Christmas Sand Cookies – Spain

Christmas Sand Cookies – Spain

1cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 med eggs

2 cups plain flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom [see Mr Greedy’s tip]

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp salt

Topping- 2 tbsp. golden caster sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. [ use a hand mixer ]. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Sift the flour,cinnamon carda-mom, cloves and salt in abowl and mix together. Add to wet mixture and mix well. Gather the dough together, wrap in cling film. Refrigerate for about 1 hour, for easier rolling. Preheat oven 175C. Roll out dough to about 3/8inch thick on a well floured sur-face. Cut into 2 inch circles and place on baking trays. leave space between cookies. Sprinkle with the topping and bake for about 12- 15 mins until golden. Cool on wire rack and enjoy



Snow Flakes – Bavaria


Snow |Flakes – Bavaria

250g butter, melted

100g icing sugar

A few drops of vanilla essence

100g plain flour

250g cornflour

50g ground almonds

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat [ don’t burn it ]. When cool add the vanilla essence. Sift remaining ingredients into a bowl, add butter and mix well. Leave to cool for about 30 mins. Preheat oven to 175C. Shape walnut sized balls from the dough. Place on prepared baking trays. Leave space between the cookies. Inprint stripes on to the balls with a floured folk [optional] Bake for about 20 mins until risen. Dust with icing sugar when cold.



Vanilla Crescents – Germany


Vanilla Crescents – Germany

100g butter, at room temperature

100g plain flour

25g fine corn meal

65g ground almonds

50g icing sugar

1 large egg yolk

1 vanilla pod

100g white caster sugar

Preheat oven to 180C. Cormbine the butter, flour and corn meal until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the almonds, icing sugar and egg and mix until it forms a dough. Shape into a log, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for about an hour. Split the vanilla pod and mix into the caster sugar. Remove the wrap from the dough and cut into 25 pieces. Roll each piece into log shapes, pinch each end and bend into a crescent shape [banana] Place on baking trays and bake for about 15 mins until golden brown. Dust liberally with the vanilla sugar.



November Events

November is always a time for remembrance, beginning with the Commemoration of All Souls which was held at St. Mary’s on November 5th at 6.00 pm. This coincided with that other celebration of remembrance, the fireworks for the unfortunate Guy Fawkes, and the church felt it was under siege, as the night sky was brilliantly illuminated with the aerial display of rockets and maroons.

The following Sunday the traditional service for REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY was held, beginning at 10.00 am in church. As in previous years the church was full, and with the Scouts and their banners being paraded, it was once again a opportunity to pay our respects and to honour those who lost their lives in the two world wars and other conflicts since the ending of WWII. This year the emphasis was on the Battle of Passchendaele which is described as the bloodiest and muddiest of battles and “Eternal Rain, everlasting mud. Hell on earth” is how it is remembered, by those who were fortunate to have survived and came home to tell the tale. This was a community service with representatives of organisations in the village taking part. The loose money on the collection plates amounted to £211 and will be donated to the work of the Royal British Legion in supporting the Armed Forces Community, including serving men and women, veterans and their families. Following on from the service the congregation headed by the choir assembled at the War Memorial in good time for the two minute silence and laying of the wreaths on behalf of the church, the Community Council, the Tuesday group, The Scouts and Wenvoe School. The Roll of Honour was read by the Chairman of the Wenvoe Community Council and The Vale of Glamorgan Brass band was in attendance. As on previous years the loud speakers provided by the Community Council was a great help with the proceedings. A big thank you to all who ensured with the smooth running of the arrangements in church and at the War Memorial, not forgetting the tea and coffee that was available in the Church Hall following the services.

The Christmas Chattery – Held in the Church Hall on Thursday November 9th attracted a good crowd of people all enjoying the opportunity to meet up for a “catch up” on things, which all meant that the financial result was a whopping £301.35 for the church building fund. Photographs of the proceedings will be published in the December issue of “Connections” the joint parish magazine, available in church on the first Sunday of December. Congratulations to the Social Committee for a great result.

The Parish Songs of Praise featuring the top six hymns as voted by congregations of the Ministry Area took place in St John the Baptist church in Sully on Sunday October 29th and the top six hymns were…..Love Divine, How Great thou Art, Cwm Phondda, Dear Lord and Saviour of Mankind, I the Lord of Sea and Sky, Eternal Father Strong to save which shared sixth place with Thine be the Glory.

Christmas Cards giving all the details of the Christmas Services will delivered to all homes in the early weeks of December. A reminder that the Community Carol Service will be at 7.00pm on Wednesday the 13th December in St. Mary’s Church followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Community Centre.

Christmas Greetings and Blessings to all readers

Parry Edwards



Always On

Growing up in a time where the internet and danger is available at the touch of your fingertips is an interesting life. In some ways, some would argue I was lucky, considering technology was around when I was very young, although the tablets and smartphones did not become available to me until I was around 10 years old. These days, I am constantly seeing articles branding parents as ‘unfit’ for allowing their children to have tablets from the age of three.

I love my phone. I know it sounds so ‘millennial’, but it’s true. I think it’s so fascinating that you can do anything from a computer on a small screen without much effort. But I’m not one to argue that it’s only young people who are addicted to their devices. My tadcu loves his computers and since I can remember, has loved playing with them, uploading images from his much-loved camera, or sending funny memes he’s seen online to the family via email; he bought an iPad within the past year or so and so far, without fail he has been the first to find you an answer on the internet using it. My parents, (who both work in IT, so obviously!) enjoy using their tablets and phones and my Mam in particular has a deep love for her Kindle which I don’t think we’ll ever be able to compete with! My brother, just like me, loves his tech, because it’s just so easy for him to read his seventeenth book of the week (okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but he reads a lot) on his Kindle or phone via app.

It doesn’t make me any less capable of speaking to people in real life. But, I suppose you must be careful because a screen gives you a false sense of confidence which is unexplainable to anyone who’s never used a computer. It’s the ability to often submit an online comment which is controversial or wrong, but because it’s anonymous, it’s this sense that no one will ever know. I’m aware of this – more than some of my peers possibly. Because I write these articles – either for my own online blog, or for the What’s On, but they’re always sent via email or put up online. But I’m always careful. And I always make sure that whatever I say online is my own opinion – and one I’d have no problem reiterating in real life.

That’s the biggest issue I have. The fact that what you see online is almost never what the full picture is. That ‘Instagram models’ make you feel inadequate because of the visage they try to convey online which never truly matches up to their own personalities or looks. I’ve never hidden the fact I’ve had body positivity issues, but surely filtering your photos into oblivion makes them all the more fake and gives the wrong sense of your true body? I’m lucky that I was slightly older joining social networking sites like Instagram (mainly because when I was very young, none of it was around – I mean, Facebook was, because Facebook’s always been, just… there) because I can only imagine what young girls think about themselves now. I’m still rather impressionable, but at almost eighteen, I have the knowledge that these images are created to give a certain image, but if I was still nine and looking at a girl without any bones on her body, I might think of it as being somewhat normal. And maybe I’d try to copy those kinds of images.

I’m not saying these women – or men – should stop posting pictures of themselves. We all try to look good, but my argument is that they shouldn’t be editing their photos so heavily, because if you still caption it ‘mirror selfie!’ but look alien because your waist is the size of a pinkie finger, it becomes more cartoon-like, and young girls and boys start believing that’s what they ought to look like. But I also don’t think that every one of every age should be on social media. And at age three, I think it’s odd for you to be able to use an iPhone, but not be able to speak. I know it’s hard to say that, because the world is filled to the brim with new technology, but maybe there’s a point when technology should be a treat for very young children, not a normality.

By Tirion Davies



Many New Members


It is great that so many new members of the group are coming from people who have recently moved into the village. Whether you are a specialist or generalist, whether you prefer digging and planting or spotting and recording, there is plenty of opportunity for everyone who cares about wildlife to do something positive. In the last month, when weather permits and it has not been wonderful, we have been strimming the vegetation, thinning out trees, planting bulbs in the wildflower planters, digging out self-sown trees, weeding vegetable patches, planting trees, trimming our hedgerows, treating our timber structures, putting up notices and leaflet dispensers. In the coming weeks we hope to plant up our fifth orchard, dig in some new Bullace trees, cut back a small wildflower meadow and generally get on top of things before Spring arrives and it all starts over again. For more detail follow us on Facebook – Wenvoe Wildlife Group.



The “Living with Cancer” Strollers


The Living with Cancer Strollers are pictured at the Taj! However, I don't think boots and coats and hats are needed there at this time of year! The photo is thanks to the photographic wizardry of a stroller's husband, but who knows, maybe one day the group will get there! For the time being, the Living with Cancer Strollers meet every first Thursday at Cosmeston park reception for a short walk, a long chat and a hot cuppa. It's a chance for anyone touched by cancer: patients, families, friends or carers, to meet and have some fresh air in a lovely lakeside environment. Come along and have a stroll; you will be welcome!



‘The Quality of Silence’

‘The Quality of Silence’
by Rosamund Lupton

Yasmin who is an Astrologist, and her daughter Ruby, who is deaf from birth, have flown to Fairbanks to meet up with her husband Matt, who makes documentary wildlife films. They were met by a policeman who explained that Matt had been staying in Anaktue, a village north of the Artic Circle where a fire had claimed the lives of everyone living there.

Yasmin felt strongly that Matt would have survived and set out with ten year old Ruby, who is a bright little girl and internet savvy, in a hired giant ice-road truck across the Alaskan tundra in search of Matt. Within hours they were faced with biting piercing coldness, raging storm conditions and a bleak and unforgiving landscape.

The majority of us accepted the implausibility of the idea of mother and daughter taking on the ice road and an Arctic monster storm and concluded that they were either very brave or delusional. The adventure, events and descriptions of the wilderness compensated for the far-fetched storyline. Most of us were of this opinion, some thinking that credibility was a bit of a stretch and in fact quite ridiculous, the idea that a mother would subject her 10 year old daughter to such danger.

In spite of the reservations concerning the credibility of the storyline, the majority felt that they would recommend the book and that it would appeal to adults and early teens alike. The average score out of 10, was 6.

Tea and cake were served and being November the evening concluded with a brief but spectacular firework display



Welcome New Residents


There are many newer residents in the village especially from the recent developments at Cambrian Park, St Lythans Park and The Grange. To introduce these residents to the facilities available in the village the Community Council and Neighbourhood Watch held a welcome event on the evening of November 3.

Twenty of the organisations active in the village displayed material about their activities and members from a number of them were present to talk to visitors. About 3 dozen newer residents came during the evening and some useful contacts were made. Tea, coffee and light snacks were available.

Some Community Councillors and Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators were present during the evening and helped with the general organisation as well as talking with residents. We would like to thank them and the organisations who took part, for making the evening a success. There were a number of complimentary comments from visitors which was very encouraging.

Colin Thomas, Chairman Community Council

Alan French, Chairman Neighbourhood Watch



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