Bridgend County Borough news round-up 17 September 2022

Public buildings turn purple in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

Three prominent public buildings in Bridgend County Borough have been illuminated in purple to honour the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Civic Offices in Angel Street, Bridgend, the clock tower of the historic Maesteg Town Hall and the iconic Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl. These will join other prominent buildings across the UK that are being lit up at night, as a mark of respect following the recent death of the late sovereign.

The three local landmarks will remain lit up every evening until the funeral takes place at Westminster Abbey at 11am on Monday 19 September. There will also be a national one minute’s silence which will happen at 8pm on Sunday 18 September.


Services of Remembrance

There are many services of remembrance being held locally this weekend in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.

The services are as follows and will all be held on Sunday 18 September:

  • St Mary’s (Nolton Church), Bridgend- 11am
  • All Saints Church, Porthcawl- 3pm
  • Margam Abbey- 3pm
  • St Michael’s Church, Maesteg- 6pm


Waste and recycling collections update 

Out of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, there will be no waste and recycling collections on 19 September, the day of her funeral. Community recycling centres will also be closed.

All collections will be a day later than normal, up to and including Saturday 24 September.

Record numbers attend Bridgend Jobs Fair

This year’s Bridgend Jobs Fair has achieved a record number of visitors, with more than 700 people attending the employment event at the Bowls Hall Bridgend Life Centre.

Organised by the council’s Employability Bridgend team in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, the event featured 45 employers and support agencies, 8 training agencies, local colleges, and officers from a range of council departments, who were all on hand to offer advice and support on work, training, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities.

If you missed the event, you can still find out about the latest job vacancies in the county borough by contacting the Bridgend Employability team on 01656 815317 or email: [email protected]

COVID-19 vaccinations

All COVID-19 autumn booster appointments will go ahead on Monday.

However, anyone who is booked in for a vaccine, but due to the funeral does not wish to attend or is no longer able to because of the bank holiday, will be able to reschedule their appointment for the next available date.

To arrange a new date, patients can fill in an online request form and a member of the booking team will be in touch.  Alternatively, you can call the booking team direct. Their number will be on your appointment letter.


Cost of Living payment reminder

Bridgend County Borough Council is urging the small minority of residents who have not yet applied for the £150 cost-of-living payment to do so before the payment deadline.

92 per cent of payments have already been made to eligible households, however, if you think you may be eligible, but have not received your payment, please contact the council on 01656 643643 or email [email protected] as soon as possible.

The closing date for applications is Friday 30 September. Applications after this date will not be processed.

‘Together we can’ volunteer recruitment campaign launched by Home-Start Cymru

Home-Start Cymru, a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with young children, has launched a new volunteer recruitment campaign.

‘Together we can’ aims to recruit over 200 volunteers across Bridgend County Borough and other local authorities in Wales.

Dedicated to providing families with emotional and practical support when they need it most, their invaluable network of volunteers help to make a real difference in the community, and empower parents to give their children the best start in life.

If you would like to become a Home-Start Cymru volunteer, full training is provided, as well as the opportunity to meet new people, and make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in Bridgend County Borough.

Find out more about Home-Start Cymru’s volunteering opportunities by visiting their website.

Give blood and save lives

The need for blood has never been more important. Welsh Blood Service need more people from the Bridgend area to sign up as donors to help patients across Wales.

Appointments are available in Bridgend at the Heronston Hotel (CF35 5AW) on:

  • 30 September
  • 4, 19. 24 and 25 October

Appointments are available in Maesteg Sports Centre (CF34 9EB) on:

  • 23 September
  • 7 and 21 October

Please be advised that if you have recently had a Covid-19 vaccination, then you must wait two days before making a blood donation.