EVA LONGORIA IN BBC DRAMA BEING SHOT AT THE KYMIN

A BBC film crew along with 70 year old vintage vehicles - sets up  to film Decline and Fall at the Kymin, Penarth

A BBC film crew along with 70 year old vintage vehicles – sets up to film Decline and Fall at the Kymin, Penarth tonight.

A BBC film crew is setting up in the Kymin Penarth to shoot scenes for a new drama series which will star Eva Longoria – of American hit tv series “Desperate Housewives“.

The new drama series is a three-part version of British novelist Evelyn Waugh’s “Decline and Fall” which is set to be broadcast this autumn to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Waugh’s death  .  

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria is playing the role of rich South American mother in Waugh’s novel called “Margot Beste-Chetwynde”.

Also starring are David Suchet (known as “Hercule Poirot” in the ITV Agatha Christie series) and comedian Jack Whitehall.

It’s the first time “Decline and Fall” has been made into a tv series.  Waugh died in 1966 and never saw the film of his novel which was released in 1969 .

Paul Pennyfeather is played by Jack Whitehall

Paul Pennyfeather is played by Jack Whitehall

His book tells the tale of a student –  “Paul Pennyfeather” (Jack Whitehall)  – who is wrongly-expelled from Oxford (after a prank carried out on him by a student society similar to the infamous Bullingdon Club) and who takes a teaching job in Wales under headmaster “Dr Fagan” ( to be played by David Suchet) and has a liaison with the mother of one of his pupils Mrs Beste-Chetwynde (Eva Longoria) .

Filming at the Kymin continues until 21:00 this evening and temporary traffic lights have been installed on Beach Road which may be closed from time to time during shooting.

 

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ARSONISTS SET REFUSE ON FIRE ON PENARTH’S ELFED AVENUE

Elfed Avenue Penarth

Elfed Avenue Penarth

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Service reprots that rubbish was deliberately set alight by arsonists at Elfed Avenue in Penarth last night.

Penarth’s fire-fighters were called to the incident just before 22:00.

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PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL TO APPOINT A “CIVIC SERVICES LEAD”

Six new members of staff joined Penarth Town Council last month . Now two more vacancies are to be advertised

The Mayor of Penarth and Leader of the Council Cllr Mike Cuddy (centre) along with Cllr Mark Wilson, Town Clerk Emma Smith, Cllr Anthony Ernest, Cllr Gwyn Roberts Cllr Martin Turner and Cllr Neil Thomas welcomed six new  members of staff who joined Penarth Town Council last month.  Now two more colleagues are set to join the “re-structured” team .

Penarth Town Council is to make a further staff appointment following the engagement of several new members of staff already taken on this year.

The latest vacancy about to be advertised is for  a “Civic Services Lead” –  the duties of which an internal council report says will include “day-to-day management of the general office,  democratic services of the council.” 

The post-holder will also work with another member of staff called the “Customer Services Lead” to “promote the town council and its events”  – including “the Summer Festival , Christmas event and Picnic Penarth”  .

The ‘Civic Services Lead’ is also to work on “the development and improvement of the council’s engagement with its community , manage the planning consultation process and will work on “future town-twinning links the council may make”.

A further post called a “Development and Innovation Assistant” is to be filled “in the near future”.

The council claims these are  posts are already accounted-for  in its new staffing structure  but which – until now – have been frozen.

All Penarth Town Council’s income is derived from the town precept included in council tax which is now at a record high.

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PRIVATE COUNCIL DOG-POO PATROLS MAY POLICE PENARTH

The private "Environmental Enforcers" will fine dog owners who alow their animals to foul beaches in the summer

The private “Environmental Enforcers” would penalise  dog owners who allow their animals to foul beaches parks or streets

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is considering hiring a private company to tackle litterbugs and dog-fouling in  the streets, parks and public open spaces of Penarth – and elsewhere in the Vale.

The poo-patrols – or “Environmental Enforcers” as they would be officially called – would issue penalties to dog-owners who don’t scoop up their animals’ excrement and would also  book people who throw litter and indulge in fly-tipping .

Children who play in this back lane have penned their own notice to deter irresponsible dog-walkers from using a lane at the rear of Stanwell Road

Children who play a Penarth back lane penned their own message  to deter irresponsible dog-walkers from using a lane at the rear of Stanwell Road as a dog toilet. The dog owners took no notice.

The patrols would be supplied by a private “environmental enforcement” company and work in partnership with the council’s own compliance and enforcement officers.The Vale Council now spends over £1,000,000 a year on cleaning streets, parks, beaches and public open spaces and says the cost is “unsustainable”.

The council claims that much of the litter “has been dropped by members of the public who have taken a conscious decision to do so rather than to dispose of their waste responsibly. Litter in this case also includes dog fouling.”

In addition to considering hiring the “Environmental Enforcers” to book offenders, the council is also planning new “anti-litter and dog fouling campaigns“. It says these are likely to have a much greater impact if they are also accompanied by “a strong enforcement message”.

Those who litter or don’t remove their dog’s excrement are liable for a  fixed penalty charge of £75 – but in addition to this the new Environmental Enforcers would also be able to impose “other levels of fines as necessary in line with current guidance and legislation”.

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NATIONAL MUSEUM RESTORES VINTAGE LIGHTWELL AT PENARTH’S TURNER HOUSE

The balustrade and vintage light well - which had been removed by Turner House tenants Ffotogallery without permission or consultation - is now back where it was

The T Alwyn Lloyd 1940s vintage balustrade and light well – which had been removed by Turner House tenants Ffotogallery without permission or consultation – is now back where it was

The National Museum of Wales is set to escape the embarrassment of having a Listed Building Enforcement Notice issued against it by the Vale of Glamorgan Council over unauthorised modifications made at Turner House, Penarth  .

Unauthorised work had been carried out in the building at the end of 2014 which had involved the removal of the balustrade and the blocking up of the central lightwell of the building .

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) (left) with Penarth AM and Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies at the Turner House Gallery

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) (left) had met Penarth AM and Wales Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies at the Turner House Gallery last month to discuss the position. Andrew R T Davies said  he had written to the National Museum and thought it was “slightly bizarre” there was no record of the true ownership of Turner House in the Land Registry .

The lightwell in the first floor had allowed light from the skylights in the roof to reach the ground floor of Turner House and had been installed in the 1940s by the distinguished architect T Alwyn Lloyd but had been arbitrarily removed by tenants Ffotogallery without any consultation or permission.

James Pyke Thompson - benefactor and founder of Turner House Penarth

James Pyke Thompson – benefactor and founder of Turner House Penarth who left the building and its paintings to the town

Turner House, and the millions of pounds-worth of Turner paintings that it once contained, was bequeathed in trust to the people of Penarth by the Victorian flour-milling magnate James Pyke Thompson – but was handed over by the trust in the 1920s to be managed by the National Museum of Wales.

Penarth AM and Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies has said it is “slightly bizarre” that there is no record of the ownership of Turner House in the Land Registry and has written to all the parties involved asking for updates on the latest situation at the gallery.

The unauthorised alterations to the gallery had been discussed with concern by members of the Vale of Glamorgan council’s planning committee which had called for a report on the situation and was considering issuing a formal Enforcement Notice  against the National Museum

The Vale’s conservation officer has now inspected the repair work and the restored lightwell and is recommending that there is now no need to proceed with the issuance of the Enforcement Notice against the Museum.

The final decision will be taken by the Vale of Glamorgan Council planning committee on Thursday this week .

Another Ffotogallery plan to host a regular “50-mile Food Fair” inside the Grade II Listed building was dropped when the promoter withdrew the plan after it had attracted criticism from local residents.

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LOTTERY CASH FOR PENARTH’S ANCIENT 5th-CENTURY CHURCH

Part of St Peter's Church, Old Cogan is thought to date back to the 5th Century

Part of St Peter’s Church, Old Cogan is thought to date back to the 5th Century

The Church of St Peters Old Cogan – part of the Parish of Penarth, All Saints- has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the essential repairs to conserve and improve the fabric of the church.

Development funding of £10,000 has also been awarded to help the Parish Council of All Saints Penarth progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later stage.

The entrance of St Peter's Church . There are no windows on the opposite side

The entrance of St Peter’s Church .

The project aims to stabilise and improve the general condition of the church which is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in the county.

St Peter’s was originally a daughter church of Celtic monastery established before 600AD in Llandough .

The unique "herring-bone" stonework on the north-facing wall - where there are no windows.

The unique “herring-bone” stonework on the north-facing wall – where there are no windows.

The unique herringbone stonework is thought to date back to the 9th Century and is just one of many interesting architectural features.   The church is the last remaining vestige of the long-deserted mediaeval village of Old Cogan.

Canon Peter Cox

Canon Peter Cox

Rev Canon Peter Cox , Vicar,  said “ St Peter’s is a beautiful little church with a small but faithful congregation. This award promises to help us to preserve the building and its history for future generations and to continue our long history of worship and Christian witness in the present.”

The interior of St Peter's Church, Old Cogan, Penarth

The interior of St Peter’s Church, Old Cogan, Penarth

John Fraser, Chair of the Friends of St Peters, Old Cogan,  says the award is “great news”.

Mr Fraser says the ‘Friends’ supported by All Saints Parish Council have been at the forefront of fundraising for the essential repairs and for a future development programme for the church.  He added “This tremendous initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund will hopefully provide a substantial contribution towards the £131,000 needed to safeguard, protect and repair the historic church building through a schedule of professional internal and external conservation work.”

The church holds services every Sunday at 15:30

 

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THIEF JAILED FOR STEALING CASH FROM BEREAVED PENARTH MUM

Joseph Price was jailed at Cardiff Crown Court for theft and burglary in Penarth

Joseph Price has been jailed at Cardiff Crown Court for theft and burglary in Penarth

A thief with 21 previous convictions has been jailed for stealing  donations given by churchgoers to a bereaved Penarth mother in memory of her baby son.

The thief,  Joseph Scott Price (29) – of Barry – admitted theft and burglary when he appeared at Cardiff Crown Court and was jailed for 32 months.

The money – £95 in cash – had been collected by members of a local church for Ms Amy Thomas to fund a memorial following the recent loss of her baby boy.

Price had become acquainted with Ms Thomas on-line and had paid her a late night visit during which, as midnight approached , he was asked to leave after making an “upsetting comment” about the death of her son.

The court heard that a purse containing the £95 in cash had been on the sofa at Ms Thomas’s home and she spotted  Price’s hand inside it . When she asked him what he was doing, he had claimed he was looking for the remote control of the tv set but –  after he had gone – she discovered that the money in  the purse had been stolen.

In a Victim Impact Statement made by Ms Thomas  and read out in court –  she said the whole incident had made her feel “physically sick“. She said “It’s the lowest of the low. It makes me angry more than anything.I feel violated. I just lost my baby and I don’t need people like this in my life”.

Ms Thomas however was not to be the only victim of Joseph Scott Price that night.  As Price walked down Windsor Road he noticed a window ajar in a nearby house. The homeowner was away but his partner and three children were upstairs.

Price – the court heard – climbed into the living room and stole  a Samsung tv set, games consoles, an Xbox, a wallet and a leather jacket – and  then stashed these stolen goods outside – planning to return later in a taxi to collect them.

In mitigation Price’s lawyer said the defendant had to “sought to grieve” with Ms Thomas but had taken anti-depressants and consumed alcohol. The  burglary, he said, had been “opportunistic” and that “the degree of intrusion” had been “restricted to the living room”. Price – he said – was “not without genuine remorse “.

Crown Court Recorder Catherine Brown described the theft of the money from Ms Thomas as  “a despicable thing to do” and told him via a video link that “Society does not like people who behave in that way.”

Price is to serve 32 months imprisonment for both offences and must pay victim surcharge of £170.

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