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A selection of articles Magic Metabolism Page 8

Kids Page Page 10

Beauty Tips

Hi all,

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Welcome to the November edition of Local View! Christmas is definitely on it’s way judging by the number of Christmas activities coming up in our ever popular What’s ON Guide as well as Christmas Fayres and Table Top Sales around the area.

Beat Bullying Page 22

Motoring | Focus RS

Wayne David MP has provided a great article backing up local residents in opposite to develop the old Bedwas Colliery due to soil contamination!

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Dr. Roger, our Gardening Guru has taken up keep fit in a novel way according to his article on Page 38!

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We also have an article on Bullying that may provide some interesting tips if your child is affected. Typically, the upcoming December issue is a popular one for both business advertisers and contributors so please get in touch early if you wish to be included - the deadline is slightly earlier than normal for both December and January issues! See you next month,

Wayne David MP Dr. Rogers Gardening Column Page 38

What’s on in Caerphilly Pages 48 + 58

Thought for the Month Page 50

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

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Fire 1. What was the name of the street on which the Great Fire of London broke out? 2. What is the scientific term used to describe someone who has an irresistible urge to start fires? 3. Which 1989 hit single features the lyrics “it was always burning since the world’s been turning”? 4. In 1985, 56 people died when a fire broke out at which English football team’s stadium? 5. The 1981 film Chariots Of Fire was loosely based around the British athletic team’s achievements at the 1924 Summer Olympics. Which capital city hosted these Olympics? 6. What was the name of the airship that was destroyed by fire in 1937, killing 35 people onboard? 7. What nationality are the rock group Arcade Fire? 8. What is the only square on a Monopoly board that contains none of the letters from the word “bonfire”in its title? 9. In 1984, a firework display went wrong, setting fire to Michael Jackson’s hair when he was filming an advert for which soft drink? 10. Captain Flack was the captain of the fire brigade in which fictional town?


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Magic Metabolism By Lorraine Mace

We frequently hear how our metabolism affects us, from making us sluggish and lethargic if it’s too slow, to encouraging weight loss and a feeling of well-being when it’s working properly, but it is often spoken of in the same breath as exercise, which puts many people off trying to improve their metabolic rate. However, you’ll be pleased to know that there are other ways to boost your metabolism; that it isn’t only about fitness regimes. But the chances are, that once you have kick-started your metabolism, your increased energy levels will cry out for some exercise. Fibre High fibre carbohydrates, being harder to digest than simple carbohydrates, can boost metabolic rates. Also, foods that are high in fibre are usually lower in calories and can also act as non-harmful appetite suppressants. High fibre foods include fruits, vegetables and wholemeal products. However, all things in moderation – don’t go overboard on fibre as it can lead to diarrhoea or other unpleasant side effects if taken to excess. Protein Protein is essential for the growth and repair of the body’s cells, but most of us eat too little compared to our intake of fats and carbohydrates. Research suggests that 25% of the calories in protein are burned during digestion, which means your metabolism could be boosted by making protein a larger part of your diet. However, the same advice applies as with fibre – be sensible. Too much protein can place stress on vital organs, including kidneys. Spice up your life Spicy foods can temporarily boost your metabolic rate. Because your body’s temperature is increased, you burn more calories as your body attempts to regulate itself. Some spices, such as cayenne, are believed to increase the rate at which your body burns fat. As with fibre and

protein, don’t overdo things, as too much spice can cause heartburn or even stomach ulcers. Vitamins Vitamins and minerals perform a number of essential functions. To maximise your metabolism, make sure you take in the recommended daily allowance (RDA) by eating vitamin rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, liver and nuts. This will help to keep your metabolic rate at its optimal level. Water Dehydration can lead to a reduction in your metabolic rate, so do make sure you drink plenty of water each day. Drink more if you are exercising, to replace the body’s water loss. Alcohol Alcohol has the opposite effect on the body to water, causing dehydration and reducing the metabolic rate. Alcohol in moderation is not likely to do much harm, but excessive consumption can cause vitamin deficiencies (and other non-metabolic problems). Caffeine Caffeine, like alcohol, is dehydrating and can lower metabolism. If you drink several cups of coffee each day, why not try substituting one of two of them with water? As you can see, it is possible to boost metabolic rates through food choices. If you follow some (or all) of the above tips, you should kick-start your metabolism, burn a few more calories and improve your overall health.

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Beauty Tips


Layer by Layer Putting on perfect make up that lasts for hours is not difficult. The art is in layering your cosmetics. There is no absolute right or wrong way, but the following routine should ensure your make up looks good and stays that way for most of the day (or night).

Preparing the base

As with all works of art, good preparation is essential. Make sure your skin is clean, toned and moisturised. Cover any blemishes by dabbing with a concealer and then apply foundation using a clean make up sponge. Blend the foundation well, paying particular attention to the jaw, neck and hairline, and then ‘set’ it with powder – loose or compact. Choose a foundation as close to your skin tone as possible and use a translucent powder.

Eyes next

First use an eyeliner, liquid or pencil, keeping the line as close to the lashes as possible. Then apply eye shadow – light colours highlight and darker shades add depth. If used, eyebrow pencil is next, followed by two or three coats of mascara to top and lower lashes.


Use just enough blusher or bronzer to put a little colour on your upper cheekbones, blending out towards the hairline.

Lips last

Using a lip base will ensure lipstick lasts longer. With a lip liner, outline your natural lip shape. Fill in with colour – either lipstick or gloss for a pouty look.

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Bullying is defined as the act of intentionally causing harm to others, through verbal harassment, physical assault, or other more subtle methods of intimidation. Sadly, it’s far too common and isn’t restricted to children and young adults. The rise of bullying in the workplace is rapid and invasive, having costly repercussions for the production. Countless working days are lost because of bullying with victims having to take time off due to the heavy stress load. The old adage “sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me” isn’t really true, as anyone who has ever been a victim of bullying will confirm. Self esteem and confidence is shattered, sometimes taking years to rebuild, There are two awareness campaigns this month: Ban Bullying at Work Day is on 7th November and encourages everyone to take part in the minute of reflection to be held at 10 am on this day. The key objective is to raise awareness of the issue across the UK. Workplace bullying can often be mistaken for a particularly aggressive working style, but if it makes you feel humiliated and incompetent, then it is bullying. Visit for more information and help about this particular aspect of bullying. The other campaign is Anti-Bullying Week which covers the week of 16th – 20th November. This year’s theme is cyber-bullying, which is defined by the government as “when one person or a group of people aim to threaten, tease or embarrass someone else by using a mobile phone, the internet or other technologies”. However, although this is the theme of this year’s awareness week, all forms of harassment are treated equally.

For advice and assistance in all forms of bullying, visit which has over 200 pages of highly detailed, practical and legally sound advice. The website is linked to by over 36,000 websites worldwide and is the first to appear in every search engine when you search for bullying or any of its associated problems. The website is also part of The British Library Digital Vault that will ensure their excellent advice is available for future generations regardless of what happens to the internet in the future. One of the core parts of’s Anti-bullying Week is their offer to schools to make free antibullying posters. Every child can create one and print it themselves, and each poster is sent to com/photos/bullyinguk which allows the poster to be shared across any of 80 social sites like Facebook, Twitter etc. These posters save schools huge amounts of money when set against the cost of ordering school supplies, as well as spreading the word that bullying is not to be tolerated.

Anyone worried about a situation at home, work, school or online should visit for help, where as a victim, a friend or parent of a victim, you can find up to date help and advice on every aspect of this deplorable activity


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It’s funny how two simple letters can stir so much emotion in so many people. That sweeping blue and white RS emblem can be traced back through a bloodline that plots a graph of hot-hatch evolution.


It’s a name that has graced the rear end of some truly awesome cars – from rally legends such as the RS200, to everyday family saloons, like the Sierra RS Cosworth that packed far-from-everyday punch. That’s not to say the RS badge has been without its duffers. Not even the die-hard Ford followers would argue the Fiesta RS Turbo was a wise move. It was an ugly little bloater. And so there was scope for an almighty screw-up when top brass decided to resurrect the RS badge and pin it to a Focus. In 2002 – five years after the last car to wear the RS badge bowed out – Ford unveiled the pumped-up variant of its family hatch. It was a fair first attempt. I remember driving one of the first press cars and it was immense fun, but hampered by torque steer. Fast-forward seven years and here we are again. RS fans have a new hero to worship – and with a mooted Cosworth variant canned by the credit crunch, this latest model is as fast as Fords are going to get any time soon. That’s not to say it’s a slouch. The snarling 301bhp RS is rapid in every sense of the word. First impressions of the car are very good. The RS is a meanlooking machine. That gaping front grille, steroid-enhanced wheel arches and bonnet vents give it a menacing look from the front while the imposing spoiler and cool carbon fibre, sculpted diffuser give it presence from the rear. Inside it’s not too dissimilar to the ST apart from the fact the Recaro seats are more comfortable. The driving position is superb, but it’s a little disappointing to see the steering wheel from the ST transferred over. But, to be honest, no-one’s going to care what it looks like on the outside or for that matter on the inside. I’d put up with seats made of granite and a steering wheel coated in sandpaper if it still made me feel like this RS does. That 301bhp, beefed up ST-sourced 2.5-litre powerplant is sublime. The turbocharger has been wound up a few notches and with a five-pot soundtrack it’s nothing short

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of breathtaking. Power comes throughout the rev range – helped by a healthy 440Nm dollop of torque – and it builds to a raucous crescendo accompanied by a stomach-churning rasp. The engine is alive with noise, huffing and puffing as it sucks in air and punches out power. Performance stats back-up the in-car feel – the 0-60mph dash is despatched in 5.9s and it’ll go all the way to top out at 163mph. Much has been said about the lack of four-wheel drive – here all that power is channelled through the front boots which sounds like a recipe for shredded tyres. But Ford’s engineers have added a system called RevoKnuckle – sounds Mike Tyson-esque, I agree, but it certainly does the job. Torque steer is practically non-existent and couple that with a wider track, lower ride height and faster steering and this is one utterly awe-inspiring car to drive. There aren’t many Fords that make you feel as special as this RS. It’s a culmination of years of hot hatch R&D and the masters of motorsport really have got it spot on. This RS will go down in history as one of the greats to wear that iconic badge – and deserves the sales success it’s going to enjoy.

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Wayne David MP / Bedwas Colliery Site? Leave it alone! The other week, Caerphilly County Borough Council decided to press ahead with proposals to build up to 650 houses on the Bedwas Colliery and Benzol site. This decision was taken despite overwhelming public opposition and against the views of the Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen Community Action Group, Jeff Cuthbert, the local Assembly Member, and myself. There are many reasons why we are against the proposed development but, for me, the most important reason is the level of severe contamination at the site. The Council have tried not to reveal what is buried there but by using the Freedom of Information Act it has been found out that the scale of contamination is truly frightening. In this report it is revealed that buried at the site are heavy metals, asbestos, cyanide, sulphuric acid, ammonia and many other contaminants which are potentially harmful. Recently in the High Court a successful action was taken against Corby Council. The Council was held responsible for a number of serious public health problems which occurred after the Council had failed to take necessary precautions when clearing a contaminated site. Naturally, I do not want the risk of any potential pollution adversely affecting the people that I represent. For houses to be built on the Bedwas site, up to 94,000 cubic metres of contaminated soil would have to be removed.

This would involve literally hundreds of lorry journeys to and from the site. Apart from the obvious risks of airborne contamination for the people of Bedwas and Trethomas, for the Council to ensure the safe transport of this material and the remediation of the soil that remains, it is likely that over £20 million would have to be spent. In these difficult economic times, I strongly believe that it would be far better if the Council did not pursue their plans. Instead the contaminated soil should be left undisturbed and made safe. This is a vitally important local issue and if people stand up and be counted we can win!

Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly

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Christmas Darts/Snooker/Pool/Skittles Contests! Team competitions £5 entry per team Single player competitions £3 entry per player Darts Team Competition starts 23rd November Pool Doubles Competition starts 24th November Skittles Team Competition starts 25th November

Each winning team wins a Team Mini‐Bus (See website for details)

Snooker Singles Competition starts 24th Nov. Darts Singles Competition starts 23rd Nov. Each winner receives trophy + £1000 cash plus the  chance to win an extra £500 if they can beat Snooker  Star Mark Williams / Darts Legend Barry Bates If you wish to enter any of the above competitions please fill in this form and  return with cheque to: The Greenfly, Old Newport Road, Bedwas, Caerphilly,  CF83 8BJ 

Name/Team Name:………………………………………………………… Contact Number:……………………………………………………………. Address:…………………………………………………………………………. Email:……………………………………………………………………………… What competition/competitions do you wish to  enter:………………………………………………………………………. (Make your cheque payable to The Greenfly ltd – acknowledgement by return)



Gadgets Review: Wakey Wakey

The late October change in the clocks makes the mornings lighter and so it’s easier to get up, isn’t it? Wrong! The colder mornings of November leave you feeling you’ve gone to sleep in treacle coated PJs. It’s going to take more than a gentle bleepbleep from the alarm clock to part you and your duvet. Clocky Price: £29.95 Now this is an alarm clock that could ‘wheelie’ get on your nerves. Clocky is your standard sleep disturber but with one subtle difference – wheels. If you’re one to keep hitting the snooze button to catch a few extra minutes in bed, Clocky is designed to get you up and about. How? Well, if you’re not quick enough when the alarm sounds the wheeled wonder scoots off your bedside table and finds a place to hide – forcing you to get up and find it to stop its incessant racket. Cruel, but it does the job. Wakeup light from Philips Price: £99.99 If you feel that Clocky is going to have you stressed before the day even gets going (or you’ve already tried it and beaten it to death), a better option might be a wakeup light. Simulating a gentle sunrise, light gradually increases over 30 minutes in advance of your set wake up time, before adding in a bird singing or a gentle beep. The intensity of the light, and the volume of the bird or beep are both adjustable.

My Local View / November 2009 Voco Alarm Clock Price: £34.95 (50 phrases) or £44.95 (150 phrases). How much more pleasant would it be if instead of waking up to a noise that sounds like the ‘wrong’ buzzer on Family Fortunes, you had the gentle soothing sound of your own personal butler? And better still, what if your butler had the quintessentially British voice of Stephen Fry? Starting with gentle birdsong, one of 50 different phrases (or 150 in the deluxe version) spoken by Mr Fry himself will remind you that your estate needs your attention. Phrases include: “I trust you will be giving the world the benefit of your appearance today? The ignorant and rudderless are awaiting your appearance”. Then as you switch it off “Sir has a firm touch, but very fair”. Great fun and so civilised. A version for Madam is also available. Micromark Tea Express with Alarm Clock Price: Around £30. Version with radio also available for £35. Widely available online and from retail outlets. Oh yes, the 1970s are alive and well and coming to a bedside near you. Not everything from that decade was a bad idea, and if a cup of tea is an essential to get you going, this could move you along nicely. The water comes to the boil while you are asleep and as it flows into the teapot the alarm goes off. This gives you a few seconds waking time before the tea is brewed and ready to deliver its caffeine jolt.

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Does It Have The Following:

A full range of fresh meat is available to the public and catering trade from Caerphilly’s only traditional Butcher.

Take Ages to Start Slow Running Programs Blue Screens/Errors Unexpected Shutdowns/Restarts Internet Connection Problems Slow Web Browsing Low Virtual Memory Messages Videos & Pictures Slow to Load Strange Behaviour Virus or Spyware Alerts General Problems

A FREE refrigerated delivery service is available to your door, 6 days a week.

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If you would you like some plain speaking friendly help with any of the above …

Fresh Turkeys & Fresh Turkey Crowns Legs of Pork | Welsh Topside Gammon Joints | Welsh Black Beef

Call Derek on 07875 758 278

Then give me a try now

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A full range of home cooked meats is available all year including: Chickens, Roast Pork, Roast Beef, Best Gammon Ham, Fresh Faggots.

No call out fee No fix no fee Free collection & delivery on all repairs All work Guaranteed

We accept all major credit & debit cards 2 Bartlett Street, Caerphilly, CF83 1JS

PC & Laptop Repairs Computer Tune Ups and Upgrades Picture & File Recovery Service

Telephone: 029 20863549

Bob Collins Heating & Plumbing Services I am a Local Installer, living in Abertridwr, with over 40 years experience. • • • • •

Bathroom Suites Kitchen Sinks Washing Machines Dishwashers Outside Garden Taps etc.

I offer a full power flushing treatment on old & new Heating Systems for more efficiency. Cut this ad out as you may need me soon!

I am also able to remove old existing low efficient boilers & update with new combination condensing boilers & thermostatic valves in all rooms.

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Dr Roger’s Gardening Surgery / Dig it! If you take a drive out in the country, where they grow crops rather than cattle, you will notice that autumn is the ploughing season. I love to look at the crisp clean rows of freshly ploughed furrows – there’s a real art to it, I think. I did have a go once, on a big old Massey Ferguson tractor; if ploughing is an art, then I think mine was very ‘modern’! Anyway, we should be doing our garden version of ploughing at this time of year – we call it digging! Before you all go running off to read another column (may I suggest the ‘thought for the month’ by the way) to try and avoid any strenuous work, let me say this …. Digging is fun! I did some digging today: I felt my heart go ‘boomdiddyboomdiddyboom’, which is apparently a good sign; I got pleasantly warm; I had this fantastic sense of achievement as I looked back at the patch I had dug: I worked up a good appetite (okay that’s not unusual I admit) and I didn’t have to pay anything to run on a treadmill while watching Whitney Houston on a video screen – result eh?! Healthy living, exercise and fresh food – digging ‘ticks all the box’s’ So if you want to grow some lovely fresh vegetables next year – now is the time to dig over the lawn (best to check with your partner first) and start to prepare – ‘preparation is the key to success’ said someone so famous I can’t recall their name.

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your Christmas Party Christmas Party Menu now available 2 Course Christmas Party Meals available from just ÂŁ8.95

Large parties catered for in the Bar or Restaurant

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The Black Cock Inn 029 2088 0534 Great Food | Real Log Fire | Guest Beers | Functions

Early booking essential for Christmas parties • Christmas menus available from £9.95 • • Á la Carte menu • Daily Specials • Fresh Fish • • Popular Function Venue • • Dogs welcome in Bar •

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Recipe of the month Made in less than 1 hour, this quick and easy curry has a wonderful creamy coconut sauce flavoured with lime, coriander and chilli. Serve with boiled noodles or Thai jasmine rice and crispy prawn crackers for an authentic Thai supper. Serves 4 Ready in 40 mins

Thai Seafood Curry 1 red pepper, deseeded 1 large carrot, peeled 6 spring onions, trimmed 2 heads of pak choi 1tbsp sunflower oil 1tbsp Thai red curry paste 400g can coconut milk 450g (1lb) cod loin or monkfish fillets, cut into chunks 2tbsp fresh chopped coriander stalks Juice from half a lime 1tbsp light soy sauce 200g tail on cooked king prawns Shredded spring onion and chopped red chilli pepper, to garnish

1. Thinly slice the red pepper and carrots and cut the spring onions into short lengths. Chop the stalks of the pak choi and keep the leaves whole. 2. Heat the oil in a large wok or frying pan and fry the pepper, carrots ands spring onions for 2-3 mins. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 min then pour in the coconut milk. Bring slowly to the boil. 3. Add the cod or monkfish and pak choi stalks. Simmer gently for 5-6 mins, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chopped coriander, lime juice and soy or fish sauce and season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 4. Add the prawns and pak choi leaves and simmer for a further 2-3 mins until the prawns are piping hot and the fish is cooked through. Divide between four serving bowls and garnish with shredded spring onion and chopped red chilli pepper.

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44 Zig Zag The object of this puzzle is to trace a single path from the top left square to the bottom right square of the grid, travelling through all of the cells in either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction. Every cell must be entered once only and your path should take you through the numbers in the sequence 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4, etc. Can you find the logical way through?

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

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

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

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Celebrate Christmas in style at the

Christmas Party Evenings RAY RONSO, HYPNOTIST Saturday 12th Dec

One of the UK’s and Europes top comedy hypnotists, with over 26 years entertaining experience. The Roy Ronson Hypnosis Show is a fun packed performance in which his hypnotised volunteers enjoy the experience of a lifetime, just as much as the audience. Your clients, colleagues, friends and family will be amazed and totally entertained after attending this comedy hypnosis show.


Wednesday 9th & 16th Dec


per person including 3 courses & entertainment.

per person drink on arrival, 3 course meal & entertainment. STAND UP COMEDY & VOCAL ACT

Friday 11, 18th & Saturday 19th Dec


per person drink on arrival, 3 course meal & entertainment.


Thursday 10th and Wednesday 23rd December Log fires, mistletoe, mulled wine and carols. A traditional lunch awaits you as you arrive to a warm glass of mulled wine before you go through to the traditionally decorated dining room to enjoy your 3 course festive meal, then move through to our marquee function room to enjoy a Welsh Male Voice Choir who will bring back the true spirit of Christmas with a wonderful Christmas carol concert and sing along. person drink on arrival, £29.95 per 3 course meal & entertainment. Booking a Christmas Party?

Call us for details of our Christmas Party and Christmas Day menus. You can also see details of other events on our website: 68 Commercial Street, Machen, CF83 8PG

T. 01633 440227


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Event Guide / November 2009 More events on Page 58

Fit for Fun - Exercise Class Date: Every Thursday TERM TIME Time: 09.45-10.45 a.m. Venue: St Catherine’s Hall, Mill Road, Caerphilly Entry: £3 Fat Burning & Toning session for all fitness levels just bring a mat and come and have some fun getting fit. Call Hilary 07780 701856 or email Fit for Fun - Exercise Class Date: Every Tuesday TERM TIME Time: 10-11 a.m. Venue: Rudry Parish Hall, Rudry Entry: £3 Fat Burning & Toning session for all fitness levels just bring a mat and come and have some fun getting fit. Call Hilary 07780 701856 or email hilary@fitforfun. Musical Mayhem Venue : Twyn Community Centre, Caerphilly Town Centre Date : Thursday Afternoons Time : 1.15pm It’s an interactive music and movement activity group for children aged 6-36 months. It is £3.00 per session, 2nd child is half price. First session free of charge. To reserve a place contact Louise on 07773 159920. Bonfire Night Walk Date : 05 November 2009 Time : 18.00 Venue : Cwmcarn Forest Drive Another chance to take this strenuous walk to twmbarlwm and enjoy all the fireworks in the surrounding area. There will be soup included on return to the centre or you can treat yourself to a hot drink. Please phone for details. For further details please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre on 01495 272001

Caerphilly Annual Firework Display Date : 07 November 2009 Time : 19.00 Venue : Caerphilly Castle This annual display is the biggest to take place in the county borough. This is an event not to be missed. Free entry to display. Charity collection on night. For further details please telephone Ken Williams on 02920 888777 St Martin’s Church concert Date: 11 November 2009 Time: 1900 Venue: St Martin’s Church, St Martin’s Rd, Caerphilly Admission: £5 A musical evening with the Aber Valley Male Voice Choir, the choir of Cwrt Rawlin School and harpist Sian Williams. Tickets available from Shirley Page on 029 2088 2692 or pay at the concert. Winter Bazaar Date: Saturday 14th November Time:10am To 2pm Venue: Wesley Methodist Church, Crescent Road, Caerphilly Lots of Stalls to include White Elephant, Jewellery, Cakes & Goodies, Toys, Glassware, Gifts, Chutney & Pickles and lots more. Admission 20p Arts & Crafts Market Date : 26 November 2009 Time : 1300 Venue : Bedwas Workmans Hall Free entry. Refreshments available. Exhibition of artwork and various crafts , sale of artwork and crafts. For further details please telephone Bedwas Community Education Centre on 02920 852537

Special Notices Feed The Children (UK) works worldwide providing food and other necessities for vulnerable children whilst developing sustainable communities. Our generous supporters supply us with aid but our transportation costs have risen due to the slump in sterling and the rising cost of diesel. So we are appealing for new, good quality goods or gift sets that we can sell at Winter Fayres to raise extra cash to get the food to where it is needed most. If you can help by donating items, get involved in fundraising, or want to book a speaker for your group, please contact your local manager, Gill Edwards on 02920 850591 or email gedwards@ Caerphilly Scout & Guide Christmas Post

Stamps will be on sale from 1st November at usual shops and outlets. Last day of posting is Wednesday 9th December in special boxes. We regret we are unable to provide deliviries th Bedwas & Trethomas this year due to a shortage of volunteers. Please check leaflets and posters for delivery areas.

Need Publicity? If you are hosting a non - profit or charity event, please let us know. There is no charge and you may benefit from boosted attendance. Send your details following the above listing format to

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Christmas shopping in peace away from the busy streets, admiring fantastic views with a relaxing coffee and a mince pie! Visit the Winding House for a wide selection of high quality gifts, traditional toys, crafts, jewellery and books. Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am -5pm. See our website for further details.

Dychmygwch…. Siopa Nadolig mewn tawelwch i ffwrdd o’r strydoedd prysur yn edmygu golygfeydd gwych gyda choffi a mins pei ymlaciol! Ewch i’r Tyˆ Weindio am ddetholiad eang o anrhegion o ansawdd uchel, teganau traddodiadol, crefftau, gemwaith a llyfrau. Ar agor Dydd Mawrth – Dydd Sul 10am - 5pm. Ewch i’n gwefan am fanylion pellach. The museum for Caerphilly County Borough / Y brif amgueddfa ar gyfer Bwrdeistref Sirol Caerffili

Winding House, New Tredegar, NP24 6EG Ty ˆ Weindio, Tredegar Newydd, NP24 6EG

01443 822 666

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Thought for the Month / Light of the World For as long as I can remember (about 2 weeks!); I have been a big fan of fireworks. To give you some sort of measure of this affection, let me tell you that as a teenager I would save up my dinner money week after week during the autumn and unbelievably would actually go without any lunch ….well except maybe a curly wurly … just so that I could get another pack of rockets or the latest ‘skydazzling windowrattling eardrumperforating Air bomb repeater’. On the 5th of November our neighbours would charge friends to come and have a look over the fence – and who could blame them it was quite a spectacular display. Years later, I was fortunate enough to be involved with Firework displays at our lovely Castle and at the Garden Centre (anybody remember those ‘Santa’s firework parties’?) and it was really satisfying to hear folks obviously enjoying the combination of music and fireworks …it’s great when people ‘get it’!

But if I am honest, I am not sure that I have been as effective at putting on a ‘Jesus display’. I’m not sure that people ‘get it’. Most people just don’t want to talk about him ….which is crazy when you think how much we love to talk about Simon Cowell: and yet in 2000 years time Simon will be off the conversation menu, while Jesus will I am sure still be causing a stir. Why did Jesus call himself the ‘light of the World’? It’s a big claim. I think he was saying that he is essential for Life …as it was intended. Imagine life without light: people bumping into each other, getting frustrated; sickness; not knowing what’s around the corner; shouting, confusion; nothing quite as good as it should be. Sound familiar?

Ever since I was about 11years old, I have also been a big fan of Jesus – who calls himself ‘the light of the World’, and he has done some pretty spectacular things over the years too…to say the least!

Roger Crookes -

Real People, Real God, Real Lives

Gateway Church Welcomes you to a relaxed Family Sunday Service at the Twyn Community Centre, The Twyn, Caerphilly Tea/ Coffee at 4.30pm Service from 5 - 6pm Further Information Tel: 029 20 623791

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Enjoy an evening of festive joy


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Plus Live Entertainment


Per Person Veggie Option Available

Date Available Saturday 12th & 19th of December

The White Cross Inn Groeswen Nr Taffs Well Cardiff Cf15 7ut Tel : 02920 851332


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The Legal Eagle / Adoption II Last month we considered the publicity that has recently surrounded celebrity adoption. It has been suggested that celebrities often rely upon their wealth to speed up what would otherwise be a very long and drawn out process. Within the United Kingdom stranger adoption together with step parent adoption can often take many months to reach conclusion. When dealing with step parent adoption proposed applicants must give notice to Social Services of their application in writing three months prior to commencing the proceedings.

Photographs are often taken of the children with the Judge. Unfortunately if the Social Services report raises any issues or concerns as to the proposed adoption then a Guardian must be appointed by the Court on behalf of the child who will also prepare an additional report. In this instance matters can become more complicated and drawn out.

Thereafter a written application is lodged at the Court which prompts the preparation of a detailed written report by Social Services. The Consent must be obtained from the absent parent to the adoption or in certain circumstances the Court can order that the Consent be disposed of. Providing the Social Services report does not raise any issues or concerns, which centre around the child’s welfare which must of course be given paramount consideration then the Judge will make an order for the adoption. A date for what is now known as the Adoption Ceremony will be fixed. The Adoption Ceremony is attended only by the Parents, Children and Judge. Lawyers are excluded and emphasis is on the happy nature of the occasion to be seen as a celebration.

Stranger adoptions, where children are placed by an Adoption Agency take a similar procedure. There is an additional step however whereby the Court must make a Placement Order confirming the placement of the children with the proposed adopters before the commencement of the adoption proceedings. In certain circumstances foster parents may also lodge an application for adoption in relation to a child who has been within their care. Again this can be a complicated procedure and in the event you are considering embarking upon an adoption then we would always recommend that you take advice from a suitably qualified specialist.

Leanne Evans - Evans & Greaves

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PARC AVENUE FUNERAL HOME Dignified, professional service in time of need.

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Mobile service to your home Service available Monday to Friday inc. all Bank Holidays and Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year

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Affordable Elegance for Windows and Doors Need new Blinds for Christmas?

Perfect Fit specialist Blinds & Awnings available

All Blinds ordered in November will be fitted within 3 weeks Plantation Shutters take 8-10 Weeks We accept all major credit cards

Visit our Showroom: 9, Wyndham Street, Bridgend CF31 1ED (Above the Bauhaus Café)


Freephone: 0800 0828 659 | Mobile: 07703 739 853 Website: Email:

Piano Lessons & Vocal Coaching Experienced Caerphilly based, piano teacher has vacancies for pupils in: • • •

Piano Theory Vocal coaching* Tuition on music coursework for GCSE’s etc. also available. Practical examinations follow the ABRSM syllabus.

*To examination standard or just for personal development.

For further details, please contact Karina Warrington on 07773338415.

Christmas Buffet and Drinks

 £10 per person

 Enjoy a party buffet and

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2 Courses £9.99 ~ 3 courses £11.99

Children’s Christmas Fayre 2 Courses £4.95

Christmas Day Menu

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My Local View / November 2009

Event Guide / November & December 2009 Christmas Fayre Date: Friday 27th November Time: 3.30pm Venue: Cwrt Rawlin Primary School Admission 50p for Adults, Children go in FREE All welcome. Traditional Stalls, Father Christmas, Refreshments + Santa’s Christmas Craft Workshop. Christmas Table Top Sale Sat 28th November Time: 2pm-4pm Venue: St Helen’s Church/Parish Community Hall, off Nantgarw Road (next to Morgan Jones park). An opportunity to pick up new/ nearly new Christmas gifts at bargain prices. Refreshments will be on sale throughout. Natural Christmas Decorations Date : 28 November 2009 Time : 1200 Venue : Cwmcarn Forest Drive Join us in making your own natural christmas decorations using materials gathered from the Nantcarn Valley. This is popular event, so to avoid disappointment please book a session. Decorations are limited to 1 per child. For further details please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre on 01495 272001 River of Light Lantern Making Workshop Date : 29 November 2009 Time : 10.00 Venue : Caerphilly Leisure Centre It’s time to get sticking and cutting! Make your very own lantern ready for this year’s River of Light Lantern Parade on 17th December. Artists will be on hand to help you make a beautiful lantern which can be carried in the parade. 28th, 29th November - 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th December

For further details please telephone Caerphilly Visitor Centre on 029 2088 0011 Santas Grotto Date : 05 December - 20 December 2009 Time : 1000 Venue : Cwmcarn Forest Drive Santa has made his return journey to Cwmcarn so that he can catch up with all the good boys and girls and give them their presents. Please phone the centre for times and prices. For further details please telephone Cwmcarn Visitor Centre on 01495 272001 Annual Christmas Carol Concert Hephzibah Welsh Baptist Chapel, Church Street, Bedwas Tuesday, 8 December 2009 Commencing at 7.30 pm Tickets £4 (£3.00 concessions) Featuring the Oakdale Silver Band conductor Ron Probyn. Further Information from Ted Carter 02920 889542 or Delwyn Watkins 02920 884230 Or pay at door subject to availability. Caerphilly Medieval Market Date : 12 December 2009 Time : 0900 Venue : Caerphilly Castle/ Caerphilly Town Centre Enjoy a wonderful experience for the whole family and travel back in time to days of old. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a town and castle preparing for Christmas. Listen to seasonal period music and laugh at the hilarious frolics of the Jester, while you browse the medieval market within the castle walls. Stalls selling tasty food, replica medieval goods and traditional crafts will delight the family while medieval acts keep everyone entertained. a selection of shops

to browse in around the town centre. For more information on this event please visit www. The Christmas element of the website will be available shortly and will list the full entertainment programme. Most of the events and activities in the town centre are FREE. Entry charges apply to the Castle. For further details please telephone Caerphilly Visitor Centre on 029 2088 0011 More events on Page 48 Visit: for details of other events in the area.

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

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Turkey & Tinsel B DEPARTURE DATE



Monday 7th December

Ilfracombe - 4 nights


The Osborne Hotel is ideally situated to explore Ilfracombe, with the seafront just a 4 - minute walk away. The hotel has 53 en-suite rooms, some of which are adapted for disabled use. The price includes half board accommodation including breakfast and a 5-course evening dinner and nightly entertainment. Free home pick-ups in the Caerphilly area. Price shown is based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room.




Saturday 12th December

Calais & Bruges Christmas Markets - 1 night


( This is not a Turkey & Tinsel break) A 2 day, 1 night tour, giving you the opportunity to do your Christmas shopping in the famous Cité Europe complex on Saturday before visiting the Bruges Christmas Markets on Sunday. The Holiday Inn is located just 2 minutes from the Eurotunnel terminal. All guest rooms are equipped with private facilities including television, tea/coffee making facilities and mini-bar. The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness room. The price includes Executive coach travel, shuttle crossings, 1 night bed and breakfast ( based on 2 people sharing a twin room). Home pick-up’s are not available for this short trip.




Monday 14th December

Folkestone - 3 nights


Many holiday towns claim to have everything in the way of attractions, events and excursion opportunities. Folkestone certainly has. The Grand Burstin Hotel is a favourite with our clients and is located by the harbour and only a 10-minute walk from the main town and is three minutes from the beach. The hotel itself hosts fabulous entertainment every evening. There is also an indoor swimming pool, sauna and solarium. The price includes half-board accommodation, nightly entertainment, a day trip to Calais and free home pick-ups in the Caerphilly area.

Important Notice

You may have read in the press recently that CATS went into receivership earlier this year. Please note nobody has lost any holiday money or holiday through the liquidation of C.A.T.S. The new owners have taken over full responsibility for all future day trips and tours. If you have any questions or concerns please call us on the number shown below.

Call today on 029 20886117 CATS doing business as normal!

l Breaks - 2009 DEPARTURE DATE



Monday 14th December

Llandudno - 4 nights


The Grand Hotel in Llandudno features live entertainment every evening and is a splendid Victorian building in a prime location, overlooking the Promenade on the North Shore. Nestled at the foot of the Great Orme, with magnificent views out over the bay, this family hotel is a great place to stay in North Wales. The hotel has a warm and friendly atmosphere that emphasises friendly and hospitable service, along with superb entertainment. The price includes accommodation on a half-board basis, nightly entertainment, excursions to Llanfair and Chester, free home pick-up in the Caerphilly area.




Weds 23rd December Weds 30th December

Newquay - 4 nights Newquay - 3 nights

£295 £250

Newquay, the coast of dreams, represents a rare mix of wonderful coastlines, spectacular beaches washed clean by the Atlantic Ocean and crystal blue seas. One of Cornwall’s most popular attractions, the Eden Project is a great day out for all the family. The Kilbirnie Hotel has excellent leisure facilities for their guests to enjoy. These include indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, secluded sun terrace, solarium, large sauna, hydro spa, fully equipped fitness suite, hair studio and snooker room. The price includes half board accommodation, excursion to Truro, Padstow and Mevagissey with an optional visit to the Eden Project and free home pick-ups in the Caerphilly area.

Top Kat Travel - Winter 2009 Day Trips Date

Trip Details



Saturday 14th November

Birmingham Christmas Markets



Saturday 21st November

London Shopper



Saturday 28th November

Worcester Christmas Fayre




DECEMBER 2009 Saturday 5th December

Bath Christmas Markets



Saturday 12th December

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland



Saturday 19th December

Birmingham Christmas Markets



Sunday 20th December

Folly Farm Santa’s Grotto



All prices include Entrance Fee, where applicable

Prices are per person. Please call to receive our full brochure. CATS reserve the right to cancel any short breaks due to insufficient numbers.

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My Local View / November 2009

Getting Ready to Move So, you are finally ready to move house and are about to put it on the market. You’ve made improvements to increase the value, now all you need to do is to make it ready to show potential buyers and sell it as quickly as possible for the right amount. It’s the little things that catch people’s attention when they are viewing homes. Look at your house through new eyes starting from the kerb outside. This is where any potential buyer will first see your house and we all know how important first impressions are. Tidy up everything at the front of your house and hide the dustbins. If they cannot be hidden ensure they are as neat and as unobtrusive as possible. If you have a garden at the front of your house then make sure it looks as fabulous as possible by investing in a few new pot plants in full bloom. Repaint the front door, polish or replace any door furniture and make sure the outside of your house is as pristine as it can be. Other painting, if not done previously should be bland and unobtrusive; stick with neutral colours such as the ubiquitous magnolia. And don’t forget to repaint all the woodwork. Once through the door the next impression is your hallway, so once again ensure this is as inviting, bright and cheerful as possible. Hide any coats and shoes and place a vase of flowers or a nice piece of art on view. Your house should be spotlessly clean and tidy throughout. De-clutter as much as possible but don’t make the house looked too sterile, people need to see that this is a home not a showhouse. Hire a carpet and furniture cleaner to give everything a thorough scrub and perhaps hire a cleaning firm to spring clean every part of your house. Consider removing some of your furniture if possible to give the impression of more space. Maximise natural light by removing any net curtains and don’t forget to clean the windows. Put lights in any gloomy corners and create a sophisticated atmosphere. People are buying a lifestyle rather than a home.

Some people can see through your furniture and decor and imagine their own in your space but sadly these potential buyers are few and far between. Think of the type of people that are likely to buy your house and create the appropriate lifestyle look they require. Purchase a few interior design magazines to get an idea of how to dress your own house but don’t spend too much money, if any, as it will not necessarily increase the value of your home. On viewing days give your house a quick once over making sure everything is in order and that it looks the best that it possibly can. For many years people have advocated brewing fresh coffee or baking bread to add to the ambience of the home, but scented candles or other means of perfuming the air are less time-consuming and just as effective. Remember, first impressions count for a lot when it comes to buying and selling houses so make sure the first impression your house gives is one that instantly welcomes your potential buyer and makes them feel as at home as you do.

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