Orchard Field Work Group

ENVIRONMENT GROUP

Orchard Field Work Group

The group will meet on Monday 14th September by the gate to the Orchid Field at 9.30am with the aim to clear some of the rapidly growing brambles around the field. Please bring suitable tools and gloves. (Sharp garden shears are very good for cut-ting back).

The meeting is open to all who wish to attend. There is plenty of space to ‘social distance’ while working.

 



 

Gwenfo School Choir Event

 

In Gwenfo school their choir will be going to sing at saint Barnardos church on Monday 2nd of march. Go see Gwenfo school sing it’s worth it and Gwenfo choir has improved massively this month.

On March the 4th Gwenfo will celebrate saint David’s Day by wearing traditional Welsh clothes or red tops for the red dragon. Gwenfo school does competitions for best handwriting, best story, best art, best poetry and best drawing on a flag. Children are divided into houses Greaves, Whitehall, Ballas and Wrinstone. To see who can get the most house points. These houses are so competitive that the hall is like a rugby stadium it’s so loud in a competitive way. When a house wins, they go crazy and they feel happy for their team and their self.

 

We hope you all have a great half term from Gwenfo School.

 

Theo & Alex

 



 

V.E. Day Celebrations

 

 

VE Day 75 will be an international celebration of peace – a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to the millions who played such a vital part in achieving it. This includes the Armed Forces personnel from many countries who gave their lives or were physically and mentally injured; the hard-working women and men who kept the factories, mines, shipyards and farms operating throughout the years of turmoil; the ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, firemen, local defence volunteers and many others who safeguarded the home front.

SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity – which has been supporting service personnel, veterans and their families since 1885 – is the charity partner for this series of VE Day 75 commemorative events.

Sir Andrew Gregory, chief executive of SSAFA, said “It is our duty to keep the events of the past alive in collective memory, including future generations – this is how we ensure that such a conflict never happens again. It is our hope that the nation takes a moment to reflect on the significance of this date, as a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world.”

The planned national activities organised for the weekend and other ideas can be found by looking at the official website dedicated to this event: www.veday75.org

 



 

December Activities Report

 

December Report

Our final speaker for this session was Helen Joy who has entertained us in the past and her talk on the Vale of Glamorgan Show proved equally entertaining.

The Vale show was set up so that farmers could meet and compete against each other in a variety of categories. The first show was held in 1772 and it is always held on a Wednesday in August as this was deemed to be the month that was the least busy for farmers. Since then the show has grown and it is now the biggest show in Glamorgan of any kind. As well as the show itself there are other events associated with the show such as a thanksgiving service the evening before the show, a lunch sponsored by the NFU and the dinner at which all the winners receive their various prizes.

Helen and a group of like minded people formed the Glamorgan Smallholders Association and this proved a popular move as over 50 people attended the first meeting. In 2017 they were given a small corner of the main marquee to promote the organisation and as this was a success the following year they occupied the whole marquee. As well as the animals, they had spinners, weavers, basket makers and Bro radio. They received a cup for the best trade stand in the show.

The Glamorgan Smallholders Association has grown into an organisation which now works in collaboration with the Welsh Government engaging with the public at all opportunities Plans are now well in progress for the next Vale Show when there will be an opportunity for us all to go along and see the variety of projects that the smallholders undertake.

Our next meeting was designed to put us all in the Christmas spirit. We welcomed back Natalie and Amanda from Hearts and Flowers who demonstrated making a centre piece for the Christmas table, various Christmas wreaths and a miniature Christmas tree complete with lights.

The last event of the session was the Christmas meal at The Beech Tree.

After a very successful session we can all look forward to the Spring/Summer 1920 Programme.

 



 

Future Events

 

Meet the author.

Wednesday 15th January,

7pm upstairs in the Wenvoe Arms.

Iain Pate “A Journey in Flavours”

Iain spent a 25-year career in sales & marketing in the Flavour industry where he worked for two of the top international flavour houses and a family owned international herb & spice extractor. He worked through the 1980s and 1990s where new products were launched weekly and product innovation drove the food & drink markets. Iain had a fascinating job where new things could be learned every day.

During this time, he worked with many of the major food and drink companies across all product areas and across the UK, Ireland and Europe. Iain has had the pleasure of working with many interesting people and quite a few characters, some of whom feature in his presentation and ALL of whom are real people (although some names have been changed!!).

In this talk Iain will explain what flavourings are, how and why they are needed and how they are used. He’ll examine how food trends have changed, some interesting products that have come and gone from the market and ideas that didn’t make it with a brief look at additives and E numbers. If you eat and drink anything you will find this interesting!!

The presentation will have woven within it some entertaining TRUE stories that happened to Iain and his colleagues that are humorous, entertaining and embarrassing. It is also a tale of companies he was proud to work for and who were interested in looking after their employees. This is an affectionate portrait of a time gone by, and Iain guarantees that you will be entertained!

Christmas Raffle

The draw took place on the 21st December; too late to enclose the results in this edition. The lucky winners will be published in next month’s issue.

A big thank you to everyone who bought tickets. The proceeds go towards our running costs which average £200 per month.

Future bus trips

Following our successful trips over the last year, we have several more planned for you in 2020. These include the Hay Festival, the Royal Welsh Spring Show, and Gloucester for Christmas. Watch this space.

Handcrafted cards

We have a section of Welsh and English cards for all occasions on sale in the library for just £1 each. All proceeds to our Community Library.

Free Digital Taster sessions

Get the most from your mobile phone, computer and tablet. Contact us to make an appointment. We can

also arrange small group sessions on getting the most from the library on-line.

Jigsaws

We now have a jigsaw table so next time you’re in the library help us complete a puzzle. We also have a selection of jigsaws for all ages available to borrow.

 

Happy New Year 2020 to you all

from your Community Library

 



 

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