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Wayne David MP Page 10

Caerphilly Events update Pages 12

Hi all, This is the last issue of the year and we have lots of Festive content for you. Our What’s on Guide also contains lots of fun - packed events including the popular River of Light Lantern workshops and parade which seems to grow more popular with each passing year.

Beauty Tips Page 26

Recipe - Sachertorte Page 30

There are lots of Christmas Fairs in the What’s on Guide so a great chance to support local causes and have fun at the same time.

Dr Roger’s Gardening Surgery Page 42

The Caerphilly Miners Committee are keen to gain extra support for their cause, namely to turn the old Hospital into a Community Centre but need to raise a whooping £700,000 - phew!

Jeff Cuthbert Page 44

Please read the article on page 36

What’s on in Caerphilly

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to get in touch with positive comments about the magazine this year and for using the local businesses who are very keen in these tough trading conditions to gain more local customers and exposure.

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I am really keen to hear from you if you have ideas for articles that will help improve the magazine in 2012. Best Wishes for a fun Christmas. Paul

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.

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We are taking bookings for the January 2012 issue and we have an early deadline to hit! Please call Paul before the 18th of December to reserve your space on 029 20880378 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 11,750 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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Wayne David - MP for Caerphilly

The importance of Remembrance It was really good to see so many people at this year’s Remembrance Services. On Sunday morning (13 November), I went to Trethomas for the service there, before, in the afternoon, going to the Cenotaph in Caerphilly. Both services, in their different ways, were very moving and they showed me just how important it was for people to remember and pay tribute to those who had made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we might enjoy freedom. It was, however, on the previous Friday that the most moving service of all took place. At precisely 11 o’clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, school children from both primary and secondary schools in Caerphilly paid their tribute at the town’s Cenotaph. The children placed their wooden crosses, with poppies in the centre, at the foot of the Cenotaph. Then, after the prayers, one of the school teachers spoke about how in the Second World War a pilot had lost his life when his fighter plane, I think it was a spitfire, crashed on Caerphilly Mountain.

children to look at and study the plaques listing all those young men and women from the areas who had lost their lives. It is of course the two Great Wars of the last century which people usually associate with Remembrance Day. But it is important to remember more recent conflicts, especially the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, and those who have lost their lives in those conflicts. There was a concern a few years ago that the Remembrance Services would slowly fade away. I have absolutely no doubt that this will not happen. Even though my father’s generation are getting fewer in number, the experience of the Remembrance Services in Caerphilly tell me that those services will continue for many, many years to come.

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Caerphilly events update

Hi everyone, Christmas seems to be coming round quicker than ever and the County Borough of Caerphilly is hosting a magnificent events programme this year. With Christmas Markets taking place at our key town centres, lantern parades flooding through numerous towns and villages and Christmas festivities taking over the attractions. To name just some of the events kick starting the festivities, on 3rd & 4th December why not come along to the bustling town of Blackwood to experience a delightful Christmas Market. There will be plenty to see and do with a variety of food & craft stalls to look for that unusual Christmas gift, children’s funfair rides and stalls all located along the High Street. There will be traditional entertainment along with Santa and his reindeers. Santa will also be switching on the Christmas lights at 4pm on the 3rd. Swiftly moving into the second weekend of December embrace yourself for some medieval fun and frolics. On 10th and 11th December foodies will be in their element as the annual Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Fayre fills Caerphilly town centre and castle with stands overflowing with seasonal produce fit for a king’s table. Visitors can browse the medieval market, filled with authentic traders, or sup ale in the medieval tavern. Watch out for the pickpockets, beggars, scoundrels and thieves, join in with the hue and cry and when one is caught, it’s the stocks for them! Fun activities and entertainment will enhance the annual fayre bringing fantastic colour and excitement to caerphilly with a special visit from Father Christmas. Standard admission charges apply on entrance to the castle, although much of the entertainment around the town is free. This event is growing every year with visitors from near and far, so make sure you join in the fun!

The final weekend before Christmas offers so much for people of all ages. On 17th December, Bargoed will host a traditional on-street Christmas Market with local craft, charity & seasonal food stalls. The event will include various street entertainers, children’s entertainment & Santa’s Grotto. Returning by popular demand for 2012 is the fantastic outdoor ice rink, for the second year running this is a fantastic addition to the Market, helping to create that fantastic festive feeling! The ice rink will be in town from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th December offering more opportunities for visitors to show off their talents, following on from last years one day stint! All town centres offer an excellent selection of shops, so rest assured - you will find all you are looking for in one location when you visit these fun filled markets. Town centre retailers are also embracing the trading opportunities by participating in a Special Offers scheme. With a variety of special offers and discounts posters being displayed in shop windows for each event, shoppers will see their Christmas spending go a little further. An added bonus this year is the 2hrs free parking in all pay and display car parks across the County Borough between the 10th - 24th December. During each weekend in December don’t forget to pop into Caerphilly Leisure Centre to make a lantern ready to take part in the River Of Light Lantern Parade on 22nd December. There are a number of parades and workshops taking place throughout the county borough this winter. Visit www. for further details.

Don’t leave Caerphilly County Borough this Christmas, there is too much going on! Hope you all have a great Christmas! Best wishes,


Stacy Francis Events Officer Advisory Services, Regeneration & Planning, Caerphilly County Borough Council

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Working from home When a house is not a home

Working from home may not be a bed of roses, but it’s not all bad either. On the plus side can be numbered no transport costs, no fixed hours, and no dress code (okay, I know you’ve spotted that three minuses don’t make a plus but what the heck, this is literature not maths). On the minus side are endless distractions, no colleagues (which might be a plus side), and no support systems. Actually, though, that last minus can be a plus too. (Sorry, this seam of plus/minus interchangeability isn’t quite worked out yet. Even though I failed my maths O level three times I’ve decided that this is a pleasing conceit, and I’m sticking with it). I’ve had to call out my IT guy so often now that we’re friends. Not boozing buddies exactly – we don’t know the dates of each other’s wives’ birthdays or anything like that – but he does advertise regularly in my little magazine and unless I get another Trojan I’ll be in credit with him by about April! So that’s all good. The fact that we sold our home to buy a business and now rent a house neatly encapsulates both themes – the lack of support systems and the plus/minus interchangeability. When you own your own home, you’re financially responsible for everything that can go wrong with it. That’s a definite minus. When you rent, the landlord is responsible. Blocked gutters, a dodgy boiler, faulty wiring – they’re somebody else’s problem. A definite plus. Or is it? Because the one thing every office worker knows is that if your support system turns out to be more apparent than real –

if the IT manager is a dork (not that that ever happens, of course), or if the courier charged with a vital delivery turns out to be map-illiterate (which does!) – you’re on your own, struggling through a molasses-like swamp of setbacks and let-downs to finish that vital project knowing that if it doesn’t happen, you’ll be the one who carries the can. Well, landlords can be rather like map-illiterate couriers – utterly unreliable and impossible to call to account. They may not be bad people, but their imperatives are not yours. Heating broken down? In your own home, you’d have it sorted right away. But because your letting is his living, he has to find competitive quotes, which takes a few days – especially at Christmas which, thanks to the operation of sod’s law, it inevitably is. In the meantime you have a bar-fire on in every room as well as the TV, DVD player, CD player, your son’s bass amplifier, computer, printer, fridge-freezer, all-electric oven, washing machine, tumble drier (because of course it’s winter), various alarm-clocks, laptops, mobile phone/beardtrimmer/electric toothbrush chargers, hair driers, and other electronic what-not all plugged in and because the wiring – which should have been sorted out two weeks ago but is awaiting competitive quotes – isn’t up to the job, there’s a sudden blinding flash and you’re completely in the dark as well as freezing your bits off. Raw turkey, anyone? You’d rather pay out of your own pocket if only in the interest of speed. But because it’s not your property, you know that the heating, lighting, TV, and a functioning computer wherewith to earn your daily bread are someone else’s responsibility and therefore not for you to touch. A big plus... or an even bigger minus? Paradoxes. They look neat on paper, but you wouldn’t want to live in one.

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It was such a fantastic and memorable day for all involved – a great celebration of friendship. Thank you My Blue Nose Friends for making this happen.” Ffion was nominated for the title of Britain’s Best Friend due to her constant support and friendship for her unwell friend. Ffion makes sure that Ella takes every dose of her heavy medications, gives her daily support and was there to push her wheelchair after a recent car accident. The competition, supported by My Blue Nose Friends, attracted over 1000 entries, from which 10 finalists were chosen and put to the public vote.

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Christmas Traditions As with many traditions, there is usually a story of how a custom came about. Some sound plausible and some less so. But they almost always have a nostalgic tale behind them and never more so than at Christmas time.

Hanging a stocking by the fire

A long time ago there lived a man who had three daughters. His wife had died some years earlier and now his daughters were of an age to be married. However, at that time in history, the prospective husband’s family would expect to receive a dowry – gifts and money – when their son married. The man was very poor and simply could not afford to do this. Each night his girls would wash and mend their clothes. To enable their stockings to dry they would hang them near the fire. A wealthy man called Nicholas, who lived in the village, had heard of the girls’ plight and one night called by the house after dark. Seeing an open window he sneaked in and put a bag of gold coins in each of the stockings. When the villagers heard of the widower’s good fortune, they too started hanging stockings by their fireplaces. Because the stockings were by the fire this lead to the belief that Santa came down the chimney in order to deliver his gifts. Nicholas did many more secret good deeds – he really was the original benevolent St Nicholas.

Christmas Puddings

Christmas Pudding’s history is not as a dessert at all, but as a savoury meat based dish. In Medieval times all surplus livestock were slaughtered in the autumn so that they did not have to be fed over the winter. The meat had to be preserved however and a pottage was prepared in a large cauldron, the ingredients being slow cooked, with dried fruits, sugar and spices added. It is more likely that the dish was called plum pottage or plum porridge, the dried version of plums being prunes. As meat preserving techniques improved,

the savoury element of the dish decreased, although of course if suet is used a small element of meat may still be included. It was not until the 1830s however that the cannon-ball of flour, fruits, suet, sugar and spices, all topped with holly, made a definite appearance, becoming more and more associated with Christmas. It is said that the pudding should be made with thirteen ingredients to represent Jesus and His Disciples and that every member of the family should take turns to stir the pudding with a wooden spoon from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men.

Christmas Crackers

No Christmas dinner table would be complete without Christmas crackers, and the hats, small gifts and bad jokes are very much part of the tradition. The crackers were believed to have been invented in around 1850 in London, by a sweet maker called Tom Smith. He was often trying to think of new ways to market his sweets and sitting by his fire one night, he thought it would be a good idea if they could make a similar crackle to a burning log as the sweet wrapper was pulled in half. The idea caught on although rather too well as rival manufacturers soon sprang up. Tom Smith’s son, Walter, came up with the idea of including other items and offering different designs as a way of differentiating his product from those of his competitors. The best tradition of all of course is to spend time with your family, and that needs no explanation.

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It’s that time of year again. The annual office get-together and accepting more invites to nights out with the girls than you could ever possibly attend. Christmas is great, but all that socialising can become stressful and a packed diary means less time to prepare for those all important dates. So, what you really need is an easy, effective and wellplanned beauty routine that’s going to save you hours getting ready, guarantee you’ll look gorgeous and ensure that you’re the centre of attention - for all the right reasons. Being transformed from dingy to dazzling doesn’t have to take long, but preparation is certainly essential. Book hair appointments well in advance; it’s the busiest time of year for stylists and a marvelous mane is a must-have accessory. As great as it is to try out a new look, be cautious around the holiday season - hair disasters are sure to kill party spirit! Instead stick to a look that you know suits you and that’s easy to manage - leave the re-styles until the new year. Cold winter days, centrally heated rooms and the usual bouts of seasonal flu can play havoc with your skin, leaving it dull, dry and lifeless. So it’s a good

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Do you love gaudy baubles? Or are you more of a minimalist Christmas decorator? Katherine Sorrell outlines how to avoid Yuletide decorating excess while still enjoying a stylish festive season…

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Yule When I was little my grandparents always had a fake Christmas tree that groaned with the weight of about a thousand sputnik-shaped fairy lights. Candy-coloured and frosted with artificial ice, they flashed on and off in a way that, to a five-year-old, was nothing if not glorious. Yup, my grandparents really went for it – and if that’s your style, I’m not going to knock it. There is another Christmas-decorating school of thought, however. One that allows you to celebrate without going over the top. Here are five guidelines to help you create a stylish seasonal look for your home: 1. The wreath Your front door is the handshake to your house, and a pretty Christmas wreath is a welcoming addition. Buy or make one that suits the size and colour of your door. Natural materials such as holly, ivy, bay and twisted willow are lovely, and you can finish it off with berries and ribbon for a traditional effect; alternatively, wire and pale-coloured beads are subtle and sophisticated. Just avoid the pine-conesprayed-with-gold-paint-look. 2. The tree No Christmas is complete without a tree, and this is where ideas of pared-back décor tend to go astray amid a chaotic surge of baubles and assorted hanging things that you’ve accumulated over the years. Less is more, so stick to a colour theme: you could use plain silver balls with white or coloured lights, for example. Or go for a natural look, perhaps using ribbons, green twine and cinnamon sticks. For those leftover decorations that you’re desperate to display, why not pile them onto a small tree in a pot, or create a separate mantelpiece or fireplace arrangement? 3. The cards Even with the rise of e-greetings, the demise of the traditional Christmas card seems far away. But what to do with them all? Organise them,

Gather together an eclectic mix of lovely items and festoon your mantelpiece or windowsill with festive goodies.

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Jeff Cuthbert A.M. for Caerphilly

The most worrying piece of news to emerge recently was that of rising unemployment, and rising youth unemployment in particular. The Welsh unemployment rate stands at 9.3%, the highest rate since 1992. To make matters worse, youth unemployment has recently risen to record levels. What precisely is causing this? The economic policies being pursued by the UK Government play a big part. If people haven’t got money to spend, demand is not there. If businesses aren’t making money by selling goods to consumers, they can’t invest and they can’t create more jobs – they end up laying people off. If people have been laid off, they haven’t got money to spend. It’s a vicious circle. This austerity is being exacerbated by the UK Government’s spending cuts, which are going too far, too fast. Growth has been choked off. Amidst all of this, young people have been particularly hard-hit. Between January and September this year, the number of people aged 16-24 in the Caerphilly constituency who were unemployed rose by 56%. So, what can the Welsh Government do to help create jobs and get the economy growing again?

We recently announced Jobs Growth Wales, which will create 4,000 jobs a year, giving 16-24 year-olds six months of work experience where they will learn on-the-job skills that will be vital to their future employment prospects. We are also committed to extending our Pathways to Apprenticeships programme, helping employers take on more apprentices who learn vital skills as well as continuing with their education. Apprenticeships are vital to a growing economy. Finally, we have just announced a £55 million package aimed at helping businesses across Wales expand and recruit more staff. This sort of positive action is exactly what is needed if we are to do our bit and help restore jobs and growth to the Welsh economy. In Wales, unemployment can never, ever be seen as a price worth paying. Jeff Cuthbert A.M. Bargoed YMCA, Aeron Place, Gilfach, Bargoed CF81 8JA Tel: 01443 838542.

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48 It’s that chilly time of year when sniffles and bugs are all around us. It can make for a miserable Christmas and prevention is better than cure so learn how to boost your immunity and ward off winter bugs.

Boosting Immunity On average an adult can experience colds two to four times every year, while a young child can experience anything from three to eight colds over the same period, with the worst times for susceptibility occurring during winter. Tweaking your diet is key to boosting your immunity, as vitamins and minerals, naturally found in fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, all play a huge part in cold-proofing your body. Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet, each packed with essential vitamins and minerals, can help to improve immune function. Foods rich in vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that plays a key role in the body’s immune system, include orange and yellow fruit and vegetables such as apricots, mango, sweet potato and carrots. Vitamin C is a super immune and all-round health booster that can also be effective in minimising asthma symptoms. Dietary sources of vitamin C include kiwi, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, steamed broccoli and green peppers. Did you know – raw green pepper actually has higher vitamin C levels than many fruits. Vitamin E is another great immunity booster due to its high antioxidant levels. Fruits such as berries are antioxidant-rich so fill up on these at snack or dessert times whenever possible. Vitamin E enriched foods include avocado, carrots, almonds, Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds. Zinc is an important immunityboosting addition to the diet that helps to reduce the amount of time you have symptoms for, if the early signs of a cold are already present. Zinc can also help you to recover more quickly. Foods rich in zinc

include dark leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, tofu, lentils and sesame seeds. Omega-3 oils which are naturally found in oily fish varieties plus vegetarian-friendly options such as flaxseeds, linseeds, almonds and walnuts, can also help to boost immune function, reduce our susceptibility to infections and reduce the inflammation associated with colds. It may not be the most obvious, or the most popular smelling food, but garlic is a fantastic natural antibiotic, which has anti-viral properties due to its active ingredient allicin, which is effective in opening up airways and easing allergy and asthma symptoms. Try to minimise your intake of refined food items such as white bread, white flour, white rice and white pasta as these can depress the immune system and increase your susceptibility to cold viruses. If you struggle to eat a varied colourful diet, or would simply prefer to have the reassurance of a daily supplement to ensure you have healthy levels of essential vitamins and minerals in your body over the colder months, opt for a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement. However, experts warn that although multivitamin supplements will help to fend off cold infections, they will not replace all of the immuneboosting benefits of a healthy diet. Leading a healthy lifestyle, being physically active and getting a good quota of sleep can additionally help to boost your immunity. Don’t fall into the habit of using the cold weather as an excuse to stay indoors. Getting outdoors, even for moderate exercise such as a brisk stroll, really helps to boost the immune system by strengthening the body and making it better able to fight seasonal viruses and infections. by Julie Penfold

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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 2088 6512 for further information and times. 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.

Everyone is welcome to come along. Entry is free. Stalls, Games, Grand Raffle and Santa’s Grotto. Caerphilly River of Light Lantern making Workshop Date : 03 - 18 December 2011 Time : 1000 Venue : Caerphilly Leisure Centre It’s time to get sticking and cutting! Make your very own lantern ready for this year’s River of Light Lantern Parade on 22nd December. Artists will be on hand to help you make a beautiful lantern which can be carried in the parade. Workshops take place on 03/04/10, 11/17 & 18 December 2011. For further details please telephone Caerphilly Visitor Centre on 029 2088 0011


Christmas Bazaar Date : Friday 2 December Time : 3pm Start Venue : Twyn School, Caerphilly

Christmas Coffee Morning Date : 9 December 2011 Time : 10am Venue : St Thomas Church, Trethomas, Caerphilly All are welcome to our friendly church to meet friends make new ones and enjoy mince pies and coffee browse our stalls and raffles look forward to seeing you. Any information contact Carol Reed 02920865384.


Rudry Christmas Rural Market Date : Sun 4th December Time : 10am-4pm Venue : Rudry Parish Hall Christmas is coming and the rural market is stocked full to the rafters with the very best produce you can buy! Come and find hand-made bunting, Untapped Real Ale and True Taste Award Winning Halletts Cider, lovely local free-range eggs and meat, a vast array of pickles, jams and chutneys, designer cards and posters, adorable cupcakes, award-winning locally produced ice-cream, stunning handmade jewellery, vintage china and cake-stands, hand made wooden gifts and plenty more. The Christmas Café is open and all things sweet and savoury will be served up with festive cheer hosted by BAKED by Mel. Santa himself will be with us at 2pm so bring your little ones along. A warm welcome awaits you at our bumper fair of the year! For more information please contact or call Sam on 07734 088047.


Creative English Class Venue: St Martin’s Church Hall Park Lane, Caerphilly between 1pm - 2.40pm every Thursday. The cost is just £10 for the whole Year. Please contact Lynda Nash in 07752 508518 or email

BEDWAS THEATRE GROUP Date: 8th December 2011 Time: 7pm - 9.30pm Venue: OAP Hall, St Mary Street, Bedwas A Christmas night with Bedwas Theatre Group. Come join us for some festive celebrations singing carols and generally having a good time. Tea coffee and mince pies available. If you miss the Christmas spirit you will find some of it here. Fun laughter and frivolity. Free Entry

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Welsh Craft Fayre Date : 10 December 2011 Time : 10.00 Venue : Visit Caerphilly Free entry! The fayre showcases the best arts & crafts that the area has to offer, from local handmade jewellery to welsh quils and glass wear. The Visit Cearphilly Centre also houses a Welsh fine food hall, where visitors can buy the world famous Caerphilly Cheese. For further details please telephone Caerphilly Visitor Centre on 02920 880011

Christmas Tree Festival Date – 10th December Venue - St Martin’s Church Time - 10am to 4pm. Free entry. Refreshments - a cup of tea and biscuit will be 70p, and there will be cakes and mince pies on sale as well. Come in and sit down – have a cup of tea and a chat and a rest from shopping – in a quiet area

51 surrounded by all sorts of Christmas trees, and with Christmas music playing or being sung by our Parish choir. The trees are entered by local business, youth groups, and schools - we had 20 trees last year, and hope for more in 2011! £1 will get you a voting slip, to vote for the best tree – the winner will get half the proceeds to go to a charity of their choice For further details – contact Deryn McAndrew – 02920 882316.

Christmas Cheer Date : 10 December 2011 Time : 12.00-4pm Venue : Bedwas & Trethomas Community Hall, Bedwas Come along and enjoy some Christmas cheer. Lots of Xmas stalls. Kids – come along and give Santa your Christmas lists!

Venue: Beulah Chapel, Abertridwr Tickets available from Caerphilly Visitors Centre and Oasis Centre, Abertridwr Cost £5 (children under 16 free) Price includes programme and refreshments. Come and enjoy an evening of song and Christmas spirit.


Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Market Date : 10 - 11 December 2011 Time : 0900 Venue : Caerphilly Castle/ Caerphilly Town Centre Enjoy a wonderful experience for the whole family and travel back in time to days of old. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a town and castle preparing for Christmas. Listen to seasonal period music and laugh at the hilarious frolics of the Jester, while you browse the medieval market within the castle walls. Stalls selling tasty food, replica medieval goods and traditional crafts will delight the family while medieval acts keep everyone entertained. Christmas fun and activities will fill the town centre where food lovers can savour the farmers. christmas For further details please telephone Caerphilly Visitor Centre on 029 2088 0011


Caerphilly Farmers Market Date : 10 December 2011 Time : 09.30 Venue : Twyn Community Centre Every 2nd Saturday a month. A farmers market selling a range of different produce including:Eggs, meat, cheese, cakes, bread, honey, preserves, plants and woodcraft. For more information look at or phone Mike Pett on 01656 658963

Carols on ‘The Square’ Date : 14 December Time : 1700 Venue : War Memorial, Navigation Street, Trethomas Come along and join 7th Caerphilly Scout Group for Carols on the Square; festive refreshments and raffle at St Thomas’ Church afterwards. 07988 692 396 for info. The PTA of St Martins School Christmas Fayre Date: Wed 14th December 2011 St Martin’s School, Mountain Road, Caerphilly Free admission 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Anyone wishing to rent a table should contact Eddie or Karen on 02920 880600 for further details.

Bedwas High School Christmas Fayre Date : 15 December 2011 Time : 1500 Venue : Bedwas High School.. Bedwas High School is holding a Christmas Fayre in aid of the school charity Caria Kenya. The Fayre will include Santa’s Frotto, stall includings crafts, jewellery, wooden gifts, cakes, hats and scarves and school stall selling candles, Christams decorations, bird tables and wind chimes. Games, Bingo and hot snacks. For further details please telephone Bedwas High School on 02920 859800 Caerphilly Community Chorus Christmas Concert Date:17th December 2011 Time:7pm

Caerphilly River of Light Parade Date : 22 December 2011 Time : 1830 Venue : Caerphilly Town Centre See the streets come to life as hundreds of children parade through Caerphilly town centre accompanied by music, samba and drumming. This spectacular event climaxes with a fireworks display at Caerphilly Castle. Parade leaves caerphilly railway station park and ride at 6.30pm. For further details please telephone Caerphilly Visitor Centre on 029 2088 0011 Parish of Bedwas: First Eucharist of Christmas Date : 24 December 2011 Time : 22.00 Venue : St. Barrwg’s Church, Bedwas Further information 02920 883979

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A Swinging Christmas

Thursday 15th & Wednesday 21st December A nostalgic trip down memory lane as we host a lunch with a Swing theme. After your festive meal our live act will serenade the room with sounds of old, from the Kings of Swing. £16.95 per person 3 course meal & entertainment

Lunch & Disco

Thursday 22nd December Enjoy a meal in the restaurant either from the Festive Party menu or A la Carte, our DJ will be playing party tunes from old to new until 5 in a completely separate room, so the choice is yours to dine quietly or go and party! Bar remains open all day.

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A Carolling Christmas

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 22nd December Log fires, mistletoe, mulled wine and carols. A traditional evening awaits as you arrive to a warm glass of mulled wine before going through to the traditionally decorated dining room to enjoy your three course festive meal. Sit back and relax whilst the choir sing traditional carols. £29.95 per person including drink on arrival, 3 courses & entertainment

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The Legal Eagle Does it matter if you are married? 54

There are thought to be over two million co-habiting couples in England and Wales and with the change in times that arguably marriage is falling out of trend then any co-habiting couple may wonder what will happen to any assets they acquired during their period of cohabitation. A very recent case heard in Supreme Court has without doubt broadened the scope for many family lawyers to argue over assets for co-habiting couples. In essence the case concerned a jointly owned property owned by two individuals and the Supreme Court made a ground-breaking ruling that now means that all circumstances of the case will be looked at and also as to how the parties truly intended to occupy the property.

The case will for the future for many family lawyers provide plenty of room for legal argument and manoeuvre on how to divide assets such as properties with parties that simply wish to co-habit. If you find yourself in a similar position you should seek advice from a family lawyer.

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Thought for the Month

Let’s be Childish!

One of my favourite jobs is going around the country judging Santas Grottos; I guess you could say I am one of Santas Helpers. Christmas is a fantastic time for Children, I am sure that many of us have memories of magic moments involving Santa, snow, stockings, surprises and er… Satsumas.


I sometimes hear folks saying “Christmas just isn’t the same any more...” as they struggle with adult realities of life and miss their childhood Christmases. But, it is up to us how ‘childlike’ we are; and when I see children loving the whole wonderful experience of a family Christmas, I am reminded that maybe it is worth recapturing some of that childishness.

• The change Jesus referred to was not a physical change; he was referring to a change of attitude, to change the way we think. He wants us to have a childlike trusting attitude towards our heavenly father.


I love to see children holding their parents hand amid all the excitement, and looking up to them – savouring the magic moment with them, feeling safe and secure – fantastic!



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History of Llanbradach Bowling Club


Llanbradach Bowls Club was established in 1901. This is the 3rd article showing key events in the history of the popular club. The landmark day for Llanbradach Bowling Club came on Monday 13 June 1904 at 1 o’clock p.m. when the new green was opened at its present site. This momentous occasion came on a typical bowling daywet and windy-very little has changed in the game of bowls since that day.

Bowling Club. This great lady was well known for her gifts to charity, Cardiff Royal Infirmary and many other institutions, she will be sadly missed. Over the years since its formation as a green for local colliery officials, the club has made headlines over and over again.

The green was opened by Mrs Gregory the esteemed wife of Mr S Gregory the Manager of the colliery and Chairman of the executive committee of the bowling green. Miss Clara Thomas was unable to attend. After the ceremony a grand luncheon was prepared by Mr and Mrs Fussell, of the Llanbradach Hotel and was well partaken of and enjoyed. Luncheon over, the members and guests played a game of bowls in the rain until it became too wet to play on. The green consisted of 5 rinks and fees were 2/6 per annum. June 12th 1914 will always be remembered as one of the saddest days in the history of Llanbradach as a bowling club and Llanbradach as a village with the announcement of the death of Miss Clara Thomas the benefactor of the ground which is now Llanbradach

The club is now the third oldest bowls club in Wales, and has enjoyed a record equalling long and successful history. In 1912 the club had 33 members and a membership fee of five shillings a year. In 1973 there were 80 playing members and the membership fees were £4.40 a year including vat. If you are interested in joining the club, please see our advert below.

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