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27th November 2020
Welsh Blood Service teams up with FAW’s Cymru Leagues & WPWL urging supporters to save lives

The Welsh Blood Service has partnered with the FAW’s JD Cymru Leagues and Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League to launch a brand-new campaign to encourage domestic football fans to donate blood.  Through its ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign, clubs are being encouraged by the Welsh Blood Service to engage with their supporters and local communities […]

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27th November 2020
Three Vale School staff nominated for teaching awards

Three school staff from the Vale of Glamorgan are in the running for recognition at the fourth annual Professional Teaching Awards Cymru. Tracy Mills and Gavin Packer from the Vale’s Youth Service, who provide support to young people in Whitmore High School and St Cyres, are finalists in the Youth Work in Schools category, while […]

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27th November 2020
Santa To Visit Rhoose In Pre-Christmas Outing

Santa will be bringing his sleigh to Rhoose on Saturday 5th December in an event arranged by the Rhoose Community Spirit group. The festive fella will be taking a route from the Point, to the Hollies, down Fontgary Road and up through Fonmon, spreading Christmas cheer to children and adults throughout the village. A group […]

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26th November 2020
Welsh Ambulance service honours staff and volunteers in annual awards ceremony

The Welsh Ambulance Service has honoured its staff and volunteers at its fifth annual staff awards ceremony. More than a dozen awards were presented to colleagues across Wales at tonight’s virtual ceremony, as well as a trio of special awards in celebration of the World Health Organisation’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. A moving […]

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26th November 2020
Art Central Gallery set to reopen

Art Central Gallery is set to reopen on Tuesday, with strict safety measures in place to protect visitors and staff. It will feature the Women’s Arts Association Wales (WAAW) multimedia exhibition, which showcases stunning work from female Welsh artists. The gallery has been closed during the pandemic and will begin operating again in a carefully […]

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26th November 2020
Joint Enforcement Teams established across South Wales as police and councils respond to coronavirus pandemic

South Wales Police and the seven local authorities in South Wales have established Joint Enforcement Teams (JET) to continue supporting to the collective effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Made up of police and council officers, the JETs will take action against individuals, businesses and licensed premises which blatantly fail to comply with the […]

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26th November 2020
Council makes self-isolation payments to low income residents

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has begun processing self-isolation payments for those on low incomes who cannot work from home. Anyone who has coronavirus symptoms must book a test and self-isolate in their home until they receive the result. If that result is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms […]

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26th November 2020
Festive Tenner Trail encourages people to shop local in Penarth

Traders in Penarth are encouraging residents to shop local this Christmas, by launching a festive Tenner Trail across the Town this weekend. It follows the success of last months Fiver Fest Campaign, with the Penarth Business Group announcing the new Christmas shopping initiative designed to highlight the diversity and value of what the Town has […]

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26th November 2020
Chatty Café restarts for Vale town to kick off The Great Winter Get Together

Chatty Café is reviving in the coastal town of Llantwit Major in southeast Wales, thanks to funding from Comic Relief. The monthly free volunteer-run café is the work of More in Common Llantwit Major, the first of the the UK-wide More in Common Network to be established in Wales. The network is inspired by the […]

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25th November 2020
The plan to roll out the coronavirus vaccine in the Vale of Glamorgan

The plan to roll out the coronavirus vaccine in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has bee unveiled. Local health bosses are planning to roll out the coronavirus vaccine in a therapy centre in Splott and two leisure centres in Pentwyn and Barry. The three mass vaccination centres are expected to open in the middle […]

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25th November 2020
Barry school bag financial support from Persimmon

A school in Barry is celebrating after bagging a £1,000 donations from a leading housebuilder. The Friends of Romilly Primary School have received £1,000 towards a new fence, Persimmon Homes East Wales in Llantrisant, which hands out two grants of up to £1,000 to groups in its operating area every month. Claire Sennett, of The […]

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25th November 2020
Inappropriate calls to the Welsh Ambulance Service revealed

Someone dialled 999 because they couldn’t sleep, while another called because a pigeon had injured its wing. Other inappropriate calls to the Welsh Ambulance Service in the past year were from someone with onion juice in their eye, a person who thought they had poo in a cut and someone who had trapped their finger […]

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25th November 2020
Vale Council supports White Ribbon Day

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is supporting White Ribbon Day today, a national campaign to raise awareness of male violence against women. Managing Director Rob Thomas and Director of Housing and Environment Miles Punter both made a pledge, which read: ‘I promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.’ The […]

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25th November 2020
Free flu vaccine now available for over 50s across Wales

From next week NHS Wales’ free flu vaccination will be available for anyone aged 50 or over, it has been announced. Earlier this year the Welsh Government committed to the roll-out of Wales’ largest ever influenza vaccination programme to protect people from the risks of flu. The Welsh Government secured nearly 460,000 additional vaccines for 2020/21 […]

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24th November 2020
Up to three households to be able to meet indoors this Christmas

UK Leaders have agreed that up to three households will be able to meet indoors during a five-day Christmas period from of 23rd - 27th December. Speaking after a meeting of the four governments, the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford said: “This has been a very long and difficult year for everyone. All our […]

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24th November 2020
Work begins on Vale's first zero carbon school begins

Llancarfan Primary School will become one of the first net-zero carbon schools in Wales when a £5 million scheme to construct a new building is completed. That means greenhouse gas emissions will be greatly reduced and any remaining emissions offset, neutralising the school’s environmental impact. Contractors ISG construction began work on the scheme recently, which […]

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24th November 2020
Seven arrests following Cardiff City Centre Disorder

Seven people have now been arrested in connection with violent disorder in Cardiff city centre on Saturday night. Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident which involved two groups of teenagers from the Grangetown and Rumney areas of the city. Six males were taken to hospital with various injuries including stab wounds and head injuries […]

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24th November 2020
Bro Radio Christmas brings festive to cheer to High Street and Holton Road

With festive events postponed this year, Bro Radio is working with Barry Town Council and its shop local committee to bring festive cheer to High Street and Holton Road. Working with JPL Sound, Barry Town Council has repurposed some of its budget to contract local company JPL Sound to provide the infrastructure for music speakers […]

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24th November 2020
Light up Christmas for Marie Curie

The Marie Curie Cardiff and the Vale Hospice in Penarth has launched a festive campaign to Light up Christmas this year. With the season of goodwill just around the corner, the charity can’t plan their usual festive fundraising activities. However, their Nurses throughout the community and in the hospice on Bridgeman Road will still be […]

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24th November 2020
Barry Town United receive vital funding as part of unique partnership

Barry Town United will receive vital financial support from a new package of funding that the UK Government announced to help local football clubs. This comes after local MP Alun Cairns and Barry Town United teamed up again to call for support whilst spectators are excluded from matches.  They will receive support from a £750,000 […]

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24th November 2020
“UK Government must respect devolution” - Wales & Scotland

The UK Government must step up, respect devolution and honour its commitment to replacing EU funds in full, Ministers from Wales and Scotland have demanded. Speaking ahead of the UK Government’s Spending Review, Jeremy Miles and Kate Forbes expressed their frustration that no practical arrangements for the Shared Prosperity Fund have been made by the […]

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24th November 2020
Work begins on St David's Primary School expansion

Work has begun on a new school building at St David’s Primary in Colwinston, which will increase capacity from 140 to 210 places. The two-storey development, built on the current school site by contractors ISG Construction, will consist of classrooms, a hall for sport and dining, offices, a staffroom and breakout areas. Within the grounds […]

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24th November 2020
Palmerston Primary School secures sports sponsorship from fitness and wellbeing business

Sports teams at Palmerston Primary School are to be sponsored by Forces Fitness Ltd after teachers helped develop health, wellbeing and resilience sessions delivered by a military veteran. Sean Molino, a former military physical training instructor within the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, has brought his fitness classes to more than 15,000 participants across Wales. Created […]

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24th November 2020
Vale of Glamorgan Covid-19 Update: Case Numbers Increase

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has released an update on the Covid-19 rates in the Vale of Glamorgan, showing an increase in cases here in the county over the last 7-day period. Numbers have risen across the Vale in terms of cases, cases per 100,000 and tests taken over the last week, with the Council […]

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23rd November 2020
Small businesses to be recognised as Vale of Glamorgan Business Champions

Small community-based businesses locally will be given the opportunity to be crowned champion of their town or the whole of Vale of Glamorgan in 2021 following the launch of an exciting awards programme. The Town & County Business Champions 2021 awards have been launched to highlight the achievements of the UK’s very best micro and […]

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23rd November 2020
Officers promote National Safeguarding Week in the Vale of Glamorgan

South Wales Police officers have been out and about in the Vale of Glamorgan this week to spread the word about fraudsters and how to make sure you don’t fall foul to one of their deceiving and dishonest scams. With increasingly sophisticated scams, even the most knowledgeable person can find themselves falling for one of […]

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23rd November 2020
Local Businesses Share The Effects of Wales' Firebreak Lockdown: Barrybados

As Wales continues to put distance between itself and the Firebreak Lockdown, Bro Radio has been speaking to a number of local business owners about its impact on their business, as well as previous lockdowns and the pandemic as a whole. Barrybados started out as twitter account sharing love for our beautiful town. Over the […]

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23rd November 2020
Temporary visitor ‘pods’ for care homes to be rolled-out

Temporary ‘pods’ are being provided to care homes across Wales to better facilitate visits over Christmas and the winter months, the Health Minister has announced today. The £3million pilot will cover the procurement, installation and lease of 100 units, with an initial 30 being installed and ready to use before Christmas. The semi-permanent units will […]

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23rd November 2020
Give the Gift of Hope this Christmas

Whilst most of us look forward to enjoying our Christmas dinner with loved ones each year, this sadly isn’t the case for everyone. Research has shown that almost 870,000 older people will be eating dinner alone on Christmas day this year, including around one in 10 people over 80*. For decades, local charity, Age Connects […]

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23rd November 2020
Renowned Barry Artist Wins International Wales Contemporary/Cymru Gyfoes Art Competition

Alan Salisbury, an artist based in Wales, has won the international Wales Contemporary/Cymru Gyfoes Open Art Competition. The Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes, now in its second year, is an international open competition developed by the Waterfront Gallery in association with the Welsh Government. Wales Contemporary celebrates all aspects of the country by inviting artists to submit […]

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22nd November 2020
Barry Town United Launch ‘Share a Smile This Christmas’ Campaign

Barry Town United have launched a campaign to raise money to buy toys for The Vale Of Glamorgan Council’s Big Wrap Initiative. The "Share a Smile This Christmas" campaign will see first-team squad members of the JD Cymru Premier team donate a percentage of their wage while carrying out other activities such as auctions and […]

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22nd November 2020
Sully To Hold Christmas Markets Every Weekend In December

Sully Sports and Social Club will be holding a Christmas Market every weekend in December for locals and visitors in the lead up to Christmas. Festivities will begin on the weekend of December 5th and 6th and continue weekly until the 20th December. Markets will open for visitors at 10am and finish at 4pm each […]

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22nd November 2020
Clubs Across Wales Able To Welcome Supporters Back To Watch The Rugby

Community clubs across Wales have been able to welcome fans back through the doors to watch Wales in their Autumn international fixtures, including their victory over Georgia yesterday. Many clubs have spent a vast portion of the year closed, with the storms in the early part of the year causing havoc for some, while Coronavirus […]

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22nd November 2020
South Wales Police Investigating Violent Saturday Night Incident: Head Injuries and Suspected Stabbings

South Wales Police are investigating a large violent incident which occurred yesterday night in Cardiff City Centre. Six individuals have subsequently been treated for injuries sustained in the incident, with one remaining in a serious condition with head wounds, while three others presented suspected stab wounds. The disturbance struck the city centre around 9:50pm last […]

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20th November 2020
Anger at plans to build a 70-bed care home in countryside near Cardiff

A care company is planning to build a 70-bed care home in the countryside near Cardiff, causing anger among neighbours. Castleoak Care Developments wants to build the new care home off the Port Road near Wenvoe, south of Culverhouse Cross. The building will be two and half storeys tall. The planning committee at the Vale […]

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20th November 2020
Cymru Leagues receive vital National Lottery funding as part of unique partnership

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is pleased to announce that all 44 Cymru Leagues clubs are set to receive financial support as part of a unique partnership with The National Lottery. The financial package – established by the FAW and The National Lottery and facilitated by the UK Government – will see clubs in the JD Cymru […]

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20th November 2020
Council unveils plans to build accommodation for the homeless

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has unveiled plans to build 11 units of temporary accommodation as part of a £20 million Welsh Government plan to tackle homelessness. Located near the Civic Amenity Site at Court Road in Barry, the development is part of the response to an increase in homelessness caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. […]

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20th November 2020
Local businesses share the effects of Wales' firebreak lockdown: Griffin Books

Over a week after Wales' Firebreak lockdown came to an end, we spoke to local business owners about its impact on their business, as well previous lockdowns and the pandemic as a whole. Mel Griffin owns Griffin Books, located at 9A Windsor Road in Penarth. She said that the coronavirus pandemic has pushed her to […]

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20th November 2020
Greater Well-Being Support Pledged For Social Care Workers During The Pandemic

Social care workers in the independent sector in Wales are to be given greater support to protect their well-being during the pandemic. The emotional support, including one-to-one counselling with the same counsellor, aims to provide easy access to well-being support for care workers who have been affected by their experiences working in the pandemic. Throughout […]

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20th November 2020
Natural Resources Wales Urges People To Get Winter Ready

With winter fast approaching, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is urging people to take action now to make sure they are ready and prepared to deal with the potential for the changeable and challenging weather conditions the season could bring. The record rainfall and river flows triggered by Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge in February year […]

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20th November 2020
Schoolchildren Asked To Design First Minister's Christmas Card

First Minister Mark Drakeford is asking budding young artists to enter this year's Christmas card competition. The winning design will be chosen by the First Minister and used as his official Christmas card. The First Minister sends his Christmas card to thousands of people around the world, including to the Queen and to the President-elect of […]

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19th November 2020
Funding support for unemployed people who face hidden barriers to start their own business

A new Welsh Government initiative aimed at helping unemployed people who are interested in starting their own business to overcome hidden barriers opens this week. As part of its commitment to supporting people through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, the Welsh Government is working with partners such as Chwarae Teg, Mubo, Assadaquaat Community Finance, Jobcentre […]

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19th November 2020
Local businesses share the effects of Wales' firebreak lockdown: TL Systems

Over a week after Wales' Firebreak lockdown came to an end, we spoke to local business owners about its impact on their business, as well previous lockdowns and the pandemic as a whole. Dave Elliot is the owner of TL Systems on Holton Road in Barry and is also the chair of the Holton Road […]

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19th November 2020
Repair Cafe back at the White Lion this Saturday

Following weather related cancellations, Llantwit Majors Repair Café returns in a new location this Saturday. The Repair Café is a local initiative providing free repairs of household objects by a team of volunteers. It focuses on encouraging repair and reuse of objects that may otherwise end up in landfill. Its organisers say its "The perfect […]

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19th November 2020
Extra Police Patrols In Penarth This Weekend To Curb Anti-Social Behaviour

South Wales Police for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan have informed the public that there will be extra patrols in the Penarth area this weekend in an effort to prevent a repeat of anti-social behaviour previously experienced in the town. A number of incidents occurred last weekend in areas around Penarth Town Centre and […]

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18th November 2020
Rebuild project hosts Christmas Stock-In

The ReBuild project in Llantwit Major is hosting a Christmas stock-in, to help people stock up on goodies for the festive period. The stock-in is part of its weekly Food Share project, which sees volunteer distribute food near the end of its life to local people to make sure no food goes to waste. The […]

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18th November 2020
Local businesses share the effects of Wales' firebreak lockdown: Brawd at The Goodsheds

Over a week after Wales' Firebreak lockdown came to an end, we spoke to local business owners about its impact on their business, as well previous lockdowns and the pandemic as a whole. Mark Lloyd is the owner of Brawd, at the Goodsheds in Barry, which opened shortly after the initial lockdown. Brawd hold outdoor […]

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18th November 2020
Work begins on £240,000 Cosmeston Play Area Upgrade

Work will begin tomorrow on a new £240,000 play area at Cosmeston County Park with the play area remaining closed for 10 weeks whilst work is completed. The work will include removing all of the existing equipment, installing new surfacing, fencing and play equipment, which will be installed on the current footprint. The upgrade was […]

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18th November 2020
You bat-ter believe it: 'Shock' as five bats found hanging out in refuse sack on A48

A motorist had a surprise after finding five brown long-eared bats in a green refuse sack on the A48. Local resident Huw Jones spotted the sack on the road at the Maes Y Bont turn-off last Wednesday (11 November) at approximately 5.15pm. However, he had an "unbelievable shock" when he went to move the bag […]

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18th November 2020
Barry Round Table announce 2020 Santa Sleigh Routes

Barry Round Table have announced that their annual Santa Sleigh routes will take place this year - but have warned residents that things will be different this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The charity announced their 18 Santa Sleigh Routes on Tuesday, during its annual takeover of Bro Radio - where members shared […]

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18th November 2020
First Minister sets out plans to hold ‘Covid secure’ 2021 Senedd elections

Plans to ensure the people of Wales can vote safely at the 2021 Senedd elections, and that they take place as planned on 6 May 2021, have been set out by the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford today. The 2021 Senedd elections are already set to be historic - they are the first elections […]

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18th November 2020
Father to talk about daughter’s murder by stalker during National Safeguarding Week

During National Safeguarding Week, a five-day period beginning from Monday, November 16, a series of events will take place centred around this year’s theme of social isolation. Clive’s talk takes place via Microsoft Teams at 10am on Thursday and places are still available to those that would like to attend. ‘My Daughter Alice’ tells the […]

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18th November 2020
Police and Crime Commissioner to hold virtual Community Conversations

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael will be holding a virtual Community Conversation meeting next Thursday, to discuss issues affecting residents in the Vale of Glamorgan. Alun Michael became the first Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales on the 22nd November 2012, and was re-elected for a second term on the 5th May 2016. […]

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18th November 2020
Volunteer opportunities for people who love talking about cats

The UK’s largest cat charity needs to recruit more contact centre volunteers to help answer the public’s cat related enquiries Monday - Friday for around 3 hours per week during office hours. Based from their own homes, contact centre volunteers are the friendly and passionate voices manning the National Information Line on behalf of the […]

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18th November 2020
Cardiff and Vale UHB Tops 10,000 Video Consultations

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has conducted more than 10,000 video appointments since it rolled out the NHS Wales Video Consultation service in April. The popular service enables patients to attend their hospital appointment from the comfort of their own home or without having to leave work. It has given thousands of patients the […]

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18th November 2020
£150 payrise proposed for backbench councillors

The basic salary of county councillors in Wales is set to increase by £150 from April 2021. The annual pay rise follows recommendations from the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales which applies to all 22 local authorities to reflect increases in the cost of living and earnings. Authorities are not able to amend the nationally-set […]

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17th November 2020
Local businesses share the effects of Wales' firebreak lockdown: Homemade Wales

Over a week after Wales' Firebreak lockdown came to an end, we spoke to local business owners about its impact on their business, as well previous lockdowns and the pandemic as a whole. Fay Blakeley runs Homemade Wales on High Street in Barry, she says the impact of the pandemic has been massive to her […]

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17th November 2020
Mouthwash could kill coronavirus within 30 seconds, study finds

Mouthwash is able to kill COVID-19 within 30 seconds of exposure to it in a laboratory, a scientific study has found. The preliminary findings, which are yet to be peer reviewed, come ahead of a clinical trial investigating whether over-the-counter mouthwash can reduce the levels of coronavirus in a patient's saliva. The research, which was conducted at Cardiff University, […]

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17th November 2020
Welsh Blood Service Calling On Males Who Had Covid-19 To Donate Plasma & Potentially Save Lives

The Welsh Blood Service is calling on males that have tested positive for Covid-19 and since recovered from the virus to help the NHS potentially save lives by donating their plasma. Two major UK clinical trials, RECOVERY and REMAP-CAP, are currently exploring if antibody-rich plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients could be used to treat patients […]

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17th November 2020
Charity Appeals For Help To Fundraise For Local People Impacted By The Pandemic

A leading youth charity is appealing to people to make a difference to the lives of local people who need it the most this winter. The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) has launched a Christmas raffle with all proceeds going towards its "Project90" appeal. The money raised will fund respite breaks for young carers, key workers and families […]

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17th November 2020
Shoppers in Wales Urged to Support The UK's Biggest Food Collection at Tesco Stores Next Week

Shoppers in Wales are being urged to donate to the UK’s biggest food collection and support the Trussell Trust and FareShare as they help people in crisis amid the Covid-19 pandemic this Christmas. The Tesco Food Collection takes place every year, but this year’s collection is more vital than ever. It comes as Trussell Trust […]

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17th November 2020
RSPCA Cymru is Bracing Itself For Toughest Christmas Yet

RSPCA Cymru is bracing itself for the toughest Christmas yet as the charity fears the financial strain from the Coronavirus pandemic could mean a rise in pets being abandoned and neglected. Last Christmas Day, across England and Wales, the RSPCA received more than 950 calls, the highest number since 2013 and it received 63,000 calls […]

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17th November 2020
Vale of Glamorgan Covid-19 Update: Rate of Increase Stabilised

The Vale of Glamorgan Council have released an update on the Covid-19 rates in the Vale of Glamorgan, showing that the rate of increase in the county has stabilised and could be declining. The figures, based on latest 7-day figures from Public Health Wales, up to 13 November 2020 are as follows: Cases: 157Cases per […]

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15th November 2020
Bro Radio nominated for four awards at Community Radio Awards

Bro Radio has been shortlisted for four awards at the 2020 Community Radio Awards, including station of the year. The station has made the shortlist, which was whittled down from more than 460 entries from 90 stations from every corner of the UK. As well as its nomination for Station of the Year, Bro Radio […]

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13th November 2020
Survey reveals local concerns on plans to build hundreds of homes in Cosmeston

A survey has revealed the wide range of local concerns on plans to build hundreds of homes in the Vale of Glamorgan. The Welsh Government is planning on building 576 houses and flats on 60 acres of farmland just south of Penarth, next to Cosmeston Lakes Country Park. Archaeologists have warned the plans would destroy […]

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13th November 2020
Win for West Quay Medical Centre picks up at HSJ Patient Safety Awards

West Quay Medical Centre in Barry has won the Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year 2020 at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards. The award was for its project : Improving Patient Safety through Better Access to Appropriate Professionals in Primary Care: A Whole System Approach and recognising their contribution to healthcare. Following an intensive […]

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13th November 2020
'Early signs' of drop in Covid cases in Wales

There are “postive early signs” that the number of Covid cases in Wales is falling after the 17-day lockdown, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said. Although the numbers being admitted to hospital were still “significant”, he said there had been sharp falls in cases in the hardest-hit areas like Merthyr Tydfil and Wrexham. The lockdown […]

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13th November 2020
Work begins to install 3G pitch at Cardiff Arms Park

Cardiff Blues have confirmed that work has begun to replace the artificial surface at Cardiff Arms Park with a new state-of-the-art 3G pitch. Following the iconic ground’s supporting role to the Dragon’s Heart Hospital, damage was uncovered on the existing 3G pitch, which was installed in 2013. Cardiff Blues and Cardiff and Vale University Health […]

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13th November 2020
Big Screen Cinema set to return to the Memo Arts Centre in Barry!

Staff at the Memo Art Centre in Barry have been working hard to prepare the venue for hirers to restart events in September and to get everything in place to launch its autumn cinema season. In a message sent to residents on its mailing list the Memo said "We send a big thank you to […]

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13th November 2020
Cardiff Blues partnership comes to Pencoedtre High School to inspire and motivate pupils

An initiative between Bouygues UK and Cardiff Blues Community Foundation to engage secondary school pupils in career discussions was launched this week at Pencoedtre High School. Cardiff Blues Tackle scheme is a sport engagement programme linked with essential and life skills workshops aimed to engage, inspire and motivate young people through an alternative curriculum experience. The eight-week course aims […]

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13th November 2020
Video: More than 50 fines handed out followingt Cardiff halls of residence

More than 50 attendees at a Cardiff party have been fined for breaching coronavirus restrictions. South Wales Police was alerted to the large gathering at a halls of residence on Friday night (November 6), and on arrival officers found music blaring and dozens of individuals inside. The details of each person were taken on the […]

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13th November 2020
Connecting Wales will help councils cut costs and achieve 30% home working target

Joining Connecting Wales, the shared communication and contact centre platform for the Welsh public sector, would be the quickest and most cost-efficient way for local authorities to see 30% of their employees work from home in future.   That’s the message from Rob Thomas, Managing Director of Vale of Glamorgan Council, the lead authority on Connecting […]

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13th November 2020
First public e-bike share scheme in Wales launches in Penarth

The first public electric bike share scheme in Wales has been launched in Penarth by global bike share operator nextbike, thanks to funding from The Vale of Glamorgan Council. The fleet of 50 e-bikes and five stations were launched on Thursday November 12. Vale Council received numerous requests from the public to introduce its own […]

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13th November 2020
Volunteer for Better Mental Health and Wellbeing

The ReBUILD Project in Llantwit Major is inviting locals to volunteer to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The project has a number of local volunteering opportunities which will benefit your mental health and wellbeing as well as giving invaluable support to community groups. The latest volunteering opportunities in the ReBUILD Project’s latest newsletter www.gvs.wales/news/2020/11/volunteer-for-better-mental-health-and-wellbeing […]

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12th November 2020
More than 400 tests conducted at walk-through Testing Centre

More than 400 coronavirus tests were conducted at a temporary walk-through testing Centre in Barry, by the Cardiff and Vale Test, Trace, protect team. The walk-through centre which opened last Thursday (5th November) has now closed, following a stint at Art Central Gallery in Barry Town Centre. It was implemented in response to rapidly rising […]

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12th November 2020
Teachers In The Vale Finalists For Professional Teaching Awards Cymru

The finalists have been announced for the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, with two education professionals from the Vale shortlisted for awards. Over 100 nominations were collated earlier this year from pupils, colleagues, and parents who want to celebrate the extraordinary teachers in their lives. The nominees have now been shortlisted to 26 finalists across a […]

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12th November 2020
Vale Food Bank reveals shocking figures as Trussel Trust launches #HungerFreeFuture Campaign

The Vale Food Bank provided over 2,300 food parcels during the first six months of the pandemic. New figures released today reveal that food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network across Wales provided more than 70,000 emergency food parcels to people struggling to afford essentials between April and September. More than 25,000 of these parcels went to […]

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12th November 2020
Are HMOs becoming less popular or getting a boost?

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 […]

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12th November 2020
Welsh Water ramps up customer support in COVID-19 response

Welsh Water has ramped up its support for customers amid the coronavirus pandemic - with thousands of customers receiving extra support over the past six months. The not-for-profit company now provides financial assistance to over 139,000 customers who need help to pay their bills - more than any other company in England and Wales.  Since […]

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12th November 2020
International Tortoise Association Appeal For Food Donations For Tortoises Who Don't Hibernate

The Sully-based, International Tortoise Association have appealed for donations of food for the tortoises in their care who do not hibernate for the winter. In a post on their social media, the registered charity informed their followers that they currently have 16 huge tortoise in their care who do not hibernate, as well as some […]

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12th November 2020
Dragon's Heart Hospital To Complete Decommissioning Plan

After 205 days, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) has formally left Ysbyty Calon Y Ddraig, Dragon's Heart Hospital. The hospital will now complete its decommissioning plan to allow for the reinstatement of the Principality Stadium. Ysbyty Calon Y Ddraig, Dragon's Heart Hospital, the second-largest field hospital in the UK, was constructed as part of […]

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12th November 2020
Welsh Economy Minister Urges Businesses To Act Now To Prepare For End Of EU Transition

Economy Minister Ken Skates has written to tens of thousands of businesses in Wales urging them to make sure they are taking the necessary steps to prepare for the end of the EU transition period. With only 50 days to go, the Minister has set out some of the actions businesses must take to ensure […]

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11th November 2020
£3.5m Circular Economy Fund For Public Bodies To Support Green Recovery Opens

A new £3.5m round of the Circular Economy Fund for public bodies for post-Covid response and a green recovery in Wales opened for applications yesterday. Following two successful previous rounds, the additional funding will support publicly funded bodies to deliver capital projects to support a green recovery and help accelerate Wales' shift towards a circular […]

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11th November 2020
Party Hosts and Visitors From Outside Wales Among Those Fined By South Wales Police

House parties, large outdoor gatherings and breaches of travel restrictions have all been the focus of enforcement action by South Wales Police in the last few days. In line with forces throughout the UK, the force has worked to maintain a consistent approach of policing by consent regardless of which coronavirus restrictions are in place. […]

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11th November 2020
Ysgol Y Deri Documentary To Air UK-Wide on BBC Two

The documentary series featuring Penarth's Ysgol Y Deri, "A Special School" will now air nation-wide on BBC Two after a successful spell on the BBC IPlayer. The three-part series focuses on Wales' biggest Special Education School and takes the viewer inside the classroom to give an insight into the incredible work done by staff and […]

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11th November 2020
Welsh Blood Service Holding Winter Sessions In The Vale

The Welsh Blood Service will be in the Vale of Glamorgan for donation sessions throughout this winter and there are still appointments available for their November dates. The service is holding a number of sessions across November and December in areas across the Vale, including the Cowbridge Leisure Centre, Barry's Memorial Hall and the Copthorne […]

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10th November 2020
The shed by James Sommerin opens in Barry

Michelin star chef James Sommerin’s latest venture is now open in Barry, following support from the Development Bank of Wales and Visit Wales. Based in the Goods Shed with a 15 year lease, ‘The Shed by James Sommerin’ is a 30 cover restaurant owned and managed by Head in the Shed Limited; a newly formed […]

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10th November 2020
Barry Island Station Marketed for redevelopment

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has agreed to market the Barry Island Station building for a possible mix of restaurants, shops, business units and residential tourism properties. The building will shortly be marketed with the aim of complimenting Barry’s seaside resort, capitalising on the success of the rejuvenated Island and the regeneration of neighbouring Barry […]

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10th November 2020
Treos play area to undergo major refurbishment

The Vale of Glamorgan Council will be investing more than £85,000 to refurbish Treoes play area. Part of widespread improvement work taking place at similar sites throughout the County, the new play area will feature a variety of swings, a wheelchair-accessible roundabout, two multi-use units, a seesaw, springers, play panels, picnic bench, seats and bins. […]

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10th November 2020
Wales’ approach for qualifications in 2021 confirmed by Education Minister Kirsty Williams

Education Minister Kirsty Williams has today (Tuesday, November 10) confirmed Wales’ approach for qualifications in 2021 and her decision that there will be no end of year exams for learners taking GCSEs, AS levels or A levels. The Minister outlined: that in place of exams, the Welsh Government intended to work with schools and colleges […]

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10th November 2020
Rescue animals in Wales need you this ‘Rehome-ber’!

After a period of local lockdowns and a two-week firebreak - rehoming in RSPCA animal centres across Wales has faced a few challenges. Local lockdowns meant rehoming was temporarily only allowed to those within the centre’s county - reducing the numbers of adoptees coming forward - and the firebreak saw the closure of RSPCA Newport […]

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9th November 2020
Police launch appeal following Coldbrook Road East Burglary

Detectives in Barry are investigating a burglary in Coldbrook Road East which happened in the days leading up to Bonfire Night. Burglars smashed the back door while the house was empty sometime between 8pm on Tuesday, November 3 and 5pm on Wednesday, November 4. A number of items were stolen including a television, iPad and […]

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9th November 2020
Jane Hutt MS thanks the Real Living Wage employers in the Vale

Vale of Glamorgan MS Jane Hutt has thanked local Real Living Wages employers in the Vale of Glamorgan during Living Wages Week. As Wales comes out of the firebreak and businesses begin to reopen Jane Hutt MS has offering her congratulations to the accredited Real Living Wage employers in the Vale which include Craft Republic, Awesome […]

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9th November 2020
South Wales urged to do the right thing as firebreak restrictions lifted

As Wales moves out of a two-week firebreak lockdown, South Wales Police is calling on communities to do the right thing to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. From today, a new set of rules are in place and police forces in Wales still have powers to take enforcement action against those who breach them. […]

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9th November 2020
Film Hub Wales awards £52,000 in Covid-19 recovery funds to Welsh cinemas and festivals

Film Hub Wales (FHW) has awarded £52,000 in National Lottery funding, through the BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund, to 15 Welsh independent cinemas and film festivals as they plan for reopening. Funds will be used to aid recovery, enabling venues to safely restart British and international film screenings, including through cabaret-style seating and ‘big screen […]

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9th November 2020
Bro Radio completes new studios in Llantwit Major

Bro Radio, the community radio station serving the Vale of Glamorgan, continues its expansion in the County, by opening new broadcasting studios within CF61 community venue in Llantwit Major. Bro Radio launched in the area on 100.2fm in May 2020, and plans to launch on 106.1fm in Penarth and surrounding areas in the months to […]

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9th November 2020
Penarth's Turner gallery to reopen in 2021

Penarth's Turner House Gallery is set to open again in 2021, following two years of discussions with Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. The discussions have focused on how to transform the gallery, with Penarth Town Council stating that it will be turned into a new multi-purpose cultural venue. Turner House Galleries target reopening is […]

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9th November 2020
Firebreak lockdown in Wales ends

As the firebreak ends in Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford has asked everyone to think about how they can protect their families from the virus. A new set of national measures will come into force today, replacing the firebreak regime. But people’s actions will be more important in controlling the spread of the virus than […]

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8th November 2020
What Are The New Lockdown Rules In Wales From Monday?

Monday 9th November marks the end of the Wales-wide, 17-day "Firebreak" lockdown, but life for Welsh people will not quite return to normal, with a new set of rules coming into place to continue efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19. The "short, sharp firebreak" was introduced in Wales by the Welsh Government in order […]

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6th November 2020
Latest Coronavirus figures for the Vale of Glamorgan

A total of 207 coronavirus cases have been reported in the Vale of Glamorgan, according to the latest 7 day rolling figures (28th October - 3rd November) released by Public Health Wales. The figures show 155 cases per 100,000 population in the County, compared to 285.4 in Cardiff, 324.4 in Bridgend, 534.7 in Rhondda Cynon […]

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6th November 2020
Cardiff and Vale UHB resource supporting people with 'Long COVID'

In light of post-COVID syndrome being confirmed as a recognised condition, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is encouraging people who are struggling in their recovery from COVID-19 to visit its new Keeping Me Well online rehabilitation resource.   The condition, also known as ‘Long COVID’, will be defined as signs and symptoms that develop during […]

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6th November 2020
CAVC Combined Cadet Force Undertaking 12-Hour Sponsored Tactical Advance into Battle Relay

The Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) Combined Cadet Force (CCF) have organised a 12-hour sponsored “TAB” (Tactical Advance into Battle) relay event in full military patrol kit as a replacement for their traditional Poppy Appeal collection. The group would traditionally organise their own Poppy Appeal collection for around the College's campuses, but are unable to […]

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6th November 2020
New Online Vale Youth Service Music Project Recruiting Participants

A new online digital music project for the Vale of Glamorgan, and run by the Vale Youth Service, is still recruiting participants for the weekly online sessions. The project will be delivered through Microsoft teams, a popular online communication platform, and will involve learning music technology, composition, and the different types of instruments involved in […]

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5th November 2020
New campaign launched to pay caring Covid heroes at least £20,000 a year

A major campaign has been launched to ensure qualified staff who work in care homes and domiciliary care in the Vale of Glamorgan are paid a minimum of £20,000 a year. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, said they had been condemned to low pay for many years because of the “morally […]

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5th November 2020
Rainbow Hero recognised by National Care Awards 2020

A Vale of Glamorgan Council employee has been nominated as a finalist in the National Care Awards in the Care Housekeeper 2020 category. Jackie Moon has worked at the council-owned residential home, Cartref Porthceri, for 15 years. She began her career in the role of kitchen assistant and has more recently been working as a […]

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5th November 2020
Vale of Glamorgan Neighbourhood Watch Association to hold virtual AGM

The Vale of Glamorgan Neighbourhood Watch Association is to hold a virtual AGM via Zoom, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The AGM will take place on Monday 9th November 2020, commencing at 5:30pm with anyone wishing to attend asked to email VOGNW@outlook.com, where papers for the meeting and a zoom link will be sent […]

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4th November 2020
Temporary coronavirus testing site to open in Barry

A walk-in COVID-19 testing facility is to open in Barry town centre in response to rapidly rising case numbers in the Vale of Glamorgan.     The temporary facility, based in the Art Central gallery at King Square, will provide easy access to testing for those living in the town, and the wider Vale population.   […]

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4th November 2020
Penarth Town Council announces Wales' first Window Wanderland

Penarth Town Council has announced Wales’ first Window Wanderland as a Covid-safe way to spread the Christmas cheer throughout the town.  The event invites residents to put on their winter coats and wander around your local area after dark to see the wonderful windows that your neighbours have created. Everyone is invited to make a […]

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4th November 2020
Joint exercise targets supply of drugs on Grangetown to Barry train line

A joint operation by South Wales Police, British Transport Police and Transport for Wales aimed at targeting people involved in supplying drugs on the Grangetown to Barry line has led to three arrests. The exercise which took place on the 25th October saw Transport Police join South Wales Police on Transport for Wales services as […]

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4th November 2020
Caerdav launches 2021 apprenticeship scheme

St Athan based MRO, Caerdav has launched its 2021 Apprenticeship Scheme for Aircraft Maintenance. Together with Coleg Y Cymoedd, the candidates will embark on an apprenticeship that will see them become Aircraft Maintenence Technicians. The Level 3 Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship Programme is a three-year course that combines college study and actual work experience at Caerdav’s […]

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4th November 2020
Bro Radio selected for Co-op Local Community Fund

Bro Radio has been selected for the 2020/21 Co-op Local Community Fund for its work supporting those with mental health experiences across the County. The fund allows Co-op shoppers raise funds for local good causes, with 1% of all Co-op branded products going towards local good causes like Bro Radio. Co-op members can decide which […]

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4th November 2020
Welsh Government challenge for innovative ideas in response to coronavirus pandemic

The Welsh Government is making funding available to support businesses with innovative products and services that will help communities and the public sector adapt to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which can offer up to £50,000 to promising projects able to start in January 2021 and complete […]

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3rd November 2020
Petition To Withdraw Plans For Housing Unit Development at Cosmeston Gains Momentum

A petition calling on Welsh Ministers to withdraw plans to build almost 600 housing units on the scenic coastal area at Lower Cosmeston Farm gained 2,200 signatures in two days but needs 5,000 to be debated in the Senedd. The petition, which was created by the "Keep Cosmeston Green" group, is calling on Welsh Ministers […]

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3rd November 2020
Over £10 million received to spend on community projects in the Vale

The Vale of Glamorgan Council received more than £10 million to spend on community projects during the last financial year. This money was secured through Section 106 contributions, which are payments made by developers to mitigate the impacts of their proposals like new housing projects. They can be used to improve public transport, walking or […]

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3rd November 2020
Applications invited for Welsh Church Act Fund

Applications are being invited for the Welsh Church Act Fund, with grants ranging from £100 to £5,000 available for not for profit organisations. The Vale of Glamorgan Council has helped allocate nearly £25,000 through the Welsh Church Act Fund so far this year and is now inviting further grant applications. A charitable trust, the Welsh […]

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3rd November 2020
Thieves target poultry equipment in the Vale

Police in the Vale of Glamorgan have launched an appeal, following thieves targeting poultry equipment in the County. A chicken feeder, heat lamps and an electric fence from a chicken coop were stolen from two properties in Wick during the evening of Tuesday, October 27. Advertisement: Police say a vehicle would have been required to […]

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3rd November 2020
Parents whose children failed to comply with Firebreak rules among those fined by South Wales Police

Parents whose children were involved in antisocial behaviour while also in breach of coronavirus legislation were among those fined in south Wales over the weekend. As Wales headed in to the second weekend of the national firebreak, calls to South Wales Police spiked at almost 1,500 on Saturday, October 31, with more than 200 of […]

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3rd November 2020
Vale Covid Update: Cluster Maps Show Rates Per Area

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has released their latest update on Covid-19, this time including a cluster map showing the different rates of infection per area in the county. Based on the latest 7-day figures from Public Health Wales up to 30th October, figures for the Vale are as follows: Cases - 174 Cases per […]

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3rd November 2020
People in Barry Join Empty Plate Protest

People in Barry have joined a nation-wide protest movement leaving empty plates outside the offices of MPs who voted against the extension of free school meals in England, through half term and the Christmas holidays in the House of Commons. Alun Cairns, MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, was one of those who voted against […]

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2nd November 2020
Appeal Launched To Add Memorial Benches To Gladstone Gardens

A GoFundMe page has been set up to replace three of the benches at Gladstone Gardens, Barry, with specially designed memorial benches to commemorate men and women who have lost their lives serving our country. The fundraiser's organsier, Robert Curtis, is looking to raise £2,200 to replace three public benches situated on top of one […]

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