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The Beautiful Vale Of Glamorgan


We started the session by asking members;

- What is your favourite place in 'The Vale' and why?

- Have you a favourite bar or restaurant?

- Have you a favourite park or beach?

- How did you end up living in this neck of the woods?

Have members look at the 'Mind The Diff' Cardiff Underground Poster from and identify the nearest station to their home and other points of interest.

Also, ask members to identify the correct film names from this 'Taffywood Library'.

Both of the above pictures are on display in the 'Saint David's 2 Shopping Centre'.


1. Which two passenger craft sail from 'Penarth Pavilion Pier' every summer season?

2. What is the name of the lakes where you can go to feed the ducks in Penarth? (It used to be an old cement quarry and is now a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest')

3. What nickname does Dinas Powis have locally?

4. Which TV comedy series is filmed at Barry Island?

5. What are their character names?

6. Name the 4 beaches at Barry?

7. Barry Island has for the last few years been awarded a 'Blue Flag' for water quality, safety, information and facilities. It has improved so much that locals call it what?

8. Throughout the 60s and 70s, there was a 'Train Graveyard' near Barry Docks. What is there now?

9. Barry presents a super Fireworks Display each year, on or around which date?

(There is also an 'Isle Of Fire' celebration each July!)

10. Which year did 'Butlins' holiday camp on Barry Island close?

11. SONG. 'Mandy', Barry Manilow -

True or False. This song was originally written about a dog named 'Brandy'?

12. What nuclear power station can you see from 'Cold Knap', across the Bristol Channel?

13. What two islands can you see from the 'Captain's Wife' in Sully?

14. True or False. 'Sully Hospital' closed in 2001 partly to stop raw sewage entering the Bristol Channel?

15. After problems with subsidence and having to be re-built in part, the viaduct taking the railway line to the Western Vale opened in 1900. Which park does it cross?

16. Where is the most southerly tip of Wales?

17. What name is given to the Vale Of Glamorgan coastline and coastal path?

18. Where would you find a lighthouse and fog horn in 'The Vale'?

19. What is the name given to the 840 acres sand dunes complex across the river from 'Ogmore By Sea'? (The 'Big Dipper' is the second highest sand dune in Europe at 200 feet high!)

20. Thinking of the 'Big Dipper', what is the name of the 100ft high Ferris wheel in Barry Funfair?

(The 'London Eye' would not allow the word 'Eye' to be used tin its name!)

21. SONG. 'Scarborough Fair', Simon & Garfunkel -

What are the four herbs mentioned in the song?

22. Which 11th century church in Llantwit Major has been called the "Westminster Abbey of Wales", for its unique collection of carved stones and effigies and spectacular medieval wall paintings?

(The Welsh translation of Llantwit Major is Llanilltud Fawr, if that helps!)

23. Which castle in 'The Vale' did the American tycoon William Randolph Hearst own between 1925-1960?

24. Which 1941 movie starring Orson Welles was partly based on his life? 

25. The Prime Minister of the day lunched in 'The Swan Inn' in Llantwit Major on the eve of the Second World War. Who was he? His first name was Neville ...

(Friends of William Randolph Hearst also frequented this pub when staying in his castle, including Charlie Chaplin and Errol Flynn!)

Here's his photo ...

26. Which village in 'The Vale' still as part of it's medieval wall, including a South Gate, still standing?

27. Which beach in 'The Vale' is also known as 'Dunraven Bay'? (There is a castle garden nearby.)

28. 'Dyffryn Gardens' contains a collection of botanical gardens and an arboretum. What is an 'arboretum'?

29. 'Cardiff Wales International Airport', in better times, operates a daily long haul flight to Doah. With which airline?

(What is the last long haul flight members have taken?)

30. SONG. 'Leaving On A Jet Plane', John Denver -

What was his only UK number 1 in 1974

31. Which company has recently started to manufacture high spec cars at 'Saint Athan'?

32. Name this air display team, which flies from 'Cardiff International Airport' to the 'Wales National Airshow' at Swansea Bay each year?

(Do members remember the 'Saint Athan 'At Home' Air Show'?)

33. The oldest pub in Wales, built in 1380, can be found at Aberthaw. What is its name?

34. 'Amelia Farm Trust' has many animals you can feed and pet, including Alpacas. Which part of the world do Alpacas come from?

35. 'The Welsh Hawking Centre' in Barry contains the largest collection of birds of prey in Wales, with over 200 birds on site. Name as many birds of prey as you can? Or, what type of bird is this?

36. Where is Welsh wine produced in the 'Vale Of Glamorgan'?

(Interestingly, they make a wine called 'Cariad', which is the name of our 'Dementia Cafe'!)

37. Which Western Vale seaside town hosts the biggest 'Elvis Convention' each September?

38. SONG. 'Suspicious Minds', Elvis Presley -

Thinking back to the previous photo, what is the name of the funfair in Porthcawl?

39. SONG. 'Danny Boy', Aled Jones -

What was his Christmas hit?

40. SONG. 'I Am What I Am', Shirley Bassey -

What Broadway musical does this song come from?

How old is this 'Girl From Tiger Bay'? 

41. SONG. 'It's Not Unusual', Tom Jones -

Complete these song titles:

- 'What's New - ********'

- 'Green Green Grass Of - ****'

- 'De-*****'

- 'Help - ********'

- 'She's A - ****'

- 'Sex - ****'


1. 'Waverley' & 'Balmoral'

2. 'Cosmeston Country Park'

3. "Dinky Poo"

4. 'Gavin And Stacey'

5. Gavin, Stacey, Smithy & Nessa

6. 'Whitmore Bay', 'Jackson Bay', 'Watchtower Bay' & 'Cold Knap'

7. "Barrybados"

8. A housing estate, an 'Asda' and a new link road

9. 5th November 

10. 1996

11. True

12. 'Hinkley Point'

13. 'Flat Holm' & 'Steep Holm'

14. True

15. 'Porthkerry Country Park'

16. 'Rhoose Point'

17. 'Vale Of Glamorgan Heritage Coast'

18. 'Nash Point'

19. 'Merthyr Mawr Warren'

20. 'The Barry High'

(The 'London Eye' would not allow the word 'Eye' to be used tin its name!)

21. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

22. 'St Illtud's Church'

23. 'St Donat's Castle'

24. 'Citizen Kane'

25. Neville Chamberlain

26. 'Cowbridge'

27. 'Southerdown'

28. "A place where trees or woody shrubs are cultivated for their scientific or educational interest."

29. 'Qatar Airways'

30. 'Annie's Song'

31. 'Aston Martin'

32. 'The Red Arrows'

33. 'The Blue Anchor'

34. South America

(Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of Southern Peru, Western Bolivia, Ecuador and Northern Chile at an altitude of 11,000 to 16,000 feet above sea level.)

35. Eagles, owls, hawks, falcons and buzzards - OWL

36. 'Llanerch Vineyard'

37. 'Porthcawl'

38. 'Coney Park'

39. 'Walking In The Air'

40. 'La Cage Aux Folles'

84 (Born 8th January 1937)

41. - 'What's New - PUSSYCAT'

- 'Green Green Grass Of - HOME'

- 'De-LILAH'

- 'Help - YOURSELF'

- 'She's A - LADY'

- 'Sex - BOMB'


Make some 'Glamorgan sausages'.


For the sausages

  • 25g/1oz butter

  • 115g/4oz leeks, trimmed, finely sliced (prepared weight)

  • 175g/6oz fresh white breadcrumbs

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme

  • 150g/5oz Caerphilly cheese or Welsh cheddar, finely grated

  • 2 free-range eggs, separated

  • 1 tsp English mustard

  • ½ tsp flaked sea salt

  • 5 tbsp sunflower oil

  • freshly ground black pepper

For the red onion and chilli relish

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil

  • 2 medium red onions, finely sliced

  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 75g/2½oz light brown muscovado sugar

  • 5 tbsp white wine vinegar


  1. For the sausages, melt the butter in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the leek gently for 8-10minutes, or until very soft but not coloured.

  2. Put 100g/3½oz of the breadcrumbs, the parsley, thyme and cheese in a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Beat the egg yolks with the mustard, salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper in a separate bowl.

  3. Remove the frying pan from the heat and tip the leeks into the bowl with the breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolks and mix together well with a large wooden spoon until well combined. Divide the leek mixture into eight portions and roll into sausage shapes. Place the sausages onto a tray lined with clingfilm.

  4. Whisk the egg whites lightly in a bowl with a large metal whisk until just frothy. Sprinkle 40g/1½oz breadcrumbs over a large plate. Dip the sausages one at a time into the beaten egg and roll in the breadcrumbs until evenly coated, then place on the baking tray. Chill the sausages in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, for the relish, heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan and fry the onions for 20 minutes, or until very soft and just beginning to colour. Add the chilli and garlic to the pan and cook for a further five minutes, stirring regularly.

  6. Sprinkle with the sugar and pour over the vinegar. Bring to a simmer and cook for five further minutes, or until the liquid is well reduced and the relish becomes thick and glossy. Remove from the heat, set aside to cool for a few minutes then tip into a serving dish.

  7. Heat the oil into a large non-stick frying pan and fry the sausages over a medium heat for 10-12 minutes, turning regularly until golden-brown and crisp. Serve the sausages with a good spoonful of chilli and onion relish and some thinly sliced runner beans.


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