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20th April 2021
Barry school’s allotment dream growing – thanks to donation

A primary school in Barry is planning on creating a new allotment area after bagging a donation from a local housebuilder. High Street Primary School, on St Paul’s Avenue, has received a £1,000 grant from Persimmon Homes East Wales as part of the long-running Community Champions scheme. Persimmon donates up to £64,000 to worthy causes […]

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20th April 2021
St Athan man sentenced to 16 years in prison for child sexual offences

Michael Whilding, 65, who raped and sexually abused a child over a period of eight years, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. Whilding, from St Athan, was convicted of 35 counts including two count of rape, two counts of attempted rape, indecent assault, and indecency with a child following a trial in March. […]

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20th April 2021
YMCA Barry Celebrate Commonwealth Games Long List Selection

YMCA Barry Gymnastics Club has shared the news that two of its members have been selected as part of the long list of male gymnasts aiming to represent Wales at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. YMCA Barry Gymnastics members Harri Morgan and Josh Cook have been selected as part of the long list of male gymnasts […]

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20th April 2021
Opinion poll puts Labour ten points ahead of the Conservatives in Senedd Constituency vote

An opinion poll conducted by Opinium for Sky has put Labour ten points ahead of the Conservatives in the Senedd constituency vote. Based on the latest polls conducted by Opinium, the Conservatives are up 9 compared to the 2016 results, whilst Labour are up 5, Plaid Cymru down 2 and Liberal Democrats down 4. Welsh […]

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20th April 2021
Police appeal for information following theft of a male Dachshund in Bonvilston

South Wales Police are appealing for information, after a male Dachshund, named Tiny Tim, was reported stolen from an outbuilding in Bonvilston. Tiny Tim, who is microchipped, has not been seen since Sunday, April 11. Assistant Chief Constable Jo Maal said: “We are aware of growing concern about dog thefts amongst our communities.” “There is […]

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20th April 2021
Unemployment rate rises to 4.8%

The Welsh unemployment rate rose in the three months to February to 123,000, a rate of 4.8%, with the unemployment rate for the UK at 4.9%. The figures released by the Office for National Statistics show the number of people unemployed was 3,000 higher than in November, and 18,000 higher than the same time a […]

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20th April 2021
Cowbridge Music Festival announces appointment of new Artistic Directors

Cowbridge Music Festival’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mary Elliott-Rose, announces Rosalind Ventris and Joseph Fort as the new Artistic Directors of the Festival. This husband-and-wife team will build on the success of the past ten years, which have seen the Festival bring to Cowbridge world-class artists including Nicola Benedetti, Jacqui Dankworth, the Doric […]

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20th April 2021
New Emergency Service Is Brought To The Homes Of Cardiff and Vale Residents

Patients of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan experiencing medical emergencies can now be treated in the community, thanks to an innovative new joint service from the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CAVUHB) and Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (WAST). The new Physician Response Unit (PRU), the first of its kind for Cardiff and […]

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19th April 2021
Outdoor Hospitality Given Go-Ahead To Reopen & Rules On Mixing Relaxed In Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed today that six people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April, while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall. The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children […]

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19th April 2021
Penarth Pavilion could become live music venue or exhibition space

Penarth Pier Pavilion could soon become a live music or an exhibition space as a major refurbishment is underway. Vale of Glamorgan council is refurbishing the art deco building on Penarth’s seafront, after taking it over from the charity Penarth Arts and Craft Limited in February. Plans for the pavilion include a new cafe, which […]

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19th April 2021
South Wales Police Share Video Of Barry Firearms Incident

South Wales Police for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan have released body cam footage of the terrifying moment officers were confronted with a firearm while responding to an incident in Barry. WATCH: bodycam footage of the incident shared by South Wales Police. Thankfully, the incident was brought to a speedy and safe conclusion, with […]

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19th April 2021
Council Secures Funding To Protect Sully Homes From Flooding

Twenty-two properties in Sully are set to undergo flood protection work after the Vale of Glamorgan Council secured almost £150,000 of Welsh Government funding. The whole of the Vale was struck by severe flooding on the 23rd of December last year, as a sustained period of heavy rain hit the county. Dinas Powys and Sully […]

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19th April 2021
More time to share views on the future of Penarth Pier Pavilion

Residents now have more time to share their views on the future of Penarth Pier Pavilion after the Council extended its public consultation on the topic. Following a huge response to the online survey – with over 1,000 completed forms already received – it will now be possible to have a say on how the […]

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19th April 2021
Vale businesses inspire at inaugural food Vale festival

Virtual attendees to the first ever Food Vale Festival were treated to a series of free online events and inspiring stories from some of the Vale’s most sustainably minded food businesses. The event, which took place online from 22nd March – 4th April 2021, brought people closer to more than 30 food producers and businesses […]

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18th April 2021
South Wales Police Appeal For Info On Excavator Theft

South Wales Police for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are appealing for information on the theft of construction machinery worth £20,000 from an address in Lavernock. The excavator was stolen from the address in Lavernock, the area between Penarth and Sully, at between 4pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday, April 13. In their statement on […]

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18th April 2021
Barry Fire & Rescue To Complete 3 Peaks Challenge For Charity

Barry Fire and Rescue Station are set to take part in a grueling “National 3 Peaks Challenge” on June 17th for Mind in the Vale of Glamorgan along with the Firefighters Charity and Tasc Ambulance. The challenge involves scaling the three tallest mountains within their countries in the UK; Ben Nevis in Scotland, England’s Scafell […]

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17th April 2021
Colours of one: “Chemical Charm” – Review

Colours Of One have once again knocked it out of the park with their brand new single “Chemical Charm”. This Rock hit will get anybody on their feet and moving along, it’s that good of a single. The instruments and the vocals go hand-in-hand and both work really well together. The blend of hard hitting […]

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17th April 2021
Final Push For Young People To Register To Vote In Upcoming Senedd Elections

For the first time, 16 and 17 year-olds in Wales will be able to vote in the Senedd elections, which are due to be held on the 6th May 2021, but there are concerns that many have not yet registered, with time running out to do so. Around 70,000 young people in total will be […]

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16th April 2021
Section 35 notices in place on Barry Island and Cardiff Bay

Ahead of another sunny weekend, and the likelihood that many will be heading to Barry Island, Cardiff Bay and SA1 in Swansea, South Wales Police have issued section 35 dispersal notices, giving officers the power to move people on. In a statement South Wales Police said ‘We are not there to monitor visitor numbers and […]

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16th April 2021
Vale Council launches free WIFI across all of its buildings

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has recently upgraded to a new wireless guest network across all of its buildings including libraries and residential homes. The new network offers a speedier coverage of 400Mbps, compared to the previous maximum bandwidth of 56 Mbps. Its easy for residents to access the network. Users simply select the wireless […]

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15th April 2021
First Look: New Cosmeston Play Area set to open this weekend

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has confirmed that the new play are at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park will open to visitors this weekend. The Council teased the news on social media on Thursday, with further sneak-peak images of the £240,000 upgrade, which includes medieval themed play equipment suitable for children aged between 2 – 12 […]

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15th April 2021
Wales & West Utilities urges young people to take simple steps before its ‘Game Over’

Wales & West Utilities has launched a campaign to encourage young people to understand the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) and how they can stay safe. The campaign, targeting 16–25-year-olds, features a short film highlighting two gamers, one of whom succumbs to the effects of CO poisoning. It features a simple message – Stay safe […]

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15th April 2021
Community Spirit is higher in Wales than anywhere else in the UK

New research by the Eden Projects Big Lunch in Wales, reveals that community spirit is higher in Wales than any other part of the UK, with many people in Wales stating they feel closer to their community and neighbours as a result of the pandemic. As the Eden project launches its Big Lunch in Wales […]

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14th April 2021
Penarth Athletic Club Hails Coronavirus Pandemic As”The Making Of Them”

The Coronavirus pandemic has been a bleak and all-consuming cloud over society and the lives of people in Wales and across most of the world for over a year now, but as humanity begins to, hopefully, find a path towards the light, and the sunshine begins to part the clouds, Penarth Athletic Club has managed […]

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14th April 2021
People in Wales who cannot work from home encouraged to use lateral flow self-tests

Those who cannot work from home are being encouraged to access lateral flow self-test kits as they are rolled out across Wales. The rapid coronavirus testing kits will be available to collect from local test sites across Wales from Friday (16 April) this week. The Welsh Government is also looking at other collection venues for […]

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14th April 2021
Just The 28 Medals For Table Tennis Legend George Evans

There are not many people in the world that can say they’ve spent their life travelling the world playing table-tennis, but George Evans, of Rhoose Point, is one. Evans, who turns 86 next month, has competed in China and North Korea, as well as places closer to home like Hungary and Germany. Of course, these […]

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14th April 2021
First ever Asylum Seeker event hosted by Vale voluntary group

Asylum Seekers have been welcomed to Wales thanks to a unique initiative in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Based in Barry, Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) Vale have teamed up with Butetown Community Centre, and Life Skills Aid, at the first-ever Asylum Seekers Welcome Day in Cardiff. The new initiative helps those who find […]

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13th April 2021
First Look: Inside the new £30.5 million Whitmore High School

After an 81 week construction, Morgan Sindall have shared images of the new Whitmore High School. The project began in September 2019, as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s 21st Century Schools programme, a partnership with the Welsh Government that saw a £30.5 million investment into the new building. The new building, which is […]

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13th April 2021
Wales Women Held By Denmark In Competitive Friendly

Wales have drawn 1-1 to a competitive Denmark side at the Cardiff City Stadium in Gemma Grainger’s second game in charge of the side. A goal from Pernille Harder on 24 minutes gave the Danes the lead and Jess Fishlock’s volley on 60 minutes drew the sides level. Despite several good chances from both sides, […]

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13th April 2021
Appointments Available To Give Blood As Welsh Blood Service Warn Of Low Blood Stocks

The Welsh Blood Service has described the current low stock of blood in three types as “concerning” as they encourage residents of the Vale to book appointments for their sessions across April and May. As of today (13/04), the WBS has just 4 days worth of blood in types O+ AB- and B- available to […]

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13th April 2021
Barry Town Council Looking To Establish Youth Council

Following the success of the “Barry Youth Action” project, Barry Town Council are looking to create a youth council for the town, stating in a post on social media that “Young people’s voices need to be heard now more than ever.” Barry Youth Action, an award-winning partnership project between Barry Town Council and the Vale […]

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13th April 2021
Llantwit Major RFC Looking To Create Steering Group For Ambitious Clubhouse Project

Llantwit Major RFC is looking to create a steering group to help them realise their plans for an ambitious, new and modern clubhouse to support the local community and generate much-needed revenue for the club. The plans for the new build, located on the site of the existing rugby club and first proposed five years […]

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13th April 2021
Council invites community to work with them on “Innovative events programme”

The Vale Council is looking to work with communities as it develops an “innovative events programme”, subject to Welsh Government Covid-19 legislation. The Vale of Glamorgan Events Team are developing a gradual, safe and carefully planned return, creating a programme of events that take advantage of the range of outdoor venues across the Vale, to […]

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13th April 2021
Vale Council begins accepting UK Renewal Fund applications

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has begun accepting applications for the UK Community Renewal Fund, a £220 million scheme to invest in local areas throughout the Country. Provided by the UK Government, projects must deliver activity that relates to one of four priority areas: Investment in skills Investment for local business Investment in communities and […]

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13th April 2021
Vale Woman Chosen To Receive Royal Maundy Coins For Exemplary Christian Service

Carole Braggins, of the Vale of Glamorgan, has been chosen to receive Royal Maundy Money Coins from Her Majesty the Queen for her “exemplary Christian Service in the community”. Carole, who has lived and worked in Barry all of her life, was nominated to be one of the recipients of the special coins by the […]

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12th April 2021
Shakeup of hospital services in Cardiff and the Vale over next decade

A shake-up of hospital services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan over the next decade could see virtual appointments and x-rays in GP surgeries. Health bosses want to build on the changes seen during the coronavirus pandemic to push more clinical services into local communities and away from large hospitals. A wide-ranging programme is […]

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12th April 2021
Police appeal for information following three-vehicle collision on Port Road West

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses following a three-vehicle collision which occurred on Port Road West, Rhoose, at approximately 9.15am on Monday (12th April). The collision involved a red Vauxhall Astra, a black Audi A3 and a grey Ford Focus. It is understood there was a head-on collision between a black Audi and a […]

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12th April 2021
Cat stuck under a solar panelled roof in Dinas Powys rescued

A cat which became trapped high up on a roof under the solar panels of a Dinas Powys house has been rescued by the RSPCA and South Wales Fire & Rescue. When local residents heard loud mewing coming from high up on the roof of the house next door, they wondered what was happening. When […]

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12th April 2021
Penarth’s Turner House To Hold BFG Exhibition Curated By Quentin Blake

Penarth’s Turner House will welcome a BFG exhibition, curated by Roald Dahl’s long-time illustrator, Quentin Blake, from May 9th to May 31st. The exhibition will feature artwork not used when the beloved children’s book was first published in 1982 alongside reproductions of the final pieces that graced the pages of the book which featured the […]

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12th April 2021
Three hospitalised after accident on Port Road West

Three people have been hospitalised after an accident on Port Road West on Monday morning. The incident, which occurred at approximately 9:15am on the A4050 between Weycock Cross Roundabout and Cardiff Airport. A spokesperson for the Welsh Ambulance Service said “We were called at 9.17am this morning to reports of a multi-vehicle road traffic collision […]

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12th April 2021
GlastonBarry postponed until 2022

GlastonBARRY music festival has been postponed until 2022. In a statement released on social media on Monday, a spokesperson said ‘Thank you for your patience and understanding during these very challenging times. We have been truly overwhelmed by the messages of support we have received to date from so many of you.’ ‘We understand the […]

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12th April 2021
Vale Retailers Begin To Reopen As Lockdown Restrictions Ease

For the first time since December, retailers in the Vale of Glamorgan and across Wales are opening their doors to customers as lockdown restrictions in the country ease. Shopkeepers in the county have spent the last few weeks preparing for the return to in-person business, putting Covid safety measures in place to ensure the safety […]

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10th April 2021
Charles pays tribute to ‘dear Papa’ and says he was a ‘much-loved and appreciated figure’

Prince Charles has paid tribute to his “dear Papa” the Duke of Edinburgh for the first time since his death on Friday. Speaking from outside his country home Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, Prince Philip‘s eldest child said his father was a “much-loved and appreciated figure”. “My father for I suppose, the last 70 years, has given […]

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9th April 2021
Local Reaction To The Passing Of HRH Prince Philip

It was announced by Buckingham Palace today (09/04) that His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip had passed away, aged 99. The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history. A statement from the Palace read: “It is with deep sorrow […]

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9th April 2021
Vale Of Glamorgan Mayor Issues Statement On The Passing Of HRH Prince Philip

Following the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Cllr Jayne Norman, Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan has issued the following statement:  “It is with great sadness that the Vale of Glamorgan Council is today marking the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts […]

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9th April 2021
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died

The Duke of Edinburgh – Prince Philip – has died, Buckingham Palace has said. A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning […]

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8th April 2021
St Donat’s Castle To Open To The Public Over The Summer

The Vale of Glamorgan’s St Donat’s Castle will be opening up to the public on selected Sundays over the summer. Visitors will be able to partake in a number of different activities, including archery, climbing and bushcraft, on the beautiful grounds of St Donat’s Castle, the home of UWC Atlantic College in Llantwit Major. Tickets […]

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8th April 2021
Covid-19 restriction relaxations in Wales brought forward

The Welsh Government will be accelerating elements of its programme to relax Covid-19 restrictions as cases of new infections continue to fall across Wales, the First Minister today announced. People will be able to form an extended household, visit the gym or take part in organised outdoor activities a week earlier than planned, as the public health situation – and vaccination rates […]

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8th April 2021
Vale travel agent welcomes new travel traffic light system

A traffic light system for international travel is to be put in place by the UK government, Boris Johnson has said.

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8th April 2021
Comedians to perform in a shipping container outside the Wales Millennium Centre

Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre has outlined its plans for comedians and bands to perform in a shipping container outside the theatre this summer. Stand-up comics will start the programme of events in July, as staff test how to put on gigs outdoors and safely during a pandemic. Live music will then follow, and in August […]

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8th April 2021
Senedd Candidates: Vale of Glamorgan

With the Senedd elections taking place on the 6th May, we have put together our guide to the eleven candidates running to represent the Vale of Glamorgan constituency. The candidates and parties standing in the Vale of Glamorgan are as follows: Alan Terrence Coulthard – Independent Anthony Slaughter – Green Party Jane Hutt – Labour […]

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8th April 2021
Firefighters at National Museum in Cardiff as smoke seen rising from the dome

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are currently in attendance at a reported fire at the National Museum Wales in Cardiff. Residents have shared photos on social media, as smoke and flames have been seen rising from the dome. A South Wales Fire service spokesperson said “Multiple crews are currently in attendance and the incident […]

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8th April 2021
Vale traders excited to reopen on Monday 12th April

Non-essential traders from across the Vale of Glamorgan have been busy preparing to reopen their shops from Monday 12th April. Covid-19 has had a major impact on traders across the County, but the support of the local community means high streets in Barry, Penarth, Llantwit Major and Cowbridge are looking forward to opening their doors […]

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8th April 2021
Burns Pet Nutrition partners with Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale to support local older communities

Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale has partnered with Burns Pet Nutrition to supporting local older communities. According to the campaign to End Loneliness there are a reported 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK. Recent studies have sadly found that the impact of COVID-19 and associated lockdowns have resulted in a huge […]

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8th April 2021
Driving lessons set to resume from 12th April

Driving lessons and theories will be able to restart in Wales from 12th April, with driving test resuming 10 days later on 22nd April UK Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will offer more tests and examiners, including at weekends and on bank holidays, “so as many learners […]

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7th April 2021
Huge gas boilers to be built under Cardiff’s Eastern Bay Link Road

Huge gas boilers could soon be built underneath the Eastern Bay Link Road in Cardiff as part of a proposed heat network. Four 2.5 megawatt boilers would form a backup energy supply for the district heat network, which will supply low carbon heating to several major public buildings including the Wales Millenium Centre, the Senedd […]

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7th April 2021
Residents rush to share their views on the future of Penarth Pier Pavilion

Responses to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s consultation on the future of Penarth Pier Pavilion have been flooding in – and there’s still another week for residents to share their views. After taking over operation of the Victorian building in late February, the Council began a comprehensive programme of repairs and refurbishment. The Big Fresh […]

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7th April 2021
Britons aged 18-29 to be offered alternative to Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus jab where possible

Britons aged 18-29 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine following 79 people developing blood clots after the jab, government advisors have decided. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) concluded there is a possible link between the Oxford vaccine and “extremely rare and unlikely to occur” blood clots. England’s deputy chief […]

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7th April 2021
South Wales Police launch appeal to find next of Kin

South Wales Police have launched an appeal to find the relatives of a 58 year old man from Barry. Mr Graham Butcher, 58 was found passed away at his home in Barry on 30th March. Advertisement: Mr Butcher was born in Ipswich but spent his whole life in Cardiff. His death is not being treated […]

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7th April 2021
Welsh Conservative Leader says “This Senedd Election is the most important we’ve ever seen”

Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies has said “It’s time to turn the page and change our country for the better.” in a speech broadcast on the Welsh Conservative Facebook page today. According to the Financial Times, Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price is not planning to make a referendum on independence the price of a […]

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7th April 2021
Plaid pledges independence referendum and the “most radical programme since 1945”

Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price MS will today set out what he has described as “the most radically ambitious and transformational programme offered by any party in any Welsh election since 1945” as the party unveils is manifesto for the upcoming Senedd election. Adam Price will say that the “practical, deliverable and fully costed policies” […]

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7th April 2021
Third Covid Vaccine Rolls Out Across Wales

Residents of Camarthenshire will receive the first doses of the Moderna Coronavirus vaccine in Wales as the jab begins its roll-out across the country. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) authorised the Moderna vaccine as safe and effective in January 2021 following stringent clinical trials. Supplies arrived in Wales yesterday (Tuesday 6 April) […]

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6th April 2021
Appeal launched following Wenvoe fly tipping incident

South Wales Police are investigating a case of fly tipping in Wenvoe whereby much of the contents of the bags provide evidence of cannabis cultivation.. In a statement Police said “fly tipping in this area is getting more regular.” “The images show some very distinctive looking bags that have been used to dump, and we […]

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6th April 2021
Plans approved for 240 homes on countryside near Llantwit Major

Plans have been approved for 240 homes in the countryside near Llantwit Major, despite concerns about creaking infrastructure and noise pollution. The Welsh Government applied for planning permission to build the homes on two sites of farmland between Llantwit Major and St Athan, just south of the newly built Northern Access Road. Vale of Glamorgan […]

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6th April 2021
Llantwit Restaurant Included In Top 50 Takeaway List

Llantwit Major’s Farnham’s Fish and Chips has been included in a list of the top 50 takeaways in the United Kingdom for 2020/21. The restaurant, based in Boverton, took to social media to share the exciting news with their customers and supporters, saying that they were “super excited and proud” to be included in the […]

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6th April 2021
Vaccination centre set to open in the Western Vale of Glamorgan

A new vaccination centre is set to open in the Western Vale of Glamorgan later this month. The three GP Practices in the Western Vale, are working in partnership to offer resident the vaccine at the CF61 centre in Llantwit Major, formerly the Youth Centre to increase the vaccination delivery and accessibility. The Western Vale […]

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5th April 2021
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Warn Of Mass Vaccination Centre Misinformation

The Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board has warned of a recent spate of misinformation regarding their Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Centres. In a post shared on their social media, the health board asked that residents of the area refrain from calling their booking line unless they are 50 years of age or over and […]

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3rd April 2021
Vale Residents Aged 50+ Advised To Book Vaccine If They’ve Not Yet Received

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board are advising those aged 50 and over in the Vale to call them to book their Covid-19 vaccine if they have not yet received it. Over one million people in Wales have already received their first dose of the vaccine, with the vaccination programme currently focusing on those […]

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3rd April 2021
The story so far of Welsh darts referee Huw Ware

Huw Ware has refereed all of the top darts professionals over the last couple of years, including the likes of Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price. He was also involved in three of the five matches at the Motorpoint Arena in early 2020, when the Premier League came to Cardiff. The man from Barry made […]

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3rd April 2021
JD Cymru Premier Phase Two fixtures confirmed

After the conclusion of phase one of the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season yesterday, all eyes are immediately on phase two as Barry Town United’s final ten fixtures have been revealed. Usually there would be a two-week break between the two phases, but due to the campaign already being set back due to lockdown restrictions, […]

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1st April 2021
Cosmeston’s New Picnic Benches Damaged Due To Recent Anti-Social Behaviour

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has released images showing the considerable damage done to the, recently-installed, picnic benches at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park. The images of the damage, caused by improperly used, disposable barbecues, join those of litter left behind at both Cardiff Bay and Barry Island as disappointing further evidence of the need to […]

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1st April 2021
Do not visit if you cannot behave says Vale Council

Visitors to Vale of Glamorgan resorts are being sent a stern message ahead of the bank holiday weekend: Do not visit if you cannot behave. With restrictions easing and the weather improving, people have been flocking to coastal areas of the Vale in recent days. Large crowds were reported at Barry Island, Penarth Esplanade and […]

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1st April 2021
Wales Becomes First Nation In The World To Adopt Red Pitch Markings

Happy April Fools day! We won’t be seeing red pitch markings in the JD Cymru Leagues anytime soon, but its sill important to support the Welsh Blood service in reaching their goal of signing 11,000 new blood donors in 2021. Find out more below. Find out more and register via https://t.co/f76dgQJse0 The Football Association of […]

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1st April 2021
RNLI Lifeguards On Patrol At Barry Island This Weekend

The RNLI has confirmed that their lifeguards will be in place and on patrol at Whitmore Bay over the Easter weekend. The lifeguards will be on the beach from 10am – 6pm from Friday through to Sunday as the weather in the county is set to remain pleasant. Due to recent relaxations in coronavirus restrictions, […]

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1st April 2021
First Minister Sets Out Plans For Wales To Move Fully To Alert Level 3

First Minister Mark Drakeford has laid out a series of measures to take Wales fully into Alert Level 3 by May 17th, subject to public health conditions remaining favourable. The alterations of current restrictions and guidance, which will see much of every-day life take steps back towards normality, will come into place incrementally over the […]

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31st March 2021
First Minister sets out plans to further relax covid restrictions

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, is today setting out a series of measures that will take Wales fully into Alert Level 3 by 17th May, subject to public health conditions remaining favourable. The First Minister again set out the priority placed on ensuring all children and students in Wales will return to face-to-face education […]

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31st March 2021
JD Welsh Cup Cancelled For 20/21 Season

The FAW has announced that the JD Welsh Cup has been cancelled for the 2020/21 season after making the decision that the ongoing public health crisis has made it impossible to complete. The Football Association of Wales National Cup Board made the decision due to the ongoing Alert Level 4 status in the country, meaning […]

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31st March 2021
Dinas Powys green energy plant moves a step closer

A facility close to Dinas Powys that will generate clean, green energy from sewage has taken a step closer towards completion. Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has been investing more than £50 million to create a new energy generating facility at its Cog Moors Wastewater Treatment Works.  The state of the art Advanced Anaerobic Digestion (AAD) […]

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31st March 2021
Millions told they no longer need to shield from Coronavirus

More than 3.7 million people in England and Wales have been told that after today they no longer need to shield from the coronavirus. The extremely clinically vulnerable, including cancer patients having chemotherapy and stem cell transplant recipients, should now follow the same rules as the rest of the population. A letter sent to the […]

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30th March 2021
Young people prepare for the return of the music industry in Wales.

One year after music venues were forced to close in Wales, a group of young people have come together to prepare for the music industry’s resurgence by creating a free, digital Welsh music industry conference called Summit. As part of the music project, Beacons, a group of four young consultants, recognised that there is a […]

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30th March 2021
Health Board Staff commended in High Sheriff Awards

Cardiff and Vale Health Board staff have received High Sheriff Awards for their exceptional service through their roles with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The High Sheriff Awards provide an opportunity for High Sheriffs to highlight individuals in their county, often unsung heroes, who have made an outstanding contribution in some way. […]

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30th March 2021
COVID-19 tests now open to people in Cardiff and the Vale with a wider range of symptoms

People living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan can now have a free coronavirus test if they have any of a wider range of symptoms. As well as the three most common symptoms of Covid-19 – a fever, a new continuous cough or a loss/change of taste and smell – people are now able […]

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30th March 2021
Young wildlife photographer offers window into his world with audio diary

Oscar Wainwright’s weeklong diary features a minute for each day of his exploration of the Vale of Glamorgan and the beautiful things he sees and photographs.  The 18-year-old student from Llantwit Major began taking pictures a few years ago to document the species he saw. He then started working on the quality of his images […]

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30th March 2021
Volunteer Coastguard team tasked to two cut off by tide at Temple Bay, Southerndown

Volunteers at Barry and Llantwit Major Coastguard, Rescue helicopter 187 and Porthcawl lifeboat were yesterday tasked to two persons cut of by the tide at Temple Bay, Southerndown. Large swell conditions and dumping waves meant extraction by the Porthcawl lifeboat would have been too high risk. Two of Llantwit Major Coastguards rope technicians were immediately […]

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30th March 2021
South Wales Police For Cardiff & The Vale Receive High Sheriff Awards

Officers from South Wales Police for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan have received High Sheriff Awards for their exceptional service through their roles with South Wales Police throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The High Sheriff Awards give High Sheriffs an opportunity to highlight individuals in their county, often those who have gone without other recognition […]

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30th March 2021
UWC Atlantic Students Break World Record For Group Hug

It has been confirmed by the people at Guinness World Records that the students of UWC Atlantic College in Llantwit Major broke a world record last year for the most nationalities represented in a group hug. The record attempt, which was made back in February 2020, before the Coronavirus pandemic had reached our shores, has […]

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30th March 2021
Fit In February Helps Raise Over £1,200 For Cystic Fibrosis

Last month’s Fit In February campaign raised over £1,200 in total for the Flutterby Fundraisers For Cystic Fibrosis it has been revealed. The challenge was dreamed up by Andrea Jones who wanted to do something to keep active through lockdown, while also raising money for Cystic Fibrosis. The challenge consisted of a daily, socially distanced […]

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30th March 2021
Holton Road AFC Members Running Monthly Half-Marathons For Ty Hafan

Two members of the Holton Road AFC B side are completing monthly half-marathons for the whole of 2021 to raise money for those at the club who have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and also Ty Hafan, the children’s palliative care provider. Craig, a coach for the side and Jack, their captain, are […]

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29th March 2021
The Former Cardiff Rugby Player Now Plying His Trade In Barry With His Fitness Business

Maama Molitika represented Cardiff Blues, Celtic Warriors and Bridgend during his rugby days in Wales. Since retiring last April at the age of 45 after playing for English side Ampthill, the Tongan has now turned his focus on sharing his knowledge with others. Molitika set up his own business called ‘Maama Molitika Fitness,’ which is […]

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29th March 2021
Harry Baker Murder Trial: Seven jailed

Seven people convicted over their involvement in the fatal stabbing of a teenager at an industrial container port in Barry in 2019, have today been sentenced to a total of 119 years in prison. Earlier this month, on March 15, a jury found Peter McCarthy, Leon Clifford, Leon Symons and a 17-year-old – who can […]

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29th March 2021
National Museum Wales holds big Museum Easter Trail at home

The National Museum Wales is inviting families to take part in the Big Museum Easter Trail from home until 11th April. Tickets are just £2, to access a range of digital content to download, print, colour in and complete. The digital activities include: – Decorate your Easter egg templates ready for your trail – Make […]

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29th March 2021
Dyffryn Gardens reopens its gardens to the public

The National Trust owned Dyffryn Gardens will re-open its gardens to visitors living in Wales from today. It comes as lockdown restrictions begin to be eased across Wales, with outdoor gardens and spaces one of the latest to be given the green light to reopen from the Welsh Government. In addition to reopening its gardens, […]

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28th March 2021
Follow The Dinas Powys Easter Trail Over The Holidays

Dinas Powys Baptist Church has launched its Easter trail ready for the school holidays for residents to follow and enjoy. The trail begins at the bottom of Pen-Y-Turnpike Road, with eleven pictures to find along the way leading locals on their journey and teaching them about the Easter story. Sharing the news on social media, […]

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28th March 2021
Fonmon Castle To Re-open From April 1st

Large areas of the Fonmon Castle estate will reopen to visitors from Thursday April 1st following the easing of Coronavirus restrictions. Restrictions were eased as of Saturday 27th March, allowing limited outdoor areas, historic places and gardens to re-open. Other changes to rules include allowing up to six people from two different households to meet […]

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27th March 2021
Royal British Legion Holding Creative Centenary Competition For Its 100th Anniversary

The Royal British Legion in Wales is holding a special creative centenary competition for young people to celebrate its 100th anniversary, giving entrants a chance of having work showcased at the Welsh Festival of Remembrance 2021. The competition will be split into two categories with young people under the age of 18 encouraged to get […]

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27th March 2021
Planning In Place To Keep Upcoming Elections Safe

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has released a post online assuring residents that extensive planning work has been undertaken to ensure that polling stations for the upcoming elections are safe spaces in regards to the potential transmission of the coronavirus. Though numbers suggest that we are currently making good progress in the effort to remove […]

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27th March 2021
First Look At Cosmeston Play Area Refurb

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has released exciting images of the refurbishment work done at the Cosmeston Country Park play area, stating that they aim for it to be open to visitors for April 15th. The Council shared the sneak-peak images on their social media pages, sharing the news that, though the work is a […]

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26th March 2021
Dyffryn Gardens To Reopen For Visitors In Wales

The Vale’s National Trust attraction, Dyffryn Gardens, has announced that it is able to reopen to visitors in Wales from Monday 29th March. The news was announced on the garden’s social media pages, with representatives for the local beauty spot saying that they are “thrilled” at the developments. This development comes as some coronavirus restrictions […]

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26th March 2021
RNLI issue safety warning after easing of travel restrictions

With an easing of travel restrictions within Wales being introduced on Saturday the RNLI has issued a safety warning and is urging people to think carefully about beach safety ahead of the Easter holidays. This warning comes with some of the highest tides of the year from this weekend, (27 March – 2 April), which, […]

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26th March 2021
Llantwit Youth Council Looking For New Members

The Llantwit Youth Council is on the search for new members between the ages of 11 and 18 who want to have their say in ensuring the voices of young people in the community are heard. The group, made up of people between 11 and 18, take action to improve their own town and play […]

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26th March 2021
Tourism Sector To Begin To Re-Open As Restrictions Are Relaxed

Wales’ tourism sector will be able to start re-opening from Saturday March 27th as the stay-local rule is lifted, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced. In other relaxations of the current Covid-19 restrictions, rules will also be changed to enable organised outdoor activities and sports for children and under-18s to take place and up to […]

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25th March 2021
New cafe to open at Penarth Pier Pavilion

THE Vale of Glamorgan Council is opening a café at Penarth Pier Pavilion as plans for the iconic building start taking shape. Operated by the Council’s Big Fresh Catering Company, the café will offer a range of drinks, including own-brand coffee blends, and a menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients where possible. Items will initially be available […]

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25th March 2021
Bayside Mass Vaccination Centre opens its doors

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has opened its fourth Mass Vaccination Centre today as part of its Mass Vaccination programme to protect its adult population from Covid 19 as quickly as possible. Working in partnership with Cardiff Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council to increase capacity for vaccinations, the new Bayside MVC will enable […]

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25th March 2021
Resurfacing work set to take place on Port Road and Colcot Road

Building company Tarmac are set to undertake resurfacing work on Port Road West at the Junction with Stirling Road to Colcot Roundabout from Monday 29th March. The phase one work will take place over a two week period, between 9am & 6pm, with no work taking place over the Bank Holiday. As a result, Port […]

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24th March 2021
Proposed Dinas Powys bypass scrapped as Welsh Government drops funding

A proposed bypass around Dinas Powys has been scrapped as the Welsh Government dropped funding for the road. For many years Vale of Glamorgan council has been exploring how to build a road bypassing Dinas Powys, to make it easier to drive from Barry to Cardiff. Currently much of that traffic goes through the village […]

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24th March 2021
Police appeal for information after Knap disturbance

South Wales Police are appealing for information about a disturbance that happened The Knap, Barry at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 6th 2021. At around 7.30pm a large group of men created a disturbance, armed with weapons. A 21 year old man has been arrested, and investigations continue. Advertisement: Police are asking that anyone who witnessed […]

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24th March 2021
Vale Council to receive £450k to tackle the potholes across the County

The Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James has announced an extra £12m of funding, including over £450k for the Vale of Glamorgan Council to fix potholes and improve roads, pavements and active travel routes across the Counnty. The additional funding will allow local authorities to continue with planned highways maintenance works, boosting the economy […]

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24th March 2021
Town centre improvements for two outdoor spaces in Barry

Jointly-funded by Transforming Towns, the Welsh Government’s town centre regeneration programme and the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Barry Regeneration Fund, Central Park and Gladstone Road Interchange are the latest outdoor spaces to benefit from green infrastructure improvements and town centre enhancements in Barry. Located behind Barry Library, Central Park is now home to a host […]

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24th March 2021
Vale Lit Up In Yellow To Mark Covid Memorial Day

Buildings and landmarks across the Vale of Glamorgan were lit up in yellow last night to commemorate the first national Covid-19 Memorial Day, marking a year since the UK went into its first lockdown. March 23rd 2020 was the day when Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom entered the first national lockdown due […]

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24th March 2021
St Athan Author Writes Children’s Book About Lockdown’s Llandudno Goats

Helyn Latimer, a puppeteer and author from St Athan, took inspiration from the goats who went roaming around Llandudno during the first national lockdown for her new children’s book, “Bully Goat Griff”. The book, released on March 1st, St David’s Day, is Helyn’s first effort as a children’s author, though she has plenty of experience […]

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23rd March 2021
Vale’s climate emergency plan to cut carbon emissions across the district

Vale of Glamorgan council is consulting the public on its plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions across the district. Its Project Zero plan includes preventing floods, installing district heating schemes, and a wider rollout of electric Nextbikes. In July 2019, the council declared a climate emergency, pledging to reduce its own carbon emissions and encourage […]

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23rd March 2021
Vale Events programme “will look very different” in 2021

Smaller events are set to take place in the Vale of Glamorgan in 2021/22 to support town centres, replacing popular favourites like Cinema by the Sea and Barry Island Weekenders. In a report received by the Vale Council’s Cabinet on Monday, it was suggested that, for 2021/22, the proposed programme is refocused to deliver safe […]

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23rd March 2021
Council pledges to tackle racial discrimination

To coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March, the Vale of Glamorgan Council has pledged its support to the Zero Racism Wales campaign. Zero Racism Wales is a campaign formed by the Race Council of Wales which calls on all organisations and individuals to sign up to a […]

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23rd March 2021
Cabinet approves plans for Penarth Older Persons Housing with care complex

A new residential complex is planned for Penarth that will combine older persons accommodation with on-site health facilities. In a joint venture between the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Wales & West Housing (WWH) and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, a 3.6-acre site near Myrtle Close in the town has been chosen for the […]

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23rd March 2021
National Coronavirus Commemorative Event

The First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford will take part in the National Coronavirus Commemorative Event broadcast at 5:15pm on BBC One Wales and S4C. The event will bring the nation together to pay our respects to those we’ve lost and express our sympathy to those who are grieving for their loved ones. It will […]

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23rd March 2021
Vale residents remember those lost to the Virus

Residents in the Vale and across Wales will join the rest of the UK today to remember those who have died with coronavirus, marking one year since the first lockdown began. There will be a minute’s silence at midday, a national doorstep vigil at 8pm and a remembrance event in Cardiff as part of the […]

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23rd March 2021
Penarth Cafe Targeted By Graffiti Vandals

Willmore’s 1938, a family-run cafe in Penarth, was the subject of graffiti vandalism over the weekend, something which the establishment’s owners are all too familiar with, having experienced similar in the recent past. The popular small cafe, opposite the library on Stanwell Road and known simply as “Willmore’s” by many of its patrons, was tagged […]

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22nd March 2021
Vale council formally cancels plans to build M4 to A48 link road after losing funding

The Vale of Glamorgan council has formally cancelled its plans to build a controversial road linking the M4 with the A48. The road would have linked Junction 34 of the M4 with Sycamore Cross on the A48. Last week the Welsh Government announced it would no longer fund the road. The decision to scrap funding […]

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22nd March 2021
New Cowbridge Primary School given Cabinet Approval

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet has approved plans to build a new £5.4 million primary school on the site of Cowbridge Comprehensive. Set to open in September 2022, the new building will eventually cater for 210 primary pupils and provide 48 part-time nursery places. It will also create an ‘all through’ school for Cowbridge, […]

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22nd March 2021
Experience Dinosaurs In Your Living Room This Easter With The Memo

The Memo Arts Centre is hosting “Dinomania” this Easter, an at-home Dinosaur experience for the Vale’s younger dino-lovers. Attendees will join Ranger Chris as he travels back in time to meet some mighty pre-historic beasts, such as the flesh-eating T.Rex and the three-horned Triceratops, in what promises to be a hair-raising experience. Within the immersive […]

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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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