Summer 2016 dates and venues set for youth arts project

The Emotivate Project has had its dates confirmed for the 2016 Glamorgan Summer School. The project gives young people in the Taf Ely area the chance to use their creativity to improve their local communities through combining local history knowledge with artistic expression.

The summer school is to take place in the week of 15 August to 19 August 2016, at venues throughout the Taf Ely area. Young people who take part will learn about the history of the various communities in Taf Ely and design “portrait collages” in Adobe Photoshop that reflect their own ideas on the past, present and their ideal future for Taf Ely.

Jonathan Bishop is the multimedia expert leading the classes. “This whole week of classes will give young people the chance to learn about the history of the area, collecting various ideas through instant digital cameras and online searches to create original portrait collages that fuse past with present,” he said. “The first day will involving visiting the site of the 2009 project, with specific days dedicated to different localities, followed by a day of Photoshopping and then one producing a video of all the ideas.

The 2009 Glamorgan Summer School saw the creation of the mural in the St Dyfrig’s Underpass in Treforest, and the first day of the 2016 summer school involves a field trip to that very location. Areas that feature in the project include Tonyrefail, Llantrisant, Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd, Taffs Well and Nantgarw, Ynysybwl and Coed-y-Cwm.

CLASS OF 2009: Youth Participants of the Emotivate Project in the 2009 Glamorgan Summer School. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.
CLASS OF 2009: Youth Participants of the Emotivate Project in the 2009 Glamorgan Summer School. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Parents of young people are being invited to come along the venues where the project is taking place to share in the experience, which is only £1 per day per child. Those interested in finding out more about the project, including dates and venues, are invited to visit the Emotivate Project’s dedicated website at: http://www.emotivate.org.uk/youth-arts-projects/296/glamorgan-summer-school-2016/

Cardiff Met academic says to vote against Crocels candidates

A Cardiff Metropolitan University academic has urged voters in South Wales Central to vote against the two members of Crocels contesting the election.

Professor Brian Morgan says voters who deem themselves progressive should vote Plaid Cymru.
VOTE PLAID?: Professor Brian Morgan says voters who deem themselves progressive should vote Plaid Cymru. Courtesy: Obtained from Twitter

Professor Brian Morgan is a former chief economist of the Welsh Development Agency and is urging voters to vote Plaid Cymru instead of supporting either of the two Crocels members contesting the election.

Crocels’s Chief Executive Officer, Councillor Jonathan Bishop, is standing as an Independent and Mark Beech, who is Crocels’s Chief Personnel, Strategy and Quality Officer, is standing for the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.

Professor Brian Morgan explained why he thought those in voters in South Wales Central should vote for Plaid Cymru. “In these areas it makes sense for voters to cast their second vote in a purposeful fashion, to aid a progressive party like Plaid Cymru and to block any party that trades in fear and prejudice,” he said. “The fifth Assembly will need strong and stable leadership if Wales is to meet the daunting challenges ahead, especially in the fields of health, education, environment and economic development.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop says that Cardiff Metropolitan University is bitter. “During this election campaign I have raised how Cardiff Metropolitan University is failing to help many of their students with disabilities, leading to some of them withdrawing from their studies,” he said. “Having co-founded Crocels, Mark Beech and I are progressives, having given opportunities to young people and those with disabilities that they otherwise would not have.
We have provided leadership in education, the environment and economic development and our lasting legacies such as the Treforest underpass project and our various research publications in these areas prove that.

The elections to the Welsh Assembly are taking place on 5 May 2016.

Highly commended arts project making progress

The project that will link the communities of Llantrisant and Llanwit Fardre in Wales with the communities of Cam and Dursley in England is making progress project leader Councillor Jonathan Bishop has said.

The Emotivate project, led by Councillor Jonathan Bishop, was highly commended in 2014 by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Courtesy:
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Emotivate project, led by Councillor Jonathan Bishop, was highly commended in 2014 by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is the councillor for Lower Cam in Gloucestershire, and is also seeking election to be the councillor for Llantrisant Town. Having formerly served as the councillor for Llantwit Fardre also, he says being a councillor in England is already making the whole project easier to achieve. “I have already been in communication with sustainable development and arts funding organisations in both England and Wales, and the project is coming together nicely,” he said. “I have the legitimacy of the office in Cam, like I did in Treforest when I did the project there.
Becoming the councillor for Llantrisant Town will make things even easier.
“I already have the involvement of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s youth offending services, and have made contact with the Arts Council for Wales.

We are in the process of appointing the artist for the Wales side of the project and have had a number of applicants, even from as far as West Wales.

The Emotivate Project, as it is called, was highly commended by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in the Love Where You Live Awards in 2014. As Councillor Bishop explains, the project is intended to bring the whole community together. “The plans are that young people from the various schools in Llantrisant, Llantwit Fardre, Cam and Dursley, will come together through the Internet to design murals that reflect the areas’ past, present and future, as well as what happened during times of war and peace,” he said. “The aim will then be for the murals they design to be painted by the young offenders, so they can be seen to be giving back by supporting the young achievers’ designs.

Further information on The Emotivate Project can be found on the project’s website at: http://www.emotivate.org.uk.

‘Desperate’ Labour using smears

The Labour Party has been branded desperate over its attempts to smear Freeman of Llantrisant, Jonathan Bishop.

Freeman Bishop, 36, resides in Llantwit Fardre, but Labour activists have been suggesting he lives in Swansea. In fact, Swansea is where Freeman Bishop’s employer is based. “Though given you live in Swansea, I’m not surprised you know nothing about Llantrisant,” is a false statement one activist posted to Freeman Bishop’s campaigning page.

LABOUR OF LOVE: Owen Smith is the husband of Labour candidate, Liz Smith. Courtesy: Obtained from Facebook.
LABOUR OF LOVE: Labour candidate, Liz Smith, moved to Llantrisant in 2011. Courtesy: Obtained from Facebook.

Freeman Bishop says that the smears suggest desperation in Labour’s campaign. “The Labour candidate for Llantrisant Town , Liz Smith, has only lived in the area since 2011,” he said. “I have lived in every ward I have been a councillor in, which includes Llantwit Fardre and Treforest.
“I have also lived in Tyla Garw, which is in the boundaries of the ancient borough of Llantrisant and regularly use Beddau Post Office
.
Being a Freeman of Llantrisant and having been baptised and confirmed at Llantrisant Parish Church, from a long Llantrisant ancestry, Labour know I have more local credentials, so are trying to mislead people into thinking I live in Swansea, when that is where my employer is based.”

 

Youth environmental project to come to Llantrisant

An innovative environmental project is set to expand its reach to Llantrisant, it has been revealed.

The Emotivate Project is set to expand its reach from Llantwit Fardre into Llantrisant in Wales as part of ambitious plans to link young people the two areas with other youths in Cam and Dursley in England.

These young people helped design and paint the murals displayed at the St Dyfrig's Underpass in Treforest.
YOUNG AT ART: These young people helped design and paint the murals displayed at the St Dyfrig’s Underpass in Treforest. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

The Emotivate Project was highly commended by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in 2014. It was the brainchild of Councillor Jonathan Bishop, who is also seeking election to Llantrisant Town in Wales and is already the parish councillor for Lower Cam in England, hoping to combine the two roles. “I hope that by being the local councillor for both communities I can make this project happen in a more ambitious fashion,” he said. “I have been a local councillor for 25 per cent of my life and as I have already run this project in Treforest and Llanwit Fardre, having served on the councils in both those areas.”

The Emotivate Project gives young people the chance to develop their understanding of the history area at the same time as improve their IT skills in order to design and paint a mural reflecting their ideas of the area’s past and present and what they want the future to be like.

Mark Beech is the Chief Personnel, Strategy & Quality Officer at the Crocels Community Media Group, which the project is being run under the auspices of. “I am really pleased that Councillor Jonathan Bishop will be running our highly commended project, not only in Llantwit Fardre as planned, but Llantrisant also,” he said. “Being a historian myself, I am confident that Jonathan has designed a programme that will energise young people to have the passion for the history of Llantrisant and Llanwit Fardre that he has.

ART ACTION: Jonathan Bishop coordinated the restoration of the underpass in Treforest as part of the Emotivate Project. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.
ART ACTION: Jonathan Bishop coordinated the restoration of the underpass in Treforest as part of the Emotivate Project. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop said his project would help bring both communities in England and Wales together, promoting fellowship between the two nations. “Being a Freeman of Llantrisant I am proud to stand for election in the town,” he said. “My grandfather founded the Llantrisant Workingmen’s Club, former Council Chairman Ivor Jacob is a relative, my Great Aunt Lottie was a musician in the town, my great grandfather was a carpenter who worked on the Parish Church’s roof.
This project will be going ahead whether I win or lose, and there is so much the communities have in common without having to share the same councillor.
We have the Billy Wynt in Llantrisant, and Cam has Cam Peak.
We have the Cwm Coke Works here, and Cam and Dursley have Cam Mills.
Llantrisant has its castle ruins, and Dursley Castle has legendary status there too.

Labour ‘parachute’ MP’s wife into Llantrisant

SEEING RED: Pontypridd MP Owen Smith's wife, Liz Smith, has been parachuted into Llantrisant to stand against Freeman Jonathan Bishop.
SEEING RED: Pontypridd MP Owen Smith’s wife, Liz Smith, has been parachuted into Llantrisant to stand against Freeman Jonathan Bishop. Courtesy: Media Wales.

The Labour Party has Surrey’s Liz Smith, the wife of Pontypridd MP Owen Smith, parachuted in as a candidate for Llantrisant Town to try to prevent Freeman of Llantrisant Jonathan Bishop taking the seat.

Liz Smith has only lived in Llantrisant since 2011, moving from her home in Surrey following husband Owen Smith’s election in 2010.

Owen Smith left Pontypridd in 2005 in order to promote the interests of drugs firm, Pfizer. Following losing the Blaenau Gwent by-election in 2006, he was rewarded with candidature in the Pontypridd parliamentary seat in Labour’s heartlands, which he won in 2010.

Liz Smith is taking on Freeman Jonathan Bishop, whose family connections with the town date back to the 1700s. Freeman Bishop previously served on Llantwit Fardre Community Council and Pontypridd Town Council. His grandfather, Seth Morgan, founded the Llantrisant Workingmen’s Club and former Llantrisant Town Council Chairman, Ivor Jacob, is a direct ancestor.

LOCAL CANDIDATE: Freeman Jonathan Bishop has a family history in Llantrisant dating back to the 1700s.
LOCAL CANDIDATE: Freeman Jonathan Bishop has a family history in Llantrisant dating back to the 1700s.

Freeman Jonathan Bishop says this is pure desperation by the Labour Party. “The Labour Party know I am the strongest candidate in this election and are hoping that as Liz Smith has an address in Llantrisant that she will appear more local than me,” he said. “The reality is that both my opponents have moved into the town from other localities.
Liz Smith moved from Surrey and Louisa Mills is from Carmarthen, and both need to realise that having an address in Llantrisant does not make them more local than me, as I have a strong family history and passion for the town that they cannot match.
I have stood in nearly a dozen elections, including for the UK Parliament, and standing in my family home town of Llantrisant is my proudest.

The election to the ward of Llantrisant Town on Llantrisant Community Council is taking place on Thursday 10 March 2016.

Llantrisant Freeman supports war memorial campaign

ART ACTION: Jonathan Bishop restored the underpass in Treforest as part of the Emotivate Project. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.
ART ACTION: Jonathan Bishop restored the underpass in Treforest as part of the Emotivate Project. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

A Freeman of Llantrisant has given his support to calls for a dedicated war memorial in the town.

Freeman Jonathan Bishop was instrumental in the campaign to install a war memorial in Pontypridd, when as the town councillor for Treforest he seconded fellow councillor Colin Gregory’s motion for the plans, including getting a commitment for it to be part funded by public subscription.

Jonathan Bishop is the brains behind the Emotivate Project, which is seeking to install a mural at the Woodland Walk underpass in Efail Isaf, based on young people’s ideas of war and peace.

Freeman Bishop says that in addition, he wants a war memorial to go beyond military personnel. “Many people in South Wales died during the Second World War from working underground in the mines, as well as in the munitions factories,” he said. “My grandfather was the Freeman of Llantrisant who founded the Llantrisant Workingmen’s Club and I would not be here today had he not met my grandmother who was working in the same munitions factory after he finished his duties as a Gunner in the Battle of the Atlantic.”

REMEMBERING HEROS: Freeman Jonathan Bishop supports war memorials for both the traditional armies and those that worked on the land and in the mines. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited
REMEMBERING HEROS: Freeman Jonathan Bishop supports war memorials for both the traditional armies and those that worked on the land and in the mines. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited

Freeman Bishop says it was not just his Llantrisant grandfather who was part of the World War II campaign. “My other grandfather was a miner, who along with other miners were essential the fueling the war effort,” he said. “I therefore fully support the call for a lasting war memorial on the castle green in Llantrisant, and would like a commitment for all those who died during conscription, whether on or under the land, to be recognised also.

Education researcher to stand for Assembly

E-learning researcher and experienced local councillor, Jonathan Bishop, has announced he will be seeking candidature for the South Wales Central region for the Welsh Assembly elections in 2016 as an Independent.

Councillor Bishop, who is currently the parish councillor for Lower Cam, in Gloucestershire, says his focus will be on seeking to improve the education system in the region.

Councillor Bishop has served as a school governor in Treforest, near Pontypridd, and says there is serious need for improvement in the education system. “I saw at Parc Lewis Primary a total lack of humanity,” he said. “Governors were concerned more about the school’s results than the students with special educational needs they were supposed to be helping.
“These students have now been moved on, and despite resigning from the school I’m still prepared to speak up for them and others with specific learning needs in the locality.”

Experienced councillor and education researcher, Jonathan Bishop, is seeking to be nominated for the Welsh Assmebly elections. Courtesy: Steve Powderhill Photography
EDUCATION RESEARCHER: Experienced councillor and education researcher, Jonathan Bishop, is seeking to be nominated for the Welsh Assembly elections. Courtesy: Steve Powderhill Photography.

Councillor Bishop says that having attended many of the higher education institutions in the region, amassing a total of 4 degrees, a lot needs to change. “Universities in the South Wales Central region are asset rich, but in many cases service poor,” he said. “We need to split the estates management from the service provision, so that students are able to choose universities on the basis of what is best for them in the same way they can choose their telecoms provider and use the same phone lines.

Councillor Bishop’s has served on two local councils in South Wales over a total of 5 years, and regularly publishes research on education topics. The co-founder of Swansea-based Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems (Wales) Limited, his research chapter on universities in Wales, ‘The need for separating university management and administration from service delivery: Reviewing disability policy at four HEIs in Wales,’ is to be published by IGI Global in the Handbook of Research on Organisational Justice and Culture in Higher Education Institutions in March 2016, at the height of the Welsh general election.

Cam councillors co-opt Jonathan Bishop

Cam Parish Council has co-opted Jonathan Bishop to be the councillor for Lower Cam.

Jonathan Bishop, who has previously served on town and community councils in Wales, was co-opted to the council by a unanimous vote of councillors.

Councillor Bishop was first co-opted to Llantwit Fardre Community Council at the age of 23, and now the age of only 35 he has served on all three forms of local council in England & Wales.

Speaking after the meeting, Cam Parish Council Chairman, Brian Whitley, welcomed Councillor Bishop to the council. “Jonathan, thank you for joining Cam Parish Council,” he said. “We hope you have a pleasant time with us.

Chair of Cam Parish Council, Brian Whatling, welcomes Jonathan Bishop as the Councillor for Lower Cam. Courtesy
COUNCILMEN: Chair of Cam Parish Council, Brian Whatling, welcomes Jonathan Bishop as the Councillor for Lower Cam. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Some of questioned Councillor Bishop’s involvement in Cam when his home and businesses are in Wales. “I am joining the council as I hope I can make a difference by convincing other councillors to eTwin Cam with my home village of Efail Isaf,” he said. “Through the Emotivate Project I co-founded, young people from both communities who would not otherwise meet can collaborate over the Internet to make lasting change through jointly creating a silhouette mural to be displayed in Efail Isaf, reflecting how both communities see the area.

Councillor Bishop’s Emotivate Project was first run when he was town councillor for Treforest, and was recognised among the most innovative environment projects at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Love Where You Live Awards in 2014. More information on the project can be found at: http://www.emotivate.org.uk.

Otley Arms refuses to serve bisexual student

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OTLEY HARMS: Police record Otley Arms landlord, Mathew Otley, as having been part of a “hate incident.” Courtesy: Obtained under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence from Matthew Black.

A bisexual student, allegedly assaulted at Treforest public house, has been told he is not welcome by its new management, even though the person that attacked him is known to be a patron there.

The student was attacked at the Otley Arms in Treforest by former boxing trainer, Ken Tosa, in February 2014, in what was believed to be a hate crime arising out of the student’s sexual orientation.

When the man tried to get service at the Otley Arms on Monday this week he was told by the new manager, Mathew Otley, “You are not welcome here.”

South Wales Police are treating the fact that new landlord, Mathew Otley, refused to serve the student as a “hate incident” on the basis it was perceived as being victimisation because of the earlier incident of homophobia against the student. The Otley Arms has still not apologised to the student, and continue to add insult to injury by allowing Ken Tosa to continue to attend.