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East Aberthaw's new Community Speed Watch group and South Wales Police

A new Community Speed Watch group is operating in East Aberthaw, following concerns from residents about excessive speeding and dangerous driving.

Community Speed Watch is an initiative from South Wales Police. They have provided the villagers of East Aberthaw with equipment and training in order to carry out speed monitoring operations. Residents are being supported by police officers and community support officers as they gather data on speeding within the village.

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Taking in a floral display

Many recent scientific reports have proven the link of regular walking with benefits to physical and mental health. And the good news is that it doesn't need to 10,000 steps a day, providing it is a routine of more than 20 minutes a day a benefit is experienced. Walking in greenspaces has the greater benefit of fresh air and nature but if this is not possible chatting to a friend or saying "hello" to a passing stranger is equally good.

Valeways recently had a very successful launch walk of our new "Stress Buster Strollers" attracting 16 strollers on 27th July to Romilly Park for a sunny and friendly stroll around the Knap followed by ice cream or a coffee in the local Knap cafes. All enjoyed the experience and many will be back for the exercise and to make new friends. This group meets 10:30 am the last Tuesday of every month by the tennis courts in Romilly Park, Barry.

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Local sports leaders met with MP Alun Cairns last week to discuss plans to rollout defibrillators to sports facilities across the Vale of Glamorgan. The meeting was described by the MP as "a positive step in the right direction" following recent events which have highlighted the need for accessible lifesaving equipment at sports venues.

Defibrillators are devices that restore a normal heartbeat by sending an electric pulse or shock to the heart. The aim of the local campaign is to provide every sporting facility in the Vale with an accessible defibrillator, to improve safety and ensure that tragedy can be averted. According to figures from the leading defibrillator charity Calon Heart, there are around 50 defibs in the Vale but many do not preside over sporting facilities.

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The annual Barry Island Firework Fiesta has been cancelled for a second year in a row.

The organisers said that "due to the ongoing uncertainty of Covid-19 and following discussions between the partners that bring to you the Annual Barry Island Firework Fiesta; Barry Rotary Club, Barry Round Table, Barry Town Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council –

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