Rhondda Tunnel

Rhondda Tunnel Society is a Registered Charity in England and Wales. Charity Registration Number: 1162646
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Society

Coast to Coast Charity Cycle

In May 2016, RTS member Billy Williams cycled from north to south Wales - a distance of over 200 miles.

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Arnhem

Parachute Drop


A society member parachuted into Arnhem as part of the WWII commemorations, donating proceeds to the society

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60–mile
Rhondda Cycle Ride

On 27th September 2015, RTS member Billy Williams participated in the Valleys Velo, raising awareness and funds for the Rhondda Tunnel Society.

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Society Events

Rhondda Tunnel Society Ent’s & Events


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Previous Events…


Saturday, 29th October 2016


Monster Bash


Halloween Disco at the Pentre Legion











Thursday, 13th October 2016

Brass & Voices



Gala Concert at the Park & Dare, Treorchy

Featuring -

Pendyrus Male Choir,

Lewis Merthyr Band,

Treorchy School Choir,

Cor YGG Ynyswen,

Soloists & more


Compére: Beverley Humphries




Saturday, 1st October 2016


Decade Dance


60’s, 70’s, 80’s Disco at the Pentre Legion










Friday, 6th May 2016

Bavarian Night


An excellent night was held at the Pentre Legion, with the Alpine Stompers Bavarian Band.


Thursday, 10th March 2016

Quiz Night

A regular event on our programme of events.


Saturday, 27th February 2016

Magic of Motown


Another successful fundraising event featured the unmistakable sounds of Motown.


Greats such as Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross,

Lionel Richie and more…





Friday, 26th February 2016

Bat Survey, pt 2


A second visit to determine the presence of bats was undertaken.
Monitoring equipment was left in situ to record any activity.


Saturday, 23rd January 2016

Back to the 60’s

At the Pentre Legion


Having visited the 70’s and 80’s, our latest time-travel journey took you back to the Swinging 60’s.


Yet another successful and enjoyable evening.







Wednesday, 20th January 2016

Bat survey


The first of the ecology surveys was undertaken with the valued assistance of Mines Rescue Service.

A team of ecologists entered the tunnel via the frost covered inspection shaft at Blaencwm and walked the length of the tunnel looking for evidence of bat roosts and activity.

A monitor was left in place and will be examined to see if any species of bats are using the tunnel.

A further study will be undertaken later in the year during the migration season.



Thursday, 17th December 2015

Fantastic Medium

An evening with the fantastic medium Lyndsey Shankland at the Pentre Legion.












Thursday, 10th December 2015

Rhondda Tunnel Society Quiz Night

The first of our quiz nights.











Saturday, 14th November 2015

Back to the 80’s

Following hot on the heels of the highly successful 70’s evening at the Pentre Legion, we time-travelled forward a decade to the 1980’s.

Another successful packed-out event. With many arriving in fancy dress!








Thursday, 22nd October 2015

Rhondda Tunnel Society Seminar


A workshop with members of various potential partners / stakeholders took place at Afan Forest Park Visitors Centre.

Committee members of the society held group discussions with important figures including Assembly Members, Councillors, Civil Servants and representatives of bodies including National Resources Wales, Sustrans and others.





Monday 19th October 2015

Edwina Hart, AM made a visit to Blaencwm and the site of the Rhondda Tunnel portal, meeting with members of the Rhondda Tunnel Society.








Friday, 2nd October 2015

70’s Night - Disco & Quiz at the Pentre Legion, Pentre

A hugely popular and successful evening of entertainment transporting everyone back in time to the days of disco and denim.

A 70’s themed quiz started the evening rolling, followed by a charity fundraising interlude when £150 was raised for a local Childrens Diabetes charity.

Despite fancy dress being an optional requirement, almost everyone made the effort with a varying array of costumes dug out from the depths of their wardrobes!

One of the many highlights of the evening was an impromptu sing-a-long to those classic 70s TV commercials played on the big screen.



Wednesday, September 16th 2015

The Rhondda Tunnel Society attended a meeting of the Cardiff and District Rhondda Society to give a presentation. Their members were extremely interested in our Tunnel Vision and the advantages the project has to offer.



Sunday, 23rd August 2015

The Rhondda Tunnel Society exhibited at the Model Railway Exhibition at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. A lot of interest was shown in the tunnel, and we were grateful for the opportunity to attend an event further afield. The Rhondda Tunnel diorama sat proudly on display at the event.



Saturday, 15th August 2015

The Rhondda Tunnel Society made the most of the opportunity to attend the popular Steam & Fun Day event at the South Wales Miners Museum at the Afan Forest Park. A lot of positive feedback from visitors and new members joined on the day.



Friday, 31st July 2015

Expressing a keen interest in the Rhondda Tunnel and other community led projects, actor Michael Sheen, OBE, made a visit to the sites of both tunnel portals today. Firstly stopping for an introductory presentation at the White Dragon, Treorchy, he travelled on to Blaencwm to view the location of the buried portal. Following a quick cup of coffee and a chat at the Hendrewen, he was escorted to Blaengwynfi for a delicious light lunch at the Tunnel Hotel and shown the site of the landscaped Blaengwynfi portal.

We are extremely grateful for Michael Sheen to fit us into his tight schedule, and for the opportunity to speak with us.

Thanks to the White Dragon Inn, Hendrewen and Tunnel Hotels for their hospitality.



Wednesday, 29th July 2015

Committee members had a positive meeting with Gwyn Smith of Sustrans Cymru. Sustrans appear as keen as the Rhondda Tunnel Society members to re-open the disused Rhondda Tunnel, and will do all they can to assist us in achieving our vision. The Rhondda Tunnel will be instrumental in linking the National Cycle Network - Route 882 with the popular Afan Forest Park and beyond.



Saturday, 25th July 2015

Rhondda Tunnel Society were present at a well attended Emergency Services Fun Day at Ystradfechan Park, Treorchy. With funds being raised for Ysgol Hen Felin.

Quite a lot of interest was shown in the Rhondda Tunnel Society's vision, and a number of new members joined the society.



Friday, 12th June 2015

Logo competition winner, Levi Corbett of Cwmparc Primary School was presented with his chosen bicycle by Phil Jones of Rhondda Cycle Centre and Stephen Mackey, Chairman of the Rhondda Tunnel Society.



Saturday, 16th May 2015

Unveiling the Stone

A well-attended ceremony revealed to the public the refaced Blaencwm portal stone at Treherbert Station.

The Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Cllr John Watts unveiled the stone and, along with other prominent guests, including Chris Bryant MP, Bethan Jenkins & Leighton Andrews AMs, and Treherbert Councillor Geraint Davies, gave supporting speeches.

The crowds were entertained with a medley of songs from Penyrenglyn School Choir, and music from a brass quintet led by Craig Roberts.

Thanks to all who contributed to making the ceremony such a success.



Friday, 8th May 2015

Gwynfi consultation session

Opportunity for Blaengwynfi/ Abergwynfi residents who had queries about reopening the Rhondda Tunnel to talk to someone and if necessary register any concerns.



Monday, 27th April 2015

Meeting the Minister

Executive committee members had a highly productive meeting with Edwina Hart, AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, also in attendance were Leighton Andrews & David Rees, AMs.

The Minister took great interest in the project, arranging for a feasibility study to be undertaken.



Friday, 24th April 2015

Hits from the Musicals

A successful 'Hits from the Musicals' show was held at the Phoenix Community Theatre, Ton Pentre.

Amazing musical and vocal talent on stage, performing to an audience of supporters of the Tunnel Vision - including many local politicians, councillors and business representatives alongside the general public.



Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st April 2015

Upper Rhondda Community Engagement

Community surgeries in Blaencwm and Blaenrhondda were held to answer any queries local residents may have about the Rhondda Tunnel.



Wednesday 15th - Friday 17th April 2015

Safety Inspection

Initial safety inspection of the Rhondda Tunnel by Hammond ECS, with the crucial Rescue Cover support of The Mines Rescue Service Ltd.



Monday, 13th April 2015

Once again, the Tunnel Hotel, Blaengwynfi was filled with members and supporters of the Rhondda Tunnel to receive updates of the Society's progress.

Eifion Weinzweig, co-owner of the We Are Wales Pro-Cycling team gave an interesting talk and showed his support for the Rhondda Tunnel Society's vision.



Monday, 6th April 2015

Society members met with Plaid Cymru's Bethan Jenkins AM and Duncan Higgitt (candidate for Aberavon constituency) at the site of the buried portal of the Blaengwynfi end of the Rhondda Tunnel.

Refreshments were provided at the Tunnel Hotel.



Saturday, 4th April 2015

Society members met with Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood AM, Jill Evans MEP, Bethan Jenkins AM and Cllr Shelley Rees-Owen (candidate for Rhondda constituency) at the site of the Blaencwm entrance to the Rhondda Tunnel.

Refreshments were once again provided by the Hendrewen Hotel where promotional videos showing the tunnel vision and a slide-show of tunnel images were played to guests.



Friday, 13th March 2015

A group of society members met with Leighton Andrews, Assembly Member for the Rhondda, at the site of the Blaencwm entrance to discuss the campaign to re-open The Rhondda Tunnel.

Leighton Andrews announced at The Hendrewen Hotel that he and core members of the group would be meeting with Welsh Assembly Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, to discuss furthering the tunnel project.



Monday, 23rd February 2015

Andrew RT Davies, AM along with Lyn Hudson, Rhondda Conservative PPC, had a productive meeting in Treorchy with executive members of the Rhondda Tunnel Society.



Wednesday, 11th February 2015

The Rhondda Tunnel Society's vision was the subject of the short debate in the Senedd presented by Bethan Jenkins, AM.

Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport showed a positive interest in the Rhondda Tunnel Society's vision.