Bingo players angered as free bus service cut in Rhondda

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Bingo players from the Rhondda are outraged after the announcement of plans to cut a free bus to and from Castle Bingo.

The twice-weekly return service was provided by the company for its members and took people from the top of Rhondda Fawr to the venue in Natgarw.

Members said the change was announced without any consultation and without any offering of a reduction in service for its isolated members.

A petition has been started and many local Plaid Cymru councillors have backed the campaign.

“This is a matter that could affect the social well-being of local people because, for some, this is the only night out that they get to enjoy,” said Plaid Cymru Ystrad Councillor Larraine Jones, “This decision by Castle Bingo could well increase social isolation, particularly among the elderly.”

Research has shown that bingo is among a range of activities that are the leading driver of well-being and fulfil an important social function in many communities, especially for older and retired people.

Rhondda AM Leanne Wood said: “This isn’t just about being able to play bingo – it is about getting out of the house for an evening or two a week and socialising with friends.”


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