The history of the airport extends back to the1942 when the Air Ministry requisitioned land for training Spitfire pilots. After WW2 the airfield was abandoned. The man who decided Rhoose could be the site of a new airport was David Rees-Williams (later Lord Ogmore). In1945 Rees-Williams became an MP; then when Minister of Aviation he identified a great need for a commercial Airport of international standards in south Wales. He told the House of Lords that a decision had to be taken whether to do nothing at all or whether Pengam Moors, the existing airport for Cardiff, should be improved or, thirdly, whether a new airport should be constructed.

Subsequently the Welsh Civil Aviation Consultative Committee proposed the Royal Air Force airfield at Rhoose. The Government accepted this proposal and the Ministry of Aviation promptly began converting the abandoned airfield into a civilian Airport.


Opening of new airport. In October 1952 the new airport was opened. Then civilian flights from the old Cardiff Municipal Airport at Pengam Moors were transferred to Rhoose in April 1954. In 1965 the Ministry of Aviation handed over the airport to Glamorgan County Council and was renamed Glamorgan (Rhoose) Airport. The council started a five-year plan to develop the airport including a new control tower, terminal building and runway extension.

1986 saw a further extension to the runway, attracting more business in the form of new-generation jet aircraft. The runway extension enabled the airport to handle 747 jumbo jets. This was instrumental in attracting the British Airways Maintenance facility to the airport. The airport is not only the main maintenance base for British Airways but also home to a variety of aerospace-oriented firms and colleges, and now is a major contributor to the economic development of the region.

The airport was privatised in1995 due to local authority re-organization. Later in 2013 the Welsh Government bought it for £52 million. There followed an investment of a £6 million route-development programme. In 2015 a major deal was signed with Flybe which saw the opening of a two aircraft base for their airline with a considerable number of new routes. In April 2017, Qatar Airways announced their plans to launch a service from Cardiff airport to Qatar and significant global markets via Qatar’s capital city in May 2018. This development is considered a game changer for the airport’s future.





October Planning Applications


 Unit 1B, (Previously PC World site) Culverhouse Cross Retail Park. An application for three internally LED illuminated flex face box signs complete with bird spikes and digitally printed flex face skins for B&M. Council raised no objections.

 Unit 2A, -New Aldi Store Culverhouse Cross Retail Park. Culverhouse Cross. Three freestanding banners. The application was for a 5 year period, the Council considered this as excessive, especially with other new stores opening on this site. A six month period to announce the opening of a new store as adequate.

 11, Walston Road. Extension to existing bungalow at rear and side. Small gabled extension to front with material alterations. Demolition of existing garage. The council would not support this application, they considered it was out of keeping with the other properties, possibly over development and the proposed cedar cladding finish.

 Wenvoe Community Centre. Proposed extension to existing community centre to provide new library and toilet facilities, and demolition of existing library and outbuilding. This planning application was to cover demolition in a conservation area.




October Planning Updates

The following applications have been approved.

 5, Larchwood. Alterations to the external windows and doors, including insertion of rooflights to the existing Garden Room at the rear of the residential dwelling.

 Wrinstone Farm. Manege for personal use on existing farmland

 Greenmeadow, Port Road, Extension and refurbishment of Greenmeadow, including raising ridge level and providing new access to property. Some restrictions imposed to maintain privacy of adjoining properti

 11, Vishwell Road. Works including ground floor extension to form new living room, garage extension with new roof, first floor conservatory and loft extension with side dormer for staircase and rear dormer. Some restrictions imposed to maintain privacy of adjoining properties.

 The Rectory, Port Road. Non- material amendment – Development of 12 dwellings and associated infrastructure at Land at The Rectory, Wenvoe. Planning permission ref. 2015/01129/FUL: Development of 12 dwellings and associated infrastructure


The work to improve Old Port Road footway is continuing through the village and is designed to continue to Springfield Close. The Council has been in discussion with the Vale about the proposal to restrict the entrance width of the road into Station Road. There have also been objections from residents about the removal of grass islands, and bulbs, from the entrances to Grange Close and Walston Close.

Another six months closure of footpaths 21 and 22 through the Redrow construction site has been applied for.

The joint welcome evening by the Community Council and Neighbourhood Watch was discussed. Residents at Cambrian Park, St Lythans Park and The Grange have received invitations. The welcome invitation is also extended to any new residents who have moved into the area in the last few years. It is a chance to see what activities the area can offer. This event is on Friday 3rd November at the Community Centre anytime between 6.00 and 9.00pm.

Wenvoe is not immune from the national problem of fly tipping; it continues to be a problem in local areas. If seen either report it to the Council Clerk or directly to the Vale. Cameras have been placed in certain areas to identify the perpetrators.

The police reported at a recent Vale meeting, that there is an increase in burglaries of unoccupied properties. They also gave information about urban drug gangs.

Improvement work on Five Mile Lane. Improvements are expected to commence in the New Year.

The garages in Rectory Close are to be dismantled due to their state. Future use of the land is still to be decided.







We have recently moved our venue to Wenvoe Golf Club for our fortnightly meetings. The Club is for former professionals and businessmen to associate in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Normally at our meetings, we have a speaker followed by lunch.

During the summer months we vary our social programme by including our partners and friends at a dinner and our lunches. We also arrange skittle matches and a coach trip.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact our President, John Evans, on 02920 513976.



Future Projects


To those of you, particularly those moving into Wenvoe, if you have an interest in wildlife and would like to help our furry and feathered friends, not to mention flowers, trees, lichens and insects, do get in touch with the Wildlife Group. We now have 7 sites and there is always plenty to be done. Over the coming months we shall be planting an orchard (yes, another one – our fifth!), putting in 3 ponds, opening up a sunken lane, pruning our 100+ apple and pear trees, creating a lichen trail, strimming, clearing and mulching. We shall be planting Bullace and Mulberry and preparing the wildflower beds for next year. We are already beginning to see more wildlife moving in – especially small mammals such as voles and shrews and the butterflies were also enjoying the windfalls. The caterpillar in the photo is a Yellow Tail moth.

During October we hosted a visit from members of Cadoxton Conservation Group and it is great to see the progress they have been making in Barry – follow them on Facebook. And talking Facebook, don't forget to check our Facebook pages – it is often the most up-to-date and visual means of keeping in touch.




October Report


Our new children are well and truly settled now and we can’t believe that we are fast approaching half term! Before we know it, we will be well into the swing of practising for Christmas concerts!

School is looking absolutely lovely, with bright and stimulating displays all around. We feel so fortunate to work and learn in such a beautiful environment.

We have enjoyed some fun activities in the past few weeks: to mark Mental Health Day, staff and children alike dressed in yellow and £187 was raised for the charity Young Minds. A big thank you to all!

All children received sport taster sessions from the out of school club, Superstars and a wonderful time was had by all!

Our PFTA works tirelessly to raise funds for the children; they have a number of fun activities planned, including cinema nights for Infant and Junior aged children. The children benefit enormously from funds raised. We really can’t thank them enough for their hard work, dedication and commitment.

Best wishes from the Gwenfo Team!




Welcome Evening for New Residents


The Community Council and Neighbourhood Watch will be hosting a Welcome Evening for the residents of the new estates in the village and anybody else who is new to the community, on Friday 3rd November at the Community Centre from 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

There will be displays and literature about the variety of organisations active in the village. These will range from physical activities such as Dancing, Tai Chi, Karate or Yoga to activities with talks such as Tuesday Group, Leisure Group, Women’s Institute and History Group, or activities with a more outdoor flavour such as Allotments Group and Wildlife Group.

There will be no charge and light refreshments will be available.

If you are a recent resident to the village – or have lived here longer and wish to brush up on your information – please call in during the evening to find out about the many organisations and activities in your village. You should find something to interest residents of all ages.



Playgroup Information


My how these weeks have flown since September. The Children have settled well into their daily routines and as you read this we are hopefully enjoying a half term break and our inspection from CSSIW is over.

The Children have enjoyed their visits to the Library over the past few weeks for story time. We would like to thank the volunteers and organisers for supporting our visits. We very much look forward to our walks across to the Library to choose a book.

Wenvoe Playgroup operate from the Village Hall, Monday to Friday from 9am until 12:45pm and on a Wednesday until 3.15pm

We work closely with Gwenfo Nursery to support extended care for families. We collect daily at 11:20am and care for Children until 12:45pm. On a Wednesday we collect children at 11:20am and care for them unitl 3.15pm.

From Monday to Friday we care for children from 9am and walk them across to Nursery for 1pm. The cost of this service is £16 for the 4 hours and all you need to provide is a Lunch Box. Children are then collected at 3:30pm from Gwenfo Nursery.

We have varied hours and prices. Please view our Statement of Purpose and Admissions on our website for further details; There is also a link to our email and contact numbers on our website should you wish to speak to us or would like further information.


Fun Quiz – Friday 12th January 2018.

7.30pm in the Village Hall. Wine, beer and soft drinks on sale, bring your own nibbles and glasses. Proceeds to Wenvoe Playgroup. Tickets £6 available from Playgroup or Debbie Griffiths on 029 2059 3657





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