Old Newspapers unearthed at Maesteg Town Hall

TWO old newspapers dated 50 years apart have been uncovered by contractors working on the redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall. The Grade II listed building, in the heart of the Llynfi Valley, is currently undergoing an £8.2m repair, restoration and extension, due for completion in 2022. The earliest newspaper – the remnants of the South …

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Maesteg Library at 65 – a Great Past and a Bright Future

2020 marked 65 years of Maesteg Library, the long-awaited service first opening its doors in 1955 being (along with Caerffili) the first purpose-built county library since the Second World War. A year on, the Glamorgan Gazette reported on the library’s extraordinary success and reception by the people of the Llynfi Valley. Yes – Maesteg’s library …

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Remembrance at Maesteg Town Hall

Maesteg Town Hall has always played a central role in the Llynfi Valley’s remembrance, most notably in recent decades as the venue the British Legion’s services and concerts of remembrance. Other notable events in recent years include wartime exhibitions and Maesteg Musical Theatre Society’s poignant and raw production of Oh What A Lovely War, depicting …

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Curtain Up Youth Theatre: Celebrating 20 Years

2020 marks 20 years since the formation of the Llynfi Valley’s award-winning Curtain Up Youth Theatre. Recent events have put the planned celebrations on hold, but we can still look back at the magic, joy and laughter the group has brought to members and audiences alike, and look forward to its future when performances are …

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Work Begins on Maesteg Town Hall’s £8.2m Redevelopment

Construction work is due to start this week on the £8.2m repair, restoration and extension of Maesteg Town Hall. The Grade II listed building is being restored back to its former glory and extended on one side with a new glass atrium, studio theatre and cinema space, a café and mezzanine bar, and a modern …

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John Thomas, Pencerdd Gwalia (Chief Musician of Wales)

John Thomas, world famous, celebrated Welsh harpist was born on St David’s Day 1826 in Bridgend.  He came from a very musical family – his father played the clarinet and 3 of his siblings also became harpists. As a child he spoke only Welsh and played the triple harp in the traditional Welsh style. He …

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