Unfortunately due to budget cuts at Neath Port Talbot Council, the Pontardawe 'Summerfest' could not take place. I do however know that Santa did visit Pontardawe in December and switched on the Christmas lights.
So... What else has been happening?
The Canal at Trebanos Lock received some TLC when 18 volunteers of the Waterways Recovery Group worked tirelessly to improve the area from the 1st September to the 6th September.
The Prom came to Pontardawe during the summer. Pontardawe RFC organised a great evening with brilliant performances which showcased local talent as well as providing access to seasoned quality performers. With Gazebos provided by the Chamber of Commerce, not even the weather could dampen the audience's enthusiasm.
Heart of the Valley Show
The 2nd Annual 'Heart of the Valley' Show was staged at the Riverside Centre in September which provided an affordable, enjoyable family fun day out. The children could get up close to Cows, sheep, pigs, dogs, birds of prey and shire horses, and not to mention vintage tractors, fly fishing, milking and a coracle display on the river. The weather on this occasion also did us proud and a great day was had by all who visited.
Ponty Graffiti Project
In Partnership with Pontardawe Art Centre, and with a grant provided by the Mynydd y Betws Community Benefit Fund, the Town Council supported a project to improve the underpass from the retail park to the Town Centre. A group of local young people arranged a bespoke design with a well know Graffiti Artist and assisted in the preparation and process of turning an eyesore into a work of Art. A true Community project that provided a workshop for our young people while improving the community in which we live.
And finally..... the Christmas Tree Festival
The Year finished off with the beautiful Christmas Tree Festival at St Peters Church in December with all the proceeds from the tree provided by Pontardawe Town Council being donated to the Mayors Fund for 2013/14 which was PANTRY, the new Pontardawe Food Bank.
The Town Council hope that you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – Goodbye 2013 and Hello 2014!