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Harpist, Performer, Composer. Catrin Finch and all things Acapela.
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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 www.acapela.co.uk Acapela Studio, Heol Y Pentre, Pentrch, Cardiff, CF15 9QD Studio Phone: 02920 890862 Box Office: 0844 8700 887 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @acapelastudio Facebook: facebook.com/acapelastudiouk YouTube: youtube.com/user/ACAPELAmedia
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!
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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replaced in part by smaller industrial units producing high-value goods, such as the aerospace and electronics industries. Whilst the manufacturing base in Wales has been affected by these historic changes, manufacturing industries in Wales are seeing a renewed optimism with major investment in new technologies being evidenced across Wales. In July 2015 the CBI reported that optimism in small and medium-sized manufacturers had improved in the last quarter and that this was set to continue. At Sigma Recruitment we have seen real evidence of this in the increased number of manufacturing companies now recruiting and the good news for those working within the sector is that there are now excellent job opportunities available in many engineering and technical skill sets. So if you work within the manufacturing sector please do submit your CV to us via our website so that you do not miss out on the exciting opportunities available. If you are an employer in the manufacturing
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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
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
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
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
first creations, Sunny Days, has
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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 www.goodvetguide.co.uk. 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
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, but...how 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
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HEALTH & WELLBEING
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 patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 psychiatristâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.
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I was put at ease immediately on meeting
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Alastair and had full confidence in him at all
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times. I am proud to be able to comment on
energy and became reluctant to leave the house.
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I became worse, my body shaking unable to walk
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any person to Alastair. I can only speak of him
Alastair had a totally different approach to
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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.
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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.
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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
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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 Chatterleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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
workers sat too long in the wrong position!
therapies including reflexology and
interest in sports
aromatherapy and indeed many clients who
come in for a massage often receive the
and as a result she
benefits of the other treatments that are
has for the last
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: email@example.com Opening Hours 10.00am - 6.00pm
Treatment Room • Sports massage • Refloxology
Gift Shop Unique gifts and special presents
• 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
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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. www.autism.org.uk/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
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Cardiff CF14 2FJ
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.thellandaffclinic.co.uk
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.
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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
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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.
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
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 www.poshfishandchips.co.uk
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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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Llantrisant Road Retail Park, Llantrisant Rd, Cardiff, CF5 2BF
T: 029 2056 8333 www.poshfishandchip.co.uk
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