Allotment News Update

Allotment News Update Jan 2020

We are in the process of obtaining quotes to renew the pathways between the allotments as these have become overgrown and some have started to use it in addition to their plot.

We are also obtaining quotes for fencing to be placed which will also have plot numbers so they are easily identified.

o Please can all existing plot holders provide their contact details to the clerk ;







Up to and including Friday 10th January the restriction on 2 black bags per household does NOT apply. The 2 black bags restriction will resume from Monday 13th January 2020

You CAN recycle these items – be sure to put them in the correct containers for separated recycling.

  • Brown paper
  • Chocolate boxes (cardboard)
  • Chocolate boxes (plastic)
  • Chocolate box trays (transparent)
  • Foil trays (please clean)
  • Turkey bones (food waste)
  • Vegetable peelings (food waste)
  • Christmas crackers
  • Christmas cards (plain)
  • Real Christmas trees (see dates below)


Unfortunately, these items CANNOT be recycled, please place them in your black bag waste.

  • Wrapping paper – all types
  • Wrapping decorations e.g. ribbons and bows
  • Sellotape
  • Christmas cards (metallic/glitter)
  • Tissue paper
  • Chocolate box trays (black plastic)
  • Tinsel
  • Broken decorations
  • Fairy lights – can be taken to HWRC
  • Plastic trees – can be taken to HWRC


Christmas Tree Recycling

For the Wenvoe area it will be Friday 17th January 2020. Simply place your tree out for collection alongside your recycling before 7.00am.

You can also place any cut off branches and loose pine needles in your garden waste bags and place at the kerbside for collection.

Collections will be taking place throughout the day and early evening by a dedicated vehicle on your normal collection day.

If you miss your collection day, Christmas trees can also be taken to both our Household Waste Recycling Centres. (HWRC)

  • Only real trees are able to be collected for recycling
  • All decorations and soil will need to be removed
  • If longer than 6 foot, please cut down to this size
  • Trees need to be placed out for collection before 7.00am



Christmas Walk.

Christmas Walk. –


Nine people braved the incessant rain, on voting day, for the annual walk before a Christmas lunch. We started at Victoria Park and were amazed to spot a hedgehog scurrying across the grass along a hedge. We were worried that it should be hibernating but aware that there was probably someone putting food out for it.

Exiting the north-east gate we headed for Thompsons Park. As we entered the pond looked colourful with pink, green and white cabbage plants around it and behind it a weeping willow drooping yellow-green branches. At its centre the iconic fountain ‘Joyance’ by Sir William Goscombe John is known by generations of Cardiff people.

At the top of Thompsons Park we headed across Pencisely Road, down to Llandaff fields and then walked alongside Pontcanna fields and the allotments. Heading north, over the relatively quiet A48, we came to Llandaff cathedral. We had a quick photo stop at St Teilo’s well – St Teilo was consecrated as the 2nd Bishop of Llandaff in the 6thC and was one of the three Celtic saints in whose honour the cathedral church in Llandaff was originally dedicated. Now we traversed the Green and headed past Insole Court and back to Victoria Park.

A very pleasant walk and we hardly noticed the rain we were so busy chatting and admiring our surroundings. Now it was back to the Horse and Jockey for a huge Christmas lunch with walkers old and new.



Tylcha Fach,Tonyrefail

Tylcha Fach,Tonyrefail –

The weather was very wet on Saturday so the walk was rearranged for Sunday, when it was still overcast but dry. We parked near Tylcha Fach and took a south-westerly route towards Rhiwfelin and Rhiwfelin Fach across open farmland. We then took paths to Nant Muchudd which we followed to Pant-y Brad and Tonyrefail before heading back to Tylcha Fach.

As we set off heavy clouds hung in the sky over our heads but it was not raining. We started on quite a steep gradient and were glad to reach fields where the going became easier. We came across a pile of discarded tyres and fencing which wouldn’t have looked out of place as an art installation but definitely wrong in the countryside.

We soon travelled beside very full streams and some splendid moss. As we climbed uphill from one stream we passed a tree which had honey comb in a hollow in its trunk; bees must have made a home here in the summer. A couple of farms had old boats in their yards – obviously they are used to heavy rain in these parts! At Tre Eric cottage farm the footpath was blocked and we had to climb over a barbed wire fence to carry on and then clear a stile hidden by a holly tree before we were able to follow a disused railway line, which was a good path. A huge ring of fungi about 6ft across with the individuals several inches in diameter glowed in the dim light under trees.

At Pant y Brad we were surprised to come across a plaque which read ‘Opposite on Nov. 16th 1326 was captured King Edward II (Edward of Caernarvon) the guide of captors was Rev Rhys Hywel’. The disastrous reign of Edward II came to an unofficial and humiliating end on 16 November 1326 when Edward II, guided by a Cistercian monk, went for refreshment to Penrhys. Heading for safety Edward was intercepted at Pant y Brad – the Hollow of Treason – in Tonyrefail. He was captured by agents of his estranged wife Isabella of France who had invaded England 7 weeks earlier. He was taken to Llantrisant castle and imprisoned overnight. Later he was held in honourable captivity at Kenilworth castle in Warwickshire. A few weeks later he was forced to abdicate in favour of his 14 year old son, Edward III, whose reign began on 25 January 1327.

Walking along the road we spied a group of 19 llamas (or maybe alpacas) in a field. As we walked

over to see them they ran towards us and were very friendly – probably thought we had food. We spent a happy few minutes admiring their shenanigans.

Tref-y-Rhyg school had a colourful wall with a field and rainbow and their values ‘positivity, patience, trust, respect, equality, care, pride and honesty’ written around the picture. A stream in full flow poured into a metal bath and then cascaded into a 2nd bath. We had a laugh as one of the group stood beside it and pretended to undress for a quick dip! Passing a flock of sheep they came so close that unusually some of us patted them. Descending the road we had climbed at the beginning of our walk we arrived back at the cars and went to Arthur Llewellyn Jenkins for a welcome cup of tea.

Walk 7.1 miles 700ft Maps 166 & 151






Can you guess which of the following are true and which are false? No cheating – answer all the question first before looking up the answers.

  1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
  2. Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button.
  3. A packet-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.
  4. People do not get sick from cold weather; it’s from being indoors a lot more.
  5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop, even your heart!
  6. Only 7 per cent of the population are lefties.
  7. Forty people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.
  8. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until they are 2-6 years old.
  9. The average person over 50 years old will have spent almost 5 years waiting in lines.
  10. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.
  11. The average housefly lives for one month.
  12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.
  13. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.
  14. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.
  15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than any other time of day.
  16. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.
  17. The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to search for water.
  18. The only two animals that can see behind themselves without turning their heads are the rabbit and the parrot.
  19. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ and ‘Tootsie.’
  20. Michael Jackson owned the rights to the South Carolina State Anthem.
  21. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.
  22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane, just in case there is a crash.
  23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle, built in 1903, used a tomato can for a carburettor.
  24. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
  25. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th cousins.
  26. If colouring weren’t added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.


(Answers to come later)



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