Taekwondo for children at Cowbridge Leisure Centre – Neil Gimbel Taekwondo

Neil Gimbel Taekwondo Cowbridge

New flyer Cowbridge 2014

If you are looking for a way to encourage your children to take part in more physical activities, learn self-defence or gain confidence, it is worth considering a Martial Arts School with classes designed for youngsters. We teach in a fun and friendly environment and offer 2 programs to suit different ages and skill levels. Our classes will teach your child core values such as discipline and respect and by starting at an early age, they will develop positive habits and confidence to last a lifetime.

The Little Tigers class (4 to 6 years) focuses on a fun way to introduce youngsters into Martial Arts and improves pre-school aged children’s basic motor skills.

Mondays/Thursdays 4:00 to 4:30pm

The Junior Taekwondo program (6 years +) has been specially designed and adapted for children and will teach them valuable life skills as well as self-defence, sport Taekwondo, self-confidence and fitness.

Mondays/Thursdays 4:30 to 5:30pm beginners – 5:30 to 6:30pm advanced

Your Child may have already expressed an interest in Martial Arts and Taekwondo is a fantastic activity for children!

Classes are run at Cowbridge Leisure Centre and we are always excited to get new students in so contact us now to book their first FREE introductory lesson or visit our website for more information.

Contact Neil on: 07855 487404 or visit www.neilgimbeltkd.com


The 39 Steps – Market Theatre Cowbridge 15th-19th July

39 Steps Advert for The GemSupport Cowbridge’s Market Theatre, come & see THE 39 STEPS from July 15 to 19. It’s a hilarious spoof of the 1930s thriller, complete with chases on The Flying Scotsman, scenes from the London Palladium, genius villains, femmes fatale and an exceedingly handsome hero with a superb pencil moustache. Tickets are just £7 from WG Davies, 38 Cowbridge High Street.

If you haven’t been before, our small but perfectly formed theatre is at the far end of the Old Cattle Market (off The Butts, the road that turns off Cowbridge High Street beside the Market Place Restaurant, CF71 7AS). The bar will open at 7pm, curtain rises 7.30. We look forward to seeing you!

The Market Theatre, Cowbridge


Llandow Summer Fete – Sat 19th July 2pm-5.30pm

Llandow Village Summer Fete      Saturday 19th July 2014     2pm-5.30pm

Fun for all the family! All welcome! Adults £1    Children (under 16) free.
Licenced bar   BBQ   Music   Competitions   Stalls   Games   Auction   Raffle   Refreshments   Tug’o'war

Details of auction prizes will be published on our website www.freetocharities.org.uk/lvh during the week before the fete.

Bids are welcome and can be emailed to alanbiddiscombe@hotmail.com. The highest auction prize bids received by 12 midday on Friday 18th July will be the opening bids during the fete auction on the 19th.


Emergence 2014 Land Journey: ‘The Walk That Reconnects’. Gower Mon 8th-Sat 13th Sept.

emergence-logo1Emergence 2014 Land Journey: ‘The Walk That Reconnects’

Monday 8th pm To Saturday 13th September am 2014

“How do we create a shared narrative or story and draw out the collaborative voice of the WE not just the ME?” Lucy Neal

This is not just a walk in the park…

The 2014 Emergence Land Journey offers much more than just a guided walk through some of the most varied and beautiful countryside in Wales. It is also an opportunity to connect with issues of deep ecology and sustainability with experienced facilitators and artists. The Walk That Reconnects offers participants an opportunity to consciously walk into a sustainable future together. Inspired by the ideas of eco-psychologist and activist Joanna Macy and ‘The Work That Reconnects,’ it combines a multi-stage land journey, outdoor conference and walking workshop all in one event.

The Land Journey offers an opportunity for a deepened dialogue, concentration and reflection on the things that matter and things we take for granted. The group is taken on a physical journey and inner journey designed to “build motivation, creativity, courage and solidarity for the transition to a sustainable human culture.”

The event offers a life changing opportunity akin to a vision quest, secular pilgrimage or threshold moment in life, enabling us to slow down, become embodied and to step into a place of greater awareness of our potential as change makers.

Lucy Neal (co-founder LIFT/Transition Town Tooting/Playing For Time) and Fern Smith (co-founder Volcano Theatre/Emergence) will be facilitating the group, supporting participants lightly and spaciously through a powerful change process. We will connect with inner intentions and outer landscapes with an awareness of the many feelings, thoughts and emotions that arise out of this rich territory – from gratitude and appreciation to pain and grief. We will be supported by the beauty and resilience of the natural world through which we move and the knowledge that we are not ‘walking alone.’ In community we will create the conditions for each of us to move into a more expanded ‘ecological self’ uncovering our essential inter-connectedness with one another and the world.

If people are unable to imagine a positive future, they won’t create it. The intention of The Walk That Reconnects is to create a space, both real and virtual, where inspiration, optimism and the possibility of change can be nurtured and practical action planned. Can we, as artful human beings and creative thinkers, help ourselves and others to imagine the world we want, and literally bring it into being?

“Never trust a thought that didn’t come by walking” Friedrich Nietzsche

The Route…

The Walk That Reconnects follows the existing route of The Gower Way. This 36 mile South Wales long-distance walking route traverses post-industrial, urban and rural terrain, moving from upland moors to the Irish Sea, passing through the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – The Gower Peninsula. Gower is widely known and much loved as a popular tourist destination, however the region known as Mawr is less well known. It is here we begin our journey, savouring the dramatic panoramas, solitude and wildness of the hills North East of Swansea that mark the beginning of The Gower Way. We travel from East to West, following the direction of the sun, beginning in Penlle’r Castell, high up in Mynydd y Gwair and ending at the sea shore of Worms Head, Rhossilli.



Delegates will walk over a variety of terrain. The walk is challenging rather than extreme, requiring a certain level of fitness to walk between 8 and 10 miles each day.

Accommodation will be camping (some wild-camping and some at designated camp grounds). Support vehicles will be provided so delegates only need to carry day-sacks.

All meals will be provided and cooked on-site. Walkers’ tents and backpacks will be transported by a support team vehicle.

No map-reading skills are necessary as (Welsh and English speaking) qualified Mountain Leaders will be responsible for navigating the route and walkers’ safety.

The event can accommodate a maximum of 30 participants and welcomes artists, environmentalists, ecologists, walkers, leaders of change, sustainability pioneers and would-be pioneers, therapists, activists and lovers of the natural world.

Artful interventions and surprise connections…

There will be daily, unannounced visitations and artful encounters with local gatekeepers, artists and stewards of this ancient land. There will also be a chance to stop, breathe and creatively connect to the elements with our heart, head and hands. During the walk we will also spend time sharing stories and being welcomed by one of the communities we pass through on route to Rhossili.

In addition, we will co-create an emergent welcoming gathering on the eve of our first day of walking and a morning completion celebration before final departure at the spectacular Rhossili Bay.

What will I get out of the Land Journey?

In our experience, the Land Journey has a deep and lasting impact on participants. People form new connections, see their work and life in different ways and create new projects and processes. Of course as with many powerful experiences you can’t predict how it will impact you – and that is part of its magic. To get a taste of what you might expect, you can watch a full-length feature film Walking to the Summit showing the experience of the 2012 Land Journeyers.  Here’s what some of the walkers said about the 2012 Emergence Land Journey


“I hope we Land Journeyers can be a little exploding seed head that contributes to the coming efflorescence of humankind”

“Thank you for one of the most amazing experiences of my life”

“Thoroughly transformative”

The money…

The Walk That Reconnects is a not-for-profit event. Although places are subsidised by grant aid, delegates are asked to pay a fee towards costs. The costs for walkers are:

£300 full fee (12 places)

£200 concessionary (low and no wage) (12 places)

Concessionary places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. After the allocation of 12 concessionary places is taken there will only be full price places left. We leave it to your discretion as to which category you place yourself.

To secure a place please contact Holli Messam for a booking form before 31st July. Contact: holli@emergence-uk.org

Biographies of 2014 Emergence Land Journey facilitators:
Lucy Neal is a theatre-maker, writer and community activist interested in how celebratory events act as a catalyst for change. She is currently writing Playing For Time - Making Art as If The World Mattered, a handbook of creative practices that inspire the shift to a more ecological age for publication in March 2015. The project is supported by the Arts Council England, Transition Network and the Arvon Foundation.

Co-founding director of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) from 1981-2005, she is Happiness Associate on the Happy Museum Project re-imagining museums for a changing world; co-author of MMM’s Sustainable Ability; co-inventor of the Case For Optimism and was facilitator of Emergence Land Journey (North Walk) in 2012. She has also undertaken The Work That Reconnects residencies with Joanna Macy in Holy Island, Scotland and on the banks of the River Thames. She was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to drama and lives in Tooting, where she has been an active member of Transition Town Tooting since 2008.


Fern Smith is a theatre practitioner with over 25 years of experience in performing and teaching with Volcano Theatre. In 2010 she was the Arts Council of Wales Clore Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme. She is a trained as a Work that Reconnects facilitator with Jenny Mackewn and Chris Johnstone, co-author with Macy of ‘Active Hope.’ She is a CSTA registered craniosacral therapist and MTI holistic massage therapist, Relational Dynamics coach and celebrant trained by Dead Good Guides. She is also founder of Emergence, a Wales based project that encourages artists to recognize their role as change agents. She is joint author of a new report ‘Culture Shift’ due for publication later this year commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales highlighting the role of artists in the transition to a sustainable society. She has recently been inspired by the work of Suzi Gablik to create ‘The Re-enchantment Project’ with her partner Philip Ralph, the aim of which is to create spaces for ‘celebratory activism’ by means of maximum participation and minimum administration!

Finally, thanks for funding us…

The Walk That Re-connects is an Emergence/Volcano collaborative project and part of the City and County of Swansea’s ‘Love Your Countryside’ festival. It is funded by Volcano and through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 (funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Natural Resources Wales). Emergence is an arts and sustainability initiative from Volcano Theatre that works in collaboration with partners and stakeholders to create unusual and inspiring spaces for people to gather to connect with issues of sustainability, living lightly and connection to the land. Emergence works with artists and creative processes to bring people together to discuss ideas, to connect with the natural world and to help catalyse planning for projects that support a ‘life-sustaining future.’


Taith Tir Eginiad 2014: ‘Y Daith Sy’n Ailgysylltu’

Dydd Llun 8fed (P.M.) I Ddydd Sadwrn 13eg Medi (A.M.) 2014


“Sut ydyn ni’n creu naratif neu stori ar y cyd a thynnu allan lais cydweithredol y NI nid yn unig y FI?” Lucy Neal

Dydy hon ddim yn daith gerdded yn y parc yn unig…

Mae Taith Tir Eginiad 2014 yn cynnig llawer mwy na thaith gerdded tywys trwy rai o ardaloedd cefn gwlad mwyaf amrywiol a harddaf Cymru. Mae hefyd yn gyfle i gysylltu gyda phynciau ecoleg a chynaliadwyedd dwfn gyda hwyluswyr ac artistiaid profiadol. Mae’r Daith sy’n Ailgysylltu yn cynnig cyfle i’r cyfranogwyr gerdded yn ymwybodol  tuag at ddyfodol cynaliadwy gyda’n gilydd. Wedi’i hysbrydoli gan syniadau’r eco-seicolegydd a’r actifydd  Joanna Macy a ‘The Work That Re-connects,’ Mae’n cyfuno siwrnai tir aml lwyfan, cynhadledd awyr agored a gweithdy cerdded yn yr un digwyddiad.

Mae’r Daith Tir yn cynnig cyfle i gael deialog ddofn, a chanolbwyntio a myfyrio ar y pethau sy’n cyfrif a’r pethau yr ydyn ni’n eu cymryd yn ganiataol. Mae’r grŵp yn cael eu tywys ar daith gorfforol a thaith fewnol gyda’r bwriad o “adeiladu cymhelliant, creadigrwydd, dewrder a chydsefyll ar gyfer pontio i ddiwylliant dynol cynaliadwy.”


Mae’r digwyddiad yn cynnig cyfle newid bywyd sy’n gyffelyb i ymchwil am weledigaeth, pererindod seciwlar neu foment drothwy mewn bywyd, yn ein galluogi i arafu, ymgorffori a chamu i le o ymwybyddiaeth mwy o’n potensial fel llunwyr newid.

Fe fydd Lucy Neal (cyd sylfaenydd LIFT/Transition Town Tooting/Playing For Time) a Fern Smith (cyd-sylfaenydd Theatr Volcano /Eginiad) yn hwyluso’r grŵp, gan gefnogi cyfranogwyr yn ysgafn a rhoi gofod iddyn nhw trwy broses o newid pwerus. Fe fyddwn yn cysylltu gyda bwriadau mewnol a thirluniau allanol gydag ymwybyddiaeth o’r nifer o deimladau, meddyliau ac emosiynau sy’n deillio o’r diriogaeth gyfoethog hon – o ddiolchgarwch a gwerthfawrogiad i boen a galar. Cawn ein cefnogi gan harddwch a gwytnwch y byd naturiol yr ydym yn symud trwyddo a chan yr wybodaeth nad ydyn ni’n ‘cerdded ein hunain’. Mewn cymuned fe fyddwn yn creu’r amodau i bob un ohonom symud i ‘hunan ecolegol’ ehangach gan ddatgelu ein rhyng-gysylltioldeb hanfodol gyda’n gilydd a’r byd.

Os na all pobl ddychmygu dyfodol cadarnhaol, fyddan nhw dim yn ei greu. Bwriad y Daith sy’n Ailgysylltu ydy creu gofod, real a rhith, lle y gellir meithrin ysbrydoliaeth, optimistiaeth a’r posibilrwydd o newid a chynllunio camau ymarferol. Allwn ni, fel bodau dynol medrus a meddylwyr creadigol helpu ein hunain ac eraill i ddychmygu’r byd yr ydym ei eisiau, a chreu hynny yn llythrennol?

“Never trust a thought that didn’t come by walking” Friedrich Nietzsche

Y Daith…

Mae’r ‘Daith sy’n Ailgysylltu’ yn dilyn Llwybr y Gŵyr. Mae’r llwybr cerdded 36 milltir yma yn Ne Cymru yn mynd trwy dirwedd ôl ddiwydiannol, trefol a gwledig, yn symud o rostiroedd yr ucheldir i Fôr yr Iwerydd, yn mynd heibio i Ardal o Harddwch Naturiol Eithriadol dynodedig cyntaf y Deyrnas Unedig – Penrhyn Gŵyr. Mae’r Gŵyr yn adnabyddus ac yn boblogaidd  fel cyrchfan i dwristiaid, ond mae’r ardal o’r enw Mawr yn llai adnabyddus. Yma y byddwn yn cychwyn ein taith, gan werthfawrogi’r golygfeydd dramatig, unigrwydd a gwylltineb y bryniau i’r Gogledd Orllewin o Abertawe sy’n nodi dechrau Llwybr y Gŵyr.  Fe fyddwn yn teithio o’r Dwyrain i’r Gorllewin, yn dilyn cyfeiriad yr haul, gan gychwyn yng Nghastell Penlle yn uchel ar Fynydd y gwair ac yn gorffen ar draeth y Pen Pyrid, Rhosili.


Pethau ymarferol…

Fe fydd y cyfranogwyr yn cerdded dros diriogaeth amrywiol. Mae’r daith gerdded yn heriol yn hytrach nag yn eithafol, ac mae angen lefel neilltuol o ffitrwydd i gerdded rhwng 8 a 10 milltir bob dydd.

Fe fyddwn yn gwersylla (rhywfaint o wersylla gwyllt a rhai mewn mannau gwersylla dynodedig). Darperir cerbydau cymorth felly dim ond bagiau dydd y bydd rhaid i gyfranogwyr eu cario..

Darperir pob pryd bwyd ac fe fyddan nhw’n cael eu coginio ar y safle. Caiff pebyll a bagiau cefn y cerddwyr eu cludo yng ngherbyd y tîm cymorth.

Does dim angen sgiliau darllen map oherwydd fe fydd Arweinyddion Mynydda cymwysedig (Cymraeg a Saesneg) yn gyfrifol am lywio’r daith a diogelwch y cerddwyr.

Gall uchafswm o 30 o gyfranogwyr ddod ar y daith ac mae croeso i artistiaid, amgylcheddwyr, ecolegwyr, cerddwyr, arweinyddion newid, arloeswyr cynaliadwyedd ac arloeswyr i ddod, therapyddion, actifyddion a rhai sy’n caru’r byd naturiol.
Ymyriadau medrus a chysylltiadau annisgwyl…

Fe fydd yna ymweliadau a chyfarfyddiadau dyddiol, dirybudd a medrus gyda cheidwaid porth, artistiaid a stiwardiaid lleol y tir hynafol hwn. Fe fydd cyfle hefyd i aros, anadlu a chysylltu’n greadigol gyda’r elfennau gyda’n calonnau, pennau a dwylo. Yn ystod y daith fe fyddwn hefyd yn treulio amser yn rhannu straeon a chael croeso gan un o’r cymunedau y byddwn yn mynd trwyddi ar y daith i Rosili.

Fe fyddwn hefyd yn cyd-greu cynulliad eginiol groesawgar gyda’r nos ein diwrnod cyntaf o gerdded a dathliad cwblhau boreol cyn gadael Bae Rhosili am y tro olaf.

Beth fyddaf yn ei ennill o’r Daith Tir?

Yn ôl ein profiad ni mae’r Daith Tir yn cael effaith ddofn a pharhaol ar gyfranogwy. Mae pobl yn creu cysylltiadau newydd, yn gweld eu gwaith a’u bywyd mewn ffyrdd gwahanol ac yn creu prosiectau a phrosesau newydd. Wrth gwrs, fel gyda nifer o brofiadau pwerus allwch chi ddim rhagweld sut y bydd yn effeithio arnoch chi – a dyna ran o’i hud. I gael blas o’r hyn y gallwch ei ddisgwyl, gallwch wylio ffilm nodwedd  ‘Walking to the Summit’  sy’n dangos profiadau Teithwyr Tir 2012. Dyma beth a ddywedodd rhai o’r cerddwyr am  Daith Tir Eginiad 2012


“Rwy’n gobeithio y gallwn ni Deithwyr Tir fod yn hedyn bychan a fydd yn cyfrannu at flagur y ddynoliaeth”

“Diolch i chi am brofiad mwyaf rhyfeddol fy mywyd”

“Cwbl drawsnewidiol”

Yr arian…

Mae’r Daith sy’n Ailgysylltu yn ddigwyddiad dielw – er bod lleoedd wedi’u noddi gan gymorth grant, gofynnir i gyfranogwyr dalu ffi tuag at gostau. Y costau i gerddwyr ydy:

£300 ffi llawn (12 lle)

£200 consesiwn (cyflog isel a dim cyflog) (12 lle)

Caiff lleoedd consesiwn eu dyrannu ar sail y cyntaf i’r felin. Ar ôl dyrannu 12 lle consesiwn dim ond lleoedd pris llawn fydd ar ôl. Mater i chi ydy dewis pa gategori i roi eich hun ynddo.

I archebu lle cysylltwch gyda Holli Messam am ffurflen archebu cyn 31 Gorffennaf. Cyswllt: holli@emergence-uk.org


Bywgraffiadau Hwyluswyr Taith Tir Eginiad 2014:


Lucy Neal – llunwraig theatr, awdur ac actifydd cymunedol sydd â diddordeb yn sut y mae digwyddiadau dathlu yn gweithredu fel catalydd i newid. Ar hyn o bryd mae hi wrthi’n ysgrifennu Playing For Time - Making Art as If The World Mattered, llawlyfr o arferion creadigol sy’n ysbrydoli’r symudiad i gyfnod mwy ecolegol, i’w gyhoeddi ym mis Mawrth 2015. Cefnogir y prosiect gan  Arts Council England, Transition Network ac Arvon Foundation.

Yn gyfarwyddwraig cyd-sefydlu’r London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) rhwng 1981-2005, mae hi’n Swyddog Cyswllt Hapusrwydd ar yr Happy Museum Project yn ailddychmygu amgueddfeydd ar gyfer byd newidiol; yn gyd awdur Sustainable Ability MMM; yn gyd ddyfeisydd Case For Optimism a bu’n hwylusydd y Daith Tir Eginiad (Taith y Gogledd) yn 2012. Mae hefyd wedi cynnal cyfnodau preswyl The Work That Reconnects gyda Joanna Macy yn Holy Island, yr Alban ac ar lannau’r Afon Tafwys. Derbyniodd OBE yn 2005 am wasanaethau i ddrama a bywydau yn Tooting, lle mae wedi body n aelod gweithgar o Dref Trawsnewid Tooting ers 2008.


Fern Smith – ymarferydd theatr gyda dros 25 mlynedd o brofiad mewn perfformio ac addysgu gyda  Theatr Volcano . Yn 2010 roedd yn Gymrawd Clore Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru ar y Rhaglen Arweinyddiaeth Clore. Mae wedi’i hyfforddi fel hwylusydd   ‘Work that Re-connects gyda Jenny Mackewn a Chris Johnstone, cyd-awdur ‘Active Hope’ gyda Macy. Mae’n therapydd creuansacriol  CSTA cofrestredig ac yn therapydd tylino holistaidd MTI , yn hyfforddwraig Relational Dynamics ac yn weinydd wedi’i hyfforddi gan  Dead Good Guides. Mae hefyd yn sylfaenydd  Eginiad, prosiect yng Nghymru sy’n annog artistiaid i adnabod eu rôl fel asiantwyr newid.  Mae hefyd yn gyd-awdur adroddiad newydd ‘Culture Shift’ sydd i’w gyhoeddi yn nes ymlaen eleni ac a gomisiynwyd gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru yn amlygu rôl artistiaid yn y pontio i gymdeithas gynaliadwy. Yn ddiweddar mae wedi cael ei hysbrydoli gan waith  Suzi Gablik i greu ‘The Re-enchantment Project’ gyda’i phartner Philip Ralph, gyda’r nod o greu gofod i ‘actifiaeth dathliadol’ trwy gyfrwng y cyfranogiad mwyaf a’r gweinyddu lleiaf!


Yn olaf, diolch am ein cyllido…

Mae’r Daith sy’n Ailgysylltu yn brosiect cydweithredol Eginiad/Volcano ac yn rhan o ŵyl ‘Caru’ch Cefngwlad’ Dinas a Sir Abertawe. Fe’i cyllidir gan Volcano a thrwy Gynllun Datblygu Gwledig Cymru 2007-13 (a gyllidir gan Lywodraeth Cymru a Chronfa Amaethyddol Ewropeaidd dros Ddatblygu Gwledig a Chyfoeth Naturiol Cymru). Mae Eginiad yn fenter celfyddydau a chynaliadwyedd o Theatr Volcano sydd yn gweithio mewn cydweithrediad â phartneriaid a rhan ddeiliaid i greu gofod annarferol ac ysbrydoledig i bobl ymgynnull i gysylltu gyda materion cynaliadwyedd, byw’n ysgafn a chysylltu gyda’r tir. Mae Eginiad yn gweithio gydag artistiaid a phrosesau creadigol i ddwyn pobl at ei gilydd i drafod syniadau, cysylltu gyda’r byd naturiol a helpu i gataleiddio cynllunio ar gyfer prosiectau sy’n cefnogi ‘dyfodol sy’n cynnal bywyd’






Daisy and Jack – Children’s Emporium. Summer event with Fablas Ice-Cream 21st June.

D&J-A5-summer-flyer-dated (1)Daisy & Jack Summer Event with Fablas Ice-cream

We are pleased to announce that renowned Children’s emporium, ‘Daisy & Jack’ are expanding to premises in Cardiff’s St Davids shopping centre this coming summer.  After almost two years of avid sales and success in their Cowbridge store, Daisy & Jack are looking forward to take full advantage of the new opportunities that await them in the capital.


To celebrate this next chapter in their development, Daisy & Jack are collaborating with a fellow Vale of Glamorgan based company, Fablas Ice Cream, for their first day of sale event. With the scorching temperatures which have been forecast, the delicious ice cream that Fablas provides will no doubt prove to be a hit on day!


The event will take place on the 21st June, between 11:00am and 3:00pm.  Customers who spend £10 or over, are given a magical stamp which treats them (or their little ones!) to a free ice cream from Fablas.


We hope you can join Daisy & Jack as they embark on their new journey.  For further information please visit www.daisyandjack.co.uk or directly contact info@daisyandjack.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, 21st June!

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Got an apple tree in your garden? Harvest Cowbridge Fruit Tree Mapping Workshop (Green Maps) – Tues 24th June 6-9pm

harvestcowbridge1Have an apple tree in your garden or on your land? Want it mapped? Want to donate the fruit, or have help harvesting it?

The Harvest Cowbridge project has received a grant  from Creative Rural Communities Pride in our Rural Heritage to support its inaugural calender of activities in 2014. The project hopes to provide opportunities for people to come together to learn new skills and rural traditions, be outdoors, reduce food waste and have social gatherings. The aims of the project are to map, harvest and redistribute surplus fruit, organise pruning, cider making and juicing  workshops, learn about related rural traditions, make produce i.e chutneys, and hold a community pressing day.

The mapping workshop will be led by Sam Holt of Egg Seeds, who has created Green Maps for Orchard Cardiff and will cover how we will create a map of the fruit trees in Cowbridge and surrounding villages using a Green Map, why we are doing it, privacy issues, gathering information for volunteer harvesting.

Tuesday 24th June 6-9pm (dropping in is fine if you don’t want to stay for the whole session).

The event is funded by Creative Rural Communities and will be held at their office in Cowbridge; Creative Rural Communities, Old Hall, CF71 7AH (Sandwiched between Barclays Bank and Old Hall community college).

Free of charge – but please register your intention to come so we can make sure we have enough tea!

email Debbie Leigh info@hubcowbridge.com or call 07890 407670

Find out more about the Harvest Cowbridge project



Cowbridge Cob Oven Demonstration Day – Old Hall Gardens, Sat 14th June 10-3pm

Cowbridge Cob Oven Demo Day – Old Hall Gardens Saturday 14th June 10-3pm.


Located in the Old Hall Gardens, opposite Annexe 3, and  funded by Creative Rural Communities and built  for the Cowbridge Food Festival Fringe in October 2013, the cob oven is now a permanent resource for use by the local community. It is an example of traditional and sustainable cooking, fuelled by wood and made entirely from natural materials sourced locally.

An element of the Creative Rural Communities funding was to provide a demonstration after the food festival to show people in the community how to use the oven safely, and learn about how it was made.  Representatives of local community groups are particularly welcome, as are interested  individuals, and those who might like to build a cob oven as part of their own community project.

Come along and see it fired up and baking, find out how it was made, feast on wood fired bread, make your own pizza, or join us for afternoon tea! Learn all you need to know to use the oven for your own baking events. You are free to come along for the whole day or drop in as you wish. If you are feeling adventurous bring along your own recipes to bake in the oven.

  • 10am – Lighting the fire
  • 11am – Talk on how the oven was made and how it works.
  • 12pm – 4pm – Baking throughout the afternoon. Including bread, gingerbread, scones, and more.
  • 1pm – 2pm – Make your own pizza
  • 3pm – Afternoon tea with scones baked in the oven

Contact Nancy Evans for more information 07729 758510


Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival – St Donats 4-6th July 2014

leafletThis lovely bi-ennial  festival returns to the beautiful setting of St Donats Castle on 4-6th July 2014.

Beyond the Border is a magnificent three-day festival of stories and music from Wales and across the world. Join us as we celebrate our 21st birthday with a feast of storytelling, poetry, music, singing, theatre, circus, puppets, films and much more.

The Magic of Stories

  • Be thrilled, moved and transformed by the power of incredible stories which speak to everyone.
  • Experience stories and music which reconnect you to your past, culture and community. Discover stories which unlock doors into other worlds…
  • Three days immersed in tales, so many of which…offered a real education. -The Times

A Stunning Location

Our home is the mediaeval castle of St Donats, overlooking the beautiful Glamorganshire coast.

Beyond the Border is small and friendly, vibrant but relaxed. It involves local artists alongside internationally-acclaimed performers.


  • Real ale
  • World food
  • Craft market
  • Workshops
  • Lantern procession
  • Street theatre
  • Literary talks
  • Morning walks
  • Late-night stories…

New for 2014 is a marketplace showcasing local food, art and crafts plus henna tattoo’s, upcycling workshops, pottery painting for children.

“celebrating the world’s rich heritage of traditional stories – and the universal art of storytelling…”



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