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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 […]

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26th February 2021
Barry Resident Recognised As 'Lockdown Hero' In Openreach's Community Connectors Awards

A Barry resident has been presented with a Community Connectors Award by digital network provider Openreach in recognition for their support for vulnerable neighbours during lockdown. Nigel Hughes of Barry, who has Multiple Sclerosis, received the award after his feat of embarking on a daily 'walk a mile' challenge over three months, raising £10,000 for local charities including Woody's […]

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25th February 2021
Age Connects Cardiff & the Vale shopping service is a 'life jacket keeping vulnerable older people afloat'

Lesley lives in Manchester, some 200 miles away from her father Michael in Barry. Early on in the lockdown, she says she was feeling ‘a bit panicky and helpless’ about how to support her father, who lives alone. ‘Dad is quite happy with his own company but not being able to get out once or […]

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24th February 2021
Vale Youth Service Celebrates Young People's Volunteering Achievements

The Vale Youth Service has been presenting certificates during half term, to young people in the Vale who have dedicated their time to volunteering. The certificates recognised those who had taken part in any of the different participation projects in the County for 50, 100 or 200 hours in total. Projects in which the young […]

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24th February 2021
Vale's Business Control Excellence Awards: Serial Winner Strikes Again

The Building Control Excellence Awards were held again this year, and once again, Steve James was one of the winners. The scheme is being organised annually by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, to appreciate high-quality building work around the county. Steve James was highly commended for his Penarth project, ‘The Tower,’ which earned him the […]

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24th February 2021
New law passed to give more protection for tenants in Wales

New legislation has been passed in the Senedd, which aims to give tenants more protection, stability and security in their homes.  The Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill will also bring greater clarity on landlord and tenant responsibilities, helping to avoid disagreements and difficulties.  The changes mean that from spring 2022, rental contracts in Wales will […]

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24th February 2021
First Ever European "24 Hour Race" Set For Cardiff

The "24 Hour Race" movement will be taking to the streets of Cardiff on March 14th, 2021 in a virtual fashion, to raise money and awareness to tackle modern-day slavery and human trafficking. The movement is the leading anti-slavery and human trafficking student movement and race in the world and holds events across the globe, […]

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23rd February 2021
Nell's point restaurant complex moves a step closer

Plans to convert the old public conveniences on Nell’s Point into a restaurant complex have moved a step closer after the Vale of Glamorgan Council entered a lease arrangement with developers Next Colour. The project, undertaken by the company behind the Oyster Wharf scheme in Mumbles, would see the 100-year-old Victorian building transformed into four […]

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23rd February 2021
Vale Waste crews receive abuse following the return of two black bag limit

Waste Crews in the Vale of Glamorgan have received abused from residents following the return of the two black bag limit. In a statement on Tuesday, the Vale Council said "Our frontline staff have continued to work hard to collect waste throughout the pandemic with minimal disruption. Abuse won't be tolerated." The two black bag […]

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23rd February 2021
Elite Status Reinstated For JD Cymru Premier and WPWL

It has today been confirmed that both the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's league have had their 'Elite' status reinstated. The Football Association of Wales were informed of the decision by the National Sport Group and the status will return with immediate effect. This means that, although Wales remains in Alert […]

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23rd February 2021
Train Shed at BSC2 to be marketed for lease

The Vale of Glamorgan Councils Cabinet has approved plans to market the Train Shed building at the Innovation Quarter for commercial lease. The building which is known as the ‘Train Shed’ forms part of the BSC2, located within the Innovation Quarter, a Joint Venture between the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Welsh Government. The […]

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23rd February 2021
Vale Libraries to host Aida the Storytime Drag Queen to mark LGBT History Month

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is celebrating diversity with a special event hosted by our Libraries Service to mark LGBT History Month. Drag Queen Aida H Dee will read a selection of her stories, including The Threeee Goats United, with the performance streamed across our libraries’ Facebook pages. Presented by Aida’s enterprise: Drag Queen Story […]

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23rd February 2021
Birdwatching in lockdown takes flight in the Vale

A recent survey from the RSPB has found that birdwatching has soared in popularity during the COVID 19 pandemic.  Over two thirds of people polled said they have used birdwatching and simply listening to birdsong as a way to calm lockdown anxiety. It seems that this family friendly actively has offered people the chance to […]

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23rd February 2021
Welsh Government sets out mission for more prosperous, equal and greener economy

Town centres are to be the focus of the Welsh Government's "mission" for post-Covid economic recovery. This includes making available an additional £270m to support business through the Development Bank of Wales. Operating alongside other Development Bank support, this represents a major investment in accessible finance for business and will help Welsh firms focus on […]

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23rd February 2021
Welsh Conservatives call on First Minister to urgently issue a roadmap to recovery in Wales

The Welsh Conservatives have called on the First Minister and Welsh Government to urgently issue a roadmap to recovery in Wales. On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out his Roadmap to turn the COVID-19 pandemic into a virus that is manageable in the long term. Earlier this month, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT […]

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23rd February 2021
Vale Council Given £192K To Reduce Flooding Risk In Barry

The Welsh Government has given the Vale of Glamorgan Council £192,500 as a green infrastructure grant to fund the planting of more trees and reduction of concrete around Court Road and Gladstone Road in an effort to reduce flooding in the area. The money will go towards replacing concrete pavement in the aforementioned areas, with […]

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23rd February 2021
Campaign Launched To Save Tower At 12th-Century Vale Church

A fundraising campaign has been launched to secure the future of the tower at a 12th-century church in Dinas Powys after a recent examination revealed a number of serious issues with the building. St Andrew's Church, Dinas Powys, is a historic church building in Wales with origins as far back as the 12th century. The […]

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22nd February 2021
Decision due on 240 homes planned for countryside off the B4265

A decision is due on whether plans for 240 homes on land South of Ffordd Bro Tathan, should be given planning approval. The Welsh Government is applying for planning permission to build the 240 homes on two sites of farmland to the east of the town, just south of the newly built Northern Access Road. […]

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22nd February 2021
All secondary school pupils could be back in School after Easter

All Secondary school pupils in the Vale could be back in school after the Easter Break, Education Minster has said. Speaking at the Welsh Governments press briefing on Monday, Kirsty Williams said it was her preference all learners return after the holidays, which begin on 29 March. It follows three-to-seven year olds returning to classrooms […]

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22nd February 2021
Vale Ners team tackle virtual Great Wall

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s National Exercise Referral Service (NERS) team organised a virtual Great Wall of China walking challenge for service users. 18 referral clients, who all live with different medical conditions, adopted the team name ‘The Wall Nuts,’ and walked a total of 5,500 miles between them from October to January. During the […]

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22nd February 2021
Wales first free LGBTQ online mag launches this week

The countdown to LGBTQYMRU, Wales’ first-ever, free, fully-bilingual, digital, queer and quarterly magazine has begun. Set to launch online on Friday February 26 2021, the first issue will be packed with stories of communities, written by people from those communities. And in the spirit of true solidarity it covers all the topics that mean the […]

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22nd February 2021
Vale Scouts say #ThankTwo on Founder's Day

Today like every founders day, Scouts across the the Vale are celebrate Robert Baden-Powell and the triumphant force of scouting that has helped to shape the globe.  B-P was born on the 22nd February 1857 (London, England), into a society that was yet to find a commonality between nations, or forge a true brotherhood of […]

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19th February 2021
Lockdown to continue for further three weeks as pupils return to school

Stay-at-home restrictions will continue in Wales as the youngest pupils begin returning to school from Monday, First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed today. From Monday 22 February, children aged three to seven will begin returning to schools in a phased way, while some vocational learners on courses that require practical learning, will return to college. Following […]

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19th February 2021
One last push to help Tŷ Hafan to be 'fit for the future

“Thanks to you, our incredible supporters across Wales and beyond, we’ve almost done it. We’re so nearly there – now we need just one last push.”  That’s the message from Tŷ Hafan CEO Maria Timon Samra, as the appeal by the charity to raise £1m to refurbish its hospice in Sully enters its final few weeks.  “In January 2020, just before the world […]

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19th February 2021
Bar 44 in Cowbridge to close with immediate effect

The Bar 44 group have announced that they will be closing their Cowbridge Bar 44 with immediate effect, as their lease comes to and end and without any end in sight to the relaxation of the social distancing covid rules. Cowbridge was the groups first Bar 44, with others following in Penarth, Cardiff and Bristol […]

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19th February 2021
James Newman will represent the UK at Eurovision 2021

James Newman has been confirmed as the artist representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 after the competition was postponed in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 65th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in May 2021, and the United Kingdom song will be revealed in March […]

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19th February 2021
Vale Music School Opens Online Eisteddfod To Students Across South Wales

The Glamorgan Music School, based here in the Vale of Glamorgan, has opened its virtual Eisteddfod up to students across South Wales. Entries cost £5 with participants able to perform and compete in the virtual Eisteddfod with all instruments and school age groups catered for. Those who take part in the online event will be […]

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19th February 2021
"Encouraging Green Shoots Of Recovery" Says First Minister As Children Begin The Return To School

Wales will use the next three weeks to ensure a safe return to school, with First Minister Mark Drakeford speaking of "encouraging green shoots of recovery" in an announcement today, as cases of coronavirus stand at their lowest level since the end of September and one in three adults in Wales has had a coronavirus […]

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18th February 2021
Penarth Town Council launches Kymin Bid

Penarth Town Council has confirmed that is drafting a bid to lease the Kymin house and grounds, for the use and enjoyment of the people of Penarth. It comes as the Vale Council in January made the Kymin available for long-term lease, with interested parties being invited to set out their proposals for the future […]

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18th February 2021
Charity Wants People To Be More Dementia Aware

Bro Radio has been working alongside Dementia Friends to help make the station and the community more Dementia friendly. Dementia is a condition which is associated with an ongoing decline of brain function and according to NHS Wales, one in twenty people over the age of 65 and one in five over the age of […]

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18th February 2021
Welsh Conservative Senedd leader calls for "roadmap to recovery"

Ahead of the latest lockdown review in Wales, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies has called for ministers to outline a “roadmap to recovery”. The First Minster has previously confirmed there will be very few changes to the current restrictions in the latest review, and the Welsh Conservatives’ first priority is to see more […]

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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 […]

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18th February 2021
Penarth Esplanade to close for resurfacing work

Cliff Hill road and Esplanade to close daily from its junction with Marine Parade to junction Bridgeman Road to allow for resurfacing works as part of the new parking scheme along Cliff Hill. Closures will be in place on these roads between 8am to 5pm starting on Monday, 22 February to Thursday, 26 February, 2021. […]

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18th February 2021
Business Rate-Free Zones is the way forward says Senedd Candidate

The Conservative Candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth has suggested that Business Rate-Free Zones are the way forward in helping High Streets re-build following the coronavirus pandemic. It comes as High Streets across Wales have had a difficult twelve months, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with local retailers soldiering on, keeping local high streets […]

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18th February 2021
Letter signed by 163 clinicians calls for new Velindre hospital to be built at the Heath

A letter signed by 163 “senior clinicians” is calling for the new Velindre cancer hospital to be built at the Heath instead of in Whitchurch. The new Velindre Cancer Centre is planned on land known locally as the Northern Meadows, scrubland popular with walkers in northwest Cardiff. But the letter addressed to the health minister […]

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18th February 2021
Calling all new voters: Now is the perfect time to use your voice to shape the Wales you want

A new Welsh Government campaign, launched on Monday 15th February, is encouraging new groups of people resident in Wales to make their voices heard in upcoming elections. The Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act received Royal Assent in January 2020. It extended the vote in Senedd elections to 16 and 17 year olds and qualifying foreign nationals […]

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18th February 2021
Memo's Community Quilt Sews Community Back Together

The Memo Arts Centre's Community Quilt is taking shape, as residents of Barry continue to submit their creative pieces for the giant patchwork piece. The project, led by local artist Jodi Ann Nicholson, aims to bring the community together in one huge piece of artwork, inviting residents of the town to create a square patch […]

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18th February 2021
Bro Radio Directory Competition 2021 Winner: Hydrofitness Ladies Gym

Hydrofitness Ladies Gym has been randomly drawn as the winner of the 2021 Bro Radio Business Directory competition, scooping £2,000 worth of advertising on the station that loves the Vale. Bro Radio launched its Business Directory in 2020 in an effort to support local business in the county. To celebrate the launch, the station ran […]

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17th February 2021
Audit Wales is looking at the future of Welsh towns and we would like to hear your views

Audit Wales is look at the future of Welsh towns and is looking to hear your views on Town Centres across the County. Town centres have been at the heart of Welsh society for over 150 years providing both essential services but also giving people a sense of belonging. Some of our towns have thriving […]

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17th February 2021
20mph speed limit to become a reality on Welsh roads from this summer

Plans for a default 20mph speed limit on Welsh roads have moved a step closer as eight pilot areas to trial the change have been confirmed. Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said the move will reduce accidents and save lives. The pilot areas will have a phased start from this summer until […]

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16th February 2021
£4.5 million investment in provision for the Vale's most vulnerable learners

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet has approved plans for a new £4.5 million building that will accommodate some of the County’s most vulnerable learners. Set to open in 2023 on the Council’s Court Road site in Barry, the Centre for Learning and Wellbeing will offer students state-of-the-art facilities and replace the existing Pupil Referral […]

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16th February 2021
138 fixed penalty notices issued including a man who travelled to Port Talbot to buy a boat

A total of 138 fixed penalty notices were issued by South Wales Police at the weekend, as a minority continued to breach Welsh Government coronavirus restrictions. The majority of fines were issued for gatherings and parties at homes, while proactive patrols also resulted in a number of penalties being issued for travel restriction breaches. Among […]

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16th February 2021
Wales’ first ‘Tiny Forests’ are being planted

Five tennis court sized forests are being established by Keep Wales Tidy, including at Pencoedtre in Gibbonsdown. Around 1,000 trees will be planted at each site, creating dense, native forests the size of tennis courts in five urban areas. Locations in Bridgend, Conwy, Gwynedd, the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff have been carefully selected to […]

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15th February 2021
Cardiff Bus adds additional journeys to 97 and 97A service

A new timetable has been published for the 97 and 97A bus routes, starting from Monday 15th February, to support customers in accessing the mass vaccination clinic at Holm View Leisure Centre in Barry. Working with the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the bus company has added additional journey's Monday to Saturday on both services. Advertisement: […]

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15th February 2021
82-year-old to cycle 1000 miles for charity

Exercise has kept many of us going throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, but Roy Gee has been going the extra mile.  The 82-year-old, from Dinas Powys, decided to cycle 1000 miles – the equivalent of John o Groats to Lands’ End – on an indoor bike after losing his son to a brain tumour. David Gee […]

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15th February 2021
Extra £650 million to help Wales to tackle Coronavirus

The UK Government has provided the devolved administration in Wales with additional £650 million to help tackle coronavirus. Funding can be spent now or carried over to spend in 2021/22 financial year, providing vital and unprecedented flexibility. Money is in addition to the £5.2 billion already provided for this year through the unprecedented upfront Barnett […]

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15th February 2021
Rhod Gilbert’s HIMfertility campaign joins Fertility Network UK

The comedian and face of HIMfertility will join the next online meeting of Fertility Network UK’s Male Support Group on Wednesday 17th February 2021. Currently, the group meet online each month to offer support to each other and to learn from guest speakers. Members of the group are currently fundraising to take on #BaseCampforFertility, an […]

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14th February 2021
The Bro Radio Community Awards: Back For 2021

The Bro Radio Community Awards will return in 2021 for a third year, celebrating those in the Vale who went the extra mile for their community in the tough year that was 2020. The first annual Bro Radio Community Awards were held in March 2019 at the Memo Arts Centre, Barry, and the event was […]

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12th February 2021
First major vaccination programme milestone achieved

First Minister Mark Drakeford today praised the thousands of NHS staff and volunteers vaccinating people for their phenomenal effort as the first milestone in Wales’ vaccination programme was reached. As the final appointments are arranged for the weekend, Wales will achieve the milestone of offering everyone in the first four priority groups a vaccination. Arrangements […]

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12th February 2021
Amelia Trust Farm To Improve Local IT Infrastructure With Lottery Funding

The Vale of Glamorgan's Amelia Trust Farm has been able to secure National Lottery funding which will enable them to support the local community by improving the IT infrastructure in the area. Amelia Trust Farm successfully applied for £9,976 from The National Lottery Community Fund which will support the learning and development of vulnerable and disadvantaged […]

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12th February 2021
Barry Town United Supporters Urged To Save Lives In "Blood Sweat & Cheers" Campaign

Barry Town United fans are being urged to help saves lives by donating blood in a new campaign in partnership between the Welsh Blood Service and Welsh football. 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 football fans […]

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12th February 2021
Ty Dewi Sant Welcomes First Covid-Safe Visit

Ty Dewi Sant Residential Home in Penarth hosted its first Covid-safe visit on Wednesday morning. The purpose built, single story residential home for older people is situated in Myrtle Close, Penarth and provides accommodation, care and support to their residents. The home hosted its first covid-safe visitation on Wednesday as resident, Vera Harvey's cousin, Sam, came […]

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12th February 2021
Barn Owl Boxes Installed At Cosmeston

Two new Barn Owl boxes have recently been installed by Rangers at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park to provide them with a safe and comfortable nest site. In a post on their social media pages, the Vale Council confirmed the news regarding the wildlife installation adding that the new boxes are eco-friendly and should last a […]

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11th February 2021
Dangerous driver jailed for causing the death of a mother and seriously injuring her daughter

A man who admitted causing a mother’s death after his car ploughed in to hers at high-speed on a country road has been jailed for four years and 11 months. Jeanette Macdonald, also known as Jeanette Preece, was driving her teenaged daughter home from a dentist appointment on the evening of July 3, 2019, when […]

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11th February 2021
Spanish princess to attend UWC Atlantic College

The heir to the Spanish throne is to study in the Vale of Glamorgan from this summer, at UWC Atlantic College near Llantwit Major. Princess Leonor de Borbob, 15 is the elder of two daughters of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, will attend Atlantic College, based at St Donats Castle. The princess will begin […]

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10th February 2021
Penarth Youth Action Recruiting New Members

Penarth Youth Action (PYA), the youth council for the town, is now recruiting new members from local schools and community groups. Those aged 11-18 years, who want to make a difference in their community, are being invited to get involved with the PYA, which is a partnership project between the Vale Youth Service and the Penarth […]

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10th February 2021
New supermarket and car park planned on former livestock market in Cowbridge

A new supermarket and car park is planned on the site of a 200-year-old livestock market in Cowbridge. The Cowbridge livestock market was recently shut down and demolished by the Vale of Glamorgan council. The council said many people travel out of Cowbridge to shop for groceries, so a car park and a supermarket would […]

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10th February 2021
£1,500 worth of damage caused to newly planted trees at Wordsworth Park in Penarth

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has shared its disappointment, after four of the newly planted trees at Wordsworth park in Penarth have been destroyed. It appears that the damage was not a "moment of madness" but that trees "were sawn off" intentionally, according to Cllr Lis Burnett. The trees were planted as part of a […]

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10th February 2021
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney complete takeover of non-league Wrexham

Two Hollywood stars have completed their takeover of non-league football club Wrexham. Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney have taken 100% control of the Welsh club from the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST), months after the bid was approved by fans. The pair have also invested £2m into the club as part of […]

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9th February 2021
Cardiff and Vale on track to vaccinate first four priority groups by end of the week

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is set to have offered Covid jabs to the first four priority groups by the end of the week. So far, the health board has vaccinated 87,990 people. The third mass vaccination centre opened in Barry this week, in addition to the two centres at Pentwyn and Splott. The […]

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9th February 2021
The Big Fill is back to repair the Vale's potholes

The Big Fill is back and the team will be working on Fridays and Saturdays to repair potholes in the Vale. They will be targeting a different area each time, but we need your help to identify and locate potholes in those areas.  Remember, if you see a pothole marked in white, there’s no need […]

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9th February 2021
South Wales Police precept increase agreed

A 5.5% increase in the South Wales Police precept has been agreed with concerns raised about the burden being placed on local council tax payers. The South Wales Police and Crime Panel voted in favour of the proposed increase by nine votes to three at its meeting on Wednesday, February 3. The proposals will see […]

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9th February 2021
Council Cabinet back plans for Ysgol Y Deri expansion

The Vale Council's Cabinet has backed plans to increase the capacity of Ysgol Y Deri and construct a new school building in Cosmeston, to meet future demand for special education in the County. In a report presented to Cabinet on Monday 8th February, Councillors were advised on the outcome of the consultation exercise undertaken. The […]

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9th February 2021
Work concludes on the UHW Lakeside Wing

Construction on the Lakeside Wing, which is based on the grounds of the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) site, has finished with the building officially handed over to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CAVUHB). As of Monday 8 February, building work on the new surge facility has been completed, just 20 weeks after construction […]

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9th February 2021
‘Huge uncertainty’ on how pandemic will hit Vale council finances

“Huge uncertainty” remains on how the coronavirus pandemic will hit the Vale of Glamorgan council finances next year. Council leader Neil Moore said there was “no guarantee” that the Welsh Government would continue helping the council fund the cost of dealing with Covid-19. The Vale council is preparing to set its budget for the next […]

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9th February 2021
Public Services Board partners launch Climate Emergency Charter

The Vale of Glamorgan Public Services Board (PSB) partners have launched a new Charter that details their commitment to addressing the Climate Emergency together. The Charter builds on the steps already taken to protect and enhance the Vale’s environment since the Climate Emergency declaration in 2019. It sets out a series of key actions for […]

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9th February 2021
Son who’s running the distance of Mt Everest to fundraise following mum’s cancer battle

A man from Penarth ran up and down a local hill ten times everyday in January to fundraise for the team who supported his mother when she was diagnosed with cancer. James Joseph, 26, aimed to raise £500 by the end of January for the Cardiff & Vale Breast Centre Appeal after they cared for […]

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9th February 2021
Health Board reaches out to those in priority groups 1 - 4

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has issued an urgent message for those in priority groups 1 -4, who are yet to be contacted for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. It comes as the Health Board says it is on track to vaccinate priority groups 1-4 by the end of this week. Those who fall under […]

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8th February 2021
Decision due in April on controversial new Vale road linking A48 and M4

A decision is due in April on whether to press ahead with plans to build a controversial new road in the Vale of Glamorgan. The proposed road would link Junction 34 on the M4 with Sycamore Cross on the A48, and would cost more than £66 million. The plans have drawn heavy criticism from villagers […]

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8th February 2021
Hundreds more fines issued at the weekend as minority continue to flout Covid-19 regulations

A further 308 fixed penalty notices were handed out across south Wales at the weekend, including seven people who attended a 60th birthday party in Barry and two separate gatherings at houses in the Town. The vast majority of fines were issued for gatherings and parties at homes, while proactive patrols of popular parks, beauty […]

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8th February 2021
Liberal Democrat Candidates launch campaign to save HSBC branch in Barry

Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan Sally Stephenson and regional Senedd candidate for South Wales Central Rodney Berman are calling on HSBC to keep its branch on Holton Road in Barry open. Following the recent announcement that HSBC intend to close 82 branches across the United Kingdom, they are urging the bank to reverse this […]

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8th February 2021
Practical support sessions offered online for Dinas Powys residents impacted by December floods

The National Flood Forum (NFF) is set to host a series of online support sessions for residents of Dinas Powys whose homes and businesses were impacted by flooding in December. Delivered in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW), the surgeries will provide an opportunity […]

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8th February 2021
Coronavirus: The latest Vale of Glamorgan case and vaccine figures

Coronavirus figures in the Vale of Glamorgan have fallen slightly during the last seven days, with over 22,000 people receiving a coronavirus vaccine across the Health Board area. The latest rolling figures, which run from the 28th January - 3rd February show 170 cases have been reported in the Vale of Glamorgan, a total of […]

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8th February 2021
Rugby fans share Principality Stadium memories

Principality Building Society is running a competition to find Welsh rugby fans’ best memories and unique stories from more than 20 years of games at the Principality (formerly Millennium) stadium. The building society has brought together a panel of judges, which includes Welsh rugby legend Shane Williams - who along with his fellow judges, will […]

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8th February 2021
Mass Vaccination Centre Opens in Barry

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is opening the Vale of Glamorgan’s first Mass Vaccination Centre today (Monday 8th February), at Holm View Leisure Centre in Barry. It is the third centre of its kind to be opened by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board as part of its COVID-19 Mass Vaccination programme, alongside those […]

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8th February 2021
Welsh rail franchise now in public ownership

The Welsh Government has taken the Wales and Borders rail franchise into public ownership to protect services, safeguard jobs, and deliver infrastructure improvements in light of the ongoing challenges of coronavirus. As of 7th February Transport for Wales is now operating the Wales and Borders rail services under a subsidiary, ‘Transport for Wales Rail LTD’. The […]

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8th February 2021
Final Flood Relief Donations Distributed In Sully With Over £10K Given In Total

The final portion of funds raised for victims of the flooding in Sully have been distributed with the total funds raised for the cause surpassing £10,000. The majority of the Vale of Glamorgan felt the effects of an extended period of heavy rain on the 23rd December last year, with residents of Dinas Powys and […]

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6th February 2021
St Athan Resident Plans "Mighty Hammerthon" Fundraiser For Mental Health & Well-Being Project

Taylor Owen Mason, a resident of St Athan, is planning to slam a sledgehammer on a tractor tyre around 28,000 times over 24 hours in what he has dubbed the "Mighty Hammerthon" to raise money and awareness for a project that aims to change our relationship with social media for the better. Taylor is planning […]

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6th February 2021
The Vale of Glamorgan Building Excellence Awards 2021: The Winners

The 18th annual Vale of Glamorgan Building Excellence Awards have been decided, with winners in 12 categories revealed at the beginning of the month. The Building Excellence Award Scheme, organised by the Vale of Glamorgan Council Building Control team, demonstrates the Council’s recognition of high standards in building work across the Vale. The criteria required to be […]

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6th February 2021
Police warned residents not to travel to Vale beauty spots

Police in the Vale of Glamorgan have reminded residents not to travel to the County for exercise this weekend. Officers will be working alongside the Vale of Glamorgan Council this weekend to enforce Covid-19 restrictions. They'll be enforcing restrictions at Penarth Marine, Penarth Esplanade, Barry Island and Ogmore-By-sea. Advertisement: Lat weekend, officers across South Wales […]

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5th February 2021
Vale of Glamorgan’s ward boundaries redrawn as council gets seven more councillors

The Vale of Glamorgan’s ward boundaries are set to be redrawn as the council will increase in size by seven more councillors. The Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales is proposing several changes to the electoral map in the Vale, ahead of the next local elections in 2022. The proposals would see the number […]

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5th February 2021
Wales 'not ready' for full school reopening

Wales is "not yet in a position" to allow all pupils to return to school, the education minister has said. Kirsty Williams confirmed pupils aged three to seven will be back at school from 22 February, along with some older children on vocational courses. But no timetable has yet been given for the return of […]

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5th February 2021
Health Living team organise activities to help residents' wellbeing

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is organising a range of events to help residents’ wellbeing during lockdown. Looking after mental health is particularly important at the moment as restrictions put in place to control coronavirus take their toll. Being kept apart from family and friends places a strain on all of us, as does the […]

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5th February 2021
Promise for blood cancer patients with trials set to open in Cardiff

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is preparing to implement a new clinical trial that will grant blood cancer patients access to a promising, active lower intensity treatment option. The VICTOR clinical trial, which is funded by Cancer Research UK, and led by Dr Richard Dillon from Guy’s Hospital, London, will examine the efficacy of […]

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5th February 2021
60 days and over 500,000 doses delivered

Today is the 60th day since COVID-19 vaccinations began in Wales and also marks the day when more than half a million people received their first COVID-19 vaccination. As the total vaccinated exceeds more than 523,000 today, this now means almost one in every six adults have had their first dose of this life-protecting vaccine.  As […]

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5th February 2021
Wales back at the Principality Stadium

Wales are back at the home of Welsh rugby, Principality Stadium for the first time in 10 months as they take on Ireland in their first game of the Guinness Six Nations 2021. Unlike a normal match day, instead of both teams running out to a packed crowd, pulsating with noise and excitement, Wales will […]

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5th February 2021
Hardship fund opens for residents affected by flooding

A Welsh Government Emergency Hardship Fund has become available for residents whose property was affected by flooding towards the end of December. Councils are responsible for administering the Welsh Government payments of either £500, for residents who have insurance cover for flood damage, or £1000 for those who are not covered by insurance policies. Residents […]

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5th February 2021
Tŷ Hafan chosen as Adventure Travel Charity of the Year

Tŷ Hafan Children's hospice in Sully has been chosen as Charity of the Year by travel provider Adventure Travel, following a public vote. Over 25,000 votes were cast - with Tŷ Hafan being chosen as inaugural Charity of the Year for travel provider Adventure Travel, formerly known as NAT Group. Tŷ Hafan is currently undergoing […]

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5th February 2021
University of South Wales students bring sports stars and NHS heroes together to spread positivity on Time To Talk Day

Student sports journalists at the University of South Wales (USW) have teamed up with sport stars, NHS heroes and community champions to tell inspiring stories aimed at lifting the Covid gloom. Wales women’s football legends Helen Ward and Jess Fishlock, former Cardiff City goalkeeper Lee Kendall and Wales rugby internationals Owen Watkin and Josh Turnbull […]

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5th February 2021
New alumni scheme to link students with local role models

Schools are being encouraged to set up alumni schemes to link students with local role models in their area. The programme, which will be available to all school in Wales, will be intensively trialled in 10 schools across the Valleys Taskforce area. The idea of the scheme is to inspire comprehensive school students by linking […]

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5th February 2021
FAW Confirm Plans For Return To Play In JD Cymru Premier

The Football Association of Wales has released the proposed date for the resumption of the JD Cymru Premier as part of their "Return To Play" programme. The league, along with the JD North and South and Women’s Orchard League, was postponed upon the implementation of Alert Level 4 in Wales, but now the National League […]

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4th February 2021
RNLI on the search for lifeguards to join its team this summer

The RNLI is looking for lifeguards to join its team, working at Whitmore Bay, Llantwit Major Beach, Southern Down, Ogmore and beaches across Bridgend this summer. The temporary, seasonal or casual ad-hoc work runs of the summer of 2021, with applications open until 4th April 2021. In 2019, the beach lifeguard team helped 29,334 people […]

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4th February 2021
Enhanced Covid-19 testing introduced for care homes

Further Covid-19 testing for care home staff is beginning this week to help identify infectious individuals sooner and manage outbreaks more effectively, the Health Minister has announced. The enhanced testing programme will involve the twice weekly testing of asymptomatic care home staff using rapid lateral flow test devices. This is in addition to the PCR […]

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4th February 2021
Vale businesses urged to register for financial support

Businesses in the Vale of Glamorgan are being urged to ensure they are registered for financial support to help them deal with the ongoing impacts of coronavirus. Last month, the Welsh Government announced an additional £200m package to help firms through to the end of March. This takes the Welsh Government’s business support package from […]

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4th February 2021
Lounge restaurant set for Barry Island's former Toilet Block in 2022

Alex Reilley, the founder of the Loungers Group has confirmed they will be opening a restaurant on Barry Island in 2020, in the Grade II listed toilet block on Nell's Point. Mr Reilley confirmed the news in a Tweet on Wednesday, in which he said "A Grade II listed toilet block in Barry Island I […]

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3rd February 2021
Five Dogs Stolen From Vale Farm Overnight

South Wales Police for the Vale of Glamorgan have released a statement on their social media, confirming that five dogs were stolen from a farm in Marcross on Tuesday. In their statement, South Wales Police confirmed that they received a report on the 2nd February that five dogs, including three black and tan Welsh Terriers […]

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3rd February 2021
Police intercept parcel containing more than £4k cash on its way to scammers

Police in Penarth have intercepted a parcel containing more than £4k cash belonging to a pensioner that was on its way to scammers in London. The money belonged to Anne, a local 80-year-old woman, who had received a fraudulent call from persons claiming to be from her bank. They told Anne that money had been […]

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3rd February 2021
Free PPE packs for taxi drivers

Taxi and private hire vehicle drivers in Wales will be able to claim a free pack of high quality PPE and vehicle cleaning materials, funded by the Welsh Government. The move is intended to increase confidence in travelling safely for drivers and passengers. The pack contains medical grade re-usable face coverings and hand sanitiser, as […]

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3rd February 2021
Council Tax Could Rise 3.9% In The Vale Of Glamorgan

Council tax could rise 3.9% in the Vale of Glamorgan, according to a report set to go to the Council's Cabinet on Monday. The report - which is expected to be approved on Monday - proposes that the Band D Council Tax rate is set at £1,357.02 for 2021/22, an increase of 3.9% from the […]

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3rd February 2021
Mass Vaccination centre set to open in Barry

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have confirmed that their third Mass Vaccination Centre will open in Barry on Monday 8th February. It's not yet confirmed a location, but its expected to be at Holm View Leisure Centre. Those aged 70 - 74 and those deemed most clinically vulnerable will start to recieve invitations via […]

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3rd February 2021
Vale group keeps history of the Dambusters Raid alive

A Vale of Glamorgan group have been working tirelessly to keep the history of the RAF and its important events alive. Group 617 is a non-profit organisation based in Penarth, with the aim of supporting veterans and civilians of all backgrounds with mental health issues caused by experiences during service. It was founded in 2011 […]

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2nd February 2021
Welsh Water bill increase remains at or below inflation for twelfth year

The average water and sewerage bill is set to fall by 2% in 2021-22 the only not-for-profit water company in England and Wales has announced. Welsh Water, which serves most of Wales, Herefordshire and parts of Deeside, has confirmed that the average household bill will be lower in real terms than in the previous year […]

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2nd February 2021
Welsh Government 30-hour childcare offered

Working parents of children aged three to four are being invited to apply to the Welsh Government’s 30-hour childcare offer. In the Vale of Glamorgan, the Childcare Offer can fund up to 17.5 hours per week of childcare for up to 48 weeks of the year. During school holidays, the provision is increased to up […]

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2nd February 2021
125 energy-saving LED lanterns to be installed in Penarth's Victorian-style lampposts

Work will shortly begin on installing 125 energy-saving LED lanterns to Penarth’s Victorian-style lampposts as part of a wider rollout across the County. The lanterns attach to the existing lighting columns so are sympathetic to the town’s history and work is taking place following close consultation with Penarth Civic Society. Generating less heat, the new […]

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2nd February 2021
National Resources Wales made aware of anti-social behaviour following discovery of new dinosaur footprint

National Resources Wales have been made aware of a number of reports of anti-social behaviour over the weekend weekend, following the news of a new dinosaur footprint being discovered at the Bendricks Beach. Lily Wilder, aged 4 made the discovery in January, with scientists now believing it could help establish how they walked. Around 50 […]

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2nd February 2021
Government provides £20 million charge points boost

Local authorities are being urged to take advantage of a £20 million cash injection to boost the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints in towns and cities across the UK. In a letter to councils across Britain, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today (2 February 2021) announced that funding for the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) will […]

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1st February 2021
Care homes across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan reaches vaccination milestone

Every resident and staff member in care homes across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has been offered their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, with the remaining staff and residents due to receive their first dose in the next few weeks. Just 23 days after Cardiff and Vale University Health Board started their vaccination […]

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1st February 2021
Welsh Ambulance Service has launchs its annual ‘Defibuary’ campaign.

The Welsh Ambulance Service has launched its annual ‘Defibuary’ campaign. The month-long Twitter campaign is designed to educate the public about the importance of bystander CPR and defibrillation in cases of cardiac arrest. This year, a plea to ensure all public defibrillators are registered on a national defibrillator network, The Circuit, is being issued. Fiona Maclean, Patient […]

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1st February 2021
Users of the NHS Covid-19 App now eligible to apply for £500 self-isolation payment.

Those asked to self-isolate via the NHS Covid-19 app will now be eligible to apply for the £500 self-isolation support payment, Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James has announced. From today app users who have been notified as being exposed to the virus, are on low income and at risk of financial hardship […]

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1st February 2021
More than 200 fines issued for Covid breaches in south Wales at the weekend

A total of 240 fines, were handed out in south Wales at the weekend as officers continued to clamp down on those breaching coronavirus legislation. While the vast majority are continuing to support the measures imposed to help slow the spread of the virus, South Wales Police officers broke up multiple house parties and gatherings, […]

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1st February 2021
Coronavirus: The latest Vale of Glamorgan case and vaccine figures

Coronavirus figures in the Vale of Glamorgan have continued to fall, according to the latest 7 day figures released by Public Health Wales. The rolling figures, which run from 21st - 27th January show 177 cases have been reported in the Vale of Glamorgan, with 132.5 per 100,000 population, just below the Wales wide figure […]

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1st February 2021
South Wales Fire Service set to approve 3.54% rise in amount it takes from Council tax payers

South Wales Fire Service is set to approve a 3.54% rise in the amount of money it takes from council tax payers. At a meeting on Monday, February 8, the fire authority will consider its budget for 2021/2022 with a recommended contribution of £77.5 million from the 10 local authority areas it covers. This will […]

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1st February 2021
Pledge to support youth with extra £9.4m investment in children and young people mental health services

The Welsh Government has pledged to support youth with extra £9.4m investment in children and young people mental health services. "I am committed to ensuring support is available for changing mental health needs," says Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing as more than £9million will be available specifically to support children and young people in […]

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31st January 2021
Barry Town United Sign Goalkeeper From Carmarthen

JD Cymru Premier side, Barry Town United have signed veteran goalkeeper, Lee Idzi from Camarthen Town. Idzi, 32, ends a 6-year stint at Richmond Park, following the Old Gold's relegation from the Welsh top flight last year. The veteran keeper has made 394 top-flight appearances in total, previously playing for Bangor City, where he was […]

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30th January 2021
Police Chief Inspector Warns Of Resurgence In Phone Scams

The Vale of Glamorgan's Police Chief Inspector, Tony Williams has warned of a recent increase in fraud involving older and more vulnerable residents of the county receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be police officers. The Vale's MP, Alun Cairns, has also taken to his social media accounts to warn residents of the disturbing […]

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30th January 2021
Programme To Plant Over 100 Trees In Penarth Begins

A Vale of Glamorgan Council scheme to plant over 100 trees in Penarth began this week as 15 cherry trees of three different varieties were planted in the Golden Gates Park. The scheme aims to increase biodiversity in the area and across the county, while also combating climate change. The Council say that this programme […]

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30th January 2021
Mind In The Vale Share Helpful Resources For Those Who May Be Struggling

Mind In The Vale have taken to their social media pages to share helpful resources for those who may be struggling with their mental health over the weekend. In their post, Mind In The Vale explained "weekends can be difficult. If you're struggling these helplines are available 24 hours a day and free to call". […]

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30th January 2021
More In Common Llantwit Host Monthly Virtual Chatty Cafe

The More In Common Llantwit Major group has taken to their social media pages to encourage residents of the Vale to join their monthly virtual chats. The group, which is part of the wider "More In Common" humanitarian movement, inspired by the late Jo Cox MP and the group's aim is to bring people together […]

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29th January 2021
Dinosaur footprint found on Bendricks Beach

A well-preserved dinosaur footprint has been discovered by a four-year-old girl on the Bendricks Beach. Lily Wilder, aged 4 made the discovery, with scientists believing it could help establish how they walked. The footprint, which was originally discovered in January, is believed to be 220 million years old and has been preserved in mud. Whilst […]

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29th January 2021
“Phased and flexible back-to-school approach if coronavirus cases continue to fall” – First Minister

The youngest children in Wales could begin returning to school after the February half term, if rates of coronavirus continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced today. The First Minister confirmed the alert level four lockdown restrictions will remain in place in Wales for the next three weeks, following a review of the […]

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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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