On Friday 4th November 2016, I took the afternoon off the drive-time radio show. Instead, I was honoured to host the annual Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) Volunteer Awards. The ceremony was held at the Heronston Hotel in Bridgend and the aim was to highlight and thank the good work of volunteers around the County Borough of Bridgend.

Often, volunteers do so much for various local charities and organisations but sometimes their hard work goes unrecognised and sometimes even unnoticed. Organisations within Bridgend County Borough were given the opportunity to nominate volunteers for an award.

It was an afternoon of some lovely stories and inspirational people which highlighted the hard work of lots of individuals who give up their own personal time to make a huge difference within their local area. Entertainment was provided by the Tenovus Cancer Care ‘Sing with us Bridgend’ choir. Photo’s were taken by Lee Ralph of Image IQ.

Winners:-

Befriending & Mentoring Volunteer:- Sarah Boswell- Jones – Scope Community Companions

Volunteer of the Year under 25:- Megan Curling – AYPD

Volunteer of the Year over 25:- Lara French – Y Bont

Trustee of the Year:- John Noble – Emmaus South Wales

Charity Shop Volunteer of the Year:- Elliot Davies – Ty Hafan

Sports Volunteer of the Year:- Card Tidball – Ultimate Dance Crew

Volunteer Project of the Year – Community Furniture Aid

Outstanding Volunteer Contribution – Jill Grange – Bridgend National Autistic Society

Highly Commended Certificates:-

Joe Allen, Kenneth Bufton, Alyssa Davies, Amanda Jaine Evans, Ann Harrison-Power, Teresa Jones, Vince Kelly, Sue Maclaren, Angharad Stokes, Alex Williams and Pamela Williams

Voluntary Projects:-

Llynfi Valley Credit Union – School Volunteer Team

Llangynwyd Rangers Boys & Girls Clubs of Wales Football Club

WCVA Highly Commended Certificates:-

Jolie Davies, Hannah Hiddlestone and Margaret Lewis

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering within Bridgend County Borough, visit BAVO online by Clicking here.

Lee Jukes – Compere.

The award winners.

Tenovus Sing with us Bridgend!

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Just like Furbies, Tamagotchi’s and Roller Skates did, Pokémon Go has hit us hard! It’s also created a massive buzz right across the world! If you’ve seen hunters out in your area catching Pokémon, it’s a sight to behold. Rather like sheep being herded in a field. I was trapped in a car parking space the other week by a group of young teenagers. For a second, I thought I’d ran one of them over in my attempt to reverse out of the parking space. I got out and asked them what they were up to. It turns out the parking space was good for collecting Pokémon!

If you’re a parent who’s still not sure about letting your kids play, or you’ve been hiding under a stone for a few weeks and you’re still not really sure what Pokémon Go actually is, here’s a very brief outline.

Here are the three best reasons to download and play the smartphone game of the moment:-

1. It requires lots of walking. This means lots of exercise!

So, yeah walking is good for you but this game seems to be a great motivator to getting you out and into the fresh air. As well as walking around tracking nearby Pokémon, the game gives another reason to walk further distances. You can also hatch Pokémon eggs. These eggs are available at Pokéstops but each egg needs you to cover between 2km and 5km for them to hatch. Get your hiking boots on!

2. You get fresh air and sunlight.

It’s not just something that your Mother used to tell you. Fresh air is good for you and you’re going to get quite a bit while you’re outside chasing Pokémon! While you’re out and about, your body will also see natural light, and if you’re lucky some sunshine too. The kids will get more access to vital vitamins that are definitely not available in front of the games console in their bedroom.

3. Believe it or not, it’s educational.

To catch Pokémon, you need Pokéballs (why do I always laugh when I hear that?). You get Pokéballs *giggles* at Pokéstops. Here’s the interesting bit; Pokéstops are located at loads of historical landmarks and interesting places locally and across the UK. Places that without Pokémon Go you may have never visited!

So all in all, this game that everyone seems to be talking about may have already had some bad press, but it also has it’s good points too! What are you waiting for? Get your trainers on, get to your nearest Pokéstop and grab you Pokéballs! Ok, I’ll stop now.

Since it was launched, the no contract access to Sky TV channels that Now TV provides has gone from strength to strength. The platform allows you to watch Sky TV’s entertainment, cinema, sport and kids packages without a contract and via the internet. It does all come at a fairly good price too. The lack of a contract and being able to cancel whenever I want is the big bonus for me.

We all like to save a bit of money and this little trick worked for me. I wasn’t using the service as much as I was when I first signed up. So I decided to cancel. Just as I did, Now TV offered me my exact same package for over 50% less for an extra 4 months. I can still cancel at any point but if I do, will lose this special price. If you’re loving Now TV and you fancy seeing if you can get the service cheaper, it may work for you too. Let me know if it does!