Welcome to your first Rhiwbina Living of 2017.
Since our last issue, we’ve been delighted to hear that Rhiwbina Living has been shortlisted for a prestigious Wales Media Award. The awards are a celebration of the finest Welsh media in the country and we are absolutely thrilled to be among the finalists!
It is lovely to see all the flowers finally blooming around our village, signalling the arrival of Spring and sunnier days. We wanted this issue to really reflect the joy of Spring, and so we have put together an issue that showcases the season and presents a great mix of interviews, news features and stories.
Rhiwbina Living has always been about celebrating our community and the people within it, and this issue we’ve met with some wonderfully talented residents.
First up is artist and illustrator Eric Heyman. A former firefighter, Eric talks about his life and his art. We also feature Edward Hellewell, who is a double-bassist in the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra. He reflects on over 60 years of playing the largest stringed instrument in the modern orchestra.
Talent and empathy seem to be characteristics of many of our residents. In a new series, we speak to some of our remarkable Rhiwbina residents who have been recipients of Queen’s Honours Awards. Their stories are inspiring and humbling.
As another year’s Six Nations has drawn to a conclusion, we interviewed rugby pundit Phil Steele who has recently published his autobiography. He talked to us exclusively about his life and his career.
Spring is traditionally a time of renewal and regeneration, so we’ve put together a few ideas from our local advertisers to help you breathe fresh life into your home and to spruce up your home for Spring!
If you’re looking to brighten up your home with some homemade pieces, head to our crafts feature, which will also be ideal for occupying the children over the Easter holidays.
Now is the time when gardens start to burst into a cacophony of colour. Local gardener Kevin Revell highlights all his seasonal tips for helping your garden to flourish.
To get out and enjoy that wonderful Spring air, we’ve got a great walk through Nant Fawr Woods to help you blow away those winter cobwebs.
For our history feature, we tell the story of the Battle of St Fagans. The clash was one of the biggest and deadliest battles ever to have been fought in Wales.
Finally, we’ve got two great competitions for you this issue. If you fancy winning a delicious meal for two and a bottle of wine, or a luxurious full body aromatherapy massage, head to our competitions page to enter.
As ever, we encourage you to please support our advertisers where and when you can. Local trade is at the heart of our community and without it, our village would not be the same.
See you in the summer!