20th Anniversary of Sustainable Wales Celebration
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

20th Anniversary of Sustainable Wales Celebration

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Anniversary

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Sustainable Wales Cymru Gynhaliol is celebrating 20 years as the first Welsh NGO promoting sustainable responses to the cultural challenges we face. In celebrating this landmark we would like you to join us on a convivial evening of birthday cake, spoken word, music and film including poets Robert Minhinnick, Rhian Edwards, Kris Evans, music from Honey Peg with the Earl and Pearl Alive band (fomerly One Time Alive) and a clutch of other contributors to entertain and celebrate…

Thursday, Nov 16th – 7pm till late, Stage Door (downstairs), Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. CF36 3YW. Bar available

Do you have images or memories of Sustainable Wales activities you'd like to share? email Margaret on mm@sustainablewales.org.uk

Eventbrite page for booking (free) tickets (opens in a new window)

More details to follow.

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Counterpoint: Kevin Sinnott
Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

Counterpoint: Kevin Sinnott

Artist Kevin Sinnott will be giving the third talk in the ‘Counterpoint’ series organised by Sustainable Wales, at 8pm on Friday, NOVEMBER 3, at 5 James St., Porthcawl CF36 3BG.

Kevin will be talking about his career as an artist in Wales and London, and the creation of his new gallery in Pontycymer, his labour of love.

Several of Kevin’s prints will be on view in this presentation, which is one of the celebrations for his seventieth birthday. Kevin will also have prints of two of his paintings which he will sign and these and his book ‘Behind The Canvas’ will be available from SUSSED.

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Director, Margaret Minhinnick said today:

“The ‘Counterpoint’ talks have shown the range of interests for which the charity is known.

“We believe in combining environmentalism with cultural matters, maintaining local diversity.

“This will be celebrated on Thursday, November 16 at the Stage Door, Grand Pavilion, 7pm, for our twentieth anniversary party. Watch out for music, film and poetry. Everyone is invited.”

For Kevin Sinnott entrance £4.

More information: 01656 783962

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Prof. Allan Williams talk: Marine Litter (Counterpoint Series)
Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

Prof. Allan Williams talk: Marine Litter (Counterpoint Series)

BEACHOLOGIST’ GIVES MARINE WARNING FRI 13th

Professor Allan Williams, the renowned ‘beachologist’, gives a lecture on ‘Marine Litter’, at Sustainable Wales’s Green Room 5, James St., Porthcawl CF36 3BG, 8pm, Friday, October 13.

The talk is the first in an ambitious series of lectures, tiltled ‘Counterpoint’, organised to mark the charity’s twentieth anniversary.

All types of beach litter will be discussed, including the degradation of plastic, ultimately to such fine particles it now enters the human bloodstream.

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Margaret Minhinnick for the charity said today: “Professor Williams’s talk is timely, as it has recently been revealed that Coca Cola produced an astonishing 110 BILLION plastic bottles in 2016, many of which will enter the sea. 

“Eight million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year. As Prince Charles says this week, ‘decisive action’ must be taken to protect marine wildlife."

The ‘Counterpoint’ series of discussions reflect the environmental, social and cultural concerns of NGO, Sustainable Wales.

Entrance £4. Everyone welcome.

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The Green Room Returns with New Works
Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Green Room Returns with New Works

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Sustainable Wales’s Green Room returns on Friday, September 29, 8pm.


The evening will be dedicated to ‘new work’, in this case new music from Peter Morgan, and new writing from Kristian Evans, Robert Minhinnick and Hugh Doyle.
Kristian Evans will perform writing that will feature in his popular ‘Kenfig Journal’.


Robert Minhinnick will read poetry based on his father’s ‘Burmese diary’ for 1945, written when Albert Minhinnick was in the second battalion, Welch regiment.
The recently deceased writer, Duncan Bush, will be remembered, with reading of his work.


The evening will also feature an Open Mic for those who wish to take part. After three months away, a healthy turnout is expected.


Everyone welcome. Entrance £4.

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Bridgend Local Energy Revolution Workshop
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Bridgend Local Energy Revolution Workshop

In April Sustainable Wales hosted a public lecture at the Grand Pavilion on local energy. (Listen to the podcast here: https://www.sustainablewales.org.uk/blog/energymeeting0417)

Reach followed this up with a workshop on community renewable energy. 

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Following the workshop reach commissioned a study to identify opportunities for community renewable  energy in rural Bridgend and are in the process of commissioning for a delivery body to deliver a rural household energy awareness and community energy campaign and to project manage one community’s journey through developing and implementing a community energy project of their own. You can find the tender here.

We have since discovered that quietly there has been a lot of activity regarding local energy in Bridgend and Sustainable Wales have agreed to draw attention to these projects and to host a workshop Bridgend’s Local Energy Revolution at the Green Room above SUSSED, Porthcawl.

It is an exciting time for local energy in Bridgend County and the event will provide an opportunity to hear about some of the projects currently underway and also an opportunity to discuss what’s next for developing local and community energy in Bridgend County. 

You can download here the event invitation and further details. Please RSVP and indicate language preference (Welsh / English), via email ( Geoffrey.hobbs@bridgend.gov.uk ) or phone (01656 643196) to ensure there is an appropriate amount of seating and refreshments available.

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General Election 2017 "Question Time" Porthcawl- CANCELLED
May
30
7:30 PM19:30

General Election 2017 "Question Time" Porthcawl- CANCELLED

The charity, ‘Sustainable Wales’ has CANCELLED its General Election hustings, due Porthcawl YMCA TUES. MAY 30.

The Conservatives decided not to participate. Because of this, the Labour party will not attend.

Apologies to all who wanted to participate in this democratic endeavor. Especially to Plaid Cymru, a party that was eagerly anticipating the hustings.

 

 

 

Previous listing wording:

Sustainable Wales is organising a General Election hustings to take place 7.30pm - 9.30 pm on TUESDAY, MAY 30 in Porthcawl YMCA, John St., Porthcawl CF36 3AP.

Questions will be wide ranging, but with local emphasis. They must be asked in person on the night, and sent by May 29 to robert.minhinnick@sustainablewales.org.uk

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Tracey Rhys book launch
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

Tracey Rhys book launch

Event 26 May

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Tracey Rhys’s beautiful pamphlet of poems explores her son’s diagnosis of autism, what it means to her and the frustrations, worries and hopes it brings.

 

 

 

Live music "Suite for children's voices & theremin" (Robert Minhinnick) by Peter Morgan will also be performed.

Plus open mic 

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Book launch & film ‘DIARY OF THE LAST MAN’
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Book launch & film ‘DIARY OF THE LAST MAN’

‘DIARY OF THE LAST MAN’
Carcanet book and Park6 Productions film of the same name together.

ROBERT MINHINNICK & EAMON BOURKE

7.30pm, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 
STAGE DOOR, GRAND PAVILION, PORTHCAWL CF36 3YW. With Bar.

'Robert Minhinnick's new collection confirms his status as one of the most important poets of these turbulent times. Bleakly elegiac, environmentally political, vital and visionary, his poems cast an extraordinary light over our darkening landscapes.'
Carol Ann Duffy.

With guest readers.

Live music from Peter Morgan.

The opening poem sequence, 'Diary of the Last Man', sets the tone for Robert Minhinnick's book, a celebration of the dwindling Earth, an elegy, a caution. His Wales is a touchstone; other landscapes and cityscapes are tried against it, with its erratic weather, its sudden changes of mood, 'a black tonic'. The sequence remembers all the geographies of his earlier work, old and new world, but now unpeopled and the lonely spirit free to go anywhere, do anything, but meaning with mankind has drained away. Yet still alive, and still with language, registering. The rest of the book is filled with voices: of children, of rivers, terrorists, magicians; and voices translated from the Welsh, and from Turkish and Arabic, shared, enriching with their difference, their other worlds. History washes over and washes up on the strand of this Welsh book. It is seen and recognised, it begins to be transformed. In the long concluding poem, 'The Sand Orchestra', the poet returns to his own voice, and to the voice of a Bechstein piano abandoned in the open air, played now by nature, its winds and sand. The last man, who has been looking for Ulysses, is the very man he has been looking for.

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Public Meeting (Porthcawl) - Producing our own energy
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Public Meeting (Porthcawl) - Producing our own energy

Register your interest in coming: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-meeting-producing-our-own-energy-tickets-32530788464

ADVANCED NOTICE – PUBLIC INVITATION

PUBLIC MEETING – LOCALISING RENEWABLE ENERGY - GRAND PAVILION, (STAGE DOOR), Porthcawl, 7.30pm, Thurs APRIL 6TH.

The event, organised by Sustainable Wales, includes guest speakers from Community Energy Wales, RENEW Wales, Cardiff University, IWA-Institute Welsh Affairs and Bridgend Council.

Bridgend Council Leader, Huw David, has also agreed to welcome the guests.

The meeting is being organised to discuss how some communities are taking back control of their energy systems and thus the potential of Porthcawl and Bridgend establishing community owned local renewable energy companies. A step towards economic renewal.

Wales and the UK lag far behind our European neighbours and some states in the USA regarding local energy production.

The scene will be set by a viewing of the film ‘Shine a Light’ which suggest that more support should be forthcoming.  The Porthcawl film was premiered in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and was produced and directed by Sustainable Wales and supported by Community Energy Wales.

Sustainable Wales suggests that all UK political parties commit themselves to locally owned renewable energy schemes. Politicians should acknowledge that such schemes are becoming significant in combating climate change. Importantly, these schemes also build more resilient communities, creating local jobs and new opportunities.

These ideas and others will be discussed by our guest speakers.

Speaking of the event, Director Margaret Minhinnick said:

“It is difficult to think of more important issues, tackling climate change and economic regeneration locally. ‘Shine a Light?’ is a beautifully made film, with a wonderful soundtrack. The speakers are experienced and committed to supporting local initiatives I hope local people attend.”

 

Additional Notes:

Producer, Margaret Minhinnick, Director Sustainable Wales says: “Shine a Light? supports the idea of democratising our energy supply, bringing ownership and profit back into communities whilst reducing climate change“. 

It contains images of the Cenin ‘renewable energy cluster’ at Stormy Down and Porthcawl’s iconic breakwater, rapidly becoming world famous because of its breaking waves.

Music is supplied by Twm Morys, singing traditional Glamorgan ‘tribannau’ to his own tune. It was recorded in the Minhinnicks’ bathroom and is yet another integral Porthcawl feature.

A key contributor includes former MP Alan Simpson, who describes himself as a ‘recovering politician’;. He has been an advisor to the Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, and commented:

“I think the UK debate has been wrongly focused on windfarms, fracking, etc. It is a question whether localities have: a) ownership of what is being proposed, and b): whether they are direct beneficiaries of the gains that come out of it.”

The film and also profiles practitioners who are amongst the real local heroes of renewable energy  production in Wales.

It illustrates the difficulties that communities have in developing such initiatives, and urges the next Welsh government and local authorities to rectify this. “

WLGA climate change projections**

** Welsh Local Government Association climate change projections suggest that if we don’t plan ahead extreme weather events will become more prevalent. The conditions outlined below are likely:

  • essential infrastructure (transport, IT energy, waste) may be compromised;
  • water and food supply may be disrupted;
  • risks to communities increase, especially among the elderly and other vulnerable groups;
  • economic productivity may be reduced due to flooding, high temperatures and transport impacts;
  • agriculture may suffer due to loss of soils, lack of water;
  • ecosystems services (flood retention, food production) may be degraded.

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Rhian Edwards Book Launch at the Green Room
Mar
31
8:00 PM20:00

Rhian Edwards Book Launch at the Green Room

A welcome return for Rhian Edwards to the Green Room. 

Brood is the new pamphlet from poet Rhian Edwards. Winner of all three categories of Wales Book of the Year in 2013 for her debut poetry collection, Clueless Dogs, Bridgend-born and based Edwards is known for her dazzling performance style and her vivid, often acutely personal poems.

The new pamphlet opens with ‘Birds of Rhiannon’ introducing us (via a nod to the famous medieval Mabinogion story where magic birds, said to bring people back from the dead, console the heartbroken Celtic princess Rhiannon) to a darkly resonant tone that echoes from the myth:

 

Before I was mortal, I was haloed

in feathers, my trinity of familiars;

whose birdsong was legend, serenading

the dead from their dreams,

lullabying the living to torpor…

The centre of this new pamphlet is a ten-part poem, ‘Pied Margot’ based on the mnemonic rhyme for groups of magpies ‘One for Sorrow, Two for Joy…’. This long poem charts the progression of a troubling relationship from infatuation to disillusionment, alongside the birth of a much-loved daughter.

There are unflinching descriptions of arduous pregnancy, as well as miscarriage, that remind us that this stage of a woman’s life can be as risky as a battlefield. Also, any parent will recognise the irritated joy of ‘Kiss’ where a child becomes an expert at ‘delaying the damnation of bedtime.’

Meanwhile, birds are at all times present: hovering, chattering, casting their shadows, they are both tricksters and familiars in these hypnotic, spell-like poems. Welsh artist Paul Edwards has provided some beautiful charcoal drawings of magpies inspired by this atmospheric sequence, which feature throughout the pamphlet.

Other poems feature Gulls, Red Kites and ‘The Universal Doodle’ of a murmuration cloud of starlings. This pamphlet Broodis an apt follow-up to Clueless Dogs and leaves us eager for the poet’s next full collection.

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Discussion: What is Sustainability and How do we make it part of our culture?
Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Discussion: What is Sustainability and How do we make it part of our culture?

The first of a new series of talks and debates at the Green Room  'What is Sustainability and how do we make it part of our culture?'. These are planned for the second Friday of the month (orange posters).

The sub questions will be along the lines of belonging and culture and how mainstream culture seems to be based on using consumerism as a way to belong, which in turn may make it a difficult thing to let go of.  So how do we link sustainability with belonging, on a local level as well as a global level?  And how do we appeal to people who may see becoming 'eco' as moving away from their traditional communities?

Hosted by Suzanne Williams.

BYOB, Free but donations are welcome. Some refreshments will be available from our fairtrade range of teas and coffees. Please share this on social media. More events planned for the Green Room this year so check our twitter, these event pages etc. 

 

 

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One Time Alive - Live Music at the Green Room
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

One Time Alive - Live Music at the Green Room

One Time Alive, following the release of their albums Sugar Train and Five Star Vending Machine return to the Green Room for an evening gig with old and new material.

Listen to One Time Alive at www.onetimealive.com

Live music events are planned for the first Friday every across 2017 keep a look out for the blue posters...

Live music at the Green Room

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Green Room returns with Mike Jenkins & Mike Church
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Green Room returns with Mike Jenkins & Mike Church

GREEN ROOM WELCOMES RADICAL POET

8pm. Friday, February 24 sees the return of the charity, Sustainable Wales’s Green Room after a winter break.

First performance will be poet, MIKE JENKINS, a widely published writer who has won Wales ‘Book of the Year’ and edited the international quarterly, ‘Poetry Wales’.

Mike is celebrated for his radical political views, but his poetry is wide ranging and original. Often it reflects his life spent as a teacher in comprehensive schools in south Wales.

Well known also as an opponent of opencast mining, which he sees as a blight on his local landscape in Merthyr Tydfil, Mike Jenkins has also recently began to write in Welsh.

Joining Mike will be fellow poet MIKE CHURCH, and there will be opportunities for local writers to join in the Open Mic, always a popular Green Room feature.

The Green Room will diversify in 2017, with a series of music events and discussions.

Entrance £4. Everyone welcome. The charity does not have an alcohol license, thus the public are urged to bring their own.

More information: 01656 773627

The latest books by Mike Jenkins and Mike Church will be on sale on the night.

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GREEN ROOM RETURNS WITH LOCAL WRITING
Nov
25
8:00 PM20:00

GREEN ROOM RETURNS WITH LOCAL WRITING

GREEN ROOM RETURNS WITH LOCAL WRITING

Charity, Sustainable Wales welcomes all local writers to its GREEN ROOM, 5, JAMES ST. PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, at 8pm for a celebration of ‘new writing’.

Entirely devoted to the ‘open mic’, the event will feature Robert Minhinnick, Gerald Webber and a variety of other prose and poetry writers.

Entrance £4.

More information: Sustainable Wales 01656 773627

 

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Autumn Fairtrade Bake Off
Nov
12
11:00 AM11:00

Autumn Fairtrade Bake Off

Fairtrade goodies at the bake off...

Fairtrade goodies at the bake off...

Sustainable Wales is holding a fairtrade bake off at the Green Room (aboveSUSSED) in Porthcawl. We're inviting bakers, schools and local groups to dust the fairtrade flour off their aprons and get to work baking for this flavoursome event.

So whether you're an enthusiastic baker or an even more enthusiastic cake connoisseur, make a date in your diary for the bake off... Saturday 12 November; Café opens to the public (who will be the judges of the baking entries) from 11am - 4pm. Entry £3.50 for the public includes tea/coffee and of course cakes and bakes!

Bakers free entry - from 10am

Find out all the details on the bake off page!

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Anthony Hontoir book launch & open Mic
Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

Anthony Hontoir book launch & open Mic

Anthony Hontoir an author based in Porthcawl launches his ninth work at the Green Room a crime novel; "The Tidal Road Mystery", followed by the popular Open Mic event.

Journalist, film-maker and author Anthony Hontoir returned home after a week’s holiday in Devon during the summer of 2013 with an idea for a whodunit murder mystery, based around the tidal road in Aveton Gifford, which is renamed Watersford for the story. He decided that it should feature a new amateur detective in the form of Erwin Graham, a one-time Fleet Street crime reporter, assisted by his partner Belle, a gipsy. “The Tidal Road Mystery” is the first in a series of mystery tales, and it has been written along traditional whodunit lines, evoking the golden age of murder mysteries in which there are a number of suspects, each with a motive of their own, and they are all brought together at the end for Erwin Graham to explain how he has solved the crime and to reveal the culprit.

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Films: Late Love Poems by Steve Griffiths
Sep
30
8:00 PM20:00

Films: Late Love Poems by Steve Griffiths

Film screenings: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 8pm. GREEN ROOM above SUSSED, 5, James St. PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG

Sustainable Wales’s ‘Green Room’ returns from its summer break with showings of ‘Late Love Poems’, a series of films by Eamon Bourke of Park6 Productions based round poems by Steve Griffiths. These will be followed by an Open Mic for local writers to perform their work, maybe with a ‘love poem’ theme. £4 entry.  Bring your own drinks. Everyone welcome. Further details – Sustainable Wales 01656 773627. 

About the Late Love Poems films.

Steve Griffiths. In a tree.

Steve Griffiths. In a tree.

 

More information to follow...

 

 

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Green Room: David Foster-Morgan
Jun
24
8:00 PM20:00

Green Room: David Foster-Morgan

The Green Room returns with poet David Foster Morgan followed by an open mic the day after the EU referendum...

David Foster-Morgan was born in Tenby.  He lives and works in Cardiff.  His poetry has appeared extensively in journals most notably Poetry Wales. His first collection Masculine Happiness was published in October 2015 by Seren Books.

Buy Masculine Happiness at Seren Books

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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.

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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 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

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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.

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