11:58am Thursday 28th August 2014
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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.
11:36am Thursday 28th August 2014
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/
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?
9:37am Thursday 28th August 2014
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.
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.
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.
8:51am Thursday 28th August 2014
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.
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.
3:10pm Thursday 21st August 2014
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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.
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".
8:38am Sunday 17th August 2014
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.
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.
10:11am Friday 15th August 2014
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.
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
2:26pm Thursday 14th August 2014
AS CHIEF Executive of Wales’ leading environmental, I’m delighted to tell your readers that Keep Wales Tidy has been shortlisted as one of Tesco’s potential charities to receive their 5p bag levy charge over the coming year and now the final decision is down to the public.
12:23pm Thursday 14th August 2014
8:30am Thursday 14th August 2014
ON July 31, during the Barry Festival, myself and three friends visited Barry Island Sports and Social Club to see the Forte Cabaret Showcase, and what a great evening it was. The choice of music and talent of the singers were second to none, a full night of pure entertainment and we can’t wait to see their next show.
8:21am Thursday 14th August 2014
MY name is Miss Wendy Lynne Bryan but to many people I am best known by my middle name Lynne. I found the photographs above and they were a blast from the past. They were taken almost thirty years ago, back in November 1984, at the local Barry Woolworth Department Store at 135 Holton Road, Barry.
10:18am Thursday 7th August 2014
THE Barry and District News and Penarth Times website reported that a poll of 600 residents in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan revealed “strong opposition to Welsh Government plans for a merger”. What the report failed to say was who conducted the poll; who commissioned it; what questions were asked, and how 608 responses out of a population of more than 472,000 were selected? The conclusion drawn from this ‘survey’ was that almost two thirds opposed the proposal to merge Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan councils.
8:59am Thursday 7th August 2014
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8:25am Thursday 7th August 2014
"PLAGIARISM is the wrongful appropriation, stealing and publication of another author's language, thoughts, ideas or expressions and the representation of them as one's own original work" - Wikipedia.
8:23am Thursday 7th August 2014
I WOULD like to say a huge thank you to the organisers of the folk festival day at Barry Island social club that took place on Saturday, August 2 as part of Barry Arts Week. What a brilliant day of folk music from some of the best musicians. I had the best day of the summer so far. The Arts festival is a brilliant event that keeps getting better every year. Thank you for a wonderful time.
8:22am Thursday 7th August 2014
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8:09am Thursday 7th August 2014
I'D like to thank all readers who have and continue to support our local BHF shops from those who have donated items, purchased goods or given their time to volunteer. You have all have contributed to our Barry shop’s success.
7:57am Thursday 7th August 2014
EVER since the closure of the Knap Pool I’ve been swimming at Watchtower Bay, a number of years ago the council instead of installing access gates for pedestrians there, similar to the ones at the slipway at Sully beach placed large blocks of concrete and stone on the only flat pathway onto the beach, this pathway was always used by people with children in pushchairs and disabled people for access. The excuse given by the person who was giving instructions to workmen placing these blocks there, was that it was to stop jet ski users from getting onto the beach and launching their craft. Over the last three years I have not seen any jet skiers even attempting to launch their craft at Watchtower Bay, but I have seen and helped a number of disabled to lift their chairs over the slabs and get down onto the beach.
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10:19am Thursday 31st July 2014
MEETING at the Twyn in the centre of Dinas Powys on a beautiful summer’s evening a group of ten walkers with leader Val Hartrey and Alfie the dog prepared to take a jaunt through some of the new mixture of metal and wooden kissing gates that have been installed and now make the passageway along the public footpaths between the village and Michaelston much easier to negotiate.
7:32am Thursday 31st July 2014
7:32am Thursday 31st July 2014
A GOOD wildlife garden is more than just a corner of a garden left to go wild. Whether you are creating a new wildlife garden, or have an established one, think of it as a nature reserve and you are the warden. Here are ten wildlife friendly tips to get your own wildlife reserve under way:
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