We are half way through an epic summer of sport after Wales’ success at the Euros and with the Olympics on the horizon. And now the summer holidays are here! This issue continues our celebratory summer theme and is packed full of ideas to inspire you to make the most of the holidays – and hopefully the sunshine!
There is something for everyone in this issue. It is always a challenge to create a magazine with the community at its heart, which appeals to a wide ranging demographic, but we think we have achieved that.
Our celebrity interview features the legendary Jimmy Osmond. We spoke to him recently from his home in Utah. He’s coming to Cardiff in the autumn – find out why he’s excited to visit on page 10. If you’re a fan, we have teamed up with his promoters to offer a lucky reader a pair of tickets for his show in October. Someone has to win so give it a go!
Children and families are hugely important to our community and we are developing our family friendly features more and more. Our children’s section features all the latest news from the Bishop of Llandaff High School, ideas on where to take the kids over the holidays – as judged by the leading authority – the children themselves! For the inevitable days when we have a downpour, you can find some creative ideas on what to do with the children on page 18. Continuing the creative theme, on page 24 you’ll find some great ideas for hosting your own garden party, where you can display and use your creations to wow your guests. Treat your guests to a sumptuous cocktail and sorbet – we have some wonderful recipes on page 44.
To mention Wales football again (we think we are justified given that Gareth Bale is from Whitchurch) we feature the story of another Welsh footballing hero on page 22. John Charles is regarded as one of the world’s best and is also very much linked to our area.
If you fancy a man (or woman!) cave in your garden but are stumped for ideas, take a look on page 28 at some of the entrants who have put themselves forward for the Shed of the Year competition. The Cardiff-based competition now has coverage on Channel 4.
Make the most of the warm weather and get on your bike to explore the Taff Trail this summer. We have produced a guide on all the places along the way.
Finally, we spoke to two local men-one actor hoping to make it big in Hollywood, and one local hero who has devoted his life to charity and to making people smile. Read their stories on pages 42 and 46.
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