Youth Centre voted as Merthyr Community Fund winner

TAG Community Youth Centre has been voted the latest winner of St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s St Tydfil Cares Community Fund and now has £200 to spend at Wilko.

After inviting charities and community groups that are putting on activities for local children during the school summer holiday to apply for the vouchers, the centre chose three groups as finalists and the local community were invited to vote for who they would like to receive the vouchers.

Just under 600 votes were received with TAG Community Youth Centre topping the poll.

Throughout the summer, the centre will be running a wide range of free activities, including craft workshops, wigwam making, cooking classes, mad scientist sessions and face painting. The programme was developed based on ideas received from local children and the centre has a group of young volunteers who will help to run the activities. It will be using the vouchers to purchase new toys for their garden area so children can enjoy spending time outside.

Callum Palmer, from TAG Community Youth Centre, commented:

We are thrilled and the win is great timing – we really needed outdoor toys to make the most of the great weather. Thank you to all who voted for us, we are all about the community so it’s great to win through community votes and support!

Lee Simmonds, Centre Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

“Keeping the kids occupied during the six-week school holiday can be difficult so we wanted to help a local club who puts on special activities during the summer. Congratulations to TAG Community Youth Centre, we hope the children who use the centre enjoy the new toys.”

03.08.2018

Popular Merthyr photography competition launches

St Tydfil Shopping Centre is delighted to be launching its popular Pride of Merthyr photography competition for a third year.

The competition invites the local community to submit photos they have taken of their favourite places in the Merthyr area for the chance to win a hamper of prizes.

In 2017, over 170 amazing photos were received and, following a vote on the shopping centre’s Facebook page, a photo taken by Sadie Cook of Pont-y-Cafnau Bridge, the oldest surviving iron bridge in the world, was chosen as the winner.

Whether it’s a photo of the stunning Merthyr countryside, a hidden gem, or the hustle and bustle of the town centre, every photo will be considered as long as it features Merthyr Tydfil.

Budding photographers have until Friday 31st August to submit their entries before 10 are chosen to go on display in the centre for local residents to admire. It will then be down to the community to decide on the overall winner through a public vote on St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Facebook page.

Lee Simmonds, Centre Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, commented:

Our Pride of Merthyr competition is designed to celebrate the beauty of Merthyr Tydfil. We received a large number of fantastic photos last year showcasing many different locations in the area and we’re looking forward to seeing what places are showcased this year.

To submit a photograph, simply email it to sttydfil@pmwcom.co.uk by Friday 31st August confirming the location, along with the photographer’s name, age and contact details.

Full competition Terms and Conditions are available to read on www.sttydfilshoppingcentre.co.uk.

Terms & Conditions

All photographs submitted must be the owner’s own work.

Photographs must show a location in the Merthyr Tydfil area.

The centre management team at St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to dismiss any entry deemed to breech copyright or rules of entry.

Photographs entered into the competition must be 1MB or higher for print purposes.

Entries received after Friday 31st August will not be included in the competition or exhibition.

A maximum of four entries by one person will be accepted.

The public vote is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The winner will be required to attend a presentation at St Tydfil Shopping Centre and have their photo taken for promotional purposes.

St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to award the prize to a runner-up if contact is not received from the voted winner after 10 days.

20.07.2018

Voting opens in next Merthyr Community Fund giveaway

St Tydfil Shopping Centre is delighted to announce that Merthyr Tydfil Swimming Club, Cerys Driscoll Music Tuition and Tag Community Youth Centre have been chosen as the latest finalists in its St Tydfil Cares Community Fund giveaway.

Groups that are arranging activities for children during the school summer holiday were invited to apply for £200 to spend at Wilko in the shopping centre. All applications were whittled down to just three and it’s now down to the local community to vote for who they would like to win.

Merthyr Tydfil Swimming Club is organising a day of surfing in the Gower and a day at Bryn Bach Park for children. The club would use the vouchers to purchase outdoor equipment, so the children could enjoy team building games.

Cerys Driscoll is a music tutor of piano, flute, clarinet, oboe and music theory and will be holding extra classes throughout the summer. She would use the vouchers to help with lesson supplies and purchase stationery for certificates, so the children have something to work towards.

The Tag Community Youth Centre has more than 100 members aged between six and 18 and aims to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the young people of Merthyr to socialise. It will be open throughout the school holiday and would use the Wilko vouchers to purchase outdoor toys, so members can spend as much time as possible in the fresh air.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

Keeping the kids entertained throughout the school holidays can sometimes be tricky, so we wanted to show support to local groups who are putting on activities. We’d like to encourage the local community to get involved and vote for who they would like to win, and the best of luck to all three of our finalists.

Votes can be cast by visiting St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Facebook page and liking the post at the top of the page by choosing a Facebook reaction, or by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk and putting the name of the group being voted for in the subject line.

The vote will take place between Monday 16th July and midnight on Sunday 29th July 2018. Votes cast outside these dates will not be counted and only one email vote per person will be counted.

The winner of the £200 Wilko voucher will be the group that receives the most votes.

Terms & Conditions

Voting will take place between Monday 16th July and Sunday 29th July 2018. Votes made outside of these dates will not be counted.

Votes can only be cast via the poll on St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Facebook page and by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk. Votes made any other way will not be counted.

Only one vote will be counted from each email address.

The winner will be the group that receives the most votes.

The winning group will be required to attend a photo presentation at St Tydfil Shopping Centre. The photo will be distributed to the media.

St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to award the prize to a runner-up if contact is not received from the voted winner after 10 days.

The winner is required to be involved in a follow-up photo call showing how the vouchers were used.

It is the winners’ responsibility to check the stores’ voucher terms and conditions.

The prize does not have a cash alternative.

06.07.2018

Merthyr enjoys Your Community Day!

The Merthyr community had the opportunity to find out more about the wide range of activities available to them as part of St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Your Community Day on Saturday 16th June.

A total of 11 charities, organisations and community groups attended the event and visitors took part in a number of activities and talked to groups which included the Merthyron Scooter Club, Merthyr Mendicants, The Royal Welsh, Dowlais Male Choir, Adult Learning Wales, RAF Air Cadets, Tenovus Cancer Care and Open Doors.

Additionally, shoppers enjoyed performances by the Tenovus Cancer Care’s Sing With Us Choir, Fantasy Feet Dance Academy, and the students of Cerys Driscoll Music School.

Iori Haugen, Choir Leader at Tenovus Cancer Care, commented:

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

There is a lot to be proud of in Merthyr and the aim of the day was to bring the local community together. We received some fantastic comments from the groups that attended and visitors seemed to thoroughly enjoy learning about the different activities available to them.

18.06.2018

Charity choir voted Merthyr Community Fund winners

Tenovus Cancer Care’s Sing With Us Choir has been voted the latest winner of St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s St Tydfil Cares Community Fund and now has £200 to spend with Edwards Coaches.

Local charities and community groups were invited to contact the shopping centre and explain how the vouchers would be of benefit to them, then three were chosen to go through a public vote. A total of 485 votes were received with the choir coming out on top.

Tenovus Cancer Care’s Sing With Us Choir is for anyone who is affected by cancer and unites people, lifts spirits, and improves well-being. Performing helps members gain confidence, come together as a family and raise awareness of how singing can offer support. The choir will use the Edwards Coaches vouchers to help cover the cost of transport to and from performances.

Iori Haugen, Choir Leader at Tenovus Cancer Care, commented:

It’s lovely that so many people made the effort and chose to vote for the Sing With Us Merthyr Choir. Tenovus Cancer Care works hard within the local community to help those affected by cancer, and this is such a wonderful way for people to say thank you. We are already planning how to spend the vouchers, and we are hoping this will help us build a strong relationship with Edwards Coaches for any future adventures we may have. Diolch yn fawr!

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

Congratulations to Tenovus Cancer Care. It’s clear from the support they received they’re a much loved local charity and we hope the vouchers help the choir with their upcoming performances.

As part of the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund the shopping centre is currently inviting groups that will be running activities for children during the school summer holidays to nominate themselves to receive £200 to spend at Wilko. Nominations can be made by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk by Sunday 1st July.

13.06.2018

Merthyr Community Fund helping to keep the kids entertained this summer!

As part of its St Tydfil Cares Community Fund, St Tydfil Shopping Centre is inviting Merthyr groups and charities, that will be providing activities for children during the school summer holidays, to apply for £200 worth of Wilko’s vouchers as.

The vouchers could be used to purchase toys, arts and crafts supplies, or outdoor play equipment. Whichever way a group or charity would like to use the vouchers, St Tydfil Shopping Centre would like to hear about it.

From all the nominations received, the shopping centre will choose three groups as finalists, then the local community will be invited to vote for who they would like to receive the vouchers.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

There are a number of groups in the local area that do a fantastic job organising activities for children during the school summer holidays, so we’re asking them to get in contact and let us know how they would use the £200 Wilko vouchers.

Groups can nominate themselves by contacting St Tydfil Shopping Centre and explaining how the vouchers will be used. Nominations can be made by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk or by sending a letter to St Tydfil Cares Community Fund, c/o PMW Communications, PO Box 167, Bideford, Devon, EX39 9DU. The closing date for nominations is Sunday 1st July.

Terms & Conditions

The closing date for nominations is Sunday 1st July 2018. Any entries received after that date will not be counted.

The winner will be the group that receives the highest number of votes.

The winning group will be required to attend a photo presentation at St Tydfil Shopping Centre. The photo will be distributed to the media.

St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to award the prize to a runner-up if contact is not received from the selected winner after 10 days.

The winner is required to be involved in a follow photo call showing how the vouchers were used.

It is the winners’ responsibility to check the company’s voucher terms and conditions.

The prize does not have a cash alternative.

01.06.2018

Finalists chosen for next Merthyr Community Fund giveaway

St Tydfil Shopping Centre is delighted to announce the groups chosen as finalists for its next St Tydfil Cares Community Fund giveaway and is encouraging the local community to vote for who they would like to receive a £200 voucher for Edwards Coaches.

Edwardsville Primary School in Treharris would use the vouchers to enable students between the ages of 3 and 11, who have varying disabilities, the chance to enjoy a school trip. The number of helpers required to support the students means trips can be quite expensive so they often miss out.

Park Second Youth Group is a voluntary organisation supporting local people over the age of 55, some of whom have sight problems and have difficulty walking. If they are voted to receive the vouchers, the group would organise a trip to help reduce isolation.

Tenovus Cancer Care’s Sing With Us Choir is for anyone who is affected by cancer and helps to unite people, lift spirits, and improve well-being. The choir would use the Edwards Coaches vouchers to help cover the cost of transport to and from performances.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

Our first Community Fund vote was extremely popular and saw us receive just under 550 votes. We’re certain this vote will be as equally well received and we’re encouraging the local community to get involved and support the group they would like to win.

Votes can be cast by visiting St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Facebook page and liking the post at the top of the page by choosing a Facebook reaction, or by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk and putting the name of the group being voted for in the subject line.

Throughout the year, future call outs will invite clubs that support children through the school summer holidays to apply for vouchers from The Works, and schools and nurseries to apply for Wilko vouchers.

The vote will take place between 9am on Monday 14th May and midnight on Sunday 27th May. Votes cast outside these dates will not be counted and only one vote per person via each method of voting will be counted.

The winner of the £200 Edwards Coaches voucher will be the group that receives the most votes.

Throughout the year, future call outs and votes will take place inviting clubs that support children through the school summer holidays to apply for vouchers from The Works, and schools and nurseries to apply for Wilko vouchers.

Terms & Conditions

Voting will take place between 9am on Monday 14th May 2018 and midnight on Sunday 27th May 2018. Votes made outside of these dates will not be counted.

Votes can only be cast via the poll on St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Facebook page and by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk. Votes made any other way will not be counted.

Only one vote will be counted from each email address.

The winner will be the group that receives most votes.

The winning group will be required to attend a photo presentation at St Tydfil Shopping Centre. The photo will be distributed to the media.

St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to award the prize to a runner-up if contact is not received from the voted winner after 10 days.

It is the winners’ responsibility to check the company’s voucher terms and conditions.

The prize does not have a cash alternative.

10.05.2018

Merthyr Community Fund giving away an away day!

Following the relaunch of St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s St Tydfil Cares Community Fund at the beginning of the year, the centre is once again giving away £200 worth of vouchers, but this time to use at Edwards Coaches.

Whether a community group would like to use the vouchers towards the hire of transport, a care home would like to give residents a day out, or a charity would like to reward its volunteers with a trip, St Tydfil Shopping Centre is asking groups in the Merthyr area to nominate themselves to receive the vouchers.

From all the nominations received, the shopping centre will choose three groups as finalists, then the local community will be asked to vote for who they would like to receive the vouchers. Voting will be done by email, or via the shopping centre’s Facebook page.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

Our St Tydfil Cares Community Fund is our way of giving something back to groups in the local area and we look forward to learning how they would like to use the vouchers for Edwards Coaches.

Groups can nominate themselves by contacting St Tydfil Shopping Centre and explaining how the vouchers will be used. Nominations can be made by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk or by sending a letter to St Tydfil Cares Community Fund, c/o PMW Communications, PO Box 167, Bideford, Devon, EX39 9DU. The closing date for nominations is Sunday 29th April.

Throughout the year, future call outs will invite clubs that support children through the school summer holidays to apply for vouchers from The Works, and schools and nurseries to apply for Wilko vouchers.

Terms & Conditions

The closing date for nominations is Sunday 29th April 2018. Any entries received after that date will not be counted.

The winner will be the group that receives the highest number of votes.

The winning group will be required to attend a photo presentation at St Tydfil Shopping Centre. The photo will be distributed to the media.

St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to award the prize to a runner-up if contact is not received from the selected winner after 10 days.

The winner is required to be involved in a follow photo call showing how the vouchers were used.

It is the winners’ responsibility to check the company’s voucher terms and conditions.

The prize does not have a cash alternative.

29.03.2018

Merthyr scouts voted Community Fund winners

The 2nd Merthyr Scouts have been voted as the latest winners of St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s St Tydfil Cares Community Fund and now have £200 to spend at Trespass, the outdoor activities store.

At the beginning of the year, local groups that could benefit from funds to purchase outdoor equipment were invited to nominate themselves, then four were chosen to go through to a public vote. In excess of 500 votes were received with the scouts coming out on top.

The 2nd Merthyr Scouts have members aged between 6 and 14 attending three different sections and, as part of the scouting ethos is to get outdoors and camp as much as possible, the group will be purchasing extra kit which can be loaned out.

Barrie McConnell, Group Scout Leader at the 2nd Merthyr Scouts, commented:

As the cost of outdoor equipment can stop some young people attending events, we will be using the Trespass vouchers to add to our kit so all our members can enjoy and benefit from scouting activities. A huge thank you to everyone that voted for us and St Tydfil Shopping Centre for the vouchers to spend at the centre.

Lee Simmonds, Centre Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

Our St Tydfil Cares Community Fund is all about helping local groups and charities do something they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. Congratulations to the 2nd Merthyr Scouts, we hope their members have a lot of fun with the new equipment.

23.03.2018

Merthyr shopping centre giving free space to local groups

The popular Your Community Day is returning to St Tydfil Shopping on Saturday 16th June and once again clubs, community groups and charities are being offered free space to showcase their activities and services.

The aim of the day is to give people in the local area the chance to find out more about the wide range of activities available in Merthyr.

Groups can apply to have a free stand allowing them to interact with visitors to the shopping centre and there will also be a demonstration area, so whether a youth group is looking to increase its members, a sports club would like to perform a demonstration, a charity wants to raise awareness, or a dance group fancies showing off their skills, St Tydfil Shopping Centre would like to hear from them.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

The centre is ideally located to hold events that bring the Merthyr community together. This will be our third Your Community Day and the previous events have really highlighted what great activities are available in our town. The space we’re able to offer is limited, so we would encourage groups to contact us to book space sooner rather than later.

Groups that would like to be part of Your Community Day can contact St Tydfil Shopping Centre by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk. Space is limited so will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Free space will not be available to commercial enterprises.

19.03.2018

Merthyr shop’s World Cancer Day fundraising beats every other CRUK store’s total

The Cancer Research UK (CRUK) shop in St Tydfil Shopping Centre is thanking the Merthyr community for helping it to raise the most amount of money by any CRUK shop nationally as part of its World Cancer Day activities.

The aim of World Cancer Day, which took place on Sunday 4th February, was to unite people in the fight against cancer and the store raised £5,476 through donations and the sale of the charity’s unity bands.

Adam Carsley, Store Manager at Cancer Research UK in St Tydfil Shopping Centre, commented:

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our World Cancer Day fundraising activities and helped us raise a fantastic amount of money. Every penny goes into funding research to fight over 200 cancer types.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

Congratulations to the Cancer Research UK store for raising the most amount of money for World Cancer Day out of all other UK stores; it’s certainly testament to the enormous generosity of the Merthyr community.

27.02.2018

Mayor donates £3,000 to help Merthyr's homeless

The Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil, Councillor Kevin Gibbs, has donated £3,000 to local charity the Donation Station, which is in the Indoor Market at St Tydfil Shopping Centre.

Councillor Gibbs has been a long-time supporter of the Donation Station, and has nominated it as one of his chosen charities during his mayoral year. Prior to being elected, he joined the charity for 24-hour and 48-hour camp outs on Pen-y-Fan to highlight the plight of the local homeless.

The money donated by the Mayor was raised through raffles and donations from Castle Bingo, which also supports the Mayor’s chosen charities, as well as events such as Tydfilians Roman Run. An additional £3,000 was also donated to the National Autistic Society, which is the Mayor’s second selected charity.

Councillor Kevin Gibbs commented:

Over the years I have met and spoken to some of our county borough’s rough sleepers, many who are homeless through no fault of their own. In this day and age, I feel it’s a travesty that people can be left without a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs, and I will always do all I can to support those less fortunate.

Having read reports and seen first-hand the dreadful situation of homelessness, not only in our area, but throughout the UK, it was a cause I felt compelled to support. It has given me immense pleasure to hand over a cheque for £3,000 which will go a long way to sustaining the excellent work the Donation Station does in providing aid to the homeless in Merthyr Tydfil.

Lee Heggie, the founder of the Donation Station, added:

I’m overwhelmed that the Mayor chose us as one of his charities. The £3,000 donation will make such a difference and will provide basic items and equipment to the homeless in Merthyr Tydfil. On behalf of everyone involved with the Donation Station, I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Mayor and his wife for their continued support.

The Mayor and his wife have previously raised money for the Donation Stations by asking guests at their wedding to donate money instead of gifts. That money was given to the charity’s coffee scheme, which was set up in conjunction with both the market and bus station cafes. The scheme offers hot food and drinks free of charge to local homeless people and is purely reliant on funds donated by the generous people of Merthyr Tydfil.

08.02.2018

First Merthyr Community Fund finalists are chosen

St Tydfil Shopping Centre has chosen four Merthyr groups as finalists in its St Tydfil Cares Community Fund and it’s now down to a public vote to see which is chosen to receive a £200 voucher for Trespass.

Gellifaelog Primary School would use the vouchers to purchase suitable clothing and equipment for pupils to enjoy its Forest Schools provision, and the 415 Merthyr Tydfil Sqn RAF Air Cadets would buy camping equipment to help its young people complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Also chosen as finalists are the 2nd Merthyr Scout Group, which would use the vouchers to purchase extra kit that can be loaned out to members so they can enjoy scouting activities, and the 1st Merthyr Tydfil Guides, which would buy equipment for use when they attend a large camp at the Royal Welsh Showground in June.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

This is the first time we’ve given the public the opportunity to choose the recipient of our St Tydfil Cares Community Fund donation and we’d like to encourage people to get involved and vote for the group they would like to win.

Votes can be cast by visiting St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Facebook page and clicking the chosen group on the poll that will be at the top of the page, or by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk and putting the name of the group being voted for in the subject line.

The vote will take place between 9am on Monday 12th February and midnight on Sunday 25th February. Votes cast outside these dates will not be counted and only one vote per person via each method of voting will be counted.

The winner of the £200 Trespass voucher will be the group that receives the most votes.

Throughout the year, future call outs and votes will take place for community groups to apply for Edwards Coaches vouchers, clubs that support children through the school summer holidays to apply for vouchers from The Works, and schools and nurseries to apply for Wilko vouchers.

Terms & Conditions

Voting will take place between 9am on Monday 12th February and midnight on Sunday 25th February. Votes made outside of these dates will not be counted.

Votes can only be cast via the poll on St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Facebook page and by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk. Votes made any other way will not be counted.

Only one vote will be counted from each email address.

The winner will be the group that receives the total number of votes.

The winning group will be required to attend a photo presentation at St Tydfil Shopping Centre. The photo will be distributed to the media.

St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to award the prize to a runner-up if contact is not received from the selected winner after 10 days.

The winner is required to be involved in a follow photo call showing how the vouchers were used.

It is the winners’ responsibility to check the stores’ voucher terms and conditions.

The prize does not have a cash alternative.

02.02.2018

Popular Merthyr Community Fund returns for second year

Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s St Tydfil Cares Community Fund, it is being relaunched for 2018, however this time the Merthyr community will be given the opportunity to decide who receives vouchers to use in St Tydfil Shopping Centre.

In 2017, through the Community Fund, the shopping centre donated vouchers to the High Street Baptist Church to help it make essential repairs, the Fir Tree Community Association so it could organise a family fun day, the Pontsticill Community Group enabling it to purchase books to create a reading corner, and the Stephen and George Charitable Trust so it could bring together local groups for a Christmas celebration.

To relaunch the Community Fund, St Tydfil Shopping Centre is calling out for groups that would benefit from a donation of £200 to spend at Trespass to get in contact. Perhaps a Merthyr scouting or girlguiding group needs to update their camping kit, or a local youth club would like to add some outdoor equipment – whatever the reason, St Tydfil Shopping Centre would like to hear about it.

This year, the Trust is bringing together local support groups, vulnerable members of the community and charities to organise a Christmas party and craft fayre at the Dowlais Community Centre on Wednesday 13th December between 12pm and 3pm, and the vouchers will used to provide a festive buffet.

From all the nominations received, three groups will be selected as finalists, then the local community will be asked to vote for who they would like to receive the vouchers. Voting will beby email, or via the shopping centre’s Facebook page.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

Our St Tydfil Cares Community Fund proved to be a big hit last year, so we’re thrilled to be relaunching it. The fund enables us to give something back by helping groups and charities organise projects or activities for the benefit of local people, and we look forward to hearing how groups would use the Trespass vouchers.

Groups can nominate themselves by contacting St Tydfil Shopping Centre and explaining how the vouchers will be used. Nominations can be made by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk or by sending a letter to St Tydfil Cares Community Fund, c/o PMW Communications, PO Box 167, Bideford, Devon, EX39 9DU. The closing date for nominations is Sunday 28th January.

Throughout the year, future call outs will invite community groups to apply for Edwards Coaches vouchers, clubs that support children through the school summer holidays to apply for vouchers from The Works, and schools and nurseries to apply for Wilko vouchers.

10.01.2018

Merthyr charitable trust wins final 2017 Community Fund giveaway

Stephens and George Centenary Charitable Trust has been chosen as the final winner of St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Community Fund for 2017 and has received £500 worth of vouchers to spend at Iceland.

The Trust was established to raise young people’s life chances in the Merthyr community by increasing social awareness, improving lifestyles, creating opportunities, growing community participation, promoting excellence and providing opportunities to develop skills.

They do this by delivering a wide range of activities which include a reading support programme, Chess in Schools initiative, a volunteer programme and creating a magazine written by young people, for young people. In addition, they organise the Spread the Word Literature Festival which takes place every year on World Book Day and sees over 2,500 school children get involved.

This year, the Trust is bringing together local support groups, vulnerable members of the community and charities to organise a Christmas party and craft fayre at the Dowlais Community Centre on Wednesday 13th December between 12pm and 3pm, and the vouchers will used to provide a festive buffet.

Helen Hughes, Charity Co-ordinator at Stephens and George Centenary Charitable Trust, commented:

The Trust is growing from strength to strength and, what started as a newly registered Charity in 2012, has now developed into a robust project that puts people at the heart of everything it does.

Our Christmas party will see a wide range of people come together, many of whom are isolated, require support, or are disadvantaged, so the event will be a great way for our community to celebrate the festive season. Everyone at the Trust would like to thank St Tydfil Shopping Centre for the donation of the vouchers, they will go a long way to helping us put on a magical party.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

Our St Tydfil Cares Community Fund has proven to be extremely popular and it’s clear from the nominations we’ve received that there are some fantastic organisations in Merthyr that support people in the local area.

Stephens and George Centenary Charitable Trust is our final winner for this year and we’re delighted to be able to donate the vouchers to help them bring a wide range of people together for a Christmas celebration.

In 2017, through the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund, the shopping centre also donated vouchers to the High Street Baptist Church to help it make essential repairs, the Fir Tree Community Association so it could organise a family fun day, and the Pontsticill Community Group enabling it to purchase books to create a reading corner.

Terms & Conditions

The closing date for nominations is Sunday 28th January 2018. Any entries received after that date will not be counted.

The winner will be the group that receives the total number of votes.

The winning group will be required to attend a photo presentation at St Tydfil Shopping Centre. The photo will be distributed to the media.

St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to award the prize to a runner-up if contact is not received from the selected winner after 10 days.

The winner is required to be involved in a follow photo call showing how the vouchers were used.

It is the winners’ responsibility to check the stores’ voucher terms and conditions.

The prize does not have a cash alternative.

11.12.2017

Santa arrives at his Merthyr grotto!

A day of Christmas festivities saw Santa Claus arrive at his grotto in St Tydfil Shopping Centre on Saturday 2nd December.

Joined by his two helpers, Santa made his way to the grotto greeting visitors along the way before taking up residency and listening to Christmas wishes from Merthyr’s children.

To celebrate Santa’s arrival, the shopping centre held a Christmas craft fair where local people were selling handmade festive decorations and unique gifts. The Llwydcoed Brass Band were also entertaining visitors around the Christmas tree.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

Christmas is such a magical time and it was wonderful to see the faces of young children as they got to meet Santa in his grotto. We look forward to welcoming families and children every weekend up until Christmas.

Santa’s Grotto at St Tydfil Shopping Centre is free to visit and is open between 9.30am and 4.30pm every Friday and Saturday until Saturday 23rd December. All children who visit will receive a goody bag. A balloon modeller will be entertaining young visitors on Saturday 9th, 16th and 23rd December and local groups will be performing Christmas favourites.

A Santa’s sleigh will be at the centre every day leading up to Christmas for visitors to sit in and take photos.

07.12.2017

Pontsticill Community Group is the latest winner of Merthyr fund

Pontsticill Community Group has been chosen as the latest winner of the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund and has received £500 worth of vouchers to spend at The Works.

This is the third of four Community Funds being given away by St Tydfil Shopping Centre this year.

Having formed in July 2015, Pontsticill Community Group was initially set up to hold parent and toddler sessions. The group quickly expanded and, as well as regularly welcoming 15 adults and over 20 children each week, it now has a team of volunteers who take on a wide range of activities in the village, such as creating flower beds and litter picking.

To help ensure it can continue to support local mums, dads, parents and guardians, the group will be using The Works vouchers to purchase books so it can create a reading corner, and supplies so it can hold group and individual craft activities.

Mark Ward from the Pontsticill Community group commented:

As busy as the community group is, we are as committed as ever to ensuring the long-term success of the parent and toddler group. The generous donation received from St Tydfil Shopping Centre will allow us to reinvest by purchasing much needed children's books and craft materials.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

We launched the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund to help as many people in the Merthyr area as possible. We received some fantastic nominations, but it was clear the Pontsticill Community Group offers a vital and much needed service to local families. Congratulations to them.

Pontsticill Community Group’s volunteers hold a parent and toddler group every Wednesday morning during school term time. More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page - www.facebook.com/groups/pontsticillparentandtoddler.

Through the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund, the shopping centre is giving away one further prize of £500 worth of vouchers to use at Iceland. This will enable a local group, charity or project to organise a Christmas celebration for the benefit of local people. Information about how to nominate can be found on this site.

16.10.2017

Merthyr Community Fund to help group spread festive cheer

St Tydfil Shopping Centre is giving the local community one final chance to apply for £500 worth of store vouchers as part of its St Tydfil Cares Community Fund.

With Christmas coming up, the shopping centre is asking local groups to get in contact and explain how £500 worth of Iceland vouchers will help them organise a festive feast for the benefit of the local community.

Perhaps a group would like to arrange a Christmas lunch for those who are less fortunate, or a care home would like to organise a party for Merthyr’s older generation. Whatever the reason, St Tydfil Shopping Centre would like to hear about it.

Julie Calderbank commented:

We launched our St Tydfil Cares Community Fund back in January and since then have given away vouchers to help local groups spruce up an area of the town, host a summer event and provide arts and craft activities. This will be our final giveaway of the year and we look forward to hearing how £500 worth of Iceland vouchers will help groups to spread festive cheer.

Nominations can be made by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk or by sending a letter to St Tydfil Community Fund, c/o PMW Communications, PO Box 167, Bideford, Devon, EX39 9DU. Groups simply need to explain what they would like to use the vouchers for and how they would be of benefit. The closing date for nominations is Sunday 12th November and one group will then be chosen to receive the £500 worth of vouchers.

Terms & Conditions

The closing date for nominations is Sunday 12th November. Any entries received after that date will not be counted.

The judge's decision is final.

The winning group will be required to attend a photo presentation at St Tydfil Shopping Centre. The photo will be distributed to the media.

St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to award the prizes to a runner-up if contact is not received from the selected winner after 10 days.

The winner is required to be involved in a follow photo call showing how the £500 vouchers were used.

It is the winner's responsibility to check the store's voucher terms and conditions.

The prize does not have a cash alternative.

02.10.2017

Homeless to benefit from shopping centre’s Harvest Festival

St Tydfil Shopping Centre has launched a Harvest Festival and is asking the local community to show its support by giving food items to the Donation Station, located in the Indoor Market. All donations will then be passed on to those in need in the Merthyr community.

Non-perishable items of food, such as tins and dried goods, can be dropped off at the Donation Station. Additionally, toiletries and items of clothing are always welcome.

Julie Calderbank commented:

Our Harvest Festival is aimed at supporting those in our community who need a bit of extra help. We know how generous Merthyr people are, so in advance we would like to thank everyone who donates.

The Donation Station distributes food, clothing and blankets to the homeless and less fortunate in the Merthyr area. It also offers a ‘walk in’ breakfast and dinner scheme in association with The Market Café and central bus station café.

22.09.2017

Photo of oldest iron bridge in the world wins Merthyr competition

A photo of Merthyr's Pont-y-Cafnau Bridge, the oldest surviving iron bridge in the world, has been voted as the winner of St Tydfil Shopping Centre's Pride of Merthyr photography competition.

The stunning photo taken by Sadie Cook was chosen following a public vote on the shopping centre's Facebook page. The centre initially invited the local community to submit photos of their favourite Merthyr place, before whittling 168 entries down to a final 10.

A total of 5,076 votes were received with Sadie's photo being Liked an impressive 1,400 times.

Sadie, who is studying for a degree in photography at Merthyr College, said of her picture:

"I discovered a passion for photography last year. I was walking the Taff Trail to find more photographic opportunities and came across Pont-y-Cafnau Bridge. Intrigued, I took a few photos and then went home to do done some research, and it was then I found out it's the world's oldest surviving iron railway bridge! Blown away, I decided to return back to the bridge on a foggy day to try and capture it in a more historic atmosphere and thankfully my plan worked.

I would like to say thank you to St Tydfil's Shopping Centre for providing photographers a chance to showcase their talents and hopefully my image has made people more aware of the fantastic history that our town has."

Sadie was presented with a selection of prizes by the Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil, Councillor Kevin Gibbs, who helped select the 10 finalists, and Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre. Sadie's photo will now go on display in the Civic Centre.

Julie Calderbank commented:

Congratulations to Sadie for being chosen as the winner, her photo is stunning and captures one of Merthyr's most treasured landmarks. The quality of all the photos we received was fantastic, which is highlighted by the number of likes and comments we received about the finalists' images. It was extremely difficult to narrow the entries down to the final 10, which are still available to view on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/StTydfilShoppingCentre.

14.09.2017

Finalists in Merthyr photography competition chosen

The 10 finalists in St Tydfil Shopping Centre's Pride of Merthyr 2017 photography competition have been chosen and it's now down to the local community to decide which photo they think deserves to be deemed the best.

The competition celebrates the beauty of the area, and the shopping centre was inundated with entries showing Merthyr at its best. The Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil Councillor Kevin Gibbs joined St Tydfil Shopping Centre's management team to choose the 10 photos to go through to the final stage.

Those wishing to cast a vote to decide the winning photo simply need to visit St Tydfil Shopping Centre's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/sttydfilshoppingcentre, and Like their favourite photo in the designated album. The image with the most Likes will be selected as the winner and the photographer will be rewarded with a whole host of prizes. Voting takes place between Monday 14th August and midnight on Thursday 31st August.

The association will therefore use the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund vouchers to help cover the costs involved in organising the event and purchase gardening supplies to help volunteers maintain the association's community garden.

Julie Calderbank commented:

We received a fantastic 168 entries into the competition, which all highlighted what a stunning part of the country Merthyr Tydfil is. It was extremely difficult narrowing the entries down to just 10. As well as viewing the photos on our Facebook page, people can also see them in person when they go on display in the centre from Monday 14th August. Good luck to all our finalists.

As well as receiving a hamper of prizes, the winning photographer will also see their photo go on display in the Civic Centre.

09.08.2017

Fir Tree Community Association chosen as Merthyr fund winner

The Fir Tree Community Association based in Treharris has been chosen as the latest winner of the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund and has received £500 worth of Iceland and Wilko vouchers to help organise a summer event.

This is the second of four Community Fund giveaways St Tydfil Shopping Centre will be doing throughout the year to help support local groups, charities, schools and clubs in the area.

The Fir Tree Community Association runs a variety of programmes from The Fir Tree Centre for the benefit of the wider Quakers Yard community. The association targets hard to reach and vulnerable groups, including the elderly, people with disabilities, lone parents and families on low incomes. This summer, the organisation plans to host a family fun day to bring the whole community together and encourage people to take part in programmes at The Fir Tree Centre.

The association will therefore use the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund vouchers to help cover the costs involved in organising the event and purchase gardening supplies to help volunteers maintain the association's community garden.

Tanya Skinner, The Fire Tree Centre and Volunteer Manager, commented:

Our aim is to improve the living conditions for local residents. The idea behind the family fun day is to show what we do and encourage more people and families to get involved, whether that's taking part in one of our programmes, or offering their time as one of our fantastic volunteers. The day will also enable us to speak to visitors to find out what they would like us to provide so we can continue to develop programmes that enrich the lives of those that use The Fir Tree Centre.

A huge thank you to St Tydfil Shopping Centre for choosing us as Community Fund winners, the vouchers will certainly go a long way towards helping us bring the whole community together.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

We launched the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund to help groups like The Fir Tree Community Association, who do so much to support people and families in the area. We hope their family fun day is a huge success.

Through the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund, the shopping centre will also be giving away two further prizes of £500 worth of vouchers to use at The Works, so a local school or group can update its library or craft facilities, and Iceland to help add festive cheer to a community focused Christmas celebration.

28.07.2017



Merthyr Community Fund reopens for summer nominations

Following the launch of St Tydfil Shopping Centre's Community Fund at the beginning of the year, the centre is once again giving away £500 worth of vouchers, but this time to help a group organise a summer event or activity.

The shopping centre will be giving something back by donating £500 worth of shopping vouchers for a specific store in the centre every quarter.

St Tydfil Shopping Centre is asking schools, charities and clubs in the Merthyr area to get in contact and nominate themselves to receive £250 to spend at Iceland and £250 for use at Wilko.

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, commented:

We had a fantastic response to our first St Tydfil Cares Community Fund donation, which asked groups to tell us why they need help to spruce up an area of the town, and we're certain this giveaway will be equally as popular.

This time the vouchers are to help a charity, group or school host a summer event or put on a summer based activity for the benefit of the community. The fund is our way of giving something back to the local area and we look forward to learning how people need our help.

Nominations can be made by emailing StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk or by sending a letter to St Tydfil Community Fund, c/o PMW Communications, PO Box 167, Bideford, Devon, EX39 9DU. Groups simply need to explain what summer project they would like support for. The closing date for nominations is Friday 30th June, then one group will be chosen to receive the £500 worth of vouchers.

During the year £500 vouchers will be given away for Poundland to help with an event that will bring the community together, The Works so that a local school or group can update its library or craft facilities and Iceland to help add festive cheer to a community focused Christmas celebration.

Before the end of the year, St Tydfil Shopping Centre will giving away further Community Fund donations to a local school or group so they can update a library or craft facilities and to a group looking to spread festive cheer with a community focused Christmas celebration.

Terms & Conditions

The closing date for nominations is Friday 30th June. Any entries received after that date will not be counted.

The judge's decision is final.

The winning group will be required to attend a photo presentation at St Tydfil Shopping Centre. The photo will be distributed to the media.

St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to award the prizes to a runner-up if contact is not received from the selected winner after 10 days.

The winner is required to be involved in a follow photo call showing how the £500 vouchers were used.

It is the winner's responsibility to check the store's voucher terms and conditions.

The prize does not have a cash alternative.

01.06.2017

Victorian singalong to celebrate Merthyr's indoor market

An old-fashioned singalong took place at St Tydfil Shopping Centre on Saturday 20th May to celebrate Love Your Local Market fortnight.

Professional actors and singers performed a number of classic market style songs, which included Who will buy from Oliver and Wouldn't it be loverly from My Fair Lady. The performers invited visitors upstairs to see what can be found at the centre's indoor market and gave out bunches of lavender and Love Your Local Market balloons.

Nick Magor, Centre Manager St Tydfil Shopping Centre, commented:

The Love Your Local Market campaign is all about celebrating the uniqueness of markets so we wanted to do something to encourage visitors to the centre to discover the wide array of stalls we have. The performers were fantastic and shoppers seemed to really enjoy singing along.

23.05.2017

Community on show at shopping centre event

St Tydfil Shopping Centre's Your Community Day 2017 was once again a great success with visitors to the shopping centre enjoying performances and meeting representatives from various local groups.

A total of 14 charities, organisations and community groups attended the event on Saturday 6th May which highlighted what those in the Merthyr community can get involved with.

Visitors were able to take part in a number of activities and talk to groups which included the Merthyron Scooter Club, Trinity Childcare & Family Centre, Merthyr Mendicants, Dowlais Male Choir, Merthyr Vale Homes, Royal Air Force Cadets, Merthyr Scouts and Merthyr Mind.

Additionally, shoppers enjoyed performances by the Tenovus Cancer Care Sing With Us Choir, Fantasy Feet Dance Academy, Ballet Soar & Variation Arts and the students of Cerys Driscoll Music Tuition.

Nick Magor, Centre Manager St Tydfil Shopping Centre, commented:

Merthyr is home to a wide range of different groups, charities and clubs and, as a proud supporter of the area, the Your Community Day is our way of bringing everyone together and helping to highlight what a special place it is. Visitors to the shopping centre and those taking part seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event.

09.05.2017



Over 200 Easter eggs donated to charity appeal

The generous Merthyr Tydfil community donated over 200 Easter eggs to St Tydfil Shopping Centre's Easter Egg Appeal, which were presented to the Children's Ward at Prince Charles Hospital on Wednesday 12th April.

The eggs were then given to the children and their families being cared for by the hospital in time to be enjoyed over the Easter weekend.

The shopping centre was delighted with the response from the local community. Nick Magor, Centre Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, commented:

“The Merthyr community never lets us down. A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Easter Egg Appeal, it's very much appreciated. The eggs certainly helped put a smile on the faces of the children and their families who are being cared for by the hospital.

Nick Magor, Centre Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, commented:

"The St Tydfil Cares Community Fund is something brand new for us and we were inundated with extremely worthy nominations - it was certainly a difficult decision choosing just one group to receive the vouchers. The church hall is a focal point in the local community and used by so many, and we're delighted to present them with the vouchers. I look forward to seeing the transformation.

Susan Parry, Play Leader at Prince Charles Hospital, added:

“We can't thank St Tydfil Shopping Centre and the local community enough. We're absolutely over the moon to have received the Easter eggs - they will all be thoroughly enjoyed by the children and their families.

18.04.2017



Church hall wins first St Tydfil Cares Community Fund

Merthyr's High Street Baptist Church Hall has been chosen as the first winner of the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund and has received £500 worth of vouchers to spend at Wilko.

St Tydfil Shopping Centre launched its Community Fund back in January and invited local charities, community groups and schools to explain how the vouchers would help to make essential repairs or spruce up an area.

The High Street Baptist Church Hall is used by many Merthyr based groups and charitable organisations, including Tenovus Sing With Us Choir, Merthyr Autistic Society, The Alzheimer's Society, Communities First over 65's Tea Dance, Macmillan Cancer Support and The People's Kitchen.

The hall has not been updated for several years so the vouchers will be used to give it a fresher and brighter look to benefit its users. The outside will also be updated with graffiti being painted over and colourful hanging baskets added.

David Powell from the High Street Baptist Church Hall commented:

"We would like to thank St Tydfil Shopping Centre for choosing us as the Community Fund winner. As we are a not for profit organisation, the £500 worth of vouchers will really help us to continue to be a sustainable hub for the local area. We're looking forward to getting started!"

Nick Magor, Centre Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, commented:

"The St Tydfil Cares Community Fund is something brand new for us and we were inundated with extremely worthy nominations - it was certainly a difficult decision choosing just one group to receive the vouchers. The church hall is a focal point in the local community and used by so many, and we're delighted to present them with the vouchers. I look forward to seeing the transformation.

Through the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund, the shopping centre will also be giving away three further prizes of £500 worth of vouchers to use at Poundland to help with an event that will bring the community together, The Works so that a local school or group can update its library or craft facilities, and Iceland to help add festive cheer to a community focused Christmas celebration.

22.03.2017