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At the heart of the community Issue 62 Spring '22
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A look at the local
in TV shows and
films that are
A Calm Home
to bring peace and
serenity to your
A look at the
colourful life of
the north Cardiff
that links Cardiff
to an Australian
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Welcome / Croeso
Spring has finally
arrived and we
weather with our first
publication of the
year. Time to throw
open the windows
and doors and let
the fresh spring air
The sunnier climes
invite us to spend
more outdoor time
with our families.
With that in mind,
we've put together a
few ideas for some quality family
While you're out and about,
you might recognise some of
the locations you visit from the
shows that you've seen on TV.
We've compiled a list of some
of the places that have featured
in big-name shows, including
many that are right here on our
doorstep. If nature is more of
your thing, we've also created
a guide to some of the flowers
you're likely to see at this time
of year. Spring is a truly magical
While rebirth and growth
blooms and flourishes all around
us, now is a great time to devote
some time to growing your own
food. With living costs going
up and up, we give you the
basics on how to create your
own vegetable plot - and which
vegetables to grow.
Our gardens are our own
little spaces away from the
world. Whether you share that
space with friends, family or
even yourself, we'll show you
everything you need to create a
mini sanctuary for yourself.
The same goes for indoors.
After the hectic and upheaval of
the last few years, we'll show you
how you can introduce calmness
and serenity into your home.
Taking a look back in time,
we've got several historical
features that relate to our local
area. Historian John Wake charts
the life of north Cardiff's Jack
Jones, who did so much for the
literary scene in Wales. Born in
Merthyr, Jack's work has been
read, performed, and watched,
all over the world.
John Wake has also contributed
to our story of deception,
fraud and hidden treasure that
contributes to our feature about
the SS Ferret.
The ship sailed from Scotland
to Australia, via Cardiff, and the
story's character list reads like
something you'd find in a movie.
But the story is a true one,
and one which leaves several
And while the world currently
wobbles into unknown territory,
we visit relics of worrying times
from the past. Several reminders
of the Cold War are dotted
around north Cardiff - many of
them wouldn't even be noticed
Finally, we're treated to a short
story from local author, Geraldine
Seymour. It's a tale of suburban
sabotage - one to enjoy with a
cup of tea and ten minutes to
Here at Living Magazines, we're
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See you in early summer!
Danielle and Patric
A law to change the speed limit
across Wales is coming next year
opens in North
A new law, set to come into force in
2023, will see most 30mph speed
limits in Wales reduced to 20mph.
The Welsh Government is looking
to set the national default speed
limit on residential roads and busy
pedestrian streets to 20mph, in
order to make roads safer for
pedestrians, cyclists, and children.
Plans drawn up by the Welsh
Government show that the new limit
will apply to all roads where street
lights are not more than 200 yards
apart. These are typically found
in residential and built-up areas,
where the current speed limits are
30mph. The plans include some
exceptions, and councils will retain
the power to keep the 30mph limit
on certain roads if required.
Pilot schemes for the new lower
speed limits have been running in
Wales for several months, including
here in north Cardiff. The local
scheme covers the areas of Llandaff
North, Whitchurch and Tongwynlais,
Rhiwbina and Heath wards.
Mark Drakeford told the Senedd
Hooded robbers ransacked a
petrol station in Llandaff North
in early March, making off with
between £4,000 and £5,000
worth of cigarettes.
The robbers spent four minutes
inside the shop at James &
Jenkins, breaking into tills and
loading cigarettes into a bag.
CCTV footage recorded the two
men attempting to prise open
the till, only to find that it was
in 2019 that the default speed
in Wales should be 20mph. A
taskforce was created to assess
the viability of the scheme, which
presented the Welsh Government
with its recommendations.
Enforcement of the speed limits will
be the responsibility of the police.
Cardiff council's cabinet member
Caro Wilde said:
"As a council, we have been
installing 20mph areas across the
city, south of the A48, for a number
of years now.
"Slowing vehicle speeds in
residential areas is a positive step
forward for our local communities
and is supported by the majority
of residents. Research clearly
shows that reducing vehicle
speeds in residential areas does
reduce the number and severity
of road collisions, provides better
opportunities for residents to
walk and cycle, makes our streets
healthier and improves the
environment for everyone."
More than 250 residents have
signed a petition objecting to plans
to construct a sewage pumping
station in a popular Llandaff North
A planning application was
registered with Cardiff Council late
last year to construct a sewerage
pumping station and an associated
compound in the park.
The petition raised 250 signatures
in just four days, from locals who
were concerned about the plans
and its possible impact.
A new recycling centre has opened
in the car park of Cardiff's former
tax office in Llanishen.
The first pop-up recycling
facility of its kind opened in early
March. The site had previously
been purchased from HMRC by
Cardiff Council and the Welsh
Popular items, such as garden
waste, wood, metal, hard plastic,
textiles, batteries, and small
electrical items will be initially
accepted at the facility.
It's located in the car park on
the south side of the site and will
initially open only on Saturdays
from 9am-3pm for eight weeks.
One of Whitchurch's well-known
landmarks has been demolished.
The training tower at Whitchurch
Fire Station was knocked down in
January to make room for a new
The original tower was built in
1955, but was razed to the ground
after suffering structural problems.
A new Crofton training tower is
to be built in its place, providing
the Fire Service with a new USAR
(Urban Search and Rescue) base.
It will include three bays for storing
appliances, an office, meeting
spaces and mess facilities.
The planning application for the
demolition of the tower submitted
to Cardiff Council was granted
planning permission in July 2021.
Waun Gron Road
given green light
The development of a
scheme including new
housing, retail and bus
interchange on Waun Gron
Road was granted by Cardiff
Council during the winter,
subject to a call in request
and legal agreement from
the developer on the
conditions that have been
The scheme, on the site of
the former recycling centre
in Llandaff, will deliver 44
new council homes, office
and commercial spaces, as
well as a new access road
designed to integrate the
proposed transport hub with
the residential development.
The new properties, part of
the Council’s development
programme to increase the
availability of affordable
homes in the city, will be
making using of renewable
technologies such as ground
source heat and solar
PVs to achieve significant
improvements on current
Around half of the one
bed and two bedroom
apartments will be used to
accommodate people on
the city’s housing waiting list
while the remaining homes
will be temporary, supported
accommodation for people
who have previously
but are ready to move on to
more independent living in
their own tenancy. Low level
support for these tenants will
be provided on site.
Replacement cladding work finally
gets underway in Llandaff North
After three years of waiting, work
has finally started on replacing the
cladding on council flats in Llandaff
Flammable cladding was
discovered on Lydstep Flats in
March 2018, following concerns
about fire safety in the building
following the Grenfell Tower fire.
Cardiff Council removed the
cladding in December that year,
leaving residents with poor
insulation from the cold, and mould
growing on the walls.
Contractors have now started to
replace the cladding, and work is
expected to last until summer 2023.
Councillor Lynda Thorne,
cabinet member for housing and
communities, told the press:
“I’m so glad, as I know all the
Lydstep residents are, that
contractors are now on site to begin
replacing the cladding that was
removed because it didn’t meet
Strikes by staff at Llandaff's Howell's
School took place in March following
a dispute over pensions.
Around 60 teachers at the school
joined other teachers across the UK
following an initial strike in February.
The establishment is part of the Girls'
Day School Trust (GDST), a national
organisation comprising 23 mainly
single-sex independent schools in
Wales and England. The organisation
has proposed to withdraw from the
Teachers Pension Scheme (TPS).
Teachers say that they will lose out on
vital pensions later in their careers if
the proposal is confirmed.
The GDST has said that it wants to
withdraw from the TPS due to rising
costs. The strikes were eventually
called off after a deal was struck from
current fire safety standards.
“The cladding we’re using to
overclad the three blocks is of the
highest level of fire safety.”
All 126 flats will receive new
windows and upgraded balconies
as part of the new work. Residents
in council flats in Butetown
however, are still waiting for
contractors to begin installing their
replacement cladding. No start date
has been announced for their work.
Cardiff Council blamed the delays
for the work on Brexit and the
pandemic, in addition to new rules
surrounding safety testing for the
new cladding. Financial estimates
for the work at Lydstep Flats have
risen from the original £7.4 million to
a revised figure of £15 million.
Cllr Thorne added:
“Progress on this work has been
affected by significant cost rises due
to Brexit and inflationary pressures
in the building industry, as well as
the impact of the extensive testing
and regulation framework for
“Throughout this time, we have
been so grateful to the residents
for their patience as we worked
on finding the right solution for
the three blocks, and it’s great to
see contractors on site and work
New play area
A play area in Cardiff has recently
reopened for children to play after
the completion of a revamp just in
time for half-term.
The play area at Llandaff Fields
was opened by children from
Llandaff City C.I.W. Primary School.
Works on the play area started in
October 2021 and were completed
on Friday, February 11.
Schools from across Cardiff
were invited by Cardiff Council
Parks department to provide their
thoughts and ideas on how the play
area could be developed.
Children are now able to enjoy
3 large new slides, climbing nets,
climbing ropes, a large sphere,
stepping-stones, new benches,
and paths. Other climbing play
equipment will also be added.
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To raise money for Tŷ Hafan
Children's Hospice in Sully,
Rhiwbina resident Geraldine
Seymour has written and
published a children's book.
The book contains two delightful
stories, with beautiful colour
illustrations. Percy's Dilemma
and The Cosmeston Secret are
both are set in the Penarth area.
The first story is about Percy the
Penarth pigeon and the second,
about the woodland elves in
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park.
The age range is 4 to 7 years,
although older children have
enjoyed the stories.
It is priced at £9.99 with £3 per
copy donated to the charity.
Geraldine has lived in Rhiwbina
for 50 years and has two sons
who attended Llanishen Fach
Primary and Whitchurch High
Copies of the book can be
obtained from Phil & Laura at
P.R. Jewellery, 68 Merthyr Rd.
Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 1DD.
(cash-only sales please), who
are open Thursday to Saturday
10am to 3pm; or from Frank by
A little girl sings “Let it go”
She’s hiding feet beneath the
She smiles and sings
While hearts break
I wonder what will be her fate.
In makeshift shelter
Applauds break out
They hide the thunder
Of shells that hit the ground
Her song drowns out that awful
The tiny person
The devastation to her land
Her voice as clear as a bell
Distracts one moment in this hell.
Her future unsafe, unsure
No escape through Russia’s door
Food and water in short supply
The city doomed; about to die
Will her song end
I watch, I cry.
I have just seen issue 61 of
Whitchurch and Llandaff Living and
two pieces drew my attention.
The first story says that the
Cardiff Council are going to plant a
zillion trees, which they say are ‘an
essential component of our urban
But this is barmy because the
Council also intend to chop
down 600 trees in the Northern
Meadows. It beggars belief!
Additionally, in your article about
winter walks, you are quoting
distances in kilometres. I did not
know that the mile had been
discarded. Perhaps it is part of
a subtle propaganda plot to get
revenge for Brexit. Miles please
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VICTORIA PARK MAZDA
CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF SALES
SUCCESS IN CARDIFF
Left to right: Gareth Jones, VPM Managing Director, Tony Marshall, VPM Director, Jeremy Thomson, MMUK Managing Director,
Peter Marshall VPM Marketing Director, Laura Brailey, MMUK Head of Retail Operations Sales
• THIS YEAR MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY FOR
MAZDA’S SECOND LONGEST-RUNNING DEALERSHIP.
• VICTORIA PARK MAZDA WAS NAMED TWICE AS
OVERALL ‘DEALER OF THE YEAR’ ACROSS THE UK.
• FAMILY-RUN DEALERSHIP PRAISED FOR OUTSTANDING
SALES AND AFTERSALES CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES.
In a year that saw the first Mazda vehicles
roll off the Hofu Plant No.1 production
line, Mazda welcomed Victoria Park Mazda
to its UK dealer network. Now marking its
40th Anniversary, the Welsh dealership has
received a commemorative plaque to celebrate
the significant milestone.
Established as a Mazda dealership since
1982, Victoria Park Mazda is one of Mazda’s
longest-serving dealerships across the
UK and has built a reputation for delivering
first-class customer service in Cardiff. Currently
located on Hadfield Road, Cardiff, the
family-run business was named as the UK’s
top Mazda dealership as ‘Dealer of the Year’
in 1989 and 1992, and has since further cemented
its first-class customer service with
the dealership’s five-star Feefo rating, as voted
by real customers.
Presenting the commemorative plaque, Jeremy
Thomson, Managing Director at Mazda
UK, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be at
Victoria Park Mazda and to recognise the
hard work, dedication and commitment
demonstrated by Tony Marshall and the
team over the last four decades. The industry
has significantly changed in the last 40 years,
but with the focused team at Victoria Park
Mazda combined with the exciting Mazda
vehicles on offer, the dealership has been an
integral part of our success in the UK.”
Accepting the award, Peter Marshall, Marketing
Director at Victoria Park Mazda, com-
Victoria Park Mazda, Hadfield Road, Cardiff CF11 8AQ
02920 600269 www.victoriapark-mazda.co.uk
mented “Our core principle of providing our
customers with an exceptional customer
experience with transparent communication
throughout the entire customer journey has
always resonated with our customers and
are key values which we still hold true today.
We are very proud to celebrate 40 years of
being part of the Mazda brand and serving
the local community.”
Adding, “Having originally opened the dealership
on Cowbridge Road East in the Victoria
Park area in 1982, then later moving to
Bessemer Road and now our current stateof-the-art
dealership on Hadfield Road, we
have witnessed the dealership grow from
strength-to-strength with our expanding volume
of sales, growing servicing facility and
genuine parts centre, but above all, our increasing
loyal customer base. In fact, one of
our most loyal customers has purchased 26
Mazda vehicles since we opened 40 years
ago, which is a true reflection of the consistently
great service customers can expect at
Victoria Park Mazda.”
He continued, “Many of our team have
worked at Victoria Park Mazda for a number
of years – I have personally worked full-time
at the dealership for 28 years and Gareth
Jones, our Managing Director has been with
us for the last 33 years, which is a real testament
to our business and the values my
father instilled when building Victoria Park
Mazda 40 years ago. We are proud to be
part of the Mazda family and we are excited
for the arrival of the next major evolution of
Mazda vehicles to come. We look forward to
seeing what the next 40 years holds.”
For more information on Mazda’s award-winning
range or Victoria Park Mazda, visit the
showroom on Hadfield Road, call on 02920
600 269 or visit www.mazda.co.uk/dealer/
Victoria Park Mazda, Hadfield Road, Cardiff CF11 8AQ
02920 600269 www.victoriapark-mazda.co.uk
With the warmer weather
comes the chance to
head outdoors with the
family and have some fun
65 1. BIKE RIDES
A good few hours can be spent on bikes with the
family and if you want to make new memories,
try packing them all up in the car and heading
somewhere new. Plan your trip in advance to make
sure it all goes smoothly.
6 2. HAVE A PICNIC
Sometimes, there's nothing better than taking
some time out for a family picnic. Why not head out
early doors with some croissants, fruit, and coffee
and make it a breakfast affair? There'll be less of
the annoying insects out during at this time of year
5 3. MAKE ICE LOLLIES
Grab yourself a set of ice lolly moulds and clear out some
room in your freezer. Kids will love making ice lollies and
these can easily be made with whole fruit, purées, juice
and yogurt on a warm spring day. As well as the fun and
satisfaction of creating them, they'll also be getting in their
one of their five a day!
6 4. TAKE WILDLIFE SNAPS
You can literally spend hours in the fresh, clean
air, seeking out and taking wildlife photos with the
family. Most of us have cameras on our phones so
it's quite possible that each family member can
have access to a camera and become a sharp
Take a packed lunch with you and plenty of water
and compare photos when you get back home.
5 5. GO STAR SPOTTING
You don't need to be an expert but it might be
worth swotting up on the basics before you head
out so that you know what you're looking at.
Kids love late night adventures and it'll provide
you with the perfect excuse to spend more time
with them. Check out your local dark sky areas for
maximum viewing benefits.
65 6. TREASURE HUNT
The beauty of a treasure hunt is that you can adapt
its difficulty to match your children's skill levels.
Whether it's a simple hunt in the garden, or a more
advanced map-reading task, there will be a great
sense of achievement for completing it.
6 7. GO PADDLING
We are lucky that we live within the reach of our wonderful
coastline. The great expanse of a beach offers the whole
family the chance to give themselves some space, both
physically and emotionally. Paddling allows you and your
kids to connect with nature and the shallow water will give
you considerably less stress than if you were to take the
kids to a public swimming pool.
8 8. FEED THE DUCKS
Contrary to popular belief, bread should not be the
main food you can provide for ducks. It's not particularly
nutritious and can harm their health. Instead, provide them
with sweetcorn, which they love. You can also give them
lettuce, oats or even peas. Scatter the food on the water
to keep the ducks away from possible predators. Always
supervise children when feeding ducks.
65 9. TIDY THE GARDEN
Spend the day together as a family AND get your
garden tidied - all in one go!
Kids love the feeling of being useful and helpful,
especially during the early years so arm them with
a pair of protective gloves and wellies and task
them with small but safe jobs that they can do,
such as easy weeding or raking up dead leaves.
Older children can be trusted to plant bulbs or
even create and tend to their own mini garden.
These projects can last all year round.
6 10. CHALK DRAWINGS
A cheap and cheerful way to spend a few hours outdoors
is to grab some giant chalks and a spare bit of pavement or
driveway (your own preferably). Whether your kids want to
draw pictures, practise writing their names or even working
out some mathematics, you can enjoy your time with
them, safe in the knowledge that it can all be cleaned off
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Cardiff has become an international destination for many filmmakers.
We take a look at some of the big screen moments that
have used our city's wonderful locations
A Discovery of Witches
First aired in 2018, A Discovery
of Witches is a fantasy romance
based on novel of the 'All Souls'
trilogy, which was written by
The show revolves around a
character called Diana Bishop,
a reluctant historian/witch
who discovers a bewitched
In Season 1, Cardiff Market
doubled up as the Oxford food
market where Diana shops for
fresh food. Filming took place in
the early hours of the morning
but several people who weren't
paid Supporting Actors did
wander into shot.
Insole Court in Llandaff was
another filming location and can
be seen in Seasons 1 and 2. Its
dark and brooding disposition
was considered a perfect
backdrop for a vampire's lair.
Much of the production was
filmed at Bad Wolf Studios,
considered the premier filming
facility in Cardiff.
This mystery crime drama, based
on the famous detective stories by
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, started out
life in 2010.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch
as Sherlock Holmes and Martin
Freeman as Doctor John Watson,
the series is set in the present day,
with the one-off special features
resembling the original Holmes
stories set during Victorian times.
Sherlock has been filmed in many
locations across Cardiff, including
Cardiff University and Cardiff
National Museum. The hallways
inside the Cardiff University main
building are the hallways used to
represent Sherlock’s 'mind palace'
in the show.
Cardiff was chosen for filming as
it was less expensive than London.
Cardiff Castle was also used, as
well as some exterior shots at
Cardiff Bay. Charles Street was
decorated with Christmas lights for
one episode and extra filming was
also undertaken at the film studios
at Upper Boat.
When Dr Who first hit British TV
screens in 1963, it became an
overnight success. It was the
show's reboot in 2005 though that
gave it a new lease of life and a
new army of followers.
Cardiff has since become
synonymous with the show, with
many north Cardiff locations used,
including Llandaff Cathedral,
Lydstep Flats, St Fagans, and
even a Christmas special filmed in
the centre of Rhiwbina's Garden
Gavin and Stacey
Synonymous with the seaside
town of Barry, Gavin and Stacey
has gone on to become one
of the most popular sitcoms in
British TV history. A Radio Times
poll in 2019 placed the show as
the 17th-greatest British sitcom.
Cardiff itself was used for
several filming locations,
including the Capitol Shopping
Centre, Manor Parc Hotel, Cardiff
Gate Services, Cardiff Central
train station, Wales Millennium
Centre and Marks and Spencer at
Alison Steadman, who played
Pam in the series, recalled that
the cast stayed at the Park Plaza
hotel for each of the three series
that were produced.
"It became a bit of a second
home to us," she said.
His Dark Materials
The BBC's adaptation of the trilogy
of novels by Philip Pullman was first
announced back in 2015, but it wasn't
until November 2019 that we got to
see the show.
Much of the show was filmed at
Wolf Studios at Cardiff Bay but areas
of Plasturton Gardens in Pontcanna
were also used, as well as a digitallyenhanced
In My Skin
This British comedy drama television series premiered on BBC Three
in October 2018. The series was initially ordered as a short film for BBC
Wales, but this later acted as the pilot episode after BBC ordered In My
Skin as a full series.
Producers were keen to use Welsh actors in the show to 'bring the
characters to life'. Locations around Cardiff were also used to give the
series authenticity. Gabalfa
featured in the production,
as well as scenes shot in
Cardiff High School and
Cardiff Royal Infirmary also
The coming-of-age show
was penned by Cardiff's
Kayleigh Llewellyn. In My
Skin was loosely based
around her upbringing in the
War of the Worlds
The 2019 remake of War of the Worlds was broadcast to over 50 countries
worldwide. The star-studded line-up included Gabriel Byrne and Downton
Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern, and
featured a variety of Cardiff-based
Permission was given for the Siambr in
the Senedd to be used for two days of
filming in the first series, where actors
wearing military fatigues were spotted
during production. The show was given
the green light for a third series in
August 2021, with filming continuing
around South Wales.
This upcoming British-
American action thriller film
was written and directed by
Welsh screenwriter Gareth
Evans and stars Tom Hardy
and Forest Whitaker. It's
due to be screened on
Netflix and Cardiff was used
predominately as a filming
Greyfriars Place (pictured)
is one place to look out for
when the movie is released
later this year.
28 Weeks Later
Way back in 2002, director Danny
Boyle put out the horror film
28 Days Later, based around a
highly-contagious virus breaking
out in the UK.
A sequel was premièred in
2007, in which Robert Carlyle's
character Don tries to protect
himself his family from the
Scenes intended to be shot at
Wembley Stadium, which were
then undergoing final stages of
construction, were filmed instead
at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
The seats and pitch were altered
digitally in post-production to
give it a neglected look.
Calm at Home
The last few years have been
incredibly tough. If you're still
reeling, here are a few ideas to
introduce calm into your home
In an ideal world, your home should
be your sanctuary, a place to retreat
from the world when things get
tough. Life is busy and before we
know it, we're knee deep in things
that we don't necessarily need in our
Taking the time to declutter your
home will also help calm your mind.
Even if it's 10-15 minutes a day, the
compound effect will make you
feel like you have more physical
and emotional space. Ask yourself
whether you need, want, or love the
things that you have, and if none of
these fit those categories, remove
them from your house.
Keep surfaces clear
In the business of the daily
hustle and bustle, it's so easy
and tempting to use empty
surfaces as temporary, or
sometimes, permanent storage.
This not only makes a mess
of our home but also disrupts
our thinking processes, even if
Keeping flat surfaces clear is
an instant way to introduce calm
to your home. Keeping on top
of unopened mail is another
way to keep surface clutter to a
minimum and also provide you
with more of a feeling of control.
Clear up any dirty food or
crumbs and only leave out what
you need or enjoy looking at.
Pack the rest away or bin it if it's
Create a calm space
If you have the space to do so
in your home, carve out a space
for yourself, free from clutter
and the trappings of day-to-day
Give yourself permission to
create a small sanctuary for
yourself. It should be a place
where you can rest, nap, write,
listen to music or even practise
yoga or meditation.
Make other family members
aware that this is your calm
space, and that it needs to be
respected. Keep a comfortable
blanket there that you can
Make your home work
Decor and furniture work best
for you when it's set up to allow
yourself to live comfortably, and
to make the most of family time,
relaxation, and stillness.
For instance, if you like to listen
to music while you cook, add a
simple radio to the kitchen. If you
like to talk with others while you
cook, take some comfy chairs
into the kitchen so that you can
talk while you cook.
Keep everything as simple as
you can. It will help calm your
mind and leave you feeling less
cluttered and overwhelmed.
We all keep 'stuff'; some of us keep more
than we actually need. Our cupboards are
often stored with things that we're never
going to use again and these things take
up valuable storage space that could be
used to store other, more useful things. Just
because it's out of sight and out of mind,
doesn't mean that you'll still need to sort it
Set aside some dedicated time to clear
your storage areas of things that you are
never going to use again. You can then
utilise this space to clear your surfaces and
store the things that you do actually need
To successfully move away things so that
they are hidden from view, you can look to
keep coats in a closet, or plates and mugs
in a cupboard instead of open shelving.
Creating space at home will make you
feel like you can breathe more easily.
The space may look odd at first and it
can be tempting to fill the space with
something else. But space is needed
as much as anything else. View space
as part of the furniture, as part of the
decor, as part of your home.
If you're able to spend time sitting in
this space, the better. It'll soothe your
Purge bad mojo
A home can collect bad memories as
well as good ones, and hanging onto bad
karma isn't going to make you feel any
Removing all reminders of negative
experiences has a cleansing effect, and
can also help with emotional healing.
Seek out anything that takes you back to
times that weren't so good and bin them
or give them away. If they stay, they'll be
constant reminders, even subconsciously,
ruining the serenity at home that you are
Show the things you love
You have the ability to create a home
that reminds you of all the things in
life that you are grateful for. Displaying
pictures of happy memories or loved
ones isn't vain - it's a reminder to
yourself that happy times do exist -
and that you are blessed. Express who
you are through items of homeware,
whether it's a piece of artwork, a
trinket, statement pieces or a larger
piece of accessory.
Doing this in combination with
removing unwanted clutter will make
them stand out and shine.
Add natural elements
There is possibly nothing more
soothing than a touch of nature.
Introducing the calm stillness
of nature into your home not
only makes you feel calmer
emotionally, but it also filters
and cleanses the air that we are
breathing at home.
Most home plants are fairly lowmaintenance
but if even if that's
too much, you could also bring
branches, fresh flowers, leaves,
seashells, rocks, or cones inside
and put them on display for a
calming, natural presence.
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We are pleased to announce
the appointment of our
new Associate Solicitor, Hannah
Thomas. During her first week
at Harding Evans, we spoke
to Hannah about her career,
her favourite elements of their her estate.
role and why she chose to join
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My career in law began in 2013
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qualifying two years later. On
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the firm, which is now called Ince,
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I have joined the firm as an
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Although it is not a pleasant thing to think about, it
is important to ensure you have a properly
prepared Will in place. Having a professionally
drafted Will in place provides peace of mind that
your estate should be dealt with in accordance with
your wishes and is likely to make the process far
easier for those you leave behind when you die.
Yet, there are reports that surprisingly around
60 per cent of the adult UK population do not
have a Will, which effectively means they will be
allowing ancient laws to determine who receives
Making a Will is often not the long, complicated and
expensive process that people often imagine it to
be. Many people have put it off during lockdown,
thinking it would not be possible while social
distancing. At Harding Evans, in accordance with
Government guidelines, we have been operating
throughout lockdown. Our offices are now open to
the public with measures in place to reduce the risk
of spreading the virus.
If you are currently unable to leave your property,
we also offer telephone appointments, video calls
and witnessing of Wills, even via your front window
if required! There are strict rules regarding the
witnessing of Wills to ensure they are executed
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the rise, so it is more important than ever to obtain
legal advice when preparing your Will, to avoid
lengthy and costly disputes after your death.
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Author Jack Jones CBE is renowned and revered in literary circles.
Historian John Wake takes a look back over the writer's colourful
past - and the legacy that he leaves for readers today
If you happened to be walking
through Rhiwbina village during the
1960s, you may have seen a whitehaired,
elderly gentleman shuffling
from Pen-y-Dre to Beulah Road. He
would have been on his way to the
Butcher's Arms - his local. You may
have shouted to him, 'Hello Jack',
but it is doubtful you would have
got an answer other than an 'umph'.
Jack was known to be a little
'grumpy' in his old age and could
be very acerbic in conversation. He
would be at his most gruff if you had
the gall to sit on his seat by the bar.
One lady recalled that one evening,
she went to the Butcher's Arms with
her husband, who innocently sat in
'the seat' and ordered a couple of
drinks. The place went a little quiet
when Jack arrived. Jack Jones went
up to the man and told him: 'That's
The man, quite shocked, did as he
was told not wanting any altercation
in front of his wife. They left the
snug and carrying their drinks, went
to another bar in the pub.
Jack's achievements were second
to none in literary circles in Wales.
He was the author of sixteen novels,
several plays and the consultant
scriptwriter for surely the greatest of
Paul Robeson movies, Proud Valley.
The most acclaimed of his classic
novels were Rhondda Roundabout,
(1934), Off to Philadelphia in the
Morning (1947) and River out of Eden
Staunchly Welsh, a patriot and a
fighter for workers' rights, it's easy to
see how his early life's experiences
influenced his life politics.
He was born in 1884 in Merthyr
Tydfil. It was one of the largest
towns in Wales at the time and
the most brutal for the working
classes. Iron Masters dominated
the industrial scene, cruel in their
treatment of workers and their
The mines of the area gave coal
to the world, but little of the profits
went to the men at the coal face;
they endured torturous long days
deep underground, including
Jack's father was a coal miner so
he understood the hell that was the
life of a coal miner's family during
the latter years of the Victorian 20th
century. At the age of twelve, Jack
joined his father down the mines.
There was a spark though, of what
was to come during those years.
He not only watched theatre, he
acted in it. Local amateurs in the
scene assisted Jack and promoted
his 'little plays'. He did just five years
down the mines with his father
before leaving and joining the army.
Jack's first posting of his regiment,
the Militia Battalion Welsh, was in
South Africa. He hated it so much
that he deserted. The Military Police
got hold of him and he was sent to
India. His life at the front line in the
English Army came to an end and
the much-hardened Jack Jones
returned to Wales and once again,
went to work down the coal mines.
Jack got married in 1908 and had
five children with his wife Laura,
although sadly two of their sons
died at a young age. In 1914, Jack
was sent to the WW1 front lines in
both France and Belgium. He, like
many others, received debilitating
wounds caused by artillery shrapnel
and was invalided home. He took
up employment as a recruitment
officer in Merthyr.
Jack's deep resentment of the
savage 'capitalist' system saw him
start to stand up for his fellows
against the iron and coal owners.
Miners were dying every day;
many families were put out onto
the streets and this made Jack
very angry. He wanted to put his
educational abilities to good use.
He was a master of the English
language and this potent force was
needed within the miner's lodges.
In 1920, Jack joined the
Communist Party, which was at
the time, a real agitator against
injustice and a force for promoting
workers' rights. He attended rallies
in the north of England and spoke
to large crowds in the furtherance
He became the Honorary
Secretary of his local lodge and
it did not stop there. In 1923, he
was appointed full-time secretary
of the Blaengarw branch of the
Miner’s Union, moving his wife and
family to live in Bridgend, before
settling in Cardiff after the General
Strike. It was at this time that he
was also active also in play writing
and actually won a Manchester
His book Black Parade was turned
into a stage play in London but
was postponed, yet the book was
published. It was a hard hitting
look at Merthyr in the 1880s,
portraying the unemployment,
the poverty, the violence, the rich
getting richer and the poor getting
poorer. Merthyr was portrayed in
an inglorious light. The book was
declared an outstanding narrative
and its success was down to Jack's
first hand plight of the working
man - the miners. The book is still
available to purchase to this day.
In October 1936, the BBC
broadcast its version of the play
Black Parade as part of a radio
series, causing caused major
controversy. There were protests
about its content from Merthyr
dignitaries and other establishment
organisations. Jack knew when
to keep quiet and said nothing
about the subject when asked.
Looking at Jack's pedigree, he
would certainly have known life in
the Rhondda and Merthyr as well
as anyone, - perhaps a little better.
The BBC decided to drop the
heading 'Merthyr' and substitute it
with a generalised term, basing the
play in any of the mining areas of
England and Wales. The vociferous
protests did not stop and the play
was pulled from the air. Jack again
said nothing when asked about the
decision. His fame had grown even
more, and one press man said, 'If
silence is golden then Jack Jones is
the gold standard'.
To those who knew him, Jack was
a contrary man. He knew the type of
society he wanted, which brought
him to switch political party loyalties
on several occasions. He had joined
the Labour Party and actually spoke
at a Ramsey McDonald rally in
Aberafon. He then jumped ship to
join the Liberal Party, which fitted
more closely with his political ideals
at the time.
Jack was employed by the Liberal
Party and he travelled the United
Kingdom selling their cause at
major meetings and political
hustings. This employment was
on the advice of their leader at the
time, David Lloyd-George. He had
attended at one of Jack's meetings
and was impressed with his
speeches. Jack stood for the Liberal
Party at the General Election of
1929, in direct opposition to Labour.
He spoke to street gatherings and
hustings and was becoming a huge
thorn in Labour's flesh. He finished
second, with a creditable 28% of the
During these decades, Jack's
thoughts were well documented
in many of his plays aimed at
the London audiences and his
foes - the rich. His play, Rhondda
Roundabout ran in the Globe
Theatre, London, which made Jack
a famous name in his adopted city
of Cardiff. In fact, Cardiff's Lord
Mayor, in the June of 1939, joined
Jack and others on an official visit to
London to see the play.
The drama was a series of
vignettes of valley life and
extremely disrespectful to the
managing establishment and
highlighting the perseverance,
honesty and dogged stubbornness
of the miners and their quest for
worker's rights. One line from the
show drew wide applause from
the audience when one character
said, 'that in war the capitalists from
London would be glad to re-open
the disused pits as air raid shelters
for themselves'. This was 1930s
London. In 1940, Jack appeared in
the movie The Proud Valley with
Paul Robeson, a movie that Jack
had helped write.
Jack's books were being churned
out at an amazing rate. This
amazing skill took him to the
United States of America on several
occasions, undertaking lecture
tours. He was also to undertake
the same skills to the battlefronts
Unbelievably, Jack once more
changed his political allegiance
to another party. He had tried
Communist, Labour, Liberal but the
next change was surely the most
controversial. Joining and support
for the Oswald Mosley's black shirts
during the 1930s would have been
the strangest twist in any a storyline
but that's exactly what he did. He
stayed within that political family for
many years. In 1945, he supported
the far right candidate Sir James
Grigg at the General Election.
It was his book Land of My Fathers
that really brought him to the
general public's attention. The
'play' version ran in London to great
His classic novel, Off to
Philadelphia in the Morning is about
the collier's working life in the
1880s/90s south Wales valleys. The
book intertwines the story of Joseph
Parry, the composer. Parry was a
miner during his early years but
his love of music and his struggle
to succeed finally overcame to
become one of, if not the greatest,
of all Welsh composers. Myfanwy is
perhaps his best known work. The
South African national anthem is
based on Parry's work.
Every Cardiffian should read
River out of Eden. It is a masterful
depiction of the city's growth
from village to city, from the
industrial explosion to WW2. Jack
is supremely ingenious as the
narrative follows just one family
and the generational struggles
from Irish immigrant to richness.
Each follow different paths but
the most seductive reason for
reading this book is to study the
streets and suburbs of Cardiff prior
and during the early half of the
twentieth century. We visit the rich
man's world of expensive shopping
and private clubs, then follow in
the footsteps of pimps and their
prostitutes. It is probably one of the
finest depictions of Cardiff's history
within a novel that there ever has
been, or perhaps ever will be.
When he was observed back in
the 1960s, on his own, shuffling
his way to the Butcher's Arms,
Rhiwbina, young locals watching
had little knowledge of the
incredible life story of Jack Jones.
I remember him well. I was one of
those who shouted ‘Hi Jack’ as he
walked past me in the village. He
would smile and ‘umph’. If only I had
known then what I know now, about
his incredible life, I may have asked
for an autograph, or even a ‘snap’,
I'd like to think that he would have
agreed to one.
I would also like to think that my
words here have been able to do
this wonderful and complex man
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It is a time of awakening. In our fields,
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Whether in town or country, we all
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Award-winning actor and creator
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A survey of over 8,000 British
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Place them so that they are facing
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Deception, fraud - and hidden treasure in a north Cardiff wood.
This is the story of the SS Ferret and its mysterious crew, a story
that has gone down in infamy on both sides of the world
Lying silently in the sands of a South
Australian beach lies the wreck of
the iron screw steamship, the SS
To the locals, it's a well-known
landmark, one that every so often
reveals itself from its veil of shifting
sands. Its rusty remains lie at the
base of the northern end of the
beach, and its silence keeps a
baffling secret - a secret that's
never been explained for over 100
The story begins on a cold
autumnal day in 1880, when a small
group of men approached the office
of the Ferret's owners in Greenock
Dock, Scotland. The men were
looking to charter the Ferret and to
take it on a pleasure cruise in the
Mediterranean. The ship had been
fitted out as a passenger vessel and
seemed perfect for the men's plans.
The owners of the Ferret would
have been pleased with their new
clients - the group's leader was
a man that went by the name of
Smith. He boasted of great financial
credentials, and told the ship's
owners that the cruise was for
his wife, who was unwell. He also
alluded to the fact that he was a
relative of the late First Lord of the
Admiralty. What the owners didn't
know was that Smith was nothing
of the sort. In fact, his name was
Henderson, and he was about to
lead the ship and its crew on one of
maritime's greatest mysteries.
A six-month lease was agreed,
and bills for the first month's charter
was paid with notes that were later
found to be worthless. Henderson
had been operating a fraudulent
London shipbroking office named
Henderson & Co. to support the
Officers and crew were hurriedly
recruited with two men by the
name of Walker and Carlyon
appointed Purser and Chief Officer
respectively. The role of Sailing
Master was given to a man named
Watkins and a man called Griffin
was named Chief Engineer.
Provisions were also loaded onto
the ship - 'stores, plates and coal'
worth £1,400 were loaded, as well
as £500 worth of premium wine.
These were paid with bills that
would later be found to be also
The Ferret finally set sail. The
pilot that took the ship out to sea,
reported that the ship was full of
cheer and jollity, which raised the
suspicions of the ship's owners.
It was a steamer of considerable
speed, and after leaving Greenock,
it sailed to Cardiff.
In Cardiff around this time, was
a mysterious man, believed to be
Spanish, who was staying at the
Cardiff Arms Hotel. In the following
days, he became acquainted with
the captain of the Ferret, and when
she left purportedly for Marseilles,
he sailed with her as supercargo, a
representative of the ship's owner
on board the merchant ship, and
responsible for overseeing the
cargo and its sale.
Henderson's wife also boarded
at Cardiff before the Ferret sailed
through Straits of Gibraltar, looking
for all the world like it was heading
for its Mediterranean cruise. That
night, the crew made sure that their
'All Well' lights were seen by the
But that's when the story took an
At some point during the small
hours, the lights were put out, and
under the cover of darkness, the
ship silently passed back through
the Straits. The aim was to give
the appearance that the ship had
foundered with all hands lost
somewhere in the Mediterranean
The ship headed out into the
Atlantic, where Henderson revealed
to his crew that he was a colonel in
the United States Cavalry. He told
them that he needed to destroy all
traces of his identity. He went on to
tell them that he owned the ship
and was entitled to do with it as he
He made it clear that he was
incredibly wealthy, and that anyone
who did not cooperate with the
plan would be shot on the spot.
He gave direct instruction for the
ship's appearance to be radically
overhauled. The wheelhouse and
chartroom were dismantled and
rebuilt on the aft-deck; the black
funnel was changed to yellow; the
ship's lifeboats were changed from
blue to white; and crucially, the
ship was renamed Bantam, taking
the name of another ship of similar
tonnage on the Lloyd's Register.
Shipping documentation was
forged to support the false name.
Any identifying objects on the ship
were either thrown overboard or
used as fuel in the ship's coal-fired
it clear that
anyone who did
with the plan
would be shot
on the spot
The crew were instructed to
say that the ship had sailed
from Singapore if questioned by
authorities. The ship next sailed to
the Cape Verde Islands and then to
Santos, Brazil, where it arrived on
Boxing Day 1880.
The crew took on a consignment
cargo of coffee destined for
Marseilles. Henderson then sailed
for Cape Town, where Watkins
disembarked, changing the ship's
name for the second time en route,
this time to the name India. On
arrival at Cape Town, he sold the
coffee for £13,000. He then sailed
for Port Phillip in Victoria, Australia
via Mauritius and Albany, Western
Australia arriving at Victoria in April
1881. Henderson told Australian port
authorities that he had come from
Back in Scotland, the ship's
owners were becoming
increasingly concerned about the
disappearance of the ship. They
advertised the disappearance, and
sought help locating it.
By chance, an observant wharf
policeman on duty at Queenscliff,
Constable James Davidson, who
had recently arrived from Scotland,
was at his post as the newly-named
India steamed past him.
At the time, he happened to be
reading a copy of The Scotsman
newspaper which included an
article taken from the Glasgow
Evening Citizen and which described
the mysterious disappearance of
the Ferret from the Clyde.
Seeing that the India fitted the
description well, Davidson decided
to take a closer look. He noticed
certain unusual behaviours coming
from the ship, and noted that
it had broken a number of port
His suspicions raised, he kept it
under observation and alerted his
superiors. Customs officials seized
the ship, and the faint appearance
of another vessel's name under the
lettering 'India' soon confirmed the
Henderson and his accomplices
tried to escape but were soon
apprehended, charged, and
brought to trial by jury in Melbourne
before Justice Williams. Henderson,
and his two main cronies were each
charged with conspiracy on the
high seas, attempt to defraud the
ship's owners, and customs and
other maritime offences, including
changing the name and official
number of a ship. Chief Engineer
Griffin, who had been recruited in
Glasgow, provided much of the
evidence that convicted the three.
Watkins, the Sailing Master, had
left the ship in Cape Town after
which a sailor called Wright had
taken over the sailing duties. The
three defendants fabricated a story
that Watkins had led a Peruvian
arms smuggling racket, and that
he told them to attempt to sell the
ship. The court rejected the story
and found the three men guilty.
But that's not where the story
ends. A long time later, a letter
landed on the desk of Cardiff's
Head Constable. The letter,
apparently written by a prisoner in
Spain, requested the help to find
treasure 'of considerable amount'
that had been buried in Cardiff.
The Head Constable dismissed the
letter as a hoax. The letter was also
shown to a borough magistrate,
who came to a different conclusion.
Correspondence with the
prisoners was initiated, and before
long, the prisoner admitted that
he was at one time the private
secretary of a Spanish nobleman
who entrusted him with property
to a considerable amount to be
conveyed to England. He came
to London with it, but from the
start, he evidently intended to
appropriate the property to his own
use. He left London, went to Bristol,
and stayed for some time at a hotel
there. He then came to Cardiff and
stayed for a still longer period at the
Cardiff Arms Hotel.
During his stay there, his friends
in Madrid informed him that his
employer had discovered his
duplicity, and agents were sent
to England to arrest him. Fearing
SS Ferret in 1910
capture, he deposited the valuable
treasure that he had been entrusted
with in a secret place, not far from
Cardiff, and then left in a steamer
bound for Marseilles, but was
landed on the coast of Spain. He
was discovered by the agents of the
nobleman, arrested, and tried at
Madrid for feloniously disposing of
property entrusted to him by his
master, and sentenced to a long
term of imprisonment in one of the
carceras in Madrid.
It was noted during the months
that followed, that three men were
spotted digging in various parts of
a wood in the north of Cardiff. The
men could not speak English well
and were said to be of Spanish
extraction. It is believed nothing was
found at that time.
As for the Ferret, in 1904, it was
called into action to assist with a
stricken Norwegian barque that
went under the name of Ethel.
The Ethel had run onto a South
Australian beach and the Ferret was
the first ship on hand to rescue its
crew and passengers. The beach
was later named Ethel Beach.
As fate would have it, the Ferret
itself was wrecked too in November
1920 after running onto a beach
during a storm. All 21 crew were
rescued after walking 3 miles
overland from where the ship had
foundered - on Ethel Beach.
The treasure, if it exists, has never
The mystery of the treasure has
been written into a ghost story
centred on Cardiff, by Rhiwbina
author, John F Wake, entitled
‘The Madding of Eli McNamara’.
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In a quiet corner of Llandaff, there
sits a small, unassuming structure,
barely noticed by the outside world.
The Llandaff Sub-Control Centre
is a single storey, windowless affair,
that to the untrained eye, looks
like some sort of nondescript utility
building. Yet inside its doors lie
secrets of our nation's role in the
In recognition of this, Cadw has
recently awarded the unusual
building with a Grade II listed
status, acknowledging the site as
a sobering reminder of how close
Wales came to nuclear annihilation
in the twentieth century.
The Sub-Control Centre building
sits on the outer edge of the
beautiful, terraced gardens of
Insole Court. The Victorian mansion
was used during the Second World
War as a hub for the emergency
services responding to the Cardiff
In the years following the war,
tensions mounted between the
former allies and in 1948, the Civil
Defence Corps was revived across
the UK, leading Cardiff County
Borough Council to make plans for
a possible Third World War.
Nuclear weapons had been
invented and used by the USA in
1945 and in 1949, the Soviet Union
produced its first atom bomb,
followed by Britain in 1952.
With these developments,
A small, nondescript building in Llandaff was recently awarded
protection status for its role in our nation's history. Here's why.
tensions continued to rise and
during 1953, Cardiff’s city surveyor,
EC Roberts, built a Civil Defence
Control Centre on Allensbank Road,
next to what was once a crucial
location for the city’s water supply.
He also built two Sub-Control
Centres in the east and west of the
city, at Cyncoed and Llandaff.
The Llandaff Sub-Control Centre
is the only one of these buildings to
have survived. Inside the bunker are
the remains of ventilation systems,
electricity generators and steel
bunk beds in separate rooms for
male and female CDC members.
The large control centre, message
room and liaison officers’ room
are linked by messenger hatches
and the officers’ room had hidden
emergency escape hatches leading
Although sturdy, the building is
clearly a product of the early Cold
War and could not have hoped
to withstand a hydrogen bomb
falling on Cardiff. Preparedness for
war was the focus of the CDC but
its members responded to other
emergencies, including floods and
even the Aberfan disaster.
Even after the CDC was disbanded
in 1968, volunteers continued to
look after the building and store
emergency supplies there until the
end of the Cold War in the early
1990s. It was reported in 2013 that
the Llandaff Society group were
looking into turning the Vaughan
Avenue building into a Cold War
museum. Due to ongoing vandalism
and damage from the elements,
this idea never came to fruition.
After the Grade II listing, Dr
Christopher Thomas, Listed Building
Officer at Cadw, said:
“Since 1945 the nuclear threat
has shaped world history — but it
has also been an important part of
Wales’s past, as evidenced by the
Llandaff Sub-control Centre. The
building’s existence shows how
seriously the people of post-war
Wales took this threat, and how
they planned to survive it.
“We are so pleased to be able to
list this remarkable building, which
is now protected as a rare example
of civil defence planning — built for
a war which was greatly feared but
thankfully never came. Plus, it offers
a poignant monument to the mostly
forgotten volunteers of the Civil
Defence Corps in the Cold War.”
The substation joins the ranks
of other hidden reminders of our
past, dotted around north Cardiff.
Up until fairly recently, Coryton
roundabout was home to the Cardiff
War Room, one of 13 Regional
War Rooms built in 1952 to house
the regional administration for
Wales in the event of a devastating
nuclear attack on Whitehall making
central government impossible.
The building was of the standard
Regional War Room design with
one floor above ground and one
It remained operational until
approximately 1958 when the
network of Regional War Rooms
were replaced by the Regional
Seats of Government. The old war
room was retained as a training
centre for RSG personnel until 1965
when it was reactivated as the
Cardiff Corporation Main Control
With the formation of South
Glamorgan County in 1974, it was
reactivated as the South Glamorgan
County Control and later, the South
Glamorgan Emergency Centre,
remaining in use until the end of the
Cold War in 1991. Following that, the
building was abandoned. Once the
ventilation plant was switched off,
the bunker deteriorated quickly.
A landmark that is still familiar for
most residents of north Cardiff is
the telecommunications mast that
overlooks the area from its position
on Wenallt Hill. Beneath the ground
it stands on is another reminder of
our Cold War past.
the people of
took this threat
Originally it was to become a
War Room for Wales, taking over
from Coryton but this idea was
abandoned in the late 1970s.
The former Anti Aircraft Operations
Room instead became the main
BT war headquarters for Wales.
The distinctive curved glass
galleries were stripped out, and
new dormitories, air conditioning,
canteen etc., were installed in the
1970s but the work was abandoned
before completion and the bunker
is now disused although the
adjacent BT radio site remains in
Up until not too long ago, it was
an area for urban exploration as an
interesting site, but the contents
have since been burnt - not by
urban explorers but by the vandals
that frequent the site.
Further afield in Llanishen was the
Llanishen Royal Observatory Corps
(ROC) Post, which opened in 1966
and closed in 1991. The Pentyrch
Royal Observer Corps (ROC) Post,
opened in 1961 and closed in 1968.
Nearer the city centre, few people
realise that within the walls of the
castle are tunnels – tunnels which
came into their own as air-raid
shelters during the Second World
It was estimated that more than
1,800 people could take shelter
within the walls and when the sirens
sounded, people who lived and
worked in the city would rush to the
shelters. Special ramps were built
so that people could gain access
into the walls quickly. Research has
revealed there were dormitories
with bunks, kitchens, toilets and
first aid posts concealed within the
Shelter use ceased in December
1944 and shortly after the war,
the ramps were removed and the
external wall openings sealed up.
Following the death of the 4th
Marquess in 1947, the castle came
into the hands of the City Council
and was opened to the public,
though the shelters remained
closed until 2011.
The substation sits
in a quiet corner of
Llandaff's Insole Court
What was the
The Cold War was a period
of geopolitical tension
between the United States
and the Soviet Union and their
respective allies, the Western
Bloc and the Eastern Bloc.
The period began following
World War II and is generally
considered to have ended in
There was no large-scale
fighting between the two
superpowers. Instead, they
both took sides in major
regional conflicts and tended
to be based around the
struggle for ideological and
Nuclear war was a constant
threat, and the 'war'
was played out through
espionage, sporting rivalries,
technological advances and
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Spring is a time of colour and beauty. Here's a guide to some of the
more common flowers that you'll spot in the wild this spring
Enchanting and iconic, bluebells
are a sure way to know that
spring is here.
They actually spend most of
their time underground as bulbs,
usually breaking the surface and
flowering in great numbers from
The flowers are traditionally
deep violet-blue in colour, the
familiar bell shape comprising
of six petals and up-turned tips.
Some varieties can be white or
They can be found in
woodland, in fields and also in
Forget-me-not flowers grows on tall,
hairy stems which can reach up to 2 feet
in height. Its pretty, five-petalled, blue
blooms with yellow centres flourish from
May through to October.
If spotted in the wild, it's most likely to be
the perennial variety that spreads easily,
freely self-seeding to grow and bloom in
the shady spots where the tiny seeds may
Easily recognisable and wellknown
across the UK, the
foxglove usually comes in shades
of pink but white varieties are
not uncommon. Darker-coloured
spots can be found towards the
lower end of the tubes.
These plants produce a spike
of flowers between June and
September and can grow up
to 2 metres in height. A single
foxglove can produce over a
They can be found in heathland,
woodland edges and gardens
and are a valuable source of
nectar for bees. The species
has evolved to be especially
attractive to long-tongued bees.
The flowers attracts the bee,
while the lower lip of the flower
allows the insect to land before
climbing up the tube, increasing
the chance of pollination.
Found in late spring, wild hyacinths
produce loose spikes of stunning white
and violet-blue, star-shaped flowers on top
of tall stems.
Known for attracting bees, its eyecatching
look also lingers throughout the
spring season due to its durability. They'll
often be found growing in large drifts in
woodlands and areas with long grass.
What's that flower?
You'll find these gorgeous clusters of drooping
fragrant yellow flowers growing on dry, grassy
banks and in pasture. In fact, its name comes
from the word 'cow-slop', which will give you
some indication of where it likes to thrive and
The cowslip is a cousin of the primrose,
displaying egg-yolk-yellow flowers that are
clustered together at the ends of its vertical,
green stems. The plant suffered during the
1930s-1980s, due to farming techniques, but is
now making a welcome comeback.
Common dog violet
The most familiar wild violet, the
common dog-violet can be spotted in
a variety of habitats from woodland to
grassland, hedgerows to pastures.
They have distinctive bluish-purple
petals, leafy stems and heart-shaped
leaves, and unlike the similarlooking
sweet violet, it's unscented.
Its name derives from this lack of
scent - the word 'dog', like the word
'horse', is a common English prefix for
distinguishing an inferior species from
its superior relative
They flower from April through to
Wild orchids grow in a range of
habitats and each variety has its
own habitat preference. As such,
they can flower at slightly different
times of the year.
Orchids can be found in damp
grassland, open woods, scrub and
fens as well as spoil-tips, railway
embankments and old quarries.
They tend to start flowering around
April, with May being the busiest
month for flowering.
Red campion is fairly tall plant
(they can grow up to 1 metre!)
that flowers distinctive pink-red
in colour. The five petals that are
fused at their base to form a tube
surrounded by a purple-brown
protective cover. The five petals
are deeply notched and almost
divided into two; its leaves and
stems are hairy.
They can be found within
shaded woodland areas, as
well as hedgerows, in fields and
ditches and on roadside verges.
They start to flower just as the
bluebells are fading, providing
another beautiful blanket of
colour in our countryside.
In a time when food prices are on the rise, dedicating an area of your
garden to growing your own food could be beneficial. Here are a few
ideas on how to get started, and what vegetables to grow
Don't start too early
Tempting as it may be to get stuck
in, sowing too early could mean that
your crop is at risk of being harmed or
destroyed by frost. Find out the rough
date of when you can expect the last frost
of the year. If you do find yourself caught
out with a sudden temperature drop,
you can always protect your crops with
newspaper, old sheets or frost blankets.
Just remember to remove them the
Sowing your veg
There’s still time to sow vegetables such
as aubergines, tomatoes, sweetcorn,
cucumbers, and courgettes.
You can always give your vegetable
garden a kick start if you feel that you're
too late to sow, by purchasing baby plants.
You'll need to gradually expose these to
outdoor conditions throughout the spring
Spring is a good time if you’re planting
in pots or on your windowsill. Lettuce and
tomatoes do particularly well.
Feed, nourish and protect
Your vegetables will be growing quickly during the spring months so
always keep them hydrated, either with a hose or by sitting them in a tray
of water. If you have any plants in pots, these can be fed once a week with
You'll also want to think about preparing your outside garden spaces
ready for your new plants. Remove any weeds that have started growing
as these could present a problem later in the year when they get too large
Tender vegetables will need
to be exposed to the great
outdoors if they are to flourish
over the summer. Spring is the
best time to do this as conditions
are, for the most part, gentle and
Start by taking them outside for
just one day a week and leaving
them in a safe, sheltered spot.
Bring them in at night if you feel
that the temperature is dropping
too much, or that frost is forecast.
This toughening up process
will help the plants flourish
and become tough enough to
withstand the rain and wind.
Towards the end of spring, you
can plant them in their final
growing space, where they will
remain for the warmer months.
Carrots are easy enough to grow
from the packet, taking up a
minimal amount of space and
can even be grown in containers.
Carrots are one of our staple
vegetables so growing them
at home can certainly save you
money off your shopping bill.
Sow in small batches from
early spring onwards. They
flourish best in full sun and light,
fertile, well-drained soil. If your soil is shallow,
aim to buy short-rooted types. Usually ready to harvest in 12-16 weeks.
Beetroot has a variety of of great health
benefits and is delicious in soups, stews,
smoothies and even cakes. They're also
ideal for gardening beginners.
Beetroot fares best in fertile, welldrained
soil. You can sow without
protection from about March onwards
and beetroot sown from June onwards
can be stored for use in winter.
They can also be grown in containers
all year round.
Cauliflower can be sown until late May and do best in fertile soil. The best
results come from sowing in cell trays using a good multi-purpose potting
compost and transplanting to outdoors when the weather is suitable.
Cauliflowers tends to take three to five months from sowing to maturity,
although growth rates can vary according to the variety and weather
conditions. White varieties can turn yellow if left for too long so it's always
best to harvest these before this happens.
Brussels sprouts grow on large
plants so are eventually happiest
outside in a garden where they
will have more space.
If you want to grow them from
seed, you can start them in May
indoors, before moving the
seedlings to the outdoors after
about six weeks. Keep the soil
consistently moist while they are
indoors, and fertilise with a liquid
organic vegetable food every few
Once outside, your sprouts
could be susceptible to pests
so it may be worth investing
in a lightweight insect fabric.
Promote healthy growth by
providing ample and continuous
moisture. Feeding them several
times during the growing season,
and topping the plants in early
autumn will mean that they will
be perfect for those autumn
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1kg haddock loins
12 tbsp tahini
115ml lemon juice
3 cloves garlic
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toasted pine nuts (optional)
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1 tsp ground cumin
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150g pumpkin seeds
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2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp almond butter
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1 teaspoon sweet paprika
425g baby kale
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2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
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900ml vegetable stock
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Hilda Henrietta Hannah
hydrangeas. She hated them
with a passion, an all-consuming,
energy draining, soul-destroying
The hatred she felt for the ghastly
shrub was only equalled by her
hatred for Mitzy, her next-door
neighbour’s Persian kitten, who
persistently used her beloved rose
garden for his very own, personal
What provoked such emotion in
her, she couldn’t quite fathom. The
shrub seemed innocuous enough
at first glance. It never outgrew
itself like the giant rhododendrons
in the street, leaning dangerously
like drunken giants, laden with
gaudy coloured flowers. Neither
was it one of those terribly irritating
non-descript, namby-pamby type
No! At first glance it could be
described as, pleasant enough.
Its perfectly formed flowers in
delicate pastel shades of pink,
blue or white, could hardly be
described by anyone as offensive.
A less discerning person than
herself might even be tempted to
call it pleasantly attractive, bland
perhaps, but certainly never vulgar
Nevertheless, they gave her the
heebie-jeebies, the creeps, the
willies or whatever way you like
to describe the creepy crawling
feeling that would totally engulf her,
whenever she caught just one, tiny,
glimpse of the offending shrub. And
as every single garden in her street
had at least one specimen of the
monster, her daily trip to the shops
had become ‘A Nightmare in Elm
“I can’t go on like this!” she
grumbled as she scurried along,
head down, both eyes firmly fixed
to the ground. “It’s ridiculous, totally
illogical, it’s controlling my life!”
“Morning, Miss Hodgekinson!”
the postman greeted her with a
cheerful grin. “Lovely day for it.”
He placed his heavy sack on the
ground and started sorting through
some bundles of letters.
“Oh, yes! - I suppose, if you say so,”
“Is everything all right?” he asked
with concern. “Only - if you don’t
mind me saying - you haven’t been
looking quite - yourself lately -
perhaps a check-up at the surgery
might be an idea. Only a suggestion
you understand, please forgive the
Her eyes rose from the ground
and looked into his, watchful as if
calculating something, then fell
again. “Yes - oh, I’m sorry for being
so rude. You’re right I have been
feeling a little below par. Thank you
for your concern - so kind."
Hilda hated doctors almost as
much as she hated hydrangeas! In
her opinion, there was nothing - no
nothing at all, that couldn’t be cured
with lots of fresh air and vegetables.
That was why the receptionist was
so startled when she turned up at
the morning surgery.
“Miss Hodgekinson! What a
surprise!” she said, as she peered
over her half rim spectacles. “We
haven’t seen you here for quite
some time!” She clicked her
computer. “Look, we’ve got you
down as an Inactive Patient!”
Hilda decided to ignore the
incivility and took a seat next to a
young mother trying to console a
“Lots of fresh air and vegetables,
that’s all he needs,” she said,
peering into the baby’s red, bloated
Then, from within her bag, she
produced a pair of pure white
cotton gloves; she nimbly slipped
them on before immersing herself
in a National Geographic.
“Nasty germ-filled place,” she
muttered, almost inaudibly.
Dr. Everswell leaned forward in his
chair and rested both elbows on his
desk. He was a tall slim man, with a
fragile and faintly aesthetic air. His
long grey worsted legs stretched
out languidly beneath the desk.
“Come in dear lady, do come in -
and take a seat.” His voice was soft,
and his manner courteous as he
gestured towards an empty chair.
“To what do I owe this honour?”
She threw him a disapproving
glare and sat down, very upright,
looking straight ahead, with her
hands folded on her lap.
“I mean,” his voice raised a tone.
“How may I be of assistance?”
“Well,” she began, shifting about
uncomfortably on her seat. “It’s like
this, doctor.” She paused to think for
“Yes?” he replied, in anticipation.
“Well,” she said, placing her
handbag firmly on the floor and
tightly securing the buttons of her
“It’s like this, doctor.”
“Yes?” he eagerly replied.
“Well!” she said.
“Oh, come on dear lady, out with it.
I do have other patients, you know.”
“Well!” she said.
“Yes?” he replied.
“Well, doctor,” she paused, took a
deep breath, then began again.
“Well, doctor - you see - my skin
tingles and all the hairs stand on
end. Then I feel cold and shivery
and a huge knot forms in my
stomach, which then starts to churn
and makes me feel nauseous.”
“I see - please do continue.” He
suddenly popped a small wooden
spatula into her mouth. "Say ah!”
Dr Everswell, gently took her wrist
and read her pulse, then listened to
her chest with his stethoscope. She
sat rigid with tension at the ordeal.
“Have you recently returned from
“Ah!” he said.
“Any rashes, eruptions or boils?”
“Any projectile vomiting or
“NO! CERTAINLY NOT!”
“Ah! – I see.” Dr Everswell's shrewd
little eyes rested on her face and
moved over it slowly, as though
searching for something. He smiled,
showing pure white teeth.
“Well, dear lady, I’m pleased to
inform you that it doesn’t seem to
be anything serious.”
“But, what about the hydrangeas?”
Hilda stared hard and long at
Dr Everswell, as if willing him to
administer some form of Divine
Intervention. So uncomfortable did
she make him feel, that he stood up
and walked to the window for some
“Hydrangeas? Ah, yes, quite
wonderful, my own garden is simply
overflowing with the delightful
plant.” His eyes glazed over and for
a few minutes, he drifted away to a
place of eternal happiness.
“If you want a few late shrubs to go
with perennials, all the hydrangeas
are good, but the white species
such as Hydrangea Paniculata
and Hydrangea Arborescence
Annabelle are stunning! Pure white
blooms are my personal favourite.
I know one should never have
favourites, but one is only human,
Hilda stood up suddenly and
banged the table hard with her
clenched fist. “The HYDRANGEAS!"
she said crossly. "Don’t you
understand…it’s the HYDRANGEAS
that are making me ill!”
“Well, why on earth didn’t you say
so in the beginning?” Dr Everswell
sat down again and stared her
straight in the face.
“This my dear lady, is what in
the medical profession, we call a
psychosomatic illness. There are
no pills I can give you…Medical
Science, I’m afraid, has little to offer
in these circumstances.”
“Is it …fatal…doctor?”
“No, no, not at all,” he lowered his
voice, “I’m sure that all you need to
do is to remove the irritant! Then
it should be possible to lead a
perfectly normal life.”
“Cured?” she pleaded. “One
hundred percent cured? Will I
be totally cured of this dreadful
“Remove the irritant?”
“Of course, doctor. Why didn’t
I think of that?” Hilda felt as if
an enormous weight had been
lifted from her. She suddenly saw
the light, a technicolor flash of
inspiration, shot through her mind!
She smiled coyly.
“Thank you doctor!” She picked up
her handbag, and half bowed and
half curtseyed as she backed her
way out of the room.
Hilda almost skipped down the
road with joy.
“Why of course!” she told herself.
If she had driven tractors in the war,
then surely it was not beyond her
capability, (even taking into account
her advancing years) to rid herself
Half an hour later, she left her local
hardware store carrying a large
plastic bag. She hummed happily to
herself as she hurried home…
Dr Percival Everswell lopped off the
top of his boiled egg, buttered a
piece of toast and dipped it into the
“Darling!” his wife Isabella excitedly
said, suddenly dropping her
grapefruit spoon, “Look at this! Who
says nothing exciting ever happens
around here?” She waved the
morning paper dangerously near his
“Careful! My Dearest Love - what is
it, have the terrorists struck again?”
Isabella Everswell cleared her
throat and adjusted her reading
glasses. She shuffled her chair and
leaned closer so as to be more
audible. Then, delivered an Oscar
winning impersonation of Fiona
Bruce on News at Ten.
“Massacre In Elm Street!” she
Pausing, she held her hand to her
mouth and gave a genteel little
“Police are investigating a
mysterious act of vandalism.
Residents in a quiet residential
suburb of the city awoke this
morning to a scene of 'wanton
destruction and vandalism'.
"The attack is thought to have
taken place in the early hours of
the morning. The mysterious attack
on every hydrangea plant in each
garden has left police mystified.
"Chief Superintendent Wayne
"In all my years in the force, this
was the worst case of vandalism I've
ever seen. Every single hydrangea
plant in the street has been ripped
out of the ground and mercilessly
chopped into tiny pieces."
“Well!” she said taking off her
glasses. “What do you make
of that? There really are some
strange people out there! It’s quite
- worrying! Whatever sort of person
would do something like that?
Percival dearest, don’t you have
some patients in Elm Street?”
“What’s that? My love – yes, I do
believe I do!”
He stood up quickly and walked
over to the French doors. There was
a touch of autumn in the air, but his
garden was still in full bloom.
He cast his eyes across the lawn to
the herbaceous border and saw his
beloved Hydrangea Arborescence
Annabelle glorious in full flower. For
a few minutes he just stood there,
before turning to his wife.
“Quite exceptional blooms this
year…and yes, my dear I agree, there
are some strange people about!”
For several seconds he was lost
in thought. “I wonder,” he said
nervously, “I just wonder…!”
Mitzy nonchalantly sashayed his
way across the newly mowed lawn
to Hilda's rose beds, stopping only
to sniff the freshly turned earth. His
tail, erect except for a little curl at
the tip, navigated its way gracefully
away from the thorny branches, as
he wove in and out of the bushes.
Carefully selecting a soft patch
of earth, he dug a neat little hole,
squatted and relieved himself.
A lace curtain twitched in an
upstairs window, drew back fully,
then retracted and was still again.
As if caressing a lover, Hilda's
fingers adoringly stroked the full
length of the blade. It gleamed in
the light, which filtered through the
“Hm,” she said thoughtfully, “It
seems to be a little blunt, after last
week’s gardening. I will need to
sharpen it a little, before removing
the next irritant…”
By Geraldine Seymour