Pentrych 37-15 Penarth (HT 22-8)
There are several conclusions we can draw from this bizarre, chaotic fixture which probably ends Penarth’s serious interest in this season’s Bowl competition.
To start with, we can only wonder at the Seasiders’ strength in depth, as many familiar names were missing from this match day squad and the total number featuring in the four games so far this season reaches 52.
Pentyrch clearly fancied their chances and Penarth took some time to get going, conceding an early try after a scrum penalty was tapped and left wing Robbie Thomas scored on the overlap. This didn’t look good, but the Seasiders settled into a decent rhythm and it wasn’t until the closing stages of the match that Pentyrch were able to take the game away from them. After nearly pulling off an equalising try, the visitors then converted a 25 metre penalty to make the score 5-3.
Then the match was held up for several minutes as Josh Hurley was taken off with a serious-looking injury, being replaced by Ellis Shewring. The delay did Penarth’s concentration no good at all, as Pentrych scored again. Outside-half Morgan Hayward winning the foot race from a chip ahead.
Some cracks in the Seasiders’ defence were beginning to show and this was to play no small part in allowing the hosts to run in so many tries. That’s not to say that Penarth were lacking elsewhere, as a lovely grubber from James Docherty was caught on the bounce by George Roberts, but only resulted in a penalty. This was tapped and worked neatly out to the wing, where Tom Griffiths grounded to bring the score back to 10-8.
The next Penarth attack foundered as a chip ahead was picked off by the home outside centre, who waltzed through several tackles before feeding his supporting flanker for the third try. It seemed that in a game that was otherwise evenly contested, as soon as Pentyrch got any forward momentum, the Penarth defence simply fell away. The fourth try, on the stroke of half-time, was a repeat of the first, as the right wing outpaced the cover to score in the corner. Half-time: 22-8
After a few gentle encouraging words from the coaching staff, the Seasiders began the second half in a much brighter mood. Docherty nailed an inch-perfect penalty on to the home 5 metre line and Spencer Robinson darted over from the line-out. But for the next 25 minutes, confusion reigned as the score remained stuck on 22-15. Docherty retired injured, to be replaced by a third scrum-half in Aled Rees, resulting in a further re-jig for the back line.
The referee was also getting increasingly involved in proceedings, which wasn’t helping either side. A lengthy discussion over a penalty awarded to Penarth resulted in a reversal and the hosts capitalised immediately with a fifth try in the corner.
The Seasiders didn’t exactly give up after this, but further injuries seriously hampered their effectiveness and Pentrych were able to run in two late tries to seal the deal. It has to be said that most players turned in fine individual performances (special mention here for Lloyd Clarke’s for total commitment to the cause), but as a team they found there was just too much to deal with on the day.
Rhys Morgan ©, George Roberts, Andy Richards, Josh Hurley (Ellis Shewring), Jim Crothers, James Docherty (Aled Rees), Spencer Robinson, Geraint Williams (Sean O’Sullivan), Lloyd Ellis (Sam Davies) , Ryan Jones, Cam Sultana, Lloyd Clarke, Tom Griffiths, Miles Jones, Harry Roberts (Josh Barden).
WRU Bowl Round-Robin
Friday 17th September 2021
PENARTH v Old Penarthians
Athletic Field, Lavernock Road, Penarth CF64 3PA
Kick-off 7.00 pm
Llantwit Major Coastguard has asked visitors to "Respect the water" as nine people have died in the UK over the last ten days, whilst vising the coast.
It comes as the team was tasked on Thursday afternoon to reports of a person in difficulty in the water at Ogmore Beach.
Whilst on scene a further number of incidents occurred involving swimmers and inflatables resulting in Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat intervening.
A spokesperson said "Whilst we like to see people enjoying the water during this hot weather, please take care at the coast and avoid tragic consequences. Respect the water."
"In the past ten days, nine people have sadly died in the UK while visiting the coast. These aren’t just numbers. These tragedies have changed the lives of mums, dads, children and whole families as well as friends and colleagues. Forever."
Read on for more and how to stay safe this summer: https://bit.ly/3zjUQE2
People are being urged to ensure they only dial 999 if they need to speak to the police in an emergency – and ensure phone lines are freed up for those who do need immediate help.
In June 2021, South Wales Police received its highest-ever monthly total of 999 calls, at 21,501.
But this month is on track to break that record, with almost 16,500 emergency calls having been received during the first three weeks of the month – or an average of 33 calls every hour of the day.
The force’s Public Service Centre has also received more than 29,100 non-emergency calls over the same time period, an average of a further 58 calls an hour.
To make getting in touch with the police more convenient, and to help alleviate demand, a number of digital contact methods have been set up to help people contact South Wales Police when it’s not an emergency. These include online crime-reporting tools via the South Wales Police website, direct messages on Facebook and Twitter, as well as emails to our control room.
The non-emergency 101 line is also available, although many people will prefer to contact the force via digital contact channels.
Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan said: “Our teams of call handlers, digital contact teams, and dispatchers are working incredibly hard, day and night, to be there for people in need.
“Demand so far this summer has been exceptionally high – in June this year we received almost 6,000 more emergency calls than in June 2020, and 3,600 more than in June 2019 – and we are doing what we can to ensure we can prioritise those who require the police’s help in an emergency.
“For those who don’t need to call, our digital desk responds to emails, online crime reports, and social media DMs on a 24/7 basis.”
He added: “Totalling up the total number of calls and digital contacts, we’ve received around 60,000 contacts during the first three weeks of July.
“Of course, we are always here and we will always help those who need us most. But we’re asking people to remember that 999 is for when a crime is in progress or if someone is in immediate danger.
“And if it’s not 999, remember that you can do it online.”
To contact South Wales Police when it’s not an emergency, you can visit https://www.south-wales.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/, email SWP101@south-wales.police.uk, send us a private message on one of our branded Facebook or Twitter accounts, or call 101. If it is an emergency, call 999.
Residents in the Vale will have the chance to become owners of at-risk local pubs, theatres, post offices, sports grounds and corner shops with the launch of the UK Government’s Community Ownership Fund, which will see more than £7m set aside for projects in Wales.
The fund will run over four years until 2024/25, with multiple bidding rounds.
The first round opened on 15 July 2021 and closes on 13 August 2021, with voluntary and community organisations can bid for match funding.
The Community Ownership Fund prospectus is available here. provides detailed guidance on the purpose of the fund, eligibility criteria, funding and support assessment criteria and the decision-making process.
WCVA and Social Enterprise Stakeholder Group is running a Community Ownership Fund information and Q&A session on Monday 26th July from 2pm, with details available via www.eventbrite.co.uk
For further information on the Community Ownership Fund visit GOV.UK.
A new podcast from the Welsh Political Icons series celebrates the life of Barry-born Welsh-Somali diplomat Abdulrahim Abby Farah, who led the United Nations mission to South Africa to end the country’s racist apartheid regime.
Farah was born in Barry in 1919, living on Thompson Street and attending Gladstone Primary and Barry County Grammar School before becoming an ambassador for the newly independent Somalia and then their representative at the United Nations, later becoming the Under-secretary General.
He spent many decades building international support against the racist apartheid South African regime which gave fewer rights to the country’s black population, and led the UN mission to oversee the end of apartheid in 1990.
Abdulrahim Abby Farah died in New York in 2018, aged 98
The Welsh Political Icons series profiles the lives and impact of political figures with a Welsh connection.
Plaid Cymru’s Barry town centre councillor Ian Johnson was asked to talk about Abdulrahim Abby Farah.
Cllr Johnson said:
“Abdulrahim Abby Farah is a fascinating figure who should be better known in the town he was raised.
“He is interesting, not just for his own story, but also that of his family, his father coming from Somaliland to south Wales and playing an important role in Barry civic life at Thompson Street’s Colonial Club and setting up a multi-racial local youth club.
“It is a reminder of the international nature of Barry Docks and the Welsh-Somali community which has such strong links.
“With ongoing discussions about how we can recognise and celebrate everybody’s contribution to our community, I hope that this podcast raises the profile of a remarkable man who achieved much on the international stage.”
Listen: Welsh Political Icons
Talented young dancers from Motion Control Dance in Barry have been selected from hundreds of entries to be showcased at the U.Dance National Festival 2021, One Dance UK’s youth dance festival in July.
The Local Motion Dance Company are the only disability dance group in the Vale of Glamorgan and will form part of the programme which involves the biggest names in dance, including Darcey Bussell DBE, Karen Hauer, Sir Matthew Bourne and Joanne Clifton.
The Local Motion Dance Company was established in 2008 and the dancers range from 17years upwards. The group meets once a week at the MCD studio based in the YMCA, Barry. Over the past decade, they have performed at various Local and Regional events, and they were the first disability dance group to compete at Encore UK.
Following a regional selection process in the spring, just 40 youth dance groups nationwide have been programmed to represent their home region at the U.Dance National Festival 2021. Presented by One Dance UK, the UK body for dance, these digitally streamed national showcases show the creativity and diversity of the nation’s young dancers. Local Motion Dance Company were one of the 4 dance groups to represent Wales in this prestigious dance showcase.
U.Dance 2021 offers every young person the chance to dance this summer. The festival will be three days of digital dance masterclasses, industry information panels and dance showcases. Taking place 16-18 July entirely online, the event is open to all dancers aged 11-19, or up to 25 with a disability.
Darcey Bussell DBE, Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Hauer and former champion Joanne Clifton, star choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne, West End leading lady Miriam Teak-Lee and Royal Ballet star Marcelino Sambe are confirmed in the line-up for U.Dance National Festival 2021.
Upon hearing of their selection, the tutor Sam Griffiths commented:
“We are excited for the rest of the UK to see how talented our Local Motion Dance Company are and their dedication to continue to dance online during a tough year.”
International dance star Karen Hauer, Strictly Come Dancing professional, who will be leading some free dance masterclasses at U.Dance 2021, said:
“It’s so important to continue to inspire our young people. I am always excited to see the next generation of dancers’ passion and determination to continue to learn and do what they love. Dance offers a wide range of opportunities and U.Dance is a special celebration of our art form - I can’t wait to see you there.”
There are 30 sessions across the three festival days 16-18 July, and all young dancers are invited to ‘pick and mix’ sessions in their favourite styles, and try something new. Participants will learn from the country’s top dance companies, which include Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Zoonation: The Kate Prince Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Candoco, and from professionals who work with The Royal Ballet, The Greatest Dancer, Six the Musical, Hamilton, The Lion King, leading dance scientists and many more.
Dragon Taxis Vale of Glamorgan is launching a charity campaign to support Tŷ Hafan and will be donating a percentage of all app bookings in the Vale to the children’s hospice throughout the summer.
Tŷ Hafan, one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities, offer comfort, care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families in the hospice, in the community and in their home so they can make the most of the time they have left together. It costs just over £12,000 to keep the hospice open for just one day.
South Wales’ largest private hire and taxi firm, Dragon Taxis, acquired A2B Taxis in Barry in April to extend its service into Barry, Sully, and the Vale of Glamorgan. Since launching in the region, Dragon Taxis Vale of Glamorgan has fulfilled 60,000 bookings to local residents and businesses.
Starting this July, Dragon Taxis is now donating a percentage of all bookings made via the app to Tŷ Hafan.
Jack Price, Regional Director for Dragon Taxis, said:
“It’s been two months since we launched Dragon Taxis in the Vale of Glamorgan. We wanted to give something back to the community and support a local charity that is really making a difference. When people book their journeys via our app, they know that a percentage of their fare is going directly to support the children and families that Tŷ Hafan cares for.”
The donation to Tŷ Hafan comes directly from Dragon Taxis so that the 120 local Vale licenced driver partners aren’t out of pocket.
Corporate Senior Fundraiser for Tŷ Hafan Kelly Dibble said:
‘We are absolutely delighted that Dragon Taxis has chosen to support Tŷ Hafan. Every year we take care of over 300 families at our vibrant hospice based in Sully and through our diverse community programmes across Wales.
Our families describe us as ‘lifeline’ but sadly we receive less than 10% of government funding. Tŷ Hafan simply couldn’t provide its vital services without the kindness and generosity of the community and businesses like Dragon Taxis.’
To support the Tŷ Hafan donation, passengers simply book via the Dragon Taxis app, which is available for both Android and Apple devices, and can pay with card, cash or their cashless SMS-payment option, AirPay.
The app booking donation to Tŷ Hafan is the latest in a series of local community initiatives by Dragon Taxis. In February this year, the firm paid for thousands of free taxi rides for the elderly and vulnerable to get their vaccinations in Bridgend, Newport, Cardiff and Torfaen. It has also covered the costs of food parcel deliveries to NHS staff at Heath Hospital Cardiff, food bank donations to the Bigger Picture in Newport, and made a donation to the Santa Appeal in Torfaen.
Dragon Taxis is owned by transportation technology innovators Veezu Group, based in Newport along with other local service hubs A2B Radio Cars in the West Midlands, Amber Cars in Leeds, Go Carz in Shropshire and V Cars in the South West.
Five female-led businesses have been making waves since reopening at the award-winning Goodsheds development in Barry.
Situated near Barry’s waterfront, an area fast becoming a jewel in the town’s crown, the Goodsheds is the first new sustainable urban high street in the UK, pulling together food and drink, retail and leisure activities in a modern and interesting space with a focus on independent business.
The Makers Carriage originally opened at the start of December 2020, before being closed suddenly by the Welsh Government as the country was put into lockdown.
Almost four months later, the female-led businesses are open to customers again – offering a unique shopping experience, bringing together the growing demand of artisan crafts and gifts in the form of a new style urban high street.
Siempre Aromas is run by Rebecca, who has always been obsessed with the sense of smell from a young age. In 2019, Rebecca decided to turn her passion for fragrance into a business and Siempre Aromas was born.
Siempre Aromas products are designed, created and handmade with love and care by Rebecca, with the end goal of filling each home with a beautiful long-lasting fragrance.
Also on the carriage is Fussy Home, the creation of Yvette Clark, offering one-of-a-kind, sustainably-sourced vintage pieces that stand the test of time.
Fussy Home prides itself on inspiring individuality in a stylish, sustainable way, designed for all budgets. Fussy Home believes that a slower way of shopping, producing less and using what has already been made is the way forward.
Gemma Robertson owns Crafted Arts, a business that started on maternity leave after Gemma developed a love of crafting and expertise through jewellery making courses.
Offering a unique experience, shoppers can customise jewellery with finger prints, handwriting, hand print charms and more.
Zac and Bella is named after the children of Hayley McGhan a fashion designer, who, like Gemma from Crafted Arts, developed her business whilst on maternity leave with her youngest child in 2016.
Zac and Bella branded baby and children’s clothing and accessories are made from ethically-sourced fabric, from original designs, each made by hand on the Makers Carriage.
The final business of the bunch is Natalie Bolan’s Dimensional Art, which grew dramatically online whilst on furlough during lockdown. Each card is created from an original design of Natalie’s, finished by hand on the Makers Carriage.
Dimensional Art designs have grown from being solely available on cards, to now being available as prints, mirrors, keyrings, wrapping paper and more, making the shop a one-stop-shop for all occasions.
Natalie said “The Makers Carriage creates a great environment for a business like mine to grow, alongside the buzz of the Goodsheds development. The tracks make an ideal place to pick up gifts or treats for your loved one all year round – in doing so, you’ll be supporting independent businesses and helping them to grow.”
The Makers Carriage is joined on the tracks by Wild Meadow Floral, Mother Nature Juice Bar, Lekker Food Co and Matt Jones Ceramics.
The Makers Carriages and the tracks are open Wednesday to Sunday, at the award-winning Goodsheds development on Hood Road in Barry.
Find out more at www.goodshedsbarry.co.uk
The impact of Covid-19 and the possibility of recession means that some are forecasting that HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupancy, also known as house shares) are going to become much less popular.
Let’s bust some myths as there is good evidence that the opposite is true. I’ll then share tips for making the most of your HMO.
Myth One: No one wants to house share after Covid-19
In our experience, even during the current pandemic, people are choosing to move into HMOs.
Most of our young professional housemates that I rent to could easily afford a small flat, but they tell me they prefer to live in a house share for several reasons. These include being able to meet new people, make friends and have a ready-made social life, particularly in a new city. Affordability, convenience, and the flexibility of making a short-term commitment are also key.
This all means that we’re seeing the demand for HMOs increasing rather than decreasing.
Myth Two: A recession will reduced demand for HMOs
If we are heading for the market dip many financial commentators are forecasting, then it’s likely demand for HMOs will grow, as past evidence has shown that residential rental demand increases in recessions. More people prefer to rent rather than buy in recessions.
For example, research by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) showed that following the 2008 recession there was a continued rise in tenant demand.
So, although many people state, as though it’s a universally accepted fact, that getting into rental in a recession is bad, they are wrong. Recessions see growing demand for rental property and especially affordable rental property, such as HMOs.
Myth Three: It’s a saturated market
There is a shortfall in affordable housing. A National Housing Federation and Crisis report conducted by Heriot-Watt University reveals that the UK needs to build 340,000 new homes every year until 2031 to meet housing demand. And at least 145,000 of those homes need to be what’s termed ‘affordable’.
With a strong demand for affordable housing, and house building is not keeping up, it means HMOs are becoming ever more popular.
In 2018 the UK Government estimated that around 4.5 million people in England are housed in approximately 497,000 HMOs in England and Wales. It’s therefore easy to see how HMOs can help alleviate the housing shortage. However, many councils have introduced Article 4. This means that a planning application has to be submitted to the relevant council to change a house to an HMO, even if it will only house for 3 or 4 people, which under the national legislation wouldn’t require planning permission.
It is therefore is becoming more difficult for landlords to create a new HMO. So, the number of available HMOs is not growing as fast as it used to, and yet demand is increasing.
So, if you have an HMO or are planning to buy one or convert an existing property, what do you need to do to be successful?
Here are four little ideas that can make a big difference.
With more people working from home, having a desk, a well-lit, attractive work area and fast broadband is important. If necessary, ask an electrician to add extra sockets so laptops, phones and other work paraphernalia can be plugged in and kept charged.
Ensure there are enough kitchen units to provide suitable storage and include a fridge and freezer. It’s surprising how many landlords don’t supply enough kitchen cupboard space. For small kitchens look at clever ways to maximise the storage space – there are loads of ideas from places like the NRLA and IKEA. Little things that make life easier can make a huge difference to your tenants.
3) Increase wardrobe space
By increasing the storage and make your HMO feel more spacious. Simple fixes like having two wardrobes, or adding shelving (for example, above doorways can be a great way to add a bit of extra storage space) can make a big difference. No one wants all their ‘stuff’ on display, so provide somewhere for them to tidy it away.
This is the one that will make your properties stand out. From the first viewing to moving in, be proactive and attentive. Show your tenants you care about giving them a great place to live. Once they have moved in, don’t think that’s your job done! Look after them, make the experience of living in your property one they will remember and cherish. This helps housemates stay longer and also leads to more referrals.
With a little time and effort you can create an excellent HMO where tenants will stay for longer periods. And fewer voids will make your HMO business more profitable.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephanie Taylor is Co-Founder of HMO Heaven and Rent 2 Rent Success. She started HMO Heaven along with her sister Nicky and has grown the property management business to contracts of over £2m in just three years. Her goal is to inspire others to believe bigger, be bolder and be gamechangers for good through the power of ethical property businesses. Her focus is on using property to do good in our community and in the world.
Socialising is a vital part of human nature but as of late, social distancing has become our norm and it’s a weird concept for us all. Thankfully, we have access to the world through the internet! Since lockdown became mandatory in March, we’ve been grasping at ways to virtually socialise. What better way than an online quiz with loved ones!
Read on for the best categories for your virtual quiz in lockdown.
Choose Your Quiz Platform
Before starting your quiz, make sure you have the right app/website for the job. Here are four options:
● Zoom. Zoom can be used on a phone app or on the laptop/computer site. On Zoom, you can have up to 100 participants for the free plan but be warned it sometimes cuts off after 40 minutes. If you’re lucky though, the host might be offered unlimited minutes for your virtual quiz to run smoothly. Zoom automatically enables the
active speaker so whoever speaks comes on camera but it’s much easier to go into gallery view and see the faces you’ve missed so much. You’ll be given a code/link to send for people to join the call.
● Houseparty. I never heard of this app until lockdown but it’s a fun way to mingle with your friends/family. If you want to use Houseparty on a computer/laptop you must download Google Chrome. The downside of this platform is that you have a limit of 8 people in one meeting. If your party is under 8, make sure you lock the door because anyone can join your meeting without an invitation.
● Google Hangouts. My favourite to use is Google Hangouts because it’s a straightforward process where the host sends a link/email for you to join the video call. You can have up to 10 participants, even if they haven’t got a Google email address.
● Facebook Messenger. If everyone has facebook and you make a group, go right ahead and start your online quiz through that platform. Again though, only 8 people are allowed in the call.
Tips for Your Virtual Quiz in Lockdown
Best Categories for Your Virtual Quiz in Lockdown
Most quizzes will have a general knowledge round and these can contain any question possible in the world but the categories I’m going to suggest for your lockdown quiz are more in depth and easy to take inspiration from. These suggestions have an overarching category, i.e. Music but give you specific spins on a Music category. These are fun for participants as well as for the host to research!
The trick with any music round is to make sure you have a clear speaker for the participants to hear what you’re trying to play. Alternatively, you could make a WhatsApp/Facebook group where you could send the clip of whatever you’re trying to play.
The best quiz categories for a music round in your quiz are:
What TV show / Film has this theme tune? - In this round, you can choose 10 TV show or Film theme tunes and play just 20 seconds (ensuring the answer isn’t in the clip) and they have to guess which show/film it’s from.
Name the Song/Artist from Intro - Play just the intro of the song and get them to name the song and artist for double points. What’s the next line? - Play the line of the song and get them to give you the following line. For fun, why don’t you sing the line for them instead!
Name the Song/Artist from Lyric - This one is hard! Say the lyric out loud in a monotone and slow voice without the music/melody and get them to name the song and the artist.
Logo: Which Football Club? - Get pictures of football club logos WITHOUT the football team name and get participants to guess the team.
What’s the real name of the sports person? - Give nicknames of sport stars and get them to tell you who the nickname belongs to.
Who’s the champion? - Give 10 famous sport moments for single sports such as Boxing, Golf, Tennis and get them to name the winner of that particular match/game.
Anagram of Sports - Give anagrams of sport names and get them to find the answer. For example: phji guhm = high
Legalities - Find random and unbelievable laws that still exist and get them to name the country.
Local Geography - Give questions all about your local area. For example, How long was Butlins open in Barry?
Name Meanings - Find out the players’ name meanings in different languages and get them to guess the name. For example, What name means beloved in Hebrew? = David. Mix it up by including surnames too!
4. TV and Film
Guess the Film from the Quote - Give them a famous quote from the film and see if they know which film the quote is from.
Which TV Show is it? - Name one character from the TV show and see if they can guess the show.
Movie Poster - Get pictures of famous movie posters with all writing removed and see if they know the film.
Gavin and Stacey - Who doesn’t love a Gavin and Stacey round? Give them 10 questions that will get them laughing!
Disney - There’s lots of questions you can ask about Disney and you can get two things done by watching Disney films: entertain the kids and revise for the quiz!
Facebook - Warning: Be careful with this one and make sure no-one gets upset or offended. If you have the time, scroll through Facebook and find an old status, a page like or a photo caption and get the players to guess who said what.
Baby pictures - Get everyone to send you a baby picture of themselves (the funnier, the better) and guess the baby.
Birthdays/Anniversaries - Name everyone’s birthday/wedding anniversary/graduation date/significant moment and see how well you know each other.
Something you’ve all done together - A great chance to reminisce. Ask questions that relate to the whole group. For example, Where did we all go for my 21st Birthday?, etc.
6. The Random Round
Pick a set of 10 completely random questions. These can range from spelling, Welsh translations and planets to gardening, recipe ingredients and animals.
A themed quiz always adds a bit of sparkle to the call. You can take these quiz category ideas and slot them into a themed night. Whatever theme you decide, you can give people bonus points for dressing up, bringing a prop, the best quiz team name, creative answer sheets or contributing a story related to the quiz theme! Some themes that are easy to makeshift from home are:
● Decade themed (70s, 80s, 90s, etc)
● Under the Sea
● Everything beginning with the same letter
● Town/City themed (for example, Barry Island themed)
You can choose absolutely anything to make it memorable and spruce up your Friday night in! Have fun and stay safe!
By Shireen Ahmed