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WELCOME Here comes autumn. I love autumn/winter fashion. The colours are vibrant with rich autumnal hues and the fabrics are sumptuous. Don’t get me on to the opaques and boots – I don’t know about you but they are my saviour as they go with everything and are oh, so comfy.

If you still need some ideas for your winter wardrobe and (dare I say it), the Christmas party season then we visited Penarth’s fashion hotspots, Image, Ginger’s, Julie T and The Queen B and spoke to the owners, Cathy, Jodie, Julie and Sylvia for their seasonal must haves. See page 44. We tend to use these months to think of ideas to improve our homes. Whether it’s a new kitchen, windows, conservatory or an orangery, we’ve got some great ideas for you to add space and value to your home. We’ve got even more inspiration for you in our Wedding List supplement on page 18 for those mistletoe moments. See you next issue! Jennifer Hobbs-Roberts Editor jennifer@valelife.co.uk

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CONTENTS Our Autumn issue is packed with lots of great features to see you through the long nights ahead.

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NEWS FROM BARRY , COWBRIDGE , PENARTH AND CARDIFF

THE SKI LODGE UNVEIL SOME OF THE NEW RANGES

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WE INTERVIEW THE OWNER OF BARRY ’ S MOST POPULAR CAFÉS

DROP POUNDS AND FEEL GREAT WITH NUCLEUS HEALTHCARE

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PAULINE QUIRKE ’ S TRANSFORMATION WITH LIGHTERLIFE

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WHERE TO STAY , DINE AND SHOP IN THE VALE

WINTER FASHION , CHRISTMAS BLING AND PENARTH ’ S NEWEST SALON

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Arbuthnot Opticians Eyes on the prize Barry opticians Arbuthnot recently held a Beautiful Eyes competition in their newsletter, Insight. They were inundated with so many pictures of children with the most beautiful eyes, that they found it hard to choose the winners, so they called on the creative team at Vale Life to take on the task. Needless to say, the decision wasn’t easy for us either but eventually, after much deliberation, the winning eyes were chosen. Congratulations to Thomas Johnson who won an iPod for his stunning eyes. Second place to Ellie-Mae Rose who, along with her party, will enjoy an Ultimate Party at Barry Island’s Quasar and third prize went to Keeley Jones who won a £25 WH Smith voucher.

“It was a tough decision but the striking long eyelashes and cute freckles of Thomas made him a winner in our eyes.”

Arbuthnot Opticians 6 Broad Street Barry CF62 7XP 01446 735551 info@arbuthnotopticians.co.uk www.arbuthnotopticians.co.uk

C H R I S T M A S C E L E B R AT I O N S Perfect for a Christmas get together with friends or an exclusive company party. From comedy and themed party nights to gala dinners and magical mini breaks you can be assured of sumptuous cuisine and sparkling seasonal entertainment whatever you choose.

Comedy or Tribute Nights £35 pp Essential Party Nights from £39 pp John Oliver “Big Band” Night £69 pp Dazzling “Rat Pack” Night £69 pp Christmas Day Lunch £77.50 pp Christmas Break (2 nights) £269 pp New Year’s Eve Dinner from £55 pp FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR A COPY OF OUR BROCHURE

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Ty Hapus offers support to families Alzheimers disease is gruelling and terrifying and it takes a terrible toll on the carers, as Justine Pickering knows only too well. Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers at 55. It was why she, along with help, is setting up Ty Hapus, which will offer support to families dealing with dementia. “Alzheimers is not a natural part of the ageing process, but a severe and debilitating brain disease like many others,” said Justine. “Ty Hapus will be a model for the rest of the UK, and will show how to look after younger people with Alzheimers Disease in an elegant and age appropriate manner.” The team at Leekes of Llantrisant, and Hamptons in Penarth have helped design Ty Hapus. The front part of the building offers daily respite to those with Alzheimers and, just as importantly, to the loved ones who look after them at home. The rear of Ty Hapus will house a drop in cafe, on a New England theme designed by Andy at Hamptons, and will offer support to families dealing with dementia.

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We’ve had a state-of-the-art coffee machine donated, so it’s lovely that everything is top notch and that the carers can really relax and enjoy some time out while their loved ones are cared for next door. There is also a therapy and counselling room, a cosy hair salon, and offices for the support workers and manager. The front of Ty Hapus houses a drawing room, dining and activity room and its own gorgeous little kitchen. The main respite area has been entirely designed by Leekes with an elegant country house hotel feel by Dawn and Sian at Leekes, and it will look amazing. Leekes have been unbelievably generous through the whole project.”

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“Ty Hapus will be a model for the rest of the UK.” Our trustees include Emma Leeke, Esther Hitchcock, Professor Julie Williams and writer and broadcaster Carolyn Hitt, and the patrons are Graham Henry, AA Gill - he's a marvellous supporter - Fiona Phillips, Diane Englehardt , the wife of Admiral CEO Henry and Sophie Evans.” Ty Hapus 163 Holton Road, Penarth For more information contact Ellin Jones on 07988769608


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Brain Tumour Trust makes a difference In the UK more children and people under the age of 40 die of a brain tumour than any other cancer. There are more than 120 different types of brain tumour which makes diagnosis very difficult. Vale Life spoke to Nia Jones about her experience. “Two years ago I was involved in a road traffic accident and taken to hospital for further investigation of my injuries. During an MRI Scan they discovered that I had a benign growth in the brain stem, and due to its location the risk of a conducting a biopsy or undergoing surgery to remove the growth was considered too high risk. I was referred to the Neurosurgery department at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where I have received excellent care.” Brain tumours are indiscriminate in the people they affect: young or old, male or female, with no regard to race. The prognosis is dependent on the type of tumour and its location in the brain; even a benign brain tumour can be life threatening. What’s more a benign tumour may become cancerous over time. Radiation therapy and some drugs can prolong life, but there is no cure. Investment into basic laboratory research could start to change this. If you would like to make a donation to the Brain Tumour Trust please contact www.braintumourresearch.org.

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Unearthing the Vale’s archaeological mysteries The Neolithic sites of Tinkinswood and St Lythan’s in the Vale of Glamorgan have long been landmarks associated with an era shrouded in the mists of time. An innovative Cadw funded Community Archaeology project, in partnership with Archaeology Wales, hopes to shed new light on these iconic sites. The project, which includes scientific excavations around Tinkinswood and at St Lythan’s for the very first time, will have the community at its heart. A local group led by the British Trust of Conservation Volunteers will take part in vegetation clearance, followed by a team of community volunteers assisting with the excavations, in a bid to enhance understanding and interpretation of these monuments and enthuse a younger generation in archaeology.

Passionate about the Vale We are independent. We live in the Vale. We are not a large publishing group pretending to be home grown. Vale Life magazine is written, designed and produced in the Vale of Glamorgan for the people of the Vale. Our philosophy We are committed to quality. This quote by William Foster pretty much sums up our thinking. “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” Use it or lose it Business is the very lifeblood of any community. Without business, villages have no heart, towns have no centre and cities have no soul. Please support the businesses who advertise in Vale Life - without them there’d be no Vale Life magazine. ❧ 10 ❧

Excavation at the impressive Neolithic remains of Tinkinswood burial chamber originally took place in 1914. The remains of 50 people were originally found inside the chamber: men, women and children. The monument is aligned length-ways towards the rising sun to the east and the curve of the forecourt may suggest that it was built to catch and hold the rays of the morning sun. St Lythan’s burial chamber, like Tinkinswood, is known as a CotswoldSevern style tomb. It dates back some 6000 years to a time when farming was introduced and when people learned how to grow and produce, rather than hunt and gather their food. This period is regarded as one of the biggest changes in human history. But, perhaps most significantly, these communities began to build tombs like the one at St Lythan’s. The excavations are open to members of the public for site tours at weekends during November and December. Full details can be found at: http://tinkinswoodarchaeology.wordpress.com

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LET IT SNOW The stunning new Autumn collection available at the Ski Lodge, Cardiff Bay. As the leaves change colour and the season turns, it’s time to wrap up warm ready for the colder early morning school run, with a little frost on the yard and your breath visible in the crisp air, toasty accessories are the order of the day.

Now is the perfect time to update the kids’ winter wardrobe, and why not treat yourself too. We have a huge choice of stylish scarves, hot hats, divine down filled gillets, luxurious long jackets and fleecy footwear. Perfect for keeping the chill at bay this season.

Our Autumn range has been hand picked with passion by mums with kids for mums and kids. At The Ski Lodge our heritage is in snow, but we are much more than just a snowsports store. Find us at our beautiful Cardiff Bay store. We are just off the Ikea / Asda turnoff, between Frankie & Benny’s and the Drive-Thru Starbucks. The Ski Lodge Cardiff Bay CF11 0SR 029 2023 3823 www.skilodge.co.uk

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VALE FOOD & DRINK EACH ISSUE WE BRING YOU THE VERY BEST IN THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN

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A taste of Christmas at River View River View are known for their dishes that not only look stunning but are fresh, light and full of subtle flavours. Vale Life savours the Christmas menus on offer. SIMPLY WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS

£16.50 per person. Minimum 2 people. Starter Mince turkey lettuce wrap Vegetable spring rolls Crispy squid ring. Main Deep-fried shredded chilli beef Turkey slice with ‘Snow flake’ sauce (garlic Foo Yong sauce) Honey roasted pork Stir-fried seasonal vegetables Chicken fillet with lemon and ginger (For parties of 4 or more). Egg Fried rice Soft noodle with bean sprouts (For parties of 4 or more). Dessert Mince pie (Coffee or tea £1.00 extra).

“Celebrate Christmas at River View restaurant with dishes that are fresh and full of subtle flavours.”

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£23.90 per person. Minimum of 4 people (Party of 5 or more, 1 eats free).

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays, and is a time of feasting with the family, celebration, fireworks, and gift-giving. New Year for 2012 is on January 23rd and River View Chinese restaurant will again celebrate in style, with the traditional lion dance, fire cracker, and a luxury feast featuring lobster and other good-luck dishes.

Starter Seasonal greeting combo (Crispy crab stick, chicken skewered, turkey lettuce wrap, and vegetable spring rolls). Second Crispy aromatic duck with pancake, Hoi Sin sauce and salad. Main Grilled turkey slice in ‘Snow flake’ sauce Sweet and sour chicken Salt and pepper scallops and king prawns in bird’s nest Sizzling beef with seasonal greens in Cantonese sauce Baby sweetcorn and Chinese mushrooms in oyster sauce Yung Chow fried rice. Dessert Either Christmas pudding or ice cream (Coffee or Tea £1.00 extra).

To reward the animals that did come, Buddha named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived, starting with the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The coming year will be the year of the Dragon and once again there will be a flamboyant performance from the Kung Foo team.

The date of Chinese New Year changes every year with the lunar cycle and the Chinese calendar follows a twelve year pattern with each year named after an animal. The story goes that Buddha (or the Jade Emperor) invited all of the animals to join him for a New Year celebration, but only twelve animals turned up.

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River View Chinese Restaurant Unit 1, Britannia House Penny Lane, Cowbridge CF71 7AD 01446 771668 www.riverview668.co.uk


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Plotting in The Potted Pig The Potted Pig is one of those restaurants that is truly a rare find. The food’s great, the decor is stylish and considered without being ‘over designed’ and the staff are attentive and friendly. Michelin stars aside (everyone seems overly obsessed with them these days), The Potted Pig ticks all the boxes. Brought to you by the same team that runs the North Star, The Potted Pig is tucked away in a spacious basement beneath Zizzi on Cardiff’s bustling High Street - you’d probably walk past the discreet signage. On arrival, they offer a wide selection of gins (and other drinks) as an aperitif but I chose to finish my meal with a White Russian instead. The Potted Pig has a more than competent selection of wines and cocktails so you’re sure to find something you’ll like.

“From the moment we entered The Potted Pig, it had something special.”

Our starters were excellent - my wife enjoyed a very fine globe artichoke with garlic butter which was perfectly cooked and a ham hock with salad leaves set my taste buds up beautifully for what was to come. With starters from £5 and mains from £8.50, a meal for two isn’t going to break the bank and, although we dined in the evening, I can see The Potted Pig being popular with business people at lunchtimes. On to the main course. My wife loves fish and her mullet couldn’t have been cooked better - moist and rustic. My roast chicken with duck fat potatoes and spring greens was utterly divine. I pray at the altar of roast chicken regularly but if I’d stumbled on the best country kitchen in northern France, I suspect I wouldn’t have tasted better.

“The Potted Pig is truly a rare find... the kind of space that inspires.” Our desserts rounded off an excellent evening. Eaton Mess for my good lady while I enjoyed a creamy and light panacotta complemented by the sharpness of fresh gooseberries. As I mentioned earlier, in the end I had to succumb to a White Russian which was equally creamy and morish. Of course it isn’t perfect, what restaurant is? Okay, I thought the gents’ toilet was a bit small, but a nagging voice in my head keeps saying. “Tell them how cool it is. Tell them how ‘French’ the food is. Tell them how much you enjoyed it. Tell them the staff are superb.” Truthfully, The Potted Pig is hard to fault overall. To sum up, I like The Potted Pig a lot. From the moment we entered it had something special. Business people will love it here. For a couple of hours we left the recession behind and it felt like anything was possible. The kind of space that inspires - the kind of place where the next big idea could be created, where dreams become reality, where revolutions begin. Believe me, we left feeling much better for the experience.

The Potted Pig 27 High Street (underneath Zizzi) Cardiff CF10 1PU 029 2022 4817 info@thepottedpig.com www.thepottedpig.com

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There’s a buzz around Barry after a new café and deli opened on Thomson Street. With a dedicated fan base on Facebook and twitter chatter to match, The Little Blue Deli is the talk of the town.

INTO THE BLUE Vale Life caught up with busy owner, Jonathan, over a skinny, double-hit, decaffeinated latte with a shot of vanilla. Congratulations on opening. How’s business? Honestly, it’s been quite overwhelming really. I hoped that we’d just tick over in the early months and word would get round but business has grown fast. How would you describe The Little Blue Deli? I suppose it’s part deli, part café, part take-away. I think it’s different things to different people. Breakfast time is popular and we have groups of ladies that lunch here regularly. Lots of locals and office workers use us for takeaway - sandwiches, baguettes, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Young mums pop in with babies and older mums drop by after they’ve dropped the children off at school. It’s a real mixed bag but all of our customers really appreciate the ambience - things like our freshly cut flowers, the smell of baking and the relaxed, stylish interior.

You mentioned cakes. You’re getting quite a reputation for them. Yes... again, something that just seemed to take off. I think people really like home-made cakes – ours have certainly become popular. We make giant cup cakes as well as the standard size. The giant ones are really popular as gifts and the children really love them. They say we eat with our eyes so creating something that looks delicious to customers makes perfect sense. We make celebration cakes too. We’ve catered for quite a few children’s parties and we’re also becoming quite popular with companies wanting sandwiches and buffets for meetings and conferences - I hadn’t expected that. We’re even catering for a wedding next year! Who designed the interior? I had a vision... but honestly, it just sort of came together. It’s a mix between 1970’s retro and Cath Kidston with a shot of Swedish chic. It seems to work. People like the cool blues and warm oranges and reds. It’s vibrant and restful all at the same time but our customers like it so that’s all that matters. Why do you think people have really taken to The Little Blue Deli? We treat people with respect. We’re friendly and welcoming... isn’t that what people want? That’s what I want whenever I go somewhere. We’re also open seven days a week so people can come in early for breakfast or later for an evening meal. We pride ourselves on presentation, cleanliness and good service. It’s what matters to us and our customers. What are your plans for the future? It’s evolving all the time. We were open six days but now we’re open on a Sunday too. We’d like to expand upstairs - we’ll see how it goes.

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W H AT P E O P L E FAC E B O O K ABOUT THE LITTLE BLUE DELI

When you’re tired and weary and need to recharge the batteries, this little oasis is a must! I guarantee you will not be disappointed with the friendly staff, lovely variety of sweet and savouries, calming decor and attention to detail. Call in and experience for yourself. Kim Phillips

The Little Blue Deli is exactly what Barry needed. A chance to get away and relax whilst having delicious food in fantastic surroundings. I love this place!

The Little Blue Deli Thomson Street, Barry Vale of Glamorgan CF63 4JL

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Lovely place, lovely food, lovely people... what more can I say! Paula Harvey

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Friendly staff, fun decorations and lovely food. Outside area is fab. Chicken tikka wraps for lunch today and a scone to take away - yum!

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Dr Manny Srivastava, founder and clinical director of Nucleus Healthcare, explains how the latest exciting development in medical technology is helping people lose up to five stones in weight over the course of a year.

A NEW YOU “Weight loss has always been a challenge for me. I have tried it all.”

“You know what I’m talking about – diet, exercise and pills. It either doesn’t work or it doesn’t last.” “Even if I follow a diet carefully – it was so difficult, and eventually I failed, miserably. I knew that I needed help in controlling my appetite – but diet pills don’t work so well.” When you hear people talking about losing weight, it is clear that many people struggle with a succession of yo-yo diets and plans that simply do not work for them. Sound familiar? The importance of good diet and exercise are well known but obesity is a growing problem across the UK, increasing the risk of serious and life threatening medical conditions. For a significant number of people, sticking to a healthy lifestyle proves too hard. Whether it’s a lack of willpower or motivation, people struggle with managing their weight and often need extra help.

Over the last 25 years the intragastric balloon has been the most effective non-surgical method of treating obesity, with more than 100,000 patients achieving an average weight loss of more than 15kg during the first six months of treatment. Nucleus Healthcare, the private gastroenterology hospital in Newport, has been using these intragastric balloons with great results. This year sees the arrival of a new adjustable gastric balloon – the Spatz. This is the next generation of balloon and is a non-surgical, non-drug therapy which does not involve a general anaesthetic. The main limitation with the traditional gastric balloon has been that it is impossible to adjust the volume in the balloon during the six month treatment. After years of research, the new Spatz adjustable gastric balloon has overcome that issue to offer a safer, more effective treatment lasting up to 12 months. The adjustable gastric balloon is filled with saline and sits in the stomach, drastically reducing the patient’s appetite by making the stomach feel full for up to a year. The resulting average weight loss using the new balloon is between four and five stones.

“Whether it’s a lack of willpower or motivation, people struggle with managing their weight.” The procedure is suitable for patients aged over 18 with a body mass index of 27 or more. A deflated balloon is inserted into the stomach using an endoscope under local anaesthetic. The balloon is then filled with saline to partially fill the stomach. The ability to vary the volume in the Spatz balloon over the course of 12 months improves success and reduces side effects. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and the patient can go home with a relative or friend after about two hours. Regular follow-up appointments with a dietician and specialist nurse provide guidance and monitor progress, so that when the balloon is removed the patient is better able to manage diet, appetite and exercise as part of their everyday lifestyle. Aftercare with individual counselling and group seminars continues for as long as the patient feels necessary.

“The resulting average weight loss is between four and five stones.” For more information about the adjustable gastric balloon and how to fund treatment with 0% APR finance over up to 36 months, contact Nucleus Healthcare on 01633 815 900 or visit the website www.nucleushealthcare.co.uk Next day consultation appointments are available on request. (Patients must be aged over 18 with a Body Mass Index score of 27 or more. Interest free finance is subject to application. Terms and conditions apply.)

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Arranging a wedding can be quite daunting, to say the least. In our popular wedding supplement, we can provide you with a few ideas on how to plan your big day, where to go for your photography, rings, bridal gowns and all of your wedding essentials.

WEDDING LIST We’ve also included a few real life stories for you to read. If you think planning a wedding in a few short weeks isn’t possible, then think again. Jill and Ewart’s story on page 22 is an inspiration.

If money is a bit thin on the ground, then find out on page 20 how Chantele and Jonathan arranged their wedding with the help of family and friends and Chantele’s own handywork. Who wouldn’t want to get married in a romantic castle? Turn to page 30 for Jenny and Ian’s beautiful wedding at the popular wedding venue of Fonmon Castle.

After their engagement most couples spend considerable time planning the perfect wedding. Not so for Jill James and Ewart Needham of Southerndown. They gave themselves ten weeks! Vale Life spoke to the happy couple about the preparations for their big day and the event itself.

PERFECT DAY How long did you plan the wedding? Ten weeks! I do love a challenge. I thought what better way to celebrate Ewarts 70th than by getting married, one big celebration all rolled into one. It was certainly a lesson on how to spend a fortune in a short space of time, but what fun! The Venue Well it always helps I suppose to have your own venue! I could not think of a better place to have a wedding than West Farm - the views and sunsets are stunning. I wanted to return to Wales and, as soon as I saw West Farm in 2003, I was hooked I just had to buy it. It has taken me seven years to totally renovate the property, a much bigger project than I anticipated, but well worth it. We are inundated with requests for weddings and we now have a wedding licence, but I wanted us to be the first.

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The Reception The meal was superb from Emma at EJ Catering. Charles Garland, Producer of Dad’s Army was hysterical, and actress Teresa Hennessy’s rendition of the Lonely Goatherd had people crying with laughter. GET THE LOOK

Jill and Ewart’s wedding suppliers Why did you chose Clive Ranger? I just loved their selection of rings. I told them what I was looking for and when I went in a tray arrived with exactly what I had requested, but also a brand new selection of Canadian Diamonds which blew me away. Not only did I have a wedding ring but chose an engagement ring at the same time. The Dress I had a vision of doing the style of Scarlet O’Hara from Gone With The Wind in a rich burgundy and that is what I set out to find. A lot of places thought I was mad, a dress in seven weeks, never, you need six months! However I went into High Society just to look although they had no burgundy. The first dress I tried on was what I bought, but in fact I actually had two pieces as I bought the lace coat as well. High Society could not have been more helpful. They rang Alan Hannah, the designer, to see if they could make the dress in such a short time, which they agreed to, and Arwen got their lady Rhiannon to sort out the beautiful lace coat. I felt like a million dollars on the day and I cannot recommend everyone at High Society enough.

We’ve gathered together some of the very best wedding suppliers in South Wales in this supplement to help make your choice that much easier.

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The lead up to the day. We had over 200 guests on the day and as our function room wasn’t completed at that point, Alpine Marquees supplied the wonderful marquee. Happy all was in place, I sent the men off to the hotel the night before to enjoy themselves and Ewart could celebrate his birthday.

Tell us about the proposal. Which One? Ewart first proposed in January 1989 and he has been asking yearly ever since! So when he asked on St. David’s day this year he nearly fell of the chair when I said yes. I just knew it was now or never, the time was right.

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DRESS - High Society MARQUEE - Alpine Marquees CATERING - EJ Catering PHOTOGRAPHY - Sian Hanlon FLOWERS - Baytree CARS - Prices cars CHAIR COVERS - Sash Chair Cover Hire Jill would also like to thank LighterLife. Turn to page 62 for more information about LighterLife.

The Barn at West Farm is an ideal location for weddings, and is approved for marriages and civil partnerships. The Barn at West Farm West Farm, Southerndown CF32 OPY 01656 880465 admin@barnatwestfarm.com www.barnatwestfarm.com

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After an incredibly romantic proposal, where else could Jenny Walton and Ian Huckstep get married but the equally romantic Fonmon Castle? Jenny tells us about their perfect wedding day.

FAIRYTALE WEDDING How did Ian propose and where? Ian and I went up to the Lake District in the Spring of 2009 and spent a few magical days tramping round lakes and up and down fells. On 1 March (St David’s Day just a coincidence!) we went for a big walk from Borrowdale Valley towards Great Gable and Scafell Pike. The mist was quite low on the fells and, when we reached the pointof-no-return ‘crossroads’ and stopped for lunch (in a small hail storm!), I suggested it would be mad to attempt any of the big peaks. What was the point? We wouldn’t be able to see anything when we got there anyway. Ian seemed pretty disappointed but I just put it down to his throw-caution-tothe-wind sense of adventure, because there was no way I was going to attempt a potentially lethal mountain with only three hours of daylight left!

So, we took a lower loop round, up to the snow line and, after a mini-snowball fight, stopped for rest before heading back down the valley. I was sitting there waxing lyrical about how some coffee and a little bit of chocolate can make all the difference, all the while thinking, “If you’re going to do it, this would be the perfect moment.”

Then Ian said, “Shall we head down then?” (“Drat,” I thought. “I’m just going to have a stroppy stomp all the way down the valley, and be mildly annoyed all evening, and I won’t be able to say it’s because you didn’t propose to me on the most perfect opportunity there has ever been!”)

Ian continued, “But before we do...” and then he got down on one knee, produced this tiny little leather box, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Once I’d managed to pull myself together I of course said a resounding “Yes!” Why did you choose Fonmon Castle? For a number of reasons. Annie, the wedding planner, was so welcoming (and was no end of help and support, all seemingly effortless!). The house and grounds are so beautiful. The Library, where the wedding ceremony and later the wedding breakfast, was held, has a lovely intimate atmosphere. But, most importantly, it felt like a home, rather than a corporate conveyor belt. We were allowed to put all our own touches to it – family antique tablecloths for the reception tables, croquet on the lawn etc.

Did you look at other venues? Yes, we did quite a lot of research online and then visited a shortlist. How was the day? It was wonderful. The weather was glorious. It was a perfect Spring day, as I’d hoped, and was sunny and warm enough to have the reception on the lawn - it only just started to rain as we got into the car at the end of the night. The food was fantastic, and the ceilidh was great fun with everyone joining in. At one point in the evening, I looked up and people were sitting all the way up the stairs watching the dancing in the hall - it was just like a grand house party, a real family wedding. Where did you honeymoon? A “Grand Tour” of Italy – from Venice to Florence to Amalfi to Rome, then Sardinia for a week and then a week at home.

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Jenny and Ian’s wedding suppliers

Wedding photography courtesy of Sian Trenberth www.sian-trenberth.com

■ RINGS - Harriet Kelsall Design

01462 790565 www.hkjewellery.co.uk ■ PHOTOGRAPHY - Sian Trenberth

029 2045 7770 www.sian-trenberth.com ■ CATERING - The Really Fresh Food Company. Christine and Beppe Villa 01446 740781 or 07813 865335 christinevilla@btinternet.com ■ CAKE - Jenny’s mum ■ FLOWERS - bouquets: family friend. Venue: Jenny’s mum and auntie. ■ TRANSPORT - Love Bugs. 01656 785739 www.vwlovebug@btinternet.com ■ CEILIDH BAND - Uisge Contraband. 07817 474977 weefairyreborn@hotmail.co.uk

Fonmon Castle Fonmon, Barry CF62 3ZN Contact Claire Williams on 01446 710206 fonmon_castle@msn.com www.fonmoncastle.com

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Chantele, a journalist, and Jonathan, a bar manager, both 24 from Neath, are childhood sweethearts who married on 8th May 2010 after being together for five years. They had a black and white wedding with an art deco theme. To save money and add a personal touch, they decided to DIY as much of the wedding as they could. Here’s their story.

I DO (IT YOURSELF) The Proposal Having known each other through comprehensive school at Dwr-Y-Felin, Chantele and Jonathan finally started dating when they were 17 and studying at Neath Port Talbot College. “I think we knew we were meant to be together very early on in our relationship, so getting engaged after only ten months together wasn’t a big surprise,” says Chantele. Jon proposed whilst the pair were in Kentucky, USA, for a family wedding. “It happened in the National Park in Florence, Cincinnati, in the snow, in front of a giant stone turtle!” laughs Chantele. “It was a surprise when it happened, even though I knew Jon intended to propose whilst we were in America as we had both discussed it with my parents before we left.” The couple used Chantele’s grandmother’s engagement ring, as Chantele had inherited it and had always wanted it to be her own engagement ring one day.

“I had always wanted a black and white wedding with a vintage feel and the art deco era lent itself very well to that.”

The Planning “We both wanted to wait until we had finished university before planning our wedding,” says Jon. “If I’m honest, I didn’t really plan much of our wedding, Chantele and her mum Julie organised 99% of it themselves with my occasional nod of approval.” Chantele, like most women, knew what she wanted her wedding day to be like. “I’m a little different, so my wedding day had to be a little bit different too, and I was very specific with what I wanted. Once mum and I started planning, we realised we could make a lot of things ourselves, and that way I could get exactly what I wanted while adding my own personal touch.”

I had always wanted a black and white wedding with a vintage feel and the art deco era lent itself very well to that. Luckily mum and I are both quite creative so we were able to make all the stationery, table centres and the bridesmaids’ jewellery and hair pieces using materials bought on eBay. I also designed all the dresses with the help of Julie Mayers, and mum and I designed the wedding cake which was made by Janet Saith.” Jon says the hardest thing to choose was the photographer. “We must have looked through 200 websites of local photographers before we finally made the decision to book Mark Button, and we are so glad that we did because the photos turned out really well. Just what we wanted.”

The Wedding They both say the day went perfectly. “Not one hitch really,” said Chantele. “I was told I was the calmest bride the photographer or vicar had ever seen. But I am generally a very laid-back person. Jon was a little nervous during the ceremony and before his speech but that was more to do with having to talk in front of everyone.”

Mid-day entertainment was provided by singer songwriter Rob Cross, while the evening guests were entertained by The Mojo’s soul and blues band. “We decided upon Tom Jones’ ‘We Got Love’ as our first dance,” explains Chantele. “The song didn’t have any significant meaning itself but I love his music and Jon likes a bit of Tom too, and we finally picked this song as the lyrics were perfect. It was a totally perfect day. Everyone we loved was there and it was exactly how I dreamed it would be.” The Honeymoon “We don’t really like the heat too much, or beaches, or clubbing, so that cancelled out a lot of places, and we really wanted to go somewhere different,” says Jon. “We wanted to experience a totally new culture and go somewhere you aren’t likely to go on a normal holiday so I suggested China,” says Chantele. “Luckily Jon agreed and we started looking for the best deal.” They eventually booked a tour with Wendy Wu Tours, www.wendywutours.co.uk and spent a month travelling central and northern China. “We waited until November to go away, as the weather would be cooler and it was out of peak season so we would avoid any crowds and queues,” says Jon. “Although we were on a group tour, we still got to spend plenty of time alone, and we had the most amazing trip. It has given us a bit of the travel bug and we already have a list of places in mind.”

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Chantele and Jon’s wedding shopping list ■ CHURCH - St Matthews Church,

Longford, Neath. 01792 814237. ■ RECEPTION - The Glyn Clydach Hotel,

Longford. 01792 818411 www.glynclydach.co.uk. ■ DRESSES - Made by Julie Mayers of Silk Designer Dresses, Skewen. 01792 414432 www.silkdesignerdresses.co.uk. ■ BRIDE’S HAIR PIECE - Louis Mariette. 02077 303050 www.louismariette.co.uk. ■ BRIDE’S SHOES - Office. ■ NECKLACE - Vintage via Blind Lemon Vintage Fair www.blindlemonvintage.co.uk. ■ BRIDESMAIDS’ JEWELLERY AND HAIR PIECES Handmade by Chantele and her mum. ■ BRIDESMAIDS’ SHOES - Ebay. ■ HAIR AND MAKE-UP - Panache, Skewen. 07824 849569. ■ MEN’S SUITS - Dyfed Menswear. 02920 027445 www.dyfedmenswear.co.uk. ■ WEDDING CAKE - Janet Saith at Designer Cakes by Janet, Bryncoch 01639 646386. www.designercakesbyjanet.co.uk. ■ INVITATIONS, STATIONERY AND TABLE CENTRES - Handmade by Chantele and her Mum using eBay items. ■ BOQUETS - Blodau, Skewen. www.blodau.co.uk 01792 817440. ■ CHURCH AND RECEPTION FLOWERS From Tesco, arranged by Chantele’s Godmother Elaine Johnston. ■ CHAIR COVERS AND TABLE CLOTHES RSVP Coordinators. 01792 882884 www.rsvpcoordinators.com. ■ WEDDING CARS - Swansea Wedding Cars. 01792 865154 www.swanseaweddingcars.com. ■ WEDDING RINGS - Sea of Diamonds, www.seaofdiamonds.com and Ebay. ■ PHOTOGRAPHER - Mark Button 01792 390402. www.markbutton.com. ■ ENTERTAINMENT - Rob Cross of Snow in June. 07964 242945 www.snowinjune.org and The Mojos. 01792 843157 www.mojosoulbandlive.co.uk.

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After their engagement most couples spend considerable time planning the perfect wedding. Not so for Jill James and Ewart Needham of Southerndown. They gave themselves ten weeks! Vale Life spoke to the happy couple about the preparations for their big day and the event itself.

PERFECT DAY The lead up to the day. We had over 200 guests on the day and as our function room wasn’t completed at that point, Alpine Marquees supplied the wonderful marquee. Happy all was in place, I sent the men off to the hotel the night before to enjoy themselves and Ewart could celebrate his birthday.

Tell us about the proposal. Which one? Ewart first proposed in January 1989 and he has been asking yearly ever since! So when he asked on St. David’s Day this year he nearly fell of the chair when I said yes. I just knew it was now or never, the time was right.

How long did you plan the wedding? Ten weeks! I do love a challenge. I thought what better way to celebrate Ewarts 70th than by getting married, one big celebration all rolled into one. It was certainly a lesson on how to spend a fortune in a short space of time, but what fun! The Venue Well it always helps I suppose to have your own venue! I could not think of a better place to have a wedding than West Farm - the views and sunsets are stunning. I wanted to return to Wales and, as soon as I saw West Farm in 2003, I was hooked. I just had to buy it. It has taken me seven years to totally renovate the property, a much bigger project than I anticipated, but well worth it. We are inundated with requests for weddings and we now have a wedding licence, but I wanted us to be the first.

The Reception The meal was superb from Emma at EJ Catering. Charles Garland, Producer of Dad’s Army, was hysterical, and actress Teresa Hennessy’s rendition of the Lonely Goatherd had people crying with laughter. GET THE LOOK

Jill and Ewart’s wedding suppliers Why did you choose Clive Ranger? I just loved their selection of rings. I told them what I was looking for and when I went in a tray arrived with exactly what I had requested, but also a brand new selection of Canadian Diamonds which blew me away. Not only did I have a wedding ring but chose an engagement ring at the same time. The Dress I had a vision of doing the style of Scarlet O’Hara from Gone With The Wind in a rich burgundy and that is what I set out to find. A lot of places thought I was mad. A dress in seven weeks? Never. You need six months! However I went into High Society just to look although they had no burgundy. The first dress I tried on was what I bought, but in fact I actually had two pieces as I bought the lace coat as well. High Society could not have been more helpful. They rang Alan Hannah, the designer, to see if they could make the dress in such a short time, which they agreed to, and Arwen got their lady Rhiannon to sort out the beautiful lace coat. I felt like a million dollars on the day and I cannot recommend everyone at High Society enough. ❧ 22 ❧

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DRESS - High Society MARQUEE - Alpine Marquees CATERING - EJ Catering PHOTOGRAPHY - Sian Hanlon FLOWERS - Baytree CARS - Prices cars CHAIR COVERS - Sash Chair Cover Hire Jill would also like to thank LighterLife. Turn to page 62 for more information about LighterLife.

The Barn at West Farm is an ideal location for weddings, and is approved for marriages and civil partnerships. The Barn at West Farm West Farm, Southerndown CF32 OPY 01656 880465 admin@barnatwestfarm.com www.barnatwestfarm.com


Who better to design a truly unique piece of jewellery, than a multiple award-winning silversmith and goldsmith such as Neil Rayment of Cardiff Bay’s Advanced Jewel Craft.

A CUT ABOVE The studio has been established since 2004 but Neil has over 20 years’ experience in the industry, establishing himself as an eminent figure in British jewellery design. He has lived in America and Australia, gaining further inspiration for his craft and has another string to his creative bow, having starred, along with his brother, as one of the twins in the cult sci-fi movie The Matrix. Not one to shout about his accolades, Neil has designed pieces for Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne along with many of the world’s rich and famous. Acting still plays a large part in his life but his true love is creating stunning pieces that are future classics themselves. Advanced Jewel Craft 103 Bute Street, Cardiff CF10 5AD 029 2132 8114 www.advancedjc.com

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The wedding is impending, and everywhere you’ve looked looks tired and full of polyester. Well, look no further, Hawkes Essentials in Cardiff’s Morgan Arcade have decided to join the world of hire.

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Although you won’t find a vast selection of colour bells and whistles, what you will find is new stock and classical morningwear (in 100% wool).

Hawkes Essentials will also tailor everything to fit, making sure that your outfit looks great on your wedding day. “The reason we have taken on this new avenue of service is because a friend of mine got married last year. He went to three major wedding hire businesses in Cardiff, none of which could help him at short notice, so he came to me and said ‘Russ, you have to start hiring wedding suits,’” said Russell Scott-Lawson, owner of Hawkes Essentials.

“The rest is history. We don’t want to do anything other than the classic outfit of tailcoat, grey waistcoat and striped trouser. After all, that’s what Hugh Grant wore in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral!”

“Hawkes Essentials will also tailor everything to fit, making sure that your outfit looks great on your wedding day”

So, if you want the ultimate in refinement and class, pay a visit to Hawkes Essentials for a fitting for your wedding day.

“The classic outfit of tailcoat, grey waistcoat and striped trouser - the ultimate in refinement and class.”

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No vintage themed wedding would be complete without vintage crockery. Anwen Pegrum, owner of The Vintage Crockery Cupboard, has an eclectic collection of delightful teapots, indulgent cake stands and pretty tea cups, bringing a touch of vintage charm and effortless style to your event.

There’s no better partnership than chocolate and weddings and your guests are sure to love the delicious chocolate favours from Cocoa & Co.

A harpist for all occasions, John studied harp in Wales and at the Conservatoire of Paris and plays a wide variety of music; light classical, folk, popular ballads, and Welsh melodies.

Anwen would be pleased to meet you for you to view the crockery and to discuss your requirements or visit the website and choose what crockery pieces you would like and the quantity and get in touch. Hire prices start from as little as 50p for a side plate.

Owner Philippa Tuckey says that for a little bit of Welsh patriotism the mini chocolate lovespoons or rugby balls are sure to delight both men and women and retro sweets and lollipops are a cute alternative. For a truly classic theme who wouldn’t love a tiny box of mixed truffles available in milk, dark and white chocolate? A special range of gluten and dairy-free chocolates are available, making them an ideal choice for all your guests.

01446 794340 tea@thevintagecrockerycupboard.co.uk www.thevintagecrockerycupboard.co.uk

Verity’s Court, Cowbridge CF71 9AJ 01446 775729 info@cocoandco.co.uk

He is much in demand for wedding ceremonies and receptions and also plays at medieval banquets at Caldicot and Caerphilly Castles. With many satisfied clients, a typical note of praise reads,“Thank you for making our service special. Your playing set the scene beautifully.” John is an experienced teacher of blade and pedal harp to Grade 8 and beyond. He also has a selection of blade harps for hire. 101 Elan Way, Caldicot NP26 4PZ 01291 421565

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After an incredibly romantic proposal, where else could Jenny Walton and Ian Huckstep get married but the equally romantic Fonmon Castle? Jenny tells us about their perfect wedding day.

FAIRYTALE WEDDING How did Ian propose and where? Ian and I went up to the Lake District in the Spring of 2009 and spent a few magical days tramping round lakes and up and down fells. On 1 March (St David’s Day just a coincidence!) we went for a big walk from Borrowdale Valley towards Great Gable and Scafell Pike. The mist was quite low on the fells and, when we reached the pointof-no-return ‘crossroads’ and stopped for lunch (in a small hail storm!), I suggested it would be mad to attempt any of the big peaks. What was the point? We wouldn’t be able to see anything when we got there anyway. Ian seemed pretty disappointed but I just put it down to his throw-caution-tothe-wind sense of adventure, because there was no way I was going to attempt a potentially lethal mountain with only three hours of daylight left!

So, we took a lower loop round, up to the snow line and, after a mini snowball fight, stopped for rest before heading back down the valley. I was sitting there waxing lyrical about how some coffee and a little bit of chocolate can make all the difference, all the while thinking, “If you’re going to do it, this would be the perfect moment.”

Then Ian said, “Shall we head down then?” (“Drat,” I thought. “I’m just going to have a stroppy stomp all the way down the valley, and be mildly annoyed all evening, and I won’t be able to say it’s because you didn’t propose to me on the most perfect opportunity there has ever been!”)

Ian continued, “But before we do...” and then he got down on one knee, produced this tiny little leather box, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Once I’d managed to pull myself together I of course said a resounding “Yes!” Why did you choose Fonmon Castle? For a number of reasons. Annie, the wedding planner, was so welcoming (and was no end of help and support, all seemingly effortless!). The house and grounds are so beautiful. The Library, where the wedding ceremony, and later the wedding breakfast, was held, has a lovely intimate atmosphere. But, most importantly, it felt like a home, rather than a corporate conveyor belt. We were allowed to put all our own touches to it – family antique tablecloths for the reception tables, croquet on the lawn etc.

Did you look at other venues? Yes, we did quite a lot of research online and then visited a shortlist. How was the day? It was wonderful. The weather was glorious. It was a perfect Spring day, as I’d hoped, and was sunny and warm enough to have the reception on the lawn - it only just started to rain as we got into the car at the end of the night. The food was fantastic, and the ceilidh was great fun with everyone joining in. At one point in the evening, I looked up and people were sitting all the way up the stairs watching the dancing in the hall - it was just like a grand house party, a real family wedding. Where did you honeymoon? A “Grand Tour” of Italy – from Venice to Florence to Amalfi to Rome, then Sardinia for a week and then a week at home.

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Jenny and Ian’s wedding suppliers

Wedding photography courtesy of Sian Trenberth www.sian-trenberth.com

■ RINGS - Harriet Kelsall Design

01462 790565 www.hkjewellery.co.uk ■ PHOTOGRAPHY - Sian Trenberth 029 2045 7770 www.sian-trenberth.com ■ CATERING - The Really Fresh Food Company. Christine and Beppe Villa 01446 740781 or 07813 865335 christinevilla@btinternet.com ■ CAKE - Jenny’s mum ■ FLOWERS - bouquets: family friend. Venue: Jenny’s mum and auntie. ■ TRANSPORT - Love Bugs. 01656 785739 vwlovebug@btinternet.com ■ CEILIDH BAND - Uisge Contraband. 07817 474977 weefairyreborn@hotmail.co.uk ❧ 31 ❧

Fonmon Castle Fonmon, Barry CF62 3ZN Contact Claire Williams on 01446 710206 fonmon_castle@msn.com www.fonmoncastle.com


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When it comes to price, versatility and finish, no other material can match it, which might explain why, for windows, doors and conservatories, aluminium is fast becoming the material of choice for the seriously savvy.

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FANTASTIC Vellacine have been manufacturing aluminium double glazing windows and conservatories in South Wales since 1978. We spoke to Managing Director, Mark Nayler about the resurgence of aluminium for windows and conservatories. Vellacine has a solid reputation for supplying uPVC products. Why are you promoting aluminium? Aluminium went out of fashion simply because of problems with heat transfer between glass and frame. However, technological advances over the last ten years have meant that aluminium’s benefits of lightness and strength are making a serious comeback among consumers. We’re definitely noticing more enquiries with customers asking us to cost a project alongside uPVC.

What are the benefits of aluminium? A warmer house, lower energy bills and less outside noise are just some of the benefits that our aluminium windows bring to the table. Increased security is important to customers. Our superstrong aluminium windows and superior locks help customers feel safer in their homes.

“The materials that we use are environmentally friendly, robust and durable. Our aluminium windows last for years without maintenance.”

Is aluminium eco-friendly? The materials that we use are environmentally friendly, robust and durable. Our aluminium windows last for years without maintenance. What about colour? Our aluminium products can be custom-made for each property and come in almost any colour or style. They look great and our designs are highly attractive and certainly improve the look and value of a home. In addition to manufacturing aluminium products of the highest standard, we pride ourselves on the high standard of service we offer. Vellacine customers return to us time after time and most of our work is generated through word of mouth recommendation. We’re extremely proud of that. Why should customers buy aluminium windows and conservatories from Vellacine? They’ll be dealing with a financially strong, well established and highly regarded local company. Vellacine has been around a long time and we provide a fully comprehensive ten year guarantee with all our aluminium windows. As well as a full installation service, Vellacine offer an aluminium window replacement and repair service should any existing aluminium windows be damaged, show misting or just simply need a facelift. Vellacine Limited The Window and Conservatory Centre Hadfield Road Leckwith, Cardiff CF11 8AQ 029 2022 8578 enquiries@vellacine.com www.vellacine.com

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GARDEN OF CARDIFF The Vale Marketing Group was established seven years ago by a small group of business owners who recognised the need for an association to represent businesses that are fully or partially reliant on visitors and tourism in the county. This includes B&Bs, self catering, camping sites, hotels, pubs, restaurants, attractions, activity providers, retailers and services such as taxis and tour guides. The group then created the website www.gardenofcardiff.com and all members’ businesses are featured on the site. This has proven to be a very effective marketing tool. The group ethos is, ‘Let them know we are here, invite them in and then give them a great time.’

Partnership, Wales Association of SelfCatering Operators, Tourism Wales and partnerships working with other Regional Tourism Associations

The VMG works closely with all the associations within the Welsh tourism industry and the current chair represents tourism in the Vale both regionally and across Wales with the goal of promoting the VMG members and the Vale to a wider audience.

Members have regular opportunities to network, exchange ideas and develop joint marketing strategies. The group also has representation on The South East Wales Tourism Forum, Small Service Sector Forum, Creative Rural Communities, Capital Regional Tourism, Wales Tourism Alliance, Visit Wales, Southern Wales Attraction

New Farm B&B

Plas Hen Guest House

Warren Mill Farm

A true working farm where you’ll witness the busy yard banter and farming life. Positioned off the coastal/city road ideal for touring the Vale and surrounding areas.

‘Escape to the country’ to an oasis of calm. Plas Hen is a luxury B&B accommodation near Cowbridge.

A traditional Welsh farmhouse nestled in the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan.

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Five vintage-style en-suite bedrooms and relaxing guest lounge with open beams and log fire ensure you feel truly at home. Wake up to a wholesome breakfast, stroll around our rare breeds Farm Park or fish on the 4-acre lake. Alternatively journey into the nearby old market town of Cowbridge. Special diets are catered for.

Tasteful, clean, warm, country ensuite rooms with all modern amenities. Families and group gatherings welcome. Enjoy our home cooked farm breakfasts and more. ■ Freeview TV/DVD. Wifi access ■ Safe off road parking, secure gardens ■ Separate lounge and dining room.

Port Road West, Barry CF62 3BT 01446 735536 sarahardy_newfarm@hotmail.com www.newfarmbarry.co.uk

4* Visit Wales All rooms en-suite, tv, dvd, wi-fi Beautiful walks off the doorstep Delicious Welsh breakfast cooked on the Aga in the Farmhouse kitchen ■ 20 mins Cardiff and the coast ■ Reflexology available during your stay. Plas Hen offers a diverse and relaxing break. Check Tripadvisor for excellent reviews and visit our website for special offers. Contact Helen on 01446 781345 or 07967 756627 www.plashen.co.uk

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Membership is £40 per annum. For more information visit www.gardenofcardiff.com

■ Only 15 minutes from Cardiff City

centre ■ 4 star Bed and Breakfast ■ 2 self catering cottages.

Pendoylan, Cowbridge 01446 781274


Crossways Manor and Apartments Situated in over 6 acres of private grounds, Crossways Manor is just a mile from the Roman market town of Cowbridge with its delightful shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs. Built in 1640, Crossways is a beautiful, historic building with central staircase, cupola and individually designed accommodation.

Bryn-y-Ddafad Country Guest House A perfect location for business or pleasure. Lots to do, see and visit from castles and churches, to coves and cafés, pubs and parks to gardens and golf. Crossways offers all their guests full use of the grounds, tennis court, terrace, BBQ, and relaxing atmosphere. ■ 4 and 5 star accommodation ■ Great location for the Vale and

Cardiff ■ Self catering and B&B.

Spacious four star guest house set in a peaceful rural location offering a quiet retreat; yet within easy reach of Cardiff. Flexible accommodation suitable for the needs of tourists and business travellers. Bryn-y-Ddafad aim to make your stay comfortable, enjoyable and memorable. They also have a ground floor annex with self catering option. ■ Visit our website, play our video ■ On-line booking and special offers ■ Stunning NGS approved garden.

Cowbridge CF71 7LJ 01446 773171 info@crosswayshouse.co.uk www.crosswayshouse.co.uk

Welsh St. Donats, Cowbridge CF71 7ST 01446 774451 www.bydd.co.uk

Havard and Havard

Llantwit Cars

Lougher Moor Cottages

Furniture from another era captures the mood so well.

Llantwit Cars is a great local company based in the heart of the Vale in Llantwit Major and only 10 minutes drive from Cardiff Wales Airport.

Lougher Moor is an enchanting country hide-away for all seasons and is a collection of three charming self-catering cottages in a secluded private setting of 10 acres.

■ Any distance covered anytime with

■ Luxuriously furnished and decorated. ■ All cottages are fully equipped with a

Their cleverly designed showroom with its creative displays both inside and out in the garden sits easily amongst the individual and personally run shops, bars and restaurants that help bring flair and vitality to the area. Find pieces in our current collection that slow time and and comfort you,whatever the weather or economy may throw at you. Just add you! 59 Eastgate, Cowbridge 01446 775021 info@havardandhavard.com www.havardandhavard.com

4 - 8 seats (Also 16 seat minibus by November 2011) ■ Weddings and corporate events covered, Contracts welcome ■ Airport transfers to anywhere in the UK. Llantwit Cars cater for all with friendly, professional drivers who have all cleared an enhanced CRB check. All cars maintained to a very high standard. 01446 794545 www.llantwitcars4545.co.uk

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fridge, microwave, TV, cooker etc. ■ Situated on the outskirts of historic

town of Llantwit Major ■ Close to quaint shops, warm friendly

pubs, churches and castles ■ Ideal for keen wildlife enthusiasts ■ Swimming pool and patio areas.

Lougher Moor is available for Christmas with family gifts from Santa. 01446 796988 enq@loughermoor.co.uk www.loughermoor.co.uk


Booking is recommended for the outstanding Sunday roast served from 12 noon.

The Great Barn

The Quarter Penny Café

The Great Barn Country Guest House is an 18th Century corn barn converted into a comfortable modern guesthouse retaining many of the original features.

Famed locally for its quality, homemade, food, the Quarter Penny Café is a landmark in the heart of the beautiful market town of Cowbridge and is celebrating its first anniversary in October 2011.

A stones throw from the vibrant market town of Cowbridge, this is an ideal location to explore the area. ■ Magnificent views ■ 6 bedrooms with en-suite facilities ■ Free internet Wi-Fi ■ A restful garden ■ Safe parking ■ 15 minutes drive from Cardiff and The Museum of Welsh Life. Lillypot, Bonvilston CF5 6TR nina@greatbarn.com 01446 781010 www.greatbarn.com

Formerly known as ‘Farthings’, the restaurant was sold in 2009 but was bought back exactly a year later by long-standing owner Natalie and her husband Justin after the interim business failed. The restaurant was resurrected with a new name and an emphasis on providing the traditional, home-made food for which it was famed. That, along with the relaxed, cosy environment has once again proved a winning formula as the restaurant is busier than ever, particularly on a Sunday.

The Barn at West Farm Gales, sea mists, frosts and even snow marks the transition of the march of the seasons on the Heritage Coast at Southerndown. However a warm welcome will await guests at West Farm.

The extensive menu includes all-day breakfasts to light bites and sandwiches to hearty main courses. There is also an impressive choice of daily specials and an unrivalled selection of mouthwatering cakes and pastries which are all baked freshly, on-site, every day by pastry chef Claire. There is also a deli service where many of the items on the menu such as salads, whole quiches, French dressing, delicious home-made meals and the full range of amazing desserts are available to take-away. Open Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 5pm and on Sunday from 9am – 4pm 01446 774999 www.quarterpennycafe.co.uk

St Donat’s Castle The Jazz Nights start on the 19th October with the Tommy Harris Quartet, followed closely by the launch of the Film Club on the 21st October. Steve Nallons’ Comedy Show is a must on the 24th/25th/26th November. All major sporting and TV events will be on the 150” screen. Check the website for all events information. The Barn and Legends Function Room are also available for private hire for corporate events, parties,lunches, training, weddings, christenings or any special event you may be celebrating. The Barn at West Farm Southerndown CF32 0PY 01656 880465 www.barnatwestfarm.com Now open Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm as well as many evenings.

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This exclusive 12th century castle nestled in a 60 hectare estate with spectacular sea views is now available as a unique venue for weddings, conferences, events and exclusive castle tours with cream tea for pre-booked groups. ■ Majestic castle steeped in history ■ Idyllic location with magnificent

gardens ■ Exquisite coastal position

St Donat’s, Llantwit Major Vale of Glamorgan CF61 1YZ To find out more or to make a booking please contact Karen Davies on 01446 799309 or email karen.davies@atlanticcollege.org www.atlanticcollege.org


If you have a budget in mind please let us know and we will work with you to ensure an enjoyable event.

“Let us help you organise your special occasion or office party at our venue or your venue.”

Stunning food

The Bear Hotel

The Cross Inn - A Country Pub and Restaurant

Situated in the heart of Cowbridge town centre with a short hop to the Capital City Cardiff this famous Coaching Inn is ideally located for both exploring our chic city and spectacular coast . Nowadays, the hotel is also famed for it’s fine home cooked food, friendly atmosphere and really good ale

Christmas Day and December party bookings now being taken.

All our food is sourced locally and prepared freshly to order. Whatever the occasion, we have the the perfect choice for a business lunch, romantic meal or special family occasion. Should you require a private dining area we would be delighted to help. High St, Cowbridge CF71 7AF 01446 774814 www.bearhotel.com

For other special events Throughout the year let us help you organise your special occasion or office party at our venue, your venue or a special venue. Our main dining area sits 50 people whilst our bar dining area sits 25 people. Full bar facilities, two garden patios and private parking. ■ Party planning and event organising

tailor-made to suit you ■ Party food, wines, real ales, lagers, ■ ■ ■ ■

ciders and high quality chef catering Party packages and items Special events, treasure trails Corporate events Weddings, birthdays, christenings and funeral wakes.

Vale Holiday Homes Llwyn Nwydog Farm is perfect for a relaxing break in the Vale. A warm welcome awaits at our five beautifully converted stone cottages, sleeping 2 to 6 people.

Relax by the cosy log fires

The Cross Inn, Llanblethian Cowbridge CF71 7LJ 01446 772995 enquiry@crossinncowbridge.co.uk www.crossinncowbridge.com

Oscars of Cowbridge All of the cottages at Vale Holiday Homes have been awarded WTB 4* and offer a clean and comfortable ‘home from home’, for a week or longer. During your stay you can even enjoy our fresh farm produce – a true taste of Wales! ■ 78 acres of farmland and walks for

our guests to enjoy ■ Fully equipped kitchens, gas central

heating ■ Full laundry facilities with washers

and driers Llwyn Nwydog Farm Cowbridge Road, Talygarn Pontyclun CF72 9JU 01446 774144 info@valeholidayhomes.co.uk www.valeholidayhomes.co.uk

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“Between love and madness lies our obsession.” Ideally situated on the High Street in the market town of Cowbridge, this chic and stylish Restaurant provides the perfect pavement location to sip your latte. Open from 10am for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, there is ample opportunity to relax with a pastry and coffee while reading the morning papers. Dinner is special, as night-time sees a change in mood - relax with friends or family and enjoy an exceptional dining experience. Once you’ve tried the Oscars experience we’re sure you’ll be back for more. 65 High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AF 01446 771984 www.oscarscowbridge.co.uk


Room For Living If you’ve been wondering why the showroom at Room for Living in Cowbridge has been in disarray lately, then wonder no more as all is now revealed. The team have been working furiously over the summer holidays installing their exciting new kitchen ranges and recently held an open day for all to see the fruits of their labours. If you’re thinking of a new kitchen for your home, you can have the choice of a whole range of traditional and contemporary styles.

Room for Living’s Managing Director Mike McNabb is especially excited by their latest new collection, “Many of our clients will still want the traditional and many will want the sharp, contemporary look but, for some, the curve will be just what they’ve been looking for. We’re all very excited about creating customers’ kitchens using the new collection.

“If you’re thinking of a new kitchen for your home, you can have the choice of a whole range of traditional and contemporary styles.”

What brings customers to us time after time is our team of people who as well as having a have a wealth of design and fit experience, they listen to what the customer wants and always deliver more than their expectations.” Room For Living Willow Walk Cowbridge CF71 7EE 01446 771234 info@rflkitchens.com www.roomforlivingcowbridge.com

A UNIQUE FRIENDLY BOUTIQUE CAFÉ KITCHEN BAR EXPERIENCE in the heart of cowbridge Enjoy one of our special cocktails or treat yourself and a friend to one of our delicious, sharing platters Excellent, fresh, local food and drink in a rustic, recycled environment 68 Eastgate, Cowbridge

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01446 775093

www.arboreal.uk.com


Happy Days

Liquorice Laces

Happy Days Vintage Home Store and Artisan Market offers some of the best vintage homewares and painted wooden furniture, arranged in beautiful room settings and inspirational displays.

Children deserve a great experience when it comes to shoe fitting” says Nikki Jones of Liquorice Laces.

Happy Days is a delightfully alternative shopping experience with local artists, makers, restorers and growers selling a wide range of unique items. Tea Room serving light snacks, delicious cake. and ice cream sundaes. Family friendly with children’s play area. Church Street Cowbridge CF71 7BB 07773 050 830 happydayshomestore.co.uk

“As committed members of the Of Shoe Fitters we strive to offer expertly fitted, gorgeous shoes and boots that meet their needs. Traditional toys will keep them busy while you check out the growing range.” New Fly, Gabor and Petasil join old favourites, plus a wide range of Hatley to keep them dry this Autumn. Before setting out sneak a peek at all the choice on their website.The shop is just a stone’s throw from the free car park. 4 Penny Lane, Cowbridge 01446 775289 www.liquoricelaces.co.uk

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Bar 44 It should come as no surprise that Bar 44 has for the first time appeared in the Good Food Guide there really is no higher accolade. Whether you are looking for an unhurried morning with an Illy cappuccino and homemade cake, a hearty build-your-own breakfast, a lunchtime snack and glass of wine, or an exceptional night of tapas and cocktails with friends, Bar 44 ticks all the boxes. Looking for a venue to celebrate the festive season?

Bar 44’s Jack Daniels Lounge is available for private hire both day and night and caters for up to thirty seated or fifty for cocktails. Bar 44 44 High Street Cowbridge Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7AG 01446 776488 www.bar44.co.uk

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VALE STYLE Designer style for autumn and winter CARDIFF

Modern interpretations of Barbour classics, Heritage Originals are fun, authentic pieces with use of bright colours across the collection and co-ordinated knitwear and shirts. Heritage Fashion takes its inspiration from the best of the Barbour’s archives in biker, military and equestrian themes.

Barbour ladies collection comes to Pavilion Ladies are in for a treat this autumn/winter as Pavilion are stocking a range of jackets from Barbour, the brand which oozes elegance and sophistication.

The celebration of the 75th anniversary continues with new bright and bold colours adding an injection of colour to chic biker jackets and mercury shine quilts. The show-stopper is the ladies National Trials jacket in a black wax cotton with bold gold studs. The Mercury Bomber jacket will ensure that you stand out in the crowd. Cropped style wax and quilts pay homage to Barbour’s equestrian roots. At the heart of Barbour is the Lifestyle collection blending tradition with modernity.

Russell Scott-Lawson of Hawkes Essentials answers your style and fashion queries. Russell set up his popular men’s outfitters Hawkes Essentials in Cardiff’s Morgan Arcade some fourteen years ago and has extensive experience in the world of men’s clothing.

Photograph Huw T Walters

HAWKES EYE

Taking inspiration from all aspects of Barbour’s heritage – biker, military, equestrian and country, the range exudes countrified femininity with a modern interpretation on traditional country styles. Muted tones and colour palettes compliment the subtle country influences on waxes, quilts and traditional tartans. Rugged wear is contrasted with more refined fits and fabrications offering a choice of casual, relaxed country clothing and smarter longer length commuter outerwear designed for today’s modern traveller. Pavilion 3 Wharton Street, Cardiff, CF10 1AG 029 2023 5333 www.pavilionclothing.com

What’s going on with this season? Here we are, full of winter stock and people are cruising around in shorts and flipflops (this was written in our unseasonal mini heatwave!). I have consequently been doing my rain dance every morning and finally the weather has changed. On to winter wear, and what a fine selection we have for you. After the great success of the tweed jacket last year, we have designed a few more for you, with bright checks and linings. These jackets really are an absolute must with a pair of jeans and chunky brogues. Chessham Blake has also been up to his bizzare creativeness, supplying us with frock coats, brighter than the sun. You can see Chris Evans wearing the shirts on the One Show. Sand and Without Prejudice have outdone themselves again. Jeans, shirts, trousers and jackets are quite simply unchallenged on the marketplace for style and quality. Local stylist, Sarah Jane Perez recently bought outfits for Tim Rhys Evans (Only Men Aloud), Jonathan Davies (World Cup) and Rhydian Roberts, currently all on our TV’s. ❧ 42 ❧

Hawkes Essentials 37-39 Morgan Arcade Cardiff CF10 1AF 029 2037 3780 www.hawkesessentials.com


ALL THAT GLITTERS

RMA Williams Jewellers is an independent jeweller selling a range of classic and modern designs in platinum, gold and silver. Often stocking individual and interesting pieces you won’t find in a chain jeweller it’s getting a name for itself in circles in the know. Thomas Sabo Jewellery and charms has a heavy Oriental influence for Autumn Winter. Great sellers will undoubtedly be this jewelled Panda, as well as their Iconic Angel Wing designs.

With singer Katy Perry as the company’s celebrity brand ambassador, one thing is for sure: Thomas Sabo’s designs are ever changing and are certainly never boring. Charms are always popular and the milestone bead bracelet by Clogau gold, the Murano glass bracelets by Lovelinks and charm bracelets by Thomas Sabo allow you to personalise your jewellery and create your own story. Hot diamonds in classic silver with diamonds is also a popular gift.

With a range of silver jewellery from £5 and gorgeous silver necklaces from £15 it’s always worth a visit. With free giftwrapping and delivery and a modern easy to use secure website, Christmas shopping has never been so easy. They are even open every Sunday in December in the run up to Christmas. RMA Williams Jewellers 35 John Street Porthcawl, CF36 3AP 01656 786007 www.rmawilliams.com


The Queen B The Queen B Boutique has something for everybody and at affordable prices too! From daywear to eveningwear, you’ll be spoilt for choice. To finish the outfit, pop in next door and choose from a vast range of shoes, boots, FitFlops and accessories. Be quick as stock changes regularly. This dress by KDK is a knockout. The soft fabric skims over the figure covering any lumps or bumps and the taupe detailing elongates the body and accentuates the bustline. Who would have thought that this versatile evening dress could be yours for only £45.

Stockists of Uttam Boutique, Yumi, Indulgence, Closet, 101 Idees, Lulu Paris, Pink Berry Paris, Glamorous, Juju & Christine, Emporium, Happy Love, KDK, Neslay.

“From daywear to eveningwear The Queen B boutique has something for everybody and at affordable prices too! You’ll be spoiled for choice.”

Accessories Just pop next door and choose from a huge range of shoes, boots, bags and jewellery.

The Queen B 8 Washington Buildings Stanwell Road, Penarth CF64 2AD 029 2071 1100 www.thequeenb.co.uk

Julie T It’s party season and there's no better time than now to sparkle and shine in your fabulous new glad rags. Julie T in Penarth is known as the place to go if you really want to make a statement, so if you are a woman who loves vibrant colour, bold prints and feminine details then you are sure to find something striking enough to win plenty of admiring glances. Stocking a range of ‘underground’ labels, you won’t find these pieces on every high street.

Stockists of Gina Bacconi, Jus D’Orange, Zone Bleue, Daisy May, Official, Glitz, Sandra Darren, UBU, Yest, Cassandra, Pamela Mann.

The cobalt blue of this maxi dress is a real head turner. A real homage to Herve Leger, the infamous body con dress designer. There’s a reason why this dress is so iconic. Try it on and see for yourself!

“You are sure to find something striking enough to win plenty of admiring glances at Julie T’s.”

Julie T 1 Windsor Terrace Penarth CF64 1AA 029 2070 8784

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Accessories Small selection of jewellery by Bijoux.


Image You’ll find many a discerning, stylish woman shopping here looking for something glamorous whether it’s a day look or special occasion, Excellent customer service and personal attention from Sylvia and her staff makes choosing fun and stress free. With a superb selection of designer collections together with accessories, including hats, scarves, gloves and distinctive jewellery, you'll find it all at Image.

Stockists of Michaela Louisa, Michael H Gold Collection, Chianti, Oscar B, Emreco, Amazing Woman, Signature, Frank Lyman, Marble, Junge Rainwear.

If you’re looking for class and sophistication, then this creation by Michael H Gold ticks every box. Form flattering black dress and jacket with gold and black lace detail, is very on trend and oozes glamour.

“Designer collections with accessories, including hats, scarves, gloves, and distinctive jewellery. You’ll find it all at Image.”

Accessories Gaby’s, Emma Fownes, Gabriella.

Image 108 Glebe Street Penarth CF64 1ED 029 2070 2505

Ginger’s Ginger’s is probably best known for contemporary daywear, but there’s much more to this boutique. With a range of beautiful eveningwear, an ever expanding range of jewellery and accessories, it’s easy to understand why Cathy at Ginger’s has such an ardent following of fashionable and glamorous customers. This stunning outfit from Chianti is bound to turn heads. The flattering palazzo pants are very now and will flatter the figure. The gold cowl on the top will suit all skintones and the accessories compliment the outfit to perfection. Simply stunning!

Stockists of Viz-a-Vie, Zele, Intown, Brandtex, Miss Baron, Adini, Chianti, Emreco, Poppy, Pomodorro, Steilmann, Sahara (Fairtrade).

“With so much to choose from, it’s easy to understand why Cathy at Ginger’s has such an ardent following of fashionable and glamorous customers.”

Accessories Mint, Dante, Strata, U-Kwenza, Topazglow, Pia Rossina.

Ginger’s 9 - 10 Washington Buildings Stanwell Road, Penarth CF64 2AD 029 2070 9773

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Abi Lou’s Glamour Xclusive It takes a brave person to open a hair salon in Penarth when there are around twenty seven already. Not so, says owner of the latest salon to hit the town, Abi Lou’s Glamour Xclusive. “This isn’t just about hair, it’s a headto-toe treatment salon with affordable prices for men and women.” With her hairdressing background (Abi Lou worked in another salon in Penarth and is an extensions specialist), she got to know what clients wanted from a salon.

“We’ve done our research. We offer specialist hair extensions using real 100% Spanish hair, nail art using Swarovski crystals with Anai, Gelish nails which lasts minimum two weeks, the fabulous Flabeloss weight loss machine and a range of treatments including waxing, tanning using Sienna X. We also offer a full range of treatments using the now wellrenowned Morrocan Oil.” How has business been since the launch only a few months ago? “It’s been unbelievably good. We’re getting new clients daily, mainly from word-of-mouth which is great. Our books are also filling up fast with mothers and daughters, groups of friends, and also wedding parties. As we do everything under one roof, it makes life easier, is more relaxing and best of all, fun. We will be offering clip-in extensions containing 100% human hair for instant Christmas party looks.” We all want to look and feel glamorous and now you can at Abi Lou’s Glamour Xclusive.

FREE membership worth £15*

Get a figure that’s worth celebrating this party season 250,000 have joined us already, so what are you waiting for?

Abi Lou’s Glamour Xclusive 6 Royal Buildings Victoria Road Penarth CF64 3ED 029 2070 9797 abilousxclusive@hotmail.co.uk Find us on Facebook Abi lou’s Glamour Xclusive

Lighten up with your own weightmanagement plan LighterLife is an innovative, unique way to lose weight and keep it off for good. To help you change the way you think about food, you’ll receive support through a small, weekly group meeting facilitated by a LighterLife WeightManagement Counsellor. You’ll also choose your own combination of meals from a selection of soups, shakes and bars to keep you on track all through the party season.

No calorie counting. No points watching. No hassle. To find out more about the best solution for you, call 0800 2 988 988 or visit lighterlife.com and quote ‘CHOICE’. lighten up with

* Offer available until 31 December 2011 via participating Counsellors only. Weekly meeting fee applies and Foodpack purchase necessary.

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Daisy, Daisy - a new Swarovski crystal suite Award winning Cardiff jewellery designer Neil Rayment of Advanced Jewel Craft has launched his premiere sterling silver and pearl collection. LushChic 501 is a range of high quality, Sterling silver designer jewellery. Inspired, elegant and well-made, each piece comes beautifully boxed with eco-friendly packaging and edible tissue paper. Whilst designed to be affordable, its purchase is limited exclusively to the 501 members of the LushChic community. “As one of our members, you will have a direct say in the design of the LushChic 501 pieces and, if your idea is collectively voted for, you’ll even have the chance to model it,” says Neil. “To become a member of this exclusive community and help inspire our next design, simply purchase one of our existing pieces or send us your details.

Daisy Daisy is a silver, pearl and Swarovski crystal suite, and comes complete with earrings that convert to studs: perfect for any autumn occasion. Inspired by warm suns and new beginnings, this jewellery is truly elegant.”

The bracelet is a delicate Sterling silver bracelet with gilt pearl set daisies and the earrings are in sterling silver which can be worn as studs set with single pearls, or for the full effect attachable gilt fresh water pearl drops are included. Fully adjustable for all sizes.

The suite consists of a Sterling silver daisy pendant and necklace set with Swarovski crystals and single fresh water pearl drop.

Advanced Jewel Craft 103 Bute Street, Cardiff CF10 5AD 029 2132 8114 www.advancedjc.com

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A carpenter by trade, Martyn Evans loves the building business. His company, Cardiff Orangeries, has an excellent reputation for designing and building some of the most stunning orangeries in South Wales. Vale Life meets the man with the…

SUNNY DISPOSITION Martyn’s enthusiasm for the building industry is quite infectious. Vale Life asked him about his business and why he loves his trade so much. How did you get into the business? I’ve always been very good with my hands so it made sense to get into a trade such as building and I love meeting people. I think that’s one of the best things about what I do. I meet some fabulous people through my work and I enjoy building things for them that change their lives for the better. Orangeries are hot property at the moment. How long have you provided this service? We’ve been established since 1990 as Whitchurch Windows and orangeries have been a core part of our business for the last five years. I felt that the design of modern extensions needed the benefit of glass to give light, but a built structure would be an advantage because of the benefits to insulation, ease of maintenance in the long term and the look and character could be sympathetic to the original property.

What services do you offer? Design, build and installation. The design process is establishes what the customer needs and to identify the right material for the work based on budget and purpose. Each job is different so might require uPVC, aluminium or wood.

What about aluminium? Aluminium is very much the material of the moment with its slim-line good looks. It’s light and it’s strong. It proves its quality by being the most commonly used product within the commercial industry and there is a multitude of colour options available.

Is uPVC the most popular? uPVC is a great product with plenty of choice of finishes - from coloured frames to a large selection of wood grain products. Yes, we use it a lot. It’s a good material and offers high levels of security and insulation. PVC is a great entry level when considering cost and speed of manufacture.

What’s your particular favourite material? I like wood. Timber is making quite a comeback. Its by far the best material in my opinion. All of our exterior products come pre-finished with the choice of colour that the customer has requested.

“The work carried out is ‘par excellence’. The quality of the materials is first class, and the installation extremely professional.” Mr & Mrs Bray

The reason for this is to cut down on the chance of surfaces not being weather proofed and that ensures the timber product will have the same life expectancy as uPVC and aluminium. Engineered timbers are also becoming more popular, this means the timber will be more stable, stronger and knot free. It’s also more eco-friendly. What’s the best way for a customer to begin the process if they’d like an orangery? If a customer contacts us and would like to discuss the ideas that they have regarding the project we’ll let them know very quickly if it’s at all possible. We will then develop a design that complements the customer’s lifestyle and that fits their budget. We’ll discuss the best sort of materials to be used so that the design fits in with the characteristics of the house and to ensure the finished orangery enhances the property. We’ll talk about lighting, discuss heating options and finishes. It’s better to have a clear vision before any building takes place.

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Why do customers come to you? I’ve been in the business for twenty years and my reputation is everything so I always ensure that a client is clear about what they are getting and is completely happy with it. When designing an orangery it is important to get a feel for the whole house and the lifestyle of the customer, so the new building can enhance their life and create that special wow factor.

“The space created by the orangery transformed the existing room. The end result is so much more than we planned.” Mr & Mrs Davies Cardiff Orangeries (Whitchurch Windows) The Coach House, Whitchurch Common Cardiff CF14 1DW 029 2052 1675 www.cardifforangeries.co.uk

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LA BELLA VITA With countless satisfied customers living the good life in beautifully designed kitchens and living spaces courtesy of SpaceFittingFurniture, you wouldn’t be surprised if owners Steve and Claire Bloom had designs on bedrooms.

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When you talk to Steve and Claire, the one thing that comes across is their passion for design. Vale Life caught up with the couple at their design studio in Cardiff. Your reputation is for creating kitchens and living spaces. Why the move into bedrooms? STEVE We’ve been meaning to for a while. We have designed bedroom furniture for clients but it’s been based around our German kitchen furniture. We’ve been looking for the right bedroom furniture product for a while and have found an Italian company that manufactures the most beautiful bedroom furniture.

“Ultimately, it has to look beautiful and this new Italian range is gorgeous. Bellissima!”

What’s so special about this particular product? CLAIRE As a woman, I probably have a different perspective, but I think the devil is in the details. The finish, the look, when you touch the material you can feel the love that’s gone into the manufacturing. Italians are passionate about design. Their whole philosophy and ethos is driven by design and style. Look at Lamborghini and Ferrari, they’re much more than cars, they’re art. We want people to feel good when they walk into a bedroom that we’ve created we want it to lift their soul. Beautiful things have that effect. STEVE Claire’s absolutely right and, as a designer, I want the relationship between form and function to be seamless and this range is just so beautiful to work with. It’s versatile in every way. Whatever and however the customer wants to store or present their clothes, this product allows you the flexibility and practicality to design free of constraint. It’s an absolute joy to work with. What’s the next hot thing in bedroom design? CLAIRE I think people have cluttered lives so simplicity will be the order of the day. Women want everything out of sight but accessible. Men have different priorities I think. STEVE Absolutely, I think that applies to kitchens and living spaces too. This is the iPad age and I believe the integration of technology is going to be important. The skill is making sure that this is considered at the start of the design process. We take great care to discuss clients’ lifestyles with them; what they want from the end product, and will it meet their needs? CLAIRE Ultimately, it has to look beautiful and this new Italian range is gorgeous. Bellissima! ❧ 52 ❧


Spacefittingfurniture The Design Quarter, 145 Colchester Ave Penylan, Cardiff CF23 9AN 029 2045 5778 info@spacefittingfurniture.co.uk www.spacefittingfurniture.co.uk

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When only bespoke quality will do, Rathkey’s crafstmanship and service may be the right choice for you.

ONLY BESPOKE Vale Life spoke to owner Paul Rathkey to find out why customers choose him and what it is that makes Rathkey’s service so special.

Paul, what’s your role in Rathkey’s? I manage and organise a team of staff and ensure the safe and creative crafting of bespoke furniture to the client’s requirement. I meet clients at their homes or premises and discuss in detail what their options are and put forward ideas. Where did you train? Rycotewood College, where I gained a diploma in Furniture & Design.

“I was head hunted by David Linley Furniture.” The owner, of course, is Viscount Linley, the Queen’s nephew, and I worked there for the next ten years making fine bespoke furniture for some very rich and famous people. The furniture manufactured was fine inlay work and precise cabinet making! ❧ 54 ❧

Describe your typical day From the moment I arrive in work, at 8am most days, I begin by answering phonecalls and meet with the team to ensure they all have enough work to keep themselves busy through the day. I also have to make sure that all orders for materials are placed in plenty of time so that we have the correct stock and materials to complete the jobs we have. In between all of this I visit clients to discuss projects and, back on site, answer any enquiries and liaise with the team regarding any technical issues that may arise. Do you see any trends developing? Recently, the call for contemporary furniture as opposed to traditional furniture has been in higher demand, working with more oak and walnut furniture. A large proportion of our work is for bespoke kitchens in natural timber or hand-painted finishes.


“I am passionate about wood and making bespoke furniture. I get a sense of immense satisfaction when we create beautiful products.”

WILL DO Do you enjoy your job? I am passionate about wood and making bespoke furniture. I get a sense of immense satisfaction when we create beautiful products. I love the feel of the timber when the furniture is completed and enjoy seeing the faces of satisfied customers, many of whom have become firm friends. Who inspires you? My wife – she is my driving passion and supports me the most. What was your proudest moment? After the birth of my two beautiful children, Oliver and Lucy, it was making furniture for David Linley as the level of workmanship that had to be achieved was absolute perfection.

How do you get most of your work? We are pleased to say that we have had regular work and are very lucky that clients have highly recommended us to new potential customers, even allowing us to show clients their houses and the quality of work we produce. What do you do when you’re not creating beautiful furniture? We enjoy eating out and if we’re shopping on a Saturday afternoon in Cowbridge we’ll often pop into Bar 44 to relax with a refreshing drink and tapas food. I like to keep fit and enjoy running, swimming and cycling. What are your future plans? To continue to give an excellent service to our clients.

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Rathkey’s Cabinet Makers of Distinction 29 The Woodlands, Llandow CF71 7PF 01446 772931 admin@rathkeys.co.uk www.rathkeys.co.uk


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There’s no better feeling for a woman than a great shopping trip. By great, I mean an armful or two of shopping bags. I know I’m not on my own, as a recent study claims that many women will spend more than eight years of their lives shopping.

B HAPPY Investing in designer brands is all well and good if you have the bank balance of Coleen Rooney, but we all need that injection of happy, and you can make your money go further if you spend more wisely.

That was boutique owner Jodie Tanner’s thinking when she opened The Queen B boutique last year. “There’s no-one who loves their clothes and accessories more than me - that’s probably why I went into this business! But there’s nothing worse than spending a small fortune on the latest fashion items when they won’t be in next year. Our philosophy in The Queen B is that you can buy good quality clothing and accessories at affordable prices and look amazing,” says Jodie. “We’ve done our research and found brands that aren’t available on the High Street so you’re less likely to find your friends and colleagues in the same outfit.” The Queen B is best known for stocking the Uttam Boutique and Yumi brands which are inspired by Eastern culture. The designs embrace the traditions and beauty of Nepal, India, and Japan, using techniques such as patchwork, tie-dye, applique, hand-stitched beading and embroidery, combined with printed knitwear, chiffons, and silks.

These brands are both ‘fast fashion’ labels, which mean they provide the most on-trend styles, colours, and fabrics. Other brands available are Uttam Boutique, Yumi, Indulgence, Closet, 101 Idees, Lulu Paris, Pink Berry Paris, Glamorous, Juju & Christine, Emporium, Happy Love, KDK and Neslay.

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There truly is something to make every woman happy here so, if you’re going to spend eight years of your life shopping, you should certainly spend some of it at The Queen B Boutique. The Queen B Boutique 7 Washington Buildings Stanwell Road, Penarth CF64 2AD 029 2015 7156 www.thequeenb.co.uk


HEALTH & WELLBEING Take good care of yourself with Vale Life’s guide to healthcare in the Vale HENSOL

Vale Resort Spa A new spa, a new you Following the recent complete transformation at the Vale Spa at the luxurious Vale Resort, we spoke to regular spa-goer Hannah Williams on what she thought of the new spa and her Sundari treatment. Who are you and what is your profession? Hannah Williams and I’m Partner at Hugh James Solicitors in Cardiff. Was this your first visit to the spa or do you visit regularly? No, I have been here quite a few times before but I haven’t been since the spa has had its amazing refurbishment – and the Sundari treatments are a recent addition to the spa too so it was a new experience for me. Do you visit alone or with friends? If I’ve had a particularly busy or stressful week at work then, perhaps, I’ll decide to treat myself to a bit of pampering and visit on my own but generally I tend to go with friends. For the last few years my close girlfriends and I have all chipped in to buy each other a spa voucher for the Vale for each others’ birthdays. Then we all book in for a treatment and spend a pampering day here – we all love it, it’s just such a nice way to spend time together.

What treatments do you generally have? I love having facials and last time I had the Clarins Luxury Elixir Facial which is one that’s exclusive to the Vale Spa. It’s absolutely the best facial I’ve ever had. They concentrate on your back and scalp as well as your face so it’s much more than just a straightforward facial and it really is fabulous! What treatment did you have for the review? I had a treatment called Odati – it’s one of the new Sundari treatments. Who was your therapist? Natalie. Talk me through the treatment? When I arrived I actually had a ‘dosha’ consultation with Natalie where she got me to fill in a form about aspects of my personality. It is something that they do specifically with Sundari treatments and helps the therapists to determine exactly the right treatment for you. Then, before the Odati even started, Natalie treated me to a wonderful foot scrub which she told me was traditional for any ‘honoured’ guest in ancient Eastern traditions! She then gave me a full back massage, three different back cleanses and a deep exfoliation, before she applied a neem and green tea back mask. Whilst the back mask was on she did a massage on my legs which was lovely. The treatment finished with a fantastically relaxing face and scalp massage.

Did she put you at your ease? Yes, she was absolutely lovely. We had a little chat before we started and she gave me a good overview of what she was going to do which was good as the Sundari concept is new to me. However once she started she just let me lie back, relax, and enjoy the treatment which was perfect. Were you happy with the results? Yes, it was fabulous! I was honestly so relaxed I was in a bit of a trance for a couple of hours. Luckily I was able to go straight from the treatment room into the relaxation zone where I just chilled out for a bit longer. They have changed the whole area since I was here last and they now have a ‘water’ zone where you can lie on waterbeds which were amazing, I want one for my house now! How much did the treatment cost and do you think it was value for money? It was £70 which I think was very reasonable considering it was a 70 minute treatment. Would you go again? Absolutely! Would you recommend the spa to your colleagues, family etc. Yes – in fact I’ve already booked a date in with the girls for our next spa day!

Vale Spa at the Vale Resort Hensol Park, Hensol Vale of Glamorgan CF72 8JY 01443 665888 www.vale-hotel.com

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LIGHT AS A FEATHER Pauline Quirke, star of Emmerdale and the 90s hit show Birds of a Feather, has lost weight on LighterLife after being told by her doctor one of her hips had worn away due to her weight. Pauline has battled with her weight for several years and after the doctor said she needed a hip replacement in 2009 she decided it was time to lose weight and keep it off. She had previously lost weight two years ago but when she came off the diet the weight went back on again. Pauline says her weight gain has been gradual over 51 years, “There hasn’t been a year when I’ve binged, my weight just slowly crept up. I’ve never really thought of myself as the fat girl and my weight has never affected my career but I knew it was time to change.” The well known actress is feeling and looking fantastic and has been splashed over national newspapers and magazines recently showing off her new slim figure. She has featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Best, Woman, Good Housekeeping and Take it Easy. Local Weight-Management Counsellor Mike Hawkins in Barry is excited about Pauline’s weight loss and said, “It’s great to have Pauline on board as an ambassador for LighterLife. She has lost such a substantial amount of weight and is telling everyone how good she feels. LighterLife is a great way of losing weight and keeping it off, and if you have one or more stone to lose there is a programme to suit you. The Foodpacks are nutritionally balanced and have 100% of the recommended daily allowance for key vitamins and minerals.” Emma Barraclough

Claire Lamputt, LighterLife WeightManagement Counsellor in Bridgend, has a client who has halved her weight called Emma Barraclough who says, “Pauline has been a great inspiration to me while on LighterLife, she looks absolutely fantastic! I’ve seen her in magazines and also on This Morning talking about how great she feels - I feel exactly the same. Since losing weight with LighterLife my life has completely changed for the better. My reason and motivation for wanting to lose weight was simple – my son. I came to realise after having him that I could not continue being the way I was. If I did I would not have lived to see my son grow up. I was eating myself in to an early grave! Since losing my weight I have completed my university course and have decided on a totally new and different career path. I would not have made this decision without the balance that LighterLife has helped to give me and my life. I am now more active and can actually catch up with my son. I have had people not recognising me since the weight loss, including family members. I feel fantastic and that’s all thanks to the support of my group and my Counsellor, Claire.” If you have one stone or more to lose why not contact Claire Lamputt (Bridgend) on 01656 720717 or Mike Hawkins (Barry) on 01446 738846 or visit www.lighterlife.com Emma with her son

About LighterLife LighterLife is an industry leader in weight management, with an established, highly successful approach to significant weight loss and lifetime weight management. Since 1996 LighterLife has helped over 250,000 people all over the UK and Ireland lose weight and keep it off. Designed specifically for people who are one stone or more overweight and with a body mass index of 25 or above, the unique LighterLife approach offers programmes specific to the obese and the overweight using nutritionally balanced soups, shakes and bars combined with specialised counselling techniques. Clients benefit not only from rapid, safe weight loss but they also learn the behavioural changes needed to sustain it.

For further information about LighterLife for tips, advice and features on how to lose weight fast, as well as interviews with health experts, please visit www.lighterlife.com

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THE EYES HAVE IT Arbuthnot Opticians in Barry has a clientele that is growing by the day. Their philosophy is to invest in the delivery of excellent service to their clients. Vale Life talks to just a few of those clients to see why this particular opticians is their practice of choice.

I have been registered with the practice for over fifty years - long before Ted Arbuthnot acquired the business. With your sight being of the utmost importance, you have to have full trust and confidence in your optician. I certainly have this with Ted, who has monitored my eyes since taking over the practice.

I was having problems with my eye after an accident with a nail. I had been going back and forth to another high street opticians as I felt that my sight was getting worse. They kept saying that there was no problem. Arbuthnot’s were recommended to me by a cousin who went there and saw James.

It’s all about relationships, and mine is excellent with all the staff, especially Ted and Sharron, who have become more like friends over the years. In May of this year, my wife (who is also a patient of Arbuthnot’s) and I, moved to Macclesfield in Cheshire However it is still our intention to remain with Arbuthnots, travelling back when necessary.

James had noticed a tumour behind his eye that had gone undiagnosed elsewhere. As I wasn’t happy with the treatment I had been receiving, I made an appointment with James. He noticed the damage to my eye and suggested that I wear contact lenses to protect the eye while it healed. The contact lens now protects the eye and is also very comfortable.

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I have been a patient of Arbuthnot Optometrists for the past forty years and, having worked in television production for HTV, S4C, and other companies all my working life, it was essential that I regularly kept a check on my eyesight, because of the risk of congenital myopia. Owing to Ted Arbuthnot’s expertise and use of the very latest scanning equipment, I have been referred to the Opthamology Clinic at University College Hospital on more than one occasion, which I know, has saved my sight.

I too made an appointment and straight away James picked up the fact that I had cataracts. I’ve since had those treated. I have total confidence in Arbuthnot’s and would recommend them highly.

My daughter has also chosen to bring her eight year-old and also her four year-old twin daughters to be checked at Arbuthnot’s, because she knows they will have the same excellent care that I have enjoyed over the years. Mr. Arbuthnot, I can’t thank you enough.

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Arbuthnot Opticians 6 Broad Street Barry CF62 7XP 01446 735551 info@arbuthnotopticians.co.uk www.arbuthnotopticians.co.uk


When we’re looking a bit tired, we nip off to a beauty salon or spa for a few treatments so why shouldn’t we do it for our cars?

I bought my wife this beautiful blue Mini Cooper eight years ago for Christmas - bit extravagant I know but it was well deserved, trust me, and the only brand new car she’s ever owned.

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Over the years I’ve asked if she’d like to change it but on the two occasions we seriously went looking for a replacement, we came right back to the Mini Cooper and, quite honestly, there didn’t seem much point selling a perfectly good, low mileage Mini only to replace it with another on finance. However, since 2003, the Mini had picked up several scrapes and little dings. Someone had reversed into the rear bumper at some point (and not owned up) and while not serious damage, it was noticeable. The paintwork was generally a little tired all over and the black parts on the car had faded to a rather dull grey. All in all, this once stunning little number was sadly past its best.

“To say this eight year old Mini looks as new would be an understatement. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the number plate, you couldn’t tell it from new. It’s gorgeous again and my wife is delighted.” ❧ 66 ❧

Chatting to a friend, he suggested getting a cost for sprucing it up at Davies Motor Company. They were Bentley and Aston Martin approved and said that this was the place companies take their second-hand vehicles to have them prepared for resale. Great idea, I thought, and immediately made an appointment (not telling my wife, thinking this was another opportunity to give her a nice suprise). I was given a quotation and agreed to drop the Mini off - the work would take a week. I fabricated a plausible story about the Mini needing some mechanical repairs.


MAKEOVER A week later, we picked up our ‘brand new’ Mini from Davies Motor Company. I say brand new because that’s what it is essentially. The car has been completely transformed. The rear bumper was repaired and resprayed and the rest of the car machine-polished and all the little dents, scratches and scrapes miraculously removed.

The alloy wheels which were covered in scratches and scrapes from too many brushes with kerbs are now like new. All the dull black mirror bases and wiper arms have been sprayed and are like new. Add in a new set of number plates, wiper blades and wheel centres and you’re looking at a car that looks as good as when it came off the production line. To say this eight-year-old Mini looks as new would be an understatement. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the number plate, you couldn’t tell it from new. It’s gorgeous again and my wife is delighted!

“Why not go for a makeover? In aesthetic terms, it’s superb and in financial terms it makes perfect sense.”

In aesthetic terms, the makeover is superb and in financial terms it makes perfect sense. These are austere times so if you have a car that you love that is essentially good for its age, but looks a little tired, why not go for a makeover rather than a full replacement. Our Mini has more or less stopped depreciating so we’re enjoying free motoring now bar ongoing wear and tear. The whole exercise cost less than £1,000 and has almost certainly added that in value and there’s no reason we couldn’t go back to Davies Motor Company in a few years for another quick makeover just to keep on top of things. It’s certainly in our diary. ❧ 67 ❧

Sean and Donna of Davies Motor Company

Davies Motor Company Hadfield Close, Cardiff CF11 8BD 029 2039 4407 info@daviesmotorcompany.co.uk www.daviesmotorcompany.com


VALE BUSINESS In association with The Business Centre

“The Barn at West Farm is the most fantastic venue to hold an event.”

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Book your event at The Barn at West Farm When Eluned Haf, Director Wales Arts International was looking for a venue for her group management away day, she was at a loss as to where to choose. After some searching, she finally settled on The Barn at West Farm to host the event. Vale Life spoke to Eluned to find out how she felt the day had gone. “We had a very successful outcome, everyone found West Farm to be a wonderful venue with the perfect atmosphere and ambience - just what was required. Our host provided us with morning coffee with croissants, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea. We made full use of the board room table and chairs, flip charts and digital projection.

The Barn at West Farm is the most fantastic venue to hold an event. Our away day as a team was better than we could have expected. The most stunning location, great facilities, away from everything, delicious food and the sea breeze are enough to inspire any mind. Away days are always intense, yet somehow in West Farm we were very productive whilst also feeling relaxed.

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Jason Gregory, owner of Type says, “You need to think bigger than just a website if you want to increase online business. Your blog can display recent social media activity, keeping your pages co-ordinated and up to date, it’s about telling your clients or customers that you are the expert and making your content accessible.

“We can explain social media etiquette, provide training and help you make the most of the web to create an achievable strategy for your business.”

The Barn at West Farm West Farm, Southerndown CF32 OPY 01656 880465 admin@barnatwestfarm.com www.barnatwestfarm.com

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GearUp magazine gears up to expand

Type 01656 782044 jason@type-business.co.uk www.type-business.co.uk

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Vale-based GearUp magazine is expanding into the West Country so is looking for a dedicated advertising sales person to cover Wales and the South West. Interested? Email your cv to mark@gearupmag.co.uk


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Tapas on Sundays at Bar 44 If you don’t want the traditional Sunday lunch of meat and veg and fancy a bit of tapas instead then make your reservation at Bar 44 as lunch is being served between 12pm and 2pm.

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Abi Lou’s Glamour Xclusive

Now we are two! On Saturday 8th October The Queen B celebrated its second birthday and Jodie and her team celebrated with customers over a glass of bubbly. In recognition of her customers loyalty and support, Jodie offered a 10% discount on all purchases of £50 and over - this offer was also extended to her fashion boutique (next door). Needless to say there was a queue!

News just in. Abi Lou’s Glamour Xclusive help cancer and aloplecia sufferers look and feel their best with the aid of their 100% real Spanish hair extensions. So good are their products and services that they get referrals from the NHS. Telephone 029 2070 9797 for more information.

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Allan Blair Beaton talks about Google+ Here we go again! Another social media tool that is supposed to be the next ‘big thing’. Google+ is the latest social media innovation for staying more connected and having more control of your information. It makes your life easier by adding some new ways of filtering the information you receive as well as the information you share. Do you use Google, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Earth etc? Well, maybe you might want to have a look. This is what I have found so far. What is Google+? Google+ is actually a series of tools to help you stay connected with the people you care about and it includes a suite of comprehensive social tools to make your life easier and they’re called Circles, Hangouts, Huddle, and Sparks. Google+ represents some of the latest ways that Google is going social. But it’s not just about adding another “Me Too” kind of social network. They are truly innovating the way it all works and making our lives easier. To me it

represents many of the reasons Google owns the internet world. They deliver what people want and they make it easy to do. If everyone is trying to rank as high on page one of Google as possible, would it not be a good idea to engage here too? More in the next issue as we see how Vale Life gets on with Google+. In the meantime if you’d like to like Vale Life on Facebook go to www.facebook.com/valelife

Gifted, on Barry’s popular High Street is now selling Gauci Organic Candles. Handmade in Cardiff Gauci Candles do not contain any paraffin unlike other leading brand candles and are made from 100% organic soya wax. For more information call Gifted on 01446 721339 or visit Gauci Organic Candles at www.gaucicandles.co.uk

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Loyalty cards at Arboreal Allan Blair Beaton All social media sites are @AllanBBeaton www.social-b2b.com To ask Allan a question, please tweet using hash tag #askallan or ‘like’ his Facebook page

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If you needed another reason to visit Cowbridge’s latest eaterie, then this is it. Arboreal will be giving its customers a loyalty card which allows them to collect six stamps of the same drinks category and the seventh drink will be free. Please see www.arboreal.uk.com for terms and conditions.


These are challenging times for businesses and the clever ones are doing everything they can to reduce overheads. The success of The Business Centre in Barry shows that quite a few are making…

THE SMART MOVE

The Business Centre in Barry understands that businesses are currently operating in the toughest economic climate of the modern age and that all companies are looking to make cutbacks without losing that five star service.

This has made the industry even more competitive than it was a couple of years ago. With luxurious office suites in the centre of Cardiff and a number of office facilities becoming available in all areas of Wales, how important is it to operate your business from the city centre?

The Sun Newspaper printed the following article on Tuesday 8th of March 2011, confirming that travelling time to the workplace has increased since 2006, how would you and your employees feel about reducing your commute to the workplace everyday?

The Business Centre provides modern, flexible serviced office space with excellent customer service and support facilities, allowing you more time to concentrate on what’s really important running your business.

There are a number of reasons to consider this option with Cardiff being the capital of Wales and ease of public transport access. Basically, the fact that you can say you operate your business from Cardiff can be seen as beneficial. But, the city centre also has its negative aspects especially in today’s tough economic climate when businesses are trying to operate within a tight budget. Some of the negatives to working in the city centre are: ■ Traffic congestion ■ Travelling time to and from work ■ Inflated office prices ■ Public transport delays and breakdowns ■ Expensive car-parking fees

City congestion rises 14% Rush-hour city drivers spend nearly half their journeys in traffic jams, a study says. An average hour-long trip will see them stuck for 25 minutes 39secs – an increase of 14 per cent since 2006.

One monthly transparent invoice with no hidden charges gives clients the security of knowing their monthly capital outlay, minimum license agreements of three months with a one month notice period to leave and office suites ranging from two to twelve people. The Business Centre provides the flexibility to clients looking for that perfect office suite in this difficult climate. Numerous office space/facilities are available in South Wales and also across the whole of the UK due to empty buildings and storage space being converted to office suites as a result of the recession.

Morning and evening rush-hour traffic was monitored in London, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham and Cardiff. London drivers suffered most, averaging 36 mins 28 secs – up from 19mins 20secs five years ago. Manchester leapt from a 21-minute wait in 2006 to 28 mins 39 secs in the study for Citroen. A spokesman said: “Congestion is not getting better for traffic-weary drivers.”

“The Business Centre take care of you while you take care of your business, providing the flexibility to clients looking for that perfect office suite in this difficult climate. ”

Dugdale Taylor have joined The Business Centre from the city centre over the past twelve months. They have expressed their views on why they chose to move out of the city centre and operate their companies from The Business Centre.

looking for along with competitive serviced office prices. The facilities at the centre are second to none with efficient IT and telecoms infrastructure, free parking, on-site gym, catering and storage facilities and staff willing to go that extra mile.

“The Business Centre provided D T & Co Wealth Management with the perfect solution to operate our business from a professional address within a tight budget. After operating our business from the city centre of Cardiff up until six months ago, as a company we were looking to reduce over-heads but without losing that five star service being provided to our clients. The Business Centre have been excellent in providing D T & Co Wealth Management and our clients with the high quality service we are

We looked long and hard to find suitable premises that provided all these benefits within one location. The centre is easy to access, situated five minutes from Culverhouse Cross with minimal traffic compared to commuting to the city centre. We would not hesitate in recommending The Business Centre to any clients who are looking for competitively priced office accommodation with customer service that is second to none.” Andrew Brinn, Dugdale Taylor

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The Business Centre, in Barry, are now proud to offer the new concept of shared office space in the Vale of Glamorgan where clients can operate their businesses from a shared office environment at a reduced monthly rental but with all the benefits of flexible serviced office facilities. The shared office environment includes four workstations with state-of-the-art IT and telecoms infrastructure, fully furnished office space and sectioned workspace for privacy. They can have your business up and running within 24 hours with minimal disruption to your working hours - they take care of you while you take care of your business. James Mason, Centre Manager at The Business Centre highlights the most commonly asked questions for the shared office facility. 5 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR SHARED OFFICE FACILITIES

What is the shortest license agreement you provide for the shared office facility? The Business Centre Shared Office Facility is provided on a monthly rolling agreement with a month’s notice to cancel the facility and leave the premises. It’s entirely up to the client as we can also provide agreements of three, six and twelve months. The flexibility we provide ensures clients at The Business Centre feel comfortable with the length of agreement for their business. What’s included in the monthly rental? The Shared Office Facility monthly rental of £165 plus vat per month will include all furniture (one unit),

telephone line rental, internet connection, 24 hour access with swipe card and office key, free parking, call answering facilities, use of the business address, use of the free in-house gym, all utility bills and business rates, cleaning services, use of break-out areas and the coffee zone. The only pay-as-you-go services that a client would be charged as extra will be for any services that you use such as postage, meeting room hire, telephone call charges etc. Basically, at The Business Centre, the monthly invoice you receive includes everything you need to operate your business from a set base with a professional and prestigious business address. What type of business or personnel is it targeting? The Shared Office Facility is mainly targeting any businesses that are looking to operate from an office suite that provides them with a credible image to their business. If you are a start-up company who is operating on their own; freelancer or works as a satellite office then the shared office facility would be the ideal option. Our current clients include graphic designers, financial consultants and many other professions where the one workstation would be a benefit to their companies. How many other companies will be sharing the office suite? The Shared Office Facility has four workstations within the office suite so at maximum it will be with three other professionals. Each area is sectioned with screen dividers and lockable pedestals, giving clients that extra privacy when operating their businesses. ❧ 71 ❧

What’s the difference between the shared office facility and a dedicated serviced office suite? The shared office facility includes the monthly rental and broadband connection and telephone line rental, making it the ideal option for start-up enterprises and sole traders to operate their business from a credible business centre and address. The shared office facility includes all the benefits and services of the serviced office suites. The dedicated serviced office suite includes a breakdown of the three, where you will be paying the office rental separately to the IT connection and telephone line rental. Once you have acquired the shared office space and if, in the future, you are looking to grow your business, flexibility at The Business Centre ensures that we can provide you with an upgrade to the office suites themselves with no movement charges.

“They can have your business up and running within 24 hours.” For more information, please contact James Mason or Nathan Paget Follow The Business Centre twitter.com/BusinessCBarry thebusinesscentrebarry.blogspot.com http://linkd.in/qT4DFZ The Business Centre Cardiff House, Cardiff Road, Barry Vale of Glamorgan CF63 2AW 0800 6349920 enquiries@thebusinesscentreonline.co.uk www.thebusinesscentreonline.co.uk


HIGH STREET

BARRY

High Street in Barry is exactly as a high street should be, in the traditional sense, with individual shops selling their wares to offer something unique and special. Vale Life takes a trip to find out more. Whether it’s because of the products they sell, their passion to please, the display of goods or the friendly banter that greets each customer who walks through the door, something is definitely right.

or bus to spend time in this bustling and busy shopping hub. There really is everything you need here, from clothing to gift shops, hair and beauty salons, estate agents and a deli.

Combined with the adjacent Market Street, York Place, Broad Street and Island Road, High Street is the place to be. Marvel at the Christmas lights, hanker after a warm mince pie or a stocking filler, be sure to visit soon.

It goes some way to explain why the High Street has maintained a regular and loyal following from the locals. Even visitors from out-of-town enjoy the convenience of hopping on a train

The warmth of a café greets you when body and mind need a rest; and nothing feels more welcoming than a frothy coffee on a cold day when the windows are steamed up yet you feel safe and cosy inside.

Anastasia Beads

Sarah’s Hair Salon

The Beauty Clinic

With the opening of its second shop Anastasia Beads is becoming a firm favourite amongst jewellery makers in the Cardiff area.

There’s no doubting what makes Sarah’s Hair Salon a great business and that’s the offering that owner Sarah Jenkins and her assistant Sam give to their long list of clients, both local and from further afield.

A selective range of beauty treatments and specialist skincare services are available.

You can design and create your own bracelet, necklace or earrings using an array of colourful glass, acrylic and metal beads or semi precious stones. And, if you’re looking to further accessorise an outfit for a forthcoming event then why not have a bespoke fascinator made exactly as you want it in any colour and style. It’s the one stop shop for all your accessory needs. 8 High Street, Barry CF62 7DZ 01446 400793 5 Windsor Arcade, Windsor Road, Penarth 029 2070 8493 www.anastasiabeads.co.uk

New hair trends, products and cutting techniques aren’t all that can be found here. There are also an abundance of gift ideas, ranging from Moroccan Oil treatments, GHD Straighteners and gift vouchers – perfect for treating yourself of the one you love at Christmas. The salon will be open every Monday from November onwards and, with their new offering of party hair styling, Sarah’s has the new season well and truly covered. 14 York Place, Barry 01446 733299

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“High Street has maintained a regular and loyal following.”

Fully qualified therapy practitioners help you feel great and look your best. Choose from traditional beauty treatments such as waxing, facials, nail treatments and nail extensions to the increasingly popular eyelash extensions and dermal fillers. Specialist therapeutic treatments such as CACI non-surgical facelift facials, Agera peels for ageing and problem skin, and the clarifying and refining skincare treatments from Murad help retain a youthful glow and smoother-looking skin. 43 High Street, Barry CF62 7EB 01446 743222 www.beautyclinicbarry.co.uk


Gifted

Mark Jordan 2

Arbuthnot Opticians

If you’re looking for something quirky and unique, then Gifted is the shop for you.

Offering a professional, unisex, haircare service from owner and qualified hairdressing teacher, Nadine and her able team, Cassie and Gabrielle.

The team at Arbuthnot Opticians in Barry’s Broad Street are working feverishly on compiling the second issue of their newsletter, Insight.

Owner Anne Gwilliam is an avid supporter of locally and ethically produced products, evident as soon as you enter her boutique. Gifted sells handmade, Fair Trade, organic and recycled goodies with lines including: ■ Organic cotton ladieswear by Nomads ■ Recycled beer and wine bottle glasses, tumblers, goblets and jewellery from The Green Glass Company ■ Namaste homewear, clothing and gifts ■ Luxurious organic body products from The Littlecote Soap Company. 4 High Street, Barry 01446 721339 9am - 5pm Mon - Sat

What brings clients to the salon? Mainly recommendation but colour correction plays a great part as does special hair ups, wedding styles and creative cutting using the razor technique. This salon attracts the young, looking for the latest adventurous colours and styles and the more mature clientele wanting to look as youthful as they feel. Student and OAP prices are available. Late night opening on Thursday in the run up to Christmas with appointments. 75 High Street, Barry CF62 7DW 01446 734671

What prompted the first newsletter was the refurbishment of the practice. Ted Arbuthnot said, “We’re delighted with the feedback we’ve had so far from our customers on Insight. With comments such as (“It’s informative, funny and competitions and offers too!”), we must be getting it right.” Arbuthnot’s focus is always on customer service, quality and value for money. The experienced team continue to attend specialist training courses to keep up-to-date with the latest developments within the industry. You’ll also find frames and sunglasses not seen on the High Street. The second issue of Insight will be included with the Spring issue of Vale Life - make sure you get copy.

“We’re delighted with the feedback we’ve had so far from our customers on Insight.” Little Big Shoes

Brendon’s Solicitors

If you happen to have small or large feet that are ‘outside of the norm’ then you’re in luck, as Little Big Shoes has now opened in Barry.

When buying or selling your home or renting a property, it can save a lot of time if you use a local solicitor with a sound knowledge of local laws and leases.

You can now buy stylish footwear that is age appropriate in sizes 1 to 11. If it’s stylish flats, teenage schoolwear, the latest style of boots or elegant shoes for special events, then this shop will be your haven. Think you have to pay over the odds for this service? Not so, all shoes and boots are offered at reasonable prices. So reasonable in fact, you might want to stock up. The shop also offers a range of attractive accessories.

It also helps to get the process moving as quickly as possible, so hiring a firm that is within close proximity to where you live or work means that you can visit them in person and save time by avoiding documents going to and fro in the post, as often happens. Since opening on the High Street, Brendon’s Solicitors have quickly outgrown their offices and have now moved to premises on Broad Street.

101 High Street, Barry CF62 7DS 01446 734499 www.littlebigshoes.co.uk

106 Broad Street, Barry CF62 7AJ 01446 700693 housing@brendonssolicitors.co.uk

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B A R RY

Food For Thought Everything you need If you’re a resident or a business owner in Barry then you’re in a very lucky position indeed, as you have a very fine deli right on your doorstep. What makes Food for Thought deli on Barry’s High Street so special is that this family run business of some 24 years does what a deli does best and that’s offering the finest, freshest, tastiest goodies all in one shop. ‘Dave the Deli’ as he’s affectionately known here at Vale Life may have retired but son Nathan is now at the helm and doing a fine job. From the moment the deli opens its doors at 7am (six days a week), there’s a waft of gorgeous cooking smells that hit your senses as soon as you enter the High Street and you just have to step inside. The now famous pasties (both small and large) sit temptingly alongside the daily bread and pastries, while also vying for your attention are the mouth watering Welshcakes, and other delicious cakes and pastries.

A firm favourite with the customers would have to be the individual cheesecakes - so deep and topped with an assortment of fruits and naughty chocolate. After a little spell of shopping in the many boutiques and gift shops, lunchtime is on the horizon and a quick trip back to Food for Thought is in order. The deli counter is heaving with an array of cheeses, meats, coleslaw and olives, that a baguette is called for. You must try the tandoori chicken pieces to die for. There’s always soup of the day at £1 or with a roll £1.20 - very filling and nourishing.

There’s absolutely everything you need here from daily essentials to speciality biscuits, nuts, oils and confectionary the list is endless. New to the deli are a range of delicious ice creams made by Cowpot in West Wales and scrumptious pate’s including pork and chicken liver and salmon and dill. And don’t forget their large selection of Christmas novelties and gift vouchers. That's the thing about your local deli, they welcome customer requests and can, more often than not, get what you need, and it's done with a smile. This isn’t just any deli - it’s Food for Thought. 12 High Street, Barry 01446 735711

MISS HOLMES

BEAUTIFUL GIFTS AND HOME ACCESSORIES 11 High Street, Barry CF62 7DZ Telephone 01446 732456

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THE GIFT OF TIME A SMALL SELECTION OF OUR PRE-OWNED WATCHES PART EXCHANGE WELCOME

Gents Panerai Titanium GMT Pre-owned price £4,750

Rolex Date Just 18ct Gold ladies bracelet watch – diamond set Pre-owned price £12,000

Rolex Oyster perpetual stainless steel watch, as new, originally £3,210 Pre-owned price £1,950 18ct yellow and white gold Rolex, date just, diamond set watch, originally £23,000 Pre-owned price £9,500

Gents Omega Constellation stainless steel watch Pre-owned price £2,800

Gents Frank Muller Conquistador steel bracelet watch Pre-owned price £4,500

DAVID EDWARDS JEWELLERS 23-25 Royal Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AE 029 2064 1939 www.davidedwardsjewellers.co.uk


Sometimes I don’t want to share. Sometimes, I want to keep a special place to myself. However with the festive season approaching I’ll get into the Christmas spirit.

LLANTRISANT IT’S MAGICAL! The reason I’m reluctant to share one of my favourite places is because, inevitably, if I tell people about it, they’ll go there

There are some great places to eat here too. A restaurant that serves up exotic meats on its menu and a good selection of real ale pubs but my most favourite place to chill is The Butchers Arms Gallery & Coffee Shop. Downstairs The Butchers is a treasure trove of gifts, books, stylish ceramic ware and beautiful Stirling Silver jewellery.

The dairy is full of bling and costume jewellery for all occasions - tiaras for proms and weddings, jewellery for a night out, fabulous gifts and scarves. Upstairs is girl heaven in pink with fairy dresses and accessories - wings, wands and shoes! No self-respecting girl or woman should be without a crystal bracelet or ring and there are plenty here to choose from to suit all budgets - a great pick me up! Christmas will be a very bling occasion this year with the trend for sparkle still around - vintage chic with a big bling brooch!

“Don’t be so mean!” I hear you say. “You should let people know. It’s your job!” Well, I can’t unless it’s through gritted teeth. I could tell you that Llantrisant is relaxingly quiet and quaint. I could tell you about the great selection of boutiques - beautiful shops like The Dairy with its beautiful Swarovski Crystal covered evening bags and jewellery to match. Or the striking Pink Zebra - packed to the rafters with the girliest gifts you can imagine. I could wax lyrical about Model House with its gallery and superb shop full of gorgeous artisan jewellery, ceramics, prints, cards and gifts and if I did that, I’d have to mention the Traditional Toys shop across the cobbled square (yes cobbled!) with its huge range of traditional wooden toys.

The Dairy

To complete your party outfit, The Dairy have beautiful evenings bags covered in Swarovski crystal and a fabulous range of evening jewellery to match.

I love the quality, and the care that owners Gill and Noel bestow on everything they sell. Upstairs, The Butchers has derailed many a diet (including a few of mine). With sensational sandwiches, great coffee and a mouth-watering array of homemade cakes it holds a special affection in the hearts of the Vale’s professional ladies who lunch. And if Llantrisant plays its trump card, history, then it beats most other towns and villages in Wales hands down (it even has its own castle!). I could tell you that cremation was invented here by the charismatic Dr William Price – you’ll see his statue in the town square. I could tell everyone that Christmas in Llantrisant is traditional, charming and, above all, magical, but I’d rather keep it to myself. Call me mean! Bah, humbug.

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With the cold weather and longer nights on the way, The Dairy is a must for winter warmers including a new range of scarves and accessories. This little shop is every woman and young girl’s dream The Dairy Llantrisant CF72 8DA 01443 238484 Open 7 days a week in Nov and Dec


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Pink Zebra

To say that Pink Zebra is a treasure trove of fabulosity is an understatement. Offering easy to wear clothing by Desigual and Charming, bags by Mischa Barton, Fiorelli, and Fuzzy Nation, and an ever changing collection of fashion accessories, this quaint pink shop makes shopping a pleasure from start to finish!

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all things gift and home related, then The Butchers Arms Gallery is the place for you. This family run business is brimming with goodies including inexpensive yet desirable gifts for the home, lots of books and gadget style gifts for men and boys and home-ware items for both men and women

Whether shopping for yourself (and why not) or gift hunting, you'll be spoilt for choice. You will find the latest releases in Yankee Candles including Cherries On Snow and Christmas Rose, a great range of ever popular bath bombs and fizzers from Bomb Cosmetics to funky jewellery in silver and crystal. There’s even a great range of contemporary gifts for men including scarves, oddsocks and manbags.

Pink Zebra 7A Swan Street Llantrisant CF72 8ED 01443 449058 Open 7 days a week in Nov and Dec

From glass vases, kitchen accessories, baking gifts and an impressive range of jewellery in sterling silver with semi precious stones - you will be spoilt for choice. If you’re a fan of Emma Bridgewater Pottery, you’ll find all her new popular designs here and, with a discount scheme in place at the moment, there’s no better time to buy. They also sell the popular Pip Studio pottery and accessories – often described as ‘Cath Kidston meets gypsy’. Speaking of this iconic brand, look out for a range mugs – a perfect stocking filler. Need a picture framed? With over 20 years experience, they can help you choose the right frame.

There are some fabulous ideas for stocking fillers too at reasonable prices. For an evening with a twist, you can even hostess a shopping party at the shop and earn 10% of sales in goods! Can't make it to the shop or making out a wish list for the man in your life to buy you, have a look at the new online shop at www.pinkzebrashop.co.uk.

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Butchers Arms Gallery & Coffee Shop

On the first floor is the popular Coffee Shop where you’ll find freshly made sandwiches made to order using the finest ingredients, homemade cakes and Ferraris coffee. The cakes and sandwiches are so delicious, you’ll want to take some home, which is exactly what you can do as a take away service is available. Butcher’s Arms Gallery Common Rd ( Heol-y-Sarn) Llantrisant CF72 8DA 01443 229285 www.butchersarmsgallery.co.uk Open 7 days a week in Nov and Dec

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If you can remember a time when things were much simpler, a time of rocking horses and table top spinners, then this is the shop for you.

From Steiff and Charlies Bears, dolls houses, gollies, noah’s arks, marbles, farmyards, and a great range of pocket money toys, you will find the most lovely traditional toys in this tiny shop.

All ages and tastes are catered for from the very young to the young at heart as there are some collectable items there too. Papo figures are a popular range at the moment with lots of choice in figures from knights to dragons - a ten year old boys dream, according to the grandson of the owner who actually does the ordering with his grandad! There’s a huge range of traditional wooden toys and upstairs there’s an all year round Christmas room full of gorgeous Christmas decorations. If you’re looking for presents for boys and girls of all ages, with gifts starting from pennies upwards, then check out Traditional Toys. There’ll be lots of smiley faces this Christmas.

Traditional Toys 6 Bull Ring Llantrisant CF72 8EB 01443 222693 Open 7 days a week in Nov and Dec


VALE

Social Life covers launches, parties, exhibitions, charitable events, fashion shows, engagements and weddings. W I LT O N C A S T L E

Matthew and Annie Mullooly’s wedding Matthew, owner of Northern Star jewellers in Penarth, and his new wife Annie often choose Abergavenny and Monmouth for short weekends away so it was no surprise that they chose Wilton Castle on the Wye for their dream wedding location on 29th July.

Matthew and Annie

Matthew’s brother Jonathan captured the day perfectly with these beautiful images. Northern Star 35A, Albert Road Penarth, Cardiff CF64 1BY 029 2070 9707 www.northernstarjewellery.co.uk Annie with her mum and dad Vall and Tony Powell

Enjoying the reception

A fantastic day was had by all

Annie with bridesmaids Louise Bullen and Alison Bastow

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Signing the register

Photography by Jonathan Mullooly www.jonathanmulloolyphotography.com


SOCIAL LIFE COWBRIDGE

Launch of Arboreal Café-Kitchen-Bar Arboreal, a relaxing rustic retreat in the heart of Cowbridge, hosted a launch party to celebrate its opening. Guests, including well-known TV presenters and broadcasters were invited for drinks and canapés in a unique, friendly, boutique cafékitchen-bar experience.

Behnaz Akhar, Samantha Morgan (co-owner of Arboreal), Derek Brockway, Robert Morgan (co-owner of Arboreal)

To book a table or find out more information: 68 Eastgate Cowbridge CF71 7AB 01446 775093 www.arboreal.uk.com Lucy Owen, Ruth Wignal, Badir Saidi (co-owner of Arboreal), Sian Lloyd

Alwyn Thomas, Joe Rowson (head chef), Lisa Foggan

Photography courtesy of Michael Hall Photography www.michaelhallphotography.co.uk

Chris Jones, Lou Jones, Lowri Morgan

Rhodri Owen, Rhian Crooks - Williams, Jonny Crooks - Williams

Angela Jenkins, Philip Jenkins, Ann Hayward

Emyr Jones, Rhian Gay, Lisa Jones

Huw Williams, Alison Williams, Lucy Lewis, Wilf Lewis

Emma Marshman, Nia Wyn Williams, Ginny Osborne

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Social Life covers launches, parties, exhibitions, charitable events, fashion shows, engagements and weddings. COWBRIDGE

The Market Place Lunch for Mair’s Walk A thank you lunch for the main sponsors and suporters the Mair’s Walk was held at The Market Place in Cowbridge. Guests included host Peter Marriott of The Market Place, First Minister Carwyn Jones, main researcher and oncologist, Dr Simon Noble and Mair Mair ap Gruffydd. The walk has become one of the biggest events in the social family calendar in Bridgend and, while having a get together, it is also a fundraiser so a very popular day out which attracts well over 1,000 people each year. Next year’s walk will be on July 1st.

Mr and Mrs Carwyn Jones, Andrew Morris, Kylie, Sr Simon Noble, Graham, Carwyn Hooper, Caron Hooper

Andrew Morris, Dr Siomon Noble, First Minister Carwyn Jones, Mair ap Gruffydd

Jerome Mathias and his party

Mair's walk committee

Mr and Mrs Trevor Veasey, Bill Evans, Janine Hilllman, Mrs Elle Penry Ellis

Emyr and Sian Lewis

Huw Emmanuel, Mandy Emmanuel, Margaret Hunnum, Julie Emmanuel, Ioan Emmanuel

Social Life covers launches, parties, exhibitions, charitable events, fashion shows, engagements and weddings. If you’d like to feature your social event in these pages please contact Jennifer on 0845 130 6452 or email jennifer@valelife.co.uk Emyr Lewis, sian Lewis, Lorraine Garrad-Jones, Anne Carrutti, Gregg Farmer and Julie Emmanuel

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SOCIAL LIFE LLANTRISANT

Autumn Furnishings Collection at Leekes With autumn officially here, it’s time to spruce up the home in readiness for the party season ahead. With this in mind Leekes have launched their brand new autumn furnishings collection.

Andrew Cavaciutti, Rowland Govier, Terry Jones

Beverly Berry, Mrs Perrinan

Karl Aljanabi, Don Streatfield

Celia Leeke, Sue Thomas, Joanna Littlejohn

Joanna Littlejohn, Emma Leeke

Emma Rackley, Kelvin Kennedy

Some of the first customers to browse both these latest looks joined Leekes’ expert Interior Design Team on Thursday 29th September where highlights of the new collection included the traditional yet timeless classics from Duresta and Derwent, the contemporary reclining collection and the colourful new Affordably Stylish range.

Dawn Llewelly Jones, Mr & Mrs Davies

Tim Dowse, Anthony Holloway

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Laura Davies, Phil James


THE LAST WORD Daniela Evans owns a very successful laser clinic, Beauty Advance Laser Clinic in Whitchurch, Cardiff but her heart and her home is here, in the Vale of Glamorgan. Where do you live? In a gorgeous house between Bonvilston and St. Hilary with my husband, two children and a big soppy Doberman. My husband, Martyn, is a carpenter full of ideas and was able to accomplish some those ideas in our beautiful home which looks over open fields. On a clear day, we can see the Bristol Channel. What’s your background? Both my parents are Italian and most of my family live in Italy. I was born here in Wales and I’m proud to be Welsh. What do you do for a living? I am a beauty/laser practitioner and own and run a successful clinic in Whitchurch, Cardiff. I love what I do and have a great team. What qualifications do you possess? I have been in this profession since 1981 and started my own business in 1988. My qualifications are with the IHBC, BABTAC, CIBTEC, BMLA approved. Having said that, I believe experience really counts in this industry. I’ve treated thousands of people over the years so there’s not much I haven’t seen. I know we can help most people at the clinic. Who are your clients? My clients/patients are both male and female and ages range from as young as sixteen to ninety. Our ninety year old client is an inspiration to us all, she’s wonderful to be around. Some of my clients are local to the clinic and others travel from far and wide to see us. Why do clients come to you? A lot have been coming to me for years. In our line of business, there needs to be a high level of trust and confidentiality. Living with unwanted excess hair for example can be very embarrassing, so my clients need someone that they can trust to help them with this problem. What gives me great satisfaction is knowing that I make a significant difference to peoples’ lives - giving them confidence to face the world instead of feeling that they have to hide away.

What are your five beauty essentials? They would have to be: ■ Dermaquest Daily Enzyme / Glyco Cleanser ■ Dermaquest Advanced B5 Serum ■ Dermaquest KQ10 ■ SPF50 by Heliocare ■ Youngblood mineral cosmetics. And yes, they are available from our clinic. What do you do in your downtime? I belong to a running club, go to spin and Zumba classes and I also enjoy gardening. It’s good to be active but it’s so important to relax - I try to maintain a healthy balance but it’s not always easy. ❧ 82 ❧

Where do you like to eat? Obviously, given my family heritage, you’d assume I love Italian food and I do but if I were to choose a restaurant in the Vale of Glamorgan, I’d probably go for the Mughal Emperor near Cowbridge on the A48. It’s a five minute drive away and the food is truly excellent. Beauty Advance Laser Clinic The Coach House Whitchurch Common Cardiff CF14 1DW 029 2052 9552 www.beautyadvance.com


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