Austerity measures were not going to stop the festivities and a fabulous time was had by all. There was something for everyone. Great food and drink, Dancing, crafts, a parade and all sorts of music from Choral to Rock (even the weather behaved!) The Chamber of Commerce, Public Houses, shops, restaurants, cafes and Art Centre staff worked tirelessly throughout the weekend to ensure everyone had a great time and the Town Council was happy to provide some funds to ensure that the plans became a reality.
Roll on 'Winterfest'!!
Time for Change Organisational Pledge
This is a National campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems in Wales. It is supported by major mental health charities such as Mind Cymru, Gofal and Hafal and is financed by the Big Lottery fund, Comic relief and the Welsh Assembly Government.
Pontardawe Town Council is proud to be the first Town or Community Council in Wales to 'Sign the pledge' and to support this campaign of awareness.
Pontardawe Town Council in conjunction with GCG and Cilybebyll Community Council have once again created and 'Out of School Activities' brochure that provided details of clubs and associations in the area for children and young people. The brochures were delivered to each schoolchild in the Pontardawe Town Council area and provided details for parents and children alike.
Following some great ideas (and a lot of hard work) by Pontardawe Town Councils Youth Representative, Harri Evans-Mason, we have also created a dedicated web site, facebook feed and twitter account to keep you all up to date with new developments.
All Artwork for both the sites and the brochures is original and was created by pupils at Cwmtawe School.
You can find the web site at URL ptcoosa.wix.com/the-split and twitter at @OOSA11 or Facebook at 'Out of School Activities for kids'
Austerity measures led to Neath Port Talbot Council cutting all Christmas celebrations for 2014. This would have led to no Christmas tree, Lights, Parade and 'No Santa!' What to do???
The cost of staging a Commercial Christmas from Town Council funds was prohibitive, so in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Art Centre, local Primary and Secondary Schools, and with some financial help from Local Businesses (Lliw Building Supplies, Pontardawe Car Sales, Gwrhyd Quarry and Wall Collmonoy) and Pontardawe Town Council, some practical help from 'Vale' at Clydach and a grant from the Mynydd y Betws Community Benefit fund we arranged a 'PONTY Christmas'.
On the 5th December our local lighted Fire Engine left 'the Cross' (tastefully decorated with ice lights), followed by a brass band playing carols, Children from the schools with homemade flags, groups in fancy dress, pantomime performers and to the rear 'Santa' in a rickshaw pulled by reindeer ( thanks to the Pontardawe Youth Club) racing the Mayor (in his own lighted rickshaw) – all processing down Herbert Street to the Art Centre where Dame Sweetie was waiting on the stage surrounded by balloons and tasty treats t to switch on the Christmas tree lights.
Some great carol singing and a donut later and we were ready to meet Santa and his elves in his magnificent Yurt!
All in all a fab day had by all. Thanks to all the people of Ponty who got involved, made things, did things, sang, danced and dressed as super heroes (Celtic Leisure you know who you are!) to ensure that Ponty continued to be a festive place despite the hard times. Onwards and upwards ... you wouldn't believe what's being considered for future years!
And Christmas wouldn't be complete without a special mention of Rosa at Pontardawe Florist's who won the 'Best dressed Christmas Window Display' competition. Well done Rosa!
So Merry Christmas to all out there in Ponty Land (and Trebanos, Rhyd y Fro and Ynysmeudwy). The Town Council hopes you had a Great Christmas and wishes you a happy and healthy 2015.