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March 2013

Issue 84

Caerphilly Edition

PHONE XCELLENCE We buy and sell Mobile Phones & Stock Accessories

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• Software Problems • Charging Problems • Computer, Laptop & Console Repairs


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Whatever vehicles you need, we’ve got the lot. From small cars to 7.5t box taillifts, you’ll find your perfect vehicle - and at your perfect price. Call or visit us today.





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Caerphilly’s Premier Fitness Club

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We specialise in weight loss, toning and muscle building. Great results, low costs in a fun and friendly environment.

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Regular features

Dear Reader Welcome to issue 84 of My Local View which according to my maths, celebrates the end of seven years of publishing now and what a great experience it has been. I enjoy working with local businesses immensely but as importantly I like offering editorial space to local groups, charities and good causes...most of which is free of charge.


For the second month running I am featuring a very special school in Pontllanfraith who are trying to round up old mobile phones which they can then trade in for ipads. This in turn benefits young children with learning difficulties who progress very well via visual stimulation and touch. The article is on page 46. Maybe you can help either by donating your old phones or asking for help in your school, workplace or social gatherings. If you would like a copy of the article and instructions on the donation process please email me via and I will happily send it to you. Many phones have been pledged but more are needed. We have two pages of events in our what’s on guide and again I would like to thank the organisers for getting in touch and providing the information.

Fun Quiz Page 8

Recipe - Lemon Chicken Page 10


Pages 8, 14, 16, 18 & 20

Dr. Roger’s Gardening Surgery Page 26

Caerphilly Miners update Page 30

What’s on locally Page 32 & 34

Caerphilly Events update Page 36

Thought for the Month Hope you enjoy the magazine!

Page 40

Old phones for iPads Best Wishes,

Page 46


Published by: Local View Advertising Limited Company Number: 5717569 Registered in England & Wales VAT registration number: 935 9733 80 Editor: Paul Adamson Business Address: 2 Kidwelly Court, Caerphilly, CF83 2TY Contact Details: Tel: 02920 880378 / 07737 610177 Email: Web: While every care has been taken to ensure that the data contained in this document is accurate, neither the publisher nor its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.

Local View do not officially endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system in any form without the prior permission of the publisher. Distribution We deliver to at least 11,500 homes in Caerphilly every month including: Castle View, Hendredenny, Watford Park, Watford Farm, Glenfields, Bondfield Park, Mountain View, Lon y Llyn, Cwm Ifor, Ty Isaf, Energlyn Park, Pontypandy, Bedwas, Trethomas, 1000 homes in Machen, Castle Park, Town Centre. You can see the magazine online, get prices and deadline dates at

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News from Aber Valley Heritage Group

Pathway of Memory sponsorship opportunities As there is no Welsh National Miners Memorial to all the miners who lost their lives in the Welsh coalfields the Aber Valley Heritage Group was pleased when the First Minister accepted an invitation last year to launch our appeal. Our intention is to create a ‘Pathway of Memory’ made up of handmade ceramic ‘paviers’, on which the individual colliery, date of disaster and the numbers killed will be recorded. Each ‘pavier’ will cost £500 – if you, your organisation or business are interested in sponsoring one of these paviers please contact us as

Successful Fundraiser at Castle Gate Indian Restaurant

Thank you to all who supported the very successful fundraising evening at Castle Gate Indian Restaurant, particularly to the owners and staff of the restaurant who kindly donated all the food. The evening helped to raise in excess of £1000 towards the cost of producing a fundraising CD, which will be released in March. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets and helped support this event.

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Fun Quiz

Days Of The Week 1. According to the popular nursery rhyme, if Monday’s child is fair of face, then what is Friday’s child? 2. Which literary character frees a captive who he names Friday and who becomes his companion? 3. Which annual health awareness day first took place on Ash Wednesday in 1984? 4. “Cyber Monday” is a term used in the UK to refer to the busiest internet shopping day of the year. Does this normally fall on the first, second or third Monday in December? 5. On which day of the week is Thanksgiving Day celebrated in the U.S.A.? 6. Which series of celebrations has a name that translates as “fat Tuesday”? 7. According to the famous poem, what happened to Solomon Grundy on a Thursday? 8. What is the only day of the week not mentioned in the lyrics of the Beatles song Lady Madonna? 9. What name is given to the Christian feast that falls one week before Easter? 10. What was the first UK number one hit single to feature a day of the week in the title? Answers on page 46


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Lemon Chicken with Tabbouleh Serves 4

Ready in 45 minutes

This is a great way to turn simple and very economical chicken portions into a delicious Mediterranean-style supper. If you have time, make the tabbouleh a few hours in advance to let the flavours fully develop.

Ingredients: • 1 lemon, thinly sliced • 4 large chicken thigh portions (or 8 small thigh portions) • 4 tbsp olive oil • 3 tbsp lemon juice • 2 tbsp clear honey, warmed • 225g bulgar wheat (see tip) • � cucumber, finely diced • 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped • 2 tbsp fresh chopped mint • 2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Bulgar wheat is a type of wheat grain that has been parboiled, dried then finely crushed. It is similar to couscous but has more texture and bite. You’ll find it in most large supermarkets or health food shops.

Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas 5. Push a lemon slice under the skin of each chicken thigh. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan and fry the chicken over a medium-high heat until golden brown all over. Transfer to a shallow roasting tin and arrange the rest of the lemon slices around the chicken. Mix together 1 tbsp of the lemon juice with the honey and pour over the chicken. Roast for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Meanwhile, place the bulgar wheat into a bowl and pour over enough boiling water to cover. Leave for 30 minutes until grains are soft. Stir well and drain off any excess water. Stir in the rest of the olive oil and lemon juice and season with plenty of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the cucumber, spring onions, mint and coriander and mix well. Serve the hot roast chicken on the tabbouleh with any juices from the roasting tin poured over.

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Mad March

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Full Marks Tuition is a tuition service based in Caerphilly, South Wales; with over 15 years experience. We provide private tuition in Caerphilly, Cardiff, Newport and other areas, to all ages, in a variety of subjects. Junior - Secondary G.C.S.E - AS/A2-Languages

We develop education in line with schools and colleges and give that extra boost that is sometimes needed.


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Health Feature

Don’t Suffer In Silence Being able to hear is fundamental to our ability to communicate. If we can’t hear, we can’t respond to others nor speak clearly or judge our pitch – try talking to someone with headphones and they’ll shout back at you. But like most of our senses we take our hearing for-granted and only notice it if it starts failing. Most age related hearing loss is not noticeable until later life, but deterioration begins much earlier. You start to lose some of your range as early as in your twenties. Age related hearing loss is much the same as other types of “wear and tear” on the body. Just as hips and knees wear out so does our hearing. Constant exposure to the noisy world we live in gradually wears away at the “nerves” in our ears, reducing their number and the range of sounds that can be picked up. What can you do to protect yourself? Even if you already have some loss, looking after what’s left is imperative. Be aware of situations and environments that can damage your hearing such as: • Playing loud music through headphones and earphones • Attending loud live music

concerts - even some classical concerts • Using simple DIY equipment such as hammers and power tools • Day to day activities such as riding a motorcycle (wind noise – not the engine noise as you might think) or even driving in a car with the window down (some truck and taxi drivers have more pronounced hearing loss in their right ear, nearest the open window) • Recreational activities such as shooting So first off, be aware when there may be damaging levels of noise present and if there is, protect your ears. Inexpensive foam earplugs can be purchased from DIY stores and some high street chemists. Most concert venues have free earplugs available, and whilst they rarely offer them to you on arrival, there’s usually a good supply behind the bar. Keep a few pairs in a drawer for use around the house when tackling your latest DIY project too. What if you already have hearing loss? It’s not usually that you can’t hear at all but just that it’s not clear. Often it’s the high frequency sounds that fade

first, such as bleeps and bells. Then it becomes difficult to hear what people are saying when there is background noise such as in crowds or when the television is on. If left undiagnosed or treated, a hearing loss can lead to other problems. Because it’s unclear what has been said, socialising in groups becomes awkward. Sufferers find themselves pretending to laugh at jokes when they didn’t hear the punch-line, or just nodding and smiling and then being embarrassed because the person talking is awaiting an answer. This in turn leads to loss of confidence and feelings of social exclusion. What can be done? It’s really not necessary to – literally – suffer in silence. A simple trip to your GP to arrange a hearing test or to a specialist hearing centre or audiologist will mean your hearing is tested and assessed, usually free of charge. Discrete and almost invisible the latest aids can make such a difference and vastly improve your hearing. You’ll never regain what has gone, but you can make the best of what you have left.

Bookings taken now for April 2013 edition. Deadline is Weds 20th March 2013.


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Spot the difference - can you ďŹ nd all 10?

Answers on page 46

New Musical Festival Aug 2nd-3rd 2013 Calling all New Local Musical Talent to Enter our competition for the chance to perform at our Family Fun Festival event taking place at Bedwas Rugby Club this August and to win recording/rehearsal time at Eon Blue Studios. To be eligible to enter you Must be a newly formed band And or attending a local School, college or higher education. Applications and more Information about the event via the website.

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Need a repair on existing fixtures? • Broken/ Misted Glass Units • Discoloured Door Panels • Locks & Hinges replacement We also offer:

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Word Ladder

Change one letter at a time (but not the position of any letter) to make a new word - and move from the word at the top of the ladder to the word at the bottom, using the exact number of rungs provided.




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Answers on page 46

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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.

Boiler Breakdown Cover with EHS Contracts 3 star cover for conventional boiler £147 per year or £12.25 X 12 months

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MARCH 2013 Special Offer Boiler or Gas fire service just £40 Please present this ad to qualify!

Call between 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday & 9am-1pm on Saturday for your plumbing needs! Call Adrian on 029 2085 2602 to arrange a repair or other Gas services. For Boiler Insurance call Amanda on 029 2085 2602 or 07973 790439 To advertise contact Paul: E: T: 029 2088 0378 M: 07737 610177


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Danny Down the Drainpipe

Danny Down the Drainpipe is a new picture book with quirky rhyming text by Lynda Nash and bright, cheerful illustrations by Carie Martyn.

Pre-order exclusive:

Candy Jar Publishing is offering the first fifty customers who pre-order Danny Down the Drainpipe the opportunity to have their child’s name in the book.

About the story… Danny is a mucky pup but he hates washing! When his mum makes him get in the bath, he’s not a happy chappy. But little does he know he’s about to go on an adventure of a lifetime! Danny’s adventure takes him down

the drainpipe and out to sea, where he floats on a cloud and follows the rain cycle. “He splashed and sploshed and didn’t wash. Why should he be clean? It’s only dirt. It doesn’t hurt! His mum was really mean.”

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Suitable for children aged 2 - 7 years.

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All About Brows - How To Pluck Like A Professional You might be surprised to read that there is a quick, simple and easy way to look years younger and all you’ll need is a pair of tweezers.

Well-groomed eyebrows are essential for creating a youthful look, but it’s easy to forget them. Many women spend a great deal of time - and money - on trying to improve their skin, hiding lines and wrinkles and emphasising their best features, without giving their brows a second thought. Eyebrows serve as a frame for your eyes and by creating the right shape you can instantly lift your face, draw attention to your eyes and look altogether more beautiful. It is crucial to do it correctly however, because the wrong shape, size or even colour eyebrows can have a dramatically different effect and leave you looking permanently surprised,

confused or angry.

shape easily.

It’s important to think before you pluck so here’s our guide to making sure you have beautiful brows:

Remove any hair that grows beyond your upper brow line - do this by brushing your eyebrows up - with a brow brush - and snipping off the long ends.

Work With What You Have The key is to work with your natural brow shape - whatever that may be. Some people are lucky enough to have brows that naturally sweep up to an arch, whereas others are born with much straighter eyebrows and need to do a little more work to create the desired look.


You might not think it, but eyebrow hair is often quite long. A little trimming is essential for allowing the hair to lie nicely and fall into

Next, brush the hair downwards in the opposite direction and cut the hairs that extend past the lower brow line. To finish, brush the hair into place. Your eyebrows should already be looking much better.

Time To Tweeze Tweezing can be a little painful at first, so it’s a good idea to open up your pores before you start by holding a warm facecloth over your brows. Ensure that you’re working in good natural light and

Bookings taken now for April 2013 edition. Deadline is Weds 20th March 2013.

25 determine where to begin. It’s good to start by holding a pencil vertically against the side of your nose and observe where it meets the brow - this gives a guide to where your eyebrows should begin. Pluck any hair away that grows before this point. Take a few hairs at a time and do the same on your other brow. Looking straight ahead, hold the pencil against your nostril and move it diagonally across the outer half of the iris of your eye the point at which the pencil is lying is where the arch of your brow should peak. To create the best shape for

your brow, gradually tweeze a line that tapers when you reach the peak of your arch. Again, take a little at a time from each brow and keep them both looking even. To finish the shape, place your pencil back against your nostril and this time extend it diagonally to the outer corner of your eye. This is where your brow should be at its thinnest. Pluck from the arch to this point, tapering the line gradually, so that it is at its thinnest at the far corner. Don’t be tempted to pluck away too much hair remember that the fuller your brows are, the more youthful you’ll look. Work slowly and steadily,

tweezing one hair at a time and be sure to keep standing back from the mirror to check how the shape is progressing.

Define Your New Shape When you’re finished you can enhance your new shape by applying a little colour to make your eyebrows really stand out. If your hair is fair, choose either a brow powder or pencil that’s a shade lighter than your hair colour. For dark hair, choose one that’s a shade darker. Gently sweep the product over the brow hair and set using a clear eyebrow gel.. by Helen Taylor

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Dr Roger’s Gardening Surgery

Feeling mellow, think yellow! One of our readers emailed me the other day asking about a shrub called Forsythia – thanks, it is always great to hear from you.

to lap up our ‘wonky Welsh weather’, and don’t seem that fussy about their soil either.

Anyway the email reminded me of the power of the colour yellow in spring sunshine, (I realise, as I type this, that I have got all enthusiastic in this magazine about the colour blue already this year … I think maybe I have a strong colour gene somewhere in my make-up!?) as you can see from the photo Forsthias can light up your garden with their bright yellow flowers in March and April.

The only point I would make is that the more sunshine they get – the more flowers they will produce; so try to avoid deep shade if you want a mass of yellow flowers. Forsythia is great as a fast growing hedge too, quite happy to be trimmed after flowering to keep the height under control, they will quickly bush out, so you could plant them at least 1.2 metres apart (4 feet to anyone over 50) which means you need to buy less plants – bargain!

They, and those lovely daffodils, seem to catch and reflect the light from the sun – I suspect that is not actually a scientific fact, but I thought it sounded great … Apart from their mass of cheerful spring flowers the other great thing about Forsythia is the fact that they are quite easy and quick to grow. They seem

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

Caerphilly Timber Supplies Ltd

Caerphilly Timber Supplies Ltd is a family owned business specialising in the supply of timber and sheet materials to trade and D.I.Y customers across Wales.

Timber specialist in Wales

Tel: 029 2088 8820

We offer high quality products at competitive prices including:

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Quality Softwood Decking Fencing Materials Plasterboard & OSB Planed Timber & Moulding Hardwood Flooring * Treated & Untreated Carcassing Plywood, Chipboards, MDF & Fixings

We encourage everyone from the DIY enthusiast to the master craftsman!!!

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Finding peace of mind More and more people in Wales are on anti-depressants, according to a recent BBC news story. Wales has the highest rate of antidepressant prescriptions of any UK nation at 1.24 per head compared to 0.88 in England. But there is another way of tackling depression. Mindfulness-based therapies have been recommended as an alternative for treating mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). At our Mindfulness & Wellbeing Centre in Caerphilly, we offer compassion-based mindfulness which provides individuals with simple, guided techniques to tackle the root cause of their stress and combats negative thoughts. Many of the people who attend our 8-week mindfulness courses are extremely stressed, anxious or overwhelmed.

“Before I practised mindfulness, I had to do things perfectly. My inner critic was very strong but now I find if I make a mistake then it’s not the end of the world.” In May 2011, Louise decided to come off anti-depressants gradually while continuing to practise mindfulness and over the last 18 months, has been completely free from medication. If you feel you can relate to Louise’s story, then please visit our website or ring us on 02920 860054 to find out about our 8-week mindfulness course starting in May 2013. Article by Karen Higginbottom

One individual who has benefited from attending our mindfulness courses is 58-year-old former teacher Louise*. “I had a breakdown due to a combination of factors. I felt under tremendous pressure in my job and my husband had died six months earlier,” she recalls. “When I went to the doctor, I felt suicidal and he signed me off on sick leave for a year and put me on anti-depressants.”

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“I discovered mindfulness when my yoga teacher moved to the centre,” she remembers. She has attended several 8-week mindfulness courses at our centre. “On the first course, I was able to sit for five minutes without being wound up and when I did the 8-week course again, I was finally able to feel parts of my body and that was a break-through as I’d been living in my head.” Louise says that mindfulness has transformed her approach to stress.

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Caerphilly Miners - Back to the community Our plans to turn part of the old Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital into a community facility have taken a giant leap forward this month after an in principle grant of £300,000 was awarded from the Welsh Government’s Community Facilities and Activities Programme. This is a tribute to the support local people have shown in our project. Thank you!

If you would like to be involved please contact Katherine Hughes on 029 2088 6569 Katherine. Our brand new website is live at Please visit us there!

We now need to raise a further £700,000 to save the historic Beeches building and turn it into a centre where people can learn and develop skills, access information, participate in community activities, celebrate the miners’ heritage and meet others.


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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 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:

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

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

Caerphilly Retired Teachers Association Venue: Mount Carmel Church Vestry, Pontygwindy Road.CF83 3AD Date: Last Wednesday in the month. Time: 2 pm - 3.30 pm. We extend a very warm welcome to any retired teacher to come along and join us. Our get-together includes guest speakers,refreshments,meals out and day trips. Very informal. More information from the Secretary on 02920 883722


Caerphilly Male Voice Choir Venue: Bedwas Methodist Church on Mondays 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:


St. Martin’s Ladies Fellowship Venue: St. Martin’s Lesser Hall, Park Lane, Caerphilly, CF83 1AA Date: 2nd & 4th Weds of each month Time: 2.30pm-3.30pm A warm welcome to all Ladies for a chat and refreshments. Speakers and other activities. £1.00 which includes Tea/Coffee, Biscuits and a Raffle. Telephone 029 20884615 for further information.

Creative Writing in Caerphilly Venue: OAP Hall, Park Lane, Caerphilly Date: Thursdays Time: 1pm-2.40pm Friendly and Informal writing group for all ages and abilities. Cost: No charge. contact: Lynda on 07752 508518 email:

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: 7.30pm-9.30pm 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 02920 889 403 Caerphilly Ramblers Venue: Meet at Asda, Caerphilly Date: Sundays Time: 9.30a.m. We extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join us for walks of 8 – 12 miles throughout the South Wales Area. Meet in Asda car park, near the recycling bins. For more information go to: or contact John Newton 01633 440999

Caerphilly Ladies Choir Venue :New Hall Ysgol y Castell, Crescent Road Caerphilly. Date : Every Tuesday evening in Term time. Time : 7.15 pm. to 9.15 pm. We welcome any female 16 or older to come along and sing with us.You do not have to read music.We have a broad repertoire and we give approx. 15 concerts a year.Socially we have meals out and a mini-tour every May (UK. or abroad). Singing with us will uplift you! More information from the choir Publicity Officer on 029 2088 3722 or look up our website Mount Carmel Coffee Mornings Venue : Mount Carmel Church Vestry, Pontygwindy Road. Date : Every Wednesday morning Time : 11.15 am. to 12.30 pm. Come along and meet new friends. Have a cup of tea or coffee and toast and a chat. Ring Richard on 029 2088 3790 for more information.

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Local Event Guide

March 2013 A night of Music Date : 08 March 2013 Time : 19.00 Venue : Mount Carmel Church, Caerphilly Enjoy a night of music featuring Caerphilly Ladies Choir, Laura Bonar - Violinist, Lucy Rees - Soprano, Lloyd Barnaby - Euphonium and George Gatter - Trombone. Tickets £6 or £5 concessions. Tickets available at Caerphilly Visitor Centre or Choir Members. For further details please telephone Margorie Gray on 02920 883722 Industrial South Wales in Art Venue : Winding House Museum Date : 13 March 2013 Time : 19.00 Join us for this engaging talk on how industrial South Wales has been depicted in art, by Brian Davies, Pontypridd Museum and Art Gallery. Afterwards, see the historic winding engine in action and find out more from the Volunteers caring for it. BOOKING ESSENTIAL call 01443 822 666.

Easter Pottery Workshop Please check details with organisers before Date : 27 March 2013 attending featured events! Time : 1100 Venue : Cwmcarn Forest Drive Join Jo for this popular easter pottery Community Notices workshop, and create you own easter Urantia Book Study Group Meetings bunny or basket. Book early to avoid We look forward to you attending the disappointment! For further details weekly study group meetings in the please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre Caerphilly area where the book will on 01495 272001 be read and conclusions made on the contents discussed for each meeting with Easter egg hunt venue and books being provided along Venue: Caerphilly Indoor Market with light refreshments. Date: Saturday March 30th If you want to expand your cosmic Time: 12pm - 4pm consciousness and enhance you spiritual Entry £2.00 Per child perception then please contact Children aged 3 - 8.All children must Gary on 07900667931 or send me an come accompanied by and adult e-mail to We also have local author, Lynda Nash is holding a free workshop for kids foundation to make their own story book. Also the chance to pre-order a Little Writers Inc Easter Competition personalised copy of her new book Subject: Chicken or the Egg - which ‘Danny down the drainpipe’. came first? Word Count: 400 words April 2013 Entry fee: £3.00 Prizes: 1st £40.00 2nd £15.00 The Van-guard Centre Closing date: 30th April 2013 (Charity Registration 1109193) Use your creative writing skills to Venue: Van Road United Reformed enter the ‘Chicken or the Egg’ Easter Church Caerphilly. competition. Using either or both a Date: Saturday 27th April 2013 ‘chicken’ or an ‘egg’ in your story. 400 Time: 7.30 p.m. words including the title. Cwmpas Theatre presents The Vigil by Send your entries as a word document to Ladislas Fodor a play based on the Easter (If you’d prefer Story. Tickets are available from members to submit by snail-mail, please email us of the Centre and the Church, or by for a postal address.) telephoning 02920866 578. Payments via Paypal to littlewritersinc@ Price £5 Concessions £4 including Please state your Paypal refreshments. reference on your entry. Lift access available.



Machen Rural Market Venue: Machen Village Hall Date: Saturday 16th March Time: 10.00am and 3.00pm There will be the usual selection of crafts, fresh, local produce and organic foods. It is likely to have an Easter theme this time. We are always looking for new and interesting stalls. Please contact Jan Walsh - 01633 441442 or 07737 630657

An evening of Nostalgia Venue: Bedwas & Trethomas Community Hall, Bryn Field, Bedwas. Date: Thurs 21st March 2013 at 7 p.m. Start: Programme will start at 7.30 p.m. Were you in the Bedwas/Trethomas Carnivals? Come along and see a film of the a Carnival from the 70s. Also, extracts from films by Carl Francis filmed in this area using local people. Admission £3.00 (For tickets see posters in local area). All funds raised for local MS Society. Bargoed Cinema Event Date : 22 March 2013 Time : 1930 Venue : Bargoed (Emporium Car Park) The popular outdoor cinema returns to Bargoed. The evenings have provided great entertainment for the whole family. The film will be confirmed soon. Bring your picnic, blanket & chair and sit back with the family to enjoy the open-air cinema experience. Free Event. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact the Visit Caerphilly Centre on 02920 880011.

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Machine Knitting Club Are you interested in Machine Knitting or would you like to learn? I am looking to set up a new machine knitting club in the Caerphilly area. We will meet a couple of afternoons or evenings a month. Please ring Val on 029 20867942 for further information.

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Caerphilly events update

Hi all, What a lovely kick-start to our 2013 events. Our St David’s Day concerts in Caerphilly, Bargoed, Blackwood and Risca had a lovely atmosphere with the children singing and dancing - it made us feel proud to be Welsh! Next up we have the increasingly popular ‘Open Air Cinema’ in Bargoed. Showing on the 22nd March at 7.15pm you will have a chance to see Madagascar 3! Bring your deckchairs, wrap up warm and don’t forget the popcorn! We have loads of fun family activities taking place over the Easter Holidays from Easter basket making, pottery workshops to Easter salt bottles and egg hunts. There is something to occupy all ages! Remember to log on to the What’s On section of the Council’s website for a full listing. Just after Easter on the 13th April we have Bargoed Spring Fair which hosts traders, children’s activities including pottery, crafts, face painting and some great street theatre, all forming part of a great day out. We are also pleased to announce that Caerphilly is hosting a Food Festival on the 4th May with stalls along Cardiff Road.

There will also be cookery demonstrations and a celebrity chef…. I will keep you guessing who it is and let you know in our April follow up! The ‘What’s On - Spring Summer’ Guide will be out in shops, cafes and other retail outlets from 15th March. Look out for the guide or call into The Visit Caerphilly Centre to pick your own copy. You can also download it from This spring and summer has over 75 events to keep you occupied! Don’t forget if you have an event that you would like listed under the What’s On section of the website, please give us a call on 01443 866388 and we will send you a form to complete and return to us. That’s all for now, we’ll bring you more news in the next edition of My Local View! Sarah-Kate Ackerman Events Officer Business Enterprise Support Team Directorate of the Environment, Regeneration & Planning Caerphilly County Borough Council visitcaerphilly

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CAN YOU TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE? In 2012 over 500 people took part in the ‘Twmbarlwm Trek’. Join us this year on Saturday 11th May 2013 for the ‘Ridgeway’ - 4 challenges along the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway. Just choose the challenge for you from 9, 16 or 22 miles or try one of the Rhymney River walks from 1 - 5 miles.

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Thought for the Month

Those who get! I was a nice little boy; brought up in a culture which said that little boys should be seen and not heard, and that those who asked did not get … you just had to hope that people would guess what you wanted, and then try to look as cute as possible in the hope you would get that ‘Action man’ or ‘Tommy Gun’ for Christmas (I never did get that ‘Tommy Gun’ so maybe I wasn’t that nice after-all?)

That’s not the way to do it!

Then I was introduced to the world of prayer, and frankly it all seemed a bit strange. First of all there was the whole concept of closing your eyes and chatting to this un-seen ‘all-year-round Santa’; then there was the strange language – which nobody normally used, other than when they were praying … it all seemed to be a bit of an act.

But this not some sort of celestial vending machine – this is speaking with ‘Our Father’ who knows what his children need, and loves to give us what is best for us. All through the Bible he tells us to seek him, to ask him, and to receive his gifts from him.

And that, lovely readers of the local view, is exactly the sort of praying which Jesus tells us to avoid (See Mathew chapter5).

And for a generation or two, we of us voted with our feet, and made a hasty exit from those ‘unreal’ churches. But, thankfully, God is bigger than his wonderful church, I was fortunate enough to discover a more exciting form of prayer. Where you talk in your normal language, and you can ask God for what you really really want.

If you read the whole of that Chapter 6 in Mathew, you will see it explained by Jesus in a well known passage, which becomes really powerful when fully applied… Roger Crookes -

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Head for the Hills The gadgets that make the great outdoors even greater Technology isn’t just something you use at home - it can be handy when you’re out and about too, even if your idea of out and about means going far off the beaten track. One of the most useful kinds of outdoor technology is GPS, the satellite system that can work out where we are and help us find where we want to go. There are all kinds of dedicated GPS receivers, ranging from cheaper devices such as Garmin’s £100 eTrex 10 to more expensive navigators such as Magellan’s Explorist 710, which currently costs around £350. You don’t necessarily need to invest in stand-alone GPS kit, however, especially now that smartphones and tablets can run very accurate mapping apps - although if you’re taking a phone or tablet into the wilds, onto a boat or anywhere else nature can destroy it, it’s a very good idea to invest in some protection. You can spend ridiculous sums on all-weather protection, but cases such as Griffin’s Survivor (around £25 for phones, £29 for tablets) - something Griffin admits is “ridiculously over-engineered” - wraps your device in militaryspec protection for a very

reasonable price. It isn’t pretty, but it’s tough - and that’s what really matters here. Technology has even made its way into the humble torch, which these days boasts LED illumination and innovative designs. Nite Ize’s BugLit LED (around £13) has low, high and strobe modes, is visible from a mile away and has rubber feet that you can twist to attach to almost anything, while head-mounted LED lights range in price from around £35 to well over £100. Petzl’s Nao Headtorch (£135) is a bit over the top for the odd walk in the woods, but for serious running and other sports its sensor ensures a uniform level of brightness irrespective of how light or dark conditions become. The most famous outdoors gadget is probably the Swiss Army Knife with its array of tools, but these days you’re more likely to carry a Leatherman or one of its many imitators. With prices ranging from around £30 to £100 for originals and considerably less for clones, the range offers all-in-one devices with tools such as pliers, knives, saws, bottle and can openers, wire cutters, screwdrivers and even

scissors. If you’re planning to be outside for a long time, you’ll need to eat - and gadgets can help you with that too. Jetboil’s Zip Stove (£75) is a gas stove given a high-tech twist: its heat exchanger means it can boil half a litre in just over two minutes, and its neoprene jacket keeps things warmer for longer. Meanwhile the BioLite CampStove (£150) takes the humble campfire into the 21st century: as it burns twigs, bark or pinecones it generates electricity, which powers a fan, which fans the flames for better heat efficiency and less smoke - and there’s enough power left over to recharge your lights, phone or MP3 player. If you need to recharge gadgets but don’t fancy lugging a stove around, no matter how portable, you might be better off with a monkey - and by monkey we mean a Powermonkey, such as the Powermonkey Discovery. Charge it before you go, and when your phone or other digital device runs out of puff the Powermonkey can recharge it twice if it’s an iPhone and three to four times if it’s a standard mobile phone. Expect to pay around £45.

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Jaguar XJ AWD Jaguar has introduced a clever all-wheel drive setup for its luxury XJ - we head to Canada to try it out. Jaguar’s star is rising fast. Sales across the world are booming, especially in growth markets like China where sales are up a staggering 84 per cent this year. It’s a similar pretty picture in the US and even in the troubled European markets the prestige brand is still up 20 per cent. Jaguar Land Rover’s global brand director John Edwards attributes the success to the Indian company Tata taking over the company in 2008. “I look back to the days of BMW and Ford ownership and think of them as foster parents,” he said. “They had their own parameters of what we could and couldn’t do and we had to live by those rules.” But since Tata took over, the manufacturer has been able to set its own rules once again – and Edwards thinks it’s this that has helped the Jaguar and Land Rover brands flourish. “When Tata took over it was like we became 18 – we could make up our own rules. We have a careful guardian watching over us but we can come up with our own plans and go our own way. That’s liberating. It’s opened our eyes to the long term.”

What is the AWD XJ?

It’s an all-wheel drive version of Jaguar’s luxury limo, the XJ. Using a part mechanical, part electric set-up Jaguar’s engineers have created a clever four-wheel drive system for

markets where cold weather is the norm, like the car’s launch location, Canada. The system allows 100 per cent of the power to go to the front or rear wheels, depending on where the grip is needed. The good news is that no driving characteristics are lost during normal conditions as just five per cent of the power is sent to the front wheels.

What’s under the bonnet?

The highlight is the new 3.0litre supercharged petrol V6. Producing 335bhp and 450Nm of torque it hits 60mph in 6.1 seconds, achieves a top speed of 155mph and returns 28.8mpg. It’s a corker of a unit and mated to the eight-seed automatic it’s incredibly smooth.

What’s the kit like?

It’s plentiful. Leather upholstery, a frankly sensational Meridian sound system, Bluetooth, cruise control; in fact pretty much everything you’d want and more comes as standard.

Any rivals?

The biggest rivals come with four-ringed badges on the bonnet. Audi has always made a big deal about its Quattro models, as the firm’s four-wheel drive system is one of their biggest selling points. With that in mind the Audi S8 would be the Jag’s biggest rival.

Is it any good?

It’s brilliant. Jaguar took us to

Canada to test the system in the snow and I’ve never felt as safe on the slippery stuff. However, it’s worth noting that these AWD Jaguars aren’t due to come to the UK. Sales of four wheel drive saloons are small, says the manufacturer, and it doesn’t warrant the development costs, but a spokesman did tell AOL Cars that it hasn’t been ruled out completely.

The verdict

It’s a shame they aren’t coming to the UK as they are very accomplished and with the weather we’ve been having recently, they’d make wise buys. However, there is a slim chance we’ll see the technology here and it’s always nice to see a success story for British car manufacturing elsewhere around the globe.

The Knowledge Model: Jaguar XJ AWD Price: £68,000 (est) Engine: 3.0-litre, petrol supercharged Power: 335bhp, 450Nm Max speed: 155 mph 0-60mph: 6.1s MPG (comb’d): 28.8 Emissions: 229g/km by James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (


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Grace is 4 years old with severe Autism and she attends a Specialist Resource Base for children with ASD in Pontllanfraith Primary School, Caerphilly. Grace is non-verbal, with very little understanding and cannot do everyday things we take for granted such as drink from an open cup or use a spoon BUT she is a whizz on an Ipad! This is because children like Grace are very visual learners and with an Ipad a few swipes, taps or flicks of a finger can open up a whole world of learning, communication and play opportunities! We have teamed up with The Hearts & Minds Challenge charity, who’s patrons are Keith Duffy, Melanie Sykes and Paul Scholes (all celebs with children who have Autism) to exchange OLD MOBILE PHONES for Ipads for children with Autism. We are collecting as many as we can to get Ipads into the unit for Grace and her classmates. 165 Old Mobiles equals 1 iPad.

The phones can be ancient, do not have to work or have chargers BUT are priceless to us in reaching our target.

So please if you have any mobile phones hidden away in the backs of your cupboards at home or are a business with a lost property section who might like to donate the unclaimed phones to us, we would be eternally grateful and you would be helping some very special, local children.

Drop off points for any old phones include The Royal Palace Chinese Takeaway on Pontygwindy Road, My Local View Magazine in Hendredenny, Jets Models in Bartlett Street & The Black Cock Inn on Caerphilly Mountain. We are working to secure other drop off points so if you can help please call Paul at My Local View and we will add you to a downloadable list which will be available at

Puzzle Answers 1.The flying man is upright rather than upside down 2.There is a red bird 3. There is only one tree 4.The man with the pink scarf is walking to the right rather than to the left 5. The dog with the collar is beneath the dog with the lead rather than the other way around 6. There are stars on the man’s green scarf 7. The umbrella is red 8. The man’s eyes are closed 9. The man is missing a pocket 10. The man is missing shoelaces



Wordsearch answers


Fun Quiz


1. Loving and giving 2. Robinson Crusoe 3. No Smoking Day 4. First 5. Thursday 6. Mardi Gras 7. He took ill 8. Saturday 9. Palm Sunday 10. Sunday Girl (by Blondie)


Spot the Difference


Thank You from Grace and all her classmates.

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