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.

Help for heroes fundraiser

8:22am Thursday 7th August 2014

ON BEHALf of myself and the committee of the Penarth Conservative Club we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all concerned for making the Help For Heroes Event which was officially opened by Councillor Martin Turner, Town Mayor, on Saturday, July 26, 2014 and held in the club’s car park, a success.

Crime recording in Penarth

8:08am Thursday 7th August 2014

FORTUNATELY in Penarth for the majority of us our only contact with crime was seeing the late Mr Cooper prostrate in the town centre.

Litter needs cleaning away

Penarth Times: RUBBISH: Litter that has been dumped on the junction of Lavernock Road and Cedar way

7:52am Thursday 7th August 2014

FOR SOME reason over the last few months, the litter bin on the junction of Lavernock Road and Cedar way has become a dropping off point for litter bags collected from other areas of Penarth. I assume that this is done for the convenience of council bin men.

Restore 'Normandy'

8:20am Thursday 31st July 2014

UNLIKE Michael O'Neil (Penarth Times, July 24) I think that it would be wrong to pander to the obvious wishes of the owner of 'Normandy' to flatten/alter it as it would send out the wrong message. That message being, that if you leave a building to rot for long enough you will be able to get your way.

Search to find Family Heroes in Wales

8:15am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE search is on to find family heroes in Wales.

Well done

8:14am Thursday 31st July 2014

WHAT a fab show Oliver was, well done to all the children, it was outstanding.

Exhibition produces fascinating exhibition

Penarth Times: FASCINATING: Paintings at Penarth Pier Pavilion (8481941)

8:11am Thursday 31st July 2014

PAINTINGS in Penarth Pavilion

Thanks for support

7:42am Thursday 31st July 2014

LOWER Penarth Community Association would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the charity concert held at the community centre on July 17.

Open letter to Stephen Doughty MP about Gaza concerns

7:42am Thursday 31st July 2014

Dear Stephen,

Artists of Penarth

7:40am Thursday 31st July 2014

I WRITE on behalf of the artists of Penarth, who opened their studios on Saturday, July 12, as a part of the Penarth Holiday Festival, to thank all who supported our new venture.

Stop criticising Albert Primary School

7:36am Thursday 31st July 2014

AS a parent whose younger child has just completed his time at Albert Primary School, I would like to say a very heartfelt thanks to the head, the teaching staff and all support staff associated with this wonderful school.

Trees felled

Penarth Times: FELLED: Tree on Arcot Street (8650228)

7:35am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE last tree on the West side of Arcot Street, Penarth, was felled on July 25.

Thanks for support

8:53am Thursday 24th July 2014

GRATEFUL thanks to everyone who supported the recent Strawberry Scone Coffee Morning at Trinity Methodist Church.

Penarth Swimming Pool

8:39am Thursday 24th July 2014

IN relation to Eddy Williams's letter (Penarth Times, July 17) regarding when the swimming pool in Cogan will reopen, I emailed the leisure centre back in June. On June 27, I received a reply informing me that the pool would not reopen until September.

Open studio trail

8:38am Thursday 24th July 2014

I WRITE on behalf of the artists of Penarth who opened their studios on Saturday, July 12, as a part of the Penarth Holiday Festival to thank all who supported our new venture.

Rehabilitation may be too late

8:37am Thursday 24th July 2014

I SEE from a very recent back issue of the Penarth Times (June 24) that Michael Boland was in the Magistrates Court for his failure to comply with an enforcement notice regarding that now very derelict looking building in Bridgeman Road known as Normandy.

Cross Common Road bridge

8:36am Thursday 24th July 2014

IT was pleasing and amazing to read the headlines “Council ponders bridge solution” (Penarth Times, July 10).

Sun dog over Penarth

Penarth Times: LAST night my children, husband and myself were lucky enough to spot a rare phenomenon a mock sun or otherwise known as as sun dog or parhelia.
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7:35am Thursday 24th July 2014

LAST night my children, husband and myself were lucky enough to spot a rare phenomenon a mock sun or otherwise known as as sun dog or parhelia.

Thanks for support

8:31am Thursday 17th July 2014

ON behalf of the Friends of St Augustine's I would like to thank everyone who came and supported 'Brass in the Park' last Sunday and the Vale of Glamorgan Council who sponsored the event.

Will swimming pool open soon?

7:35am Thursday 17th July 2014

IT looks as if the Penarth Leisure Centre pool won't be open for the school holidays.

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