From a young entrepreneur, to filming crew on your doorstep, Penarth View are keeping you in the loop with this season’s short stories.
What can we do now?
In the light of the latest update, from the 27th March, the stay local restrictions have been lifted and self contained accommodation can re-open. Outdoor children’s activities can take place and libraries and archive services can re-open. 6 people from 2 households can meet outdoors, while practising social distancing.
As it stands, from the 12th of April schools will open up to all years, all remaining non-essential shops can reopen. You will be able to travel within Wales and wedding venues can resume by appointment.
From the 26th April, outdoor hospitality can open, organised outdoor activities will be permitted for up to 30 people, outdoor wedding receptions will be permitted for up to 30 people and outdoor visitor attractions can open.
If you’ve got a keen eye, you may have seen a few trucks and filming crews around Penarth. The popular Netflix series, Sex Education, is back to film season 3. They’ve been seen filming in Cosmeston, the Paget Rooms and local school assembly halls. So keep an eye out in 2022 for those familiar shots.
From Struggle to Success
Penarth entrepreneur, Catherine Williams, wins a place on the accelerator programme, designed to champion diversity in entrepreneurship in Wales. 24-year-old, Catherine was one of 23 people to take part in a Welsh Government-funded 12 week immersive programme. Helping her to launch and grow her business idea, a luxury lingerie brand, O’Honni.
Refurbishing old, unwanted laptops for struggling families
Penarth resident, Andrew Smillie, co-founder of Penarth Sounds, has started a campaign aiming to help families and children in need. Andrew is refurbishing old, unwanted laptops and distributing them to struggling families in his community. By turning unwanted laptops into easy-to-use Chromebooks, it gives these families access to essential technology. Understanding the struggle of having to home school children and how little the government has done to support families, Andrew is definitely doing his part for the community.
A Class Act
Class Act Company won 1st and 2nd place in the BRING IT! Dance competition UK 2020. Entering into the under 12’s category, performing an original rendition of ‘It’s a hard knock life’ from Annie. We’d love to also congratulate Class Actor, Sienna Griffin, who auditioned and represented Wales, filming several episodes for CBeebies TV in summer 2020.
In February this year, Naomi Burke set up the Facebook group, ‘Penarth Pickers’ to tackle the increasing litter problem in Penarth in recent months. The independent group, which now has over 200 members, have been venturing out to help clean up our community. It’s great to see the drive in our community to keep our streets clean and help protect the environment.
New Houses to Boost Penarth’s Community
Highlands’ Penarth housing development have skilfully built 8 new four and five bedroom properties on Old Barry Road in Penarth, which as a result will generate more revenue in council tax for the local community. This new development will also address other issues such as fly tipping. These properties are selling fast and for good reason.
Penarth Pier Pavilion in New Hands
After their 125-year lease, Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd (PACL) have had to return the Penarth Pier Pavilion into the hands of the Vale of Glamorgan Council. With a lot of the Pavilion’s future still in the air, there is little we are certain of. But we are sure that whatever happens will be in the best interest of our community.
Free Meals of the Community
Llandough Primary School are doing their bit for the community by offering free food bags for those in need. Other’s have helped them in this venture, receiving £3000 grant from the Moondance Foundation and Morrisons in Cardiff Bay offered a 15% discount on food. This is amazing work these people are doing to help families worst-hit by the pandemic across Llandough, Cogan, Penarth and Barry.
Penarth Woman Spearheads Projects with Welsh Gymnastics
Penarth resident, Natalie Morgan, after working within the performing arts sector for several years and successful completing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) in Leadership and Management. Using her vast skill set, Natalie is now leading a gymnastics club project for young girls and women from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community in Cardiff. This ever-growing group has and will continue to be a great success in the community.
Penarth’s Library of Things
Penarth embraces sustainability with a place for residents to donate things you own but don’t need, and borrow things you need but don’t own. Library of Things will launch in Penarth this April. This new venture is another great way for the people of Penarth to help support each other and the environment.
Two Miles a Day for Charity
Tim Musson and his daughter Anna Musson walked two miles a day to raise money for the Barry-based charity, Vale Plus, a day centre for disabled people. Anna, who has down’s syndrome, and her father, walked from their home to Penarth Pier and back, no matter the weather. Anna and Tim have now raised over £5000, thousands more than their £100 target.
From Trash to Treasure
Sully resident, Katie Morgan, has turned her hobby into a jewellery business, Sea Rose Jewellery. Katie uses discarded sea glass from St Mary’s Well Bay and turns it into jewellery. After collecting sea glass from her walks on the beach, she wanted to turn them into something beautiful. Katie is now looking to make this hobby her full time job.
Growing Together in Penarth
Penarth Growing Community, a group to encourage and establish community growing and wildlife gardens across Penarth. The group are now organising a seed and plant exchange in Penarth. All around town, you’ll find boxes and packets of seeds for people ready to swap. Check out their Facebook to get involved.
There’s no place like Penarth
The Times chooses Penarth as one of the best places to live in Wales. With our stunning sights, hibernate high-street, strong community, and only a short trip to the capitol, it’s no surprise Penarth has been deemed a great place to live!
Penarth Pier takes centre stage
Once again, Penarth is being used as a prime filming location. For the past few months, residents have seen the filming of the new Sky Cinema ‘Six Minutes to Midnight’, starring Eddie Izzard, on Penarth Pier. We’re very excited to see our beloved Penarth Pier on screen once again.
300 Miles in 30 Days
Two Penarth residents have raised over £1,700 for Mind, the mental health charity, beating their target of £1,500. Friends, Jacob Mills and Sam Birch-Hurst decided to run 300 miles in 30 days to raise money and awareness for mental health. The young university students wanted to bring light to the issues of mental health, especially during this difficult time.
Vale Care Homes receive first dose
After only 23 days since the start of the vaccination programme for care homes, all employees and residents of vale care homes have received their first dose of the vaccine. This is a major movement towards fighting back against Covid-19 and seeing a path back to normality. The vaccination continues to be rolled out as around 44.8% of the Welsh population.
Barry and Vale South Wales Police rewarded for service
Three South Wales Police officers were awarded for their work in supporting and protecting the Vale of Glamorgan over this past year. Nominated by their colleagues for their efforts, PC Steve Powell, PC Jamie Williamson and Police Sergeant Samantha Johnson received certificates of service.