SOUS-CHEF AT ‘THE PILOT’ PENARTH HAD 24 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

The Pilot in Penarth's Queen's Road

The Pilot in Penarth’s Queen’s Road

A former sous chef – who had moved from West Wales to work at The Pilot pub in Penarth – is starting a 12 months jail sentence after pleading guilty at Cardiff Crown Court to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Davey Paxton - who had 24 previous convictions - was employed at The Pilot Pub in Penarth

Davey Paxton – who had 24 previous convictions – was employed at The Pilot Pub in Penarth

At a friend’s flat in Cardiff, after a night-out boozing, the chef – Davey Paxton (24), –  used a can of aerosol deodorant and cigarette lighter as a “flamethrower” on a sleeping acquaintance – Connor Gammer (20)

The court heard that Mr Gammer had woken up to find his hair was on fire. When he ran into the kitchen, Paxton had punched him.  Mr Gammer’s hair was burnt away on the left side of his head, suffered burn wounds to his ear and neck,  and may need skin a  graft.

The court was told that Paxton had received 24 convictions in his home town of Kilgetty, West Wales before moving to Cardiff to take-up employment at The Pilot in Penarth .

Jailing him for a year, Judge Thomas Crowther told Paxton: “You used a flamethrower on a man who was fast asleep.The public would be horrified if I didn’t give you an immediate prison sentence.”

 

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PENARTH’S CRICKET CUP FINAL AGAINST MUMBLES IS POSTPONED

 Penarth Cricket Club HQ at the Athletic Ground, Penarth

Penarth Cricket Club HQ at the Athletic Ground, Penarth

The climax of the cricket season – today’s scheduled Welsh Cup Final in which Penarth are due to face Mumbles has been postponed until Bank Holiday Monday at 13:00

The game was to have been played today at Neath Cricket Club but has been recheculed because of the weather .

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PENARTH’S “STAMINA SWIMMERS” TAKE ON TODAY’S BIG TIDES & BREAKERS

Forget Rio - Penarth's Esplanade strollers could see real deal off the sea-front this morning as the town's stamina swimmers pitted themselves against the mighty tides of the Bristol Channel

Forget the Rio Olympics  – strollers on the Esplanade could see real deal off the sea-front this morning as Penarth’s Stamina Swimmers pitted themselves against the mighty tides of the Bristol Channel

This morning’s combination of strong winds, higher-than-usual tides and big waves hurling rocks onto the shore hasn’t daunted  a group of  what are probably Penarth’s most intrepid swimmers.

A number of them were out on the lumpy-looking  sea just after a grey dawn and –  pitting themselves  against the challenge of an exceptionally strong southerly rip-tide .

Worried onlookers thought at first there was someone in trouble in the water - until it became clear that these swimmers could look after themselves

Worried onlookers thought at first it looked although there was someone in trouble in the water – until it became clear that these swimmers could look after themselves

The swimmers are all members of the Penarth Stamina Swimmers’ Club who, with today’s  extra-high high-water due at 10:30, had decided to do battle with the Bristol Channel and its fearsome tides .

Steve Landsfield had his surfboard with him as he rode the waves off the Esplanade - but Penarth, he says, really isn't a surfing beach

Steve Lancefield  had his surfboard with him as he rode the waves off the Esplanade – but Penarth, he says, really isn’t a surfing beach

Steve Landsfield - ready to tinkle the ivories at Penarth Pier Pavilion - if he can just get that audition. And yes - he'll wear a tuxedo instead of that wet-suit

Steve Lancefield – ready to tinkle the ivories at Penarth Pier Pavilion – if he can just get that audition. And yes – he’ll wear a tuxedo instead of that wet-suit

Amongst the members was  Steve Lancefield  – a professional pianist – who despite suffering from asthmatic attacks from time to time, keeps fit by surfing and swimming.

Reaching Penarth Pier Pavilion is a target in more ways that one for Steve .

Not only does he want to conquer the notorious rip-tide off the beach – but he’s also very much hoping to get an audition with the Penarth Pier Pavilion management to play the piano on the pier and add to the ambience of the famous building with his blend of jazz and easy-listening classics .   (Steve by-the-way also says he’d love to offer his piano-playing services to any venue in Penarth…and provides his own piano) .

"Not waving - but swimming". Chris uses a well-practiced crawl to reach the beach .

“Not waving – but swimming”. Stamina swimmer Chris uses a well-practiced crawl to reach the beach .

Other members of the 20-strong club in the turbulent water off the Esplanade this morning were David, Chris, Anthony and marine biologist Jenny.

There’s no safety boat to go to the aid of any member who might find themselves going backwards against the rip, but these swimmers are tough -(they all participate in ‘ironman’ competitions)  and they’re all perfectly capable of taking care of themselves .

The odd mouthful of salt water goes with the territory when you're a stamina swimmer

The odd mouthful of Bristol Channel goes with the territory when you’re a stamina swimmer like Anthony Bannon

The group of intrepid enthusiasts who usually meet  up at the National Pool in Cardiff  Bay and swim a succession of 50-metre lengths aiming to cover a total of 2,800 metres in an hour.

The high tides and big waves had already hurled plnty of stones and debris onto Penarth Esplanade this morning

The high tides and big waves had already hurled plenty of stones and debris onto Penarth Esplanade this morning

The big waves had thrown plenty of stones and seaweed onto  promenade – but that hadn’t in the least deterred  members of the Penarth Stamina Swimming club from going for a dip in conditions in which many  people might prefer to opt for just lounging on the sofa at home watching the Olympics.

 

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1904 PHOTO FOUND OF THE LAYING OF PENARTH LIBRARY’S FOUNDATION STONE

The vintage photograph of the laying of the foundation stone of Penarth Public Library has been superimposed with the building as it is today. The foundation stone is aligned in the same position.

The vintage photograph of the laying of the foundation stone of Penarth Public Library has been superimposed (by PDN) on the building as it is today with the stone aligned in the same position.

A remarkable photograph of the laying of the foundation stone at Penarth Public Library in 1904 has been unearthed by Penarth’s head librarian Marcus Payne and his staff.   

The original 1904 photo has been re-published to mark “World Photo Day”  and shows the foundation stone-laying ceremony carried out by Samuel Thomas, chairman of Penarth Urban  District Council’s Library Committee, on September 10th 1904

It was clearly a proud day for turn-of-the-century   prosperous bustling Penarth. Everyone who was anyone in the town was there to witness the event.

It was clearly a proud day for turn-of-the-century prosperous bustling Penarth. Everyone who was anyone in the town was there to witness the event – and a few turned around to look at the camera.

It was a time when ladies still wore hats – and men wore, depending on their social rank, top hats, bowlers, avant-gard trilbys or the humble cloth cap. The builder’s scaffolding is all made of wooden poles – not steel tubes – and there isn’t a safety helmet or a high-viz yellow jacket in sight.

Edwardian benefactors built and endowed Penarth's library

Edwardian benefactors built and endowed Penarth’s library

When the foundation stone was laid the ground floor walls of the library had yet to reach window-sill height and the main entrance – opening onto Stanwell Road – had yet to be built. (Today’s side entrance onto Rectory Road is a later addition) .The library was a gift to the people of Penarth – its construction having been funded largely by the Carnegie Trust on land donated by the Earl of Plymouth.

Samuel Thomas was the chairman of Penarth District Council who two years earlier in 1902 had opened Alexandra Gardens on what was to have been the day of the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra (daughter of the King of Denmark) . The coronation was postponed because King Edward had to have an operation for appendicitis – but neverthess there was no postponement of the Alexandra Garens opening.

World Photo Day – is an Australian-inspired celebration of photographywhich is held to “inspire thousands of photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world.”

 

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WEATHER FORCES CANCELLATION OF BALMORAL SUNDAY SAILINGS

MV Balmoral was to have picked up passengers at Penarth tomorrow for a cruise to Ilfracombe and back. It's now been postponed

MV Balmoral was to have picked up passengers at Penarth today for a cruise to Ilfracombe and back. It’s now been postponed

The excursion ship Balmoral has cancelled her scheduled sailings tomorrow (Sunday) because of bad weather in the Bristol Channel,

The ship’s operators had warned of an imending cancellation of Saturday and Sunday sailings yesterday  – and this has been confirmed again today with a message saying “All sailings tomorrow 21st August have been cancelled due to the significant swell in the Bristol Channel.”

Currently Balmoral is in Swansea Docks waiting for the weather conditions to improve .

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SEA-SICK CREW RESCUED IN ROUGH SEAS BY BARRY DOCK LIFEBOAT

The 25 foot long yacht with the sea-sick crew was brought safely into Penarth by the Barry Dock Lifeboat

The 25 foot long yacht with the sea-sick crew was brought safely into Penarth early this morning by the Barry Dock Lifeboat (Photo Penarth Coastguard)

The big Barry Dock lifeboat was called out last night to go the aid of a small yacht in trouble off in rough seas and high winds off  Birnbeck Island near Weston-Super Mare.

The crew were said to have been suffering from debilitating sea-sickness as winds reached gale force and the exact position of the casualty vessel hadn’t been pinpointed .

The  Barry Dock lifeboat’s skipper asked the yacht’s crew  to  broadcast a long message on their marine VHF radio so the lifeboat’s receiver could get an approximate fix on them which could then be cross checked with a return radar echo.

The rescued yacht was tied up at the water-taxi pontoon in Cardiff Bay as the lifeboat crew and coastguard officers completed paperwork formalities.

The rescued yacht was tied up at the water-taxi pontoon in Cardiff Bay as the lifeboat crew and coastguard officers completed paperwork formalities. (Photo Penarth Coastguard)

Sea conditions made it diffcult to take the casualty vessel into any port on the English side of the channel so the big ocean-going lifeboat towed the yacht to Penarth where she was brought through into the calm waters of Cardiff Bay and tied up at the water taxi berth,

Penarth Coastguard officers were in attendance to assist with the medical evacuation of the sick crew-member and de-brief the yacht’s crew .

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CONSIDERATE PENARTH: No. 14

Here the car is barely touching the double yellows and has left as much room as possible for passing traffic - if perhaps not so much for pedestrians.

Here at the junction of Glebe St and Plassey St a car has been carefully parked on the corner – barely touching the double yellows and considerately leaving as much room as possible for passing vehicles  – if, perhaps, a little less for pedestrians on the pavement.

Once drivers are used to parking at an angle in echelon style - with tail-out - it's hard to break the habit when you get to Clive Place.

Once drivers are used to parking at an angle, in echelon style – with tail-out – it’s almost automatic to use that space-saving technique everywhere – even on ordinary roads like Clive Place.

Nothing at all wrong with how this car has been parked - but as Bradenham Place is one way - how did it get here?

Nothing at all wrong with how this Peugeot has been parked – but as Bradenham Place is one way – how did it get here?

Yes, well OK this lorry COULD have parked next to the pavement - but that would have meant taking up valuable car-parking spaces. Much better to unload in the middle of the road - and leave those sacrosanct parking places clear.

Yes, well OK this lorry COULD have parked next to the kerb – but that would have meant taking up valuable car-parking spaces in Penarth town centre. …Much more considerate – therefore – to park-up in the middle of the road, unload deliveries there – and leave those sacrosanct parking places clear.

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