10:13am Monday 15th September 2014
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.
10:31am Thursday 11th September 2014
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.
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.
4:35pm Monday 8th September 2014
4:21pm Saturday 6th September 2014
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.
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’.
4:17pm Thursday 4th September 2014
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.
2:12pm Thursday 4th September 2014
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.
4:16pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
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.
3:09pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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.
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.
4:10pm Monday 1st September 2014
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.
2:39pm Monday 1st September 2014
11:58am Thursday 28th August 2014
11:48am Thursday 28th August 2014
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
3:03pm Thursday 21st August 2014
1:49pm Thursday 21st August 2014
1:45pm Thursday 21st August 2014
11:32am Thursday 21st August 2014
8:39am Thursday 21st August 2014
8:17am Thursday 21st August 2014
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