A view of Sully Island

Penarth Times: Reader Tim Hodgson sent in this photograph of the view of Sully Island from St Mary's Well Bay

11:10am Friday 12th September 2014

This picture of Sully Island was taken by Penarth Times reader Tim Hodgeson from St Mary's Well Bay

The Who in Barry?

Penarth Times: GIG: Do you remember The Who performing in Barry?

12:03pm Thursday 11th September 2014

YOUR recent article on The Who coming back to Cardiff in December (What’s On – They hoped they’d die before they got old but still rock 50 years later) reminded me of a previous gig they did in the late 1960’s. I was born and brought up in Penarth, and as I recall, I went to see them in the Memorial Hall Barry (always known then as ‘The Memo’ in those days) in 1968 or 1969. There were lots of Penarth boys and girls there as I recall, and I took a couple of photographs which are attached.

Afternoon tea was a delightful prize

10:31am Thursday 11th September 2014

IT WAS while my wife and I were enjoying the play "The Vicar of Dibley" in the Main Hall of All Saints Parish Church in Victoria Square that I purchased draw tickets in aid of the Walk-with-Alfie Charity and to my surprise I won an Afternoon Tea for two at the Waterloo Tea Rooms in The Washington.

War grave damaged by vandals

10:17am Thursday 11th September 2014

Re: Warden’s fury after yobs trash church graveyard

Cosmeston Lakes on an August Day

Penarth Times: CLEAR: The swans at Cosmeston Lakes

10:13am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE swans bring splendour to the lake

HMS Duncan sails past Penarth Pier

Penarth Times: ARRIVAL: HMS Duncan approached Cardiff Bay with Penarth Pier in background. Photo taken by Stephen R Jones on Tuesday, September 2

10:09am Thursday 11th September 2014

MANY Penarth Times readers were out and about to enjoy some magnificent sights during the Nato conference in Wales.

So many barber shops

10:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE city of Seville in southern Spain is likely to continue to be associated with hairdressing, because of someone called Pierre Augustin Caron (1732-1799) who wrote plays under the name ‘Beaumarchais’.

Debate over railways is good, says councillor

9:48am Thursday 11th September 2014

I was delighted at the flurry of letters in response to the recent article ‘ Could Penarth Station be on the move?’ (August 21). Provoking comment was exactly my intention in alerting local residents, through The Penarth Times, to initial discussions about electrification of the local railways already taking place with Network Rail.

Former bookshop owners thank loyal customers

Penarth Times: Tony and Anne Hallett with Mel Griffin (10076329)

8:56am Thursday 11th September 2014

Tony and I would like to thank all our friends and customers who came into Windsor Bookshop during our last few days before retirement, not only just to wish us well but bringing us so many gifts and cards.

Waverley visits Penarth

Penarth Times: RETURN: Reader Geoff Francis was glad to see PS Waverley back at Penarth Pier as it went on its excursion to Ilfracombe and Lundy Island.

12:54pm Monday 8th September 2014

PENARTH Times reader Reader Geoff Francis was glad to see PS Waverley back at Penarth Pier as it went on its excursion to Ilfracombe and Lundy Island.

Cricket Club seeking fixtures for 2015

10:31am Thursday 4th September 2014

DINDER and Croscombe Cricket Club are seeking fixtures for their 2015 tour, which will be based in Cardiff. We are a village team of modest ability and fitness (the 2014 tourists averaged 43 years old) and are looking at the weekends of 4/5 or 11/12 July for our tour. We would like to play either on Friday evening (20/20) or Saturday afternoon as well as Sunday afternoon and would be happy to drive up to 20 miles or so for a game. If you can help us out do please email me at: dandccricket@gmail.com

Age Cymru’s Age Positive Week 2014

10:29am Thursday 4th September 2014

AGE Cymru is Wales’s largest and leading charity for older people.

Penarth show was fantastic

10:21am Thursday 4th September 2014

I WANTED to write in and congratulate the fantastic cast of The Vicar Of Dibley, which I had a great pleasure in watching in Penarth on Saturday Night. I can honestly say that I haven't laughed that much in a very long time. I know I wasn't alone in my enjoyment, the audience was electric, and I also overheard a lady in the row in front of me saying that she was back for a second time.

The Who in Barry?

Penarth Times: GIG: Do you remember The Who performing in Barry?

10:21am Thursday 4th September 2014

YOUR recent article on The Who coming back to Cardiff in December (What’s On – They hoped they’d die before they got old but still rock 50 years later) reminded me of a previous gig they did in the late 1960’s. I was born and brought up in Penarth, and as I recall, I went to see them in the Memorial Hall Barry (always known then as ‘The Memo’ in those days) in 1968 or 1969. There were lots of Penarth boys and girls there as I recall, and I took a couple of photographs which are attached.

Railway Station debate

10:12am Thursday 4th September 2014

THE recent debate over the location of Penarth Railway Station, due to low overbridges not being suitable for heavy rail overhead wire (OHW), hasn't included solutions offered by tram-trains. If lowering the track under the bridges isn't a feasible option, tram-train technologies, already in use, provide alternatives to OHW - along with other benefits for people.

First World War

10:03am Thursday 4th September 2014

NOW in my twilight years I see

Alexandra Park in late August

Penarth Times: LATE AUGUST: The War Memorial in Alexandra Park

10:03am Thursday 4th September 2014

I STROLLED past palm tree

Misty the dog watches Red Arrows display

Penarth Times: EYE CATCHING: Karen Rogers Roderick took this picture of Misty the dog watching the Red Arrows display over the weekend (Pic: Dinas Powys Pictures)

9:33am Thursday 4th September 2014

Karen Rogers Roderick took this picture of Misty the dog watching the Red Arrows display over the weekend (Pic: Dinas Powys Pictures)

Leave railway station where it is

8:33am Thursday 4th September 2014

I refer to your lead article and Comment column in the Penarth Times of August 21 (Train station could make tracks in the latest transportation plans) on the scheme to move the Penarth Town railway station et al.

No need for station to move

Penarth Times: A BRIDGE TOO FAR? Cllr Lis Burnett has floated the idea of moving the train station the other side of the railway bridge  (9460575)

8:28am Thursday 4th September 2014

I READ with some interest the item in the Penarth Times on August 21 about Penarth Town Councillor Lis Burnett’s idea about re-location Penarth railway station.

Remembering the Welsh contribution to World War One

3:29pm Thursday 28th August 2014

EARLIER this month I attended memorial services in Leper (also known as Ypres), Belgium, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

View from Westminster by Stephen Doughty

1:08pm Thursday 28th August 2014

ON SUNDAY I spoke in a BBC Radio Wales discussion on the very serious and disturbing problem of the radicalisation of young people in the UK, and said that we need to do more to prevent both their radicalisation and the flow of foreign fighters to Iraq, Syria and elsewhere - not just look to apprehend those who return.

I am still here

12:27pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE weather has been particularly inclement recently, and yet I believe there is still a God who looks down on us from behind the clouds.

More parking spaces welcomed

10:36am Thursday 28th August 2014

YOUR report (August 21) of Cllr Lis Burnett’s proposal that electrification of the line to Penarth may lead to a major reorganisation of the site of the Penarth railway station and the creation of more parking is very encouraging – if that parking were to be for shoppers in Penarth and not just for those using the railway.

Scrap the Severn Bridge Tolls

9:37am Thursday 28th August 2014

THIS week, I joined Kirsty Williams and other Welsh Liberal Democrats to launch our campaign to scrap the Severn Bridge tolls when the bridges come back into public ownership. This would put money straight back into commuters’ pockets – someone using the bridge daily pays over £1,500 a year just to get to work.

Westra Kennels not closing

11:09am Friday 22nd August 2014

CONTRARY to what appeared in last week's Penarth Times (Dog kennels proposal, page 16), I would like to re-assure all our loyal customers and potential new ones, that Westra Kennels is not closing down. The business is for sale, but as a going concern, and as such the kennels will remain open for business as usual, for all our existing customers as well as new ones, and as such cannot be used as the justification for any new kennels.

We don't want your rubbish

11:28am Thursday 21st August 2014

ON FRIDAY August 15 at about 1.40pm a man in a small blue car pulled up on the back lane near Queens Road and dumped all his rubbish.

Dog Kennels proposal

11:28am Thursday 21st August 2014

IN RESPONSE to “Dinas Powys Resident” in last week's Penarth Times whose name and address was with-held, I would make the following observations.

Dolphin spotting

11:26am Thursday 21st August 2014

I WAS interested to read your article in last weeks issue of the Penarth Times concerning the sighting off Lavernock Point of a Dolphin/Porpoise by a local couple out for walk (Was there a dolphin off the coast of Lavernock Point? page 13).

We need clarity

11:24am Thursday 21st August 2014

I THOUGHT I'd have to eat my words after seeing the Penarth Times article last week , Clampdown in park, I thought the ISIS group had been rounded up, but instead it was disenfranchised youths targeted for smoking cannabis, being noisy etc.

Photographic society appeals for new members

10:43am Thursday 21st August 2014

THROUGH the medium of your newspaper, I would like pose a question to your readership: "if your house was burning down, what item would you grab?" the answer was traditionally "the family photograph album".

The security nightmare surrounding NATO

9:39am Thursday 21st August 2014

VALE of Glamorgan schools will be closed, and Cardiff and Newport brought to a standstill, in the first week of the new school year in order to safeguard the security of NATO leaders arriving for a summit that must be security nightmare.

Storm clouds over Penarth

Penarth Times: Storm clouds over Penarth

9:35am Thursday 21st August 2014

I took this photo of storm clouds over Penarth Cliffs on Thursday evening. This is the view painted by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) which is in the National Museum of Wales.

Join our skittles team

8:39am Thursday 21st August 2014

MY NAME is Joan and I am a member of the New Faces ladies Skittles team our home alley is at the Ex Service Mens Club, on Windsor Road in Penarth, and we also travel all over Penarth to play other teams, usually on Mondays.

Love Wales? Vote Keep Wales Tidy!

1:22pm Thursday 14th August 2014

AS CHIEF Executive of Wales’ leading environmental, I’m delighted to tell your readers that Keep Wales Tidy has been shortlisted as one of Tesco’s potential charities to receive their 5p bag levy charge over the coming year and now the final decision is down to the public.

Restore not destroy

1:22pm Thursday 14th August 2014

DESPITE living near to the wreck that is now Normandy, I agree with Thomas Salter both regarding the state of the building and the need for it to be restored as required by the council rather than demolished. It is not right that the owner be allowed to get his way by letting the building go to wrack and ruin and help matters by removing the roof tiles and frames. The most pressing need however is to make the site secure. Now that the summer holidays are upon us there are daily incursions onto the site by children and young adults who are putting themselves at risk. The site is dangerous, but despite repeated calls to the council and the police over the last few years regarding children on the site, nothing has been done. Hopefully the new owner will take action to remedy the situation before an accident occurs, and the council will enforce planning requirements as soon as possible.

Friends of St Augustine's Church thank local children for taking part in Service of Commemoration

12:49pm Thursday 14th August 2014

FOUR children took part in the Service of Commemoration at St Augustine's Church last week. They were: Calan Cross (aged 12) from Stanwell School who read part of the Ode to Remembrance, Elis Cross (aged 10) from Albert Primary School, and Rhodri Lewis (age 10) from Ysgol Pen-y-Garth, who both escorted the wreath bearer. Joshua Lews (age six) from Ysgol Pen-y-Garth laid the wreath on behalf of the children of Penarth. It was good to see children taking part in the service and they all performed their respective roles with great dignity. We apologise for not including their names in the report on the service last week, but we are delighted to hear that they enjoyed taking part and apparently the Archbishop made a huge impression on them!

The vista from Penarth Pier

Penarth Times: PRISTINE: Penarth Pier

12:49pm Thursday 14th August 2014

I ADMIRE the pristine pier

Thank you for your help

12:29pm Thursday 14th August 2014

I WAS in the Paget Road Park today with my three grandchildren. My grandson kicked his ball over the railings and it disappeared from sight among the undergrowth. A very kind young man came over and offered to look for it, closely followed by his friends.

What will be done now?

12:15pm Thursday 14th August 2014

IT IS not the job of a local authority to conduct a personalised feud, or vendetta, with local property-arrears. Nor should it be part of their task to ‘punish’ defaulters, by penalising them in any disproportionate way.

Building should be demolished

12:01pm Thursday 14th August 2014

WITH regard to the Normandy Saga – I agree that the building be demolished. Most of the buildings on that side of the road are much modernised or new build anyway.

Quiet Road disturbed by traffic

10:57am Thursday 14th August 2014

SEVENTEEN years ago we moved into Sully Road to enjoy its tranquil and countrified feel. This aspect of life in Sully Road has been gradually eroded as drivers to the south of Penarth have seen the use of Sully Road as a way to avoid queuing from Dinas to the Merrie Harrier and also use it as a way back in the evening. In addition more and more parents bring their children to school by car which inevitably clogs the road at dropping and picking up times.

Honesty is needed by everyone

10:49am Thursday 14th August 2014

I OFTEN write about the NHS in my columns. I'm proud of the staff who deliver a remarkable service day in day out. It isn't perfect and we all know that austerity means that there is less money for every public service.

No surveys over kennel plans

10:07am Thursday 14th August 2014

REF your recent letters page about "Fears over kennel plan" submitted by an anonymous, concerned resident regarding Vince Driscoll.

Commemoration event for WW1

9:50am Thursday 14th August 2014

PENARTH Quakers plan to make a contribution to the events marking the 100th anniversary of WW1, by holding a Silent Meeting for Worship in the band-stand in Alexandra Park on Saturday August 16 at 10.30.

Fears over kennel plan

1:25pm Thursday 7th August 2014

I WRITE to inform you of a recent planning application which is currently being processed which has created much concern from the local residents.

In memoriam

12:24pm Thursday 7th August 2014

I CONSTANTLY view the Penarth Times website and was jolted into grief and sadness when I read of the passing of Roy (Wiggi) Wiggins.

Residents against Council merger

11:24am Thursday 7th August 2014

THE Barry and District News and Penarth Times website reported that a poll of 600 residents in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan revealed “strong opposition to Welsh Government plans for a merger”. What the report failed to say was who conducted the poll; who commissioned it; what questions were asked, and how 608 responses out of a population of more than 472,000 were selected? The conclusion drawn from this ‘survey’ was that almost two thirds opposed the proposal to merge Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan councils.

Thank you for the support

11:16am Thursday 7th August 2014

THE Marie Curie Hospice Annual garden party went ahead last Saturday, even with an unexpected deluge of rain, thunder and lightning half way through the afternoon, and it was great to still have such fantastic support from local people who turned up regardless of the weather and helped us raise over £2000 with more money still to come in.

Driverless cars

8:23am Thursday 7th August 2014

THE UK government are asking for councils to take part in research into driverless car technology.



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