"BLACK WAS THE COAL, DEEP WAS THE HOLE"

From The Ashes of the Coal Dust at the end of A Green Valley A small Mining Community is being Re-energised and Regenerated.

That Community nestled on the edge of the rivers Frwdd and Clydach is called Ynysybwl

After 25 years of losing our colliery two days of Remembering and Positive regeneration activities have been organized.

On the 14th July 2013 the inaugural 10K Fun Run and on 25th August (Bank Holiday Sunday) the Lady Windsor Fun Daytook place at The Ynysybwl Rec

 

We had numerous family activities including:

  • Cardiff City Football Mascot Shoot Out
  • T-Rex Children's Entertainer
  • Climbing Wall
  • Tug O War
  • RCT Sports Village
  • Skate Boarding
  • Mobile Police Station, with interactive activities for young people
  • Children's Rides
  • Junior Go-Kart's
  • Traditional Punch & Judy Show
  • Hook a Duck
  • Pirate Ship inflatable
  • Face Painting / Glitter Tattoos
  • Fire Engines
  • St. Johns Ambulance
  • Mines Rescue Vehicle
  • Live Local & International Bands.

A Special Thanks to Ynysybwl Regeneration Partnership for letting us use their Charity Status as an arm for making this event become a reality.

Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm Community Council, the driving force behind this event, in conjunction with Ynysybwl Regeneration Partnership wish to acknowledge the contributions made and their gratitude in respect of these events to the following:

CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS ABOVE TO GO TO THEIR WEBSITES

Thanks also to the local volunteers, without their help it would not happen!

Why not join this Public/Private Partnership to bring Economic Activity to the Area?

More details about the above organizations:

Coalfields Regeneration: This charitable organization is committed to improving the lives of those who remain in the former South Wales coalfield. They provide enabling grants to ensure that projects such as the Lady Windsor Fun Day can make a difference in the social economic position of the community. They are based at the former Coal Board Labs, Woodland Tce, Maesycoed, Pontypridd. YRP would like to thank the Coalfields for their generous match funding in making a difference. A special mention to Michelle & Dan.

 

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organization (CISWO): a national service providing charity, assisting mining beneficiaries in times of financial, emotional and practical need, and promotes social inclusion and independent living. for full details please contact 01443 485233. www.minerswelfare.org

 

Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm Community Council: This small local has been the catalyst in driving forward economic regeneration in the village. The emphasis being BUY LOCAL USE LOCAL. Already business in the village has benefited from the Lady Windsor Fun Day initiative. The Council have also taken a pro-active approach in bringing the community closer to the council by employing a part time clerk who works out of the YRP office every Friday to ensure local service to the Community. Further initiatives are planned. www.ynysybwlandcoedycwmcc.co.uk

 

RCT Council: Following the request from the Community Council RCT Council met with the event organizer Mr Anthony Burnell and Councilor Sue Pickering. The Cabinet Member for economic regeneration Councilor Paul Cannon immediately recognized the window of opportunity for regeneration and was pleased to be able to match fund what the Community Council had started. It is the intention to continue to work with RCT Council on initiatives required to create more social/economic activities especially for those who have been socially excluded due to the economic environment and the closures of so many facility's.

 

RCT Services for Young People: Clr. Tony Burnell has been involved with energizing the youth of the village with the help of RCT services. Unfortunately due to recent cutbacks they have been unable to provide the levels of support as in previous years and the loss of our local Youth Centre. However they remain committed to working to getting a better deal for out young people. Thanks to Louise Woke Head of Services for Young People and her team for involving their staff, evidence of which will be seen on the day.

 

RCT Events Team: The events team have been fundamental to the success of the Lady Windsor project with Ms Rhian Edwards pulling out all the stops . Rhian has worked closely with Clr. Pickering and Tony Burnell in advising best practice in an event of this scale. Hopefully this relationship will continue into the future..

 

Pontypridd Museum: Curator Mr Brian Davies who is also the local historian has been able to provide the former Lady Windsor lodge banner from the museum which holds a tremendous amount of artifacts and memorabilia from the mining era and beyond. A visit is well worth it. >WEBSITE<

 

Ynysybwl Co-operative Store: The store has been pro-active in raising funds to ensure that the community benefits as part of a leisure experience. Members of their management team have expressed a desire to visit on the 25th August where it is hoped that they will be able to link into their special community fund nationally to continue to provide the momentum in future years. Thanks to Angela, Justin and all the staff for selling raffle tickets etc raising over £1000. Thanks also to the people of Ynysybwl for purchasing their tickets!

 

Barclays Bank Pontypridd: The bank has a strong relationship with the village. At the time the colliery was working it was only Barclays that had a branch open at Windsor Place. Unfortunately as with many other banks because of the lack of economic activity and footfall they have had to retract to main centres.How ever we are delighted to recognize the efforts of local manager Jeff Rosser in securing community match funding in tandem with the requirements of the Coalfield Regeneration. They will also be working with Trerobart in the new term.

 

Egan Waste Services: A local waste management business who have provided £150 towards the event. They are located at Treforest Industrial Estate. Both Danny the MD and his son James Egan have been pro-active in recognizing that this is a situation where local services can intertwine with public sector initiative. Their motto is "Local jobs for Local people"

 

Legends Health & Fitness: Based at Hopkinstown Cricket Club the facility has recently expanded to incorporate a circuit training facility on the ground floor. There is also a new personal trainer service to fight the flab. They have provided £250 funding to get the show on the road. MD Miss Kate Parker moved to Ynysybwl 3 years ago and has involved herself in the social and business environment. A special thanks for producing the programmes for the event day.

 

New Adventure Travel: Based in Cardiff, MD Kevyn Jones operates local bus services in the Pontypridd interland and also provide coaches for numerous activities. Kevyn's Grandfather Jack Jones worked as an electrician in the Lady Windsor all his life so his assistance of £250 is appreciated. His services in the village are First Class!

 

RCT Computer Clinic: Based in Robert Street, Ynysybwl. They host & maintain the websites for Lady Windsor - Making a difference and The Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm Community Council. Also Computer & Laptop repairs.

 

Kevin Garland Photography: Kevin has a studio in what used to be the old shoe shop run by his uncle Dennis Garland at Robert Street, Ynysybwl. He is photographing the Fun Run and also the Fun Day. Also available for Weddings, Portraits, Passport photos and more...

 

Aneurin Sports Bar: are supplying their dedicated mini bus in order for the park & ride service to be operated at no cost on the 25th. It's MD is another local Community Councilor Clayton Jones who sits on the events sub committee on behalf of the community council. The Bar show every Cardiff City Home & Away game, a must for all City Fans!

 

GMB: The GMB have a considerable presence with an office in Taff Street, Pontypridd and their local organiser Mr Gareth Morgans has been a supporter of this social enterprise since it's inception and after contributing £250 has managed to persuade the Central office in Cardiff to donate a further £250. If you are a local GMB member then you know that your money is being spent locally providing this leisure day and if you want to join take a look at their website or call into the local office.

 

Abercynon Choir:Ynysybwl lost its local choir several years ago, however Abercynon has a history of involvement with Lady Windsor when the two mines were joined in the 70's when it became know as Abercynon/Lady Windsor. The organisation has a history of assisting at social events and their presence at the Lady Windsor tram monument is much appreciated. The Choir work for any business or social enterprise as long as you cover their costs.