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Art Competition edition Penarth’s local magazine

Penarth View Summer in Penarth Art Competition Winner Congratulations to Johnny Robinson of Fairfield Primary School who was the winner of the Penarth View ‘Summer in Penarth Art Competition’. As his prize, Johnny’s painting is the cover of Issue 04 of Penarth View in which 10,000 copies have been printed and distributed throughout Penarth. As well as being chosen as the winner, Johnny will have his portrait painted by local artist Sheridan Ward. Fairfield Primary School, in which Johnny is a pupil, received £100 in vouchers to spend on educational resources at The Learning Partnership. The Learning Partnership is a company that provides educational training and resources to schools on a national and international basis.

Special Thanks: This competition would not have been possible without the help of the following: Sheridan Ward for judging and offering the fantastic portrait prize. Daniel Morgan from ‘A Perfect Moment Photography’ for photographing all 550 entries. Simon Keating at Adam Framers for framing the winning entry. Maggie Knight at The Washington Gallery for displaying the winning entry.

The framed winning entry will be on display at The Washington Gallery until the end of the first week of July. Highly recommended paintings are displayed in this publication but you are able to view all 550 entries on our website and just follow the link to the Art Gallery. Entries are organised into galleries by highly recommended then school by school.

The Learning Partnership for donating £100 in vouchers to the child’s school. Chris Gardner at Webjects for displaying the entries on the Penarth View website. Finally the 550 children who entered to make this a really special competition. View all entries at

Look out for Penarth View in 2011: September and November Penarth View is published by: Valley View Ltd, Penarth Office, Augusta Road, Penarth CF64 5RH Advertising & Editorial For details of rates and features, please telephone 029 2029 0499. Email: Editorial deadline The next edition will be circulated in Mid September 2011. The copy deadline for this issue is Friday 2nd September 2011. Distribution With a distribution of 10,000 Penarth View is delivered to homes across the area as well as being available in many locations.

Johnny Robinson of Fairfield Primary School, Winner of the ‘Summer in Penarth Art Competition’.

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Disclaimer Whilst every effort is made to achieve accuracy, Penarth View is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publishers. About Penarth View Penarth View is an independent publication which is funded and supported by contributions made by the featured businesses for their advertising features in this publication.

Nigel Dudley, Publisher

The Penarth View Team Publisher Nigel Dudley Designer Daniel Rayner Copywriter Ros Bromwich


issue 04 Welcome to the fourth edition of Penarth View, a truly local publication that is distributed free to the residents and businesses of Penarth. The aim and goal of Penarth View is to celebrate the diverse and vibrant community we have in Penarth where we feature quality local businesses combined with a mixture of local content, views and news.

In this issue: Summer in Penarth Art Competition

We want your news!

Congratulations to Johnny Robinson of Fairfield Primary School for winning the ‘Summer in Penarth’ Art Competition. We have displayed a number of the highly recommended paintings in this issue which can be found on pages 08 and 09 and 44 and 45. To view all the entries please go Penarth View Website

Penarth charities, sports teams and clubs: we would love to hear from you about future events and topics of interest. We are inviting local groups and organisations to send us information so that we can inform the community of what is happening in and around Penarth. Please get in touch at the address below and we will do our best to feature in a future issue of Penarth View.

Penarth Town Council’s Summer Festival Penarth Summer Festival and Carnival Day is almost here! As well as Carnival Day on 9th July, the Festival, from 7th to 17th July, has a wide variety of activities and entertainment for everyone. Full details on the events during the week including the Carnival Parade, the Downhill Derby and Festival Fireworks can be found on pages 20 and 21.

Penarth Pier Pavilion Grant Thanks to a £1.68m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Penarth Pier Pavilion is set to be reopened to the public. The Grade II-listed Art Deco seafront Pavilion, on one of only seven pleasure piers in Wales, has been closed to visitors since the 1990s, but thanks to a five-year community-led campaign, Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd (PACL) has secured the grant to fund major repair and restoration works to the Pavilion, both inside and out. Full details on pages 14 and 15.

Front Cover Summer in Penarth by - Johnny Robinson.

Special thanks to Chris Gardner of webjectS, for the Penarth View website. Daniel Morgan of A Perfect Moment for excellent photographs. Andy Rogers at Xpedient Print Services.

Challenge Wales The aim of the Challenge Wales charity, which is run entirely by volunteers, is to teach personal and social skills to young people between 12 and 25 through sailing. They learn about team work, communication skills, planning, respect for others, responsibility and self-esteem. Full details can be found on page 28.

Penarth Air Cadets at the helm of Challenge Wales 3

on Follow Penarth View on Twitter @PenarthView Penarth View now has a Twitter page. We would like as many local people in the community to follow us on twitter. Twitter is a great communication tool for gathering information not only from your home computer but also on the move through mobile phones. Penarth View Website Why Follow @PenarthView on Twitter? @PenarthView is a vehicle for the community. With so many businesses, clubs, societies,schools and individuals in #Penarth on Twitter, everyone within the community benefits by following @ PenarthView on Twitter. Follow @ PenarthView and we will follow you linking both our followers. Information can then be Retweeted to get the message out to hundreds, thousands and even more.

How does this work? For example @SamEscofet could Tweet to her followers about her Zumba classes at Trinity Methodist Church on Thursday Evenings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. We could Retweet this and this goes out to another group. It will work the same for @johnbrunott for Pilate’s lessons or @TrickyManoeuvre for driving lessons. But also it is a great way of promoting #Penarth Events.

Chris @WebjectS has written code into our website so that Twitter feed is displayed on the front of our website linking it back to more Twitter groups or websites. This is so powerful!

Penarth View Art Competition Gallery All entries to the #Penarth View Art Competition are displayed on our community pages at http:// This link can be sent via Twitter to friends and family all around the world.

How to Follow @PenarthView From your Twitter account search @ PenarthView or join via our website by clicking the Twitter icon.


Twitter feed about 2hrs ago Missed your Zumba Class this morning? Don’t worry @SamEscofet has another Thursday 7.308.30, Trinity Methodist Church, Penarth about 3hrs ago Personal Fitness Trainer John Bruno in Penarth has just joined twitter @ johnbrunott. More info @ about 18hrs ago Looking for a driving instructor in Penarth call Richard @ TrickyManoeuvre visit for details. 4

029 2070 2512 The Fig Tree Restaurant on Penarth Esplanade Our customer reviews keep getting better

Come and see for yourself Look out for the Fig Tree’s programme of special events. During June The Fig Tree had two special evenings with Michelin Star Chef Hywel Jones from BBC programme Great British Menu. Fig Tree Barbecue and Roof Terrace This summer the Fig Tree has opened The Roof Terrace for special barbecues. The Easter proved to be really busy and bookings can be made especially as the summer and holiday season approaches. The Roof Terrace Barbecue is open every weekend during the summer from 12pm onwards.

Sample Menu £6.95 Choose one of following: Chilli King Prawn Kebabs Lemon & Coriander Marinated Chicken Slow cooked Pork in Barbecue Sauce Fresh Sardines or Halloumi & Vegetable Skewers all with salads & warm pitta bread

or for £8 Welsh Black beef minute steak, also with salads & pitta.

The Fig Tree Sunday Lunch “Still the best in the Vale and the only restaurant serving roast rib eye of Welsh Black Beef. All of our food is homemade with a choice of 5 starters, including our own beetroot cured Salmon Gravadlax & Carmarthen Ham Hock Terrine with piccalilli 5 main courses with Welsh lamb & pork a fresh fish option as well as vegetarian Wellington & the Welsh Black Rib Eye. Choose from 5 desserts such as sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce, summer pudding with vanilla ice cream, Thai style rice pudding with mango sorbet or lemon Posset” says Mike.

1 course £11.95 2 courses £14.95 3 courses £17.95

The Fig Tree features special guest chefs throughout the year including Michelin Star chef Hywel Jones & Roux Scholarship winner and National chef of the year 2010 Hirishki Desari, Vegetarian impresario David Tomlinson

Penarth View Reader Special Early Bird Menu (Except for Special Event days) Tuesday & Wednesday 6 until 7pm 3 courses £16

Robert Colbert “Brilliant” Duffy “Exceptionally delicious”

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Worcester Bosch Group Combi Boiler What is a combi boiler? A combi boiler provides heating and hot water directly from the boiler. A combi (or combination) boiler is an ingenious space-saving idea, and an increasingly popular choice in UK homes. In fact, combis now account for well over half of all the new domestic boilers installed in Britain every year. A combi boiler is both a high-efficiency water heater and a central heating boiler, combined (hence the name) within one compact unit. Therefore, no separate hot water cylinder is required, offering space saving within the property. Further benefits of a combi boiler are significant savings on hot water costs and the fact that hot water is delivered through your taps or shower at mains pressure. So you can enjoy powerful showering without the need for a pump.

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Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latininspired, calorie-burning dance-fitness workout that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.

Zumba Fitness is the Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music created by Grammy Award-winning producers with contagious steps to form a ‘fitness party’ that is downright addictive. Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world’s largest – and most successful – dance-fitness program with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes around the globe. And you can do it right here in Penarth! Qualified Zumba instructor Samantha Escofet runs four classes in various venues around the town so there’s sure to be a time and place where you can come along and join in the fun. “When people see a Zumba class in action, they can’t wait to give it a try,” says Samantha. “Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to highenergy Latin and international beats. Before they realise, they are getting fit, having fun and their energy levels soar!”

“There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba fitness party. It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, and as a bonus regular participants often find they make lasting friendships in the classes.” After 12 years of critical care nursing and working as a resuscitation practitioner, Samantha took a break from nursing in 2010 and ventured into the fitness industry when her daughter was 18 months old. “I started with an Exercise to Music qualification with the intention of becoming a Zumba instructor. It began with one Zumba class in August 2010 and now I have four great classes in Penarth.” To ensure her clients get the most from their Zumba sessions Samantha has attended further Zumba training courses. She recently undertook Zumba B2 which adds flavour and the correct techniques of flamenco, tango, samba and belly-dancing to her teaching. “I have also done Zumba Toning. Although I don’t have plans to set up a Toning class at the moment it has allowed me to include the core/lower limb Zumba Toning technique into my regular classes,” says Samantha.

Sam Escofet Instructor Zumba Gold Next on the cards for Samantha, who runs loyalty discounts for all classes, is Zumba Gold training. Zumba Gold targets baby boomers, the largest growing segment of the population. “It modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle,” she explains. “All the elements Zumba is known for are still there: the zesty Latin music, such as salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere. “Active older adults want camaraderie, excitement and fitness as a regular part of their weekly schedule and Zumba Gold is the perfect fit. It’s a dance-fitness class that feels friendly, and most of all, fun.” The Zumba Gold class starts on August 4th, 11.15 to 12 in All Saints Church Hall. All other times of classes are as follows (note that from 7th July the Thursday evening class will move to the Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Windsor Road, Penarth).

Monday - 8-9pm in St Augustines Parish Hall, Albert Road, Penarth Wednesday - 6-6.45pm in Ex Servicemens club, Windsor Road, Penarth Thursday 10-11am - All Saints Church Hall, Victoria Square, Penarth Thursday 11.15-12 noon - Zumba Gold - All Saints Main Church Hall, Victoria Square, Penarth Thursday 7.30-8.30pm - Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Woodland Place, Penarth


Competition Winners Winner and highly recommended

1st picture winner Johnny Robinson Fairfield Primary School 2nd picture Tristan Goodway-Sims Stanwell Secondary School 3rd Picture Ava Mclellan-Morgan Victoria Nursey

Victoria Primary School, highly recommended 1st picture Jessica Twamley 2nd picture Jessica Jones 3rd picture Amelia Chick Victoria School Gallery at http://community. or follow link from www.

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Stanwell Secondary School, highly recommended 1st picture Bethan Evans 2nd picture Clara Hall 3rd picture Hugo Dodd Stanwell School Gallery at http://community. or follow link from www.

Fairfield Primary School, highly recommended 1st picture Dylan Smith 2nd picture Evelyn Smith 3rd picture Adam Robinson Fairfild Primary School Gallery at http:// community.penarth. or follow link from

Evenlode Primary School, highly recommended 1st picture Amy Fienes Nicoll 2nd picture Michael Maple 3rd picture Sophie Brewster Evenlode Primary School Gallery at http:// community.penarth. or follow link from

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029 2070 4254 Ogam Igam is an independent shoe shop offering a superb range of quality footwear for all the family. Their expertly fitted shoes are always chosen with the customer in mind. With classic styles from Startrite as their main children’s brand, Ogam Igam also has a variety of European brands for the summer with unique designs from Agatha Ruiz De La Prada and Geox. As they gear up for the busy backto-school season, Ogam Igam will be introducing the new brand Angry Angels for the girls, where fashion meets quality and comfort from sizes 3 to 8. They will also have a fantastic offer of 10% off trainers when bought with a pair of school shoes. Ogam Igam now has an eclectic selection of bags. They have brightly coloured Italian leather bags of all shapes and sizes and definitive spots in nautical colours from The Old Bag Company. New to the mix are Fairtrade Mafana straw bags from Madagascar. For the ladies, Ogam Igam has a wide range of new styles from trusted brands such as Hush Puppies. Romika and Josef Seibel are also back with their fantastic designs without compromising the adjustability for the wider fitting. Wolky has returned to Ogam Igam with a fresh splash of this year’s vibrant colours. With their made-for-walking philosophy we have more slender styles such as Salvia and soft Bago alongside the tried and tested Jewel.

Ogam Igam also has a wide range of interesting styles from El Naturalista; made with natural rubber outsoles and eco leather, this range is very comfortable to wear all summer long. Alegria is another movementconscious brand, originally designed for doctors and nurses. With their memory foam and latex insole, plus a rocker outsole to promote good posture, this Californian brand decided to go public and give their customers a bit of ‘colour therapy’. Rocket Dog and Blowfish have been introduced to the selection, with summery canvas and peeptoe pumps. Ogam Igam has also welcomed the popular Birkenstock brand with the classic moulded cork sole to their wide selection, with styles for all the family – yes that means the dads as well!

Children’s shoe specialist Extensive range of school shoes Professional fitting Quality women’s brands Style with comfort Chic leather bags 5 Royal Buildings, Penarth CF64 3EB


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A lovely new gifts and home accessories shop has opened just next to the Windsor Arcade. Step inside Windsors and you’ll be instantly charmed by both the selection of goodies on display and the excellent prices. Whether you’re after a gift with a difference for someone or want to treat yourself, there’s plenty to entice you here. Probably the first thing you’ll see is the striking display of Yankee Candle scented products. “We’re the only shop in the area to have the full range of Yankee Candle,” says owner Lynne Ellis. “We have everything, from the smallest scented candle for less than £2 up to big candles and lovely decorative oil burners to create a sweetsmelling atmosphere in your home. “There are loads of different aromas and colours to choose from, fruity, flowery, spicy and seasonal, so you can match the flavor to the occasion.”

Other stock to beautify your home includes various lamps, mirrors in the shape of a lipstick, quirky metal bottle holders, cushions, outdoor clocks, quirky floor ornaments – wooden zebra, anyone? -- and some carefully selected furniture. In store at present are stylish timber CD and DVD towers of various sizes, plus an oak extending dining table with different styles of chairs to match. The low prices – £30 for an attractive garden wall clock, for example – are a key to Lynne and husband Peter’s approach to offering great value to customers. “Opening Windsors has long been a dream for us. We have been in the home furnishing business locally for several years so we have really good connections with wholesalers. “We source our stock from many different suppliers and then we can pass on the good deals we get to our customers. We intend to keep the new items coming in so there’s always something new to see when you visit Windsors,” says Lynne.

Windsors website coming soon...

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David Baker & Company Centrally located and with convenient parking, independent Penarth Agent David Baker and his team have earned a reputation for being ‘large enough to cope but small enough to care’, and are dedicated to giving customers a personal service. David Baker & Company has been offering a quality professional and caring personal service in all matters of the property market since it opened in 1969 and has an unrivalled knowledge of the local area. What does an estate agent actually do for you when you ask them to sell your house? The first thing is suggesting an asking price, with a possible achievable sale price for your property. “We as the estate agent use our experience of similar properties in the area to suggest an asking price,” David explains. “It is an estimate based on recent sales activity and knowledge of the local market, but it is just that – an estimate. Remember that the estimate sets the asking price and that purchasers will expect to negotiate.” The fee the seller pays is a percentage of the sale price, usually between 1 and 1½ per cent.

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“Other tasks the estate agent will do include photographing the house and picking out some of the important features, producing a set of Sales Particulars, featuring your home in our window display and on the internet and sending the details to specific clients on our property register,” says David. What should your agent do for his fee? Your agent should be committed and available to advertise your home, to handle enquiries, introduce prospective buyers, accompany those who wish to view and to negotiate a price acceptable to you. “The vendor’s job is to make the house look its best for photography and to present it clean and tidy for viewings. Our job during a viewing is to point out the important features and mention such things as schools, transport facilities and local amenities. We feel this is a vital part of our service, especially for those purchasers who are not familiar with the area. “We are members of Rightmove and Zoopla, which are both multi-listing organisations with unrivalled nationwide coverage. Our new website www. features all our current properties, and these are also available to view on the UK’s largest property website – – where customers can browse properties 24/7.”

Once the word is out that the home is on the market, your estate agent organises appointments for prospective buyers to view your property and handles the offers. For a smooth transaction, it is important for vendors to make all aspects of the sale clear before it is completed. Never assume anything, don’t forget to talk about fixtures and fittings, for example. Confirming every stage of the sale, including fees, in writing with the agent, ensures peace of mind and no misunderstandings. For more advice and all your property needs, call or email David, Claire or Liz at David Baker & Company.

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For more advice and all your property needs, call David Baker & Company.

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Vale Removals is a family-run removals, delivery, storage and property clearance company based on Penarth Road, and provides a friendly, professional and reliable service for everyone from individuals and households to companies and organisations. “We try to offer our customers the best price with no compromise in service. We offer a wide range of services from single item deliveries and removals up to full property clearances in Penarth and nationwide,” says proprietor Gareth Hobbs. “We pride ourselves on our customer satisfaction, offering an approachable personal service tailored to each client’s needs. Moving house can be very stressful, so our aim is to remove the stress. Experience in the antiques trade means we know how to handle properly and safely even the most delicate of objects.” Services range from single item deliveries all the way up to full home removals including garden, garage, shed and everything else “Our rates are very competitive and we try to beat or match most like-for-like quotes given by other genuine companies. Included in almost all our quotes is full insurance, which covers the whole of your move at no extra cost.

There are no hidden costs: what is agreed is the final amount so there are no nasty surprises!” says business partner Emma Evans. “All quotes are free and we do not ask for any deposit or cancellation fees as we know by past experience that the majority of property sales falling through are not down to the individual customer.” Vale Removals also offers simple self-storage throughout the UK. “Whether you’re travelling the world, moving house, in business, a student or simply want to free up some space at home, we have the storage solution for you, and all at affordable prices,” says Gareth.

Storage is offered in conjunction with Storage King, Cardiff and Store With Us, Bridgend.

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Pack it in! Moving house? Selling goods on eBay? Need to wrap something precious? Vale Packing Supplies, the packing material specialist supplier, evolved from Gareth and Emma’s recognition that there was a need for packing materials in any quantities at great prices. “We know exactly what our customers are looking for, and that is the best quality at the best price,” says Gareth “Our aim is to sell customers only what they actually need, rather than bundling up package deals and supplying a mixture of items, some of which they would never need. Our service is tailored to you as an individual. “Stock ranges from bubble wrap and packing paper right up to removal boxes, wardrobe boxes, picture frame boxes and golf club holders, with a huge range in between, offered at internet prices to the local areas. Plus there is no VAT on top, and free delivery to Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. “For all your packing needs, we buy in bulk so you don’t have to.”


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Seafront landmark saved

thanks to £1.68m grant from Heritage Lottery Fund

The Pavilion is safe! Successful HLF bid brings £1.68 million to Penarth Pier Pavilion project Something big is happening in Penarth. Late last month the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) approved Penarth Arts & Crafts Ltd’s (PACL) grant application for £1.68 million for the renovation of the Penarth Pier Pavilion. This is a watershed event and marks the culmination of several years of project development. Five years ago the concept of Pavilion refurbishment was taken up by PACL, a local charitable trust, as an exciting venture to further its mission, to ‘preserve for the benefit of the people the historical and architectural heritage found in Penarth and the Vale of Glamorgan.’ Working under the banner “Let’s Make it Happen,” Maggie Knight, Project Director, and a team of experts plus volunteers, steadily progressed the project from PACL’s offices in the Washington Buildings on Stanwell Road. With HLF funding in place, as well as firm commitments from the Vale Council and other funding bodies, the project is now underway. Construction is projected to begin later in the year with a grand opening in the spring of 2013.

A Pavilion for everyone The fully restored Pavilion will be a state-of-the-art, flexible facility for everyone. It will host a range of activities such as school sessions, and will have a dedicated exhibition area focusing on the area’s maritime heritage. The first floor balcony will be redesigned to create an auditorium for lectures, conferences, and film screenings and a café will overlook the seafront. The Pavilion will benefit from PACL’s partnerships with a number of groups, including the volunteer organisation


‘Coastwatch’, wildlife sanctuaries and the RSPB. A new observation post will give people the chance to watch birds and other wildlife, with live images linked from cameras located in the Bristol Channel. Local teacher and mum, Jo Laity said, “ [the Pavilion] is a facility that will certainly benefit the whole community…I plan to be visiting and supporting a variety of environmental and historical projects on offer at the Pavilion with my students but also with my three children.” Besides families, the Pavilion’s appeal reaches to many other stakeholder groups, including the elderly, youth, and local businesses. Many of Penarth’s senior citizens spent time at the Marina Ballroom, housed in the Pavilion in the 1940s and 1950s. Judy Mancuso owner of local spa, EnerChi said, “the renovated Pavilion will provide tremendous benefits for Penarth. The seafront has been a disgrace for far too long. The Pavilion will encourage visitors and therefore provide opportunities for other businesses and additional employment. It will also give Penarth residents and business owners back a sense of pride - we should have a seafront to be proud of.”

029 2071 2100 Partnering with the Community The local community has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role in the Pavilion project, a key criterion for HLF in its decision to fund the project. Dan Clayton Jones, Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Wales, said, “The project has been led by the community from the start and it’s fantastic to see so many local people continuing to pledge their time and support…to make it a success.” Community support for the project has ranged from organising fundraising events to registering support via petition. So far, over 10,000 people have signed a petition to save the Pavilion, and as a result of the HLF grant, up to 230 people including staff, volunteers and students will be offered training opportunities. Jobs will also be created through the project, including positions for an Education and Learning Officer and Pavilion Manager and it is expected that many community members will get involved as volunteers, taking on roles such as heritage visitor guides. Rhodri Traherne, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, Vale Council, said, “The Pavilion project is a superb example

of community-led regeneration which we in the Vale Council are delighted to support. I have no doubt it will make a significant contribution to the economic prosperity of Penarth.” Vaughan Gething, Assembly member for Cardiff South and Penarth said, “The pier is the jewel in the crown of our seafront. The re-opening will make a huge difference to Penarth and I hope it will kick start further investment on the seafront.”

Learning, youth and schools The Pavilion will be a particularly beneficial facility for young people and schools. Not only will it provide significant educational opportunities with hands on learning, but the massive multi-purpose central area will be available for school productions, concerts, and demonstrations.

that the Pavilion is being ‘brought back to life’ will not only heighten children’s awareness of the history of Penarth, but will provide them with a facility offering a wide range of educational and recreational activities in a unique setting.”

The way forward There is still a lot to be done in order to keep the project moving forward. A community fundraising drive is well underway with a target of £50,000. There will be a variety of events, including the on-going concert series at the Washington Gallery, in the coming months, through which you can show your support. In addition, the team at PACL welcomes your input, and invites you to get in touch if you wish to help in other ways. Check out the Pavilion website,, or contact the Washington Gallery at 029 2071 2100 for further information.

Steve Rees, Head Teacher of Evenlode Primary School said, “I think the fact

LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN! Illustration by Chloe Hayman

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The Business Column... Damian Evans is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Director of iC accountancy in Penarth. Pose your business queries to the iC team at: Damian Evans Director, iC accountancy

HMRC taRgets Vat dodgeRs

Following a series of tax collection campaigns to encourage voluntary disclosures - including those in the medical profession, those who have offshore investments and most recently plumbing and heating engineers - HMRC’s latest target is VAT dodgers. HMRC has set up a special squad to identify businesses who are not VAT registered yet trade above the £73,000 VAT threshold. More than £500m has been raised from voluntary disclosures and a further £100m via follow up activity – the authority is warning offenders’ to register now before facing fines

1 in 10 sMes Miss taX RetURn deadLine

According to a recent survey of 500 small businesses by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, 10% of those questioned stated that they had made a late VAT payment or missed the tax return deadline. Furthermore, the research stated that 19% of businesses have missed out on tax breaks and grants. If you are experiencing difficulties in meeting HMRC deadlines please contact us.

U-tURn on tHe aboLisHMent of CHeqUes?

In 2009 it was announced by the UK Payment Committee that cheques would be phased out by 2018. However, with many individuals and indeed small businesses relying on cheques as a day-to-day payment method, the Treasury Select Committee

T: 029 2071 3800 has been inundated with letters from the public expressing their concern and has now re-opened an inquiry into the future of this payment method.

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Pensions Business owners can claim back tax relief on personal pensions on their self Assessment return, whilst for employed individuals, employers’ will typically take pension contributions from their pay before deducting tax.

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ChildCAre vouChers these operate via a salary sacrifice scheme where employers make deductions from the employee’s gross salary and pay it directly to the childcare provider. individuals joining the scheme are eligible to claim basic rate tax relief of 20%.

MArried CouPles if one spouse is a higher rate taxpayer and the other a basic rate taxpayer, it is possible to minimise tax by transferring assets such as stocks, shares, and properties to the lower rate payer. For personalised advice, please contact us.

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Where spending is being reigned in, training is all too often an area where budgets are trimmed - so we are pleased to announce the availability of heavily subsidised Welsh Government funded training, offered by Cardiff based Consult Capital. From short workshops to fully accredited courses or wholly bespoke training programmes, Consult Capital’s portfolio of funded learning and development courses spans an extensive range of business training themes, delivered in a highly practical and interactive manner, from just £42 per day. The funding is available to to all organisations with staff based in Wales. For more information, visit:

20% Rise in HigHeR Rate taX PaYeRs

In April the higher rate threshold (where a 40% tax on earnings is applied) was reduced to £35,000 of taxable income, from the original level of £37,400. A recently published forecast by HM Revenue & Customs has shown that a 20% rise in the number of higher rate tax payers from 3.1 million to 3.7 million is predicted this year.

029 2070 1600 independent financial advisers WILL THE PENSION CONTRIBUTION CHANGES AFFECT YOU? As part of last year’s spending review, the Government has radically changed the amount that can be invested into a pension plan from 6th April 2011. For the majority, there is unlikely to be a significant change, because the new ‘annual allowance’ is £50,000 (down from £255,00), which is far more than many of us would have been contributing in any event. It will, however, affect high earners with a long service history who are members of a defined benefit (final salary) scheme, or anyone wishing to use an inheritance or lottery win to boost their retirement fund. If you fall into either of these categories, please contact us.

Main Changes

Other changes

The principal changes are that:

The total amount that a pension fund can reach before a lifetime allowance charge (an anything up to 55%, depending how the money is taken) starts being reduced from April 2012 to £1.5 million from £1.8 million.

• Tax relief will be available at up to 50% for those on the top rate; and • It may be possible to ‘carry forward’ unused relief from up to three previous years An important side-effect of this is that some people who have been prevented from increasing their pension contributions this year by virtue of earning above £130,000 a year may be able to invest more after April.

There is also a change to the way that contributions to ‘defined benefit’ pension schemes are compared with the annual allowance; the ‘factor’ used is changing from ten times to sixteen times. This will have the effect of making a relatively smaller increase in benefits reach the annual allowance more quickly. Again, those likely to be affected should ask for individual advice.

If you would like to receive a copy of our newsletter, or would like to arrange a free, no obligation review of your current investments or pension arrangements please telephone Louise on 02920 701600 or call in to our offices at 41 Ludlow street, Penarth, where we would be happy to diarise a convenient time. Wentworth (Financial Consultants) Ltd are Authorised and Regulated by The Financial Services Authority. Company Registration No. 1975223

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When local chartered building surveyor, Alex French, set up his company in May 2010 his aim was to bring a fresh and more dynamic approach to the business of building surveying with an emphasis on customer service. He wanted to build long-term working relationships with clients through an understanding of their individual requirements and consistently providing a professional and costeffective service. Before setting up close to home, Alex worked for a long-established firm of chartered surveyors in Cardiff. “Among the many reasons for starting my own company was the attraction of having an office in Penarth, says Alex. “I believe there is a strong sense of community in the town, which allows local businesses to thrive and feel supported. This was demonstrated recently while I was project managing the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Windsor Arcade in the centre of town. As the building couldn’t be closed during the restoration, the work had to be organised around the needs of the tenants and the local shoppers, all of whom understood and were supportive of what needed to be done.” As well as project management, Alex French Associates Ltd (AFA) has particular expertise in adaptations for disabled people. The company’s clients can range from someone who is severely disabled and who needs purpose-built accommodation to an elderly person who simply needs a few adaptations made to their home to make day-to-day life easier. “Many people don’t realise what a difference a few simple modifications can make to their lives,” explains Alex. “By working closely with the client, AFA can create an environment which is safe, accessible and cost-effective.”

AFA offers a full range of building surveying services, which include: • Project management Acting as contract administrator/ employer’s agent on refurbishment and renovation of commercial, industrial and domestic properties, domestic extensions, commercial fit-outs and development of listed buildings. • Disabled adaptations Producing an Accommodation Report and design options, advising on the appointment of additional consultants, producing a specification and schedule of work, obtaining planning and building regulation approval, inviting tenders and producing relevant tender documentation and coordinating the project until final completion.

• Defect reports Carrying out defect surveys and producing reports identifying causes and making recommendations for remedial works. This could also include an Expert Witness Report if necessary. • Asbestos surveys Type II surveys on residential, commercial and industrial type buildings. • Sustainable building technology Advising on all aspects of renewable energy and sustainability.

• Architectural/design work The provision of design work and the production of planning and building regulation drawings for commercial, residential and listed buildings. • Party wall disputes Acting as party wall surveyor to both sides and as ‘agreed surveyor’. 18

• CDM coordination Acting as CDM coordinator on all types of commercial and industrial buildings.

For more information or to discuss a particular project, contact Alex by phone, email or visit the website.

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0800 634 9920 - Where we take care of you while you take care of your business.

The Business Centre provides flexible serviced office space, conference and meeting room hire, call answering facilities and business support services. The Business Centre is operated by the owners of Masons Moving Group, the long established moving and storage company. The Masons reputation, work ethic and business professionalism built up over more than 105 years worth of business relations have been transferred to The Business Centre. The Business Centre is the only provider of fully serviced office accommodation in the Vale of Glamorgan and since opening in January 2007 it has revitalised the modern, competitive office accommodation industry within the area. “The Business Centre is an independent, owner-managed company with a number of years’ experience within the serviced office industry. We have a reputation for providing a personal service of the highest standard in a professional but convivial environment. We are committed to delivering a fivestar service and making coming to work a pleasure,” says proprietor James Mason. “At The Business Centre we provide modern serviced office suites with a set monthly office rental which includes services ranging from business rates and utility bills to cleaning services and professional receptionists answering calls in your business name. “In the current difficult trading climate, we are also extremely proud to be able to offer new clients a discount of up to 50% off your monthly office rental, which we hope will support start-up and local businesses operating their companies from The Business Centre to build a relationship with us. “With a choice of licence agreements of three, six or 12 months, with a onemonth notice period to be given when leaving the office space, we believe this to be an ideal opportunity for businesses to operate with no long term leases and, most of all, to reduce some of the ‘what if’s’ of the future,” says James.

Left to right - James Mason (Centre Manager), Lynne Sewell (Receptionist), Sarah Devenport (Receptionist) and Nathan Paget (Admin/Marketing Assistant) “Along with flexible serviced office space, we can provide conference and meeting room hire. We also offer call answering facilities which will enhance the credibility of your business by making a lasting first impression to all of your clients.”

To find out more contact James Mason or Nathan Paget on 0800 6349920 or email James@

Serviced Offices Monthly office rental including office furniture General & environmental rates Building insurance & maintenance costs Heating, lighting & power charges Full telephony & IT infrastructure 24 hour automated access with CCTV cameras & monitoring FREE parking FREE on-site gym In-house coffee shop - The Coffee Zone

Virtual Office Calls answered in your business name Professional & friendly receptionists Message forwarding via email or seamless transfer Use of company address Postal & parcel services Use of Coffee Zone & break-out areas

Conference & Meeting Rooms Rooms to accommodate up to 70 people Designated conference coordinator Beverages available In-house catering facilities Overhead projectors & screens IT Training Suite available

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Penarth Summer Festival 2011 Penarth Summer Festival and Carnival Day is almost here! As well as Carnival Day on 9th July, the Festival, from 7th to 17th July, has a wide variety of activities and entertainment for everyone. Carnival Day diary Carnival Day returns to the Esplanade on 9th July, from 1pm. There are so many activities, from the wonderfully colourful Pirate Parade including classic cars, walking bands, uniformed organisations and Penarth’s most exuberant characters to water skiing and Spitfire displays and, of course, the famous donkey rides, Downhill Derby and funfair. The Parade, led by the Town Crier, will leave West House (home to the Town Council) at 12.45pm and travel along Stanwell Road, Bradenham Place, Hickman Road, Windsor Road, through the Town Centre, Windsor Terrace to Beach Hill and on to the Esplanade, where the Town Mayor will open the Carnival Day celebrations. From 1pm Bro Radio will host the Summer Festival Radio Roadshow from the stage in front of the Italian Gardens. The Samba Band, Copthorne Singers and Seren will delight the crowds with their showtime songs. Later in the day some fantastic local and hugely popular bands, Motive, Funhouse and The Woods, will play into the evening up to the fireworks from the Pier.

Children’s rides and funfair From 1pm. No celebration would be complete without funfair rides, trampolines, stalls and sweets for the children. Vale Amusements, who have supported the Summer Festival for many years, will provide the entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening.

Donkey rides Calling all children … from 1pm the clifftop will host the ever popular donkey rides that have long been a favourite of the Summer Festival, along with a police dog display. After the Parade the Classic Cars will park on the grass verge by the cliff path for inspection from 1.45pm. Get your cameras ready!

Come and see these historic aircraft at the Esplanade from 1.30pm (during the Spitfire and Lancaster displays the Pier will need to be evacuated). A SAR Sea-King helicopter, of the kind piloted by HRH the Duke of Cambridge, will also be on show with our own RNLI lifeboat team to entertain the crowds on the esplanade.

Punch and Judy Punch and Judy shows will take place on the Pier from 2pm. There will be three shows each 25minutes long so make sure you check the times of the shows on the Pier.

Take to the air Spectacular aircraft displays are lined up for Carnival Day. There will be a display from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight including the breathtaking Spitfire and the spectacular Lancaster Bomber PA474, of which there are only two left in the world. The Spitfire is one of the most recognisable and famous aircraft in the world and remained in RAF front-line service up to 1954.

If you would like more details of the events on Carnival Day or the activities throughout the Summer Festival please contact Keri Hutchings (event organiser) at or look at the Events page on the Council’s new website at


and Carnival Day

9th July

Water ski display

Art on the Clifftop

Youth Event

Penarth Water Ski Club will again wow the crowds with their unique and exciting display routines at 2.30pm. What will they have up their wetsuit sleeves this year?

The Clifftop Artists, who have been part of the Summer Festival for more than 36 years, will again display their paintings along the clifftop path from 7th to 17th July, throughout the whole Festival period.

L8R is back, with marquees, bands, food and drink in the grounds of the Kymin, Beach Road, Penarth, 6pm to 10.30pm. Everything is free, including entry. Dance to the music, get involved, relax in the grounds and enjoy.

Free buses

NB: Admission is for ages 13 to 18.

Look out for the two FREE buses (vintage and open top) throughout the day on Carnival Day. The buses will pick up passengers on a ‘hail and ride’ basis, where it is safe to stop. Route: Penarth Pier, Marine Parade, Raisdale Road, Augusta Road, Lavernock Road, Cornerswell Road, Stanwell Road, Town Centre (Windsor Terrace), Windsor Road, Cogan Leisure Centre and return.

Festival fireworks

Downhill Derby The adrenalin-soaked Downhill Derby will take place on Cliff Hill from 4.30pm. This year’s event will again be captured on video and can be viewed via the Town Council’s new website at

Eats and drinks All the day’s food and refreshments will be provided by local traders, so you can choose a cone of chips on the pier, barbecue food from Mediterraneo, delicious treats from The Fig Tree or one of the food stalls on the promenade.

Carnival Day ends with the wonderful fireworks display off the end of the Pier. The Fireworks will start at 10pm and are best viewed from the Esplanade. 21

029 2070 9526 As well as keeping your eyes in top condition and your vision at its clearest, Osmond Drake Opticians will have you looking your best in the warmer months with its new ranges of designer frames, prescription sunglasses, UV-protective contacts and sports eyewear for men and women. Did you know it’s just as important to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays as it is to shield your skin? The intense ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun can damage sensitive cells in the eyes, eventually affecting vision. “It is difficult to isolate the exact amount of damage that UV radiation imposes on the eye over a long period, but studies have shown that the effects build up and may increase the chance of developing eye problems later in life. These may include cataracts, a leading cause of reduced vision in the UK in people aged 60 and older,” says dispensing optician Alison Drake. A real boon to specs wearers is prescription sunglasses – they mean you can actually see in the bright sunlight! “To keep your eyes protected and keep you looking cool, we have prescription sunspecs from Ocean Blue and Dakota,” says Alison “We are also offering a 50% discount when purchased as a second pair, which makes them great value. Prices start from £52.50 for single vision, from £64.50 for bifocals and from £74.50 for varifocals,” says Alison.

Contact lenses can offer an alternative to sunglasses. “UV-blocking contact lenses provide all-day UV protection and can help protect against transmission of harmful radiation to the cornea and into the eye,” says Alison. “Osmond Drake supplies Acuvue contact lenses, all of which offer UV blocking across the entire product line. They block the peripheral rays that can enter around sunglass frames.

can all be matched with this season’s handbags and will appeal to women who like to be fashionable but have an independent sense of style,” says Alison. Also just arrived in stock is a full range of prescription sports eyewear. Specialist spectacles and goggles are available for most individual sports and include eye protection and correction for swimming, cycling, snooker, bowls, golf, skiing, diving, squash and football.

“We offer a no-obligation preassessment appointment free of charge, so come in and find out if they would be the right solution for you.” New to Osmond Drake is a range of ladies’ frames by Radley, the British brand of beautiful handbags and accessories known for their high quality, creative design and outstanding value. “It is an exciting range of metal, acetate and ophthalmic sunglasses, which

Visit Osmond Drake for personalised, professional care for your eyes.

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the jewellers

New designs

Visit the Rowley’s The Jewellers page on Facebook for frequent updates made with traditional craftmanship. about everything Rowley’s.

Responsible, Ethical & Fairtrade At Rowley’s, renovating, repairing, reuse and recycling is second nature. Jewellery is by its nature made of valuable precious materials but it’s often the personal sentimental value behind an item that is of even greater worth.

Mustardseed & Moonshine Mustardseed & Moonshine was founded by Kate Carlyle in Cape Town, South Africa in 1992 to celebrate her love of the botanical form. The idea was to make beautiful ceramic flower-shaped tableware that was both usable and durable. The business has grown over the years, but it remains a studio of dedicated artists and the pride that goes into each piece is tangible; these amazingly delicate creations are

“We like to think that beautiful items also have beautiful origins, so it’s essential that the production of these objects has a positive impact on lives and communities,” says Rowley’s co-proprietor Petra Aydin Barberini. “At Rowley’s we feel an important factor in purchasing jewellery or gifts is the ethical and environmental attributes behind products. Many of the companies we work with are at the forefront of 21st century thinking – adopting codes of practice designed to enshrine the rights of their workers as well as developing environmentally friendly means of manufacture and distribution. “For instance, we look to our diamond suppliers to be part of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. It imposes extensive requirements on its diamond-producing member states to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict-free’,”.

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dishwasher, oven and microwave proof.

Kazuri beads “There has to be an audit trail and you have to say where a diamond came from. It was a very simple idea. If you want to be part of the legitimate diamond trade you have to be in the Kimberley Process. It’s not a perfect process and in war-ridden countries abuses of the system can take place but we are confident that our suppliers adhere strictly to these codes of practice. It ensures that high-quality jewellery needn’t come at a high ethical cost.” Another exciting development is the introduction of Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold. This is the world’s first independent ethical certification system for gold that offers the guarantee of a product which has been responsibly mined from small-scale and artisanal mines in South America. This is a trailblazing development setting the benchmark for the jewellery industry. “By offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalised producers and workers, Fairtrade partnerships worldwide are helping to secure sustainable development opportunities in some of the poorest regions of the world,” says Petra.

One such product is Kazuri, handpainted ceramic jewellery made in Kenya. Every bead which makes up a necklace or bracelet is shaped by hand by one of the 300 local women employed by Kazuri. Founded by the late Lady Susan Wood in 1975, the principal aim of Kazuri (which means small and beautiful in Swahili) has been to provide sustainable employment and health and educational services for disadvantaged people – in particular young women and single mothers. A member of the World Fair Trade Organisation, Kakuri now makes well over 5 million beads a year.

Rowley’s is proud to stock items made with ethical and Fairtrade origins such as Kazuri, Fresh Cargo, Noah’s Ark, Moonshine & Mustardseed and many others.

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mme Electrical Contractors

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Electrical work, whether it’s for a new build, an office fit-out, an extension or a home renovation and rewire, is definitely an area where you need reliable and qualified trade professionals. MME Electrical Contractors offers high quality expert professional service, competitive prices and reliability to domestic and commercial customers throughout Penarth and surrounding areas. “We are NICEIC-certified and fully qualified for all kinds of electrical maintenance jobs, wiring, lighting installations and fitting sophisticated home electrical systems,” says Mike from MME. Current projects have included converting a pub into apartments, with a complete re-wire and all new fittings.

Keep safe at home Penarth has many older style houses, with equally old style wiring. “Fire service statistics suggest that defective wiring or appliances cause more than 12,500 fires in homes every year, resulting in 25 deaths and more than 590 injuries,” says Mike. There could also be more than 500 injuries and five deaths caused by faulty electrical installations. Recent surveys have shown that more than 2 million homes in the UK need some kind of electrical repairs. “Older houses are especially at risk. The Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) recommends that domestic wiring installations are checked every 10 years and maintained periodically,” says Mike. “Electrical safety hazards that can be found in a typical family home range from fire, electric shock and overloading of circuits, to the use of electrical equipment in bathrooms and outdoors “The laws are getting tougher, too. In Wales, you are now required by law to use an electrician competent to current standards, to carry out most electrical work. You are not only risking penalties, but also your life if you do it yourself.”

Most wiring is hidden in walls and floors, but here’s a handy checklist: 1. Is the wiring more than 15 years old? 2. Has it been longer than 10 years since it was checked? 3. Do your plugs or sockets get hot? 4. Has electrical work been carried out by amateurs, and never checked? 5. Do you have to use adaptors or extension leads regularly to run your appliances? 6. Do you use electrical equipment outdoors?

If you have answered YES to any of these, MME could help. For all your domestic and commercial electrical needs, Mike and his team are available in Penarth and the surrounding areas. For further information on electrical safety, visit the Electrical Safety Council’s website at

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Acorn Timber Mouldings

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Adrian Harding of Acorn Timber Mouldings specialises in creating and installing joinery and carpentry using a range of beautiful hard and soft woods. “Timber mouldings, window and door frames, cornices and staircases should be decorative as well as functional, and many different finishes can be created depending on the choice of wood,” says Adrian, who has 22 years in the trade behind him. “We use hard woods grown sustainably and sourced around the world for our products. Species include well known names such as oak and European oak, plus more exotic timbers such as sapele and idigbo, both from Africa. Acorn Timber Mouldings is well known for making and fitting traditional box sash windows. “They are so much to be preferred to the aluminium or uPVC-framed ones which are widely installed these days, often not matching the age or style of the house at all.” “Sash windows, with their proportions and elegance, were one of the most important visual elements in buildings of the 19th centuries, of which there are many in the Penarth and surrounding area,” says Adrian.

Bifold Patio Doors Bifold doors are high on the ‘must have’ list for anyone improving their home or adding a new extension as they truly offer the opportunity to blend your living area with your garden. They are used extensively on most of the popular ‘make-over’ television programmes and magazines due to their ability to instantly change your living style by providing an unobstructed opening onto your patio or directly into your garden.

Barry-based Acorn Timber Mouldings will undertake the manufacture, supply and fix of all types of joinery for traditional and new works. Recent projects include a barn conversion into apartments, patio bifold doors, the installation of timber roof lights and a timber shop front for a store locally. Adrian is a quality craftsman with all work including installation and glass adhering to local authority specifications.

“A timber bifolding door provides a truly traditional, natural looking door that has slim sight lines and being timber adds a feeling of natural warmth to the room. Timber folding sliding doors are a very popular choice in coastal locations as external doors and are extensively used as internal doors for closing off the conservatory from the main home” says Adrian

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The Penarth Motor Company is fast becoming the number one choice for used vehicles in the Vale of Glamorgan. Approaching its first birthday since opening in June 2010, the Penarth Motor Company sells quality used cars at probably the lowest prices in the surrounding areas. Co-owners Chris Greenaway and Dusty Jones, both locals with many years’ experience in the motor trade, take pride in knowing their business is at the gateway to Penarth and in looking after customers who live and work in the area. “We want the business to present a good first impression to the town. We have worked hard over the last 12 months to transform what we believed was a dilapidated site into a warm and welcoming environment, which our customers say compliments the rest of our beautiful town,” says Chris. Chris and Dusty were both sales managers at the Citroen dealership on Hadfield Road before setting up the Penarth Motor Company on Windsor Road. “The majority of our vehicles are sourced from main dealer part exchanges with full or part service history,” says Chris. “All our vehicles are HPI clear and come with a brand new MOT and an RAC warranty, and we aim to offer the lowest prices in the area. We have a good selection of cars for everyone’s needs and budget, from £500 runabouts to £15,000 prestige marques.”

Windsor Road, Penarth CF64 1JG

029 2070 7090

029 2070 7090 The only choice for used cars in Penarth

“If we don’t have what you want in stock we can source any vehicle, any age and at the lowest price for you,” says Dusty. “We offer our customers an extensive range of extras, such as organising finance for a purchase. We can also sell your car on a ‘sale or return’ basis if required. “Customers can buy a used car from us with confidence and peace of mind. We will look after people throughout the whole buying and after sales process.”

Contact the Penarth Motor Company to arrange a test drive and look out for Chris and Dusty’s Penarth Motor Company Car of the Week on Twitter @PenarthView.

Opening Times Monday 09:00 - 18:30 Tuesday 09:00 - 18:30 Wednesday 09:00 - 18:30 Thursday 09:00 - 18:30 Friday 09:00 - 18:30 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Discount for Penarth View readers Do you have a Penarth postcode? Do you want to save £250 off your next used car? Bring this publication to Penarth Motor Company to redeem your discount. Terms and conditions apply.

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SET SAIL WITH CHALLENGE WALES Vicky Williams is a volunteer with the Welsh sail training vessel Challenge Wales, which is based in Penarth Marina. Here she explains to Penarth View what it’s about and how the whole community can get involved with this exciting project. Challenge Wales, a 72-foot yacht, raced around the world twice in one of the world’s toughest yacht races before beginning a more sedate life here in Penarth.

Wales at a time: 10 young people, two group leaders or teachers and up to six Challenge Wales crew. For those who are aged under 26 a Challenge Wales bursary fund is available if eligible.

The aim of the Challenge Wales charity, which is run entirely by volunteers, is to teach personal and social skills to young people between 12 and 25 through sailing. They learn about team work, communication skills, planning, respect for others, responsibility and self-esteem.

Adults can also get involved in sailing Challenge Wales by joining the boat for a big boat sailing day or a weekend away to Lundy Island. There are opportunities to race (such as in the famous Round the Island Race in the Solent) and to gain a sailing qualification through the Challenge Wales Training Centre.

The young people who sail on Challenge Wales may be working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or a sailing qualification; most will either be in school or on an alternative curriculum programme while others are simply looking for a new challenge. Challenge Wales puts everyone on to a level playing field. It gives young people a new and often challenging experience but at the same time it is often rewarding as there is a sense of achievement at the end of the trip when you know that everyone on board has played their part in getting the yacht home. Eighteen people sail on Challenge

You can keep track what the charity is up to by following us on Twitter on Twitter and Facebook (just search for Challenge Wales) are a great way for young people, and the young at heart, to talk to us and to share ideas!

There are also opportunities for companies to take part in leadership and team development days on board, and for families, friends and colleagues there are evening and day time sailing opportunities. It is these trips that help to fund the charity. Volunteers are needed to run the charity, from sailing the boat to running the office, from cleaning and maintenance to shopping for 18 people, from fundraising by taking part in sponsored events or collecting printer ink cartridges for recycling to raising awareness of the charity through marketing! Even if you are a complete landlubber, you can help. 28

Details on Challenge Wales can be found at

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Cor Cleaning Make a sparkling asnew oven part of your clean this year – and let Cor Cleaning do the hard work! Cor Cleaning will provide a professional domestic biodegradable, non-caustic oven cleaning and valeting service which will leave your cooker in near showroom condition. “We use specially built oven cleaning tanks which remove all traces of carbon from removable parts of the oven,” says Cor Cleaning’s Graham Linnard. “Other cleaners claim to offer a bio-degradable, non-caustic service but still use caustic chemicals in their dip tanks. You can be assured that our service is 100% safe: no fumes, no odours and no harmful chemicals. “We ensure our work is carried out with minimal disturbance and what’s more, our eco-friendly oven cleaning means your appliances and oven

are completely safe to use as soon as we’ve finished,” says Graham.

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Summer essentials from ener-chi Summer smooth skin is a must. Try ener-chi warm chocolate waxing for perfect painfree results. Pedicures are always popular and we are pleased to introduce MINX foils to compliment our fabulous range of colours or perhaps a subtle French polish. For appointments or information on medical cosmetic procedures call 02920 707356

Ask ener-chi The team at ener-chi are happy to receive questions on all aspects of natural health care, nutrition, herbal remedies and complimentary therapies. Email your questions to and you will receive a personal reply and could be featured in the next Penarth View, anonymously if you wish.

Summer-time blues Dear ener-chi, Having just booked my lovely summer holiday, I know find myself in the usual panic, dreading the flight, the thought of mosquitoes terrifies me and I suffer badly with prickly heat, any idea’s to help me achieve the relaxing break I need, greatly appreciated. Louise x


Hi Louise How lovely the thought of a sun kissed beach to relax and enjoy. Here are some top tips to ensure a happy healthy holiday. For the fear of Flying or just getting anxious at the whole process of travel, then make sure you take Emergency Essence. Five drops in a little water 3 times a day starting a few days before you travel. Keep the essence with you on the day of travel. Mosquitos and other bugs hate citronella essential oil. Add a few drops to your usual body cream and apply liberally, or just carry some on a tissue or cotton pad. Prickly heat can be very irritating but by apply cooling aloe vera gel may help. A top tip is to try a natural sunscreen as in most sunscreens it can often be the chemicals in the cream lotions that irritate prickly heat.

029 2070 0711 Lawrence and Lorraine Gonthier of Floors on Floors are celebrating seven years in business in Penarth, offering many years of experience in the industry, certified good service and a flooring product range to rival any. Lawrence and Lorraine moved to Penarth in 1994 with their young family. After many years in the business they decided in 2004 to open their new store, Floors on Floors. It proved to be a wise decision, and they have been offering a friendly welcome, extensive product knowledge, good advice and reliable personal service to customers at the Cornerswell Road shop since then. “I usually do all the quotations and measuring myself as I like to be personally involved with every job we do,” says Lawrence. “Customers can buy from us with confidence because we are members of the Carpet Foundation and follow the Office of Fair Trading code of practice for quality service for supply and installation of carpets.” Floors on Floors is also the approved retailer of quality hard flooring brands such as Amtico and Karndean, and provides a range of floor coverings that gives customers the chance to create a huge variety of looks for all rooms of the house. “We can get samples of any style and colour of carpet or floor covering that customers want to see,” says Lorraine. “Being approved retailers of these quality brands means we can meet almost any request, and of course we are never knowingly undersold, either!”

Lawrence has been in the flooring trade all his working life, starting with an apprenticeship. This depth of experience, and his commitment to the customer, mean a level of service that the large chain stores can’t match. It also leads to a fair amount of referral business from local builders who recommend Floors on Floors to their clients.

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“Come to the studio and our friendly and approachable team will advise on the best choices for your home, with a complete range of floor and window coverings for every room to choose from,” says Lawrence.

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NORTH MEETS SOUTH With echoes of South Africa as its theme, North Meets South café continues to thrive at the top of the picturesque Windsor Arcade. The African influence is still going strong at North Meets South under chefs/owners Tony and Anna Slater, who are coming up for their second anniversary at the busy café. “As well as the African memorabilia decorating the walls, all the dishes are named after places there, and flavours from the region are sprinkled throughout the menu,” says Anna. “One of our most popular dishes is a Moroccaninfluenced chicken with fresh coriander – delicious.” Open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, North Meets South has built a reputation for its excellent takeaway sandwiches, but Tony and Anna are keen to spread the word about what else they do. “We do so much more,” says Anna. “We’ve extended the menu to include breakfasts and proper lunches – North Meets South has a licence for beer and wine – and a fantastic selection of French patisserie made for us by a local patissier.”


Since taking over the business two years ago the couple, who have three children themselves, have invested in a new kitchen and renovated the toilets and baby changing room to make it more comfortable for customers. There are tables inside the café and also outside. The lunch menu includes curries and salads, all with the African theme, and all made fresh to order using locally sourced ingredients where possible. “We cook all our meat, bought from Thompson’s Butchers, with fruit and vegies from Windsor Fruit Stores here in the arcade and our bread from Bruton’s,” says Anna.

029 2070 8157

Tony and Anna also stock and sell Fairtrade tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and biscuits. “Our cakes are irresistible too, all hand made, especially our famous carrot cake. Come in for a slice, or a Panini, and a coffee, either to take away or if you have time to sit and relax for a while,” says Anna. As well as running the busy café, Tony and Anna are the main caterers for Westbourne School, providing 40 to 60 hot lunches for the pupils and staff every day, and recently catering for the school’s graduation dinner. Drop in and enjoy the great food, the warm welcome and the ambience at North Meets South.

Outside Catering North Meets South offers a range of outside catering services for all kinds of functions. This can mean anything from catering for a local wedding anniversary; a family get together, a group celebration, schools or events and corporate hospitality. They are able to cater for groups of up to 200 people from their premises in the Windsor Arcade. Mike says “Our menus give a balance that caters for a variety of diets and can be tailored to fit in with your ideas, a particular favourite dish or just to meet your budget or dietary requirements.”

7 Windsor Road, Penarth CF64 1JB 33

nickstout Paving & Landscaping

029 2071 1364 079 7387 3965

Nick Stout Paving & Landscaping have been creating beautiful drives, paths, patios and gardens in clay, concrete and natural stone at homes across Cardiff and the Vale for many years. Why choose Nick Stout Paving • No deposit • No down payment • Nothing to pay until completed • Free estimates • Over 20 years’ experience • Guaranteed insured team • Local friendly service Paving: All aspects of concrete/ clay and natural stone, in a variety of colours, styles and laying patterns to suit all projects. Patios: Beautiful patios in any designs to suit your needs, providing a seamless link between indoor and outdoor living.

Before What customers say: Mr & Mrs Williams, Rhoose “Just a quick note to thank you for the wonderful job you have done on our drive. It has raised many a comment on how nice it is from our family and neighbours alike. We would also like you to convey our thanks to your lads for their clean work and courteous manner, it was a pleasure having you all here! Keep up the good work.”

Landscaping: Hard landscaping walls, steps and tiered gardens. For an appointment to discuss your future project and arrange your free consultation contact Nick Stout.

92 Wordsworth Avenue, Penarth, CF64 2RP 34

During the warmer months don’t forget to look after your number 1 asset - YOU - at Penarth’s best Personal Training and Health Studio. The skilled team at John Bruno Total Training will look after you from head to toe, with Pilates, personal training, Nordic walking, nutrition advice and many therapies available all under one roof. John Bruno Total Training takes a holistic and individual approach to exercise and fitness training, so every client gets the services best suited to her or his needs. “We are not a gym in the commonly understood sense of the word,” John explains. “There’s no joining fee, for example, or ongoing monthly membership charge or contract. It’s more of a bespoke arrangement, whereby customers choose which elements they want from all the services available.” “You may require some physiotherapy for back pain, some nutritional advice and want to learn Pilates to help strengthen your core muscles and thus help prevent further episodes of back pain. Or perhaps you’ll see the hypnotherapist to help stop smoking and then book some personal fitness training to get back in shape.” “The combined services provided by our team of experienced therapists and trainers enable clients to achieve the wellness and fitness they need to live long and stay healthy, whatever their goals,” says John.

FREE Pilates introduction 45 minute taster session FREE Nordic walking 45 minute taster session FREE Sports Massage 20 minute taster session

079 7676 9390

Summer ‘Learn to Run’ classes

Therapies available at

John Bruno Total Training

Make 2011 the year you learn how to train effectively for a half marathon or the five-mile fun run you’ve always intended to do!

Physiotherapy McTimoney chiropractor Sports massage

“Our three-hour workshop is aimed at a beginner level and it will be based in our studio and outside in a park. You do not have to have a good fitness level to attend, our goal is to teach you the steps, principles and drills for you to become more successful at running,” says John.


“In addition to the workshop, we are able to offer individual One-to-One running coaching and individual bespoke training programmes to enable you to achieve personal best times for your required run distance.”

Hot stone massage

Reflexology Aromatherapist Reiki Indian head massage Hypnotherapist Life coaching Style & image coach Alexander technique Craniosacral therapy Success coaching

Skype Pilates and Personal Training

Pre and post pregnancy massage

Skype Pilates and Personal Training is the new way to exercise. In the comfort of your own home or anywhere in the world now you never have to go without your Pilates or personal training. Skype Pilates and Personal Training is a one-to-one or small class live video call. All you need is a web cam and a quick broadband connection. Our bespoke sessions and exercise PDFs will give all the tools to reach your goals.

The QR code is here! New at John Bruno Total Training: Download the QR code app and use your smart phone to connect directly to his website. The unique QR – quick response – barcode, lets people instantly learn more about a business, by visiting a mobile version of the company’s website on any supported phone with a camera.

87 Glebe Street, Penarth, Cardiff CF64 1EF 35

029 2070 3025

M: 077 0282 4337

quality cars and a professional service Family-run Monty’s has been selling a range of new and quality used cars and servicing all makes and models in Penarth for more than 50 years. “If you are after fantastic savings on your first car or looking to upgrade, you can be sure that you will find competitive prices and the best service in Penarth. “We service and supply parts for all makes of cars but we specialise in new and used Land Rover and MG Rovers.”

Service essentials Car services for all makes and models are available from £99. If your car or 4WD needs a little TLC Monty’s offers a valeting service from £29.99. Just in time for some hot weather, a service and re-gas for your airconditioning system at Monty’s costs £49.99 plus VAT. Airconditioning systems can also be serviced and repaired while the car is in for its regular service. “It’s important to keep your car looking good on the outside as well as in top condition under the bonnet so we also offer paintwork for minor body repairs,” says Tristan.

The Monty’s workshop is fully equipped with all the up-to-date electronic diagnostic gear. “Today’s cars and 4WDs have sophisticated electronics systems so you need the right equipment to identify and fix faults,” says Tristan. “If one of those warning lights for the ABS, airbags or traction control on the dashboard starts to flash, we use specialised diagnostic equipment to identify the problem.” You can leave your car at Monty’s workshop for an MOT while you shop or go to the bank – Tristan and the team will arrange the work to suit customers’ needs. Monty’s provides a handy one-stop shop for all aspects of service for all makes of cars, including regular services, MOTs, air-con service and repairs and a wide range of parts, exhausts and tyres. “Specialising in Land Rover and MG we know these vehicles inside out, so you can be sure of a good service. We also have a parts ordering service, and our new look website has details of the current cars in the yard.”

“We are open seven days a week, so why not call in.”

Windsor Road, Penarth CF64 1JJ 36

075 3808 8628 Does your car have any minor damage such as paintwork scratches, bumper scuffs, dents, kerbed alloy wheels or interior trim tears spoiling its appearance and its resale value? Get them repaired to the highest quality, costeffectively and conveniently with ChipsAway. Established in 1994, ChipsAway has built a fantastic reputation for providing high quality repairs on the spot, eliminating the inconvenience and potential expense of using a body shop. “Repairs carried out using the unique ChipsAway automotive paint repair system maintain the integrity of the car’s original paintwork and therefore its value,” says local ChipsAway owner Robert McGovern. In fact ChipsAway specialists regularly carry out work in the motor trade for premier brands such as Mercedes, Audi, Ferrari, BMW and Porsche. “Operating from a fully-equipped mobile workshop, we come to you at home or your workplace, saving you both time and money. We can complete car body repairs without repainting the entire panel/wheel, which means you can now get minor damage to your car paint done within a few hours, to a high quality commercial standard and at a fraction of the price of traditional body shop methods,” says Robert.

“Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) is a quick and cost-effective car dent removal method for smaller dings and panel dents where the paint has not broken, such as those caused by parking, trolleys and stones. As the name suggests, the car dent repair is carried out without the need for filling and painting, or costly complete panel replacement,” says Robert. Within a matter of hours, car interior and trim repairs – including tears to your car upholstery, dashboard and vinyl damage, car leather repairs or windscreen chips – can be carried out and completed to the highest quality. “For a rapid and expert velour car upholstery repair service, look no further than ChipsAway. We can do a multitude of minor car upholstery repairs, such as cigarette burn holes, on both plain and patterned velour upholstery and carpets,” says Robert.

“Our colour matching system means that any repairs will be virtually undetectable, restoring your car’s interior to as good as new. ChipsAway can also mend minor tears or scuffs in leather or vinyl car upholstery.”

ChipsAway facts • ChipsAway pioneered the system to enable minor cosmetic repairs 15 years ago. • With more than 350 specialists nationwide, ChipsAway is the largest repair network in the world. • ChipsAway specialists are able to match any factory production colour worldwide. • Minor bodywork repairs are typically cheaper than your insurance excess. • More than 15 years’ experience of car scratch repairs, smart repairs and alloy wheel refurbishment.

“The ChipsAway repair system complies with the latest EU environmental legislation and all paint/chemicals are isocyanate-free. “We’re also mobile alloy wheel refurbishment specialists. Our alloy repair techniques for scuffed and kerbed alloy wheel rims and spokes are fast, professional and cost-effective, and negate the need for shot blasting and complete alloy wheel refurbishment.


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Advanced face and body treatments The Skin Studio is one of Penarth’s newest businesses and it has been welcomed with open arms by its increasing band of customers. The Skin Studio officially opened in August 2010, when sisters Natalie and Marijanna Price teamed up to combine their expertise in the health and beauty market sectors to offer a complete inside-andout wellbeing experience. “Customers receive the best available practice and standards on beauty treatments such as facials, anti-ageing treatments, hair removal and targeted weight loss. Depending on the individual client’s needs, that advice can then be developed to focus on designing an advanced programme of health and wellbeing and explaining the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. “For example, a client who has successfully lost weight from a target zone through a course of i–Lipo laser treatment may want further advice on a balanced diet and exercise programme,” says Natalie. e: 38

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How I got my figure back! Lorna tells us how a treatment at Skin Studio in Penarth has transformed her life:

an overnight miracle, and I would need to work for this too. I was also made aware that I might need more than one course to achieve my personal goal.

“Like most of us I have always had an on-going battle with my weight and tried every diet and exercise fad going.

“This is where Marijanna came in. She gave me one to one personal training sessions post i-Lipo as well as nutritional advice. For me this help and support from her and Natalie is what I needed to get my confidence back. I was amazed at my results; and thought I’d share my record of inch loss from my first course with you:

“Sadly my weight had got to a point where my self esteem and confidence were at an all time low and I really had given up on believing anything would work for me. My family and I love trips abroad but they had become something that I dreaded knowing how awful I felt in a swimsuit or any sort of summer clothing - at least at home I could hide under baggy clothes. I used to always look forward to family events like birthday’s or anniversaries but these too became events that I would dread for fear of how I’d look.”

How it all changed... “In order to cheer myself up, and because I came from a beauty background myself (before having my children), I would have facials and other pampering treatments to lift my spirits. I would never have dreamed though of sharing my weight problems with anyone; instead I would just put on a smile. I had heard about the new opening of Skin Studio in Penarth and not living far away decided to go down to try their Jet M facial. “When I went to the salon there was a lot of buzz about this treatment called i–Lipo. Being as nervous as I was to discuss my weight issue, I didn’t enquire further until asked in my skin consultation if I would like to know more about other treatments available? So I took the leap and said “yes”! “Initially I spoke to Natalie, who I later learnt was the owner of the Skin Studio. She put me at ease and I felt comfortable to open up to her about my body and then she put the wheels in motion. I felt supported from the word go, and I was advised that to get results the best course would be eight sessions. I was never duped into thinking it would be

“On my first appointment of the first course I had a inch loss of 3.3 inches. By my 8th appointment I had a total inch loss of 5.6 inches. “During my 3rd course of treatment I could really sense the benefits and was starting to feel like a new woman. “My confidence was back and I was getting comments and praise from all my friends and family. I am now on the end of my 4th course and have lost in a total inch loss of 22.6 inches from 3 areas on my stomach ... I think the photos tell the story themselves. “I have had a few courses and it has taken 5 months so far and I am still hard at it. What the I lipo does is target the area, focus your attention and help you change your life for the better. Once settled at skin studio they will always look after you with regards to price as Natalie and her team know how important it is for the girls genuinely are proud of the clients getting great results.


“I still enjoy the odd takeaway and glass of wine but know the effort I need to put in to get the results.” If you can relate to Lorna’s story call the Skin Studio for a free consultation.


Skin Studio has some fantastic summer offers for i-lipo:


Course of 8 for £250 Course of 6 for £200 Course of 3 for £110

Terms and condtions do apply only one booking per client, offer available until 19th September 2011

112-113 Glebe Street, Penarth CF64 1EB 39

Barbara Harris Consultants ‘Because success is delightful’


Life Coaching Programmes at The Washington Gallery, Penarth

Want to be in the driving seat of your own life? Learn the techniques you need to master the art of wellbeing at two new courses run by Penarthbased life coach Barbara Harris this summer. Barbara Harris has a long history of success in the field of management training and development in the corporate world and has now turned her skills towards helping individuals achieve wellbeing through realising their dreams and taking control over their lives. Two new courses are planned: The Art of Wellbeing and Managing the Menopause, both to be held in The Washington Gallery over the summer months. “Sometimes we get stuck in a rut, or overwhelmed by a decision that really needs to be faced. A different way of thinking can make a huge difference as it helps you shift perspective and see more clearly. The Art of Wellbeing is a programme in three lively and practical evening sessions spaced over six weeks which will teach participants the timeless principles that lead to success. Behind every great work of art you will find the same creative process at work. These observation and thinking skills can be copied and applied to creating a wonderful life – even if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body! “The Art of Wellbeing is perfect if you want practical tips that work immediately, to relax, rejuvenate, and de-stress, to raise your energy – without fad diets or impossible regimes – and to talk about important matters in a safe, supportive environment.”

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Managing The Menopause is designed to help participants cope with the additional stresses that fluctuating hormones can give rise to. “It’s about building confidence and setting a clear direction for your next life phase,” says Barbara. “Being post child-bearing age can bring wonderful freedom but only if you can manage the mood swings and depression, hot flushes and night sweats that may occur. Some women sail through menopause but for some it is simply awful. Getting together with others in the same rocky boat can help a lot.”

LIFE COACHING All are welcome on these practical and effective workshops. Oneto-one life coaching sessions are available on request.

‘Every day starts afresh’ Life Coaching Programmes

The Art of Wellbeing – three fortnightly sessions Part one: Creating Success Thursday July 7 6.30–9.30pm

Part two: Creating Your Future Thursday July 21 6.30–9.30pm

Part three: Creating Wellbeing Thursday August 4 6.30–9.30pm

Managing the Menopause – two fortnightly sessions Part one: Turmoil Thursday July 28 6.30–9.30pm

Part two: Renewal Thursday July 11 6.30–9.30pm

Course fees - £30 per session. For further information or to reserve a place contact Barbara by phone or email. 4 Maughan Terrace, Penarth, CF64 1DT

07500 333 531

Tricky Manoeuvres is an independent, friendly, reliable and professional driving school that puts the needs of its pupils first. Taking the driving test is a nervewracking experience for many people, but learning to drive safely, correctly and independently on our increasingly busy roads is essential. “By choosing to learn with Tricky Manoeuvres each pupil will receive a programme of lessons tailored to suit their individual ability and identified needs,” says instructor Richard O’Connell. “I teach my pupils to drive in a safe and relaxed environment guiding them through each lesson at a pace that suits their learning style. “This allows the pupils to track their progress, see their achievements and also focus on areas that may require further work.”

“You must pass the theory test before applying to sit your practical test,” says Richard. “If English is not your first language you can sit the theory test with a voiceover in another language or with a translator. There are links to the DSA web page on the Tricky Manoeuvres website where you can find out more.

Richard is an Approved Driving Instructor registered with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). His teaching car is a 2010 Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 Diesel eco-flex and is fitted with ‘He-Man’ dual controls for additional safety.

“The theory then takes concrete form during the lessons with me when I will reinforce what the learner has absorbed. A frequent question I hear is ‘when am I ready to take my practical driving test?’,” says Richard.

Learning to drive takes three steps: applying for a provisional licence, taking and passing a theory test and then of course the practical driving test.

“You need to be able to show the tester a safe and competent level of driving at all times. When I am certain that you can confidently and consistently deal with all road and traffic conditions and complete each of the set piece manoeuvres such as the famous three-point turn and reversing into a parking space first time, you are ready to take the driving test.

You can apply for your provisional licence, on line or by obtaining a D1 application form from the Post Office, three months before your 17th birthday, although you need to wait for your 17th birthday before you can sit the theory test. “You sit a two part theory test at a DSA test centre, and you can practise the multiple choice part on line,” Richard explains, “but the hazard perception test where you identify potential hazards in video clips can be practised as a passenger, observing and anticipating the actions of other road users.

longer suffices. For example, being able to drive could open up new job opportunities, especially during these tough economic times. If you can drive looking for work can be easier, giving you more access to potential jobs. Driving lessons primarily cover the Penarth, Dinas Powys, Cardiff, Sully and Barry regions but contact Richard if you live in another area and he will do his best to accommodate you.

“Passing the test means that you will be on your own from then on, with no help from your driving instructor or another co-driver. When you feel confident to be able to do this, you’re ready for the test. I’ll do my best to ensure you pass first time.” If you did not get your licence when young there may come a time when relying on public transport no

029 2070 9707

100% Bespoke Jewellery Northern Star’s bespoke jewellery craftsman Matt Mullooly has been shortlisted for a rare honour in the Welsh jewellery world. Matt, who creates unique pieces of jewellery to suit his clients’ style and budget from his studio/ shop in Albert Road, is on the shortlist of potential designers of the Druid’s Crown for the National Eisteddfod to be held in the Vale of Glamorgan in August 2012. “It’s a great thrill to be chosen to submit a design for the Druid’s Crown. I have to incorporate some local elements and encapsulate the spirit of the Vale, so it will be a challenge,” says Matt. The winning design and designer will be chosen by the 2012 Eisteddfod organising committee this coming September.

Specialist Gem Setter Matthew Mullooly.

OPENING TIMES Tuesday – Friday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday: 10.00am – 3.00pm

A range of Northern Star’s most recent commissions Unique designs Matt has been really busy with client’s commissions for wedding bands, engagement and earrings amongst other things. Above is a selection of Northern Star’s most recent commissions. Each commission is individualised to the client’s very own style. Incorporating your own ideas, Matt will guild you all the way advising you on the best material and gem stones to use in building your own unique bespoke piece of jewellery and keeping to your budget.

Due to the rapid growth of Northern Star, Matt is in the process of revamping his website allowing you to keep updated with current offers and events, including his progress designing the Esteddfod Crown. Along with this, Matt is in the process of transforming his shop on Albert Road. On display are a variety of unique bespoke designs that can be purchased or can stimulate ideas for other creations.

With a combination of state of the art technology and traditional jewellery making techniques, Matt can create stunning pieces of unique bespoke jewellery. For more information on commissioning items, please contact Matt and see the full range of skills that he possesses in designing, setting and producing your dream piece of bespoke jewellery.

35 A, Albert Road, Penarth, Cardiff CF64 1BY 42

07533 281 535 07980 629 821 Annie and Leanne invite you to take a look at Penarth’s newly opened charming haberdashery shop Want a jacket refitted or a zip replaced in your favourite skirt? Looking for some ribbon or unusual buttons for a garment you’re working on? The newly opened Sewing Birds has all you’ll need. The Sewing Birds are Annie Powell and Leanne Taylor, who’ve set up a charming haberdashery shop complete with spiral staircase to the first floor workroom in Albert Road, right next door to jeweller Northern Star. The handy pair, who will be known to many Penarth View readers from when they offered their skilled clothing alterations at Ginger’s Boutique, will be specialising in bridal wear and gentlemen’s tailoring, but are happy to tackle most requests. Many of us have perfectly good clothes in the wardrobe that never get worn. Think of it as a way to save money and recycle at the same time: don’t replace the dress you love that’s become just a bit too big – Sewing Birds can alter it to fit and give your dress a new lease of life.

“Basically, it’s no job too small,” says Annie. “Zips, buttons, re-lining – we will welcome alterations of all types. “We worked together for a number of years with Cathy Evans at Ginger’s but I’ve been working from home since my baby was born,” she explains. Now Annie and Leanne are ready to open their own premises as a haberdashery and workroom. “Downstairs we will have all sorts of basic haberdashery supplies such as needles, pins, ribbon and so on, plus some more unusual items such as lovely vintage buttons,” says Leanne.

35C Albert Road, Penarth CF64 1BY 43

Sully Primary School, highly recommended 1st picture Harri Barlow 2nd picture Kate Gibson 3rd picture Lucie Issacs Sully School Gallery at http://community. or follow link from www.

Stanwell Primary School, highly recommended 1st picture Jessica Webley 2nd picture Olivia Hann 3rd picture Peter Tathill Stanwell Primary School Gallery at http:// community.penarth. or follow link from

Victoria Nursery and Primary School, highly recommended 1st picture Ellie Dyer 2nd picture Emily Richards 3rd picture Ian Margrain Victoria School Gallery at http://community. or follow link from www.

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Various Schools, highly recommended 1st picture Emily Skinner Victoria Primary 2nd picture Jenny Blundens Stanwell Secondary 3rd picture Joel Evans Cogan Nursery All School Gallerys at http://community.penarth. or follow link from

Various Schools, highly recommended 1st picture Sophie Brewster Evenlode Primary 2nd picture Madeline Lloyd Sully Secondary 3rd picture Cerys May Carson Stanwell Seconday All School Gallerys at http://community.penarth. or follow link from

Various Schools, highly recommended 1st picture Megan Price Victoria Nursery 2nd picture Jack Cooke Sully Primary 3rd picture Leah Spear Victoria Primary All School Gallerys at http://community.penarth. or follow link from

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Cardiff’s Five Star Caterers... Whether it’s a farm fresh ready meal or five star catering for two hundred guests at your wedding; our chefs will deliver dishes that truly dazzle. Restaurant quality food for your home, business, or corporate and special events. From a simple yet tasty lasagne to amazing slow roast pork belly with apple cider puree our chefs always add that extra special touch bringing restaurant quality food to you. Outside catering this summer

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Whatever your occasion our team guarantee that we will deliver an event to remember. We can supply packages from simple take home ready meals to fully catered events. In addition to this Five Star Chef can provide friendly, professional waiting staff. As part of our outside packages Five Star Chef is licensed to include a fully licensed bar, all crockery, cutlery and glasses. Our chef’s always prepare great dishes.

Please call us today to discuss your event needs; we’ll be happy to help. (To avoid disappointment on your chosen day please book early to secure our availability).

112 - 113 Glebe Street, Penarth CF64 1EB

01443 217 140 M: 07968 216 890 F: 01443 208 972

The town centre of Pontypridd is undergoing a major restoration and Lewis Carpentry & Joinery is playing a vital role in bringing back the original features of the streetscape. Lewis Carpentry & Joinery is known for its high quality joinery and carpentry work, bringing original character and function to both new and older buildings. “We are very experienced at restoring period homes and churches and have liaised with Cadw on a number of properties, including the historic Coed y Mwstwr Hotel in Coychurch, Bridgend,” says Andy Lewis. “Currently we are busy working on the regeneration of Taff and Mill Streets in Pontypridd, restoring the traditional shopfronts and sash windows to their former style, to reflect the market town’s historic character.” Lewis Joinery are working with Huw Williams Architects and McCabe Builders on this prestigious project. The improvements will stretch the length of Taff Street, Market Street, Mill Street and Church Street. “We have also restored parts of an historic four-storey house in Caerleon which had links with Oliver Cromwell! We can literally start with four walls and restore the property to its former glory, or we can fit doors, windows and architraves as part of projects which are already underway,” says Andy. “For many years we have produced an extensive variety of Gothic and arched windows for barn conversions and stately homes, using our experience to enhance landmark and unique buildings.

A recent project was a 16th Century oak Gothic-style door and frame for a home in Bristol, which looks fantastic.” The manufacture and fitting of box sash windows in older style homes is a speciality of the company. Popular since Victorian times, they are currently enjoying a revival and make up a large part of Andy and his team’s work. “There is no compromise with our box sash windows. They comply with all the current regulations and have glazing up to the latest specification. We have installed box sash windows in Cardiff, Pontypridd and the whole of South Wales and the South West, so call for a quotation to have your own bespoke box sash windows designed and manufactured.

“Customers are welcome to call into our Llantwit Fardre joinery or we will come to your home or premises for a free, no-obligation quote.”

Projects include • Restoring shopfronts in Taff and Mill Streets, Pontypridd • High performance gates for new Barratt homes • Oak Gothic-style front door and frame

“To keep renovations true to the original style of your home, we specialise in traditional sliding sash windows and box sash windows, doors, staircases for period properties such as the many Victorian homes in the Penarth area,” says Andy.

• Box sash windows for numerous period properties

“Windows are supplied with Low E double-glazed units, and all our stairs comply to part K regulations and part M for disabled access.”

• Contract joinery work in Cardiff, London and West Wales

• The Coed y Mwstwr Hotel • The University of Glamorgan

Unit C, Newton Industrial Estate, Llantwit Fardre CF38 2EE 47

ROTARY CLUB OF PENARTH More than 300 children from twelve schools in Penarth, Llandough, Sully and Dinas Powys took part in the Annual Schools Concert organised by the Rotary Club of Penarth. Held in the theatre of Stanwell School, the concert was promoted by the Rotary Club to give children from the local schools the opportunity of displaying their quite impressive musical talents in front of an audience and, in the process, raise funds to help other children in our community. It was the eighteenth running of the event. A capacity audience was treated to a programme of vocal and instrumental music, which was performed with great skill and enthusiasm by all of the contributors. A choir from Ysgol Pen-yGarth started the evening off with songs beautifully sung in Welsh. Choirs from Cogan, Fairfield, Llandough, Victoria, St. Andrews Major and St. Joseph’s Primary Schools followed later in the programme. Again, the musical offerings were delightfully sung reflecting what must have been hours of careful rehearsal. In between, there were instrumental performances by guitar groups from Evenlode and Sully Primary Schools, an orchestra from Fairfield Primary School and a steelband from Albert Road Primary School. A beautifully executed dance routine by Sully Primary


School and instrumental and vocal soloists from St. Cyres Senior School added variety to the proceedings. The evening was rounded off by the hosts, Stanwell School, with two rousing instrumental pieces. All of the performances were very entertaining and greatly appreciated by the audience. The evening showed the wealth of musical talent that there is amongst the young people of the Penarth area. The quality of the performances was a credit to the application of the children and the encouragement and dedication of their teachers. The evening raised over £1,100, which will be shared equally between The Noah’s Ark Appeal and Vale of Glamorgan Young Carers.

CHILDREN SINGING FOR CHILDREN The Noah’s Ark Appeal is aimed at raising funds for the development of Phase Two of the Children’s Hospital in Cardiff. Not so long ago, Wales was the only country in Europe that did not have a hospital that was purpose-built solely for the treatment of sick children. That was put right when Phase One of the Children’s Hospital was built and now Phase Two is needed to complete the job. The Vale of Glamorgan Young Carers is a project to help and support children that have the very arduous task of caring for parents, who are not able to look after themselves and for arranging fun days for them during the year to offer them some relief from their cares. The beneficiaries of this years concert were chosen in accordance with Penarth Rotary’s policy of applying funds raised by children to the benefit of children. At the end of the evening, President Rob Waite thanked all the performers and the staff of the schools, Stanwell School for the use of the theatre, Roatrian Austen Meredith, who was the main organiser of this concert and all of the preceding seventeen and Rotarian Brian Williams for very ably compering the evening. The Annual School Concert is one of many projects of community service undertaken by the Rotary Club of Penarth, both in the local community of Penarth and South Wales and internationally. Membership of the Rotary Club is open to all men and women, who are interested in helping those in need and at the same time meeting with like minded people. The Rotary Club of Penarth is one of 32,000 clubs in Rotary International, which is a worldwide association dedicated to the development of acquaintance of like minded men and women as an opportunity of service both to their local communities and internationally. Rotary International was founded in February 1905 by Paul Harris and four friends in Chicago and has now spread to some 200 countries throughout the world with more than 1.2 million members. Rotary came to Penarth relatively early in its history with the Rotary Club being formed here in June 1937. It will celebrate its 75th birthday next year.

Anyone, who would be interested in membership of the club, may contact Rotarian Val Kacal for more information by e-mail on


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