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April 2010 Delivered FREE to 11,250 homes in Caerphilly


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A selection of articles Kids Page Page 12

Beauty Tips Page 18 Hi all,

Fun Quiz

It’s official - My Local View Magazine is now 4 years old!

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Without trying to brag, I am delighted with the amount of support and feedback the magazine has been receiving, particularly over the last 12 months.

Wayne David

Judging by the number of local articles and submissions I am receiving it seems that lots of Caerphilly residents are enjoying the magazine...which is just the spur I need to want to make it even better over the next year.

Dr. Roger’s Gardening Column

In this issue, there is a true story about a lovely little girl called Libby. Libby’s mum, Susan has submitted an article about the shock of discovering her little girl had a rare form of Leukemia called AML, her long stay in hospital and thankfully her recovery. Also, The Caerphilly and District Twinning Association have submitted a short piece about an upcoming event in the Summer. Our What’s On Guide is rather full this month so there are no excuses when the Kids make the statement “I’m bored. What can I do?”

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Recipe | Bolognese Pasta Bake Page 44

Paolo Roberts | Financial Focus Page 52

What’s on in Caerphilly Pages 60 + 68

Thought for the Month Page 62

See you next month Paul

Leanne Evans | Legal Eagle Page 64

p.s. Want to submit in an article? Please call me on 029 20880378

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.

Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am

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 10,750 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, 700 homes in Machen, Castle Park, Town Centre. You can see the magazine online, get prices and deadline dates at

Front cover designed by: Andrew Griffiths | andescape Contact:


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6 Spiral Crossword Starting top left enter the answers in the grid in a clockwise spiral. The last letter of one answer is the first letter of the next. The shaded squares can be rearranged to form the name of an island.

1 European sea (13) 2 Country, capital Oslo (6) 3 Colour of the rainbow (6) 4 Political scandal that led to the impeachment of the USA’s President Nixon in1974 (9)

5 Book of the Bible which comes after Proverbs (12) 6 Month of the year (9) 7 Most northerly capital city of Europe (9) 8 Capital of Uganda (7)

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Llanbradach Bowling Club’s newly refurbished Function room is available for private hire for just £20.00 Perfect for Wedding’s, Christenings, Funerals, Birthday’s, get together’s and Business Meetings. Our function room is available for daytime, evening & weekend hire. Our facilities include free parking, well stocked bar, CD sound system, flat screen TV, Sky TV, small dance floor & disco lighting. We can also provide a catering service.

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8 Calcudoku

Fill each cell with a number from 1-5. No number can be repeated in any row or column. The numbers in the heavily outlined set of squares (cages) must combine in any order to produce the target number in the top corner, using only the mathematical operator specified: +, -, x or /. Numbers can be repeated in a cage, but not in the same row or column.


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Spiral Crossword Starting top left enter the answers in the grid in a clockwise spiral. The last letter of one answer is the first letter of the next. The shaded squares can be rearranged to form the name of an island.

1 European sea (13) 2 Country, capital Oslo (6) 3 Colour of the rainbow (6) 4 Political scandal that led to the impeachment of the USA’s President Nixon in1974 (9)

5 Book of the Bible which comes after Proverbs (12) 6 Month of the year (9) 7 Most northerly capital city of Europe (9) 8 Capital of Uganda (7)

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Libby’s Story

On 9th March 2009 our daughter Libby was diagnosed with Leukaemia which was a huge shock because she had not been ill. I had only taken her to the Doctor that particular day because she had a fever and had been sweating a lot. I also mentioned a rash she had on her arm a week before, I showed him a photo of it and he asked me to take her to U.H.W for a blood test and that’s how we found out. Her white blood cell count that day was 126, a healthy persons is between 2 & 6. We were admitted to the Children’s Oncology Ward that evening and started treatment straight away with blood and platelet transfusions. First they said she had ALL, a common type of Leukaemia in children which has a high recovery rate, then a few days later after a bone marrow aspiration, where they take a sample from her hip, they said actually its AML, which is rare in children, it mostly effects older people and doesn’t have as good a recovery rate. She started her chemotherapy 4 days after being admitted, it was a 10 day course which made her very sick, her hair went very thin and she lost quite a bit of weight. After a 20 day recovery period they did another bone marrow aspiration and the results were not good, the chemotherapy hadn’t had any effect at all on the Leukaemia. The consultant now confirmed that she actually had both ALL and AML, also known as Biphenotypic Leukaemia and while they thought the chemotherapy may have had some effect on the AML, it had just made room for the ALL to grow We were told that her only option was for a Bone Marrow Transplant but as they don’t do them in Wales, he would contact a few of his counterparts around the country and see who would take her. We said we would go anywhere, it didn’t matter how far so long as they did all they could to fix her. She had 2 more courses of a stronger chemo to get her into ‘remission’ ready for the Bone Marrow Transplant. Her chance of recovery was now put at 25%.

Bristol Children’s Hospital agreed to treat Libby so as soon as the Welsh Assembly agreed to fund her treatment it was all systems go. We were transferred to Bristol, they already had a donor lined up and she began her 10 days of preconditioning which is extremely high dose chemotherapy taking her body beyond lethal toxicity to kill off all her own bone marrow. On 23rd June she received her new Bone Marrow, in the form of stem cells from an umbilical cord donation from the USA. She stayed in isolation for 42 days while the stem cells grew into bone marrow, as she had no immune system whatsoever. She was extremely ill this time, this was her 4th course of chemo and each time the effects are worse than the last one. She was coughing up blood where the lining of her stomach had gone, she couldn’t speak, drink or eat and was on a morphine drip. She lost the remainder of her hair, her eyebrows and eyelashes and was fed through a tube in her nose. She didn’t actually eat any food for 28 days and we lost count of how many blood and platelet transfusions she had. Eventually we started to see some improvement, her blood counts were gradually increasing, she was sleeping less and asking for ice pops at first and then some food. Her chance of long term survival was put at 50%. She came home Mid August but wasn’t allowed to go

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11 immune system fight off infections, which she will have to take for the rest of her life but she is due to start school in September.

out anywhere where there was a lot of people for at least 6 months She also had to follow a ‘clean’ diet, free from the risk of any bacteria. She mainly stayed in the house apart from our twice weekly check ups at Bristol on a Monday and Cardiff on a Thursday. She has amazed everyone with her recovery, her legs were weak when she came out due to muscle wastage but we got a trampoline and within weeks she was back to normal strength. She celebrated her 3rd birthday in September and her hair started growing back around November time. She still takes medicines every day to help her

Throughout all of this we have received so much help from LATCH who are a Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity and are based at the Children’s Hospital. They assign you a social worker who helps you fill out any forms, they provide luxury family accommodation above the hospital so you can move in and they even pay your parking fees and petrol costs. They also arrange Pamper days for the mums and activity days for the dads so you can have a day away from the hospital and meet up with other parents going through the same thing.

In April this year a charity called Ray of Sunshine will grant Libby’s wish to go to Euro Disney for 4 days. She is mad about anything Disney and can’t wait to have breakfast with the Princesses. Article provided by Libby’s mum, Susan Loveless, a Caerphilly Resident. Pictures are shown of Libby during various stages of her treatment and the last one shows her recovering well with her sister, Josie.

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Running by Seb Hunter

Here are some strange words; ones I never thought I’d utter, yet alone write down: I am running a half marathon; and in under two weeks’ time. Well, eek. I have never run except briefly, at school, on the common in a navy blue vest pausing briefly within bushes for cigarettes. These were the days when running was still kind of idealistic; naïve; a game of football only with the football temporarily mislaid. How rangy we all were! Our internal organs didn’t have all this… fur.

Actually I have occasionally enjoyed the running. At first the pain was too much; my face, heart, lungs and legs were deeply etched with pain all the way around – felt gouged at, perhaps by a screwdriver. But then my body got used to it – it’s amazing how bodies can get used to stuff – and then I even received fleeting glimpses of that mythic thing known as the Zone. Nothing hurt for a whole thirty (downhill) seconds. And then I would run into tree again, and start crying, again. Things became considerably less tedious – because let’s face it, running is actually incredibly boring - two weeks into my training schedule when I belatedly realised that I could listen to music as I ran. And that listening to music might a) distract me from the pain, and b) inspire me to i) keep going, and ii) run slightly faster. Thus I began a strict auditioning process, quite literally road-testing various pieces of music in search of the ultimate piece of motivational audio-vascular distraction. The obvious initial choice, because of its unyielding relentlessness thereby performance elevation, was techno. Presumably one could hook up to the beat like plugging into the National Grid or something. However I’ve never been a full-on techno-head, and found it all too syntheticsounding. The sound of repetitive machines, no matter how feathered, is not conducive to a calm and functioning physiology. I also couldn’t keep up with the BPM; it felt like I was constantly in a Benny Hill chase scene. After a few more false starts, on a whim, I tried Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, and everything suddenly clicked. Here was a vast palate of fundamentally organic, physical sound that I could actually run inside. Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am

Hundreds of wooden and brass and whateverclarinets-are-made-of instruments sympathetically tickled, all captured in some big old concert hall on yards of old fashioned magnetic tape. At last, here was the musical nourishment my devastated knee joints had been craving all these… couple of days. It was like being in a film - a really long and rather boring film, perhaps following a glacier very slowly down a valley, but a film nevertheless. And I was the star; that interminable glacier was me. Even in the most prosaic of circumstances. For example: Standing with a stitch waiting for traffic lights to change in evening drizzle and gloom, with people in passing cars secretly laughing at you. Without music: somewhat humiliating With, say, techno: belittling With Bruckner’s Ninth: deeply humane Tripping and sprawling over a root on the footpath through the golf course, in front of two old ladies out walking their dogs. Without music: frankly pathetic With, say, techno: geeky and a bit tragic With Bruckner’s Ninth: noble Spitting but it going down your t-shirt instead and to cap that, those teenage girls over there saw it happen. Without music: probably an arrestable offence With, say, techno: like something out of an Adam Sandler film – i.e. inexcusable With Bruckner’s Ninth: avuncular On this uplifting note I bid you adieu. Wish me luck. Ready, steady, Chariots of Fire.


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Focus on Beauty

Beauty Tips


Colour Me Cool How often have you matched your eye shadow with your outfit, only to realise that the colours which suit you perfectly in clothes, don’t necessarily work on your eyes? We each have our own unique eye shadow palette. The suggestions below are a good starting point to find your perfect colour combination.


Blue eyes look good using grey, violet, taupe or purple. For a more vibrant look, use a deep shade of blue. A dramatic evening effect can be created by adding silver, fuchsia or turquoise. If your hair is blonde, then violet and lavender are the colours for you, but a combination of red hair and blue eyes calls for brown shades – with a gold shimmer to enhance evening make up.

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St.Tropez Tanning (includes full body exfoliation) Full Body Half Body Legs

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Green eyes on redheaded women with pale skin should suit brownish pinks and purple shades, while those with darker skin can go for dark bronze and greens.

Good base colours for both skin tones include cream, mocha, taupe, peach, apricot, coral, soft purple and light green.


A shimmering cream, eggshell, champagne or apricot covering the entire eyelid gives the perfect base to bring brown eyes to life. Use dark brown or plum in the crease as a contrasting shade and to add depth.


Women with hazel eyes have the best of all worlds, as their eyes can be made up to look classic, romantic or sexy using a full colour palette. They are able to mix and match – and will find most colours flattering.

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Shape up for the Spring & Summer!

April 2010 special offer £30 for 30 days* That’s only £1.00 per day at Caerphilly’s premier Fitness Club

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Full use of Cardio & Weight Machines Use of Sauna & Steam Rooms All classes included. Luxury changing facilities

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Caerphilly History Open Day

Interested in history or genealogy?

Caerphilly History Open Day

Call in at our open day, all welcome, admission free. There will be stands from many of the groups that preserve and research the history of Caerphilly and the surrounding villages. These include The Caerphilly Local History Society, Bedwas & Trethomas History Group, The Library Service and the Winding House Museum Friends & Volunteers.

Sat 24th April 2010. 10-00 to 16-00Hrs Twyn Community Centre. Organised by The Caerphilly Local History Society for the Town Council.

Bring along items of historical interest such as artefacts, photos and documents, we will be pleased to photograph these for archive. Or just come along and browse the stands, we will do our utmost to answer any queries you may have on the history of the area.

Full list of participating groups

Caerphilly Local History Society. Bedwas & Trethomas History Group The Library Service The Winding House Museum Friends & Volunteers Menter Caerffili Senghenydd Heritage Group

Caerphilly County Borough Family History Society Caerphilly County Borough Museums and Heritage Department Vanguard Centre WEA Caerphilly Miners Community Management Committee

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Fun Quiz

Words and Phrases 1. What are the first three words in the Bible? 2. In 2007, members of the public voted which word, beginning with the letter “N” and defined as“a foolish or stupid person”, as their favourite sounding word from the Cambridge dictionary? 3. What do the words “bulb”, ”wolf”, “depth” and “gulf” all have in common? 4. If two words are described as homonyms, do they have the same pronunciation or the same meaning? 5. Still used today, which phrase arose after Sir Montague Burton began offering a complete three-piece suit at his tailor’s shop? 6. How many letters make up a conundrum on the TV show Countdown? 7. Its first two letters are a word that refers to a man, its first three letters are a word that refers to a woman, its first four letters are a word that refers to a great man, and as a whole it’s a word that refers to a great woman. What is the word? 8. What completes the famous phrase coined by Leigh Mercer that begins “a man, a plan, a canal”? 9. Referring to a type of puzzle in Britain, which word is an abbreviation of a Japanese phrase meaning “the digits are must occur only once”? 10. Now used to mean “to deceive”, which phrase originally meant using someone’s wig to temporarily prevent them from being able to see? Answers on Page 66

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Do you consider yourself a compassionate person? Are you a good listener? Cruse in Gwent is currently recruiting volunteers for our Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Training Course starting on Saturday 10th July 2010. Those who complete the course will be expected to offer a commitment to volunteer for Cruse in Gwent and support the bereaved people who live within our community.

“ � Cruse in Gwent exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.

For further details about our rewarding course, please call our administrator, Gail Barnes on: 029 20889227

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Project Management & Installation of Fitted Bathrooms & Kitchens

Locally based in Glenfields

T: 02920 887 880 M: 07794 359 005


Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am


The Black Cock Inn 029 2088 0534

Great Food | Real Log Fire | Guest Beers | Functions

Two Delicious

Tuesday is Curry Night Curry and a Pint

for only £4.95

Home cooked meals (from a list of ten)

for only £8.95

Quiz Night Every Sunday

Always on offer: • Á la Carte menu • Daily Specials • Fresh Fish • Popular Function Venue • Dogs welcome in Bar


We are just One mile from Castle View Estate

Caerphilly Mountain, Caerphilly, CF83 1BD To advertise contact Paul: E: T: 029 2088 0378 M: 07737 610177


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Transport Aeroplane Ambulance Automobile Barouche Bicycle Buggy Bus Car Coach Ferry Helicopter

Jeep Jet Lorry Moped Motorbike Rickshaw Roller skate Ship Skis Sledge

Tandem Taxi Tractor Trailer Train Tram Truck Yacht

Find these types of transport in the grid and the remaining letters will spell out a related phrase.

Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am


Do you need a modern, affordable Heating System? DnA Heating Ltd based in Caerphilly offer:

5 years parts and labour on Worcester and Valliant Boilers (Annual Service required to maintain Warranty)

Central Heating Breakdown Cover

Full Central Heating Systems covered from as little as ÂŁ5.20 per week (Subject to initial survey and terms and conditions)

We offer expert Installation on all makes of Bathroom Suites & Solar Heating Systems

All Electrical Work undertaken by NICEIC 17th edition qualified Electricians Property Maintenance Contracts Undertaken

Call us today on 029 2088 8079 DnA Heating Ltd

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Working from home

What women know by Ted Bruning

You learn a lot, working from home. Nobody does anything for you. It’s never anybody else’s turn to make the tea. There are no secretaries to do your photocopying and make sure you don’t run out of stationery and book your hotel. There’s no postroom to frank your letters. There’s no IT manager to tell you to turn it off and turn it on again. You have to learn that (a) these things have to be done and (b) they don’t do themselves. Basically, you’re on your own. But none of the office management functions you used to take for granted are particularly big deals. They’re not hard to learn. What is hard to learn is something that women have always known, and that’s how to run a household. I should stress that by “women” here, I mean the traditional stay-at-home wife-and-mother kind of woman, a breed that has pretty much vanished. Personally, I hardly know any traditional stayat-home wife-and-mother women: few of my friends could pay their mortgages without two salaries. My own wife works full-time – more than full-time, actually – as a teacher. And what that means is that, in common with many other men who work from home, I’ve had to take on the role of Domestic Operations Manager (that’s malespeak for “housewife”) myself. Most of it is pretty routine – the school run, the washing, the dishwasher, the top-up shopping, the dinner; the trick lies in fitting it all in round the incidental necessity of running a business and making a living. (And of course, I’m not so feminised as to be trusted with anything as complicated and skilled as the cleaning. The Cleaner does that. And she’s a woman). But there is one area of expertise that fills me with admiration for all those generations of women who’ve had to master it, and makes me think that the correct form of the verb “to master” ought to be “to mistress”. I refer, of course, to emergencies caused by malfunctioning domestic appliances. I was shocked to discover, when I started working from home, that appliances ranging from the toilet to the dishwasher and all items in between don’t always work as they should. Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am

And when they stop working it’s inevitably catastrophic, usually involves either improbably quantities of water or a worrying smell of burning, and always demands your complete and undivided attention. I was even more shocked to discover that the worst thing to do in an appliance emergency is open the Yellow Pages. Twice I’ve been badly ripped off, both times by the local agents of national franchises whose disastrous incompetence turned out to be bolstered by cast-iron call-out contracts. Your ability to cope with these emergencies, in the long-lost days of traditional stay-at-home wifeand-mother women, depended on successful networking. It involved wives and mothers chatting to other wives and mothers at coffee mornings, bus-stops, school gates, Post Office queues and so forth, and comparing notes on trustworthy local tradesman whose wives, children, dogs and addresses they knew personally, and who therefore wouldn’t dare deliver anything less than prompt and efficient service. Those days, I suppose, are gone. My alternative has usually been to go down the pub and, after a pint or two, ask if anyone knows a good plumber. Someone always does (it’s usually his brother-inlaw), but by that time the kitchen is under three feet of unidentifiable slime. There is, of course, another way, and that is to make sure there’s always a copy of this very organ next to the telephone...


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Neighbourhood Policing

In every neighbourhood throughout the Gwent Police area, there are local officers working to deal with the issues that matter the most to their communities. This includes Bedwas and Caerphilly, where your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams work with partner organisations and residents to identify and tackle local crime and anti-social behaviour issues.

CONTACTING GWENT POLICE To report crime or incidents to Gwent Police, please phone 101. In an emergency, dial 999. You can also phone or e-mail your Neighbourhood Policing Team about local concerns.

Some issues may be simple to solve, whilst others may take weeks or months, or the situation may only be able to be improved.

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Residents can let officers know about their local concerns through their PACT (Partnerships and Communities Together) meeting. This public meeting is held in each ward every four months. You can also pop into a police surgery in a local community facility, phone or e-mail your local officers, or speak to them when they are patrolling the area.

Log onto the Gwent Police website,, to see the current priorities for your neighbourhood, as well as the dates of your next local PACT meeting and police surgery.

We go the extra mile – one yard at a time Not many people actually have the time or patience to tend to their gardens or landscaping. Thankfully, Total Ground Maintenance Ltd is here to help. Whether you want to repair/add new fencing for the winter, prune those trees to let in more light or just spruce up your garden, put our team of experienced landscape professionals to work for you.

Our services include: • • • • • • • •

Fencing & Decking Ground maintenance Tree works (felling/pruning) Landscape & design Lawn cutting Hedge trimming Patio/block pave cleaning And more!

A beautiful landscape for your home or office is just a phone call away. Contact us today!

Total Ground Maintenance Ltd Tel: 02920 881376 or 07988 834382 Domestic & Commercial

All work fully insured and carried out by trained Staff. Competitive quotes on request (no job too big or too small) We will match any genuine like for like quote!

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Wayne David

Hope for the future As we move out of the recession, it is important for us to look to the future with optimism. That is why, the other week, I was delighted to have the opportunity to open a new technology development centre in Hengoed.

In opening the centre, I commented that Norgine was demonstrating a real commitment to the whole area and to its dedicated workforce.

Norgine is a specialist pharmaceutical company who have been based in the Hengoed area for some time. But the company has now decided to expand its Hengoed site with a new centre for research and development. It is anticipated that about 20 new jobs will be created through this £4 million investment.

Also at the opening was Baroness Finlay of Llandaff. Ilora Finlay is a recognised expert on palliative care and was delighted to be associated with what she sees as an extremely important venture.

The company aims to produce several new medicines at the technology centre and the company has no doubt that the technology centre will reinforce its already very positive international reputation. The centre will address clinical need with regard to stomach and blood related issues and pain management.

Although an international company, Norgine has become very much part of the Rhymney Valley. For example, a few years ago Norgine were kind enough to sponsor a concert at the House of Commons with Gilfach’s own pop singer James Fox. James, you may recall, represented Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Quality used car sales Long established Company We offer a wide choice of vehicles Finance available • • • • • • • •

Part exchange welcome 12 months MOT We specialise 3 Months warranty Low mileage in small cars Pretty cars Used cars purchased 55 cars in stock Most cars are 1 owner with history

Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am

Pontygwindy Road, Caerphilly

Tel: 029 2085 1444

PREMIER HOLIDAYS Our 2010 brochure is our best to date.

Our team has worked hard to bring you a variety of holidays and day trips that will appeal to all tastes. On all of our holidays, you will travel on one of our touring coaches where luxury comes as standard - guaranteed! Day trip ideas Tuesday 13th April

Bristol Zoo

£15.00 + entry

Sunday 18th April

Sunday Mystery Trip


Sunday 25th April

Clarks Village


Saturday 1st May

Longleat House & Safari Park

£32.00 Adult - £26.00 Child

Sunday 2nd May

Badminton Horse Trials

£38.00 Adult - £15.00 Child

Saturday 8th May

Malvern Spring Garden Show


Sunday 16th May

Sunday Mystery Market


Thursday 20th May

Swansea & Gower (inc. Fish & Chips)


Sunday 30th May



A sample of our 2010 Holidays 14th May 2010

Windsor Tattoo - 2 days


14th May 2010

Isle of Wight - 4 days


21st May 2010

Spanish Mini Cruise - 4 days


28th May 2010

Chelsea Flower Show - 2 Days


28th May 2010

London Weekend - 2 days


9th July 2010

Hampton Court Flower Show - 2 days


9th July 2010

London Weekend - 2 days


26th July 2010

Beautiful Bournemouth - 5 days


We are having a Coach display in Asda, Caerphilly on the 10th of April 2010 between 10am & 4pm. Come and meet the team and save 10% off a holiday if you book on the day!

London Theatre Breaks - now available.

Please call our office on 029 20860304 PREMIER HOLIDAYS Unit B, New Premier Buildings, Newport Road, Bedwas, Caerphilly, CF83 8YE


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

A family run business, friendly & reliable with a personal touch.

Call between 9-6pm Monday to Friday & 9-1pm on Saturday for a no-obligation quote

029 20 852602

07817 971 363

43, Drum Tower View, Castell Maen, Caerphilly, CF83 2XW

Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am


E.H.S Contracts ‘Boiler Insurance at a price you can afford’

Our 3 star boiler insurance looks after your whole central heating system, including your boiler, radiators and pipework. As well as covering you all year round, our insurance includes a FREE Annual boiler service We are half the price of some of the larger companies! Some larger companies charge an additional repair fee on top of the annual payment but we don’t. The annual payment is all you have to pay - no extra fees for call outs or repairs*

3 star cover for conventional boiler £111 per year or £9.25 X 12 months

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You can pay monthly too via Standing Order at no extra cost!

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All repair work carried out by Gas Safe registered Engineers

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Sensational Spring Offers at

Exquisite Furniture If you are looking for furniture this Spring then you need to pop in and view our exciting offers on Beds, Bedroom & Dining Furniture & our range of Classic and Contemporary Suites. Open 6 days a week, and conveniently situated in the Town Centre, why not pop in and grab the best furniture bargains for miles around. Have a look at the great offers featured here and remember we have lots of other fabulous savings in store. We help you keep money in your pocket!

Bring in quotes on any Furniture and we will beat it!

10-12 Pentrebane Street, Caerphilly, CF83 1FR Email:

We offer.. Many more huge reductions in store Jennifer Metal bedstead

Available in black, blue, lilac, pink, white or silver. Complete with Chicago mattress.

Only £99

We can supply any item of furniture at lower cost than any other store. We offer sensible delivery costs.

The Angie Dining Set

The table top is black glass with black legs which has a chrome edge. The chairs come with brush silver legs.

Was £449 Now £199


Lebus Maria Snuggle Suite

Sweeping arms and curvaceous base are complimented with a mixture of floral pattern cushions

From £379

Tel: 02920 850350


Dr Roger’s Gardening Surgery

It’s Sunflower time...again! So here’s the thing; I don’t like to repeat myself, no really – I don’t like to repeat myself … but last year, we, (that’s us, in the happy little ‘My Local view gardening club’) had a brief look at Sunflowers; we even considered some sort of a competition … the ‘S’ factor never quite happened, but it was always in the back of my mind that we could try again this year. Sunflowers have become quite a fashionable flower in recent years – and rightly so, what a colourful and cheerful show they give us. But as well as colourful flowers they also provide us with a second bonus benefit, and that is hundreds of Sunflower seeds. My beloved is an avid feeder of wild birds in the little portion of paradise we call ‘our garden’. Her favourite bird seed is, funnily enough, Sunflower seeds. Our feathered friends can’t get enough of them – squabbling and squeaking every time the feeders are refilled. In the autumn, it’s lovely to watch small Birds such as Blue Tits hanging on to the large dying Sunflower heads, as they feast on all the seeds. So you see growing sunflowers is a great way to encourage wild birds to your garden.

Something else I have noticed as a result of all these sunflowers being grown, is the appearance of sunflower seedlings in unusual places. The seeds must be carried by the wind, or birds, and germinate in unplanned places. I have seen big bold Sunflowers growing as ‘weeds’ in dainty little hanging baskets. My favourite was a tiny little ‘bonsai sunflower’ growing in the crack between two kerbstones with nothing but a bit of cement dust to grow in; it should have been at least 6 foot high, but was no more than 4 inches ‘high’ but in flower and perfectly formed …against all odds. So please remember to watch out for sunflowers in unusual places this summer and let us know – preferably with a photo too. PS if you want to grow your own Sunflowers, April is a good time to start sowing seed. It is always good to hear from you on 07891 285 166 or


TIMBER AND LANDSCAPING SUPPLIES Suppliers of Landscaping Materials, Bark Mulch, Coloured Gravels, Crushed Slates, Decking and Fencing Call in for friendly advice on all your Landscaping needs

Tel: 029 2088 4974 Find us at rear of Station Inn, Nantgarw Road, Caerphilly Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am

We are open

Mon to Fri 8am - 5pm Saturday 8am - 12pm


Mobile Feet & Face Treatments  Professional help for all ages with diagnosis and treatment of Corns, Callous, Verrucae & footpain.  Nail Surgery with or without Local Aneasthesia  Latest advances in equipment and training  Home Visits & Evening Surgery  Chiro - Pedicure & New Nail reconstruction  Sports Injuries and Othotics  Acupuncture & Reflexology  Dermal Fillers  HPC registered

Tracy Gill DipPodMedicine FSSCh BCMA. Cert.Ed. For Clinic or Home Visits & Advice please contact 07850 019804

Rain or Shine Landscapes We design & construct whole gardens

Patios - Natural Stone • Garden Maintenance Decking • Fencing • Gates • Turfing Pressure Washing • Planting • Ponds

All work is fully insured

FREE quotes & advice Now taking spring bookings! Call Ben today on 029 20888839 or 07855 480541

Classic Home Improvements Do you need to modernise your Kitchen or Bathroom? We offer a full range of services at affordable prices.

••••••• Call Adrian to arrange a FREE no obligation quotation

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We look forward to seeing you at our authentic Italian Restaurant in April

April Special 2 Course Dinner ยฃ10.95 Al รก Carte Menu also available Why not order a Takeaway Meal? Call for a Menu

Call in and collect our Menu or visit Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am

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Health Watch

Preventing Eye Strain By Lorraine Mace

Today’s lifestyles mean we spend far too much time staring at computer screens or squinting at tiny technological gadgets – all of which can place strain on our eyes. Although there is no definitive test which proves the strain causes permanent damage (although many claim it does), this overuse of our eyes can produce a number of uncomfortable side effects including sore eyes, neck ache, headaches and general feelings of stress and anxiety. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to counteract this without even leaving our desks. Daily eye exercises can help to tone eye muscles and also ease the feelings of tension generated by overtaxing our eyes. You may even gain some vision improvement over a period of time. When carrying out the exercises, it is important to keep your eyes open and your head still. Blink frequently It is a known fact that we blink far less when watching television or using the computer. Blinking is nature’s way of resting our eyes for brief periods and keeping the eyes clean. First relax, then blink every three to four seconds for a two minute period. Do this every hour or so during the day and you should notice a reduction in eye strain. Increasing eye flexibility An easy exercise to improve eye flexibility is to imagine a giant figure of eight on its side. Follow the outline of the figure with your eyes, very slowly. Don’t forget to keep your head still and only move your eyes. Follow the line in one direction for a couple of minutes and then do so in the reverse direction for another two minutes. It may take a few days to get used to doing this exercise, but it is well worth persevering with it. Improving focus Sitting in a comfortable position, stretch out your arm and focus on your thumb. Bring your thumb to within three inches of your face, keeping your eyes focussed on it. Stretch out your arm again, still Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am

focussing on your thumb. If this is done for a few minutes, two or three times a day, it should help to strengthen your focussing skills. How to relax your eyes Relieving stress around the eyes is easily done at any time, even during a short break from working on the computer. Get comfortable and then lean forward. You can rest your elbows on a desk or on your knees. Close your eyes. Place your hands over your eyes, with your fingers on your forehead and the heel of your hand on your cheekbone, making a cup of your hands. Do not put pressure on your eyes and make sure you are able to blink without obstruction. The object of this exercise is to rest your eyes for a few minutes at a time. There isn’t anything more to it, but, if you do this a few times a day, you’ll find it will make a huge difference to your general stress level. The above exercises and the relaxation technique are intended only as a few simple steps towards easing eye strain and general tension. If you suffer from specific eyesight problems, or prolonged stress, you should seek professional advice.


Nelson’s Pharmacy Nelson’s Pharmacy can save you time and trouble with your Prescription needs We can order & collect your Prescription from any Caerphilly Surgery and deliver it to your door! If you are not at home during the day we can deliver it to you at your Caerphilly Workplace Save time and trouble, call us today

02920 888008 Easy parking - spaces for 150 cars right outside our door!

Nelson’s Pharmacy 6 Cae Meillion, Castle View Shopping Centre Caerphilly, CF83 1SN * We can order repeat prescriptions for you To advertise contact Paul: E: T: 029 2088 0378 M: 07737 610177


Recipe of the Month

Great for a family supper or feeding a hungry crowd of kids this pasta bake makes a change from the usual spag bol! Serve with a leafy salad and garlic bread. Serves 6 Ready in 1 hr 25 mins

Bolognese Pasta Bake 1 tbsp olive oil


Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan and fry the onion and garlic for 8-10 mins until softened. Add the mince and cook over a high heat until browned. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, oregano and puree and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer for 30 mins.


Cook the pasta in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 12-14 mins or until just tender. Drain well then rinse under cold water.


Melt the butter in a large pan then stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk then bring to the boil, whisking all the time, until the sauce has thickened. Simmer gently for 2 mins. Stir in half the Cheddar cheese and season to taste. Stir the drained pasta into the sauce and mix well.


Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark 6. Spoon the meat sauce in a large deep gratin dish and top with the pasta and sauce. Sprinkle over the rest of the Cheddar cheese and Parmesan. Bake for 20-25 mins until bubbling and golden. Serve garnished with basil leaves.

1 large onion, peeled and chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 700g (1lb 9oz) minced beef 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes 2 tsp dried oregano 2 tbsp tomato puree 300g (10oz) penne pasta 25g (1oz) butter 25g (1oz) flour 450ml (3/4pt) milk 100g (4oz) Cheddar cheese, grated 2 tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese Basil leaves, to garnish

Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am


Had a bump this Winter? Autoworx, your local car & van body repair centre can help get you back on the road quickly. Call us if you have had an accident, no matter how small, and we can talk to your Insurers directly. You will save time & money!

We are your local choice when you need help with: • • • • • • • • •

Accident Repairs Insurance Work Collision Work Full Resprays Stone Chips Paintwork Scuffs Dents Rust Feel free to visit our larger brand new work shop with the latest technology in low bake ovens for superior finishing.

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Mindfulness & Wellbeing Centre

A wide range of Complementary Therapies for your Health and Well Being all under one roof Aromatherapy Sports Massage Hot Stones Indian Head Massage



Our Centre has been set up to promote Mindfulness & Wellbeing in the Caerphilly area. Conveniently located opposite the Twyn Car Park, overlooking Castle. We offer classes, workshops & therapies to individuals and local businesses.

Reexology Thai & Indian Foot Massage

We also offer Arts & Crafts Creative Writing Poetry Reading Gift Shop Coffee & Tea Room Public Talks & Teachings Therapy & Function Room Hire

Call today 02920 860054

Counselling Psychotherapy Hypnotherapy

Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness & Wellbeing Workshops & Retreats

Samye Foundation Wales, Mindfulness & Well Being Centre 2a-4a Cardiff Rd, Caerphilly, CF83 1JN Charity Reg: 1122144 Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am


Harmony Holistics ~ The Art of Touch Unique Treatments Tailored to Your Individual Needs

Up to £5 off first appointment with this voucher Sports Massage Aromatherapy Massage Hot Stone Massage Swedish Massage Pregnancy Massage

Kahuna Lomi Lomi Massage Ayurvedic Massages / Ayurvedic Reflexology Thai Yoga Massage / Thai Foot Massage Tibetan Massage

Reflexology Indian Head Massage On Site Seated Massage Reiki (Reiki Massage)

Corporate Services Pamper Parties

Treat your loved ones Gift Vouchers Available Treatment room and mobile holistic company covering Caerphilly and 30 mile radius

Treatment Room: Same Foundation, Mindfulness & Well-Being Centre, 2a Cardiff Road, Caerphilly, CF83 1JN For Further Information please call Lynsey on 07733 047336


on a wide range of Massages One Hour: £25 30 Minutes: £15 15 Minutes: £10 Treatment Room: Samye Foundation,Mindfulness & Well-Being Centre 2A Cardiff Rd, Caerphilly, CF83 1JN

To make an appointment please call Lynsey on 07733

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Bring harmony to the workplace with a wide range of Holistic Therapies especially tailored to Refresh and Revitalise your staff Holistic Corporate Health Events, Conferences & Parties

On-Site Seated Massage Indian Head Massage Oil Massage Reflexology Reiki

Meditation Yoga Counselling Mindfulness and Stress Awareness

For a FREE demonstration and up to 15% off first visit Please call Lynsey on 07733 047336

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H&H COMPUTERS LTD Tel: 029 20866606

Visit Caerphilly’s newest Computer Store

Computer Sales & Service Pop in and see us about: • Computer & Laptop Sales • Accessories • Compatible Ink • Repairs & Upgrades • Software • Internet Access and much more

Our team has over 15 years experience selling and repairing computers and laptops. We offer a friendly & reliable service at a very affordable price. So call in and see us today.

We can build a PC to your specification

We offer:

Laptop repairs including DC Socket and Screens A full range of PC repairs and software problem solutions. Virus detection, removal and protection. Data recovery including hard drive recovery A limited printer repair and maintenance service Insurance reports & quotes H & H Computers @ 1 Piccadilly Square, Caerphilly, CF83 1PB We are opposite Blockbusters | Open 7 days a week Visit our website at Email us at:


Ti a Fi Tonyfelin

Siarad Cymraeg? Meddwl am anfon eich plentyn i Ysgol Gymraeg? If you are thinking of sending your child to a Welsh medium primary school or simply want to get a taste of the Welsh language, why not come along on a Friday morning to Ti a Fi. Ti a Fi Tonyfelin is a parent/guardian and toddler group that welcomes children from birth up to school age. The playgroup encourages learning and play through the medium of welsh with a structured two hour session that includes interactive free play followed by story telling, craft and songs. Whether you are a welsh speaker, a welsh learner, or have no knowledge of welsh at all, you and your little one will receive a warm welcome and the opportunity to mix with other parents and children in your local catchment area. The group is run by a committee of volunteers and is fully registered and insured with the support of the Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin ( We are a registered charity and fundraising plays an important part of the group’s success.

Last year we were able to host a summer trip to Folly Farm for the whole family. We also held a table top sale, a trader’s sale day, fancy dress parties, photograph sessions, and welsh book sales. Keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming fun activities and fundraising events, including a Table Top sale at St Martin’s Lesser Church Hall, on Saturday 24 April, 2010 from 10am-1pm. If you are interested in coming along, we meet every Friday morning during term time in Tonyfelin Chapel, Bedwas Road, Caerphilly. Our session runs from 10am until 12pm and includes snacks and refreshments. If you would like further information or would like to support us by donating any craft equipment, toys or books, please contact us on 07884378186. Thank You. Diolch. Dewch i ymuno a ni i chwarae, canu, cwrdd a ffrindiau newydd, a chael hwyl !

Quality Games Machines for your Home or Business S&S Enterprises in Caerphilly are leading local suppliers of amusement and gaming equipment to the licensed trade and general public, specialising in the supply and maintenance of: • • • •

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Call us TODAY to discuss your requirements

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Financial Focus

Financial Focus | Critical Illness cover Did you know that illnesses such as cancer or heart attack, affects one-in-four women and one-in-five men before retirement age? Could you manage financially if you were unable to work due to diagnosis and subsequent treatment of a critical illness? Critical illness insurance is designed to ease the financial pressures should you become critically ill or totally disabled, though not all conditions are covered. For single people with no dependants, critical illness cover that pays off the mortgage could be more important than having life cover, as it may mean you have a lump sum to cover ongoing living expenses if you are very unwell and unable to work. It can also be useful for couples or families, as a lump sum payment can be used to reduce financial hardship at a time of emotional stress. Critical illness insurance pays benefits on the diagnosis of certain specified critical illnesses, the range of which differs from one company to another.

There are also different ways your premium can be calculated, such as being guaranteed not to change, or reviewed on a periodic basis, and therefore independent financial advice is very important when choosing the provider of critical illness cover. I have seen the results where policies have been claimed upon. It makes a difference to peoples lives. I have seen people use the money to pay off all or part of their mortgage, go on a luxury family holiday, save for the children’s university cost or to help with the deposit for a son or daughter’s new home. How you use the money is entirely up to you, the difference it makes at this important time is unimaginable. Paolo Roberts. Independent Financial Advisor Paolo lives in Caerphilly and been advising clients in the area for many years.

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Contact Paolo Roberts on 07870 648449 or on 01656 656099 asking for Paolo and quoting Ref: LVFEB. E-mail: Address: HHPG House, Coity Road, Bridgend. CF31 1LT Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Reg Number 191436 We can get paid by commission or a fee (typically ÂŁ300 for a mortgage) or a combination of both. HHPG Wealth Management and Business Solutions is a trading style of HHPG Ltd.

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Get on your Bike!

If you are a keen cyclist, looking for club meetings you may be pleased that we pinched the following information from the Castle Bikes website! Don’t worry - Steve at Castle Bikes is happy about it! Club Rides.

The aim is to run these every week, whatever the weather except leaisure rides. If you’re not sure if a ride is suitable for your bike and fitness ask in the shop or on the forum. We will always endevour to ride as a group and encourage slower riders, we are a friendly club. We do ask that you choose a ride at the correct level. If you’re not sure come out on the Monday or Tues evening rides and we can advice.

Monday Evenings - Beginner/ Intermediate Ride 1-2 hrs, meet at the shop at 6pm. Thursday evenings - Intermediate/Hard Ride 2-3 hrs, leave the shop 7pm sharp. Weekend rides - 1st Sunday of the month, meet at the shop at 9, see forum for details of where we will be going. Likely destinations will be Afan, Brechfa, Black Mountains, Brecons, Mid Wales etc etc. Transport to be sorted on the forum.

Road Rides

Leisure Rides

Sunday - 40 to 80 miles at a good pace (16-18mph ave). Leaving the Bridgend Inn in Bedwas at 8.15. Drop bar road bike required, unless you are super fit. Tues Eve (Summer only) - 6.30 at the shop 1-2 hrs at a gentle road pace (14-16mph). Road Bike or Hybrid. Weds Eve (Summer only) - 6.30 at the shop 1-2 hrs fast paced training ride. Note on this ride, if you can’t keep up a reasonable pace you may get left behind. (Summer means once the clocks change, it makes no assumption as to what the actual weather will be!) MTB Rides

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These will run in good weather only. That means anything more than a light shower and they won’t be running. Open to anyone with a bike, the aim is to have some sociable family rides. 8-10 miles, 2-3 hours, lunch stop, although you can bring a sarnie instead if you like. 2nd Saturday of every month, 4th Sunday of every month. Meet at the shop at 10.30 Steve can be contacted on 02921 328131. You can also get the latest forum news via

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Who needs a Games Console?

If you are looking for a way to help your child develop their creative potential you could consider theatrical arts as a fun activity for them. Local dance teacher and theatrical arts lover, Lisa Williams founded Dance Factor & Stage Factor Theatre Academy in 2007 to give children aged between 3yrs and 16yrs the chance to learn new skills through the medium of dance & theatre. Dance Academy: Lisa told us “We run fun and exciting dance classes for boys and girls ages 3-16yrs. We cover a wide range of styles including Hip-Hop, Street, Freestyle, Jazz, Disco, Contemporary and more recently Ballet. We meet every Friday at St Cenydd Leisure Caerphilly at 5.30pm.

“It’s about children realising their full potential and believing in themselves” There are regular chances to perform and take Dance & Drama Medal Tests. The main academy (see ad below) combines the disciplines of dancing, singing and acting but we have other classes where the focus is one of the activities. If you would like further information, please call Lisa Williams on 077379 72467.



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Theatre Academy: Founder/Principle Lisa Williams said, “The Academy is not just about dancing, singing & acting it’s about children realising their full potential and believing in themselves both on & off the stage”.

“I want to encourage Caerphilly Kids to fall in love with the Arts and what they have to offer. Our classes are for all children, not just those who are already confident and outgoing” In fact, some of our shy kids have gone on to take lead roles in our productions.


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Caerphilly to host Twinning Visitors The visitors will arrive on Friday evening and leave early on Tuesday morning. Saturday and Monday are full day excursions for the visitors, with evening meals and socials for the hosts and guests. The highlight of the visit is the Gala Dinner in Caerphilly Castle on Monday evening. Sunday is spent with the hosts, a chance to visit local places of interest.

Caerphilly and District Twinning Association will host visitors from Lannion in Brittany, France, over the weekend of July 30th to August 3rd. Visits are organised every year, alternating between France and Wales. The Association is looking for new members to become involved in these exchanges, particularly people who are able to act as hosts.

If you are able to offer a warm welcome and accommodation to one or more of our French friends why not get in touch? The Association covers all ages, single people, couples and families and the aim is to match hosts and visitors. A few words of French are useful but not essential, a sense of fun is far more important. For more information visit our web site at or contact Jayne or John on 02920 851479

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Isn’t it time you tried our award winning Restaurant? Wine & Dine Evening Tuesday 20th April 2010 Very Popular Evening Enjoy an educational evening on the subject of pairing wines to food. Our chefs will create a gourmet 6-course meal, which will be professionally paired with 6 glasses of wine from our list by our presenter. Our guest speaker will go to each table individually to explain the principles of matching wine to food and why he has chosen each wine for each course. This entertaining yet informative evening will not only make you think twice about which wines to have with your meals but also make you want to go home and impress your friends Book early to avoid disappointment

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Event Guide

Regular Events Caerphilly Community Chorus. Date: From 22nd January 2010 Time: Fridays 1930 to 2100 Venue: Presbyterian Church, Windsor St., Caerphilly. Membership fee: £15 for Spring and Summer terms (Students £5) Calling all singers! We are a recently formed mixed voice choir still looking for new members. The chorus welcomes all adults and young adults of age 15 or older. Membership is without audition. Ability to read music and choral experience are a plus but enthusiastic choral newcomers are welcome. Try a rehearsal before making a commitment. Musical Director: Nigel Jones. Further details available from : Pam : Tel. 07773695622 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 Country Market Date : 24 - 25 April 2010 Time : 1000 Venue : Cwmcarn Forest Drive Come along and support our local craft and food producers at the 1st of our Indoor Country Markets! For further details please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre on 01495 272001

Table Top Sale Date: 24/4/10 Time: 10am – 1pm Venue: St Martins Lesser Church Hall, Park Lane, Caerphilly Admission 20p. White Elephant, Welsh Book Stall, Craft Stalls, Bric a Brac. Refreshments available. For further info or to book a table, contact 0788 437 8186 (in support of Ti a Fi Tonyfelin)

April 2010 Caerphilly Farmers Market Date : 10 April 2010 Time : 0930 Venue : Twyn Car Park, Caerphilly. A farmers market selling a range of different local produce including cheese, cakes, woodcraft, bread, preserves, plants, honey, eggs & meats. For further details please telephone Mike Pett on 01656 658963 NEW! bat meet and greet Date : 11 April 2010 Time : 1200 Venue : Cwmcarn Forest Drive Blood suckers? Vampires? Not with these little creatures! Why not join Sam and her amazing rescued friends. You will learn all about these secretive creatures and realise just how cute they are! Suitable for all ages! For further details please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre on 01495 272001 Abertridwr Library Reading Group Date : 13 April 2010 Time : 1030 Venue : Abertridwr Library Want to read something different? Want to share your opinions on a book? Then the Abertridwr Library Reading Group is for you. For further details please telephone Abertridwr Library on 029 2083 0790

Deadline for our May issue is Weds 21st April at 10am

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Date: 13/04/2010 Time: 10.15am Venue: Windsor Church, Windsor Street, Caerphilly Price: £1 per person Mr and Mrs Caddy: Tour of North America: A talk with pictures. St Martin’s Church Coffee morning. Date: Wed 14 April Time: 1030 -1200 Venue: St Martin’s Hall, Park Lane, Caerphilly Cost: £1.50 to include scone & jam Stalls, cakes and raffle - proceeds in aid of Church funds. Take a break from the shopping and pop in! Spring Flowers Walk Date: 17 April 2010 Time: 1030 Venue: Coed Craig Ruperra woods, Draethen Meet in the woods car park on the Draethen-Michaelstone road (about half a mile from the Hollybush on the St Mellons road). A gentle stroll to take in the spring flowers, such as primroses, ramsons and ragged-robins (at the very least!). Free event. For further details please telephone Sue Price on 07977 599181 Walk with Fido Date : 18 April 2010 Time : 1030 Venue : Parc Coetir Bargoed A gentle stroll around Parc Coetir Bargod with a Ranger, with or without your dog. Booking is required. For further details please telephone Parc Cwm Darran on 01443 875557 More events on Page 68

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Thought for the Month

Who ripped the curtain? One of my favourite versus in the Bible is Mark 15 verse 38. It tells us what happened just as Jesus breathed his last on the cross. As he died, so the curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom….this is so very important; the whole story of the Bible, covering thousands of years and thousands of verses is hidden away in this one verse. Why? Well this was no ordinary curtain. It was huge. Apparently it would have taken a large team of seamstresses up to a year to make, it was very thick and heavy …and very strong. This curtains purpose was to keep people out the Holiest place in the Jewish temple – where the awesome presence of GOD resided. It was a barrier. This barrier had for thousands of years stood as a reminder that GOD was separate from

man, and only the select few could enter beyond the curtain under strict rules. But over the years GOD had said that he wanted to be amongst all his people … but who would dare to rip the curtain? The rules said that sacrifice and cleansing was required before the select priests could go through the curtain. Something happened when Jesus was sacrificed that first Easter: it was a full and final payment. The way was clear, and GOD wasted no time in tearing the curtain from top to bottom – so that we could go in, and he could come out to join us in our everyday lives… it was as if he was dying to meet us…. Roger Crookes -

Real People, Real God, Real Lives

Gateway Church Welcomes you to a relaxed Family Sunday Service at the Twyn Community Centre, The Twyn, Caerphilly Meeting Times Tea/ Coffee at 4.30pm Service from 5 - 6pm Further Information Tel: 07719 356240

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The Legal Eagle

Fault based Divorce reforms As divorce rates continue to increase, the debate to reform our existing fault based system becomes more topical. Our divorce laws at present provide only one ground for divorce, the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. In order for that to be established the person commencing the proceedings has to rely on one of the following facts: 1. That their spouse has committed adultery 2. That their spouse has behaved unreasonably and as such they can no longer be expected to live with them. 3. That their spouse has deserted them 4. That there has been two years separation and their spouse agrees to the divorce 5. That there has been a five year separation. Parties who have separated therefore have the choice of waiting the two or five years before proceeding with the divorce or alternatively choosing one of the other three facts and in effect blaming their spouse for the breakdown of the marriage. Clearly proceeding in this way can raise tensions in what is already a difficult situation. This can often introduce acrimony which has not previously existed. This can then have a knock on effect on the other

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issues flowing from the breakdown of the marriage including financial matters and arrangements for the children. Our laws in relation to financial and children issues, particularly with emphasis on mediation over recent years are clearly designed to promote a constructive approach. In contrast our ongoing fault based divorce system can be argued to be out dated and unnecessarily confrontational. Another school of thought, however, submit that requiring parties to undergo a period of separation i.e. two or five years. This, therefore, protects the institution of marriage which would be undermined if we introduced a divorce system that did not require allegations of behaviour or adultery. Leanne Evans - Evans & Greaves




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Event Guide / Late April & May 2010

Photography walk Date : 25 April 2010 Time : 1000 Venue : Manmoel Village Hall Discover how to take better wildlife and landscape photographs around Pen Y Fan pond and Manmoel with Tim Collier, our expert photographer. Bring a camera and lunch. Please book for this walk on 07836217110, or email bowerj@ Coal Celts And Contrast Walk Date : 25 April 2010 Time : 1000 Venue : Cwmcarn Forest Drive Another chance to join us on this breathtaking walk along the nantcarn valley and raeching the summit of Twmbarlwm enjoying plenty of outstanding views! This is an all day walk requiring sturdy footwear, wet weather gear and a packed lunch/drink. Booking essential. For further details please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre on 01495 272001 Tax help for Older People Date: 26/04/2010 Time: 10am till 12noon Venue: Caerphilly Library Price: Free Contact: TOP on 0845 601 3321 If you are aged 60 or over-have income of £15000pa or less and need any help with your taxes we can help you. Please contact us anytime for help or to make an appointment.

May 2010 Bank Holiday Fun! Date : 03 May 2010 Time : 1000 Venue : Winding House Bank Holiday crafts and activities for families throughout the day! Winding Engine will run at 12pm and 3pm. For further details please telephone Emma Wilson on 01443 822 666

17th Century Olympics Date : 03 May 2010 Time : 1200 Venue : Llancaiach Fawr Manor Meadow Free family fun day on the Meadow and adjacent field with demonstrations of traditional sports, tug of war, archery, have a go activities for all. Local teams in competition. Entries taken from 11.00 am activities begin at 12.00 noon. For further details please telephone Llancaiach Fawr Reception on 01443 412248 Caerphilly Farmers Market Date : 08 May 2010 Time : 0930 Venue : Twyn Car Park, Caerphilly. A farmers market selling a range of different local produce including cheese, cakes, woodcraft, bread, preserves, plants, honey, eggs & meats. www.caerphillyfarmersmarket. For further details please telephone Mike Pett on 01656 658963 Caerphilly Walk- In Event Date : 22 May 2010 Time : 0600 Venue : Waunfawr Park Are you up to the Challenge of this year’s Walk - In Event ? We have many challenging walks for all the family to enjoy. They are suitbale for walkers of varying levels of experience and fitness. So don’t hesitate Go grab your boots and let’s start walking! Demand will be high for this event so book early. Length: long walk - 22 miles; medium walk - 12 miles; Guided walk - 8 miles; short walks - 1 - 4.5 miles. Times: 22 miles start at 6 am; 12 miles start at 8 am; 8 miles start at 9:30; short walks start at 10:15. For further details please telephone Country & Landscape Service on 01495 235219

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Tea Dance Date : 25 May 2010 Time : 1400 Venue : Birthdir Community Centre £1.50 entry (includes a cup of tea and a biscuit). All ages and abilities welcome - socialise and learn to sequence dance. For further details please telephone Stacy Price on 01443 878092 Rare butterflies at Aberbargoed Date : 29 May 2010 Time : 1200 Venue : Aberbargoed grasslands Discover the rare marsh fritillary butterfly on a gentle walk at Aberbargoed grasslands. Wellies are advised to wear. Booking is required. Leader: Mark Allen Length: 2 miles. For further details please telephone Parc Cwm Darran on 01443 875557 for details of other events in the area. More events on Page 60

Notice | Smallprint My Local View have listed the above events in good faith but cannot accept responsibility for inaccuracies, changes to the event or cancellations. Please check with the organisers before attending the event. To advertise your community event please email the details to or call 029 20880378. Please send your event details in a format similar to those listed above. Please note that quite often the events are listed in the magazine without the organisers knowledge. Please let the organiser know that you read about their event in My Local View.


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My Local View Magazine | Caerphilly  

Welcome to the April 2010 issue of My Local View Magazine in Caerphilly, South Wales

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