Land history

10:13am Monday 15th September 2014

THE area surrounding and following the Five Mile Lane and Weycock Cross is steeped in ancient history as was Barry of old.

Help animals from rescue centres find a home

12:31pm Thursday 11th September 2014

I WAS very saddened last weekend to still see pet shops selling kittens for considerable sums of money. I would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone looking to find a family pet, to contact the local animal rescue centres we have on our doorstep.

Great day apart from the traffic

10:31am Thursday 11th September 2014

I MUST congratulate the organisers of the Barry Wartime Weekend - what a spectacular show we enjoyed - especially the Red Arrows which is a display I never thought would come to Barry Island.

Thank you to all who came

9:32am Thursday 11th September 2014

LYNNE, Margret and family would like to say a very big thank you to College Fields Nursing Home, Barry and to everyone who turned up on Saturday, August 30 to take a step back in time to walk down memory lane for the Barry Woolworth staff reunion. Also thank you all for donations on the raffle, all proceeds being given to the home.

Welsh learners win first place

Barry And District News: PERFORMANCE: The choir on stage singing 'O Gymru' with great passion conducted by Dot Connell and accompanied by Richard Vaughan.

2:09pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A CHOIR of Welsh learners from Barry, Cardiff and the Vale won 1st prize in their class at the Eisteddfod in Llanelli last week. Côr Dysgwyr Caerdydd a'r Fro, under the musical direction of Dot Connell, had strong competition from 4 other choirs but succeeding in winning again after their win at the Llandow Eisteddfod 2 years ago. The competition was held in the big pink pavilion on the main stage for the first time this year so they also had to contend with TV cameras and bright lights. This was the first time for many choir members to attend the Eisteddfod or compete on stage and was a very memorable day indeed.

Hairspray was fantastic

4:35pm Monday 8th September 2014

WELL done Hairspray, directed by Christian Bullen and Superstars in the Making, an amazing show.

Don't forget us

4:31pm Sunday 7th September 2014

WHEN is Labour really going to care about Barry?

Performance of Hairspray was fantastic

4:21pm Saturday 6th September 2014

I WROTE last year to say how wonderful the superstars in the making production of Grease was.

Language courses show imbalance

4:20pm Friday 5th September 2014

AN analysis of the 2014/15 Prospectus of Vale Courses for Adults shows a considerable imbalance between language courses in Barry. There are 0 French courses, 1 German course, 4 Spanish courses and 15 Welsh courses.

Weekly Reflections

2:52pm Friday 5th September 2014

THE word ‘neighbour’ first appeared in Anglo-Saxon times when a person tilled his little strip of soil and were called ‘nigh-bors’ when two strips adjoined. This word in time became ‘neighbour’ which is used today for anyone we come in contact with daily. Neighbours are not carefully selected friends who are witty or attractive and who may add a moral tone to the neighbourhood. Neighbours are the mixed bag of people with whom we share a street with perhaps adjoining gardens or maybe someone across a landing in a block of flats. Six out of the Ten Commandments deal with duties towards a ‘neighbour’.

Age Cymru’s Age Positive Week 2014

4:17pm Thursday 4th September 2014

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

Ramblers explore beautiful scenery

2:36pm Thursday 4th September 2014

SYLVIA and her group of eleven walkers set off for the drive to Glasbury or Clas-ar-Wy which refers to an ancient monastic settlement or college upon the Wye and Glasbury historically lies on an important crossing point over the river. They parked near the scout hall and crossed the bridge over the River Wye for the climb by lane past Tir-uched Farm and through the foothills of Hay Bluff.

Hutt - we will not give up on young

2:12pm Thursday 4th September 2014

BETWEEN May 2010 and the start of 2014, long term youth unemployment across the UK increased by a shocking 99 per cent.

The Who in Barry?

Barry And District News: GIG: Do you remember The Who performing in Barry?

12:33pm Thursday 4th September 2014

YOUR recent article on The Who coming back to Cardiff in December (What’s On – They hoped they’d die before they got old but still rock 50 years later) reminded me of a previous gig they did in the late 1960’s. I was born and brought up in Penarth, and as I recall, I went to see them in the Memorial Hall Barry (always known then as ‘The Memo’ in those days) in 1968 or 1969. There were lots of Penarth boys and girls there as I recall, and I took a couple of photographs which are attached.

Fantastic weekend event

4:16pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

WHAT a way to end the school holidays. Fantastic, brilliant and breath taking, the Red Arrows Display at Barry Island.

Beautiful park on doorstep

12:27pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

TWO years ago when I moved from Cardiff to Barry I was delighted to find beautiful Porthkerry Country Park on my doorstep. A country park that includes meadows with many wild flowers, deciduous mature woodland with blankets of bluebells and orchids too, lovely ponds where local school children can pond dip and at the end - the sea.

Cardiff and Vale Citizens Advice Bureau

3:09pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Q: My broadband connection is really slow and unreliable. I’ve contacted my provider who has said I’ll need to pay more than £100 to cancel the contract. Is there anything I can do about this?

Friends and Neighbours enjoy mystery trip

3:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

FRIENDS and Neighbours had a fantastic day out when they went on their Mystery Summer Trip to Hereford where they spent time shopping or looking at The Historical Buildings the magnificent Hereford Cathedral marvelling at the architectural excellence from Norman Times to present time and having a cup of tea in the Cloister Cafe and looking around the Cathedral Shop. Some visited the Tudor House where history came to life with fascinating heritage photographs and original furniture from Tudor days. Many of the members looked around the Wednesday Market held in Hereford and enjoyed the smell of the many tasty foods to offer from countries of The World.

Fantastic weekend in Barry

12:26pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to the organisers of the 'Barry in Wartime' event which took place on Barry Island last weekend. No doubt for many who attended, the highlight was the flypast by the Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Given the large number of visitors who congregated around the sea front, I was surprised to see how few static displays areas there were to visit. Hood Road may have had its advantages in that visitors could travel in by train from the island station, but with focus of activities on the seafront, I thought this may have been a better location? Another aspect of the event noted was the apparent absence of coaches, many of whom are operated by coach operators who have this season remained loyal to Barry Island by bring in large numbers of their customers from The Midlands.

Red Arrows display spectacular

Barry And District News: FLY OVER: The RAF Red Arrows fly over Barry Island

4:10pm Monday 1st September 2014

BARRY at war saw this weekend lit up by the RAF Red Arrows and what a display they put on for the residents of Barry.

Choir’s Memorable Tour

2:56pm Monday 1st September 2014

A CONTINGENT of men from the Vale of Glamorgan returned recently from a tour of Belgium and France as part of Côr Meibion De Cymru, the South Wales Male Choir. Numbering 77 in all, the choir travelled by Eurostar at the invitation of the Western Front Association to assist in commemorating the centenary of the Great War.

Barry Welsh school reunion

2:39pm Monday 1st September 2014

IF YOU are a former pupil of Ysgol Gymraeg Sant Baruc please join us in the Mount Sorrel on Friday, September 5, at 8pm to kick off a new term for AFIAITH.

Remembering the Welsh contribution to World War One

11:58am Thursday 28th August 2014

EARLIER this month I attended memorial services in Leper (also known as Ypres), Belgium, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Bats plan?

11:48am Thursday 28th August 2014

ALTHOUGH we have been through all this a few times now Taylor Wimpey seem unable to process the fact that Barry residents are not at all keen on them building on Green farm.

Barry high streets have opportunity to shine

11:40am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE deadline is fast approaching. Our shopping areas in Barry have the opportunity to participate in the Great British High Street competition. Entries must be submitted in August so I am calling on the local partnership and town teams to nominate retail areas in Barry - whether old or new, high profile or a best kept secret - to be in with a chance of winning £50,000 of prize money and support from leading industry professionals.

Island Abomination

Barry And District News: VIEW FROM BELOW: A promenade perspective

11:36am Thursday 28th August 2014

AS a local resident I would also like to add my dismay at the council’s abomination on the eastern promenade.

Hospital shouldn’t close for NATO

11:32am Thursday 28th August 2014

WITH the security operation for the NATO Summit in full swing, the security fence being erected around various parts of Cardiff, M4, Newport etc, the deployment of some 9500 police officers, where on earth they got all these from with all the cuts and redundancies/

Who makes NATO call?

9:53am Thursday 28th August 2014

WHY do the NATO leaders need such a large wall to ‘protect’ themselves? If these world ‘leaders’ really are working on behalf and with their citizens surely they would be amongst us shaking our hands and we would be waving flags pleased to greet them. Why do 150 delegates require 10,000 police officers, some armed with guns to protect them? Why do they need to stop tens of thousands of people from earning a living, crippling our economy still further? Why do they need to stop children gaining their education and why do they need to undermine people’s health by preventing operations being carried out at the Capitals largest hospital? Who is this conference really benefitting and why are we, the people of Wales letting them get away with such a blatant waste of our resources? NATO really does need to take a long hard look at itself. It has moved a long way from its motivations aiming to keep peace after the Second World War. It has now developed a ‘protectionist’ policy supplying and using 70 percent of the world’s weapons. No wonder it has to barricade itself into places. In recent times it has been directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths and displacement of millions of human citizens. Do we need an organisation like this in our beautiful country?

The Vale Show

9:37am Thursday 28th August 2014

WE JOINED the crowds last week to go to the wonderful Vale Show.

Scrap the Severn Bridge Tolls

9:35am Thursday 28th August 2014

THIS week, I joined Kirsty Williams and other Welsh Liberal Democrats to launch our campaign to scrap the Severn Bridge tolls when the bridges come back into public ownership. This would put money straight back into commuters’ pockets – someone using the bridge daily pays over £1,500 a year just to get to work.

Repair work only for NATO

9:35am Thursday 28th August 2014

FURTHER to my recently published letter regarding the continued failure to adequately assess and repair Park Rd. in Barry; I notice on my daily commute through the Vale, that potential repairs and potholes which have previously been marked up (usually weeks but in many cases months ago); with the infamous yellow paint, and which are located to the west of the airport exit, remain unrepaired. But the roads from and to the east of the airport – even where there was no previously painted yellow ‘graffiti’ - have been patched.

More headaches caused by NATO

9:33am Thursday 28th August 2014

I FELT compelled to write following the recent articles and letters in the previous week’s papers regarding the local council’s decision to close our schools when the NATO conference will potentially be disrupting transport both in and around the county, when it takes place at The Celtic Manor, Newport.

Do the public get a say ?

Barry And District News: UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Barry Island beach huts

8:51am Thursday 28th August 2014

IT'S BECOMING something of an ongoing topic within the news / Internet etc that the beach huts will not be ready until who knows when !!

Modern is not always better

3:06pm Friday 22nd August 2014

I NOTICE that the new construction on the old cinema site is nearly complete and I have to say when you approach from the old bus station it reminds me of me of one of my grandson's lego creations, when compared to the old cinema building its seems that modern is not always better.

Damage to dinosaur footprint

8:42am Friday 22nd August 2014

I READ the article in last week's paper concerning the 200 million year old dinosaur foot prints at the Bendricks. We have been very proud of these footprints and have tried to keep them quiet as people like the person that wrote the article have focused much attention on them, in my opinion causing them to be the focus of many people trying to retrieve them over the years.

Porthkerry Park rangers

3:10pm Thursday 21st August 2014

ACCORDING to the Vale council E-Newsletter Friday 15/08/2014, ‘Rangers’ at Porthkerry Park are asking for volunteers to do their job, clearing rubbish.

Campaign to save our democracy

3:03pm Thursday 21st August 2014

DAVID Cameron likes to portray himself as defender of British sovereignty in dealings with the EU.

Council cuts

1:49pm Thursday 21st August 2014

The Vale council has now announced that the Vale can look forward to over £32million worth of savings over the next three years,and they have stated that nothing is free from scrutiny.

I am listening

1:45pm Thursday 21st August 2014

I WOULD like to respond to a letter that I have received regarding issues in the Bassett area of the Court ward.

Strawberry Tea

Barry And District News: SUCCESS: The Strawberry Tea attracted many people to support their fundraising

11:32am Thursday 21st August 2014

ON Sunday, August 4 we held our 8th annual Strawberry Tea in aid of Breast Cancer. In glorious sunshine 70 people attended the Garden Party at 2 Priory Gardens, Barry.

Barry regeneration

8:39am Thursday 21st August 2014

In 2010, when Plaid Cymru was in charge of regeneration at the Welsh Government, Barry was given Strategic Regeneration Area status and £9.8m of funding.

Jane Hutt AM view from the Assembly

8:17am Thursday 21st August 2014

TODAY is a big day for GCSE students here in the Vale of Glamorgan and across Wales. Best of luck to all who are awaiting their exam results.

Dangerous security measures in place

8:11am Thursday 21st August 2014

CAN somebody please tell me what idiot decided to put security fencing along part of the M4 corridor and erect it on the wrong side of the barriers? What on earth is going to happen now if, for argument sake, a young mother breaks down on this part of the M4 with young children in the car? These barriers are put there for her and our protection from oncoming traffic should we break down, we stand behind the barriers. If you ask me security for these non entity politicians has gone much too far, we the ordinary Joe public have once again been made to suffer gross inconvenience so a few politicians can spout a load of hot air and no action. It’s just one massive jolly paid for by the taxpayer. Who will take the rap if some poor soul is killed waiting for recovery if he or she cannot stand behind the barriers. I have no doubt that Obama’s protection squad will be on full alert when informed a mother has broken down on the M4 with young children in the car. As far as I am concerned the sooner this lot of shambolic politicians leave Wales the better.

Photographic society appeals for new members

2:51pm Monday 18th August 2014

THROUGH the medium of your newspaper, I would like pose a question to your readership: "if your house was burning down, what item would you grab?" the answer was traditionally "the family photograph album".

Take steps to reduce your risk

8:38am Sunday 17th August 2014

I AM writing to let your readers know that up to 80 per cent of type 2 diabetes cases could be delayed or prevented by eating more healthily and getting more exercise.

Amusing error

9:16am Saturday 16th August 2014

AN interesting letter by Miles Punter regarding the parking at Pencoedtre Park because of the splash park. I found it very amusing that the Director of Visible and Housing Services used a photograph that is not the splash park at Pencoedtre.

Will potholes ever be filled?

2:34pm Friday 15th August 2014

I HAVE electronic copies of letters sent to the Barry & District News which are over 3 years old, relating to the poor condition of Park Road and Porth Y Castell. But to date no work, other than patching, has been undertaken there.

School closures for NATO

10:11am Friday 15th August 2014

SOME weeks ago, I questioned why local schools were closing during the NATO Summit being held at the Celtic Manor, Newport.

Money raised for charities

8:33am Friday 15th August 2014

IT was my pleasure recently to open my garden for a week long book and ceramic sale. Sadly few people came but those who did bought not only books but some of my ceramic seconds. By augmenting the total, I have managed to send £100 to both the Motor Neurone Association and Tenovus charities. All the books not sold have been boxed up and distributed amongst various charities and good causes.

Information on school photo needed

Barry And District News: MY MOTHER passed away recently (aged 80 in Coventry) and going through her effects found this photo, she lived in Colcot and she appears to be 14/15 yrs at school - so think it's late 1940's 1947/1948ishI would love to see if anyone remembers or c

8:29am Friday 15th August 2014

MY MOTHER passed away recently (aged 80 in Coventry) and going through her effects found this photo. She lived in Colcot and she appears to be 14/15 yrs at school - so think it's late 1940's, 1947/1948ish

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