Rhiwbina Living Issue 48


Autumn 2019 issue of Rhiwbina Living

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Rhiwbina Living

At the heart of the community

Issue 48 Autumn ‘19

Your multi award-winning magazine for Rhiwbina


Inside this issue


Rhiwbina's Sarah

Gilford talks

about her life as

a professional

soprano in Munich

Autumn Home

Get cosy this

autumn with our


collection of

homeware and



Get your wellies

on, wrap up

warm and make

the most of life

in autumn by

heading outdoors


Take a look

back at some of

the shops that

have graced

our village in

years gone by

Winter deadline:

8th November 2019

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Welcome / Croeso

Autumn is here! After enjoying

a glorious summer and an

Indian summer for most of

September, any remaining

hints of warm sunshine can't

stop the leaves defiantly

changing colour and

succumbing to nature's call.

The beauty of autumn

is upon us, and with it,

opportunities to embrace

a different way of living as we

adapt to the rhythms of the

changing season.

We traditionally gather in and

gather around as the nights draw

in, so it's the perfect chance to

spend quality time with loved

ones indoors. We present some

ideas for how to make the most

of the extra time we tend to have

at home as the storms roll in and

we hunker down.

Preparing our homes for the

weather and season ahead

helps us to embrace and enjoy

the change, so we have written

a feature with ideas on how to

adapt our homes. Our interior

design product feature also

gives us ideas for how to adorn

our abode for autumn.

Cosy times at home, keeping

warm and sheltering from the

darkness and cold, is tempered

with an opportunity to enjoy the

beautiful autumn days, still often

filled with sunshine. Even when

the weather is not favourable,

there are seasonal activities to

encourage us to get outdoors

and enjoy the brisk air. So, we

have compiled 10 things to do

outdoors in autumn to promote

the wellbeing that being

outdoors in nature brings.

There are, of course, always

things to do in the garden

during autumn and Kevin Revell

suggests ways to retain colour

What’s on

Winter Wonderland

Opens Friday 8th November

City Hall, Cardiff

Christmas food, rides and of course

ice-skating - all set on Cardiff’s City

Hall Lawn.

Rhiwbina Christmas Festival

Saturday 30th November 4pm-8pm

Rhiwbina Village

The highlight of the Rhiwbina winter


in our outdoor spaces as well as

preparing for the seasons ahead.

We also hear from Men's Shed

Rhiwbina, who offer a glimpse

into their 'Den'.

For our interview, we spoke

to Sarah Gilford who attended

Whitchurch High School and

is now a professional soprano

working in Munich. She shares

the story of her roots to her

rise to fame and reflects on

some of the local support she

has received to achieve her


We have two history features,

one looking at the Rhiwbina

shops of yesteryear and another

looking at Smart's Garage - a

popular family-run business that

is remembered by many.

With all our usual local

community news and events

presented, you will find plenty to

read and enjoy in this issue. So,

grab a cup of something hot and

snuggle down- we have even

written a short story for those of

you that like to read fiction.

Please generously support our

advertisers as always and we will

see you again before Christmas!

Danielle and Patric





Llandaff Village Christmas Lights

Wednesday 27th November

Llandaff High Street

Llandaff's big Christmas Light Switch


Whitchurch Reindeer Run

Saturday 7th December 5pm

Whitchurch Village

A one-mile fun run around

Whitchurch village and an evening of

festive celebration.

Children turn

detective in



This summer, a dastardly crime cast

a shadow over the usually idyllic

village of Rhiwbina.

The (entirely fictional!) theft of local

rugby hero Morgan Bruiser’s lucky

boots hit the community hard and

hundreds of children took to the

streets to attempt to bring the thief

to justice.

The first-ever ‘Whodunnit Trail’ was

produced by Rhiwbeina Primary

PTA to provide an activity over the

summer holidays that was fun,

cheap and active.

Wannabe detectives bought their

clue sheets from local businesses,

Edwards & Co or Victoria Fearn

Rhiwbina's annual Christmas Festival

will take place on 30th November

this year.

Rhiwbina Events Committee are

already well into their planning for

the event, which always draws large

crowds into the village.

Canolfan Beulah will be the venue

for crafts and gift stalls and there will

also be late night shopping from the

local traders.

The big Christmas Light Switch On

will take place at 5pm, and it will be

followed by the singing of carols

around the tree.

A week later in Whitchurch, there

will be the sound of hooves and

sleigh bells as the annual Reindeer

Run takes place on Saturday 7th


Gallery, and then followed the

trail on a walk/scoot around our

beautiful Garden Village, solving

clues to eliminate suspects and

potential hiding places as they went.

Some of the clues revealed

passwords to be given to staff in The

Olive Branch, Secret Shed or The

Butcher’s Arms, who then released

further evidence and puzzle sheets

to the cunning detectives.

The trail ended at The Butcher’s

Arms, where amateur detectives

could enjoy a well-earned drink,

whilst discussing their conclusions

on Whodunnit and why.

As the holidays drew to a close, the

entries were collated and sorted to

reveal that most of the detectives

had correctly identified Morgan’s

sister, Millie Bruiser, as the crafty

thief and her student flat as the

hiding place for the illustrious boots.

Amy Biott, her children Florence

and Jack and her fellow child minder

Donna Barlow, were the lucky team

drawn out of the correct entries to

receive the amazing prize of a £50

voucher towards a family meal at

The Butcher’s Arms.

Rhiwbeina Primary PTA raised a

wonderful £383 from the event and

are hopeful that it can become an

annual tradition.

Local Christmas events in the diary

The village celebrates the festive

one-mile fun run with stalls, crafts,

rides and late-night opening in

some shops. There will be more

entertainment in the form of street

performers and live music

There will also be an outdoor cinema

and a festive finale. Organisers hope to

raise over £10,000 for the RNLI.


New transport

plans promise

new services

for Rhiwbina

Cardiff North AM Julie Morgan

has welcomed plans to improve

Rhiwbina’s railway station which

will see its track doubled and

part-electrified, if new proposals

from Transport for Wales go

ahead in mid-2021 as part of the

South Wales Metro scheme.

Julie told Rhiwbina Living:

“It’s excellent news that

the plans include improved

accessibility as it is vital that

we do not exclude anyone in

the community from using the

trains. I understand the aim is

for ‘step-free’ access from the

platform onto trains, which

anyone with mobility problems

will understand the need for very


“There are also plans for a

second platform, a new station

footbridge and an hourly Sunday

service will also be re-introduced

from 2023.

“I am also very pleased that

there is the potential for the

Coryton line to be extended with

a new station at Velindre to serve

the new cancer hospital," added


A TfW spokesman added:

“Construction of this section

of track is currently expected

to take place in mid-2021. Our

stakeholder and communications

teams will be reaching out to

work with local communities,

user groups and the local

authority to discuss the proposed

interventions well in advance

of the works and provide more

detailed designs when these are


The timetable is expected

to remain with two trains per

hour in each direction, Monday

to Saturday, with an hourly

service on Sundays added from

December 2023.



Rhiwbina RFC

team up with City


Rhiwbina RFC has chosen City

Hospice, Cardiff’s local hospice, as

its Annual Raffle partner for 2019.

The 2018 Annual Raffle raised a

remarkable £8,000 for the club

and its charity partner, but this year,

the club and City Hospice have

an ambitious plan to double that


Richard Price of Rhiwbina RFC


“We’re very pleased to have City

Hospice as our charity partner. The

valuable funds raised will support

their work with patients and families

across Cardiff but also help us to

develop community rugby and

coaching at all levels. We felt that

we had so much in common when

it came to supporting the local

community and we plan to pull out

all the stops to double the amount

raised last year”.

City Hospice is a registered charity

at the heart of Cardiff, providing

specialist medical, nursing and

end of life care to patients in their

own homes. They are also the only

at-home palliative care provider for

the city of Cardiff and need to raise

a total of £2m to keep providing

these specialist services.

Daisy Magill, the hospice's

Fundraising Officer said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be

in partnership with Rhiwbina RFC

for its Annual Charity Raffle. Thank

you very much to the club for

choosing us. We are very grateful

for your support!”

All prizes are donated by local

businesses or individuals and both

organisations are very grateful for

their generous support.

Tickets are on sale from Rhiwbina

RFC players, supporters and

volunteers across all age groups

from Under 7s to Seniors. Tickets

will also be available at City

Hospice shops, activities and

events. To find out more or to get

yours, call 02920 524150.


Monico Movies announce Autumn line up

Community cinema Monico Movies

have released their Autumn and

Winter line up for November and


Since launching their not-for-profit

community cinema in October 2015,

they have screened 47 films, with

the aim of evoking memories of

Rhiwbina's Monico Cinema.

Viv Jones told Rhiwbina Living:

"We pride ourselves on hosting a

very family-friendly atmosphere at

our monthly screenings and feel that

our audience now enjoys a sense of

ownership for our monthly cinema.

"We started with absolutely nothing

and applied to the National Lottery

for a grant to purchase our own

equipment; everyone on our crew is

a volunteer and our success is thanks

to their hard work and enthusiasm."

Films they have screened include,

among others, Dark Horse, Brooklyn,

The Martian, Mustang, Bridge of Spies,

Hidden Figures, Hedd Wyn, The Book

Thief and Casablanca.

For their Autumn and Winter

screenings, they will be showing

Solomon a Gaenor, a Welsh language

film starring Ioan Gruffydd (November

9th), and their Christmas Special, Stan

and Ollie (14th December).

Scouts from Rhiwbina were among

those from Cardiff and the Vale

Area who were welcomed into the

prestigious Lord Mayor’s troop in


The annual Lord Mayor’s own

presentation was supported and

hosted by Cardiff and Vale College,

recognising the achievement of the

young people who have gained

Scouting’s highest awards and

valuable skills for life.

Monico Movies' Sue Harding said:

"One of our main objectives when

deciding to set up a community

cinema was that we definitely didn't

want to compete with big cinemas.

We wanted to share our love of great

film and provide people with an

opportunity to see films that maybe

they'd never have thought of seeing."

The original Monico Cinema opened

on 19th April 1937. It had a seating

capacity of 950 in stalls and circle.

The building was demolished and a

block of flats was built on the site in


Tickets for the forthcoming

screenings are available from the Deri

Stores, The Honeypot, Serenade and

Victoria Fearn Gallery.

You can find out more about their

work at www.monicomovies.co.uk

Rhiwbina Scouts attend Lord Mayor's troop

Area Commissioner Julian Jordan


“Life is all about the journey

and achievements these young

people have been recognised for

in their Scouting lives so far. We are

honoured to have this connection

between the Lord Mayor and Cardiff

and Vale Scouts that is unique in


Rhiwbina 2nd Scouts have recently

celebrated 50 years in Rhiwbina.

Debbie Chapman Dancers donate

£10,000 to Maggie's Centre

Local dance school Debbie Chapman

Dancers has donated £10,000 to

Maggie's Centre in Whitchurch.

The school has been raising money

through their sell-out shows at

St David's Hall, that took place in

February and July.

Debbie told Rhiwbina Living:

"We are absolutely thrilled to

announce that our recent show,

Dansation XIII, raised £10,000 for

Maggie's Cardiff. Thank you so much

to all pupils, parents and anyone else

involved in the fundraising."

Maggie's Cardiff offers professional

support to people with cancer and

their loved ones.

Rhiwbina Library

Diary dates


Saturday 12th: Board Games


Monday 14th: FoRL Reading Group


Monday 21st: Read Aloud (3pm)

Wednesday 30th: Quiz (3.30pm)


Saturday 2nd: Dementia Café


Saturday 9th: Board Games


Monday 18th: Read Aloud (3pm)

Monday 18th: FoRL Reading Group


Wednesday 27th: Quiz (3.30pm)

Every Saturday:

Jigsaw Library (10am-12.30pm)

Every third Monday of the month:

Rhiwbina Library Book Club


Every second Saturday of the


Board Games (1.30pm-3.30pm)

All the latest news and events

from Rhiwbina Library

Coming up at

Rhiwbina Library

Book Group

Friends of Rhiwbina Library has its

own book group. We meet in the

library on the third Monday of each

month (7.30pm-8.30pm) to discuss

a nominated book and share bookish

recommendations. Pop along

and give it a go.

Board Games

Our Board Games sessions (for

young and old) are held on the

second Saturday of the month

(1.30pm-3.30pm). Abandon your

screens and gadgets and enjoy

an afternoon of good company,

competitive fun and delicious


Jigsaw Library

Helpers are needed! Every

Saturday morning (10am-12.30pm),

our jigsaw library offers a vast

choice of jigsaws for all ages.

Thanks to our great volunteers

for making this happen. If you can

spare a few hours once in a while

please contact


Dementia Café

Dementia Café meets at the

library on the first Saturday of

every month (11am–noon). This is

a wonderful opportunity for those

living with dementia, and their

carers, to socialise and make new


Read Aloud

On the third Monday of each

month (3pm-4pm), the library

hosts a ‘Read Aloud’ session for

grown-ups, where we listen to and

discuss a short story. The perfect

opportunity to escape the real

world for an hour or so and let the

mind's eye wander.

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga can help you feel

less stressed, gain flexibility

and stamina. Using a chair as a

balancing aid, this NEW class

is designed to suit all ages and

abilities. Mondays (10.30am-


Good Yarn Club

A huge thank you to Sandra

and The Good Yarn knitting/

crochet group for their donation

of £100, raised through sales of

their hand-made items. They

meet in the library on Thursdays

from 2pm until 4pm. Contact


gmail.com for more details.

New Planters

Thanks to Mike Wright and his

colleagues from Men’s Sheds

Cymru and a grant from Cardiff

Council, we now have four

handsome planters stationed

outside our library. We’re sure you’ll

agree they add colour and interest

to that area. We look forward to

future cooperation with Mike and

the team.

For full details of events, consult

the Library notice board or

Tel: 029 2069 3276

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter

and Instagram

Email: friendsofrhiwbinalibrary@


Website: friendsofrhiwbinalibrary.


All FoRL proceeds and donations

go towards enhancing facilities at

Rhiwbina Library.



Your letters



We love to hear what you've been up to

so send us your letters and photos!

We'll do our best to print them all!


Autumn Poem

The morning sun illuminates the


enhancing the hues of golden


where a rainbow seems to


a colourful bridge in the blue


mountain clouds framing the


This alluring view from the autumn


relaxes my soul more than any pill,

Breath disappearing ghost-like in

the air

as raindrops drip as if a tap,

glistening jewels in the sunshine.

Then the rainbow weakens,


as dark clouds menace the sky

once more.

The show's over but I'll remember

this beautiful sight...deep in


Guy Fletcher


Brecon Memories

I have had great pleasure from

reading Rhiwbina Living magazine

with its first-class presentation.

It's certainly at the heart of the

community and I was impressed

with your feature entitled 'Maggie's

Mission', that has changed the lives

of hundreds of local people with

special needs. Her visits to Storey

Arms are near to my home in the

Brecon Beacons.


Welsh Nursery

Celebrates 1959-


This October, the Welsh Nursery

in Rhiwbeina will celebrate sixty

years since its establishment in

1959 in the Rhiwbeina Memorial

Hall. Since then, it has moved to

its present site in Bethel Chapel,

Maes y Deri.

Back in 1959, Rhiwbeina was still

part of the Glamorgan County

until the local reorganisation in the


Therefore, if parents in Rhiwbeina

wanted a bilingual education for

their children, the nearest Welsh

medium school was in Cardiff so

they would have to pay all the

costs to send their children to this


In 1958, Gwilym Roberts, who

was brought up in Rhiwbeina,

returned to the village from

college to teach Welsh in one

of the English medium schools

in Cardiff. He felt deeply that he

didn't have the opportunity as a

Welsh speaker to have a Welsh

medium education so he decided

to establish a Welsh medium

nursery in Rhiwbeina. This would

then possibly lead to asking the

Glamorgan County Education

Department to establish a Welsh

medium primary school in the


He discussed his idea with Gwyn

Daniel who was a headmaster

in Gwaelod y Garth and also the

Secretary of U.C.A.C. (Union of

Teachers in Wales) and as a result,

the two of them visited Welsh

speaking parents in the area to ask

for their support.

A meeting was convened in the

'Wendy Hut' and Gwilym was

instructed to look for suitable

premises. On the opening day of

the nursery, 21 children attended.

Over the years, the nursery has

expanded to be full time and it is

still flourishing with a waiting list.

Penblwydd Hapus!

G Roberts


I have included of interest to

you, Maggie, and your magazine

readers, my illustration of Ken

Dodd, performing his Mandalay

Stage Act in the Brecon Beacons.

He had framed a copy for himself

and has given me much praise.

Dewi Bowen

Retired Art Teacher (92 years old)

Merthyr Tydfil

Job Well Done

A quick note to say thank you for

our magazines. We love getting

them through our letterbox!

L. Jesson


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Under the new community association One Rhiwbina,







Welcome in Christmas this year at the wonderful

Rhiwbina Christmas Festival. Meet Santa, do a spot

of late night Christmas shopping and watch the

Christmas lights switch on!

Christmas Lights

Switch On 5pm

Meet Father Christmas

from 3pm at the

Secret Shed

Carols around the

Tree 5.30pm



30 TH 2019


4pm - 6.30pm

ROAD CLOSURES: Heol Y Deri will be closed to all traffic from 2pm on the 30th November and will re-open at 8pm. The road closure

begins at the crossroads of Beulah Church and continues to Lon Isa. Pen Y Dre will also be closed to traffic during this time from the

crossroads to Lon Y Dail. Beulah Road will remain open to traffic and the buses will be diverted along it.

Ethical Informed

Citizens at

Llanishen Fach

Primary School

In the summer 2017 edition of

Rhiwbina Living, we wrote an

article entitled ‘Making Learning

Irresistible’ which described how,

here at Llanishen Fach Primary

School, we were working to shape

a new curriculum in response to

the Welsh Government’s 2015

publication, ‘Successful Futures’.

In setting aspirations for education

in twenty-first century Wales,

Welsh Government adopted the

‘Four Purposes’, where pupils are:

• Ambitious, capable learners

• Enterprising, creative contributors

• Ethical, informed citizens

• Healthy, confident individuals

Two years on, the positive

response from our pupils and

their families to our efforts have

demonstrated to us that we are

on the right track in preparing our

pupils for the lives that lay ahead

of them. As an indication of how

far our children have travelled in

embracing the Four Purposes, we

would like to share six short pieces

written by some of our Year 5 and

Year 6 pupils.

The contributions were submitted

following a request for articles on

a subject of their choice that our

pupils wanted to present to a wider

audience. If the Welsh Government

want to see evidence of the

adoption of the Four Purposes,

they need look no further than

Llanishen Fach Primary School. We

hope you agree that their ideas,

compassion and quality of writing

is humbling.


Plastic pollution

Are we to believe that one of the

biggest problems we face today is the

fact that we are drowning in plastic?

Roughly over 100 years ago, plastic

was invented. At the time, it was a

miracle because it was so durable

and cheap to make. Nowadays,

plastic finds its way into everything,

even our clothes.

I think that this is a problem

because as plastic is so durable, it

takes between 500 to 1000 years to

biodegrade; and we are making too

much to get rid of.

40% of plastics are used for

unrecyclable packaging. 12.7 million

tonnes of this finds its way into the

ocean each year! In the US, plastic

makes up to 34% of waste generated

each year! Over 109 years, 8.3 billion

tonnes of plastic has been made and

6.3 billion tonnes of that has become

waste. That’s just 9% recycled, 12%

burnt and 79% wasted.

Unless we all get together and

use less plastic, and recycle the

plastic that we do use, then we will

undoubtedly grow up living in a sad

world of no natural wildlife!

So to do your bit, go to

www.cleanseas.org/pledge or


By Tobias Brown

Palm oil -

impossible to give


I love orang-utans, but the orangutan

population is decreasing. Do you

know why?

It’s because palm oil demand has

increased. Around 50% of our daily

goods contain palm oil. It’s the most

widely produced vegetable oil. 90%

of palm oil is currently produced in

Malaysia and Indonesia.

Palm oil plantations are causing

rainforest destruction. Rainforest

areas the size of 300 football fields are

being destroyed every hour. This is


Orang-utans are in danger because

they live in rainforests and they look

for food in the plantations. They

are seen as pests. It’s not right they

are just at home minding their own


Most companies use different

names for palm oil, that is why it

can be impossible to give up. Only

some companies have agreed to

use organic palm oil. But this is not


What can you do to help? Tell

people; try not to buy products

containing palm oil; it's difficult I know,

I have tried. Look for the other names

given to palm oil and try to avoid

these. It’s not impossible to give up;

what we need is change. We can save

the orang-utans. We must.

By Hannah Welch

The homelessness


The reason I am writing this article

about homelessness is because I feel

sorry for people who have nothing.

I have seen a homeless man who

does not have any arms. He does

not own anything except a pair of

trousers, not even a T-shirt. Some

of us get cold when we are in bed

at home in winter, yet this man had

nothing to keep him warm.

According to the Office for National

Statistics, there were an estimated

90 deaths of homeless people in

Wales in the five years up to 2017.

Furthermore, according to a Welsh

Government report, 9,072 households

in Wales were in danger of becoming

homeless during 2017-18. To be

legally defined as homeless, you

must lack a secure place, in which

you are entitled to either live or

reasonably be able to stay.

In December 2018, an estimated

131,000 children were homeless in

England, Scotland and Wales.

This is 3% higher than 2017 (over 3,000

more children) and 59% higher than

2013 (nearly 50,000 more children).

Should we really believe that we

cannot improve this situation?

By Ben Lewis

The Four Rs

Plastic pollution is the main thing

affecting us on Earth and we have a

duty to prevent this from happening.

In 2016, 7 billion people produced

320 MILLION tonnes of plastic. This

amount is set to double in 2034.

8 million pieces of plastic go into

the ocean every day. There are an

estimated 100 million tonnes of

plastic in oceans around the world.

Over 1 million marine animals

including mammals, fish, sharks,

turtles and birds are killed each year,

which is distressing. The North Pacific

Gyre is a huge problem in the ocean.

It is a massive pile of floating rubbish,

twice the size of Texas, USA. There are

1.8 TRILLION pieces of rubbish laying

in the water there.

This plastic waste takes hundreds

or even thousands of years to break

down. It can cause disease and

defects in animals and humans.

In order to help this situation, we have

the four Rs.

What are the four Rs?

• REDUCE our plastic waste by buying

non-plastic packaging.

• RE-USE our plastic carrier bags.

• RECYCLE our rubbish.

• REFUSE items such as plastic straws

in drinks.

Therefore, by doing this, we can

save our planet for wildlife and future


By Lily Stansfield

Vegan for the


In my opinion, everyone needs to help

the environment in different ways.

The most efficient thing we can do

as individuals, according to an Oxford

study, is to live a vegan lifestyle.

No one can deny greenhouse gas

emissions are a big problem, but not

many people know that over 51% of

these emissions come from animal

livestock through their digestion

gases and

manure waste,

which is called

'methane gas'.

It is 72 times

more powerful

than CO2 in its

effects on global


In my point

of view, we all

need to look

after our water

as well. A lot of

water is used for

producing meat,

but a lot less is

used for fruits

and vegetables.


we should eat

no meat or less

meat to reduce

water usage.


is also causing a

lot of problems

for us in this world. However, there

is a way to solve this. The animal

agriculture is responsible for 91%

of Amazon rainforest destruction. A

vegan lifestyle can put an end to it.

We can also help the oceans by

taking away the fishing nets. Can you

believe that sea animals get strangled

by fishing nets as there is 46% of

ocean plastic? Unless we stop eating

meat, the environment and animals

will continue to suffer. In conclusion,

I feel we shall be able to live how

we want without damaging the

environment. Try to go vegan please!

By Lucy German



Every time I go to the Wenallt to walk

my dog, I find the bins in the car park

overflowing with rubbish. This makes

me feel very annoyed and disturbed.

First of all, it is destroying the beauty

of our landscape in the Wenallt.

Secondly, it highlights the fact that

we don’t have access to recycling

facilities in the Wenallt as much

of that rubbish is recyclable and

thirdly, I believe that this encourages

irresponsible disposal of personal

rubbish and fly-tipping.

No one can deny that this rubbish

looks rubbish and my generation

wants to enjoy the beauty of the

Wenallt just like previous generations

have. I believe that if these bins are

left to consistently overflow then

consequently our landscape will be

destroyed forever.

By Thomas Jackson

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Rhiwbina is a village full of families and community spirit. We asked

young children what family and community means to them


aged 6

What is the best

thing about being in a


Cuddling and going

on holidays to make

giant sandcastles.

Why is family important?

Family is important so that we don't get lost

and we also need someone to pay for our

things in the shops.

How are you involved in your community?

I go litter picking in Rhiwbina and I'm also

in a club called Pebbles once a week. I also

like going to the shops to buy things.

What do you think about the community of


I like looking out of my windows at the

rainbow cars going past my house and also

looking for Nan and Grandad.


Why we love our family

and community

Seb aged 8

What is the best thing

about being in a family?

The best thing about being

in a family is having fun

and being there for one


Why is family important?

Because some people in

the world don’t have one.

They keep you safe and

even when you fall out,

Evie aged 8

What is the best thing

about being in a family?

You have people to take

care of you and also get

clothes and a bed and a

nice home where people

will love you.

Why is family important?

You get cared for and without them you

wouldn't have been born!

How are you involved in your community?

I go to school, Debbie Chapman Dancers, two

drama schools and Brownies. I always take

part in the community magazine.

What do you think about the community of


I think Rhiwbina is a cosy village and I love

being involved in Rhiwbina. It's quite a small

village but there is a lot of stuff to do here.

they still love you.

How are you involved in your community?

I play rugby for Rhiwbeina Squirrels that my

dad helps to coach and I play tennis next to

Rhiwbeina Primary.

What do you think about the community of


I love living in Rhiwbina because we can walk

to loads of things. I love the sausage rolls at

Parsons, the vanilla ice cream at Nest and

going to the stream!

Sienna aged 8

What is the best thing about

being in a family?

The best thing is spending

time with each other and

feeling so loved.

Why is family important?

Family is important because it makes me feel

safe and we look after each other.

How are you involved in your community?

I go to Suzanne Scales Performing Arts

School, Debbie Chapman Dancers and

Rhiwbina Tennis Club.

What do you think about the community of


Rhiwbina is a safe, friendly and happy place.

Ariana aged 7

What is the best thing about being in a


They give you the things you need. I have

my brother and sister so

always have someone to

play with. They love me

no matter what.

Why is family important?

Because then you can

have fun. Your family love

and care about you like

nobody else.

How are you involved in

your community?

Debbie Chapman Dancers. I spend a lot of

my free time at different dance classes. I’m

really lucky it is part of our community.

What do you think about the community of


Rhiwbina is really special. Everyone is really

friendly and kind.

Rosie aged 8

What is the best thing about being in a family?

I like having my family because you get to

do lots of fun things and you get to look after

each other.

Why is family important?

Because you look after each other and get to

celebrate special days together. If you are sad,

your family can help you.

How are you involved in your community?

I go to school in Rhiwbina and I also go

Joe aged 8

What is the best thing about being

in a family?

Respecting each other, doing lots

of things together and loving each


Why is family important?

Because we all respect God and we all work


How are you involved in your community?

I do football, rugby and basketball. I also go to

Rhiwbina Christmas Festival.

What do you think about the community of


It's a friendly neighbourhood.

Jenna aged 8

What is the best thing about

being in a family?

You get to spend time with

them. I love them so much

because you get to do lots of

stuff with them.

Why is family important?

Because without a family, no

one can look after you. And they

love you.

How are you involved in your community?

I’m involved in Debbie Chapman Dancers

and do shows every year. I go to CAST in

Whitchurch High and do dance, drama and

singing. I also go to gymnastics and netball

and orchestra in Whitchurch High School.

What do you think about the community of


I like living in Rhiwbina because I love it when

Santa comes down Pen-Y-Dre and gives

us presents. I love that we have two parks

(Caedelyn and Parc Y Pentre) and the library,

the trains and the village.

dancing, to drama

and to Brownies.

What do you

think about the

community of


I think Rhiwbina is

a very lovely place

because it's quite

small and I like that

because I get to see

my friends in the



A Family Move

Northwood Cardiff and Newport have recently moved into their new home at

Morgans Residential in the heart of the village. Director Kate Gwinnutt explains

how the move can help both customers and the community as a whole

If you weren't born and bred in

Rhiwbina, you may remember the

day you moved here.

For Kate Gwinnutt, moving

her estate agency and team

to Rhiwbina was a no-brainer.

Northwood Cardiff and Newport is

an award-winning company that's

recently made its new home in the

village, having taken over Morgans

Residential. In the last few months,

the team has already become a

part of community life.

"You can see that Rhiwbina is a

community that cares about itself,"

says Kate. "At Northwood, we'd

outgrown our office on Whitchurch

Road and were looking for the

perfect place to put down our roots.

I’ve always wanted to be a part of

a special community and there’s

such a good sense of that here. The

location itself is wonderful; it ticked

a lot of boxes in what we were

looking for."

Despite becoming a familiar face

in the village, Kate grew up in


"I grew up there and even met


my husband Ben in the local

Comprehensive there. We both

went to Exeter University where I

studied biology and Ben studied

History and German. We both took

years abroad in our third year of

University. Ben spent the year in

Vienna and I spent a year in Myrtle

Beach in South Carolina."

The pair completed their degrees

at university and both went back to

live in South Wales.

"Mum and Dad had started running

Northwood Cardiff and Newport

at that point. They opened the

franchise 17 years ago and at that

time, Northwood was still a new

business. Theirs was only the tenth

office to open. There are now 85

across the UK."

But for anyone who thinks that

Northwood are just a faceless

corporation moving into the village,

Kate is quick to point out that their

business is very much a family-run


"I used to go into the office in the

Summer Holidays during university

and help Dad with the filing and

that’s how it started. I always said

I’d never work for him but he had

a member of staff that was going

on maternity. Dad said it’d be good

for me to do some 9-5 work so

that I could get some knowledge.

He told me that it'd be good to

get something on my CV while I

decided what I wanted to do with

my life. The trouble was that I

started enjoying the work and when

the member of staff came back part

time, I started job-sharing with her. I

started doing viewings and looking

after the accounts and here we are

nine years later!"

Kate and her dad are now both

directors of the company, which

has already gone a long way to

integrating themselves within the

Rhiwbina community.

"Within the first week that we were

here, we were introduced to the

Plastic-Free team and the local

rugby club were also in touch about

donating for their raffle."

Northwood were keen to retain

a large core of the Morgans team

during the takeover, who are still

based at the office on the corner of


"The best part of that is that

we can still tap into the local

knowledge and expertise that was

so important to the success of the

previous business. In Residential

sales, we have Gina, Louise and

Nicola, who have been helping

people find homes in the area for

well over 40 years between them. In

Lettings, we have Chrissie, a familiar

face to local landlords, Emily our

lettings negotiator and Abi our

lettings administrator."

Kate has supplemented the

existing team with key people from

Whitchurch Road.

"We have Michael who’s in lettings.

He started working with Northwood

six months after the office opened

17 years ago. Dad’s always been

keen to train and invest in people;

we want to give our members of

staff opportunities. Michael started

as an apprentice and has worked

his way up. Ryan is also in Lettings;

he's been a negotiator with us for

over three years now and then

there's James, who has been with

us for 11 years. He was working in

Lettings but is now in Sales and

absolutely loving it! And of course,

there's my husband Ben. He takes

care of the lettings. It really is a

family affair!"

While the merger was perhaps

unexpected, it has breathed new

life into the village.

"Everyone's been really positive

about the merger and we believe

that we've now got the best of both

worlds here. It’s lovely to meet

new people every day and every

day is different. We’ve got some

great ideas for the future and we’re

already planning for the Winter and

Summer festivals already."

In addition to the community

input, customers can also sample

the great Northwood experience

when it comes to letting or buying

a home.

"Dad has worked really, really hard

to get the business to where it is.

He’s semi-retired now. He’s still the

franchisee but is now more of a

personal consultant, who helps and


"As such, we can offer our

customers a fantastic service.

We offer our popular guaranteed

income scheme which isn’t

insurance based and it’s quite

unique – we effectively become

the landlord and agree to pay the

landlord, regardless of whether the

tenant pays or whether the property

has been let. The risk is all on us.

That has very much been a selling

point for us for the last 17 years.

"We offer guaranteed rent for

a minimum of one year and a

maximum of three years. We’ll deal

with it all for you. We're there to take

the hassle out. And if a traditional

letting is what you're after, we can

of course, offer that too."

And Northwood aren't just a onetrick

pony either.

"As the market has developed

over the last few years, we realised

that there was nothing stopping us

becoming an estate agent," says

Kate. "It’s a very big decision on who

you trust to sell your house for you.

It relies a lot on liking the people

who are going to sell your property

and we have to show that and prove

that. We want to do it the right way

and we want to help.

"We want to provide the best

customer service possible and we

also need to be here when people

need us. We want to make the

journey of letting or selling a home

as easy as we can for everyone. We

offer so much more than an online

agency can."

So far, so good then for Kate and

her team. But there's still a lot to do.

"The plan is that Lettings will be

rebranded to Northwood and the

Morgans name will stay for Sales.

We’re keen to integrate in the

community and to grow further.

We need to keep our Northwood

customers happy too so we've got

to keep that balance right."

There will be ongoing training too,

that's backed up by the national

Northwood brand.

"Legislation has changed so much

over the years and our franchise

office has kept us informed about

all of this since the start. If we have

a tricky question, someone in the

network will have an answer to it.

We are part of the Rent Smart

Wales scheme and also part of the

SafeAgents scheme, which provides

peace of mind for landlords and


"We’re good at what we do. We’re

not just coming in cold at this," adds


And what about the next

generation of Kate's family?

"We've got a little one and

we're possibly looking to move.

Rhiwbina’s definitely top of the list

of places we’d like to move to!"

In the meantime, Kate and her

team have a few matters to attend


"As a team, we've still not got

around to having a night out yet.

There were a lot of people away in

August so we'll definitely be getting

that in the diary asap!

"We are aware that Morgans was

a family business. We now have

the benefit of the backing of a

national brand but we are still our

own limited company and still as

accessible as Morgans was. It’s still

the same from a client’s point of

view too."

It looks like Northwood have found

their new forever home.

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The former Whitchurch High School

student talks about her life as a

professional soprano

"I'm only back for a week," says

Sarah Gilford.

The 27 year old soprano is taking

some much-needed time out at

her North Cardiff home, although

home these days can also be

considered Munich, where she is

currently undertaking a Young Artist

Programme. Over the last 12 years,

Sarah has been building her singing

career and enjoying every moment

along the way.

"I'm trying to think of where it all

started. It must have been at school.

My parents still have videos of one

of the nativity plays I was in and we

put it on the other day. It was so

funny watching it back. I went for

the loud and wrong approach back

then!" she laughs.

"My aunty is an amateur singer and

the idea of me singing has always

been there. I went to Llanishen Fach

Primary School and when they gave

me a main role in their Christmas

play, I started thinking about singing

properly. I played the title role of

Snow Robin. It was my first big

break I guess and that’s where it

started. I was in Year 2 so I was 7

years old."

With Sarah deciding what she

wanted to do at an early age, her

parents were the first to offer their


"My parents were never pushy

and my mum waited for me to

beg for singing lessons because

they were so expensive. She didn’t

want me doing them if I wasn’t

that interested. You have to really

commit to something like that. I

started lessons at the age of 10,

when I was also interested in doing


musical theatre. I soon realised

that I was never going to be a high

level dancer so my singing teacher

suggested that I try classical

singing. It was the best thing for me

in the end."

High school was the foundation

of what was to become a

professional career. Sarah began

appearing in school concerts and

other competitions like the Urdd


"I went to Whitchurch High School

where they had a great music

department. Mr Phillips, the Head of

Music there, was a big supporter of

mine. Every year at school, we used

to sing outside Queen’s Arcade to

raise money for Velindre Hospital.

My first proper singing teacher was

a lady in Whitchurch called Angela

Morris-Parry, who really helped

me. I did wonderful things like the

South Glamorgan Festival of Young

Musicians and ended up at the

age of 18 winning the best overall

singing prize. I really worked my

way up. I went from knee-knocking,

terrible singing to winning a lot and

it really built up my confidence.

Angela taught me for about ten

years and I learned a lot from her."

While other teenagers would

perhaps spend time on video

games and social media, Sarah was

setting about building a career for


"I was 15 when I made my first

CD," she says. "During my last year

of Sixth Form, I auditioned for four

UK music conservatories and was

unsuccessful. I auditioned again

a year later and received a place

at the Royal Northern College of

Music in Manchester. That's where

I went to do my undergraduate

degree. Four years didn’t seem

long enough. I got to my fourth

year and felt that I was only just

starting to understand what my

teacher had been trying to get

me to do. I stayed for another year

where I continued lessons with my

teacher Debbie Rees and gained

some stage experience, including

a substantial role in Mozart’s opera,

Così fan tutte.”

Sarah's years at the Royal Northern

helped develop her language skills

- as well as all-important stage


"They give you bum pads when

you're working in period costume

so you’re actually a lot wider than

you think you are when you're on

stage. I remember in my first dress

rehearsal, I was supposed to be

trashing this room up but in a very

staged and organised way. But

because of my bum pad, I ended

up taking tables and chairs with me

and destroying things I shouldn’t

have. It was a great learning

experience for me!"

After five years at the Royal

Northern, Sarah took a full year out

but got involved with a few opera

festivals, including landing a role

with Longborough Festival Opera.

"It was the same director who’d

worked with me on the Mozart

opera at the Royal Northern. Also

that summer, I won the W Towyn

Roberts Scholarship at the National

Eisteddfod. It's the biggest singing

prize that you can win there.

"I don’t speak Welsh so I got some

of my Welsh-speaking friends and

my first-ever singing teacher that

I had in Cardiff to give me some

guidance. Everyone was shocked

when they found out that I don’t

speak Welsh. I was lucky that the

panel had all worked internationally.

I won £5k which went straight

towards my Masters degree in


Effectively taking two years out

had allowed Sarah to build on her

skill levels and enrich herself with

experience that was put to good

use when she started her Masters


"It really paid off because

throughout my masters at the Royal

Academy of Music, everything I

auditioned for, I got. I’d developed

my experience and technical ability

in those two years and it’s all helped

propel me into this professional


After completing her Masters,

Sarah set about making her next


"I'd decided that I didn’t want

another year off and that I wanted to

go into an opera school or a Young

Artist Programme. I auditioned for

several places and was offered a

place at the Guildhall Opera School

but then I also got an audition at

the Bavarian State Opera and went

there thinking ‘absolutely not a

chance’. I didn’t feel that I was ready.

"I got through to the second

round and then to my surprise,

they offered me a place. Out of 900

people, they only took three of us.

I’ve worked really hard and have

never taken anything for granted."

Her residency in Munich is set to

last one year, but more often than

not, young artists are kept on for a

second year.

"This one opportunity in Munich

has made a big difference to my

life. You have to have so much

resilience in this trade. More

importantly, you need to believe

in yourself. Even when I was doing

A Level Music, I realised that this

industry is a very subjective one.

Not everybody’s going to like you

but there will be somebody out

there who will. And you’ll always

end up in the right place if you stay

true to yourself and you know what

you want, especially from an early

age. If I didn’t get any parts that I'd

auditioned for, I’d tell myself that

it wasn’t for me. You have to fail in

order to learn."

Sarah's attitude to both her work,

and life, speaks volumes about her

tenacity and focus.

"I was very academic but I’ve never

needed the qualifications that I’ve

achieved. In auditions, no one asks

me whether I got a First or not. In

the singing world, you might have a

really great degree but you may not

necessarily have a career in it. If you

want to have a career in any of the

arts, you need to be clear on what

you want in life."

For now, Sarah is focusing on

honing her skills.

"Classical singing is a fine art

similar to ballet. You learn to

use your voice and body in the

most efficient way in order to be

heard over an orchestra without


"I will be nervous for my first

official opera in Munich. I always get

nervous but I do enjoy the set up

of the stage and the audience. You

can see the first few rows of people

before they disappear in the dark

but when I’ve got a costume on and

I’m armed with stage directions,

I feel less nervous because I feel

less exposed than when I sing in

concerts or recitals. The closer the

audience is, the more nervous I get.

"It’s perfectly natural for me to

get nervous but I think what’s

changed is the way I view it. I see

it more as excitement now, rather

than worrying about what might go

wrong. Nerves can help as long as

they’re kept at a manageable level."

As well as keeping nerves under

control, there's also the challenge

of remembering all the words:

"When I was younger, I used to

learn the words no problem but the

older I get, the harder I find it. I now

write out what I’m learning, over

and over. I speak it out if I’m walking

down the street – it’s like a constant

engagement with what I’m doing. I

don’t feel like I can have time away

from it.

"With opera, when you go into

production, it helps sometimes

when you have to sing a line with a

certain stage direction. The music

is also a helpful association when

trying to memorise the words. You

end up remembering them forever."

Sarah performs at the National Eisteddfod 2017


Emboldened with skills,

experience and talent, Sarah is

looking to develop her career even


"My proudest achievement to

date is being offered a place on the

Young Artist Programme that I'm

now working through. I’ve learnt

how to pronounce German, French,

Italian, Welsh, Russian and Czech

but I’ve never learnt languages. If

there’s one thing I’d love to get out

of being in Germany, it’d be to learn

the language."

And to prove that life works in

circles, Sarah recounts a story that

proves how far she'd come in just

ten years.

"Recently, Mr Phillips from

Whitchurch High School invited me

to do a Christmas concert with the

Cardiff and Vale Youth Orchestra

at Hoddinot Hall and it turned out

to be exactly ten years later than

the last time I sang with the same

orchestra. It was nice to go back

with so much more experience

and it was nice to indulge in the


"It’s been a great privilege winning

lots of awards and I do feel very

supported. The Arts Council of

Wales, the Ryan Davies Memorial

Trust, the John Fussell Trust

and the Hartsheath Charitable

Trust, all Welsh funding bodies,

have all played their part and I’m

hoping that this is the start of my

professional career."

Looking ahead, there are still a few

achievements on the to-do list.

"I would really love to compete in

Cardiff Singer of the World and also

sing with Welsh National Opera.

But in the meantime, and in terms

of my immediate career, I’m just

going to keep taking everything in

and working hard while I’m here in


Find out more about Sarah at










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For nearly thirty years Juboraj have

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As the last great Romantic

symphonist, Mahler’s music is

conceived on the grandest scale.

Determined to express his view of

the human condition, he claimed

his 'symphonies represent the

contents of my entire life.' Regarded

by some as one of the ten greatest

symphonies of all time, Mahler’s

epic Third Symphony is a sublime

hymn to the natural world, its

ambitious scale, launched by a

barnstorming opening movement,

unfolds with an accumulating

emotional energy and culminates

in a heaven-storming apotheosis. It

was voted one of the ten greatest

symphonies of all time in a survey

of conductors carried out by the

BBC Music Magazine.

Mahler's Third Symphony comes to

Cardiff on 8th November, courtesy

of The Prague Symphony Orchestra,

the official orchestra of the capital

city Prague. The orchestra is a

leading Czech musical ensemble

with an established and renowned

international reputation. It was

founded in 1934.

This concert includes

performances from mezzo-soprano

Ester Pavlů, the Cardiff Metropolitan

Cathedral Choir, Cardiff Bach

Choir, Swansea Bach Choir and is

conducted by Pietari Inkinen.

You can win a pair of tickets to

this concert by answering this very

simple question:

In which year was the Prague

Symphony Orchestra founded?

a) 1914

b) 1934

c) 1954

Please email your correct answer

to SDHpress@cardiff.gov.uk by

Friday 31st October 2019 along with

your full name and address, plus a

phone number so that you can be

contacted in the event of winning

the competition.

Alternatively, please post your

entry with your contact details to:

Marketing Team, St David’s Hall, The

Hayes, CF10 1AH.

Win An afternoon TEA FOR


Autumn is a great time to get

together with friends or family over

a pot of tea and delicious food and

Village Hotel Cardiff have teamed

up with Rhiwbina Living to offer you

the chance to win an Afternoon Tea

for two.

Their Afternoon Tea menu is

inspired by Great British Bake Off

winner Candice Brown. Enjoy a

selection of savouries and cakes

with tea and coffee or upgrade to

one of their drinks packages.

The menu includes a mini brioche

filled with egg, mayonnaise and

spinach topped with micro cress;

prawn Marie Rose with avocado on

a cracker; smoked salmon and

asparagus tart; roasted sweet

potato, chorizo and red pepper tart;

rhubarb and custard profiterole;

mini cornflake tart with lemon curd;

peanut and chocolate brownie;

and a chocolate and orange scone

served with jam and clotted cream.

All served with piping hot tea or

coffee, or something stronger if you

want to upgrade.

The venue boasts a newly

refurbished pub and grill that's

situated at the heart of the hotel

too. From Sunday lunch to a

working breakfast, dinner with

mates or lunch with the ladies, the


hotel welcomes guests and locals

alike. Enjoy a selection of tasty food

and an array of drinks served all day

from 10am-10pm.

For your chance to win, email

your name, address and telephone

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think you deserve to win (or by post

to our address on the inside cover).

Competition closes 31st October




All Gathered In


As the season turns, and the evenings get darker, it's the perfect

time to have quality time indoors with friends and family


Movie Night

There can probably be nothing

more cosy than snuggling

down with family and friends

and having a good ol' movie


Pick your movies in advance

(why not go with a double bill?)

and arrange the furniture so

that you've all got the best view.

Prepare some snacks and hot

food in advance and make sure

that you're stocked up on drink

too. If you want to do it properly,

you're going to have to have a

good supply of popcorn at the

ready. Don't forget the buckets!

If you're wanting to be

extra cosy, throw in a load of

cushions and blankets for you

and your guests to hunker

down under.


The kitchen is often a hub of

activity during the autumn

months as we all turn in from the

cold and prepare ourselves some

nice warming meals.

Baking is another way of

spending quality time with

friends and family. If you're

spending time with young

children, it's always worth

involving them and helping them

forge their childhood memories.

You don't need to be an expert

either. Grab some simple recipes

- cookies or chocolate brownies -

you can often find everything you

need in one handy packet at the


Creating something together

helps create a sense of

achievement and strengthens

bonds between family or friends.

Plan a Party

Autumn, of course, is a time of

Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night


A successful party always has

a good amount of planning put

into it and if you are thinking

of holding one, remember

to invite people early so that

they can put the date in their

diaries. Friends and family often

plan their calendars months in

advance and you don't want to

be left without any guests.

You may want to think about

what types of food and games

your party will have and you

may also want to think about

what kind of decor you'll want

to have in your home too. Either

way, getting it all ready at least a

week in advance will mean that

you can spend quality time with

loved ones instead of stressing.

Murder Mystery Evening

A Murder Mystery Evening can be a huge amount of fun, bringing

everyone together and creating new memories with old friends.

Prior to the party, you can purchase a murder mystery party kit. The

kit includes a story about a murder, which usually occurs either during

the course of the dinner or before the party begins. Guests are cast

as characters and should arrive in fancy dress as their nominated

character. Together or separately, all participants (apart from the

murderer) work to solve the mystery.

Wine Tasting


Book yourself a night in with some

wine and friends. If you're looking

to do things properly, introduce a

theme to your wine tasting evenings

- maybe base it on geographical

regions or by country. Also ensure

that all of your wines are ready

to serve at their appropriate


Prepare fresh crusty bread and

maybe some cheese to soak up the

alcohol too.

Games Night

Board games aren't just for kids

although you can include them if

you wish. Always have a selection

of games on hand to suit your

audience. When the kids go to

bed, you can bring out the more

challenging and grown-up games.

Invite close friends to make sure

that the evening is an intimate

affair - large groups are often hard

to control whereas meaningful

conversation can be had in smaller


Prepare some finger food in

advance so that you don't have to

keep people waiting while you're

in the kitchen. You may also want

to think about where you play the

game. A dining table can be useful

if you are serving food whereas

playing around a coffee table can

bring a more relaxed vibe to your

evening. Background music is

optional but don't make it too loud

or distracting.

Keep a good stash of drink so that

you don't have to disappear during

the evening and your guests may

also appreciate a nice dessert as a

victory prize - providing they win of

course. Personalising their playing

pieces, if possible, is also a nice



Autumn provides us with rich

pickings to craft with, especially

with children.

Your local park can supply

you with leaves for leaf printing,

conkers for marbling, and other

bits and bobs to create collages.

Use nature's gifts to create an

autumn wreath or why not create

a garland that you can hang up in

your home?

You can also help craft clothing

and blankets for the colder months

ahead. Knitting has always been

a popular pastime and creating a

scarf, hat or jumper for winter will

keep you busy for hours.

Kids will love creating their own

scarecrow too and you can always

pop this in your garden to remind

you of your autumn memories.

Plan for Christmas

It's not too far away and now is a

good time to start planning.

Getting the Christmas card list

done is always a good place to

start before you can think about

Christmas gifts. Get your calendar

out too and start planning any

activities that you want to do.

Involving friends and family in your

plans will ramp up the excitement


Mince pies are probably on sale in

some shops now so stock up, put

the kettle on and plan for festive

times ahead.


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Rhiwbina Living


In our summer issue, we were looking to recognise the

contribution made by four very special people or businesses

in Rhiwbina. Nominations came from the community

Business of

the Year


Debbie Chapman Dancers

Photo: Andy Gayle

We were looking for a business

that's integrated itself fully with

the community to be our Business

of the Year and after putting it to

a public vote, we can reveal that

this year's worthy winner is Debbie

Chapman Dancers.

The business is one of the largest

and most successful dancing

schools in the UK.

Over the years, they have been

fortunate to nurture hundreds

of young people, watching and

helping them progress and


develop; not only as

dancers but also as


After performing in West

End shows including

Godspell, Peter and the

Wolf, West Side Story and

also teaching in Guildford

where she premièred

the The Snow Goose,

Debbie returned to Cardiff

and formed The Debbie

Chapman Dancers. She is a regular

choreographer for stage and

television in Wales.

Debbie told Rhiwbina Living:

"I am delighted, proud and

honoured to receive Rhiwbina

Living’s Business of the Year award.

I will have been principal of The

Debbie Chapman Dancers for

35 years in 2020, and during that

time, the pupils and I have raised

thousands of pounds for local


"We have also put Rhiwbina

on the map through very many

appearances on television

including Britain’s Got Talent and

Sky One's Got to Dance.

"Many of my pupils are from

Rhiwbina and surrounding

areas and while many of them

have participated in shows and

competitions, many have taken

dance examinations and have

moved to vocational schools, I

really think it’s important to give

something back to the community.

We have been able to do this by

raising monies for charities through

our many performances, while

also having great experiences,

great fun and fabulous

memories that will

last a lifetime.

"Thank you so, so

much to everyone

who voted. Your

award was the icing

on the cake. We are all

super proud."



Winner: Phil Cogin

We were looking for a Community

Champion that would be

recognised as a force for good,

making Rhiwbina a better place

to live. Phil Cogin has been a big

part of Rhiwbina since bringing his

vegan salon to the area. One

resident said:

"Phil has a big heart and gives

back to the local community

whenever he has the

opportunity. He welcomes his

guests from the local area and

afar and makes everyone feel

very welcome."

About his win, Phil told

Rhiwbina Living:

"I am very happy with this

award. It is different and

very important for my little

independent sustainable plant

based business.

"I do this by using Fair Trade,

organic, and vegan products in

my salon. I also help Water Aid,

the homeless and various other

charities throughout the months.

"I love this place; Rhiwbina is

a special place for me. At the

moment, I am concentrating on my

latest project 'No Planet B' which

is Zero Waste living here at Gōndi,

raising the zero plastic movement.

"To be recognised personally

means the world to me. Thank

you for your love and continued

support Rhiwbina."

Winner: Mary Clarke

Rhiwbina is renowned for its great

sense of community and we were

looking for someone who goes out

of their way to help those who live

around them.

Mary Clarke may not need an

introduction to many people

in the village but she has been

instrumental in championing

many of the things that we take

for granted here in Rhiwbina. She

was the leading force behind the

Rhiwbina Flood Defence Scheme

which has protected many homes

in the village. She also helped

save Rhiwbina Library when it was

threatened with closure in 2015.

Mary's contributions to Rhiwbina

life have been numerous and she

was awarded the British Empire

Medal for her efforts in 2018.

Of her win, Mary told Rhiwbina


"Well this is a great honour.

Funnily enough, I was watching

the news this morning and saw the

great work that the RNLI do. There

was a man on there, who said

about helping people 'If I can,

I will' and that really got me over


of the Year

my Cornflakes and toast, I can tell


"It's the way I like to live my life,

whether that means striking up a

conversation with someone in the

village or helping where I can."

One of Mary's neighbours said:

"She's a pillar of the community

and everyone needs a Mary Clarke

in their community."


Person of

the Year

Winner: Rhiannon


Our village is full of youngsters who

touch the lives of others with their

actions and achievements.

We were looking for someone

who has perhaps helped support

local groups and our winner is

Rhiannon Thomas.

Rhiannon's father Ken told

Rhiwbina Living:

"Over the years, Rhiannon has

raised money for Bobath, Ty Hafan

and the Alzheimer’s Society. She

chose the charities herself and,

with her friends, has baked cakes

and sold sweets to neighbours in


"She has also twice completed

the Race for Life, taken part

in the City Hospice walk and

helped with bag packing/bucket

collections for other causes. Her

efforts in obtaining raffle prize

donations from local businesses

also helped contribute towards

a trip that Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg

Glantaf organised to South Africa

this summer.

"Rhiannon has in addition helped

at an after school netball club

for Year 7s. She is continuing her

community work this year as a

Sixth former, as part of her Welsh

Baccalaureate, and is in the process

of setting up her next community


Rhiannon said:

"I am


to win this

award - it

will inspire

me to carry

on helping

out in the


here in

Rhiwbina and

further afield."


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Hunker down

Autumn is a beautiful season, bringing with it colours of reds, oranges and

yellows. It's the perfect time of year to get your house ready for winter

An Autumn Welcome

As well as cheering up any guests

you get to your house, a warm

welcome to your home is a nice

thing for you to come home to.

It should still be warm enough to

give your door a lick of paint if you

have a wooden one. If you don't

have a wooden door, you may want

to invest in a new door handle or



Late summer is also a good time

to tidy up the outside of the house,

especially the front as that'll be

the area that will be getting more

attention during the colder months.

If you have room, consider

planting a few small evergreens

to maintain some colour during

the autumn and winter. Winterflowering

plants are also an option.

Inside the doorway, put away any

summer sandals and flip flops. This

is Wellington boot season after all!

Make sure that your clothes pegs

are strong enough to take the

winter coats that will no doubt

be hung on them. A new sturdy

welcome mat will also be a good

addition, as well as getting some

kind of umbrella stand for those

rainy days.

Keeping Warm

It goes without saying that as

the colder weather approaches,

you're going to need to think about

keeping warm.

It's worth getting someone to

bleed all your radiators and maybe

even check your boiler is in working

order before you start using it.

The last thing you want is to find

yourself stuck without warmth

when you most need it.

If you're fortunate enough to have

a wood-burning fire or a working

fireplace, get your chimney cleaned

before you start using it. It's also

prudent to start stocking up on

firewood and kindling - you can

never get enough of this when it

gets really cold! Also make sure

that all your fire alarms are in good

working order.

It may also be worth investing

in some pipe lagging now. When

winter comes in earnest, burst

pipes are a most unwelcome


If you spend most of your time in

your living room, get yourself some

throws and blankets to snuggle

under on stormy nights. As well as

feeling cosy, these can also have a

more practical purpose by helping

to limit heating costs. They look

very nice too!

Light up dark corners

with table lamps


Getting your house in order always

makes you feel better. As autumn

and winter roll in, we're not able to

utilise the outside spaces as much

as we'd like. It's worth making

the best of the last summer

sunshine to clear out our sheds

and outhouses so that we can use

them properly in winter.

Inside the house, go through your

kitchen cupboards and throw out

any items that you're not going

to use or are gone off. You'll be

surprised at how long some things

have been there! It's also a good

idea to stock up on larder basics,

so that you can quickly rustle up a

nice warming meal when you get

home. If you've made home-made

jams or chutneys with harvest fruit,

store these away for a rainy day

and decant pasta or rice into nicelooking

jars. Clean out the fridge

and if you have time, get the oven

cleaned too.

Elsewhere, pack away summer

clothes and give your winter coats

a good airing. Get your comfy

slippers out and leave them in the

hallway so that you can pop them

on when you come in.

Blankets are not only comfortable

but can save on your heating bills


With natural light fading by the

day, we turn to other means to

illuminate our homes.

Lamps are probably one of the

best ways to make our homes

cosy, lighting up any darks corners

of the house and bringing a sense

of warmth.

Wooden bases bring depth to

your home and if you add autumncoloured

shades, you'll be bringing

the outside in without the weather.

Make the brightness appropriate

to the room.

One thing you won't want to

overlook is the type of bulb that

you're using. You won't want to use

anything that will give off too much

glare but you also don't want to

leave yourself too short on light.

Dimmer switches can help if you

have the budget to install these.

Exterior lighting can welcome

any autumnal visitors, especially

around your front door and porch

area. If you are lucky enough to

have a front garden path, consider

adding lamps or even a security

light that will come on when

triggered by a sensor.



Autumn is an ideal time of year to

invite friends over for cosy suppers

so if you have a separate dining

area in your house, you'll want it

looking its best.

Keeping it simple is one way to

go, with clean white linens and

dark wood to stay in-keeping with

the season. If you are planning

on serving up hearty casseroles,

go for deep bowls and chunky

cutlery, serving up chunky bread

in rattan baskets. Candles will

provide visual warmth and a

runner across your dining table will

add a touch of luxury.

Finishing touches

Now is the time of year to take

down any light curtains and put

up thicker, heavier versions. If your

front door is draughty, consider

hanging a door curtain there. It

will help keep your house warm

throughout the day and night.

Throwing a few rugs underfoot

will help, especially on hard floor

surfaces such as stone or wood.

You'll appreciate this when you're

stepping out of bed or the shower.

The final finishing touches should

include soft furnishings that will

help complete the look. Heavy

throws and blankets are perfect for

snuggling down with, both for you

and any guests.

If you're the sort of person that

likes buying nik-naks for the home,

look for ones made of wood or

other natural products. It could

also be a good time to hang some

new pictures on your walls that are

more in keeping with this time of


If you don't have a log burner, you

can now buy candles that give off

the aroma of burning wood and

even crackle as they burn. Smells

are just as powerful as sights in

creating a seasonal home.


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The Village Shops

Rhiwbina is considered one of the finest villages to shop in Cardiff. We

take a look back at some of the shops that have graced our village

Back in 1897, a Western Mail report

carried the news that Rhiwbina

should be the capital of Wales.

The Cardiff University debating

society had selected the village as

its preferred capital over Cardiff and

Swansea, because they said that a

'lot of cheese was made there'.

There were other reasons too: the

area also had a large manufacturing


Gooch's on Beulah Road

industry and residents got good

exercise from walking two-and-ahalf

miles for a postage stamp.

Rhiwbina never did make it to

become the capital of Wales.

Instead, it turned into the suburban

village that we are all familiar with


The main shopping area has seen

a variety of different establishments

over the years, some of them

fleeting, some of them still

households names in the area.

Gooch's was one such name, a

hardware store that thrived during

the 1950s and 60s, on the end

of Beulah Road, where the dry

cleaners now stands.

They also had outlets at the

Caerphilly crossroads, on Thornhill

Road, and later on Heol-y-Deri.

Jones the Chemist was next door.

Customers claim that whatever

ailment they went there with, they'd

be handed either a bottle of white

or bottle of red medicine to make

them better. Mr Jones was known

to put himself out for his customers,

often turning up at people's

homes with things that they

needed. Meanwhile, Lacey's was a

Beulah Road 1936

gentleman's outfitters where you

could get a pair of leather gloves or

a sensible tie.

During the 1980s, where Snails Deli

now is, there used to be a butcher,

Peter Shields. He was world-famous

for his faggots. People would come

from all over Cardiff to buy them.

The aroma of the faggots cooking

would often drift down the street

and over the village.

Next door, on the end, where

Interior of Gooch's 1950s

Dancing on Heol-y-Deri in the 1980s

Heol-y-Deri, November 1983

Flower Lodge now stands,

there was Macs, who sold fruit,

vegetables and fresh fish. There

was also a Post Office on the other

side of Peter Shields.

The cabin on Pantbach Road was

a delightful little place if you were

a child or a smoker – rows of jars

filled with sweets and more sweets.

Prior to this, it was a shoe-repairer

during the 1960s. It's currently

occupied by C3 Chiropractors.

Next door, and much later, during

the early 2000s, there was a holistic

therapy business that ran out of

the building now occupied by the

Garden Village Garage.

Over towards Heol-y-Deri, the

Paper Mill was a newsagent that

existed where Morgans now reside.

It later became Z Jewellery, which

operated during the mid 2000s

alongside HSBC, which closed its

doors in early 2010.

Up onto Heol-y-Deri itself and

you'd find Lawrences, which sold

ladies gowns. During the 1980s,

Courtney Morgan sold and repaired

electrical appliances. They were

situated where Parsons now is.

Gills Travel, run by Bob Gill and his

son, sat on the end of the row of

shops, which by coincidence, is now

occupied by Passion For Cruises.

The former betting shop was once

called the Bungalow and it was a

dairy. You'd go there for milk and

eggs, butter and cream. It later

became Barclays Bank, one of two

Images and information courtesy of Mary Clarke

banks in the village at the time.

Where Muddy Bums was located,

there was a shop called Rainbow

that sold everything during the first

half of the 2000s. Back in the 1960s

though, John Charles, Wales's most

famous footballer and his brother

Mel, ran a sports shop out of the

premises. Children would go in

to get their new sports shoes and

rumour has it that John spent a lot

of time talking to customers about

football and coaching.

Over down Lon Fach, you could

find Millcraft. Mr Squirrel next

door sold little bits of this and that

and small antiques. There was a

saddlery there too.

Before this, and where Calon

Rhiwbeina now is, there used to be

a sweet shop run by Harold Davies.

The shop was full of jars of sweets

and Ethel, who was a relative who

worked there, would get a large

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to see what was in them. This was

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when they returned home. Harold

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could do.

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which it's become renowned. For

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The Men's Shed in Rhiwbina offers a place for a group of men to

come together, chat, and create things for the community

There's a problem down in the


"The water's off."

There's an uneasy sense of alarm

among the men down at The Den.

Iolo is stood there with an empty

kettle, looking a little worried.

"A cuppa is very important in our

little world," says Mike.

Mike is the Chairman of Rhiwbina

Men's Shed. Not many people know

it but they meet weekly at the small

shed, also known as The Den, in

Canolfon Beulah.

For generations, a shed has been

a place for men to escape the


stress and strain of life; a haven to

gain much needed sanity; to be

surrounded by familiar items; and

to make things. For the Shedders

in Rhiwbina, this thinking has been

expanded to more of a social thing.

And the community of Rhiwbina is


"We set up Men's Shed Rhiwbina

in 2016," says Mike. "The movement

itself actually started in Australia

and has spread to countries

all over the world, including

Wales, where there are now 50

Sheds. Fellow Shedder Gareth

and I are Rotarians and what we

found was that there was a large

number of men who had time on

their hands, whether it was due

to unemployment, retirement,

bereavement or because they were

wanting to involve themselves in

the community more.

"We put some flyers in local

supermarkets and put notices in the

local WI newsletters - telling them

that if they had any members who

wanted to get their husbands out,

to send them to The Den."

The group has now grown from

two or three members to 13.

"We've actually become a victim

of our own success in that we're

having to turn people away. We've

all got different skills. Gareth is very

good at boiling a kettle," laughs


And a varied bunch there are. Mike

worked in the Patent Office. Then

there's Colin:

"You name it, I've done it. But

mainly, I was a draughtsman. I

designed ships."

Graham was in the Civil Service

but was also a mechanic for a long


"I had a moment in my life and it

was a bit of a eureka moment," says

Graham. "Many years ago, I went

to a training centre for six months.

It was down where Tesco Extra is

now. And it was while I was there

that I realised that I had transferable

skills, which meant that I could turn

my hand to anything I wanted to.

It set me up for life and I can bring

that attitude to the Shed."

Then there's co-founder Gareth,

the one who's still working.

specialising in social welfare.

"I was in IT and worked my way

up to general dogsbody at Men's

Shed," announces another Shedder,

Carl. Sat next to Carl is Keith, who

was a video editor at HTV for ten


"I don't watch TV any more. I had

enough of that when I was working,"

he chuckles.

On another bench, Iolo talks about

his career as a theatre technician.

And Brian reminds the group that

he is a former architect.

"Don't we know it," quips Graham.

"Have pencil, will travel," replies

Brian. On the end is Phillip, who up

until now, has kept quiet.

"I used to be what John Cleese

once described as the living dead -

I was a chartered account."

Another Shedder, John arrives

late. "I was a financial economist,"

he says, which is soon somehow

construed as a 'communist' and he

gets the blame for the recession in


"The group has two aims,"

continues Mike. "The first is to

bring a social life to those who are

isolated and the other aim is to

provide for the community."

Graham is one member who finds

solace within the group.

"There's been a lot of talk on

Radio 4 over the last few weeks

about loneliness and depression,

especially in men. Certainly anyone

who has lost a spouse will have

developed that. My life is very full

and very, very busy but it doesn't

matter where you are or what you're

doing, it still hits you.

"But we never pry," adds Gareth.

"People here say what they want to

say and you don't have to prove that

you've been through something

traumatic to join us. But we don't

go asking too many uncomfortable


"We're a caring organisation but

we're not carers," says Mike. “In the

past, we’ve had people who have

been left with us by their carers

but we’re not cut out for looking

after vulnerable people like that.

We're here for the camaraderie and

there's lots of it."

Rhiwbina has benefited from the

club's second aim.

"When we started, our first task

was to refurbish the garage and

install workbenches and racking.

Second-hand tools and timber

were donated by members of the

public and local


"In addition to our

workshop, we rent

a large allotment in

Birchgrove where

we have installed

a poly-tunnel, a

shed donated to

us free by a local

garden centre,

and a greenhouse

donated by a

local resident. We

have also built a

patio and installed

garden furniture as a rest area and

are currently constructing raised

beds. We have started to meet

occasionally at the Wendy House

in Rhiwbina too for a general chat,

cuppa and to plan new projects."

The group has made four planters

for Rhiwbina Library and is working

on wheelchair-friendly planters for

the City Hospice. They’ve also built

a new notice board at the Wendy

House in Rhiwbina and restored

benches in the community garden

at the rear of the Canolfan building.

"We have also built a tree bench

for the Macintosh Community

Gardens in Roath, removed

overgrown vegetation at the rear

of a charity shop in Llanishen and

last year, we hosted a visit by Cardiff

Young Carers to our workshop. We

have also been visited by the MP

for North Cardiff, local councillors,

Shedders from other Men’s Sheds

and university students who

interviewed and filmed us as part

of their thesis work. We've also just

successfully registered as a charity."

Boys and their toys: Graham and Brian

test out their hand-made bogie.


The group isn't currently looking

for new members as the premises

they have is very small.

"We could possibly look to get

bigger premises and we also have

the option of maybe setting up

another group," says Mike. "But

that's for the future. Right now,

we've got a planter to finish."

Among all the banter, laughter

and the smell of woodwork and

grease, there is a genuine affection

and maybe even love among the

group. For all the heartaches that

go on behind closed doors, the

Men's Shed provides a time and a

place for the men to be themselves

among their peers. On paper,

they're an unlikely mix. But put

together, the group works perfectly.

And the one thing that bonds them

all together?

The kettle.


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Smarts Garage in Rhiwbina was a family-run business that was

a focal point in the village for decades. Today, the business is

remembered mainly through old photographs and stories

Perhaps one of Rhiwbina's most

well-remembered landmarks is

Smarts Tea Rooms, which later

became Smarts Garage.

Owned by the Smart family, the

garage was the epitome of a familyrun

business in the village. Its

history began over 100 years ago.

William Albert (Will) Smart worked

as a wheelwright in Cardiff before

moving in 1916 to the small village

of Rhiwbina where he started a

business called the Rhiwbina Tea



The Tea Gardens soon became a

focal point for the village and further

attractions were added including

a putting green and bird aviaries.

By 1920, the motor car had started

to become a practical means of

transport and the industry opened

up many business opportunities

which Will took advantage of by

opening Rhiwbina Motor Garages

on a site immediately adjacent

to the Tea Gardens. Apart from

selling petrol and oil,

Will also developed a

business relationship

with Morris Motors

and began selling and

servicing Morris cars.

The relationship with

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successors, lasted for

many decades with

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the years.

A second garage was

opened on Heol-y-Deri,

situated just a couple

of hundred yards away,

and this was known as

Brook Garage, where Nest now

resides. In the 1950s, there was a

clear distinction between the two

with the original garage selling only

Shell petrol while Brook Garage

was affiliated to the Esso brand.

This arrangement not only gave

a choice to the consumer, it also

gave protection to the original

business by effectively discouraging

competitors from moving in.

Will's son Cliff worked for his father

when he left school in 1925 aged

14, and eventually took over the

business in 1936. It was later called

Cliff Smart Ltd around 1954.

During the 1960s, Smarts Garage

was a major contributor to the

Rhiwbina Carnival, and many of

their motors were seen parading

through the village.

Cliff continued to run the business

until the original tea garden site

and garage was sold in 1987 for redevelopment.

He retired in 1989.

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As summer draws to a close,

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mid-summer border are still going

strong, providing that conditions are

to their liking.

Typical prairie flowers such as

Helenium and Echinacea will still be

looking good, but are now joined

by other members of the daisy

family or Asteraceae, along with

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world is surprising.

The most noticeable flowers

now are the golden yellow stars

floating above the sandpapertextured

foliage of Rudbeckia

fulgida ‘Goldsturm’, which is by

far the strongest-growing and

most popular variety, reaching

a metre high. The swept back

golden petals surround a domed

chocolate brown central boss and

they last for absolutely ages. They

will eventually need dead-heading

however, to continue the display

long into autumn. If left, the faded

seed heads give shape to the winter

garden and look good after a sharp

frost to accentuate their structure.

The variety ‘Deamii’ is less coarse

and less robust and differs in having

a flat button of a central boss. More

useful and increasingly popular is

the smaller form of ‘Little Gold Star’

which barely reaches 30cm tall

but also produces a mass of gold

floral stars over a long period. It

makes a very good choice for the

front of the border, or for pots and

containers. In recent years, many

new hybrid Rudbeckias have been

released with yellow, orange and

brown colouration to the petals,

often all within the same flower.

These new forms are not reliably

hardy however and will not come

back in subsequent years so are

best treated as late summer annual

bedding plants.

Japanese Anemones or Anemone

japonica are popular cottage

garden plants, being virtually

indestructible and long-lived, if a

little invasive, once established.

They have long been divided and

passed around by neighbouring

gardeners so distinct local

populations will form along blocks

of streets. Tolerant of dry shade,

they are a useful plant to have in

the garden. They sit minding their

own business for most of the year

until wiry stems bearing clusters of

pretty pink or white daisy flowers

rise up in late summer and autumn.

Some of the older varieties such

as ‘Hadspen Abundance’ will reach

up to 1.5m tall but most named

varieties are usually a little shorter

and make fine subjects for the back

of a border.

They are sufficiently tough not to

need any support so can be left

pretty much to themselves apart

from being cut down in winter

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growth recommences. The most

popular forms are the single white

flowering ‘Honorine Jobert’ and

semi-double ‘Whirlwind’, whose

ghostly blooms loom out of dark

corners at dusk. The single deep

pink variety ‘Splendens’ is another

winner along with the double

form ‘Queen Charlotte’. Although

great in borders, these plants do

not lend themselves to container

gardening. As with many other

varieties of plants, there has been

a drive towards miniaturisation

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tendency to grow plants in pots for

maximum effect over a short period.

The imaginatively named Fantasy

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and semi-double pink forms but

only grow to about 45cm tall.


The Whirlwind’s

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corners at dusk

It would be remiss of me to discuss

the daisy family without covering

those which give the family its

name. Asters or Michaelmas daisies,

as their common name suggest, is

a late flowering perennial which are

surely the last flowers of the year.

They are eagerly sought out by the

last butterflies of the year as they

take on stores prior to migration or

hibernation. They really do come

in all shapes and sizes from the

towering Novi-Angliae or New

England asters which can reach

almost two metres tall. They are

more at home at the back of large

borders typically found in parks

and stately homes. Much of the

breeding of these plants took place

in Germany which may explain the

less than memorable names such

as ‘Alma Potschke.’

The formerly popular Island Series,

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flowers, compact at 45cm and

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the Novae-Belgii or New Belgian

asters fall prey to mildew late in the

season just as the flowers come out

but this is less of a problem when

grown in borders rather than in

pots and containers. It can spoil the

appearance of the foliage however

and shortens the display that would

otherwise run until the first frosts.

Old favourites such as ‘Ada Ballard’

and ‘Marie Ballard’ are still widely

grown but may require staking in

exposed positions growing to 60 to

80cm or so.

Liriope muscari, a rather unusual


flower, is perhaps the last to

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more like a grass for most of the

year. In September and October,

blue flowers which resemble the

spring bulb, grape hyacinth, appear

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but it is an extremely tough plant,

surviving in dry shade and only

coming into its own late in the

year. The variety ‘Big Blue’ is worth

seeking out.

With that, the season for flowering

herbaceous perennials comes

to an end. A few flowers may be

seen in October and November

on hellebores, but these are more

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When I take my dog out for

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I’ve only noticed it in the last

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You say that the tremors do not

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My beloved dog has taken up

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Summer's End

"We need to get you home now.

Your mother will be waiting for you."

Paul took Eve's small hand and led

her out of the forest and into the

late summer sunshine.

"Why do I have to go Daddy? I

don't want this day to end." Eve

looked up at her father. Paul could

see the sadness in his daughter's

eyes. He saw it every time he had to

take Eve home.

"Mummy wants you back so you

can have your tea."

In truth, Paul didn't want to take

Eve back either but since the split

from Beth, both parents had to

play by the rules. Both father and

daughter had enjoyed a wonderful

day together. It had started with an

early breakfast at the local café.

At the age of 8, trying out her first

cooked breakfast was something of

a treat for Eve but she still couldn't

get her head around eating savoury

food first thing in the morning.

"These aren't exactly Coco-Pops,"

she'd mumbled as she tucked into

her baked beans.

After breakfast, they jumped into

the car and headed out to the

beach a few miles away. Paul had

packed some food into a cool bag

and they spent the day digging

holes and burying Eve's Barbie dolls

up to their necks. They spent most

of the day on the sands but Paul

knew that he had to have Eve back

home early for teatime - she was

back to school the next day.

As one last treat, he parked the car

up at a woodland park near home,

and they had gone exploring in the

nearby forest.

They pretended that they were

detectives looking for spies. Eve

had found some clues - a scruffy


old football, a pencil that had been

split in two and some acorns.

“Look at this one!” Eve called. She

held up a bright shiny acorn.

“It’s huge!” replied Paul.

“I’m keeping that one,” said Eve,

popping it into the pocket of her

summer dress.

"These clues will lead me all the

way to the spies!" she exclaimed,

walking off.

Paul looked at this young girl,

stepping over logs and walking

through muddy puddles with her

sandals on. He was going to miss

her so much. Since the split from

Beth, he'd begun plans to start a

new life on his own on the other

side of the world. He knew he

wouldn't get days like this again.

"Oh, look at that dog!" remarked

Eve. Up ahead, charging through

the forest, a small brown and cream

dog came bounding over towards

them. In its mouth was a green

tennis ball. Walking briskly behind

the dog came a woman dressed in

a strappy top, a pair of jeans and a

big pair of Wellington boots.

She was about the same age as

Paul and she certainly caught his

eye. He'd seen her before in the

village several times.

The dog reached Eve and ran

around her feet playfully. It dropped

the tennis ball at their feet, in the

hope that they would throw it. Eve

clung to Paul, excited, but not quite

sure if the dog would nip her.

The woman finally reached Paul

and Eve, a little out of breath.

“Sorry about her. She just wants to

make new friends,” she said.

Paul looked at the woman. All of

a sudden, he felt very shy. She was

pretty. Very pretty. There was a

slight flush in her cheeks and Paul

couldn't take his eyes off her as she

wiped the hair from her face.

Eve bent down and finally gave the

dog a stroke on her head.

"She's gorgeous isn't she?" said


Paul was still captivated by the


"Yes. She is," he replied. The

woman caught him looking at her

and for a second, they got lost in

their own world as they passed

each other on the small forest


Paul turned to watch her walk

away, hoping she'd turn back.

"Bye bye doggie," said Eve as the

dog went scampering away. As the

dog caught up with her, the woman

turned and smiled at Paul before

disappearing into the forest.

"She was nice wasn't she?" said

Eve. Paul was still smiling inside.

He turned to head out of the forest

when Eve suddenly noticed the

dog's tennis ball still lying at her


"Oh no. The dog's left her ball!" she

cried, bending down to pick up the

damp and scraggly ball. "I'm going

to give it back to her," she said.

"Ok," replied Paul rather hesitantly.

Eve dashed off up the forest path

where the woman and dog had

gone and within seconds, she had

disappeared totally.

Immediately, Paul regretted

leaving her go. As the minutes

went by, his anxiety slowly gripped

him. He thought he should go look

for her but just then, his phoned

buzzed. He took it out of his pocket

to read the message that had just


"Don't be late. Bx" read the

message. Paul didn't bother

replying. He was more worried

about his missing daughter. He

quickly put his phone back in his

pocket and as he looked up, much

to his relief, Eve came leaping back

through the forest with a big smile

on her face.

"I shouldn't have let you go like

that," Paul said.

"I was ok. I'm a big girl now and

I followed the path. The dog was

happy to have her ball back."

"We need to get you home now.

Your mother will be waiting for you."

And just like that, their day was

over. Their summer was over.

As the couple made their way

across the field to the car, Paul

cast his mind back over the last six

weeks. Together they recounted all

the things they had done together -

the visit to the castle on that boiling

hot day; the sleepover where they’d

stayed up late watching cartoons;

the time they flew a kite and it hit a

man on the head; that time they'd

taken shelter from a summer storm

in a shop doorway. This would be

Paul's final summer in Wales for a

long time.

Eve reached up and placed her

hand in his as they strode across

the field together. In the sky,

towards the west, a large grey cloud

lumbered overhead.

"Looks like rain. Autumn's on its

way," said Paul.

Eve ignored him. “Do you have to

go away?” she said.

Paul took a big breath. Every time

she asked, it wrenched his heart.

“I haven’t decided yet. I’ve got

nothing here. Apart from you of


“Am I not enough?”

Paul stopped in his tracks. He

realised the enormity of what he

had just said. He felt like he’d just

crushed her. He crouched down,

took both of Eve’s hands in his

and looked into her eyes. In that

moment, he envisioned saying

goodbye at the airport. And it was

too much to bear.

“I’m so sorry. Yes of course you are


“Then you'll stay?”

Paul smiled and paused. “Yes. Yes

I will stay.”

Eve threw her arms around him.

It was one of those hugs that only

daughters can give. Paul stood

up, lifting her up and carried her

towards the car, her arms still

around his neck.

The journey back to Eve’s house

was a quiet one. Paul wasn't sure

that Eve believed him when he told

her he'd stay. He'd promised many

things in the past but never fulfilled

them. He considered turning the

radio on but decided that he’d

only be doing that because he was

uncomfortable with the silence.

He glanced at Eve in the rear view

mirror. She was looking out of the

window. And she was still clutching

the battered old football; still

clinging on to the day.

By the time they arrived at Beth’s,

the night was closing in. Paul put

his arm around Eve as they headed

down the side of the house to the

side door that led straight into

the kitchen. From the look at the

steamed up windows, it looked like

tea was on the hob.

A shape appeared in the glass at

the door, before it opened and Beth

stood there, apron wrapped around


“Oh hi,” she said. “Come on in.” Eve

stepped inside with her mother and

then turned to Paul.

“Can you wait just two minutes?”

asked Eve. “I just need to get

something for you.”

“Yes, of course.”

Paul was tempted to pull the door

closed but thought that it would

appear rude. So he stood there

awkwardly and waited as the rain

finally started to fall from the sky.

He felt the warmth of the kitchen

seeping out, wrapping itself around

him. A gust of wind blew a few dead

leaves around his feet. In the dark,

he could only feel them as they

rattled around his shoes.

He peered into the kitchen. A waft

of warm casserole drifted out and

although Paul no longer ate meat, it

still smelt homely.

Beth's new man busied himself

around the kitchen, folding a tea

towel and bending down to open

the oven. A great plume of steam

escaped and whooshed up to the

ceiling. He placed the casserole pot

down and laid the tea towel next to


Paul’s eyes lingered on the tea

towel. He cast his mind back to

the day both he and Beth bought

it. They’d made a casserole that

day too. In fact, it was the first meal

they’d cooked together in their new

home. That was when they had a

lifetime of dreams ahead of them.

Things didn't turn out quite as

they'd hoped.

Beth appeared back at the door.

“You ok?”

she asked,


a plate

with a



short story

kitchen towel.

“Yes thanks,” replied Paul.

"Good," said Beth, disappearing

back into the kitchen.

Eve reappeared.

"This is for you," she said, handing

Paul a small envelope. He looked at

it and smiled. Then he put it in his


"Thank you." He crouched down

and the pair embraced one last


"Thank you for a lovely day," said

Eve. "You're the best."

He didn't feel it but even at 8 years

of age, Eve always knew how to

make Paul feel better about things.

As he made his way to the car, he

pulled his collar up to the wind and

the rain. He opened his car door,

flopped in and put his hands on the


As the rain gently pit-pattered on

his windscreen, he thought about

the summer. He thought about Eve,

his wonderful daughter. And he

wondered whether he really could

leave her to start a new life in New

Zealand on his own. He thought he

could escape the past but in reality,

he would be escaping his present.

He reached into his pocket for his

car key but instead found the small

envelope that Eve had given him.

He took it out.

It was a small white envelope with

a big lump in the middle, stuck

down with twisted bits of Sellotape.

Paul carefully opened it and

peered inside.

He took out the first item - an

acorn. It was the big shiny one that

Eve had found in the forest.

Then he reached in and carefully

pulled out the other item - a small

scrap of paper. It had been carefully

folded over so Paul unfolded it.

In Eve's own handwriting, it read:

“Her name is Mary and this is her

number.” Underneath was a mobile

telephone number.

“She says she’s free tomorrow

night and she'll leave her doggie

at home with his ball if you fancy a

drink together.”

Paul smiled for a moment. He read

it a second time.

"Thank you Eve," he said.

“Thank you.”

Then he started his car

and drove off into the



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1 leek

25g butter/vegan alternative

4 leaves of fresh sage

2 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 sprig of fresh rosemary

400ml water

200g oats

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2 carrots, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 bay leaves

2 thyme sprigs or rosemary sprigs

3 tbsp plain flour

750ml bottle red wine

1 beef stock cube

1 tsp caster sugar

2 tbsp tomato purée

100g unsmoked bacon lardons

6 small shallots or baby onions, halved or quartered

300g closed cup mushrooms, halved or quartered

mashed potatoes or crusty bread, to serve


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1 large onion peeled and chopped

3 chicken breasts boneless and

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3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 large piece of ginger about the size

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½ tsp ground black pepper

3 tsp hot chilli powder

1 tbsp ground coriander

½ tbsp cumin

1 tbsp curry powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp cinnamon

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400g tinned chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp tomato purée/paste

2 tsp sugar

400ml can full-fat coconut milk

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