Summer Frock Swap Returns!
Jun
16
7:30 pm19:30

Summer Frock Swap Returns!

JUNE FUNDRAISING FROCK SWAP INVITATION

THURSDAY 16TH JUNE. 7.30PM The Green Room (above SUSSED) 

Entry £3.00 Frock Swap 16th June 2016, Porthcawl

Organised by Sustainable Wales the June Frock Swap, offers opportunity to reduce, reuse, recycle and refresh wardrobes, have fun and save cash.

Select items that are no longer worn, don’t fit or are not you, but ones you think others will value. Give those clothes or accessories an extended life and swap for others of a similar value. Only good quality items acceptable. Donations welcome in advance.

Refreshments will be available. But bring your own bottle!

1 item = 1 swap, 2 items = 2 swaps etc. Classy items are swopped with others or are worth 2/3 swops of cheaper items.

Our sister project, SUSSED, is also offering a 10% discount on all their new fairly traded clothes or accessories bought by the swappers that night.

“According to researchers, the average household owns a staggering £4,000 worth of clothes, 30 percent of which languishes unworn. Extending the average life of clothes by just three months of active use would lead to a 5-10% reduction in our carbon, water and waste footprints”, commented Director, Margaret Minhinnick.


Chapter Cinema screening & discussion of Shine a Light? film
May
6
4:30 pm16:30

Chapter Cinema screening & discussion of Shine a Light? film

  • Chapter Arts
Chapter Cinema, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Chapter Cinema, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Friday 6 May 2016 4:30pm free but ticketed event.

Shine a Light?, a  20 minute politically challenging film, supports the idea of democratising our energy supply, bringing ownership and profit back into communities whilst reducing climate change. Local energy schemes are massively important in Germany and other EU countries, whilst the UK lags far behind. 

Filmed by Park6 Productions for the charity Sustainable Wales, it features former MP Alan Simpson, Professor Calvin Jones and local groups and a superb soundtrack from Twm Morys.

Join us for a post-screening discussion with the Director, Editor and representatives of Community Energy Wales. 

Free but ticketed, drinks reception afterwards.

- See more at: http://www.chapter.org/shine-light#sthash.ST3vlt5B.dpuf

Fairtrade Open Evening Event at SUSSED Porthcawl
Apr
22
7:00 pm19:00

Fairtrade Open Evening Event at SUSSED Porthcawl

 

Fairtrade Open Evening Event

Friday, April 22 7.00pm

A date for your diary!  At The Green Room (above SUSSED 4/5 James Street, Porthcawl CF36 3BG). All welcome.

Presentation by guest speaker Elen Jones, National Coordinator, Fairtrade Wales.

The evening will include a glass of Fairtrade wine and a buffet.

SUSSED is offering 10% reduction on all fairly traded goods.

 

Organised by Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership.

Find out more, join us, all are welcome. For more details tel. 01656 783962.

ELECTION "QUESTION TIME" FOR PORTHCAWL
Apr
15
7:30 pm19:30

ELECTION "QUESTION TIME" FOR PORTHCAWL

 

Sustainable Wales is organising an election "Question Time" to take place in the Y Centre, YMCA, 25, John St., Porthcawl, 7pm – 9.30pm, FRIDAY, APRIL 15.

Invited to take part are the candidates in the BRIDGEND constituency. These include Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales, (Labour).

Chairman on the night will be Richard Thomas, Chair of Sustainable Wales.

For the charity, Robert Minhinnick said today:

“With the Assembly election on May 5 and the ‘In/Out of the EU’ referendum on June 23, we will experience a highly charged political spring.

“It’s therefore important that local people run the rule over competing candidates.

“All candidates will have one minute to describe why the audience should vote for their party.

“What’s crucial is that local issues are not drowned in any national political debate.

“These include local renewable energy initiatives, and how climate change is affecting our coasts.”

For further details of the "Question Time", contact Sustainable Wales

 FEEL GOOD BREAKFAST, BIG BREW TEAS & FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT FREEBIES (29th Feb-13th March 2016)
Mar
12
10:00 am10:00

FEEL GOOD BREAKFAST, BIG BREW TEAS & FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT FREEBIES (29th Feb-13th March 2016)

  • SUSSED

To celebrate this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight social enterprise, SUSSED is offering Fairtrade freebies all fortnight.

Charity, Sustainable Wales are also holding an all-day Feel Good Fairtrade Breakfast and a Big Brew Afternoon Tea on Sat 12th March above SUSSED, 4-5 James Street, Porthcawl.

“Sample tasty tea, delicious coffee or decadent chocolate during the entire fortnight in SUSSED” said new Development Officer, Alexis Kirsten.

“On Sat 12th March, all-day, try our ‘non-greasy spoon’ natural breakfast, morning-coffees and our afternoon teas, offering nutritious fair trade goodies including: mueslis, porridge, homemade breads, jams, muffins, gateaux and cakes, coffees and teas. “

“They are not just good for you, they’re good for others too. It’s the tastiest way to give global farmers your support!” said Margaret Minhinnick, Director of the charity.

“Hard working farmers and labourers in developing countries endure challenging conditions, just so that we can tuck in to these delicious foods every day. Yet, ironically, they are sometimes paid so little that they can’t afford their own next meal. Buying Fairtrade means they’re treated fairly.” continued SUSSED Development Officer, Alexis Kirsten.

(updated: 20 Feb. 2016)

Fairtrade breakfast at SUSSED, Porthcawl

Fairtrade breakfast at SUSSED, Porthcawl

The Green Room Welcomes Exciting Poet Samantha Wynne Rhydderch
Jan
29
8:00 pm20:00

The Green Room Welcomes Exciting Poet Samantha Wynne Rhydderch

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 2016 at 8pm sees an appearance by successful poet SAMANTHA WYNNE RHYDDERCH at the intimate Green Room, home of charity Sustainable Wales.

Samantha, from Ceredigion, is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent published by Picador.

Both these volumes, Not in These Shoes and Banjo went on to be shortlisted for the Wales ‘book of the year’.

Samantha Wynne Rhydderch’s reading will be followed by an Open Mic, in which local writers are invited to perform.

For the charity, Robert Minhinnick said:

“I remember when Samantha was a young and promising writer. With her recent publications she has proved herself one of the leading Welsh poets. Today her new work is always eagerly anticipated.”

Samantha Wynne Rhydderch’s books will be on sale on the night, and there will be time to question her about her writing career.

Everyone welcome. Entrance £3.

Limestone Man Live Performance - readings & music at the Green Room
Dec
18
8:00 pm20:00

Limestone Man Live Performance - readings & music at the Green Room

Following a successful launch event at Carnegie House, Bridgend, the performance of Limestone Man readings comes to the Green Room...

The novel features a main character, Richard Parry, who returns to south Wales after teaching in Australia. He discovers his hometown is now notorious for the suicides of young people.

Parry is a ‘writer who cannot write, a painter who does not paint’. His obsession is Lulu, “an orphan off the street, an aboriginal green child.” Lulu was gone missing in mysterious circumstances.

‘Limestone Man’ is the second novel in Robert Minhinnick’s ‘Sea Holly’ series.

The performance will feature readings by Robert Minhinnick and Lucy Bourke; plus music on theremin and Ableton Push played live by Peter Morgan.

‘Limestone Man’ retails at £9.99. available at SUSSED

Review of Limestone Man at Wales Art Review "Limestone Man is a very fine novel written with a hypnotic style"

Fundraising Ethical Feast
Dec
15
7:15 pm19:15

Fundraising Ethical Feast

  • 19 mary street porthcawl

It's that time of year again and we're holding our 2015 Ethical Christmas Feast with the help of ’19 Mary Street’, the vibrant new tapas and cocktail bar in Porthcawl, on Tuesday, December 15th from 7.15pm. Find out more

Report on Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Project at the Green Room
Dec
9
7:00 pm19:00

Report on Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Project at the Green Room

VENUE: THE GREEN ROOM  above SUSSED 4/5 James Street, Porthcawl CF 36 3BG

TIME: 7PM

DATE: WED 9TH DECEMBER

SPEAKER: LOUISE STRACK

Louise Strack Development Manager for Tidal Lagoon Power will be presenting a short summary and progress to date on the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay project.  At 320MW installed capacity, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will be the largest marine energy development in the world.  A £1billion infrastructure project developed by Tidal Lagoon Power Limited, it will have an entirely predictable 495GWh output each year of clean, green electricity and will power more than 155,000 homes for 120 years – that’s about 11% of Wales’ domestic electricity. 

 

http://www.tidallagoonswanseabay.com

Book Launches from HappenStance Press + Open Mic
Nov
27
8:00 pm20:00

Book Launches from HappenStance Press + Open Mic

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27. 8pm

HappenStance Press Comes to Porthcawl

Poet and editor of HappenStance press Nell Nelson travels from Fife to Porthcawl to launch two new books by Welsh poets.

'Unleaving' is the first collection of poems by Kristian Evans, a writer and artist, originally from Bridgend, who currently lives among the dunes at Kenfig on the south Wales coast with his wife, two sons and a border collie. A close observer of the expressions of the natural world, and its dialogue with poetic tradition, his work is nonetheless willing to take risks and test our conventions. Even in his prose, there’s poetry, the borderlines blurred and burnished. He is the author of the popular Kenfig Journal.

Stephen Payne’s day job is in academic cognitive science. He is currently Professor of Human-Centric Systems at the University of Bath. He’s always been fascinated by language and lyric, and here, in his first full length collection, 'Pattern Beyond Chance', scientist and poet meet and strike sparks. It’s no surprise to encounter poems that think, and think about thinking. They’re playful, provocative and lyrical, and the poet’s continuous pleasure in sound and pattern is curiously infectious.

Nell said, ""How lucky and lovely it is to have debut publications from two excellent Welsh poets at the same time! It's a delight to be launching HappenStance books in Wales -- for the first time, but definitely not the last."

Kristian will also be reading at Ty Carnegie, Bridgend's new art centre, with Clare Potter on the 15th of October and Stephen will be reading in Bath on the 30th of November.

HappenStance on twitter

Twm Morys and the Tribannau of Glamorgan
Nov
13
7:30 pm19:30

Twm Morys and the Tribannau of Glamorgan

  • Carnegie House

The Old House', a Llynfi Valley pub since 1147, is more than the oldest in Wales. It was the centre of the triban-writing tradition of Glamorgan, a unique and distinctive verse form. Here Twm Morys, musician and poet, who won the National Eisteddfod chair in 2003, shares his discoveries of this marvellous poetry and reminds us of our rich heritage. A delightful evening in both of Wales’s languages.

Mae’r ‘Hen Dŷ’, tafarn yn Nyffryn Llynfi ers 1147 yn fwy na’r dafarn hynaf yng Nghymru. Dyma ganolfan traddodiad creu tribannau Morgannwg, math unigryw a nodweddiadol o farddoniaeth. Mae Twm Morys, Bardd Cadeiriol yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn 2003, yn rhannu ei brofiad o ddarganfod y farddoniaeth arbennig hon ac yn ein hatgoffa o gyfoeth ein treftadaeth. Noson ddifyr ddwyieithog.

Carnegie House, Bridgend on Friday 13 November 2015

Venue:  Carnegie House - Wyndham St., Bridgend, CF31 1EF

(The Old Library on Wyndham Street)
Doors Open at 7:00PM
Starts at 7:30PM

Tickets £4 on the door or via (+ booking fee): https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/ELJMJF

 
Cary Archard speaking on Alun Lewis & Open Mic.
Oct
30
8:00 pm20:00

Cary Archard speaking on Alun Lewis & Open Mic.

Our popular Green Room poetry event returns:

8pm, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, sees a discussion of the life of ALUN LEWIS, the World War Two writer, who died in Burma in 1944.

Led by Cary Archard, founder of Seren Books, and editor of Lewis’s ‘Collected Poems’ and ‘Collected Stories’, this event considers a writer who died too soon.

Indeed, Cary Archard might touch on the cause of Lewis’s death, either accident or suicide.

There will also be readings of Lewis’s work, including ‘Raiders’ Dawn’, one of the most poignant poems of World War Two.

Socially aware, Alun Lewis wrote that “The industrialization of Wales has ruled the Welsh people as tyrannically as Hitler is ruling the continent today”.

Alun Lewis was a schoolteacher at Lewis‘s Boys School, Pengam, and this year is his centenary. Educated at Cowbridge Grammar School, he fought in Burma with the South Wales Borderers.

His experiences of India and Burma had a momentous effect on his life and writing.

Entrance £3. To be followed by an Open Mic.

GREEN ROOM, Sustainable Wales, 5, James St., PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG. Tel: 01656 783962 Contact

 

http://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/alun-lewis-collected-stories

 

Autumn Frock Swap at the Green Room
Oct
22
7:30 pm19:30

Autumn Frock Swap at the Green Room

The popular frock swap returns!

Thursday, October 22nd from 7.30pm. The Green Room (above SUSSED) £3 entry.

All welcome to join our Pop-Up Autumn Event +10% of all SUSSED clothing.

We are organizing an Autumn Frock Swap, offering another chance to update your wardrobe, live more sustainably and save cash.

Select items that you no longer wear, don’t fit or are not you, but ones you think others will value. Give those clothes or accessories an extended life and swap for others of a similar value.

“According to researchers, the average household owns £4,000 worth of clothes, 30 percent of which languishes unworn. Extending the average life of clothes by just three months of active use would lead to a 5-10% reduction in our carbon, water and waste footprints”, commented Director, Margaret Minhinnick.

 “It’s also a very enjoyable and social event. Bring only good quality clothes, accessories and jewellery (donations welcome in advance) Margaret said.

“1item =1swap, 2 items = 2 swaps etc”

“Refreshments will be available and our sister project, SUSSED, is also offering a 10% discount on all their new fairly traded clothes or bags bought on the night.

For more info call the office on 01656 783962

 

Launch of "Limestone Man" at Carnegie House
Sep
25
7:30 pm19:30

Launch of "Limestone Man" at Carnegie House

SEPTEMBER 25, 7.30pm. Launch of ‘Limestone Man’

by Robert Minhinnick, a novel published by Seren Books.  With music from Peter Morgan and guest readers.

At ‘Ty Carnegie’ (Arts Hub), Wyndham Street, BRIDGEND, CF31 1EF. FREE ENTRANCE

Sustainable Wales’s ‘Green Room’ performance space has its autumn 2015 programme lined up. More details www.sustainablewales.org.uk

 All events usually take place at 5, James St., PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG on the last Friday of the month.

However, on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 7.30pm we move to Ty Carnegie (Old Library) Wyndham Street, Bridgend CF31 1EF, for the launch of Robert Minhinnick’s novel, ‘Limestone Man’ (Seren). Free entrance. 

The novel features a main character, Richard Parry, who returns to south Wales after teaching in Australia. He discovers his hometown is now notorious for the suicides of young people.

Parry is a ‘writer who cannot write, a painter who does not paint’. His obsession is Lulu, “an orphan off the street, an aboriginal green child.” Lulu was gone missing in mysterious circumstances.

‘Limestone Man’ is the second novel in Robert Minhinnick’s ‘Sea Holly’ series.

The performance will feature two voices plus space-age keyboards played by Peter Morgan. There will also be three guests at a special ‘Open Mic’ event. ‘Limestone Man’ retails at £9.99. available at SUSSED 

Review of Limestone Man at Wales Art Review "Limestone Man is a very fine novel written with a hypnotic style"

‘CERDD DANT’ at the Green Room
Sep
18
8:00 pm20:00

‘CERDD DANT’ at the Green Room

8pm, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 sees a special evening of harp playing and Welsh language recitation taking place in SUSTAINABLE WALES’S GREEN ROOM, 5, JAMES ST., PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG

Led by CARYS EVANS, who administers the ‘Porthcawl Cerdd Dant’ (string music) group, the evening promises to be an outstanding musical and literary occasion.

Entrance on the door is £3 and everyone is welcome, whether Welsh speaking or not.

For Sustainable Wales, Robert Minhinnick said today: “ This is the first event in our new Green Room series, which will include book launches and celebrations.

“Carys Evans is a great admirer of harpist and writer Twm Morys, and Twm himself will be appearing at events in Ty Carnegie, Bridgend, on November 13, and in Llangynwyd on November 14, in events organized by Sustainable Wales.
Twm will playing his adaptions of ‘tribannau’ – Welsh language poems traditionally associated with Glamorgan. September 18 at the Green Room is the start of an exciting series that will last into 2016.”

For further details of all events, contact Robert Minhinnick on 01656 773627 or Kris Evans at Sustainable Wales 01656 783962.

Entry £3


Marine Life in the Bay - a talk about marine life in Swansea
Jul
27
6:30 pm18:30

Marine Life in the Bay - a talk about marine life in Swansea

If you enjoy the sea and the beach come along to our events & find out how you can help

Marine Biologist To Speak At The Green Room, James Street, Porthcawl

Learn About The New Swansea Bay Marine Wildlife Voluntary Code Of Conduct For Sea Users And Help Protect Marine Life In The Bay.

The free workshops are funded by the FLAG, (Fisheries Local Action Group) and will launch the new marine voluntary code for all sea users that has been developed by the Nature Conservation Team at Swansea County Council and Judith Oakley, Marine Biologist (Oakley Intertidal). 

The new marine wildlife voluntary code of conduct aims to help people interact safely with marine wildlife and help minimize disturbance to the fantastic sea life present within Swansea Bay.

Passionate marine biologist, Winter Dotto will lead presentations and discussions in the Green Room, above SUSSED, 4/5 James Street, Porthcawl, CF 36 3BG, 27th July, Neath Civic Centre 23rd of July and NSA Afan Employment Academy in Port Talbot 22nd July. 

She is currently working for the Swansea Environmental Forum on the Clear Streams Initiative and explains that "The events hope to draw attention to the new voluntary code of conduct for sea users and get people on board. I will also talk about marine recording, and how people can submit their sightings to their Local Authority Biodiversity Unit.” 

The code of conduct applies to recreational and commercial sea users across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend counties.  

Local marine biologist and author Judith Oakley will also be running sessions in Swansea on 22nd and 23rd July.  

Monday 27th July 2015 

Green Room at Sustainable Wales, James St Porthcawl CF36 3BG   No booking required 6.30-7.45pm

For Further Information Please Contact: winter@environmentcentre.org.uk  

Telephone: 01792 480 200

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Summer Frock Swap
Jun
9
7:30 pm19:30

Summer Frock Swap

SUMMER FROCK SWAP

Tuesday, June 9th 7.30pm. The Green Room (above SUSSED) 

Summer frock swap 9th June 2015 Click to enlarge...

All welcome to join our Summer Party +10% off all SUSSED clothing

Sustainable Wales are organizing a summer Frock Swap and another chance to update your wardrobe.

Search your closet for items that you no longer wear, they don’t fit or are not you, but you think others will value. Give those clothes or accessories a second life and swap for others of a similar value.

Be green-friendly, reduce, reuse and recycle, socialise and have fun, whilst refreshing your wardrobe.“ said Co-Organizer Sian Williams 

“As a nation we have a staggering £30 billion worth of clothes stashed within wardrobes that we never wear.  Around 30 per cent of clothes bought every year are not worn. 0.4 kg of CO2 is saved for every item of clothing that is re-used rather than bought new, says Director, Margaret Minhinnick.

Bring only good quality clothes, shoes, accessories and jewellery. (Donations also welcome in advance)

1 item = 1 swap, 2 items = 2 swaps etc

Also 10% off SUSSED’s range of new dresses on the night.

Entry £3.00 refreshments available.

John Ormond & Cortona at The Green Room
May
29
8:00 pm20:00

John Ormond & Cortona at The Green Room

Click title or image for more info...

The poet’s daughter, Rian Evans, editor of Ormond’s ‘Collected Poems’ (Seren) and writer, Robert Minhinnick, will speak about the ‘impossibly positioned’ Tuscan town where this Welsh poet made his home. John Ormond’s poetry will also be performed.

GREEN ROOM, SUSTAINABLE WALES, 5, JAMES ST. PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 8pm.

Steve Griffiths reads from Late Love Poems at The Green Room
Apr
24
8:00 pm20:00

Steve Griffiths reads from Late Love Poems at The Green Room

Click title or image for more... Poet, STEVE GRIFFITHS, is the guest at Sustainable Wales’s Green Room, 5, James St., PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG on FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 8pm. Followed by an open mic. Steve will be testing some of his ‘Late Love Poems’, due from Cinnamon in 2016, the press that has published his last two books.

Who's Afraid? by Rhodri Thomas
Dec
5
8:00 pm20:00

Who's Afraid? by Rhodri Thomas

“Who’s Afraid?”

Rhodri Thomas
Friday, Dec 5, The Green Room

This December 5th, be very afraid, as the Green Room welcomes actor (credits include Dai the Barman (Satellite City)) and sustainability consultant, Rhodri Thomas, as he treats us to his funny and pertinent performance, exploring the irrational fears and cynicism, as seen through the eyes of beleaguered environmentalist turned climate change sceptic, Dr Gareth Jones.