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elcome to the June edition It’s almost the middle of the year believe it or not. Isn’t it great to see the sun and get out into the garden? This is my second favourite time of the year – my first favourite has already passed – that’s when the daffs stick their heads out and I know summer’s on its way. We’ve got some good news and some bad news First the bad news – we’ve decided to scrap our monthly prize draw for a £25 gift voucher (for a little while anyway) – NOW THE GOOD NEWS – We’re introducing a brand new prize draw, with a prize worth over £150-00 to the winner. To celebrate the arrival of summer, one of our own advertisers: “Pool Dude Hot Tub Hire” has donated two days of sheer bliss in one of their portable luxury tubs to one lucky Tawe Talk reader. The prize is worth over £150 and entry is free. The prize includes a full two day hire including delivery and set up anywhere within the Tawe Talk coverage area - See page 42 for details. Remember – you have to be in it, to win it! I would like to say “thank you” to Pool Dude for his generous donation. If you contact advertisers in the magazine, please mention the “Tawe Talk Advertiser.” As a local business feedback to our advertisers is important to us.

Until Next Time………. Angela

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Volunteering Your Help Could Make A Difference!

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K Volunteers week takes place between 1-7 June. It celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. The week plays a huge part in raising the profile of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, while inspiring others to volunteer too. Organisations hold events and activities to highlight their volunteers and the volunteering that they do. Every year, over 20 million people in the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week. It has been estimated that the economic value of this activity is worth in excess of £40 billion to our economy. Volunteering can take on many forms. Most of us will be familiar with people shaking tins on the High Street and those working in charity shops, but there are many more types of voluntary roles including:- room guides at National Trust properties, some lock keepers, conservation workers, Guide and Scout leaders, advice workers, voluntary bread makers at a heritage mill, counsellors answering telephone calls, those carrying out administrative work for charities, animal fosterers, and those who help organise and marshal at sports events. Whatever skills and availability you have, you could voluntarily contribute in some form to the myriad of charitable and not for profit organisations that exist in the UK. These cover all manner of causes and all areas of life. Volunteering could be a regular weekly commitment for a set period of time, a one off ‘few hours’, or an annual commitment at an event. Many people volunteer because they want to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Volunteering can also be a great way to gain new friendships. Most find volunteering challenging, but rewarding.

Many employees and educational establishments look favourably on voluntary work too, so you can be helping yourself as well as assisting others when you volunteer. Some enlightened employers also give staff ‘time off’ to take part in approved voluntary activities. To find out how to get involved, contact your local associations, preferred charity or not for profit organisation, or go to the Volunteering Wales website at: http://www.volunteering-wales.net/


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Making A Will Making a will is something that many people tend to avoid, on the basis that it is ‘morbid’, ‘not needed yet’ and a myriad of other reasons. Well, whilst the thought of what happens after our death is perhaps scary or uncomfortable, the reality is that at some point it IS going to happen! So why not bite the bullet and get it done, out of the way and make a resolve to review it at regular milestones so that should the worst happen unduly early at least you know your loved ones have provisions made for them, big or small. Writing a will ensures that it is YOU who makes the decisions over your property and possessions after your death. It’s a good idea to get help when writing your will Make sure you are over 18 years old; writing it voluntarily and you are of sound mind; signed by yourself in the presence of two witnesses and also signed by those witnesses too. Of course you also need to make sure it is held in a safe place accessible after your death. There are many companies available who can assist with this, or a family solicitor can also store your documents. Make sure that you make statements about who you want to benefit from your will; who should look after any children under 18 years of age; who you wish to act on your behalf to carry out the wishes laid out in your will and what happens if the people who you want to benefit die before you do. It’s a great box ticker so don’t delay - get your will done and then forget it and enjoy life!


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AUTO BIOGRAPHIES FIAT 500L Trekking 1.6 Multijet By Tim Barnes-Clay www.carwriteups.co.uk twitter@carwriteups

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he Fiat 500L Trekking combines a fashionable look with special grip gadgetry called Traction+, which helps the car handle difficult and dicey surfaces.

wheels which were fitted with mud and snow tyres.To emphasise its outdoor disposition, the Fiat also has specific front and rear bumpers, a skid-plate and fog lights which help give it a rugged look.

Under conditions of low or zero traction, the system detects slip, making it easy to maintain directional stability and control. The car is slow and cumbersome to begin with, but the technology certainly inspires confidence during bad driving conditions.

If you’re concerned about the wellbeing of you and your passengers then the Fiat will certainly tick your box. It’s one of the safest motors on the road today, as demonstrated by its prestigious Euro NCAP 5-star rating.fact the 500L Trekking is the first car in the Fiat range to provide The fresh model offers the same functional and City Brake Control as standard. This system is depractical qualities of the standard Fiat 500L, but signed to reduce the effects of low-speed collihas a more upright look. This is because the Ital- sion in traffic.’s clever stuff. ian automaker has raised the car’s suspension to enable it to drive over rough ground more effec- Overall, the big Fiat is a robust motor and will appeal to style conscious families who need the tively. space for five people combined with functionaliFeatures on the 500L includes a touchscreen ra- ty and practicality. Just don’t expect awesome dio with Bluetooth, six airbags, ESC (Electronic acceleration and certainly allow yourself lots of Stability Control), cruise control, leather gear- time to overtake. With a 0-62mph pace of 12 knob and steering wheel, dual zone climate con- seconds, life can get a little frustrating behind trol, side mouldings, parking sensors, electric the sluggish, albeit inoffensive wheel of the Fiat windows, automatic lights with rain sensors, 500L 1.6 MultiJet 105hp Trekking. front fog lights and rear armrest. The Fiat also has high-tech fabric seat upholstery with eco-leather inserts. To be honest, all that the 500LTrekking lacks is a built in sat-nav. Other than that, my flagship test model came loaded with kit including 17” alloy

FAST FACTS Max speed: 109mph 0-62 mph: 12.0 secs

PROS ‘N’ CONS

Grippyv Safev Stylishv No built in sat-navX SlowX

Combined mpg: 60.1 Engine: 1598cc 4 cylinder 16 valve diesel Max. power (bhp): 105 at 3750 rpm Max. torque (Ib/ft): 236 at 1750 rpm CO2: 122 g/km


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Glitz Bitz ‘n’ Bags has moved to…….. No. 1 Commercial Street, Ystradgynlais. SA9 1HD

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wner Michelle arrived in Ystradgynlais 2 years ago and started her accessories business in Temperance Lane. Later on moving to No. 5 Commercial St, where the business went from strength to strength. Michelle has now moved into bigger and better premises at No 1 Commercial St, offering customers more space to move around and browse at their leisure. Michelle said “I was a bit nervous when I first started, but everyone has been so friendly. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my customers for their support over the last 2 years as without your support the business would not be the success it has grown into today, thank you”.

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ccessorize with Style - Glitz Bitz ‘n’ Bags offers you the accessories that you need to complete the perfect picture for every single occasion, from cocktails and dinners to birthdays, weddings, official engagements etc. Glitz Bitz ‘n’ Bags can help you highlight your real beauty with jewellery, scarfs, fascinators, clutch bags, handbags and much more, giving you sparkle, glamour & glitz to make you feel and look good.


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YOUR MONTHLY HOROSCOPES

HOROSCOPES For June by Astrologer - Christine Chalklin ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

March 21st - April 20th

April 21st - May 21st

May 22nd - June 21st

With Venus in a pivotal part of your chart this month, pampering is high in the agenda. You’ll may have a yearning for luxury and indulgence and there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy whatever comes your way. The desire to spend will be strong so you may need to guard against impulse buying.

With the love planet Venus in your sign until the 24th you should feel at your most magnetic during June - the powers of attraction are definitely on your side! The communicative Gemini Sun brings your confidence to an all-time high, romance and new friendships may turn out to be especially fulfilling.

The radiant Sun is in your sign, bringing joy and abundance to many areas of your life. It’s a time for big ideas and new inspiration for all round success. Try to get your plans underway before the 7th when your ruler Mercury goes into the retrograde phase. Relationships are favoured after the full moon on the 13th.

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

June 22nd - July 23rd

July 24th - August 23rd

August 24th - September 23rd

June is a strong month for making connections, particularly professional ones. Your goals and ambitions are stimulated and energised by motivational Mars in Libra. Determination is in full swing, giving you the drive and enthusiasm to accomplish anything you set your

Your money and your assets are in the spotlight this month as Mars moves forward in the financial sector of your chart. Try to finish any reviews and decision making before Mercury, your ruling planet goes retrograde on the 7th. Domestic issues come to the forefront after the full moon on the 13th.

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Venus is in a pivotal part of your chart this month, ensuring that your social calendar is busier than ever. Group activities, networking and having fun with friends and relatives are all high on your agenda. The new moon in your sign on 27th brings a sense of a new beginning.

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LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

September 24th - October 23rd

October 24th - November 22nd

November 23rd - December 21st

Motivational Mars is now gaining in forward motion in your sign. This shines the light on your partnerships and relationships so that feelings and emotions intensify. You may find you’ll need to tread carefully, especially around the time of the Sagittarian full moon on the 13th.

A spectacular aspect between Saturn in your sign and Abundant Jupiter in Cancer sets the month off to a good start. You are steady, insightful and intensely focussed so this is a really good time for any problem solving whether on an emotional or on a practical level.

Making progress with a career project may have been rather challenging lately. With Mars in Libra now moving forward you can bring about a positive breakthrough with the help of trusted friends or colleagues. The full moon in your sign on the 13th brings an unexpected opportunity.

CAPRICORN December 22nd - January 20th

AQUARIUS

PISCES

January 21st - February 19th

February 20th - March 20th

Love, creativity and fun are top priorities for Capricorns during this month as Venus, the love planet moves to a pivotal position. Slow-moving Pluto in your sign asks you to be very honest with yourself about your needs and feelings. The Cancer new moon on the 27th brings some clarity.

Domestic matters are in the spotlight for Aquarians this month. Venus in Taurus gives you a sense of opulence and luxury bringing lots of creative ideas for home improvement. The Sun in Gemini puts fun and games on to the agenda so home entertaining should also figure strongly.

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Communication and creative self-expression are top of the agenda for Pisceans during June. Venus lights up a pivotal position in your chart, bringing a strong urge to reach out to others in new and innovative ways. The full moon energy on the 13th brings professional opportunities your way.

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HOROSCOPE For June by Astrologer - Christine Chalklin

The Cosmos in June Although international tension may be easing off this month there are still some volatile events that cause concern. Fortunately the Sun in Gemini brings hope for much better communication and global discussions. Positive dialogue is also helped along by energetic Mars now gathering speed in Libra, the sign of harmony and balance. Mercury goes into retrograde motion on the 7th, as usual my advice is to take care with travel plans and all things to do with communications. Venus, the planet of love and romance, is in her own sign of Taurus until the 24th. This is a time of enjoyment and sensuous pleasure, make the most of the abundance of nature as the evenings get longer right up to the longest day on the Summer Solstice, this year on the 21st of June.


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PIZZA TURNOVERS Ideal for a lunchbox filler, picnic or afternoon snack, this twist on a traditional pizza turns this dish into something that resembles a blend of a Cornish pasty and savoury pastry. Serve with a crisp green salad for a larger meal.

Equipment: Flat tray, covered with baking parchment Ingredients :

Method: Preheat the oven to 180°c or gas mark 3-4.

500g packet ready roll puff pastry 1 egg 1 onion 400g tub passata ½ green pepper 2 tablespoons cooking oil 2 tablespoons tomato puree Pepper and salt Teaspoon oregano 5 thinly sliced mushrooms 4 slices of ham chopped 250g Grated Mozzarella cheese

To make the pizza sauce, chop the onion and pepper finely and put in a pan with the oil on a medium heat. When the onion is soft add the passata and the tomato puree, stir in well, add the oregano and salt and pepper and leave to simmer for 5 minutes. When cooked take off the stove and leave to cool. Take the puff pastry and roll onto a floured surface about 3-4 mm thick. Cut into 12 equal squares. Beat the egg in a cup and brush the squares. Spoon the tomato sauce diagonally along each square, place on the sliced mushrooms and the chopped ham. Place a handful of mozzarella cheese on each square and in the opposite corners and squeeze them to seal in the filling. Place on a baking sheet. Brush the outside with egg and bake on the middle shelf in the oven until pastry is golden brown and cooked underneath.


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LOCAL NEWS

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andra Jenkins the Hospitality Manager at Cwrt Enfys Care Home Ystradgynlais along with the staff would like to say “thank you” for a recent donation of £2000 from one of the patients’ family members. Sandra said “the purpose of the donation was to enable us to purchase a juke box for the dementia unit; this is greatly appreciated and will bring endless hours of musical entertainment to our dementia community”.

A recent study carried out on patients with Dementia provides evidence that these patients respond greatly to music therapy. Music and singing helps in the management of anxiety, depression and pain. Music enhances connections to memories as music activity involves many parts of the brain, this is why it can be such an effective way to remember and learn. Music can be used in so many ways and for so many purposes in Dementia therapy.


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Pearsons Home Improvements open new premises

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earsons is a small, local family run business boasting over 12 years experience in the home improvements industry. Specialising in windows and doors, but also offering a wide range of other building and maintenance services, their new premises are conveniently situated on the border of Ystradgynlais and Ystalyfera at number 3, Capital Buildings, Gurnos Rd(opposite Lewis Bros Garage). All window and door installations come with a 10 year insurance backed guarantee and are certified through the scheme. Owner Chris says “The new premises will allow people to come in and take a look at the products on offer; they can browse and have a chat with our friendly staff - We don’t have pushy salesmen, we offer free and friendly advice.� If you need advice on your next home improvement then why not pay them a visit and see what they have to offer.


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HOT TUB PARTIES If you’re looking for something a little different, why not hire a Portable Hot Tub for your next party or family gathering. This is a great alternative to hiring a limo or a night in the pub. Hot tub parties are ideal for any occasion and go a treat with a barbeque or garden party. All that you need is a couple of metres of flat level ground, free from stones (a patio or lawn is ideal) and reasonable access to water and electricity supplies (within about 20 metres or so). Relaxing in a Hot Tub is a great, fun way to spend an evening with friends and family and the health benefits have long been touted. Delivery, Set-up and water balance are all done for you, so all you need to do is get in, relax, and let 80 turbo jets massage away those aches and pains. UNIQUE HOT FILL PROCESS Hire your tub from “Pool Dude Hot Tubs” and your tub will be filled hot, using their own specialised Hot Fill technique. Pool Dude says: “Most hire companies fill the tub cold which means that your tub will only be warm enough to use the next day; not only does this add significantly to your electric bill but you also lose a day’s hire waiting for the tub to heat up. With our special hot fill process the water is delivered to the tub between 30 and 35oc. This drastically cuts running costs to around £2 per day and more importantly your tub is ready to use within a couple of hours of setting up.” COST A full 2 day hire costs just £150 which includes all chemicals and free hot fill. Pool Dude Hot Tubs can comfortably accommodate 6 to 8 adults and come with full operating instructions.


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Expand Your Horizons Summer, sunshine and strawberries, June is a truly wonderful month! In this time of plentiful growth we take a look at making the most of your waste clippings by turning them into lovely rich compost to use next year, and also how to make the most of every inch of your space. Every year it amazes me how the plants respond so dramatically to the arrival of the warm weather. Anything sown or planted out in May seems to positively leap out of the ground and shoot skywards, in many cases quickly catching up with earlier sowings! Of course the lawn is no exception and if you don’t already have a composting system in place then why not set one up now and make use of some of those endless grass clippings? Ideally you want to have two (or even three) compost bins so that when one is ready to use for the garden you have another filling up and rotting down. You can buy allsorts of nifty looking, ready made, compost bins - some even have clever devices that make it easy to turn the whole bin to help the waste break down - but you don’t need anything fancy. You can just start a compost heap in an out of the way corner, enclosing it with old pallets, or wire mesh wrapped around four stakes if you want to keep it looking a little neater. So what should you compost? Well any dead organic matter will decompose naturally but you should aim for a good mix of ‘green’ and ‘brown’ ingredients. Lawn trimmings, veg leaves and peelings provide the green element and you should add a reasonable balance of brown items such as shredded paper, straw, eggshells and even the contents of your vacuum cleaner bag. Turning the heap occasionally will accelerate the breakdown and covering with an old carpet when it is full will also help. Leave for several months and you should have some great compost! June is also the time of year when it is easy to start to run out of space on your plot. Everything puts on amazing growth spurts and you are suddenly left wondering where you are going to plant out those tomatoes that you’ve been nurturing in the greenhouse, or finding you’ve no room for the cabbages that you’d like to be eating later in the year.

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Time to expand your horizons and make full use of containers and of your borders. Look at the different varieties of lettuce and salad crops - many of these, along with cabbages, can add a splash of decorative, coloured foliage to your borders (and be eaten too!!!). Grow bags are wonderful for crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. They’ll be happy in a sunny spot on your patio but do remember to water and feed regularly. Larger pots can house courgettes and pumpkins, with the exotic looking flowers adding a bright splash of colour. Even hanging baskets can get in on the grow your own act! Look for suitable strawberries or tomatoes and you could be treated to a bumper crop of luscious fruit tumbling down from above.

JOBS FOR JUNE: Take off the side shoots from tomato plants to avoid them becoming too bushy and overburdened with fruit. Water regularly. Garlic that was planted in the Autumn should be maturing now. Lift when the leaves start to shrivel and leave to dry in a warm spot. Keep planting - the moist soil, higher temperatures and long days are ideal growing conditions. French beans, courgettes and salad crops can all be sown now. Watch out for pests! Think about protecting brassicas before caterpillars start to become a problem. Copy Deadlines are the 10th of each month th


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ROSE Of course everyone knows a rose when they see one. But of course there are many, many varieties each with differing scents, colours and sizes to choose from. English Roses are generally a healthy, reliable and easy to grow option which forms fabulous shrubs in the garden - great in larger beds or for a path edging. Roses also climb and trail which makes them a lovely choice for a pergola or bare fence. Be careful of the prickles though which exhibit as a sickle shaped hook on all the species (only a few have no points). Roses are also used for their scent in perfumes but nothing beats a freshly cut bunch of blooms in a clear vase of water.


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The idea of what constitutes a good summer varies greatly according to one’s interests, and the average child or beach lover is happy with bright sun every day but gardeners and farmers crave a bit of moderation. Perfection might be sunshine all day and rain at night but that rarely happens so we usually have to spend some time rescuing our water starved plants at some point through the summer. It is better to water heavily, soaking the soil occasionally rather than giving a light shower which will just encourage the roots to the surface and the water will never get down to where it is needed. Concentrate on salad crops to keep lettuce and radish etc. crisp and don’t worry so much about crops and plants with deeper roots. If you can catch rainwater in a water butt or large containers, that’s all to the good but don’t be afraid to use washingup water (we haven’t all got dish washers) and bath

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water if it’s not too contaminated by bubble bath and suchlike. Don’t worry about the lawn - grass really is as tough as old boots and although it might look like the Gobi desert, it will all come back to life after a decent drop of rain. If the theories about global warming and warmer summers are to be believed, perhaps we should consider growing more plants that are happier in drier, more Mediterranean conditions rather than our traditional cottage garden varieties. Many grey or silver- leaved plants are a good example. Think about lavenders, rosemary, cistus, many ornamental grasses, bamboo and herbs

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Get The Study Habit


KIDS CORNER

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KIDS RECIPE CORNER

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Fruity Strawberry Lollies

Syrup and Fruit Cookies

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June 2014 edition