Shopping centre launches new Merthyr community fund

Throughout 2017 St Tydfil Shopping Centre is continuing its support of the local community with the launch of its brand new St Tydfil Cares Community Fund, which aims to help local charities, schools and community groups.

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

To launch the Community Fund, St Tydfil Shopping Centre is calling out to groups who would like to win £500 of Wilko vouchers to help them spruce up a community area, whether that’s an outdoor space, a community centre or a children’s park. Whatever the need, St Tydfil Shopping Centre would like to hear about it.

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

There are so many fantastic organisations and charities around the area that go out of their way to improve the town and help residents, and we think they deserve some extra support. The Community Fund is something brand new for us and we’re very excited about how the vouchers will help local projects. We would like to encourage everyone to come forward and tell us how the Wilko vouchers will help them complete a project.

Groups can nominate themselves by contacting St Tydfil Shopping Centre and explaining what project they would like support for. One group will then be chosen from all the nominations to receive the £500 worth of vouchers.

Nominations can be made by emailing or by sending a letter to St Tydfil Community Fund, c/o PMW Communications, PO Box 167, Bideford, Devon, EX39 9DU. The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 28th February.

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.

Terms & Conditions

The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 28th February. 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 winners’ responsibility to check the stores’ voucher terms and conditions.

The prize does not have a cash alternative.


St Tydfil Shopping Centre has the answer for unwanted Christmas gifts

With one in 10 unwanted Christmas presents expected to end up in landfill every year*, St Tydfil Shopping Centre is encouraging the local community to donate their unwanted gifts to either the Cancer Research UK or Marie Curie shops in the centre.

The stores will sell on the donated presents to raise much needed funds helping both charities continue the fantastic work they do.

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

We want to encourage people to do something good with Christmas presents that aren’t needed. Whether someone has unwanted gifts, or is having a new year clear out, instead of just throwing everything away, the charity stores will gratefully receive good quality items.

Items that can be donated are clothes, shoes, accessories, books, handbags, DVDs, CDs, bric-a-brac and children’s toys.

* Figure obtained from research carried out by in November 2016.

Image shows LtoR: Rose Willis, Shop Manager at Marie Curie and Adam Carsley, Shop Manager at Cancer Research UK.


Pen y Dre High School student named as Merthyr’s Christmas Star

Niamh Winstone, a student in Year 9 at Pen y Dre High School, has been chosen as St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Christmas Star in recognition of the work she has done for the British Heart Foundation.

Following the tragic loss of her father to heart disease in 2017, Niamh, aged 13, organised a charity triathlon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in his memory. Her fellow students and friends took part in the event in April helping to raise a fantastic £650.

In addition, she excels in school, both academically and in extra-curricular activities. She won a gold medal at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in May, runs dance classes for a group of 10 and 11 year olds in her spare time as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award programme and is currently appearing in the highly successful Pen y Dre High School production of Oliver.

Niamh was nominated by her teacher Mark Morgan who commented:

Despite her grief, Niamh continues to show incredible strength in her day to day attitude. She showed exceptional organisational and leadership skills by putting the triathlon together and has been recognised as a young ambassador by the British Heart Foundation. Niamh is a young lady who always puts others first, is an inspirational role model to pupils in all year groups and is a great source of pride amongst the school and wider community.

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

Our Christmas Star award was all about recognising the achievements of the unsung heroes in our local community. We received some extremely heart-warming nominations and it was a difficult decision choosing the winner. Congratulations to Niamh, we were extremely impressed with everything she has achieved and has certainly honoured her father’s memory

This was the last in a series of Star Awards we have given out throughout the year which have highlighted what amazing people there are in the Merthyr community.

Niamh was awarded with a certificate of achievement and a £50 New Look voucher so she can treat herself.

Image shows LtoR: Nick Magor – Centre Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, Tina Jones –New Look Store Manager, Niamh Winstone – Christmas Star winner and Mark Morgan – Teacher at Pen y Dre High School.


PEP&CO comes to Merthyr town centre!

St Tydfil Shopping Centre is delighted to announce that PEP&CO opened its doors on Monday 21st November, bringing another new leading name to Merthyr’s town centre.

It's the mission of PEP&CO to help families in every community spend less on their clothing, which is why they're bringing their stores to local town centres across the UK and we couldn't be more excited or proud to have PEP&CO arriving at St Tydfil Shopping Centre.

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

We’re delighted to welcome PEP&CO. Having such a recognised name open has created new jobs for the local community and is a positive move for not only St Tydfil Shopping Centre, but also the town. We’re certain that it will be an instant hit with our visitors.


Merthyr community raises over £8,500 for Stand Up To Cancer

The Cancer Research UK shop, located in St Tydfil Shopping Centre, is thanking the Merthyr community for its generosity in helping the charity raise £8,722 during the recent Stand Up To Cancer event.

The store put on two days of activities in the shopping centre on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October and the amount raised put them in the top three Cancer Research UK Stand Up To Cancer shop fundraisers.

The weekend of activities saw Last Chance and the Merthyr and Pontypridd Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools put on performances to encourage visitors to the shopping centre to donate. In addition, Pen Y Dre High School students contributed £2,500 by taking part in a Race for Life and Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw raised £1,700.

Adam Carlsey, Shop Manager at Cancer Research UK, commented:

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated and helped us raise such an amazing amount of money. There is huge community spirit in Merthyr and this really does show what can be achieved when everyone pulls together. Every penny of the money raised during the Stand Up To Cancer event will go towards funding research to find cures for cancer."

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

The amount of money raised by the Cancer Research UK store means it is one of the top three Stand Up To Cancer fundraising shops in the country and top regionally, so a big well done the Cancer Research UK team and the local community.


Merthyr’s Star Teacher announced

Nikki Hagerty, a teacher at Coed-y-Dderwen Community Primary School, has been named St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Star Teacher following a call out asking the local community to nominate amazing teachers in the local area.

Mr Hagerty was nominated by Madison Jones, aged 7, a pupil at the school, who said he makes all areas of learning fun. Madison added that Mr Hagerty is very encouraging and gives lots of praise, and always gives different ideas to help pupils understand what they are learning.

Madison’s mum, Kelly Jones, added that when Madison started in Mr Hagerty’s class she didn’t have great concentration, but through his support Madison’s end of year test scores were excellent and she was one of only five pupils to achieve top marks.

Nikki Hagerty commented:

I was delighted just to be nominated by Madison and her family. My job is to help the children achieve their full potential and raise standards by the end of the year, so to win was really overwhelming! Madison and all of the Year 2 class worked extremely hard to achieve their Outcomes helped by fantastic staff in the school. I am honoured to have won this award, but I shall share this accolade equally with the superb staff in Ysgol Gynradd Coed-Y-Dderwen."

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

This award was all about highlighting the brilliant work that teachers in Merthyr do. We received some great entries and it was clear that Mr Hagerty had really helped Madison to achieve fantastic results. This is part of our Star Awards programme where we are recognising a wide range of people in the local area whose achievements deserve to be shouted about.


Winner of Merthyr photography competition announced

A photo of Merthyr landmark Pontsticill Reservoir has been chosen as the winner of St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Pride of Merthyr photography competition.

The stunning photo taken by Darren Edwards 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 the entries down to a final 10. Just under 2,000 votes were received with Darren’s photo being ‘liked’ an impressive 416 times.

Darren said about his picture:

The morning I took the photo I only had my mobile phone on me and used that to take the photo at about 7.40am. I must have just got lucky as the water was calm, which made the reflection in the water of the tower and trees the same as the actual tower and the surrounding trees. I went up there for the next few days at the same time with my Canon and Panasonic SLR cameras but couldn't get the same result as the water was not as calm. I’m pleased so many people liked the photo and thank them for voting for it.

Darren was presented with a selection of prizes by the Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil, Councillor Margaret Davies, who helped select the 10 finalists, and Nick Magor, Centre Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre. Darren’s photo will now go on display in the Civic Centre.

Nick Magor commented:

Congratulations to Darren for being chosen as the winner, his photo is stunning. The quality of the entries was fantastic, which is highlighted by the number of likes and comments we received about the finalists’ images. The final 10 photos are still available to view on our Facebook page and we will be uploading other entries to show what some of the favourite places in the local area are.”


Has Merthyr got talent?

Britain’s Got Talent rolled in to Merthyr Tydfil on Thursday 8th September when open auditions for the 2017 series were held at St Tydfil Shopping Centre.

From dancers and singers, to magicians and comedians, the local community came to show what talents they have to offer. Those who made it through this first round are now in with a chance of going on to perform in front of the Britain's Got Talent judges when the show returns next year.

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

It was a lot of fun having the open auditions in the shopping centre and well done to everyone that came down to show what they can do. There have been some amazing Britain's Got Talent winners over the years and we'll have to wait and see if anyone from Merthyr goes on to join them.