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Posted on: 16/09/2019
Village Plan Questionnaire
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
Posted on: 16/09/2019
Ynysybwl Parents
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. https://www.facebook.com/Ynysybwl-Parents-115820969799182/?hc_location=ufi
Posted on: 16/09/2019
CYC Defibrillator
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.
Posted on: 16/09/2019
Bus Pass Renewals
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:- www.tfw.wales/travelcards 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 www.tfw.wales/travelcards
Posted on: 13/08/2019
Universal Credit Scam
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 www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus 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)
Posted on: 30/07/2019
Information/Your Help Needed
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 ynysybwlcc@gmail.com , 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.
Posted on: 29/07/2019
Cwm Taf Morgannwg Community Health Council
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 www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/903/page/45255
Posted on: 11/07/2019
Screening for Life Month
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.
Posted on: 11/07/2019
Fly Posting Awareness
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.
Posted on: 11/07/2019
Community Warden Update for June 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.
Posted on: 17/06/2019
Defib Training
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 tony.burnell@yahoo.co.uk
Posted on: 03/06/2019
PACT meeting
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
Posted on: 20/05/2019
New scam
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
Posted on: 20/05/2019
Teddy Bears Picnic
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
Posted on: 14/05/2019
Lady Windsor Races
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.
Posted on: 13/05/2019
Closure of Graig Bridge
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.
Posted on: 09/04/2019
YGG Pont Sion Norton
Information received today from YGG Pont Sion Norton - the school will be running a full time nursery during the next academic year, great news!
Posted on: 09/04/2019
Easter Playscheme
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.
Posted on: 03/04/2019
Community Warden Update for March 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.
Posted on: 03/04/2019
Meter Readers
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.
Posted on: 02/04/2019
Mill Road bridge closure
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.
Posted on: 27/03/2019
Tipsy 10 Challenge 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.
Posted on: 27/03/2019
Music at the Con Club
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
Posted on: 27/03/2019
Mens Sheds
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.
Posted on: 27/03/2019
Scam EMails
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.
Posted on: 20/03/2019
Changes to Childrens Services
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 www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk 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 cwmtaf.news@wales.nhs.uk
Posted on: 19/03/2019
Scam TV Licensing emails
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 actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Posted on: 19/03/2019
New Mobile Library Routes – 2019/2020
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
Posted on: 19/03/2019
Litter Pick
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!
Posted on: 18/03/2019
Walking Rugby at Ynysybwl
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
Posted on: 13/03/2019
Litter Pick
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!
Posted on: 12/03/2019
Mobile Library timetable
The Mobile Library is now based in the car park of the Roberttown Hotel. Please see timetable below: https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/Libraries/RelatedDocuments/MobileLibraryone.pdf
Posted on: 06/03/2019
Mini Strollers
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.
Posted on: 06/03/2019
Information on Fly Tipping
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. https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/…/StreetCar…/ReportFlytipping.aspx
Posted on: 05/03/2019
Garden Waste Collections Return to WEEKLY
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 www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling
Posted on: 05/03/2019
BT Scam
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.
Posted on: 04/03/2019
Beware Rogue Traders
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.
Posted on: 04/03/2019
Dog Poo Posters
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.
Posted on: 20/02/2019
Fund Raising at your local Co-op
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
Posted on: 20/02/2019
Community Warden Update for January 19
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 ynysybwlcc@gmail.com, if these are issues not included within my duties I will forward them to the relevant department.
Posted on: 20/02/2019
Defib for Coed y Cwm
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 ynysybwlcc@gmail.com. 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!
Posted on: 20/02/2019
Dog Owners take note
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.
Posted on: 20/02/2019
RCT Planning Applications
The Community Council have been asked to provide the link for Rhondda Cynon Taf planning applications, please see below:- https://planning.rctcbc.gov.uk/online-applications
Posted on: 19/02/2019
New Scams
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
Posted on: 19/02/2019
Ynysybwl Bowls Club
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.
Posted on: 13/02/2019
Community Warden news
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 ynysybwlcc@gmail.com
Posted on: 11/02/2019
Card Fraud
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 https://www.which.co.uk/…/revealed-the-best-and-worst-ban…/…
Posted on: 11/02/2019
February CC meeting
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://www.ynysybwlcoedycwmcc.org
Posted on: 05/02/2019
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TOPIC
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.
Posted on: 05/02/2019
Meeting Postponed
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
Posted on: 04/02/2019
Blitz Day
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 ynysybwlcc@gmail.com and we will pass these on to Trivallis.
Posted on: 30/01/2019
Gas Pipe Checks
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.
Posted on: 17/01/2019
Footpath Closure
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.
Posted on: 17/01/2019
YEP Chairs Report 2018
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.
Posted on: 16/01/2019
Residential and Day Care Services Consultation
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. https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/GetInvolved/Consultations/CurrentConsultations/ResidentialCareServicesConsultation.aspx https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/GetInvolved/Consultations/CurrentConsultations/DayCareServicesConsultation.aspx If you have any questions please get in touch.
Posted on: 09/01/2019
Be Aware!
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.
Posted on: 16/12/2018
Criminals out to make money
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 www.immobilise.com
Posted on: 16/12/2018
PACT meeting
Please note there will be no PACT/NHW meeting in January, the next meeting will be held on 14th February 2019
Posted on: 13/12/2018
Senior Citizens Christmas Dinners
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.
Posted on: 13/12/2018
Scam Alert
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.
Posted on: 13/12/2018
Scam Alert
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.
Posted on: 06/12/2018
Santas Magical Journey
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.
Posted on: 23/11/2018
Action Fraud Alert
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 www.cyberaware.gov.uk.
Posted on: 21/11/2018
Council Surgery
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.
Posted on: 19/11/2018
Walk to Run Group
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
Posted on: 19/11/2018
Green Waste Collection
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.
Posted on: 14/11/2018
Coed-y-Cwm Notice Board
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 ynysybwlcc@gmail.com or 07951 117876. Alternatively you can drop any posters or notices to the Clerk at 63 High Street, Ynysybwl.
Posted on: 14/11/2018
Remembrance Weekend
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.
Posted on: 07/11/2018
WW1 Commemorative Planters
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!
Posted on: 07/11/2018
Poppy Pebbles
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.
Posted on: 07/11/2018
Schools Reorganisation
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 - www.rctcbc.gov.uk, 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.
Posted on: 06/11/2018
Extortion Scam
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.
Posted on: 06/11/2018
PACT meeting
The next PACT/ NHW meeting will be held tonight, Tuesday 6th November at 5.30pm in the YRP offices Windsor Place
Posted on: 23/10/2018
Council Surgery
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.
Posted on: 17/10/2018
Wales Ambulance Scam
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: http://bit.ly/WAAupdate
Posted on: 15/10/2018
Playscheme
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!
Posted on: 11/10/2018
Rec Update
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.
Posted on: 11/10/2018
High Street Park
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 hayley@yrp.wales
Posted on: 10/10/2018
Defib Update
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.
Posted on: 10/10/2018
Scam Mail
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 scam.mail@royalmail.com FREEPOST SCAM MAIL
Posted on: 03/10/2018
Rec Update
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!
Posted on: 03/10/2018
Roll of Honour
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.
Posted on: 03/10/2018
Ynysybwl Youngsters meet the Manics!
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 Tom@yrp.wales if you’d like to get involved.
Posted on: 03/10/2018
Youth Club Adventure!
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.
Posted on: 03/10/2018
Scam Information meeting
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.
Posted on: 01/10/2018
Little Playhouse
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 littleplayhouseltd@outlook.com
Posted on: 01/10/2018
Well done Sophie!
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!
Posted on: 27/09/2018
Roberttown Road Runners
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.
Posted on: 27/09/2018
MacMillan Coffee Morning
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!
Posted on: 26/09/2018
High Street Park
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 hayley@yrp.wales
Posted on: 24/09/2018
Fake TV Licensing Emails
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.
Posted on: 19/09/2018
Ynysybwl Kyokushinkai Karate Club
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
Posted on: 12/09/2018
Defib Training
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 ynysybwlcc@gmail.com or 07951 117876
Posted on: 05/09/2018
TOTs Sessions
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?
Posted on: 05/09/2018
Fun Quiz
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!
Posted on: 29/08/2018
Free CPR & Defibrillator Training
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 ynysybwlcc@gmail.com or ring 07951 117876
Posted on: 27/08/2018
Gwyl 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!
Posted on: 20/08/2018
Action Fraud Alert
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)
Posted on: 20/08/2018
Christmas Comes Early at the Con!
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!
Posted on: 20/08/2018
Gwyl 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!
Posted on: 20/08/2018
Butchers Pool update
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.
Posted on: 13/08/2018
August is Festival Season!
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!
Posted on: 13/08/2018
Butchers Pool
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.
Posted on: 06/08/2018
Big Bwl Singalong
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.
Posted on: 06/08/2018
Action Fraud Alert
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.
Posted on: 06/08/2018
We have something to tell you ….
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.
Posted on: 04/08/2018
Big Bwl Singalong
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!
Posted on: 29/07/2018
Fake LinkedIn Emails
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.
Posted on: 25/07/2018
Phishing Alert!
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.
Posted on: 13/07/2018
Village Flowers
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.
Posted on: 10/07/2018
Big Bwl Singalong
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.
Posted on: 09/07/2018
Scam Alert - Fake Argos Texts
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
Posted on: 23/06/2018
Follow Up Calls Computer Software Service Fraud
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 www.cyberaware.gov.uk and takefive-stopfraud.org.uk If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it to us at Actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Posted on: 20/06/2018
Local Heroes
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 ynysybwlcc@gmail.com or ring 07951 117876
Posted on: 02/05/2018
TV Providers Discount Fraud
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 (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online. Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
Posted on: 24/04/2018
Ynysybwl Youth Club
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!
Posted on: 24/04/2018
Butchers Pool update
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
Posted on: 22/04/2018
Black Bag Waste Allowance
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
Posted on: 22/04/2018
Village Voices April 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!
Posted on: 21/04/2018
Good Luck!
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!
Posted on: 18/04/2018
Public Meeting on Butchers Pool
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.
Posted on: 11/04/2018
Village News & Events
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 ynysybwlcc@gmail.com
Posted on: 10/04/2018
Congratulations
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!
Posted on: 02/12/2017
Rememberance Concert

The annual Remembrance concert held at "The Bomb" on the 10th November was a great success. The concert was well attended by residents and the local branch of the British Legion did a sterling job in organising and delivering a very enjoyable night.

The band struck up with some old time favourite songs and marches which everyone enjoyed.

There was no microphone for the band master, he did announce that he would not need one and a quick-witted Barry Williams exclaimed "good job butt because we haven 't got one".

The Ynysybwl Ladies Choir performed beautifully as well did the Abercynon Male Voice Choir. However, I must say that Trerobart Primary and Infants School Choir stole the show. Well done all of you.

A huge thanks to the RBL for inviting me and I look forward to attending next years concert.

The branch is currently looking for new volunteers and all are very welcome. If you have some time to give to this very worthy organisation please contact Barry Williams or Leighton James MBE.

Amanda Ellis
Chairperson


Posted on: 01/12/2017
Village voices

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's society.

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.

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.

Tommy Cadwallader and his band of helpers raised around £300 on the night and this will go to a very deserving charity.

Keep up the good work and I very much look forward to attending next year.

If anyone is interested in getting involved please contact Tommy Cadwallader for more details.

Amanda Ellis
Chairperson


Posted on: 19/11/2017
Fireworks display

No it was not an explosion at the Lady Windsor, but a Fireworks display organized by Ynysybwl And CoedY Cwm Community Council, in partnership with the Ynysybwl Enterprise Programme, who brought back to life the Annual fireworks display, previously run for many years by the rugby club.

We did not anticipate how successful it would be. Over 850 people attended, with many more watching from vantage points across the village, and in their own homes.

As part of the build up we were entertained by the youngsters and Organized Kaos Circus, thanks to a grant from Children in need. The firework display was second to none. For 18 minutes Nightlife fireworks thrilled us with an array of colors, along with many whoos and wows from the crowd. We even organized a full moon to rise above the mountain, just before the fireworks started.

Thanks once again to all the volunteers who made it happen, with a special thanks to Clr. Adam James, who did a lot of planning and running around to "Get it right", and Clr Sue Pickering who arranged for all the barriers/bins etc to be there.

The biggest thanks however, goes to the Community for supporting the event, and making it so special.

If you have any comments/feedback we would love to hear from you.