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Nathan is the Operations Director at Bro Radio. You can hear him on air on Vale Breakfast weekday mornings from 7am or reading local news bulletins throughout the week.

A franchise delivering pre-school ballet classes in the Vale of Glamorgan has won the Franchise of the year award at the Wales Children's activities and services awards.

Tiny toes ballet Bridgend & Vale of Glamorgan delivers the only pre-school ballet programme in the UK that is fully integrated with the EYFS curriculum, having been founded an developed by not only a professionally trained Classical Ballet Dancer and teacher but also a highly experience Primary School teacher.

Sharing the news on Facebook, Jessica Barnes said "Absolutely astounded, overwhelmed, emotional, and incredibly proud. But mostly; grateful!"

"A big thank-you to Wales Children's Activities and Service Awards for organising an inspiring event, and for allowing the incredible small businesses in this sector an opportunity to celebrate and shout about their achievements - its what we needed this year more than ever. Thank you to ICAP: Institute of Children's Activity Providers for sponsoring our category and always being on hand to motivate and support!"

The Wales Children’s Activities and Services Awards; celebrating and recognising businesses and people who enrich this vibrant and dynamic sector in Wales.

Tiny Toes Ballet Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan run classes on term-time Wednesday afternoons at CF61 in Llantwit. Enrol for September via www.tinytoesballet.co.uk/ or call Jessica Barnes on 07770321502

Barry Dock RNLI and Barry Coastguard were called around 6:45pm on Saturday (24th) after reports of persons in difficulty in the Old Harbour, Barry.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at approximately 6:50 and proceeded to the Old Harbour.

Once on scene communication was received from the Barry coastguard team that the casualties were ashore but medical assistance might be required.

Barry Coastguard said that on arrival five persons were on scene, with one unresponsive. Care was given until Welsh Ambulance Service colleagues arrived and all Casualties taken to UHW .

Inshore lifeboat helm John McAllister said it was a great multi agency effort with a swift response from all involved.

If you do see anyone in difficulty whilst at the coast phone 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Credit: RNLI / David Brooks

Hollywood Star Tom Hardy has visited Barry Island today whilst in the area shooting his new movie Havoc.

A post shared on the Barry Island Pleasure Park Facebook page said 'Thanks to the ledgend Tom Hardy for visiting us and loving Barry Island as much as we do'

Hardy is currently shooting his new movie in Cardiff called Havoc, which tells the tale of a drug deal gone wrong and a detective who has to battle his way through the criminal underworld to rescue the estranged son of a leading politician. In doing so he also unveils a web of corruption that goes right to the top.

The film, which will air on Netflix, is being directed by Gareth Evans, the Aberdare filmmaker behind the acclaimed bone-crunching martial arts thrillers The Raid and Raid 2, Michael Sheen horror Apostle and, most recently, Sky Atlantic's Gangs of London.

Police in the Vale of Glamorgan have launched an appeal to help find missing local man Richard Owen, also known as Gareth.

Richard, 42, has been reported as missing after being last seen on 17th July 2021 in the Barry area.

Richard is from Barry but he has links to the Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil areas. He is described as a white male, around 5’8 with a slim build.

Richard was last seen wearing a black and white long sleeved checked shirt, burgundy shorts, a black beanie hat and sliders or flip flops. He was carrying a black bag with white writing.

If you can assist Police in this appeal, visit https://bit.ly/SWPProvideInfo, email: SWP101@south-wales.police.uk or Phone: 101, quoting reference: 2100253226

Vale of Glamorgan MS Jane Hutt has held a road safety event with campaigners from across the Vale.

The MS met with campaigners from the Morgan's Road campaign in Barry, Dinas Powys, East Aberthaw, St Bridges and St Athan, along with representatives from the Vale of Glamorgan Council, South Wales Police, St Athan Community Council and Wick Community Council.

During the meeting, attendees highlighted the adverse impact of speeding and heavy vehicles through their own towns and villages.

Residents and campaigners came together to share their experiences and best practice for how their communities have organised to work to make roads in the Vale of Glamorgan safer for pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and drivers.

Jane said, "It was great to be joined by so many people to hear about their experiences and share with each other the different issues affecting residents across the Vale of Glamorgan. I am pleased that campaigners are welcoming the Welsh Government policy of introducing 20mph zones in our towns and villages and hope to see these in place as soon as possible"

The National Police Air Service yesterday spotted a pod of dolphins near Aberthaw.

The service shared a number of images in a tweet, which read: "And finally for now, a pod of dolphins on the South Wales coast at #Aberthaw."

"The images are a bit blurred as neither we, nor they, could stay still."

"Posting them anyway as I haven't seen them this far up the #Bristol Channel before. At least one calf alongside an adult. ^DJ"

Barry has been named the top seaside town in Wales and second in a list of the UK's top 10 trending seaside towns for a summer break.

It comes as UK residents choose to staycation, instead of heading to their usual foreign destinations.

Barry Island isn't the only Welsh seaside resort to feature amongst the list, with five Welsh areas included in the top 10 trending towns in the UK, with searches for each of the areas continuing to rise.

In the survey compiled by HomeToGo.co.uk Barry, which comes in second place overall - has seen a massive 531% increase in search.

Most well-known with tourists for being home to Gavin and Stacey, the stunning beach, arcades, funfair rides and popular beach huts are what's drawing visitors to the area.

Other key reasons for visiting the area, include its close location to Cardiff and the available tourist accommodation, with everything ranging from B&B's to glamping available across the area.

Nearby Porthcawl features 6th on the list, with a 268% increase.

Elsewhere in Wales, Barmouth features 4th Prestatyn features 7th and Harlech features 8th.

The full list of the top 10 trending seaside resorts

  1. Deal , Kent
  2. Barry , Glamorgan
  3. Wells-next-the-Sea , Norfolk
  4. Barmouth , Gwynedd
  5. Cleveleys , Lancashire
  6. Porthcawl , Bridgend
  7. Prestatyn , Denbighshire
  8. Harlech , Gwynedd
  9. Falmouth , Cornwall
  10. Folkestone , Kent

The Vale of Glamorgan of Glamorgan Council has warned of the danger of tombstoning, after recent incidents in the County.

In a post shared on social media, the Council said "You're at risk of hitting rocks protruding from the uneven walls of the cliff face, hazards beneath the water surface, including machinery, and very cold water which can cause shock"

"Likewise, please stay away from the cliff edge. A rockfall occurred at Jackson's Bay recently, putting those sat near and at the base of the cliff edge at risk"

Bro Radio has announced a six-week summer tour, to celebrate tourism destinations and attractions right here in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Driven by Wessex Garages Nissan, and supported by Visit the Vale, the "Love the Vale Tour" will run over six weeks, with Patrick Downes broadcasting from a different location each Saturday afternoon.

During each programme, he'll take part in activities, learn more about the attractions and remind residents of the great days out available right on their doorsteps.

On Saturday 24th, the tour will start at Penarth Pier before visiting Cosmeston Lakes Country Park on 31st July. It'll then head to Barry Island on 7th August, before enjoying visits to Amelia Trust Farm, South Wales Aviation Museum and Fonmon Castle.

Love the Vale Tour presenter Patrick Downes said:

"The tourism industry has has a tough 18 months and with no events in our calendar in 2021, we wanted to celebrate what is great about living around here."

"I'm really excited to head out into the Vale and speak to the individuals and businesses that make these destinations such special places to visit. Hopefully the gorgeous sunshine will stick around too!"

You can hear the Love the Vale Tour with Patrick Downes, Saturdays from 12pm - 2pm on Bro Radio.

Vale residents will be able to make more care home visits, as the Welsh Government has updated the guidance on care home visitations, as part of the latest easing of restrictions coming into effect.

Visits from friends and family to care home residents are more important now than ever, the Deputy Minister for Social Services Julie Morgan announced whilst speaking to care home residents at Cardiff care home Ty Enfys.

Whilst some measures such as visitor testing for indoor visits and risk assessments for visits remain in place, other restrictions have been eased further. Residents no longer need to isolate on return from an overnight stay and entertainers will be permitted in indoor areas of the home to enable residents to resume the activities they enjoy. Whilst the guidance advises caution on close physical contact such as hugging, it now gives further advice on how these risks can be managed.   

The Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan said:

“I do not underestimate how difficult the pandemic has been for people living in care homes, their loved ones and indeed for staff. The impact of coronavirus on the sector has been unprecedented and people who need care and support, unpaid carers and the social care workforce have all been affected.

“As we move towards recovery it is vital we ensure care home residents have the same opportunities as the rest of the population to see their loved ones again in a meaningful way both inside and outside their home. The updated guidance will further ease restrictions and support care home providers to transition to a more normal level of visiting.”

Whilst visiting Ty Enfys, Julie Morgan launched the Social Care Recovery Framework. The Framework sets out the priorities for social care recovery in Wales with a clear focus on the immediate recovery priorities that need to be addressed with urgency.

Priorities include:

  • Focusing on rebuilding wellbeing, reducing inequalities, widening participation and creating an inclusive society;
  • Supporting people with Long-Covid including increased demand for social care provision;
  • Continuing to ensure the risk of Covid-19 entering care homes is minimised and visiting is maintained safely;
  • Addressing the adverse impact Covid 19 has on unpaid carers;
  • Improving terms and conditions for the social care workforce and ensure there is a continued focus on supporting wellbeing and mental health;

Ms Morgan said:

“It is essential we support the social care sector move forward. The social care recovery framework sets out our immediate and short term priorities for recovery. Recovery in social care provides an opportunity for significant and sustained improvement across the sector. It is critically important that we use this recovery period to lay the right foundations for the future of social care in Wales, in line with our longer-term ambitions in the Programme for Government, and ensure the risk of Covid-19 entering care homes is minimised and visiting is maintained safely.”

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