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CA R D I F F Issue 1 Nov / Dec 2015

Harpist, Performer, Composer. Catrin Finch and all things Acapela.

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I am delighted to welcome you to Discover Cardiff which is to be distributed direct to homes throughout the villages to the North West of the capital. We would encourage you to get involved by providing future editorial content of interest for the magazine or by providing photographs of the locality for inclusion. This edition includes stories about the music venue and studio in Pentyrch — Acapela, the adventures of two locals across South East Asia and other interesting stories of local people and companies in the area. We hope that you enjoy the features and competitions within the magazine. The success of the magazine will depend on the support of both readers and advertisers alike — so please do contact us if you have any ideas for future stories or if you would like to advertise in the magazine. Dawn James Editor

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Cover Feature Catrin Finch Welsh musician

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Harpist, Performer, Composer Catrin Finch and all things Acapela


escribed as “The Queen of Harps”, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch has delighted audiences with her performances in the UK and worldwide. Inspired to learn the harp at

the age of five, her rise to prominence started almost immediately, achieving the highest mark in the UK for her Grade VIII exam at the age of nine. She studied with Elinor Bennett for eight years before entering the Purcell School. Catrin graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2002 where she studied with Skaila Kanga and received the Queen’s Award for the most outstanding student of her year. Some of her many achievements include:

• Collaborations with composer Karl Jenkins on stage and disc, including the première of a double harp concerto commissioned by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. • Half a million hits on You Tube for her performance of Karl Jenkins’ Palladio. • Recording for most of the major international recording companies, including Universal Records, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI and Sony Classical, both solo and with notable artists such as Bryn Terfel, Sir James



Inspiring Creative Minds A converted chapel on the outskirts of Cardiff, Acapela offers a beautiful and peaceful environment to inspire creative minds. Originally constructed in 1835, the building houses a traditional concert hall featuring timber flooring and a high ceiling, providing fantastic natural reverberation. The studio and concert venue is now a flourishing arts hub. Officially opened in 2007 by entrepreneur Hywel Wigley and international harpist Catrin Finch, Acapela has seen a constant stream of both established and up and coming artists both to record and perform, including Bonnie Tyler, Karl Jenkins, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Gruff Rhys, Charlotte Church and Cerys Matthews, and young artists such as Ellie Makes Music, Rusty Shackle and Remembering August. It has quickly become one of the leading studios and arts venues in Wales, at a time of struggling cultural austerity. Acapela has a full programme of events scheduled for the next few months and concert goers can look forward to local girl and former X Factor star Lucie Jones, Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band, Catrin Finch, comedian Rod Woodward, Radio 2 Folk Award winners Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker as well as folk sensations Spiro. These names are in addition to the regular bimonthly nights such as Jazz @ Acapela, Classical Café, Acapela Soul Club, and Acapela Unsigned (where once the legendary Alan McGee of Creation Records and Mike Smith, Head of Music, Virgin/EMI were in the audience)! This wonderful music can be enjoyed with a fine and varied selection of local craft ales and ciders which can be purchased at the fully stocked bar.



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The studio offers a variety of in-house services, including recording, production and composition, with a proven track record and an extensive range of clients. Acapela also offers tailor made media packages for clients including top of the range live streaming facilities as well as live music and video recording of gigs. As well as being a live venue and recording studio, Acapela is available for private hire for parties (including children’s parties), corporate events, private concerts, just for fun music and video recordings – just drop us a line and we can help with every aspect of your event. More information and full events programme can be found at Acapela Studio, Heol Y Pentre, Pentrch, Cardiff, CF15 9QD Studio Phone: 02920 890862 Box Office: 0844 8700 887 Email: Twitter: @acapelastudio Facebook: YouTube:

Hello From Hywel & Catrin

Galway and Julian Lloyd-Webber. • She has received honours from the University of Wales Aberystwyth and

atop the World Music charts for a number of weeks. In March 2015 Catrin released a self-

Bangor, Glyndwr University, the Royal

composed album entitled “Tides”, on her

Welsh College of Music and Drama, and

new label ‘Acapela’. This new release marks

the Royal Academy of Music. She is a

the first time Catrin’s own compositions

visiting Professor at the latter two musical

have appeared as a body of work on stage

institutions and is in great demand for

and on record, revealing a new side to


her exceptional musicality, including her

Her versatility in different musical genres

piano skills for the first time on this album.

is demonstrated in her many recordings,

She has recently started supporting the

which range from solo classical recitals and

International Development charity Water

concertos, her own arrangement for harp

Aid, and has gifted “Changing Tides”, one of

of J S Bach’s Goldberg Variations through

the tracks on her new album, to support the

to an eclectic cross-over mix with her own

organisation’s work to bring safe water and

14 piece band “CF47” and the presentation

sanitation to some of the world’s poorest

of some of Wales’ most popular traditional


melodies in an innovative and refreshing

In July 2012 the first ever Catrin Finch

way using electric harps, state of the art

Academy Summer School was held at

technology and ground-breaking sound

Acapela and future plans include developing


the project online where Catrin will post

In 2013 Catrin collaborated with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita on a

exercises for young harpists to follow. Known for her work within the community

record entitled “Clychau Dibon” celebrating

and with the younger generation, Catrin

the harp traditions of Wales and West Africa,

is committed to promoting the harp and

which has been outstandingly well received,

classical music in general to a new and

winning the 2014 Album Of The Year in both

wider audience and Acapela plays an

Froots and Songlines magazines, sitting

important part in this ambition.

It’s nearly ten years ago since we purchased Acapela, and it has since been on a long artistic and musical journey with us. In 2006, we were expecting our first daughter, so having a studio in the house was no longer practical, and it just so happened that the “Horeb Chapel” had closed its doors to the congregation for the final time, marking the end of an era in its life. After the necessary building work, we officially re-opened its doors as a recording studio and welcomed both local and international musicians to record with us. More recently, we have been welcoming artists for live events and concerts, and it has been the greatest pleasure for us to see this wonderful old Chapel sing again with music and merriment. Acapela is a labour of love, and our team is passionately committed to the arts and music. There is a warm welcome here for everyone, and we hope you can enjoy some of our up-coming events. Thank you for your support!



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In March 2015, Emma (age 22 from Pentyrch) and Tom (24 from Groes Faen) embarked on their great adventure across South East Asia and Australia. Here are highlights of their trip so far!

Emma and Tom e r u t n e v d A t a e r G ir e h t &

Emma and Tom — Lift off from Heathrow


n May 2014, we decided that it was time to see a little bit more of the world and made plans to leave our jobs at the Vale

First Stop Thailand! A 24 hour plane journey to Bangkok

The hostels we stay in are very basic, but for less than £3.00 a night and with

via a stop in Muscat, saw us arrive in

the sea right outside your front door we

Resort and go travelling for a year. Taking

Thailand with a two night stay pre-booked

cope, even when monkeys wake us up at 5

the bull by the horns we went and placed a

at the D&D Inn in Bangkok, allowing us

in the morning, running across the bedroom

deposit on our flights to fly to Bangkok on

to acclimatise and settle in to our new

tin roof! The frogs in the toilet we are still

1st March 2015. That was the easy bit, telling

surroundings. This was to be one of only

trying to get used to though!

our parents we were going to disappear for

two hostels we would pre-book, the rest

over a year was to be slightly more difficult!

of our trek we would lay our heads as and

Anyway after 9 months of saving

“ we really have found paradise ”

when we found somewhere to stay!

money, buying mosquito nets and sundry

We enjoyed our two days in Bangkok but

backpacking accessories we said our

we were very much waiting in expectation

goodbyes with a family party and a tearful

for the start of our backpacking trek.

goodbye at Heathrow airport. It was a huge

Travelling down the coast we made our

time with Sandwich and Tammy (they

leap into the unknown and saying goodbye

way on long bus rides (scary or what!) to

are dogs by the way!) from Lanta Animal

was sad but we assured everyone we

arrive at a group of islands Koh Tao and Koh

Welfare, a charity that looks after rescued

would be back sooner or later!

Samui. Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s largest

dogs. We are lucky to take them for a walk

islands in the Gulf of Thailand, and is known

on the beach and are given a tour around

for its palm-fringed beaches circling coconut

the sanctuary. Would totally adopt one if

groves and dense, mountainous rainforest.

we weren’t going to Australia soon! What

It’s also home to luxury resorts, posh spas

isn’t so great is following our visit Emma

and a rowdy nightlife scene that attracts a

has to take a trip to the local medical

backpacker crowd. The 12m-tall golden Big

centre for severe insect bites that make

Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai temple is

her legs blister something awful!

One of many great days out, we spend

a local landmark. Eventually we move onto

and one day Emma gets her first tattoo

some extreme rock climbing!

In memory of her best friend PT and as a

It’s all just too amazing, we really have


lasting memory of travelling around the

found paradise, wonderful beaches and

world. Tom decides on getting a Harry Potter

making friends everywhere!

tattoo just because he feels he needs one!

o ions! — Kha Eating Scorp k o k g an San Road, B 10

Every now again we miss home a lot

Tonsai a beach near Krabi in Thailand and

The Lying Buddha — Ayuttaya, Thailand

Monkey Farm in Koh Sam ui — not recommended!

— Cameron Tea Plantation sia ay al Highlands M

Petronas T owers , Kuala Lum pur

White Water Rafting — Bali

It’s raining in Bali!

Malaysia Beckons

Eventually we arrive in Kuala Lumpur to

Moving on we arrive in Koh Phi Phi our

Australia here we come!

recharge our batteries and see the famous

And here we are – Darwin Australia,

last stop before we move from Thailand

sites including the Petronas Towers. Having

Emma has found a job in a restaurant and

to Malaysia. The largest of the Phi Phi

travelled for 6 weeks, we decide to pay a

bar and Tom is working in a warehouse. We

Islands, Ko Phi Phi is a non-volcanic island,

visit to Tom’s uncle – only trouble is he lives

are working long hours but we are loving it

made mostly of limestone. Accessible from

in Singapore, so we catch a plane and head

here, we have found some great friends and

Phuket, with all visitors arriving by boat, Ko

for a proper shower and a soft bed for a 5

are living in an apartment with Rhys and

Phi Phi Don has great beaches and popular

day rest!! I hope he does not mind when

Skye who live and work here and who have

diving and snorkelling spots. Much of the

we knock on his door!

taken pity on us!

island is a protected marine reserve.

“ now we have a new fear of rats, porcupines and leeches! ” In Malaysia, a visit to the Cameron

The end of April sees us flying onto Bali

Not only have we made new friends

where we stay at Ubud and then move

here but we have met up with old friends

onto Gili T. The largest of three islands, Gili

from home, Emma meeting up with her old

Trawangan attracts the majority of visitors,

school friend from Pentyrch — Ceri who is

it is around thirty minutes boat ride from

travelling in Australia ( we only found out

the northwest mainland of Lombok and

she was here because of Facebook — How

regular daily fast boats depart Bali directly

mad is that!!). Soon Emma will be meeting

to Trawangan island. We love it in Gili T, it

up with another Pentyrch school friend

really is so beautiful and we can at last tick

Hannah who is stopping to say hello before

white water rafting off our bucket list!

she goes on a work placement in Fiji!

But the highlight of the trip is Mount

It really is a small world!

Highland tea plantations is another

Batur, an active volcano which we climb

highlight. In addition, we take an overnight

at 3 o’clock in the morning to see an

are now reluctantly leaving our new friends

trip sleeping in a bat cave in the Taman

exceptional sunrise and where we boil an

behind as we leave to go on a months

Negara (the world’s oldest rainforest).

egg on a volcanic stream! We didn’t know

planned trip where we will be doing scuba

Sleeping on the floor with nothing but a

anything could be so beautiful!

diving, sky diving, canoeing and trekking —

sleeping bag we can safely say our fear

With 3 months of travelling done which has

of caves has not disappeared. As a result

taken in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore & Bali

now we have a new fear of rats, porcupines

we are flying off to Darwin, Australia where we

and leeches! Still this is what we came

have to find a job for 3 months to allow us to

travelling for – memories to last a lifetime!

keep funding our year-long adventure!

trek up Sunrise atur B Mount

Termite mound — Litchfield, Darwin, Australia

Anyway after 3 months work in Darwin we

eventually arriving in Melbourne for Christmas. Take care – love to all in Cardiff. See you sooner or later!

Love Emma and Tom XXXX

Baby Croc at Crocodylus Park, Darwin. Australia

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FRUITYLICIOUS — Crafting Edible Works Of Art!

Something unusual is happening in a quiet part of Morganstown, as a dedicated fruit lover is taking an exciting journey to

!! e r e h p s o it u r F e th F

iona Bennett is fast making a name

gone on to become a bestseller and personal

for herself by making exciting fruit

all-time favourite.

creations which can be sent as a

gift for that very special occasion. A great alternative to flowers the fruit bouquets are beautifully designed and the reaction of every recipient of the fruity present is

From lime green kiwi pieces to pineapple flowers, the Sunny Days bouquet is a fusion of colours and tastes. Containing over 30 skewers of fruit, diners can enjoy more than their five a day when eating this healthy and delicious feast.

the same — amazement and delight — many often comment that it’s a shame that they have to eat the gift! Fruitylicious specialise in creating handcrafted edible bouquets filled to the brim with yummy fresh fruit. The fruit is cut, prepared and sculpted into flowery shapes and arranged into

Big Changes Due to the attractive presentation and

sumptuous arrangements. Whether

uniqueness of fruit art, it didn’t take long

it’s a mouth-watering table centre

for Fruitylicious to gain momentum. From

piece at Christmas, or a delicious birthday gift, the range of irresistible, handcrafted fruit arrangements certainly add the WOW factor to any celebration.

The Journey to the ‘Fruitosphere’ Fiona began a creative career at Art College

colleagues to mutual friends, Fiona found herself inundated with requests for all sorts of bizarre and brilliant bouquets. It was then that she decided to make the move back to Wales. Snowed under with orders she could barely keep up – as a mother of two and teacher her lifestyle became very hectic, so finally she decided

in Cardiff, before going on to study in France

to hang up her whiteboard and classroom

and London. Following her studies she became

tools in pursuit of exotic fruit and began her

an arts and language teacher and enjoyed

Fruitylicious company.

the job that she expected to follow for many years to come, but after stumbling upon the concept of edible fruit arrangements, she was intrigued to learn more. At the time she watched with great

Fruitylicious is Born! With the decision taken the newly created Fruitylicious installed a fully equipped Fruity Kitchen, were inspected by the Food

interest as the fruit art phenomenon

Standards Agency, and received the highest

grew and became fascinated by the

rating — Level 5 Da Iawn — Very Good. In

idea of crafting edible works of art out

addition Fruitylicious were given an award

of fruit. Whilst she enjoyed her job as

in Food Safety Catering issued by Cardiff

a teacher, her creative side yearned

County Council.

to design, and so her journey into the “fruitosphere” began.

And so, Fruitylicious Edible Bouquets was born, providing a friendly, personal yet

Experimenting with colours and

professional service to both private clients

textures, Fiona began to whip up

and businesses. From the Fruity Kitchen in

edible fruit creations, and tested

Morganstown Fiona takes orders via her

them out on friends and family

website delivering them to Cardiff and the

along the way. One of her very

surrounding area.

first creations, Sunny Days, has DISCOVER CARDIFF


Paws for Thought

Paws for Thought


Need a Vet? How to choose the right vet practice to care for your pet


hatever you are looking for in life, you now face huge choices. Which supermarket do you visit today? Should you change your bank account? Do you try to book your

Look For A Caring And Personal Service The combined personality of the team looking after your pet is very important. Are they friendly and approachable — can you

holiday to the Med independently, or through a tour operator?

comfortably ask lots of questions? Are they knowledgeable — do

Most of the time, these choices are to your benefit – but they can

they know the answer to your query, or know where to find the

be very difficult to make in the first place.

answer and can be bothered to do so for you? Do they provide

Very few of us consider anything more important than a decision

you with a caring, personal service? More importantly, do they

on our family’s healthcare. Many modern families include pets,

greet and fuss your pet? The last thing that you want is a pet that

making your choice of a veterinary practice yet another important

hates visiting the vet! It is so much easier for your pet, you and

decision to add to your long list.

the veterinary team if your pet does not react badly in the practice premises. A little coordinated effort from you and your vet team can help overcome the vast majority of vet phobias to the benefit of all concerned, especially your pets! It maybe a little more difficult to establish whether or not your veterinary care provider is up to date and progressive, or lolling in the ‘noughties’. Vaccination advice changes quickly in the animal world as well as the human field. Over the past decade, there have been huge advances in veterinary dental care, diagnostic imaging, endoscopy, orthopaedic surgery, physical therapy and the use of therapeutic laser to name a few. Check out the website blog and Facebook page and talk to the reception and nursing team about recent changes and developments.

So what sort of things should you be looking for and what questions should you be asking when you choose the people to help you care for your non-human family members? Convenience of location and ease of car parking are obviously important considerations. For something as important as your pet’s health, however, you really should investigate a little deeper. Word of mouth recommendation is very important, but also look out for testimonials from existing clients on the practice website; even better are comments entered on an independent review website such as Thinking about the practice website, please remember to check it out. A website is a great introduction to any vet practice and

Of course, everyone can get a little anxious about veterinary care

generally will give you a good feel for the values the practice team

costs. When comparing costs, always ensure that you are comparing

believe in, the services they can offer and how up to date any

like for like. Pet insurance helps enormously when there are long

practice is.

term medical expenses, or sudden unforeseen surgery expenses

The vast majority of vet practices now employ a specific out-


Veterinary Care Costs

after an accident. Puppy and Kitten Packages reduce the “start-up”

of-hours service to provide veterinary care around the clock, 365

costs of a new pet. Many veterinary practices also offer preventative

days a year. The emergency service covering the majority of the

Healthcare Plans to help you budget for all the routine treatment

veterinary practices in the Cardiff and Valleys area is V.E.T.S Ltd,

costs associated with adult pet ownership; some of these plans also

based at the Valley Vets’ Hospitals at Cardiff and Ystrad Mynach.

allow extended payment schemes for non-routine treatments. The

Continuity of patient care and accessibility of full clinical records,

nursing team may be able to offer free advice on parasite control,

laboratory reports, radiographs and ultrasound scans are all very

obesity problems, diets, dental care and basic behaviour/training

important to achieve the highest possible standards of service.

problems to help your pet and reduce your costs.


s for Thought

Paws for Thought

A Caring And Personal Service

Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) Raising The Standards Of Veterinary Care Unfortunately (maybe surprisingly) there is no compulsory

The Veterinary Team Talking about the nursing team, does the practice employ veterinary technicians, Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVN’s), or both? Are they an independently approved Training Practice for RVN’s? Currently the title ‘veterinary

independent inspection and accreditation scheme for veterinary care providers – a loophole that needs to be closed. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is the governing body of the profession and they run a voluntary Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) that veterinary practices may join, if they so wish. Through setting standards and carrying out regular inspections, the Scheme aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care. The accreditations available within the scheme are: • Core Standards relevant to all veterinary practices and

nurse’ is not protected, and

mainly reflecting legal and professional requirements which

therefore anyone, even

must be met. Every practice premises within the Scheme

if they lack the relevant

must meet Core Standards

training and education, can refer to themselves as a veterinary nurse. Many in the veterinary profession believe that this should change. Lastly and I know we don’t want to talk about it, does

• General Practice standards reflect the requirements of a primary care practice which also aims to facilitate the achievement of high standards of clinical care. A General Practice must meet all the Core Standards as well as additional General Practice Standards •V eterinary Hospital standards reflect the requirements of a

the practice approach end of life care? After all, it will come to

General Practice allied with additional facilities, equipment

every one of us! Again, talking to the team and checking out the

and protocols for the investigation and treatment of more

practice website and its linked resources will give you a good idea

complex cases together with the ability to provide 24/7 care

if they are able to fully understand such difficult situations and

on-site. A Veterinary Hospital must meet all Core Standards

ensure an optimal euthanasia from your pet’s point of view, as well

and General Practice Standards in addition to very specific,

as your own.

very high Hospital Standards.




Passionate About Fashion Calon Rhiwbeina


ver the years Rhiwbina has developed into a “must see” shopping destination with a range of unique independent stores offering products unavailable on the high street.

In November 2014, Calon Rhiwbeina opened its doors for the first

time and has now become one of the most popular destinations in the village. Situated down a small side street in the heart of Rhiwbina village this exclusive women’s boutique offers unique designer labels that are much sought after and not found on Cardiff ’s high street. Owner Kath Smith has lived in Rhiwbina for over 15 years and whilst shopping in the village remarked to a friend that what the village really needed was a quality boutique! Several months later the right premises became available and as they say the “rest is history”.

Introducing our brands... MISTRAL




A brand started in 2008 by father and daughter duo John and Tracey. Their products are designed in house, with prints inspired by the country, town and sea.

Braintree is a natural clothing company born in Sydney, Australia and now based in London.

Saskia was founded in 2009 in the seaside town of Broadstairs, Kent.

Brakeburn began back in 2011, in Poole, England. A clothing and footwear brand was born out of a passion for designing great product influenced by the most incredible outdoor surroundings.

Versatility, attention to detail and a carefully selected colour palette make Mistral a key brand for women. Mistral aims to bring you a great range of products which you can adapt to any occasion whether walking your dog, dropping the kids at school or going out to dinner.

The company follows a simple philosophy — to design and make beautiful, timeless fashion while caring for the environment. Braintree clothes for women and men are made from sustainable fibres such as hemp, bamboo & organic cotton. These fabrics are good for the environment and great to wear!

The company specialise in creating sumptuous separates, designed to be timeless with a twist. Saskia delights in delivering wardrobe staples that make you look and feel gorgeously feminine and special, year after year. Saskia are passionate about using finest quality natural materials. Saskia’s designs are inspired by the simplicity of Italian women’s style, the detailing of Belgian fashion designers and the femininity of Latin American women. Whilst drawing on her experience of living in these countries, Saskia is also heavily influenced by the ever changing emotions and colours of the sea. Each Saskia piece is handmade in Nepal, in working environments that are pleasant, fair and safe. A percentage of each sale goes to support local community projects.



Based on the edge of the second largest natural harbour in the world, a stone’s throw from some of the UK’s best surf spots, and a short ride away from the Purbeck hills, Brakeburn shares an appetite for the outdoors and strives to ‘never rest’, whether it’s cycling to the office, surfing at dawn, or a weekend at one with the elements. Now the Brakeburn range has expanded greatly and includes a great range of handbags and holdalls for men and women.

The boutique’s exclusive clothing,

Since launching the boutique the store

jewellery and accessories collections

has organised two fashion shows which

include designs by Mistral, Ochre, Saskia,

have raised monies for Elusen Jac Bach

Braintree Clothing, Treaty and Eliza

a local charity supporting children with

Gracious. The beautiful and affordable

serious illnesses. The most recent show

ranges comprise of colourful silk pashminas,

took place in October in Beulah Community

velvet and chiffon party wear, tunics, skirts

Centre in Rhiwbina. A further event is due

and dresses for every day, cotton and

to take place in April 2016.

cashmere knitwear, organic denim, bamboo socks and silver plate jewellery.


Calon Rhiwbeina 9-11 Lon Fach, Rhiwbina, Cardiff CF14 6DY Tel: 029 20610722

CALON RHIWBEINA COMPETITION Win A Brakeburn holdall and Ladies Kris-ana shopper Q — In what month did Calon Rhiwbeina open? See entry details on inside front cover

Exclusive clothing, jewellery and accessories

Looking for something different?



Visit our boutique in the heart of Rhiwbina Calon Rhiwbeina 9-11 Lon Fach, Rhiwbina CF14 6DY

029 20610722




Psychiatrists And Their Mysterious Ways!


ecause they are physicians, psychiatrists can order or perform a full range of medical and psychological tests that provide a complete picture of a patient’s physical and mental state.

Both prescribed medicines and psychological interventions are

potentially available depending upon the needs of the individual. A psychiatrist unlike a psychologist is able to prescribe medication and can therefore provide a holistic approach to treating mental health using both psychological interventions and prescribed drugs if required A psychiatrist’s education and their years of clinical experience equip them to understand the complex relationship between emotional and other medical illnesses, assisting to evaluate the entire medical and psychological data available enabling them to make a diagnosis, and develop a treatment plan.

Dealing With Stress A Client Testimonial After a long totally stress-free holiday I returned

I was put at ease immediately on meeting

home back to the realities of life and then my

Alastair and had full confidence in him at all

problems began. I became anxious, tense, lost

times. I am proud to be able to comment on

energy and became reluctant to leave the house.

results achieved with his help in rectifying my

I became worse, my body shaking unable to walk

medical/mental problems and would recommend

outside my house.

any person to Alastair. I can only speak of him

Alastair had a totally different approach to

with highest acclaim.

treatment I had received from my doctors. I

Thank you, Alastair.

immediately felt after just one session a far


more relaxed person. He advised me to come off medication. My mental state returned to a more normal state, enabling me to now cope daily, with renewed confidence to go out and mix with people again. He taught me how to help myself should any symptoms re-occur. This has proved to be invaluable.



To read more testimonials visit www.ahedtherapies and

Both prescribed medicines and psychological interventions are potentially available

What Treatments Do Psychiatrists Use And What Makes Ahed Therapies Different? Psychiatrists use a wide variety of

As a result all of our clients are able to concentrate on the real issues from the

Dr. Alastair Clarke Walker Ahed Therapies

past and present that have made a severe

treatments – including various forms

impact in their lives, allowing us to find a

of psychotherapy, medications, and

positive way to approach and alleviate any


hospitalisation – according to the needs

fears and issues going forward.

Ahed Therapies has clinics at

of each patient. Ahed Therapies and Dr. Alastair Clarke Walker At Ahed Therapies when we first meet

Dr Alastair Clarke Walker of Ahed Therapies is a qualified psychiatrist

with a client there are two key things we

and has a background in pharmacology.

look to achieve:

Alastair has worked within diverse

• A full assessment of the client’s condition,

settings within the NHS (including

understanding their concerns and aims so

A&E departments) and has excellent

that we have very clear objectives to assist

experience of working with individuals

their improved well-being.

with a wide variety of mental health

•B uilding a relationship based on trust, where we make no judgement on their position or condition. Our approach is one

issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, fears, phobias and anxiety. Based at clinics in Cardiff and

where the client can ask any question

London Alastair is available for

about their mental health without any

consultations without GP referral.

Cyncoed Consulting Rooms (CCR) 277 Cyn-Coed Rd Cardiff South Glamorgan CF23 6PA R and R Consulting Rooms 41 St Isan Rd Cardiff South Glamorgan CF14 4LW Or alternatively arrangements can be made to see you in your home. Telephone: 029 2002 6288 Email:

stigma or anxiety being attached.

Private Consultant Psychiatry 029 2002 6288

Friendly and professional psychiatry clinics in Cardiff and London Whatever your personal problem we can give advice and support to assist you to deal with these matters on a day by day basis. The Ahed Therapies psychiatry clinics provide professional psychiatry services to individuals with a range of mental health issues. Our clinics provide psychiatry expertise in assessing, advising, supporting and providing mental health treatments in all kinds of circumstances. If you are struggling with a mental health issue call us today. We are open from 10.00am to 10.00pm, 7 days a week for consultations, ensuring you can arrange a time that is convenient for your individual circumstances. PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT HAVE A WAITING LIST SO APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE WITHOUT DELAY AND DO NOT NEED A GP REFERRAL

Anxiety and Depression Treatments / Fear and Phobia Treatments / Occupational Health Services / Psychological Trauma and Loss Treatments / Sports Performance Coaching / Substance Mis-use and Addiction Treatments DISCOVER CARDIFF



A World of Surprises Cwtch Therapy! Walking into Cwtch Therapy in Pentyrch, you really do find a world full of surprises. The premises have an ambience that makes an immediate impact with the glorious scent of candles and different fragrances immediately soothing you as you step through the door. Whilst the Spanish music gently playing in the background transports you to holiday destinations long forgotten!


wtch Therapy is owned by Carolina

and alternative therapies to clients in

Sagarmendi originally from San

Aberystwyth as well as working in the

Sebastian in Spain, who moved

Bronglais hospital in Aberystwyth as a

to Wales over 20 years ago settling in Aberystwyth before coming to Pentyrch

physiotherapist assistant. Delving deeper Carolina reveals that she

where she now lives with her three

has been involved with artistic projects

daughters Ainhoa, Megan and Leire.

of all sorts including being an extra in

Whilst the gift shop holds many surprises, talking to Carolina reveals many more! Carolina talks proudly of her time as a professional cyclist which saw her

a variety of TV programmes such as Da Vinci Demons, Poldark, Atlantis, Casualty, Exodus, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and an advert for Premier Inns.

compete in competitions across Europe. Her impressive cycling career saw her crowned as the 1982 and 1983 Champion

Cwtch Therapy provides a range of sports

of Spain one of the leading female cycling

massage treatments for back pain, sciatica,

competitions in Europe. Training for over 8

strains and wear and tear injuries. However

hours a day her commitment to training

Carolina is keen to point out that many of

hard and dealing with injuries along the

the clients she treats have problems not

way was ultimately to lead her to her

sport related but are the result of their work

current role. Her

activities whether they be builders or office

involvement in

workers sat too long in the wrong position!

professional sport

therapies including reflexology and

interest in sports

aromatherapy and indeed many clients who

therapy treatments

come in for a massage often receive the

and as a result she

benefits of the other treatments that are

has for the last

as beneficial.

a range of sports massage


Carolina also provides other alternative

developed a keen

ten years provided


The Treatment Room

The store has a private treatment room and massages cost ÂŁ30 for a half hour.

The Gift Shop The surprises continue with a look around the gift shop which stocks a large selection of fragrances, scents and crystals together with fashion items such as jewellery, designer bags, scarves and other original gifts to indulge yourself! Many of the products available in the store are from recognised Fair Trade brands including Namaste who manufacture a great range of clothes, incense and gifts from around the world. Another interesting brand found within the shop is Boles D’olor which is based in Barcelona and is dedicated to the manufacture and distribution of products of home ambiance. Since its inception Boles D’olor has built a lofty reputation for its dedication, and passion for high quality fragrances. The company’s products include scented balls, fruits and scented wood as well as perfume applications in paper and cloth (flowers and petals) aromatic diffusers in ceramic and rattan; and many other new applications in accordance with the latest decorative trends. Carolina has “high hopes” for Cwtch Therapy at High Corner in Pentyrch, hoping that the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the shop and the high regard for the sports massage and alternative therapy treatments she provides will become a focal point for the village.

Cwtch Therapy Treatments and Gifts 2 High Corner, Pentyrch, Nr. Cardiff CF15 9PW Tel: 029 2089 2613 Email: Opening Hours 10.00am - 6.00pm

Treatment Room • Sports massage • Refloxology

Gift Shop Unique gifts and special presents

• Aromatherapy

• Jewellery

• Infra-red sun bed

• Cards • Bags and accessories • Scents and perfumes • Candles and stones • Homeware

Visit us today at 2 High Corner, Pentyrch, Cardiff, CF15 9PW

029 2089 2613 / 07974 550904 DISCOVER CARDIFF


The National Autistic Society Cymru is committed to providing the best services for people on the autism spectrum, and to sharing our knowledge and experience with the entire autism community. Across the country, we provide support, information and care at every stage of life. Whether you are affected by autism as a child, an adult or as a family, our services are here to help. More than 1 in 100 people in Wales are on the autism spectrum, a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. While all people on the autism spectrum share certain areas of difficulty, their condition may affect them in very different ways. Some are able to live relatively independent lives; others may require a lifetime of specialist support. From social groups and supported living services to information for parents and 24-hour residential care, we are here to improve the lives of everybody affected by autism. With our head office based in Tongwynlais, our website is a world-leading online autism resource where you can find information and advice about autism, The National Autistic Society and our services in Wales.


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“What is the best type of treatment for pain in my back, neck, arm, hip or leg?” The best answer is usually: “It depends on the diagnosis” At The Llandaff Clinic we ask a lot of questions about the symptoms of the condition before performing a detailed examination using specific tests. Once we have put all the findings together we are able to diagnose each condition accurately before advising on the best form of treatment

those with long-term conditions, injuries as a result of accidents, work related issues, poor posture, our tailormade service is suitable for everyone. The clinic has been specifically adapted for is full disability access, ground floor treatment rooms and baby changing facilities. There is ample free parking nearby.

from experienced practitioners. We have a state registered

In 2014, due to our range of practitioners and our

Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist/Chiropodist

experienced evidence-based approach to treatment, we

and Dietitian as well as a Psychotherapist and a Sports

were the first (and only) clinic in Cardiff to have been

Masseur. Referrals for x-rays, scans and other tests can

awarded the Patient Partnership Quality Mark (PPQM)

also be made if clinically necessary.

from the Royal College of Chiropractors as a sign of

We then explain what the treatment will consist of,

excellence in meeting patient expectations.

approximately how many treatments may be needed and explain that there will be a full reassessment and progress report after 3-6 sessions. There are no up-front costs to

The Llandaff Clinic

cover a block of sessions as each person may need a

39 Belle Vue Crescent

different number of treatments, you only pay for what you

Llandaff North

need. On-going advice will also be given to try to prevent

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the condition reoccurring in the future and to improve your overall state of health. We are used to treating all ages and from all backgrounds including: elite athletes, the elderly, mums-to-be, children,



Tel: 029 20 55 22 99 Email:

In January 2014, The Llandaff Clinic became the first and only clinic in Cardiff to receive the prestigious PPQM (Patient Partnership Quality Mark) Award from the Royal College of Chiropractors, as a sign of excellence in meeting patient expectations. Est. 1997


Andrew Miles BSc (Chiro), DC, MRCC


Sarah steadman MChS, HCPC


Alyson Matheson MCSP, SRP


Katherine Marshall BSc Level 4 Dip. Sports Massage


Christine Cashin MSc, Registered Dietitian


Kathleen Phillips PhD

Effective diagnosis and treatment of joint, muscle and nerve pain Advice and treatment for all foot and ankle problems Wide range of treatment for sports and musculo-skeletal injuries Therapeutic sports massage for a variety of conditions.

Advice for all dietary and weight problems + Counterweight registered Highly effective counselling, including hypnotherapy and EMDR

Most of our clinicians have over 20 years experience each We are based just off Station Road in Llandaff North, with ample adjacent free parking, near Llandaff Train Station on the 24/25 bus route. We have ground floor facilities with disability access.

39 Belle Vue Crescent Llandaff North Cardiff CF14 2FJ

029 20 55 22 99

Local Directory All The Important Numbers DOCTOR SURGERIES




Pentyrch Surgery 02920 891978 02920 576675

The Co-Operative Pharmacy Radyr 02920 844740

Household Recycling Centres

Tongwynlais Surgery 02920 810311

Lloyds Pharmacy 02920 810436

Radyr Library Park Road Radyr Cardiff CF15 8DF

Radyr Medical Centre 02920 842767

Tongwynlais Pharmacy 029 2081 0311

Taffs Well Medical Centre 02920 820320

Creigiau Pharmacy 02920 891138

Lamby Way Rumney Cardiff CF3 2HP

Danescourt Surgery 02920 578686

Pentyrch Pharmacy 02920 891051

Tongwynlais Library Tanyard Day Centre Market Street Tongwynlais Cardiff CF15 7NP

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Bessemer Close Cardiff CF11 8XH

Wedal Road Roath Cardiff CF14 3QX Council Customer Services Connect 2 Cardiff 029 2087 2087 029 2087 2088 (Cymraeg)

Posh Fish and Chips in Llandaff! Faced with the thought of another ready meal from the fridge after another long day at work, myself and my other half decided on venturing out to find some more satisfying fayre! Just entering Cardiff on the Llantrisant Road we called at the Trawler Fish Bar. Not having been in this establishment since it first opened a few years ago, I was delighted to see that the business has developed into something quite unique in Cardiff. It was clearly evident as we walked through the door that this was no ordinary “fish and chippy” as the smartly dressed uniformed staff attentively looked to ensure that our orders were taken. The fish bar provides a selection of dishes that show a real dedication to providing the very best in fish gourmet dinners and would I am sure match many of Cardiff ’s quality restaurants. With a large seating area (over 35 covers), the choice to eat in or takeaway is available. I was tempted by the smoked cod and spring onion fishcakes served with a home-made tartar sauce, mushy peas and chips. The quality of the food was excellent, the chips obviously made from the fluffiest of potatoes and a cut above your usual local fish and chip shop. But the fishcakes were certainly something special, served piping hot and delicately made, with the spring onion providing a wonderful kick to every mouthful. Looking at the menu the standard of cooking is clear to see with a range of signature dishes.


The Posh Fish and Chips gourmet fish bar is open 7 days a week and the owners are keen to point out that all fish wherever possible is locally and ethically sourced.


From my point of view I will certainly be back to try one of their future specials!


Posh Fish and Chips is found behind the petrol station and Co-Operative convenience store on Llantrisant Road near the Danescourt roundabout.


The Posh Fish and Chip Company at the Trawler Fish Bar 1, Llantrisant Road Retail Park, Llantrisant Rd, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF5 2BF Tel: 029 2056 8333


Shhh… Llandaf’s best kept secret – your local Gourmet Fish Bar

Welcome to Trawler Fish Bar… a lot more than your average chippy! We are proud to serve the finest, freshest gourmet fish and chips to our local community, with locally sourced produce and ethically sourced fish wherever possible.

specials board to include the very popular king prawn box, which you can choose to either take away or eat in at one of our seated booths at no extra cost.

Whether your preference is the ‘classic’ cod and chips with mushy peas or one of our gourmet fish boxes that includes our signature ‘cracked black pepper calamari’ or maybe a beautifully prepared piece of Seabass, we are here to cater for your every fishy desire. As well as our extensive everyday menu we also have our weekly

All our food is cooked fresh to order by our friendly, efficient staff while you wait or if you’d prefer to jump the queue call in advance to have your hot, fresh food ready when you arrive. For the latest fishy updates and news like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Mon: 11:30am - 2.00pm, 4:30 - 10.00pm

Tue: 11:30am - 2.00pm, 4:30 - 10.00pm

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Weds: 11:30am - 2.00pm, 4:30 - 10.00pm Thurs: 11:30am - 2.00pm, 4:30 - 10.00pm






11:30am - 2.00pm, 4:30 - 10.00pm 11:30am - 2.00pm, 4:30 - 10.00pm Closed

4:30 - 10.00pm

Llantrisant Road Retail Park, Llantrisant Rd, Cardiff, CF5 2BF

T: 029 2056 8333

Looking After Your Pond And Water Garden Ponds are a lovely addition to any garden and can provide a rich habitat for a range of wildlife. However, without care ponds can soon become an eyesore with overgrown plants, weeds and water that is unhealthy for fish and other wildlife. Occasional cleaning and regular maintenance is required to keep your pond healthy.

Pond Cleaning And Maintenance


Start by preparing a holding tank in a shady spot for fish and deep water plants; use some pond water in the tank, unless it is particularly cloudy. Marginal (water’s edge) plants will survive out of the pond as long as they are kept moist and shaded


The easiest way to drain the pond is to use a pump, which can be rented for the day from a machinery hire shop


As the water level falls, remove fish as they become visible


If you find any, put larger pond creatures into the holding tanks.


Remove plants as the water levels drops, placing them in the holding tank. Take the opportunity to re-pot or divide plants if necessary

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