Bridgend County Borough news round-up – 15 October 2022

Baby Loss Awareness Week marked in Bridgend County Borough

This week we are supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week and raising awareness of pregnancy and baby loss in Bridgend County Borough.

On Wednesday evening, the Civic Offices in Bridgend were illuminated in blue and pink, in honour of those babies who have been lost.

  • At 7pm on Friday 14 October, bereaved families have been invited to attend a Baby Loss Awareness Service at North Cornelly Methodist Church CF33 4LB, to honour and remember their babies, and light a candle in their memory.
  • On Saturday 15 October, the Bro Morgannwg Baby Loss Support Group will be hosting a coffee morning at the Talbot Centre, Kenfig Hill, CF33 6ED between 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • There will also be a global ‘Wave of Light’ event on Saturday 15 October, where people are invited to light a candle at 7pm. You can also join a virtual ‘Wave of Light’ and take a photo of your candle and post it on social media using #WaveofLight.

If you have been affected by the loss of a pregnancy and death of a baby, you and your family can receive help and support from various organisations.

Find out more by visiting the Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB website.


Join the Citizen’s Panel!

People of all ages, races and genders are invited to join Bridgend County Borough Council’s Citizen’s Panel; the council are particularly interested in hearing from younger people aged 16 to 30 years old.

The Citizens’ Panel is made up of a group of people who live in the county borough and are regularly consulted on services run by the council. Some recent consultations include Public Spaces Protection Orders, annual council budget consultation, Net Zero Carbon consultation, town centre masterplan and more.

Members of the panel can receive up to three surveys per year on a range of topics, services, and issues, as well as receiving regular newsletters to keep them updated.

By becoming a member of the panel, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on matters surrounding Bridgend County Borough and help to make a difference in our community.

Find out more and join our Citizen’s Panel on our website.


Business Support Fair in place to support local businesses

Businesses across Bridgend County Borough have been invited to attend an upcoming Business Support Fair.

The free event will be taking place on Thursday 3 November between 4pm and 6pm at the STEAM Academy, Pencoed Campus in Bridgend. Businesses from all industries and types are invited to attend, with support and guidance available to help run a business effectively.

A number of partners across Bridgend County Borough will be in attendance at the fair which include Employability Bridgend, Business Support Wales, Welsh Government, Bridgend College, Cwmpas and many more.

The event is free for all businesses and there is no need to register.

To find out more about the upcoming business support fair, please email [email protected].


Applications for secondary school admissions open on Monday

Applications for secondary school admissions open at 10am on Monday 17 October.

Parents and guardians of year six pupils in Bridgend County Borough will be invited to apply online for September 2023 secondary school admissions.

The online application will be available through the ‘My Account’ service on our website, if you have already signed up, you can just log in and complete an online application for a secondary school place. If you have not already signed up, you can easily create an account using your email address.

The deadline date for completed applications is Friday 20 January 2023 at 4pm.

Failure to submit an application by this date and time may result in your child being refused a place at the school of your choice.

Please visit the school admissions webpage on the council website before making your application.


‘Reading Well for Teens’ scheme launched in Bridgend

Awen Cultural Trust marked this year’s World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October by joining with The Reading Agency and Libraries Connected to launch the Reading Well for Teens scheme across its libraries in Bridgend County Borough. The scheme is funded by Welsh Government and Arts Council England.

The Reading Well for Teens collection of books is aimed at supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people, providing them with information, advice, and support so they can better understand their feelings and handle difficult experiences. The booklist, which includes titles that have been translated into Welsh, offer a wide range of reading levels and formats to help less confident readers and encourage engagement.

Books can be borrowed or reserved by calling into any of the Awen-run libraries or ordered via the online catalogue on the Awen Libraries website. Non-members can also join the library service immediately, confidentially and for free, through the website.

Local schools help name out-of-this-world solar bins in Porthcawl

Congratulations to the five local primary schools who helped come up with some out-of-this-world names for the new cosmic solar powered bins located across Porthcawl.

The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, Cllr Martyn Jones had the tough job of choosing his favourites.

  • West Park Primary came up with the name ‘Ziggy’ for the bin located at Rest Bay.
  • Afon y Felin Primary chose ‘Comet the Space Bin’ for the bin located on the Eastern Promenade.
  • Ysgol y Ferch o’r Sgêr named the bin on the Esplanade ‘Y Bin Hudol’ which translates to ‘The Magic Bin’.
  • Newton Primary came up with the name ‘Solar Squish’ for the bin located at West Drive.
  • Corneli Primary chose ‘Solar Muncher’ for the bin located at Griffin Park.

The solar powered bins are a collaboration with Keep Wales Tidy and funded by the Welsh Government Rural Communities and Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

Visit our website for more information on our out-of-this-world solar powered bins.