Easter Raffle Result



The draw for the Easter Raffle took place at midday on Saturday, 16th April.

Congratulations to the winners Chris, Harlech Road and Nicola, Port Road, who each won a hamper of M&S goodies. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket. We raised a total of £464, all of which will go towards our running costs



Dogs Trail Cardiff With Snoopy


To celebrate Dog’s Trust’s new rehoming centre coming to Cardiff. A Dog’s Trail is a spectacular, free public art trail that runs from 8th April – 5th June. For 8 weeks the streets of Cardiff, Cardiff Bay, Caerphilly and Porthcawl are home to a series of intricately decorated Snoopy sculptures, each designed by local, regional and national artists , designers and illustrators – both well-known favourites and newly emerging talent .

Each sculpture is sponsored by a business or individual, celebrating the vibrancy, culture and creativity the region has to offer. The trail’s aim is to raise significant funding towards the work of the Dogs Trust so that they can continue to provide their services for those who need them the most.

A Dog’s Trail is a special event that promotes health and wellbeing, brings businesses and communities together and helps boost the regional economy across Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcawl.

If you haven’t already done so download the app for free and start ‘collecting’ all the Snoopy’s on the trail. There are 40 large Snoopy’s on display outside in the various locations and 75 miniature Snoopy’s created by local schools.

The Farewell weekend will be 17th-19th June where all the large sculptures are together on the City Hall Lawn – tickets are for sale for this event online.

The auction is the final event for the Dog’s Trail with Snoopy where the the sculptures will be auctioned off to raise funds for Dog’s Trust at the Coal Exchange, Cardiff 21st June.

We have our very own local artist who had her design commissioned for her Snoopy (entitled- ’Quit Dragon Your Heels’). Amy Bainbridge lives in Wenvoe and studies Illustration at the University of South Wales in Cardiff. Her design is on display opposite Caerphilly Castle and was sponsored by Caerphilly Council in a nationwide competition run by Wild in Art.

Well done from all your family we are very proud of your achievement!!



Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations


2nd – 5th JUNE 2022

We are looking forward to joining in the nationwide celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the 4 day bank holiday weekend and the plan is to be guided by the national time line as follows.




Lighting of the beacon. This will take place at 9.45 pm at the Quarrymen’s tribute in Twyn-yr-Odyn. The plan is to have a village walk, led by Dickon Oliver, from the village green to the Horse and Jockey where there will be a quiz and a menu ‘Fit for a Queen’ for those who would like to dine there. More details will follow in the coming weeks but those taking part in the Horse and Jockey events can then walk to the Quarrymen’s tribute at 9.30 in time for the beacon lighting.


Service of thanksgiving. This will be an informal service and will take place at 2pm at the preaching cross in the grounds on St Mary’s church. All are welcome and are invited to bring a picnic. There will be games for the children and it will be a lovely event in the heart of the community.


Royal bake competition. Wenvoe residents will be invited to enter a royal baking competition. There will be two categories and these will be for cake or biscuits with a prize for the winner of each category. Entries will be judged at 11 am on Saturday morn-ing. On Saturday afternoon Wenvoe residents will be invited to call into the community centre to view display boards with stories and photographs of Wenvoe in years gone by, pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and sample some of the bake competition entries. Please feel free to dress in your finest 50’s style clothes and be entertained with music of the era whilst catching up with old friends and making new ones over a cuppa.


The Big Lunch. This can range from tea for two or a BBQ in your garden to a garden party or street party. Permission for street parties needs to have been obtained from the Vale Council. This is a great opportunity for neighbours in the community to get together, welcome newer residents and have some fun. Other ideas are in the planning stage at present and more detailed information will become available over the next few weeks on posters, which will be displayed on notice boards, various places around the village, and on the Wenvoe Community Support Group Facebook page.



Money Saving Energy Tips


George Burke, who is a retired General Manager for Wales at Age UK Financial and Income Services and had a regular weekly consumer affairs column in the South Wales Echo called ‘Ask George’, shares his ideas with us.

It is said that for each degree that you reduce your thermostat, could save you £65 a year. (source MSE.com). Don’t forget that if you feel that you cant afford to pay your energy bills then contact your supplier asap.

  1. With the weather hopefully becoming warmer going into Spring, it should be possible to turn the heating thermostat down to 19 degrees. However why not keep a comfy blanket handy to cover your legs in the evening. This will reduce your heating bills and save you money.
  2. Change your lightbulbs to a LED type which are much more economical.
  3. Wash clothes on a lower setting.
  4. If you are in a council tax band of A to D, you could be in line for a £150 rebate from the Vale council.
  5. Don’t forget to claim your annual heating allowance from the government if you were born before 1955. Usually £200 a year.
  6. Search for drafts especially around doors. Draught excluders are fairly inexpensive.
  7. Try not to use your tumble dryer. A good old clothes horse will do the job or hang them on the outside line.
  8. Try and shower for one minute less.
  9. New energy efficient appliances will save you money than many of your old appliances.
  10. For further money saving tips always go to Martin Lewis’s moneysavingexpert.com website.


Other useful tips include:

  1. Try not to use your car so much. Try and do small shops by Bus. The 96 bus from Wenvoe will drop you off at Morrisons supermarket. Have a coffee whilst you are there.
  2. Share a car with a neighbour or good friend to the shops etc.
  3. Look for cheaper household brands.
  4. When you get to the checkout, ask yourself “do I really need it?”.
  5. These days our society has become a society that, if something is broken, then lets go and buy a new one. Many items could be fixed and reused. Try it and save yourself some money. (Sounds like Wenvoe needs a Wenvoe “Repair Shop”. I am sure there must be plenty of skilful people in our community that could repair many of these items. Do we have any takers?


Hopefully these large price increases in our energy and fuel wont be forever, but in the meantime you might be able to save some money by adopting the tips above.


Walk For Ukraine


Distressing and disturbing pictures of people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine have been in the newspapers and on the television. Many thousands of people, of all ages, have been trying to walk to safety. Walking is something that lots of us do well, so some of the strollers from the different walking groups (described in the What’s On every month!) decided to do a sponsored Walk for Ukraine.

The idea was to sponsor yourself to walk around Cosmeston, then all money raised was to be sent to Ukraine to support the need for blankets, food, medicines….everything. Fortunately, the group gathered under glorious blue skies for the start of the walk. One lady walked past as we were preparing to leave and hearing what we were up to, donated money! Another lady in the group had talked to her 99 year old neighbour about what she was doing, and the neighbour insisted on giving her £30. She said she couldn’t walk anymore, but she wanted to support the Walk for Ukraine.

The group raised over £400…and counting, which is a truly magnificent amount. In a small way, we have supported people who are losing everything, but are attempting to walk to a better life. Walking really is life changing! Very well done to all who participated. I’m very proud of you!!



Mudiad Meithrin Clwb Cwtsh


Mudiad Meithrin Clwb Cwtsh

Mudiad Meithrin Clwb Cwtsh sessions for Welsh learners are doing online sessions from week commencing 10th January 2022 and they are open to anyone who wishes to learn Welsh with a strong emphasis on learning Welsh with or for their children. Online sessions will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the January term. If anyone would like more information, Please email Emyr at: emyr.williams@meithrin.cymru





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