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Issue 48 Autumn ‘19
Your multi award-winning magazine for Rhiwbina
Inside this issue
about her life as
soprano in Munich
Get cosy this
autumn with our
Get your wellies
on, wrap up
warm and make
the most of life
in autumn by
Take a look
back at some of
the shops that
our village in
years gone by
8th November 2019
Published 27th 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
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
Opens Friday 8th November
City Hall, Cardiff
Christmas food, rides and of course
ice-skating - all set on Cardiff’s City
Rhiwbina Christmas Festival
Saturday 30th November 4pm-8pm
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
A one-mile fun run around
Whitchurch village and an evening of
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
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
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
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
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.
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
“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
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.
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)
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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.
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
For full details of events, consult
the Library notice board or
Tel: 029 2069 3276
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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
as raindrops drip as if a tap,
glistening jewels in the sunshine.
Then the rainbow weakens,
as dark clouds menace the sky
The show's over but I'll remember
this beautiful sight...deep in
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
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.
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.
Retired Art Teacher (92 years old)
Job Well Done
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RHIWBINA EVENTS COMMITTEE
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!
Switch On 5pm
Meet Father Christmas
from 3pm at the
Carols around the
RIDES | CRAFT & GIFT STALLS | LATE NIGHT SHOPPING | STREET FOOD
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.
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
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
By Tobias Brown
Palm oil -
impossible to give
I love orang-utans, but the orangutan
population is decreasing. Do you
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 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
• RE-USE our plastic carrier bags.
• RECYCLE our rubbish.
• REFUSE items such as plastic straws
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
which is called
It is 72 times
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
but a lot less is
used for fruits
we should eat
no meat or less
meat to reduce
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
By Thomas Jackson
A ticket costs £1 per week and
all funds raised go directly to the
school. Each ticket will also enter
you in TWO draws:
- A jackpot prize draw for £25,000
- A local draw with a guaranteed
prize for one of the supporters of
To enter the School Lottery, head
to www.yourschoollottery.co.uk and
search for Llanishen Fach Primary
School in the Find My School
24th October / 13th November
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Register online at:
Inspiring and supporting success since 1987
Waunwaelod Way, Caerphilly Mountain,
Mid Glamorgan, CF83 1BD
Phone: 02920 880534
Also proudly sponsored by Rhiwbina Living
Rhiwbina is a village full of families and community spirit. We asked
young children what family and community means to them
What is the best
thing about being in a
Cuddling and going
on holidays to make
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
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
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
How are you involved in
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
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
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
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
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
"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
Kate has supplemented the
existing team with key people from
"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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
"I'm only back for a week," says
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
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
"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
"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
And to prove that life works in
circles, Sarah recounts a story that
proves how far she'd come in just
"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
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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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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
"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
About his win, Phil told
"I am very happy with this
award. It is different and
very important for my little
independent sustainable plant
"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
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
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."
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's father Ken told
"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
"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
to win this
award - it
me to carry
out in the
Rhiwbina’s community cinema - bringing back the
legacy of the old Monico Cinema and making cinema
once again, a sociable and friendly night out
9th November | Solomon A Gaenor
A Welsh language film starring Ioan Gruffydd
A love story between a Jew and a Gentile, set in the
Welsh valleys. With English subtitles, the movie is
supported by a short made by a local young film-maker
14th December | Stan and Ollie
Our Christmas Special
The twilight years of legends Stan Laurel
and Oliver Hardy are portrayed by Steve Coogan
and John C. Reilly in this bittersweet film
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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
It goes without saying that as
the colder weather approaches,
you're going to need to think about
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
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
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
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.
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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Friday 11th – Sunday 13th October
Marvel in the magic of Christmas at Pugh’s! Wander down walkways of beautiful
baubles and dazzling decorations and soak up the festive ambience. Give your
Christmas some extra sparkle and get yourself ready for making magical memories
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Because of this method,
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Forest Design £21.99
Made from natural
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it contains at least 84 types
of minerals beneficial to
the human body. The lamp
creates a romantic and
7. Helix Hurricane
Made from 18/10 stainless
steel with a mirror-polished
finish, walnut and thermalresistant
this hurricane lamps has
three flowing steel arms that
gracefully encircle the glass
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Made from pressure treated
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a raised decking floor, two
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There's ample room for
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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
oil lamp and hold it up to the jars
to see what was in them. This was
because there was no electricity in
the shop at that time.
Residents could often leave them
a note of their order and would
find their goods in the coal house
when they returned home. Harold
himself only had one arm but could
do anything an able-bodied person
Rhiwbina, like most villages, is an
ever-changing place but its sense
of community is one aspect with
which it's become renowned. For
over 100 years, shop-owners and
customers alike have come and
gone. But the Rhiwbina community
spirit lives on.
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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
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
"You name it, I've done it. But
mainly, I was a draughtsman. I
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,"
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
we have installed
a poly-tunnel, a
shed donated to
us free by a local
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
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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
with Morris Motors
and began selling and
servicing Morris cars.
The relationship with
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successors, lasted for
many decades with
many models sold over
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
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was affiliated to the Esso brand.
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gave protection to the original
business by effectively discouraging
competitors from moving in.
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when he left school in 1925 aged
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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,
many of the mainstays of the
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
the ornamental grasses with which
they look most at home. That the
most popular partner, Miscanthus
sinensis or Chinese silver grass,
originates on the other side of the
In his final installment on perennials, Kevin Revell shows how we can
maintain a garden of colour before the first frosts of winter arrive
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
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
or ideally in early spring before
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
over the past few years to cater
for today’s smaller gardens and a
tendency to grow plants in pots for
maximum effect over a short period.
The imaginatively named Fantasy
Series that include ‘Cinderella’,
‘Pocahontas’ and ‘Red Riding Hood‘
come in a similar range of single
and semi-double pink forms but
only grow to about 45cm tall.
loom out of dark
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,
named after South Sea islands
such as ‘Samoa’ and ‘Bahamas’
are shorter at 30cm and colourful
but are disease prone and have
now been superseded by new
Aster dumosus forms which are
disease free and wonderfully
compact and floriferous. ‘Crystal
Rose’ and ‘Sapphire’ are fine
examples. Another superior form is
Aster frikartii ‘Monch’ which is late
flowering with beautiful lavenderblue
flowers, compact at 45cm and
deserves to be more widely grown,
being completely trouble-free
giving a final injection of colour to
the autumn border. Sadly, many of
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
flower in the autumn and looks
more like a grass for most of the
year. In September and October,
blue flowers which resemble the
spring bulb, grape hyacinth, appear
partially hidden by the foliage. The
common name of lily turf does
nothing to improve its popularity,
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
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
plants of winter and early spring but
are a welcome sight, nonetheless.
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When I take my dog out for
a walk, his back legs start to
tremble. He’s is 6 now but
I’ve only noticed it in the last
two years or so. It hasn’t ever
bothered him in any way but I
wondered if this is something
that happens as they get older?
Although many older dogs get
tremors in their legs (especially
the back legs), there are also
several quite serious conditions
that could cause them. So
before just accepting that they
are a normal harmless part of
growing older, it’s important to
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for signs of him feeling unwell
– change in appetite, increased
drinking, sickness, diarrhoea,
reduced interest in exercise.
If any of these are present, it’s
worth getting your vet’s opinion.
You say that the tremors do not
affect him, but if they do start
to impact on his exercise, they
might relate to pain, so again,
see your vet.
My beloved dog has taken up
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carpets in the last few months.
I don’t think she’s deliberately
doing it just because I’ve got
new carpets but I do wonder if
the carpet is somehow irritating
her? What would be your best
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The scooting you’re describing
is a sign of an itchy bottom.
Sometimes you do get reactions
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Bad breath is often a sign of oral
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or there could be other issues
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A fellow dog walker was telling
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Is it catching?
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65 3. FIND SOME BATS
Late summer and early autumn is mating season for bats.
They migrate from their summer habitat to new sites where
mating occurs and where they seek out places to hibernate
for the winter. They also focus on building up reserves of
fat, which will help them through the colder months. Torpor
also begins, where bats lessen activity to save vital energy.
6 4. COLLECT PINE CONES
Heading into the forest, you'll find plenty of pine
cones on the ground. You can use these for craft
projects nearer to Christmas so if you find any that
are damp, it'll be worth storing them so that they
are dry when you come to use them. If you find any
still attached to its branch, keep these too as they
will add some variety.
5 5. GO SCARECROW
Often the stars of harvest festivals, you can spot
scarecrows doing their work in the fields in autumn.
It's worth taking a camera to document any that
you do see but be careful not to encroach on
private property or damage any crops nearby.
8 6. GO APPLE PICKING
Make the most of harvest season by visiting a local
orchard and picking some juicy apples. There's
nothing better than enjoying the crisp autumn air
and heading home with a bag of fruit - perfect for
baking tasty apple pies.
65 7. PLANT SPRING BULBS
Garden centres will be bursting with spring bulbs at this
time of year because now is the time to plant them. You are
best getting them done between October and December,
after which, the first frosts tend to arrive. Go for plump, firm
bulbs and aim to plant within a week of purchasing as you
may find that they start sprouting. Always remember to
plant the bulbs with its top facing upwards.
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It's the season of Hallowe'en and the darkening nights
provide the perfect setting for a ghost walk.
There are plenty of organised walks at this time of year
but if you want to do it yourself, make sure that you put
safety first and seek permission if you are looking to
venture around private property.
65 9. FEED THE BIRDS
Although birds tend not to struggle for food in the
autumn, it's worth preparing your garden now for
the lean times ahead during winter.
Placing a few bird feeders around now will help
let the birds know where they can get food in
the winter months. Fat balls are a good source of
energy for birds and these can be hung from trees
if you have any. You can make these yourself from
kitchen scraps and suet if you like. Serve small
portions to avoid them going off or attracting rats.
6 10. WATCH AN AUTUMN
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and autumn often throws up some spectacular ones.
Prepare some flasks of piping hot tea, head out to find
a good spot and make sure that you're there about 15
minutes before the sun's due to go down. It will go down
quicker than you think. Then head home for dinner.
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"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
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
"These clues will lead me all the
way to the spies!" she exclaimed,
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
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
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
"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
Beth appeared back at the door.
“Yes thanks,” replied Paul.
"Good," said Beth, disappearing
back into the kitchen.
"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
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
“She says she’s free tomorrow
night and she'll leave her doggie
at home with his ball if you fancy a
Paul smiled for a moment. He read
it a second time.
"Thank you Eve," he said.
Then he started his car
and drove off into the
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Skirlie Stuffed Mushrooms
4 large flat mushrooms
4 spring onions
25g butter/vegan alternative
4 leaves of fresh sage
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
salt and pepper to season
mushroom. Add 100ml of water to your slow cooker
and put the lid on. Don't worry too much if all of the
mushrooms don't fit on the floor of the cooker. They
can be slightly stacked up.
☐ Cook the mushrooms on a high setting for 2-3 hours,
or on a low setting for 4 hours.
☐ Serve with kale or cabbage on the side.
☐ Clean and scrub the mushrooms but do not peel
them. Remove the stalks and chop finely. Put the
chopped stalks to one side.
☐ Line your slow cooker with baking liner and place
your mushrooms onto it.
☐ Finely slice the spring onions and leek. Over a
medium heat, melt the butter in a frying pan until it
is soft. Add the chopped mushroom stalks and the
herbs, mixing them well so that the chopped stalks are
covered. Add in the porridge oats, allowing them to
toast for about 3-4 minutes when they will start to smell
☐ Stir in the water, 50mls at a time. Your mixture should
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much like porridge, stop adding the water. Remove
from the heat and season well with salt and pepper.
☐ Spoon your mixture into the mushrooms, packing
it in tightly to the edges to maintain the shape of the
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1½ kg stewing or braising steak, cut into small chunks
2 large onions, chopped
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
☐ Turn the slow cooker to low and heat the oil in a large frying pan. Season the meat and fry for 3-4 minutes in
batches until browned all over. Transfer to a plate.
☐ Add the onion, carrot and celery to the pan and fry for 5-10 minutes until soft. Add the herbs and flour and
cook for another 2 minutes. Pour a splash of the wine into a bowl, then add the stock cube, sugar and tomato
purée and mix to form a paste. Scrape the paste into the onion mix and pour in the remaining wine. Bring the
mixture to a bubble, then transfer to the slow cooker. Stir in the browned beef and simmer on low for 6-8 hrs.
About 35 minutes before serving, fry the bacon, shallots and mushrooms for 5-8 minutes until caramelised and
the veg is starting to soften, then tip into the slow cooker. Simmer the stew gently on high for 30 minutes.
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion peeled and chopped
3 chicken breasts boneless and
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 large piece of ginger about the size
of your thumb, peeled and finely
1 tsp salt
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
240ml chicken stock
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée/paste
2 tsp sugar
400ml can full-fat coconut milk
Rice, chopped coriander and finely
pepper, chilli powder, ground
coriander, cumin, curry powder,
paprika and cinnamon.
☐ Stir to coat the chicken and cook
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☐ Add in the stock, tinned
tomatoes, tomato purée, sugar and
☐ Stir, bring to a gentle bubble
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cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6
hours on low.
☐ Take the lid off and give
everything a stir (the oils will have
risen to the top, so you can spoon
most of it out, or just stir it back in).
Sprinkle with coriander and serve
a pinch of sea salt flakes
1 x 150g pot natural yogurt
1 tbsp finely chopped mint leaves
☐ Peel the cucumber and coarsely
grate it onto a board. Take a handful
and squeeze out the excess juice
over a sink; transfer to a bowl.
Repeat the squeezing process with
☐ Season the cucumber with the salt,
and stir in the yogurt and mint. Cover
and keep in the fridge until serving.
☐ Preheat your slow cooker to high.
Heat the oil in a large pan (or the
slow cooker if it has a sear function),
add in the onion and cook on a
medium heat for 5-6 minutes until
☐ Add the chicken and cook for 3-4
minutes until just sealed.
☐ Add in the garlic, ginger, salt,