Chicken, Sausage and Squash Traybake

Chicken, Sausage and Squash Traybake

4 med skinless chicken breasts

6 good meaty pork sausages

500g squash, peeled and cut good bit sized pieces

2 red onions, peeled and cut into wedges

1 tsp. dried thyme

2tbsp. olive oil

50ml red wine

1 tbsp. maple syrup

1tsp red wine vinegar

½tsp. chilli flakes

200 chestnut mushrooms, halved

salt and freshly ground black pepper

fresh chopped parsley to serve

Preheat oven to 190C fan. Arrange the chicken, sausages, squash and red onions in a roasting tin and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle over the thyme and drizzle over 1 tbsp. of the olive oil, mix to coat. Mix the red wine with 100ml of water and pour this in. Roast for about 20 to 25 minutes. Turn sausages and chicken halfway through cooking. Mix the

maple syrup with the red wine vinegar and drizzle it over the roasting tin. Sprinkle over the chilli flakes. Add the mushrooms and drizzle with the other tbsp. of oil. Roast for a further 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through and well browned. Spoon over the pan juices to serve. Serve with long grain rice and or fresh bread rolls, warmed in the oven.



Red Onion and Goats Cheese Tart

Red Onion and Goats Cheese Tart

2 tbsp. olive oil

4 large red onions, each peeled and cut into 8 wedges

2 large garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 tbsp. balsamic glaze

1 sheet frozen ready rolled puff pastry, defrosted

150g good quality goat’s cheese, rind removed and broken into bite size pieces

Heat oven 170C fan. Heat the oil in a large pan add the onions and gently cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme and balsamic glaze and season. Mix to coat the onions in the glaze. Cook for a further 4 to 5 minutes. Unroll the pastry onto a large non-stick baking sheet. Score a border 1cm from the edge, without cutting right through. Spoon the onion mixture over the pastry, within the border. Scatter the cheese over the onions and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until pastry has risen and is golden. Serve with buttered baby new potatoes and a mixed salad.



Coronavirus – New Guidelines for Places of Worship

Coronavirus – New Guidelines for Places of Worship etc

Dear All,

I am writing this letter on Wednesday in Easter Week – the week that follows Easter Sunday and am acutely aware that anything that I write may well be out of date by the time “What’s On” goes to print. Before I say anything else can I just thank the editors for allowing me to make a very late change to my letter in last month’s magazine in order to incorporate the new guidelines that emerged when places of worship were closed by the government. Thank you also to our editors and all involved with “What’s On” and to all the contributors for keeping the magazine going which is such an important part of village life.

I think it is also important to thank the many other people who are keeping village life going. In particular I would like to thank Anwar and all involved at Premier Stores in Wenvoe for remaining open for us. There have also been many great random acts of goodness going on in our society both locally and nationally and thank you to all those who are doing so much for our neighbours and families and friends. As I stand on a Thursday evening and applaud the key workers I also hold in my prayers and my applause all those who are also contributing to help us all keep on keeping on. Thank you.

One thing this time has taught me is the importance of being with one another. As a church and as your parish priest I continue to be here for you. Even if I am unable to shake your hand or visit you in your home or meet up with you, I am still here for you. We have as a church tried to keep connected through our Facebook page or using the following QR Code

In order to remain worshipping and connected with one another there will be regular services live on our facebook page at the following days and times:

Wednesday 10.00am Daily Prayer

Sunday 10.30am Agape Service where we share bread and wine together

6.00pm Evening Prayer

However should you wish to contact me directly you can do so by email on or phone me on 02920595347.

Although the church is closed at the moment – as your Parish Priest I remain open to be here for you.

Take care, stay safe and let us all look forward to the end of this time of trial.


Jon Ormrod



Postponed Ve 75 Celebrations



As you will have realised by now the planned VE day celebrations have had to be postponed. As this was a government driven plan of celebrations we will have to wait and see if they suggest a date in the future when the plans that have been made can be put into place. Until then, we can all still celebrate in our own way. On Friday, May 8 we will be decorating our house and garden to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day and we think it would be a lovely idea if everyone else did the same. That would make the one daily walk allowed very interesting. There has been an online suggestion that people hold a ‘street party’ in their house and garden. Individuals simply have to decorate in any way they can and have a picnic in their garden. Take a walk past our house and we will wave to you and be really happy to see you.

Take care all.

Glenys and Mike Tucker



May Planning Updates

Planning updates.

The following applications have been approved

  • Waunwyrdd, Port Road, Wenvoe – Proposed alterations and extensions including increase in roof height and new porch
  • 10, St Andrews Road, Wenvoe – Proposed Internal remodelling to include alterations to form a Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom within the existing attic, plus roof alterations to include a rear dormer
  • Starbucks, Brooklands Retail Park. One single digital screen and one unit of three digital screens



May Planning Applications.

May Planning Applications.

The Community Council again did not meet in April, as the virus lockdown was still in effect, and will not meet again until the lockdown is lifted. We are waiting for Welsh Government guidelines with regards to the annual general meeting and the annual report. However, the clerk to the council may be contacted via phone or email at the usual office times.


  1. Wenvoe Quarry, Alps Quarry Road, Wenvoe – Variation of Condition 3 and 12 of 1994/00010/OBS. Essentially it is continue to extract stone by extending the quarry in depth but within the existing boundaries.
  2. 6, Clos Llanfair, Wenvoe – Proposed single storey extension for sitting room to rear of property
  3. Valegate Retail Park, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff – 6 Flexface signs above 4 unit entrances within Valegate Retail Park
  4. 43, Gwern Close, St. Lythans – Conversion of existing integrated garage into bedroom


No objections have been raised by Councillors to any of the proposals.




Pandemics – We’ve Been Here Before



During the outbreak of bubonic plague in London in the summer of 1665, people were just as keen to know casualty figures as we are today. By mid July over a thousand deaths a week were reported on handbills that were stuck up in public places to warn people that the plague was growing. The bill of mortality below, covering a week in September, recorded 7,165 plague victims. Just as interesting are the other causes listed as well. Several illustrate the high infant mortality at the time; 18 chrisomes, or infants who died in the first month of life; 121 teeth, or infants who died when still teething. Fifteen people died from worms or parasites in the body. 42 women died in childbed, which was a bacterial infection after giving birth. 101 people succumbed to spotted fever (probably typhus). Rising of the lights was probably illness characterized by a hoarse cough or difficulty breathing so could have been asthma or pneumonia. Some of the other causes of death were strange indeed!

In spite of being over 350 years ago, the authorities reacted to the Great Plague of 1665-6 in ways remarkably similar to the measures in place to deal with the coronavirus today. Even back then they realised that isolation and lockdown were key policies.

The Great Plague affected many parts of the country but London was particularly badly hit with 68,596 deaths recorded – about 15% of the population. DNA from victims found during the building of London’s Crossrail, tell us it was a form of bubonic plague. Charles II and his courtiers left in July for Hampton Court and then Oxford. Many other people who could, including most doctors, lawyers and merchants, fled the city. As now, Parliament and other public institutions were suspended.

The Government published by Royal Command ‘RULES AND ORDERS’ to be enforced by all Justices of the Peace and other officials aimed at stopping the spread of the disease.

  • Clearly there was concern about public gatherings as ‘no more Alehouses be licensed than are absolutely necessary’ and strangers entering towns had to have a certificate of health.
  • It was ordered that no unwholesome food including stinking meats and fish could be sold.
  • No swine, dogs, cats or tame pigeons were permitted to pass up and down in the streets.
  • Isolation was taken seriously with some people housed in remote huts ‘for the preservation of the rest of the family.’ Officials were ordered to investigate anyone with plague symptoms like swellings under the ears or armpits, or upon the groin and even various blemishes or spots on the breast or back, commonly called tokens. The house involved was then shut up for 40 days with warnings i.e. a Red Cross and a sign saying ‘Lord have mercy upon us’ in capital letters on the front door. Wardens were appointed to bring them necessities and to keep them from conversing with others. After 40 days a Red Cross was replaced with a White Cross put onto the door for a further 20 days and no stranger or lodger was allowed to enter until this period ended. Before the restrictions were lifted houses of victims had to ‘be well Fumed, Washed and Whited all over within with Lime’ and it was not permitted to remove any clothes, or household items into any other house, for at least three months.
  • A special poor rate was levied to help the lower classes.
  • Some people, like doctors and surgeons were allowed to break lock down rules.
  • There were to be no fairs or trade with other countries – causing economic disruption and job loss.
  • Public prayers on Wednesdays and Fridays were to be strictly observed.


AND SO IT ENDED… Colder weather in the Autumn and Winter of 1665 began to kill the rats and fleas carrying the disease and the plague began to disappear. The population of London recovered surprisingly quickly and things soon got back to normal. The King returned and there was a general mood of celebration with a sudden rise in the number of marriages and births. Lord Clarendon, the Lord Chancellor, stated “… the streets were as full, the Exchange as much crowded, the people in all places as numerous as they had ever been seen.’


(Editor’s note

An earlier event of bubonic plague ‘The Black Death’,  in the 14th C, was the only period in the history of mankind where the global population declined.)



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