Support 1st Wenvoe Scout Group


Sadly as some of you are already aware due to Covid-19 restrictions, Cardiff and Vale Scout Post has been cancelled this year. We realise that some of you use this to spread greetings to friends as well as supporting the local Scouts. Instead we at 1st Wenvoe Scout Group rely on this fantastic fundraiser to raise more than £2000 each year to support developing #SkillsForLife for Young People in our Wenvoe community. If you usually buy stamps from us and are able to continue to support us this year, you can make a donation directly on We would appreciate you naming 1st Wenvoe when asked if you would like to support a particular Group. Thank you


In addition, 1st Wenvoe Scout Group is running a local fundraising campaign by selling Christmas patterned face-coverings and Christmas treats. The masks are hand made by volunteers out of cotton and come in adult and 2 small and large children’s sizes. They come in a variety of Christmas patterns. Please support us and help spread cheer by pre-ordering the face masks and baubles. Please note patterns may vary depending on available material.

Face coverings are £5 each and Christmas tree baubles filled with Smarties or Skittles are a bargain at £1 each.

Contact me at /07787510179 and you will be sent information about how to pay for your order by PayPal. Once made, your item will be delivered locally. Postage can be arranged but must be paid in advance. Last orders Friday 18 December

Jane Fenton-May





Jon’s Notes


Dear All,

This year the Season of Advent commences on 29th November. A traditional theme for Advent is From Darkness into Light. I cannot remember a year when this theme has ever been so appropriate. For many months we have lived in times of lockdowns and isolation. The drawing in of the winter nights seems to echo the general feeling most of us have at the moment. But the message of advent is about hope, the very real hope of darkness being turned or transformed into Light. Advent is also a time of preparation, as we look forward to celebrating the Nativity of Jesus, Jesus often referred to as being the light of the world.

In the coming weeks I hope you feel a sense of the light overcoming the darkness. We may witness this with the lights on our Christmas Trees or you may have an Advent Candle that you light every night, or you may enjoy an aromatic candle with the scent of Christmas Spices. You may also be encouraged by the Advent Windows displays around the village. Thank you so much to everyone who has organised and contributed to this village activity which will be to my mind a real symbol of light and hope for the future.

As I write this letter, I do not know what the restrictions will be in our churches for worshipping at Christmas. The Church in Wales is suggesting that everyone on Christmas Eve goes outside their front door and sings Silent Night. I am still working out the full plan for the churches in Wenvoe and St Lythans but at the time of writing my intention is to do as printed here

Sunday 20th December
9.30am Said Eucharist, St Mary’s Church, Wenvoe
10.30am All Age Agape, Christingle ad Nativity Play on Facebook and YouTube
3.00pm Said Eucharist at St Bleddian’s Church, St Lythans
6.00pm Christmas Carol Service on Facebook and YouTube
Thursday 24th December
5.00pm Lighting of Advent Window in Wenvoe Church followed by short outdoor Crib Service
10.15pm Said Eucharist for Christmas Eve at Wenvoe Church
11.30pm Said Eucharist for Christmas Eve at Wenvoe Church
Friday 25th December
8.00am Said Eucharist for Christmas Day at Wenvoe Church
9.00am Said Eucharist for Christmas Day at St Lythans Church
10.30am Agape Service for Christmas Day with Carols on Facebook and YouTube


If we are able to do more than offer Said Eucharist services over Christmas then this will be detailed on posters outside the churches and on our Facebook Page:

With my thoughts and prayers to you through Advent and for the Christmas Season
Jon Ormrod
Priest in Charge of Wenvoe and St Lythans


Wenvoe Advent Windows

Wenvoe Advent Windows

We are delighted to invite you for the first time to get out and about throughout December to view the Wenvoe Advent Windows.

We are excited to tell you that 25 Wenvoe residents have volunteered to decorate a window in their home starting on 1st December at 29, Venwood Close and the Telephone Box. The windows will be lit from 5pm until 9pm each evening with an additional window added every night until all 24 windows are displayed. The final window will be at St Mary’s Church, with help from Gwenfo School. Windows may also be viewed between 27th and 30th December.
All of the windows will be numbered and can be viewed from outside the property of individual homes. They are all within the Parish boundary, mostly within walking distance. The map below indicates each participating home with a list of the addresses for you to follow. You may need a torch on 14th (4, Station Terrace) and 23rd December (5 Church Rise) where there is limited street lighting.
We hope you enjoy exploring the windows. We are very grateful to those who have generously taken part in decorating a window and inviting us to view their ‘creations’. There is no charge, however some houses may have a charity collection box. In recognition of the pandemic we ask you to keep to the social distancing rules.
Maps are displayed at 29, Venwood Close and at St. Mary’s Church. Additional maps are available at the Wenvoe Arms and the village Post Office. For further information contact Jude and Nige Billingham at



Wenvoe Playgroup CIO



Wenvoe Playgroup are a Registered Charity, who operate from the Village Hall as Daycare from Monday to Friday 8am until 1pm daily. We offer wrap around to Gwenfo Nursery 5 mornings per week and offer pick up from the Nursery 11:20am until 12:45pm 3 days per week, with Wednesday and Thursday until 3:15pm. We are full for afternoon places at this time.

We started the Autumn term on 7th September 2020, with our afternoons starting from 7th October. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support in ensuring we can operate safely.

Writing this in November, we have operated successfully for the past 10 weeks, offering care for the children from our community and the surrounding areas. We have 5 weeks to go until Christmas, so fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

Like many, we have had to adapt to many changes in our playgroup due to Covid-19, and we are doing all we can to support our community and surrounding areas with Childcare.

Our numbers are very high on the waiting list and we hope to expand slowly, to keep the group as safe as possible. We hope to review our waiting lists in January. However, please be mindful that we have very limited space. Many families on our waiting lists have been waiting some time for places and we thank you for your patience.

Should you wish to add your names to our waiting list for September 2021, then please get in touch, by emailing your interest to wenvoeplaygroup Places for September 2020 were allocated in February this year and we also started our waiting list for next year 2021 at the same time. With the 30 Hour Free Childcare Offer, we are finding many families are showing an interest early, starting children from the age of 2 years and 4 months to secure their care in time for the term after their Child’s 3rd birthday when the 30 Hour Childcare Offer is available. We also accept payment via the Government Tax Free Child Care along with Childcare company schemes.

For further information, please visit our website or contact us at

We hope to send further information regarding the 30 Hour Free Childcare and how it works in the New Year.

All that remains, is for us to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from the Staff and Management Committee at the Playgroup.



S106 Funding Ideas

S106 Funding

Thank you all for the numerous ideas on ways to spend £75,000. We now require a few more details.
Youth – with the completion of the new play area in the park there were requests for something for older children. What do the youth of the village want to see in Wenvoe? All feasible ideas will be considered.
Benches – numerous people who have taken up walking during this pandemic have noticed that there is a shortage of places to rest while wandering. We would like to know where you would like to find a bench for a breather within the community.
All suggestions can be sent to What’s On. The results will be published in the New Year.



December Planning Updates

Planning updates

The following applications have received approval.

  • 71, Walston Road. Alterations to rear windows and doors.
  • Wenvoe Library. Field Maple – to remove one multi stem tree (1) as it is dangerous and to reduce the crown of the other (2) by 25%.
  • Station House, 1 Station Terrace. Loft conversion. Existing garage re-built and extended.
  • Brackendene, Burdonshill Lane, Proposed replacement outbuildings on existing equestrian manege structure.
  • Wrinstone Farm, Station Road East. Proposed 5 new stables, tack room and manege.
  • Whitehall Farm, St. Lythans Road. Reinstatement of openings on side elevation and rear gable end changed to flat roof with two new windows at first floor level
  • 42, Gwern Close. Convert integrated garage to a habitable room, replace existing garage door with a white pvc sliding patio door and matching brickwork.


The Village Hall -application for the removal of the Cypress tree facing Old Port Road has been refused. There was insufficient justification to remove the amenity value tree.


The proposal for the construction of a New Care Home At Glenburnie, Port Road e, Port Road will be considered by the Vale planning committee at the end of November. The planning officers are recommending approval.

New Library Building – the granting of planning permission is still awaited before a work schedule for its replacement can be developed.

Proposals for using the S106 Money are being discussed. Certain suggestions fall outside the criteria for use of the money and a few ideas exceeded the available funds. We hope funding will allow completion of most of the rest. Please respond to the S106 article seeking additional information in relation to suggestions.

The Council intend to reopen the Community Centre for the use by the Scouts, final discussions on maintaining Covid-19 safety are taking place. Use of the hall by other organisations will be considered after this initial use is assessed.

With the increased residential population in the north of the community, the Council is investigating the possibility of locating an Emergency Defibrillator in the area. The location requires free public access and an electricity supply.

Footpath 21 from Burdons Close to Burdonshill is not signed where it leaves the road and passes between the houses; also the section to the rear of properties to the stile requires improvement. The Vale will be contacted



December Planning Applications

The Council conducted their monthly meeting using Zoom due to Covid restrictions.

The meeting commenced with a presentation from the Vale on the highway options for improving the road connection between Sycamore Cross on A48 and the M4 junction 34. The options are available for public consultation until Dec 23rd and can be viewed on the Vale web site.

Planning applications.

The Council raised no objections to either application.

Springfield Store and Post Office, Single storey rear extension.

11, Larchwood, Wenvoe Proposed rear single storey extension.



Temporary Coronavirus Testing Site

Temporary coronavirus testing site is to open in Barry

A walk-in COVID-19 testing facility is to open in Barry town centre in response to rapidly rising case numbers in the Vale of Glamorgan.


For more information Click below to go to this Vale of Glamorgan website



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