Our New Ward Officer




I am the new ward officer, I have been a PCSO with SWP for the past 4.5yrs working in Barry but have now moved across to the Vale.

I have recently returned from maternity leave after having a gorgeous little boy and now work part-time.Due to this I work alongside my colleague Sarah Johnson who covers when I am not on duty. We look forward to working together as both are new to the Vale Neighbourhood Police Team.

Community engagement plays a big part of our role and something I enjoy very much, I am a people person at heart.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and a fantastic new year, I look to start 2017 by booking my diary up very quickly so if you have any events or groups you would like myself to attend please drop me an email.




If you see me passing please stop and say Hi!


PCSO 55439 Sam JONES

Llantwit Major Police Station






The Care Home Closes



The Old Rectory Care Home has been a family business for over 30 years, opened by Dr. and Mrs. Beryl Richards in 1984. Following Mrs. Richards’ passing in 2013 the business passed on to the next generation of the family. We have been privileged and honoured to have been entrusted with the care of all our residents over those years. Sadly, we have made the difficult decision to close the home.

We have been incredibly proud of the care that has provided at the home to our residents over the years. Staff have been nominated and short listed for national care awards, as well as the home ensuring various Investors in People awards.

Our plan is a phased and carefully managed closure, and to finally close on 31 January 2017. The wellbeing of our residents and our staff in this transition is our priority.

Thank you to you all who have contributed to the happy life of the home over the years; it has been very much appreciated.


We would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and happy 2017.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.



10-12 Old Port Road.
Phone: 029 20 593340 / Fax: 029 20 598690





January Planning Updates


January Planning Updates


The following applications have been approved.


51, Gwenfo Drive, Wenvoe – Proposed two storey side extension and single storey front extensionplanningupdate


Grange Avenue, Wenvoe – Fell one tree and reduce crown and canopy of 3 trees


Brynheulog, St Andrews Road, – Proposed construction of ménage.


The application to remove 5 Silver Birch trees fronting the Bellway development has been granted for only two of the trees which will be replaced during the next planting season after the road works are completed.


Low cost housing.

Following last month’s proposals additional correspondence on the present position regarding the sale of the affording housing at the Redrow and Bellway development sites and what actions had been, and were being, taken in the search for first time buyers interested in the available housing, the Council agreed to permit possible purchasers to be sought from outside the Vale but they would have to demonstrate that they had some strong present or past connection with Wenvoe and its surrounding area.






January Planning Applications

Planning Applications for January


meeting2, Burdons Close – Installation of UPVC window to rear wall of garage. Support

35, Burdons Close, – Convert one half (Rear) of my double garage to a habitable room. No objections as long as it did not infringe any site conditions.

Plot 84, The Grange, Port Road – Proposed alteration of approved dwelling to include rear conservatory extension. Support

Land at The Rectory, Port Road. Development of 12 dwellings and associated infrastructure – Condition discharge Nos 3, 4, 12, 13, 17, 18 and 20. These conditions referred to transport, methods of working, drainage construction etc. The council were unable to comment due to not being fully conversant with what information was required and the technical nature of information provided.










All countries have their own customs and traditions for celebrating the arrival of another year and most of them involve food, wine and fun. Here are some of the more interesting events that take place in Europe and Wales.

In Estonia, people decorate villages, visit friends and prepare lavish meals. Some believe that people should eat seven, nine, or twelve times on New Year's Eve. These are lucky numbers in Estonia; it is believed that for each meal consumed, the person gains the strength of that many men the following year.

A Finnish tradition is to tell the fortunes of the New Year by melting "tin" (actually lead) in a tiny pan on the stove and throwing it quickly in a bucket of cold water. The resulting blob of metal is analysed, for example by interpreting shadows it casts by candlelight. These predictions are however never taken seriously.

In France, New Year's Eve (la Saint-Sylvestre) is usually celebrated with a feast. This feast customarily includes special dishes including; foie gras, seafood such as oysters, and champagne. The celebration can be a simple, intimate dinner with friends and family or a much fancier ball. You would expect nothing less of the French!

New Year's Eve in Greece has many traditions. During the day, children sing the New Year's carols to be given money or treat. Then, it is time to have family lunch or dinner. In the evening, people cook a pie named "King's pie” (Vasilopita), which is a cake flavoured with almonds. They put a coin wrapped in aluminium foil inside the pie. After a fireworks show, they cut the Vasilopita and serve it. The person that gets the wrapped coin is the lucky person of the day and he or she is also blessed for the rest of the year.

In Hungary, many years ago, some people believed that animals were able to speak on New Year's Eve, and that onion skins sprinkled with salt could indicate a rainy month.

In Italy an ancient tradition involves eating lentil stew when a bell tolls midnight, one spoonful per bell. This is supposed to bring good fortune; the round lentils represent coins.

In Portugal the New Year celebration is taken very seriously. The tradition is to drink champagne and eat twelve raisins – one for each month of the year, making a wish for each.

Here in Wales we have the ancient tradition of Calennig which originally meant giving gifts of money on New Year’s Day, though nowadays it is customary to give bread and cheese. In Cardiff crowds enjoy live music, ice-skating, funfairs and fireworks. Many of the celebrations take place at Cardiff Castle and Cardiff City Hall. If you are going there from Wenvoe make sure you have a lift home as taxis and buses may be scarce.

In the valleys New Year's Eve is marked with the Nos Galan road race over 3 miles, which is held in Mountain Ash. The race celebrates the life and achievements of the runner Guto Nyth Bran who was born in 1700. It is run over the route of Guto's first competitive race. Guto was born in Llwyncelyn near Porth. It was said that his sprinting first came to be noticed as he was helping his father herd sheep, when he managed to chase and catch a wild hare. One legend has him running from his home to Pontypridd and back, a total distance of 7 miles before his mother's kettle had boiled. Another tale is that he could blow out a candle and be in bed before the light faded.

We all have ways of celebrating the New Year whether with family or friends, but at this time of year let us remember those who are alone and perhaps call on a lonely neighbour to wish them well. Finally for anyone in Wenvoe without a plan there is always the recently refurbished Wenvoe Arms where the landlord – Digby – will be pleased to welcome you.







November Letters to the Editor


Re. Twyn yr Odyn 'playing field'

pen-bluexmas2I have read with interest the recent letters from Mrs Stokes and Mrs Miller. The 'St Lythans Down Inclosure Award', 1861 reads in part as follows,

'And I declare that I have set out and do herby set out, allot and award unto the Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor in the said Parish of Wenvoe all that piece and parcel of land numbered 1 on the Map annexed containing One Acre and two roods to be held by them and their successors in trust as a place for Exercise and Recreation for the Inhabitants of the said Parish and Neighbourhood and I direct that the Fences on the Southwest and Northeast sides of such allotment shall from time to time be repaired and maintained by and at the expense of the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said Parish for the time being-' (sic). This land is now known as the 'playing field'.


Can the use of the 'playing field' as a car park by the BBC, which prevented villagers using the 'playing field', be considered 'exercise and recreation'? I suggest not, although I hope that the villagers will benefit from the payment made by the BBC.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the wedding of Mr and Mrs Stokes. However, I understand that, although relatively new to the village, they generously invited every family in Twyn yr Odyn to join their celebrations and that in true community spirit, villagers helped with the preparations. I suggest that it is strongly arguable that the erection of a marquee on the 'playing field' for a celebration to which all the villagers of Twyn yr odyn were invited, would have been for the 'recreation' of the villagers of Twyn yr odyn and indeed that this is just the sort of precedent that should be set.

In any event, this discussion has highlighted other issues relating to the 'playing field'. Given that the land is for 'exercise and recreation' would it be possible for monies to be allocated for the purchase of playground equipment, goalposts, tables and benches or a wildflower area?

Does anyone have or have access to a legible copy of the 'Tithe Plan of the Parish of Wenvoe'?

Karen Lane-Angell






The Macmillan Coffee Morning, held in The Wenvoe Community Centre raised £335. We would like to thank everyone, all the bakers, tea/coffee makers, book stall, the Community Centre for giving us the hall and to everyone who supported us by coming and giving so generously to this worthy charity

Hazel Crockford







Window Boxes




pansiesThe window boxes at the Community Centre have been cleared at last of summer bedding and filled with fresh compost ready for planting the usual winter polyanthuspansies and polyanthus. We also collected 6 bags of leaves in that area and still plenty to come down as there are on most of the trees in the village.


Our next meeting will be on the 12th December but probably we won’t meet in January.








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