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August 2010

Caerphilly Edition Issue 52

IN THIS ISSUE Dr. Roger Wayne David MP Caerphilly event update What’s ON in Caerphilly Fabulous Picnics and lots more...

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A selection of articles Kids Page Page 12

Beauty Tips Page 19 Hi all, Welcome to the August edition of Local View. By the time you are reading this note, Caerphilly will have celebrated another Big Cheese weekend and our attention will be turned to several other events in the Borough. The Fwrrwm Ishta have their Beer Festival (p. 9) on Bank Holiday Sunday, Blackwood plays host to “The Big Balloon” on the 30th and 31st of August (p. 58), and also the rather fabulous Megaday weekend, again on the Bank Holiday Weekend .

Fun Quiz Page 22

Neighbourhood Policing Page 30

Wayne David MP Page 36

Dr. Roger’s Gardening Column Page 38

I am receiving a lot of feedback suggesting that our readers are contacting event organisers and business advertisers so thanks for keeping it local.

Paolo Roberts | Financial Focus

Best Wishes

What’s on in Caerphilly

Paul p.s. Deadlines for future issues can be found on our website now -

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Pages 24 + 52

Thought for the Month Page 56

Recipe | Haddock Fishcakes Page 44

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

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Working from home Daytime TV by Ted Bruning One of the great temptations of working from home is to make a brew, commandeer a couple of Hobnobs, and simply veg out in front of daytime TV. This is especially the case if you’re an a.m. worker like me. Once the dog is walked, the wife and kids are shooed off to their respective schools, and the teeth are scrubbed, I hit the desk running. For a couple of hours I’m a human dynamo. Emails are answered. Calls are made. Work is churned out in unstoppable torrents... And then, around mid-morning, everything goes into slow motion. The blood-sugar level sinks towards zero. Emails and calls are put off. Productivity dwindles to a trickle. I don’t know why this is, but if ever there were a time when the twin lures of the sofa and the remote might prove irresistible, this would surely be it. Fortunately, the Lords of Television, those inscrutable Olympians who select the images that will grace our screens, have in a completely uncharacteristic flash of empathy for this weakwilled and, let’s face it, bone idle worker-fromhome, made daytime TV unwatchably awful. (Of course, they have made evening TV unwatchably awful as well, but that’s another story). I pass over such delights as Prank Patrol and the WotWots because these occur during my morning surge of energy. I have no idea what they might be about, but from their titles I infer that they are intended for the amusement of beings rather younger than myself. But postsurge daytime TV, however diverse it might appear, seems to be founded on a single immutable principle: it must be as cheap as humanly possible. BBC 1 favours walkabout TV. A mid-range celebrity presenter – Pam Rhodes; Julia Bradbury; no-one too expensive – and a man with a microphone are let loose somewhere like the Chelsea Flower Show for a couple of hours. For BBC 2, it’s a black and white comedy, often with Norman Wisdom, followed by some people – again, no-one too expensive – talking in a studio.

ITV 1 favours the people talking in a studio approach, the twist being that they’re all women and they can talk for two whole hours! Awardwinning stuff, surely. Channel 4, when there’s no racing, shows endless repeats of American comedies from the 1990s. Some (Frazier) were brilliant first time round, but I’ve seen them all. Others (Will & Grace) were limp first time round, and I’ve seen as much of them as I can bear. Then there’s the awful fascination of exposé TV: Trisha Goddard, Jeremy Kyle, that sort of thing. I can add nothing useful to the oft-made observation that it’s utterly incredible that such dreadful people with such dreadful lives should queue up to have their dreadfulness so ruthlessly exposed. I can’t bear to watch them and I just want them to stop. So, finally, to the ultimate television conundrum: that whole strand of shows, regurgitated throughout the day on most freeview channels, that strive to make entertainment out of perfectly normal, humdrum activities that are utterly without incident or the power to amuse. Moving house to somewhere nicer. Taking your old tat to a car boot sale. Painting your living room. Cooking dinner for some friends. You know the shows; I won’t name them. Whatever next? Going to the supermarket (presented by Kerry Katona)? The morning ablutions (presented by Gillian McKeith)? Driving to work, perhaps? Ah, now, as someone who hasn’t driven to work for four years, that’s a daytime TV programme I might actually watch...



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Kings and Queens 1. Which real life person did Forest Whitaker play in the film The Last King Of Scotland? 2. The football team Queen Of The South are based in which Scottish town? 3. Which King of England is the main character featured on the Bayeaux Tapestry? 4. In the Disney film Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, what relation was the Queen to Snow White? 5. If Prince William becomes King and uses his first name William, will he be King William III, King William IV or King William V? 6. In the 1975 film Tommy, which famous singer played the Acid Queen, a prostitute who dealt in LSD? 7. Which European country was King Zog the King of between 1928 and 1939? 8. Who was the first member of Queen to release a solo album when he did so with Fun In Space in 1981? 9. In a standard pack of playing cards, which of the following do the kings of clubs, spades and diamonds all have that the king of hearts doesn’t? A sword, a crown or a moustache? 10. The Queen has an official birthday in June, but in which month was she actually born? Quiz answers are on Page 37

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Caerphilly events update

Well hello all – this is my first time to write to you all! My colleague Stacy is rushing around the Big Cheese site this week – I shouldn’t laugh because that will be me in a couple of weeks when we have the Kite Night and Bedwellty & County Show at the Showfields in Blackwood. Our brand new event kicks off on the evening of the 20th August from 6pm until 10pm. Some of you may be aware that we have decided to move away from the hot air balloons and bring back the fantastic kite display that we held in Parc Penallta in 2007. We have international kite fliers coming from France who will put on a fantastic display for us with Rokkaku fight (cutting kites out of the air), power kites (large kites pulling a 3-wheeled buggy around the arena), altitude sprint (a competition to see which flier can get their kite the highest in a given time – kites can reach 1000ft in this time – normally between 30 seconds and 2 minutes), Chinese dragons (4 or 5 versions of these) and much much more. The evening will end with a fireworks finale at 9.30pm which opens an exciting weekend that will include the first ever TWO day Bedwellty & County Show. This year we are working with Bedwellty Agricultural Society to extend the popular agricultural show by adding a food and drink market and family entertainment. Staying with the animal theme, there will be ‘Toy Story Shires’, ‘The Quack Pack’, ‘Black Mountain Falconry and Gun Dogs’, ‘Paws for Thoughts Dog Display’, ‘Ferret Racing’ and lots more. The many traditional agricultural displays of animals will also be present at this FREE family event on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd August. It’s open 8.30am until 6pm each day and includes hunter displays, side saddle and show jumping. So why not come up and join us in Blackwood for this fun packed weekend? The showfield is easily accessible by a service bus and a free shuttle bus will be put on for Sunday from Blackwood interchange bus station up to the event site. For those of you that came to Caerphilly town for the Flower Festival – I hope that you took the opportunity to visit the Churches to see their spectacular displays. The work and effort that these committed people put into their displays was outstanding. The town centre saw the footfall figures rise (this is the number of pedestrians on

the street) on this particular weekend with a coach coming all the way from Halesowen in Dudley! Lets hope that they enjoyed our historical town so much that they return for another visit. I do hope you enjoy the Big Cheese event because it will all be over by the time this goes to print – but don’t forget we do have more FREE events going on throughout the year – a full list can be found on the main Council website – events Have fun all! Sarah-Kate Ackerman Events Officer, Advisory Services


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icnics are a great British summertime tradition. Whether it’s a day out with friends and family, a rainy day surprise for the children on the carpet or a romantic feast for two with champagne and strawberries, a picnic never fails to lift the spirits. Eating al fresco is best when the decision is taken spontaneously. Planned days-out invariably trigger torrential rain on the specified day. So keep ‘grab and go’ food in your fridge and freezer ready for when you wake up to a beautiful day. Picnics should be stress-free and fun, so if you are inviting friends ask them all to contribute a little something. All families have their own picnic staples and you could be inspired by the choices of others. Some foods are just perfect for picnicking: cooked hams, pork pies, Scotch eggs, pasties, quiches, and of course, sandwiches are most people’s basics. Sandwiches are better assembled on the rug. Pre-made ones have a tendency to go soggy, so pack fillings separately and try some different breads, such as focaccia, pitta and ciabatta, for a change. Include some pâtés and ready-made dips with breadsticks and vegetable sticks. Mediterranean-style salads are a great summertime choice, and when made with couscous and beans, are

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The importance of community People often bemoan the fact that the sense of “community” is not as strong as it once was. Having being brought up in a small, former mining community, I often heard stories about how people left their front doors open and regularly popped into Mrs Evans’ next door to borrow some sugar. Undoubtedly, society has changed. It is not uncommon for neighbours to have virtually no contact with each other, and for people to walk no further than the short distance to their cars. It is of course unrealistic to pretend that the clock can be turned back. In fact, it is worth remembering that there is a human tendency to look back at the past through rosetinted glasses. It is always worth bearing in mind that in South Wales mining communities the strong sense of community was always laced with the fear of a mining accident. We need to look no further than Senghenydd. But during the summer months there is an outburst of genuine community activity. Throughout the constituency, community organisations organise a wide variety of fêtes and similar events. Sometimes it is the churches and chapels who organise them, like St Gwladys Church in Bargoed or the churches and chapels of Bedwas. Sometimes it is community partnerships such as in Penybryn, Cascade or Bargoed.

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42 Keep fit for the brain by Lorraine Mace

Neurobics, invented by Lawrence Katz and Manning Rubin, are mental exercises, teasers and puzzles designed to give your brain a good workout – and anyone can do them. Because our everyday actions are largely automatic, they require less brain activity than behaviour that causes us to think. Imagine cleaning your teeth with the ‘wrong’ hand, or switching your cutlery so that you are using the knife in the fork hand and vice versa – these are examples of neurobic exercises which are said to slow aging of the brain. Using all your senses in different ways to the norm, even making small changes in your daily routine, can stimulate the brain – and the beauty of it is that neurobics can be done anywhere and at anytime. Apparently, using your left hand if you’re right-handed, or your right if you’re left-handed, will stimulate parts of the brain that aren’t normally in use. To qualify as a neurobic exercise the action has to engage your attention and make the brain work. In other words, it has to be different from the way you tackle everyday events. You have to make your activities unusual, fun and/or surprising. Fortunately, this isn’t difficult to do.

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When you get home, don’t look for your key, feel for it instead and then unlock the door with your eyes closed – this forces your sense of touch to take over

Use your opposite hand to operate the TV remote control

Rearrange your desk so that nothing is where your brain expects to find it

Put a new fragrance next to the bed so that you smell it on waking – this immediately stimulates up your sense of smell

Empty your purse or wallet, close your eyes and try to distinguish the coins by sense of touch only – if you get really good at that, try working out the notes by size and feel

Change your normal weekend activities to something completely different or unexpected. If you are an outdoor person, try an indoor sport such as ten pin bowling. If you’re an indoor person, try going to the park or nearest green area.

Turn the sound off on the television and get your partner or a friend to take turns in making up the dialogue – apart from anything else, you’ll end up laughing, which is always good for body and mind.

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Instead of following the usual roads, why not drive to work or the train station using a different route?

Lay out your clothes on the bed and then get dressed with your eyes closed

As already mentioned, try brushing your teeth with the other hand – this is nowhere near as easy as you might imagine

Shower or bath with your eyes closed – this engages senses not usually

Even if you only do one thing each day that is out of the norm, your brain will thank you for it by becoming more active.


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44 The Mole by Marge Butcher Moles are barrel shaped, approximately 6 inches long and weigh about 3½ ozs. Their fur is soft and shiny, lies well in any direction and appears black or slate grey according to how the light catches it. A mole’s small eyes are hidden well back in the fur and its ears are flapless holes. The pink snout is pointed and heavily whiskered. Their sense of hearing and touch are well developed but sight and smell are poor. For most of their lives moles live entirely underground in tunnels dug with shovel shaped, out-turned front feet. There is one main tunnel with subsidiary branches, some 2-8 inches underground. The shallowest are made by the mole burrowing just beneath the surface and displacing the soil into ridges. Deeper tunnels are made by the mole as it excavates by pushing soil ahead, periodically thrusting it upwards to form a molehill at the surface. Despite its small size a mole can excavate 10lb of earth in 20 minutes!

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Recipe of the month Garlic Roasted Peppers

These colourful roasted peppers are full of Mediterranean avours. They make a great simple starter for a dinner party or served as part of a summer buffet. To serve chilled, allow the peppers to cool completely then cover and leave in the fridge for a couple of hours. Serves 4 - Ready in 45 mins 4 large red peppers 3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced 115g (4oz) cherry tomatoes, halved 55g (2oz) pitted black olives 4 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp pesto sauce 75g (3oz) feta cheese, thinly sliced or crumbled Fresh basil leaves, to garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas 6. Slice each pepper in half, cutting though the stalks and remove the seeds. Place the pepper halves, cut side up, in a shallow roasting tin. Top with the garlic, tomatoes and olives. 2. Drizzle over half the oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for 25-30 mins until the peppers are just tender and lightly charred in places. Leave to cool for 10 mins. 3. Blend the pesto sauce with the rest of the olive oil. Serve the warm peppers topped with the feta cheese and basil dressing. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.


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That’s a Funny Thing to Say! A diamond in the rough –a person who is good hearted but lacks refinement This expression is more commonly used as the shortened version ‘rough diamond’. It literally refers to the original state of a diamond before it is cut and polished. It was used in the 17th century: She is very honest, and will be hard to cut as a rough diamond (John Fletcher: A Wife for a Month 1624) Out of sorts – unwell This is believed to come from the world of printing, possibly in the 17th century. Typesetters used individual letters to make up the text needed for the printing press. These were called ‘sorts’. To be out of sorts, possibly of a particular type or font, or with the letters in the wrong order would be a major problem for the typesetter.

A red rag to a bull – to annoy someone ‘Red rag’ was actually the slang term for the tongue in the 17th century, so to wave a red rag at someone simply meant to talk to them. There is evidence of using the term in connection with other animals e.g pheasant, turkey and viper. However linking the phrase to a bull is inaccurate as bulls are unable to recognise colours - just waving the cloth enrages it. Out for the count – in a sound sleep or dead drunk The origin of this is to be found in the world of boxing and wrestling. When a fighter is knocked to the ground the referee starts to count to ten aloud so that the audience can hear. If the fighter is unable to return to their feet within that time the fight is lost and they are ‘counted out’.

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Regular Events & Notices 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 07790924818 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. Caerphilly and District Floral Society restart their classes in September. They meet on the first Tuesday evening (7pm – 9pm) and Wednesday afternoon (2pm – 4pm) each month in the Twyn Community Centre beginning on September 7th & 8th. They are friendly classes, each with their own tutor and beginners are welcome. Next year will be a special year as they have their 40th anniversary.

Further information may be obtained from the chairman Mrs Anne Burnell tel. 02920883124 Caerphilly Community Chorus. Date: From 1st Oct. 2010 Time: Fridays 1930 to 2100 Venue: Van-Guard Centre, Van Rd. Caerphilly. Membership fee: £10 for Autumn Term (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. Note – summer break until Oct. 1st Musical Director: Nigel Jones. Further details available from : Pam : 07790924818

August 2010 Jurassic Park Date : 07 August 2010 Time : 1200 Venue : Parc Cwm Darran Discover what reptiles exist in this Country Park and then create your own reptile from mbits and bobs. call in between 12 - 4pm. For further details please telephone Parc Cwm Darran on 01443 875557 Blackwood Carnival Date : 07 August 2010 Time : 1200 Venue : Blackwood Town Centre Come along to Blackwood Town to enjoy the parade through the High Street at 12 noon followed by a funfair, falconry display, Punch and Judy, craft stalls, rock band and dancers at Pontllanfraith Council offices field. For further details please telephone John Hold on 01495 224636

National British Woodcarvers Association Exhibition Date : 9 - 14 August 2010 Time : 1000 Venue : Cwmcarn Forest Drive Why not come along and visit the craft work of the British Woodcarvers Association as carvers from around the british Isles display their works! FREE ADMISSION.For further details please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre on 01495 272001 Hedgehog day Date : 15 August 2010 Time : 1200 Venue : Cwmcarn Forest Drive Join Keith and his rescued hedgehogs and learn about the role Keith and his friends play in rescuing these secretive animals! FREE ADMISSION For further details please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre on 01495 272001

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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 let the organiser know that you read about their event in My Local View.

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August 2010 Mask making Date : 19 August 2010 Time : 1100 Venue : Parc Cwm Darran Create your own masks of animals found in the park. Session 1 - 11 - 11:30 Session 2 - 11:30 - 2:00 Session 3 - 12 - 12:30 Session 4 - 1 - 1:30 Session 5 - 1:30 - 2:00 Session 6 - 2 - 2:30 For further details please telephone Parc Cwm Darran on 01443 875557 Blackwood Kite Night Date : 20 August 2010 Time : 1600 Venue : Blackwood Showfields Giant kite displays on Friday night at Blackwood Showfields. For further details please telephone Caerphilly Visitor Centre on 029 2088 0011

storytelling area! There will be prizes for the best dressed boy and girl teddy! 2 sessions available: 2-4yrs and 4-7yrs BOOKING ESSENTIAL PHONE FOR DETAILS For further details please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre on 01495 272001 Sunday August 26th 2010 Caerphilly Woodlands Trust will be holding a 2½ mile guided walk of the Coed y Werin woods with experts on hand to answer questions and point out the flora and fauna as well as some of the history of the clay pits and the amazing geology for which the site has SSSI status. Meet at the Coed Park Y Van car park on Van Road, Caerphilly at 10.30am. Suitable for all ages. Bring a drink with you.

Summer Fete Date: Saturday 21st August Time: 12pm-3pm Venue: Twyn Community Centre Caerphilly Cakes, Toys & Books , Clothes, Stalls, Face Painting Fun & Games Dance & Music Exhibition plus much more...Lots of fun

Art in the Woods Date : 26 August 2010 Time : 1100 Venue : Parc Cwm Darran Become an artist at Parc Cwm Darran by learning about trees through art. Meet at the woodland opposite the Visitor centre. For further details please telephone Parc Cwm Darran on 01443 875557

Bedwellty Agricultural Show Date : 21 - 22 August 2010 Time : 1000 Venue : Blackwood Showfields Come to the annual agricultural show with livestock, horse exhibits, trade stands & craft displays. For further details please telephone Caerphilly Visitor Centre on 029 2088 0011

Bank Holiday Fun! Date : 30 August 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

Teddy Bears Picnic Date : 22 August 2010 Time : 1200 Venue : Cwmcarn Forest Drive If you go down to the woods sure to dress up your teddy and bring a sandwich! Because Marie will take you on a storytelling journey. Along the way you will be doing special activities until we reach the

September 2010 Harp Concert by international harpist Robin Ward Date: Sat 11th Sept Time: 7:00pm Venue: Wesley Methodist Church, Crescent Road, Caerphilly Tickets £10 / concessions, seniors, students, disabled £8

Under 18’s free (ticket required) Buy 5 tickets pay for 4 Information/orders 02920866040 or 02920 864013 Photography walk Date : 12 September 2010 Time : 1000 Venue : Pen-y-Fan Pond Country Park. Discover how to take better wildlife and landscape photographs on this ramble 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 01443 875557 , or email bowerj@ Length: 6 miles Leader: James Bower. For further details please telephone James Bower on 07836217110 Bugs and beasties Date : 18 September 2010 Time : 1400 Venue : Full Moon Visitor Centre Look a little closer into the undergrowth as we seek out the massive variety of micro monsters all around us. Length: 1 mile. For further details please telephone Country & Landscape Service on 01495 235219

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125th Aniversary of Camping in the Boys Brigade

The 1st Glasgow company held the first ever Boys Brigade camp on The Kyles of Bute in Scotland in 1886. The Boys Brigade was formed in Glasgow in 1883. Next year, 2011, special camps and events will be The founder Sir William Smith, was seeking a held by the Brigade throughout Great Britain. method for controlling his badly behaved Sunday School clan. On the 4th of October, William Smith Trivia: The well known leaflet, produced by gathered the boys together for some drills and Robert Baden Powell entitled “Scouting for Boys” marching. The experiment proved successful was in fact produced for the Boys Brigade at the and other activities such as first aid, band and time, the Scouts did not exist. gymnastics were added “The company is still meeting after 84 years to the weekly in Wesley Methodist, Crescent Road.” programme. The first Brigade Company to be formed in Wales was in Newport in 1887, and in Caerphilly in 1888 in the chapel on The Twyn. However, this company closed within a year. The present 1st Caerphilly Company was formed in 1926 at the old Wesley Chapel in Castle Street, opposite the Workmen’s Hall. The company is still meeting after 84 years in Wesley Methodist, Crescent Road. The company is currently the largest Brigade Company in Wales, with approximately 75 members from 5 years to 19 years of age. Since the Church’s Girls Brigade closed in 1994, girls have been welcomed into the Boys Brigade Company, and currently there are approximately 40 girls in membership. The young members enjoy various activities such as camps, adventure weekend, sports, craft activities etc. A group if older members are currently working for the Brigades highest award, The Queen’s Badge.

For further information: Rob Burns, 1st Caerphilly Boys Brigade, Wesley Methodist Church. Tel. 029 2086 7180


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Which way Our current overseas holiday destination is Cala Galdana in Menorca; it’s a gorgeous blue water cove, with forested headlands either side – just what the doctor ordered! Last year I wandered off; leaving my beloved and my latest Jeffrey Deaver book on the beach, to go off exploring one of the headlands in the heat of the Spanish sun. I think there is more than a little bit of ‘Dora the Explorer’ in me, and it didn’t take long for me to get lost among the myriad of unmarked and often overgrown paths which can lead you deeper and deeper into the dense Pine and Olive thickets. With no other people in sight, all I had for company was the constant chirruping chorus of the Cicadas, invisibly laughing at me from the foliage. With no water and a baking midday sun, I stumbled sweating between pockets of shade, hoping that I would find some sign of civilisation… well actually just a simple sign would be good - to direct me back towards the resort….and my surely, very worried beloved. Imagine my relief when eventually I saw a large finger post sign in the distance, despite my now sweat blurred vision I considered it a thing of great beauty and hurried tripped towards my ‘saviour sign’….and this is what I found….

I have accurately translated this for you, ‘it’s up to you, either way works for us, we can’t tell you where you’ll end up, it’s either this way or that way…good luck, Ole!’ And now a year later as I lie on that same beach, wondering if I dare try that little Safari again, I found myself thinking that life is a bit like that sweaty Spanish Stroll. We walk through life looking for directions; every day brings choices and consequences … what to do? Now, it seems that increasingly frowned upon to say this is the right way, or that way is the wrong way. The groovy mantra of the 1960’s ‘If it feels right do it’ - which leads so often to confusion, it seems to have become everyone’s right ….even if it is wrong. So how do we work out what is right and what is wrong? What is truth? ….. Big big questions… and what I am discovering is that the Bible doesn’t just give us a long list of rules to show me right from wrong, it gives us a person; Yep the truth is a person! Jesus said quite clearly ‘I am the way, the truth and the life – no man comes to the Father except by me’. It no good just being able to recite the rules parrot fashion, that is enough to put anyone off – and it is what we in the church have been guilty of so often in the past (sorry about that folks), sounding every bit the self righteous hypocrites we are accused of… Jesus invites us to follow him, not just rules, to get to know him and his ways; to know the heart, not just the letter, of the law. Attitude and actions speak much louder than words, and there is a whole world of lovely people out there looking for directions …

Presumably having employed the rather expensive services of a leading Spanish sign consultant, the local authorities had proudly erected this rather fine and robust wooden sign. It was a masterpiece in every sense, other than its ability to tell lost, sweaty and sunburnt tourists how to get home, which given my predicament was frankly a little disappointing. It seemed to be saying, and I hope

I just hope we can be more effective than that fine wooden sign! Roger Crookes -




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When it goes wrong: Holiday Compensation Volcanic Ash, Cabin Crewe Strikes and holiday companies going bust have all hampered holiday makers this year, when they are either stranded abroad or have had their trip cancelled. Even those who get to their destination however, without difficulties can often be disappointed if their overall holiday does not fulfil their expectations. Measuring someone’s disappointment can be difficult to assess in money terms. Such claims are largely dealt with in the Small Claims Court, but unusually a case has recently reached the Court of Appeal – who has now provided guidance on assessment of claims for a ruined holiday. In the judgement of that case (Milner v Carnival (t/a Cunard) 2010) “brackets” of awards were referred to. Compensation appears to be at highest for holidays involving marriage where awards could range from £4,360 to £4,406, then for honeymoons from £321.00 to £1,890.

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Calais/Bruges 11th-12th December (2 day/ 1night) B & B at the Holiday Inn, Coquelles. Price £85 (based on a half twin) “Good hotels. Good company. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you”. Anita & John, Holyhead Court

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The August 2010 issue is available now, a bumper edition is we do say so ourselves! Lots of event information in this issue so great for the...