Thursday, September 19, 2019

Looking forward to events in the Autumn and Winter at Pontyclun


Pontyclun Christmas Festival
Saturday 23 November
Put this date in your diaries. From 2 pm till 8 pm the only place for you and your family will be  Pontyclun Athletic Club.
This will be the best Christmas Festival any town in Wales has ever enjoyed.
Christmas banner


The volunteers of our wonderful Macmillan Fundraising Group will be organising a Christmas Market inside the Athletic Club from 2 pm to 6 pm. Every craft trader who has goods of quality and affordability will be there.  Any Christmas shopping anguish will be replaced by a friendly smile and a festive hug. Forget the soul-less, friend-less internet, come to the Athletic Club. Our High Street shops will also be open during the Festival.
Father Christmas will want to meet every child.
Outside the Club the Community Council will be providing a marquee and stage. All our Primary School choirs will ensure that our talented children bring the festive season to life. Pat and Ned of Llantrisant Folk Club will entertain and provide a twmpath. There will be choirs, folk and rock bands galore. This is a music festival to end all.
There will be food stalls for every taste and fairground rides along with our many community groups.
Pontyclun’s famous Christmas lights and tree, the best of any small town in Wales, provided by the Community Council, will be turned on with a launch by the cast of Pontyclun Pantomime at Giles Gallery.





Trains for Christmas
Most days I catch the commuter train to and from Cardiff. It is a truly awful experience. I stand for each journey squashed embarrassingly hard against my travelling companions. Some say it is a ‘cattle truck’ but that is unfair on our farmers who comply with EU regulations that offer better care for animals than there is for rail passengers. Thousands of potential rail users give up the train and clog up the motorway instead.
A year ago a new company was formed to provide our train service: Transport for Wales. It promised an initial upgrade of our trains by the end of 2019. The dreadful ‘pacer trains’ – often described as nasty old buses on tracks – will be replaced
A replacement fleet of trains has now been purchased for the Pontyclun line. The new trains will increase the capacity per train by 40%. The trains are now in Cardiff being adapted for the line and drivers are being re-trained. Let us hope they are in operation by Christmas. When they arrive we will applaud Transport for Wales and then continue our campaign for a minimum of two stopping trains an hour.

Pacer Train

Thanks for the Flowers
Community Council staff, Darren and Ray, plant, water and feed all our flower beds in the town centre, the station and Groes Faen. As in every other year the flowers have been a cause of pride and joy – attracting people to Pontyclun and its town centre. Darren and Ray also maintain our 20 miles of public rights of way, Pontyclun Park and Ivor Woods. It has been a busy summer. This is part of the service you gain for your annual average payment of £33 to the Community Council.



Flower Bed in Pontyclun

Walking Rugby
On 4 September Pontyclun Rugby Club and Pontyclun Community Council hosted a very successful walking rugby festival with visiting teams from the Rhondda, Ynysybwl, Newport and Cardiff. The last time I was in a team with JPR Williams was probably on the playing fields of Bridgend Grammar School in 1966. Our playing paths diverged in the meantime.

The team are always looking for new players, new or ex-players; male or female. Just come along to a training session at Pontyclun park on Mondays at 6.30pm or Wednesdays at 10am

Pontyclun walking Rugby team

Owain Glyndwr
I am writing on 16 September and I have been told that this is Owain Glyndwr Day. Glyndwr led the Welsh revolt against the rule of the English King, Henry 1V, between 1400 and 1415. By 1404 most of Wales, including Pontyclun, and much of midlands of England were controlled by Glyndwr.
Owain was part of the Welsh gentry, owning lordships in north Wales. Living in London he was favoured by the court of Richard 11 and doing very nicely. The coup by Henry IV in 1399 threatened Owain’s wealth and title and so he started the revolt. Initially he was remarkably successful, building alliances with Scotland, Ireland and France; but his defeat and death came in 1415.
Faced with unlawful and unrestrained rulers of England; Owain Glyndwr worked to create political unions across what is now the United Kingdom and Europe. Ring any bells! 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Community garden Green Flag and other memories


Pontyclun Community Garden
Our own community garden  in Pontyclun Park has been awarded the prestigious ‘Green Flag’ by Keep Wales Tidy.
The Green Flag Award is the international mark of a quality park or green space. The Community Award is in recognition of the contribution of the many volunteers who have created and developed our community garden.
The volunteers, led by Lisa Williams, are all wonderful. They created the growing beds and each year they plant the shrubs which we can all enjoy and the vegetables  we can take home for our dinner. The volunteers are supported by the Community Council which provides the Park and the space for the garden.

Person working at Pontyclun Community garden


Terry Walton Celebrates Community Garden
The famous Rhondda allotment gardener and broadcaster, Terry Walton, came to meet our garden volunteers in celebration of the Green Park Award.
Terry is well known for his fascinating gardening stories on Radio 2 and other radio stations. He told us how his father first took him to the Rhondda allotment at the age of 4 years and how he gained his own first allotment at the age of 11. With over 60 years of gardening experience he gave us a lot of encouragement and advice, and some very funny stories.
Pontyclun Community garden team meet Terry Walton






Celebrating Edwina Godwin
Sadly, Edwina Godwin, the Chair of Governors for Pontyclun Primary School, died in July. Edwina spent her life adding to the quality of education in our schools, enriching the lives of young children, as a teacher, adviser and governor. Edwina made this lifelong contribution with charm and robust good humour. She was loved and admired by the parishioners of St Paul’s and St Anne’s. She was as a director of our Community Shop which has funded so many good causes in our community. Edwina has been active in the Soroptimist International which works to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls. Edwina contributed to the lives of so many and will live on in our memory.

Table Top Sale
On Saturday, 28 September, Pontyclun Institute and Athletic Club are holding a Table Top Sale from Mid-day to 4 pm in aid of Parkinsons UK. If you wish to provide a stall ring Katherine on 0777 3232372.

Pontyclun Community Centre
Also on Saturday 28 September the Community Centre will be celebrating its 25th birthday by unveiling a commemorative bench and providing musical entertainment. The Management Committee of this centre are a wonderful group of volunteers who illustrate the community spirit of Pontyclun. Year after year they manage, maintain and develop this crucial community facility; and we are all indebted to them.

Pontyclun Community Centre and Cafe 50

The Community Centre has a fascinating history. There had been a social hall on this site since the time the Marquis of Bute owned the land. The Butes transferred the land to a commercial property developer, Western Groundrents, who offered the land for sale in 1961. Residents of Pontyclun raised a fund of £1100 in memory of our local GP, Gordon Jones, and used this fund to purchase the land and the hall. The residents nominated trustees who transferred the management of the hall to a Committee which continues to be elected annually. The trustees nominated the County Council as the ‘executive trustee’ which exercised the responsibilities of ownership. In 1994 the Council replaced the original social hall with the current community centre and day centre (which is now Café 50).





Pontyclun’s Council Housing
In July 1919, 100 years ago, Parliament passed the Act of the Housing Minister, Christopher Addison, which paved the way for the development of Council Housing. Take a walk up Heol y Coed and admire the quality of the original council housing which was developed by our local council as a result of this Act.
Council houses in Pontyclun



Millions of British people benefited from the period of council house development that followed. In the 1950’s I was privileged to be an original occupier of a ‘prefab’ in Sandfields, Aberavon. As my sisters and brother arrived, we became the first occupiers of a ‘Cornish house’ down by the beach. The large majority of these council houses were sold off, and not replaced, by the Thatcher Government in the 1980’s.
Evidence collected by the Welsh Government shows that half of the people who now enter the housing market cannot afford to buy a house – average house prices are over five times average annual earnings; and a deposit will be more than a year’s wages. If our children and grandchildren are going to continue living in Pontyclun,  then half of them will need to see the building of a new generation of council housing – and yet many residents might say ‘not in my back yard’!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Summer musings from Pontyclun


Tyle Garw and Pontyclun

The Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales has proposed that the boundaries of the Community of Pontyclun are extended to include the approximately 700 residents of Tyle Garw who are currently served by Llanharry Community Council. This proposal is subject to further public consultation until mid September.

The existing community of Pontyclun, represented by the Pontyclun Community Council, includes Talygarn, Brynsdaler, Pontyclun, Ynys Ddu, Miskin, Mwyndy and Groes Faen. There are just over 8000 residents.

Pontyclun Community Council would offer a warm welcome to the residents of Tyle Garw if this proposal is implemented.

Pontyclun centre has many amenities which are used extensively by Tyle Garw residents: the primary school, nursery schools, the GP surgery, the dentist, the post office, the bank, the credit union, Café 50, Pontyclun Park, the Rugby and Football Clubs, the shops, restaurants and cafes.

For the financial year 2019-20 Pontyclun Community Council agreed a budget of £118,480. It charges the average Band D household £33.80 each year – compared to £75 in Llanharry, £64 in Llanharan and £41 in Llantrisant.

The services offered by Pontyclun Community Council include:
  • -          Pontyclun Park
  • -          Ivor woods
  • -          Maintenance of public rights of way
  • -          Maintenance of war memorial
  • -          Café 50 and its wide range of social activities for older residents
  • -          Summer flowers in Pontyclun, at the station, in Miskin and Groes Faen
  • -          Christmas lights
  • -          Summer Festival
  • -          Christmas Festival
  • -          Walks Festival
  • -          Grants in support of local groups
  • -          Encouraging visitors and promoting the local economy
  • -          Putting pressure on those who have an impact on Pontyclun – Welsh Government, Transport for Wales, Cwm Taf Health Board, RCT Council

Pontyclun has always been eager to share its facilities and services with the residents of Tyle Garw and the changed boundary would give Tyle Garw residents a say in how Pontyclun develops – electing its own member to the Community Council.

Pontyclun Community Council would be eager to discuss with residents of Tyle Garw how it could extend its services to the Tyle Garw area – providing summer flowers and Christmas lights.

Pontyclun Community Council  will be surveying each household in Tyle Garw on the proposal to include Tyle Garw in the Pontyclun Community.

If you have a view, for or against, you can also contact me directly by e-mail or telephone.

With the inclusion of Tyle Garw, the Boundary Commission is recommending that Pontyclun has three, instead of two, representatives on RCT Council. My view is that there should be a RCT Councillor for each of the following three areas:
  • -          Groes Faen and Mwyndy (all roads off Ffordd Cefn yr Hendy)
  • -          Miskin, Hendy and Ynys Ddu
  • -          Tyle Garw, Maesyfelin, Brynsadler and Talygarn.


Is giving in your Blood?

Ray Blank one of Pontyclun Community Council staff has just been given an award for making 350 blood donations over the last 20 years.

This is a fantastic achievement and will have saved many lives. We know that he is not the only person in our community who donates and volunteering like this is another way that we show how we are a caring community which looks after those who are in need.

I am in awe of Ray – I have not yet reached 100 donations.

If you would like to give blood, please contact the Welsh Blood Service on 01443 622000 and arrange to visit them at the Welsh Blood Service Centre near the Royal Glamorgan Hospital or at their mobile service which visits Pontyclun and Talbot Green.


Paul Griffiths
Chair, Pontyclun Community Council

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Summer in Pontyclun


Picnic in the Park

June, so far, has been a bit cool and damp.
But on 8 June the Community Council worked with the whole of Pontyclun to create a little ray of sunshine when several hundred families came to enjoy the ‘Picnic in the Park’. I thank everyone who came to create this event which showed the truly friendly spirit of Pontyclun . Recently, I asked what made Pontyclun a successful town – this event provided a large part of the answer.


Egg and spoon race at Picnic in the Park

This picture shows the egg throwing competition organised by Cllr Carole Willis, and Ysgol GGG Llantrisant,  as part of a wide range of traditional family games.
I thank the wide range of groups who contributed so much to this fantastic community event.

Pontyclun Environment Group
This wonderful group of Pontyclun residents do so much to support our local environment. They arrange litter picking days. They organise nature walks. They established and maintain the walk along the River Ely from Brynsadler  with hidden pebble beaches and some of the most natural woodland in Pontyclun. At the Picnic they helped children make bird feeders for their gardens.
You can contact the group through Sarah Jenkins; e-mail srj555@hotmail.co.uk

Pontyclun Environment group in action

Pontyclun Road Runners
This group were brilliant contributors to Picnic in the Park. Many members came along to provide enjoyable run-based activities  for children – including the bean bag relay I remember from my primary school. There was a 1.5 k run around the rugby field. On the very same day Pontyclun Road Runners provided around thirty marshals for the Pontypridd Park Run.  You can join this group by visiting https://www.pontyclunroadrunners.co.uk/contact-us/

Pontyclun Road Runners

Pontyclun Community Garden
This is another inspiring group who contributed to the Picnic. These volunteers provide a community garden within Pontyclun Park. They have created attractive growing beds where they have cultivated vegetables, shrubs and flowers. Members of the public are invited to come pick the vegetables for free – so many people respond to this invitation with a gobsmacked “you must be kidding me”; but it is true. To join the garden group e-mail ‘pontyclungarden@gmail.com’.

Community garden


Bethel Baptist Church
Church members provided a wonderful musical and melodic accompaniment to the Picnic. They also provided a lounge for those who needed a quiet moment.


Bethel Baptist singers


Macmillan Fundraising Support

Our inspiring Macmillan Fundraising Support had a stall at the Picnic showing how Pontyclun is a community that wants to give to those in need as they fundraise for a new  care centre for with cancer – Y Bwthyn

MacMillan cancer support banners and stall


Citrus Arts
Performers from Citrus Arts came along to share circus skills among the children at the Picnic.

Miskin Cricket Club
The ageless Keith Davies of Miskin Cricket Club came along to introduce bat and ball to the youngsters in the park.


Walking Rugby and Football
The ageless stars of Pontyclun walking rugby and football groups shared their skills with the children in the park; the children shared their pace and agility. You can join the walking rugby and football groups by contacting ‘cafe50@pontyclun-cc.gov.uk’.

Pontyclun Pentanque
The Petanque Players of Pontyclun came to share the game of petanque, boule to some of us, to the picnicers in the park.  You will find the Petanque players regularly at Pontyclun Rugby Club.

Jo Cox
We were inspired to introduce Pontyclun’s Picnic in the Park in 2018 by the events in memory of the  murdered MP, Jo Cox. Jo had always held that in every community “there is more that unites us than divides us”. She was killed for holding that belief. Our picnics have shown that in Pontyclun there is real joy in coming together on a summer’s day to meet our neighbours, introduce ourselves to each and enjoy the company of all others, no matter what their age or background.

In Defence of Politics
Jo was killed for being a politician. I have been elected politician since I became a a member of  Pontyclun Community Council in 2004. I have not experienced the threats of violence and abuse experienced by so many other politicians – but people often step back with dismay and puzzlement when I introduce myself as a councillor.

I was once a lecturer in politics, explaining  that politics was the process of resolving the differences of opinion and interest in any community. I would argue that democratic politics was the mark of civilisation as we seek to resolve those differences through dialogue, persuasion and compromise – rather than force and oppression. The politician seeks to be bridge, the person who forges compromise and decision amidst disagreement and division.

I fear for the future as democratic politics is denigrated, all politicians are demonised, the institutions of democratic government – be they local, central or European – are cast aside. The end result is fascism: the end of politics, the oppression of individuals and minorities.
Pontyclun’s  Picnic in the Park shows other ways forward: hope over fear, cooperation over competition, solidarity over division, togetherness over  separation. We showed that there is more that unites than divides us.

Paul Griffiths
Chair of Pontyclun Community Council

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Summer events in Pontyclun


Picnic in the Park
On Saturday 8 June everyone in Pontyclun is invited to come to the Park – all members of the family, from toddler to teenager, dad to hen,hen mam-gu.
It is all free. You can bring your own picnic and, if you choose, leave your purse at home – although there will be food and drinks for sale.
There will be games, sports and family races. There will be a circus school and music. Every group in Pontyclun has been invited to run a stall so that we can all meet new people.
This picnic is organised by Pontyclun Community Council so that we can all enjoy each other’s company – knowing that there is always  more that unites than divides us.
The fun starts at 1 pm and will continue all afternoon. You will get a great welcome.

Picnic in the Park



A Summer of Fetes and Festivals

Congratulations to Ysgol Llantrisant who ran a very successful ‘Gwyl’ on 18 May at the Rugby Club to get out summer off with a smile and a song.

Pontyclun Falcons
Congratulations to  Pontyclun’s women’s rugby team who reached the Welsh Super Final at the Principality Stadium on 10 May. They were matched against the might of Swansea, Davina versus Goliath. Pontyclun scored two magnificent tries on the hallowed turf but finally lost 33-12.

Pontyclun Ladies v Swansea at Principality Stadium

Congratulations also  Pontyclun’s men’s team who had a good season, finishing third in their league, ahead of such prestigious teams as Penarth and Penygraig.



Pontyclun Walking Rugby
Pontyclun’s walking rugby team were also at the Principality Stadium in the last month. They took part in the WRU’s first walking rugby tournament. Pontyclun won as many matches as they lost and caused a lot of interest by including local resident, JPR Williams, in their team. Also included were Community Councillors Anne and Gwyn Jackson, and Mike Davies.
Gwyn and Anne at the Principality Stadium


Every Wednesday morning at 10 am you are all invited to join our walking rugby players in Pontyclun Park. There is an hour of rugby and an hour of football. This has been organised by a partnership between Pontyclun Community Council, Café 50 and Sport Wales.


 International Petanque

On 4/5 May Pontyclun hosted the 31st Celtic Challenge, the annual pétanque competition between Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
There two full days of intense competition which saw Scotland emerge as overall winners. Congratulations all the players who were made very welcome in Pontyclun with a tournament dinner taking place in Pontyclun Rugby Club which has done well to develop an international arena for Petanque.

I was so delighted to be invited to welcome the teams as Chair of Pontyclun Community Council that I wore the Council Chain for my first time. You may think I spoiled the effect by also wearing shorts and sandals.

I told our guests how we were a small town with a long history and a big heart.
  
Celtic Challenge Petanque teams

raising the flag at the Petanque Celtic Challenge

Margaret was better dressed to provide a welcome from RCT Council.

We should all thank the local Petanque players and organisers who put Pontyclun on the international map.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Pontyclun storm the Principality Stadium - well almost!

Pontyclun Walking Rugby team play at the Principality Stadium

The WRU organised a Walking Rugby festival at the Principality Stadium on Monday 29th April 2019.

8 teams from South & Mid wales were invited to attend and Pontyclun as one of the first Walking Rugby teams in Wales was invited to play.

14 Intrepid players and our great coaches from Play Sport Wales made the short hop by train to Cardiff.

The budding starlets starting getting ready in the Home changing rooms with a short warm up on the pitch where photos were taken including with the 6 Nations and Triple crown trophies



Pontyclun walking rugby team with triple crown and 6 nations trophies
Pontyclun with 6 Nations and Triple Crown Trophies

The 8 teams gathered and it was down the tunnel to music and lights to start the games. 

We knew it was serious when a set of qualified referees turned up for each match! One recalled refereeing a match at Pontyclun where he was punched by a player - from Builth Wells thank goodness so he had no hard feelings to us.

Pontyclun played teams from Cambian (Porth); Pontypridd; Ynysybwl and Treorchy.  The matches were played with a great spirit of fun.

Even with JPR on our side we did not achieve a clean sweep but it is fair to say every team came over for photos with us. Amazing what having a legend with you does to your popularity. 

After the matches there were medals for all, back to the Players lounge for refreshments then the serious action started in the bar!

We have now arranging more matches against Treorchy and Cardiff for this summer.

The team meets Wednesday mornings at 10am in Pontyclun Park. New players, are always welcome so come along and join

Inside the Principality stadium
Behind the scenes in the stadium
Pontyclun in the home Changing rooms
Home changing room - where's Alun Wyn's space?


Players in awe of the trophy

Pontyclun v Cambrian


Lord Ellis Thomas handing out medals
Lord Ellis Thomas issuing medals

happy players

View from outside stadium

Getting ready to play

After match beers!

Inside the stadium corridors

Silver dragon on wall to welcome visitors to the stadium

2 players with triple crown and 6 nations trophies

Pre match preparations

Pontyclun v cambrian

WRU promotional poster

Geraint John with JPR Keith and Gwyn
Geraint John with JPR Keith and Gwyn

Springtime in Pontyclun


Pontyclun Spring Clun
On the weekend of 16/17 June Pontyclun’s Eco Warriors came to the rescue. 37 volunteers and members of the Pontcylun Environment Group spent the weekend collecting litter left in various parts of Pontyclun, Miskin and Hendy. In total 83 bags were filled with rubbish. Our thanks and congratulations goes to every volunteer.
This is the second year when the Environment Group has organised its Spring Clun. Whilst a lot of rubbish was collected, Pontyclun was noticeably cleaner than last year. As a community we are indebted to the walkers and dog walkers who collect litter day in and day out. We have benefited from a number of young school children who have been collecting litter every weekend as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award. Environment Group members have adopted ‘black spots’ and do regular litter cleans – Marg and I try to do Station Terrace regularly.
Darren and Ray, the Community Council staff, litter pick on our public rights of way and in Pontyclun Park. RCT staff litter pick each week in the shopping areas.
When we keep our community clean, we feel better. We are more likely to go out and socialise. Our health improves. We attract more visitors and local businesses benefit. It is no small matter.
Litter collected at the Spring Clun!

Pontyclun Environment Group
This Group was initially formed in 2011 to create a walking trail along the River Ely, upstream from Brynsadler Bridge, on land in danger of falling into the hands of developers.
It has since developed into a group with a wide range of activities. It organises the litter picks – the next one will be on June 22/23. This summer it will be creating boxes for birds and bats. Sarah Jenkins is a key organiser and she can be found on srj555@hotmail.co.uk or 0785 002 0477. Karan Lane is the Community Council’s lead councillor on the environment - karanlane@pontyclun-cc.gov.wales. Please make contact if you want be involved.



Picnic in the Park 8 June
Put Saturday 8 June in your Diary. This is the day in which every Pontyclun resident is invited to bring a picnic to Pontyclun Park. There will games for children of all ages – with support from our rugby, football and cricket clubs. There will be music and food stalls. Every local organisation is invited to create a stall explaining their contribution to our community  - contact Julius, the council clerk, to book a space;  e-mail clerk@pontyclun-cc.gov.wales or ring 01443 238500

Plant Sale 18 May
At Pontyclun Community Centre on Saturday 18 May, 10 am to 12 noon, there will be a plant sale in aid to St Paul’s Church in Pontyclun and St Anne’s in Talygarn. You will be able to buy from a wide range of indoor and outdoor plants provided by local gardeners. There will be home made cakes, tea and coffee.
The sale is organised by Maureen Hybart, tel 01443 225427. You can bring your plants along to sell and book a table through Maureen for garden produce.

Pontyclun University
Our local university of the Third Age is open to anyone who is retired or semi-retired. It organises over 20 different groups for learning and socialising. On the third Monday of each month at the Community Centre, 1.30 pm, there is a guest speaker
Mon May 20th
 Graham Watkins: "From Novice Wordsmith to Published Novelist".
Mon Jun 17th
 Rev. Clive Williams: "Classical Music"
Mon Jul 15th
Dean Powell: "Welsh Male Voice Choirs".

Llantrisant Folk Club
Our local Folk Club meets every Wednesday evening ay Pontyclun Athletic Club. On 7 May John Doyle provides a ‘fine voice and stunning guitar’. On 22 May the Hut People will be ‘dramatic, joyous and beguiling’.
Pontyclun Institute and Athletic Club
Part of the bedrock of the community of Pontyclun is the Athletic Club . This was opened in 1910.

Pontyclun Athletic Club

It was built by Godfrey Clark who lived at Talygarn House. He was the son of George Clerk who had been manager of the Dowlais ironworks. Godfrey Clark had been Chair of the District Council since 1894 taking responsibility for improving the public health of the area. In 1907 he bought farmland to the south of the railway and developed the area of Palawyf, Cerdin and Llwynfen as a ‘model town’. The development included open recreational space and the ‘Institute’ as a social amenity that could bring people together. Clark donated the Institute to the people of Pontyclun, appointing trustees to ensure that it served the interests of local people.
In the First World War the Institute was made available to the Red Cross to provide care for the war wounded.


War injured at Pontyclun Athletic Club in WW1



In 1959 the Club gained its first alcohol licence and, building on its relationship with local sports clubs, took the name ‘Athletic Cub’. The activities currently taking place at the Club include bowls, skittles, darts, snooker, the folk club, the Sunday night quiz, choir practices, toddler groups, line dancing.
I have heard it suggested that Pontyclun needs a ‘community pub’, a pub owned by local people. Well, we have had one since 1910 and it deserves our support. Anyone can join. As a member, anyone can share responsibility for taking this club forward into the next century. 

Pontyclun Walking Rugby

Our Walking Rugby team is going from strength to strength having been invited to play at the WRU's "Road to Principality" event at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

They have been playing for nearly 3 months now and as one of the first Walking Rugby teams in Wales have been invited to demonstrate this "new" sport at the home of Welsh Rugby. This is a great opportunity to promote the team and Pontyclun.

If anyone wants to join them they meet at 10am on Wednesdays in Pontyclun Park. Bring some water and a sense of fun.

Pontyclun Walking Rugby team at Principality Stadium

Pontyclun Walking Rugby team with Triple Crown and 6 nations trophies




Looking forward to events in the Autumn and Winter at Pontyclun

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