Urgent meeting about the future of Abercynon Community Centre

An urgent meeting has been called by the members  of the Abercynon Community Centre Committee to discuss the future of the Centre. The meeting is open to all residents. We urge all residents to attend. Full details can be found below.




David Dower M.B.E Blue Plaque Event – Saturday 3rd November

A blue plaque will be unveiled in honour of the late Abercynon born boxer David Dower M.B.E next weekend to mark the contribution that he made to Abercynon and the sportDai Dower portrait unveiling - Abercynon Library-1 of boxing.

A number of dignitaries will join family members outside number 28 Herbert Street, Abercynon to officially unveil the blue plaque for the former Welsh, British, European and Empire flyweight boxing champion. All residents are welcome to come along and join in the celebratory event.

The unveiling event will take place at midday on Saturday 3rd November outside number 28 Herbert Street, Abercynon

During David Dower’s life and boxing career he received tremendous support from the people of Abercynon. He was very proud of the village in which he grew up and lived. David Dower received the prestigious ‘Freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough’, the highest honour a County Borough Council can bestow on an individual, group or organisation, in 2016.  The unveiling of a blue plaque at his childhood home will bear testament to the important contribution that he made to life in Abercynon and the sport of boxing.

The event is open to all. Please come along and celebrate the life of one of Abercynon’s most proud and successful individuals.



£119m funding for South Wales Metro – What does it mean for R.C.T & Abercynon Ward?

Welsh Government announces £119m funding to support progress of South Wales Metro

Metro Vehicle in Cardiff Central - big

The Welsh Government has announced that £119m of European Union funding has been secured to progress phase two of the South Wales Metro scheme, with £78.4m of this package allocated to delivering upgrades in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

£23.7m of the funding announced today has been attributed to support the progress of the new rail depot at Taff’s Well, building on the almost £43m pledged to the project by the Welsh Government through Tuesday’s budget announcement.

The remaining £51.1m of the funding will allow work to commence on developing the Aberdare and Treherbert lines, which will see faster journeys and increased capacity on the Valleys lines.

Phase Two of the Metro project is set to be finished by 2023, with the Valleys lines benefitting from improved connectivity through more efficient journeys.

Here are some of the benefits for R.C.T and Abercynon Ward:

  • £23.7m will support the doubling of the track on the Aberdare line, in addition to new platforms, step-free access and waiting rooms at Aberdare station.
  • This funding will support an upgraded interchange at Abercynon, complementing the substantial investment that the Council has committed to improving the Park and Ride capacity in partnership with the Welsh Government.
  • £27.4m of the funding will be allocated to supporting improvements on the Treherbert line, including rail line upgrades and new platforms.
  • Further funding committed to supporting the progression of the Taff’s Well depot, taking the guaranteed investment for this crucial scheme to £70.7m over the course of the next two years.

Abercynon RBL Standard Ceremony – Sunday 7th October

On Sunday 7th October 2018 Abercynon Branch will be laying up the old branch Standard.
It is nearly 50 years old and is most certainly one of if not the oldest standard to have RBL Standardtaken part in the recent GP90 parade in Ypres

The standard has served the community for many years at funerals, parades and services of remembrance.
It has been decided to lay up the standard before it deteriorates and the branch would like to invite the people of Abercynon to see her off and welcome the new standard into service.

The service will take place at the Cenotaph at 1400 followed by a short parade to the Lindsay Club along the way the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and other dignitaries will take the salute from the parade.
Veterans are requested to wear blazer medals tie and beret. Association standards are welcomed to join both the service and parade.

Following the parade there will be a small buffet and the bar will be open for refreshments in the Lindsay Club.
On behalf of the officers and committee of Abercynon RBL we hope you will be able to join us for this service.

MW McKeown

Form up for service 1330-1345
Service to start 1400
Form up for parade 1430-1445

For further information about the British Legion or to become a member,
please email; abercynonrbl@gmail.com