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August 2012 Caerphilly Edition

Issue 77

Caerphilly’s Biggest & Best Fitness Club

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Regular features

You are about to read the August 2012 edition of My Local View but I am sat here writing this little note on the 26th of July with (for a change) sunlight streaming through my office window.

Fun Quiz Page 6

Apparently, the wet and windy weather in June and July, the wettest on record, has been blamed on the rather naughty Jet Stream which is normally North of the UK but decided to go on holiday to the South. This of course made it difficult for event organisers including The Machen Show which was cancelled because of the conditions & created some very soggy conditions at various School Fete’s around the Borough.

BBC Proms in the Park event Page 16


Dr. Roger’s Gardening Surgery Page 26

Health Feature Page 32

Cast your mind back to last year though and the atrocious wind we had in September led to the cancellation of the BBC Proms in the Park event!

What’s on Locally Page 38

Undeterred, Auntie Beeb and our friends at Caerphilly County Borough Council are bringing the event back this September and you can read about it ...and others on pages 16 & 38.

Thought for the Month Page 40

Recipe - Cherry Pots

If the current fine weather continues I may be tempted to get the BBQ out of the Garage and offer my wife & kids charcoal effect sausages and my signature dish - chargrilled chicken with free dose of stomach upset! I bet they are excited!

Best Wishes


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Fun Quiz

The Olympic Games 1. Who won eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics to add to the six he won in 2004, breaking the record for having won more career gold medals than any other Olympian? 2. Which country is due to host the 2016 Summer Olympics? 3. After flying from Athens to RNAS Culdrose, in which English county did the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay begin? 4. Which European country holds the record for winning more medals than any other in total at the Winter Olympics? 5. Which famous person declared the 1936 Summer Olympics officially open? 6. In 2007, after claims that his hairstyle looked like the 2012 Olympic logo, which politician said “you can say what you like about my hairstyle, but it’s never caused epilepsy and cost significantly less than £400,000 to design”? 7. Which country’s four man bobsleigh team at the 1988 Winter Olympics was the inspiration for the 1993 film Cool Runnings? 8. The 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow were boycotted by a number of nations due to the Soviet Union’s invasion of which country? 9. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted the Summer Olympics how many times? 10. The title of “world’s greatest athlete” is traditionally associated with the winner of which Olympic event, after King Gustav V of Sweden said “You, sir, are the world’s greatest athlete” to the winner of this event at the Olympics in 1912? Answers on page 36

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The Twyn School

The Twyn School and Park Services Help Caerphilly to Grow The Twyn School has been further improving their outdoor environment. The children, their families and friends have been planting, weeding and flower arranging. Working with Caerphilly Parks Services, The Twyn School has made a positive difference to the centre of Caerphilly. The Twyn School always enjoy working with local friends as part of their extended school community. One grandmother and long time friend of the school, Mrs Cath Bowley helps out regularly and has maintained fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers. She commented “My granddaughter Ffion loves planting in our garden; potatoes and all sorts. She is in The Twyn School and since she has moved to the next part of the school. I have really enjoyed continuing to help out with the younger children’s outdoor area.” Mrs Bowley has given so much to The Twyn School…. time, energy and dozens of plants and flowers. Teachers across the school have involved their classes in making the school a more attractive place to learn. Class Teacher and Senior Leader Mrs Liz Latham enthused “Mrs Reid and her Eco Warriors have had a huge impact on our quadrangle and they have brightened it up with planting. Our wheelbarrow in support of fair trade won second place at this years Caerphilly Flower Festival Wheelbarrow Competition” The children really enjoyed getting their hands dirty, digging and getting rid of those nasty weeds. Reception pupil, Megan Hurn from Mrs Bracey’s class said “We have been tidying the outside of the school.

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We were finding strawberries and picking up rubbish. I was helping in the garden with Mrs Poole and Mrs Tatnell.” A positive improvement means the children are proud to be playing and learning in this beautiful environment. Local wildlife enthusiast Mrs Marjorie Butcher helps out at the school and has been inspiring the children to make bug boxes. She explained, “I think it is wonderful. It encourages lots of wildlife; butterflies, birds, insects etcetera.” The children have been thinking not just about themselves but others that live and visit Caerphilly. Not only have the children made The Twyn School look attractive, they have also been planting in barrels within Caerphilly Castle. The children are proud to live and go to school next to the largest castle in Wales and wanted to do their bit to make it look beautiful. Area Parks Officer for the Caerphilly Basin, Mr Simon Beacham said “We are grateful to the children of The Twyn School for planting at Caerphilly Castle. The frontage is now a thing of beauty. I think the castle staff were pleased with how it looked.” By the children and people of Caerphilly involving themselves in planting and maintaining our environment it truly make Caerphilly a more attractive place to live. To find out more please visit and click on Class Pages and


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GasGold All aspects of Gas & Plumbing work undertaken.

Why not let somebody else do the driving so you don’t have to worry about leaving your car and paying extortionate car park charges. Based in Caerphilly, Local Shuttle Services can supply a 4 seat executive saloon car up to a 16 seat minibus at a competitive price. In fact, wherever you want to go, our executive car service will make your journey a pleasant one. You can trust us to get you there and back safe and sound. For a quotation please contact us on 02920 881529 or 0781 380 3240

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Frames and Sunglasses All designer sunglasses All designer sunglasses are at VAT free prices are at VAT free prices Stewart Greenberg Opticians

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Bookings taken now for September 2012. Deadline is Weds 22nd August 2012

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Karate Budokan Caerphilly Club

12 students from Karate Budokan Caerphilly Club represented Wales at the recent Karate Budokan International World Championship held in Cardiff. Teams from India, Australia, Germany, UAE, Scotland, Pakistan, England and Wales came together with over 170 competitors competing in Kata and Kumite. Caerphilly members put in a fantastic effort, bringing home 23 medals – 10 Gold, 8 Silver, and 5 Bronze.

We welcome new members. If you are interested, please contact or We are also on Facebook. Training is every Wednesday 18.00 hrs – 20.00 hrs at St Cenydd Leisure Centre.

Sensei Paul Wallen, Wales Team Manager, said “it was an honour to have worked with the Welsh Team and members from the Caerphilly Club, who did their Club, instructor and parents proud.” Female Team Kata gold medallists and under 12 boys Kumite team winners were all from the Caerphilly Club. This is a marked improvement from the two students who competed at the Australia 2010 world titles, with the club continuing to grow from strength to strength. This capped off a successful year with members competing and winning medals at regional and national events.

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Need a Gas Man? Adrian Miles is an ex-British Gas central heating engineer with over 22 years experience in the gas industry. I offer a wide range of services: * Boiler installation specialist * Boiler breakdown repairs * Landlord certificates / Gas safety certificates * Boiler maintenance and servicing * British gas trained water treatment and power flushing engineer Fully insured ~ ACS qualified ~ Gas Safe registered.

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Bookings taken now for September 2012. Deadline is Weds 22nd August 2012



IRONMONGER AND TOOL MERCHANT Cardigan House, 8 Central Buildings, Trethomas, Caerphilly, CF83 8BU

We Wish The Olympics Success We stock Ironmongery, Tools, Hardware, Bicycle spares, Paints, Diy, Electrical, Gardening, Security etc

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Interior & Exterior Decorating Picture & Dado Rails Coving • Tiling FREE, No obligation Quotes 10% discount for OAP’s Call Paul on 02920 864619 or 0779 1142813 48, St.Christopher’s Drive, Caerphilly

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POP INTO Caerphilly Indoor Market


Visit our popular Market and grab some great deals

Come and support at least 30 local traders under one roof

Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm

Main Entrance - Pentrebane Street, Caerphilly Call Alan on 07916 140065 for further information about the market & availability of stalls!


Gents Dry Cut £7 O.A.P & Boys £6

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Ed’s Attic Records

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Micks Meats

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Gills Grills

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Daz’s Pet Supplies

For people who love their pets. Pet Food & Toys. All at low prices. Deliveries on Sunday’s

07779 267809

FastFixx Computers

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Sweet Street and Bakery

Freshly Baked Cakes (Welsh Cakes, Loaf Cakes etc) and traditional sweets in jars. Best Value Sweets & Cakes in Caerphilly!

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Rumthai Gift Shop

Ornaments and Asia Gifts

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Celtic Cabin

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Dr Roger’s Gardening Surgery

Multicoloured Vitamins I think I may have mentioned a few months back that 2012 was going to be the year of the carrot for me – well now seems a good time for an update. I have really struggled to grow carrots for the last 20 years – probably because the soil around Caerphilly is a bit heavy for them – so I decided this year to take some of my own advice and try growing them in pots … and this is the result Now, they may not be huge. They certainly were not cheap (if you take into account the cost of the seeds and compost) There may not be big enough to feed a whole family for a week BUT! ‘Boy oh boy’ were they sweet?! They were, and still are, an absolute delight to devour. Very few actually made it as far as the cooker – because everyone wanted to eat them raw and freshly picked, including most of my pupils in one of the schools where I work once a week, and that was most satisfying – to know that their perception of what a tasty snack could be,

had been changed, and hopefully their eating habits in the future. So, I am happy to encourage you to ‘have a grow’ too! Anyone can grow tasty young carrots in pots like these – they take about 3 months from sowing to eating, so you may just get a final crop in now if we get a decent Autumn – you often find that the garden centres have their seeds at half price at this time of year so why not try some? Have a look for some of the unusual coloured carrots – they are full of useful vitamins and those much sought after antioxidants, which is perhaps why I tend to look so good all the time?

For more info – contact me at Tel: 02920 864730 rogthegardener1

Chris Howell Timber and Landscaping Supplies Suppliers of

Landscaping Materials Bark Mulch Coloured Gravels Crushed Slates Decking & Fencing Call in for friendly advice on all your Landscaping needs

We are Open Mon to Fri: 8am-5pm Saturday: 8am-12pm


029 2088 4974 Find us at rear of Station Inn Nantgarw Road, Caerphilly

Bookings taken now for September 2012. Deadline is Weds 22nd August 2012


Rain or Shine Landscapes We design & construct whole gardens

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To book an appointment at Lewis Opticians Caerphilly, ring (029) 20888100 For a Home Visit in the South Wales area, ring Keith on 07891 396923

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J.M.H PLASTERING R.M.H SERVICES COVING & ARTEXING SPECIALIST Old Artex Walls & Ceilings replastered Old Ceilings renewed Coving supplied & fitted

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Aber Valley Heritage Group

Would You Like to Sponsor a Victim’s Name Tile for the new Universal Colliery Memorial? If so this could be your last chance so please get in touch with the Aber Valley Heritage Committee on the number below. Following recent publicity from our recent appeal launch which was supported by the First Minister Carwyn Jones we now have almost 300 individual ceramic name tiles sponsored! These will form part of the new Universal Colliery Memorial and will be made by children living in the Valley. If you are interested in pledging your support for one of the tiles please call into the Museum or Partnership Office in Senghenydd Community Centre where we have sponsorship slips available. Name tiles cost £50 to sponsor but a donation of any amount would be very much appreciated.

when each tile is made. We have examples of the ceramic tiles available to see at the Museum so please drop in and help support us! For more information call (02920) 830444/5 or email For further information, please contact Karen Richards, P/t Project Development Officer at Aber Valley Heritage Museum on (02920) 830445 and

As the tile making workshops are planned to start in September of this year any tiles will need to be sponsored by the 31st August 2012 at the latest to ensure that a sponsors’ name can be included

Man with van service Available for: Long and short distances Removals , Light Haulage Furniture removal and collections Ikea, ebay or Gumtree items that have been won/purchased. Reliable efficient service Driver assists in loading and unloading. Available for Domestic & Commercial Deliveries. Available 7 days a week.

Please phone for a quote. Price based on individual requirements. Phone Steve on : 07779169495


CHIROPODIST Tracy Gill BSc MChS Nantgarw Road Medical Centre, 4 Beddau Way, Caerphilly on Tuesday 1 - 6pm Home Visits - 10am-5pm Evening Surgery at Castle View, Caerphilly

Tel 07850 019804 Bookings taken now for September 2012. Deadline is Weds 22nd August 2012


MEETINGS IN CAERPHILLY Caerphilly Golf Club – Tuesday 6.00 pm Mountain Road, Caerphilly, Vale of Glamorgan CF83 1HJ St Cenydd Leisure Centre – Wednesday 5.30 pm St Cenydd Road, Trecenydd, Caerphilly CF83 2RP Pensioners Centre – Thursday 9.30 am Park Lane, Caerphilly CF83 1AA Virginia Park Golf Club & Driving Range – Thursday 6.30 pm Virginia Park, Caerphilly CF83 3SW Twyn Community Centre – Friday 12.45 pm Town Centre Caerphilly, Caerphilly CF83 1JL

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Bookings taken now for September 2012. Deadline is Weds 22nd August 2012


Llanbradach Bowling Club’s private Function room is available for private hire for just £30.00*

Perfect for Wedding’s, Christenings, Funerals, Birthday’s, get together’s and Business Meetings. s. Our function room is available for daytime, evening & weekend hire. Now taking Christmas Party Bookings Our facilities include free parking, well stocked bar, CD sound system, flat screen TV, Sky TV, small dance floor & disco lighting. We can also provide a catering service.

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Health Feature

Feel great this


It’s never too late to start making yourself feel good - both mentally and physically - and summer is a great time get started. Giving a little attention to your diet, exercise and general wellbeing can really benefit your overall health. Diet You don’t have to radically alter your diet as even small changes will benefit you. • Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries are all high in antioxidants and fibre, are nutritious and eating great handfuls will fill you up with healthy energy • All melons, but particularly watermelons are mainly water. They’re healthy and a great option if you need something sweet • Courgettes, aubergine, mushrooms, leeks, asparagus, onions, peppers and garlic are all delicious grilled or roasted with a light brush of olive oil. High in nutrition and flavour, low in calories • There are no rules for salads - just put in any vegetables or fruit that you have, such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and avocado. Combining different greens or lettuces, such as cos, romaine, Chinese leaf, rocket or watercress make salads more interesting and are cheaper than buying the ready-packaged salads. Add beans, couscous or tabouli for a bit of substance. • Alcohol is high in calories, so reduce this by enjoying a white wine spritzer (50/50 wine with sparkling water) or going for a non-alcohol alternative, such as lemon barley water or lime cordial with sparkling water. Exercise This doesn’t have to mean daily sessions at the gym or long-distance running. The key to weight loss is using up more calories than you’ve eaten, and there are lots of ways you can achieve this: • Walk. Sounds simple - and it is. Start by walking locally three times a week for just 20 minutes. Build up the pace so that you can do the route more quickly and extend the time to 30 minutes by extending your route. If you can fit in four walks a week, or even every day, go for it - you will notice the difference. • Yoga is a great exercise for stretching and toning your muscles without having to break out into sweat. In the summer heat, your muscles are already warm and relaxed. Even better, find a class held outside to enjoy nature along with your session. • If you are exercising in the heat, remember to keep to the shade and wear a hat to protect your head and neck. Wearing sunglasses will protect your eyes and help you

to avoid squinting, causing lines around the eyes. • Gardening is great exercise as you use a wide range of muscles and are constantly moving. Wellbeing We all have to deal with stress at some point and research shows that it’s actually the small things in life (being stuck in a traffic jam, forgetting to pick up the dry cleaning, missing a work deadline etc) that causes more tension and anxiety than the major life events. So, allow yourself some ‘me time’. This simply means doing things just for yourself and just for the pleasure of it. Allowing yourself 20 minutes a day to potter in your garden, read the paper, or even take a nap calms the mind, lowers blood pressure and, just as importantly, gives you a few minutes to just ‘be’. More recent research shows that we don’t necessarily need eight hours sleep. Many of us can exist quite happily on less but what’s important is the quality of your sleep rather than the quantity. Try to stick to a routine, even with the lighter summer nights, winding down and avoiding alcohol too late in the evening. If your room gets too warm, fans are a great way to cool the temperature and their low hum will help you drift off to sleep.

Bookings taken now for September 2012. Deadline is Weds 22nd August 2012

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Telephone: 02920 888008 NELSON’S PHARMACY The Nantgarw Road Medical Centre 4, Beddau Way, Caerphilly, CF83 2AX (We are now opposite Lidl’s) Opening Hours Monday to Saturday - 9.00am to 5.30pm

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Local Event Guide

Regular Events

Bedwas Bridge Club,

Venue: Bedwas Community Education Centre, Newport Road, Bedwas. CF83 8BT. Entrance at rear of Workmen’s Hall. Every Thursday 7.00 until 9.30 pm There’s a warm welcome to all, £1 includes tea/coffee. Come with or without a Bridge partner. Tuition can be given to beginners if required. Contact Lynda on 02920 868137 for more info. Caerphilly Community Chorus Choir for ages 15+, no audition. Caerphilly Children’s Choir. For school years 5 to 8, no audition. NEW CHOIR Caerphilly Voices For experienced singers. New term starts in September. For more information on all the above:

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Venue: Windsor Road Church, Windsor St, Caerphilly, CF83 1FW Second Tuesday of every month Time: 10:15am Cost £1.00 per person All Civil Service Pensioners and their partners and friends are welcome for a chat and refreshments. Speakers or other activities are also included. Van over 50’s Club Cole Court, Mornington Meadows We meet every Wednesday between 12.30 - 4.30pm. Bingo and other prize games as well as Tea, Coffee and Biscuits. We also arrange outside Daytrips. Direct bus from Caerphilly Bus Station. Come along and meet us and receive a warm welcome. Contact Jean Cook, Treasurer on 02920 889627 Bedwas & Trethomas over 50’s Wednesday Club Venue: Bedwas & Trethomas Community Hall - Entrance rear of Workmens Hall every Wednesday Time: 1pm to 4pm Bingo Tea/Coffee/Biscuits Day Trips arranged - Come Along and have a look. A warm welcome to those that do. You can contact our Secretary Brian Wyegold on 07932 915960

Open Days St Barrwgs Church, Church Street, Bedwas. Saturdays throughout the summer from 10am to 2pm. The opening date is May 12th. We extend a warm welcome to visitors to our church on volunteers will be on hand to provide refreshments and information if needed but perhaps you would simply like to sit and enjoy the tranquility of our peaceful 900 year old church.

August 2012

Contact number for information Chris Davies on 02920868323. Caerphilly Male Voice Choir Venue: Bedwas Methodist Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.15 pm We are always on the lookout for new choristers. Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are more important than experience. Come along and listen in the first instance and see if it for you. Contact Bradley Harris on 02920881632 or E-mail:

Machen Bowls Ladies’ Day in aid of Breast Cancer Care Venue: Machen Bowling Club Date: Sunday 5th August Time: 2.00p.m. – 5.30p.m. We extend a warm welcome to all ladies who would like to try a game of bowls and to experienced players who may wish to join our team. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon and there will be a cake sale, raffle and ‘bring and buy’ in aid of Breast Cancer Care. Please remember to bring a pair of flat soled shoes. Regular Club Nights every Tuesday 6.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. For more information go to www.machenbowls.

St Catherine’s Church Wednesday Drop In Venue: St Catherine’s Church Hall, Maes-y-Felin, off Mill Road, Caerphilly, CF83 3NH Time: 2.30pm to 4pm Last Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome to our wide range of talks and activities. Speakers have come from organisations such as Can Do, the local disability advocacy service and Mary’s Meals, supporting meals for children in Africa. Plans include talks from a JP and the Mothers Union and story telling and a bingo session. Refreshments and a raffle. Contact Helen Murphy on 029 2086 3221 Bardic Circle Creative Writing Group Venue: Community room at Caerphilly Fire Station, Waun Ganol Street. Date: 1st Thursday of each month Time: 7pm-9pm Bardic Circle is a group of keen amateur writers who met first at classes run by the University of Newport. We would like to invite other keen amateur writers to join us. For further details phone Alun on 02929 889 403

St Martin’s Church Friday Recital Venue: St Martin’s Church, Caerphilly Date: Friday 3 August 2012 Time: 1pm This months recital will be given by The winner of Caerphilly’s Got Talent, James Jones. James will be playing a selection of classical and rock on the violin. Admission is free.

Hair of the Dog Fun Dog Show in aid of The Dogs Trust Venue: Black Cock Inn Car Park, Caerphilly Mountain Date: Sat 8th September Registration: 12pm Judging starts at 1pm Pedigree Classes & Fun Companion Classes. Entry on the day. Prizes for 1st through to 5th Place. Raffle. Call Sarah on 07870 102502 for further information.

Notices “STAMTRAM would like to invite you all to our next local event in our quest to raise £1,000,000 for Autism Cymru, Four Paws Animal Rescue, Princes Trust & Ty Hafan. We have an all day family fun day at the Trecenydd Community Centre on Saturday August 11th. This will be a great opportunity to have plenty of fun and raise money for four wonderful charities at the same time.

EVENTS A variety of attractions will be on offer for people of all ages to enjoy including stalls, a bouncy castle, stocks for you to wet your friend or enemy!, games, raffles/ prizes plus refreshments for hungry and thirsty kids and adults. For more details on STAMTRAM please check out our website www.stamtram. org, follow us on Twitter @stamtram and like us on facebook

Bookings taken now for September 2012. Deadline is Weds 22nd August 2012


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Bookings taken now for September 2012. Deadline is Weds 22nd August 2012


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Caerphilly events update

Hi everyone, Our summer events programme is now in full swing, as I write there are only a few days left until The Big Cheese, so fingers crossed the weather stayed sunny and everyone had a fantastic time! To keep you occupied throughout the summer holidays, many of Caerphilly County Borough’s visitor attractions have events going on… here’s a few in August to whet your appetite: • Llancaiach Fawr have a number of activity days on Wednesday’s throughout August (8th, 15th & 22nd 11am-4pm) these include fun and games days with lots of activities including crafts, bouncy castle’s, storytelling and games. Entrance into the Manor House is £7 per adult and £5.50 per child to which includes the activities or alternatively activities only are £4.25 per child with adults going free. • The Winding House is running a number of events including also has a Film Club every Sunday at 2pm (booking essential), and a ‘Month of Fun Days’ which run every Thursday 2-4pm, all events are FREE, to book for the Film Club call 01443 822666 or for more info visit: • Cwmcarn Forest has various activities including Toy Bag Decorating (11th), Hedgehog Meet & Greet (12th) and Junior Rangers every Wednesday through August (8th, 15th & 22nd). For more information call 01495 272001 or visit There’s a lot to look forward to in September with Bargoed Open Air Cinema on 7th of September at 7.30pm. Experience outdoor viewing at Bargoed Emporium Car Park, the event has proved to be a fantastic evening for all the family, so grab your popcorn, wrap up warm and enjoy an evening cosying up to a film. For more information visit

The next event for your calendar is BBC Cymru Wales Proms in the Park, which returns to bring spell binding magic to the Owain Glyndwr Fields on Saturday the 8th September. We are once again excited to be collaborating with BBC Cymru Wales to pull out all the stops to ensure this year’s event is a truly magnificent evening, where Caerphilly will be proudly showcased to the whole of the UK. Advance tickets are now on sale and are priced at £10 per adult, with accompanying children under 12 going free. Tickets are available in person from the Visit Caerphilly Centre or at Blackwood Miners’ Institute Box Office on 01495 227206 or online at For up to date information on who will be performing at the event visit: We are also excited to be welcoming back the Tour of Britain again this year, to which is taking place on the 14th of September. This year we will be hosting stage 6 of the Tour where riders will battle it out in a challenging race from Welshpool to Caerphilly, culminating in riders battling the gruelling climb up Caerphilly Mountain.

Hope you all have a lovely summer and enjoy some much-needed sunshine! Stacy Francis Events Officer visitcaerphilly

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Thought for the Month

As I write, I am 36,000 feet above Switzerland; my face pressed against the aeroplane window, mesmerised by the amazing sights of a setting sun and twinkling lights in the sleepy alpine villages below. Underneath those awesome and beautiful mountains, in some sort of huge underground laboratory some very brainy and persistent scientists have been busy discovering what they call ‘The god particle’… I am not sure what that means to be honest. But what I do know is that people are much more than just particles. While we were on holiday I enjoyed watching people from the comfort of my sunbed and parasol. Young couples, perhaps ‘newlyweds’, so marvellously in love; young children screaming and laughing among the waves and fish in the crystal clear sea; locals using their sense of humour and ingenuity to get our attention and perhaps a few of our Euros. Tasting all the delightful fruits, fish dishes and fancy cocktails. Smelling the heavy scent of summer jasmine, the Mediterranean herbs, and that delicious smell of coconut flavoured suntan lotion – it was a heady mixture even for my nose – put all those things together with a bit of blue sky and I feel great, I relax and have a semi permanent smile - it is all coming back to me as I type, even the dopey grin!

What’s my point? Particles don’t have personalities … atoms don’t feel amorous … dust doesn’t have dreams and molecules don’t have pleasant memories. The book of Genesis tells us that somehow GOD took dust and made us, each one amazing and unique people – in his own image i.e. with character, feelings, the ability to choose and to relate to each other – and that is what makes you and me, and our lives, special – isn’t it? PS I have nothing against particles – they’re quite useful too!

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Bookings taken now for September 2012. Deadline is Weds 22nd August 2012


Reflexology Hi, I’m Michelle, I’d like to welcome you to the Reflexology clinic at Nantgarw Road Medical Centre. Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions including:

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Don’t underestimate the importance of looking after your emotional health. Stress can have an effect on the Immune System. Reflexology can help to improve health & wellbeing & help to protect your future from ill health.

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REFLEXOLOGY CAN HELP THE BODY SYSTEMS BY: • Lowering Blood pressure • Decreasing Muscle tension • Lowering Heart rate • Reducing Inflammation • Improving Digestion efficiency • Improving Immune efficiency

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Quick Recipe

CherryMerPingoutesTops! with Fluffy

Serves Preparation time 20 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes


You’ll need...

500g fresh cherries, pitted and cut in to half 50g soft brown sugar 150ml red wine

8 amaretti biscuits 3 large egg whites 150g golden caster sugar

To Make...

asonal Recipe Cherries

• Preheat the oven to 220°C/ gas mark 7. Place the cherries in a pan with the brown sugar and red wine. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes until soft. • Spoon the cherries in to 4 large ramekins. Roughly crumble the amaretti biscuits onto the top, dividing them equally. • In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites to a stiff peak. Start adding the sugar gradually, whisking all the time until the meringue is glossy. Spoon onto the top of the cherries. • Bake for 5-8 minutes until the meringue is golden. Serve with nothing else but a chilled glass of dessert wine or a generous glass of cassis.

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