asking them to call back urgently. It may state that your National Insurance number has been compromised, but it’s an attempt to get you to hand over your personal details. You may receive it in the form of a pre-recorded message or phone call that sounds threatening, so please do ignore it. Here’s how fraudsters may pressure you into giving up your details and how you can protect yourself. PRESSURE TACTICS Five things to say to doorstep scammers We’ve heard a growing number of reports of scammers targeting people on their doorsteps, and they tend to target older people, so be alert to unsolicited visits. Here’s a short video explaining what you can say if a stranger comes knocking at your door.

Photography Competition
Date: 21/04/2021

YNYSYBWL & COED Y CWM COMMUNITY COUNCIL ‘LOCKDOWN THROUGH THE LENS’ PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION • 3 Categories – Wildlife/Landscape/Plantlife • 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes in each category, £100, £75 and £50 Currys voucher • Photographs must depict Ynysybwl & Coed y Cwm if landscape. All others must have been photographed in the area • Amateur photographs only – if you have sold work or are a professional we cannot accept your entries • Photographs will be displayed to the public once judging has ended so entrants must be willing for them to be shown • All entrants must be over 16 • Any family photographs must have consent from parents to be published • Judges will choose a further 3 photos, totalling 12, to be included in a community calendar Closing Date: Monday 31st May To enter: please send your photographs to the Clerk at:

Coronavirus Update
Date: 21/04/2021

OUTDOOR HOSPITALITY GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD TO REOPEN AND RULES ON MIXING OUTDOORS IN WALES Six people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed. The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors. The new rules from Saturday will allow up to 6 people from any household (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors. People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside. The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged. The First Minister has also confirmed outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April 2021. First Minister, Mark Drakeford said: "The public health context in Wales remains favourable, with cases falling and our vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength. Because meeting outdoors continues to be lower risk than meeting indoors, we are able to bring forward changes to allow any six people to meet outdoors. "This will provide more opportunities for people, especially young people, to meet outdoors with their friends. This will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact on people’s wellbeing. "I’m also pleased to confirm outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April. "These changes will help the hospitality sector recover after a difficult twelve months. "It is thanks to the continuing efforts of people across Wales we are able to introduce this change. Together, we will continue to keep Wales safe." On Friday (23 April 2021), the First Minister will confirm further relaxations to the covid rules that will come into force on Monday 26 April 2021. CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GUIDANCE FOR TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES As we look at a phased re-opening, you need to be aware of the Guidance for Tourism and Hospitality businesses. As each premises is different, businesses should read all guidance to understand the measures to be considered to re-open the business safely. The following additional measures are intended to provide further advice for self-contained accommodation businesses and must be considered in line with the UK Hospitality Wales Guidance and the Guidance for Tourism and Hospitality. Guidance will be updated – please check back regularly. Businesses should also consider, where appropriate: Strengthening their policy on safe disposal of face coverings for staff and visitors Introducing measures for staff and visitors, on arrival, such as taking temperature tests, asking people to sanitise their hands and asking questions around whether they are displaying any symptoms. Considering the flow of guests/visitors and how to avoid any household mixing by keeping guests/visitors apart as they move around the premises throughout their visit/stay, with particular regard to enclosed public areas such as lifts, stairs and corridors Instructing guests/visitors to move through enclosed public areas as quickly as possible, and to avoid shouting or singing in such areas Within accommodation, ensuring that guests keep the doors to their rooms closed at all times, apart from when entering and leaving. Staggering room service/laundry delivery etc to rooms, to avoid guests opening doors and coming out at the same time. Reviewing their incident and emergency procedures to ensure they reflect the physical distancing principles as far as possible, including considering how to minimise household-mixing when congregating in fire assembly areas. Welsh Government have produced the five key steps that all those responsible for work in Wales should implement to Keep Wales Safe. Please visit the Business Wales Keep Wales Safe at Work pages for further information for your business on dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak. A list of Frequently Asked Questions in relation to Coronavirus is also updated regularly on Gov.Wales. Tourism and hospitality businesses must take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus and should not knowingly accept customers in breach of the travel restrictions. Useful COVID-19 information As each premises is different, businesses should read all guidance. This continues to be updated so please check back regularly for the latest information.

Date: 21/04/2021

Kinship are the leading kinship care charity in England and Wales. They offer kinship carers financial, legal, practical and emotional support and understanding. They are currently piloting a project in Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil offering support to families that care for family members or friends’ children who are unable to live with their birth parents for a variety of reasons. We have a project worker dedicated to providing support to carers across these local authorities. Victoria can be reached on 07985 680981 or via email at

Date: 21/04/2021

Free Confidential service for parents of 0-to-19-year-olds in Wales. This is to support you if you are worrying about parenting a child. You can talk to a qualified parenting coach, and no topic is to big or small. Visit

Date: 21/04/2021

Barod operate a Live Webchat Service that is available to anyone affected by substance use, 7-days a week throughout Wales. The Live Webchat Service is the first of its kind in Wales for substance use and allows those affected by substance use, and professionals, to gain immediate access to a trained support worker. Those that access the service can get information about their services, instant harm reduction advice relating to drug and alcohol use, and gain support for their own substance use. Those affected by a loved one's drug and alcohol use can also access the live webchat and gain support. Referrals to all of their services are accepted via their Live Webchat, whether that be a self-referral or one made by a professional. (Referrals can be taken Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Fridays 9am to 4.30pm). The Live Webchat Service is available via Barod’s website and is open Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm and on Saturday and Sundays 10am to 4pm.

Date: 21/04/2021

This is a UK-wide over 50s alcohol helpline run in partnership with Barod, We Are With You and Inspire NI is a confidential service available to anyone over 50 who has concerns about their drinking. The helpline is also available to anyone worried about a person or a loved one over 50 and their drinking. Their expert advisors are all trained, experienced alcohol workers. They can offer: - advice about alcohol’s impact on your health as you get older tips for cutting down - help finding other support - structured, brief intervention sessions The helpline is open 7-days a week, 12pm to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sundays. It can be called on 0808 801 0750. Alternatively, anyone wishing to access this service can book a phone call or a video chat at a time that suits them, via Barod’s website

Date: 21/04/2021

Looking to Learn Brochure: Communities for Work have numerous courses such as Anger, Mental Health Awareness, Sleep and many more. For more information, get in contact with: Rhondda CFW: 01443287486. Cynon CFW: 01443 420962. Taff CFW: 01443 562204.

Date: 21/04/2021

Using Health and Wellbeing Apps: Join Diabetes UK online for a series of courses that will help you improve your IT skills. If you would like to get involved then please email to join the Zoom call.

Date: 21/04/2021

This scheme supports people who are disabled, living in Wales, 16 and over, and unemployed to get back into employment by offering advice and support. Working on Wellbeing is an employment training and support programme for disabled people in Wales. They will work with you to develop a programme around your career goals and how you can achieve them. You can apply to get involved with this service here:

Date: 21/04/2021

This is a new three-year project by Living Streets to help people over 50 get more active. Walking Friends Wales can introduce you to other people living in your area (if it is safe to do so) and get you walking at your own pace so that you can experience all the health benefits associated with regular exercise. When you take part, you’ll be introduced to a Walking Friend who will take you through an eight-week programme of self-guided activities which are linked to the five ways of wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Give). These activities can be done indoors and outdoors and are designed to get you walking at your own pace so that you can experience all the health benefits associated with regular exercise. Your Walking Friend can also help to identify and report any changes that are needed in your area like a new pedestrian crossing that will help you get around more safely. Getting involved with Walking Friends Wales is easy. You can refer yourself, a friend, relative or client by using their simple online form. Alternatively, just get in touch with them. Contact the Walking Friends Wales Project Coordinator Ilona Carati by emailing or phoning on 07566 777410. W:

Date: 21/04/2021

This is a pen pal befriending initiative which allows volunteers to be matched with a local person with similar interests. You can share stories and make memories by communicating through hand written letters. It’s a great way to meet new people and build new relationships. To sign up contact:

Date: 21/04/2021

A Healthy Mind and Healthy Body: Thursday 15th April. 5 Week Course: Register here:

Date: 21/04/2021

Please check out and share RVS's new virtual village hall. It has lots of fun activities for people to do and enjoy. The Virtual Village Hall is a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home. Sessions are led by expert tutors, Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators, volunteers and some well-known faces. They require very little space or equipment. You’ll find a wide range of sessions to take part in, like: creative arts and crafts music and singing cooking and baking dance and exercise technology skills Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when suits it you.

Date: 21/04/2021

Carers Counselling Service The Carers Support Project know that owing to the current pandemic, Carers are feeling more isolated than ever before. They would like to make you aware that the Carers Support Project Counselling Service is still available to all Carers living in RCT, or for those caring for someone living in RCT. There is no requirement for a carers assessment in order for Carers to access the service. If you are working with a Carer who you feel would benefit from counselling, please send your referral email to: There is no specific referral form for this and the referral can be sent in an email. Information required with your referral includes: the Carer's full name the Carer's contact number including if a message can be left the relationship to cared-for person an overview of the caring situation At present in line with COVID-19 guidelines, the service is providing telephone counselling only. The waiting list is currently only a few weeks, so Carers will be able to get support relatively quickly. Contact details and the latest editions of the Carers News newsletter can be found on the Carers Support Page on Social Care Online: http://rctinform/en/socialcareonline/adultservices/serviceareas/carerssupport.aspx

Date: 21/04/2021

Whilst home visits are currently not possible, their local Dementia Advisers are making welfare calls and providing individualised, specialist information and support over the phone. They are continuing their companion call service where companion call volunteers make calls to people who would like to chat. This is an opportunity for people to have an informal chat with a volunteer about whatever they like. Their Singing for the Brain group is being delivered via Zoom. It takes place every Thursday from 11.15 to 12.15. Get in touch for them to send you the login details. In the absence of face to face groups, Zoom is a perfect solution to enable our service users to enjoy social interaction and music. They have had some really positive feedback. If you are worried about your memory, have a diagnosis of dementia or care for someone with a diagnosis of dementia and are interested in any of their services, please just call 0333 150 3456 or 03300 947 400 (Welsh speaking line). Their Side by Side service covering RCT and Merthyr is working hard to recruit new Side by Side volunteers to support people on their waiting list. Volunteers are providing the service over the phone whilst face to face visits aren't possible.

Date: 21/04/2021

Community Volunteer Training Are you a volunteer supporting individuals living in RCT who may have been affected by anxiety, loss and grief or trauma? Would you like to understand more about how these experiences may affect them? Would you like some ideas about how to take care of your wellbeing as part of your volunteering? Come to one of their online training sessions delivered via Zoom: Tuesday 27th April 10am to 1pm Thursday 30th May 10am to 1pm You will hear an overview on anxiety, grief, trauma and secondary stress. You will have the chance to ask questions during or after the session. To register and find out more please contact Ceri James via email: or telephone their office on 01443 202940. Eye to Eye Eye to Eye is a young people’s counselling service. Eye to Eye provides free and confidential counselling to young people aged 10 to 25 in schools, in the community, and online. There are occasions when it is difficult to cope with a problem on your own and talking may help. Contact: T: 01443 202940. E:

Date: 21/04/2021

DASPA (Drug and Alcohol Single Point Access) DASPA have a recovery timetable of events. Please contact 0300 333 0000 for more information.

New Horizons
Date: 21/04/2021

New Horizons Please contact: T: 01685 881113 E: W: New Horizons, Online Courses (Using Moddle and Microsoft Teams) Course and venue Day Time Start Date Weeks Anger Management and Emotional Wellbeing Tuesdays 1.00pm to 3.30pm 27/4/21 6 Managing Anxiety Tuesdays 6.00pm to 8.30pm 27/4/21 6 Confidence Building Mondays 10.00am to 12.30pm 14/6/21 6 Confidence Building Mondays 10.00am to 12.30pm 14/6/21 6 Resilience Skills Tuesdays 1.00pm to 3.30pm 15/6/21 3 Managing Anxiety Tuesdays 6.00pm to 8.30pm 15/5/21 6 Stress Management Wednesdays 10.00am to 12.30pm 23/6/21 5

Date: 21/04/2021

Platfform's Out of Work Peer Mentoring service provides one-to-one support to help people living with mental health challenges get back into work. If you support clients who want to explore volunteering opportunities or get back into employment, Platfform's mentors can work with them to make that happen. Use Platfform's out of work enquiry form: Did you know that Platfform's Out of Work Peer Mentoring Service has a dedicated Young People Team that can help your clients get back into the workplace through: funding training volunteering opportunities wellbeing support Use Platfform's out of work enquiry form:

Neighbourhood watch
Date: 08/04/2021

Neighbourhood Watch Launches Protect Your Car Campaign Car crime is a real problem in the UK. Alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes. With Covid-19 and the recent lockdowns, many people aren’t driving or checking on their cars as much as they used to. Neighbourhood Watch needs your help to remind car owners to remain vigilant about where and how they park their cars, in order to keep them safe. John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, says "Most car crimes happen because cars are left unlocked. There is a misconception that some cars are auto-locking and lock themselves if left unattended after a period of time. This isn’t always correct. Another misconception is that your car is too old and no one will bother stealing it. This is also incorrect – both new and old cars are at risk. Having a car stolen or broken into is more than simply a hassle, it can impact on people’s livelihoods. The good news is that there are simple steps everyone can take to help reduce the risk to their car. With only a 46% recovery rate we’re reminding everyone to leave your car locked, lit and empty.” Remember - Leave your car:- Locked - A simple mistake that can prove calamitous: 44% of cars are broken into via an unlocked door. Lit - 80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night. Parking near street lamps or in a busy area can deter thieves. Empty (or with no items on show) - Owners often forget that personal belongings within the car are at as much risk of being stolen as the car itself. John Hayward-Cripps continues “Car thieves are opportunists. Leaving items on a car seat or forgetting to lock your car can act as an invitation for crime. We want to instil the habit of double-checking where and how you’ve parked with our three simple steps: leave it locked, lit and empty. As a local charity with a trusted voice in the community, we’re asking everyone to proactively support their neighbours and friends by sharing our three steps with three others. By spreading the word, we’re confident we can crack down on car crime which can be deeply distressing and debilitating for its victims.” How to support our campaign:- LEARN: Visit for top tips and advice on keeping your vehicle safe. FOLLOW: Follow us on our social channels (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn) to share our messages within your communities. Tag #ProtectYourCar SHARE: Forward this to your friends and family, or download this image and share it on WhatsApp with the following message ‘Car crime remains a pressing problem in the UK – alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes. The vast majority of car crimes happen through unlocked cars, parked in badly lit areas and where there are visible items to steal. Remember these simple steps to keep your car safe… leave it locked, lit and empty. For more top tops visit For more information, including requests for a press release or campaign pack, please contact our Senior Communications and Digital Manager Deborah Waller on

Sports & Snacks on the Rec
Date: 31/03/2021

A fantastic time was had by all today at the Sports & Snacks session held at the Rec by Game On Wales. Held in conjunction with the Community Council, Ynysybwl Enterprise Programme and Ynysybwl Vision, the morning was a great success and enjoyed by all the children who attended. Thanks to Crescis Cafe who provided the packed lunches.

Thank You Beth!
Date: 17/03/2021

The Community Council would like to give a huge 'Thank You!' to Beth Leach, once again out clearing up the rubbish around the village. You might come across Beth while out on your daily walks, she always has her baby boy strapped to her while clearing up the litter that thoughtless people have left behind. If you spot her, please commend her on the work she's doing and maybe even give her a hand. Even better, DON'T DROP LITTER!

Dogs on the Rec
Date: 16/03/2021

There has been some confusion lately on where dogs are allowed to be exercised on the Rec. Our Chair, Cllr Tony Burnell, has contacted the RCTCBC Parks Department and they have confirmed the following: Dogs can be let off their leads in the area to the left as you enter the Rec through the main gates. They must be kept off the pitches, and kept on the lead in the top area by the pitch opposite the stand. No Dogs are allowed on any RCT pitch or playground, or fine turf, such as bowls or cricket, and outfields, even on a lead. In all other areas dogs can be off the lead but must be kept under control by the owner.

Message from Which? Campaigns
Date: 15/03/2021

For over four years we have been campaigning to improve protections for victims of authorised push payment (APP) scams. With you by our side we’ve achieved huge industry-wide changes including the introduction of a reimbursement scheme set up for victims of these scams. However, even with all the progress we’ve made, in the first six months of 2020 over £200m was stolen by scammers. Millions of pounds continue to go straight into fraudsters’ bank accounts as banks let down their customers and the regulator fails to take swift and decisive action. The current system is failing people. Find out more about our campaign progress and how the regulator is letting down victims of scams. And please, do let us know if you’ve suffered this type of scam. Your story can help us build a stronger case for change.

Date: 04/03/2021

he Census is now live and people should shortly be receiving their letters and codes to complete them for their household. There are a number of ways that people can be supported in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which include: - By calling the Census helpline on 0800 169 2021 (English or Welsh available) - Further information on translation services and Text relay is available at the Census website: - Census field teams are now in place, who can assist with completion events for some groups. - Telephone support from local support centres, which include: Pontypridd Library - 01443 562211 Rhydfelin Library - 01443 570009 Church Village Library - 01443 570088 Porth Library - 01443 562227 Abercynon Library - 01443 741926 Llantrisant Library - 01443 237842 Tonypandy Library - 01443 432251 Mountain Ash Library - 01443 570016 Ferndale Library - 01443 570021 The current update regarding the Census Support Centres, is unfortunately that they are currently unable to open due to lockdown restrictions. This may change over the Census, which runs until the end of April and some restrictions may be relaxed by the Welsh Government. If the centres are able to open, we will post on here to let the public know.

White Bridge update
Date: 03/03/2021

he Community Council recently contacted Welsh Government and RCTCBC with regards to the White Bridge and when, or if, it will re-open. The reply from RCTCBC confirmed that they are working on a two-phase repair scheme with the current plan for initial scour repairs to be undertaken in the coming months. Proposals are being prepared for a specialist contractor to carry out this work, anticipated to last up to two months. This work requires a number of permissions which the Council is currently seeking - including consent in relation to Listed Buildings and flood risk, while an otter survey must also be carried out. Discussions are in place with Natural Resources Wales over the exact timing of these initial repairs, as the work will include activity within the river which is subject to restrictions during the autumn and winter months. Subject to an inspection upon completion of the scour repairs, the bridge could open to traffic with loading limitation (anticipated in summer 2021). The Council would then work towards developing a full refurbishment and repair project. This could take place during spring or summer 2022, subject to all of the relevant permissions being obtained - including further Listed Building consent. The work would require the bridge's temporary closure.

Weekly Vaccination Update from Cwm Taf
Date: 02/03/2021

Weekly Vaccination Update from Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB Figures correct as of 01/03/21 Some highlights: · Our six community vaccination centres opened their doors yesterday · We have now given second doses to one in four residents in care homes for older adults in Cwm Taf Morgannwg. · Nearly 50% of our frontline staff have now had dose 2 · Our online form for unpaid carers will go live on our website as soon as possible. Unpaid carers will be vaccinated in our CVCs.

Weekly Vaccination Update from Cwm Taf
Date: 26/02/2021

Weekly vaccination snapshot as of 26.02.21 from Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB Couple of snap headlines for you: · Today someone in Cwm Taf Morgannwg received our 130,000th vaccine. · We are about to pass the 40,000 mark in Bridgend CBC. · You will know our aim to vaccinate, with at least their first dose, priority groups 5-9 has moved from the end of April to mid-April. · Our community vaccination centres open again on Monday (St. David’s Day) and will begin by giving second doses to social care workers (p group 2) and people aged 70-74 (p group 4). · We invited Wales Online to one of our GP practices this week to see for themselves the incredible job our primary care colleagues are doing.

Regeneration Grants
Date: 24/02/2021

With regards to the different regeneration grants that were advertised on this page last week, we have now been advised by RCTCBC that anyone who is interested should contact for more information and support on how to apply

Message to Dog Walkers
Date: 24/02/2021

Residents of Coed y Cwm, Glyncoch, Ynysybwl - dogwalkers be aware on the trail from Grovers to Lady Windsor colliery site. Be vigilant of your dogs as a few have come down with severe sickness and dehydration. Several regular dog walkers have seen their dogs suffer the same situation in the last few weeks. Vets have warned against bird seed (fat balls) and coconut shells with bird seed in which are often left up along the trail which has very harmful consequences to dogs.

Message from Asda
Date: 24/02/2021

Asda supermarkets are currently offering a free hot or cold meal for any child under 16 if you spend a £1 in their cafe until the end of February.

Weekly Vaccination Update from Cwm Taf
Date: 24/02/2021

Weekly vaccination update from Cwm Taf University Health Board as of 22/02/21 123,677 vaccines is figure as of 22/02/21 Likely to hit the 125,000 mark by 23/02/21 The dedicated vaccination helpline is now running seven days a week. Please note this is for general enquires – the team cannot make vaccination bookings. There is more detail in the briefing. Also to note the number of vaccines given to people living in RCT CBC is just shy of 60,000. (This is first and second doses).

Dog fouling around Trerobart School
Date: 24/02/2021

The Community Council have recently received several complaints regarding dog fouling in the area of Trerobart School, in both Crawshay Street and Thompson Street. Cllr Tony Burnell passed these concerns to the Community Warden who has spoken with Cllr Sue Pickering, also the recipient of recent similar complaints. Cllr Pickering has contacted the Street Cleansing department and a team will be out very soon to clean up the area. The Warden has expressed his intentions to step up patrols in the area with the Dog Fouling team and hopes to be out early in the morning as well as 9 to 5. He has been speaking to residents in the area to try and obtain as much information as possible on timings and 'hot spots' for regular offenders. If anyone wishes to report someone they believe is guilty of dog fouling, please either use the RCTCBC complaints form or you can ring 01443 425001. You can remain anonymous if you so wish.

Walking routes from Sport RCT
Date: 24/02/2021

Our next walking route is a loop around the stunning St Gwynno Forest in Llanwonno! With beautiful views of Pistyll-Goleu waterfall and Clydach Reservoir it's definitely one to add to your list! Route map: Pin drop showing the location of the turning you take to find the car park and start point: Sustrans Cymru Ramblers Cymru Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Daerwynno Outdoor Centre The Brynffynon Croeso i RCT /Visit RCT Walk RCT

Regeneration Grants
Date: 18/02/2021

Please see below a summary of the different regeneration grants available that were discussed at the RCTCBC Community Liaison Committee last week. If there are any businesses in Ynysybwl & Coed y Cwm that feel they are eligible for one of these grants, please contact the Clerk on I will collate the responses and forward them to the relevant person(s) when that information becomes available. REGENERATION GRANTS SCHEME: Enterprise Investment Fund ELIGIBLE AREAS: RCT Wide ELIGIBLE ACTIVITY: Building works; purchase of equipment/machinery / IT; website development and one off marketing costs. Original focus of the Fund on supporting growth has now been revised to support business adapt and/or diversify in response to the current economic circumstances. GRANT RATE: 50% MAXIMUM GRANT: £10,000 SCHEME: Town Centre Maintenance Grant ELIGIBLE AREAS: Aberdare, Ferndale, Mountain Ash, Pontypridd, Porth, Tonypandy, Treorchy ELIGIBLE ACTIVITY: External works to front elevation e.g rendering, painting, repair to stonework, rainwater goods, signage. Original remit of scheme has been extended to include small scale external works that facilitate social distancing. GRANT RATE: 75% MAXIMUM GRANT: £1,000 (additional £300 for skip/scaffold cost) SCHEME: WG Main Town Centre COVID Recovery Grant ELIGIBLE AREAS: Aberdare, Ferndale, Llantrisant, Mountain Ash, Pontypridd, Porth, Tonypandy, Treorchy ELIGIBLE ACTIVITY: External interventions which will facilitate social distancing / outdoor trading including canopies, tables, chairs and seating provision, screening, and outdoor servery facilities, courtyard/rear garden improvements. GRANT RATE: 80% MAXIMUM GRANT: £10,000 SCHEME: VTF Small Town Centre COVID Recovery Grant ELIGIBLE AREAS: Aberaman; Abercynon; Church Village; Gadlys; Gelli; Hirwaun; Llanharan; Maerdy; Penrhiwceiber; Pentre; Penygraig; Pontyclun; Rhydfelin; Taffs Well; Talbot Green; Ton Pentre; Tonteg; Tonyrefail; Trebanog; Trecynon; Treforest; Treherbert; Tynant; Tynewydd; Williamstown; Ynyshir; Ynysybwl; Ystrad ELIGIBLE ACTIVITY: Internal and external interventions which will facilitate social distancing / outdoor trading. GRANT RATE: 100% MAXIMUM GRANT: £10,000 SCHEME: Flood Resilience Grant ELIGIBLE AREAS: Aberdare, Ferndale, Llantrisant, Mountain Ash, Pontypridd, Porth, Tonypandy, Treorchy ELIGIBLE ACTIVITY: Implementation of anti-flood measures to improve business resilience to deal with any such potential weather events in the future including internal and floodgates to doorways; UPVC floor coverings and skirting; internal moisture resistant wall boarding and raising of power points. GRANT RATE: 75% MAXIMUM GRANT: £7,500 SCHEME: Welsh Church Act Fund ELIGIBLE AREAS: RCT Wide ELIGIBLE ACTIVITY: The Welsh Church Act Fund is available to Churches, Chapels, Places of Public Worship, constituted community groups and charities operating in the County Borough areas of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr and Bridgend. Organisations must provide activities that have long term direct benefit to residents and communities within these areas and must be open to members of the public at large. It provides support for capital expenditure such as refurbishment of a community buildings or places of worship; Purchase of capital equipment; Other purposes beneficial to the wider community. GRANT RATE & MAXIMUM GRANT: There are 3 different grant rates: • 100% towards total eligible project cost - up to a maximum grant of £2,000 • Up to 90% towards total eligible project cost - up to a maximum grant of £10,000 • Up to 80% towards total eligible project cost - up to a maximum grant of £50,000

Dog Mess - Coed y Cwm
Date: 18/02/2021

We have recently received lots of reports from Coed y Cwm residents regarding dog mess on the estate. This was reported to our Community Warden who, in the past few days, has patrolled EVERY street in Coed y Cwm looking for evidence. He found only one incidence of dog mess, near the bus stop at Hafan Heulog, 30 yards or so from a dog bin and a rubbish bin. He then contacted the RCTCBC Dog Fouling team who patrolled the area last Friday. The Warden has also contacted the Cleansing team to ensure that any further mess is cleaned up. Please note that the information given to the Warden came from residents posting on various Facebook pages, which was noted by the Clerk and forwarded. However, the Warden, Dog Fouling team and Cleansing team are usually only made aware of any incidents if a complaint is made directly to RCTCBC. To make a complaint about dog mess, please contact 01443 425001 or use the electronic complaints form

January 2021 Police Report
Date: 16/02/2021

January 2021 report 2 x highway disruption 8 x anti-social Behaviour calls 1 x fraud 1 x theft 1 fire near the Brynffynon Pub 13 x violence offences 13 x public safety calls 1 x drug related offences PCSO Jones & Williams have been carrying out a joint operation with National Resources Wales over the past few weeks targeting off road bikes. This has been a major problem in all areas since lockdown. They have been to Llanwonno and the Lady Windsor site and will continue to patrol these areas. 2 quad bikes were caught up the old colliery and have been issued section 59 warning notices this week.

Message from Ynysybwl Vision
Date: 16/02/2021

#BeActiveRCT YRP are setting up "Get Growing" a monthly programme to encourage residents to grow their own vegetables from home, we will send all you will need seeds and pots, with YRP Dave filming step by step how to videos. Just follow the link to sign up.*

Dog Mess
Date: 10/02/2021

The Community Warden has recently been patrolling the area and has issued 'on the spot' fines to owners who do not clean up after their dogs. One person has been fined £100 for littering after being seen bagging the dog mess and throwing it into a hedge. RCTCBC are stepping up patrols in Ynysybwl, Coed y Cwm and surrounding areas due to the increase in dog fouling. Please help to keep the streets free of dog mess by reporting EVERY incident you witness. You can do this by phoning 01443 425001 or by completing an electronic complaints form (link below) and providing details such as the location and time of the incident. Please indicate if this is a regular occurrence. If you do not make a complaint through these methods, the local authority is not aware of the problem. Making a complaint will ensure that the Dog Fouling team and the Community Warden will undertake more patrols in the area, thereby issuing more fines to irresponsible dog owners.

Off Road Bikes
Date: 10/02/2021

We are currently experiencing lots of problems with off road bikes, on the Lady Windsor trail and Llanwynno Forestry. Much of the grass has been churned up by the bikes, turning it to mud, which is unpleasant for those that use these locations for walking, running, dog walking, cycling and horse riding. Off road bikes are not allowed to use these areas and can be fined if caught. I have spoken with our former PCSO and she has advised that each time an incident occurs, the witness should ring 101 and report it. Each phone call takes about 10 minutes, but please do not let this deter you, every call is logged and could lead to more patrols in the area to try and stop, what is classed as, anti-social behaviour.

Community First Responders
Date: 03/02/2021

There are currently only 2 first responder volunteers in the Ynysybwl & Coed y Cwm area. Both work full time, so the village has a very low level of first response cover. More volunteers are needed in our community. Anyone who has free time, whether retired, currently between jobs or any other reason, is encouraged to look into volunteering. An ambulance will take a minimum of 17 minutes to get to a patient if there is one available at the time. A person can die in 5 minutes if no help is available.

Funeral of Cllr Richard 'Dickie' Isaac
Date: 28/01/2021

The funeral of Community Councillor Richard 'Dickie' Isaac will be held on Thursday 4th February 2021. The hearse, and family, will leave Mynachdy Farm at 2pm, and will travel through the village to allow his many friends an opportunity to pay their respects as he passes by. The route will be as follows: Mynachdy Farm, onto Mynachdy Road, onto Heol Y Mynach, onto Clydach Road, onto Clydach Terrace, onto Windsor Place, right onto Augustus Street, right onto Clive Terrace, left onto Heol-Y-Plwyf (passing the Recreation Ground and cemetery), left onto Church Street, onto Glanffrwd Terrace, before returning to the Old Ynysybwl bus terminus via Heol-Y-Mynach. The family will then make the journey back to Mynachdy Farm, via Llanwonno, for a private service and burial at Mynachdy Farm, in accordance with his wishes. There will be family flowers only, however the family will be accepting charitable donations in due course - further details will be posted shortly.

Date: 27/01/2021

The victim receives an email that they are on the Covid vaccination list and they need to select whether they do or don’t want the injection. Either choice will take the victim to a site where they will be requested to enter personal / financial data such as bank account details, card numbers, Driving licence ID, on the pretext that the site is checking their validity. The site is doing exactly the opposite, it is taking their details so they can be used for in more direct ‘spear phishing’ or to utilise the details for ID Theft and also financial fraud. A simple check of the URL will show that this is a scam – but too many people don’t check. In the example below, at first glance the email appears to come from []. If you hover over the reply email address – the real return address can be seen [] in this example. The NHS are not sending these emails out – it is a scam. Real sender is shown by hovering over the reply to address DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINKS! STOP: Take a moment to think before parting with your money or information - it could keep you safe. CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam and report it to the Police. Report suspicious emails to: You can also report suspicious texts by forwarding the original message to 7726, which spells SPAM on your keypad. The police, or your bank, will never ask you to withdraw money or transfer it to a different account. They will also never ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN. Do not click on links or attachments in unexpected or suspicious texts or emails. Confirm requests are genuine by using a known number or email address to contact organisations directly.

Parking at the Co-op
Date: 27/01/2021

Co-OP Customers - please can you refrain from parking in the loading bays outside the shop. If the loading bay is not clear, the delivery vans cannot park. This could result in food being taken back to the depot leaving the shop in short supply. A lot of people rely on the Co-OP, especially in these difficult times, please consider others when parking

Date: 27/01/2021

Total Vaccines 44520 Total Yesterday (26/01/21) 3149 Priority groups • Care home residents/ staff 3855 • 80 and over 14,065 • Frontline Health & Social care staff 16,613 • 75 & over 2335 • 70 & over 2900 Vaccination by Local Authority area • Bridgend CBC 12,385 • Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC 19,773 • Merthyr Tydfil CBC 6552 • Other CBC* 5810 *Mainly CTM staff living outside of our three LA’s In CTM UHB, approximately 100,000 people are in the top four priority groups. It is our aim to have them vaccinated, with at least their first dose, by mid-February.

Clerk's Whereabouts this week
Date: 26/01/2021

Please note that the Clerk will be working from home on Wednesday 27th January from 8.30am until 5pm and Thursday 28th January from 8.30am until 12.30pm and will be available on phone and email during those times.

Date: 25/01/2021

Dangos is a new Welsh Government funded project which aims to increase the knowledge and awareness about the availability of help for frontline workers. That is people who are in day-to-day contact, whether paid or voluntary, with families who might need extra help. Tens of millions of pounds in benefits and other help currently goes unclaimed in Wales. That’s money which can make a real difference in families’ lives and their futures. The reasons why this help isn’t taken up are many, and sometimes complex, but the main reasons are because people don’t know the help is there or don’t believe that they could qualify for it. Many people are also nervous in asking about what help there might be for them. They may not know who to ask about what help is available or they may not want to seem as if they need help. We aren’t going to try to turn people into benefit experts or advisers, just to give them some more knowledge and information about what help there is and some tips in encouraging people to take up their rights. We are doing this by offering a series of free online sessions to frontline workers throughout Wales, starting in January 2021 and continuing through the year. The three-hour long sessions, which will be very interactive, will be supported by a short information pack, and, for those who want it, free access to more detailed e-learning courses about the benefits system and how it works. The sessions and the information pack will be provided in Welsh and English, as will some of the online courses. The online sessions will be delivered primarily in Zoom, but there will be a number of Microsoft Teams sessions where organisations’ policies require it. There will also be British Sign Language sessions in English and Welsh. The timing and pattern of these courses will be dependent upon demand. We will also be happy to provide free online courses for groups of staff from the same agencies, between 10 and 20 in each session, and may be able to ‘tweak ‘the content appropriately. The Dangos website gives more details and allows people to register, individually, for sessions. The website is at and We are asking you to encourage your staff and volunteers, where appropriate, to take part in this important initiative. Just by being a little bit more aware of what help is around and of the type of families who might be able to get it, they can make a big difference to people’s lives. If you would like any more information, or are interested in in-house sessions, please contact us at or

COURIER FRAUD: conning people out of PINs, credit card details and savings, PLEASE BE VIGILANT.
Date: 25/01/2021

The article below concerns the Dyfed/Powys area but this could happen here. By 22nd January 2021, Dyfed Powys Police received 10 calls in 2 days regarding calls from people purporting to be a police officer from Paddington Police Station. The criminal goes on to talk about fraudulent activity on the persons bank card, or tell them that they need to transfer money to another account due to suspicious activity. It is the prelude to Courier Fraud where someone comes to pick up the bank card (after extracting all the details such as PIN number from the victim), or getting the person to go to the bank to withdraw money that can then be collected or sometimes transferred into other accounts. We are trying to get bank staff to look for the tell-tale signs of this, and contacting their branch managers to ensure staff are aware. We are asking our PCSO’s to visit banks that are open on their patch and ask bank staff to inform any customers withdrawing money or transferring money about this scam while they are in the process of requesting the transaction. This scam is often aimed at the older generation, who have a respect for the police and may fall for the story that much more readily. What is worrying is that it can be just the start of further fraudulent activity including phoning the victim up purporting to be the bank and getting the victim to transfer money to another account in the deceitful belief that their own account is now at risk due to fraudulent bank card use. The third part is investment fraud and Gold purchases. The Three Phases… • A person, usually male, phones the victim pretending to be a police officer. The bogus Police officer explains that the victim’s bank accounts are under threat from fraudsters. He convinces the victim to participate in a fictitious undercover police operation to catch the fraudsters and safeguard their funds. They are told not to inform anyone, including their bank, as bank staff are equally under suspicion. Often the bogus Police officer discloses private financial information about the victim, which is used to encourage the victim to trust them. • First phase: To influence the victim, the suspect asks about his/her bank account balances and overdraft facilities in place. The victim is then instructed to withdraw a small amount of cash (depending on victim’s bank balance). Victim is instructed to hand over the cash to a courier who must confirm a password/pin number provided by the suspect. Victim is later called on the phone and told most of the cash was identified as counterfeit. • Second phase: Once the victim trusts and believes the suspects’ instructions, he/she is provided with several bank account numbers (mule accounts). Victim is instructed to move a large amount of their money (often £100,000 to £300,000) into what is purported to be “safe” accounts, which are actually the mule accounts. Often the holders of the beneficiary accounts are third parties (patsy) who are unaware of the sources of the credit in their account. The money is quickly dissipated from the beneficiary accounts into accounts outside UK Jurisdiction. Monies in the beneficiary account may simply be withdrawn from any UK ATM. • Third phase: Victims are instructed to either buy gold bars or high valued watches. Again these items are handed to a courier who confirms a password given to the victim over the phone by the suspect. • The order of the phases differ from victim to victim. The suspects invest a considerable amount of time and effort in building a rapport with the victim. The suspects usually instruct the victim not to divulge any details to anyone because the ‘operation’ must remain covert. Victims are coached with a cover story for bank staff, if their transactions (unusual) are flagged by the banks safety measures. Dyfed Powys Police Website article: Door-to-door and courier fraud | Dyfed-Powys Police (

Ynysybwl Co-operative
Date: 21/01/2021

Ynysybwl Co-op has implemented tighter rules instore to comply with Covid-19 regulations. The Co-op provides a vital service in the community. Please respect the staff and other customers and abide by the regulations. An online delivery system has been set up so anyone who does not wish to leave their home can order simply by visiting

Message from Ynysybwl Vision
Date: 21/01/2021

Many of you will be aware of our exciting Ynysybwl based bike project. That in brief takes donated bike and refurbishing them to sell and our repair service by our qualified bike mechanic. We have lots of exciting other plans BUT we want your feedback and comments around this project and thinking about 1) What do you expect from your local bike shop? 2) What opening days/times would suit you? 3) Would you be interested in attending basic bike maintenance courses? 4) Are you aware of any local bike rider groups? Please leave any and all relevant comments that related to a local bike service below and we really appreciate your feedback. Thank You

Census 2021
Date: 20/01/2021

Census Day is 21 March - what does this mean and why is it important? The focus is to raise awareness amongst those groups that may be hardest to reach. This typically includes low income households, those with a low digital capability, the elderly, ethnic and disadvantaged individuals / groups. The Census is vital to plan funding and public services (e.g. education provision, mental health care and emergency services), for all communities - especially minority, those under-represented and disadvantaged groups. It is also used by charities, in bids, and for research. This is the first Census that will be run 'online' and log in codes will be sent out prior to Census day on the 21st of March. However, some residents will receive the paper forms in the first instance, those that do not receive them can still ask for a paper copy. There should be Census Support Centres and Census Field Staff that will provide assistance with completion, some of this may be affected due to coronavirus restrictions but we will keep you updated on this.

Covid 19 Vaccine Fraud
Date: 19/01/2021

TEXT MESSAGES People are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine, doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill and fraudsters collecting personal information to use again. PHONE CALLS Victims receive a phone call from a fake caller offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details WEBSITES Fake URL links to convincing-looking NHS vaccine booking forms, these look like official NHS forms and may contain some personal information already, at the end of the form it asks for their bank details. IN PERSON Fraudsters are calling unannounced at the homes of victims by pretending to be from the NHS to administer the vaccine there and then, in exchange for a cash payment TOP 4 VACCINE SCAMS PEOPLE ARE WARNED TO BE ALERT TO THESE SCAMS: The NHS will: NEVER ask for payment - the vaccine is free NEVER ask for your bank details NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine NEVER ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them to hand over cash or financial details. They are sending convincing-looking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy. LIKE OTHER SCAMS, THE SAME ADVICE APPLIES: 1. Challenge - Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests that don’t feel right. Check GOV.UK to ensure it’s genuine. 2. Do not respond to text messages that try to get you to send money, or important personal information such as bank details or passwords. 3. Use official government websites and refer to ‘Contact Us’ sections of websites to access information and service. 4. Challenge unannounced callers to your home, NHS visits if necessary will be agreed with you directly or via carers, they will never turn up unannounced. EXAMPLES OF SCAMS FURTHER GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT Public Sector Organisations: The Cabinet Office has formed a COVID-19 Fraud Response Team to assist the government with its counter fraud response. Requests for assistance should be emailed to: Public: If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, you should report this directly to Action Fraud either online; or via phone 0300 123 2040. If you have any information relating to vaccine fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers COVID Fraud Hotline online; or phone 0800 587 5030

Cllr Richard 'Dickie' Isaac
Date: 16/01/2021

We are all at a loss , hearing about the sad passing of our friend and colleague Clr Richard ( Dickie) Isaac. He was a friend to everyone, and cared so much for the Village he grew up in..our deepest sympathy goes out to his partner, family, friends and the farming community he was such an ambassador for.

New Covid vaccination strategy published
Date: 13/01/2021

All eligible adults will be offered a Covid vaccine by the autumn, under ambitious plans published by the Welsh Government today. Health Minister Vaughan Gething will today publish the COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, which sets out three key milestones. It comes as the latest figures show more than 86,000 people have received the vaccine. Wales will publish daily vaccine figures from today. The three milestones set out in the plan are: By mid-February – all care home residents and staff; frontline health and social care staff; everyone over 70 and everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable will have been offered vaccination. By the Spring – vaccination will have been offered to all the other phase one priority groups. This is everyone over 50 and everyone who is at-risk because they have an underlying health condition. By the autumn – vaccination will have been offered to all other eligible adults in Wales, in line with any guidance issued by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). In total, around 2.5m people throughout Wales could be offered Covid vaccines by September, depending on further advice from the JCVI. The strategy depends on sufficient and regular supplies of the vaccines being delivered. It will be kept under review in line with supply of the vaccine and any further advice from the JCVI. Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: The Covid vaccines offer our best hope of a return to the normality we are looking forward to after such a difficult year, which has turned all our lives upside down. “Delivering this vaccination programme to the people in Wales is a huge task but an enormous amount of work is going on to make it a success. “We are making good progress with thousands more people being vaccinated every day. “Over the coming week we will see the programme pick up further speed with more clinics opening and the first vaccines to be given by pharmacists.” To reach as many people as safely and as quickly as possible, we are continuing to accelerate the vaccination programme as more supplies of the two vaccines become available. This includes: The number of mass vaccination centres increasing to 35 over the coming weeks, with at least one in each county. We started with seven, five weeks ago. Military support in the mass vaccination centres – there are 14 immunisers and 70 other personnel providing support. 100 GP practices providing clinics by the end of this week. The first pharmacies to provide the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will start vaccinating in North Wales in the next week. 14 mobile units, run by community nurses, which are taking the vaccine to care homes. Text message vaccination appointment reminders. Dr Gillian Richardson, who leads the Covid vaccination programme in Wales, said: This is the biggest vaccination programme Wales has ever seen and the NHS is working incredibly hard to get the vaccine to as many people as possible, safely and as quickly as we can. “People will be invited to come and have a vaccination at a clinic close to their home or at one of the mass vaccination centres. I know everyone is really keen to get their jab but please wait until you are contacted for your turn. “Vaccination will give us a path out of this pandemic but it will take us a little while to protect all the people in Wales who need it – this is why it’s so important everyone continues to take steps to protect themselves and their families from coronavirus. Data for the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Wales will be available every week day from today. The daily release accounts for the total number of vaccines given until 10pm the previous day, which have been recorded on the COVID-19 Welsh Immunisation System. Actual figures will be higher due to ongoing data entry.

NAT Group Customer Notice – CASHLESS payment
Date: 13/01/2021

From 18th January we will be operating CONTACTLESS payments only on all bus routes until further notice. This means we cannot accept any cash onboard; this will help protect our key worker drivers and yourselves. You can pay for any type of ticket using the following payment methods: NAT Group App ApplePay GooglePay Concessionary cards All Visa, Mastercard & Maestro contactless debit cards. We apologise if this causes any unnecessary inconvenience. As always, stay safe and only travel when essential. Thank you for your cooperation. Please visit our website for FAQs and COVID updates.

Amazon Scam
Date: 12/01/2021

There has been a large increase in scam calls where the criminal calls the victim and pretends that they are from Amazon. The call may state that £79.97 is owed – but if they don’t want to renew, they can cancel Amazon by pressing ‘1’. It may be a call that states that there has been unauthorised spending on the account (often over£1,000), and again, the request is to press ’1’ to go through to the ‘Fraud Department’. With any of these types of call, If ‘1’ is pressed, the victim will be connected to a ‘customer representative’ who will attempt to obtain as many personal details as possible from the victim, they will also try to gain access to their bank details – often under the auspice that it is to provide a refund. Unfortunately, these criminals are very adept at social engineering, and sound thoroughly convincing. Many people think that the scammers will have a ‘foreign’ accent, but this is not always the case. Many criminal gangs now use previous UK based victims to carry out the phone calls, in order for them to pay off their debt. For any of these types of call, it is best to hang up, and then check your account online by using the app on your phone, or typing in the correct address such as [] and then log into your account that way and check. Do not follow links if the criminal texts or emails them through – these will normally take you to fake sites that look authentic. Please feel free to share this advice to help try to stop these criminals being successful. Criminals are trying to make it look like they are Amazon or similar companies calling. They state you owe money or unauthorised spending… Don’t press1. Just hang up…

Fund for Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism opens
Date: 12/01/2021

The Welsh Government’s latest £180m Economic Resilience Fund package to support tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions will open for applications at 12pm on Wednesday 13 January. The funding, announced in December, is part of a live £450m package of support that the, hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors as well as their supply chain can access and will provide vital support to thousands of firms impacted by alert level 3 and 4 restrictions. The £180m is in addition to a £270m support package for businesses that pay non domestic rates, which includes non-essential retail businesses, and is being delivered via Local Authorities. The Welsh Government estimates that under the package of support a typical hospitality business in Wales with the equivalent of six full-time staff could be eligible to receive between £12,000 and £14,000 in total, making it the most generous offer in the UK. Economy Minister Ken Skates said: “Accelerating coronavirus rates meant we have had to make difficult but necessary decisions to protect people’s health and save lives. We know these decisions have a knock-on effect on our businesses and there is no doubt that latest restrictions mean very real challenges for firms who have already had to deal with so much. “We are committed to doing all we can to protect our businesses during this very challenging time. Our package of support is the most generous in the UK and since the beginning of the pandemic more than £1.6bn of Welsh Government financial assistance has reached businesses. “Many hospitality, tourism, leisure and non-essential retail businesses have already received payments of £3,000 or £5,000 in the last month and this additional funding will be absolutely crucial in supporting eligible businesses through the difficult weeks ahead.” The amount a company can claim from the £180m sector specific fund will be calculated based on staff count and turnover. The fund is expected to support up to 8,000 hospitality, tourism and leisure firms impacted by the restrictions and potentially a further 2,000 in related supply chains. An eligibility checker and calculator has been live on Business Wales since December to help businesses work out what support they can expect to qualify for in total and the detail they will need to make an application. Further guidance was also issued last week. Since the end of October alone, more than 69,000 offers of support worth in excess of £230m have been made to businesses across Wales through the Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund. Welsh Government support has already protected more than 125,000 jobs that might otherwise have been lost. Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “We are fully aware, not least from our hospitality stakeholder group, of the impact of the restrictions that we have had to bring in. This was not the Christmas period that any of us had hoped for, but I would urge businesses to take advantage of the help available. “We will continue to do everything we can to support our firms and our people through to the other side of this dreadful pandemic.” Further information and details on how to make an application for the package of business support is available on the Business Wales website. The fund will remain open for 2 weeks or until funds are fully committed.

Refurbishment of Bus Shelter
Date: 12/01/2021

A big thank you to Anthony Richardson and the Transport Team in RCTCBC for in working with the Community on sprucing up the bus shelter in Clive Terrace/Church Street. What a difference!

Date: 07/01/2021

Please see message below from the University of Southampton I work on a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded research project based at the University of Southampton. We’re looking to recruit members of the public to take part in a large international survey on the preventative behaviours people are taking to avoid catching COVID-19 and the long-term effect of those that have suffered from COVID-19 during the pandemic. The survey is aimed at everyone and this is the UK specific link to the survey: To make our findings as meaningful as possible, we are hoping to get a broad range of participants from across the UK. Details about the project can be found at and we have social media posts that link to the survey set up for ease of sharing from our Facebook and Twitter accounts at and

Christmas tree in Coed y Cwm
Date: 11/11/2020

The Community Council are proud to announce that December 2020 will welcome the arrival of the first Christmas tree in Coed y Cwm. For many years, the Community Council have endeavoured to provide some kind of Christmas decorations in Coed y Cwm, however, due to circumstances beyond our control, this has not been possible. Ynysybwl has a wonderful array of Christmas lights every December but the same lights could not be displayed in Coed y Cwm due to the street light columns not being suitable. There was also no area where a tree could be prominently exhibited. Now, due to the recycling bins being removed near the entrance to the estate, and after many emails and phone calls between the Community Council, RCTCBC and Centregreat, we are pleased to eventually publicise that a tree will be erected at the beginning of December and, from 2020 onwards, this will be an annual event. The Community Council are excited about this venture and hope that the residents of Coed y Cwm will enjoy their new addition!

Message from Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC
Date: 29/10/2020

Fly-tipping carries a minimum £400 fine and we will catch you! Teams are operating in the area and we will take action. Report fly-tipping here 👉

Former Lady Windsor Colliery Site Diversity Record
Date: 29/10/2020

Ynysybwl resident Kelly Harvey has set up a new Facebook page to record activity on the former Lady Windsor Colliery site. In order to try and preserve the Lady Windsor site, we need to record ALL activity there, eg. walking, running, dog walking, horse riding, cycling, childrens activities etc ...any pictures or evidence you have please join this group and share away. We also need to record any wildlife, plants, fungi etc... however common. We DESERVE to have this site preserved for community use, let's try our best. Please check out the page by following this link:

Scam telephone calls
Date: 29/10/2020

We've had quite a few reports of scam telephone calls, supposedly from Amazon, BT, various banks, HMRC, DVLA etc. Some people are reporting several similar calls in a day and not always from the same telephone numbers. The call is usually automated and, in the case of Amazon, will say that you have placed an order (for a quite substantial sum) and if this was not you to press 1. If you receive a similar call, please hang up, block the number and report to Action Fraud.

Game On Wales Kit Grant
Date: 29/10/2020

Game On Gear Kit Grant, support by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust The Coalfields Regeneration Trust Wales ✔️ All UK recognised Sports ✔️ Located within a coalfields area ✔️ Teenage participation ❌ Individuals / Schools / Councils ❌ Elite / Representative teams For an application form click on the following link:

BAME Helpline Wales
Date: 08/10/2020

BAME people have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. This new helpline delivered by EYST, Women Connect First, Henna Foundation, ProMo Cymru and Wales TUC aims to offer a first port of call to individuals from BAME backgrounds. The helpline is running initially as a 6 month pilot funded by Welsh Government via the voluntary sector emergency fund. It is a multi-lingual helpline, between them the team speak 11 languages and interpretation can be arranged into other languages as required. Info is available relating to: health, work, welfare, education, housing; and personal safety. Not an advice line-predominantly signposting with exception of employment advice which will be delivered by Wales TUC. Helpline is available Mon-Fri 10.30am-2.30 pm Helpline number - 0300 2225720 (Local Rate calls) SMS text number - 07537 432416 Website - Email

Mams & Toddlers
Date: 08/10/2020

Hi Mams with Tiddlers and Toddlers - Fancy doing something different with your little one this Autumn? Why not join "Our Place" Parent and Baby group online for songs, stories, chit chat, competitions, hints and tips, as well as craft ideas for yourself and your child/ren. You will find us on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11.00 a.m. All you need to do to join in the fun, is to get in touch and we will add you to our Facebook Page.

Community Coordinator Bulletin
Date: 08/10/2020

COMMUNITY COORDINATOR BULLETIN Volunteers wanted: If you're looking for something to do in your spare time then why not contact either Fran at the Volunteer Centre in Merthyr on 01685 353901 or email her at To enquire with Interlink call 01443 846200 or email There are lots of different opportunities available at the moment ranging from, administration, gardening, driving, telephone befriending to retail. If you're looking to gain some experience in any of the above then volunteering is a great way to start. It looks great on your CV and you also gain some skills and experience along the way. All organisations that are looking for volunteers at present are operating following Covid 19 guidelines so all safety measures are in place for you to start on your volunteering journey. Age Connects Nail Cutting Service Clinics held at: Age Connects Office, 5-7 Mill Street, Pontypridd - Every Tuesday & Wednesday Keir Hardie Health Park Merthyr Tydfil – Every Friday Charges: £15 feet only, £20 hands and feet Home visits: Available in all areas across Cwm Taf Charges: £22 feet only, £28 hands and feet Referrals/appointments can be made via the Age Connects main number: 01443 490650 (select Option 1) New Samaritans helpline for NHS & Health and Social Care – new confidential support line. Volunteers are available to offer support if you have had a tough day, are feeling worried or overwhelmed or have a lot on your mind and need to talk it through. Call the free helpline on 0800 4840555, 7am-11pm, 7 days a week. To speak to someone in Welsh please call 0808 1642777. Ray of Light Cancer Support - Several groups are open across Rhondda Cynon Taff to carers/families supporting someone with a cancer diagnosis. If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining any of the groups please get in touch with Sue on the contacts below. The Just ASK Project (Access, Support & Kindness) is funded by the National Lottery and each of the courses come complete with a starter pack. Telephone support offers a weekly call to see how people are, and this has been a lifeline for so many who are isolated or shielding. The fortnightly choir is also open to anyone affected by cancer and there is a timetable on the website where you can register to join a group, everything is free including art groups and materials etc. Contact Sue on 07971 349703 or email: The Stroke Association have a number of projects: Community Steps Project. The project is delivering virtual groups for stroke survivors and their carers during this time. A variation of sessions are available including working age group, choir, mindfulness and art. For more information or to make a referral please email or contact Lauren on 07932 265274. The Stroke Recovery Service runs a Zoom session for stroke survivors and their carers on Wednesday mornings to bring together those affected by stroke for peer support. The SRS service are also still taking referrals to support stroke survivors with information and advice. To get involved, please contact Gwyneth on 02920 524421 or The ‘Here For You’ telephone befriending service is for stroke survivors and their carers. All information about the service and how to refer in can be found here Grief Support Cymru work to support a person’s journey of grief in an individual and client focused approach. Everybody at some stage of their life will encounter a bereavement and period of grief whether it be through a personal loss or through an associated loss. Every journey is unique and individual. Grief Support Cymru will support clients through 4 clear stages of support. 1. Pre-loss. 2. Hands on Support. 3. Listening Support. 4. Moving Forward Support. If you want to access any stage of the service, please ring 01443 440510 or click onto the website: Mental Health Support: New horizons and MATV Mind have recently announced their new online Recovery College timetable. There are a variety of courses and workshops to choose from that includes managing anxiety, confidence building, resilience skills, anger management and Covid 19 related anxiety. Tel: 01685 881113 Email: City Hospice Bereavement Support: Residents of Rhondda Cynon Taff living within the postcode areas CF72, CF37, CF38 and CF15 are eligible for free bereavement support. A dedicated telephone line has been established and is available Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Visit Tel: 02922 671422 Email: Artis Community new Autumn Timetable of classes taking place via Zoom: Crafty Cuppas - Mondays 10.30am - 12.00pm cost £3 per session. Adult Dance - Mondays 8pm - 9pm cost £4 per session. Singalong

Message from Clydach Newstream
Date: 08/10/2020

We're planning a page in the next Clydach Newsstream of Covid Experiences. We're inviting the school children of the village to write in telling us of positive experiences they've had during lockdown eg new hobbies discovered, local spots they've never been before, outdoor activities never tried before etc. Contributions can be sent to

Message from the Old Bwl Inn
Date: 08/10/2020

ust to remind everyone that we are now closed Monday & Tuesday, whilst the current laws are in place. This is only temporary and we hope that some normality returns shortly. We will be open Wednesday as usual with our Steak & Cake night.

Ynysybwl Vision Upcycle
Date: 08/10/2020

Having a shed or garage sort out this wet weekend and have a bike that is unused? We would welcome your kind donation to our exciting Up-Cycle community enterprise project. All proceeds from bike sales are reinvested back into the project so that we can continue to provide this service and supply as many affordable bikes as possible to other community members ***You can now donate at 2 locations. Tuesday's at Pontypridd High between 9am-1pm OR Thursday's & Saturday's at UpCycle shop, Ynysybwl Regeneration Partnership, 20 Windsor Place , Ynysybwl, CF37 3HR.

National Business Response Network
Date: 24/09/2020

COMMUNITY ORGANISATION? NEED SUPPORT? Many organisations, just like yours, are in need of extra support as we all battle the impact of COVID-19. The good news is . . . business is here to help and support. Do you need help with project management, digital transformation, safe social distancing, people and HR, or communications and social media to help develop your organisation’s operation? Or perhaps you need help to source clothing, food or PPE? The National Business Response Network can help you by matching you with businesses who can support with volunteers and resources. BE INSPIRED BY OTHERS - PRAGMATIC AND ASHTEAD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY We connected digital agency Pragmatic with Ashtead Horticultural Society to redesign their website and create a virtual version of their annual Summer Show. This has provided members, many who are currently shielding, with the opportunity to share what they have grown thereby reducing social isolation for those shielding. SOUTH WALES & SW FLT TRAINING AND FARESHARE CYMRU Fareshare Cymru urgently needed forklift truck drivers to support the increased demand on their foodbanks; we connected them with South Wales & South West FLT Training to train their volunteers so they can continue delivering vital food packages to communities in need well into the future. Business in the Community’s National Business Response Network takes community needs and links it to business resources in the right place, at the right time. Through an online platform, the NBRN shares what you need, and through Business in the Community’s vast regional and local connections with businesses and leaders on the ground, these are matched with donations and support. IF YOU HAVE A NEED THAT COULD BE MET WITH BUSINESS SUPPORT, PLEASE ENTER DETAILS ONTO WWW.BUSINESSRESPONSECOVID.ORG.UK OR CONTACT LOCALRESILIENCE@BITC.ORG.UK

NHS COVID-19 app
Date: 22/09/2020

On the 24th of September, Welsh Government and UK Government will be launching the NHS COVID-19 app across England and Wales. The NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of our Test, Trace, Protect programme to control the spread of Covid-19. The more people who use the app the greater our chances of reducing the spread of the virus. The app will: - let you know if you have been near someone who now has coronavirus symptoms - give you advice on coronavirus that is relevant to you - allow you to check your symptoms - take you to a website where you can book a test if you have symptoms - provide a self-isolation countdown timer if required What will the app do for individuals? The app is the fastest way for users to see if they are at risk from coronavirus. It will enable users (with a compatible smart phone) to check symptoms, order tests and receive results and advice. It will also provide alerts to self-isolate if a user has been in close contact with a confirmed case and will have an ‘alert’ system which will show users the current risk level in their area. The app will be available for people to download from 24 September. What will the app do for businesses? There is a ‘check-in’ feature which will allow businesses to register for an official QR code, allowing app users to check-in by scanning the code. This feature allows complete anonymity for both businesses and users when tracing cases of coronavirus. It is quick, simple and secure and will help contract tracers to get in touch with users quickly if necessary. This doesn’t replace the legal requirement for certain high risk businesses in Wales to collect information from customers, staff and visitors. App and non-app users will still need to give their contact details. We’re sharing the launch date of 24 September to give businesses time to prepare. It’s essential that as many people as possible download and use the app for it to work effectively, so we really need your support. We would ask you to share information through your social channels, newsletters and through your networks and stakeholders The key messages are : - Download the QR poster, which you can find here and display prominently within your venue - Share this information with staff and other stakeholders - Support and urge adoption of the app when it launches through social media, posters within your venue and full briefings of employees. To help you communicate about the importance of the new app, we’ve developed a full range of materials including social media content, explainer videos, and other assets. These can be downloaded from here: The assets to support the Test, Trace, Protect programme below, includes social messages, multilingual posters, pictures and videos and advice for businesses. For more information – Press Release -

Local Coronavirus Restrictions
Date: 22/09/2020

Coronavirus laws are being tightened in four more Welsh authorities – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport – following a sharp rise in cases, the Health Minister announced today. The new measures will come into force at 6pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020 and will apply to everyone living in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport: - People will not be allowed to enter or leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education; - People will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors for the time being. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households; - All licensed premises will have to close at 11pm; - Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public areas – as is the case across Wales. - From 6pm on Tuesday 22 September, the requirement for all licensed premises to close at 11pm will also be extended to Caerphilly borough. The Leaders of the six local authorities with local restrictions in/about to come into force (Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport) and the two North Wales authorities who have experienced local outbreaks (Wrexham and Anglesey) met today to provide updates, discuss shared experiences and consider lessons learned in relation to local lockdowns and coronavirus outbreaks and incidents. Keeping Wales Safe Shoppers must wear face coverings and keep social distance in order to help Keep Wales Safe, the Rural Affairs Minister has said. Education, Children and Young People The Education Minister yesterday confirmed £420,000 of funding to ensure all pupils entitled to free school meals will continue to receive provisions if they are shielding or have to self-isolate Manufacturing The Economy Minister today launched a national discussion on a new plan to help secure the future of manufacturing in Wales

The HOPE Project
Date: 22/09/2020

The HOPE Project (Helping others participate and engage) is a partnership project between Age Cymru, Age Cymru local partners and Age Connects Wales partners throughout Wales. HOPE is funded by Welsh Government under the Sustainable Social Services Grant until the end of March 2023. This exciting new project will be supporting people to engage, participate, gain information, have their voices heard, understand their rights, make choices, be involved, share experiences, raise awareness of advocacy, and develop skills and knowledge. What will HOPE be delivering? • HOPE will deliver advocacy support at a community level through a range of advocacy models by recruiting and then fully training and supporting project volunteers. HOPE aims to support people at an early stage in their issues or concerns to prevent them slipping into crisis. We want to help people to get the help and support they need at the earliest point and we know that the current COVID-19 pandemic will have had a big impact on the lives of older people so they might need more support than ever to reengage with their communities and to get access to services as restrictions are lifted. • HOPE will deliver advocacy for older people (50+) and carers across Wales. HOPE staff and volunteers will also engage with communities who can guide us to make sure the service we provide is right for the needs of older people and carers in their areas. We’ll develop forums to support us to do this or we’ll work with existing ones where they exist. We don’t want to duplicate existing services but rather we want to make sure we work with and complement the existing advocacy providers and forums across Wales. • HOPE will identify and support Advocacy Ambassadors through the forums, who will promote awareness of rights and choices, and the importance, benefits and outcomes of advocacy. HOPE will promote advocacy in all its forms to show how important it is and what a difference it can make. • HOPE will establish a programme of training, workshops and events enabling advocates across Wales to further develop their skills and knowledge. Training and workshops will also be available to other professionals who would benefit from greater awareness of advocacy and how to access it. Where and when will the project be delivering its services? • This is a Wales wide project but we’ll be working across regions with regional staff in place. These regions are: · Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan · Dyfed Powys · Gwent · North Wales · Swansea and Neath Port Talbot • As this is a new project, we’ll need some time to get it all up and running across some very large areas, so even within the regions we’ll have to focus our attentions on specific areas of most need in the early stages. We’ll then be rolling HOPE out across the regions. Please bear with us as we do this. How can I find out more? For more information or if you have any queries please contact us:

British Red Cross
Date: 21/09/2020

Please see message below from British Red Cross If you’re feeling lonely or worried, finding it difficult to access food or medication, or are concerned about someone else who is – we can provide support. Call our free and confidential coronavirus support line on 0808 196 3651 to chat to a friendly British Red Cross volunteer. They can: - help with practical information and advice - give you emotional support - connect you with support in your area. The phone line is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Phone: 0808 196 3651 Free and confidential For more information please visit:

Adult Learners Week
Date: 21/09/2020

Adult Learners Week runs from 21st to 27th September. To find a course to suit you, click on the following link

Date: 15/09/2020

PRESS RELEASE 14 September 2020 Communities of Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil are thanked for their response to enhanced action taken to counter increase in Coronavirus cases Following the enhanced public health action underway in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil local authority areas to limit the spread of Coronavirus, the agencies responsible for managing the increase in cases have thanked communities for their continued efforts to respond. The appeal for communities to keep to the public health guidelines is again being reiterated. Dr Kelechi Nnoaham, Director of Public Health for Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board and Chair of the multi-agency Incident Management Team, said: “Last week, we urgently appealed to the communities of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority areas to adopt new, enhanced public health actions. “Today, I am again appealing to these communities to keep this behaviour going; please let’s not throw away the progress that has been made over the past few days. “I want to thank these communities for everything they have done over the past week to play their part in driving down transmission of this virus. We are starting to see a change in behaviour and I am grateful to everyone for doing what they can to keep themselves, their families, friends and neighbours safe. “The warm and sunny weather forecast for this week may be a temptation to throw a party or meet up with friends and acquaintances. Please, don’t be tempted and keep working with us by sticking to social distancing guidelines, so that we can protect older and vulnerable people from Coronavirus. “We are starting to see small numbers of hospital admissions of people with Coronavirus across the Cwm Taf area. If we don’t stick to the public health regulations, then these numbers of admissions will start to climb in the coming weeks. This is based on what are observing in Europe and what is scientifically known about how the virus can quickly spread from community transmissions to hospital admissions. “Local Authorities are continuing to monitor and take action where necessary to ensure that ALL businesses and premises comply with COVID-19 regulations and already taking action to ensure all large supermarkets, retail stores and licensed premises adhere to the Regulations. South Wales Police continue to actively enforce current Wales-wide covid-19 regulations with residents alongside the Councils’ environmental health teams. “Improvement Notices have already been served on a number of premises across Rhondda Cynon Taf following failures to comply with COVID-19 regulations, these may include, but are not limited to, lack of regulation of social distancing and provision of hand and cleaning sanitiser. “The public are reminded that if they feel a business, area or premises are not complying, they should not enter or participate in the activity – we all have a personal responsibility to control the spread and help Keep Wales Safe.” The public has a vital role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus by always observing social distancing guidelines – that’s staying two metres away from others - washing hands regularly with soap or by using alcohol based sanitiser, and working from home if they can and wearing a face covering in accordance with Welsh Government’s regulations. If you or a member of your household develop symptoms of cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must book a test for Coronavirus promptly to help control the spread of infection. People who test positive for Covid-19 should continue to self –isolate for 10 days. The enhanced action includes asking people to limit the use of public transport to essential purposes only, such as for education, work, essential medical appointments and food shopping. Local people are also being advised that they should not visit care homes, unless it is an end-of-life visit. In such cases full PPE will be required. The enhanced action is the result of a multi-agency Incident Management Team including Public Health Wales, Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board, and Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taff local authorities. ENDS CONTACT: For media enquiries please contact the Public Health Wales Communications team on 02920 348755 (24 hours) Editor’s notes Detailed information on new cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales is now available on our user-friendly data dashboard on the Public Health Wales website. Public Health Wales is an NHS organisation providing professionally independent public health advice and services to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the population of Wales. Public Health Wales has four statutory functions: To provide and manage a range of public health, health protection, healthcare improvement, health advisory, child protection and microbiological laboratory services and services relating to

Act Now to Avoid Another Lockdown in RCT
Date: 14/09/2020

Please see link below with advice on how to avoid another RCT lockdown.

Notice of Casual Vacancy
Date: 08/09/2020

NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY YNYSYBWL AND COED-Y-CWM COMMUNITY COUNCIL LOWER Ward NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to section 87(2) of The Local Government Act 1972, that a CASUAL VACANCY has occurred in the membership of the Ynysybwl and Coed-Y-Cwm Community Council for the LOWER Ward. If an Election is not claimed as set out below the Council will be required to fill the casual vacancy by co-option in accordance with Section 116, of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011. An Election will be held if TEN Local Government Electors of the Ward give notice in writing to: The Proper Officer, The Old Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Pontypridd CF37 1JW, or email, requesting an Election. Please note that this office is not always manned currently. Such notice to be delivered no later than 14 days from the date of this notice. The computation of time in accordance with Rule 2 of the aforementioned rules disregards Bank Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays. If an election is requested, The Local Government (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections) (Wales) Regulations 2020 requires that a poll to fill the vacancy is held between 1 February to 16 April 2021 (inclusive). A qualified person interested in being considered for co-option in the event of no election being claimed should inform the undersigned. DATED : 7 September 2020 Paula Evans Clerk, Ynysybwl and Coed-Y-Cwm Community Council 63 High Street Pontypridd CF37 3EE

S137 Grant Funding
Date: 02/09/2020

Under S137 of the Local Government Act 1972, the Community Council are able to offer financial assistance to voluntary organisations in the Ynysybwl & Coed y Cwm area, the criteria being that the organisation benefits the local community by being either based in, or serving, the community who live in the Ynysybwl & Coed y Cwm area If you are a local group or organisation that is in need of funding, please contact us, we may be able to help Application forms are available by contacting the Clerk Tel: 07951 117876 Email: Or visit our website Closing date for applications - 30th September 2020 Applications will be reviewed in October 2020

Newstream article
Date: 01/09/2020

Please note that in the current Newstream article, the report from YCC states that:- 'Ynysybwl Community Project was issued with a grant for £300 to help with a summer food provision for the young people of the community in the form of a home delivery food pack'. This is a typing error - a grant for £300 was actually issued to Ynysybwl Regeneration Partnership and not Ynysybwl Community Project. Apologies for the error.

Message from Adele at the Rob
Date: 03/08/2020

Hi all we are opening to the public on Tuesday 4th August from 3pm-9pm. Monday 3rd August is a private function for the funeral of the late Amanda Owen's. Please adhere to social distancing at all times and please remember this is all new to everyone so please be respectful to staff and other customers.

Ynysybwl Football Club
Date: 03/08/2020

Ynysybwl Football Club are pleased to announce that pre-season training starts next Wednesday (5th August) 7pm start at Ynysybwl Rec. All interested players welcome.

Pontypridd Schools given reprieve
Date: 03/08/2020

Schools and sixth forms in Pontypridd have been saved from closure - for now at least - after a "landmark" legal judgement. Local campaigners won a High Court challenge over proposed changes to schools in Pontypridd in what their legal team described as "a landmark ruling". See full story by clicking on the following link:-

#BeActive RCT
Date: 03/08/2020

This week birds are the theme for the YRP children activity packs, if you haven't registered, contact

Asda Scam
Date: 03/08/2020

If you receive this email please don’t open any links as it’s fake! Emails like this have been sent around for years now claiming to be from Asda’s.

Ynysybwl Vision
Date: 03/08/2020

Are you interested in photography? Are you a young person aged 16-24? We are looking for a volunteer to support our other young peoples enterprises. So what do you get in return for your time? Courses and practical experience to take your photography skills to the next level. You will be able to take awesome aerial photos and videos with both UAV's (drones) and video cameras. This project will be part of other exciting ones we got running, see for more information.

Bins at the Parks
Date: 03/08/2020

We received complaints on the weekend regarding the bins at Butchers Pool and the Green Park not being emptied. Please note that this has been reported to the Community Warden today and hopefully the situation will be rectified soon. Please can we ask, if you are using the parks and the bins are full, that you bag up your rubbish and take it home with you rather than leave by the side of the bin. Thanks

Mural for Gurnos House?
Date: 27/07/2020

With regards to our recent post concerning a mural on the facade of Gurnos House (the Bomb), in view of comments received, it will now be discussed at the September meeting of the Community Council, due to be held on Tuesday 1st September.

Message from the Food Bank
Date: 27/07/2020

Message from the Food Bank If you are able to help, we are short of the following items this week : Squash Tinned Fruit Toothpaste Tinned Potatoes Mash Potato Rice Pudding Custard Tinned Carrots Fish Tinned Meat but not Pek meat Many Thanks.

Bwl Riders Returns!
Date: 27/07/2020

#BeActiveRCT cycling is one of the best ways to get around, Bwl Riders plan it's return in the next few weeks. Want to improve your fitness and lighten your mood, then contact

Date: 16/07/2020

TODAY!! Got a bike that is too good to waste? Is it in reasonable condition that you no longer use then we welcome your donation for our young people's community project. We particularly looking for children’s bikes. Drop off every THURSDAY 9am -1pm at the caretakers house, Pontypridd High School, just on the right by school main gates. ** NO CONTACT NEEDED, JUST DROP OFF AND LEAVE

Rugby Club Reopening
Date: 16/07/2020

We are opening! 🍺🍺 With outside drinking and a set limited outside capacity the following conditions will be strictly enforced for the next 3 weeks 1. PAID UP MEMBERS ONLY 2. EVERYONE REQUIRED TO SIGN IN, GIVING PERSONAL MEMBERSHIPS NUMBER. (track+trace) 3. SEATED TABLE DRINKING ONLY 4. MAX 6 PEOPLE TO A TABLE 5.NO OUTSIDE CHAIRS OR TABLES AND EVERYONE MUST HAVE A SEAT AND TABLE. NO STANDING CAPACITY ALLOWED Our seating area is set out in line with social distancing guidance and our capacity is SET in line with that , therefore no tables or chairs will be moved , the area is cordoned off and alcohol will only be consumed in that area ,a one way system with 2m markers is in place around and through the club, all hygiene and Covid secure guidance has been implemented for staff and members and must be followed. further guidance will be available to members on their 1st visit by way of a printed club leaflet. Our doors will open from 6.30 on Thur 16th We will also be open the following days and hours for the next 3 weeks. Friday 4pm-10pm Sat 12pm - 10pm Sun 12pm - 10pm

Recycling Bags
Date: 16/07/2020

Recycling bags are now available at MST Sports (by the Chinese). Bags can still also be collected from Cllr Sue Pickering in Windsor Place.

Date: 16/07/2020

Big 'Thank You' from the Old Bwl to all who braved the weather on Monday for the reopening. If you would like to book a table please message the Old Bwl on Facebook. Opening at 3pm.

Personal Wellbeing Action Plan
Date: 16/07/2020

Please see below from the Community Support team at RCTCBC So, as the end approaches of what's been a very stressful term, now's the moment to spend some time looking after ourselves. One of the most effective ways to do this is creating a personal wellbeing action plan, using this week's free for a week course. The course gives you an overview of the different elements of a wellbeing action plan and it's suitable for anyone, whether you're looking to develop a wellbeing action plan for yourself or in support a child or adult to write one. You can access this course now for free until 5pm on Sunday 19th July Anyone can sign up for Free Access, so do share it as widely as you can with friends and colleague

Rat Sightings
Date: 14/07/2020

We have received several reports today of sightings of rats in the village, specifically in the following areas: The Square, Robert Street, Windsor Place, Thompson Street, Crawshay Street and Dan y Cribyn. Public Health have been informed but please be vigilant when out walking and ensure that you do not leave any litter when out and about, please take your rubbish home with you. Thanks

Mural for Gurnos House?
Date: 14/07/2020

he Community Council are considering improving the facade of the United Services Inn (the 'Bomb') by having a mural painted there. The idea is to incorporate images relating to the village, for example, the Lady Windsor Colliery, the Workmens Hall, the Cenotaph, (other areas could also be explored). We have contacted an artist who is responsible for some fantastic artwork throughout the South Wales Valleys (link to his FB page below). We are asking the community for their thoughts on this, as we are aware that the building is owned by a Community Councillor. However, the building IS widely used by the community. It is home to Ynysybwl Community Project who run the Playscheme throughout the school holidays and who are also responsible for the annual Halloween party, Christmas carol service and childrens Christmas party and has been home to the Bwl Drama Club, who have held many pantomimes and shows there over the past 16 years. It is also home to the Ynysybwl Branch of the Royal British Legion and hosts the annual Remembrance Day Concert and is the end point for the Remembrance Day Parade, where the service is held on the Cenotaph. Attendees can be treated to hot soup following the service courtesy of Clive and Ceryn. We feel that this building needs a 'sprucing up' and believe that this is a great way to make it a focal point of the village again. It is hoped that, if residents agree, the mural will be in place in time for Remembrance Day this year. We welcome your comments and thoughts on this, if we receive a positive response within the next 7 days, we will go ahead. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fly Tipping at Llanwonno
Date: 14/07/2020

The bags of rubbish that were left at Llanwonno and were reported to RCTCBC have been dealt with and are awaiting collection. Thanks to the residents who reported the issue and to our Community Warden and RCT for dealing with it.

Proposal from RCTCBC regarding dog fouling
Date: 07/07/2020

Proposed Extension to current Dog Controls in Rhondda Cynon Taf We are currently consulting on whether we should extend the Public Spaces Protection Order (s) in Rhondda Cynon Taf that relate to dog controls on public land in Rhondda Cynon Taf. We would like to hear your views. The consultation starts on the 6th July and ends at 5pm on the 3rd August 2020 Have your say! · Visit: for more information or to take part in the consultation. · Email: · Write to: Freepost RSBU-HJUK-LSSS, Research & Consultation, Public Relations & Strategy, The Pavilions, Cambrian Industrial Park, Clydach Vale, Tonypandy, CF40 2XX

RCT Community Development
Date: 30/06/2020

Please note today is the last opportunity to apply for business rates relief. Please see link to our Council website. Applications must be in by 5pm today.

Ynysybwl Foodbank
Date: 29/06/2020

Please find below a list of things that are currently needed by the foodbank: Cuppa soups Tinned meat Custard Tinned Veg Tinned Fruit Jams Cleaning products Shampoo Between Augustus Street and High Street the volunteers collected enough food for 63 meals for families in need last week. Ps Thank you to whoever left things in the box yesterday. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. Donation boxes can be found in Augustus Street and High Street

RCT Cabinet Agenda
Date: 23/06/2020

Please see link below to the RCT Cabinet Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 25th June

Easy Read Covid 19 guidance
Date: 23/06/2020

Please find below the link to the Public Health Wales Easy Read versions of COVID-19 guidance

Easy Read Covid 19 guidance
Date: 23/06/2020

Please find below the link to the Public Health Wales Easy Read versions of COVID-19 guidance

Return to Pontypridd High School
Date: 23/06/2020

Please see below a link to an information video from Pontypridd High School for pupils, parents and carers to help them prepare for their return to school on 29th June.

Safeguarding Older People Covid 19 Information Pack
Date: 22/06/2020

Please see link below containing information from The Older People’s Commissioner in relation to safeguarding older people during Covid-19.

Online Video Sessions
Date: 22/06/2020

During this period of physical distancing, Coed Lleol is continuing to help people across Wales improve their wellbeing by connecting to nature. One of the ways they are doing this is through online video sessions, currently held on Zoom. Zoom is free to download and can be used on a computer, tablet or phone. They have put together a weekly timetable of themed sessions, from Foraging to Mindfulness! In addition to this they also have weekly local sessions - the Merthyr one is at 2.30pm on a Thursday afternoon. To sign up, people need to fill in an online registration form. This also gives people the option of requesting telephone befriending. The online sessions are open and free to anyone in Wales.

Street Search
Date: 18/06/2020

Hard copies of the Street Search devised by the Daerwynno team are now available from outside the YRP office in Windsor Place (they are inside an envelope taped to the side window)

Notice Boards
Date: 18/06/2020

We now have a new lockable notice board in place outside the Cemetery in Church Street. To advertise on this or any of the other lockable boards in the village, please contact the Clerk on 07951 117876, email or pop a notice into 63 High Street. The Community Council have lockable boards in the following locations: Coed-y-Cwm Augustus Street Church Street Heol y Mynach (at the bus terminus)

WAG Covid Financial Support
Date: 11/06/2020

Please see link below to the Welsh Government Covid Financial Support Leaflet file:///C:/Users/USER/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/Financial%20Support%20leaflet%20-%20ENG%20(1).pdf

Treasure Hunt
Date: 11/06/2020

Are your kids becoming bored and fed up? Why not take them on a treasure hunt around the village? See the link below to the first walk devised by Daerwynno volunteers. This should take around 50 minutes. Enjoy! file:///C:/Users/USER/Documents/YCC/Misc/WALK%201%20Daerwynno.pdf

PHS latest newsletter
Date: 09/06/2020

Please see link below to the latest newsletter from Pontypridd High School file:///C:/Users/USER/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/PHS%20Newsletter%20June%208th%20(2).pdf

Join our Virtual Village Show!!
Date: 02/06/2020

Have you been to a Village Show? They are brilliant. They bring together all the creative, talented, bizarre and joyful parts of a community through fun competitions and games. We’re really sad that village shows across the UK have been cancelled this year, so we’ve decided to have one right here during June. At The SRG Village Show, there will be games, competition categories in art, craft, cooking and gardening, as well as other fabulous and crazy things to do. When? The Fair opens on Monday 8 June. Who can join? Everyone is welcome! If you’re in a Self-Reliant Group, that’s great, but if you’re not, come and join us anyway! Adults and children can enter everything. What happens next? We’ll post more information about each game or competition. Each category will be open for a week and you can enter as many things as you like, or just have a look around at other people’s entries, just like a real Village Show! If you like this post, you’ll get to see other posts about the SRG Village Fair. Entry is free. Prizes are virtual rosettes, glory and points for your region. We’ll have a leader board with points for each region through the Show. This is the global SRG Village, let’s celebrate!

Cynon Valley Flood Recovery Fund
Date: 26/05/2020

Please see below letter below from Vikki Howells MC & Beth Winter MP. Invitation to apply to the Cynon Valley Flood Recovery Fund We are delighted to inform you that you may be able to benefit from our newly established Cynon Valley Flood Recovery Fund. We are very grateful to the Moondance Foundation, whose donation made this fund possible, and to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust who will provide independent administration. The primary purpose of the fund is to help those residents who continue to experience social and economic hardship, by providing funding allocations in the range of £500 - £2,000. The fund is in addition to any funding already provided by RCTCBC or the Welsh Government. Who can apply? The fund is open to applications from any households in the Cynon Valley constituency that have been affected by the recent flooding and are continuing to suffer hardship. Applications are limited to one per household. How do I apply? If you would like to apply, please do so at the earliest opportunity. You can request an application form or further information from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust: Full applications must be received by Monday 22nd June 2020 By phone: 01495 367680 By email: Online:…/…/ In writing to: Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Aneurin Bevan House, 40 Castle Street, Tredegar, NP22 3DQ Whilst the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate the news agenda, we are very aware that many families are yet to recover from the flooding and we hope that this new fund will be of assistance to those families who need some extra help to get back on their feet.

Interlink Wellbeing Bulletin
Date: 26/05/2020

Please see the link below to the latest Wellbeing Bulletin from Interlink. Please note that Ynysybwl & Coed y Cwm services are included in the Taff Ely section and not Cynon Valley. file:///C:/Users/USER/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/Wellbeing%20Bulletin%20220520%20(1).pdf

Public Health Team Survey
Date: 26/05/2020

Please see the following message from Cwm Taf Morgannwg Public Health Team. As a Local Public Health team, we have been working with partners to develop a local survey to gain public perceptions around the next phase of the COVID-19 response. Local feedback will help us to continue to engage with our communities in the most effective way. We would be grateful if you would share the below links via any communication mechanisms (e.g. email, social media etc.), and with your networks and partners, to encourage people living in Cwm Taf Morgannwg to respond. This survey will be open until midnight on Sunday 31st May. Thank you for your support; if you have any queries about the survey, please contact the team on Regards, Cwm Taf Morgannwg Public Health team

Date: 21/05/2020

A donation box for the Foodbank has been placed outside Mrs Mary Chinock's house at 47 High Street. All donations gratefully received. Thank you in advance

Crescis Cafe
Date: 21/05/2020

We are pleased to let you know that the Cafe will be open on Tuesday the 26th of May for takeaway breakfasts and breakfast rolls. If you want to phone your order in we will bring it outside for you or you can order at the Cafe and hopefully enjoy the sunshine while you wait for your order to be freshly cooked for you. 01443790027 We are sorry but we cannot deliver orders at the moment. Thank you all for your patience and continued support and stay safe and well.. Tony ,Rhian and Staff.

Community Recycling Centres
Date: 21/05/2020

Community Recycling Centres will re-open on 22/05/2020. Please only visit if you really have to & stick to the rules that are in place for the safety of yourself & staff. Sites will be open all over the bank holiday, 7 days a week, from 9am -7pm Info👉

Opening of Community Recycling Centres & Libraries
Date: 14/05/2020

Following the minor amendments to the Stay at Home regulations made by the Welsh Government, the Leader of the Council has issued an update on the progress of reopening the Council’s Community Recycling Centres and Libraries. Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of RCT Council, said: “Whilst the coronavirus is still a very real threat in our communities, the Welsh Government’s announcement last Friday has enabled Local Authorities to begin the planning work for how some key services are brought back into operation. “Yesterday, the Council announced that we were in discussions with other Welsh Local Authorities to find a common approach to reopening Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) in a way that can protect our staff and the public, whilst also ensuring that the necessary resources are available to meet the expected demand. “Following these discussions, I can now confirm that Rhondda Cynon Taf’s CRC sites will reopen on Friday, 22nd May, with a number of important social distancing restrictions and guidelines in place which residents using the CRCs will be required to follow. “A strictly limited number of vehicles will be allowed in at any one time and the 2 metre social distancing requirements must be observed at all times, with residents being unable to exit their vehicles until arriving at each skip. Staff on-site will also be provided with Personal Protective Equipment. “To ensure that as many residents as possible can access these facilities following the period of closures, our Recycling Centres will open under the extended hours of 9am until 7pm for the public. Council staff will work beyond these hours to ensure our sites are safe and prepared for use for residents. “To respond to the inevitable high demand for this service, two temporary sites will also be established for 10 days in order to alleviate some of the strain on the existing facilities by accepting some limited items and further details on these will be published closer the time. “Additional capacity will also be created by increasing the number of lorries removing material and the emptying of containers will also be doubled to ensure as many residents can access this service as possible. “When public access to our Recycling Centres resumes, I would like to ask residents to act responsibly and avoid rushing to use these facilities to ensure that we can maintain social distancing and allow time for these Centres to resume operating normally – there is likely to be a significant demand and a lengthy wait due to the demand and strict entry and exit arrangements, and this will be even greater if residents don’t follow this approach. “In line with the guidance for Welsh Authorities, which now permits us to review how we could reopen our libraries, Officers are developing plans for these facilities to be brought back into use. However, given the current situation with Covid-19 in RCT, it is my view that our libraries should not open during the current review period of the next three weeks. “We recognise that social interaction is an important aspect of our libraries and we are further conscious of the wellbeing impact, along with the opportunities they provide to access digital resources, but I am of the view that reopening these facilities during the current circumstances would be detrimental to the safety of residents and Council staff. I will take further advice and the situation will be reviewed again in three weeks’ time and a decision will consequently be taken in line with the circumstances. “My priority as Council Leader has to be the wellbeing and safety of our residents and Council staff in any decisions that are taken.”

Ynysybwl Services
Date: 12/05/2020

Please find below a list of facilities currently available in the community, including opening hours and contact details for essential services Lloyds Pharmacy Monday to Friday 10am till 1pm and 2pm till 5pm Saturday 10am till 1pm Taff Vale Practice 01443 490366 (need to ring surgery in Ynysybwl – currently closed) Eglwysbach Surgery 01443 790360 (Dr Bhats) Co-operative Stores Open normal hours, 7am till 10pm, 7 days a week Robert News Open normal hours Siop y Bwl Closed to public but open Monday to Friday, 9am till 1pm for telephone orders 01443 799312. Deliveries made in the afternoon Farmers Yard Pantry Deliveries of fruit, veg, meat, milk and eggs. Telephone 07537 840011 Chippys Telephone or Facebook orders only. Telephone 01443 711202, Fu Kwai Takeaway Open Wednesday & Thursday 5.30pm till 11pm, Friday & Saturday 5.30pm till 12am and Sunday 6pm till 12am. To order telephone 01443 791800 Village Kebab House Open from 5pm till 11pm Monday to Thursday and Sunday. Open from 5pm till 12am Friday and Saturday. Orders for delivery or collection can be placed via telephone 01443 307052, website,, or the Food Hub app. Ynysybwl Community Network (local volunteers)

Rubbish removal
Date: 11/05/2020

We have been informed that Natural Resources Wales have cleared any fly tipping that had been dumped in Llanwonno Forestry. RCT have also emptied the bins and removed the black bag rubbish from the rear of the Co-op. With services suspended due to staff shortages it is good to know that a limited service is still running and that there are still people out there who are trying to keep the village and surrounding areas clean and tidy. However, it has been brought to our attention that there is a lot of rubbish being left behind during daily walks. Cans, bottles, food wrappings and dog mess have become regular sights. Please could you take responsibility for your own rubbish and ensure that you take it home rather than leave it behind. We live in a beautiful part of the world and it would be good to keep it that way. Thank you

Barclays Community Aid Package
Date: 05/05/2020

Today Barclays launched its Community Relief Programme in response to C-19 which is part of its £100m Community Aid Package. If anyone is eligible and would like to apply for funding or know of any eligible causes in need of support for the C-19 relief effort then please do have a look at the below and share as appropriate. 100x100 Community Programme Barclays 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme will make 100 donations of £100k to registered charities in the UK to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Through its 100 x 100 COVID-19 UK Community Relief programme (the 100x100 programme) Barclays invites eligible UK-registered charities* to apply for a £100,000 donation to support immediate COVID-19 relief work in communities across the UK. Through the 100x100 programme, Barclays will make 100 donations of £100,000 each, representing an initial investment of £10m from Barclays’ £100m Community Aid Package, which was announced on April 7. Charities applying should demonstrate a track record of delivering impactful, on-the-ground support to directly meet the needs of vulnerable communities facing social and economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. They will be able to articulate how funding from Barclays will be deployed to meaningfully support or boost their work and they will be able to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable communities by deploying Barclays’ donation within six months of receiving funds. Further details of the 100x100 programme and an online application form can be found on Barclays’ website at from Monday, 4 May 2020. Applications close on 22 May 2020. 100x100 programme selection process Applications will be reviewed by an internal Barclays committee. The committee will look to ensure a spread across different geographical locations, communities being supported, and type of relief work being undertaken. Funding will be awarded to UK organisations best able to: · Demonstrate a track record and ability to deliver impactful, on-the-ground support to directly meet the needs of vulnerable communities facing social and economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak; · Articulate how funding from Barclays will be deployed to meaningfully support/boost their work; · Meet immediate needs of vulnerable communities – organisations must be in a position to begin deployment of Barclays’ donation within one month of receipt; · Demonstrate positive outcomes from their programmes through high-level impact metrics; and · Effectively run the charity to ensure a sound financial position. Successful applicants will be notified the week commencing 19 June and the bank expects to begin distributing funds later that month, subject to completion of due diligence and additional internal governance requirements. Further details on the eligibility requirements The Barclays 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme is open to organisations that satisfy the below eligibility requirements: · Be a UK registered charity · Pass Barclays sanctions checks · Have an annual income of more than £1million. We’re making the donations available to organisations with an annual turnover of more than £1million to ensure we are taking a responsible donation approach, and the organisation is well-resourced to deploy the funding promptly and effectively without undue impact on their operations. The Colleague Matched Donations Programme enables colleagues to raise money for the charities of their choice supporting COVID-19 relief, regardless of their size. · Not be a type of organisation excluded under Barclays’ donations policy. There are a few organisations that aren’t supported, including political and certain religious organisations, those set up to benefit an individual, or those engaging in discriminatory practices. Full details can be found here. · Actively operate in the UK communities where Barclays has a presence · Be currently working to support vulnerable people impacted by the COVID-19 crisis *A full list of eligibility criteria can be found on Barclays website [link] at Further details on Barclays £100m Community Aid Package On 7 April Barclays announced a £100m COVID-19 Community Aid Package to support charities working to help vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 complementing the wide range of commercial measures the bank has introduced to support customers and clients, alongside implementation of the UK Government’s various financial support schemes. Barclays’ Community Aid Package comprises two distinct elements – a £50m Charity Partners Programme, to be disbursed amongst a variety of charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19; and a commitment of a further £50m to match donations or active fundraising efforts by colleagues i

News from Welsh Government
Date: 04/05/2020

Welsh Government has, as of 30th April, laid regulations and published an explanatory memorandum on postponing local government by-elections. The Regulations, which will come into force on 5 May 2020 provide that: ‘Local elections to fill casual vacancies in county councils, county borough councils and community councils in Wales that are scheduled to take place after 15 March 2020 or that would otherwise be required before 31st January 2021 are postponed until a period commencing on 1st February and ending on 16th April 2021.’ Links are:…/sub-ld131…/sub-ld13156%20-e.pdf and Explanatory Memorandum to The Local Government (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections) (Wales) Regulations 2020…/sub-ld…/sub-ld13156-em%20-e.pdf

Fly tipping
Date: 04/05/2020

Please be aware that fly tipping is becoming an increasing serious problem. If you see someone doing it, please contact the police with all available details ie. type of vehicle, registration number, colour etc. if you see a new pile of tipping but no one around please contact the local authority on their email service

Coed y Cwm Recycling Banks
Date: 28/04/2020

Can and bottle recycling banks (near the bridge). Please be advised that the bottle bank is full. Due to current restrictions the council will not be emptying it. The council is requesting that people put their bottles and cans outside their houses for collection by the bin men. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE BOTTLES AND CANS OUTSIDE THE BANKS. Many thanks.

COVID Wellbeing packs
Date: 27/04/2020

Please see below links to COVID Wellbeing packs from RCTCBC. Adult version: Kids version:

VE Day 75
Date: 27/04/2020

Activities will take place on Friday 8th May and will include a mix of televised and online programmes and activities in which the Legion will have a significant profile. There will be a national moment of Remembrance at 11am. A replica of Churchill's VE speech to the nation will be broadcast at 3pm and King George VI VE day speech in the evening, along with a 1 hour programme telling the VE Day story. There are also plans for a national sing song. See link below

Notice Board
Date: 20/04/2020

The Community Council have now installed a new, lockable notice board in Augustus Street (courtesy of Steve Pickering). To advertise on this board, please email, ring 07951 117876 or drop a poster in to 63 High Street. This also applies to the notice boards in Coed-y-Cwm and at the Old Bwl bus terminus.

RCTCBC Current Services
Date: 14/04/2020

Due to the ongoing developments with the coronavirus outbreak in Wales and RCT, and the need to focus staff resources towards services, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council have temporarily suspended the following services: Dog fouling Fly tipping clearance Household Waste and Recycling Missed Litter problems Litter bin problems Parking offences Smoke pollution problems Street cleaning Street Furniture - Signs, Furniture and Bins Damage Community Recycling Centres are also closed. We please ask that residents take note of this and comply with regulations. When you are taking your daily exercise, please take any rubbish home with you. Do not dump rubbish or waste. Ensure you clean up any dog waste and dispose of it correctly. If you need to take your car out, please park considerately. Do not light any fires, whether in your garden or while out on your daily exercise. Mountain fires are becoming a problem at the current time. We realise these are difficult times, please help to keep our village clean, tidy and most of all, SAFE.

Scam Emails
Date: 07/04/2020

Please be on your guard against scam emails. We have been informed this morning about an email asking to send an Amazon gift card. It started off as a clever line to get you to reply as follows. The name of the person whose email was being spoofed has been removed Hi How are you doing? Let me know if you received my mail I need you to do something urgent for me. Thanks Having gained a response from what seemed like a reasonable quick request:- I really appreciate your quick response, I need you to help me purchase an Amazon gift card at the store OR online on amazon for my nieces birthday, but i can't do this now because I'm currently not close to any store here. Can you get it from any store around you? OR purchase the card online? I'll pay back as soon as I am back. Kindly let me know if you can handle this. I hope to hear back from you as soon as possible. Thanks This sort of thing really should set alarm bells ringing. If your friend has internet access why couldn’t they do it themselves? By the way the person spoofing had set up an account using a different email provider but the same name, let’s face it who looks at the whole email address as against the name of the sender. Forewarned is forearmed

Message from Johnny Ices
Date: 07/04/2020

Ok this for the kids with nothing to do I want a painting or drawing or sketch any kind of picture of my van and when it's safe to come back the top ten pictures will win an ice cream boat get your pics uploaded winners announced next monday Ages 2- 8year olds will be 5 winners 8-16 year olds will be 5 winners Dont forget to put childs age Good luck

The Co-op, Ynysybwl
Date: 06/04/2020

Some people in our Community do not seem to get how serious the situation is currently, and seem to go about their shopping in the normal way. The last couple of days, people have been observed chatting away in the aisles and at the till and not keeping the safe distance apart. They are also standing directly behind other people when paying for their goods. The management and staff are doing an excellent job in keeping the shop running , and certainly are "in the frontline" Could we therefore make an urgent request .. "IF YOU DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR OWN HEALTH, PLEASE THINK OF OTHERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY, WHO DO!!" PLEASE OBSERVE THE CURRENT 2 METRE DISTANCE GUIDELINES IN OPERATION AS A NATION!" Keep safe one and all..

Stay at Home!
Date: 06/04/2020

YCC have received several reports of groups of people, not from the same households, congregating during the lockdown. Residents in the Rock Terrace/BYC area have reported a group of people meeting late evening and playing loud music. We have also been told that a group of teenagers have been meeting at the top of the mountain. This lockdown is not an excuse for a a holiday, it has been put in place to help save lives. We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to stay at home. Please adhere to the rules as your day out with friends could lead to a loss of life. If you see or hear any groups or gatherings, please inform the police by ringing 101.

Green Waste Collections
Date: 06/04/2020

From Monday 6th April, green waste collections will be reinstated. However as with all recycling and waste services at this time, there may be some disruption. Please leave items at the kerbside and we’ll collect asap. Latest updates at

Art Competition
Date: 06/04/2020

If you're at a loose end today, don't forget about the Ynysybwl "My family" art competition. Contact Hannah Brown via Facebook me with your entries or for more information. Good luck!

RCT Redeployment Survey
Date: 02/04/2020

COVID-19 - UPDATE MESSAGE 7 - FAO Chairs of Governors, Headteachers, Managers, Staff and Trade Unions) To all Staff As highlighted in the latest Covid-19 update message, the NHS has identified 15,000 residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf that are either over 70, have underlying health conditions or are pregnant, that should self-isolate for at least 12 weeks. To support the dedicated RCT front line staff and community volunteers that are continuing to deliver vital essential services to these vulnerable people we are asking for your help. This help could be working alongside an experienced member of social care staff, working in the community hubs delivering shopping, collecting medication, making up food parcels, etc. or, if you are unable to leave your home, undertake telephone work contacting vulnerable residents. Whatever your role is, for example a HR officer, an administrator, a teacher, a teaching assistant, a finance officer or one of many other occupations in the Council who in the coming weeks will be working from home, if you would be willing to help coordinate and support this initiative we want to hear from you as soon as possible. Please complete thesurveyand we will look to match your preferences with the roles that we know need filled urgently. RCT Redeployment Survey We would emphasise that throughout this period of redeployment, your safety will be paramount and that you will not be expected to do anything that you are uncomfortable with. Many thanks in anticipation for your support and look forward to hearing from you soon. Kind regards, Rhondda Cynon Taf Senior Leadership Team From: Morgan, Tracey (Directors Secretary) Sent: 30 March 2020 19:28 Subject: COVID-19 - UPDATE MESSAGE 7 - FAO Chairs of Governors, Headteachers, Managers, Staff and Trade Unions Importance: High Covid-19 -Update Message 7 - FAO Chairs of Governors, Headteachers, Managers, Staff and Trade Unions Dear colleague, Further to last Friday’s update, as indicated advice surrounding Covid-19 changes at a rapid pace and these changes can be daily. SLT appreciates that there has been a lot of information shared to date and we do try to make updates weekly wherever possible. However over the weekend further information has been received, so SLT is providing a further update now as follows. 1. Staff Survey – Volunteering across the Council Please see below message from Councillor Andrew Morgan and Chris Bradshaw. Note to all staff Please can we express our thanks to you all for the work you have carried out during the past three weeks, in responding to the Corona virus. We are all contributing to a national effort to save as many lives in our communities as possible, whether that is providing key frontline services, supporting vulnerable people in their own homes, providing childcare to enable NHS and other essential staff to undertake their key duties, keeping children and others safe, or working from home, and staying safe. The next few weeks and months will continue to be difficult and we should expect further action from the UK Government to reduce the spread of the virus. This is the greatest humanitarian crisis we have experienced in our time and we are sure that we will all pull together and do what is required to protect the NHS and support our medical profession to save lives in all our homes and communities. The greatest impact we can all have is to follow the physical distancing guidelines of two metres whenever possible, avoid unnecessary journeys and wherever possible remain at home. The NHS has identified 15,000 residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf that are either over 70, have underlying health conditions or are pregnant, that should self-isolate for at least 12 weeks. All 15,000 will receive a letter shortly, and some of these individuals will not have family and friends that they can rely upon to provide food, collect medicines, have a chat, or walk the dog. We will shortly be sendingout a survey to all Council staff asking for volunteers to change their role and come forward and support community volunteers to help these vulnerable people. So for example, you may currently be a HR officer, an administrator, a teacher, a teaching assistant, a finance officer or one of many other occupations in the Council who in the coming weeks will be working from home, and you would be willing to help coordinate and support this initiative. If you do, we look forward to hearing from you. Please keep safe and follow the Government’s guidelines. Regards, Andrew Morgan – Leader of the Council & Chris Bradshaw – Chief Executive Please note that the survey will follow shortly. 2. Personal

Message from Ponty High School
Date: 02/04/2020

Dear All This is the link to this mornings registration film for our children - in particular those in Years 7 and 8. Hopefully this helps to keep them going and know wea re there for them. We started this on Monday and will put a film out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am for the duration of school closure. Thanks to all the staff who have taken this idea forward. (Monday's version is on the website). Enjoy !

Attention, Ynysybwl residents!
Date: 02/04/2020

On my daily walk, I've been enjoying the wonderful rainbows in your windows and thought I'd run an art competition for the children and young people of Ynysybwl. The theme is "My family". You can use whatever media you'd like, paint, pencils, crayons or a collagé of different things. It can be on a computer or a decorated picture of photos cut outs (with parents'/ carers' permission 😲). It can be a flat 2D picture or a 3D sculpture. It's entirely up to you. There's three age categories: •6 and under; •7-10; •11 and over. All you need to do is create a beautiful piece of art, then message me with the photo of it. This way, we're not getting too close to each other. Please also state the age of the child. Please do this by Monday. I'll judge on Tuesday and announce the winners. There will be a prize for the winners. Please share this with other Ynysybwl families to involve everyone. I look forward to seeing your entries! Hannah Brown

A reminder from our local Co-OP
Date: 02/04/2020

The store will be open from 8am till 9am, Monday to Friday for NHS staff only. Also, please could customers observe the distance markers on the floor. Thanks

Message from Prince Charles Hospital
Date: 02/04/2020

The Deputy Ward Manager of Ward 6 at Prince Charles Hospital has messaged YCC with an urgent request They urgently require the following: Soap, body spray, deodorants, shaving gel, shaving foam, shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste (sorry, no talc), whatever you can spare. As you are aware there is no visiting at this time and supplies are now running low. The majority of the patients are elderly with elderly relatives who are unable to get supplies to loved ones. If you are able to donate any provisions, please ring Kelly on 07507 360221 who lives in Coed y Cwm and she can arrange drop off or collection. Thank you.

Date: 02/04/2020

Please see below the latest bulletin from Interlink with regards to Cynon Valley and Taff Ely. CYNON VALLEYTAFF Bryn Sion Church: Offering to do shopping for people and have a befriending service. Monday-Friday 9am5pm. Contact them on: 07486643961 Cynon Valley Singing for Lung Health Group: Access this group on their Facebook page to join in with singing lessons for lung health. Hirwaun Matters 2: Providing shopping, friendly phone calls, urgent supplies. St Fagan’s Church Trecynon: Providing Shopping and friendly phone calls. Contact them on: 01685 881435 Delivery4U: Available to those who are vulnerable or in need (free delivery available) for the following: Food, prescription collection, baby essentials, food take- away, pet food and other essentials. Contact them on: 07464 932097 Merthyr Cynon Food Bank: Providing emergency support to those in crisis. To collect a voucher and for further information on collection points visit their website. Contact them on: 0742753743 Covid 19 Support Group- Trewaun, Trenant and Penywaun- Supporting those most vulnerable within the community. Visit their Facebook page for further information. TAFF ELY Taff Ely Foodbank: Providing emergency support to those in crisis. Open at Bethel Baptist Church, Pontyclun. Monday - Friday, 9am-1pm. Offering deliveries of emergency food parcels to people self-isolating. Still accepting food donations (non-perishable) at local supermarkets and Bethel Baptist Church during opening hours. Contact Andrew Butcher on: 07900 557379. Pontypridd Foodbank: Providing emergency support to those in crisis. Open at St Luke's Church, Rhydyfelin, Monday & Friday 2-4pm and Wednesday 10am-12noon. Offering deliveries of emergency food parcels to people self-isolating. Please contact your housing officer, Citizens Advice or a member of your local wellbeing team (contacts on page 1) if you need a voucher. Still accepting food donations (non-perishable) at Sainsbury’s, Ponytpridd and St Luke’s, Rhydyfelin during opening hours. Contact Mandy Haydon-Hall on 07562137392. Llanharan Drop-in Centre: Providing childcare (6 weeks to 12 years) for key working families only. MUST be registered through local authority emergency childcare scheme. Contact them on: 01443 229723 or email Salem Chapel, Tonteg: Team of local volunteers supporting those self-isolating or vulnerable with the following: picking up shopping, dog walks, calling for a chat, delivering foodbank packages for those in crisis, posting mail and any other essential support. Contact Emma on 07581888006 or Rev. Rosa on 07807893373. Pontyclun Community Friends: Providing community support through volunteers to those self-isolating in Pontyclun and surrounding areas. Shopping service, friendly phone calls and other urgent supplies. Also recruiting local volunteers. Contact Margaret Griffiths on 01443 229301 or email at Liam’s Taxis: Based in Pontypridd, they are offering to assist with getting vulnerable people, NHS and key workers to supermarkets and to work. An 8-seater taxi but they will only take 4 from the same household at any time to abide by government regulations. Minimal fares will be charged to cover petrol costs. Call or text 07581006416 at any time. Glyncoch Support Group: Providing practical help such as shopping, prescription pick up and welfare calls via volunteers. Contact: 01443 540104, line open from 10am-4pm daily, leave a voicemail outside those times. Email Tylagarw Community Support: Volunteer help with picking up shopping, urgent supplies, a friendly phone call and posting mail. Recruiting volunteers. Contact them on: 07395 157540 Across Rhondda Cynon Taff Age Connects Morgannwg: Providing a telephone befriending service to those feeling lonely whilst in self isolation. If you know of someone that would benefit from this service, please email the ‘Reaching Out’ Coordinator, Helen Davies on Care and Repair: Offering a new telephone befriending service for existing and new clients. Staff will also be providing an essential delivery and collection service for those who are self-isolating or vulnerable and require essential items. This can include food, prescriptions or anything that will support clients. Contact: 01443 755696 Dementia Connect: Offer telephone support for people living with dementia and their Carers. Contact: 0333 150 3456 or Please find the referral portal Hapi project - Live wellbeing videos daily including singalong, family fit, Pilates and more. Timetable released weekly on Hapi Facebook page. New Horizons & Mental Health Matters: Mental Health Charities working across Rhondda Cynon Taf offering Free Telephone Befriending Call Sara on: 07966 904 286 or Michelle on: 07966 632 709 Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind - A local mental health charity working in co

Coronavirus Advice
Date: 30/03/2020

We were informed on the weekend by a member of the public that a group of around 8 boys had been swimming in the river at the Cwm and were in the process of lighting a fire. When questioned why they were not at home they said they were getting their one form of exercise! Some people were also spotted fishing in this area. Can you please take the Government rules seriously, they have been put in place for a reason - to stop people dying! Do not let your children out of the house to mix with their friends, they could be spreading this disease to the elderly and vulnerable. Please obey the rules!

Lady Windsor Proposed Development
Date: 30/03/2020

To everyone concerned about the proposed Lady Windsor development, a letter was received by the Community Council at 3.15pm on Saturday 28th March. This is the first communication that YCC had received from Persimmon regarding the site. Please find the link to the letter below: file:///C:/Users/USER/Documents/YCC/COMMUNITY%20COUNCIL%202020/Correspondence/April%202020/Persimmon%20letter.pdf

Recycling Bags
Date: 30/03/2020

Supermarket Recycling Bag Pick Up Recycling bags are available to pick up at these supermarkets MONDAY 30/3 - these will be located at the entrance of each store so people can pick up quickly and leave. CYNON VALLEY Tesco - Aberdare Asda - Cwmbach Lidl - Aberdare PONTYPRIDD Tesco - Upper Boat Tesco - Talbot Green Sainsburys - Pontypridd RHONDDA Aldi - Porth Lidl - Tylorstown Lidl - Treorchy Asda - Tonypandy

CoronaVirus Scam
Date: 30/03/2020

Please see information below from Action Fraud

CoronaVirus Scam
Date: 30/03/2020

Please see information below from Action Fraud

Our Local Co-op
Date: 26/03/2020

Our local Co-op store will now be open between the times of 7am until 8pm, to encourage customers to stay at home. They have asked customers to observe the 2 metre rule while shopping and paying at the tills (there are markers on the floor for this). They have also requested that customers refrain from panic buying as they are unable to keep up with demand at the moment. These are difficult times, please do what you can to help our fantastic Co-OP and the amazing staff. Thank you

Refuse & Recycling
Date: 26/03/2020

Refuse and recycling remain unaffected at the moment. However, as staffing resources reduce, this will be reviewed on a weekly basis. The collection of green and bulky household waste has already been suspended. Please do not put out any green waste for collection.

Date: 26/03/2020

Rainbow stickers are now outside MST Events. Please help spread some happiness and pick one up on your daily exercise to stick in your window. Thanks to Matthew & Sarah for this!

Support our key workers
Date: 26/03/2020

Remember everyone, on the 26th March (Thursday) at 8pm can you all either stand on doorsteps or open a window and clap and cheer as loudly as you can for all the frontline workers - nhs staff, carers, teachers, support staff, food and medicine delivery drivers, shop workers and anyone else on the frontline, risking their own lives to makes yours better. Let's try and get this around the country.

Update from the Co-op
Date: 26/03/2020

More news on our local Co-op:- Shopping for the elderly and vulnerable will take place at the following times: 8am till 9am - Monday to Friday 10am till 11am - Sunday The staff will not be asking for ID but ask that the community support this and do not abuse this initiative. They are also looking at limiting the number of customers in the shop at any one time. Please respect the wishes of the store - keep your distance from other customers and members of staff. And please, please, please do not disrespect the staff - they are KEY WORKERS and they are there for your benefit. For those who are unable to visit the Co-op we have a network of volunteers who are willing to do this for you, please see below:- Leigh James -07930826062 Councillor Sue Pickering - 799264/07813534395 Jessica Perry - 07802433703 Community Councillor Howard Osborne - 07478262212 Community Councillor Daniel Baish - 07882042519 Nikohl Davies - 07463955270 Community Councillor Amanda Ellis - 791783 Jackie James - 07976472341 Debbie Hopkins - Tai Newydd Please use the volunteer time very wisely. Do not call for things you know you can do without. Volunteers need to be safe also. If shopping is done for you it will be essential items only and they will be left on your doorstep. No contact please. If you cannot get someone on their mobile (as the phone signal is still not working), most of the above are on Facebook. Do not give cash to anyone you dont know and definitely NO BANK CARDS. Stay safe and well everyone.

Free School Meals update
Date: 23/03/2020

NOTICE FROM RCTCBC Parents/carers of children who are entitled to free school meals will be able to collect a breakfast and packed lunch from their local primary school during the Coronavirus school closure period. Further information on how to access can be found here:

Closure of all play areas in RCT
Date: 23/03/2020

The Leader of the RCT Council has announced that all play areas across the County Borough will Be closed from Sunday 22nd March in an effort to adhere and encourage the social distancing guidelines issued by the UK Government and Welsh Government. Leader of RCT Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan said: “Over the weekend I have seen numerous photos and received reports of people not adhering to the social distancing guidelines as we attempt to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. “Public Health Wales today announced that a further seven people have died here in Wales over recent days as a result of the virus and I would like to extend my condolences to their families at this difficult time. In addition to these deaths, the number of confirmed cases in Wales continues to grow by the day, with significant increases over the last two days in particular. “The social distancing advice is there for a reason – people are falling ill and people with under laying health issues are dying as a result of continued transmission of the virus, and it is absolutely imperative to minimise the contact people have with one another to slow the continuing trend. “I appreciate that these are exceptional times for all of us, but this should not be treated as a Public Bank Holiday - it’s not, it’s Public Health Emergency. Unfortunately, I am now instructing these measures to close all play areas in the interests of public safety, if necessary we will go further and close all public parks unless social distancing is taken seriously. Public notices will be placed at all play areas by the council as soon as possible”

Youth Club
Date: 23/03/2020

Unfortunately, Youth Club will be closed for the next few weeks. We will update you on any changes and the staff are meeting regularly to discuss the support needed for young people and what we can practically offer in these difficult times. Regards Mark, Youth Enterprise Officer.

Information for residents of RCTCBC regarding Coronavirus
Date: 23/03/2020

Please click on the link below for information on RCTCBC services during the Coronavirus situation

New Pharmacy hours
Date: 23/03/2020

Please note that Lloyds Pharmacy will be closed at the following times due to the Coronavirus situation 9 am -10 am 1pm - 2 pm 5pm - 6pm

Message from Interlink
Date: 19/03/2020

We will be supporting the Sector over the next few weeks and months with Covid-19. This includes: 1. GRANTS: A small grant of up to £250 for new or existing informal and formal community organisations in RCT for costs to cover their support to people affected by Covid 19 (for example, food, fuel, heating, leaflets, vouchers, etc). This grant is supported by Interlink core funding and the Sydney Albert Fund. PLEASE CONTACT 2. APPLY TO VOLUNTEER: Apply to volunteer in RCT through Volunteering in Wales. CLICK ON THE LINK:…/my_opport… 3. HELP FROM VOLUNTEERS: A volunteering service for referring volunteers to support local groups who are supporting people affected by Covid 19 (for example, you may wish want help from volunteers to give advice, coordinating other volunteers, photocopying, etc.). PLEASE CONTACT: 4. SUPPORT FOR GROUPS: Interlink are offering on the ground and on-line support and advice to any group or volunteers through a dedicated member of staff to help you coordinate your efforts. PLEASE CONTACT: 5. SUPPORTING PEOPLE: Help to coordinate support to individuals in need of advice and support through befriending, Interlinks Coordinators (for the over 50’s and those coordinators working with GP practices throughout RCT) and partners. If you need advice and support or your organisation can help provide advice and support. PLEASE CONTACT: PLEASE CALL OR TEXT US: If you want to speak to someone in relation to any of the above: · PLEASE CALL (9am-5pm): 01443 846200; or · PLEASE TEXT (Outside of office hours) 07772 464110

CoronaVirus Scam
Date: 19/03/2020

Please be aware that news of a recent scam has been brought to our attention. In Aberdeen people have been cold called upon and told to self-isolate. They have then been asked if they need anything and the 'volunteers' have taken their bank cards using them to withdraw money from bank accounts. Please can you help to raise awareness of this scam to anyone who is elderly and/or vulnerable. A bank of local volunteers is currently being set up in the community. They will not ask for bank cards. Please help to protect our elderly and vulnerable members of the community.

Message from Vikki Howells, AM
Date: 19/03/2020

Please see message below from Vikki Howells, AM Dear All Following the recent UK and WG advice on the CoronaVirus, please note that as a precautionary measure, to help safeguard against the spread of Coronavirus and also ensure the safety and well-being of my team, I am temporarily cancelling my drop-in advice surgeries. Additionally and for the reasons above, for a temporary period I will also not be offering any drop-in appointments to constituents at my Constituency Office in Aberdare. Should any of your constituents require food bank vouchers, I am working with the DWP and Trussell Trust to provide alternative arrangements. I shall update you on these arrangements as soon as they are agreed with the relevant partners. In the meantime I can confirm that DWP offices in Aberdare are able to issue Salvation Army food bank vouchers. This is not a decision I have taken lightly and I will do all I can to continue to support constituents. If any Cynon Valley resident needs advice or support, please can they ring me on 01685 881388 or email me on Apologies for any inconvenience this causes. Kind regards, Vikki Vikki Howells AM Assembly Member for Cynon Valley

Important information from the Co-op
Date: 19/03/2020

Important Information on Coronavirus from your Co-op. Update from CEO, Steve Murrells Dear Co-op Members and customers I’ve never known anything like what we’re experiencing right now. I know you’ll be as worried as I am about the health of your loved ones and the livelihoods of those around you. The Co-op’s got a critical role to play in supporting our members, customers, and colleagues as well as local communities across the country. My heartfelt commitment to you is that we will work through this, together, in the most co-operative, responsible and compassionate way we can – just as you would expect us to. While I don’t have all the answers and the information we’re getting is changing as fast as I can type this note, I wanted to let you know how we’re responding. Our food stores In our food stores we’re working round the clock to make sure our shops remain stocked. You’ll have heard the request from the Government not to panic buy. I know you’ll be thinking of your friends and family as you shop, as well as yourself, but please shop normally so there’s enough for everyone all of the time. We’re also going to do everything we can to make sure our most vulnerable customers get the food they need and we’re looking at a few different options to make this happen. It’s not just customers in our food stores we’re thinking about either. We know that for many children who get free school meals, lunch is the main meal of the day, so if school closes unexpectedly there’s a risk they go hungry. We can’t let this happen. So, we’re stepping in and giving 6,500 students that have free school meals at our 25 Co-op Academy schools a £20 voucher for every week of unplanned closure. This can be spent in any Co-op food store. But it’s a drop in the ocean when you consider there are 1.4 million kids on free school meals in this country. So that’s why today, I’ve also asked the Government to lead a nationwide effort to make sure no child goes hungry just because they can’t go to school. Our Funeral homes Our funeral care teams also have an extraordinary role to play. We’re calling on the Government for support because the whole industry is going to be turned upside down by this crisis and we need a joined up approach. In the meantime, our colleagues do difficult work with utmost care and compassion, and no matter how they’re challenged in these coming months, I know that won’t change. Co-op Health You’ll likely already know friends and family members who are self-isolating at the moment. I know this will be hugely difficult for everyone but particularly if you have an existing condition that requires a repeat prescription. If you do, then please make use of our Co-op Health app where we can arrange delivery of your prescriptions, free of charge, across England. Unfortunately, we haven’t got connectivity for the rest of the UK just yet but we’re working on it. Supporting your community I’m sure you already know, but at the Co-op we passionately care about communities. And right now, community is everything! So we’re urgently and carefully looking at how we can use everything we’ve got to help – from our 700 Member Pioneer colleagues, to our local community fund, to our partnership on mental wellbeing with MIND, SAMH & Inspire. We’re also working on a new online platform called ‘Co-operate’ which connects people to local support and information. I can’t think of a time when this kind of tool has been more needed and so we’re pulling out all the stops to build it faster and get it to more communities. Right now my teams are working out the best way for us to help, practically and financially, where we’re most needed. Colleagues right across the business are working exceptionally hard, while caring for themselves and their families too. I’ve never been prouder of them or more grateful for their commitment. These are exceptional times but I promise that we’re here for you and we’ll work to support each other through this and keep you updated. Take care Steve Murrells Co-op CEO

Community Centre closure
Date: 19/03/2020

Please note that the Community Centre will be closed until further notice from Friday 20th March.

Concert for Clydach
Date: 17/03/2020

Message from Tony Burnell Thanks to Nev ..Neil..Mark (who kindly provided the excellent PA) and David..Collectivly known for that night only as Aucustic Hand of Dimes belting out a brilliant set, ably assisted during the evening by Jason "Bomber " Williams.Heather Mote(Main) Jo and Rob.(This way up)..Clive Godfrey the DJ. Not forgetting Ian Mac (Roadie number 1) Barrie Williams for doing the auction,Nicola Price and Nico for doing the raffle, Team Adele Pyatt behind the very buisy bar, and Jane Godfrey and Kara Louise Godfrey Rocket security) for doing the door. The biggest thank you must go out to the Community of Ynysybwl who in these times of uncertainty turned out yet again in force to support a great evening raising to date £1650, with more to come in hopefully bringing the total to over £2000!! Ynysybwl you did yourselves proud yet again! Well done one and all....

Clerk availability
Date: 17/03/2020

Please note that from today there will be no YCC presence at the Community Centre. The Clerk is available by phone or email during working hours (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am till 12.30pm). Updates will be posted on here within the next few weeks as to our new base.

Clerk availability
Date: 16/03/2020

Please note that there will be no YCC presence at the Community Centre on Tuesday 17th March due to the Chiropodist being in attendance. The Clerk will be available by phone or email.

Community Consultation Exercise
Date: 12/03/2020

Community Consultation Exercise The Community Council would like to invite all residents of the Ynysybwl and Coed-Y-Cwm community to attend the Community Centre on Sunday 29th March 2020 at 11.30 a.m. The aim of the exercise is to give residents an opportunity to voice their opinions regarding the possible development of the Lady Windsor Site (LWS). The objective of the consultation is to gather information in order to pass on residents views with regards to the development of the LWS, hopefully before any proposition goes to Cabinet. This will enable the Cabinet to make a full and fair assessment of the viability of such a development and the impact, positive or negative, on the local community. Community Councillors will facilitate the consultation, take notes, pass on the known facts and quell any rumours. The Community Council is clear that it can only comment of officially released information and then, in an unbiased manner.

RGH Public Meeting
Date: 12/03/2020

PUBLIC MEETING ABOUT ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY SERVICES AT ROYAL GLAMORGAN HOSPITAL Organised by Vikki Howells AM and Beth Winter MP Do you have concerns about proposed changes to Accident & Emergency Services in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital? Come along and put your questions to Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board Chair Professor Marcus Longley and Medical Director Dr Nick Lyons. Representatives from Cwm Taf Community Health Council will also be in attendance. Monday 16th March Ynysybwl Rugby Club 6pm - 7pm (doors open 5.45pm)

Date: 10/03/2020

Please note there are no Fareshare items available at the Community Centre today

Connect for Success
Date: 09/03/2020

Connect for Success in RCT #connect4successRCT Are you a small local business, an entrepreneur or maybe someone with loads of ideas? Millions of pounds are spent on goods and services for the public each year in RCT, by large customers including the local council and NHS Trust. Practice Solutions wants to work with local businesses to create lasting connections with these customers and help RCT thrive. Come along to our Free Breakfast Event and find out how you can get involved: Wednesday 18 March, 8.30am until 10.30am Pontypridd Rugby Football Club, Sardis Road Stadium, Pontypridd, CF37 1HA Spaces are limited so please sign up quickly. To book or for more info go to: Y U R 01443 742384 @Pracsolutions Cyswllt i Lwyddiant yn RhCT #

Floods Fundraiser
Date: 24/02/2020

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the Bake Sale at the Community Centre on Thursday 20th February, from baking, donating and helping out on the day. A grand total of £530 was raised and will be donated to the Clydach Terrace Floods Appeal.

Closure of footbridge
Date: 24/02/2020

The footbridge crossing the Nant Clydach watercourse, which forms part of Footpath 26 has been closed with immediate effect due to storm damage and a build-up of debris around the structure. The bridge will be closed for 21 days and possibly for a further period of up to 6 months to allow for inspections and essential clearance and repair work to be carried out. The closure is necessary for public safety and is not subject to public consultation.

Thank You
Date: 24/02/2020

A big thank you to Soft Washing UK, a Cardiff based company who sent 8 of their employees to Clydach Terrace yesterday up until 6.30pm to help clear waste then pressure wash and decontaminate the whole street, including the fronts of the houses and all for free. Well done everyone!

Emergency Flooding Assistance
Date: 18/02/2020

TOO GOOD TO WASTE *** Emergency Flooding Assistance *** Following the devastating flooding that some of our communities have faced over the past few days everyone at toogoodtowaste wants to help support our local families that have been affected, therefore we are offering all our services and help. If you are in need then we have pre-owned furniture that we have available free of charge to those most in crisis, Whilst we are a small charity these essential items we are sure will make a difference and help people through these challenging times. We will just need you to phone us and give us some of your information and the items you need, and we will see if we can help. We will also be accepting donations and can collect within RCT to continue spreading the help. Call us on 01443 680090

Clydach Terrace Meeting
Date: 18/02/2020

There will be a meeting tonight for residents of Clydach Terrace with Cllr Sue Pickering at the Community Centre. Please note this is NOT a public meeting. The Chair of the Community Council has been invited to attend.

Help Available
Date: 17/02/2020

To anyone affected by the Clydach Terrace floods yesterday - Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm Community Council will pay for a hot meal and a drink at the Community Centre. The Community Centre is open from 8.30am till 2pm Monday to Friday, please ring beforehand on 790316 so they can ensure there is a meal ready for you. We are also on hand to offer help with completing insurance forms and claims if needs be, confidentiality assured. The Clerk is at the Community Centre from 9.30am till 12.30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday but can be available during the afternoons and on Wednesday this week. Please ring 07951 117876 or email

Floods - Help Available
Date: 17/02/2020

Friends of Animals Wales We have three charity shops, Treorchy, Ton Pentre and Ynysbwl. We are happy to help those affected by flooding with bedding, kitchen utensils, clothing, household goods ect. free of charge. Please speak to Jan Hawkins in our Ton Pentre shop or ring our help line 01443 800339.

Donations needed
Date: 17/02/2020

Please donate and help those affected by the terrible recent floods

Date: 17/02/2020

The Community Council are saddened by the recent events caused by flooding in the Community. Thanks must be given to Cllr Sue Pickering who was first on the scene with The Emergency services and worked with residents, doing the best she can in treacherous conditions. Thanks must also be given to Community Cllr Richard Isaac, who was promptly on the scene with his tractor, and members of the community who turned out to help with the clean up operation. The Community Centre also opened it's doors for hot drinks and warmth for those who needed it. A great show of community spirit at this very sad time.

Organisation, Group & Club List
Date: 10/02/2020

Please find below a list of organisations, groups & clubs in the village. YNYSYBWL COMMUNITY CENTRE Tea, coffee and toast available Monday to Friday from 9.30am till 1pm Lunches are available Monday to Friday from 12pm - £3.50 for main, dessert and a drink Bingo:- • Monday 1.30pm till 3.15pm • Thursday 7.30pm till 9.15pm Youth Club 6pm till 8pm on Monday evenings during term time (grant funded by Children in Need through Ynysybwl Enterprise Project) Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm Community Council - meetings every first Tuesday of the month (except August) from 6.45pm till 9pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Fortnightly CISWO (Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation) social afternoons on Wednesday (for ex miners and relatives of ex miners) from 2pm till 4pm Friday Friends club from 10am till 12pm Chiropodist every 6 weeks at 11am (next session 4th February) - cost is £10, take a ticket and wait to be seen. The Community Centre is available for hire for birthdays, parties, meetings and other functions. For more information and hire charges, please ring the centre on 01443 790316. YNYSYBWL COMMUNITY PROJECT - based in the United Services Inn (the Bomb) Table Tennis every Wednesday evening 7pm till 9pm Martial Arts every Friday evening 7pm till 9pm Playscheme every school holiday (excluding Christmas) from 10am till 12pm Hallowe’en Party every October Christmas Carol Service and Party first Friday in December YCP can be hired for various courses when needed. YNYSYBWL REGENERATION PARTNERSHIP (INCORPORATING THE VISION GROUP) Monday – Men’s Sheds, 2pm, New Road Allotment Monday – Youth Club, 6pm till 8pm, Ynysybwl Community Centre (funded by Children in Need through Ynysybwl Enterprise Project) Tuesday – Walking Rugby, 11am till 12pm at the Bomb (12pm till 1pm during Playscheme) Tuesday – Crafty Bwlers craft group, 10am till 12pm at the YRP office Tuesday - Our Planet After School Club, 3.30pm till 4.30pm, Trerobart Primary School Thursday – Mini Strollers, parent & child walking group, 10am at the entrance to the Lady Windsor site, weather permitting Thursday – Cresci’s Strollers, 10.30am from Cresci’s Café Thursday – Allotment Group, 12pm at New Road Allotment Thursday – Walking Rugby, 6pm till 7pm at the Bomb Friday – Bedtime Story Sessions, held monthly at the YRP office (please contact Hannah Brown for more details) DAERWYNNO OUTDOOR ACTIVITY CENTRE Climbing, orienteering, canoeing and much, much more! Contact Jill Price on 01443 790768 or email YNYSYBWL RUGBY CLUB Annual Tipsy 10 Challenge raising lots of money each year for good causes Sunday - Quiz night Monday – Bingo 7.30 – 9.30 Tuesday- Ladies bowls, 7pm start Wednesday – Short mat bowls Thursday - Line dancing Sunday lunches are served but not every Sunday – contact the Rugby Club for details on 01443 790661 Live music – keep an eye on Facebook and the village notice boards for details and dates. The club is also available for private hire. For more information contact 01443 790661.   YNYSYBWL CON CLUB Keep Fit, Monday evenings Slimming World, Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm Quiz nights on Thursday Live bands every last Friday of the month Live music fortnightly on Saturday evenings Darts Skittles The club’s function room is also available for private hire. For more information contact Jackie on 01443 858765. YNYSYBWL ENTERPRISE PROJECT Organisers of the following:- • Annual Gwyl Festival • Santa’s Journey • School football tournament every September • Village Voices twice a year at the Con Club • Christmas Fayre at the Roberttown Hotel • Vintage car show Grant funding for the youth club through Children in Need ROBERTTOWN ROADRUNNERS If you love running or have never done it but want to, this is the group for you! From beginners to established runners the ‘Robbies’ will welcome you. They run most evenings and Sunday mornings. The Robbies, in conjunction with Ynysybwl Enterprise Project, also organise the annual Lady Windsor runs and the Halloween run. See the Robbies Facebook page for more information. YNYSYBWL & COED-Y-CWM COMMUNITY COUNCIL Firework Display Senior Citizens Christmas Dinners at the Community Centre in December Supporters of the annual Gwyl Festival YNYSYBWL BOWLS CLUB Currently 44 members in the senior mens teams. 2 teams in the mens league - Division 1 and Division 5 A ladies team will be starting from next year, with the aim of introducing a junior team the following year. Early next year as the season begins coaching sessions will be run with current Welsh international players (both male and female). Contact Perry Lloyd on 07748 153930 for more information YNYSYBWL BRANCH OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Annual Concert of Remembrance, held at the United Services Inn (the Bomb) in November Annual Service of Remembrance, held at the C

Community Speedwatch
Date: 03/02/2020

In December, we published an article on Community Speedwatch and asked for volunteers. Two people expressed an interest but six are needed for this to go ahead. If you would like to take part, please contact YCC for an application form or call into the Community Centre on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Youth Club
Date: 03/02/2020

Youth Club is held at the Community Centre every Monday 6pm-8am. For further information, please contact YRP on 01443 791425

Bingo at the Centre
Date: 03/02/2020

Join us at the community centre this afternoon for a cup of tea and a game of Bingo! Eyes down @ 1:30pm.

Community Warden Update for January 2020
Date: 03/02/2020

Update for Enforcement attendance and actions required for YNYSYBWL January 2020 Waste issues - I have called to 2 properties at Dan Y Cribyn. Property with the trailer outside, the tyre has come off the wheel and the owner is awaiting a friend to help him with it. I will call to him some time this coming week. Robert Street a sofa was left on the pavement, I called to the property and spoke to a woman regarding the sofa but denied it was hers, it has now been removed by waste buster team. Fly-tipping – All sites where there has been fly-tipping, including the dumped waste, have now been cleared by the Waste Buster team. Dan y Cribyn - A number of properties placed out waste, with no evidence where it had come from, waste has now been cleared . Buarth Y Capel - I have had reports from a resident regarding more waste in the garden of 112 and have spoken to Trivallis about it and a planned visit is to happen this coming week. Abandoned vehicles – 3 vehicles have been reported to us this month, one has now moved and two remain under investigation. Dog fouling – Dog Fouling team have carried out patrols this month on 16th, 22nd 30th of this month, they have been monitoring locations where fouling has been reported but as yet nothing to report in fines. Fly-posting – No reports of any at this time. Enforcement – As reported If there are any issues you would like me to look at please let me know. As discussed, members can report any issues to the Clerk and if these are issues not included within my duties I will forward them to the relevant department.

Parking Issues
Date: 28/01/2020

The Community Council has received several complaints recently regarding parking whether on double yellow lines, on pavements or across junctions, resulting in limited access and visibility. We have been advised that anyone who has a problem with vehicles parked inconsiderately or, in some cases, dangerously, should contact RCTCBC Parking Services on 01443 494878. They can then arrange for an enforcement team to deal with the issue.

AED & Basic Life Support Training
Date: 08/01/2020

An AED and Basic Life Support training session was held on Tuesday 7th January at Ynysybwl Community Centre. Run by Community Councillor Gus Haines the course covered the following: 1. Dealing with a casualty in an emergency situation 2. Dealing with an unconscious casualty who is breathing normaly 3. Dealing with an unconscious casualty who isn't breathing normally 4. The use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Well done to the eight people who attended and passed the course. Certificates will be provided by the Welsh Ambulance Service in due course. As this course was so successful, the Welsh Ambulance Service in conjunction Ynysybwl & Coed y Cwm Community Council intend to run another course in the near future. If you are interested please contact the Community Council Clerk.

Community Warden Update for December 2019
Date: 08/01/2020

Update for Enforcement attendance and actions required for YNYSYBWL December 2019 Waste issues 2 properties were called to in Thompson Villas and Robert Street where waste was left outside. I spoke to one and an enforcement notice was posted at the other property, waste had moved when I returned. Fly-tipping – All sites where there has been fly-tipping, including the dumped waste, have now been cleared by the Waste Buster team. Dan y Cribyn - A number of black bags were left with stickers on and have been cleared the same week. Buarth Y Capel - As to the property in Buarth Y Capel, with the issues raised of fly tipping to the side of the property, an enforcement notice was posted by myself as no evidence was found, therefore no action on my part could be taken. With regard to other departments, a notice was served on this property by Public Health regarding waste outside, this waste has now been removed, I believe by Trivallis. Without any evidence relating to the property then I cannot issue a fixed penalty, just get the waste cleared. Abandoned vehicles – A vehicle was reported to us, but when checked it had moved from the location. Dog fouling – The dog fouling team patrolled the area on the 5th/17th. Fly-posting – No reports of any at this time. Enforcement – As reported `If there are any issues you would like me to look at please let me know. As discussed, members can report any issues to the Clerk and if these are issues not included within my duties I will forward them to the relevant department.

Bingo at the Centre
Date: 08/01/2020

Thursday bingo nights will be starting again on 9th January at the Community Centre. Doors open 7pm and eyes down 7:45pm. Come along and have some fun, make some friends and maybe win a pound or two! All ages welcome

May Day Bank Holiday 2020
Date: 08/01/2020

Next year's early May bank holiday will be moved back by four days for the whole of the UK to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day. May Day is traditionally held on a Monday but will be put back to Friday 8 May 2020. VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe. The holiday will form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events. They will include more than 20,000 pubs encouraging people to toast the heroes of the war, while churches will take part in a Ringing Out For Peace. What is VE Day? Announcing the change, Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "It will ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation." Sir Andrew Gregory, chief executive of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said the government's decision was "fitting". "It is our duty to keep the events of the past alive in collective memory, including future generations - this is how we ensure that such a conflict never happens again," he said. "It is our hope that the nation takes a moment to reflect on the significance of this date, as a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world," he added. The May Day bank holiday has been moved only once before. It was changed from 1 May to 8 May in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day.

Christmas Dinners 2019
Date: 07/01/2020

The 2019 Senior Citizens Christmas Dinners were extremely well attended as in previous years. Approximately 160 dinners were served over the 3 days and were enjoyed by all who attended. Santa paid a visit and distributed gifts to everyone. A big thank you to the staff at RCT who provided the meals, and to all the volunteers including members of the Community Centre and Community Council. A special thank you to Howard Gray who provided the music.

Christmas Fayre
Date: 07/01/2020

A Christmas Fayre was held at the Roberttown Hotel on Saturday 7th December to help raise funds for Butchers Pool. The day was a great success with many local people manning stalls. Santa and his elves were kept busy with young visitors for most of the day! At 12pm the Robert St dash took place with many of the participants in fancy dress. A total of £800 was raised, well done to all involved.

Dog Bins on Lady Windsor Trail
Date: 28/11/2019

We have recently been asked about the provision of extra dog bins on the Lady Windsor trail. It is unlikely that more dog bins will be provided as there are already 4 between the entrance to the pit site and Coed y Cwm. Please can we ask that dog owners act responsibly, clean up after their dogs and carry the waste to the nearest bin rather than throw to one side or, as frequently appears to be the case, throw in the nearest tree. Most dog owners do take responsibility for their animals, however, there are some who do not and this can cause problems for those who regularly use the trail. We have had recent instances of parents who have wheeled prams and pushchairs through dog mess, and also those with mobility issues using trolleys have had the same problem. Please help to keep our community clean and safe.

Be Vigilant!
Date: 26/11/2019

We have received a warning that houses are being broken into in Ynysybwl. Please can you share this post and tell as many people as possible to keep doors and windows locked, especially the elderly and those who do not have access to the internet and will not see this notice. Thank you.

Village Voices
Date: 26/11/2019

What a fantastic night at the Con for Village Voices on Friday 22nd November with £300 raised for Ysgol Ty Coch. Thanks to Ynysybwl Enterprise Programme for organising and to all the participants - Heather Main, Phill Evan's, Owain Felstead ,& Rhys, Tommy Cadwallader Calum & Richard, Geraint Dixon and Jason 'Bomber' Williams. Another brilliant night!

Windsor Place parking bay update
Date: 24/10/2019

We have received an update from RCTCBC regarding the repainting of double yellow lines in the parking bay at Windsor Place (outside the pharmacy). Neither the Traffic Management nor the Parking departments of RCTCBC have ordered this so it appears that a 'signing gang' have been doing the rounds and noticed that the double yellows had faded, so decided to repaint them. RCTCBC have agreed to remove them altogether as they understand that this bay provides essential parking spaces. However, this has to go through a statutory legal process and may take some time. In the interim, Traffic Management have contacted the Parking Services Manager and it has been agreed that anyone parking there will NOT be fined.

Clydach Terrace closure
Date: 24/10/2019

Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC have now added the Clydach Terrace road closure on 3rd November 2019 to their website. The work is being done on behalf of Dwr Cymru, and the contractors will write to all affected residents and will put up advanced warning signs to advise drivers at least 7 days in advance of the closure. The work is to the sewer in Clydach Terrace and is estimated to take approx. 2 hours to complete. if you require any further info, please contact: Holly Turner 01633 870083,…/Roa…/Roadworksweeklyupdates.aspx

Sub Committee meeting
Date: 24/10/2019

There will be a meeting of the Office Premises Sub Committee of Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm Community Council on Friday 25th October at 11am at Ynysybwl Community Project (the Bomb). Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Wheelie Bin replacements
Date: 24/10/2019

We have recently been asked by members of the public what the procedure is if a wheelie bin is damaged by Council staff on rubbish/recycling collection days. We have approached RCTCBC and have been given the following information:- 'If the Council damages or loses the bin during lifting, the bin is replaced free of charge (usually the week after). If the crews are able to speak to the resident, they give them a number to call which is 01443 425001 where these arrangements are made. The same number can be called if the resident is not home at the time.' For further information, please click on the link below:-…/…/WheeliebinreplacementFAQs.aspx

Fareshare Scheme
Date: 08/10/2019

Available this week at Ynysybwl Community Centre, a small selection of fruit, veg, eggs and bread made available through the Fareshare scheme. Please come in and help yourselves. First come first served. Available from 9am. Whilst here, why not stay for a cuppa and a chat?

Village Plan Questionnaire
Date: 16/09/2019

If you would like a say in what goes on in your community, please complete the Village Plan Questionnaire by 30th September 2019. Hard copies are available from:- - Ynysybwl Community Centre - YRP Office, Windsor Place - The Clerk at 63 High Street

Ynysybwl Parents
Date: 16/09/2019

Please see the new FB page below called 'Ynysybwl Parents' aimed at parents of children under 3 to share info about playgroups etc and to support each other on the rollercoaster of parenting! Please spread the word, especially to new parents and those new to the area.

CYC Defibrillator
Date: 16/09/2019

Coed-y-Cwm now has a defibrillator! Located at 1 Pen y Mynydd, the defibrillator was funded by the Community Council and we would like to say a big thank you to the Price family for kindly agreeing to have it installed on their home.

Community Gardeners Needed!
Date: 16/09/2019

New road allotment community gardeners needed every Thursday 2pm to 4pm, new to gardening you will be welcomed.

Bus Pass Renewals
Date: 16/09/2019

All current bus passes (green 60 or over and Disabled Persons) will expire on 31st December 2019. From 9th September 2019, cardholders need to apply for their new style card before the expiry date. How to apply:- Select '60 or over' or 'Disabled', then 'Replace Old Style card' then enter the cardholder details. Follow the instructions as you fill in the online form. If you're experiencing problems, please call 0300 303 4240. More details are available at

Universal Credit Scam
Date: 13/08/2019

Criminals Targeting People With Universal Credit Scam --------- SCAM WARNING --------- Dear subscriber, Action Fraud has received 63 reports about a scam in which fraudsters target people with offers of “low cost” loans or “free” government grants. What the victims aren’t told is that the money they’ll receive is actually an advance payment for Universal Credit. The criminals use the personal information they’ve obtain under false pretences to make an application in the victim’s name. After the fraudsters have taken their “fee” from the advance payment, the victim is then left to pay back the total amount once their repayments begin. How you can protect yourself: Never share your personal or financial information with someone you don’t know and trust, especially if it’s in response to an offer of “free money” or a “free grant”. Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) staff will never approach you in the street or ask for your personal/financial details over social media. If you have concerns about your benefits, you should visit If you suspect your identity may have been stolen, you can check your credit rating quickly and easily online. You should do this every few months anyway, using a reputable service provider and following up on any unexpected or suspicious results. Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Information/Your Help Needed
Date: 30/07/2019

Some residents may be aware that the Community Council has secured the services of an RCT Enforcement officer. He is a member of the RCT Enforcement Team and employed by RCT. He has powers to deal with fly tipping, dog fouling, graffiti and bins on the street to name a few. He works closely with our PCSO Hayley Vranch and he is happy to listen to any residents who may have issues with the above. The Community Council are keen to brighten and clean up the village as much as possible but we need your help to do this. We are sure that most of you would agree that the dumping of rubbish and dropping of litter on our streets, in our parks and pathways is not acceptable. Please put your litter in a bin or take it home. The enforcement officer has highlighted some ‘grot spots’ and continues to have areas cleaned up. If you know of any dumping sites in Ynysybwl or Coed-y-Cwm please let us know. If you have a dog that you walk in whatever area, please pick up dog mess and dispose of correctly. Please don’t throw dog bags in trees or bushes. If there is not a dog bin in the area, you are allowed to dispose of dog mess in an ordinary litter bin. A number of residents have complained about the number of bins left out in the street after collection day. So what you may think, they are not hurting anyone, but have you thought about the hazards they cause to disabled people, the older generation, partially sighted and parents with prams. Put yourself in their shoes for a few minutes. The enforcement officer can issue fixed penalty notices to any household who does not take their bin off the pavement. The Community Council feels this is not the way forward as we appreciate that some have difficulties taking their bins inside. However, did you know that you can put black bags out instead of a bin (maximum of 2). Recycle as much as possible, this keeps the waste down that needs to go into landfill and how much black bag waste you need to put out. If you have difficulties with taking your bin off the street, we want to hear from you. The Community Council does not want to go down the route of issuing fines, but we do need your help to keep as many bins off the street as possible. Together we can make positive changes and have something to take pride in. You can contact us on , by phone on 07951 117876 or through our FB page. Please note that the Clerk works part time hours so if you do not receive an immediate reply, they will contact you as soon as they are able.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Community Health Council
Date: 29/07/2019

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Community Health Council (CTMCHC) is made up of 36 volunteers, referred to as ‘CHC members’. Half of our membership is made up of people who have answered adverts placed by the Welsh Government public appointments branch. One quarter of our membership is nominated by Local Authorities. Last but not least, the remaining one quarter of the membership consists of people who are already involved in local voluntary organisations, sometimes called the ‘Third Sector’. To help with specific pieces of work, especially where expert knowledge is needed, we are able to co-opt members (up to a total of one third of the full membership ie 12) for a specified term or in some cases people want to test CHC membership before they apply to become full members All CHC members are entitled to claim for any ‘out of pocket’ expenses such as travel costs. CTMCHC members represent the areas of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf, taking an active part in our public engagement programme, our visiting/monitoring programme and by representing the patient NHS committee meetings. Please find the link to the CTMCHC below

Screening for Life Month
Date: 11/07/2019

Support Screening for Life Month during this July. This annual awareness campaign run by the Screening Division of Public Health Wales aims to raise awareness of the free NHS screening programmes in Wales. This year the campaign will focus on people who will be taking part in screening for the first time. This includes people who are being invited for the first time, and people who have been invited before but are only now taking part in screening for the first time. Screening can find and treat disease if caught early enough. Don't miss out on your chance of a free screening test.

Fly Posting Awareness
Date: 11/07/2019

It has recently been brought to the attention of YCC that banners erected in public areas in the village are liable to a £75 fine as this is classed as fly posting. This would include the railings at the crossing in Robert Street, which very often have birthday notices displayed there. This rule does not apply to private property. Please be aware.

Community Warden Update for June 2019
Date: 11/07/2019

Update for Enforcement attendance and actions required for YNYSYBWL June 2019 Waste issues 9 letters have been sent to properties regarding bins out on the highway after collection this month. We have returned and knocked doors and they have been taken in. Fly-tipping – When on patrol I have come across sacks of carpet and numerous items in Buarth y Capel added to Waste Busters for collection. They have now been removed. An email was sent from Jen in Trevallis and numerous people copied in, expressing how clean Buarth y Capel site was. Bags taken from the rear car park in Dan y Cribyn, this a regular occurrence, we are monitoring this as no evidence has been found at present. A mattress was reported to me in the rear lane of Grove Terrace. I called to the property it was outside but this was placed there and not linked to the property. It has now been removed. Abandoned vehicles – 2 in Buarth y Capel that were claimed last month. 1 has now been moved and the other is waiting to be picked up as the owner has called in to let us know. Dog fouling – The dog fouling team patrolled the area on the 7th/12th and 28th of June . No fixed penalty issued this month. Fly-posting – No reports of any at this time. Enforcement – Patrols have been carried out If there are any issues you would like me to look at please let me know. As discussed, members can report any issues to the Clerk and if these are issues not included within my duties I will forward them to the relevant department.

Defib Training
Date: 17/06/2019

Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm Community Council, in conjuction with Welsh Hearts, are offering free defibrillator training on Tuesday 25th June from 6pm till 8pm in Trerobart School hall. This training will benefit all, especially now that there are 5 defibrillators located throughout the village, with another soon to be installed in Coed-y-Cwm. There are 50 spaces available on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to reserve a space, please contact the Community Council via our Facebook page, or by emailing the Chair on

PACT meeting
Date: 03/06/2019

The next PACT/NHW meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th June at the YRP office at 5.30pm and not 4th June as previously stated. Apologies for any inconvenience caused

New scam
Date: 20/05/2019

New scam via emails supposedly from Virgin - 'Sorry about your disruption, we are offering you an extra 500 minutes. Please click on the link below'. No logo to say this is a genuine email, please be aware

Teddy Bears Picnic
Date: 20/05/2019

A Teddy Bears Picnic & Fun Afternoon will be held at the Recreation Ground, Ynysybwl on Tuesday 28th May, hosted by Roly Poly Entertainments and in conjuction with Gwyl Ynysybwl Festival. Starts at 12pm till 3pm

Lady Windsor Races
Date: 14/05/2019

A very big 'Well Done' to the Roberttown Roadrunners for once again hosting the Lady Windsor Races on Friday 10th May. The occasion was extremely well attended with approximately 60 entrants in the junior race and over 100 in the adult race. Thank you to the organisers, marshals (without whom this would not have taken place) and members of the public who turned up to watch this fantastic event. Also, thanks to the Roberttown Hotel where the after race festivities were held. Over £600 was raised and has been donated to the organisation of Gwyl 2019, which this year is being held on Sunday 25th August.

Closure of Graig Bridge
Date: 13/05/2019

Please note that the Graig Bridge at Old Ynysybwl will be closed for essential gas mains replacement from 8am on 26th May to 10am on 28th May, or until works are complete. Alternative routes shown below: From the Southern side of the closure proceed via; B4273 (Old Ynysybwl Road), Glanffrwd Terrace, Tai Newydd, Heol-Y-Plwyf, Penygraig Terrace, B4273 (Windsor Place), B4273 (Robert Street), B4273 (New Road), B4273 (Ynysybwl Road), B4273 (Berw Road), A4223 (Bridge Street), A470, A4059 (New Road), Mountain Ash Town River Bridge, Pryce Street, High Street, Llanwonno Road, Pleasant View, Heol- Y-Mynach, to the Northern side of the closure. For vehicles travelling in the opposite direction, reverse the directions given above. Access for emergency services shall NOT be maintained. Access for Pedestrians shall be maintained.

YGG Pont Sion Norton
Date: 09/04/2019

Information received today from YGG Pont Sion Norton - the school will be running a full time nursery during the next academic year, great news!

Easter Playscheme
Date: 09/04/2019

Easter Playscheme will be held at the Ynysybwl Community Project in The Bomb on 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th April from 10am till 12pm. If your children are looking for something to do, send them to us! Lots to do including crafts, games and table tennis.

Community Warden Update for March 2019
Date: 03/04/2019

Update for Enforcement attendance and actions required for YNYSYBWL March 2019 Waste issues – A total of three letters have been sent to properties regarding bins out on the highway after collection this month and three bins have been taken this month, two from Dan y Cribyn and the bin outside the flats on Robert Street. Fly-tipping – All sites where there has been fly-tipping, including the dumped waste, have now been cleared by the Waste Buster team. Dan y Cribyn - no 4 should have moved the items from the front of the property by now, if they are not removed by the 2nd April, we will remove them ourselves. Two enforcement notices posted for fly tipping and waste was removed from both properties. A mattress and bed base was removed from the gate of the former colliery site and a mattress from Buarth y capel outside no 42. There was a car windscreen dumped outside the flats on Robert Street which was removed the same day. Two incidents reported of fly tipping at Llanwonno and evidence found an is now being investigated. Abandoned vehicles – I am currently monitoring three vehicles in Dan Y Cribyn. All have had abandoned vehicle notices place on them. Dog fouling – The dog fouling team patrolled the area on the 7th / 14th and 26th of March 19. No fixed penalties issued this month. We now have had stock of dog bins in and await for the locations you feel they would benefit. Fly-posting – No reports of any at this time. Enforcement – Patrols have been carried out and I have called to two properties with waste outside and to the rear of the properties and now removed. If there are any issues you would like me to look at please let me know . As discussed, members can report any issues to the Clerk and if these are issues not included within my duties I will forward them to the relevant department.

Meter Readers
Date: 03/04/2019

The police have recently received reports that a possible bogus caller (male) in the Coed-y-Cwm area had been taking electric meter readings. However, following enquiries it appeared that it was a GENUINE call. Many gas and electric suppliers now use sub-contractors to take their meter readings additional to those you submit online. Staff will often use their own vehicles and will carry ID cards. If anyone calls to your home to take a meter reading, please ensure that you see their ID card before allowing them into your home.

Mill Road bridge closure
Date: 02/04/2019

Please note that Mill Road bridge in Old Ynysybwl will be closed for essential works from 8am on 26/05/2019 until 4pm on 27/05/2019 or until the works are complete.

Tipsy 10 Challenge 2019
Date: 27/03/2019

We are just 113 days away from this years Tipsy 10 (29th of June). Here is just a quick reminder for past entrants and general info for new competitors of what you get for your entry fee and a few rules for the event. 1. What you get for your money!!! A. The entry fee is £20 per person with between 4 and 6 in each team. 5 people in each team is the ideal. (£100)You will get 10 drinks of either Lager, Beer or Cider for each team member. B. You will get some pieces of equipment which will help you during the event. C. All team members will get free food from the BBQ, tickets will be in your Captains packs D. You will get free entry into the night time entertainment. E. You will get drinking receptacles to aid you with your drinks on the route around. F. You will get a wild card to use during the event. G. A chance to win 4 prizes! Best fancy dress (25 drinks)1st place (25 drinks) 2nd place (15 drinks) and 3rd place (10 drinks) H.You get a chance to raise some money for a local charity. The rules!!! A. A team must consist of 5 personnel but will make exceptions on teams of 4 or 6. B. Every team needs a designated Captain. C. All individuals from each team must visit the check point. D. On arrival a check point all personnel must consume their drinks before moving off. E. All tasks need to be Carried out on the route, penalty points will be given for failure F. Bonus point items need to be shown at each Check point. G. No attacking other teams on the route around!! "The old ladies team from a few years ago are back again not sure in what disguise yet!!!!! Also these dodgy characters the "Bow boys" H. Fancy dress is optional but bonus points will be awarded for teams that make the effort. I. No mobile phones are allowed on the course, this is for a few reasons. They could get broke or wet during some of the stands. Now I am sure your all Trustworthy but in the heat of competition you might use them to cheat. J. Any teams accepting lifts or using mortised transport will get 3 hrs time penalties. K. Most importantly Have fun do not take it to serious remember why we are doing it. L. IMPORTANT Not to spoil anyone’s day and the fact we would be breaking the law you must be OVER 18 to take part. If you look young you will be asked to provide photo ID on the day. Failure to produce it will result in you not taking part. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. You can register up Ynysybwl RFC where there will be envolopes behind the bar. Place your money inside with your team name on, list of people in your teams with full names and what you want to drink choices of Lager, Beer or Cider. please get your teams registered ASAP to avoid disappointment as it’s getting capped at 48. Any teams over this will be placed on the reserve list. This will also help with sorting the admin out.

Music at the Con Club
Date: 27/03/2019

Last Friday of the month is live band night at the Con. On 29th March, Midnight Hour, South Wales premier 60's & 70's cover band (now also playing hits from the 80's) will be performing, specialising in playing well known top hits to sing along and dance to. Doors open at 8.30pm, entry £3

Mens Sheds
Date: 27/03/2019

Mens Shed Ynysybwl are helping to build a community garden at the new road allotments every Monday 2pm-4pm. If you are interested in joining, please turn up at 2pm.

Scam EMails
Date: 27/03/2019

YCC have been receiving emails, supposedly from regular contacts or residents, with titles relevant to what we do. If you receive a similar email, delete it immediately. These are phishing scams, and might contain unsafe content. Avoid clicking links, downloading attachments, or replying with personal information. I have also had news that Facebook accounts are being hacked again. Please be vigilant and don't open anything that looks suspicious.

Changes to Childrens Services
Date: 20/03/2019

From 1st June 2019, doctor-led children’s services are changing and children’s inpatient services will no longer be delivered from the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. The changes mean: The changes mean that from this date: Children who are very unwell or have a serious injury will need to be taken to either Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend or the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. Only children with minor injuries will continue to be seen and treated in the A&E at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, which is open 24 hours a day. Children who are unwell should first see their GP for advice. A new Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) will be established at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. The unit will accept referrals from your GP seven days a week from 8am until 8pm and services will be led by a consultant paediatrician. Day surgery and scheduled investigations will continue to be provided at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. The small minority of children who will need to stay in hospital overnight will need to be transferred to the most appropriate hospital. What should I do if my child is ill once the changes are in place? If you child is unwell and the symptoms cannot be managed by self-care at home or a pharmacist you should first contact your GP for advice. If your child is unwell outside of your GP’s opening hours and it cannot wait then you should contact your GP Out of Hours service. The phone number for the Out of Hours GP service is 0300 1235060. You can also contact NHS Direct for advice on 0845 4647 or visit If on assessment your GP feels your child needs input from the paediatric team, this will be discussed by your GP with a paediatric consultant. If they need further assessment and it is in the hours of the PAU, they will be sent to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. If it is felt that your child would need overnight admission then they will be referred to Prince Charles Hospital. The majority of children sent to the PAU will be discharged home. However, if they need to stay in hospital they will need to be transferred to another hospital. What do I do if it is an emergency? If your child is very unwell, for example is choking, unconscious, is seriously injured, has breathing difficulties or are having a seizure, please ring 999 and wait for an ambulance to arrive. The operator will provide you with advice and the ambulance will take your child to the most appropriate place for care and treatment. If you need to take your child to hospital, go to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff or Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, where there are services for all conditions. The addresses for these hospitals are: Prince Charles Hospital Gurnos Road Merthyr Tydfil CF47 9DT Princess of Wales Hospital Coity Road Bridgend CF31 1RQ University Hospital of Wales Heath Park Way Cardiff CF14 4XW If your child is seriously ill or injured, do not bring them to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. What do I do if my child has a minor injury? Minor injuries include: Sprains Dislocations Minor burns Insect, animal and human bites Foreign bodies to eyes, ears and nose Minor wounds, cuts and grazes Minor back injuries If your child has a minor injury, they can go to A&E at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital or Prince Charles Hospital. They can also go to our Minor Injuries Units at Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda or Ysbyty Cwm Cynon, which are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Please ring ahead for YCR on 01443 444 075. If my child needs to stay in hospital overnight, how will they be transferred? If your child needs to stay overnight, they will be transferred to another hospital. Where appropriate, this could be done by our dedicated ambulance transfer service which will support the Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU). Our experience is that most parents will stay with them. We have conducted pilots for the PAU and found that the vast majority of children were treated and discharged home without having to stay overnight. My child has complex needs and has open access to the children’s ward. What does this mean for them? Please do not worry if you have a child with complex needs who currently has open access to the ward at RGH. All families will have an individual care plan agreed. For those who have open access, please always ring ahead before attending the ward. Where can I find out more information? If you have any questions, please speak to your healthcare professional or contact the Cwm Taf University Health Board communications team by emailing

Scam TV Licensing emails
Date: 19/03/2019

An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000. How you can protect yourself: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details. Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing. Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account. What to do if you’ve fallen victim: Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity. If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

New Mobile Library Routes – 2019/2020
Date: 19/03/2019

Roberttown Car Park, Ynysybwl 9.30am (Mornings Only) Friday 12th April 2019 Friday 26th April 2019 Friday 17th May 2019 Friday 7th June 2019 Friday 28th June 2019 Friday 19th July 2019 Friday 9th August 2019 Friday 30th August 2019 Friday 20th September 2019 Friday 11th October 2019 Friday 1st November 2019 Friday 22nd November 2019 Friday 13th December 2019 Friday 3rd January 2020

Litter Pick
Date: 19/03/2019

The Community Council spent some time this afternoon with pupils from Trerobart Primary School on a litter pick in and around the lanes near the school premises. Two groups walked the length of the lanes behind Crawshay Street and Thompson Street and in half an hour had filled 10 bags of rubbish, all collected with litter pickers. The children were very well aware of the consequences of littering and were more than happy to 'do their bit' for the environment. Joining them on the litter pick were members of the teaching staff, Community Council Chair Amanda Ellis and Vice Chair Tony Burnell, local Councillor Sue Pickering, PCSO Hayley Vranch, Community Warden Nick Palmer and Alex Gazi of Fly Tipping Action Wales. Well done to all the children and volunteers!

Walking Rugby at Ynysybwl
Date: 18/03/2019

After that amazing Grand Slam its time to give you the opportunity to join us at Ynysybwl and pick up the ball with a chance to play a game on that same ground. Walking rugby comes to Ynysybwl lead by A WRU level 3 coach supported by a young person with a rugby interest from Ynysybwl. For ex-players, non-players and mixed abilities or anyone who wants to make new friends, have fun and keep active. Starts Tuesday, 2nd April, 11am till 12pm at the Bomb. All enquiries to Mark on 07498 270322

Litter Pick
Date: 13/03/2019

On Tuesday 19th March, (weather permitting) Ynysybwl Community Council will be participating in a litter pick with pupils from Trerobart Primary School, our Community Warden and and Fly Tipping Action Wales. Our PCSO, Hayley Vranch will also be attending. We will concentrate on the area around the school, helping to tidy up the environment while getting the message across to our younger generation about the effects of littering on our community. A progress report will follow next week!

Mobile Library timetable
Date: 12/03/2019

The Mobile Library is now based in the car park of the Roberttown Hotel. Please see timetable below:

Mini Strollers
Date: 06/03/2019

Mini Strollers will be meeting at Lady Windsor taff trail entrance on Thursday 7th March 10am start, if your a Mum or Dad bring your babies and thier push chairs and join us.

Information on Fly Tipping
Date: 06/03/2019

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council are clamping down on fly tippers. If you come across any fly tipping, please see information below on how to report it. The fixed penalty for fly tipping is £300. Please be aware that if you have contacted a company to remove your rubbish and they then dump that rubbish, YOU will be eligible for a fine of £300. Please check out any companies before employing them to remove your rubbish. There is a public depot on Treforest Industrial Estate where your rubbish can be disposed of safely. Please help to keep our village and countryside tidy and rubbish free.…/StreetCar…/ReportFlytipping.aspx

Garden Waste Collections Return to WEEKLY
Date: 05/03/2019

From March 4, the Council's recyclable green waste collection service, which includes garden waste and small vegetarian animal waste, will return to weekly collections. During the spring/summer (March 4 - November 1), when demand for the service is higher, green waste collections will be collected weekly - on the same day but not at the same time as your black bag/bin waste. Green waste is collected by a separate vehicle and is unlikely to be collected at the same time of day as your household waste or recycling, please leave it at the kerbside and the crews will collect it as soon as possible. The service will once again change to fortnightly from November 4, 2019, until March 6, 2020, when the demand for the service decreases, which helps to improve the efficiency of the service and reduce travel emissions. A Christmas tree collection service will also run during the festive period to meet demand. Last year the Council recycled over 6,500 tonnes of garden waste, which is turned in to compost and woodchip for gardens and parks. The full green waste service will return to weekly collections from March 4 and continue throughout the spring and summer months until the end of October. There is no excuse not to recycle in Rhondda Cynon Taf with UNLIMITED weekly, dry, food waste and nappy recycling, along with a number of community recycling centres across the County Borough which also accept green waste for recycling and are open 7 days a week from 8am - 5.30pm (November - March) and 8am - 7.30pm (April to October). Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “During the spring and summer months the demand for a weekly green waste service increases, which is why the full service is due to resume in time, hopefully, for some brighter weather. "As a County Borough we are doing a great job at recycling and I'd like to thank our residents for supporting us in all the recent changes. We still have a little way to go and I would urge those residents who are still not recycling to support a greener future - the choice really is clear. We estimate that 75% of our residents are recycling and that is why the waste limits and awareness raising activities are targeted at those who do not. “As part of the changes we introduced the CLEAR A-Z recycling search tool, which is helping residents to find out what you can and can't recycle in our County Borough. This tool and the introduction of black bag/bin waste limit is proving to be very useful in helping us in our aim to hit the Welsh Government recycling targets for 2024/25 of 70% and avoid large fines being imposed." For more information follow us on facebook and twitter or visit

BT Scam
Date: 05/03/2019

We are still receiving messages from people who have been called by 'employees' of BT telling them that their internet access will be cut off if they do not log on to their computer and follow instructions stated by the caller. This is a SCAM - please report to ACTION FRAUD if you receive these calls.

Beware Rogue Traders
Date: 04/03/2019

We have received a message today from our PCSO regarding a company called Branching Out. These are rogue traders – several members of the public contacted this company for work in their gardens last summer having received this flyer through their door and were ripped off for thousands of pounds. Money is usually requested in cash and upfront. Once the job has been started the workmen fail to return without completing the job and they will decline any phone calls made to the numbers they have provided. Trading standards are aware of this company, however, we have not managed to catch who is delivering the leaflets or the current vehicle being used. Previously there was a white van with green writing on (Branching Out), if sighted then please report on 101 . Currently these flyers have been circulated in the Rhydyfelin area. However, previously Coed Y Cwm and Maesycoed were also targeted.

Dog Poo Posters
Date: 04/03/2019

Dog poo posters for display in house or shop windows are now available from the Clerk at 63 High Street or the YRP office in Windsor Place. Please call in if you would like one.

Fund Raising at your local Co-op
Date: 20/02/2019

A message from Angela in your fantastic local Co-op The staff in the Co-op have been working hard to raise funds for local charities and organisations. Through selling a bonus ball to generous customers, we have been able to donate £28 worth of food to the foodbank. £150 and £15 of dog food was donated to the charity shop in Robert street, an animal rescue centre based in the Darren in Ynysybwl, which has just rescued puppies from a puppy farm, we hope they all have a forever happy home. This little shop is always open for people to donate and help these poor animals. We have donated £150 pound to the local football team so good luck boys!!! £25 worth of raffle tickets were donated to Cystic Fibrosis for Jade Livock and Jack Crutcher's little girl. They are holding a night with Natalie Churchill next week to raise funds so good luck to them. A donation of £10 was given to Nico Sussat for a raffle in the Con. As you can see, all these causes are local and we enjoy helping you all. If anyone would like us to help them in any way, please drop a letter in and we will see what we can do. This money has only been raised in the last few months. We have helped so many local charities in the past and donated so many goods, or raffle prizes that I could go on and on. We donated money to the pool and to the festival and gave sweets to Santa who came around the streets. Anyway, you get the idea. The help we give is not from one person in the shop it is all of us, although I have to nag some lol! Pulling together and without the kindness of our customers buying our raffle tickets or bonus balls it wouldn't be possible. So I applaud you all. Well done all staff

Community Warden Update for January 19
Date: 20/02/2019

Waste issues – Total of 10 letters have been sent to properties regarding bins out on the highway after collection this month. Fly-tipping – All sites where there has been fly-tipping including the dumped waste have now been cleared by the Waste Buster team. Dan y Cribyn and Buarth y Capel - these areas seem to be the main hot spots and are currently being monitored by myself and the fly-tipping officer. Fly tipping was reported in the lay-by on Pleasant View and removed. Abandoned vehicles – I am currently monitoring 2 vehicles in Dan Y Cribyn, one has now been reported to us and is out of tax in February and will have a notice posted this coming Thursday 7/02/19. The other vehicle has flat tyres and has not moved for some time but is taxed until May 2019 Dog fouling – The Dog fouling team patrolled the area on the 10th, 22nd and 29th of Jan 19. One fixed penalty notice was issued in Dan Y Cribyn for dog fouling. We have patrolled the Cemetery and around the School as requested. We have received a request for a dog bin alongside Oakwood furniture on Parish Road and are monitoring this. Fly-posting – No reports of any at this time. Enforcement – Patrols have been carried out and I have called to 4 properties with waste outside, Enforcement notices posted to 1 property in Augustus Street, 1 property in Archer Street and 2 properties in Robert Street. I spoke to 1 person in Robert Street who had a chair out and was unaware of the collection policy as they are new to the area, all waste has now been removed. Concerned residents can report any issues to the Clerk on 07951 117876 or, if these are issues not included within my duties I will forward them to the relevant department.

Defib for Coed y Cwm
Date: 20/02/2019

he Community Council have been trying for some time to site a defibrillator in Coed-y-Cwm. However, we have been unable to find a suitable location. We made an appeal in our last newsletter for someone who is willing to have a defib installed outside their home to contact us but as yet, no one has come forward. If you would like to help your community by having a defibrillator installed on your property please let us know by contacting the Clerk on An electrician would need to visit your home to complete the installation and the power supply charge, which would be minimal, would be met by the Community Council. At the moment, the nearest defibrillator to Coed-y-Cwm is located in Glyncoch, let's try and get one actually on the estate!

Dog Owners take note
Date: 20/02/2019

Dog owners - please note that dog poop bags are now available from both the Community Centre and Siop y Bwl. Help us keep the village free from dog mess.

RCT Planning Applications
Date: 20/02/2019

The Community Council have been asked to provide the link for Rhondda Cynon Taf planning applications, please see below:-

New Scams
Date: 19/02/2019

Two new scams to report (information provided by our PCSO) HMRC – People are being called stating that there is a warrant out for their arrest. BT – calling people asking them to log onto their computers stating there is a connection problem with the internet, people then log on and they ask for further details stating that the internet will be cut off if they don’t complete the actions requested over the phone. Both are scams, the police are advising the public to hang up. If they have a number then report these scams online to action fraud or contact them on 0300 123 2040

Ynysybwl Bowls Club
Date: 19/02/2019

The outdoor bowls season starts in April and the Ynysybwl Bowls Club welcomes everyone to join their ranks. No experience needed or any age restrictions. Call Clive Pritchard on 07929116994 for further info.

Community Warden news
Date: 13/02/2019

Our Community Warden and his team have been busy over the past week clearing rubbish from lanes, road sweeping, cutting back and generally tidying up around the village. Two dog fouling signs have also been erected around the site of Trerobart school, one in Crawshay Street and another in Thompson Street, and both streets will be cleared of dog mess in the next few days. If you have any issues that you think our Community Warden should know about, please contact the clerk on

Card Fraud
Date: 11/02/2019

Please see post below from WHICH? Campaigns: Imagine heading back to your locker after a gym workout, only to find that your debit card has been stolen and you’ve lost £9,000. Sounds like very, very bad luck right? But this is exactly what happened to one unsuspecting gym-goer we spoke to. Someone had been watching him enter his locker code, which happened to be the same as his card pin. To make things worse, his bank then refused to refund his money, claiming it was a result of his own ‘gross negligence’. We don’t think this is right. We’ve found that not all banks are treating victims of card fraud fairly. And with the number of card fraud cases on the rise, do you know how your bank would treat you if you fell victim? We reveal the banks that are the best and worst at dealing with card fraud. Find out where your bank sits on the list. Best and worst banks…/revealed-the-best-and-worst-ban…/…

February CC meeting
Date: 11/02/2019

The next meeting of the Community Council will be held on Tuesday 19th February at 6.45pm in Ynysybwl Community Centre. This will replace the meeting that unfortunately had to be postponed on 5th. The agenda and draft minutes from the January meeting can be found on our website, Https://

Date: 05/02/2019

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TOPIC The Community Council would like to thank everyone who contributed their concerns, ideas and suggestions regarding the traffic management system that was attached to the recent newsletter. It appears that some may have taken this plan at face value and that the Community Council would like to put this in to place. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. The council are keen to start a discussion on the traffic problems within the area and ask people to come forward with ideas that may improve the flow of traffic. This plan is just that - a plan for consideration, there is nothing set in stone and we understand that some changes proposed would not work, such as High Street as a bus route. The council would like residents’ ideas, concerns to be evidenced based before passing the information onto the local authority and police for them to consider. In order to collate this information, the council will shortly be asking residents to complete a short questionnaire which will give a better understanding as to what the community would like to see. The council values your opinions and we aim to give residents a voice. Again, the council reiterates that this plan is not something that is being put forward as it stands and recognises that residents are the people who will choose what plan goes forward for further consideration of the local authority and South Wales Police. It may be that no plan goes forward and things stay as they are. It is your choice not ours. Once again a big thank you for your responses.

Meeting Postponed
Date: 05/02/2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's Community Council meeting has had to be postponed. A new meeting date will be arranged and details posted here and on our website. Apologies for any inconvenience caused

Blitz Day
Date: 04/02/2019

Trivallis will be holding a 'Blitz Day' on Thursday 7th February from 8am in Dan-y-Cribyn and Buarth-y-Capel. The team will have sweepers and jet washers and will be able to do any cut backs, grubbing out etc. They will also be getting rid of the fly tipping in the area. The clear up team are available If residents have any comments or observations that they wish to bring to their attention. If there is anything that you can think of that needs attention in either Dan-y-Cribyn or Buarth-y-Capel please send your suggestions to the Clerk at and we will pass these on to Trivallis.

Gas Pipe Checks
Date: 30/01/2019

Wales and West Utilities are undertaking routine checks / works on the gas pipe network in the area. They will be checking a pipe that runs along the approximate alignment of footpath no. 22 Ynysybwl and Coed-y-Cwm between Clydach Road and Mill Road. The works are expected to have minimal impact for users and appropriate risk control measures will be implemented during this time.

Footpath Closure
Date: 17/01/2019

Please note that the following footpaths will be closed from 2nd January until 2nd July or until such time as the work on them have been completed. The part of footpath 19/2 that commences 150 metres west to the Brynffynnn Inn, Ynysybwl and proceeds in a westerly direction for 280 metres The part of footpath 18/1 that commences 350 metres west to the Brynffynon Inn, Ynysybwl and proceeds 380 metres north The part of footpath 19/1 that commences 350 metres west to the Brynffynon Inn, Ynysybwl and proceeds west for 360 metres The part of footpath 12/2 that commences 506 metres north of Dduallt, Ynysybwl and proceeds south for 506 metres For the duration of the closures, the public are advised to use the existing highway network.

YEP Chairs Report 2018
Date: 17/01/2019

Please see below the 2018 Chair's Report from YNYSYBWL ENTERPRISE PROJECT A massive thank you to Tommy Cadwallader and Rachel Owen for their roles as Chair and Secretary throughout the year. Their absence will be sorely missed and they are wished all the prosperity for the future. For the coming year, Glyn Hicks was elected Chair, Tony Burnell, Vice Chair and Phillip Evans, Secretary. The board also welcomed Nicola Price, Barbara Castle, Rose Kath Meek and Ian Edwards as newly appointed directors. New members are always welcome. Another successful year as regards events:- Meetings - held regularly throughout the year, 12 in total Village Voices - 3 concerts held in the Con, all raising charity funds, the last on behalf of Rob Hughes, ex YEP treasurer, for Rowan Tree Cancer Care. Thanks to the Con Club for the venue each time. Festival - the weather let us down this year, with the rain teeming down until early evening. However, it still attracted a reasonable crowd. All the variations included this year were deemed a success. This was the first year (due to the weather) that the festival actually lost money. The Chair would like to praise all the volunteers who endured the conditions to ensure that the event actually went on. Football Tournament - lessons were learned from last year and this event ran more smoothly. Thanks to the professional referees of the day and the tea boy. Firework Display - Again, the weather was against us but thanks to the volunteers who turned up to help out at the Community Council event. Santa's Journey - This was a record turnout of children to meet Santa in his new sleigh. Coed-y-Cwm was reinstated in the itinerary. Thanks to Trivallis Homes and Ynysybwl Co-op for the donation of sweets. YEP were also partners with other village organisations for the Butcher's Pool Christmas Fayre, the Lady Windsor runs and the Hallowe'en Childrens Fun Run. A rough estimate is that YEP raised well over £1000 for charity this year. The Chair expresses his gratitude to all the YEP members for their efforts, energy and enthusiasm last year and hopefully next year will be even more successful.

Residential and Day Care Services Consultation
Date: 16/01/2019

Please find below the links for the Residential and Day Care Services Consultation. The pages include a link to a booklet, easy read document and an online survey, as well as a dedicated email address for responses. If you have any questions please get in touch.

Be Aware!
Date: 09/01/2019

For information – this month (January), copper piping was stolen from a commercial vehicle in Coed y Cwm. There were also reports of males seen a few weeks ago in Coed y Cwm at 4am taking photos of vans on driveways. Although there has only been one report of theft, there may be people driving around the area targeting work vans in the early hours for tools etc. The public should be vigilant and report anything suspicious.

Criminals out to make money
Date: 16/12/2018

Please see notification below from People Patrol Criminals Out to Make Money We are experiencing an increase in shed and garage Burglaries, don't be an easy target! Garden sheds are often easy targets for burglars, who will steal stools, electrical goods and bikes. Even if you don't keep anything of value in the shed, burglars can use garden tools to break into your property or your neighbour's property. Security Advice Make sure that the door, door frame and walls are solid and replace any damaged or rotting areas with new sections. Secure padlocks hasps and door hinges with threaded coach bolts and backing plates or large backing washers to prevent the bolt being pulled through the wood. Replace any broken panes with laminated glass Fit key operated window locks on opening windows. If the windows are never opened screw them permanently from the inside Fit wire mess on bars to the inside of window frames Shed/garage alarms are inexpensive and are available from most good DIY retailers. Never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house - a thief could get in and work on the inner door in privacy. Lock ladders and tools inside the garage or shed to stop a thief using them to reach inaccessible windows. If ladders have to be kept outdoors padlock them horizontally to a sturdy bracket on an outside wall. Up and over garage doors supplied with standard lock fittings should also be fitted with a padlock or lockable bolt. Secure bikes in sheds and garages using anchor points. Post code all property such as lawnmowers, hedge trimmers and garden furniture using ultraviolet pens. Alternatively use spray paint to mark your postcode on your property this will reduce its value to the thief. Take photographs of any valuable items such as bikes. If they are stolen police can circulate the photo to dealers who can look out for your property. IMMOBILISE.COM Property with serial numbers can be registered for free at

PACT meeting
Date: 16/12/2018

Please note there will be no PACT/NHW meeting in January, the next meeting will be held on 14th February 2019

Senior Citizens Christmas Dinners
Date: 13/12/2018

The annual Senior Citizen's Christmas Dinners at the Community Centre started on Tuesday. A great success again this year, each day has been fully booked! These dinners are subsidised by the Community Council and cost just £2 per person. Everyone enjoyed not just the meal but also the carol singing accompanied by Mr Howard Gray. A big thank you to RCT Catering Services for providing the dinners and to all the volunteers who have helped make this a success once again.

Scam Alert
Date: 13/12/2018

SCAM ALERT Action Fraud is warning people once again of scammers contacting victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that trick people into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift cards. Victims are being told they have arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name and are being asked to purchase iTunes gift cards as payment. There are a variety of methods being used including calls, texts and voicemails. Fraudsters like iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone. Methods fraudsters use: Spoofed calls: Fraudsters cold call victims using a spoofed number and convince them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC. Voicemails: Fraudsters leave victims automated voicemails saying that they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them Text messages: They may also use text messages that ask victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately. One 87 year old victim recently told the BBC he was phoned by fraudsters who claimed to be from HMRC stating there was an arrest warrant out in his name. They told him it would be cancelled if he bought £500 in iTunes gift cards at Tesco. The man bought the cards and gave them the serial numbers. But when they asked for a further £1,300 in vouchers, he became suspicious and hung up. How to protect yourself: HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way. Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display. If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately. Report fraud and cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number. Sign up for free to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message. REMEMBER! Government Agencies, the Police, banks and reputable businesses will NEVER ask you to share personal information, disclose bank details, or demand payments. STOP - every time you are asked to send money or give out personal details CHECK - they are who they say they are. Call them directly on an official number. ACT - by calling 999 if a crime is ongoing or you are in danger. MENTION - it to your friends and family and call 101 to tell Police if you have not already reported it.

Scam Alert
Date: 13/12/2018

SCAM ALERT Action Fraud is warning people once again of scammers contacting victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that trick people into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift cards. Victims are being told they have arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name and are being asked to purchase iTunes gift cards as payment. There are a variety of methods being used including calls, texts and voicemails. Fraudsters like iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone. Methods fraudsters use: Spoofed calls: Fraudsters cold call victims using a spoofed number and convince them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC. Voicemails: Fraudsters leave victims automated voicemails saying that they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them Text messages: They may also use text messages that ask victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately. One 87 year old victim recently told the BBC he was phoned by fraudsters who claimed to be from HMRC stating there was an arrest warrant out in his name. They told him it would be cancelled if he bought £500 in iTunes gift cards at Tesco. The man bought the cards and gave them the serial numbers. But when they asked for a further £1,300 in vouchers, he became suspicious and hung up. How to protect yourself: HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way. Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display. If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately. Report fraud and cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number. Sign up for free to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message. REMEMBER! Government Agencies, the Police, banks and reputable businesses will NEVER ask you to share personal information, disclose bank details, or demand payments. STOP - every time you are asked to send money or give out personal details CHECK - they are who they say they are. Call them directly on an official number. ACT - by calling 999 if a crime is ongoing or you are in danger. MENTION - it to your friends and family and call 101 to tell Police if you have not already reported it.

Santas Magical Journey
Date: 06/12/2018

Santa came to Ynysybwl last night to visit the youngsters of Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm in his brand new sleigh! Every stop in the community was busy, especially the Square where the Christmas lights were switched on during Santa's time there. Bucket collections were carried out at each stop and a grand total of £100 was raised. This will be donated to the local food bank. Thanks to Ynysybwl Enterprise Programme for organising the event, Ynysybwl Co-op for providing the sweet treats and to all the volunteers who helped.

Action Fraud Alert
Date: 23/11/2018

How to shop online safely... Software updates Make sure you’ve installed the latest software & app updates. Criminals use weaknesses in software to attack your devices and steal information, such as your payment details. Email accounts Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping. Phishing Don’t click on a link in an unexpected email or text. The volume of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Payment methods Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud. For more information on how to stay secure online, visit

Council Surgery
Date: 21/11/2018

Do you have any questions you would like to raise with your local councillor or community councillor? If yes, come along to the Ynysybwl Regeneration Partnership office on Monday 26th November between 6pm and 7pm where Councillor Sue Pickering will be holding a surgery. Community Councillor Amanda Ellis will also be present. Both will be on hand to best answer any questions you may have on the issues that concern our village.

Walk to Run Group
Date: 19/11/2018

Have you ever fancied running but never had the incentive or nerve to start? There's now something for you in the village. The Roberttown Roadrunners have started a 'Walk to Run' group, aimed at getting people running no matter what ability. Every Monday at 6.30pm, meet at the pit road entrance (opposite Other St). ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! Just turn up

Green Waste Collection
Date: 19/11/2018

For Your Information Green waste will be collected on a fortnightly basis until the spring. If you have any green waste to be collected please put out on black bin day.

Coed-y-Cwm Notice Board
Date: 14/11/2018

A new, lockable notice board has been installed in Coed-y-Cwm. To display a notice on the board, please contact the Clerk on either or 07951 117876. Alternatively you can drop any posters or notices to the Clerk at 63 High Street, Ynysybwl.

Remembrance Weekend
Date: 14/11/2018

What a fantastic Remembrance weekend in Ynysybwl! On Friday 9th November, the children of Trerobart Primary School braved the awful weather to pay their own tribute to those who died in conflict. On Friday night, the Ynysybwl Community Project hall hosted the annual Remembrance concert, this year featuring the RAF St Athan Voluntary Band, Trerobart School Choir, Cor Meibion Abercynon and Heather Main. And Sunday saw the parade from Glyn St and service at the Cenotaph with probably one of the largest crowds attending. As always, this was a very moving event, especially poignant this year with the centenary of the end of WW1. An extra special effort was made this year to make the War Memorial and surrounding area a well deserved tribute to the men and women who have given their lives during wartime. As well as the new planters, we had the Poppy Pebbles collected by the children of the village, the 'Lest We Forget' board and poppies presented by the Ynysybwl Community Project and the stunning window display by MST Events. Well done to everyone who participated in, contributed to and attended all three events.

WW1 Commemorative Planters
Date: 07/11/2018

Today we took delivery of some very special planters. The six planters are being placed on the Cenotaph and will commemorate six local servicemen who gave their lives in the First World War. Each container, currently filled with autumn and winter plants, displays a plaque with the name, rank and medal received by each of the six men. A big thank you to Chris and the team from Boverton Nurseries for delivering and filling the planters, who were given a helping hand by little Theo Kafai-Hoare. Theo had found a poppy pebble and went to place it on the Cenotaph, after which he decided he would like to help out with the planting! Chris very kindly gave him his own plant as a thank you, well done Theo!

Poppy Pebbles
Date: 07/11/2018

Young people in Ynysybwl have painted poppies on white pebbles to remember the people who did not return from the First World War. There are 92 pebbles around the community and you may find them in shops, businesses, playgrounds and outside people's houses. Please help find them and place them on the War Memorial by November 11th for Remembrance Sunday.

Schools Reorganisation
Date: 07/11/2018

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has commenced consultation on proposals to reorganise school provision in the Pontypridd and Hawthorn areas. To see the consultation document and how the changes affect you, go to the RCT website via the following path -, click on the ‘Get Involved’ link on the top centre section of the home page, then click on ‘Consultations’, ‘Current Consultations’, then finally ‘School Consultations’. This is a lengthy document but if you have a child that attends schools in these areas, it is a worthwhile read. It fully outlines details of the various proposals and also provides information on how you may make comments, or ask questions in respect of them. Paper copies are also available from RCT, please advise whether you wish to receive a hard copy (they will require a postal address for this). The document contains details of consultation events to be held at various schools during November 2018/January 2019, which you are welcome to attend.

Extortion Scam
Date: 06/11/2018

Cyber criminals are sending victims their own passwords in a new extortion scam. They are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used their password to install spying malware on their computer. The criminals claim they've recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe the criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches. What to do if you get one of these emails? Don't reply to the email or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform password resets as soon as possible on any accounts where you've used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available enable 2 factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated. If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud's phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

PACT meeting
Date: 06/11/2018

The next PACT/ NHW meeting will be held tonight, Tuesday 6th November at 5.30pm in the YRP offices Windsor Place

Council Surgery
Date: 23/10/2018

Do you have any questions you would like to raise with your local councillor or community councillor? If yes, come along to the Ynysybwl Regeneration Partnership office on Monday 29th October between 6pm and 7pm where Councillor Sue Pickering will be holding a surgery. Community Councillor Tony Burnell will also be present. Both will be on hand to best answer any questions you may have on the issues that concern our village.

Wales Ambulance Scam
Date: 17/10/2018

If you receive an air ambulance charity bag through your letterbox please be aware that this is not from them , but from an organisation outside of Wales. Wales Air Ambulance does not send charity bags to your home asking for clothes. For more information visit:

Date: 15/10/2018

Playscheme kicks off on Monday 29th October, 10am till 12pm, Ynysybwl Community Project hall at the Bomb. Lots of things going on to keep the kids busy over half term!

Rec Update
Date: 11/10/2018

Representatives from the Community Council met with Andrew Morse from CISWO today at the Rec to discuss developments at the ground using the funds from the windfarm. CISWO are agreeable to improvements being made on the site and have asked YCC to come up with ideas on what is wanted and needed there. The next step is to discuss this further in the meeting on 6th November, then approach community groups in the village to ask for recommendations on what they would like to see there. Will keep you posted.

High Street Park
Date: 11/10/2018

Would you like to be involved in driving forward improvements to High Street Park? If so, why not come along to the meeting on Thursday 11th October at 6pm in Ynysybwl Con Club. For further information, contact Hayley at YRP on 01443 791425 or email

Defib Update
Date: 10/10/2018

Defibrillators 4 & 5 were installed in Ynysybwl yesterday. Defib number 4 is in place at Chris Jeffrey's garage in Crawshay Street and number 5 on the front of No.1 Dan-y-Cribyn. Many thanks to Chris and Steve Bedgood and Christine Edwards for allowing YCC to use their premises. Defib number 6 is ready and waiting to be installed following discussion with RCTCBC on a suitable location. Further updates to follow.

Scam Mail
Date: 10/10/2018

SCAM MAIL - WHAT IS IT? Scam mail is illegal mail and targets the most vulnerable. It is not normal advertising mail. WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR:- - Is someone you know receiving a large amount of mail? - Are they sending money in response to this mail? If so, they could be a target of scammers. Contact: Royal Mail scam email team on 0800 0113 466 FREEPOST SCAM MAIL

Rec Update
Date: 03/10/2018

Back in August we told you of our exciting plans for the recreation ground in the Bwl. Members of the YCC working group will meet with officers of CISWO (Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation), who own the site, on 11th October to discuss this further. As much as YCC would like to complete the project asap, realistically it will take time, possibly a few years, but we want to ensure that we make the right decisions for the village so that, in the future, the Rec will benefit the whole community. We want it to be a place that everyone can enjoy and take pride in. Once we know that CISWO and RCT are open to the idea of improvements at the Rec, we will contact local groups and organisations for their thoughts and ideas. Watch this space for regular updates!

Roll of Honour
Date: 03/10/2018

The Roll of Honour celebrates individuals from Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm who it is believed has either made an outstanding contribution to the welfare of the inhabitants of the community or has made a contribution to Wales and the nation as a whole. YCC's newest nominee is Kenny Leek. Kenny was born in New Road in 1935 and played in the New Road football team. His professional career started in Northampton Town in 1952 taking him to Leicester City (1952-61), Newcastle United, Birmingham City and Bradford City. He scored 145 goals in the Football League from 396 appearances with 5 clubs. He won 13 caps for Wales and scored 5 goals and was also a member of the 1958 Fifa World Cup team for Wales. Always true to his roots, Kenny came back to Ynysybwl on a regular basis to visit family. His nephews and niece still live in the village. Kenny passed away on 19th November 2007. Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm Community Council are proud to add Kenny Leek to the Roll of Honour. If you would like to nominate someone for the Roll of Honour, please contact the Clerk for a nomination form. The Roll of Honour can be viewed in the Community Centre.

Ynysybwl Youngsters meet the Manics!
Date: 03/10/2018

On Friday the 28th of September, three young people from Ynysybwl got to meet James Dean Bradfield, lead singer and guitarist of the Manic Street Preachers, when they went on an industry visit to BBC studios Cardiff. The Girls had a fab time visiting the studios, which included a Q&A with James Dean Bradfield, learning experiences with a variety of artists and a performance by the Norwegian girl band I See Rivers. The opportunity was made possible through the Children in Need and Enterprise projects facilitated by YEP and YRP. The aim of YRP’s Enterprise project is to make the young people of Ynysybwl, Coed y Cwm and Glyncoch more enterprising. Upcoming opportunities with the project include; An industry visit is planned to the Printhaus Cardiff on Wednesday 31/10/18 where young people will have the opportunity to learn how to design and print their own t-shirts, development of an Ynysybwl youth Forum where young people can have free training, support, develop their own business’ ideas and generate income! Please get in touch with if you’d like to get involved.

Youth Club Adventure!
Date: 03/10/2018

Three members of Ynysybwl Youth Club, Kalli Edwards, Tia Squance and Gethin Williams, attended the YCC monthly meeting last night to make a presentation to the council. They will be attending a young persons residential in October half term and require some funding to help them get there. The youngsters will undertake a variety of activities such as coasteering, high ropes, zipline and a muddy assault course. Tom Addiscott, youth worker at YRP, has worked with children and young people on similar residentials and has found that the activities involved have major benefits on their lives, confidence, teamwork and communication skills. The residential is also being supported by Ynysybwl Regeneration Partnership, Glyncoch Community Regeneration and Ynysybwl Enterprise Programme. Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm Community Council are happy to also offer financial support towards this venture.

Scam Information meeting
Date: 03/10/2018

A Scam Information meeting will be held at Ynysybwl Community Centre on Friday 5th October at 10am. Scammers can sound very professional, whether it's on the telephone or via email or text, it's so easy to be taken in. Be prepared! All welcome.

Little Playhouse
Date: 01/10/2018

Ynysybwl's very own Lucinda Cadwallader, who runs the Little Me creche in Llewellyn Terrace, has now opened the Little Playhouse in Abercynon. Based in No. 1 Library House in Abercynon, the playhouse offers a coffee house for parents to get together, chat and relax while the children indulge in soft play. Lucy offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and cakes and can provide packed lunches for both little and big people. Private parties are also catered for. Opening times are Monday to Friday 8.30 till 5.30, Saturday 8.30 till 4.30 and Sunday 9.00 till 12.00. For more information email

Well done Sophie!
Date: 01/10/2018

A huge congratulations to the very talented Sophie Norman who has been chosen for the Wales women under 17s football squad. They will be travelling to Serbia on the 20th of October to play Serbia, Northern Ireland and Albania in the UEFA European qualifying rounds. Sophie has been football crazy since a young girl and she has worked incredibly hard to get this far. Well done Sophie, what a fantastic achievement!

Roberttown Road Runners
Date: 27/09/2018

The Roberttown Road Runners (Robbies) are a social running group who have been in existence for 5 years. We cater for all ages and abilities and aim at creating a friendly, welcoming, family orientated atmosphere. There is no membership or weekly fees or subs and finance is drawn by holding discos and functions. The group gathers 5 times a week at the following times:- Sunday - Longish adult run - morning usually about 9 to 9.30 start Mon - Shortish recovery run - 9.15 am Tues - 3 ability groups go out from various local start points Weds - Morning run for shift workers and retirees - 9.15 am Thurs - Main Club Night - family friendly. A range of activities from runs to circuit training. Bwl Square (garage) at 6.30 On Saturdays many of us participate in Pontypridd Park Run. The ethos of the group is to create a vehicle to support anyone to join, run and improve their health. If you want to find out more, link into the Roberttown Road Runners facebook page. On Sundays the schedule for the following week is sent out.

MacMillan Coffee Morning
Date: 27/09/2018

Tabernacle Chapel will be holding a MacMillan Coffee Morning and raffle tomorrow, Friday 28th September, at 11.30am. Last year they raised £335, let's help them raise more in 2018!

High Street Park
Date: 26/09/2018

Would you like to be involved in driving forward improvements to High Street Park? If so, why not come along to the next meeting on Thursday 11th October at 6pm in Ynysybwl Con Club. For further information, contact Hayley at YRP on 01443 791425 or email

Fake TV Licensing Emails
Date: 24/09/2018

Action Fraud has seen a sharp increase in reports about fake TV licensing emails claiming to offer refunds. The emails state that the refund cannot be processed due to 'invalid account details'. The links provided in the emails lead to phishing websites designed to steal personal and financial details. Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

Ynysybwl Kyokushinkai Karate Club
Date: 19/09/2018

Ynysybwl Kyokushinkai Karate Club meet at Trallwn Community Centre on Mondays and Thursdays. Juniors (6yrs to 13yrs) 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Adults (14yrs +) 7.30pm - 9.00pm

Defib Training
Date: 12/09/2018

A great turnout at Ynysybwl Community Centre last night for the Basic CPR and Defib training. The session was delivered by Liz from Welsh Hearts and was very informative. YCC were also presented with 3 defibrillators which will be in place very soon at 3 locations throughout the village to complement the 3 already in place which were purchased with funds raised by residents. A big thank you to Rose Kathy Meek for taking the photographs and Adam James for providing tea and coffee. We are currently looking for an electrician who is able to install the defib cabinets and would love to use someone local, so if there is anyone out there who fits the bill please contact the Clerk on or 07951 117876

TOTs Sessions
Date: 05/09/2018

TOT’s (Time Out Together Sessions) is starting back after the long summer break on Tuesday, 11th September. We look forward to welcoming old and new members - activities for parents and children - it’s FREE - why not come along and join us, what have you got to lose?

Fun Quiz
Date: 05/09/2018

Christ Church will be holding a Fun Quiz at Ynysybwl Rugby Club on Friday 14th September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £3 from Church members. Light refreshments are included. Everyone most welcome!

Free CPR & Defibrillator Training
Date: 29/08/2018

The Community Council are currently in the process of purchasing and installing a further 3 defibrillators to complement the 3 that are already in the village, which were purchased with funds raised by residents in the community. Welsh Hearts will be holding a free basic cpr and defibrillator session at Ynysybwl Community Centre on Tuesday 11th September from 7pm. The defibrillators will be presented to the Community Council during the session. There are 50 spaces available on the training session, if you would like to attend please email the Clerk on or ring 07951 117876

Gwyl 2018
Date: 27/08/2018

Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm Community Council were proud to support the Gwyl Festival once again this year as we have done since it’s inception since 2013. The CC would like to thank all the volunteers involved in making this a fantastic day for all the family and are glad to announce that it was a resounding success despite appalling weather! The people of Ynysybwl and beyond came prepared with gazebos, wellies and umbrellas to fend off the rain and Gwyl ponchos were in abundance! The day began appropriately with a rousing version of 'Singin' in the Rain' from Abercynon Male Voice Choir and the music continued through to 10.30pm with a varied line up. This year a marquee played host to the acoustic stage where talented performers Owain Felstead and Tom Auton could be found. The Dixie Landers Jazz Band also entertained festival goers here. Several stands were set up in and around the marquee selling locally produced goods. Despite the childrens rides being missing this year due to the inclement weather, there was still a lot of activities for younger people to enjoy including Daerwynno Outdoor Activity Group and Haydn’s Farm Animals. Falconry UK were also present with their stunning array of birds of prey. The afternoon included speeches from Tyrone O’Sullivan, Vikki Howells, AM for Cynon Valley, Cerith Griffiths from the Fire Brigade Union and our very own Councillor Sue Pickering. Musically, there was something for everyone on the main stage including pop, rock, rockabilly, punk, ska and dance. The Zulu Dance Troupe brought something different to the festival this year and certainly entertained their audience. The evening finished with a glam rock tribute from Glam 45 that had everyone up on their feet dancing. And not forgetting the spectacular firework display that closed the Gwyl for another year! Many thanks to Ynysybwl Enterprise Project who co-ordinate this event every year, and to all the other village organisations and individuals who worked and helped all through the weekend from Friday to Monday. It was good to hear locals saying on arrival that they would attend despite the awful weather as they believed community events such as this should be supported. What a fantastic day, now looking forward to Gwyl 2019!

Action Fraud Alert
Date: 20/08/2018

Fraudsters are contacting overseas students and visitors who are in the UK via their mobile phone or social network account and purporting to represent UK or foreign law enforcement. After fraudsters have claimed to work with their respective embassy or government, they tell the victim that there is evidence in the form of forged documentation or parcels which implicate them in a crime such as money laundering, fraud or immigration offences. After demanding further personal details from the victim such as their name, current address and copies of personal documentation, they threaten the victim by suggesting a warrant exists for their arrest which will result in their deportation and imprisonment unless they transfer a payment to them in order to cancel the arrest or pay a fine. Once the money is transferred, all contact between the victim and the fraudster is severed. What You Need To Do: Police will never ask you to withdraw to transfer money so “it can be checked”, neither would they demand money to in order to cancel an arrest. Do not be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details no matter who they say they are; protect your information and have the confidence to question and refuse unusual requests. If you have made a payment to someone claiming to be the police or government department, and you think you might be a victim of fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using our online fraud reporting tool. You can also get advice about fraud or cyber-crime by calling 0300 123 2040. If you are a student you can ask your Student Union or University for advice, help and support. Message sent by Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Christmas Comes Early at the Con!
Date: 20/08/2018

What a fantastic night at the Con Club on Friday in the presence of Keith Christmas! The evening began with some music from the host, Bob Wood, singing songs from artists such as Carole King, Labi Siffre and George Ezra. Then our very own Tommy Cadwallader followed with some stories and poems about Ynysybwl life and characters. Bob then introduced Keith who entertained the audience for over an hour with original songs, followed by a Q & A on his life and the famous musicians he has worked with over the years, including David Bowie. This high calibre event was part of the Festival season and was brought to the village in conjunction with the Arts Council for Wales. What a brilliant addition to the Gwyl, a great night had by all!

Gwyl 2018
Date: 20/08/2018

Festival weekend is almost upon us and what a treat is in store this year! The Community Council are once again proud to support this fantastic event as it has done since it's inception in 2013. Take a look at the musical line up below:- Abercynon Male Voice Choir MAIN STAGE The Accused ( Rock Covers) Bulltown Boys (Rockabilly) Zulu Dance Troupe Gimme Some Loving (Soul) The Satalites (Great Punk Covers) Filta ( Dance Music) HEADLINERS - "Glam 45" 70S Rock & Cheese Covers ACOUSTIC TENT Owain Felstead Dixie Landers Jazz Band Tom Auton Sicknote Steve The festival will also cater for our younger residents with childrens rides, a crazy golf course, the Nearly Wild Show, Haydn's Animal Farm, Face Painting, Mr Twister balloons, Messy Church, Daerwynno and Loco Circus. There will be several stalls for browsing (and possibly purchasing) hand crafted goods. No need to bring food, there will be lots of different food outlets and a bar! And don't forget - the spectacular firework display to finish the day! The fun kicks off at 11.15am, £3 admission, see you there!

Butchers Pool update
Date: 20/08/2018

Friends of Butchers Pool, Ynysybwl Regeneration Partnership and the Local community held a meeting on Wednesday night about keeping the pool open for the next two weeks. One of the biggest discussions was whether to pay £1500 to keep the pool open for another week when the weather had been so bad. The attendance at the pool has been limited to a couple of people daily and all costs still need to be paid. The group agreed it was difficult to determine what the weather was going to be like. If the weather continues in the same manner then the £1500 that has been raised by the members of the community would be wasted. It was suggested that it would be better to use the money raised to keep the pool open for longer next year, rather than waste more money. With this in mind and the unpredictable weather, it has been decided that the pool will not open for an additional two weeks. Many, many thanks to everyone who has worked hard to help support the fund raising efforts. The money will be used to keep the pool open for longer next year. We will also be starting the refurbishment of Butchers Pool in the near future which will hopefully be completed ready for next year and having the pool open those extra weeks will be a great start. We would like to thank each and everyone of the Ynysybwl and wider community that have helped raise such a magnificent amount of money. Friends of Butchers Pool are committed to ensure this well loved community asset remains open for many years to come. Thank you.

August is Festival Season!
Date: 13/08/2018

Festival season continues at the Con Club on Friday 17th August when Keith Christmas, famous for playing acoustic guitar on Bowie's 'Space Oddity' album,will be appearing. Keith has also toured with The Who, King Crimson, Ten Years After, Frank Zappa, Roxy Music, Hawkwind, Captain Beefheart and The Kinks among others. Tickets cost £4/£3 and the event kicks off at 7.30pm. Should be a great night!

Butchers Pool
Date: 13/08/2018

The Friends of Butchers Pool will be holding a meeting at the Con Club on Wednesday 15th Aug 7pm. Feedback has shown that Ynysybwl residents would like the pool to stay open for a further 2 weeks. For this to happen, additional funds will need to be raised and legal obligations met. More volunteers are also required. If you would like to be part of this please come along.

Big Bwl Singalong
Date: 06/08/2018

Festival month started in style yesterday with a fantastic afternoon at Glyn Street Chapel. The Big Bwl Singalong was a huge success with stories, poems, jokes and of course, songs! The event was hosted by Martin Davies, who read a story about a fictional villager, 'Dai Jones', who was born, grew up, married, worked and lived in Ynysybwl all his life. We heard about Dai's school and chapel days, his teenage years spent playing rugby and at the Bwl Hall cinema and his work as a miner at Lady Windsor Colliery. The story was interspersed with contributions from other villagers - Tommy Cadwallader read some poems about village life and characters, Lewis Pritchard told some musical jokes, Jude Owen read a poem about the Sunday school trips to Barry Island while Heather Main sang 'Thank You for the Music' (a nod to the choirs and many musical groups from the Bwl) and 'My Man Bill'. And last but not least, Glyn Hicks donned a wig to become the Bwl's answer to Elvis. The songs were varied including 'Calon Lan', 'Delilah', 'Green Green Grass of Home' and finishing with a rousing version of 'We'll Keep a Welcome in the Hillside'. The evening was rounded off with tea and cake for everyone. A big thank you to the organisers, Marjorie Harris (who also accompanied on the piano) and Rachel Owen for this wonderful event, well done to everyone involved.

Action Fraud Alert
Date: 06/08/2018

Watch out for fake British Gas refund emails. Action Fraud has received an increase in reports about fake British Gas emails claiming to offer refunds. The links provided in the emails lead to genuine looking British Gas phishing websites that are designed to steal the usernames and passwords for British Gas accounts. Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

We have something to tell you ….
Date: 06/08/2018

The community council have been given funds from Seren energy which amounts to a one off payment of £15.000 plus £2000 per year thereafter for 20 years. Full council thought it would be best spent on a long-term project for the village which we could add to on a rolling programme. The recreation ground was suggested and a working group was put together in the May meeting. They have since met with officers of RCT Council and Cllr Sue Pickering to see if the upgrade and addition of extra facilities in the recreation ground is a feasible option as it would be a pointless exercise to take forward if RCT were not on board. Officers, Cllr Pickering and the community council councillors agreed that the concept is a good idea and they were happy to look at proposals that were put forward. The council has not committed to this idea as we feel that the community should have their say and a lot of work needs to be put in before we can do this. Since the meeting in June with officers and Cllr Pickering the council has been working on how to best get the community feedback for this idea and have started to put questionnaires together for every household and also an electronic survey. We will shortly be asking for representatives from other organisations within the village to join the working group so that they can put their ideas forward also. The results of these meetings will be published and then community will be asked for its feedback by a number of options which are in the process of being finalised. The council feels that this is an exciting project for the community that will not only benefit this generation but also the next. If you have any comments to make we would love to hear from you. You can reach us on Facebook, the website, email by phone or by writing to us.

Big Bwl Singalong
Date: 04/08/2018

Don't forget the Big Bwl Singalong will be held this coming Sunday, 5th August, at Glyn Street Chapel from 6pm. Celebrate festival season and village life through singalong songs from Abba to Louis Armstrong with stories, jokes and pictures. Light refreshments are available. Children are welcome. This event is free. All the organisations, clubs and businesses that help things happen in Ynysybwl will be celebrated. Please come and join us!

Fake LinkedIn Emails
Date: 29/07/2018

Action Fraud has received multiple complaints regarding fake LinkedIn emails. They claim that your LinkedIn profile has appeared in multiple searches and provide links you can click on to get more details. These links lead to malicious websites designed to steal your personal and financial details. Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

Phishing Alert!
Date: 25/07/2018

These fake emails are after your Amazon login details! Action Fraud have had a number of complaints about fake emails purporting to be from Amazon. The subject line and content of the emails vary, but they all contain links leading to phishing websites designed to steal your Amazon login details. Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

Village Flowers
Date: 13/07/2018

We have received several positive comments from residents on the flower displays this year, with many saying how spectacular they are and probably the best they've seen. The baskets are paid for by the Community Council and are provided by Boverton Nurseries. Many thanks go to our own Sion Nicholls of Sion's Lawns for watering and caring for the baskets. He can be seen looking after them early morning every day! Take a look at our gallery for photos.

Big Bwl Singalong
Date: 10/07/2018

Celebrate festival season and village life through singalong songs from Abba to Louis Armstrong with stories, jokes and pictures. Light refreshments are available. Children are welcome. This event is free. All the organisations, clubs and businesses that help things happen in Ynysybwl will be celebrated. Please come and join us! Glyn Street Chapel, Sunday 5th August from 6pm.

Scam Alert - Fake Argos Texts
Date: 09/07/2018

Phishing Alert - Watch out for fake Argos texts offering refunds Our local PACT officer has alerted us to these fake messages which purport to be from Argos claiming that the recipient is owed a refund. The link in the message leads to phishing websites designed to steal your personal information as well as your payment details. Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected mail or text. Message received from Action Fraud

Follow Up Calls Computer Software Service Fraud
Date: 23/06/2018

There is concern that victims of previous Computer Software Service Fraud (CSSF) are being re-targeted for “owed money”. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reports that CSSF scammers are returning to contact previous victims, requesting that they pay money owed for a fake malware protection service they had provided. Alternatively, the fraudster will ask for a new subscription fee in return for protection from a new threat. The victims that have made payments to the fraudsters have done so via credit/debit card payments. In some instances threatening and aggressive language has been used against victims, as part of the attempt to coerce them into sending money. Computer Software Service Fraud involves the victim being contacted, told that there is a problem with their computer, and that for a fee this issue can be resolved. The aim of the fraudster at this point is usually to gain remote access to the victim’s computer and, subsequently, access to their online banking account. No fix actually occurs. The victims will often be cold-called or will receive a pop-up on their computer, prompting them to phone the suspect. Since the beginning of this year (2018), the total loss for repeat victims of CSSF has been reported as £16,712.85. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has noticed an increase in such reports since the beginning of May. Protect Yourself • If you receive such an unsolicited call or pop-up, do not make a payment. Always ensure you know who you are talking to. If in doubt, hang up immediately. • Do not allow remote access to your computer. • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank, or another trusted organisation, force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons. Remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions. • Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you’re in the comfort of your own home. They may appear trustworthy, but they may not be who they claim to be. For more information about how to protect yourself online, visit and If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it to us at, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Local Heroes
Date: 20/06/2018

Do you know a 'Local Hero'? Someone who selflessly gives up their time to help others in and around their community? Someone who is always willing to lend a hand? If so, Ynysybwl & Coed y Cwm Community Council wants to hear about them for an ongoing series for our website. If you know anyone who fits this description, who you think deserves recognition, please contact us on or ring 07951 117876

TV Providers Discount Fraud
Date: 02/05/2018

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports where fraudsters are offering a discount on Television service provider subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports. The fraudsters are using the following telephone numbers: “08447111444”, “02035190197” and “08001514141”. The fraudster’s voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent. Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details. This type of fraud is nationwide. Since the beginning of this year (2018), there have been 300 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted. What you need to do • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic: Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine. • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly, and don’t hesitate to question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. • Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill. Visit Take Five ( and Cyber Aware ( for more information about how to protect yourself online. Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Ynysybwl Youth Club
Date: 24/04/2018

Youth Club is held every Monday from 6pm to 8pm at Ynysybwl Community Centre. We have a variety of activities including cooking, games and general chat. Only 20p per evening. Coming soon - pool table! We will also be holding a games club starting for 8-10 year olds from Monday 14th May, 20p per session from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. A chance to meet up with your friends and hopefully make new ones, come along, all welcome!

Butchers Pool update
Date: 24/04/2018

The public meeting held on 19th April discussed the possibility of turning the existing pool into a splashpad. Louisa Addiscott of YRP had undertaken extensive research into 3 options: - A once use splashpad at a cost of £209,617 - A recirculatory splashpad at a cost of £330,000 - Repairing the pool, approximate cost £1000 (Other costs would be incurred including the replacement of the toilet block plus repairs to the plant room, electrical and mechanical works. An approximate total cost for these repairs would be £8442) A requirement of a splashpad would be for the site to be open for 6 months a year plus the village would have to take on a lease for 21 years, whereas repairs would mean opening for 4 weeks per year during the summer holidays with a lease of 7 years. It was agreed at the meeting that a splashpad is not a viable option, that the pool would not be used for a full 6 months, due to weather and lack of volunteers, whereas 4 weeks is feasible. To read the full documentation on the proposals for Butchers Pool please call in to Ynysybwl Regeneration Partnership, 20 Windsor Place, Ynysybwl

Black Bag Waste Allowance
Date: 22/04/2018

How many black bags can you put out? There is a limit to the number of standard sized (60 litre) black bags you can put out for your fortnightly rubbish collection. From June 4, 2018, new changes are being introduced to increase recycling rates in RCT – and help us hit the Welsh Government’s 70% target for 2024/25. This will limit the number of black bags each household is permitted each fortnight. CURRENT ALLOWANCE No wheelie bin - 4 black bags Small RCT wheelie bin (120 litres) Plus 1 additional black bag Large RCT wheelie bin (240 litres) No additional bags ALLOWANCE FROM JUNE 4th 2018 No wheelie bin - 2 black bags All wheelie bins No additional black bag waste – wheelie bin lid must close Under the new rules coming into force on June 4, the Council will introduce a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 – which will be issued as a last resort to residents who ignore warnings from Enforcement Officers and repeatedly refuse to recycle. Please note: If you have 2 wheelie bins this will be regarded as side waste and we will ask you to remove your second bin. If necessary we may remove the second bin. Also, we will not collect black bags that are deemed excessively heavy. Ash Waste will be collected in manageable sized black bags and this will be in addition to the amount of black bag waste permitted. Please ensure the ash has cooled before placing it in a black bag. What black bags will RCT collect? Regardless of where you live in RCT, we will only collect standard size black bags (up too 60 litres). Any bag larger than this will not be collected including black wheelie bin liners. What happens if you put out too many black bags? Any additional black bags (except ash waste) will not be collected and residents are likely to receive a visit from the Council's Enforcement Officers. Under the new rules coming into force on June 4, the Council will introduce a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 – which will be issued as a last resort to residents who ignore warnings from Enforcement Officers and repeatedly refuse to recycle. You can contact the Council for advice to help you to reduce your black bag waste and increase recycling. How can you reduce your black bag waste? • you can reduce your black bag waste by making use of the weekly recycling service. • you can also make use of your local Community Recycling Centres

Village Voices April 2018
Date: 22/04/2018

A great night was had by all at the Con Club on Friday 20th April for the latest Village Voices evening. The event, postponed from 2nd March due to snow, raised funds for Trerobart Primary School to enable the pupils to engage in arts activities. The evening began with the extremely talented Owain Felstead who performed his own compositions, an amazing musician! He was followed by the Trerobart School Choir singing 3 songs which were greatly appreciated by the audience. Tommy Cadwallader and Phill Evans recited some of their original poetry before Glyn Hicks engaged the audience in a rousing version of Calon Lan to end the first half. The second half saw more of Owain, Tommy and Phill and also the duo of Ceri and Richard who entertained us with their versions of popular songs, including a very moving cover of the Stereophonics 'Local Boy in the Photograph'. The evening ended with Jason 'Bomber' Williams, who, as always, ensured that the audience left smiling, a great and popular performer. The evening raised in excess of £200, a great success!

Good Luck!
Date: 21/04/2018

Good luck to the 3 members of the Roberttown Roadrunners who will be participating in the London Marathon tomorrow. Caci Re, Rachel Truscott and Gemma Vincent will be cheered on by other Robbies who have made the journey to offer their support. All the best girls!

Public Meeting on Butchers Pool
Date: 18/04/2018

A public meeting will be held on Thursday 19th April at 7pm in the Con Club. This meeting is open to everyone and aims to discuss the future of the pool. Would you like to repair the existing pool or create a splashpad? Come along and have your say.

Village News & Events
Date: 11/04/2018

The YCC website serves to inform the residents of Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm. If you have any news, local stories or upcoming events that you think may be of interest to the community, please tell us about it so that we can inform others in the village. We will also endeavour to support community groups and local businesses and would be happy to include your details on our website. To contact us please email

Date: 10/04/2018

YCC would like to congratulate Mr Roger John for being awarded the prestigious Queen's Ambulance Service Medal for distinguished service in the 2017 New Years Honours List. Roger, an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner with the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, is one of only two people in Wales to receive this honour. The medal, introduced in 2011 and first awarded in the Birthday Honours list in 2012, is awarded for devotion to duty over a prolonged period in the NHS Ambulance Service and given to those who have proved to be an outstanding example to others. Well done Roger!

Village voices
Date: 01/12/2017

<p>I attended Village Voices at the Con Club on the 17th November 2017. The event is organized on a yearly basis to raise money for charitable organisations, this year being for the Alzheimer&#39;s society. </p> <p>The night consisted of fun and laughter with some people reading their own poems and stories and others singing their own songs. They were all wonderful and very entertaining. </p> <p>The night had a very Ynysybwl feel with most poems relating to the times gone by in the village, a trip down memory lane for all who attended. </p> <p>Tommy Cadwallader and his band of helpers raised around &#163;300 on the night and this will go to a very deserving charity. </p> <p>Keep up the good work and I very much look forward to attending next year. </p> <p>If anyone is interested in getting involved please contact Tommy Cadwallader for more details. </p> <p>Amanda Ellis <br> Chairperson</p>