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November 24, 2014
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Christmas Events in Tongwynlais

Merry Christmas writing

There are lots of Christmas events going on in the village this year. We’ve added them all to our events page but here’s a summary:

Christmas Lights Switch On

November 27 – 6:30 pm
Lewis Arms

Christmas Concert

December 3 – 7:00 pm (Tickets £5 with proceeds to local charities)
St Michael’s Church
Featuring Whitchurch Primary School Choir

Christmas Concert

December 4 – 7:00 pm (Tickets £5 with proceeds to local charities)
St Michael’s Church
Featuring Tongwynlais Primary School Choir

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

December 7 – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (Entry to the castle required and a small fee)
Castell Coch
Visit Cadw’s website for full details

Winter Fayre

December 11 – 6:30 pm
Village Hall
Carol singing, brass band, food, rides, entertainment and side shows. Santa will also be paying a visit!

It’s just 50p to visit Santa or £3 to have a photo. Extra prints are £1.50.

Christmas Concert

December 14 – 6:30 pm (Free)
Village Hall
Featuring the Castell Coch Choral Society, Melingriffith Brass Band and Tongwynlais Primary School Choir

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November 23, 2014
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The City of Cardiff Council Budget Consultation

Cardiff City Hall

The City of Cardiff Council have launched a budget consultation as they are facing a potential budget shortfall of £124m over the next 3 years.

The consultation began on the 21 November and lasts until the 12 January 2015. You can give feedback in several ways:

The list of community engagement events includes one at Whitchurch Community Centre on Tuesday 2 December at 4-7pm.


The full details of the consultation can be viewed below. Tongwynlais is on page 38.


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November 20, 2014
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Tongwynlais Pupils Pilot Cadw’s New History Programme

Castell Coch game

Pupils from Tongwynlais Primary School recently visited Castell Coch to take part in Cadw’s newly-launched Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 activities.

The children were guided round the castle by Lady Bute who explained how it was built and what life was like for rich Victorians. They also played a specially-designed interactive Victorian board game to teach them about life in nineteenth-century south Wales.

Pupils playing a game

Cayla Brown, 10, was one of the first to trial the board game. She said: “I liked the game. It is really good for people to play and learn more about history at the same time.”

The game can be downloaded from Cadw’s website.

Cadw have developed high quality free online resources for teachers to tie in with the school curriculum.

Sue Mason, Head of Lifelong Learning for Cadw, said, “These exciting new education activities and resources aim to bring the fascinating stories behind our historic buildings and the characters who lived in them to life as a way of engaging pupils with their local heritage, and to support the teaching of subjects such as history alongside numeracy and literacy skills and the curriculum Cymreig.

“Learning at site gives pupils the chance to be transported back to a period in history making it a living lesson. Authentic experiences aid not just their understanding of a subject but also their retention of information.”

The Meet Lady Bute tour at Castell Coch must be booked in advance. The half day activities cost £90 per group, for up to 30 pupils.

Image credit: Cadw.