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A Very Merry Christmas from Bridgend Town Council

As we approach the festive season, we invite you to enjoy some Christmas cheer with Bridgend Town Council.

Bridgend Christmas Lights and Trees

Every year Bridgend Town Council fund and provide the Christmas street lights and Christmas trees in Bridgend Town Centre, Wildmill and Cefn Glas. The Christmas lights are now up and ready to be switched on very soon!

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there will not be a public event in the Town Centre this year, however the switch-on will be broadcast via social media. Watch out for an appearance from Santa and a joint Christmas message from our Bridgend Town Mayor and the Bridgend County Borough Mayor.

Santa Trail Event in Bridgend Town Centre

Christmas Sign

Bridgend Town Council are proud to support the Bridgend Santa Trail event on Saturday 27th November run by BCBC and EPM Creative. The event will feature various Christmas-themed zones set up throughout the town centre featuring live music from local choirs and bands, a Santa selfie sleigh, street entertainment and the chance to meet Father Christmas and his reindeers. Bridgend Town Council have funded a snow machine, Christmas juggler, Christmas stilt walker and Town Crier to add to the festive cheer.

Carngie House Elf HQ and Town Centre Reindeer Trail

The Town Council building, Carnegie House on Wyndham Street, will be transformed into Elf HQ – perfect for a Christmas selfie! We have also arranged a festive Reindeer Trail around the town centre

e where you are invited to search for Santa’s reindeers, hidden in shop windows throughout the Town Centre and enter our Christmas competition for a chance to win a festive goodie bag.

To start the trail, pick up one of our Reindeer Trail Booklets, available from shops in the town centre or the Indoor Market and use the map with its picture clues to find all 9 reindeers!

For a chance to win a Christmas goodie bag simply take a photograph with our reindeer, visit our Carnegie House Facebook page and tag your reindeer selfies #bridgendreindeertrail

Christmas Brass Band Bus

On Saturday December 11th residents in the wards of Morfa, Oldcastle and Newcastle will be treated to extra festive cheer from our Christmas Brass Band Bus. The open top double decker bus will feature The RAF St. Athan Voluntary Band playing carols and Christmas music, plus there will also be a very special visitor aboard the bus. We encourage you to ring out your Christmas bells for Santa!

Bus Times - Saturday 11th December 2021

  • 2-3pm Newcastle Ward
  • 3-4pm Morfa Ward
  • 4-5pm Oldcastle Ward

Please Note: This activity is weather permitting and will not be able to take place if the weather is inclement. In the event of inclement weather, and the bus is unable to travel on Saturday 11th, we have made provision for the event to take place at the same times on Sunday 12th December 2021.

Please follow our Bridgend Town Council Facebook Page where further details of the bus’s route will be published nearer the time. 

For further information about any of our Christmas activities please contact: carnegiehouse@bridgend.gov.uk

About Bridgend Town Council

Bridgend Town Council is one of four Town Councils and 16 Community Councils in the County Borough of Bridgend on the southern coastal belt of the Principality.

Bridgend Town Council the local council that covers the wards of Morfa, Oldcastle and Newcastle. It is a separate organisation to Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC).

Whilst BCBC is the local authority that provides services such as education, environmental health, social services etc. for the whole county, Bridgend Town Council delivers a range of services, projects and events to meet local needs and improve the life of local residents.

 

Bridgend Town Council Community Newsletter

In March 2021 Bridgend Town Council issued the first edition of its new community newsletter. The aim of this newsletter is to keep local residents informed about Town Council projects and services, familiarise you with your local Councillors and provide useful information about your local area. You can view Edition 1 of the newsletter using the links below:

Bridgend Town Council Newsletter Edition 1 - English

Bridgend Town Council Newsletter Edition 1 - Welsh

Bridgend Town Council Community Survey

Bridgend Town Council would like to find out how residents feel about the services and facilities it provides. Your opinions are extremely important and will help inform Council decisions and ensure that Town Council resources are allocated to the things that matter to you the most. Please use the link below to complete the survey:

Bridgend Town Council Community Survey - March 2021

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Our Responsibilities

  • Carnegie House Arts and Culture Hub
  • Outdoor tasks around Bridgend Town Centre
  • Making charitable donations
  • Town Twinning with towns in Germany and France
  • Supporting and financing the annual Cenotaph Service
  • Administering five allotment sites (125 plots)
  • Maintaining all registered footpaths within the Town Council area
  • Supplying street furniture to support BCBC
  • Arranging summer floral displays and numerous small landscaping projects in the Bridgend Town
  • Controlling dog fouling with 25 bins throughout the area
  • Supporting children’s Play Schemes and equipment upgrades in play areas
  • Responsibility for providing all the Christmas Illuminations in Bridgend Town
  • Support for various annual street festivals
  • Providing funding for additional street cleansing and gum removal
  • Providing additional winter grit bins
  • Custody of the War Memorial, Randall Memorial, Ruhamah Burial Ground and other features in Town
  • Commenting on any Planning Proposals within the Town Council Area

The Town Council is consulted by the County Borough Council regarding all matters within the Town Council area, in particular; planning applications. Members of the council sit on numerous charitable committees and various School Governing Bodies.

The Council’s affairs are administered by an appointed Town Clerk, with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected by the town councillors each year.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information and advice

Bridgend Town Council has produced an information leaflet to provide community support to its local residents during the current outbreak of coronavirus.

View the Covid-19 Bridgend Town Council Communty Support Leaflet

What to do if you have been identified as being extremely vulnerable and need to request a free weekly food parcel

Residents in Bridgend county borough who have been identified as being extremely vulnerable and have no family or friends to help are being asked to call the local authority and request their free weekly food parcel.

Residents can contact Bridgend County Borough Council by calling 01656 643643 where they will then be asked to press ‘one’ and speak with a customer services advisor. 

Around 4,000 residents in the county borough are receiving letters from the chief medical officer urging them to stay at home for the next 12 weeks.

The letter is being sent to people who have been identified as needing to take extra steps to avoid catching coronavirus. 

Once residents have called the local authority, an assessment will be carried out to identify any support that is needed and if required, the individual will be able to make a request for a weekly food parcel to be delivered by a food provider arranged by Welsh Government.

The identical parcels contain essential supplies including pasta, cereal, fruit, tea bags and toilet paper. 

Bridgend County Borough Council is the first local authority in Wales to introduce a dedicated system for residents getting in contact over the letter they have received from the chief medical officer, with other local authorities looking to replicate the model.

Across Wales, around 70,000 letters are being sent to vulnerable people. 
Each person is given specific advice about how they can protect themselves, based on their individual needs. 

The guidance for people at the highest risk is:

  • Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  • Do not leave your house for at least 12 weeks unless it is absolutely vital.
  • Visits from carers or healthcare workers, who would normally come and help with your daily needs or social care, will be able to carry on as normal.
  • Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example family homes, weddings, parties and religious services.
  • Do not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.
  • Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP practice or other essential services as and when you need.


Residents who receive the letter are asked to contact Bridgend County Borough Council on 01656 643643 for help if they:

  • do not have family members who can help or
  • do not have a local support network of friends (or others) which can help, or
  • do not have support from a carer or community organisation which can help

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Contact details:

Bridgend Town Council, Carnegie House, Wyndham Street, Bridgend, CF31 1EF

Tel: 01656 815757
Email: bridgend.tc@bridgend.gov.uk

Office Hours: 9:00 - 2:00 p.m.