Chris Elmore MP Talks Sustainable Futures for Llanharry Businesses

Chris Elmore MP joined Councillor Barry Stephens on a tour of small businesses around Llanharry. The MP visited several small shops and high street services to discuss the local economy and the challenges facing business in the near-future. Mr Elmore spent the morning meeting business owners and staff as part of his ongoing commitment to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Mr Elmore said: “It’s vital we do everything we can to support local businesses. I’m delighted that these enterprises are thriving and that Llanharry’s local economy continues to grow.” Councillor Barry Stephens added: “Business is booming in Llanharry – It’s great to see Llanharry continuing to buck the

Aberkenfig Churches Together Provides Vital Lifeline

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore joined Aberkenfig’s Churches Together to discuss their debt helpline service this week. The Churches have joined together with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to give people free advice with debt issues. The group run local charity shop The Storehouse where profits go to cover the costs of Christians Against Poverty so people can obtain free advice. Chris Elmore MP said: “It was a pleasure to have a look around the storehouse shop and get some information on CAP’s great work. The shop is run by some fantastic volunteers.” The shop also helps young families with clothes and equipment if they are struggling with costs.

Ogmore MP Holds Q&A with Young at Heart

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore joined OAP group Young at Heart at their monthly meeting with them hosting a Q&A of the new MP. Mr Elmore was asked about a number of issues from the death of Jo Cox, Brexit and the WASPI campaign to scamming, rubbish and the abolishment of wigs in the House of Commons. The MP enjoyed a warm reception from the pensioners who were keen to listen to the MP. Chris said: "I really enjoyed my afternoon with Young at Heart. They're a superb group of women. They do a lot of good work. I even enjoyed the Q&A grilling!" The group met at the Green Hall in Cefn Cribwr on Friday where they enjoyed tea and biscuits as well as the Q&A.

Nantyfyllon Primary School Visit Parliament

Nantyfyllon Primary school left school books behind and joined Members of Parliament for the day. The school visited Ogmore representative Chris Elmore in Parliament and were given a tour of the historic building and got to ask the MP questions. The school are the first to be welcomed by the relatively new MP to Parliament. MP, Chris Elmore said: “it was my absolute pleasure to welcome the kids from Nantyfyllon Primary to Parliament. They were fantastic! They were engaged and brilliantly behaved. A great example.” Schools can have a free tour and even claim subsidies for travel costs if they want to visit Parliament and could even incorporate other activities into their London trips. Informa

MP and AM’s Successful Funding Day

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore and AM Huw Irranca-Davies welcomed over fifty community groups to their funding advice day last Friday, 10th February. The duo welcomed fourteen funding providers from the Big Lottery Fund, BAVO, Prince’s Trust to Bridgend County Borough Council at Pencoed Rugby Club to talk to groups about what funding may be available to them. Mr Elmore said: “I’m thrilled that the event has had such a big uptake. There are some really positive noises coming from these conversations and I hope the groups have found the advice useful." AM Huw Irranca-Davies added: "It's great that we are able to put these events on for groups and give them tailored advice to their requirements"

Third AoC Beacon Award Win for Bridgend College

Bridgend College celebrated winning their third Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award with a celebratory dinner held at the Seasons Restaurant last week. The award, dubbed the Oscars of the Further Education world, was given to the college for Development of Transferable Skills. At the event, Simon Pirotte, Principal of the College, was awarded the prize cheque by AQA’s Simon Davies who sponsored the award. They were joined by Ogmore MP Chris Elmore as well as Leader of the Council, Cllr Huw David. Mr Elmore said: “to be awarded this award for the third time truly is a testament to the staff, students and everyone involved in Bridgend College. The achievement is remarkable and Simon and

COMMUNITIES: GET BEHIND “THE GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN”

Ogmore MP attended the launch calling on schools, businesses and community groups to get outdoors, get active and help clear up communities. “The Great British Spring Clean” follows on from last year’s very successful “Clean for The Queen” campaign and brings together many of the anti-litter organisations in the UK. Costa Coffee, McDonald’s and LIDL are just a few of the companies also supporting the initiative. Community groups including parish councils, residents’ associations, Girl guides and brownies and Scout and Cub troops are encouraged to organise their own litter pick or event in the coming weeks or over the campaign’s big clean weekend over 3-5 March. Chris Elmore MP said: “I wante

MP calls for HSBC closure to be discussed in Parliament.

Following the shock announcement that HSBC will be closing its branch in Maesteg later this year, local MP Chris Elmore called for a debate in Parliament to discuss banks responsibilities to the communities they serve. Customers from May will no longer be able to visit the HSBC branch in Maesteg but will now have to go to Port Talbot or Bridgend to do their banking. The Ogmore MP said: “I’m deeply concerned about HSBC’s decision and have organised to meet with them in the coming weeks. Banks have a responsibility to their communities and that’s why I’ve called for a debate in Parliament to make sure towns and villages aren’t abandoned by our banks.” The questions were asked to the leader

Over 60 Residents Unite for Community Litter Pick

Llanharan residents joined forces to clean up their community. Joined by Llanharan Councillor Geraint Hopkins and Ogmore MP Chris Elmore MP, the residents joined forces to clean the village on Saturday morning. The litter pick was supported by Keep Wales Tidy and the 60+ residents collected well over 100 bags of rubbish. Mr Elmore said: “The community spirit here is fantastic and it was an absolute pleasure to join the residents and keep Wales tidy in their litter pick. Very well done to all.” Cllr Geraint Hopkins added: “It’s very disheartening that so many people think it’s acceptable to drop rubbish. But it’s equally heartening that so many people are giving up their free time to make

Prime Minister Refuses to Support Blind Hairdresser

Prime Minister Theresa May today refused to help partially blind hairdresser Dianah Kendall after her planned retirement was pushed back from September this year to 2022 after UK Government legislation. Ogmore MP Chris Elmore bought Dianah’s case to Parliament today in Prime Minister's questions and was pushed back by the PM. The issue, which affects women’s pension age, has been fiercely campaigned against by the organisation WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality). The Bridgend WASPI group have marched to both Cardiff Bay and Westminster to get justice and now the Ogmore MP has raised it at Prime Minister’s questions. Chris said: “I brought Dianah’s case to Theresa May today and

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