The Christmas Parade was bigger and better with the 'Ponty Partners' pulling out all the stops for an amazing evening. Pontardawe Town Council, Pontardawe Art Centre, Celtic Leisure and the Chamber of Commerce gave Ponty a night to remember this year.
Pontardawe Town Council provided the funds for the lights, Celtic Leisure provided the funds for the tree and the Art Centre and Chamber of Commerce funded the parade. Lliw Building Supplies & the Gwhryd Quarry together with Vale at Clydach and the Mynydd Y Betws Wind Farm community Benefit fund also provided grants and helped to make 2015 the best parade and light switch on ever!!
With entertainment, brass bands, parade competitions, fair, stalls, food and Santa's Grotto, it was the place to be. Even the weather perked up for the evening, and I think the Mayor particularly liked transport in Del Boys car from 'Only Fools and Horses'.
Christmas Tree Festival – St Peters Church
The Christmas Tree festival at St Peters Church was spectacular with groups from all over the area putting up a tree based on various themes. This year the Town Council's tree was based on Dylan Thomas 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' and any donations will be given to the Mayors Charity ... the Alzheimer's Society.
Alzheimer's Society Presentation
The Mayor Councillor Brian Thomas was pleased to present a cheque for £508.82 from the Mayors Fund together with a cheque from the Trebanos Hall Committee of £500.00 to the Alzheimer's Society to support people with dementia and there carers in the Pontardawe Town Council area.
The Glantawe Lions also presented a cheque for £375 to the Alzheimer's Society from their 'Tree of Light' Event which took place during the Christmas 2015 festivities and is also donated to the Mayors Fund.
Pontardawe 'Question Time'
Our popular 'Question Time' was held early in 2016 to provide the people of Pontardawe with a forum to discuss issues with their elected members. The Panel consisted of Assembly Member and local County Borough Councillors and a lively discussion was had on matters as diverse as the proposals for the European referendum, the Welsh Language and changes to disabled care in Neath Port Talbot. Our thanks to the panel and also to the local residents who attended the evening to support the event.
Saint David's day was celebrated all over the area, from a Saint David's day Coffee morning at Trebanos Hall to a window decoration competition sponsored by Menter Iaith for the shops in the Town Centre.