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September 2013

Issue 89

Caerphilly Edition

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Regular features Hello My eldest son suggested a “back to school” cover for this month’s magazine. I needed his help to make a decision as I had been sat in front of my computer for nearly 14 hours on the day I went to print! I do not normally leave things to the last minute but like so many self-employed people I had dared to take a holiday in August which means that two weeks work on the mag had to be crammed into one!


I should take a holiday more often as I have had a record number of enquiries ranging from advertisers, community articles and a couple of really good ideas from local readers. One suggestion has come in from Mr. Prosser who, following a conversation with a Caerphilly Police Constable, has been in touch and recommended that I list telephone numbers for public services that can be hard to obtain such as reporting noise pollution or fly tipping in the Borough. One of the aspects or running this magazine that I enjoy the most is the engagement with readers so if you have access to some handy (and not easy to find) public service numbers please let me know and I will get the ball rolling! We have been featuring ads for Bedwas Rocks festival recently and the organisers have told me that the event was a great success, with a positive turn-out from local View readers. They have asked me to pass on their thanks to all who supported them. It was a fund raiser in aid of Velindre Cancer Care so a great cause!

Fun Quiz Page 8

Mediteranean Fish Bake Page 10


Pages 8 & 16

Dr. Roger’s Gardening Surgery Page 26

Caerphilly Miners update Page 30

What’s on locally Page 32 , 34 & 35

Caerphilly Events update Page 36

Thought for the Month Page 40

Best Wishes,

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.

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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It almost seems a pity to break into our warm summer weather to think about the autumn and how to occupy our time when the nights close in. However, it does us good to stretch ourselves and learn a new skill or even refresh an old one. There are many pastimes around - but have you thought about learning how to arrange flowers instead of just putting them in a vase? Anyone can learn - Mums, Dads, Grans, Teenagers etc. Caerphilly Floral Society runs 2 classes per month. One held on a Wednesday afternoon 2-4 pm and the other on a Tuesday evening 7-9 pm where members are taught to arrange flowers through hands - on experience, by our teacher Mrs Eileen Williams. Arrangements are modern as well as traditional and everyone is very friendly. Eight afternoon and eight evening classes are held during the year and enrolment fees are kept as low as possible. During the Flower Festival you may have seen the Club’s work on display in the Visitors Centre coffee shop where the theme ‘Children’s Stories’ wereportrayed by some of the members with Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, ARE YOU WORRIED THAT YOUR CHILD IS FALLING BEHIND? WE HAVE QUALIFIED TUTORS, READY TO VISIT YOU AT HOME!

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

Tales of Beatrice Potter and the Mad Hatter’s tea Party from Alice in Wonderland arrangements. I know the hard work was appreciated by all who saw them. This year, members went on trips to the Malvern Flower Show and to the Flower Festival at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells where everyone enjoyed themselves. We also had our Christmas meal in the Caerphilly Golf Club albeit delayed to February due to the atrocious winter weather. Have I convinced you to join us? Meetings will re-commence at the Twyn Community Centre in Caerphilly town on Tuesday 3rd September 7-9pm and Wednesday 4th September 2-4 pm 2013. Why not pop in? Everyone is most welcome. If you require further information not covered here, please contact our Chairlady, Angela on 02920 866018.

Handpainted Jute Bags that make an ideal gift! Perfect for any occasion or celebration. A wide range of designs for all tastes. Excellent customer feedback. Prices range from £10 to £12. Call in and see us in Caerphilly Indoor Market, Pentrebane Street. Call Gemma on 07779682500 Gemmajutes

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Fun Quiz


Musical Instruments 1. What is the name of the long plastic horn that came to worldwide attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup with many supporters blowing on one to produce a loud monotone sound? 2. Which musical instrument features on the Guinness logo? 3. Jazz musician Charlie Parker is best known for playing which musical instrument? 4. Consisting of two metal strips bound around a cotton tape reed, a swazzle is an instrument that is held in the mouth and traditionally used to provide the voice of which character? 5. How many black keys are there for every eight white keys on a piano? 6. Which famous person popularised musical instruments called the wobble board and the stylophone? 7. How many strings are there in total on the four instruments that make up a standard string quartet? 8. Who famously set his guitar on fire at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival? 9. Which musical instrument features a part called a chanter, which the player of the instrument would use to create the melody? 10. Which musical instrument has a name that roughly translates as “jumping flea�?

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Twinning Visit a big success!

A party of 32 Caerphilly & Llanbradach residents have just returned from the biennial twinning visit to the twin towns of Lannion and Ploubezre in Brittany. Staying with local families the group, aged from teenagers to over ninety, enjoyed a packed four day programme of activities. This included visits to a local market, an organic farm and the picturesque chapel at Kerfons. There was also a day trip to the Breton capital of Rennes, with a guided tour of the city, followed by a visit to the old Breton Parliament, now imposing Appeal courts. As well as time spending time with their hosts, the group joined a traditional meal of ‘galettes’ ( pancakes) and local cider followed by Breton dancing, and a second social evening with a buffet and dancing to a live band.

Many of the group have been visiting Lannion and Ploubezre for a number of years and so have forged strong friendships with the Bretons, experiencing different cultures and backgrounds‘. Next year residents from Lannion and Ploubezre will once again be visiting Caerphilly and Llanbradach. If you’d like to know more about the Twinning Association and its activities visit: http://

There was also the annual boules challenge - and this year, regrettably, the trophies for both the teenagers and the adults have had to stay in France! John Reardon, Chair of the Twinning Association said: ‘ Once again our hosts ensured that we had a varied programme of activities that suited all ages.

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Activities: September 2013 - July 2014 Daytime activities: ADULT CLASSES: CCBC Adult Education: Portrait Drawing & Watercolour Painting classes. The VAN-guard Centre Art Group. University of South Wales: 2 accredited courses Ystrad Mynach College: Literacy & Numeracy classes. LIFESTYLE: Alzheimer’s’ Society: Memory Café. Goldies Cymru: Sing Along Sessions. CONSTITUENCY: Member of Parliament & SURGERIES: Welsh Assembly Government Member. Evening activities: LIFESTYLE: Pilates: 2 sessions MUSIC: Caerphilly Children’s Choir Caerphilly Community Chorus, Caerphilly Branch: Only Boys Aloud County Samba Band Further activities will be arranged during the year. Bookings available for Presentations, Concerts, Training Sessions, etc. For further details of days and times -

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Wayne David - MP for Caerphilly

Public Service

I think many will agree with me that some of my colleagues in Parliament have forgotten what public service is all about. I consider it to be a huge honour to have been elected Member of Parliament for Caerphilly and then to have been re-elected on two occasions. I see being a Member of Parliament as a full-time job. I am proud to say that my attendance rate and voting record in the House of Commons is one of the best and I spend a great deal of time, when I am not in Westminster, doing constituency work trying to help local people and supporting various community events. I am pleased to do so. This is the job that I was elected to do. I make no complaints about the workload because nobody forced me to become a Member of Parliament. This however is not the view of some MPs. There are many who hold extremely lucrative second jobs and argue, at least in private, that they are entitled to a massive increase in their salary.


This is not my view. I would like to see all candidates for Parliament commit themselves to being full-time Parliamentarians, working 100% for their constituents and not filling their pockets from outside jobs. It is also wrong that an outside body has recommended a massive pay increase for MPs. Recently, there have been examples where MPs and Peers have been shown to be only too ready to charge huge fees for promoting lobbyists interests in Parliament. This is an absolute disgrace. I have never accepted a single penny from a lobbyist and nor would I. The vast majority of MPs share my view but it’s the greedy few who give us all a bad name. Public service is something which is seldom talked about these days. It ought to be. Being a public representative is a privilege and those who are elected should never forget this.


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Caerphilly Miners Centre Campaign


Members of the Caerphilly Miners Centre for the Community project elected Wayne David MP as their new Chair at a general meeting in July. Wayne replaces Jeff Cuthbert AM who stepped down following his promotion within the Welsh Government.

We’re also looking for sponsorship for John Poyner, running the Cardiff 10km on 9th September and Helen Prosser and Vicky Jenkins running the Cardiff Half Marathon on October 6th.

The Annual General Meeting is on Saturday 21st September 2013 at 12 noon at the Twyn Community Centre. This will follow a Healthy Living Workshop, starting at 10 am. Further details from Katherine Hughes, Company Secretary. Music will play a big part in the Caerphilly Miners Centre and we’re starting off the new school year with an Evening of Music at Wesley Church, Crescent Road Caerphilly on Friday 13th September at 7 pm. Tickets £5 in advance and £6 on the door. E-mail or call 029 2088 6569.. Please don’t forget our Caerphilly Three Peaks Challenge. If you’re not walking, why not sponsor a team through Just Giving? On our website, www. go to Get Involved / Donate. The walk is on Saturday 14th September leaving from Taffs Well Inn at 9 am.

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Jeff Cuthbert - AM for Caerphilly

The National Assembly for Wales is now in its summer recess, although AMs like myself continue to work from our constituency offices. Toward the end of the last Assembly term, of course, we saw the surprise resignation of my colleague Leighton Andrews, who was the Welsh Government’s Minister for Education and Skills. I know Leighton well and worked closely with him over the last two years in my former role as Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology. I was saddened to hear of his departure from Cabinet; Leighton is a tremendous political talent and I have little doubt that he will be back to serve in government at some point in the future. However, Leighton has decided to concentrate on his constituency work in the Rhondda and we must respect his decision in that regard. Naturally, Leighton’s departure has meant that a Cabinet reshuffle was made necessary. In that respect, I am delighted to have been appointed as Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. Vaughan Gething, Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth, will be working with me as Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty. I take over my new role from my colleague Huw Lewis, who moves to take over Leighton Andrews’ old brief at Education and Skills. Ken Skates, Labour AM for Clwyd South, takes over my old job and will work with Huw Lewis as his Deputy. We are all looking forward to familiarising ourselves with

our new briefs and working together to meet the significant challenges that lie ahead. My new Ministerial brief is a broad, wide-ranging, but nonetheless extremely important one. I will have responsibility for areas such as the Welsh Labour Government’s response to the Tory-led UK Government’s programme of welfare reforms; relations with the voluntary sector; the flagship Communities First programme; financial inclusion policy – which includes support for credit unions; policy on children, childcare and parenting programmes (including relations with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales); and our flagship Flying Start programme. I will also be working closely with Huw to ensure that poverty is not a barrier to educational attainment in Wales. Given the Tory-led UK Government’s austerity agenda, we face significant challenges ahead in tackling the scourge of child poverty. However, we will work hard and do everything within our power to make sure that we stand up for Wales and implement the Welsh Labour Programme for Government on which we were elected. I very much enjoyed my previous portfolio but am now looking forward to my new one and the new challenges that it brings.

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Junior All-Girls section and Kristie and Megan in the All-Ladies section. Kristie and Megan have since gone on to become Welsh All-Ladies Latin Champions for 2013, probably making them the best All-Ladies couple of all time by winning the titles of all the major competitions they’ve entered at some point during their competitive dancing careers. In addition to these outstanding results Bethan James (11) and Anya Harvey (10) also reached the final of the Juvenile All-Girl category at the same event.


s a new term fast approaches, T’nT School of Dance have been reminiscing about the huge success the dance school has achieved over the past 8 months. The year began on a high when T’nT Latin Explosion a formation team consisting of 10 girls between the ages of 13-15 years successfully auditioned for Sky 1’s Got to Dance. They were the only Latin American Team to be rewarded with three gold stars from the judges Ashley Banjo, Kimberly Wyatt and Aston Merrygold. The girls had an absolutely fantastic time at the Got to Dance domes, they got to meet presenter Davina McCall and later on in the year Sky 1’s Got to Dance even came to Pentyrch to record footage of the girls in training. Meanwhile all six of the formation teams at T’nT School of Dance were working hard in preparation for the annual British Formation Championships held in Blackpool. The children at the school were rewarded for all their hard work when five of our six teams reached the British Formation Championships Grand Finals in April. Only our development team who were dancing at this prestigious event for the very first time did not make the final on this occasion. We are currently Silver medalists in the Junior 4 Couple Team category and Bronze medalists in the Juvenile 8 Couple Team Category. Just a few weeks after attending the British Championships it was time for the teams to compete again this time in the annual Formation Teachers Alliance Competition where both the Junior 4 Couple Latin Explosion and Juvenile 8 Couple Heroes and Villains Team beat off stiff competition to become Champions in their respective categories. At the same competition our juvenile 4 Couple Team narrowly missed out on first place and our Lion King Development team also came 2nd in the Rising Stars Competition thus making us one of the most successful schools at the event. June was another busy month for the school, when two couples Ashleigh Edwards (15) and partner Corinne Johnson (14) and Kristie Simmons (17) and Megan Wright (17, from Machen) travelled to Essex to defend their titles in the Stars of the Future Competition. Both partnerships danced amazingly and managed to defend their titles for the second year running. Ashleigh and Corinne in the

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What’s Next? As a result of the success of T’nT Latin Explosion on Sky 1’s Got to Dance, becoming Gold FTA Medalists and Silver British Medalists the team have been asked to perform at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in November. An experience we are sure that will never be forgotten. In addition to this, trainers Tiffany Lee and Tamsen Morgan and their pupils are looking forward to the opening of their very own dance studio in Caerphilly later this term. Meanwhile please check out the information below for new and existing dance classes in your area. Trainers Tiffany and Tamsen would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all their pupils on their success and thank them and their parents for their continued commitment, hard work and dedication.

T’nT Latin Explosion after achieving 3 Gold Stars from the judges at Sky 1’s Got to Dance T’nT Latin Explosion and Heroes and Villains Formation Teams Double Gold Medalists at the FTA Competition 2013 Corinne Johnson and Ashleigh Edwards Stars of the Future Junior. All-Girls Champions 2012 and 2013 Megan Wright and Kristie Simmons Stars of the Future All-Ladies. Champions 2012 and 2013, Welsh All-Ladies Champions 2013 Bethan James and Anya Harvey Celebrating after making the final at Stars of the Future 2013

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Little Red Riding Hood I help a few folks with their gardens – and I just love it when they get excited about their garden, after all, we all deserve a magic moment in our garden. One plant that will often precipitate some spring excitement is a tulip called ‘Red Riding Hood’ – she is beauty, and now is the time to buy and plant them. The great thing about ‘little miss riding hood’ is that long before the flowers burst open, you have the added benefit of attractive striped leaves which start to catch your eye in March, ahead of the flower buds which appear in April – one of the criticisms of flower bulbs in your gardens is that once they finish flowering you have little to look at – not so with Red Riding Hood. Another key benefit of these easy to grow bulbs is that the fact that the bright flowers are carried on short sturdy stems – which means that • They are less likely to be damaged by strong spring winds • They are perfect for tubs, hanging baskets and small gardens • The flowers contrast nicely with the attractive foliage – the leaves have a slightly silvery look to them, and with the dark stripe they contrast beautifully with the vivid red flowers carried just above the leaves.

Partly because they are so easy to grow, and partly because of their name ‘Red Riding Hood’ these Tulips are great for Kids to ‘have a grow at’ – all you need is a couple of cheap pots and some decent compost, and you might just inspire some of the Alan Titchmarshes of the future ...? The bulbs are really hardy – so can be left outside all through the winter, they will appear like clockwork next spring, giving you and / or your children a real sense of achievement .. go on give a grow! Roger Crookes For more info – contact me at: Tel: 02920 864730

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Ed’s music round-up!

This month’s focus is on a local band from Caerphilly “Among others” who are all under the age of 20 and doing pretty well for themselves on the local circuit. They mix their own stuff with a few covers thrown in, but have at least 20 original songs in the pipeline that they would like to record in the near future. You can see one of their YouTube video’s “There’s no hope”, the link is at the top of their Facebook page. They have performed at local venues and festivals such as “Bedwas Rocks” and “Mega Day”. The band members include Justin Crow (Guitar/Vocals), Atwood (Keyboards/ Vocals), Sam Wright (Lead vocals), Ross Knight (Guitar), Adam Knight (Bass), Stephen Symonds (Drums). Their musical influences are varied and include “Classic Rock” as well lots of newer bands such as “Pendulum and” “Steel Panther”.

I would also like to give a mention to another Workmen’s hall gig coming up on the 7th September for a “Black Sabbath” tribute band called “Snowblind” who play at the venue , with welsh support band “No Glory” in attendance. Tickets for both events are available from the shop, and I would like to ask local music lovers to come out and show their support for both events.

Their next Major appearance is at the “Teenage Kicks” rock night at Caerphilly Workmen’s hall on September the 6th, with tickets priced at a reasonable £3.00. The event is aimed at the under 20’s age group and they are hoping to attract a lot of support from the local young music enthusiasts.

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Local Event Guide

Regular Events Bedwas Bridge Club, New Venue: Bedwas & Trethomas Community Hall, The Bryn Field, Newport Road, Bedwas, CF83 8BJ. Every Thursday 7.00pm until 9.30 pm There’s a warm welcome to all, £1 includes tea/coffee. New venue is 150 yards behind the Bedwas Working Mens Institute club, at the end of the lane. Parking is available at a car park in front of the building. 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. Meet in Vanguard Centre on Friday evenings. New choristers welcome in October and January. Experience choristers welcome anytime.

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. Contact Alun or Barbara on 029 2086 2091 Van over 50’s Club Cole Court, Mornington Meadows We meet every Wednesday between 12.30 - 4.30pm. Bingo and other prize games as well as Tea, Coffee and Biscuits. We also arrange outside Daytrips. Direct bus from Caerphilly Bus Station. Come along and meet us and receive a warm welcome. Contact Jean Cook, Treasurer on 02920 889627 Bedwas & Trethomas over 50’s Wednesday Club Venue: Bedwas & Trethomas Community Hall - Entrance rear of Workmens Hall every Wednesday Time: 1pm to 4pm

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 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


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.


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 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

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. 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.

Machen Ladies’ Bowling Club Venue: Machen Welfare Ground Date: Thursdays during May - August Time: 6.00p.m. – 7.00p.m. We extend a warm welcome to ladies aged 16 – 60+. You may be an experienced player who wants to join our team or someone who would like to try a game of bowls to find out if they enjoy it. Individual coaching will be given to new players. Please wear flat soled shoes. Bowls will be provided. For more information go to : www. or contact Lynda Newton 01633 440999

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Day trip to the Cotswolds Tuesday 24th September 2013 We leave Caerphilly in time to reach Moreton-in-Marsh for the weekly market, which includes 200 stalls. After this, we move on to Bourton-on-the-Water, which has regularly been voted one of the prettiest villages in England.

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October 2013 World War I Battlefields Tour Friday 11th – Sunday 13th October 2013 The cost is just £129 per person and includes: • Executive coach travel. • 2 nights’ accommodation at the Ibis Hotel Albert, Somme on a B & B basis. (Based on two people sharing a twin/double room: single room supplement applies). • Shuttle crossings. • Complimentary drinks en-route. • Visits to the major Battlefield sites and monuments • Local departures.

November/ December2013 We also have a choice of Christmas Market trips including Valkenburg/Aachen, Worcester and Lille, plus a Turkey and Tinsel trip to Weymouth.

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Local Event Guide

Regular Events Dove coffee shop Venue: Emmanuel Church, Forge Road Machen Date: every Monday and Wednesday Time: 9am until 2pm Come along and meet new friends. and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. or bring a friend along and have some time together over a cup of tea or coffee. for more information ring Yvonne on 07798538957

BTM Utd Football Club Venue: Bryn Field, near Bedwas High School Date: Mondays Time: 6.00p.m. - 7.00 p.m. We welcome new players to our football club. Our teams ages range from Under 8 to Under 15. If your child wishes to take part in organised training sessions, matches and tournaments please bring them along to our Monday training sessions. All coaches are Welsh F.A. qualified. Our aim is to make football fun and encourage players of all abilities. We are also looking for sponsors and volunteers to help run the club. Contact Paul on 07789 81666 or Dave on 07986 327997.

We will also be looking forward to our annual exhibition and sale – which will run from October 28th to 2nd of November. For more information please contact Anne Burnell on 029 20 883124

September 2013

Hair of the Dog Show Date : Sat 7th September Time : Starts: 12pm Venue : Black Cock Inn, Caerphilly Mountain Bring along your Family Dog and enjoy our popular annual dog show. Variety of classes - all in good fun. All proceeds go to The Dogs Trust. For further details and entry prices please call Sarah on 07870 102502


Urantia Book Study Group Meetings We look forward to you attending the weekly study group meetings in the Caerphilly area where the book will be read and conclusions made on the contents discussed for each meeting with venue and books being provided along with light refreshments. If you want to expand your cosmic consciousness and enhance you spiritual perception then please contact Gary on 07900667931 or send me an e-mail to


Guiding Light Spiritualists We meet every Friday at the Twyn Community Centre, Caerphilly CF83 1JL. We have a visiting medium every week doing a clairoyance evening. We also do spiritual healing. Doors open at 7pm - we start at 7.30pm. Tea/Coffee and chat after clairvoyance. Everybody welcome. For further information call Sandra Davies on 07805 649850 Machine Knitting Club Are you interested in Machine Knitting or would you like to learn? We meet on the second and fourth Monday of the month. Please ring Val on 029 20867942 for venue details. Phoenix Ladies Club Venue: Twyn Community Centre Date: 3rd Tuesday of each month Time: 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) We would like to invite ladies to join our friendly Club. We have varied and interesting speakers, refreshments. We also arrange a theatre visit, summer supper, Christmas Lunch. Annual Fee £10. We also support a different charity each year. A warm welcome guaranteed. Please telephone 02920887636 or 2920883764 for further information.

CHAT Craft & Cuppa Club. Twyn Community Centre, Caerphilly Every Wednesday, 9.30am - 11.30am Everyone welcome. £2 entry to help go towards refreshments and room hire. A chance to bring & do your own crafting over a cuppa and a chat. Invite old friends to join you or come and make new friends. Got no crafts you do at present?! There will be ladies providing card & jewelry making classes and scrap booking material will be available too! For more information, please contact stacey on or 07969 734999. CHAT Education Workshops to help people with anxiety, depression & bipolar. Caerphilly Woodlands Trust Venue: Meet at entrance to Wernddu Woodland Forestry Commission Car park off Cefn Carnau Lane. Date: every Sunday morning Time: 10.00am Join a group of dedicated volunteers to help maintain and improve Coed y Werin SSSI. Activities include coppicing (to improve woodland for Dormice), hedging, pond clearance, pathway maintenance, improvement of industrial archeological remains, wildlife surveys and plant conservation. Tools and training provided. You will need to wear appropriate footwear especially in wet working conditions. Work sessions usually last about 2 hours. Individuals and families welcome. For more information contact John Spencer on 02920 869684 or Avril Owen on 02920 863530.

Caerphilly & District Art Society In September we will have demonstrations by two well-known artists – Peter Cronin on September 10th and Howard Jones on September 24th. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Twyn Community Centre at 7.30p.m., and would welcome new members.

Machen Rural Market Village Hall, The Crescent Machen Date: Saturday 7th September Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm A high quality selection of fresh meals, plants, cooked meats and savouries and local crafts. An opportunity to have your child’s hair cut will also be a feature for this market! Please call Jan on 01633 441442 or 07737 630657 Rudry Rural Market Venue: Rudry Parish Hall Date: Sunday 8th Sep Time: 10am – 2pm A jam-packed market of the best quality producers ranging from award-winning preserves, cakes and bakes, veggies and organic meat, fabulous crafts and paintings and our infamous knife sharpener, Robin, who will sharpen your knives, garden tools and scissors, just bring them along! Our little cafe will be open and the views, as always, are beautiful. Come and join us for a very different shopping experience! We look forward to seeing you. Marie Curie Charity Concert Date 12th September 2013 Venue Bedwas Workmen’s Hall Time 7.00pm Entertainment by:- Castell Coch Choral Society. BTM Junior Band. Serin. Tickets Adults £5 Children £3. Available from Caerphilly Visitors Centre or alternatively pay on the door.

Please confirm details with the organiser before attending an event

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Local Event Guide Caerphilly Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Venue: Windsor Road Church Hall: Windsor Street: Caerphilly: CF83 1FW Date: Tuesday 10 September Time: 10.15am Price: £1 per person-includes refreshments Mrs Rachael Wallace-Wiltshire Farm Foods Talk and Demonstration-and Samples! Yum. ADVANCE NOTICE; 8 October-Bring and Buy-Guest Speaker from Head Officeso bring lots of lovely things for her to buy! Contact Alun or Barbara on 029 2086 2091 for more information Twyn Intergen Project Venue: Twyn School Date: 18 September 2013 Time: 12pm-2.30pm We are calling to the older generation to come into our school to interact with the younger generation. Come share your experiences and be ready for some fun and games. Our aim is to span the generation gap through purposeful, mutual benificial activities that promote a greater understanding and respect between generations and help to build more cohesive communities within Caerphilly.

Caerphilly Male Voice Choir Concert Venue: St Martin’s Church, Caerphilly Date: Saturday 21 September 2013 Time: 7.30pm Come and enjoy an evening of wonderful music with the Caerphilly Male Voice Choir and guests. Proceeds from the concert will go to the St Martin’s Church re-ordering fund. Tickets at £5 are available from St Martin’s Church. For further information contact Deryn McAndrew on 029 2088 2316. Macmillan Coffee Morning, Venue: Pensioners Hall, St Mary St , Bedwas. Date: 27th September 2013 Time: 9.30am--12pm. Admission £1.50 to include refreshments. Stalls, Cakes, Raffles, opportunity to meet old friends whilst supporting this worthy cause. Contact Chris 02920868323. Macmillan Coffee Morning Venue: St Martin’s Church, St Martin’s Road, Caerphilly, CF83 1EJ Date: 28 September 2013 Time: 10am to 12 noon Come and join in the Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning at St Martin’s Church. Homemade cakes, cakes and pasties, tea and, of course, coffee. Fairtrade stall and a raffle. For further information contact Alison Charles on 029 2086 8066


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“Forget me not” Sponsored Walk Venue: Caerphilly Area Date: Sunday 29th September 2013 Time: 12 NOON £10.00 entry fee to be paid before the event which includes free T-shirt and buffet. The 5 mile stroll/walk will take place in the Caerphilly area. An ideal opportunity to walk the dog! Please come and join us on this lovely walk Autumn walk to support Velindre Cancer care. Registration forms for the walk are available from the Velindre Gift Shop or contact Julie Smith on 029 2019 6860 for more details or email

October 2013

Evening with Caerphilly Ladies Choir Venue: St Catherine’s Church Mill Road,Caerphilly Date: Friday 11th October Time: 7.30pm Tickets £4.00 available from Fr Gareth on 029 20 880 357 or directly from choir members. Macmillan Coffee Morning Venue: St Helens Community Hall Off Nantgarw Road , Caerphilly Date: 4th October 2013 Time: 10.30-12pm. Admission £1.50, Stalls, cakes etc . For contact Joanna 02920 867908.

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Caerphilly Events Update

We eagerly anticipate another exciting month in September as we welcome back two high profile events to the County Borough, which will showcase Caerphilly to a national audience. Saturday 7th September will see the Worlds largest classical music festival come to a spectacular conclusion with celebrations spilling out from the Royal Albert Hall to BBC Proms in the Park events at the Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields Caerphilly, Belfast, Glasgow and London.

Classical music lovers and families keen to enjoy the Proms in the Park’s unique atmosphere will be captivated by the tantalising performances of an all-star cast for ‘A Night at the Musicals’. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales will be joined by a host of famous faces as presenters Connie Fisher and Tim Rhys-Evans lead us through the magical evening and introduce the musical interludes of Sophie Evans, John Owen Jones and the mesmerising talents of trumpet soloist Alison Balsom. Audiences will also be given the opportunity to singa-long to a variety of popular songs including ‘You’ll never walk alone’. Caerphilly will be showcasing its local talent on the community stage at the event from 6pm with Caerphilly Children’s Choir, Violinist James Jones and Aber Valley Male Voice Choir; all providing a warm welsh welcome to Proms goers in preparation for the main event, which starts at 7.45pm. Bringing the magical evening to a memorable close will be a spectacular fireworks display over Caerphilly Castle, the backdrop to this show-stopping event. More information on the event including a full repertoire of performers can be found on the website: or call 02920 880011. Advance tickets can be purchased up until 6pm on Friday 6th September; adults £10 and accompanying children under 12 free. Tickets can be purchased in person from the Visit Caerphilly Centre, through Blackwood Miners’ Institute Box Office on 01495 227206 & website www. (£1 booking fee) or alternatively by calling the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line on 03700 101051 (standard geographic charges apply from mobiles and landlines). Alternatively tickets can be purchased on the day from the Visit Caerphilly Centre and at the event site at £12 per adult, with accompanying children under 12 free. The excitement is building as we look forward to

welcoming back the Tour of Britain on Thursday 19th September for the final of Stage 5 of the race. Riders will be battling out through a gruelling 177 km course from Machnylleth to Caerphilly. Competitors will be descending through the County Borough at high speeds before embarking on two demanding ascents of Caerphilly Mountain, which will culminate in a final crusade to the finish line, located on Crescent Road. The buzz and excitement of last year’s event provided an electric atmosphere with residents, spectators and local school children alike lining the streets cheering on the riders with many a welsh flag in tow. We are hoping that this year will be just as thrilling, so come along and show your support for the riders, keep a look out on for information on times that riders are expected to pass through. Our What’s on Autumn/Winter guide is well under construction and is bursting with an array of events to fill your diaries including spectacular fireworks displays, spooky ghost tours, dazzling lantern parades and of course our festive Christmas markets where you can pick up that perfect gift and indulge in scrumptious produce and delicious smells. We’ll bring you more in the next issue of ‘My Local View’. Hope that you all have a good few weeks and I look forward to catching up with you soon.

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Thought for the Month

Don’t worry about a thing! Although my name, Roger, apparently means Warrior I am a bit of a worrier. hearts, love is on the way!


I am not sure why really; maybe I sometimes try and cram too much into my life and then end up worrying that I will let people down – this was certainly the case a couple of months ago where the late nights and early mornings were only just enabling me to get everything done.

I should have been excited and grateful that I had so many projects on the go – I am one lucky little chap – but the stress was taking the joy out of the jobs. Something needed to change. So, I prayed.

Wow! I thought, that sounds spot on …almost too good to be true.


A few days later I went up to Victory church in Cwmbran with some friends, and midway between two hymns the worship band suddenly started playing Bob Marley …”Don’t worry about a thing – ‘Cos every little things gonna be alright”...



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Best GCSE results for 3rd year running

Cardinal Newman comprehensive school in Rhydyfelin (near Pontypridd) is proud to announce that its pupils have achieved the school’s best GCSE results for the third year running. “We’re immensely proud of these results,” states headteacher Justin O’Sullivan, “and it’s a testament to the dedication of our teaching staff that we’ve been able to maintain this upward trend in GCSE results in spite of a national downturn.” With 81% of pupils attaining at least five GCSEs graded A* to C, Cardinal Newman’s results are the best in the local authority - in keeping with their leading attendance rates which also set the school apart.

The school has a unique partnership with St David’s Catholic Sixth Form College and Coleg Morgannwg which act as its 6th form (utilising teachers from Cardinal Newman) ensuring full 11-18 consistency of education. For more information, call the school on 01443 494110, visit or come along to the October 9th Open Day!

And things are only getting better, as Justin describes: “this coming year will see the arrival of our new IT learning library where books sit alongside iPads, our special courses for able and talented pupils (including Latin and Ancient History) and a dedicated team working to further improve our already excellent literacy and numeracy rates.”

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Literary Marmite?

Mention Stephen King and people either enthuse (usually about ‘The Stand’ or ‘It’ or one of his famous horrors) or shudder dramatically, ‘Oh no, I couldn’t read anything by him – they’re all too gory’. ‘Have you seen The Green Mile?’ I ask, ‘Oh yes’ they smile happily, ‘that’s lovely’. ‘He wrote that’. ‘Oh’. ‘Shawshank Redemption?’, ‘Yes?’, ‘He wrote that too’. ‘Oh’. Of course, horror is something he does fantastically well – his first novel was ‘Carrie’, its success allowing him to give up teaching. This was followed by ‘Salem’s Lot’, ‘The Shining’, ‘The Stand’ and ‘The Dead Zone’, so it is clear that horror is a strong influence. However, to pigeon hole him in this category is to deny stories such as ‘The Green Mile’ and ‘Shawshank’, and others such as ‘Dolores Claiborne’, ‘Hearts In Atlantis’ etc.. Also, a number of his books are more Sci-Fi or Paranormal – The ‘Tommy Knockers’,’ Insomnia’ etc.. and the ‘Dark Tower’ series has an unexpected Western influence. For those who long to write, King’s non-fiction book ‘On Writing’ is an excellent introduction to the craft: clear, practical, this is a very useful book for those writing in any genre. It also contains his memoirs which are fascinating and both funny and moving in turn. King has often worked in collaboration with others and co-wrote the musical ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’ with rock musician John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp. Indeed, King is a big lover of music, frequently quoting from songs in his stories. He plays guitar in band ‘Rock Bottom Remainders’, which includes Matt Groening, Mitch Alborn, Greg Iles and Ridley Pearson. He is a huge fan of AC/DC (who played the sound track for his film ‘Maximum Overdrive’) and ‘The Ramones’, who wrote the title song for ‘Pet Sematary’, and appeared in its music video. King is no stranger to the screen and has acted in a number of his productions, including ‘Thinner’, ‘The Stand’, ‘The Langoliers’ and ‘Kingdom Hospital’. Like many artists, King has had his share of troubles and had a severe drug and alcohol addiction for a number of years, claiming he was drunk while giving his own

mother’s Eulogy, and that he can barely remember writing ‘Cujo’. However, his friends and family staged an intervention shortly after the publication of that novel and he has been sober ever since. In 1999 he was hit by a truck whilst walking along the side of the road, and was severely injured. On his return from hospital he found his wife, Tabitha, had reorganized his books and belongings, prompting him to realise what it would be like if he had actually died, and inspiring the novel ‘Lisey’s story’. He then went on to write ‘Duma Key’, about an author who is recovering from a near fatal accident and struggling to get back into writing: whilst the paranormal aspects of this book are presumably fiction, one can’t help but suspect a great deal of personal experience went into shaping the book’s hero. King has a masterly turn of phrase so to whet the appetite of those who have yet to discover the great man’s work (check out the TV series ‘Under the Dome’), here are some of my favourite King quotes: On himself: ‘People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.’ ‘I watched Titanic when I got back home from the hospital, and cried. I knew that my IQ had been damaged.’ It’s his birthday on September 21st so Happy Birthday Mr King, from all those who love your work and those who have yet to discover your weird and wonderful worlds. Karina Warrington Fully Booked Book Shop

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Cloudy2Clear Windows – Service With A Smile! It’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Branch Manager Phil Powell feels that it’s all about service. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 5 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although

that obviously helps. Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole.’ Cloudy2Clear service Caerphilly & the surrounding area and Phil is finding that his approach is a major factor

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My Local View Magazine  
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Welcome to the September 2013 edition of My Local View Magazine. Delivered to over 11,500 homes in Caerphilly.