Mayor of Llantwit Major
A Year in the Life of the Town Mayor at Llantwit Major. Every year each Council Choose their Mayor to Hold office for One year.
- Name: The Mayor of Llantwit Major
- Location: Llantwit Major, Wales, United Kingdom
I live in Llantwit Major with my two Children Jessica aged 11 years and Laura aged 10 years, I am President of the Twining Organstion. Chairman of Planing, Chairman of Youth Forum, Chairman of School Gardens Commitee, Chairman of the Citzens Awards, Chairman of the Stillbirth and Childrens memorial Garden, Vice Chairman of S.M.I.L.E, Trustee of Crossroads in the Vale.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Music in the Vale Young Musicians Gala Concert
This annual event gives singers and instrumentalists form the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding areas the opportunity to perform with professional accompanists before expert adjudicators and a live audience, their aim is to encourage young talent and the experience they will gain from performing that will help them achieve their ambitions, the night was compered by Margaret Hemmings OBE and Gareth Howe with the Adjudicators Aun Guy, Euros Rhys Evans, Robin Stowell and Martin Ronchetti.
The age groups for the cometitions have been carefully chosen to reflect the differing rates of muturity and voice changes at this period in their lives: Singers - Junior 10-13, Intermediate 14-17, Senior 18-22: Instrumentalists - Junior 10-12, Intermediate 13-15, Senior 16-20
The day starts with a series of auditions for all entrants, and in the event that too many entries are recieved for the day's timetable, entry is granted on a first come first served basis. The adjudicators have the difficult task of selecting four finalists from each category from the wealth of talent perforning throughout each day, Their decisions are based on the total performances-choice of programme, Musician and performance skills.
Concerts take the same format as the auditions when the 12 finalist return in the evenign to perform in the Gala Concert in fornt of an audience of their Familes,invited guests and the general public, the adjudicators will make further assessment of the performances and will select a winer and runner up in each category.
All performances were excepantional, and I was very pleased to see a young man form Llantwit Major get to the finals Ben Tarlton playing the cello. Playing
Glgne form 2nd sdo suite (Bach), Prayer form Jewish Life (block) and Allegro Appasianato (Saint Saens). Ben came runner -up in his category.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Womens Aid AGM
What is domestic violence?
In Women’s Aid’s view domestic violence is physical, sexual, psychological or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. This can include forced marriage and so-called ‘honour crimes’. Domestic violence may, and often does, include a range of abusive behaviours, not all of which are, in themselves, inherently "violent". Crime statistics and research both show that domestic violence is gender specific (i.e. most commonly experienced by women and perpetrated by men) and that any woman can experience domestic violence regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability or lifestyle. Domestic violence is repetitive, life-threatening, and can destroy the lives of women and children.
The Government defines domestic violence as "Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality." This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called 'honour killings' Domestic violence can also take place in lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender relationships, and can involve other family members, including children.
Domestic violence is very common. Research shows that it can affect one in four women in their lifetimes, regardless of age, social class, race, disability or lifestyle.
All forms of domestic violence – psychological, economic, emotional and physical – come from the abuser’s desire for power and control over other family members or intimate partners.
Although every situation is unique, there are common factors that link the experience of an abusive relationship. Acknowledging these factors is an important step in preventing and stopping the abuse.
Domestic violence is very common with 1 in 4 women experiencing it in their lifetime and between 1 in 8 to 1 in 10 women experiencing it annually. Though less than half of all incidents are ever reported the Police, the Police still receive one call about domestic violence for every minute in the UK.
An analysis of 10 separate domestic violence prevalence studies found consistent findings: 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence over their lifetimes and between 6-10% of women suffer domestic violence in a given year (Council of Europe, 2002).
British Crime Survey found that there were an estimated 12.9 million incidents of domestic violence acts (that constituted non-sexual threats or force) against women and 2.5 million against men in England and Wales in the year preceding interview (Walby & Allen, 2004).
Nearly 1 in 5 counselling sessions held in Relate Centres in England on 28 September 2000 mentioned domestic violence as an issue in the marriage (Stanko, 2000).
Every minute in the UK, the Police receive a call from the public for assistance for domestic violence. This leads to police receiving an estimated 1,300 calls each day or over 570,000 each year. (Stanko, 2000). However, according to the British Crime Survey, only 40.2% of actual domestic violence crime is reported to the Police (Dodd et al, July 2004).
Opening of the Family Center Llantwit Major
My Mayors Ball in Aid of Young People
The night was a great Success and raised over £800.. Guest enjoyed a five Course meal while the Harpist Played in the Background, Followed by the Victorian Jazz Band that gave a great performance, which followed by a DDisco the event was well attended by Local ddignitariesand oorganisations
Credit must be Give to the Staff at the town hall for making all the aarrangementsand also to Joyce the Mess MManagerfor making the night perfect.
Vale of Glamorgan Mayor Charity Dinner Inroads
Mission Statement: "Inroads Street Drugs Project is a community based needs led agency.It seeks to enable drug users, and those affected by drug use to make informed, positive life choices. This is achieved through the creation and maintenance of therapeutic relationships, the development of realistic goals, and the adoption of safer practices."
Inroads can be contacted at
RAF St Athan Voluntary Band Annuel Concert
What a wonderful night. The Band which is Conducted Alan Bourne, along with the Choir gave a Great peformance and certainly rasied the roof.
You can certainly see why Wales is known as the Land of Song .
Royal Visit Princess Anne
We Are the Champions
Before the finals, more than 1,100 children had taken part in five heats, which were held at Penarth and Barry Leisure Centres, as well as RAF St Athan.
The Winners of this Years Event was St Davids School.
Monday, November 13, 2006
AGM of the Llantwit Major Town Twining
Cllr Russell Downe Mayor of Llantwit Major, President.
Diane Smith Chairperson
Leslie Beckwith Vice-Chairman
Helen Sharp Secretary
Jack Sharp Treasurer
Barbara Hodges Minute Secretary
Ann Matthews Town Council Representative
Dave Lane " " "
Mike Smith Press Officer
History of the Twining
In Spring 1981 a request was received by the Llantwit Major Town Council to consider twinning with the Breton town of Le Pouliguen. Le Pouliguen was already twinned with a German town, Kisslegg im Allgau but they were anxious to find a British town to revive the ancient Celtic ties of centuries ago. Llantwit with it's Celtic connections dating back to St Illtyd seemed an ideal choice.
Lengthy discussions took place in Llantwit and in summer 1981each town sent small delegations to visit each other led by their respective Mayors. In the autumn the newly formed steering committee of the Llantwit Major Town Twinning Association, together with the Franco-British Twinning Committee started planning the inaugural twinning visits and official signing of the twinning charter.
57 people took part in the initial visit, including the Mayor and councillors, representatives of local organisations and pupils from the Comprehensive School. A warm welcome awaited, followed by 5 memorable days during which the first of the two identical charters was signed in Le Pouliguen on Sunday 4th April 1982. Shortly after the return home of the Llantwit party, 75 Bretons arrived and on Monday 12th April 1982 the second of the charters was signed.
The charters, historic documents drawn up by both committees and beautifully made by a craftsman in Nantes are inscribed in four languages, English, French, Welsh and Breton. The charters were signed by the two Mayors, Cllr Don Hardie and Dr Felix Monville and the Clerk to Llantwit Major Council, Mr Eddie Lloyd and Mme Dannielle Touzalin, Vice President of the Le Pouliguen Twinning Committee.
In an exchange of gifts Llantwit Major presented Le Pouliguen with a brass miner's lamp with a lump of coal mounted on a wooden plaque. Le Pouliguen presented Llantwit with a model of a Breton lobster boat.
On 22nd October 1982 the first AGM of the association was held and the first committee proper was elected. Since then alternate biennial visits have taken place with special celebrations for the 10th and 20th anniversaries. Exchanges and visits have included Llanilltud Fawr Comprehensive School, Life Guards, Choirs, Sporting Clubs, and many private visits. There have been many memorable occasions including the Llantwit coach breaking down en route to Le Pouliguen and the Le Pouliguen coach being stolen by a joy rider in Llantwit! Visits to castles, zoos, salt marshes, the Millennium Stadium, the Airbus factory ,boat trips, picnics, shopping and even to a water purification plant!
The association has a thriving social and fund raising programme, which has included dances, wine tastings, Bastille day celebrations, participation in the Victorian Fair Day and Flower Festival, Jumble Sales, Coffee Mornings, Quizzes and many other events. The association goes on from strength to strength and is always anxious to welcome new members.