Village Newsletter



Village Newsletter
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Craig & Penllyn Residents’ Association
Autumn/Winter 2015
Barn Dance
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Dog Show
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Hay Rake
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And much much more
Dates for your Diary
Children’s Xmas Party
6th December
Xmas Get-together
12th December
Xmas Lights Competition
18th December
St David’s Day Celebration
27th February
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Craig & Penllyn
We’re on the Web!
Editor's Note
As I mentioned in the last issue, this one is a joint
Autumn/Winter issue as I did not have enough
copy for the usual 2.
I am very grateful for all the photos I
received this time. We appear to have had a lot of
fun during the second half of 2015. Please keep
them coming in from the Christmas celebrations
Please remember that you can see this
Newsletters, and past issues, in full colour on the
website—check it out!
Please let me have articles, comments,
congratulations etc. for the next issue of the
Newsletter by
February 28th 2016
Editor: Val T. Caple, Milestone, Penllyn, Cowbridge, CF71 7RQ
Tel: 01446 775794,
Email: [email protected]
I would like to thank our sponsors:
Bridgework Ltd.,
Cowbridge Compost,
The Red Fox,
Russell Heath Accountants
without whom this issue of the Newsletter would not have been
I would also like to thank the Vale Council for Voluntary Services for
advice, and for printing the Newsletter.
Wanted—Sponsors for the Village Newsletter and Website
We have been very lucky to have the support of local businesses over the
years who have given us financial help with the printing. If you can help, please
contact Jonathan Case, the Residents Association Treasurer, on 01446 776462
Community Council Website:
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Chairman’s Message
Hallo everybody.
May I take this opportunity to welcome all the new residents, who moved into
the community in recent months, as there has been a fair amount of movement on
the property market? You have chosen a fantastic community with lots of
opportunities to get involved.
Village life has been very busy this autumn.
There was the barn dance in September, a very enjoyable family event raising
vital funds for the up keep of the village facilities.
In October the annual hay rake of the parish field took place with a large
number of volunteers.
The recent re opening of the Barley Mow makes us a community spoilt for
choices for local nights out.
On Sunday 6th December there will the annual children’s Christmas party in
the village hall.
On Friday 18th December the judging of the Christmas lights will take place.
Next year there will a St David’s day concert in the village hall with Cardiff
Male Choir.
Let me say a huge thank you to all the volunteers for making these events
and activities possible.
In 2016 the Village Committee will continue to look after the assets of our
community (Village Hall, Wells, Winchfield, Parish Field) one of the key challenges
is to upgrade the playground. New volunteers are always welcome.
The Village Committee, my family and I wish you a very peaceful Christmas
period and an excellent start into the New Year.
Best wishes, Lars Tiessen,
Chair of the Penllyn & Craig Penllyn village committee
[email protected]
Penllyn Village Hall
We would thank all the Hall users
for their forbearance over the last month
while the toilets have been refurbished.
One toilet was always available over
the work period but this may have caused
some concern for which we apologise.
We hope the improvements will help
you appreciate the Hall facilities even
In November the metal, up and over
garage door, which hasn’t been going up and over for the last year, has now been
replaced with wide, timber, side hung door. This will make it easier to access
equipment from the store.
There are regular bookings for 3 or 4 evenings during the week, but we
can fit in an early party and weekends are usually available.
For a donation residents can borrow equipment, tables and chairs, crockery
and cutlery etc. from the Hall.
Residents can borrow the Marquee (but not the six strong men required to
put it up!) It must be collected from the Penllyn Estate barn and is only available
for use in the village.
Please contact Val on 775794 or [email protected] for bookings
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Penllyn & District WI
The WI took
a break over
August, largely to
recover from our
strenuous efforts
for the
Federation Show
at the end of July.
We did well for a
very tiny WI and
the standard of
entry was as ever
extremely high.
We also marked the Centenary
Anniversary of the WI with a substantial and
gorgeous Afternoon Tea at the Ogmore Farm
Tea Rooms. Some of us even had to take away
our slices of cake to enjoy later at home!
We started our Autumn programme with a
treasure hunt quiz centred on John Street,
Porthcawl and members were defeated by a few
of the cryptic clues! We finished the evening
with a delicious fish and chip supper at Beales.
Some of the
Federation Show
Ogmore farm Tea rooms
We recently held our annual
Craft and Cake Sale and some
members have been extremely
busy and innovative in
producing items for sale. We
decided to move the sale to
November, from December, to
try to avoid a date clash with
similar sales. We anticipate
sticking to this mid-November
time in future years.
Our monthly meetings
continue to feature a
programme of speakers
Craft and Cake Sale
covering a wide range of
topics. A recent speaker was
Mr Howard Mortimor who told us about the life and works of local film star and
composer Ivor Novello, and we listened to several of the most famous songs
including “Keep the Home Fires Burning” and “We’ll Gather Lilacs”. In December,
we are looking forward to demonstration of Christmas-themed craft.
In November we hosted a Fashion Evening by John Lewis as a Link event with
Colwinston and Merthyr Mawr. All WIs form a Link with other groups and we take
turns to host events. The Fashion Evening proved so popular that we had too
many to use our Village Hall, and had to decamp to the Miners’ Welfare Hall in
Pencoed. We will also be host a Carol Service at St John’s Church in December.
Our regular meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month (except
August) at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. All ladies are very welcome – come and try
us out!
For further information contact Novello 01656 674191, or Rhiannon 775520.
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Whist Drive and Raffle
The Whist Drive and raffle is held in the Village Hall on the second Tuesday
of every month at 7.30 pm.
All the funds raised go to Penllyn Church and other charities.
Every one is welcome
Jenny Stephenson on 771065 or [email protected]
Penllyn Table Tennis Club
If you need some exercise to prepare for summer join us in Penllyn Village
Hall on a Monday nights at 8.00 pm. All levels welcome from absolute beginners to
expert. Bats provided
If you are interested in joining contact Awen or Alun Evans (772291)
Cowbridge University of the Third Age
The Cowbridge U3A use the Penllyn Village Hall for some of their meetings,
including Table Tennis, Bridge and Art.
If you are interested in joining the U3A why not attend one of their monthly
meetings - they meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the Cowbridge
Town Hall at 2.00 pm. There are a variety of speakers at the Meetings and at the
January meeting Dean Powell's talk is entitled “The Incredible Life of Dr William
Price”. In February the talk by Keith Moger is about the History of Cardiff
Hospitals, then for March it will be Getting to Grips with Card Fraud when we
welcome DC Ian Roche and DC Tyrone Peach
There are over 20 separate groups within Cowbridge U3A with a variety of
activities, which can be viewed on the website
Pat Smith.
Infant baby massage classesThese are suitable from birth until one year of ageTues/Wed - 10-11.30 am at Penllyn Village Hall. 5 weekly sessionsgrandparents also very welcome…please e mail or phone to discuss or book…
Individual sessions at home if preferred…
Relaxation sessions and instruction for parents to help children relax…see and feel free to contact me to discuss…
[email protected]/07512658177
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leftover food and green Wastes
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Telephone: 01446 772600 Fax: 01446 774825 Email: [email protected]
Unit 31a, Vale Business Park, Llandow, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7PF
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Penllyn Tennis Club News
I hope you had a good tennis summer and also took
advantage of the great autumn weather to use the Penllyn
Courts - remember for the winter that we still also have the
offer of social tennis in Cowbridge on Saturday afternoons and
Monday evenings.
As you know, since the changes to the allocation system, the number of
Wimbledon tickets the Club receives has dropped alarmingly. If you are interested
in going next year then we would urge you to enter the public ballot via the British
Tennis site. Some of you have tried to log on and found you have been locked out,
in which case we recommend ringing the helpline number to release your account
and support the entry into the ballot.
We would remind all members of PLTC that it is a condition of membership
that you become and remain a member of British Tennis (which is free). The
reason we insist is because BT provides insurance cover for members' activities at
the courts and it is obviously important that you are fully covered.
Subscriptions for 2015/2016 will be set at the AGM and will be similar to the above
See notice boards on the courts for further information re coaching, matches, etc.
To join, or rejoin, contact Peter Cole on 01446 774061
A warm welcome to:
Nav and Jody who with baby Sebastion have moved into Pentre Meyrick
Sarah and Dave Evans and family in The Old Chapel
Debbie and Robin Hatherwell in Quedgeley
We hope you, and anyone else who has slipped through my web, that all
enjoy living with us in the village
Penllyn, A Celebration of the History of a Vale of Glamorgan Community
The book, which was written and published by the Craig and Penllyn
Residents’ Association, is given free to all new residents. It is also for sale if you
would like to give a copy as a present.
Please contact Lars Tiessen [email protected]
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Neighborough Watch
Following the sad loss of Liz Madge earlier this year, Mandy Meier
has agreed to act as co-ordinator for the Graig Penllyn zone.
If you see anything suspicious taking place, please contact one
the above persons as appropriate. They can arrange for a message to
be distributed through the village via the Community Messaging system to advise
other residents to be aware of the situation. Call 999 for serious crime, e.g.:
• Crime in progress
• Violence being used
• Offender recently disturbed
• Injury road accident! road blocked.
Call 101 for the less serious incidents
Neighbourhood watch meetings take place on a regular basis. All residents
are welcome to attend. These are very informal meetings - any issues or items of
concern can be discussed.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 12 Jan at 11.0 am. At The Red Fox
Please come along — have a coffee and chat.
There have been many complaints of vehicles driving too fast through the
village. The roads are very narrow and with so many concealed drives and
entrances, there are grave dangers, particularly for children. In the coming months
in conjunction with the Neighbourhood Police, Speed cameras will be used in the
Please drive carefully!
Residents are reminded to ensure that they keep all doors and windows
locked - including sheds and outbuildings. Crime is more prevalent through the
Christmas period.
Keep your property safe!
Your Neighbourhood Watch contacts are:
Craig Penllyn
Pentre Meyrick
The VOG Coordinator
Police Community Support Officer ,
Ted Marker
Mandy Meier
Gillian Petty
Stacey Evans
Hilary O’Callaghan
Ted Marker
We would like to congratulate Adrian
& Nia on their marriage at The Manor
House, Celtic Manor Resort on Saturday 7th
November 2015 and wish them joy, love
and happiness as they begin your new life
Paul & Barbara & Jim (Smith)
Chloe Harmer from Graig Penllyn. Responsible and
competent 6th former Good with babies and likes children!
Available for babysitting References available
Val Harmer 01446 774758
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01446 772352
‘Open All Day, Every Day’
Food served :Lunch 12 – 2.30p.m. — Dinner 6.00 to 9.00p.m.
Saturday All Day — Sunday 12 – 6p.m.
2 Courses £28.95, 3 Courses £23.50. Includes cracker and coffee
Special menu for bookings and advanced orders only. Must be booked 1 week in advance
Visit our new website -
Richard, George and Fabien look forward to welcoming you xx
Proud to be part of the Community - Support your local!!
A Proper Traditional Country Pub
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Greetings from The Barley Mow
Dear Villagers
We are pleased to announce the re opening of The Gorgeous Barley Mow. It
has been a very hard two months getting it ready and there is still a great deal to
do, but we cook from fresh and our kitchen is Headed by Jonathan Lewis from The
Great House.
We have 4 real ales ,and an amazing wine list.
Little bit about the owners, Paul has been in the Hospitality Trade for the
past 35 years and a member of the British institute of Innkeepers). Sallie is an
Award Winning Film/TV Makeup/Hair Designer for the past 40 years working on
many many productions from Star wars to Jewel in the Crown so will be away filming from time to time
We are both very very pleased to be apart of the village
All Best Wishes
Sallie Adams
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St John’s Church, Penllyn. Easter News.
As the dark nights draw in, it is nice to see the progress we have made in
improving the facilities in the church for you all. The new organ, in memory of
Anthony Powell, my fellow warden, is now installed inside the casing already there.
As a church, we would like to thank all those who have to donated to Betty,
Jonathan and ourselves to raise the large amount needed to buy something that
will last a long time, and will do Anthony and Betty as a fitting memorial.
The Dog Show has become such a wonderful annual event in the community
and raises vital funds for us to help maintain our historic church, which forms a
vital part of the fabric of the villages. Thank you to all those who support us by
attending, taking part, and helping on the day. Raising funds is a necessary part of
running a church which has large heating costs , as well as funding those who
provide our pastoral support .
We now have our new Rector installed, Stephen Adams, which will mean that
Edward should now be with us more, and help guide us at taking our church
forward. We shall be looking at continuing with informal services throughout the
year and will let you know regularly via Val's email circular. These seem to be
very popular with the villages , and we will look at providing some all age services
as well as Sunday schools from the new year. If there is anything you would like to
see us provide, then please let us know.
Coming up to Christmas, we would like to urge you to drop off items for
Pontyclun food bank, toiletries and gifts for Llamau, all of which are so gratefully
received by them. It is good to think of those so much more in need than
ourselves, especially at this poignant time.
Community Room.
This is being used on a regular basis now by different groups, which we are
delighted about. T his was the purpose of converting the vestry, and lovely to see
the building being used in this way. The diary booking system is working well...if
you want to book some Time, just check the diary, and book it in. Any queries
please call us, or email. The heating dial is on the wall. Again, contact us for
details, and if you do use, then all we ask is a donation towards the heating costs.
We are hoping to get the room painted and the flooring replaced soon, and will let
you know if there will be a period where it cannot be used.
Our carol service will be at 6 pm on Christmas eve as usual, and the
Christmas day service at 9am. It is a wonderful way to start the Christmas
celebrations in this fantastic village. Please do all join us to celebrate the birth
of one little child.
Our service times remain 9.15am on 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays, with 2nd and 4th at
11am. You are welcome to any of these, and please contact either Rhiannon or
myself if you are unsure , or indeed Edward .
Your wardens are
Pam Harris. 772027, [email protected]
Rhiannon Cory 775520. [email protected]
Parish office 772302. [email protected]
Rev'd Edward Dowland-Owen. 775381 [email protected]
Llanfrynach Church
Key available at Cross Inn
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Barn Dance
Many thanks to everyone who supported
the village Barn Dance in September. It was a
great night and it was fantastic to see all ages
dancing the night away and having fun together.
A big thank you to Johnny Homfray for
allowing us to use his barn. Also a huge thank
you to Ceri Davies and his boys for helping with
the enormous job of cleaning the barn and
turning it into such a great venue.
Elaine O’Connor
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Dog Show
We were very lucky to be blessed with
good weather for this year's church dog show
which was held again in early September. There
were more lovely dogs than ever this year and
huge entries in some classes. The Dog agility
course was very busy all afternoon and there
must have been some very tired little legs that
Saturday night as some competitors tried to beat
their times and win the agility trophy.
After all that running around there was a
chance to enjoy tea and lots of delicious cakes in
the church. The dog show raised £500 for the
essential maintenance of our pretty church
which really looked its best on a sunny Saturday
afternoon, decked with bunting and filled with
people and dogs enjoying each other's company.
Sarah Fenner
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Make Hay while the Sun Shines
A crowd of 25-30 enthusiastic
volunteers turned out to help with the
annual hay rake at the Parish Field in
Despite some wet conditions in the
run-up to the event, the weather on the day
was fine, and the group cleared the whole
field by 1pm, a terrific achievement.
The Parish Field is an important habitat for
the village. It was granted SSSI (Site of
Special Scientific Interest) status in 2011
for its rare plant life, and each year
volunteers cut and remove the vegetation
to encourage the growth of plants, a key
aspect of helping the habitat retain its
protected status.
Throughout the morning there was
plenty of opportunity for people to catch up
with friends old and new, young and old.
The hay rake continues to be an important
event in the village calendar - and a great
way of maintaining connections in the
For more info, contact [email protected]
Kerrie and Dave Hughes
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Cystic Fibrosis Lunch 2015
Our annual fund raiser for Cystic Fibrosis was held at lunchtime on Sunday
13th September. We had a marvellous turnout of over 50 people and the weather
was warm enough to spread out into the garden for lunch (which always helps)!!!
The money we raise goes to the Cystic Fibrosis trust which helps people with
CF to have lives without limits and to help find therapies to eradicate its effects.
Our granddaughter Cerys is now 8 yrs old and is a testament to “living her
life unlimited”. While she still has to take huge amounts of medication, do physio
and use nebulisers, as well as spending time at hospital for ongoing tests, she
manages to attend her local school where she is determined to take part in all that
is on offer! She has joined the school choir, football team, guitar lessons, drum
club and outside school she enjoys gymnastics, swimming and brownies. This year
she has been horse riding, had her wish fulfilled to fly like Harry Potter (in a wind
tunnel) and tried her hand at surfing. We are so proud of her.
If you are interested in learning more about the effects of CF see:
It is very difficult to experience the full range of problems encountered by
people living with cystic fibrosis, like chronic shortness of breath, constant
coughing and debilitating tiredness. Also the build-up of mucus in the lungs
means that less oxygen is available, which causes problems with breathing.
By breathing through a narrow straw, you can get some sense of what it feels
like with reduced lung function during moments when breathing is a struggle.
Try this exercise: take a narrow stiff drinking straw in your mouth and seal
your lips around it. Pinch your nose or use a nose clip and breathe in and out for
30 - 60 seconds. Notice how much harder you have to work to draw breath. Now
imagine having to cope with that feeling when you are climbing the stairs, running
for a bus or, as a child, just trying to keep up with your friends while you play.
Important safety notice. Please do not make yourself feel dizzy by trying this
for too long. Also never take any form of exercise with a straw in your mouth. We
want you to feel empathy, not how it feels to swallow a straw!
As a result of our fundraising and all the amazing support of our friends and
family we were able to give the CF trust a total amount of £1,715.00. Thank you all
so much. We really appreciate all your support and contributions, and are so
grateful to have such amazing friends and family. Thank you.
Dave and Jennie Pepper
Superfast is on its way
At the Community Council meeting last Monday the Councillors had arranged
for Mr Ed Hunt of BT to explain the rollout of Super Fast Broadband in the area. Mr
Hunt is in charge of the programming and provision of the Superfast service. As
there is much concern, especially for businesses that suffer from the present slow
or non existent facility, it was thought that a presentation from BT would be most
helpful. The level of concern in the area was demonstrated by the fact that at least
40 residents attended the presentation. Mr Hunt gave a short explanation of the
problems and costs of providing an improved service and then took questions.
Mr Hunt gave details of those post codes that would start receiving the
Superfast service in June 2016. These post codes covered most of the three
villages. There were some caveats; w remote properties, such as those down
county lanes that were not currently provided with overhead telephone lines, there
would be delays. Most residents seemed very pleased with this promise as some
had received very different messages when they had contacted BT directly.
Eiryn Petty
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