Platinum Jubilee Celebrations!

Ystradowen Community and Sports Association (YCSA)

are delighted to announce that we have been successful in applying for a Lottery Jubilee grant.

As a result of this, we are making our Family Fun Day and Jubilee Street Party on Sunday June 5th, FREE to everyone who attends.

We’ll be sending out a link to register the ages of all the children attending, as children 11 years and under will be catered for.

We are hoping that everyone else attending will bring a picnic and enjoy all the activities provided to make this a Fun Day! All welcome.

There will be licensed bar for you to purchase drinks.

Thanks to #NationalLottery players for making our project possible. #NationalLottery funding.

YCSA Committee.

Jubilee Celebrations in Ystradowen
Making up for lost time, the villagers of Ystradowen are having the opportunity to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at three different events. Thanks to a Lottery Grant, two events are subsidised and the Children’s event and Street Party is totally free.
On Thursday, an Afternoon tea delighted 65 people. As well as all the delicious treats to eat & drink, the guests were entertained by a variety of musical acts.
The Cowbridge School Jazz Band opened the event. They are a talented group of individuals producing a great sound together. Our next act was Tom Evans, a Cowbridge student, who is now at the College of Music & Drama. He wowed the audience with his singing and guitar playing. Finally, we welcomed the Penybont UKulele Ensemble who played and sang familiar songs and encouraged audience participation. It culminated in Tom joining them on his guitar and everyone singing ‘ Sweet Caroline’, the Jubilee Anthem. Applause and thanks were given to all the musicians.
David Thursfield, the Ystradowen Community & Sports Association’s Treasurer, gave a vote of thanks to the organisers, Keris Howard & Corinne Roberts, who were helped greatly by Moira & Alan Jackson. Also thanks went to our 4 young villagers, Izzy, Rhys, Izzy & Phoebe who were extremely helpful while learning the hospitality trade.

On Saturday evening over 100 residents arrived at the beautifully decorated hall for supper, musical entertainment and dancing. Paul Harvey played guitar and sang lots of familiar songs, with many in the audience singing along. A tasty hog roast and desserts ( made by Flora) were enjoyed by everyone. Chris Kelly opened the second half of the evening with the audience now ready to get up and dance.
And did they dance!!
This was a really special evening, full of fun, with the young and ‘not so young’ residents all meeting up again, mixing and new friendships made.
Well done Spencer Shields for organising this event and thanks to all those who supported him.
A big thank you to Mike Davies, our Village photographer.

The weather was not going to dampen our wonderful weekend. The family fun day and children’s street party took place on Sunday with some events moved indoors. The Sports’ activities managed to dodge the showers with children taking part in hockey, football, tennis, badminton and table tennis. On the Petanque piste, some adults learnt the rules and tried their hand at throwing boules for the first time.
New players are always welcome to join the Ystradowen teams.
Younger children were making crowns, having their faces painted ( Vale Art – Face painting) and going on treasure hunts. The Royal Thrones, with our life size Queen was a popular photo shoot stop. At lunchtime, all the children sat down to their ‘Street Party’ with sandwiches, crisps, fruit & cakes. DJ Stirling arrived at 2pm and the children’s Disco began. Again, a big thank you to the YCSA Committee, the Jubilee Committee and to all those who have supported the events.
Ystradowen has celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style, with something for everyone. Villagers are now looking forward to the next event!

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