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