Vision 20/20 St Mary’s Church Extension


Here are a few of the drawings showing the proposed extension to St Mary’s Church, Wenvoe to provide a hall and kitchen and toilet facilities on the north side of the church and a balcony in the nave at the west end. Further plans can be viewed in the transept of St Mary’s. If you have any questions or comments about these designs then please contact Jon on revjonormrod



The provisional plans were designed and drawn by the architect, the late Richard Dean, who sadly died whilst working on this project in September. It is still the intention of the PCC to proceed as we can use this concept as the basis of our design. More details will follow later, in the meantime our prayers go to Richard’s partner Jo at this sad time.




November library Notes


Library Statistics:- We are delighted to report that our latest figures show a marked increase in library usage over the last six months. In fact we have doubled the footfall during this period. We are further pleased to note that more of our borrowers are taking advantage of the Vale’s on-line services. Home visits have also doubled so please let us know if you would like us to deliver books to your home.

Library Winter hours:- We will continue to open as usual except for Monday when we shall be closing at 5 pm.


Christmas raffle:- Our raffle this year is extra special. We have two hampers as main prizes as well as a range of various other goodies. Tickets £1 each for sale at the Library. Tickets will be drawn midday on Saturday 15th December in the Library.

Reading Challenge:- Volunteers Alina and Sandra visited Wenvoe School and awarded certificates to pupils who completed the Challenge. The twenty-two children who received a certificate from Wenvoe School are: Evie, Erin, Abigail, Abbie, Alfie, Charlie, Erica, Georgia, Grace, Harrison, Hannah, Harry, Mali, Mia , Nathan, Olivia, Phoebe, Poppy, Seren, William, Charlotte and Jessica.

Other children who completed the Challenge but who do not attend school at Wenvoe have also received their certificates.

Clwb Clonc:- Cymraeg 2050 – a million Welsh speakers, is a government initiative aimed at providing people with the skills to be able to use the language with their families, in their communities and the workplace. Since its launch there has been a surge of adults wanting to learn the language or seeking to improve their existing skills. If you are a learner, or want an opportunity to practice your Welsh conversation skills,, then join us. We meet every Monday at 11 am in the café in Pugh’s Garden Centre. This has got off to an amazing start with support from the village increasing. Please come along whatever your ability.

Welsh magazines on the all Wales e-zines site. Three are now available through the RBDigital Gateway.

Y Wawr – Leisure – aimed primarily at women (it is Merched Y Wawr’s own publication – quarterly)

Barddas – poetry – quarterly

Mellten – children’s – quarterly


New books for November:- This month we have an abundance of new books from many genres to include several new crime titles. In addition, we have several new Welsh and English teen fiction titles and children’s books.

Village Show:- We hope everyone enjoyed the village show. Any new venture doesn’t come without its hiccoughs and so sincere apologies to those who fell foul of our inexperience.

Off the Shelf

Back When We Were Grown Ups – Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler shares a perspective on mid life crisis and writes with honesty and openness about roles and relationships within extended families. The main character Becky, is surrounded by people but still feels incredible loneliness and she dwells on thoughts that she is not her ‘ real self’. If another husband had been chosen she believes her pathway would have been different and she would have been another person. For a while Becky pursues her romantic memories of bygone years leaving the reader worrying for her sanity. Sadly her crisis goes totally unnoticed by those we think are closest to her. Anne Tyler uses the overlap between her family and her business of organising parties and draws on good humour in these events, suggesting that all families are from time to time dysfunctional units. This books shows Anne Tyler’s attributes of great character development with both Poppy, the step uncle and Peter, the step grandson, both of whom are portrayed as quirky, needy individuals with specific traits. But rather cleverly Anne Tyler reaches out to the reader with words of warmth as the story unravels around them.

It may be difficult to get your head around all the characters for a while in the early chapters, but it is well worth persevering. After reading this book we thought that the quote from Rudolph Nureyev summed up Anne Tyler’s work and our message to Becky and any person out there with similar misgivings would be: ‘In life don’t look over your shoulder for fear of falling down the stairs’.

This book was an interesting read, which the group enjoyed, and we gave it a high score of 8.

Isobel Davies 07815 602 148


A Community Library


Our library is now well established as a Community Library. We are now ready to further develop the library for the people of Wenvoe, and can look forward to the Community Council providing a new library building in the near future.

There are a number of volunteers who give their time to work in the library and the development of the library is overseen by a company limited by guarantee, Wenvoe Community Library Limited. The company currently has 4 volunteer directors, one of whom is leaving at the end of the year, and we are looking for more Directors. The role of a Director is to guide the development of the library and to ensure that the library’s day to day activities are run in a competent manner. A Director should have an interest in contributing to the way forward for the library; it is not essential to work in the library as a Volunteer.

We invite any person who might consider becoming a Director to contact one of us. The time commitment is one half day meeting a month and being prepared to have oversight of one or more of the library activities.

Sylvia Harvey 2059 2261

Brenig Davies 2059 2815

Alan French 2059 8092



November ​Planning updates.

Planning updates.

The following applications have been approved

• 1 & 2, Stone House, Dyffryn Conversion of two semi-detached properties into a single detached property and erection of a sustainable (energy positive) rural exceptions bungalow, new access and associated works.

• 12, Vennwood Close, Wenvoe Part garage conversion

• Land to the west of plot nos. 38 to 53, The Grange, rear of plot nos. 38 – 53 Burdons Close, Wenvoe Engineering operations comprising a new surface water land drain and associated works

• Woodview, Port Road, Wenvoe Occupation of dwelling in compliance with the Rural enterprise condition, with the rural enterprise being a dog boarding business.


The Council discussed the external auditors report. These are public records available to be viewed with a request to the clerk.

Following discussions with the Vale it has become apparent that, due to other commitments work, preparing the necessary preliminary documents for the new library building can not commence until mid December, with construction anticipated to start in June and completion by December 2019.

The Council would like to know the views, especially of allotment holders, on whether the present allotment rules should be amended to permit the erection of greenhouses on holdings.

Council members received a conducted tour of the Five Mile Lane development. The work is expected to be complete by October 2019. Extensive archaeological work took place before the development started; among the finds were over 450 Neolithic skeletons, a sword and other ancient settlement indications. It is hoped that the finds will form part of a future exhibition. The road development site office is open to visitors on the first Wednesday of each month (except January when it is the second Wednesday) between 2.00pm and 4.00pm to view plans, pictures etc and ask questions.

The school has appointed a new deputy headmaster who will take up his post after Christmas.

The Mayor's Foundation Grant Fund. The aim of the fund is to offer grants to Community Groups, the Voluntary Sector and not for profit organisations towards the cost of initiatives within the Vale of Glamorgan that help to support the Council’s vision of 'Strong Communities with a Bright Future'. Funding between £100 and £250 to enhance the work of voluntary and charitable organisations within the Vale of Glamorgan is available. Contact the Council Clerk for further details.

The Council has set the legal process in motion for obtaining a new member to the Council. Anybody who would like to serve their community should watch for the notices on the Council notice board or contact the Council Clerk who can keep you informed of the process.




November Planning Applications



The Councillors commenced their meeting with a mark of respect to the late Cllr Eira Jervis.

Planning applications.

• St. Lythans Service Reservoir, St. Lythans. Erection of security fencing. No Objection

• The Bothy. Remove existing porch and replace with single storey extension to the rear of the house to create a new garden room. Materials to match that of the existing house. No objection

• 16, Heol Draenen Wen, Culverhouse Cross, Two storey side & rear extension. No objections

• 5, Old Port Road, Wenvoe Proposed demolition of rear single storey flat roof extension and rear conservatory. Construction of rear, single storey flat roof extension, single storey front extension and rear flat roof dormer. Erection of rear store and enclosed courtyard with change to door and window arrangement throughout. With the extension being on land close to and above the adjacent property it would form an oppressive development.

• 1, Burdonshill Cottage, Burdonshill Lane, Rear dormer extension to existing garage and raised decking. No objection. A condition that the development should remain part of the present domestic dwelling should be included in any permission.

• Brooklands Retail Park, Culverhouse Cross, Tree works on plantings within the boundary. No objections






The Wenvoe War Memorial lists 74 men who took part in the Great War (1914-1918). 12 died and 62 returned to the village. The memorial was designed by William Clarke who was a resident in Wenvoe. The carboniferous limestone used was extracted from the Alps Quarry. Construction was complete by mid November 1919 at a cost of £289:11:4. The names of those killed in World War II were added later.






What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?

Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle

Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;

Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,

The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;

And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?

Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes

Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.

The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;

Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,

And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

Wilfrid Owen




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