Preserving for Christmas at Fonmon Castle Sunday 16 Nov – with Food Adventure and The Preservation Company.

Preserving for Christmas at Fonmon Castle Sunday 16 Nov with Food Adventure and The Preservation Company.

Where better to learn the centuries old art of jam making and preservation than in an 800 year old castle, on our unique and exclusive ‘Preserving for Christmas’ adventure.

You will learn how to make some tasty jams and chutneys that you can give as personal gifts for Christmas, or even keep for yourself.  Who better to teach you than Angharad Underwood, founder of the multi award-winning The Preservation Society. The Preservation Society produces fantastic chutneys, sirops and preserves, all packed with flavour & made in small batches at Angharad’s home in Chepstow.

Not only will world class preserver, Angharad teach you how to make at least 3 different jams and chutneys in our hands on, interactive class but, you will also take home the fruits of your labours!

Our class takes place at stunning Fonmon Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan. Built in 1180 and set in three acres of beautiful gardens, Fonmon Castle has been owned by only two families in its 800 year history.

On arrival you will be offered coffee or tea with homemade biscuits before heading to the kitchens for the class with Angharad. After the class, we have arranged for you to have a private tour of the castle followed by a beautiful lunch, featuring produce from the garden and near locality.

After lunch, before packing up your Christmas goodies, enjoy a stroll in the walled garden and discover all of its secret delights.

What’s included:

  • Tea and coffee
  • Jam and chutney workshop with all materials provided
  • Jam and chutneys to take home
  • Guided tour of Fonmon Castle
  • Lunch featuring local produce
  • Time to stroll around the grounds and gardens

Optional: Angharad will bring a selection of her award winning preserves for you to buy on the day.

Please bring an apron to wear on the day.

Time: 10:00 to 15:00

Price: £75

Book Your Place at www.foodadventure.co.uk/adventure/preserving-for-christmas-at-fonmon-castle/




The Two Faces of January – Big Screen Cinema Cowbridge Thurs 23rd Oct 7pm


2facesWith striking visuals, complex characters, and Hitchcockian plot twists, The Two Faces of January offers a pleasantly pungent treat for fans of romantic thrillers.

Screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962, and adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple’s hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious bond between them as the trio’s allegiance is put to the test.

Review courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes

Book early to guarantee a seat!




Learn to Wassail! Farmers Barns Llantwit Major – Tues 21st Oct 3pm.

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Singing Workshop with Celia Webb of Singplicity

plus introduction to the tradition of Wassailing.

All you need to know to hold a Winter Wassail in your community!

No singing ability required!

Tuesday 21st October  3-4.30pm Farmers Barns Llantwit Major CF61 1PZ (left after the mini roundabout  on the Beach Rd)

Free of charge – the workshop is part of the Harvest Cowbridge project, and will take place within a Creative Rural Communities Vale Ambassadors volunteer launch.

Tel: Debbie of Harvest Cowbridge 07890 407670 or email info@hubcowbridge.com to reserve a place.




Cowbridge Apple Day – Sat 18th Oct at The Farmers Market

After a highly successful first pressing at the last Farmer Market, when over a 100 samples of fresh apple juice from surplus local fruit were given out, the Harvest Cowbridge project is back again this weekend to celebrate Cowbridge Apple Day.


See and try apple juice made fresh from the press. Bring a bag of apples and your own container if you would like to take juice away. Lots of fun and games for all the family – pin the maggot on the apple, apple bobbing, cut the longest peel!

Plus Glamorgan Apple Dressing – decorate your apple and hang it on the Harvest Tree to go on display at the Holy Cross Christmas Tree Festival.

And our own Apple Day Bake Off – bring any apple bakes along – they will be taste tested by local food writer Catrin Price-Thomas of The Taster magazine at 11.30am. Or have a go at a local heritage bake, Apple Pudding Pie, taken from an 18th century Llantrithyd farmers recipe book found in the Glamorgan Archives. As a guide mix together half pound cooked apple, 3 tbsp butter, approx. 6 oz sugar (to taste), 3 tbsps lemon juice, 1 tsp lemon rind, a little salt, 4 lightly beaten eggs. Pour into uncooked pastry case. Bake for 15mins at 450 degrees, then 275 degrees for an hour until it resembles custard. Adjust ingredients and method as you need to make it work!

‘Apple Day’s are now celebrated by many communities and have evolved from a Common Ground initiative in the 1990’s to champion the uniqueness of local produce, biodiversity and the community of a given place. We are grateful for funding from a Creative Rural Communities Pride in our Rural Heritage grant which has enabled us to start the Harvest Cowbridge project, and along with a Cowbridge Wassail in January we hope Cowbridge Apple Day will become a regular date in the town’s calender’

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Table Top Sale for Emmaus – Cowbridge Town Hall Sat 25th Oct 11-3pm

Emmaus South Wales will be holding a Table Top and Nearly New sale in Cowbridge Town Hall  (Lesser Hall) Saturday 25th October 11am-3pm.

An exciting mix of new goods will be on offer – jewellery, craft and gifts and a range of ‘nearly new goods’ including designer items of clothing, shoes, toys, books, bric-a-brac and small household items.

In addition there will be face painting for the children, a raffle, tombola, tea, coffee and cakes.

4 tables remain to sell from –   £10.

To book a table at the sale or for more information please contact Laura on 01446 795257/07770 850049 or email laura@bluelake.co.uk

Emmaus is a worldwide movement helping people escape homelessness by providing them with a place to live in exchange for work.  Emmaus  South Wales plans to open a new community in  Bridgend in 2015.

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Visit www.emmaus.org.uk


Harvest Cowbridge First Pressing at the Farmers Market today.

Fantastic support shown by the local community for our first pressing today. Over 100 samples of juice from donated apples was tasted,  people bought their own apples to press, we had an astonishing 182cms in the longest peel competition from Mike Baker, and the Harvest Tree looked beautiful adorned with decorated apples from younger participants.

We’ll be doing it all over again for Cowbridge Apple Day at the Farmers Market Saturday 18th October 9.30-12.30, with an extra bit of fun to be had in the 18th Century Apple Pudding bake-off. Recipe will be posted soon! Come and join us!


Apple Pressing at Cowbridge Farmers Market with Harvest Cowbridge – Sat 4th and 18th October

marketpressingApple Pressing at Cowbridge Farmers Market – Saturday  4th and 18th October 9.30-1pm. 

Bring your garden apples along to the Farmers Market and see them pressed into juice. Join in some Apple Family Fun! Harvest Cowbridge – a local voluntary group – will be at the farmers market demonstrating how to make juice from apples, plus offering apple family fun and games to celebrate the harvest season. Steady your hand for the longest peel competition, pin the maggot on the apple, have a go at apple bobbing, and get creative with some Glamorgan Apple Dressing!

As a guide half a carrier bag (2kg) of apples (any kind suitable) will make 1 litre of juice. Some bruising/blemishes/damage is fine. If you would like to take the juice away bring a clean container – information about pasteurising and cider making will be available. Apples cannot be bought in from orchards or fields where animals have been grazing due to the risk of e-coli.

The Harvest Cowbridge group have received funding from Creative Rural Communities to raise awareness of rural traditions and heritage relating to apples and orchards in the Vale. Other aims of the Harvest Cowbridge project are to map local apple trees, offer volunteer harvesting and redistribution to reduce food waste, and to educate about the planting and care of apple trees, and of the biodiversity that exists in the orchard environment.

If you would like to be involved in the Harvest Cowbridge project, have apples to harvest, or can  help with the apple pressings please come along to an information meeting on  Wednesday 1st October 7pm  in the Duke of Wellington Cowbridge.

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Celebrate Organic September with Free to Explore Beauty, Cowbridge



Free to Explore Beauty in Cowbridge has lined up a month of beauty treats and offers as part of a new national Organic Beauty Festival in partnership with leading British organic spa brand, Pinks Boutique.

The celebrations form part of Organic September, the UK’s celebration of all things organic. The message behind this year’s theme, ‘Small Change, Big Difference’, is that making the switch to organic beauty products gives you peace of mind, that what you put on your – and your family’s skin – is better for you and the environment.

Organic health and beauty products are free from the vast array of synthetically-created/man-made chemical ingredients such as mineral oils and paraffinum known to clog the skin’s pores and interfere with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Organic beauty brands, such as Pinks Boutique, are certified by the Soil Association, the UK’s leading organic certification body, which recently highlighted the problem of products on the market which are mislabelled and are misleading consumers by claiming to be ‘organic’, ‘biological’ or ‘natural’, otherwise known as ‘greenwashing’.

Free To Explore Beauty, of 17b High Street, Cowbridge has been trading successfully for eight years and aims to increase awareness of organic beauty products and their benefits by inviting people to visit the salon and skincare boutique, to sample organic beauty products and learn about the differences between products that are certified organic and those that aren’t.

Miriam Holcombe, Salon Owner of Free To Explore Beauty, said: ““The demand for organic beauty products is on the increase, but unfortunately, there can be a world of difference between a beauty product that has been certified and one that is merely described as ‘organic’ on the label. To ensure a product is guaranteed organic, we recommend looking for the Soil Association symbol on the product before buying to ensure that what’s in the pot contains pure, natural, organic ingredients grown without the use of pesticides.

We retail Pinks Boutique products and use them in treatments so that our clients, and indeed the therapists who carry out the treatments, can trust them and be confident of their authenticity.

The Organic Beauty Festival is the perfect opportunity for us to educate and inform people about how to shop for ‘green’ beauty and what organic really means. From the 8- 14th September, Free To Explore Beauty will be offering new and existing clients the opportunity to pick up a goody bag packed full of organic samples and information leaflets from our contributors. Try out our organic beauty treatments on offer for Organic September, and be in with a chance of winning one of five hampers, ranging from organic tea by Pukka to a freshly delivered seasonal vegetable box from the Riverside Market Garden. This is also a great opportunity to visit our vibrant salon and meet our friendly, knowledgeable and professional team of therapists.”

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To find out more call Free To Explore Beauty on: 01446 775005 or visit our website at www.freetoexplorebeauty.co.uk


Let’s Press! Harvest Cowbridge meeting Thurs 4th Sept 6pm – Duke of Wellington

Harvest Cowbridge have been pressing!!

photo 2A test press in Liz and Peter’s garage ahead of our sessions at the Cowbridge Farmers Market on Sat 4th and Sat 18th October resulted in a gallon of juice!

Next meeting Duke of Wellington 6pm Thurs 4th Sept. Big call out for volunteer harvesters,  fruit tree mappers,  helpers at the Farmers Markets and planning for an Apple Day celebration.

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email info@hubcowbridge.com or call Debbie on 07890 407670 for more information.

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