Thank you for all of the support

10:33am Thursday 30th October 2014

THE Macmillan Cancer Care Coffee Morning held at All Saints Church, Lesser Hall, Penarth on September 27, raised £713. All Raffle Prizes were claimed. Thank you to all the helpers and supporters for helping us reach this total.

Shock at lack of help for Welsh NHS

10:14am Thursday 30th October 2014

I AM shocked at the latest revelations that the Welsh NHS is facing meltdown and is in crisis.

There are two sides to every story

10:10am Thursday 30th October 2014

ONE reads of criticisms and complaints about our hospital services but there is also another side to the coin. During the morning of October 16, the day of our Diamond Wedding Anniversary, I had the misfortune to suffer a stroke.

Don’t complain about the bus service

9:10am Thursday 30th October 2014

ALTHOUGH I now live in Hampshire, I still receive the Penarth Time. Imagine my surprise when opening my copy dated October 9, the front page article on the five ladies complaining about the bus time table.

Thank you for supporting Barnardo’s Cymru

8:01am Saturday 25th October 2014

I KNOW that many of your readers are probably still recovering having taken part in the Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon as a runner or as one of the many valiant volunteers.

Thank you all

Penarth Times: THANKS: Curves in Penarth are thankful for all the ladies who helped raise money

10:48am Thursday 23rd October 2014

JUST a quick message to ask say thank you to all the Ladies at Curves in Penarth for donating to Breast Cancer, we raised £84!

An old postcard of Penarth Pier

10:19am Thursday 23rd October 2014

I CAME across a postcard of Penarth Pier

Community Grant Scheme now open

9:04am Thursday 23rd October 2014

GWANWYN is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age.

Thank you all for the support

9:01am Monday 20th October 2014

AT the recent Coffee Morning held at Albert Road Methodist Church on Saturday, September 27, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care, the sum of £650 was raised. With a donation of £200 from the church the final total is £850. Many thanks to all who supported on the day and special thanks to local traders Tesco, Boots, the Windsor Arcade Fruit and Vegetable shop and Thompson Family Butchers who provided raffle prizes.

Lunchtime concerts have returned

9:01am Monday 20th October 2014

I WOULD like to alert the music lovers of Penarth to the fact that All Saints Church in Victoria Square is once again putting on a series of its popular “Music at Lunchtime” recitals starting on Monday, October 20, between 1pm and 2pm. Those who have attended these lunchtime concerts in the past will know that they are extremely enjoyable and convivial events held on a very informal basis. Those who haven’t been before should come along and see what they think. Concert goers are invited to bring their lunch along and sit upstairs on the Gallery where teas and coffees are served. Some prefer to sit downstairs and that’s fine too. The church has a lift and is fully accessible to disabled visitors. There will be six weekly concerts in all providing a feast of musical entertainment of all kinds – vocal, string, wind, organ, guitar, piano - it’s all going to be there - every Monday between October 20 and November 24. If anyone would like to know more they can go the church website – or email me, the parish administrator at or ring me at the Parish Office on 029 2070 31 70. Entry is free because all the artists are performing free of charge. Donations, however, will be greatly accepted if people feel that they have enjoyed the experience. I have no doubt they will.

Council need to reorganise and stop cutting services

9:01am Sunday 19th October 2014

MY experience of 30 plus years working in the private sector is that when faced with major reductions in income, then an organisation will often undertake a fundamental review of its business functions and identify both the essential, core activities and separately those activities and services that are non-essential and therefore candidates for either cut-backs or even a complete cull.

Volunteer with Age Cymru across South Wales

9:01am Saturday 18th October 2014

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

Thank you good samaritan for helping my husband

9:01am Saturday 18th October 2014

One sometimes hears derogatory comments about young people today.

Penarth Pier at night

Penarth Times: PENARTH PIER: Reader Andy Germon sent in this photograph when there was calm on the Pier on a stormy Wednesday night at high tide with a full moon

9:03am Friday 17th October 2014

ANDY Germon captured a calm moment during a storm when it was high tide.

Movember will soon be here

9:02am Friday 17th October 2014

I WOULD like to offer my congratulations to Catherine Mumford and Diane Kelland for bravely having their heads shaved in support of a cancer sufferer. I hope they will be very successful with their sponsorship.

Marine should be included on cenotaph

1:03pm Thursday 16th October 2014

IN answer to Cllr Moore’s statement in Penarth Times, October 2, I would like to point out that his quote on "Protecting the vast majority of those named on the Cenotaph," by virtue of using the word majority he leaves it open to include others that would not actually include "active servicemen."

Flowers grow on old dock site

Penarth Times: WILD: Reader Brian D Williams took this photograph of wild flowers growing on waste ground on the old filled in Penarth dock site

9:04am Thursday 16th October 2014

BRIAN D Williams sent in a lovely photograph of wild flowers growing at the old Penarth dock site.

Drivers must slow down

9:02am Thursday 16th October 2014

I WOULD like to make a plea. I am a resident in St Peters Road Penarth and would like to ask all drivers to please stop speeding down the street. My cat was run over and killed right in front of me by a small white van, the driver then hit the pavement and sped off without stopping. As devastating as this is, it could so easily have been a person. We have a lot of very young and very old residents in the area and I have also seen too many close calls with these. There are a lot of parked cars on the road which makes it even more dangerous when you have a car speeding along. So please can all drivers just think before you speed - you may not only kill someone's beloved pet but you could kill a person.

Buses must be provided for Penarth residents

9:02am Thursday 16th October 2014

WHEN a seaside community such as ours and the residents of Penarth Esplanade in particular feel themselves to be experiencing public transport poverty it has both serious consequences for the long term health and wellbeing of the residents and the tourism economy (as reported in the Penarth Times).

Winter Celebration Grants

7:48am Thursday 16th October 2014

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

Vital residents have their say on future services

6:47am Thursday 16th October 2014

LAST week’s settlement set the financial picture for the Vale council over the next few years. It was a disappointing settlement from the Welsh Labour Government and there is no doubt that local services will be placed under huge strain, with funding slashed by millions of pounds.

Final Reunion visit to the Egypt Canal Zone

1:54pm Monday 13th October 2014

THE final visit to the Suez Canal Zone, Cairo, Campaign Reunion 14 day visit takes place from April 25 to May 8, 2015. This is the Reunion Visit Egypt Canal Zone trip.

Great welcome for bingo club

11:55am Thursday 9th October 2014

WHAT a nice welcome the Tuesday night bingo club have had at Penarth Labour Club. Cosy and accommodating and I'm sure the owners appreciate the average 29 extra customers each week.

Thank you for everything during this sad time

10:53am Thursday 9th October 2014

A BIG thank you to friends and family for the lovely send off which they gave to my mother when she passed away on July 18 and for all the friends which sent cards of sympathy and also the flowers which I had.

Councils should merge together

9:53am Thursday 9th October 2014

THE Vale of Glamorgan Council meeting last Monday evening considered the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) response to the Welsh Government’s White paper on merging councils. If there is one thing VoG seem to be able to agree on it’s that they are doing a great job and should be left alone.

Council are right in Cenotaph issue

Penarth Times: TRIBUTE: Sian Woodland would like to have her fiancé Paul Woodland's name added to the cenotaph (9904639)

8:46am Thursday 9th October 2014

I AM writing with regards to the emotive headline of last week’s Penarth Times “Council condemned over Marine’s cenotaph snub”.

Crime statistics need further explaining

11:57am Thursday 2nd October 2014

ON the surface the statistics regarding crimes look very impressive, but we live in an age where anything we’re told from “weapons of mass destruction”, “global warming”, “immigration”, “Tesco accounting” deserves further scrutiny, we can no longer take things at face value.

Big thank you for successful day

Penarth Times: CHARITY: Norma, Dilys, Arthur and Maureen are a group from the Penarth Live at Home scheme

10:57am Thursday 2nd October 2014

THE seventh Charity Garden Party was held on September 6 2014 by Beryl and Bernard Rowlands at Ceiriog Close, Penarth and we were blessed with a really lovely day.

Thank you for the help

10:57am Thursday 2nd October 2014

CAN I please take this opportunity to thank two local businesses for the immediate help they gave me recently when I had a problem with my car and two urgent appointments that I had to attend. Windsor Cars on Albert Road, and Glamorgan Motors on Grove Terrace, both ensured that I got where I needed to be and nothing was too much trouble for them. They went out of their way to help me and made a very stressful situation much easier to deal with. We're always quick to complain, so it's nice to be able to thank people when they deserve it.

Park should be a fun place for children

10:55am Thursday 2nd October 2014

THERE are few places left in Penarth where children can run free, play amongst bushes, trees and grass. One such area is to be found adjacent to St Augustins Church.

Marine should be added to Alexandra Park Cenotaph

10:55am Thursday 2nd October 2014

WALES has the first war memorial anywhere in Britain to commemorate the fallen, officers and other ranks alike, by name “the Royal Welch Fusiliers Crimean War Memorial in Carmarthen” so I am not surprised at the level of support for the petition to add the name of the late Marine Paul Woodland to the Alexandra Park Cenotaph.

The first day of autumn on Penarth Pier

Penarth Times: Flotilla: Guy Fletcher took this photo of Penarth beach

10:55am Thursday 2nd October 2014

I RESIDE on a wooden seat

Response from Kevin Mahoney

9:53am Thursday 2nd October 2014

IN RESPONSE to a number of inquiries following last week’s Penarth Times article reporting on the proposed six month suspension handed to former chairman of Sully and Lavernock Community council Lino Scaglioni.

A September summer evening on Penarth Seafront

Penarth Times: SUMMER: Penarth Seafront is a wonderful place to visit

9:47am Thursday 2nd October 2014

EARLY on a Saturday September evening

Objection to proposed housing

12:29pm Friday 26th September 2014

BARRY and Vale FoE object to the proposed housing on Primrose Hill, Cowbridge. This Green Belt add-on to a Town which is already choked with traffic would be madness, especially as the Vale already has enough housing proposals for seven years. Many Villages in the Vale are now organising against the housing developers' grab on Green Fields. A new town, sustainably planned, is needed in the Vale of Glamorgan. We hope to represent objectors at the Barry Docks Office Inquiry next week and would urge others to be there and tell the Inspector what you think of this proposed environmental destruction,

Bridgend merger is the right move

11:28am Friday 26th September 2014

I AM pleased to see that a motion from the Independent's will be placed before the Vale full council on Monday suggesting we approach Bridgend council about a possible merger.

Appeals for residents in Wales to consider fostering siblings

10:28am Friday 26th September 2014

ACTION for Children has found that two fifths of children in Wales have been separated from their brothers and sisters when placed in foster care. I am joining the charity in asking people in Wales not only to consider fostering, but to consider fostering siblings, so that children who have had a difficult start in life can heal and grow together.

World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21

7:24pm Thursday 25th September 2014

AS WE mark World Alzheimer’s Day, I’d like to take a moment to tell your readers about the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia, not only for those living with the condition, but those caring for them too.

Council are right in refusal

6:55pm Thursday 25th September 2014

AS THE memorial in Alexandra Park Penarth is for personnel who lost their lives during World Wars one and two and not for deaths in other campaigns or training activities the Vale council is correct in refusing to place Paul Woodland's name on it. The inclusion of his name at the Memorial Arboretum and on his own gravestone is appropriate recognition of his service to the country.

I was wrong about Gordon Brown

4:57pm Thursday 25th September 2014

I OWE Gordon Brown an apology. Going back a while in this newspaper I criticised him for his contribution as a prime minister of the UK and his lack of attendance at the House of Commons (which is still true) since the last election. To me he has always come across as a dour humourless person with no aspirational qualities at all.

Children's charity event

3:53pm Thursday 25th September 2014

I WOULD like to tell your readers about a fun children’s charity event which I am supporting again this October.

Help make a difference

2:54pm Thursday 25th September 2014

I WOULD like to make your readers aware that some children with Type 1 diabetes aren’t getting the support they need at school.

Welsh NHS needs an independent enquiry

1:52pm Thursday 25th September 2014

THE National Health Service in Wales has been the subject of many letters on these pages in recent months and years but never has it faced a starker warning than that delivered by the British Medical Association just a few days ago. The organisation that represents 7,000 doctors has called for an independent inquiry into the Welsh health service and predicted ‘meltdown’ if swift action isn’t taken. The BMA joins a senior Labour MP, a patients watchdog, the college of emergency medicine, and the man who conducted England’s recent NHS inquiry, in calling for similar action from the Labour government in Wales. Welsh Conservatives agree – but given the Welsh NHS is run by Labour you’d expect that wouldn’t you? The truth is this is not about political posturing or point scoring. I have been calling for an NHS inquiry for 18 months and I’m willing to work with the other political parties to deliver it. Just hours after the BMA’s call an investigation was announced following the death of a woman in an ambulance while it was queuing outside a hospital. My heartfelt thoughts go out to all those affected by that tragedy and I hope answers are quickly forthcoming. The evidence is stacking up and it’s more than clear that there are serious questions to answer over standards of care in the NHS. An independent all-Wales inquiry would tackle those issues head on and safeguard our health service for future generations. Support for that continues to grow rapidly and I urge the Welsh government to begin implementation.

Penarth Lifeboat is launched

Penarth Times: LAUNCH:  Reader Geoff Francis sent in this photograph of the Penarth Lifeboat being launched on Saturday, September 21, to aid a yacht in difficulty. The launch of the lifeboat took place during a successful rowing regatta

12:37pm Thursday 25th September 2014

READER Geoff Francis sent in this photograph of the Penarth Lifeboat being launched on Saturday, September 21, to aid a yacht in difficulty. The launch of the lifeboat took place during a successful rowing regatta.

Response on travellers site

12:11pm Thursday 25th September 2014

I HAVE been receiving a lot of calls lately relating to the travellers site in Sully.

Response on travellers site

12:08pm Thursday 25th September 2014

I HAVE been receiving a lot of calls lately relating to the travellers site in Sully.

Thank you for a great birthday

11:08am Thursday 25th September 2014

I WOULD like to thank all my family for the wonderful birthday party held at the Seashore Grill. I would also like to thank all my friends for the flowers and gifts which were much appreciated.

Church to host coffee morning

11:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

ALBERT Road Methodist Church will be hosting a Coffee Morning with stalls in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Saturday, September 27 starting at 10am as part of The World's Biggest Coffee Morning. There will be lots of stalls including cakes, gifts, jewellery, books, soft toys, preserves, tins and bottles, toiletries, surprise parcels, bric-a-brac and a raffle. Entry £1 to include coffee.

Praise for South Wales police

9:04am Thursday 25th September 2014

IT IS wrong to suggest that police have given up on certain crimes, as reported in some local papers last week. That certainly is not what is happening in South Wales and to paint a false picture can cause unnecessary fear of crime. South Wales continues to be a safe place to live and work and our Chief Constable, Peter Vaughan, enjoins his team to listen to the communities they serve. That’s why I have had praise for the local police teams from councillors of all parties across South Wales

Beach is always kept tidy

8:53am Thursday 25th September 2014

SO A TV presenter and a wine company decided last Friday to swoop down on our beach to tell us what we already know, that we keep our beach clean?

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