Penarth RNLI celebrates 40th Anniversary

John DaviesCommunity

Despite the current COVID-19 lockdown the crew and supporters of Penarth RNLI will mark a significant milestone this week.  Whilst Penarth’s affiliation with the RNLI first started in 1861, in 1905 the station was closed.  However following a highly successful public campaign an RNLI station was reestablished in 1980.  Since then the station has gone from strength to strength.   To mark the official … Read More

Penarth Lifeboat Station: a History

John DaviesCommunity, Featured

17 June 2020 sees Penarth Lifeboat Station celebrate 40 years. Here is a short history of the station. In 1980 the new lifeboat was housed in a local private garages, but soon a better ‘station’ was developed in the deckchair store (now underneath the new Coffi and Co café!) before moving to its current home, a purpose built station opened … Read More

Local older people’s charity partners with Sid to share top tips for keeping busy in lockdown

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Older people’s charity, Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale continues its long-standing commitment to supporting vulnerable and isolated older people living in our communities amidst the Coronavirus outbreak. The charity provides support through its shopping and prescription delivery service as well as its telephone support service. And now the charity has partnered with 95-year-old Cardiff resident Sid who shares his … Read More

RNLI in Wales issues important safety advice as Welsh Government announces latest lockdown changes

John DaviesCommunity

The RNLI in Wales has reacted to the Welsh Government’s plans for easing lockdown with an important safety warning. The Government’s changes, from Monday, will limit people to stay local and to not generally travel more than five miles to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading. People from two different households in the same local area will be permitted … Read More

New Community Radio Station Launches in Penarth

John DaviesCommunity

 Monday 18th May 2020 sees the exciting launch of a new online radio station for Penarth. ‘Penarth Sounds’ has been developed by a collective of Penarth residents in six short weeks to bring together members of the community, showcase the creativity of the town’s residents and share news and stories from their home town. The project has been funded by … Read More

Three Penarth women are still raising money for charity

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3 local women, Julie Johnson, Charlotte Court and Julia Bakshi, were due to do the Walk The Walk challenge in London this Saturday, 16 May, but which has understandably been postponed. Trained, ready and able to do this they have decided to walk the same distance in Cardiff – 26.2 miles – on Sunday 17, May. With a 5am start, … Read More

VE Day celebrations in Penarth

John DaviesCommunity

Celebrations in Penarth today on the anniversary of VE Day will look very different to those in 1945. These photos from People’s Collection Wales and Vale of Glamorgan Libraries show celebrations in a field behind Wandsworth Avenue, Plassey Street, and Grove Terrace and Grove Place. Although we may not be able to be with our veterans on VE Day, we’d … Read More

Join your neighbours in a nationwide ‘stay-at-home’ party.

John DaviesCommunity

The idea behind a VE Day Stay At Home Street Party is that people can still celebrate the day with their neighbours whilst observing social distancing and staying at home. FRIDAY 8th MAY VE DAY 75TH CELEBRATION 11am: 2 minutes silence on your doorstep 3pm: Churchill speech shown on TV, then grab your picnic blankets or garden table and head … Read More

Harold Boudier, 94, from Penarth, receives medals to mark the anniversary of the final naval escorts of World War Two

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The last surviving veterans of the so-called Arctic Convoys will be receiving medals to mark the anniversary of the final naval escorts of World War Two. Harold Boudier, 94, from Penarth, was on the last wartime supply voyage to Russia from a naval base in Scotland, which he joined 75 years ago today. The contribution of the Merchant Navy and … Read More

COVID-19 and the RNLI

Andy BerryCharity, Community, Featured

Who would have predicted at the start of the year that this spring and summertime would see the UK in lockdown as a result of COVID-19? With Easter just behind us (at the time of writing) we are all struggling with the practicalities of living under lockdown at a time when many of us would like to be making the most … Read More