Tiny Tots Yoga
Have fun with your toddler – active class that is toddler led. Encourages your toddler to move around! Yoga story, songs and parachute included. Session followed by playtime, tea/coffee, and bubbles.
Suitable from 9-10 months old to pre-school. Booking essential. Limited spaces.
Contact: Michelle Lewis – 07861 873588
The 3rdCowbridge Brownies meet on Monday nights in Ystradowen Village Hall 6-7.30pm. The pack consists of twenty-four, seven to ten year olds. We have enjoyed a variety of activities, all aimed at encouraging team work, good self-esteem, a sense of community, support for your friends, and belief in yourself to achieve beyond expectations.
Girl Guiding is available to all girls and young women aged 5-25, for more information please see www.girlguiding.org.uk
For more information, please contact Brown Owl a.k.a. Sarah Penketh (07717718410).
Are you 50+ with some spare time to socialise with like-minded people? The Rendezvous Club meets on the 1stTuesday of each month for lunch (various venues), also occasional theatre trips and events in the village (e.g. guest speakers, quizzes etc). If you are interesting in joining us, please contact the Secretary, Paddy Kelly – 775377.
Women’s Institute (WI)
We are a friendly club of 30+ members who meet on the 1stWednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the village hall. We have guest speakers, walks, coffee mornings and a range of other activities – definitely NOT ‘Jam and Jerusalem!’ We would be delighted to welcome you to our fold. Please contact the Bab Richards (Secretary – 775256) or Jan Foyle (President – 774362).
The sewing group Cutting Edge Textiles meets in the village hall on the second Tuesday of each month 10.00 til 3.00pm. For more information, contact Monica Dennis on07811 159 800 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glamorgan Quilters also meet in the hall on the second Saturday of each month 10.00 till 3.00pm. Please contact Corinne Roberts on 01446 772930 or email email@example.com
Note: there is a waiting list to join these groups but you can come as a visitor for £5.00. Both groups have blogs if you want to see what we get up to!
With Music in Mind
With Music in Mind is a community interest company that runs singing and social groups for people over the age of 50. We have been running in Cowbridge since September 2015 on a Friday morning in the Duke of Wellington pub (10:30 – 12:30). We start each session with an hour of group singing led by a musical director, followed by a cup of tea / coffee and refreshments and then we have a social activity. These include talks from outside speakers, quizzes, mini performances, hand massage or simply just chatting and catching up with each other.
Benefits of attending include increased confidence, reduced loneliness/social isolation, improved wellbeing and reduced stress. The cost is £4 per session to attend (first session is free) and this covers the singing, refreshments and social activity. Our existing members tell us that they love coming for the singing and variety of songs, and for the relaxed, no-pressure atmosphere. Anyone over the age of 50 is welcome to come and sing with us (you don’t need singing experience or even to be able to sing – we’re not a choir!) We occasionally go out and perform for others, such as care homes / other social groups / conferences but there is no pressure to do this if you just want to come along on Friday mornings! For more information, please contact Sarah Miles (07500 776295), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It would hard to miss the well-kept lay-by behind the bus stop and telephone box at the centre of the village. From 2001-20, the village of Ystradowen entered and won the Best Kept Village in the Vale of Glamorgan competition no less than FIVE times, coming second and third in other years. In 2004, the village won the Community Award in the Calor Gas National Competition. The prize money has allowed the gardening team to continue to upkeep the lovely gardens and plants pots at the centre of the village.
To keep Ystradowen looking pretty and pristine, the Gardening Clubare keen to recruit new members. No gardening experience necessary – just enthusiasm – and some gardening gloves and a green recycling bad if you have one free. So if you enjoy the outdoors, and want to de-stress after a busy week as well as meet some friendly faces, come along to on the first Saturday in the month from March to October at 10.30am(weather permitting) for about one and a half hours. For more information, please contact Rose Ives (774809) or Mavis Burnham (774808).
Cowbridge Flower Arranging Club
Ever wondered how to turn a bouquet of supermarket flowers into a spectacular floral display to wow visitors to your home, or the local congregation? Why not join the Cowbridge Flower Arranging Club? The Club, which celebrates its 40thanniversary this year, meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Cowbridge Town Hall (Lesser Hall) at 7.30pm. At each meeting, a top qualified florist gives a demonstration which is then raffled off at the end of the evening. So you may be lucky enough to go home at the end of the evening with a professional display for your home.
Why not come along and give it a try? The meetings are not just for the ladies: everyone is welcome! You can pay an annual membership or just pay as you go. If you require more information, please contact Pauline Collins (01443 524051) or Barbara Gray (01446 774333).
Bordervale Plants, Nant y deri, Sandy Lane
We are very fortunate in Ystradowen to have so many gifted gardeners including our own nursery complete with award-winning owner, Claire Jenkins, who is always available to give some trusted advice or new ideas for your garden. The owner of the plant nursery, Bordervale Plants, Claire, has had a life-long love of horticulture and country life. Having won medals at the Royal Horticultural Society Shows in Cardiff for exhibits of unusual perennials, trees and shrubs, she has been on local TV, on gardening panels and an extra mural lecturer for Rhondda Cynon Taff. Claire is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. Claire’s nursery, Bordervale Plants has supplied gardens in Wales, Europe and even the Moscow Botanic Garden! The garden at Nant y deri is a couple of acres and has developed over the years and showcases a lot of the plants available at the Nursery in their natural setting.
So now that spring has arrived, why not celebrate with a trip to Bordervale Plants to see what is on offer.
Bordervale Plants Opening Times
Garden Opening Times:
Mid-May to end September (small fee)
Also open for the National Garden Scheme
Please see website: www.bordervale.co.uk/www.icehaus.co.uk
Tel. 01446 774036
Tidy Plots Allotments
Just past the Highgrove estate, on the opposite side of Sandy Lane, you may have spotted a series of allotments. This is Tidy Plots Allotments, an initiative started by Alun and Norman Jenkins.
The allotment site has good soil, on-site water supply, and is close to the road and village. All plots can be pre-tilled if required and a large supply of farmyard manure is available. So all you need for enjoying the country experience. If you fancy taking on the challenge of an allotment, growing your own fruit, vegetables or flowers, and wish to savour the wonderful outdoors our village has to offer, do get in touch with Norman Jenkins on 01446 774036, Email: email@example.com or pop in to Bordervale Plants for further information.
Anyone for judo, yoga or tennis?
Cowbridge Judo Club meet at Ystradowen Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm. Open to all ages range 5-70 (or older). For more information, contact Steve Cooper (07549 100403) or firstname.lastname@example.org
A yoga class is held at the village hall every Monday evening from 8-9.15pm. Contact Rosalind for more details (01446 623595).
Cowbridge Tennis Club is a friendly, family-oriented tennis club located next to Cowbridge Leisure Centre which is always looking for new members of all ages and abilities. The Club recently celebrated the opening of its newly-laid courts and new floodlighting with a tournament with over 50 players participating. So whether you are 8 or 80, why not reach for those tennis shoes and dust down that racket? There are men’s, ladies, and youth teams, coaching for all abilities in the daytime and evenings, and social events. For more information, please contact resident coach, Ian Duggan, on 07919816609.