Launch of all-new website & promotional video

Posted 11/15/2013

Maesteg Town Council hosted the local business community and representatives of groups and organisations from across the Llynfi Valley yesterday evening (14/11/13) at an event to launch its all-new website and a short video based on promoting the town. 

Attended by near 100 guests, the evening began with an introduction from The Mayor - Councillor Ross Thomas - who spoke of the great community spirit in the valley and the need to share what is great about Maesteg, both locally and further afield.  Moreover, The Mayor emphasised Maesteg Town Council's role in standing together with businesses, traders and community groups in   (His speech can be found at the bottom of this article).  

Guests were given a preview of the video which officially appears on the Home page of the new-look website this morning (15/11/13).  

Feedback from all sections of the community was tremendously positive and the video was widely recognised as capturing the very heart and soul of what Maesteg is all about.  

Members of Maesteg Town Council would like to put on record their thanks for the professional work of both Phil and Chris Davies of Scenic Gallery in producing the video from its early embryonic stages, right the way through to its unveiling.  In addition, a big thank you to our Clerk and Deputy Clerk for liaising closely with Scenic Gallery and Members of the Events Committee to bring together a final product.

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MAYOR'S SPEECH AT LAUNCH OF MAESTEG PROMOTIONAL VIDEO 

Cynghorwyr.  Foneddigion a boneddigesau.

Ar ran Cyngor Tref Maesteg, croeso cynnes iawn i’r Neuadd y Dref.

Fellow Councillors.  Ladies & gentlemen. 

On behalf of Maesteg Town Council, a very warm welcome to Maesteg Town Hall.

Can I firstly thank each and every one of you for making the effort and coming along – I think the attendance here this evening speaks volumes for the one thing we all share in common – and that is a passion for our town. 

And it is a passion for Maesteg that forms the main ingredient and brings us together this evening.

Now, at Maesteg Town Council, we have been busy recently working with Scenic Gallery to put together a video which we think captures everything that is great about Maesteg; our talent (both young and not so young); our music and song; our range of local businesses (both new and old) including the all-new Market; and our sense of togetherness.

It’s about promoting that positive message – admittedly in difficult times – and demonstrating that Maesteg has such a great deal to offer. 

Now, many of you will be aware that Maesteg Town Council hosted its first ever ‘homegrown’ Festival during May and June of this year – a jam packed four weeks with over a dozen events taking place, including a choral evening and joint dramatic and operatic production here in the Town Hall, a fun day at Maesteg Welfare Park and a closing show where a 9-year-old doing the Michael Jackson moonwalk was on stage just minutes before Maesteg Gleemen – yes, that shows how varied the talent is in Maesteg! 

I speak of course of the Maesteg’s Got Talent competition, and overall the Festival was considered an unprecedented success and I am tremendously proud of my Council’s proactive tenacity and energy in delivering such a wide programme of events. 

(It would be remiss of me at this point not to mention that, without the support and enthusiasm of the many groups, organisations and choirs that played a part in the Festival, it simply wouldn’t have come to fruition – so thank you to everyone that played a role.)

For the traders and businesspeople amongst you this evening:-

There is no doubting that the economy is suffering – irrespective of what the Governor of the Bank of England might say.

Businesses are finding it tough.

But the risks of standing still and simply weathering the storm are only too obvious.  Maesteg Town Council stands with you in wanting to promote the very best that Maesteg offers, welcoming people from near and far to explore our town.

And for the community groups, organisations and choirs amongst you:-

The huge pool of talent we have is second to none, ranging from the Amateur Operatic Society to any one of the dozen or so choirs and younger dance groups – in addition to the people who give, give more and give again of their free time to make this community great.

Maesteg Town Council stands with you in supporting the community spirit that is the very bedrock of this valley.

We know what makes Maesteg great – let’s share it and make sure others know too.  

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Maesteg Christmas Parade

Posted 11/11/2013

Maesteg's annual Christmas Parade is set to take place on Saturday 7th December 2013.  

Beginning with carols by local primary schools at the Council Office steps from 10am, the day is set to be jam-packed.  Throughout the morning, the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and past Mayor will be judging the increasingly competitive shop window competition.  

At the same time, Maesteg Town Hall will be hosting their annual Christmas Fayre with a range of craft stalls and bits and pieces, ideal for last-minute Christmas presents. 

The parade is set to leave the old Cosi/Budelpack site at 3.45pm, winding its way to town for the official switching on of the Christmas lights at 4.30 by the Mayor and the winner of the poster competition.  

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Thank you - Diolch yn fawr iawn

Posted 7/8/2013

All Members of Maesteg Town Council wish to express their sincere gratitude to the many and varied community groups and organisations who came on board and made the Gwyl Maesteg Festival a huge success.  Without your dedication, enthusiasm and vision, we couldn't have delivered the range of events that we managed to host. 

Thank you, also, to those who helped on an individual basis in hosting the Exhibitions over the four week period which were tremendously well-attended, in particular by our local primary school children. We equally extend a big thank you to the management and staff at Maesteg Town Hall for all their help. 

This was a truly Maesteg-orientated festival and showcased the best that our valley has to offer, past and present.  Congratulations to all those who took part - the Events Committee are already gearing up for discussions for next year.  Watch this space...!

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Maesteg's Got Talent

Posted 5/30/2013

Please note that the closing date for applications to part-take in Maesteg's Got Talent has now been extended until Fri 7th June.  Please get in touch with Maesteg Council Offices for more details on 732631 or clerk@maestegcouncil.org - the application form can be downloaded on the blog post below this.

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Maesteg Festival - Gwyl Maesteg: Application Forms

Posted 5/14/2013

For an application form and more information on Maesteg's Got Talent, please click here

For an application form for the Maesteg Welfare Park Fun Day on Sunday 2nd June, please click here

More information is available from Maesteg Town Council Offices on 01656 732631.

Good luck!

 

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Maesteg Festival - Gwyl Maesteg: 18th May - 15th June 2013

Posted 5/10/2013

Maesteg Town Council's Events Committee has been busy over the last two months planning a series of late Spring events to celebrate our rich culture and heritage within the valley.  Spanning a four week period from Saturday 18th May until Saturday 15th June, venues across Maesteg - in particular Maesteg Town Hall - will play host to a range of festivities and events, including choir performances, historical exhibitions, an amateur dramatic performance and even a renowned children's entertainer!  

The full list of events taking place during the Maesteg Festival are as follows:-

Saturday 18/5

'A Feast of Music Band Day' - starting at 3pm at The Star Hotel, Maesteg.  Free entry.  Live bands, many of them local, will be doing ad-hoc performances with a range of music at this town centre venue.

Sunday 19/5 - Party in the Park

The annual event returns once again at Maesteg Welfare Park, organised by the Garnwen Trust.  This is a fanastic family day out and has something for everyone.  Adults £6; children aged 5 to 15 years £4.

Monday 20/5 - Friday 24/5 - Hospital Exhibition at Maesteg Town Hall

To commemorate the centenary of one of Maesteg's best-loved institution, the Town Hall is hosting an exhibition on Maesteg Community Hospital.  This will include exhibits of hospital rooms as they would have been 100 years ago, right to the very day.  A preview evening takes place on the Monday from 7pm; Tues to Thurs 10am to 4pm.  Free entry.

Saturday 25/5 - joint amateur dramatic production

Maesteg Amateur Operatic Society and the Dramatic Society are joining forces to give us a real treat on this Saturday evening at the Town Hall with a 'Grand Evening of Music and Plays'.  Adults £3; children £2 with curtain up at 7pm.

Tues 28/5 - Fri 31/5 - Llynfi Valley Industrial Heritage Exhibition at Maesteg Town Hall

Given that our valley was built on coal mines and many of our family members will have been employed in the pits, we will be celebrating Maesteg's rich coal mining heritage throughout this week with an historical look-back at the days gone by at Maesteg Town Hall.  10am to 4pm.  Free entry.

Sat 1/6 - Choral evening at Maesteg Town Hall

Many of the choirs in Maesteg have been working together to set up a day of choral performances throughout the evening with a feast of musical talent at the Town Hall.  Starts 6pm.  Adults £3; children £2.

Sun 2/6 - Maesteg Festival Family Fun Day

Fingers crossed for dry weather on this one, as Maesteg Welfare Park will be hosting a fun day for all the family on the very same day as the 60th anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation.  Games will include old-time favourites such as the sack races as well as the egg and spoon race.  In addition, the Friends of Maesteg Welfare Park will be officially opening their new walkways and recently-built bridge in the park and have invited a beekeeper along to keep the kids amused.  The fun starts at 2pm.  Free entry.

Mon 3/6 and Tues 4/6 - Primary School Coronation Parties

All primary schools in the valley have been invited along to Maesteg Town Hall over the course of the two days to be entertained by JuggleStruk, a renowned children's entertainer, at Maesteg Town Hall.  Infant and junior sessions will be held separately.

Weds 5/6 - Fri 7/6 - Art Society Exhibition

Members of Maesteg's Art Society will host their annual exhibition of wonderful paintings at Maesteg Town Hall.  Special previews on the Wednesday evening; open to the public from Thursday 6/6, 10am to 4pm.

Sat 8/6 - Craft & Food Fayre

Again, Maesteg Town Hall will be hosting a whole delight of craft activites and a food fair with a Welsh flavour.  Open 10am to 3pm.  Free entry. 

Sat 8/6 - Gymanfa Ganu at Maesteg Town Hall

Starts at 6.30pm.  Programme £1.

Sun 9/6 - Maesteg Festival Open

Maesteg Golf Club are hosting an Open Tournament for anyone wishing to join in.  This is bookable in advance by contacting Gareth Law, PGA Professional on 01656 812003 by 2/6.

Tues 11/6 - Industrial Heritage Trail Walk

Meeting at Maesteg Sports Centre at 10.  Led by Roy Meredith.

Weds 12/6 - Senior Citizen Groups - Afternoon Tea & Concert

With entertainment provided courtesy of our primary schools' choir groups.

Fri 14/6 - Tag Rugby Event 

Years 3 and 4 of our local primary schools competing at Maesteg Welfare Park. 

Sat 15/6 - Grand Festival Finale - Maesteg Town Hall

Two events are being held to mark the close of this year's festival.  Maesteg's Got Talent will be taking place at the Town Hall from 3pm to 7.30pm followed by a closing half hour by Maesteg Gleemen Male Voice Choir.  Adults £3; children £2.

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We hope you'll be able to join us and take part in as many of the events and festivities mentioned above as possible to make the Maesteg Festival a huge success.  If you require any further details or think you can help in any way, we would love to hear from you - please go to the Get in Touch page.  

Amid all of these events, we are keeping our fingers crossed for the completion and official opening of the brand new Maesteg Market in Talbot Street.  Though we have no word as yet, progress is very good and we will keep you updated if a new event appears centered around the opening of the Market. 

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