Newport Crown Court – where James Hemmings of Penarth has pleaded guillty to possessing indecent images of children

A Penarth man has been given bail pending sentencing after pleading guilty to possessing indecent images of children.

James Hemmings (61)  of Brockhill Way, has admitted 3 counts of possessing indecent images of children, 1 count of possessing “extreme pornographic images”  and 1 count of possessing prohibited images of children.

Hemmings was found to be in breach of a 9 month community order which he was already serving. He has previous convictions for making indecent photos of children and for sexual assault against children.

Newport Court Court heard that  – on February 2nd 2017 –   14 “category A” images, 8 “category B” images and 224 “category C”  images had been found in his possession.

Judge Thomas Crowther has adjourned sentencing for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and Hemmings was given bail-  during which time he is to have no access to any internet-enabled device  which does not keep a permanent record of sites visited.

Pending sentence, Hemmings is also ordered to have  no unsupervised contact with anyone aged under 16 – except in a “situation that is unavoidable”.

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The amazing view diners enjoy at The Fig Tree restaurant on Penarth Esplanade

The well-known Penarth Esplanade restaurant The Fig Tree is going up for sale as a going concern at an asking price of £400,000.

The business includes ground floor is a cafe and ice cream parlour, the first floor is a restaurant (which has “60 covers” and a veranda which offers seating for an additional 35) and the roof are which forms another open-air dining area – and is also used for outdoor cinema shows.

The audience taking their seats on the roof of the Fig Tree restaurant for an outdoor cinema show . Cocktails are served as the sun sets and the movie begins

Restaurateurs Sandie Guppy and Mike Caplan –  after a long and successful stint in which they’ve made the Fig Tree one of the highest-rated in Penarth  with a Trip Advisor rating of 4.5  – are said to be “looking for a change in direction”.

The Fig Tree restaurant on Penarth Esplanade

The freehold of the premises is  actually owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council – but the lease has been extended to 125 years with a rent of £20,000 per year ( there’s a rent review every 25 years) .



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Sew Lovely in Glebe Street has been a success from the day it opened in April 2014 – now it’s expanding.

“Sew Lovely” – the busy sewing shop  based at 102 Glebe Street,  Penarth is to open a new sewing studio at Tennyson Road Penarth on August 26th.

The new studio – to be called the “Sew Lovely Makery”  will now accommodate all the popular sewing classes which are currently crammed into the Glebe Street shop.

Penarthians Carol and Conrad Bartlett are the co-proprietors of Sew Lovely

The little family-business has gone from strength to strength since it was first opened in 2014  – and now, after many months of hard work, a “beautiful new vintage-inspired sewing space and shop” is ready to open at Tennyson Road which will operate in tandem with the main shop in Glebe St.

No more-  it seems – are sewing enthusiasts called “seamstresses“,  “dressmakers” , “milliners” , “needlewomen” or even  “tailors”. The appropriate non-gender-specific collective-noun is now “sewists”.

A former flower shop and craft centre in Tennyson Road is being converted into the new sewing “Makery ” . All the shops in the Tennyson Road complex are currently being upgraded by the Vale of Glamorgan Council – which owns them

It’s at the new Tennyson Road “Makery” studio – at 15-15 Tennyson Road – that Sew Lovely’s tutors will be taking practical sewing classes in future – and where  “sewists” of all sexes can attend courses which match their skill levels.

The firm is inviting “all sewists, beginners and the experienced alike, to come and see our beautiful new vintage inspired sewing space and on-site shop”

Some of Sew Lovely’s “sewists” with cushions they’ve made themselves

In its first year of operations Sew Lovely won Sew Magazine’s “Best Haberdashery in Wales” title and the new development is the latest stage in the development of the enterprise

The Makery’s official open day is August 26th 2017, and it will be  welcoming guests from 12:00 noon to 16:00 hours (with complimentary tea and cake)  – when it will be  hosting free demos, including free-motion embroidery, hand and machine sewing, crochet, and patchwork.

The firm also promises that guests will have the opportunity to “chat to our amazing tutors about autumn and Christmas classes” . There will also be a wide range of fabric for sale, including bargain scrap bags with Liberty prints.

Tennyson Road is in Penarth’s “Poet’s Corner”, and is named after former poet-laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson – although, no doubt, Sew Lovely’s classes will be hoping for a happier outcome than that of Tennyson’s fabled “sewist”  – the “The Lady of Shallot ”  .

The “Makery” is at 13 – 15 Tennyson Rd, Penarth, CF64 2RY.



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St Cyres Secondary School in Penarth

Twenty per cent of all A Level results achieved by pupils at Penarth’s St Cyres School were either “A-Star” or “A” according to details issued by the school yesterday.

The 20% St Cyres figure compares with the 35% achieved in A-Star and A grades at Penarth’s  Stanwell School (see earlier item) and the 22% ratio achieved at Barry Comprehensive   – but nevertheless represents a consolidation of St Cyres’s record performance last year.

In all, 97% of all grades received by St Cyres pupils were rated between “A Star” and “E” Grade

Amongst the outstanding performers at St Cyres were:-

  • Felix Peterken  who received 4 “A-Stars” and 1 “A”,
  • Evie Brown with 2 “A-Stars” and 2 “A”Grades,
  • Liam Richards 2 “A-Stars” and 1 “A”,
  • Jack Corsi 3 “A-Stars” and 1 “B”,
  • Daisy Farrow 3 “A”s and 1 “B”
  • Veerain Patel 3 “A”s and 1 “B”
  • Jacob Reid 1″A-Star” 2 “A”s.

The school has said it is “delighted and proud” of  this year’s results which are in line with last year’s record-breaking results for St Cyres. All the students have been formally congratulated by the school.

Penarth AM and Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies

South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has today congratulated A-Level pupils across the Vale of Glamorgan for their excellent results.

Mr Davies said, “I’d like to send my warmest congratulations to students across the Vale of Glamorgan for some outstanding results – after what I’m sure was a very nervous time.”

Mr Davies notes in particular the performance this year of  Barry Comprehensive for what he calls “such an incredible raise in the number of A* and A grades. The school is a credit to the town”. he says.

The Welsh Conservative leader says credit must go to “all schools, parents, friends and families – but most importantly to the pupils themselves. It is fantastic to see their hard work rewarded with success.”


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Three of the many Stanwell students who achieved outstanding results Orla Emberson, Lily Winnan and Seren Marsh

Penarth’s Stanwell School has announced another successful performance by  6th-form students in their A Level examinations – which were released yesterday.

At A level, 34 % of all grades were A* or A, with 86 % of the year group achieving A* to C overall.  The figures included: –

  • In Mathematics students were awarded 48 A* or A grades (60% of entry).
  • In Art  78% of the candidates secured A* to B grades
  • Drama 74% of the candidates secured A* to B grades
  • English Literature 80% of the candidates secured A* to B grades
  • German 80%  of the candidates secured A* to B grades
  • Government & Politics 75% of the candidates secured A* to B grades
  • Religious Studies 77% of the candidates secured A* to B grades

The school says that overall “there were a very impressive 68 A* grades (10% of entry) and 577 A* to B grades (63% of entry including the Welsh Baccalaureate). Furthermore, 239 students (94%) achieved the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate as part of the new Welsh Baccalaureate. “

Stanwell Students Paul Monaghan, Jasper Aeshlimann, Joshua James and Bill Sims.

Stanwell School says the results at A level results have “once again put Stanwell students amongst the top performers in Wales, with many individuals securing truly exceptional grades. 54 of them (21%) achieved 3 A grades or better, with the new Skills Challenge Certificate.

The school has formally congratulated  students in the 2017 cohort, including its highest achievers:-

  • Seren Marsh (4 A* grades, 1 A grade)
  • Joseph Short (4 A* grades, 1 B grade)
  • Lily Winnan (4 A* grades)
  • Orla Emberson (3 A* grades, 1 A grade)
  • Amy Hickery (3 A* grades, 1 A grade)
  • Luke Pringle (3 A* grades, 1 A grade)
  • Linda Saji (3 A* grades, 1 A grade)
  • Basil Crack (3 A* grades, 1 B grade)
  • Paul Monaghan (2 A* grades, 2 A grades and1 B grade)
  • Jasper Aeschlimann (2 A* grades, 2 A grades)
  • Will Gale (2 A* grades, 2 A grades)
  • Jessica Martin (2 A* grades, 2 A grades)
  • Lucy Sibert (2 A* grades, 2 A grades)

Top performer, Seren, is off to Oxford University to study medicine, with Bristol and Exeter universities being the most popular destinations of Stanwell pupils.

Stanwell’s Head Teacher Mr Derek Jones says “This has been another excellent year for Stanwell.  We would like to congratulate all our sixth formers on their success and are grateful for the support given by parents and staff to ensure that our students fulfil their potential.”

Stanwell students Seren Lewis and Lucy Richards

Mrs Angharad Mansfield, Year 13 tutor, also said “We have had a very successful morning and the Sixth Form team are delighted that so many of our students have secured places at their chosen universities. It has been a pleasure working with these young people and we congratulate all of Year 13 on their achievements and wish them continued success in the future.”

PDN hopes to feature St Cyres’s School’s results – also announced yesterday – in a separate item later today.



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The HQ of M Camilleri and Sons Roofing Ltd in Sully

A total of 17 employers in Wales – including a local company – have been publicly listed by the Government today for not paying the minimum wage.

The local firm is  M Camilleri & Sons Roofing Limited – based in Sully –  which is reported to have  failed to pay a total of  £1,150.68 to 11 of its workers.

The registered office of the roofing company is Ty Gwyrdd A Gwyn, Sully Moors Road, Sully, South Glamorgan . It lists as its directors Simon Bailey,  Marco Anthony Camilleri, Mathew John Camilleri , Andrew Crossman, John Emyr Evans and  Steven Savory.

Michael Paul Camilleri  and Barbara Camilleri – both of whom live in Penarth – resigned as a directors of the firm in April this year.

The retailer Argos was  listed as the worst offender in the UK for paying below the minimum wage.

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The MV Balmoral – becalmed in Cumberland Basin Bristol by damage done when a rope was tangled up aroun d one of her propellers

The excursion ship MV Balmoral is still stuck in Cumberland Basin  – part of the Bristol Docks complex – because of a piece of rogue rope that’s got tangled-up one of her two propellers.

The Balmoral’s propeller was fouled on August 12th  – but four days later she is still out of commission and is not expected to return to service until August 23rd.

It’s hoped that Balmoral will be back in service – and sailing from Penarth – on August 23rd.

White Funnel  – who operate the ship have had to make alternative arrangements for almost all  the passengers who’d  booked for cruises this week and is communicating with them via email and Twitter and providing refunds or re-booking them

In their latest statement – issued last night – White Funnel say “We regret to announce that we have had to cancel all sailings until August 23rd due to a rope being caught up in the propeller last Saturday resulting in some damage. An underwater assessment in Bristol has shown the seal needs to be replaced and for this to take place the ship has to go to dry dock in Sharpness.

We hope to return to service for the evening sailing from Penarth on Wednesday 23rd August, our music cruise departing at 7.45 pm.

To help make up for this disappointment, we are investigating the possibility of extending our sailing season by an extra week in October (w/c 2nd October 2017) to give our Bristol Channel passengers greater opportunity to transfer to another cruise. We hope to provide details of this by the end of August 2017.

All pre-booked passengers are welcome to transfer to an alternative sailing of any value or within any regional sailing of the M.V Balmoral.

Again, we apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment this has caused and thank all our loyal and dedicated passengers for their understanding and patience. We are in the process of contacting passengers booked on all of these trips.”




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