Peter Bagshaw



We would like to thank families, friends and neighbours for the cards and flowers that we received on the passing of Peter Bagshaw, who passed on 18th December 2020

The cards and their words gave us strength and support during such a difficult time and the flowers brightened our days.

Thank you to all those who donated to Cancer Research UK in memory of Peter. £645.00 plus £145.00 in gift aid has been raised to date.

We would like to thank Green Willow Funerals of Dinas Powys for their services and professionalism, ensuring that the care of Peter was second to none.

We said our final goodbyes on Friday 15th January and would like to thank Reverend Jon Ormrod for being there for us in our time of need and for holding a wonderful service at the Vale Crematorium.

Thank you all

Love from Veena, Sandra and Family xxxx



Cherry Bakewell Sponge Pudding

Cherry Bakewell Sponge Pudding

6 tbsp cherry jam

200g butter, softened

220g golden caster sugar

3 large eggs

50g SR flour

140g ground almonds

1 tsp almond extract

50g flaked almonds

icing sugar for dusting

Heat oven to 160C fan. Drain the cherries. Add the syrup from the cherries and the jam to a saucepan. Boil for about 10 mins until the liquid has reduced by half and is thick and syrupy, then stir in the cherries. Pour into a baking dish [roughly 18 x 25 cm], then set aside. Using an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time, then add the flour, ground almonds, almond extract and a pinch of salt. Mix until well combined. Dollop the mixture over the cherries and spread to form a smooth layer, trying not to disturb the fruit below. Scatter the flaked almonds over the top, then bake for about 45 mins or until a skewer inserted into the sponge comes out clean. Leave to cool for about 5 mins, then dust with icing sugar.

Serve with ready-made Madagascar Vanilla custard or thick double cream.



Chinese Lemon Marmalade Chicken

Chinese Lemon Marmalade Chicken

200g lemon marmalade

2 large cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp sunflower oil or ground nut oil

1 lemon, zested and juiced

8 chicken thighs, skin on and bone in

3 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal

Heat oven to 180C fan. Mix the marmalade with the garlic, ginger, soy sauce and oil and half of the lemon juice. Put the chicken on a foil lined baking tray and spoon over half the mixture. Roast for 15 mins. Baste the chicken with the marmalade mixture from the bottom of the tray, then spoon over the rest of the mixture and cook for a further 10 mins. Baste again, then roast for a final 10 mins until the chicken is cooked through and golden. Squeeze over the remaining lemon juice, and sprinkle over the zest and spring onions.

Serve with rice and stir fried tender stem broccoli or Bok Choy



Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow

‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow’ and we have many fine oaks in the Parish. The recent decision to remove two of the immature oaks on the Upper Orchid Field has prompted some questions on the best ways to promote and enhance biodiversity. So, first some thoughts on the oak tree. They take around 150 years to mature and produce a good crop of acorns at which point they will typically have a girth of around 3 metres 50 cms. An oak with a circumference of 5 metres will be about 300 years old and take us back to the reign of George l. The oaks being removed on the Upper Orchid Field varied between 70cms and 110cms.

Wenvoe has many oaks, whether you are looking in the school playground or wandering around the Playing Fields. There are some good-sized oaks still left in and around the new Grange development. The best collection are on the fields either side of the road to the Golf Club where there are around 20 in a typical Capability Brown landscape. Not that Capability Brown was ever involved but his son–in-law, Henry Holland, did work on the design and development of parts of Wenvoe Castle. The girth of some of these trees would put them at 200-300 years old. The Wildlife Group will be measuring and surveying these trees and recording them on the Woodland Trust Ancient Tree Register – this does not guarantee their survival but increases the chances of the wider community at least being aware of them. There are two types of native oak – the English and Sessile oak. The former is the main one to be found here and is distinguished by having the acorn on a short stalk. The Sessile Oak has a stalkless acorn although, just to complicate matters, they can hybridise so the tree you are looking at could be a bit of both.

The oak tree can support a wider range of wildlife than any other native tree so plays an important part in the ecology of an area. However two oak trees will not have twice the variety of species as one although it may well have double the volume of them. To increase the range of species in an area it is necessary to plant a range of different tree varieties each of which will attract a number of species which favour that type of tree. Many species are almost exclusive to a particular tree-type, such as the White Letter Hairstreak on Elms or the Four-spot Lift Moth on Dogwood. It is difficult to estimate how many trees we have lost just in the last ten years but road-widening, housing development and natural ageing will have accounted for several hundred. Whilst some losses are inevitable it is noteworthy that there is little evidence of any plans to replace them in this parish by the local authorities.

On the positive side a number of residents have been planting trees whether as individual trees, fruit trees or hedgerow and these include donated packs from the Woodland Trust. The Wildlife Group have planted 190 trees this year, including 15 Oaks, and including many varieties that, although native, are probably not found in the area at the moment such as Black Poplar, Aspen and Purging Buckthorn. It is planned that the Upper Orchid Field will have 30 native tree species growing by the Summer of this year which will make it almost unique locally. We do have our wonderful parks such as Bute and Roath but most of the trees are non-native specimen trees. Tree walks will be held once the trees are in leaf and a Tree Trail is being developed for the Upper Orchid Field.



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