You know Christmas is on the way when the Christmas lights come on! Lee Jukes will help Santa to switch on the lights again this year in Bridgend Town Centre. Join the fun on Saturday 25th November.

Join the festive fun through the day when Santa will parade through Bridgend with his Reindeer from 11am. Boys and girls can then visit Father Christmas in his Grotta at Carnegie House, Wyndham Street through the day.

Lee and the Bridge FM team will be at the stage on Dunraven Place near Barclays Bank from 3.30pm where they will report back live on air. There’ll be singing and fun on stage plus Bridge FM’s little Angels will parade from the Rhiw Shopping Centre just after 4pm to help Santa, Lee and the crowd countdown and light up Bridgend for Christmas 2017!

Spread the word and help spread the Christmas spirit!

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Lee’s Drivetime show is broadcast across Pembrokeshire weekdays between 3pm and 7pm. On Friday 17th November, he helped host the Radio Pembrokeshire Young Achiever Awards at Folly Farm. It was an evening to award and highlight some amazing young people from Pembrokeshire. Radio Pembrokeshire was inundated with hundreds and hundreds of nominations and the judges had a very difficult job to choose 11 young winners.

One of the young winners was Lily Rice from Manorbier. Despite her health issues, Lily hit record books recently when a video of her landing a back-flip in her wheelchair. Lily is just 13 years old and a true inspiration.

Lily Rice accepts her award.

Lily Rice accepts her award.

Winners included:-

Young Community Group – Pembrokeshire Special Gymastics Club

Achievement in Education – Elliot Manwaring

Young Apprentice – Ethan Wales

Commitment to the Environment – PNP Authority Youth Rangers

Young Entrepreneur – Amber Vaughan

Young Carer – Megan and Hollie Carlisle

Young Volunteer – Bethany Roberts

Fundraiser of the year – Elly Neville

Outstanding Courage/Bravery – Amelie Kessells

Sports Star – Shannon Davies

Inspiration Award – Lily Rice

Lee said “There are so many truly inspirational young people who do great things. More often than not, these youngsters don’t get the recognition that they deserve. I was honoured to host the Radio Pembrokeshire Young Achiever Awards. We should be proud of the young people who do amazing things across Pembrokeshire. Holding an awards ceremony like this gives an outlet to recognise these amazing young people. Long may they continue!”

See photo’s of the event online at www.RadioPembrokeshire.wales and listen to Lee on Radio Pembrokeshire every weekday between 3pm and 7pm.

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A marcher holds aloft a sign while participating in a marriage equality march in central Sydney, Australia, October 21, 2017. Picture taken October 21, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

The 15th November 2017 was a day that the world got a little fairer. Australia voted overwhelmingly in favour of legalising same-sex marriage. 61.6% of people voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples marry. Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull said that his government would aim to pass the legislation in parliament by Christmas.

In my book, love is love. I believe that we can’t choose who we fall in love with. Some people just happen to be gay. So what? Who are we to stop someone from showing their love for someone officially?

What happened in Australia on Wednesday 15th November 2017 will go down in history. It sends a strong message to the world. It shows that society is becoming a better place. A place that in the future will become even more equal for everyone.

Congratulations, Australia! Love is love and love wins!

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The White Ribbon Campaign is a worldwide campaign to end male violence against women. Men and boys across the world are being asked to pledge their support and set an example. You can make a pledge and find more information at www.WhiteRibbon.org.uk.

Bridgend County Borough has White Ribbon status and as a local male Ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign, Lee met with the team at Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) to pledge his support for the campaign in 2017. The campaign will be highlighted across the world for a week from the 25th November 2017.

Joanne Maksymuik-King from BAVO explained how the Llynfi Valley 20 Project (LV20) was helping to raise awareness of the White Ribbon Campaign specifically within the Llynfi Valley. LV20 was established to galvanise support from organisations such as Bridgend County Borough Council, Community Councils, Public Health Wales, ABMU and to also get local residents, communities and businesses involved in raising awareness and improving the health for everyone in the Valley.

Joanne said  “Between 25th November and the 10th December 2017 BAVO and the LV20P Domestic abuse group are supporting and raising awareness of the White Ribbon campaign within the Llynfi Valley area of Bridgend. We are looking for influential men to encourage other men and boys to take a stand against gender violence. We are looking for positive role models who can inspire and inform people through social media, within their workplace and in communities. We would like to ask people, clubs, organisations and businesses throughout the Llynfi Valley to speak out and pledge their support against violence”.

You can pledge your support at www.WhiteRibbon.org.uk and find out more about helping within Bridgend County and the Llynfi Valley by calling BAVO on 01656 810400.

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Lee was honoured to host the Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisation’s annual Voluntary Awards. Held at the Heronston Hotel in Bridgend on Friday 3rd November, the afternoon recognised the hard work of local volunteers.

Special guests included  Carwyn Jones – Assembly Member for Bridgend, Mayor of Bridgend County Borough Cllr Pam Davies and Consort Tudor Davies,  Mayor of Bridgend Town Cllr Stewart Baldwin, David Davies – High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan, Cllr Huw David, Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council and Tenovus Cancer Care Choir.

Lee said “It was an honour to host the BAVO Volunteer awards for the third year! We have so many inspirational volunteers in our County Borough and it’s great to be able to award some of these inspirational people for their hard work. Volunteers are the life blood of so many vital organisations and without their dedication, some of the organisations wouldn’t be able to do their important work locally. Congratulations to the winners!”

You can read more at BAVO’s website by clicking here.