Category Archives: Children and Family

Celebrating Roald Dahl Day at Siop yr Hen Bont


Menter Bro Ogwr and Siop yr Hen Bont will be celebrating Roald Dahl’s life and work with a Children’s Fun Session! An opportunity to read Roald Dahl’s stories in Welsh and take part in arts and crafts activities by creating Mr. Twit’s beard, large sweets in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and pictures for the Roald Dahl competition.

Booking is essential. £5 per child.

 Saturday 17th September 2016

Siop yr Hen bont, 11:00-12:00

For more information contact us!

Menter Bro Ogwr | 01656 669 397|




How to celebrate? 

Share your pictures with us and show us why you’re proud to be Welsh!

For St David’s Day we have organised a challenge for you!!

The challenge is to share a picture or video which makes you proud to be Welsh, in order to show your pride in our amazing language, traditions, food and our beautiful country.

We invite you to take part in order to raise awareness of our special day, St David’s Day.

Your picture or video can be of a special place in Wales that you love, your favourite welsh food, or even a ‘selfie’ wearing a daffodil or a leek.

Share your pictures with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages and show us why your proud to be Welsh on St David’s Day.

Call and see us at Pencoed a Bridgend College!

We will be holding a stall with the Urdd at Pencoed College on the 29th of January and Bridgend Colleg on the 1st and 2nd of March. Come and see us!

Menter Bro Ogwr is hoping to work with you the students and establish a working group or society. The purpose of the group will be to organise activities and events that will give you the opportunity to socialise with other Welsh speakers and use your Welsh in the college. You will have the opportunity to fill in our questionnaire for a chance to win a prize each day!

Come and see Menter Bro Ogwr and Sam Tân at Sainsbury’s and compete in the colouring competition!

Sainsbury’s is running a special competition again for St David’s Day this year – a special colouring competition! You can collect the colouring pages from Sainsbury’s, Menter Bro Ogwr Officers and Siop yr Hen Bont. Sainsbury’s will be offering a prize for the winner.

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A new and exciting club for parents with young chlidren! Come and enjoy a walk around Bryngarw Country Park with your children. You will have the opportunity to walk around the park, and are welcome to bring the buggies. We will finish the walk with an activity in the centre and a chance to sing and dance to Welsh songs. This club is going to be conducted on a monthly basis and everyone will need to meet at the cafe. A warm welcome to all!

Starts 26.02.16 at 1:00pm

For more information contact Menter Bro Ogwr on 01656 732200

February Holiday Hype 2016

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Holiday Hype will be run by Menter Bro Ogwr during February Half Term. We pride ourselves on using qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff who will organise the most exciting, action packed activity programme of the year for boys and girls aged 8 – 14 years old.

Our programmes will include sports activities such as football, netball, dodgeball, touch rugby and much, much more. As well as our exciting sports programme, we also have a variety of other activities such as arts and crafts, games, Nintendo Wii and more!

Holiday Hype will run from 10.00am until 3.00pm on the 15th/16th/17th of February 2016.

Book your place now!

Contact: Menter Bro Ogwr on 01656 732200

#WelshLanguageMusicDay – Celebrating Welsh language Music


February 12, 2016 is Dydd Miwsig Cymru / Welsh language Music Day – a day for all to celebrate Welsh music through various activities leading up to the Selar Welsh music awards on February 20, 2016.

Backed by some of Wales’ top musicians and the music industry, the project will raise awareness of, and celebrate almost 50 years of great Welsh music.

Anyone can be part of the celebrations, from shops and cafes to schools and colleges by holding competitions, raising awareness and encouraging young people to listen, enjoy and participate in by organising or attending gigs. Digital packs will be made available to schools and education institutions to help with arrangements. Anyone can support the campaign by sharing on social media as well.

You can also support #WelshLanguageMusicDay by sharing your favorite Welsh song on social media with #Tiwn

Gwenno, Singer

I’ve rediscovered Welsh language music in the last few years, and realised the wealth of what’s out there. This has been a huge influence on me and has given me the confidence to express myself creatively through the medium of Welsh, my first language.

Mike Williams, Editor in Chief NME

I loved how less formal the language was in song than in school. As someone from an English-speaking family, that gave me more confidence in expressing myself in Welsh.

Osian, Candelas

My life has always existed around Welsh music to be honest. It’s enabled me to be a professional(ish) musician and I don’t know if I would have had half the opportunities I’ve had singing in another language!

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate#DyddMiwsigCymru #WelshLanguageMusicDay


Saint Dwynwen’s Day 2016



Did you celebrate Saint Dwynwen’s Day this year? At Menter Bro Ogwr we celebrated in our Siop Siarad, Youth Club and at a special event at Bryngarw Park.

A lot of fun was had trying to guess the famous Welsh in our Welsh lonely hearts column in the Siop Siarad as well as a general discussion about Love. On Monday, there was a ‘Mr and Mrs’ style competition where friends were able to show off how well they really knew each other.

On Saturday, the 23rd of January, we held an event in partnership with Mudiad Meithrin, Tyfu and Bryngarw Park by offering Arts and Crafts activities, information stalls and a stall by Siop yr Hen Bont Welsh shop in the visitor centre. The family event was a great success with a number of people having a go at making a lovespoon out of clay and more!

Thanks to everyone who came to the events and hope you all had a lovely Saint Dwynwen’s day!

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Cerdd Dant Festival comes to Porthcawl

Gŵyl Cerdd Dant 2015

Europe’s largest One Day Festival is coming to Porthcawl!

The Gŵyl Cerdd Dant is the largest one day competing festival in Europe and it gives a stage to some of Wales’s favourite folk traditions every year.

Not only can we look forward to solos, duets and Cerdd Dant choirs, there will also be a chance to hear recital parties, traditional folk singing, harp solos and duets, and there will be plenty of noise as the folk and clog dancing start. Join in the fun and come to the Grand Pavilion Saturday, the 14th of November 2015!

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Shwmae Su’mae Day 2015


On Thursday, October 15th the third Shwmae Su’mae Day was held, and once again Menter Bro Ogwr and many others across the country were busy encouraging people to greet everyone with “Shwmae” neu “Su’mae”.

This year, Menter Bro Ogwr took Sali Mali to Porthcawl, Sainsbury’s Sarn and Bridgend to greet people and spread the word about the day. Sali Mali met a number of lovely people on her travels and had some very nice photographs taken with them. You can see the photographs on Menter Bro Ogwr’s Facebook page (@menterbroogwr) and some on our website and on Twitter too.  We also asked you to your photographs of you celebrating Shwmae Day on our Facebook and Twitter pages for a chance to win a voucher for Siop yr Hen Bont. The winning photograph will be selected next week.

Menter Bro Ogwr would like to say thank you to the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl for the welcome and for Sali Mali’s personal dressing room and to Sainsbury’s Sarn for the welcome too. We would also like to thank Aberkenfig Squadron, Tyfu gyda’r Gymraeg – Penybont, Bridgend Libraries, Cafe Mimis, The Bridge, Bridgend College, YellowWales, BAVO, Cylch Meithrin Plant Bach Sarn, Noddfa Community Project, Siop Siarad Penybont and everyone else that have contributed their fabulous photos!

It’s been wonderful to see everyone embracing this national day. Menter Bro Ogwr can’t wait for the next Shwmae Su’mae Day next year!

Click on the link to see our Siop Siarad group saying Shwmae!