THE SECRET PLACE by Tana French

  THE SECRET PLACE by Tana French This book is fifth in the Dublin Murder Squad series and although some of the characters can be found in previous novels, it can be read as a stand alone. Following the unsuccessful investigation into the murder of a teenage boy, Chris Harper, in the grounds of St.Kilda’s School for Girls on the […]

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Cwm Clydach and The Swansea Canal

On a sunny morning in late October, we parked in Clydach and we walked east along the Swansea canal, with reflections of trees in its still waters. The canal was built to serve collieries, iron works and copper works in the Tawe valley. The first section opened in 1796; its final length was 16½ miles and included 5 aqueducts to […]

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Winter Warmer Soups

  Mushroom Soup 25g butter 1 med/large onion, peeled and finely chopped 250g flat or chestnut mushrooms chopped 25g flour 300ml milk [full fat] salt fresh ground black pepper 600ml hot chicken stock [use 2 oxos] 4 tbsp. double cream A few button mushrooms, thinly sliced, to garnish Melt the butter in a large/med saucepan over a med heat [don’t […]

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AGM and Orchard Update

  Our AGM, held in January, produced a record attendance of 35. These numbers reinforce the strong support for wildlife in the village boosted by members from Dinas Powys, Penarth, Radyr and Barry. Our visiting speaker was Peter Sampson who talked about Flat Holm island, its history and wildlife. Not only was it informative but Peter entertained us as well […]

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Walking Off Christmas Excesses

There was a great turnout for the first strollers meeting of 2019. Two year olds mixed with “slightly” more elderly walkers as all sought to walk off the Christmas excesses. Christmas bobble hat gifts were in abundance, but all agreed that Pam’s bobble outdid the rest! The walk circumnavigated the entire park and was the longest the group had attempted. […]

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Member’s Book Choices

  This month Off The Shelf Book Club members decided to bring their own choice of ‘a good read’ to their monthly meeting. The book reviews are as follows and we hope it will encourage you to pick one up at the library. Tombland by C.J.Sansom – This is the 7th novel in a series of Historical novels based in […]

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Meet the Author

Meet the author – Wednesday February 13th at 7:30pm upstairs in The Wenvoe Arms. (Free entry; donations to the library) Ron Jones who lives is Risca is 101 years old and is the oldest Poppy seller in Wales. He was 23 years old when he became a POW in North Africa in 1942, and spent more than 2 years in […]

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February News

  Meet the author – Wednesday February 13th at 7:30pm upstairs in The Wenvoe Arms. (Free entry; donations to the library) Ron Jones who lives is Risca is 101 years old and is the oldest Poppy seller in Wales. He was 23 years old when he became a POW in North Africa in 1942, and spent more than 2 years […]

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