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VALE LIFE SUMMER 2011

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SUMMER TREATS LLANTWIT’S MAJOR INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURE SPA STRUCK, LIGHT HOUSES AND CURVACEOUS CREATIONS

RESTAURANT REVIEWS, WHAT’S ON, BUSINESS, SHOPPING

THERE’S MORE ONLINE WWW . VALELIFE . CO . UK

ART, MUSIC, STYLE, HEALTH, HOMES AND MUCH MORE PLUS


WELCOME

Summer breeze makes me feel fine... Goodbye Spring and hello Summer. Hello to summer blooms, walks in the park, BBQs on the beach and shedding those layers. The housing market may still not be improving so if you can’t move, then why not improve? In this issue we look at all things home-improvement related, from kitchens and conservatories, fenestration to blinds.

If you are in a position to move, then check out one of the luxurious new apartments at Hensol Castle Park. Phase three has just been released and is well worth a look.

We live in a beautiful part of Wales. Let’s go explore!

We take a closer look at thriving businesses in Stanwell Road in Penarth and a major development in Llantwit Major. We really love taking the dog for a walk on the beach there and enjoy the occasional ice cream from The Beach Café. What is particularly exciting for Llantwit and the Vale is the major regeneration that is underway in this beautiful and historic Heritage Coast town. There are plenty of interior and style features in this issue, so you’ll find lots of ideas for home-improvements. If you’re thinking of changing your mobile phone, check out The Last Word on page 50. I hope you enjoy this issue and we’ll see you again in the Autumn! Jennifer Hobbs-Roberts Editor jennifer@valelife.co.uk

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Arbuthnot have the perfect package We all know the advantages to wearing quality sunglasses. ■ To protect our eyes from harmful UV rays ■ To reduce glare ■ Protection from wind, dust and debris ■ To reduce headaches and eye strain ■ To improve vision But buying a pair of sunglasses can be a costly experience, especially if you need prescription lenses. Arbuthnot Opticians in Barry have made things a little easier on the pocket by offering its customers their new sunglass package. Single vision prescription sunglasses can now be bought for a more affordable £149 with bifocal/varifocal or single vision Polarised prescription sunglasses from £199. CARDIFF

White collar boxers put on a show Not everyone comes to the sport of boxing in their childhood or teenage years so what do you do if you’re a complete carboholic and wake up one morning in your thirties, forties or fifties (yes, it probably is a mid-life crisis but what the heck), and decide that you really fancy getting in the ring and having a go. Well, White Collar Boxing may be for you.

The designer frames that are included in this fantastic offer from Arbuthnot Opticians are Vogue, Ralph Lauren and Inface. Mrs Kelly of Barry recently became the proud owner of a fine pair of Vogue sunglasses as pictured above. Ask any boxer, amateur or professional, novice or champion, how exhilarating and exciting it is to spar or box and they’ll tell you there’s no feeling like it. With White Collar there’s no age limit but if you’re between ten and twenty years old, you could have a future in amateur boxing. Just get in touch with your local boxing club. Don’t think for a minute that you can just put on a pair of gloves and jump in a ring. It’s not quite as simple as that. You’ll need to be reasonably fit, and well (you’ll be assessed by a doctor before being allowed to fight). If you’re interested in taking part in one of their sessions, whether for weight loss or to learn the art of boxing, you can arrange to go along to one of their taster sessions at the Fight Academy Wales in LLantrisant. Sessions are Wednesday 8.30 pm, Friday 8pm and Sunday 8pm where Jamie will be happy to take you through the session. ❧ 6 ❧

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

Boxing training is not for the faint hearted but if you’re looking for a programme that is a little different from the norm then this sort of training is definitely for you! The average participant tends to lose in the region of 16 - 18 lbs after six weeks of training by sticking to Jamie’s diet and training regime so the benefits are huge. Not every participant has to step into the ring, but after building your confidence and skill level this seems like an obvious next step that most of the gents seem to follow. If you’re interested in going along just contact Jamie on 07896 878336. www.jkafitness.com


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River View Chinese Restaurant

Hello Gorgeous! shows growth

If your only experience of Chinese food is in takeaway-only form you have been seriously missing out. River View Chinese restaurant in Penny Lane both excites and delights with its vast menu, which covers all of the classics but also includes an array of chef’s specials. So, why the popularity? Could it be the mouth-watering dishes, the al fresco dining areas ideal for enjoying the summer sun, or could it be the impeccable service with a smile? Join the fast-growing devotees of River View to find out for yourselves. We’ll let you be the judge. Unit 1, Britannia House Penny Lane, Cowbridge CF71 7AD 01446 771668 www.riverview668.co.uk

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New walk-in nail bar and Pedispa Come and try the latest new craze in beauty, which is the Garra Rufa fish pedicure treatment. These little fish (also known as doctor fish) nibble away any dry, hard or dead skin from your feet, leaving them feeling soft and revitalised. The treatment can also be beneficial to sufferers of eczema and psoriasis. ■ Garra Rufa fish pedispa from only £10 ■ Elite pedicure and pedispa treatment

from only £40 ■ Express manicure/pedicure from £22 ■ Jessica Geleration from only £28 ■ Minx nails from only £20 ■ Paraffin wax hand and foot treatments from only £15 No booking necessary. Gift vouchers and products available in store.

The importance of a good haircut can never be overstated. Whether simple and functional, or inspiring and edgy, Hello Gorgeous! hair salon has a talented team of stylists guaranteed to make heads turn. Since opening 18 months ago, business has grown with the appointment of two new stylists, two new juniors and the welcome return of daughter Ashton and Tammy from maternity leave. Keen to keep up with current trends for both men and women, the girls regularly attend training courses. Make an appointment today to get a gorgeous new look for the summer. 111 Glebe Street, Penarth CF64 1EB 029 2070 4763

01446 773363 www.funkyfishpedispa.co.uk P O R T H C AW L

A St John’s pupil equals a happy child

Each child is known to all the teachers and there is no concern that a child will not get enough attention either in or out of the classroom.

“The happiness and well-being of every child in our care is our priority,” says the Head of St John’s School, Mrs Carol Clint. Vale Life spoke further with Mrs Clint about the benefits that St John’s School provides its pupils.

What about children with special needs? St John’s acts as an outpost for Dyslexia Action. Teachers are trained to maintain ‘dyslexia friendly’ classrooms and we regularly achieve good results for all pupils, including dyslexic children.

Describe a day at St John’s A full day package is offered which includes our own daily transport, preschool and after-school care, extracurricular activities and a holiday club. Within the school day the curriculum is broad and is enhanced by many different activities and a variety of sporting and cultural experiences. Every school has a mission statement. What is St John’s? Our mission is to provide an environment that is secure, friendly and supportive where pupils are motivated to take advantage of every opportunity to learn and develop. What does the curriculum offer? The curriculum on offer is broad-based and balanced, incorporating academic subjects, art, music, games and PE.

Small classes permit a high level of individual attention and support which, combined with close monitoring of progress, often provide pupils with outstanding GCSE results. Pupils are encouraged to take part in many aspects of school life and everyone gets the opportunity to compete in sport representing the school, and to perform in language, musical and dramatic events. Other opportunities include academic challenges and competitions, team-building workshops, the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and organising and taking part in fund-raising activities. What makes the children happy? Parents often comment on how good it is to see older pupils talking to and encouraging the younger ones and the ‘St John’s family’ is an important part of how the school operates. ❧ 7 ❧

St. John’s School Newton, Porthcawl CF36 5NP 01656 783404 enquiry@stjohnsschool-porthcawl.com www.stjohnsschool-porthcawl.com


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Hours Full Time.

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Salary Good basic plus healthy commission.

Salary Commensurate with experience.

Why? Because times are tough and we want to make it as easy as possible for employers to find employees.

Field sales executive required for our expanding range of high quality lifestyle magazine titles.

Delivery and distribution person required for our expanding range of magazine titles.

And if you’re not an advertiser, don't worry, it’s still very cost-effective. Call us on 0845 130 6452 to discuss the options.

You will be responsible for selling advertising space in several of our lifestyle titles; Vale Life, City Life, Valleys Life and our new title West Life.

You will be responsible for the safe delivery of a variety of magazines: Vale Life, Valleys Life and City Life plus several other titles.

For more information on how to promote your vacancy please email jennifer@goodlifepublishing.co.uk

You will have a proven record in magazine or publishing sales. You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to organise your own workload and manage pressure and priorities. You will need to be IT literate. Own car and clean driving licence essential.

You will provide comprehensive records of delivery numbers locations. An experienced team player, you will have excellent communication skills and the ability to organise your own workload and manage pressure and priorities. You will need to be IT literate and hold a clean driving licence.

Please send cv and current salary to: Jennifer Hobbs-Roberts, Good life publishing Ltd Cardiff House, Cardiff Road Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF63 2AW.

Please send cv and current salary to: Jennifer Hobbs-Roberts, Good life publishing Ltd Cardiff House, Cardiff Road Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF63 2AW.

Closing date for applications July 30th 2011.

Closing date for applications July 30th 2011.

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.

Small(ish) print © Copyright Vale Life 2011. All rights reserved. Nothing in this magazine (including adverts) may be reproduced in any shape or form (in whole or part) without the express written permission of the publishers. We take breach of copyright and theft of intellectual property extremely seriously and will sue at the drop of a croissant. You have been warned (nicely); ignorance is no excuse.

For the rest of 2011 it’ll be free to advertise a job on the Vale Life website if you are already an advertiser in Vale Life magazine.

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” www.valelife.co.uk www.citylifecardiff.co.uk www.valleyslife.co.uk www.westlifewales.co.ukk

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SUMMER TREATS LLANTWIT’S MAJOR INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURE SPA STRUCK, LIGHT HOUSES AND CURVACEOUS CREATIONS

RESTAURANT REVIEWS, WHAT’S ON, BUSINESS, SHOPPING

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ART, MUSIC, STYLE, HEALTH, HOMES AND MUCH MORE PLUS

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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. ❧ 8 ❧

Green is good The pulp used in the production of the paper Vale Life is printed on is obtained from sustainably managed Scandinavian tree farms and utilises an elementary chlorine-free bleaching process. Important you read this We have made every effort to ensure that all information contained in Vale Life or on www.valelife.co.uk is correct and accurate. However, we accept no responsibility for any errors or


SOUTHERNDOWN

West Farm The perfect venue West Farm Barn in Southerndown is a vibrant community and business venue, with its facilities being used for important meetings by Wales Arts International, Creative Rural Communities, Zoom Film and Television, Skillset Film Academy Wales, Southerndown Community Group and the in house Film Club. West Farm is now opening its new function room and ‘LEGENDS’ bar capable of accommodating up to 80 people for business to business events, training courses and seminars.

The Barn at West Farm offers: ■ Cinema and film club for locals and tourists. ■ Peaceful surroundings. ■ Spectacular views over the Bristol Channel and beyond. ■ Disabled access. ■ Catering and kitchen facilities. ■ Spacious courtyard and extensive garden to accommodate marquees for larger events. ■ Provision for landing a helicopter. The new facility features: ■ High Definition, Blu Ray, video projection onto 150” screen. ■ 5.1 Surround Sound, wireless PA System. ■ Live HD Freeview TV. ■ Ability to connect PC/Laptop playout for PowerPoint presentations.

“West Farm Barn in Southerndown is a vibrant community and business venue.”

New café opening July The barn at West Farm is an ideal location for weddings, and is approved for marriages and civil partnership ceremonies. The Barn at West Farm West Farm Southerndown CF32 OPY 01656 880465 admin@westfarm.com www.barnatwestfarm.com

omissions and can offer no compensation should we get it wrong. Please note that the opinions, thoughts, views or ideas expressed in articles contained in Vale Life are strictly those of the authors. Caveat emptor All advertisers have supplied their own copy (and in some cases artwork), and therefore Vale Life cannot accept any responsibility for disputes between advertisers and their customers. Caveat emptor - let the buyer beware. Subscriptions To guarantee your copy of Vale Life magazine, please send a cheque for £20.00 (four issues) made payable to Vale Life. Visit www.valelife.co.uk for special subscriber discounts and special offers.

Missed the last issue? We hold a small number of each issue in stock so if you do need a pristine copy, please telephone us or email jennifer@valelife.co.uk. Hopefully we’ll have the issue you want (but we cannot guarantee it). Each back issue costs £5 including postage and packing. Yes it’s free! Vale Life is distributed free through a wide variety of outlets across the Vale of Glamorgan and beyond. Vale Life is given away free of charge on the understanding that we are happy for it to be lent, passed around, given to friends and generally read until it falls apart. At which point, you can recycle it and we’d be delighted if you did. Recycling... because there is no Plan B!

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T H E VA L E O F G L A M O R G A N ’S PREMIER LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE Editor JENNIFER HOBBS-ROBERTS jennifer@valelife.co.uk ❧ Creative Director MARK ROBERTS mark@valelife.co.uk ❧ Studio PA U L S E S S I O N S studio@valelife.co.uk ❧ Vale Life Cardiff House Cardiff Road Vale of Glamorgan CF63 2AW ❧ Vale Life Website www.valelife.co.uk ❧ Telephone

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WHAT’S ON

There’s a lot happening this season with a whole host of events across the Vale. For more info visit www.valelife.co.uk VA L E W I D E

Get fit, stay fit and look great! With the weather heating up, get some Zumba in your life to look fantastic this summer. The dance fitness craze has continued its rhythmic spread across the Vale, with a number of new classes starting up at local leisure centres. Don’t miss out on these high energy Latin-inspired workouts! Zumba is so effective because the routines feature aerobic interval training which tones and sculpts the body. The classes target key areas such as glutes, legs, arms and abdominals, and are great for getting the heart rate up for burning calories. Zumba also increases your flexibility. Zumba classes in the Vale Barry Leisure Centre Monday 7pm - 8pm, Thursday 5pm - 6pm Saturday 12pm - 1pm Penarth Leisure Centre Monday 12pm - 1pm Tuesday 8pm - 9pm Thursday 7pm - 8pm Friday 11.30am - 12.30pm Sunday 10am - 11am Cowbridge Leisure Centre Monday 6.15pm - 7.15pm Thursday 7pm - 8pm

Easyline - circuit training with style The Easyline suites at Barry Leisure Centre, Cowbridge Leisure Centre and Penarth Leisure Centre all give customers extra fun ways to get fit. They all contain a circuit of exercise stations and machines that give you a full body workout. To rotate through them all takes only half an hour and the beauty of the Easyline equipment is that it is hydraulic and resistance-based, so that you can therefore use it to train as gently or as hard as you like. The majority of Easyline classes are for women only, and are rolling sessions so you can dip in and out as you like. An instructor will be on hand to give you extra motivation. Zumba and Easyline are just two of more than 20 different fitness classes on offer to ages 14+ at the Vale’s leisure centres. The others include aerobics, boxercise, pilates, yoga and more. For full details please visit www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/leisurecentres

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LifeStyle Membership The Vale’s leisure centres in Barry, Penarth, Cowbridge and Llantwit Major all contain state-of-the-art LifeStyle fitness studios, where our fitness instructors will make you feel really welcome in a non-intimidating environment. You can either pay each time you train, or sign up for a LifeStyle membership, starting from £24.40 a month, which also lets you use our swimming pools, fitness classes and relaxing health suites free of charge. The minimum age for membership is 14, and to find out more please call 01446 403000 or visit www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/lifestyle

“The majority of Easyline classes are for women only, and are rolling sessions so you can dip in and out as you like.”


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St. Clare’s School Pass with flying colours If you’d like to give your son or daughter the best start in life then it’s certainly worth considering St. Clare’s School, positioned in the beautiful coastal village of Newton, Porthcawl. St. Clare’s is preparing for big celebrations this year, as GCSE and A Level results are released at the end of August. Last year, 93% of their GCSE students achieved grades A* to C whilst the Welsh and Bridgend averages were just 66%. 48% achieved A* and A grades. Compare this to the Vale average of 23.8% and it becomes obvious that St. Clare’s do something a little differently. Likewise at A Level, St. Clare’s achieved 60% A* and A grades compared to just 24.4% across Wales and 35% across the Vale. As a non-selective school, this is a fantastic achievement.

“Last year, 93% of their GCSE students achieved grades A* to C.” VA L E W I D E

Bailey Design Consultancy Paula Bailey has been renovating property for over ten years and, having seen the business flourish in the last year, decided to take on projects not only for herself but for other clients too. Paula offers a complete service from design, planning and building to electrics, plumbing, green energy, and interior design all of which are fully project managed to the very highest specification.

So, why do St. Clare’s students do so well? ■ Small class sizes mean that St. Clare’s can give your son or daughter more attention in the classroom. There’s no hiding at the back! Each teacher knows each and every pupil as an individual and works closely with them to help them fulfil their potential.

■ A family environment means that

everyone knows one another. St. Clare’s provides a friendly, protected atmosphere where children flourish. ■ With a wide range of extra-curricular

opportunities available to them, St. Clare’s pupils leave at the age of 18 as happy, well-rounded individuals who work hard, play hard and have a real love for life and all it offers.

■ Close relationships between pupils

and teachers, and also with parents. Is your son or daughter shy? Boisterous? Struggling or excelling academically? At St. Clare’s they work closely with you to ensure that everything they do helps your child to grow in every way.

St. Clare’s School Newton, Porthcawl CF36 5NR 01656 782509 info@stclares-school.co.uk www.stclares-school.co.uk

A recent project Paula was involved in was the renovation of a traditional Pembrokeshire house in the National Parks. The first phase concentrated on modernising all of the electrics, plumbing and adding internet availability into most of the rooms. The company’s interior designer then designed each room sympathetically to the style of the house, renewing the old cast iron corner bath for a copper free standing bath. The front was exposed as natural stone and re-pointed, using the traditional lime mortar. Phase two of the project was slightly more elaborate with the design of a large two storey extension. The aim of this was for it to become an open-plan kitchen and diner incorporating under-floor heating that was to run under the limestone flooring. Large French doors were to be installed leading out to the garden which overlooked the sea. An ash staircase lead from the kitchen to a large vaulted bedroom and en-suite. Paula says, “The client was looking for a relaxed family home that would incorporate the old original house and the new extension without looking out of place and the one was to seamlessly flow into the other giving the new extension a contemporary open feel.” ❧ 12 ❧

“The client was looking for a relaxed family home that would incorporate the old original house and the new extension.” A very happy client, Sarah Linard said: “It has been a pleasure working with Paula and we simply could not have embarked on the project without her.” Bailey Design Consultancy 07794 431890 or 07821 026646 info@bailey-design.co.uk www.bailey-design.co.uk


Get closer to nature with Karndean Capture the beauty of nature with Art Select in your home with realistic wood tones, textures and grains. www.karndean.co.uk/artselect Tel: 0800 121 4155

YOUR LOCAL KARNDEAN RETAILERS:

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FLOORSTYLE SOUTH WALES C/O Gallery Kitchens Brackla Industrial Estate Bridgend CF31 2AQ 01656 662670


If you haven’t been to the Vale Resort in Hensol recently, then you’re in for a treat. A £250,000 expansion and refurbishment means that the resort now offers a bigger, completely restyled spa, with unique features and treatments. Prepare to be...

SPA STRUCK Vale Life spoke to Spa Manager Claire Caddick about the recent development.

What’s your role at the Vale Spa? As Spa Manager my role encompasses all day-to-day operations, recruitment, and training. Recently, my focus has been on the development of the new spa which is focused in a new direction as a result of talking with our discerning guests about what they really want - it isn’t all about slimming, carrot juice and heat treatments any more! Many guests come on their own for the tranquility, and some like to chill out with friends. How long have you worked here? Over four years now and in that time there have been huge improvements and dramatic changes. What new treatments will there be? We have taken on a number of bespoke treatments from the Sundari range, which are exclusively available at the Vale Spa. They are traditional Indian Ayrvedic treatments which means they are created for the individual depending on their dosha (personality type).

And when you want to relax? The new look spa has three unique relaxation zones, each with a bespoke design to help you find your idea of perfect peace. If your idea of heaven is a comfy leather sofa and a handful of the latest glossy magazines then the stylish‘chill-out’ zone will be perfect for you. For something more relaxing, surround yourself with the soothing sounds of the ‘water’ zone with its comforting water beds and stunning water features - truly a haven of total calm where you can simply float away. If you want to shut off completely then the Indian-inspired ‘sleep’ zone where shimmering lanterns and sumptuous quilts will provide the ideal environment to doze.

What other products are available for your customers? Clarins is renowned worldwide for its innovative and results-driven product range, from face and body care to cosmetics. It has a loyal following and has been at the forefront of the industry for many years. This in itself is a major reason that it is our product of choice. We have a great relationship with them, and we are the only spa that they have agreed to work with directly to launch our own range of treatments created by myself in tandem with their treatment development manager. Tell us about your customers We do not have a ‘typical customer’. The percentage of men who visit us continues to slowly but steadily grow. We have many local people who call in for regular treatments and we have an increasing number of customers staying on a residential spa break package. We continue to welcome many day spa guests, on their own or in groups, from here in the Vale of Glamorgan and also from further afield. The new larger spa is also in the enviable position of being able to cater for groups of up to 50. So whether you are celebrating a birthday, ❧ 14 ❧

about to get married or simply friends getting together for some quality time, the spa can offer a range of tailored packages to suit you all and is perfect for a relaxing, yet fun packed group experience.

Where do you find inspiration? I researched a number of spas, but it’s more a case of developing your own ideas. We’ve worked really hard to create a relaxing and enjoyable experience for our guests. This ranges from a simple aura cleanse before entering the spa, through to individual fragrance rooms, and also offering areas that can be reserved for private groups and parties. Each customer wants something different from the spa and we wanted to be able to cater for all tastes and I believe we’ve achieved that. ENJOY A DAY OF TOTAL RELAXATION AT THE NEWLY STYLED VALE SPA Your day will include: ■ A choice of any 55 minute treatment ■ Full use of our leisure facilities ■ Light lunch ■ Towelling robe and slippers Plus choose one of these FREE treats! ■ Grooming Manicure ■ Garra Rufa Fish Massage ■ Thermae experience With every spa day booked before August 31st. Full day only £70* TO BOOK TELEPHONE 01443 667800 * Subject to availability, Monday – Thursday only. No other offer or discount applies.

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


“Situated in a beautiful and calming environment, you are free to relax, de-stress and enjoy the spa experience.”

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Bridgend-based Solar Sunshades is determined to see its future as a bright one. We donned sunglasses for a tour of the factory.

MADE IN THE SHADE

“The company’s success is down to keen pricing, an excellent workforce and a passion for getting it right,” says Solar’s Managing Director, Huw Davies. “Solar has been around for over thirty years because we offer customers excellent product and, I believe, unrivalled service.”

“We’re a real manufacturer,” says Huw proudly. “We’re not agents just sending orders off to big factories outside Wales. We employ over thirty people in Bridgend and that’s so important to the local economy. If you buy from Solar you know your money is being spent locally.”

Does that longevity matter I ask? “Well yes it does. If you buy off a company that’s gone out of business in six months’ time and there’s a problem, you’ll be left holding a pretty useless cord,” says Huw. “As Wales’ premier blind company we pride ourselves on offering a quality range of products at a fair price.”

Solar make an amazing range of products: from roller blinds right through to conservatory blinds and, with their Perfect Fit system, no drilling or screwing is required to fix the blinds to windows. “Our plantation shutters and motorised blinds are also becoming extremely popular with customers wanting a dramatic change of style and ease of use,” says Huw.

Solar might not be the cheapest blinds on the market, but it’s clear that they take quality, customer service and safety very seriously and it’s probably why customers seem to recommend them so highly.

Back in March, Solar launched its new ‘Inspirations’ range which, the company claims, contains their best collection of fabrics ever - with brand new designs, textures and a colour palette that couldn’t be more on trend ❧ 16 ❧

if it tried - simply stunning. “We’re not expensive,” says Huw. “Solar is affordable and, more importantly, if there ever is a problem, we’ll always be here to sort it out.” Commercial customers aren’t left out either. With Solar’s superb range of awnings and blinds, there’s no excuse for any business to be put in the shade by the competition. “Commercial customers are our most demanding,” says Huw. “If our quality is good enough for them, that speaks volumes.”

Solar Sunshades Bridgend Industrial Estate Bridgend CF31 3TP 01656 663800 www.solarsunshades.co.uk


“Our plantation shutters and motorised blinds are extremely popular with customers wanting a dramatic change of style and ease of use.”

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Matt Powell creates our cover image

Summer Tasting menu June 2011

My great grandmother Violet grew roses as I do in our garden now. My great grandfather would always have a rose waiting for my mother on our visits during the summer.

Matt will be running his increasingly popular dining events throughout the Summer and Autumn. Please visit www.chefmattpowell.co.uk for more information.

My food reflects a sense of place, but also a sense of meaning and a definite sense of feeling and nostalgia. The following is a dessert that always reminds of her.

Prices start from £65 for food and £80 with a glass of wine for each course.

I steep, clean, fresh roses in cream overnight to impart its perfume and I use preserved elderflowers in sugar syrup with the addition of wild strawberries. The rest is just a simple parfait recipe.

“Matt Powell will be running his increasingly popular dining events throughout the Summer and Autumn.”

Summer tasting menu Bone marrow and oyster leaf, rosehip vinegar reduction, wild garlic capers. Gros plant, Nantais, Sebastian Chereau 2009.

Rack of Welsh mountain lamb, yarrow, meadow sorrel and slow cooked rye berry and lamb reduction. Gigondas, Domaine Saint Gayan 2003. Aerated rose parfait, wild strawberry, rose jelly, sweet preserved roses and elderflower. Monbazillac, Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure. Sweet woodruff set cream, birch bark meringue, birch bark sorbet and birch syrup. Muscat, Beaumes de venice. Menus may be subject to small changes. Photography by Mark Johnnson. Mojoffoto.com

Reindeer lichen dusted with porcini powder, beech nuts and Beech leaf emulsion. Alsace Riesling, Charles Schleret 2007. Chanterelles baked with pine shoot and thyme, free range egg yolk cooked at 65oc in rapeseed oil, broad beans and chanterelle sauce. Jurançon sec, Pierre Blanche 2008. Scallops and sea shore edibles Caramelised Scottish diver picked scallops, sea purslane, sea arrow grass, crisp sea lettuce and scallop crème. Cassis, Clos st Magdeleine 2008. Matt Powell Mobile 07515 380 169 matt@chefmattpowell.com www.chefmattpowell.com

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When Vicky Williams was hit by another driver whilst in her car her insurance company informed her that she had to use their nominated repair shop. Vicky questioned this and discovered she had much more choice.

BODY TALK Tell us about your accident I was waiting to enter a roundabout when I was hit by another driver. As a result there was quite a lot of damage to the rear of my vehicle. I was quite shaken up. After I exchanged insurance details with the other driver, and after I’d been to the doctor, I contacted my insurance company to let them know what had happened, and to give them the other driver’s details.

What did your insurance company recommend you do? The insurance company recommended that I took my car to a garage on Ipswich Road. When I mentioned that I wanted to choose the garage myself, this was greatly discouraged. I was told this would delay the whole process of getting my car fixed by up to two weeks. I was also discouraged from accepting a courtesy car from Davies Motor Company, as I was told I should have a rental car from Enterprise.

“I wasn’t aware that I had complete right of choice.” Was the quote from Davies Motor Company competitive? They liaised with the insurance company directly on my behalf, and the insurance company accepted it, so it really must have been competitive. Would you recommend them? Without any shadow of a doubt.

Why did you choose Davies Motor Company to work on your car? I have taken my car there before, so I know that their work is affordable and of a consistently high standard.

“Their work is affordable and of a consistently high standard.”

Did you ever think that you could contact somebody other than who the insurance company suggested? I wasn’t aware that I had complete right of choice. I was quite surprised that my insurance company only offered me one repair shop and this was based on my postcode, which didn’t make any sense to me given the number of garages in the area. I do feel the insurance company tried to put me off choosing my own garage. ❧ 20 ❧

Donna and Sean of Davies Motor Company

Davies Motor Company Hadfield Close Cardiff CF11 8BD 02920 394407 info:daviesmotorcompany.co.uk www.daviesmotorcompany.com


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Vellacine is one of South Wales’ manufacturers that’s still enjoying growth despite foreign competition and a sluggish market. Vale Life spoke to Managing Director Mark Nayler to find out more.

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HOUSE When you walk through Vellacine’s offices, one of the first things that strikes you is a real sense of professionalism. Perhaps not what you’d expect from a ‘double glazing’ industry that is awash with one-man bands, but the sense of ‘expertise’ here is palpable.

The recent work for developer Charles Church in Llanelli is an example of Vellacine at its absolute best: working with the client to ensure all aspects of the project were delivered on time and all their requirements met. “Developers and construction companies know they can rely on us,” Mark says proudly.

Mark shows us through the offices to a gallery window overlooking Vellacine’s workshops. Down below, the Vellacine team are busying themselves on several of the company’s recent contract wins. Mark is clearly proud of what Vellacine stands for. “We manufacture all our products right here in Hadfield Road. Besides our many private customers, we work with numerous demanding clients in the commercial sector, from schools and local councils to architects and developers.”

Mark is keen to stress Vellacine’s abilities: “We manufacture a wide range of products: windows, doors, conservatories, bi-fold doors in different materials - aluminium, uPVC - and in a wide range of colours. You name it, we can manufacture it.” The tour fills us with confidence. We are shown to a second large workroom where a large set of bi-fold doors is being manufactured.

“Customers can be sure that when they order from us, they’ll get the very best standards.” “These are becoming increasingly popular,” says Mark. “We’ve completed three sets this week! Patio and French doors are still popular but these are the in-thing.” There’s a real sense with Vellacine that they’re doing well, and doing so because, first and foremost, they’re very good at what they do and, second, they haven’t forgotten the customer is king. “We’re only as good as our last job,” Mark says with a confident but serious smile. “Customers can be sure that when they order from us, they’ll get the very best standards of manufacture and uncompromising customer service. Lots of companies talk the talk but we really do deliver.” Perhaps it’s that complete understanding of what their customers want that sets Vellacine apart. It certainly isn’t luck. You don’t build a business like this just on luck. It takes determination, but, more than that, it takes clarity of vision. 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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Easily accessible by road and rail, the town of Llantwit Major sits neatly at the southern tip of Wales in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan.

LLANTWIT MAJOR What strikes the visitor to this charming town on the Heritage Coast is the friendliness of the local people and the surprising amount of history and activities available in and around the area. Llantwit Major boasts the historic church of St. Illtud, which is widely accepted as being on the site of the earliest seat of Christian learning in Wales. Much of the present church dates back to between 950 and 1400 AD.

The town itself can be loosely divided in two halves. The area around the church and town hall, referred to as the ‘Old Part’, has many historic buildings; these are marked with blue plaques which give a brief history of each. A twenty-minute walk around the blue-plaque trail is well worth the effort and for younger children a stop at the West End Pool is a must to see the fish. There are several pubs in this area for those in need of refreshment or a meal. A visit to the town hall to obtain further information is recommended. The newer part of the town contains the shopping area, which is also currently in the process of a regeneration project. Several nice cafĂŠs can be found in this area for those in need of non-alcoholic refreshment.

“There are great things happening in Llantwit Major - a lot we can be really proud of. The redevelopment is good for the local economy.� I asked a lot of people across the Vale what they thought of Llantwit Major in preparation for this piece. The general consensus seemed to be the same... “Great beach!�

For keen walkers, heading west takes you on to St. Donats Castle and further on to the lighthouses at Marcross. Whichever direction you leave takes you out into the beautiful countryside of the Vale of Glamorgan or along the coastline with views across the Bristol Channel. This might also be part of the reason for the decision to hold the National Eisteddfod of Wales near the town in the summer of 2012. Tony Bennett, Llantwit Major Town Hall

MAJOR

The brand new railway station has ensured the town is perfectly placed for commuters heading west to Bridgend and east to Cardiff and London, and sits squarely above the town centre which is now home to much redevelopment.

But when I pressed them about Llantwit Major itself, I’d get blank expressions. It seems that those of you who head for the beach don’t stop in the town and, if that’s the case, you really are missing out on one of the Vale’s most historic places. Llantwit has blue plaques aplenty and is steeped in history.

The other big draw for visitors is the beach, located a short drive away or within walking distance for those with more time. The beach is famous amongst the surfing community and from it you can walk along the cliff-top paths, which provide spectacular views across the Bristol Channel and back out across the Vale of Glamorgan.

And, if you’re thinking of buying a home in the Vale, you really should be considering Llantwit Major. It’s been voted one of the top three places to live in the country. There’s The Coalyard, a £5m development of twenty-four houses by Waterstone which will refocus the area to the east of the town.

There’s also been a £300,000 regeneration of Boverton Road which is revitalising frontage and creating a boulevard-type feel along with other aesthetic improvements. The other major project is the redevelopment of Filco, with a £1m makeover and a £500,000 retail extension which will include repaving, rescheming and signage. There are also further plans to build a cafÊ area which will provide a place for al fresco dining.

 

      

  









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The historic church of St. Illtud

Photograph courtesy of Vale of Glamorgan Council

DEVELOPMENTS... Filco is in its 65th year of trading and employs three generations of the family. Ian Hunt, Filco’s Managing Director, is rightfully proud of the redevelopment. “This is a huge investment for us but we’re confident that Llantwit Major will be the better for it. We have a loyal customer base who have been patient and understanding while we make the improvements. Our store and the other businesses around us are

frequented by customers who want convenience, competitive pricing and, more importantly, to chat with staff and friends. Llantwit Major is a very close-knit and sociable community.” Ian is clearly excited about what he sees as a new dawn for the town. “We’re redesigning the rear and all the frontage right down to Lloyds Bank and the chemist. There will be new pop-up shops for starter businesses ❧ 25 ❧

with short lets to allow entrepreneurs to get their retail businesses. We want Llantwit Major to be a place where businesses can thrive. This phase should be complete by autumn and combined with events such as the Victorian Fair, Llantwit Major in Bloom and the Christmas illuminations, will ensure that the town continues to develop as one of the Vale of Glamorgan’s best places to live and also as one of our most important tourist attractions.”


LLANTWIT MAJOR

Work hard, think hard and have fun! On a recent trip to St Illtyd Primary School, I must admit to being hit with a sense of calm and happiness from the boys and girls whose ages ranged from 3 to 11. The school’s head, Alan Smith, has created a team, and a curriculum, that reflects his vision of what a truly creative education should be about. As well as the usual subjects, the children also enjoy a variety of clubs within school hours including gardening, science and art. After-school clubs include netball, football and gymnastics.

But it’s Wednesday afternoon’s enrichment club that interested me the most. The younger and older children all work together on activities including golf, cookery, the Mabinogion, Junior Apprentice and Where The Wild Things Are. The older children wear green polo shirts so that the younger children, who wear red, can seek them out for help. Trips are also organised throughout the year. Meals are hot, nutritious and tasty - even the teachers eat them! They also have a resource base for children who need extra teaching support.

The school accepts children from Llantwit Major, and the RAF camp and feeds into both Llantwit Major and Cowbridge Comprehensives. Any parent in the locality would be thankful for a school like this on their doorstep. St Illtyd Primary School Station Road Llantwit Major CF61 1ST 01446 796335 stIlltydps@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk www.stilltydprimaryschool.ik.org

Photograph courtesy of Vale of Glamorgan Council

The Old Swan Inn

As Soon As Concierge

The Old Swan Inn is the oldest public house in Llantwit Major. Its bar and traditional pub dining room sit together easily within the 12th Century architecture of this local meeting place.

A new personal concierge and lifestyle management service has been established in the Vale.

A roaring fireplace during the winter months and the sociable beer garden for warmer months has helped make this pub the hub of the community. A blackboard menu offers traditional pub food and daily seasonal specials, served up by relaxed and friendly staff. The bar serves an impressive selection of local guest ales, often changing, from a variety of brewers. Church Street, Llantwit Major Vale of Glamorgan CF61 1SB 01446 792230

Katy Williams from Llantwit Major aims to solve the problem of there never seeming to be enough hours in the day. As Soon As Concierge promises a solution to the tasks which take up so much valuable time, such as Personal Assistant duties, errands service, the todo list and clutter-busting and a home minding service is also available. Blocks of time can be bought in advance or as gift vouchers. “Let us give you the Gift of Time.” 07739 908458 katy@as-soon-as.com www.as-soon-as.com

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“Llantwit Major really is steeped in history you just have walk down a street and you’re surrounded by tales of past times.” “There’s a real sense of community spirit in Llantwit Major.” “It’s an exciting time for the town - it’s looking towards the future.”


Health Conscious

Pastures Green

Vale Solicitors

Stocking the largest range of health products in Llantwit Major, Nicky, who was once a pharmacist, cares about your health, well-being and nutritional requirements and, with her extensive knowledge, can offer informed advice to help you obtain your desired goal of total well-being.

This family-run business of 23 years offers friendly, professional advice to both local residents and customers from further afield.

Hector the border terrier (above) represents the very best qualities of Vale Solicitors - loyal, tenacious, fearless, your best friend in a time of crisis - and there when you call.

The store stocks all of the major, bestselling brands and also offers products that you can’t find in any supermarket. If you have a health, well-being or nutritional problem and need help, then Nicky should be on your speeddial.

Stunning, fragrant blooms can be delivered locally or worldwide under the careful and attentive service of owners Kathleen Coates and daughter Joanne David, with the additional help of younger daughter Alison. An Interflora florist, ordering is available online, but why not pop in and discuss your needs in person. You could also pick up a gift from their range of household gifts and jewellery. Weddings are a speciality.

They have looked after the legal affairs of businesses and individuals in the Vale of Glamorgan since 1867. Whatever your problem - they can help. Your first interview will be free and (like Hector) they are good listeners. Worried about a boundary or property dispute? Then try their new mediation and resolution service, www.boundarylawyer.co.uk

4 The Precinct, Llantwit Major 01446 795121 nicky@healthconscious.org.uk www.healthconscious.org.uk

4 Pound Field, Llantwit Major CF61 1DL 01446 793052

1 Boverton Road, Llantwit Major CF61 1XZ 01446-792535 www.valesolicitors.com www.facebook.com/valesolicitors

Jamima Bridal

Shuttershade

The Beach Café

At Jamima Bridal you can be sure of one thing and that’s a one-stopshop for all things bridal.

With 35 years’ experience in window furnishing, hand-crafted plantation shutters, unique conservatory blinds and award winning awnings, Shuttershade should be on your radar.

You don’t need to be an ultra-fit surfie to visit The Beach Café, as this cult status beachfront eatery welcomes people all of ages.

Owners Janet and John Moisan offer a selection of stunning wedding dresses, shoes and accessories for the bride-tobe together with a wide selection of mother-of-the-bride and guests’ outfits. Men aren’t forgotten here with formal wear available to hire or buy. Jamima Bridal can also offer advice on make-up, nails and perfume needs. For enquiries or an appointment for trying on wedding gowns, please phone or email. 1st Floor, 7 The Precinct Llantwit Major CF61 1XA 0784 516 1643 janet@jamimabridal.co.uk janet@thevaleorganisers.co.uk

With the promise of summer sunshine, this also brings the age-old problem of glare and unwanted heat in your conservatories. Solve the problem with conservatory blinds, awnings and canopies. You can also freshen up your home with new garage doors and add another level of security with their range of security shutters. 0800 7318408 Mobile 07565 355577 info@shuttershade.co.uk www.shuttershade.co.uk

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With its well-deserved reputation for home-cooked food like sausage and mash, stews, pies and quiches, not forgetting breakfasts and roast dinners, it’s no wonder that locals and visitors alike flock there. Also available are ice creams, fish and chips, confectionery, gifts, local postcards, books and beach toys. It’s open all year round from 9am so head on down for an ice cream, takeaway or one of their daily specials and check out the fantastic view. Llantwit Major Vale of Glamorgan CF61 1RF 01446 792665


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Wyndham House A centre for excellence Do you have one or more teeth missing? Are you worried about your smile? Do you want a permanent replacement you can trust? With a Diploma in Implantology from the Royal College of Surgeons, the UK’s gold standard qualification in dental implants and an advanced certificate in hard tissue augmentation, Simon Hill, principal dentist, should be your first port of call. A recent customer, Ian Mills, a dentist and implant surgeon in North Devon and an Academic Clinic Fellow spoke to Vale Life of his recent dental treatment at the practice. How did you hear about Simon? Simon and I met while we were both studying at the Royal College of Surgeons for our Implant Diploma. We often worked together as partners and subsequently became good friends. I saw at first-hand how good his clinical skills were and was very impressed with his knowledge and attention to detail in treatment planning implant cases. When I subsequently required implant treatment, I obviously wanted to have it done by one of the best implant surgeons in the UK and therefore asked Simon to undertake the work. What prompted the call? I had my front tooth knocked out when I was fifteen years old and had worn a denture ever since. Because of the time lapse since the injury, I had lost a lot of bone in the gap and my teeth had moved, which made implant treatment extremely complex. I required orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth and a bone graft to build up the missing bone. Simon grafted a piece of bone from my chin and the procedure was a complete success. An implant was placed six months later with a crown attached shortly afterwards.

Ian Mills, left and Simon Hill Are you happy with the result? Absolutely delighted! I now have a new front tooth which looks completely natural rather than having to wear a denture. The treatment was significantly more complex than normal, but it was carried out by Simon and his team expertly with no problems at any stage. Many dentists offer implants, but few have the training, experience and attention to detail which Simon has, and I therefore have no hesitation in recommending Wyndham Dental Practice as a centre of excellence for implant treatment.

“Many dentists offer implants, but few have the training, experience and attention to detail which Simon has, and I therefore have no hesitation in recommending Wyndham Dental Practice as a centre of excellence for implant treatment.” ❧ 28 ❧

Wyndham House Dental Practice Boverton Road Llantwit Major CF61 1XZ 01446 795240 mail@wyndhamhousedental.com www.wyndhamhousedental.com Wyndham House is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 8pm Wednesday


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From gorgeous classic designs to highly styled, hard-edged contemporary, Cowbridge-based Room For Living’s team of talented designers have always been aficionados of the straight edge. That is until now...

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“The curving flow of the units and morphing, almost organic shapes are very pleasing to the eye and appear to have an almost organic feel about them. We’re all very excited about the new collection.” Room For Living’s new kitchen range pays homage to the curve. It’s not a dipping of the toe or a mere dalliance with curvature. No, this is Room For Living doing what it does best: embracing a trend and absolutely going with the flow. Room For Living’s Managing Director Mike MacNabb is especially excited by the new collection. “The truth is, we’ve been looking for something like this for a long time,” he says. “Curvy kitchens have been around the corner, or should I say around the bend, for quite some time. The hard-edged, linear designs that we’ve been used to are as popular as ever, but because of new technological developments these beautiful and dynamic shapes are now achievable.” Room For Living’s new range has received high praise across the industry, already winning several awards, and has been lauded in the trade press. “This is a contemporary kitchen collection built around eight spectacular signature looks,” enthuses Mike. And with names like Contour Curve, Wave Curve and Crescent Curve, the range simply can’t fail to inspire a designer’s imagination. ❧ 31 ❧

The curving flow of the units and morphing, almost organic shapes are very pleasing to the eye and appear to have an almost organic feel about them. “I think the images speak for themselves,” says Mike. “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.”

Room For Living Willow Walk Cowbridge CF71 7EE 01446 771234 info@rflkitchens.com www.roomforlivingcowbridge.com


VALE STYLE Designer style for the summer season COWBRIDGE

Betty and Jack is Cowbridge’s hidden gem Tucked away off the High Street in Cowbridge is one of the cutest shops for finding designer and pre-loved children’s clothes at discounted prices for boys and girls aged newborn to 12 years. Betty and Jack offer quality brands that your children will love to snuggle into, such as the exclusive Poppy & Ned London in luxurious cashmere and the purest cotton.

Little Miss Sophie is a quirky collection made entirely from Norwegian fabrics and is available in the UK only at Betty and Jack.

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They recognise how quickly children grow out of clothes and therefore take in pre-loved, excellent condition garments and sell them alongside the new brands, which appeals to anyone who has to invest in clothes that will be worn a few times.

Fashion Alert! New to the Vale Life website our very own fashion blog will be coming soon.

So if you’re looking for some exciting local fashion hints, trend alerts or some tips and tricks to looking and feeling great in what you wear, why not click online and check out our great new fashion blog.

Betty and Jack 27 High St (near Greggs Bakery) Cowbridge CF71 7AE 01446 772 184

Just check out the Vale life website at www.valelife.co.uk and click on our blog button. If you have any favourite shops or businesses that you’d like to recommend please get in touch.

HAWKES EYE Russell Scott-Lawson of Hawkes Essentials answers your style and fashion queries.

If you need something for a wedding, there’s no reason it can’t also service you for work afterwards. A silvery-grey suit, white shirt and black tie is a great look, along with a black suit, white shirt and silver tie. Pink always goes down well at a wedding but just do the tie, not the shirt.

Photograph Huw T Walters

Fashion blogs are the new fashion magazines so we thought we would jump on board and start our very own stylish blog.

A selection of locally crafted baby gifts, pre-walker booties, pumps and wellies are available and there is an area where children can play to their heart’s content with books and crayons. It’s amazing what’s been done in such a small space – you’ll love it.

Events are starting to mount up for the summer, and be it a wedding, the polo or just a party. Do we wear those solitary boring items that we’ve worn before, or do we treat ourselves to something new? Being a retailer, of course, I’d have to advise the latter!

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.

Vale Life magazine’s fashion blog

As for the polo and the no jeans rule, try and contrast the colours you wear. Don’t put pastel with pastel: have one strong colour and one weak one. The good old blazer is usually a winner as long as it's not double breasted with gold buttons. Make it single please, two button preferably. We are now stocking Guide shirts for some added flare: perfect for a little peacocking! As for parties, we have had some great sales on. Flowery shirts worn with jeans look great. Shoes are also a great accessory. Our pink snakeskins and TVR purple crocks are fantastic and somewhat of a talking point. Jeffery West are the best! ❧ 32 ❧

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


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GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR GIVING WITH LOVE 11 High Street, Barry CF62 7DZ Telephone 01446 732 456 www.missholmes.co.uk Ask about our convenient gift-wrapping service “Miss Holmes is full of homely treasure and is definitely one of my favourite finds in Barry.” Connie Fisher, The Sound of Music


There’s a quiet revolution going on at SpaceFittingFurniture. No big announcements, no fanfare of trumpets but, quite frankly, there should be.

DESIGN REVOLUTION The fact is Steve and Claire Bloom have been designing furniture for other living spaces and it’s becoming very popular with their kitchen clients. Looking at the quality and range of units and finishes, it’s not difficult to see why the leap could be made. “It’s not something that we’ve ever really promoted,” says Claire. “It all started with our own home. Steve thought because Rational (the company’s kitchen units) is a modular system, we could quite easily adapt it to other rooms in our home, so we started with the lounge and went from there.” “When you think about it, it makes perfect sense,” says Steve. “The units have to be extremely hard wearing for use in a kitchen environment. They’ll never get that kind of use in a living room so will last a long time, and the range of finishes and surfaces means we have a great palette to work with.” They liked the results in their living room so much that their bedroom has also been transformed along with other rooms. “The great thing is that they don’t look like kitchen units in a lounge or bedroom,” says Claire. “Each room is modern and contemporary. Initially friends thought we had bought furniture specially and were really surprised when we told them it was Rational.” Talking to Steve you realise that there really are no limits. The stunning curved space recently created in the showroom reinforces this. “There’s literally nothing we can’t do,” enthuses Steve. And he’s right: the beautiful curved room with its cleverly designed storage wall and stunning flat screen television and media centre proves that the solutions aren’t all based on right angles.

“We’re getting more and more enquiries from our kitchen customers to create furniture for other rooms in their homes so we thought we’d actually start promoting it,” says Steve. You can’t blame them. From what I’ve seen, the build quality is superb and the finished product is supremely stylish. “We design kitchens for purpose, so why not take the same practical design approach to our living, storage and sleeping spaces? It just makes perfect sense,” says Steve.

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


“We design kitchens for purpose, so why not take the same practical design approach to our living, storage and sleeping spaces? It just makes perfect sense.”

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H E N S O L C A S T L E PA R K

Wales’ most exclusive address There is a great deal of choice when it comes to deciding on the ideal location for a new luxury apartment. Do you go for a prime city centre location, maybe a hip sounding address in Cardiff Bay or a commutable suburb? Those in the know however are increasingly choosing Hensol Castle Park – a luxurious private development and one of the most exclusive residential schemes in Wales - yet only 20 minutes from the centre of Cardiff. Waking up at Hensol Castle Park is as far removed from the hustle, bustle and noise of Cardiff as you can get. Here, you awake to the morning chorus of enlivening birdsong, squirrels running up protected trees, swans swimming on a lake and majestic views of 17th century Hensol Castle – a far more relaxing start to any day! Phase 3 of the development is just being released with Phase 1 sold out and just a few Lakeside apartments left on Phase 2. Completely set amidst the parkland of the original Hensol Castle estate and neighbours the current fourstar world-class hotel, golf, spa and leisure facility, the Vale Resort. The £35m development will eventually see the stunning transformation of 10 spacious and attractive mansion buildings within the grounds of Hensol Castle into 58 large two and three-bed design-led apartments.

Prices start from £325,000 Eventual plans will also see the historic Hensol Castle, a grade 1 listed building, converted into a 50-bed exclusive fivestar hotel with adjoining residential spa and plans for a Michelin star restaurant. Apartments all carry bespoke design and finishing’s courtesy of department store Leekes who also provide the luxury contemporary kitchens and bathrooms. All apartments also benefit from air conditioning, security and car park spaces, you also gain free membership to the Vale’s Health and Racquets club.

A blend of historic and contemporary

“Set amidst the parkland of the original Hensol Castle estate... waking up at Hensol Castle Park is as far removed from the hustle, bustle and noise of Cardiff as you can get.” Meet the neighbours

Hensol Castle Park Apartments 01443 665855 www.hensolcastlepark.co.uk Apartments start from £325,000. To receive more information please visit the onsite marketing suite or contact Julie Turner on 01443 665855 or email j.turner@vale-hotel.com. From Junction 34of the M4 take the exit signposted for Pendoylan and Hensol.

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If you’ve not stepped foot into Arbuthnot Opticians in Barry recently, you’ll be in for a big surprise, as the practice has undergone a transformation. Vale Life talked to Optometrist and Partner James Davies on the changes.

A NEW LOOK Are you introducing new frames? We’re constantly sourcing and adding new frames and are committed to offering our customers something different. We stock a large number of designer frames which you won’t see in the high street chains. We’re a boutique shop and the refurbishment now means we can display even more, such as the bespoke Tom Davies range; frames that are truly unique to each individual.

Why the refurb? Quite simply to give our customers a great experience when they visit us. The service we offer and the technology and equipment we use is first-class . The frames and lenses we offer are stylish, unique and bang up-todate so we wanted our shop to reflect this and to give our customers an enjoyable shopping experience. What changes have been made? Arbuthnots stands out from the other opticians on the high-street. Bespoke hand-made units now display our products, so customers can easily browse and try on our frames, with enhanced lighting and lots of room. We want people to feel comfortable trying on frames and for it to be a pleasurable experience. There are also new consulting rooms for eye examinations and hearing tests on the ground floor. We know some people can find going for an eye test daunting, so we’ve tried to make Arbuthnots a welcoming and enjoyable practice to visit. Our new computer system means all of our customers’ records are stored safely and securely and at a touch of a button we can bring up a customer’s history. We also have a dedicated room for our optical coherence tomographer, fundus camera and digital photographic slit lamp, which allow us to photograph and take 3D scans of your eyes. Anyone on our EyeCare Plan gets this as part of their eye test. The only thing we haven’t changed is our team of experts. Customers can expect the same level of professional and reliable service they have benefited from over the last 35 years.

Sunglasses are now more fashionable than ever thanks to Ray-Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim and many other brands. We’ll also be using our new increased modernised display area to offer a wider range of these. Many sunglasses can also be made up to a customer’s prescription. We know it’s important for customers to look and feel good in their sunglasses, no matter what strength glasses they use. We also stock a range of sunglasses with tints made specifically for certain sports such as golf and cycling. Can you tell us about the décor? We’ve gone for a modern, light and airy feel which we hope is welcoming and different from any other opticians on the high street. The specially designed display furniture has a high-gloss ebony finish, and is complemented by calming décor which combines soft curves with natural tones and textures. The style reflects our commitment to customers, which is to provide a unique, enjoyable and professional service delivered by a team of optometry experts. To celebrate our refurbishment we’re offering three months of free contact lenses when customers sign up to our eyecare plan*. The Arbuthnot EyeCare Plan allows our patients and customers to make the most of our value, choice and care. The key benefits are all eyecare covered (including fundus photography and optical coherence tomography), examinations as often as you like, 33% off all glasses, peace of mind cover with the Arbuthnot Accidental Damage Scheme and reduced contact lens prices. See instore for more details. *Conditions apply.

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


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Like many small towns, Penarth has its fair shair of national retail names on the high street, but take a short stroll to Stanwell Road and you’ll a find an excellent selection of smaller independent retailers. There’s a really friendly buzz about the place with shop owners providing a genuinely friendly and welcoming service.

You can get your fashion fix at Ginger’s and The Queen B, stock up on all your stationery and the daily news at Snell’s. The newly revamped Washington Pharmacy will have all your prescriptions, summer lotions and potions, and you can top it all off with a stunning new hairstyle at the fabulous Blu Hair Design. Once you’ve finished shopping, another short walk through the park will take you down to the gorgeous promenade with its lovely sea views and a good selection of eateries. So whether your appetite is for fish and chips or fine dining, you’re sure to find the perfect place to relax after a busy day’s shopping trip.

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Take it to the max with Julie T!

Ok, so Julie T isn’t in Stanwell Road but it’s only just up the road, so I’m using a bit of artistic licence here! The maxi dress has been a staple in many a woman’s wardrobe over the last few years (certainly mine!) and it looks like it’s here to stay.

Ginger’s Ginger’s attracts and inspires generations of fashion-lovers. With so much on offer, it could be regarded as a mini department store.

If you’re stocking up on wardrobe staples this summer, then make sure the maxi is on your list. This style of dress is oh so flattering, the light material will keep you cool and stylish and, with so many prints, colours and styles to choose from, you can wear one to any event.

“I particularly like the brands that they have like Sahara and Adini. Linen and cotton are my favourite materials and both these designs suit me during the summer months. There are always plenty of garments to choose from,” says Ginger’s faithful Josephine Shan Jarman.

Whether it’s a casual lunch with friends, a day at the polo or a special summer wedding, Julie T has a maxi to suit you. If you’re still not convinced, then Julie T has a range of eclectic pieces for both daytime and evening for the modern woman (whatever your age) who wants to look fabulous. 1 Windsor Terrace, Penarth CF64 1AA 029 2070 8784

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There is a huge range of jewellery (the largest in Penarth), beautiful bags, stunning scarves and stylish reading glasses. Stanwell Road, Penarth 029 2070 9773


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The Queen B gives you a whole lot more Good business is giving customers what they want. The Queen B’s Jodie Tanner has done just that.

With a large selection of FitFlops and an ordering service for your favourite style, nothing is too much trouble. PENARTH

Not only can you browse the huge range of stunning and affordable shoes and handbags but now you can spoil yourself in Jodie’s second venture, which offers stunning and affordable women’s clothing and jewellery that is beautiful, feminine and unique. This fashion and lifestyle boutique, a haven of delectable delights, in the heart of Penarth attracts customers from far and wide and its reputation is growing. Leave the hustle and bustle of Cardiff behind you and let The Queen B take you to another world - a kinder, gentler place, where you can browse to your heart’s content, and leave with fully laden bags and a huge smile.

Washington Pharmacy Personal, caring service

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

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Pharmacists do a lot more than count pills and fill bottles. Their roles increasingly are evolving to deal more with doctors and patients to determine the most appropriate drug regimen. This certainly can be said for this independent, long-established local pharmacy in the hub of this community. Over and above the general in-store dispensing service, there are the added benefits of prescription delivery and pick-ups. A variety of other essential services such as blood-pressure testing, Medicines Use Reviews (MUR), and holiday and travel advice are available to make self-care even easier; and a private consultation room provides customers with friendly, confidential advice from owner Jane Soltys, a qualified pharmacist, and her professionally trained team about overthe-counter treatments, emergency contraception and minor ailments such as coughs, colds, hay fever and skin complaints. There’s even a weekly weigh-in to help with weight management and advice with Celebrity Slim. A comprehensive range of toiletries, make-up and personal hygiene staples are stocked for the whole family.

Blu Hair Design

Snell’s

Going on holiday, thinking about having a colour on your hair? Hayley, co-owner of this popular salon in Penarth says, “Whether you’re having a dramatic colour transformation or maybe a few sun kissed highlights, it's important to protect your hair from the sun, sea and even the chlorine in the swimming pool.”

I’ve been buying my newspapers from Snell’s for a number of years, as well as birthday cards and the odd chocolate bar, but little did I know that this family run business, celebrating 50 years this year, also stocks an extensive range of stationery, magazines, office supplies and computer consumables.

The up-to-date care products available today not only condition they also protect and prolong your colour. Why not call in at Blu for a free consultation and if you bring this advertisement along, it will entitle you to 20% off your colour.

Owner Richard is proud (and quite rightly so) of his contract for supplying a local prestigious charity with all its office supplies. So, if it’s a just pencil you need or are in business and require a complete office re-fit, give Richard a call.

1 Washington Buildings, Penarth CF64 2AF 029 2070 4040

11 Washington Buildings, Penarth CF64 2AD 029 2070 8185 www.absnell.co.uk

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Regular product offers are tempting but it’s the care and personal service that matters most.

Washington Pharmacy 5 Washington Buildings Stanwell Road, Penarth CF64 2AD 02920 709319


VALE BUSINESS In association with The Business Centre P O R T H C AW L

To get ahead... TYPE BUSINESS One of the best ways to get more business is to utilise social media; blogging, Facebook and Twitter. The key tool here is a blog but where do you start? Jason, owner of Type Business 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. Understanding social media is the challenge, there is no point doing something if you don’t have a clear objective. We can help your business by combining a website,

blog and social media bundle into one integrated solution that is easy to use and effective. 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.”

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Motorcyclists... It’s time to GearUp Motorcycle enthusiasts in the Vale have got together to produce a new magazine for South and West Wales aimed at Welsh bikers. GearUp will be published in July but www.gearupmag.co.uk is already attracting motorcyclists from across the world. Publisher, Jonathan Sims, said, “There are some great motorcycle magazines out there but we wanted to produce something that would really appeal to Welsh bikers. The magazine will be free and funded entirely by advertising.”

01656 782044 Jason@type-business.co.uk www.type-business.co.uk

GearUp already has a great team of contributers onboard, Shaun Pope, writer, said “This is great fun to be involved with. Riding bikes and writing about them is brilliant.”

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Mark Johnson, a successful commercial photographer, said, “I’m proud to be a part of GearUp. It’s a great team and I get to photograph a subject that is very close to my heart.”

Relax, it’s organic and made in Wales South Wales organic candle maker Gauci has launched its new range of organic aromatherapy candles which are available from www.gaucicandles.co.uk There are four in the range so far: ■ Sleep, sleep, snore An exotic 100% blend which combines the relaxing, calming and soothing properties of Lavendin, Valerian Root and Chamomile Roman ■ Sensual A combination of Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang and Patchouli, and Petitgrain and Sweet Almond ■ Detox power blend A 100% blend of Clove Leaf, Lemon, Pine and Neroli Light ■ Energy - wake up call Combines the uplifting properties of orange and lemon oils, the comforting properties of mandarin, the stimulating properties of pine and reviving properties of spearmint. Spiro Gauci, owner and master candle maker said, “We’ve had some wonderful feedback from customers - they really do like the new product range.”

Gauci have also created a new range of their soya-based organic candles, imaginitively entitled The Cardiff Range, which has been inspired by much-loved places in and around the city. Gauci’s holistic approach to candlemaking seems to be striking a chord with fans waxing lyrical about the products. Local resident Kay Harding says, “I bought a Gauci candle from a Cardiff Bay stall; I feel these candles burn a lot longer and the scent is out of this world. My favourites are Espresso, Strawberry, Lemon Grass and Sage. Worth every penny!” Spiro says, “At Gauci, we don’t want to be the biggest candle business in the world, just the best. And, if we spread a little love and light along the way, that would be nice too.” For more information visit www.gaucicandles.co.uk Trade enquiries welcome

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Inspiring the Vale Bursaries Launched in the Summer of 2009, the ‘Inspiring the Vale Bursaries’ project has assisted in the setup of over twenty new businesses in the rural Vale of Glamorgan. The aim of the project, run by Creative Rural Communities, was to give the young people of the rural Vale the opportunity to develop innovative business ideas, retain skills in the local area and encourage entrepreneurship. With 23 new businesses formed by 27 young people from the local area, it’s safe to say the project has been an overwhelming success. In order to be eligible, the applicants had to live in the rural Vale, be aged 30 or under and new to the experience of setting up their own business. The application process included writing a business plan and presenting to a panel of judges. Successful applicants were given up to £3,000 or 75% towards the costs of setting up their own business.

The range of businesses is diverse, with applicants drawing on personal experience and circumstance to set up a business of their choice. Lickle Pickle was started by a couple of working mums who were looking for a greater work/life balance; MAB Gardening was the brainchild of an A-level student who was looking to develop a personal interest in gardening into a career. From photographers and dancers to personal fitness trainers, surf academies and top-secret renewable energy inventions, the range of businesses receiving financial support from the ‘Inspiring the Vale Bursaries’ is varied. Nia Hollins of Creative Rural Communities said, “Working with the people behind these businesses has been inspiring. Though the ‘Inspiring the Vale Bursaries’ have given them the support to start their own businesses, it is the applicants themselves who are responsible for making their businesses grow and develop. I wish each and every one well in the future and hope their ventures continue to grow into successful, profitable businesses.”

“The range of businesses receiving financial support from the ‘Inspiring the Vale Bursaries’ is varied.

In addition to the grant scheme, the project also helped the two local comprehensives, Cowbridge and Llantwit Major, with their Enterprise Week activities. At Llantwit over 800 pupils were involved in enterprise activity in their school, whilst at Cowbridge over 200 pupils worked with representatives from the local community, local businesses and volunteer organisations. Though the project has now come to an end, the investment that the new businesses have received will provide a sound starting point from which they can develop in the future. The ‘Inspiring the Vale Bursaries’ project was funded through the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the Rural Development Plan for Wales through the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Creative Rural Communities Cowbridge Old Hall, High Street Cowbridge CF71 7AH 01446 775388 All 23 businesses are featured in the ProFiles Section at www.valelife.co.uk

Lickle Pickle

Motiv8

BFAB Dance

Travelling Toybox

Offering an alternative gift service for new mums and dads with bespoke hampers that are practical and useful.

Fiona Butchart offers one to one personal training at home or work, improving fitness, weight loss, nutrition.

Lynette Williams provides street dance classes to rural areas whilst encouraging the young to get active.

Sophie Durnan provides a natural play environment with a range of traditional and sustainable sourced toys.

www.licklepickle.co.uk

www.motiv8-121fitness.co.uk

www.bfabdance.co.uk

www.travellingtoybox.co.uk

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Lasting Energy Solutions

Nathan Phillips

Jane Tomlinson helps small businesses with marketing, branding, design and strategy advice.

Rachel England provides a barbering service for all ages, with a range of hair products available to buy.

Lasting Energy Solutions Limited’s (LES) business focus is within the renewable energy sector.

With access to great facilities Nathan offers a different range of surf coaching from beginner to advanced.

07980 044835

01446 775107

07825 279007/07779 132758

07889 283083

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There are plenty of people who dream about running their own business but when it comes start-up, how can you ensure you reduce the risk of failure for your new enterprise?

TO BOLDLY GO... The Business Centre, situated on the outskirts of Barry provides flexible serviced office space, virtual office services and conference and meeting room hire. It is owned and operated by the owners of long established moving and storage company Masons Moving Group Ltd. Masons have over 105 years of business experience so they really understand what businesses need to function professionally. James Mason, The Business Centre’s Manager says, “The Business Centre is the only fully serviced office accommodation in the Vale of Glamorgan and since opening in January 2007 we have revitalised the modern, competitive office accommodation industry within the area. The Business Centre is independent and has a reputation for providing a personal service of the highest standard in a professional but convivial environment. We are committed to delivering a five star service for our clients.” I asked James how the company was trading given the challenging conditions?

“We currently operate businesses in the hardest economic downturn of modern times and, along with all businesses, we look to make savings wherever possible. It’s not always easy when the service we provide has to be of the highest standard but the more efficient we are, means less unwelcome increases in overheads for clients. At The Business Centre we provide modern serviced office suites with a set monthly office rental which includes business rates and utility bills right through to cleaning services and professional receptionists answering calls in their business name.”

The Business Centre provides: ■ Flexible serviced office suites for one to twelve people ■ One monthly transparent invoice (no hidden charges) ■ No long term leases (3 month minimum agreement) ■ One month notice period to cancel* ■ Top of the range IT and telecoms ■ FREE parking ■ FREE on-site gym ■ In-house café - The Coffee Zone. Serviced office fee includes: ■ Monthly office rental including office

furniture ■ General and environmental rates ■ Building insurance and maintenance

costs With trading conditions being extremely challenging at present, The Business Centre is offering new clients up to 50% off their first month’s fee which, they believe, will encourage new and established businesses to locate their businesses to the centre. James is realistic about what makes The Business Centre an attractive prospect, “With our licence agreements ranging between three, six and twelve months and a mere one month notice period, businesses can operate with no long term leases and, reassuringly, reduce the uncertainty of the what if it doesn’t work out.”

■ Heating, lighting and power charges ■ Full telephony and IT infrastructure ■ 24 hour automated access with CCTV

cameras and monitoring. Virtual Office fee includes: ■ Calls answered in your business name ■ Professional and friendly receptionists ■ Message forwarding via email or

seamless transfer ■ Use of company address ■ Postal and parcel services ■ Use of The Coffee Zone and break-out

areas. Conference and meeting rooms: ■ Rooms to accommodate 2 to 60 ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

people Designated conference co-ordinator Beverages available In house catering facilities Overhead projectors and screens IT training suite available.

“The Business Centre provides modern serviced office suites with a set monthly office rental which includes business rates, utility bills and many other services.” ❧ 46 ❧


Shared office space at The Business Centre The Business Centre are proud to offer the exciting new concept of shared office space in the Vale of Glamorgan. Clients can now operate their businesses from a shared office environment at a reduced monthly rental but with all the benefits of flexible serviced office facilities. The Business Centre provides individual workstations in a shared office environment whether clients are looking to setup a new business or for more established companies that are looking for dedicated space within a certain area. 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. The Business Centre 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.

With customer service of the highest level, professional on-site conference and meeting room hire and competitive prices, that first impression will be a lasting one for all clients, visitors and associates. The benefits of operating from shared office space at The Business Centre: ■ No long-term commitments or liabilities – one monthly rolling agreement ■ Immediate setup – high-speed internet connection and telecoms infrastructure ■ Fully furnished ■ One monthly transparent invoice – no hidden charges ■ Benefits of serviced office space – Use of the onsite café (The Coffee Zone), break-out areas and business support services ■ FREE parking ■ FREE gymnasium ■ 24 hour access – 7 days a week. For more information on the shared office environment, please contact The Business Centre’s sales team for an informal chat today on 0800 6349920 or e-mail enquiries@thebusinesscentreonline.co.uk

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For more information, please contact James Mason or Nathan Paget The Business Centre Cardiff House, Cardiff Road, Barry Vale of Glamorgan CF63 2AW 0800 6349920 enquiries@thebusinesscentreonline.co.uk www.thebusinesscentreonline.co.uk


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

A dazzling wedding at West Farm Barn Film and television producers, directors, actors and scriptwriters were guests at the wedding of Vale actress Jill James and broadcast consultant Ewart Needham at their beautiful home in Southerndown recently. Guests had flown in from India, USA, Spain, France and Germany to celebrate.

Mr and Mrs Needham

Cardiff jeweller Clive Ranger supplied dazzling jewellery for the bride as well as selected guests. Vale Life would like to wish Jill and Ewart the very best for their future together. Turn to page 9 for more information about West Farm Barn. Jill James

The splendid Alpine Marquee

Film Producers Cyrus Bharucha and Alan More ( Best Man ) with the bride and groom

Bride and groom, ushers and bridesmaids

TV Series Consultant Jackie Malton and screenwriter Julian Perkins with the bridal group

The bride and groom celebrate

Bridesmaids, Amy Worlock and Hollie Edwards

Photography by Sian Hanlon 01633 663995 brianandsian@ntlworld.com

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A beautiful day at the Bear Hotel Close friends and family joined Melanie Austin and Gareth Griffiths for their wedding at The St Quentins Suite at the Bear Hotel in Cowbridge. The sun shone brightly all day for the photographs in the garden and private courtyard. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous wedding breakfast and a music-filled evening.

Melanie looked stunning.

A great day was had by all.

Gareth with his brothers, Huw and Howard.

The perfect venue for photographs.

Bear Hotel 63 High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AF 01446 774814 www.bearhotel.com

The Bear Hotel was a superb venue.

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

Gareth and Melanie.

The boys had a fun filled day.

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THE LAST WORD Chris Reynolds owns and manages Fonehouse in Penarth and when he isn’t setting up customers’ email and mobile broadband or downloading apps, you’ll find him cycling around the Vale (but he’ll still be thinking about mobile phones). Please tell us about Fonehouse. We’re on Glebe Street in Penarth. We sell mobile phones, accessories and data solutions (internet on phone, mobile laptop) for private and business customers. I breathe, eat and sleep mobile phones - it’s what I do. How long has Fonehouse been in Penarth? Two years. I really like it here. What brands do you offer? All the top brands: HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Apple iPhone, Blackberry plus a large range of accessories, chargers, incar chargers, cases, memory cards and sticks and a large range of Bluetooth from dongles to car kits. Is there anything you don’t know about phones? I’d like to think I’m on top of the game. Come in and put us to the test. What phone do you use? It’s an HTC Desire. It’s an awesome piece of kit. It does everything. Simple to use. It has excellent internet access and uses the Android operating system which, personally, I think is the most user friendly. And it works as both a personal and business phone. It’s brilliant – thousands of free games and applications (apps). What do you like about Penarth? People are friendly and it’s by the sea. What do you do when you’re not at Fonehouse? I love swimming with my son and I’m just getting into cycling.

“Chris offers a free tariff review and will guarantee to find you the right phone at the right price and with the right tariff.”

How’s business? Business is okay - we’re expanding into new areas. For example, we’re doing more with business (b2b) and commercial customers. We’ve developed a great selection of tarrifs for business users. With this and the great deals we provide for personal customers, we think this is a very exciting time - lots of opportunities.

“We find that a lot of new customers are on too high a tariff because they have just never had a tariff review.”

Why should people come to you and not directly to the larger mobile phone chains? I believe we offer a much more personal service. We have the time to ensure customers have an excellent level of service that they expect and to find the right phone and package that suits them. All too often with the bigger chains, they’re so busy that they just can’t give you the quality of service mobile customers deserve. Also, we’re completely impartial so we’re not tied to a particular network.

What networks do you offer? All the major mobile networks: Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 – they’re really our main ones. Quality of signal varies widely in the Vale. It’s a rural reception so signal strength can literally vary from street to street.

Additionally, we provide a number of services such as setting up phones and email for our customers. It’s that extra level of service that you just don’t get from the big boys.

Are you offering any incentives or promotions at present? We always have great deals on but at the moment, anyone who comes in and signs up or takes out a new contract or upgrade before the 31st July will be entered into a free prize draw to win a 40inch LED HD TV with Freeview.

Where do you see Fonehouse in a few years? Hopefully with more shops across the Vale - across South Wales even providing the same standard of service we offer our customers in Penarth. Where do your customers come from? Right across the Vale and Cardiff. We also get quite a bit of business from tourists and visitors to the area. What’s your most popular seller at this moment? HTC are extremely popular and are outselling every other phone here at Fonehouse - they’re probably our biggest sellers. We’re also seeing BlackBerry and Samsung selling quite well too. ❧ 50 ❧

Fonehouse 102 Glebe Street Penarth CF64 1ED 029 2070 0088 chris@cmrcommunicationsltd.co.uk


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Arbuthnot Opticians offer an exclusive range of high fashion, designer and everday spectacle frames and sunglasses.

Arbuthnot Opticians 6 Broad Street, Barry CF62 7XP

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Vale Life Summer 2011