Worlds Harmony (Open your mind)

12:08pm Thursday 30th October 2014

THE circle of the world looks in harmony,

Long drive

11:24am Thursday 30th October 2014

MY drive to work today was not exceptional.

Art visit was a delight

11:07am Thursday 30th October 2014

I WAS delighted to be invited along to local artist Glyn Pooley's studio last week. He really is interesting to speak to and has some excellent art on display including paintings, drawings and sculptures.

Shock at lack of help for Welsh NHS

10:47am Thursday 30th October 2014

I AM shocked at the latest revelations that the Welsh NHS is facing meltdown and is in crisis.

Beat flu this winter

10:20am Thursday 30th October 2014

I AM writing to let your readers know how important it is to have your free flu jab as soon as possible if you have diabetes. There are over 72,000 people living with diabetes in South Wales and they are particularly at risk of flu and its complications. People with diabetes under the age of 65 are over nine times more likely to die from the flu than people who don’t have diabetes in this age group.

Have your say on Rhoose library

10:05am Thursday 30th October 2014

MOST of you will be aware that the current administration of the Vale council is proposing to downgrade Rhoose Library from a professional service to a community run library. We have been advised that there is to be a 'drop-in session' planned for Friday, November 7 from 3.30pm to 7pm in Rhoose Library.

Politicians should take a pay cut

9:19am Thursday 30th October 2014

WELL what a shocker to read that the Cabinet of Caerphilly Council have decided that they are now going to take a five per cent cut in their salaries with immediate effect.

Why have an animal welfare policy?

4:01pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

CRUELTY to animals is wrong, just as cruelty to humans is wrong. Causing unnecessary suffering to animals deliberately or through neglect for whatever reason should be prevented whether in the wild, in the home or on farms. It is right that we have laws and regulations to stop cruelty and that those who break these laws are treated as criminals.

Community Grant Scheme now open

11:56am Thursday 23rd October 2014

GWANWYN is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age.

Vital residents have their say on future services

10:55am Thursday 23rd October 2014

LAST week’s settlement set the financial picture for the Vale council over the next few years. It was a disappointing settlement from the Welsh Labour Government and there is no doubt that local services will be placed under huge strain, with funding slashed by millions of pounds.

No support for Labour or Tory

8:49am Thursday 23rd October 2014

SEVERAL letters of late have once again been hitting UKIP; it is now starting to get really boring with same old tired rubbish, the main factors being withdrawal from the EU and Immigration.

Is the glass half full or half empty?

9:01am Monday 20th October 2014

THIS is one way of looking at the town itself, whilst we are constantly reading positive news from various sources regarding the town, if you take a closer look it could also be all doom and gloom.

Council need to reorganise and stop cutting services

9:01am Sunday 19th October 2014

MY experience of 30 plus years working in the private sector is that when faced with major reductions in income, then an organisation will often undertake a fundamental review of its business functions and identify both the essential, core activities and separately those activities and services that are non-essential and therefore candidates for either cut-backs or even a complete cull.

Volunteer with Age Cymru across South Wales

9:01am Saturday 18th October 2014

AGE Cymru is Wales’s largest and leading charity for older people.

Final Reunion visit to the Egypt Canal Zone

9:02am Friday 17th October 2014

THE final visit to the Suez Canal Zone, Cairo, Campaign Reunion 14 day visit takes place from April 25 to May 8, 2015. This is the Reunion Visit Egypt Canal Zone trip.

Thank you for supporting Barnardo’s Cymru

1:03pm Thursday 16th October 2014

I KNOW that many of your readers are probably still recovering having taken part in the Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon as a runner or as one of the many valiant volunteers.

Fireworks fiesta

11:05am Thursday 16th October 2014

ONCE again and with the invaluable collaboration of the Town and Vale Councils the Rotary Club of Barry is delighted to bring you an exceptional evening of fun and fireworks, as we stage our 41st Fireworks Fiesta on Wednesday, November 5.

Proud day for Central Park

9:03am Thursday 16th October 2014

I ATTENDED the Green Flag Ceremony at Central Park on Saturday and was delighted to see the founder members of the Barry Citizens' Action Group. Under the leadership of Dilys Colbourne, this group campaigned tirelessly for many years to save the park from building development. Barry should be proud to see this green flag and remember a group that never flagged.

The assembly shouldn’t be given more powers

9:01am Saturday 11th October 2014

READING the comments from Jane Hutt AM for the Vale of Glamorgan, and Carwyn Jones, spouting on about more powers for the Assembly, which could include tax raising powers, the people must be given a vote on this. My own opinion on this is that Ms Hutt and co must never be given these extra powers.

Councils should merge together

9:03am Friday 10th October 2014

THE Vale of Glamorgan Council meeting last Monday evening considered the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) response to the Welsh Government’s White paper on merging councils. If there is one thing the Vale of Glamorgan seem to be able to agree on it’s that they are doing a great job and should be left alone.

Stores will raise funds for charity

11:16am Thursday 9th October 2014

ON the weekend on the October 11 and 12, staff from Superdrug stores across the country will be transforming stores into a ghoulie Halloween paradise, all in the name of raising money for Marie Curie, Superdrug’s official charity partner.

Council should remember it’s our money

10:17am Thursday 9th October 2014

I NOTE from comments made by our wonderful council leader Neil Moore that the Knap Lido seems to be dead in the water as the council cannot afford it, blaming once again budget cuts.

Coffee morning was a huge success

Barry And District News: CAKE: Plenty of people turned up to the coffee morning to enjoy the delicious cake and raise funds

9:14am Thursday 9th October 2014

ON Saturday, September 27 we held a ‘Coffee and Cake for Macmillan’ event at Margaret Alexander Community Centre in Alexandra Gardens, Barry. Neither of us expected the amount of people that turned up to support it and it was quite overwhelming to see just how generous people in the town are. We raised over £620 in two hours, which is an incredible amount of money and will make a big difference to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Winter Celebration Grants

9:02am Thursday 9th October 2014

AGE Cymru is Wales’ largest and leading charity for older people.

Excellent night by Desert Divas

Barry And District News: Jane Hutt AM joined the Desert Divas on stage to wish them well, praise their talents and thank them for the money they have raised for charity

8:10am Thursday 9th October 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to the Desert Divas for their fund-raising night at the Memorial Hall last week, in support of the Ty Hapus dementia care centre on Holton Road.

Where is the duty of care?

8:02am Thursday 9th October 2014

IN response to your article relating to a cannabis factory in a council house (Barry & District News, October 1), it appears that a major inpropriety has taken place at the cost of the new tenant. This is not to portrait we would want to paint, as residents of Gibbonsdown, having spent the last 28 years working closely with both the police and the Vale of Glamorgan Council to bring about a decent environment for all.

Changes to parking on Holton Road

8:01am Sunday 5th October 2014

I PARKED my car in Holton Road this morning at 10.42 outside the Halifax Building Society and went to the cash machine to obtain a statement after which I went inside for about ten minutes then I went to the library to have a look around.

Lightning over Barry Harbour

8:01am Saturday 4th October 2014

THE sky cracked open with a silvery cut

Great news for Barry Island traders

8:01am Friday 3rd October 2014

I ENJOYED reading that the traders on Barry Island experienced their best day this year on the day of the Red Arrows display. (Island shines as retailers report visitor numbers up, September 25 issue.)

Money shouldn’t go to France

11:33am Thursday 2nd October 2014

HAS anyone out there got any idea how this Tory Government gets their priorities. We the UK taxpayer are now going to fork out over £12 million, so the Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart can sort out her migrant crisis. This woman had the damn cheek to put a gun to our Governments head by threatening to shut down the port of Calais, and blockade the port, she also claimed that she would rip down UK border controls on French soil, she would get rid of the UK border police and let 2000 migrants flood into Britain, and just as our wonderful Government bow down to the EU, they now surrender to a French Mayor, well done Teresa May. What a weak useless bunch of overpaid parasites called the UK Government. Cameron and Co have no right to give our money to this woman, when oh when are they going to show some backbone and stick up for the British people, they should have told this French woman to carry on and do what she likes, and in return tell her that all French shipping and French citizens would be banned from entering the UK, but Cameron as per usual has once again showed his cowardly streak, and he wants another term in office.

View from the Senedd - Jane Hutt AM

11:19am Thursday 2nd October 2014

ON Friday, September 19, I was privileged to speak at a celebratory event in honour of ten years of Barry Community First Responders.

Referendum has affected us all

10:34am Thursday 2nd October 2014

LAST week’s Scottish independence referendum raised a large number of questions that were relevant not just to Scotland, but to Wales as well.

Cyclists should respect the roads

8:28am Thursday 2nd October 2014

I AGREE with your reader's letter ref: Cyclists should use designated path.

Regeneration concerns

8:01am Thursday 2nd October 2014

SO the debate on Barry Island continues with great gusto and some kind of vision. There are many comments regarding The Collins report etc, countless hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been spent on consultants fees and still all we have is a very expensive car park/useless events area governed by strict licensing laws laid down by the Vale licensing committee.

Barry fairground looking very empty

Barry And District News: CLOSED: The Barry fairground from the air looking empty from Dave Williams

7:29am Thursday 2nd October 2014

An unusual view of the fairground at Barry Island

Objection to proposed housing

8:08am Monday 29th September 2014

BARRY and Vale FoE object to the proposed housing on Primrose Hill, Cowbridge. This Green Belt add-on to a town which is already choked with traffic would be madness, especially as the Vale already has enough housing proposals for seven years. Many villages in the Vale are now organising against the housing developers' grab on green fields. A new town, sustainably planned, is needed in the Vale of Glamorgan. We hope to represent objectors at the Barry Docks Office Inquiry next week and would urge others to be there and tell the Inspector what you think of this proposed environmental destruction.

Response on travellers site

8:19am Sunday 28th September 2014

I HAVE been receiving a lot of calls lately relating to the travellers site in Sully.

Checks needed on mileage expenses

8:01am Sunday 28th September 2014

A REPORT has now come out that Vale of Glamorgan Council employees have amassed an amazing tally of £761,000 in just mileage expenses 2012/2013 when on council business. Baring in mind this, as taxpayer's money, this is a shocking amount. You do have to agree though that when you are on company business you are normally reimbursed for your out of pocket expenses, the question needs to be asked, who on earth keeps a check on this money. There is now to be an evaluation for cost cutting on alternative transport, such as cutting back on a refuse vehicle, and or a mechanical road sweeper, or reducing the street care crew. It is also stated that over 450 council jobs are threatened as the council try to achieve savings of £32million in 36 months. But lo and behold there is no mention of any council officers losing their positions. If there are to be front line services cut, then the people of the Vale should demand that all senior councillors should lose their jobs as well, that includes the ghost CEO, the leader of the council Neil Moore that will save over £47,000 a year, the deputy leaders position should be abolished thus saving £33,000 a year, the mayor and deputy position should also be abolished, along with the official transport. The Vale councillors cannot keep expecting front line staff to lose their jobs while these same councillors sit in their ivory tower that cost us over £250,000, the time is right to say we have now had enough and you must start cutting your lot. But I have just seen a big fat pig fly past my window, do we really think that any Vale Council member will step down, the Vale Council is just like all the rest a complete waste of taxpayers’ money.

Save our wildlife

8:01am Saturday 27th September 2014

I COMMEND Friends of the Earth who along with the councils ecologist, Erica Dixon, highlighted the worrying decline of our wildlife.

Diabetes information

8:00am Friday 26th September 2014

I would like to make your readers aware that some children with Type 1 diabetes aren’t getting the support they need at school.

Appeals for residents in Wales to consider fostering siblings

3:32pm Thursday 25th September 2014

ACTION for Children has found that two fifths of children in Wales have been separated from their brothers and sisters when placed in foster care. I am joining the charity in asking people in Wales not only to consider fostering, but to consider fostering siblings, so that children who have had a difficult start in life can heal and grow together.

View from The Senedd – Andrew RT Davies AM

1:43pm Thursday 25th September 2014

TWO years ago this week, I was in Barry to launch a plan to revitalise our high streets. Wales is often referred to as a ‘nation of shopkeepers’, so the high street is a useful barometer in assessing the health of the Welsh economy.

Views from Westminster – Alun Cairns MP

1:35pm Thursday 25th September 2014

I HAD the privilege of attending a wonderful service this week in Barry. The 17th Annual Seafarer’s Service of Remembrance, held by the Barry Merchant Navy Association, which has become an important date in the local calendar and rightly so.

Welsh NHS needs an independent enquiry

12:25pm Thursday 25th September 2014

THE National Health Service in Wales has been the subject of many letters on these pages in recent months and years but never has it faced a starker warning than that delivered by the British Medical Association just a few days ago. The organisation that represents 7,000 doctors has called for an independent inquiry into the Welsh health service and predicted ‘meltdown’ if swift action isn’t taken. The BMA joins a senior Labour MP, a patients watchdog, the college of emergency medicine, and the man who conducted England’s recent NHS inquiry, in calling for similar action from the Labour government in Wales. Welsh Conservatives agree – but given the Welsh NHS is run by Labour you’d expect that wouldn’t you? The truth is this is not about political posturing or point scoring. I have been calling for an NHS inquiry for 18 months and I’m willing to work with the other political parties to deliver it. Just hours after the BMA’s call an investigation was announced following the death of a woman in an ambulance while it was queuing outside a hospital. My heartfelt thoughts go out to all those affected by that tragedy and I hope answers are quickly forthcoming. The evidence is stacking up and it’s more than clear that there are serious questions to answer over standards of care in the NHS. An independent all-Wales inquiry would tackle those issues head on and safeguard our health service for future generations. Support for that continues to grow rapidly and I urge the Welsh government to begin implementation.

We should have EU referendum now

10:23am Thursday 25th September 2014

SO THE result is in, and the Scots have voted no, and we have the politicians saying it’s a vote for democracy, oh really. Since when did the politicians of this country believe in Democracy. Nick Clegg can have a referendum on changing the voting system, the Scots can have a referendum on going it alone, yet we are denied a referendum on getting out of the most hated corrupt, unelected, dictatorship called the EU. How on earth can our elected representatives even think of allowing us to be part of this corrupt club any longer. We have to bow down to the rules and regulations of this club without a whimper, how can you let this unelected club tell us what vacuum cleaners to buy, or what light bulbs we can use. We have just sent to Brussels an unelected Commissioner in Lord Hill who is going to be our supposed voice in Europe, but this man has been sworn to uphold the values of the EU, he is on a salary of over £200,000 a year, plus a very generous pension, plus staff, plus very generous allowances, so please tell me who voted for him?.David Cameron our very own prime minister has promised us a vote in 2017 if he cannot get any of our powers back, some hope of that, Ed Milliband has rejected out of hand any referendum unless there is a treaty change and Nick Clegg well you can forget him after the election. It really is a sad shameful fact that we have lost millions of very brave souls over two wars to give us our freedom and democracy yet we as a country are surrendering our powers to an unelected, corrupt power. Mr Cameron we want a referendum now not in three years time. Perhaps all those EU fanatics who believe we should be part of this circus would be better off packing their bags and moving in with Angela Merkel.

Reader captures the lightning storm over Barry

Barry And District News: STORM: Reader Rob Weaver caught on camera the fork lightning over Barry

8:02am Thursday 25th September 2014

EVENING temperatures around the Barry area dropped little around 18-20 degrees on September 18, extremely warm for this time of the year.

Praise for South Wales police

7:21am Thursday 25th September 2014

IT IS wrong to suggest that police have given up on certain crimes, as reported in some local papers last week. That certainly is not what is happening in South Wales and to paint a false picture can cause unnecessary fear of crime. South Wales continues to be a safe place to live and work and our Chief Constable, Peter Vaughan, enjoins his team to listen to the communities they serve. That’s why I have had praise for the local police teams from councillors of all parties across South Wales

Thank you for the great celebration

12:52pm Saturday 20th September 2014

JUNE and Derek Coombs would like to say thank you very much to their family and friends for the lovely gifts and card and celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, September 13.

Course concerns answered

8:16am Saturday 20th September 2014

I AM happy to answer the query from your concerned reader G E Thomas. The language courses referred to are demand led and based on the level of successful provision in previous years, i.e. there is a good demand for Spanish so there are four courses, a small number of learners wanting German, so only one course is offered, alas there is very little call for French in Barry therefore there are no courses offered this year. If, however, this article prompts a sudden rush of Barry residents wanting to study French at the reasonable rate of £127.50 for 15 lessons for band A, £96 for band B we will happily oblige, sadly experience tells us otherwise. French is offered at levels 1, 2 and 3 in Sully.

Stop cutting our beautiful tree

8:01am Saturday 20th September 2014

I AM writing on behalf of a suffering sycamore tree growing (just about) near the Holton Road/Bassett Park entrance gate.






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