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12th June 2021
Wales Health Minster urges people to holiday at home this summer

As Wales kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign today, Health Minister Eluned Morgan has urged people to holiday at home this summer. International travel re-started in May but strict rules are in place to reduce the risk of coronavirus – and new variants of the virus – entering the UK. This means travel will be […]

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12th June 2021
Barry Town Council Fairtrade Committee Announce Virtual 5K To Fundraise For RNLI & Vale Food Bank

Barry Town Council’s Fairtrade Advisory Committee has announced a virtual 5K to fundraise for the Barry RNLI and the Vale Food Bank. Residents are invited to run, jog or walk the distance over the month of August, whether that be all at once or over a couple of days. Entry is £5 for adults with […]

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12th June 2021
Barry’s Women’s Institute Support Yarn Bombing Day With Meaningful Post Box Toppings

Barry’s Women’s Institute (WI) has adorned post boxes throughout the town with meaningful hand-crafted toppers for Yarn Bombing Day and International Knitting in Public Day. The toppers highlight some of the WI’s national campaigns such as “S.O.S Honey Bees” and “Alleviate Loneliness”. The yarn bombing was suggested by Barry WI member and keen crafter, Sue, […]

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12th June 2021
Vale Council Looking To Hire Pavilion Manager For Penarth Pier

The Vale of Glamorgan Council are looking to hire a Pavilion Manager for the Penarth Pier Pavilion to help shape the future of the iconic building following their takeover of the space. The Council took over management of the building last year and has already opened up a cafe for visitors. Now they’re looking for […]

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11th June 2021
Castle Street in Cardiff will reopen to private cars this autumn

Castle Street in Cardiff will reopen to private cars this autumn after thousands voted against its continued closure. The main road across the city centre was shut last summer to all traffic, later opening in the autumn to just buses and taxis. A major consultation was held this spring to find out whether the public […]

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11th June 2021
Cowbridge Business man honoured with British Empire Medal

A 25 year old businessman from Cowbridge has been honoured with a British Empire Medal, after he repurposed his business to produce more than one million bottles of hand sanitiser during the coronavirus pandemic. Rhys Mallows is the managing director of Mallows Bottling – received a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list […]

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11th June 2021
Barry Woman awarded British Empire Medal for her services to social care

58-year-old Linda Ruston from Barry has been awarded a British Empire Meal for her services to social care. Linda is the manager of New Horizons day centre, which supports adults living with physical disabilities. During the pandemic, Linda and her team have coordinated a responsive service for their clients, arranging home and welfare visits and […]

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11th June 2021
Aberthaw shortlisted as potential site for fusion power plant

Aberthaw has been shortlisted as one of fifteen potential sites to host the UK’s first prototype fusion power plant. The site, which was put forward by the Vale of Glamorgan Council is currently the home of Wales’ last coal-fire power station which is currently being decommissioned by RWE Generation UK. Aberthaw is one of two […]

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11th June 2021
Colcot Road Co-Op get back to fundraising as restrictions continue to ease

Staff and customers at Co-Op on Colcot Road have begun fundraising again, for the first time in 10 months due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions. The team at the store are well known for their charity exploits, with store manager Zoe and her team completing 30 Charity challenges for her 30th birthday, raising over £10k in […]

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11th June 2021
Police add extra weekend patrols ahead this week

With nice weather forecast for the weekend, extra police patrols are once again planned to keep coastal areas of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan safe. Op Elstree covers key locations including Cardiff Bay, Penarth and Barry Island, as well as the Heritage Coastline stretch between Rhoose Point and Ogmore-by-Sea. Anti-social behaviour and criminality has […]

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11th June 2021
Barry’s All Saints Church Launches Appeal To Save The Town’s Last Pipe Organ

Barry’s All Saints Church has launched an appeal to help them save their historic Pipe Organ, which is, according to them, the last one in the town. The church need to raise £120,000 to restore the organ. The hefty fee is due to the skills and experience needed to restore the instrument fully to avoid […]

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11th June 2021
New Conservative South Wales Central MS won’t ‘forget about the Vale of Glamorgan’

The new Conservative Member of the Senedd for South Wales Central says he doesn’t want to forget about the Vale of Glamorgan, and wants to build his profile in the county. Joel James was elected as the Conservative MS for the region in the Senedd election last month, and was one of 19 new faces […]

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11th June 2021
Vale Council Offers Cliff Tops Premises To Let

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is offering a former retail kiosk at the Cliff Top Play Area in Penarth to let on a 3-year lease and has stated that they are looking for an innovative business to take on the building and enhance the local area and seafront. The premises is situated at the popular […]

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11th June 2021
Memo Arts Centre Introduces New Memo Starlings Group

The Memo Arts Centre has launched their Memo Starlings group for pre-school children and their grown-ups to play, create and learn together. The Starlings Sessions will encourage the little ones to be creative and develop their cognitive skills, while, at the same time, building their social skills. There will be plenty there to entertain and […]

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11th June 2021
Cardiff & The Vale UHB Offering First Dose Walk-In Vaccinations Every Weekend

Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board has announced that they will be offering first-dose vaccinations on a weekly basis, every Saturday and Sunday at the Bayside Mass Vaccination Centre. The vaccinations are available for all those in the area who are over 18 years of age and have yet to receive their first dose […]

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10th June 2021
Test, Trace, Protect service sets out plans for next phase of pandemic response

The Cardiff and Vale Test, Trace, Protect service has announced its plans for the way it will work in order to tackle the likely challenges of the future. Following the Welsh Government announcement that funding for Test, Trace, Protect in Wales will continue until March 2022, the Cardiff and Vale Prevention and Response Plan sets […]

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10th June 2021
Wizz Air to launch flights from Cardiff to Jersey

Wizz Air UK, has announces that it is launching its first ever domestic service with flights to Jersey from Cardiff Airport, its newest base. Beginning in July, these flights will operate twice weekly, with fares starting from £17.99. With a short flight time and sunny climate, Jersey is an ideal getaway on Wales’ doorstep. Those […]

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10th June 2021
Welsh Government green light boosts Veterans’ Mental-Health Care

With mental health at the forefront of the public’s consciousness following a year of lockdowns, Veterans’ NHS Wales (VNHSW) has applauded the Welsh Government’s decision to further fund specialist therapists for its clients. Almost three-quarters of veterans on a three-year programme, delivered by VNHSW and funded by a grant of more than half-a-million pounds from […]

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10th June 2021
Shop Local Penarth FiverFest returns

FiverFest, a national celebration of independent shops and businesses is set to return to Penarth next week, with thirty-nine retailers from across the Town taking part. The two-week campaign, which runs from 12th – 26th June, sees independent shops and cafes across the Town offer a £5 deal, to incentivise shoppers to return to the […]

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10th June 2021
Vale tennis club ‘delighted’ to open Wales’ first Padel court

The Vale tennis club behind Wales’ first Padel court say they are “delighted” to have opened the court this week. Penarth Windsor Lawn Tennis Club are the first in the country to have a court for one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. Anthony Phillips is the former chairman of the club, who […]

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10th June 2021
Pavement seating charges an ‘easy way to get more money off small businesses’

New annual charges for businesses that have outdoor pavement seating is an “easy way to get more money out of smaller businesses” according to one Vale of Glamorgan café. The charges, which start in the county next month, will see businesses having to pay between £150 and more than £750 depending on the number of […]

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10th June 2021
Neighbourhood Watch shakes off “curtain twitcher” image, as it expands remit

This week is National Neighbourhood Watch week, with an upsurge in membership across the UK and over 100 active local watches running across the Vale of Glamorgan. Across the UK, groups are seeing a younger age group join, due particularly to the coronavirus lockdown, which has forced people to stay at home. Traditionally more popular […]

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10th June 2021
Support for young carers with new ID Card Scheme

A new scheme to enable young carers in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to get the support and recognition they need has been launched today (Thursday, June 10), during Carers Week. The Young Carers ID card is a national initiative to support young people who care for a family member or friend to receive […]

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9th June 2021
Cemetery workers could strike in ‘fire-and-rehire’ dispute with Barry town council

Cemetery workers could strike due to a dispute with Barry town council around changes to working hours and the controversial ‘fire and rehire’ practice. The town council is asking staff at Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery to work later in the evening over the summer, but has not agreed to the changes with all workers. Trade union […]

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9th June 2021
Fundraiser Set Up To Cover Costs Of Vandalism at Rhws Primary Raises Double Its Target In Days

A fundraiser set up to cover the costs of vandalism that took place at Rhws Primary’s Rangers Area over half-term has already raised double its target in a matter of days. As-yet-unidentified vandals broke into the school grounds over the half-term break and targeted the Rangers Area, part of the school that had been co-created […]

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9th June 2021
Llantwit Residents Given Chance To Meet Local Police Officers

Residents of Llantwit Major are being given the chance to meet with their local police officers on multiple dates throughout the summer. The meetings will be held at the Old Youth Centre on Station Road in Llantwit and will give locals the chance to meet with their local officers, receive advice on crime prevention and […]

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9th June 2021
All Wales Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre At Llandough Unveils Its New Look & New Logo

Llandough’s All Wales Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre has been unveiled following transformational work which provided an additional 16 en-suite bedrooms within the existing CF centre, along with four en-suite special infection bedrooms; two on UHL’s West 2 ward and two on the East 2 ward. Building work took twelve months in total, beginning in January […]

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9th June 2021
Passengers Waiting Months For Missing Replacement Bus Shelter After Previous One Removed

Passengers have been left waiting months for a missing replacement bus shelter in Dinas Powys after a previous one was removed. The bus shelter on Cardiff Road, by the junction with Cross Common Road, was removed by Vale of Glamorgan Council last year. The council had promised to upgrade several shelters across the village, including […]

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8th June 2021
Tom Auton: 9 till 9 – Review

Tom Auton’s new single 9 till 9 is truly a masterpiece. Like all his other songs, it’s in your face, pure rock and I love it. Every instrument works so well with each other and you can hear everything, from the hard-hitting guitar, to the smooth bass line, all the way to the slick drum […]

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8th June 2021
New state-of-the-art Spinal & Neuro Specialised Rehab Unit opens at University Hospital Llandough

As part of a programme of work to enhance our Spinal and Neuro Specialised Rehab services, a brand new facility has been established at the University Hospital Llandough (UHL). The new wards have state-of-the-art equipment which will further improve the outcomes of patients in our care. Designed around patient experience and modern healthcare requirements, the […]

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8th June 2021
Fears of rising child abuse in Vale of Glamorgan as figures double in past two years

Child abuse in the Vale of Glamorgan appears to be rising as figures have more than doubled over the past two years. New figures revealed by the social services department at Vale of Glamorgan council show a stark increase in the number of child protection registrations. Social services assess different risks to children such as […]

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8th June 2021
The Vale of Glamorgan has the second lowest covid-19 cases rate in the UK

Latest figures up to 7th June, show the Vale of Glamorgan has the second lowest covid-19 case rate in the whole of the United Kingdom. The figures, which include cases per 100,000 over a seven day period up to 2nd June show the Vale of Glamorgan case rate stands at 1.5, whilst Mendip has the […]

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8th June 2021
The Effort To Reach Ethnic Minorities Less Keen On Contact Tracing & Vaccines

Local doctors, short videos and mobile testing sites have all contributed to the effort to reach ethnic minorities less keen on contract tracing and vaccines. Cardiff and Vale Test Trace Protect has been making a special effort to reach some communities who have lower vaccination and testing rates. Leaflets have featured several different languages to […]

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8th June 2021
Vale Council Approves New Health Centre & Affordable Housing Proposal For Barry Town

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has approved potentially transformative regeneration proposals for a new mixed-use development at the west end of Barry town centre, which could see affordable apartments built in the area and a new building erected for the health clinic. The £13.4 million project was approved by the Vale Council’s cabinet yesterday (07/06) […]

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7th June 2021
Cardiff Bus Add Special Summer Services In The Vale

Cardiff Bus has announced a number of special services for the Summer season to help people get out and about in the warm weather. The services include an open-top bus to Penarth’s Pier, additional daily services to Cardiff Bay and the ever-popular Barry Island Flyer. The special open-top bus services to the Penarth Pier begins […]

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7th June 2021
Bro Radio’s Local Artist Of The Week – Greta Isaac – Single Review

What do you get when you mix societal commentary, no nonsense feminism, lots of reverb and a sprinkling of profanity? You get Greta Isaac’s monster of a track ‘How To Be A Woman’, and let me tell you, it’s no joke. With this track, you’re hooked from the off. We’re greeted by an arpeggiated choir […]

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4th June 2021
Affordable apartments and a new health clinic set for Barry town centre project

A major regeneration project set for Barry town centre will see affordable apartments built and a new building for a health clinic. The western end of the town centre, by Gladstone Bridge and Broad Street, would see new flats built on currently vacant land. Broad Street Clinic would also be knocked down and rebuilt with […]

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4th June 2021
Vale council making getting married outdoors easier as Covid scuppers weddings

Vale of Glamorgan council is planning to make getting married outdoors easier as coronavirus continues to scupper weddings. Many couples have had to postpone their wedding as social distancing rules have prevented large groups indoors. Currently the council only offers statutory ceremonies, which by law must be inside a licenced permanent structure, with couples celebrating […]

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3rd June 2021
Wales To Complete Phased Move To Alert Level One, First Minister Confirms

Wales will begin a phased move to Alert Level One from Monday, with up to 30 people allowed to meet outdoors, and large outdoor events, such as concerts, football matches and sporting activities allowed to go ahead with spectators in attendance, the First Minister has confirmed. The move to Alert Level One will be in […]

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3rd June 2021
Sickness absences in Vale council dropped significantly last year despite Covid

Sickness absences among staff at Vale of Glamorgan council dropped significantly last year despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Stress remained the main reason council workers took sickness absences, accounting for almost four in ten days off. Working from home could mean fewer employees are reporting sickness, leading to a potential problem of “presenteeism”, where staff […]

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3rd June 2021
Llamau launch My First Job campaign to encourage employers to come forward and support young people

Homeless charity Llamau is today leading a campaign, which aims to create awareness around the impact Covid-19 has had on already marginalised young people who are trying to take their first steps into employment. The charity will be encouraging a host of individuals and organisations to join the #myfirstjob conversation across social media, sharing stories […]

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3rd June 2021
Community Councillor says Cardiff Road accident was a “long time coming”

A local Plaid Cymru Community Councillor in Dinas Powys has said “the Vale Council were told that an accident would occur” following an incident with a bus and car on Cardiff Road last Friday. Councillor Chris Franks, said the incident was a long time coming and that “the Vale Council were told that an accident […]

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3rd June 2021
Eateries In The Vale To Be Charged For Outdoor Seating From July

Cafes and restaurants in the Vale of Glamorgan are to be hit with charges of between £150 and more than £750 for outdoor seating from July. The charges, which have been brought in to limit the amount of space taken up on pavements by eateries in the county and make navigating the streets easier for […]

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2nd June 2021
New bus station and park-and-ride could be built at Barry Docks

A new bus station and a park-and-ride could be built at Barry Docks train station along with flats and shops. Vale of Glamorgan council is exploring what the four-bay ‘bus interchange’ could look like and exactly where it would go. Transport experts Amey have been commissioned to write an outline business case for the plans, […]

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2nd June 2021
South Wales Police Special Constabulary receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

A group 158 women and men aged between 18 and 70 years, all serving special constables, has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. South Wales Police’s Special Constabulary is a unique organisation which has integrated well with the regular force.  It […]

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2nd June 2021
Further delays expected for road users on Five Mile Lane and Weycock Cross

Contractors for Welsh Water are set to return to complete work on the Five Mile Lane from Monday 14th June for three weeks, after the work was delayed “due to the bad weather conditions” in May. The previous traffic management on Five Mile lane was removed around 28th May, but will now return on Monday […]

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2nd June 2021
Barry Island 10k Postponed until 2022

Run 4 Wales has announced that the Barry Island 10k will be postponed for another year until 2022, stating that “2 meter social distancing rules, will provide significant operational challenges for mass-participation event organisers.” In a statement released on Tuesday, organisers said: “Run 4 Wales has been working closely with the Welsh Government and the […]

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1st June 2021
Vale Council targets UK Government funding to secure major investment in Barry

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is preparing a bid of up to £20 million to the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund in an attempt to secure major investment for Barry. The Council’s proposal is still being finalised but it will aim to supercharge the further regeneration of Barry Waterfront. The Levelling Up and Community Renewal […]

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1st June 2021
Less than 30 days to go for EU citizens to apply for settled status in the UK

There’s less than 30 days left for EU citizens to apply for settled status in the UK and those living in Wales are being urged to take-up the free support on offer from Welsh Government to complete their application. The Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme offers EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens, and their eligible […]

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1st June 2021
Vale Council leader praises the efforts of volunteers during coronavirus pandemic

Vale of Glamorgan Council Leader Neil Moore has again praised volunteers for the contribution they have made since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Today marks the start of Volunteers’ Week and never have the efforts of such individuals been more vital than over the last 15 months. The Council has been working in partnership […]

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1st June 2021
Transport for Wales says goodbye to last Pacer trains

Transport for Wales has said goodbye to the last Pacer trains after more than 30 years of service, marking the end of an era for Britain’s railways. The final Class 143 trains – 143601 and 143609 – ran their last services on the South Wales valleys network on Saturday 29 May, having operated the equivalent […]

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1st June 2021
‘Significant concerns’ over plans to store hundreds of tonnes of flammable gas

Regulators are warning of ‘significant concerns’ over plans to store hundreds of tonnes of flammable gas at Barry Docks. The plans would see the Windward Terminal, a two-acre site off Atlantic Way, transformed into a storage and distribution centre for liquid petroleum gases like propane and butane. Harp International currently has a similar operation on […]

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1st June 2021
The Great Get Together 2021 celebrates community spirit

Now in its fifth year, the Great Get Together weekend of community (Friday 18th – Sunday 20th June) is inspired by the belief that we have ‘far more in common than that which divides us’, the powerful words of the late Jo Cox MP. It aims to bring communities together, following Jo’s murder in 2016. […]

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1st June 2021
A Busy Bank Holiday Weekend For The Local Coastguard and RNLI Services

While many of us were out enjoying the warm weather over the bank holiday weekend, there was no rest for the local Coastguard and RNLI services who responded to multiple incidents across the period. The Barry Coastguard Service had a varied weekend of action across multiple areas of the Vale, first escorting a dozen people […]

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1st June 2021
Cardiff & Vale UHB Extend Vaccine First Dose Walk-In Service Due To Popularity

Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board have announced that they will be extending the walk-in sessions for the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at the Bayside Mass Vaccination Centre to run until Sunday 6th June due to popularity, with more than 1,500 people attending over the bank holiday weekend. The vaccination centre, which […]

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31st May 2021
FAW Confirm Tier 1 & Tier 2 Clubs In Major Restructuring Of Women’s Game

The FAW has confirmed the teams for Tier 1 and Tier 2 in Welsh women’s football, with Barry Town United’s women set to play in Tier 1 alongside the likes of The New Saints and Cardiff City. The re-structure was implemented following a full review of the pyramid in 2020, which included consultation with clubs, […]

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31st May 2021
Bro Radio’s Local Artist Of The Week – Don Ya Ya

Last week’s Local Artist of the Week on Bro Radio featured the lighter-waving, all-round foot-tapper of a track, “Pale Moon” from Don Ya Ya, or as others may know him, Owen Powell from Wales’ very own Catatonia. The story – one we all know and have a love/hate relationship with; the late night walk home. […]

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30th May 2021
Barry Town Youth Council Invite Young People To Their Pizza & Chat Event

The Barry Town Youth Council is inviting young people, between the ages of 11 and 18, to their “Pizza and Chat” event, an opportunity for young people to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their lives and their priorities for the future of the town. The gathering, which will take place at the […]

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29th May 2021
Vale Libraries On The Pier – Half Term Activities At Penarth Pier Pavilion

Vale of Glamorgan Libraries will be holding a series of fun and educational events at the Penarth Pier Pavilion over half term, with a variety of activities taking place including story-telling, pedal-powered painting and more. Events will be taking place from the 1st to the 4th June and will be free to attend, though booking […]

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28th May 2021
Rail users advised to plan ahead this bank holiday

Passengers using the Wales and Borders network this bank holiday weekend are being encouraged to plan ahead. With good weather forecast across the UK the rail network is expected to be busy as people head to tourist destinations such as Barry Island, Tenby and the North Wales coast. There are also a number of events […]

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28th May 2021
Extra police patrols for the Bank Holiday weekend at Vale Coastal resorts

With nice weather forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend, extra police patrols are planned to keep coastal areas of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan safe. Operation Elstree will take in key locations including Cardiff Bay, Penarth and Barry Island, as well as the Heritage Coastline stretch between Rhoose Point and Ogmore-by-Sea. From lunchtime today […]

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28th May 2021
First Minister and FAW Urge Red Wall To Support Wales From Home

First Minister Mark Drakeford and the President of the FAW have both urged supporters of the Welsh men’s football team to stay in Wales to support the team through their Euro 2020 campaign. The Cymru side are currently preparing for their first friendly match against France in Nice on the 2nd June ahead of the […]

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28th May 2021
Police looking to speak to two men in connection to ‘SOSO’ graffiti

South Wales Police are looking to speak to these two men in connection with graffiti in Barry and Penarth. They were seen on camera using spray cans to graffiti the tag ‘SOSO’ in the Holton Road of Barry area during the evening of Thursday, May 13. This tag and others including ‘BBS’ and ‘DESSO’ have […]

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28th May 2021
Detectives appeal for witnesses following burglary attempts in Dinas Powys

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses of a number of burglaries and attempted burglaries in Dinas Powys earlier this month. The incidents took place between Friday 14th May and Saturday 15th May, sometime between 11pm on Friday evening and 1.30am on Saturday morning, during which time a vehicle was stolen, which has now been recovered. […]

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28th May 2021
Welsh Water Apprentice Wins Award At Quality Skills Apprenticeship Awards

A Welsh Water employee has won Construction Apprentice of the Year at the Cardiff and Vale College Quality Skills Apprenticeship Awards for her outstanding attitude to her studies. Welsh Water’s Project Support Officer, Leah Emery, has been named “Construction Apprentice of the Year” at QSA Apprenticeship Awards. The awards celebrate the success of standout apprentices […]

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28th May 2021
Openreach Set To Upgrade Broadband In 415,000 More Rural Homes In Wales

Openreach has, today, outlined plans to build ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband to at least three million more homes and businesses. This figure includes around 415,000 across Wales in locations including Southerndown, Llantwit Major, Cowbridge, St Athan and Dinas Powys in the Vale of Glamorgan. A total of 140 exchanges across the country are being upgraded, […]

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28th May 2021
UK Regional Airline Launches First Service Between Cardiff and Belfast

Eastern Airways, the UK’s regional airline launched its service between Cardiff Airport and Belfast City Airport, the only one of its kind linking the entire island of Ireland with Wales. The new link is part of Eastern Airways’ careful reintroduction of services as Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease. Extensive cleaning measures are in place with […]

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27th May 2021
The Welsh government has announced live music events can return

The Welsh government has announced live music events can return. It confirmed performances could “begin once again in Wales across all settings”. It said venues would need full risk assessments in line with hospitality and performing guidance. A spokesman said the suspension of gigs and other live events had been one of “the biggest shocks […]

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27th May 2021
Bro Radio unveils summer schedule changes

Bro Radio has unveiled a series of schedule changes ahead of a Love the Vale tour in partnership with Visit the Vale. From Monday 7th June, Gareth Knight will return to the daytime schedule for the first time since an illness at the start of the year. Gareth will initially return from 1pm – 2pm, […]

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27th May 2021
Shock as five dead tortoises found dumped at allotment

An appeal for information has been launched by the RSPCA after five dead tortoises were found at an allotment in Barry in “unexplained” circumstances. RSPCA Cymru was contacted after a member of the public found the five animals at the Cemetery Road allotment in the Vale of Glamorgan town on Monday (24 May). They had […]

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27th May 2021
Thinking Of Volunteering In The Vale? Glamorgan Voluntary Services Holding Free Online Sessions

Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) will be hosting a number of free online sessions for residents of the Vale to find out more and ask questions about volunteering. In a post on their website advertising the sessions, GVS shared the benefits of volunteering, saying: “Volunteering can be one of the most fulfilling things you can do […]

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27th May 2021
First Minister Urges All Holidaymakers From Covid Hotspots To Remember To Pack Covid Test

Visitors to Wales from the UK’s Covid hotspots have been asked to remember to pack a lateral flow test in their suitcases by First Minister Mark Drakeford as an extra safety measure to help protect Wales from a surge in Coronavirus cases. There are no extra restrictions on those living in the eight areas of […]

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27th May 2021
Help For Heroes Appeal For Volunteers For 2021 & Beyond

The armed forces charity, Help For Heroes, is sounding the reveille for potential new recruits to join them as volunteers to help with fundraising and charitable activities planned for the rest of 2021 and beyond. Worryingly for the charity, income was down by as much as 75% in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic put paid […]

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27th May 2021
“Brace The Brecons” – The New Challenge To Tackle Homelessness From Llamau and Brace’s Bakery

Llamau, the charity dedicated to eradicating homelessness for young people and vulnerable women in Wales, has teamed up with Brace’s Bakery for a new fundraising campaign, “Brace The Brecons”, which will see participants tackle the 16km Horseshoe Loop in the Brecon Beacons. The challenge, which will be taking place throughout the month of July, will […]

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26th May 2021
Young people release debut CD, inspired by the challenges faced during the coronavirus pandemic

Participants of a Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service project have produced and recorded their first CD, titled 2020 Wrapped Up – inspired by the challenges they faced during the coronavirus pandemic. The young people wrote and recorded their own vocals, producing a backing track and designed artwork for the CD cover, which has now been […]

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26th May 2021
Waterfront residents woken by large blaze engulfing one building and several vehicles

Residents living on Barry Waterfront were awoken in the early hours of Wednesday morning by a large blaze engulfing a building and several parked vehicles. Photos taken by nearby residents and shared with Bro Radio show a large plume of smoke engulfing the sky line, with videos featuring crackles and bangs as South Wales Fire […]

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25th May 2021
FAW & Cadw announce partnership during UEFA EURO 2020

The Football Association of Wales and Cadw have announced a new partnership that will link an exciting summer of football with Welsh history and culture. The Cymru National Men’s Team will be taking part in this summer’s UEFA EURO 2020 tournament, one of the biggest international football competitions in the world. Cadw is the Welsh […]

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25th May 2021
St Athan Primary School pupils sent home after suspicious item found on grounds

Pupils at St Athan Primary School were sent home this morning, after a suspicious item was found on school grounds. In a text sent at 11:28am to parents and seen by Bro Radio, the school told them “A suspicious item has been found on school grounds. Police are paying a precautionary visit and are in […]

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25th May 2021
Vale Childcare offer applications open from Friday 4th June

Working parents of children who will be three years old before August 31, 2021 are being invited to apply to the Welsh Government’s 30-hour childcare offer. In the Vale of Glamorgan, the Childcare Offer can fund up to 17.5 hours per week of childcare during school term time. During school holidays, the provision is increased […]

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25th May 2021
Bayside MVC to operate as a walk in centre this Bank Holiday weekend

Cardiff and Vale University will operate its Bayside Mass Vaccination Centre on a walk-in basis this Bank Holiday weekend, for anyone who has not received an invite to attend a centre. From On Thursday 27th May – Monday 31st May, residents are encouraged to attend Bayside MVC, based in the old Toys R Us building between 8.30am […]

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25th May 2021
Penarth War veteran reunited with his medals 12 months after they were stolen from his home

A war veteran has been reunited with his medals 12 months after they were stolen from his house in Penarth. The 83-year-old former 2nd Lieutenant, who served with the Welsh Borderers was unaware his General Service Medal with clasp Malaya, had been taken during a burglary at his Penarth home in May 2020. It was […]

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25th May 2021
Dinas Powys Cricket Club raise over £2000 to support the club and Velindre Cancer Centre

Dinas Powys Cricket Club have raised over £2000 to support the club and Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff by participating in the ‘Active April’ exercise challenge. Over 50 participants joined in with the fundraiser aiming to run, walk and cycle 3000 miles across the month as a collective – the distance of Route 66 in […]

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25th May 2021
Loganair boosts UK regional connectivity with new Scotland-Wales air link

Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, has launched its new route linking the capital cities of Scotland and Wales. The service between Edinburgh and Cardiff starts on August 2, and tickets are on sale from today (May 25). Flights will be on Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jets, with prices on the 1hr 25min trip […]

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25th May 2021
Penarth Pier Pavilion temporarily renamed for TV production

Penarth Pier Pavilion will undergo a brief rebrand this week while a Channel 4 production films there. As part of 4 Stories, a six-part series that features 30-minute tales from different communities, the building is to be renamed for two days. A new sign will be put up purely to accommodate the filming on Wednesday […]

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25th May 2021
Vale MP “thrilled” at Vale Council’s decision to pause Cowbridge Cattle Market supermarket development

Local MP Alun Cairns is ‘thrilled’ at the Vale Council’s decision to pause the supermarket development of the Cowbridge Cattle Market site. In a statement released last week, the Council has said “it will take time to fully consider community opinion before progressing any plans for the former Cowbridge Livestock Market site.” The Vale MP […]

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25th May 2021
New Health Minister Encourages Residents To Holiday In Wales This Year

Eluned Morgan, the new Health Minister for Wales, is encouraging people to remain in the country for their summer holidays this year, as the campaign against the coronavirus continues on these shores and beyond. International travel restarted for people in Wales as of Monday 17th May, as the Welsh Government aligned the country with both […]

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25th May 2021
Vale Council Unveils Controversial Plans For Romilly Park Tennis Courts

Plans to lease tennis courts in Romilly Park, Barry, to Tennis Wales have been met with hostility from many residents. Councillors say a formalised booking system with charges will ensure a high level of court maintenance, avoid queues and deter vandalism at the site. Critics of the plans are concerned that children will be discouraged from using the courts, and argue that free to use courts are used by many people who can’t afford to pay fees or membership rates.

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24th May 2021
Environmental Charity To Give Away Free Garden Packages To “Give Nature A Helping Hand”

The environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy, is giving away hundreds of free garden packages to communities across the country in a move that they believe will “give nature a helping hand”. This isn’t the first time the group has done something like this, creating and restoring more than 500 gardens last year as part of […]

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24th May 2021
Former First Minister warns of climate crisis threat in new role

Former First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has warned of the enormous threats facing Wales and the planet if efforts to curb climate change are not increased dramatically. He has pledged to do all he can to help as the new Chair of the environmental charity Size of Wales whilst urging the nation to join […]

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24th May 2021
Radical vision for Wales needed to create future-fit jobs, says Future Generations Commissioner in her plan for new government

Thousands of new ‘future-fit’ jobs could be created if the new Welsh Government embraces a radical vision for Wales, according to the Future Generations Commissioner.  Progressive ideas and amplifying under-heard voices will be vital to help people into the new secure and fulfilling work needed for the country to recover from Covid-19, said Sophie Howe, as she sets out her future-focused programme for the new government.  Of those newly unemployed in the UK in 2020-21, 63% are under 25 (1) and Wales TUC suggests almost 60,000 jobs could be […]

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22nd May 2021
Welsh Ambulance Service donates laptops to schoolchildren in need

THE Welsh Ambulance Service donated more than 100 of its old computers to help schoolchildren in South Wales with remote learning through Covid-19. Tens of thousands of children in Wales had to study from home when schools closed their doors through the pandemic – but not all families had a computer. The Trust was one […]

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22nd May 2021
Private company will take over Cardiff’s New Theatre this July

A private company will take over the operation of the New Theatre in Cardiff this July, depending on coronavirus. HQ Theatres will start running the theatre, at the south end of Park Place, depending on the situation with the pandemic. The company was due to take over from Cardiff council in March last year, but […]

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22nd May 2021
Vale NERS team meet for first non-virtual walk

With lockdown restrictions easing, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s NERS team met for their first non-virtual walk, following the success of a host of virtual walking challenges. The team kicked off the walking challenges with the The Great Wall of China virtual walk, which ran from October to January. Participants have since completed the Welsh […]

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22nd May 2021
Construction starting on Cardiff Bay arena next year as another small venue likely

Construction is due to start on the new arena in Cardiff Bay next year and full details of the designs will be revealed in August. This week a public consultation was launched for the local community to let developers know their views about the arena and the wider redevelopment of Atlantic Wharf. As well as […]

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21st May 2021
Barclays Bank to close branches in Penarth and Cowbridge

Barclays Bank has announced the closure of two branches in the Vale of Glamorgan, as over counter transaction continue to decline. Branches in Penarth and Cowbridge are set to close on Friday 27th August, along with a number of branches across the United Kingdom. In a letter addressing the main reasons for closing the branches, […]

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21st May 2021
Vale Council Produces Range Of Books To Help Disabled Children Develop Movement Skills

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has produced a range of books designed to help disabled children develop fundamental movement skills. The new books, each featuring an engaging story alongside beautiful and vivid illustrations, have been created for specific disability groups, such as those with autism, learning disabilities, physical impairments, wheelchair and power chair users and […]

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21st May 2021
South Wales Aviation Museum set to reopen its doors this weekend

The South Wales Aviation Museum, based in St Athan is set to reopen its doors this weekend for the first time in over 12 months. Announcing the news on social media the visitor attraction said “We are so happy to be opening our doors to you all again!” South Wales Aviation Museum is a registered […]

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21st May 2021
Penarth Town Mayor Reopens Turner House Gallery

Penarth’s Town Mayor Cllr. Ian Buckley reopened the Turner House Gallery to the public yesterday, after its redevelopment by the Penarth Town Council. The historic art gallery has recently undergone a bit of a transformation, bringing a modern look to both the gallery building itself and the imaging and branding used to promote the space. […]

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20th May 2021
Bro Radio’s Local Artist Of The Week – Foxxglove

This week, Bro Radio’s Local Artist of the Week featured track comes from Ferndale singer/songwriter, Foxxglove. ‘Bad Timing’, an alt-pop flavoured ballad with it’s lens on the 23 year old artist’s personal experience with the age-old story of boy pursues girl, girl falls for boy, boy’s straying eyes lead to heartbreak. What ensues are a […]

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20th May 2021
Vale Council considering Community opinion for Cowbridge livestock market site

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has said it will take time to fully consider community opinion before progressing any plans for the former Cowbridge Livestock Market site. At a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet in February, it was determined that this land in The Butts area of the town should be marketed for food retail […]

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20th May 2021
Barry Town Council elects new Mayor

Barry Town Council has elected a new Mayor to represent the town for 2021-22, taking over from Councilor Margaret Wilkinson who served the role for two years. Councillor Steffan William, the new Mayor was born and bred in the town and was first elected to both the Barry Town and Vale of Glamorgan Councils in […]

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20th May 2021
Grand Funding Boost For Cowbridge School Equipment

A Vale Primary School, which is running low on equipment for its children has been given a timely boost thanks to Persimmon Homes. Pendoylan Church in Wales Primary School has received a £1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes East Wales as part of the builder’s Community Champions Scheme. Persimmon makes £64,000 a month available to fund […]

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20th May 2021
Local charity asks you to snap your pet to win

Age Connects Cardiff & Vale and Burns Pet Nutrition are urging you to grab your camera and capture those heart-warming and funny moments with your beloved pets. Residents are invited to submit their picture into a competition, to be in with a chance to win an exclusive pet photography shoot courtesy of award-winning Photodrome and/or […]

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20th May 2021
Franchises scrapped and changes to season tickets as part of major revamp to UK’s train network

The rail network will be rebranded Great British Railways as part of a restructuring intended to simplify the organisational chaos of the franchise system and rebuild passenger numbers following COVID-19. A quarter of a century after British Rail was broken up and the network privatised, the new public body will subsume Network Rail’s responsibility for […]

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20th May 2021
Vale Children invite to enter bespoke Minecraft world to design the new Velindre Cancer Centre

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Velindre Cancer Centre are challenging children across the area to take up the mantle and enter its bespoke Minecraft world to design the new Velindre Cancer Centre and its surroundings. The primary and secondary schools getting involved will receive an interactive and educational workbook for students that sits […]

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20th May 2021
Plans to revamp Penarth Pier Pavilion continue following the close of public consultation

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is pressing ahead with plans to revamp what is on offer at Penarth Pier Pavilion following the completion of a public consultation on the subject. Members of the Cabinet have been presented with a report updating them on activities at the building since the Council took over its operation in […]

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19th May 2021
Bookings open for Barry Island’s famous Beach Huts

Visit the Vale has confirmed that bookings for Barry Island’s famous beach huts are now online. The 24 colourful beach huts, situated on Whitmore Bay were completed in 2014 and have become one of the tourist destinations go to photo spots and a proven to be an excellent bases for families and groups visiting the […]

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19th May 2021
Met Office issues Yellow warning for wind later this week

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind across much of Wales from Thursday evening, as an unusually deep area of low pressure for this time of year slowly moves eastwards across the UK. The warning, which is in place between 6pm Thursday 20th May and 9pm on Friday 21st May, will see […]

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19th May 2021
Police appeal for information after 16-year old sustains serious head injury

South Wales Police detectives are continuing to appeal for information relating to an incident in which a 16-year old boy sustained a serious head injury in Penarth on Friday, 22nd January between 5pm and 6pm. Emergency services were called to St David’s Crescent in the Town at around 8.15pm to reports of a boy being […]

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18th May 2021
All adults aged 18 and over to receive their first vaccine by 30th May

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has today confirmed that all adults aged 18 and over will receive their first vaccine by 30th May. Those who have not yet received an appointment date, should receive a letter inviting them for their first dose by post this week. Anyone who has been missed, or that has […]

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18th May 2021
Barry Primary School Project Receives Fresh Funding

A Barry primary school that was damaged by bad weather over the winter has been given a lifeline thanks to funding from Persimmon Homes. Cadoxton Primary School in Barry has been awarded a £1,000 grant from Persimmon Homes East Wales as the builder continues to support community groups and charities in the area. Persimmon donates […]

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18th May 2021
Barry Town Mayor Officially Opens Cemetery Approach Community Centre

Barry Town Mayor, Cllr Margaret Wilkinson officially opened the new community centre on Cemetery Approach yesterday in the final civic event of her mayoral term. The Barry Town Council building had a difficult birth, with the centre nearing completion way back in September 2019, before an arson attack forced a total rebuild. During this second […]

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17th May 2021
Wales officially moves into Alert Level Two

Wales has officially move into alert level two, as pubs, restaurants and cafes are allowed to reopen indoors. Indoor hospitality businesses across Wales will begin to reopen from today, alongside indoor entertainment venues and an increase in the number of people able to attend organised indoor and outdoor activities. The First Minister confirmed on Friday […]

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17th May 2021
National Museum Wales to reopen its sites from May 19

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales has announced that it will begin to reopen its museums to the public from Wednesday 19 May 2021. The indoors of St Fagans National Museum of History, National Museum Cardiff and National Waterfront Museum Swansea will all reopen on Wednesday 19 May and will be open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday […]

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17th May 2021
Sophie and Ruiari Complete 40-Mile Challenge Raising Money For RNLI

Sophie and Ruiari’s big adventure is complete, trekking 40 miles around the local area over the few weeks to raise money for the RNLI. The two 9-year-olds completed the equivalent distance of the journey around some of South Wales’ RNLI Lifeboat Stations, from Porthcawl Lifeboat Station to Penarth and finally Barry Dock Station. The walking was […]

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15th May 2021
Barry Island Episode Of ITV Gameshow To Air Tonight

The episode of ITV Gameshow, “In For A Penny” which was filmed on Barry Island in September 2020, is being aired today at 7pm. The show, fronted by Stephen Mulhern, was filmed on the promenade on the 1st of September last year, as locals enjoyed the final rays of summer sunshine, and will feature residents […]

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15th May 2021
Commemoration events take place to mark 100th anniversary of the Royal British Leigion

A series of small commemoration events have taken place across the Vale of Glamorgan to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion. A small group, including Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns and MS Jane Hutt gathered at Barry Cenotaph on Saturday to lay wreaths, to coincide with the National Wreath laying. Across […]

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15th May 2021
Penarth Pier Pavilion could turn into similar venue as Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre

Penarth Pier Pavilion could turn into a similar venue as Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, according to a new report. The children’s section of Penarth Library will also move temporarily to the iconic art deco building on the Esplanade, which was recently taken over by Vale of Glamorgan council. More than a thousand people responded […]

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15th May 2021
Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff could be demolished in major ‘canal quarter’ plans

Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena could be demolished as part of major plans to create a ‘canal quarter’ in the city centre. Cardiff council is discussing with Live Nation, the leaseholders of the Motorpoint, about the arena’s future, which could see the building knocked down and the land redeveloped. Live Nation will run the new arena planned […]

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14th May 2021
Cowork from a Castle as festival launches across Vale of Glamorgan

Remote workers across the Vale of Glamorgan are being invited to break free from their kitchen tables as part of the Cowork Local Festival, which will see pop-up workspaces open across the county borough.  The festival is part of an initiative by the Vale of Glamorgan Council & TownSq to encourage more people to work […]

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20th May 2021
Bro Radio’s Local Artist Of The Week – Foxxglove

This week, Bro Radio’s Local Artist of the Week featured track comes from Ferndale singer/songwriter, Foxxglove. ‘Bad Timing’, an alt-pop flavoured ballad with it’s lens on the 23 year old artist’s personal experience with the age-old story of boy pursues girl, girl falls for boy, boy’s straying eyes lead to heartbreak. What ensues are a […]

26th February 2021
Bro Radio Local Artist Of The Week: Danielle Lewis

Every week on Bro Radio, we feature an artist local to South Wales on our playlist and this week’s Local Artist of the Week is Danielle Lewis, with her new single, “Help Me”. Originally from West Wales, Danielle is a Singer-Songwriter who lets her vocals do the talking, crafting simple but well-realised instrumental tracks with […]

18th February 2021
Bro Radio Local Artist Of The Week: Ragsy

Every week on Bro Radio, we feature an artist local to South Wales on our playlist, and this week’s Local Artist of the Week is Ragsy, a Singer-Songwriter who found success on ITV’s The Voice, before making his name as an independent artist. Ragsy will release his latest single, “The First Time” tomorrow, on the […]

26th January 2021
South Wales Festival Goes Online For 2021

Immersed! Festival will be returning in 2021, putting the spotlight on some of the region’s best and brightest musicians, but this time it’s online. Previous years have seen headline sets by Richard Ashcroft of The Verve, Pete Doherty of The Libertines, Tom Grennan, Bad Sounds and more, but this year’s festival will be shining a […]

18th January 2021
Bro Radio’s Local Artist Of The Week: Barney Barnett

Each week, Bro Radio showcases a different artist from South Wales by placing them on the station’s main playlist. This week’s pick is Llantwit Major’s own, Barney Barnett. Barney’s track, “No Favours” is a strutting Britpop throwback with all the swagger of the nineties’ finest and a sprinkling of saxophone for good measure. With a […]

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