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GTFM News & Sport

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Do you have a local news story for us? 

 

Contact us by phone on 01443 406111 (with 24 hour messages) or email:

news@gtfm.co.uk

 

 

LOCAL NEWS BULLETINS - also contain local sports news. They are compiled in our own newsroom and broadcast hourly from 1.02am on Monday to 11.02am every Saturday morning.

UK and WORLD NEWS - is provided in two-minute bulletins by Sky News and broadcast 'on the hour' every hour.

NEWS and SPORTS  HEADLINES - are broadcast at half past  the hour on weekdays at  7.30 & 8.30am, plus 4.30 & 5.30pm

INFORMATION WEB LINKS:

Met Office Severe Weather Warnings 

Natural Resources Wales (Flood Info, etc)

FLOODLINE PHONE NUMBER: 0845 988 1188  


Basic Local Weather Forecast

 

APPTASTIC LAUNCH!


Celebrating the GTFM App launch on 11th August, young developers and their mentors from 'Appening Rhondda' 

at 'Big Click', Rhondda AM and Welsh Government Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews (centre),

GTFM Station Manager, Terry Mann, Promotions Manager Gavin Powell and Jamie Pritchard from Sales,

Programming and News. Gavin and Jamie represented GTFM at the App planning meetings with Big Click

which will also lead to a re-vamp of this website in the very near future

FLYING THEIR OWN FLAG

Children from Maesycoed Primary School with the flag they designed to represent the local community,

one of 80 UK competition finalist flags chosen to fly in Parliament Square, London from 18th - 22nd May 2015

 

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Click here to listen again to our Special Programme featuring Owen Smith 

Pontypridd's MP talking about the future and leadership of the UK Labour Party, 

his defence of Ponty RFC and other things too... 

 

 

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CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PLANS TO REFURBISH PONTYPRIDD'S YMCA

 

Click here to hear our interview with Jonathan Adams who has designed the changes to the

original 1910 building, including a new frontage facing Morgan Street (illustrated above)

 

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FEATURES

 

 

 

RHONDDA TUNNEL SOCIETY

Click to hear our original interview with Stephen Mackey, Chairman, about his plans to re-open this 

Victorian railway tunnel which is nearly three miles long and links the Rhondda and Afan Valleys. 

The Society wants to make it a cycle track and walkway and the idea has quickly gained momentum, 

securing cross-party political support including Rhondda AM and Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews 

and Leanne Wood AM, another local resident as well as Leader of Plaid Cymru. 

The latest news is a Highways Agency inspection of the tunnel and Welsh Government 

Transport Minister Edwina Hart's instigation of a first phase feasibility study  

 

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DR CHRIS JONES - CHAIRMAN OF CWM TAF UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD

was Howard's special guest on Friday 16th January. Click here to 'listen again'


Want to Give up Smoking?


On Wednesday 11th March we broadcast an interview on giving up smoking. 

On 'Community Link' David Arthur talked to Cwm Taf Health Board's 

Public Health Consultant, Angela Jones, plus  Deborah Bowdich 

who is a community nurse. Click here to hear that interview again    

 


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The  Law on Organ Donation is changing in Wales on 1st December 2015

Find out more by following this link for information in English and Welsh

from the Welsh Government

 

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Saving Pontypridd’s Muni Arts Centre   

Ragsy sings at the Open Day on 10th September 2014 

 

The doors of Pontypridd's Muni Arts Centre were open again on Saturday 11th July 2015 for the first time  since they closed on 4th Oct 2014 following a final production under direct RCT County Borough Council control by Frank Vickery. The County Council couldn't afford to continue running the building after government funding cuts and now its hoped the Muni can operate as a community run facility, the idea of the Muni Working Group who want to prove it has a sustainable future. Started by Pontypridd's MP Owen Smith this group consists of Pontypridd Town Council, Artis Community and Cylch Cymreig, with the backing of Pontypridd’s AM Mick Antoniw plus more than 4,000 other people and GTFM!  

For more information about the project contact:

 

Wendy York 01443 490390 or email wendy@artiscommunity.org.uk.

 

 

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FIRE IN PORTH - SUNDAY EVENING 13th JULY 2014


South Wales Fire & Rescue teams attended a ground floor fire at the Porth Palace Chinese
Takeaway on Sunday evening. Fire extinguised by around 8.30pm

Below: The A4059 in Aberdare was closed twice due to flooding 

at the Tesco Roundabout during the 2013/14 winter


WELL DONE ALL NOS GALAN 2013 RUNNERS!

Ian Edwards who was running to raise funds for GTFM shows off his medal

This year's Mystery Runner was Wales & Ospreys player Alun Wyn Jones

 

Archive below

 

 


Ruth Jones won 'Best Writer' at  the Bafta Cymru Awards for her series 'Stella' also voted 'Best TV Drama' thanks

to David Peet (centre). Sara Parry Jones also won the Best Editing Award for the Sky 1 series which is  

filmed on location in the Rhondda by 'Tidy Productions'. With Ruth and David above are

GTFM's Mark Andrews (left) and Steve Giddy (right)


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LOCAL HOSPITAL SERVICES CONSULTATION  

 

 

 

Following receipt of over 60,000 responses, a lengthy assessment process an announcement was finally made in March 2014

Click this link to hear Simon Collins' original extended interview with a senior clinician

with Cwm Taf Health Board about possible changes  to services at the 

Royal Glamorgan Hospital, broadcast on 28th May 2013 - and here for the 'Part 2' 

interview broadcast on 11th July.


For more information click the NHS logo above, or go to:
www.wales.nhs.uk/swp

 

A series of weekly  'Save Royal Glamorgan Hospital Services' rallies took place across the area.

The first was in Pontypridd on Saturday 1st June 2013.
Click here for photos

Click here to hear our special report, broadcast on Sunday 2nd June

 

 

 


NEWS ARCHIVE

 

MINERS REMEMBERED IN CLYDACH VALE

on 17th May each year 

 

CLYDACH VALE MINING MEMORIAL SERVICE 2013 CLICK HERE TO READ A REPORT

AND HEAR FROM PARTICIPANTS

 

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HOWARD CHATS LIVE ON GTFM FROM A WELSH GOLD MINE!

 

 

 

Intrepid GTFM Presenter Howard Griffiths' annual fundraising trip on behalf of

Rhondda Breast Friends and GTFM took him to Dolaucothi Gold Mines on Friday 28th June.

As usual he kept his 'carbon footprint' low through a combination of bus, train and

(fold-up) cycle travel - and reported on his progress on-air every couple of hours starting at 6.20am! 

Very well done Howard, once again!!  The photo comes courtesy of the mine's Facebook pages

 

Well Done Joan!

 

 


 

GTFM's very own Joan Smart has won the Police safety community volunteer award for Rhondda Cynon Taf. She was given the award for the work she does in the local community of Rhydyfelin, where she regularly checks in and helps older residents. The South Wales Police Authority presented Joan with a trophy and a framed certificate for helping make the community a safer place.

 

 

2012 - PONTYPRIDD PADDLING POOL COMMUNITY POLL

BACKGROUND, RESULTS & REACTION

 

 

Gavin Saves The Day!

 

 

GTFM presenter Gavin Powell broadcast live for five and a half hours from our 

transmitter hut on a rainy hillside overlooking Pontypridd!

 

He was using a temporary studio quickly assembled by the Station Manager to keep the station on air after a mains cable fault outside the Rhydyfelin studios cut off the electricity there for over nine hours. He even managed to keep listeners informed about traffic conditions with info gathered by mobile phone!

A fabtastic effort!





Pontypridd's new Sainsbury's store opened on Wednesday 4th July 2012. Built on the old Brown Lenox factory
site it brings 241 new jobs to the town, 198 of which are taken by local people.


 

 

Live coverage of the Olympic Torch in Pontypridd ....


...and in Treorchy on May 26th. Photos by Howard Griffiths

Well done Treorchy Zebras on their victory against Bargoed at Sardis Road on 23rd May!

Gtfm Newshound Simon Collins is in the team. He's leaning on the sign, 

third from the left, bottom row.

 

GTFM Benefits from 2011-12 Mayors Charities

2011-12 Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Mayor, Cllr Sylvia Jones was presented with a

'thank you' bouquet by the six local charities, including GTFM, which will benefit from

her Mayor's Charity Appeal.

Also, 2011-12 Pontypridd Town Mayor, Cllr Steve Carter, made GTFM the sole beneficiary of his mayoral year

appeal and handed over a cheque for the £828.71 on Monday 21st May to GTFM's Chairman, Alun Jones.

GTFM is very grateful to both out-going mayors for their kind support and looks forward to working with

their successors to publicise their fund-raising activities on behalf of other local charities.

Handing over.....

Cllr.Carter hands over the Pontypridd Town Mayor's Chain of Office to his successor for the 2012-13 year,

Cllr.Gwyneth Whiles, who is a GTFM Trustee. Her charity is Y Bwthyn Hospital.


 

Glyntaff Estate/GTRA 30th Anniversary Celebrations in May 2010

Plus the 10th Anniversary - in 2009 - of Gtfm's first broadcast

 

 

Revitalised Bells Ring-out

 

 

The bells at St.Catherine's Church in Pontypridd are back in action after more than two decades.

See more photo's by clicking here. To hear the bells in action and learn more about them from the

Reverend Marcus Green, in conversation with Gtfm's Liz Brown, click here

 

 

LOCAL FLOODING ON 6TH JUNE 2009

 

A farmer with a rain guage who lives on the hilllside above Rhydyfelin estimated that 90mm (thats more than three and a half inches) of rain fell in just 4-5hours on the evening of Saturday 6th June! Many other places in the Pontypridd area were also affected, especially Cilfynedd and Treforest. An estimated 40 houses were flooded in Rhydyfelin alone and several families had to be evacuated. 15 people stayed overnight in the Elan Community Centre, while others stayed with friends and relatives, or were sent to hotels as far away as Culverhouse Cross.

 

Click here to see an 'Action Plan' Press Release issued by Jane Davidson AM on Thursday 11th June, following a meeting to discuss what should happen next in Rhydyfelin.

 

The Glyntaff Tennants and Residents Association provided a vital service throughout the crisis, organising hot meals, dry bedding and a whole lot more. They are based at the Elan Centre and can be contacted on 01443 402650 or via email at: gtra@btconnect.com

 

The photo below shows how a huge amount of water cascaded down the wooded hillside across Masefield Way and into nearby houses.

 

 

Local roads turned into rivers

 

 

 

 

 

Quite a lot of the problems appear to have been caused when culverts taking the streams which flow down the steep hillside under local roads became blocked by stones and other debris, leading to a build up of water and flooding. As clean-up operations began on Sunday excavators were used to clear the blocked culverts, as this photo shows.

 

And there was heart breaking damage to houses with many valuable possessions lost

The photo below shows the 'tide mark' on one house wall, clearly showing the depth of the flood water

Stay tuned to GTFM for the latest news of what happens next.

 
 

 




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