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Regular features Beauty Tips Page 6

Caerphilly Events update Hi all, August is the month that many of my advertisers take a well earned rest and you may notice that the magazine is a little thinner!

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Dr Roger’s Gardening Surgery Page 26

Not to worry as we still have a lot of great information about local events and good causes to share with you.

Jeff Cuthbert

Notably, BBC CYMRU have taken a full page ad to publicise the Proms in the Park event which will be taking place in Caerphilly on the 10th of September. If this event appeals to you then you need to get your skates on as tickets are now on sale. Further information is available on page 12 in the events team update column.

Can you help?

Also, last month The Black Cock Inn on Caerphilly Mountain launched a Family day offer on Thursdays where kids eat free when accompanied by two paying adult. This popular pub will be a great place to visit with a long summer break ahead for our school kids.

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Recipe | Cajun Roast Monkfish The Legal Eagle Page 38

Thought for the Month Page 40

All the best,

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Wayne David MP Page 44

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Beauty Tips Foot Care It is wonderful to be able to throw off our boots and socks during the summer and to wear colourful open shoes. But if you have cracked heels and overgrown toenails, those summer sandals should be left in the cupboard until you have taken the time to give your feet a bit of love and attention. Dry heels or any areas of hard skin are the first uglies that should be dealt with. With the trend of taking a shower rather than a bath – all the more so in the summer – your feet don’t have a chance to soak. Run a bowl of warm water with some moisturising bath oil or even a little olive oil. Leave your feet to soak for at least five minutes, then using a pumice stone or foot file rub away the hard areas. Using an exfoliating granular foot scrub will remove surface dry skin from the whole foot. Toenails next. They should be cut straight across with a strong pair of nailclippers, then any rough edges taken off with a good quality nail file. Don’t cut them too short though or you risk exposing delicate

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Caerphilly events update

Hi everyone, The busy summer events season is in full swing with everyone here in the Events team working hard to deliver some fantastic events. As I write, The Big Cheese is nearly upon us… so I hope the weather was kind! Life’s a beach ...and the beach was Blackwood! Thousands of visitors flocked to Blackwood’s High Street on 16th & 17th July to see their favourite kids TV characters and summer festivities in bucket loads. With children’s funfair rides, craft stalls, samba bands and workshops, contortionist, Punch and Judy and a 50 foot beach smack bang in the middle of the High Street! The atmosphere was truly delightful with visitors from far and wide joining in the fun. Blackwood retailers expressed their delight with the event and joined in the summer fun wearing floral garlands and coming out of shops to talk to visitors. We look forward to putting on more events in Blackwood and plans are already afoot for Blackwood’s Dickensian Christmas Market on 3rd & 4th December (yes Christmas already!). BBC Proms in the Park tickets – out now! I am pleased to say that the much awaited announcement has arrived …BBC Proms in the Park tickets are on sale! We are extremely excited to be working with BBC Cymru Wales to bring spell binding magic to Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields in Caerphilly on Saturday 10th September.

With a line up of singers, celebrity presenters and BBC National Orchestra of Wales performing at this evening of classical entertainment. You can buy your tickets from The Visit Caerphilly Centre, in person or over the phone. The Centre is open every day 10am – 5.30pm, Telephone 029 2088 0011. If you prefer to book online, go to www.blackwoodminersinstitute. com. Purchase your tickets in advance for £10.00 per person (children 12 and under with an accompanying adult are free). Tickets on the night will be £12.00 per person. We hope lots of you will pack a picnic and come along to enjoy the very first Caerphilly BBC Proms in the Park, which will be televised along with Hyde Park, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Keep an eye out for an announcement confirming artists and presenters, very soon! We’ll keep you posted with more news on BBC Proms in the Park in the next issue along with information on The Tour of Britain, which Caerphilly is hosting for the final stage of the Welsh race. Taking place in Caerphilly on Wednesday 14th September, spectators are invited to see the finale of this exciting race, which will be televised. It’s back to Big Cheese planning for now, catch up with you all soon.

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But beware there are tiny very sensitive hairs on those traps, which when stepped on in the wrong way by an unsuspecting insect taking a Sunday afternoon stroll, cause the trap to snap shut in a nano second. The peckish plant, having trapped the screaming insect (it is possible that I am exaggerating in places here), then slowly dissolves it within the trap and drinks the juices for lunch – yum – No flies on this little fella eh?

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Jeff Cuthbert A.M. for Caerphilly

With the dust now settled on the Welsh General Election, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet in place and its legislative programme agreed, I will be doing my utmost to stand up for the people of Caerphilly and Wales, as promised in the Labour election manifesto on which I stood. It is vital that we protect our public services as much as possible from the spending cuts being imposed on us by the UK Coalition Government. Following the UK Coalition Government’s spending review last October, Wales has been forced to cut its budget by £1.8 billion over the next four years. Because of this drastic reduction, we have had to do our best to protect spending on our key services like education, health, housing, social services and transport so that no one area suffers disproportionately. This is why a certain party’s recent pledge to maintain current health spending was so ridiculous – it would have meant cutting the education budget by one-fifth! Unfortunately, the cuts being imposed on us mean that we have had to reduce our capital budget by two-fifths over the next four years – that is, the budget that pays for big infrastructure projects like hospitals, roads and school buildings. This has meant that the Welsh Government has had to review its school building programme, known as ‘21st Century Schools’, asking councils such as Caerphilly to look again at plans to build new schools.

However, it is not all doom and gloom. In March, we were able to offset some of these painful cuts being imposed on us by releasing £105 million for capital infrastructure spending this year – providing vital support to the construction industry in Wales. This means we were able to make around £4 million available to Caerphilly Council to complete the construction of the new Cwm Ifor Primary School in Penyrheol – providing a fantastic new learning environment for local schoolchildren. So while there will be tough times ahead thanks to the UK Coalition Government’s spending cuts going too far and too fast, I and the Welsh Government of which I am part will be doing everything we can to protect people in places like Caerphilly from the worst effects, and making sure that we have strong, effective and responsive public services here in Wales.

Jeff Cuthbert A.M. Bargoed YMCA, Aeron Place, Gilfach, Bargoed CF81 8JA Tel: 01443 838542.

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Letter from a reader - Can you help? Hi Paul We are holding a Family Fun Day, fundraising event in Memory of a special little boy, Baby Evan, who was born sleeping on 15th April 2011. We are hoping to raise enough funds to provide Baby Evan’s Garden, held in Thornhill Cremtorium, with a headstone, any remaining funds made will be donated SANDS, the stillbirth and Neonatal charity, in Evan’s Memory. The event will be taking place on Sunday 21st August 2011, 11am until 4pm. At St Martins School, Hillside, Caerphilly. **HELP WANTED** We need some help to make this event a success, so we’d like * People to help out on the day - handing out leaflets, walking around with donation buckets & help keep the event clean & tidy. * Prize donations for the raffles

* Businesses to hold stalls at the event * Entertainment providers :- bouncy castles, mascots, dancers, singers, face painters etc... AT THE EVENT * Raffle, with a huge range of fabulous prizes * Fire Engine & Firemen, children will be able to wear helmets & sit inside! * Entertainment- dancing/singing * Mascots - Peppa Pig & her brother George! * Bouncy Castle & other inflatable activities * Party Bags for all children who attend * Arts & Crafts for children to take part in * Guess the name of the bear * Guess the weight of the cake * Stalls - jewellery, gift baskets, cakes, sweets... * Face Painting * Nail Art * Temporary Tattoo’s * And much, much more!!!! :) Zoe Jenkins & Natasha Gittings. Further details in the What’s on Guide

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Local News

Bedwas RFC. Mini & Junior Section. Want to play rugby? We have teams from Under 7’s to 16’s & are looking for new recruits to join a successful and friendly section at the area’s only Premiership Club! Pre-season training has now started at Bedwas High School. All children from the age of 6 and over are welcome! Come along to training and make yourself known to the coaches. On Wednesday from 6.00pm for all teams Under 10. On Thursday from 6.00pm for all teams Under 16. We are also holding Summer Training and Recruitment Camps for children aged between 6 and 13 from 16th to 25th August. For further information contact William Lewis on 07795 577110 or lewis.w@btconnect .com or visit

The Malcolm Uphill Commemorative Committee In 1969 Malcolm Uphill, was the first man to lap the Isle Of Man Motorcycle TT Circuit at over 100MPH on a production Triumph Bonneville 650cc with an average speed of 99.99MPH. The Commemorative Committee are raising funds through the sale of these exclusive T-Shirts on a limited run of only a few Hundred, priced at £15.00 each ( TRULY A COLLECTORS ITEM) to erect a Bronze Plaque to commemorate his achievement in Caerphilly town Centre. They are only available from JET MODELS & HOBBIES, 27 Bartlett Street Caerphilly. CF83 1JS. Tel No 029 20 880 600 Email The notation on the T Shirt pays tribute to Malcolm’s outstanding achievement, and also depicts at the bottom of the shirt that it is the centenary of the IOM TT this year 1911 to 2011

Cardiff Quins Girls Rugby plan to outsmart opposition Local girl’s rugby team Cardiff Quins hope to outsmart the opposition next season thanks to a sponsorship deal with local Independent Mercedes-Benz Specialist, Stuttgart Garage. Joanne Jones Cardiff Quins Under 18’s Captain and Megan Jones Cardiff Quins Under 15’s Captain who are pictured with Kevin James were delighted with the new kit bags, tracksuits, polo shirts and hoodies. Kevin said “When we were approached by the Quins I was delighted that we could help.” Cardiff Quins have over the past 3 years developed into one of the premier girls clubs in Britain, with several players having represented Wales. Now all their hard work and dedication has been rewarded. Visit : Cardiff Quins at | Stuttgart Garage at

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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. Indoor Bowling (Short Mat) Venue: St. Catherine’s Church Mill Road, Caerphilly. The Parish of Caerphilly Bowls Club. Would you like to play Indoor Bowls (Short Mat)? Come and give it a try, all welcome! Please phone Larry on 029 20886512 for further information and times. Bedwas & Trethomas Over 50s Wednesday Club Venue: Bedwas & Trethomas Community Hall - ( Entrance rear of workmens hall every wednesday) 1pm to 4pm Bingo Tea/Coffee/Biscuits Day Tips Arrange - Come Along and have a look. A warm welcome to those that do.

August 2011 Whistle while you work Date : 03 August 2011 Time : 1100 Venue : Parc Penallta Come and have a go at making whistles out of elder wood. Booking is required for this event. For further details please telephone Parc Cwm Darran on 01443 875557

Table Top Sale Date : Saturday 6th August Time: 11am - 3pm Venue: St Catherine’s Church Hall, Mill Road, Caerphilly Various stalls selling: bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, crafts, Fairtrade stall etc. Refreshments. Come and join us! Would anyone requiring a table for this event please contact Daphne on 029 20884613 Killing T!me LIVE Date: Saturday 6th August Time: 8pm - 11pm Venue: The Monte, Rudry Great Local Band, FREE ENTRY International Cider and Perry Festival Date : 12 - 14 August 2011 Time : 1000 Venue : Llancaiach Fawr Manor This Festival runs over 3 days from Friday 12th August to Sunday 14th August 2011. Cider & Perry from Wales, England, France, Spain and Austria combined with regional foods to compliment the variety of flavours. Music and dancing. Tickets from www. For further details please telephone Llancaiach Fawr Reception on 01443 412248 Let’s go fly a kite ! Date : 15 August 2011 Time : 1000 Venue : Parc Penallta Call in the Education Centre and have a go at making a kite. All materials provided. Sessions at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, and 12:00. Join us at the events arena to fly a kite at 13:00:30. Bring your own kite or make one when you get here until 16:00! For further details please telephone Education centre, Parc Penallta on 01443 816853

My Museum! Date : 15 - 19 August 2011 Time : 1100 Venue : Winding House Take control of the Winding House with a special week of activities for young people (9-14 years). BOOKING ESSENTIAL. For further details please telephone Winding House on 01443 822 666 Family Fun Day, Fund-raising Event - BABY MINE Date: Sunday 21st August 2011 Time: 11am - 4pm Venue: St Martins Comprehensive School, Hillside, Caerphilly, CF83 1UW (See page 30 for details) Coed-y-Werin Nature Walk Date: Sun 28th August 2011 Time: 2pm Venue: The Warren Woodlands, Wernddu, Caerphilly (off Van Road). Bring all the family along for a fun day out walking through the Coed-y-Werin Woodlands. Come and see the exciting new rock exposures, lean about the past history of the site, and see the work the volunteers of Caerphilly Woodland Trust carry out. For more information and directions visit

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Mouth Watering Recipe

Monkfish has a wonderful firm flesh with a meaty flavour and is well suited to roasting, however cod loin or a thick piece of salmon fillet will work just as well.

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(1lb 9oz) monkfish fillet 2tbsp olive oil 1tsp lemon juice 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning 8 medium-sized waxy potatoes, such as Desiree Salt and freshly ground black pepper 225g (8oz) cherry tomatoes 1 lemon, sliced Sunflower oil for shallow frying Cut the monkfish into large chunks and place in a shallow roasting tin. Mix together the oil and lemon juice and pour over the fish. Sprinkle over the Cajun seasoning. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Place the unpeeled potatoes in a large pan of salted water. Bring to the boil and boil for 5 mins. Drain and leave to cool for 10 mins. Peel the skins off the potatoes and coarsely grate the potato flesh into a bowl. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Using your hands, divide and shape the grated potato into about 8 flat cakes. Place the lemon slices in the roasting tin with the monkfish and cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for a further 5-8 minutes until the fish is just cooked through and the tomatoes are tender. Heat 30-45ml (2-3tbsp) oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Fry the potato rosti, in batches, for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown, adding more oil as necessary. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Arrange the potato rosti on serving plates and top with the roast monkfish, lemon slices and tomatoes. Pour over any juices left in the roasting tin and serve immediately.

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The Legal Eagle Joining the Profession 38

What does it take to become a Solicitor? Many questions are asked as to what it actually takes to become a Solicitor, aside from the years of studying and thereafter training, and finally the Admission to the Roll of Solicitors. Solicitors are part of a profession and the definition of a profession is a ‘vocation founded upon specialised educational training’. Members of the profession agree when they join to abide by specified rules of conduct when in Practice. That duty to Solicitors does not stop following the studies at degree or even training thereafter, but it in fact continues throughout your legal career. If you are of the view that law may be the career path for you, the best place to start with your research is the internet.

And, it can be said that the Law Society webpage is an excellent tool for exploring any questions that you may have before commencing your law Degree or indeed deciding on the path of Law. More specifically the Law Society has a Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) website that is very helpful tool.

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Thought for the Month

Heaven or Hell on Earth

I have been reading a rather controversial book recently; it is called ‘Love Wins’, by a likeable chap called Rob Bell.


A lot of people have got upset by some of what he suggests, because it challenges us to think again about key issues such as Heaven and Hell, always emotive subjects – so I guess it is no surprise.

Here is the thing that has got me thinking.

When Jesus spoke about Heaven and Hell – he was often speaking in the context of Now, not always about what we think of as the ‘afterlife’. When we see scenes of tragedies such as African droughts, and war zones; we often describe them as looking like ‘hell on earth’… and is it just me or do we develop a degree of tolerance to these scenes; they don’t move us like We are MOVING !!! but only they did when we first saw them.

So, apologies for that … What are we to do then? I see a clue in the Lords’ Prayer. Jesus teaches us to pray ‘Let your Kingdom come – on earth as it is in heaven’ .


On Earth as it is in heaven: that sounds like we can bring something of heaven to earth right now.


Perhaps if we can learn how to do that; to bring a taste of heaven, of God’s goodness, hope, healing and forgiveness to folks who feel like they are living in a kind of hell on earth – we may not have to get into so many heavy theological discussions.


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A message from Bedwas and Caerphilly Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector, Paul Staniforth: “Bedwas and Caerphilly Neighbourhood Policing Teams are encouraging shoppers to take extra care this summer when out and about in order to keep personal possessions safe and secure. The chances of being a victim of theft in Gwent are low, however, we are concerned about the amount of calls we have recently received reporting stolen purses. We advise following the tips below in order to do all you can to keep personal items such as wallets, purses, mobile phones and cameras safe and out of sight of potential thieves: - Don’t leave bags over the back of your chair and keep wallets and purses close to your body when in pubs, restaurants and other venues - If you use a handbag, keep a tight hold of it and ensure the zip or clasp is fastened and facing towards you - Carry wallets in an inside pocket - If someone bumps into you, make sure your purse or wallet is still in your possession - Don’t leave mobile phones or money where people can easily see them - Be discreet when using mobile phones and put them away as soon as you have finished using them - Don’t carry important documents or more money than you need

- Use a security lanyard to clip to your purse and your bag If you would like your very own personal security lanyard, then please contact the Bedwas Neighbourhood Policing Team on: 02920 857 454 or e-mail: or Caerphilly Neighbourhood Policing Team on 02920 857 453 or e-mail: The FREE lanyards have a clip at each end to fasten purses to handbags, deterring thieves from stealing items from handbags.” To find out what is happening in your neighbourhood and more about your local Neighbourhood Policing Team visit and enter your postcode. You can also follow us on twitter gwentpolice and find us on Facebook www.facebook.


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Rupert Murdoch and My Local View Readers may think it strange but there is a very direct link between My Local View and News International. No, My Local View is not owned by Rupert Murdoch and I don’t think that My Local View has yet achieved international media status. However, both My Local View and News International are in the same business of ‘communicating’ with the public. The past few weeks have been dominated by revelations concerning phone-hacking and the links between Rupert Murdoch’s empire and politicians. A number of enquiries have either taken place or are in the process of being established and it is pretty clear that illegal phone-hacking was far more wide-spread than previously believed and the relationship between Rupert Murdoch and senior politicians, including our current Prime Minister, was too close for comfort. The problem with News International is that it was more than prepared to ‘walk on thin ice’ when it came to obtaining stories and the idea of objective reporting has been something quite alien to newspapers like The Times, The Sun and The News of the World.

The first issue is relatively straightforward. Phone-hacking and police bribery are illegal and therefore should not happen. Reporting in a fair and balanced way is however a more difficult issue. Few would disagree that there should be ‘freedom of the press’ but ‘freedom’ cannot be an absolute principle. Alongside, and moderating the idea of ‘freedom’, there has to be balance and fairness. That is why the whole issue of how newspapers ‘report’ in a free society is a difficult but vital issue. Over the next few months, hopefully, there will be a long overdue debate in this country about the nature of press freedom and the safeguards which have to be introduced. And this brings me back to My Local View. My guess is that over the next few years, we are likely to see two trends. The internet will be increasingly seen as a vehicle for news and there will be more and more ‘local’ outlets for news. I welcome this because the less influence the likes of Rupert Murdoch have and the more opportunity there is for different views and opinions, the healthier our democracy will be.

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