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THE TASTE OF SOUTH AMERICA
ARRIVES IN NEWPORT
Bringing food to life in Newport city centre
is the latest dining offering the rather
tasty Los Amigos.
Offering a real taste of the Amercias, Los
Amigos will throw its doors open later
this month and will serve an incredible
selection of South American and Tex Mex
food.
The menu is incredible. Filled with dishes
such as pulled pork and ribs, Los Amigos
will also have a regularly changing
specials board that will feature dishes
from the wider south American region.
Expect to see something youve never
tried before each time you visit.
The opening weekend is all set for January
17th. Two nights of entertainment and food
will introduce this new restaurant to the
city, offering a real choice for diners who
are out for a night of good food in a great
atmosphere.
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday
evenings from 7pm, Los Amigos will
become a cocktail bar post-10.30pm.
Playing a selection of Latin music, as
well as 60s, 70s and 80s, Los Amigos has
plenty of free parking and a fantastic
beer garden, which is perfect for the long
summer months.
Why not make
your reservation
for the opening
weekend and
be part of
the launch of
Newports most
exciting new
venue?
Call 01633
267665 or keep
an eye on the Los Amigos Facebook
page for more information?
Youll nd Los Amigos tucked away on
Stow Hill. The entrance is opposite the old
Zanzibar, through the arch.
LOS
AMIGOS
33a Stow Hill
Newport
NP20 1JH
01633
267665
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THE TASTE OF SOUTH AMERICA
ARRIVES IN NEWPORT
Bringing food to life in Newport city centre
is the latest dining offering the rather
tasty Los Amigos.
Offering a real taste of the Amercias, Los
Amigos will throw its doors open later
this month and will serve an incredible
selection of South American and Tex Mex
food.
The menu is incredible. Filled with dishes
such as pulled pork and ribs, Los Amigos
will also have a regularly changing
specials board that will feature dishes
from the wider south American region.
Expect to see something youve never
tried before each time you visit.
The opening weekend is all set for January
17th. Two nights of entertainment and food
will introduce this new restaurant to the
city, offering a real choice for diners who
are out for a night of good food in a great
atmosphere.
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday
evenings from 7pm, Los Amigos will
become a cocktail bar post-10.30pm.
Playing a selection of Latin music, as
well as 60s, 70s and 80s, Los Amigos has
plenty of free parking and a fantastic
beer garden, which is perfect for the long
summer months.
Why not make
your reservation
for the opening
weekend and
be part of
the launch of
Newports most
exciting new
venue?
Call 01633
267665 or keep
an eye on the Los Amigos Facebook
page for more information?
Youll nd Los Amigos tucked away on
Stow Hill. The entrance is opposite the old
Zanzibar, through the arch.
LOS
AMIGOS
33a Stow Hill
Newport
NP20 1JH
01633
267665
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N
ewhaus, a striking development
in Newports Old Town Docks,
is offering buyers the opportunity to
move in for 2014 with a selection of
one and two bedroom apartments
ready for occupation.
With prices starting from 79,950,
selling agents Savills believes
that the Westmark scheme of 64
apartments has wide appeal both for
investment and for owner occupiers
who live and work in Newport, or
who want to commute further aeld
to Cardiff or Bristol.
Lisa Howell of Savills, who is
marketing the development jointly
with Nuttal Parker, comments:
With balconies to all apartments,
generous public spaces and plenty
of parking, Newhaus a great deal
to offer.
The city has always had an
excellent location, surrounded by
dramatic Welsh countryside and still
close to the coast line and unspoilt
beaches. Anecdotally, we have
found that an increasing number of
buyers who have been priced out
of the market in the larger urban
centres, are buying in Newport
because it is seen as an ideal
commuting location and excellent
value for money.
Newhaus is just a ve minute
stroll from the city centre and has
excellent transport links. The train
station, which offers a 90 minute
rail commute to London, is just a 10
minute walk away. The M4 is a 10
minute drive away.
The sales ofce is open
from 11am to 4.30pm from
Thursday to Monday. Please
call Angie on 01633 214 087
to arrange an appointment
or for further information
call Lisa Howells at Savills on
02920 368 931.
Make Newhaus your
new home for 2014
This new year discover
N
ewhaus, a striking development
in Newports Old Town Docks,
is offering buyers the opportunity to
move in for 2014 with a selection of
one and two bedroom apartments
ready for occupation.
With prices starting from 79,950,
selling agents Savills believes
that the Westmark scheme of 64
apartments has wide appeal both for
investment and for owner occupiers
who live and work in Newport, or
who want to commute further aeld
to Cardiff or Bristol.
Lisa Howell of Savills, who is
marketing the development jointly
with Nuttal Parker, comments:
With balconies to all apartments,
generous public spaces and plenty
of parking, Newhaus a great deal
to offer.
The city has always had an
excellent location, surrounded by
dramatic Welsh countryside and still
close to the coast line and unspoilt
beaches. Anecdotally, we have
found that an increasing number of
buyers who have been priced out
of the market in the larger urban
centres, are buying in Newport
because it is seen as an ideal
commuting location and excellent
value for money.
Newhaus is just a ve minute
stroll from the city centre and has
excellent transport links. The train
station, which offers a 90 minute
rail commute to London, is just a 10
minute walk away. The M4 is a 10
minute drive away.
The sales ofce is open
from 11am to 4.30pm from
Thursday to Monday. Please
call Angie on 01633 214 087
to arrange an appointment
or for further information
call Lisa Howells at Savills on
02920 368 931.
Make Newhaus your
new home for 2014
This new year discover
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January
2014
hy, hello! And welcome to
2014 a brand new year. We
do hope that you had a lovely
Christmas. We did, and now were back,
refreshed and ready to go!
This months Voice is our annual wedding
special. Its the last chance for you 2014
brides and grooms to enter our 1,000
wedding giveaway if youre getting
married this year, be sure to check it out!
As well as plenty of wedding
wonderfulness, weve also caught up with
the 2013 V Award winners to nd out about
their 2014 plans, taken a look at home
trends for this year and weve also got the
lowdown on this years predicted tness
trends.
All that, plus our usual sections and
features makes for a mighty ne edition of
Voice to kick off the year our 11th year, to
be precise.
See you in February for lots more lovely
things.
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JANUARY 2014
CHRIS EVANS EMMA CORTEN LYNNE CAMPBELL MIKE WILLIAMS
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Fitness fun
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Win 1000!
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Feel fab in 2014
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... and family days out
If you would like to enter
any of the competitions
please send your answer
or entry to:
You can enter via email to
voice@wearevoice.co.uk
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Media Group.
Please note, the closing date
for competitions featured in this
edition of Voice is the15th of
this month, see front of mag for
month, 2013, unless otherwise
stated. Our T&Cs apply and you
can nd them in full online at
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Meet The
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his months Big Thing is
undoubtedly our fabulous
wedding section, which has
everything from wedding fairs
and owers to a massive 1,000
thats up for grabs to one lucky
couple getting married in 2014.
So, whether youre going for
a full-on lavish affair for your
big day, or something low-key
and intimate, this months Voice
wedding section has just what
you need.
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The Big
Picture
Words by Emma Corten and
image by Michael Williams
Zumba
Rumba
This months Big Picture is of the
lovely and perpetually cheery Laura
Davies.
Laura is well-known and
loved right across Newport and
Monmouthshire for her high-energy,
high-fun Zumba and Bokwa classes,
which are the perfect way to get t
and have fun this new year.
A multi-V Award winner, we asked
Laura for her top tips to get t.
She said: Its simple nd an
exercise that you enjoy and you will
stick to a regular tness regime. That
way youre more likely to get good
results.
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THE 2013 V AWARDS WERE THE BIGGEST AND THE BEST YET
AND THATS ALL THANKS TO YOU LOVELY VOICE READERS.
WITH MORE VOTES COUNTED THAN EVER BEFORE, WE ALSO HAD MORE
WINNERS THAN EVER BEFORE THANKS TO THE ADDITIONAL OF A FEW NEW
CATEGORIES.
SO TO KICK THE NEW YEAR OFF ON A POSITIVE NOTE, WE THOUGHT
WED CATCH UP WITH SOME OF THE 2013 V AWARD WINNERS TO FIND OUT
WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO BE A WINNER AND WHAT THEIR PLANS ARE FOR 2014.
WHY NOT READ ON? THERE ARE 22 PAGES OF WINNERS HERE.
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THE LAMB
CITY/TOWN CENTRE PUB OF THE YEAR
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on Thomas and his team at The Lamb
have had a fantastic rst year, and to
top it off, took home the V Award for
City/Town Centre Pub of the Year.
Owner Jon told Voice: Im
very proud of my team since the
renovations early last year theyve put a
lot of hard work into making The Lamb
one of the best pubs in Newport
To be voted town centre pub of the
year is a testament to their hard work,
especially when the votes are from the
general public.
Id personally like to thank
everyone who voted for The Lamb to
win a V Award and also congratulate
all of my staff for their hard work and
determination into making The Lamb
such a fantastic place.
The response to our food at The
Lamb has been fantastic too.
People have been going mad for
our homemade pies.
Another big seller on our main
course menu is our faggots, mash and
peas.
Food is served daily from 8am, and
there are lots of delicious meals on the
menu to tempt you, including the classic
bacon sandwich with complimentary
coffee for 3, or any of the delicious
main meals which are all priced at
4.95 each.
Not only does The Lamb serve
great food, it also has an excellent
choice of drinks from its well-stocked bar,
including local real ales, lagers, spirits
and wines.
Theres also great live sport shown
daily, including the Rugby Six Nations.
You can enjoy all the latest matches
with a great tasting pub meal and a
cool pint of your favourite tipple.
The weekly quiz starts from 7.30pm
every Wednesday night and its free
entry with a free buffet.
Then on Friday from 9pm onwards
there is a wide variety of bands,
musicians and entertainers playing live
music each and every week.
The award-winning Lamb is
located at 6 Bridge Street,
Newport, Gwent, NP20 4AL.
Pop in this January and enjoy
a real ale or tasty bite eat.
You can also keep up to date
with whats happening at The
Lamb by joining its Facebook
page and following it on
Twitter.
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he rst recipient of a low-interest loan from
Newport City Council was awarded his cheque
at the ofcial launch of two new business support
programmes in late last year.
Gary Howells of Pay 123 Ltd is the rst business
in the city to successfully apply for, and be awarded,
a loan. Pay 123 will benet from a 1,000 business
loan from the council which will contribute towards
the purchase of IT equipment, ofce equipment and a
custom designed website.
He has also been awarded a Newport City
Council UK Steel Enterprise start up grant of 500
towards the companys rst years rent of premises.
Gary Howells is an experienced businessman
having run his own haulage business. More recently,
he has worked in his daughters business, PLS Solutions
(now part of Solsbury Solutions), which provides
recruitment, training, HR services and equipment
supplies to haulage contractors.
Speaking about his new business he said: PLS
was experiencing considerable demand for PAYE
support services but because no business in Wales
offered this service specically for the haulage
industry, PLS had to outsource the work to a company
in the south east of England.
Seeing an opportunity I decided to set up my
own business providing the service from Newport.
Pay 123 Ltd, offers a web-based service, which aims
to be simple to use for contractors.
Having nancial assistance from the council will
help me establish and grow the business.
The citys Mayor, Councillor Cliff Suller, ofcially
launched the councils new business grants and low
interest business loans at an event in Malpas Court.
Loans of up to 10,000 are available to business
that have been established in the city for more than 12
months while loans of up to 1,000 are available to
pre start ups and new businesses under 12 months.
The council is also able to offer business grants
thanks to a partnership with UK Steel Enterprise
(UKSE). The funding from Tata subsidiary UKSE, can
be used as grants for start-up businesses and existing
businesses under 12 months old.
Andrew Morris, UKSE area manager in Wales,
said: UK Steel Enterprise is pleased to be supporting
Newport City Council in its work with new and young
businesses, bringing employment and prosperity to
the area. We look forward to working with both
the council and businesses to help the economic
regeneration of the city.
Councillor John Richards, cabinet member for
regeneration and development, said: I am delighted
that we have been able to introduce low-interest
loans for both established and new businesses in the
city and that thanks to our partnership with UK Steel
Enterprise we can give grant support to new ventures
or give a helping hand to edgling companies.
The council is doing what it can to help
businesses but we are also in a difcult nancial
climate so we are grateful to UKSE for their support in
this important area. Successful companies do not just
benet those who run them and their employees but
also the wider local economy.
To nd out more about the grants,
including eligibility, or other business
support visit www,newport.gov.
uk/business, email business.services@
newport.gov.uk or phone 01633 656656.
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COUNCIL TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS GROW
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BROUGHT TO YOU IN ASSOCIATION WITH
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f your special day is in the planning
stage and youre still looking for
that dream gown, why not head to
Charlotte Alexander in Cwmbran
and browse the fabulous range of
dresses.
Having picked up yet another
V in 2013, if youre getting married
in 2014 and are still looking for that
perfect dress, you can rest assured
that Cheril and her team will work
with you to nd your perfect dress
and the accessories you need to feel
like a princess on your big day.
With a vast selection of gowns in
store from the likes of Amanda Wyatt
and Kathy Ireland in sizes six to 32,
Charlotte Alexander also stocks a
vast range of veils, tiaras, shoes and
bridal accessories.
Why not book an appointment
with Charlotte Alexander for your
wedding gown?
Call 01633 489329
for information or an
appointment.
CHARLOTTE ALEXANDER
WEDDING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
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icked away on Malpas Road is
one of the citys crowing glories.
Hairs and Graces has been
styling the tresses of Newports
ladies and gents for almost 15
years now and at the helm of the
salon has been owner, and now V
Award winner, Sue Wakeham.
Barbara Elliot, whos been a
client of Sues for more than 14
years, told Voice why she keeps
coming back.
She said: The atmosphere in
the salon is always lovely, when
you walk through the doors youre
always welcomed by a smile and
a friendly hello.
Sue is excellent at what she
does sometimes she knows
exactly what I want before Ive
even opened my mouth.
I have a lot of faith and trust in
her, as I know Sue will always do
her very best to make me happy.
Specialising in bridal hair, why
not book a consultation with Hairs
HAIRS AND GRACES
HAIR STYLIST OF THE YEAR
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and Graces today to make sure youre
looking your very best on your big day?
Call 01633 664052 today to make
an appointment.
TATTOO STUDIO OF
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ucked away in Cwmbran is one of the regions
nest tattoo studios City Ink.
Specialising in some of the most detailed and
incredible custom work around, Richard, the studios
artist, is mind blowing at what he does.
With more than a decade of experience, he
creates breathtaking tattoos that are for life and will
look awesome forever.
Linked with sister studio High Voltage in The Tower,
Southville, if youre looking for a very special inking,
regardless of size, or design this is the place to go.
The studio also specialises in cover-ups and offers
excellent after-care.
Thanks to everyone that voted for us, said
Richard of his award.
We take a real pride in what we do and Im so
please that people recognise that.
So, if youre looking for that perfect inking in 2014,
why not give the V Award-winning Tattoo Studio of the
Year a call and book an appointment with City Ink?
Call 07958 444336 to speak to Richard and
book a consultation.
CITY INK
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BARBER OF THE YEAR
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ffering an award-winning
barber service, Neyaz and
his awesome crew from Neyaz Crib
proudly picked up the V for Barbers of
the Year at the 2013 Vs.
Having been one of the citys most
popular gents barbers for years now,
the barber shop on Chepstow Road
offers a complete mens barbering
service, covering everything from
colours to patterns and lots of other
male grooming essentials.
Offering a ten per cent discount
for students and OAPS, Neyaz
Crib is open from 9am to 7pm
from Monday to Saturday.
Walk in, or book an
appointment by calling 07585
225410.
CACI CLINIC
BEAUTY THEARAPIST OF THE YEAR
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wner Jan Daymond has been
leading the way in Caci
beauty treatments for the past 17
years, and for the last two years
has been a proud V Award winner.
2013 saw Jan pick up the
Beauty Therapist of the Year
gong something which she is
immensely proud of.
I was very pleased to win
another V Award, Jan said.
Ive been working in the
industry for 17 years now and in
that time things have changed so
much, but I like to make sure that I
keep abreast of the latest beauty
technologies.
Specialising in Environ and
Caci as well as a host of other
treatments, the Caci Clinic is in
Britannia House, 3a Livingstone
Place, Maindee, Newport, NP19
8EY.
Call 01633 843222,
07973 386094, or visit
www.caciclinic.co.uk
C
elebrating ve years at their current
address in Newport Arcade, just off
High Street, and 36 years since opening, the
professional team of hair stylists and colourists
at The Nuthouse recently won the V Award for
Hair Salon of the Year.
Voice caught up with the ever-busy owner,
Cliff Hacker, who was cutting the hair of long-
time client, Beryl Merton, to talk about his win.
He said: Winning Hair Salon of the year
is a massive achievement for us as there are so
many good hair salons out there.
Im really proud of my team and I would
like to thank everyone who voted for us at last
years V Awards.
They deserve to win Hair Salon of the
Year every year, added Beryl.
Everyone is so friendly at this wonderful
salon, the staff members are like family.
Ive been coming to the Nuthouse for
34 years and I highly recommend this salon
to anyone who loves to be pampered and
looked after.
Cliff and his team are well-known for their
expertise and excellent customer service and,
as the citys longest established independent
salon, having opened at Upper Dock Street in
1977, The Nuthouse has gone from strength-
to-strength.
The Nuthouse team ensure every client
is welcomed with a friendly atmosphere,
up to date product knowledge and an
understanding of the latest styles and trends.
Looking for perfect wedding hair this
year? Pop in and see stylists Sorrel and
Shane, who specialise in wedding hair.
They can create elegant looks to make
you look perfect for your big day.
So for a fabulous look this January,
visit the Nut House located at 2
Newport Arcade, High Street,
Newport, NP20 1GD.
Independently owned, attentive,
and perfectionists in what they do,
call now to book an appointment on
01633 264238.
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wner Nicola Davies and her
outstanding team at Taje Temple
of Beauty have won the V Award for
Innovation in Beauty for a third time.
When Voice caught up with
the extremely busy Nicola, who has
recently returned from Dermalogicas
headquarters in Los Angeles, where
she was the only salon owner in
Wales to be invited to this worldwide,
prestigious event, she said: My team
and I would like to thank all the lovely
people who took the time out to vote
for us.
We like to think that we lead the
way in beauty innovation by offering
the latest treatments that are available.
New for 2014, Nicola has
introduced a fabulous range of state of
the art treatments at Taje, with the Caci
Ultra Machine being at the forefront.
The multifunctional Caci Ultra
combines the facial toning functions
of the award-winning Caci Classic
non-surgical facelift system with the
skin rejuvination applications of the
world acclaimed Futur-Tec system, call
now for more details about this new
treatment.
Nicola added: Here at Taje we
aim to make each client feel, that they
have received the beauty treatment
requested to a level above and
beyond their expectations.
This is achieved by using only
the best quality products and latest
treatments available on the market,
as well as training and developing
our skills on how to use the products
properly and efciently to achieve the
best results.
To coincide with the new services
available, the beauty salon will also
be undertaking a complete make-over
at the end of January and will re-launch
with a grand unveiling party at the start
TAJE TEMPLE
OF BEAUTY
V AWARD INNOVATION IN BEAUTY
of February.
The multi-award-winning Taje Temple
of Beauty is located at 159 Larch Grove,
Malpas, NP20 6LA.
To book an appointment, give
the friendly team a call on 01633
859189.
For more information about
beauty treatments and services,
visit www.tajetempleofbeauty.
me.uk
You can also follow Taje on
Twitter at @Taje_beauty and join
its Facebook group to keep up to
date with the latest treatments
and offers.
H
ave you ever enjoyed Sunday lunch at The
Handpost Hotel?
If so, youll know exactly why the pub won
the V Award for Sunday Lunch of the Year in
2013.
Served from noon until 3pm every week,
dining at the Handpost on a Sunday requires
pre-booking as it is so popular.
Offering a selection of roast meats served
with seasonal vegetables, roasties and a
Yorkshire all smothered in the most incredible
homemade gravy, once youve visited for the rst
time youll be back week after week for more of
the same.
We were so chuffed to win, Jody at the
pub told us.
Our Sunday lunch is something that we are
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incredibly proud of and were so glad that people
enjoy it as much as we enjoy making it.
Not only does The Handpost offer fantastic food
right throughout the week, it also offers an extensive
range of drinks.
The pub was recently awarded a Cask Marque for
real ales and scored consecutive ve out of ve ratings
on each visit.
Why not pay a visit to this wonderful
traditional pub is located at 2 Bassaleg
Road, Newport, NP20 3EA?
For more information call 01633 264502.
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RISCA PINE CENTRE
HOME FURNISHINGS RETAILER OF THE YEAR
C
elebrating twenty-ve
glorious years in business,
Risca Pine Centre won the
coveted V Award for Home
Furnishings retailer of the Year
in 2013.
Owner Helen told Voice. I
was pleasantly surprised when I
found out that Id won. Im very
grateful for all the people who
voted for me.
I posted a picture of
my V Award on Facebook
and hundreds of people
congratulated me saying that it
was well deserved.
Its such a lovely way
to celebrate my twenty-fth
anniversary, and to coincide with
this great milestone achievement
Ive recently launched a full
range of Yankee Candles at my
store in Risca.
Thanks again to everyone that
voted for me!
Risca Pine Centre is located
at 24 Tredegar Street, Risca,
NP11 6BU. For all enquiries
you can give Helen a call on
01633 619871.
JAVA COFFEE HOUSE
COFFEE SHOP OF THE YEAR
I
ndependently owned and
run by the Jones family, Java
Coffee House has picked-up
the V Award for Coffee Shop
of the year three years running.
This friendly and
welcoming coffee house serves
an abundance of fresh and
locally sourced coffees, teas
and cold drinks.
The menu also features a
delicious range of home-made
scones, baguettes, paninis and
cakes, which are freshly made
on the premises each and
every day.
Owners Helen and Alun
now serve breakfast all day,
so why not pop in this January
and try the amazing coffee and
homemade food?
Java Coffee House is
located at 1 Charles Street in Newport City Centre. For more
information about Javas divine coffee and scrumptious
menu call 01633 262226.
CHEF OF THE YEAR
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ts quite a title: V Awards Chef of the Year
2013, so its not hard to understand why
owners, Julie and James, of The Gate in
Llanfrechfa were so pleased when their Chef,
John, won it at the 2013 V Awards.
John said: Of all the Voice awards that
are open to the catering industry, winning this
is the best that we could have hoped for.
We were so pleased. Thanks for voting
for us.
Located on the road between Caerleon
and Cwmbran, The Gate has a sterling
reputation as one of the areas nest eateries,
serving up an excellent selection of dining
options from lunch through to dinner.
On Thursday, January 23, The Gate will
be hosting its annual Burns Supper, which
promises to be something very special indeed.
The menu consists of haggis as well as
a roast dinner, and everyone is welcome to
come along and enjoy the night especially
the ex-pat Scots who nd themselves living in
the south east Wales area.
At just 29.95 per head for the entire
evening, bookings are now being taken.
The V Award-winning Gate at Llanfrechfa
serves food from noon until 9.30pm, Friday
and Saturday.
Sunday lunch is available from noon until
5.30pm, and you can choose up to three
courses, each of which are individually priced.
Theres always a choice of three roasts,
which changes weekly and theres also a
vegetarian option.
Call 01633 861822 to reserve
your table. You can visit www.
thegateatllanfrechfa.co.uk for
sample menus and youll nd this
ne eatery at Caerleon Road,
Llanfrechfa NP44 8DQ
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LOCAL HERO - MICHELLE WATERHOUSE
AND BEER GARDEN OF THE YEAR
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ichelle Waterhouse, owner of
the Goldcroft in Caerleon won
two V Awards at last years ceremony
the Best Beer Garden award for the
pub and also the Local Hero of the
Year V.
Michelles hard work for local
charities over the last year won her the
Local Hero award.
She helped the charity Help Leo
Walk smash its 60,000 target to send
little Leo Dixon to America for a life-
changing operation.
Leo has returned to the UK and his
operation was a complete success, with
positive feedback from his doctors,
said Michelle.
We raised more than the target
amount and so the extra funds that we
raised will go towards future therapy
and specialised equipment that will
help him achieve a better quality of life.
Its so rewarding to see a smile on
his cute face.
For 2014, Michelle is hoping to
hold a charity event at The Goldcroft
every four to six weeks.
So if youre a local charity looking
to raise funds for a worthy cause
this year, contact Michelle for more
information and availability.
She added: Winning two
V Awards is brilliant, thank you to
everyone who voted for the Goldcroft
as best beer garden.
Last years outdoor events were
such a success so we will be putting
on two musical festivals again this year
one in May and one in August.
Launching this month, there will be
a quiz every Sunday night from 7pm.
Theres a small entry fee but with
cash prizes up for grabs, why not pop
along this January and test your general
knowledge skills?
There will also be regular
entertainment at The Goldcroft, with
live music being performed every
Wednesday evening from 8pm.
Head chef James Davies will also
be introducing a fantastic new menu
for you to sample this January with
classic winter warmers such as hot pots,
homemade soups and pies, as well as
traditional favourites.
Why not pay the wonderful
Goldcroft a visit this January?
Located at 35 Goldcroft
Common, Caerleon, you
can keep up to date with
upcoming events and offers
online at facebook.com/
Goldcroft or on Twitter at
twitter.com/Goldcroft_Inn
For bookings call
01633 420022.
STICKY INK
STUDIOS
BUSINESS START UP AWARD
H
aving only opened its doors just a
few weeks before the V Awards,
its no wonder the fabulous trio at Sticky
Ink Studios were surprised to win the
much-coveted Business Start Up Award
at the 2013 Vs.
We were uber chuffed, said
co-owner Aimee when we caught up
with her at the shop. It was so nice
for us to win considering we werent
expecting it.
It was a great honour and we had
a great time on the night thanks to
everyone that voted for us.
Specialising in personalised
printing, the Sticky Ink team can work
their magic on almost anything.
If youre getting married and
youre after t-shirts for your stag or hen
night, why not pop in and see what
magic they can
work for you? They
can custom-design
anything.
As for wedding
stationery they
can create that too,
ensuring your
invitations, save the
date cards and thank
you notes are all
perfectly matching to
your wedding theme.
We think its great
to see an upcoming
local business do so
well why dont you check them out
for yourself this year when you need
something specic designed and
printed?
Sticky Ink Studios is located
at 62 Caerleon Road,
Newport. Call 01633 213737
with any enquiries, or visit
www.stickyinkstudios.co.uk
You can also nd Sticky Ink
on Facebook and Twitter,
and you can e-mail info@
stickyinkstudios.co.uk
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THE NEW WORLD
CITY CENTRE TAKEAWAY OF THE YEAR
S
erving the nest Chinese cuisine made
from the best ingredients, The New
World on Cardiff Road proudly took home
the V Award for City Centre Takeaway of the
Year at last years V Awards.
A xture in the city centre for those
seeking a good take-out or sit-down meal,
the award was the rst since new owner Guy
took over the venue.
All dishes at The New World are
prepared to order by specialist chefs.
You can be sure to enjoy the top quality
traditional Chinese cuisine in the opulent
surroundings of this well-loved restaurant.
For parties of two people or more, you
can enjoy eating as much as you like from
the special buffet menu, which has as many
as 150 delectable Chinese dishes to choose
from.
This all you can eat buffet menu is
available from 6pm until 11pm.
You can get all your favourite Chinese
dishes at The New World, which are all on
the great value for money a la carte menu.
But if youre looking to try something
new, why not try the traditional home
cooking-style dishes too?
At The New World you can sample a
true taste of Asia without having to leave the
country.
You can decide to eat in at the
wonderful restaurant or choose to take your
food away.
Takeaway orders can be collected or
delivered within the Newport area, delivery
charges apply and a minimum food order is
required.
The restaurant also caters for larger
parties and the restaurant can be hired
exclusively for your special occasion or
event.
To order your takeaway, call
01633 252666 or go to
www.new-world-viii.co.uk
VACARA
FISH AND CHIP SHOP OF
THE YEAR
A
xture in the city centre,
Newports Vacaras
has served the nest sh and
chips to the folk of the city for
many decades now and
that looks set to continue.
As popular as ever, with
generation after generation
of families enjoying the best
any chippy could offer,
owner Alan was overjoyed
to once again pick up the
V Award for Fish and Chip
Shop of the year at the
2013 Vs.
Located on Llanarth
Street, Vacaras will be at
the heart of the new-look
city centre when it is nished
in 2015, ready for a whole
new chip-loving audience
to enjoy.
As well as all of the chip
shop standards, Vacaras
also serves a mighty ne
breakfast, which is the
perfect way to start the day.
Open from 9.30am, why not
treat yourself?
Uniquely, Vacaras
offers a sit-down area so
you dont have to take your
meal out excellent for a
lunchtime break from the
ofce or for a mid-shopping
trip break.
If you havent been
to Vacaras for a while, or
perhaps youre one of the
very few people who has
never sampled whats on
offer, why not make January
2014 the month that you
treat yourself?
Vacaras is located
on Llanarth Street.
Call 01633 264150 for
information.
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TAILORED PHYSIQUE
TATTOOIST OF THE YEAR
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ts been a busy 12 months for Kristia Harvey, the
V Award-winning Tattooist of the Year.
Throughout 2013 Kristias tattoo studio,
Tailored Physique was completely booked out
thanks to her amazing skills as an artist.
Due to the constant demand, and after much
searching for the right person, she took on the
highly talented tattoo artist Andi Newman at the
end of the summer.
Kristia told Voice: I couldnt wish for a better
person to be working with, Andi is an excellent
tattoo artist and a really good friend.
Kristias passion for tattoos is second to none
its truly something that she loves and enjoys
doing on a daily basis.
Her customer service and dedication to
the needs of her clients has earned a sterling
reputation for being one of the friendliest and
welcoming tattoo studios in the country.
Id like to thank everyone who voted for
me, especially my very loyal customers whove
supported me over the past two years, she
added.
Kristia has also done a lot of charity work
over the past year also, raising more than 2,000
for Velindre Cancer Centre for three specialised
tattoos, and more than 800 for Children In Need
with a sponsored Pudsey tattoo.
Over the last couple of months, Kristia has
been raising money for the St Davids Foundation,
so please show your support by popping into
Tailored Physique this month.
As the name suggests, a tattoo from Tailored
Physique is created personally for you and your
body alone.
Call Kristia and Andi on 07749 965467
to make an appointment.
Tailored Physique is located at 6a
Risca Road, Crosskeys, NP11 7DG,
which is right next to Crosskeys Train
Station. The studio has great access and
everyone is welcome.
L
ast year was a wonderful
year for Lauren and the team
at Facial Attraction in Pontypool.
Not only did the salon celebrate
and impressive twenty years in
business, but it also picked up its
rst V Award the accolade of
Local Beauty Salon of the Year
no less.
Obviously over-joyed, owner
Lauren cant wait to get involved
again in 2014.
Facial Attraction has always
prided itself on offering the best of
everything: the best treatments and
the best service, she told us.
I am so proud of our V
Award and I cant thank everyone
who voted for us enough.
2014 looks set to be another
fantastic year for Facial Attraction.
To kick off the year the salon
will be introducing the Elegance
make-up range and will also offer
complete makeovers. The salon
also does modelling make-up, so
if youre building up your portfolio,
why not ask Facial Attraction to
make you over? As well as this
and a huge list of wonderful
treatments, Facial Attraction also
have a wonderful selection of
bridal and prom packages - why
not give the salon a call for your
special event?
Facial Attraction is located
at 95a The Highway, New Inn,
Pontypool, NP4 0PN.
To book an appointment
you call 01495 762409.
To see the full range
of services visit www.
facialattractionnewinn.
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Attraction Facebook page.
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MARKET TRADER OF THE YEAR
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wner Steve
Reynolds
of Toy Army at
Newports Indoor
Market is Voices
Market Trader of
the Year, 2013.
Steve recently
opened the Toy
Army Arcade,
which is located
directly opposite
his stall.
Ive utilised
the empty space
that, lling it with
games and amusements for all
ages. From classic video games and
childrens rides to one armed bandits
and penny pushers its all there!
Families can take time out of
shopping from around the market
and have loads of fun with change
from 1!
Toy Army is full of retro toys,
movie memorabilia, Blu-Rays and
DVDs, as well as an extensive range
of consoles and games.
Why not visit Toy Army this
January and try out the
new games at the arcade?
Located on the ground oor
of Newport Market, for more
info give Steve a call on 07814
282521.
CANE AND ABLE
HIGH STREET RETAILER OF THE YEAR
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his year was a momentous
year for Cwmbran retailer
Cane and Able.
Not only did the
team celebrate their silver
anniversary, the business also
picked up the V Award for
High Street Retailer of the
Year.
Owners Lawrence and
Meryl were overjoyed with the
accolade.
Lawrence said: It was
brilliant to win just fantastic.
Meryl and I try hard to make
sure that the shop offers something
different and unique.
We go to lots of shows and
continually try to bring our customers
the latest gifts and home wares.
We would like to thank
everyone who voted for us - winning
by real votes from customers is such a
great feeling.
Im really proud of our great
team and store we constantly strive
for perfection, with customer service
and care being paramount.
Cane and Able is located
at 6 The Parade, Cwmbran
Town Centre why not pop in
and pick up a bargain in the
January sale?
You can also call 01633 872013
for information or visit www.
cwmbranshopping.co.uk/
cane_and_able
EMILY ROSE
VINTAGE
INDEPENDENT CLOTHES
RETAILER OF THE YEAR
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e just love the gals at Emily Rose
Vintage theyre always so
happy and smiley and they were super-
pleased to pick up the V for Independent
Clothes Retailer of the Year!
We couldnt believe we won!
owner Liz told us when we spoke to her.
We had such a fantastic rst year in
business I cant wait to see what 2014
brings!
This month Liz will be launching the
Emily Rose Vintage Prom Collection. The
collection will feature an exclusive, range
of vintage dresses that will be complete
ones offs, as well as accessories. The
shop will also be offering old-school
glamorous beauty packages, including
hair, make-up, lashes, and brows. If youd
like to complete your vintage look, Liz has
teamed up with a
vintage car company
what better way to
make your entrance?
We have a
wonderful range
of vintage one-offs
for prom starlets this
year, Liz said. Our
prom launch will
showcase the range
beautifully!
Emily Rose vintage also have more
exciting developments on the table for
2014. Theyll be opening a 1950s salon
offering beauty treatments, make-up
and vintage hair makeovers early on
in the year, and in the spring theyll be
launching their Little Miss Emily Rose
Vintage Collection Comprising of a
limited collection of dresses sized from
age 2 to 8, there will be three looks for
the little vintage darlings .
Why not pop in store today and
see what Liz has on offer? Her
wonderful shop is located at 50
Windsor Road, Grifthstown,
NP4 5HY or call Liz on 07838
823531 for all enquiries.
You can also shop online at
www.emilyrosevintage.com or
join their Facebook page and
follow them on Twitter for prom
launch dates and other offers.
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INDEPENDENT RETAILER
OF THE YEAR
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ased on Newports Crawford
Street, Ev-Entz took home the V
Award for Independent Retailer of the
Year.
It was great to get recognition
from the people of Newport, as weve
worked hard throughout the year, thank
you to everyone who took the time out
to vote for us, retail manager Mike
Brown told us.
It felt good to get a local pat
on the back for all the effort weve
put in. The V Awards are great for
independent businesses located in and
around Newport, as it helps them come
together to try and build the local trade
by supporting each other.
Hopefully people voted for us to
win because as we pride ourselves on
friendly customer service, were always
willing to help as much as
possible whether youre
looking for a sheet of music
or looking to hiring sound
equipment for a large
event.
Want to learn a
musical instrument this
new year or know
someone who needs help
progressing, maybe you
need equipment to put on a
major production? Look no
further than Ev-entz, the award winning
friendly and experienced staff members
can easily help you with your required
needs.
Keep your eyes peeled on their
website for the shops January sales,
theres loads of great money saving
deals to be had, and you can still
get 10% off with discount code:
DISCOUNT10* on many items.
If you wish to know more
about the products and
services available at Ev-entz,
give them a call today on
01633 250062.
Alternatively you can pop
into their store which is
located on Crawford Street,
just off Caerleon Road,
Newport, NP19 7AY.
Visit their website and shop
online at www.ev-entz.co.uk
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EV-ENTZ MUSIC
BEAUTY SALON OF
THE YEAR
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ts quite an achievement to have won four V Awards,
which is why the lovely Emma from Bliss Nails and
Beauty was super excited when she picked up the
accolade of Beauty Salon of the Year at the 2103 Vs.
I was so pleased, she told Voice. It was so
exciting and the night itself was so much fun.
Thank you to everyone that voted for the salon.
The salon continues to go from strength-to-strength,
adding new treatments and pampering rituals all the
time.
Caci treatments have been among the most
popular recent additions and so, to get more people
Caci-ed, Emma will be offering a number of special
offers and discounts on Caci treatments during
January.
Why not book a free 15-minute demo treatment
for a taster and check out the special offers while
youre there?
As well as Caci, Bliss offers a huge selection of
beauty treatments and lots of packages for proms,
weddings and other special events.
And, of course, it goes without saying that Emma
and her team at Bliss will be going for their fth V in
2014.
Why not pop in and see why they win year after
year? Go on youre worth it.
Call 01633 895444 for an appointment.
The salon is located at 1 Greeneld Road,
Rogerstone.
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dresses available
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breathtaking. From
Helens one-off
creations to a wide
selection of amazing
off-the peg numbers;
if youre looking
for a dress for your
wedding or prom, then
look no further!
Their service is
well known, when it
comes to both proms
and weddings, and
the selection of gowns
and accessories in the beautiful
shop is outstanding, with something
for every bride, ower girl and prom
queen.
So, its easy to see why Do You
Believe is the V Award winner for
Wedding and Prom Specialist of
the Year 2013. If youre getting
married, why not make Helen and
Do You Believe your rst stop?
Call 01633 266348 for an
appointment.
DO YOU BELIEVE?
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City Centre.
Offering the nest, freshest butchers produce,
the staff at Turners are friendly, welcoming and
unlike in larger shops are always on hand to
have a chat and offer best advice.
From award-winning sausages to a joint for
Sunday lunch, youll nd it all at the V Award-
winning AD Turner and Sons in Newports Indoor
Market.
Why not pop in and enjoy what this locally
owned and run business has to offer?
AD Turner and Son is located in
Newport Market. Open six days a
week, we promise youll be greeted
with a smile and the best advice in
town.
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its hard to keep track of how
many V Awards Specsavers
has racked up over the years.
Were pretty sure its six
which is quite an impressive
feat, as manager of the award-
winning branch in Newport,
Jason, agrees.
Weve been in Newport
for more than a quarter of a
century now, said Jason.
Its so great to see that
our clients value our service
enough for us to win year after year.
Thank you so much to everyone
that voted for us you really made
our silver anniversary year.
We look forward to the next
quarter of a century, and hopefully
as many V Awards as years.
Thanks to the teams dedication
to excellent customer service, which
really makes it stand out from the
crowd, were sure that well see them
picking up another V in 2014.
Why not book your next eye
appointment there and nd out
why you should have gone to
Specsavers.
Specsavers is located on
Newports High Street and also at
Tesco Extra, in Spytty.
Call 01633 244023 for an
appointment, or go to
www.specsavers.co.uk
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on Powell, owner of @ The Newsagent, proudly
took home the V for High Street Retailer of the
Year at last years V Awards.
What a great way to celebrate the opening
of my new shop at the new front of Newports
Indoor Market, said John.
Id personally like to thank everyone who
voted for me to win and all of my loyal customers
who have continued to support me through the
transition of moving from my Kiosk to my new shop.
I couldnt have done it without them.
The move has been great and Im quite
looking forward to spring and summer as Ive got
a fantastic new range of Sidolis ice creams that
will be available as well as delicious made-to-order
milkshakes.
As well as the usual offerings of a traditional
newsagents, for those of you looking to stop
smoking as a New Years resolution, Jon offers a
fantastic range of electronic cigarettes called eGo
Pens which start from as little as 18.99.
eGo Pens come in a
wide variety of colours
and styles.
Premium box sets
are priced from 24.99
and double box sets from
39.99.
With every purchase
of an eGo Pen you
receive a free bottle of
Magic Mist. Bottles
of Magic Mist are
individually priced at
3.99, or you can pick any three bottles for 1
- and there are more than 40 avours to choose
from.
For the month of January, Jon is offering an
incredible 15 per cent off all eGo Pens and Magic
Mists.
So if youre serious about quitting smoking for
2014, pop into @ The Newsagent this month and
quit smoking.
@ The Newsagent is located at Newport
Market, High Street, NP20 1GD and is open daily
from 8am onwards. For all enquiries you can give
Jon a call on 01633 904428.
You can also keep up to date with the
latest info by joining the Facebook page
and by following Jon on twitter at
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wonderful
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always so lovely
and so happy,
which is why we,
like them, were
overjoyed when
they picked up
the V Award for
Gastro Pub of the
Year at the 2013
V Awards.
After a busy
Christmas and
New Year period, owners Lee and
Lee are now looking forward to an
exciting 2014.
To kick the year off theyre
offering diners to The Bell Inn an
incredible 25 per cent discount*
off their bill during January and
February.
So if you havent been to The
Bell for a while, or youre yet to try
it, then you have the perfect excuse
to book a table.
Call 01633 420613 for
a reservation or visit
thebellatcaerleon.co.uk for
more information.
(*Terms and conditions apply,
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Not valid on Valentines Day or any Friday and Saturday or in conjunction
with any other offer. The offer may be suspended at any time and the
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THEATRE OF THE YEAR
VERY PROUD
Newport Playgoers are very proud to
have received this V Award again. Our aim
has always been to provide Newport with
a genuine community theatre that offers
the very best in amateur entertainment
for the people of South Wales. We always
welcome new members to come and join
us whether its performing on stage, as
a vital member of the backstage team
or simply being in the audience and
watching our award-winning productions.
NEWPORT PLAYGOERS
90TH SEASON
19 22 February: What The Butler Saw. Joe Ortons frantic
farce set in a private psychiatric clinic is considered to be
one of the funniest plays ever written.
2 5 April: Love Story The Musical. Based on the classic
1970s tear-jerker, this moving play features music by
Howard Goodall.
14 17 May: Duets: Four couples at crucial moments in
their relationship in a play which explores the chaotic world
of love and romance.
11 14 June: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. The
inspiration for the musical My Fair Lady, this is the
original story of cockney flower girl Eliza Dolottle who is
transformed into a lady for a bet.
Newport Playgoers at the Dolman Theatre.
L
ong before James Bond there was
only one secret agent who grabbed
the publics attention Dick Barton. The
nation was enthralled by his adventures as
he battled against a legion of dastardly
villains.
Now, these tales of derring-do are
being recreated on the stage of the
Dolman Theatre when Newport Playgoers
present Dick Barton Special Agent.
Written as a parody of the 1940s radio
series complete with cliff-hanger endings
and song and dance routines, this show
has something to appeal to those who
remember the original series and younger
members who have yet to experience the
thrill of the Devils Gallop!
Audiences will enjoy the laughs and
thrills as Dick, along with his trusty sidekicks
Jock and Snowy, as he sets out to thwart
the forces of evil whose endish plot to
poison Britains tea supply threatens the
very future of the nation. Dick and his chums
nd themselves tangled in an adventure
soaked with intrigue and mystery, as they
face arch enemies Marta Heartburn and
Baron Scarheart - all the while nding the
time to sing a few songs along the way
- and save the day!
Dick Barton Special Agent is at
the Dolman Theatre from 15 18
January 2014 at 7.15 pm, with an
extra matinee performance on the
Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book
tickets call 01633 263670 or visit
www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.
A VERY SPECIAL AGENT...
PHOTOS:
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THE STUFFED DORMOUSE
PUB RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
L
andlady Simone and head chef Gareth were
overjoyed with the news they had won the V Award
for Pub Restaurant of the Year.
Gareth said: Its a great achievement for us,
especially being recognised by the general public
who voted for us to win.
Simone and I would like to thank everyone
whos supported us in our rst year and hope that
our wonderful customers will continue to support us
throughout 2014.
Hopefully we offer something different and
unique for people to enjoy, whether its our exotic
meats range or choice of fresh lobster, all of which is
exceptional quality and excellent value for money.
Food at The Stuffed Dormouse is excellent
value for money, with Gareths two courses for 10
menu already proving to be a hit with the locals and
regulars.
This fantastic meal deal offer is available every
day, alongside the reasonably priced lunch time and
evening a la carte menus.
Why not treat a loved one to the saucy
Valentines Day menu?
Each dish on the menu has been cheekily
renamed just for couples to have a naughty bit of fun!
Book a table today and avoid disappointment for
February 14. Valentines Day is on a Friday this year,
but dont worry, the special loved-up menu will be
available all weekend.
Mothers Day will also soon be upon us and falls
on Sunday, March 30.
Take mum out to the Stuffed Dormouse this year
and celebrate with a delicious roast dinner.
Sunday lunch is available from 12noon until 4pm
where you can choose to have up to three courses,
each of which are individually priced or you can
choose to have two courses for 10.
Booking is well-advised for the spectacular
Sunday lunch as the restaurant lls very quickly.
If youre looking for the perfect venue to celebrate
your special occasion in 2014, then look no further
than the Stuffed Dormouse.
Simone and Gareth can organise your event and
can supply entertainment, buffets and set menus for
weddings.
The function room can easily accommodate up to
80 people and can also be used for private meetings
and business conferences.
Call now for wedding packages and availability
for 2014 or alternatively visit the website for more
details.
Make your way to the award-winning Stuffed
Dormouse restaurant and bar this January for good
times, great food and a fantastic friendly atmosphere.
The Stuffed Dormouse is located at The Roman
Lodge Hotel, Ponthir Road, Caerleon, Newport, NP18
3NY.
Call 01633 430 142 to book a table or to
nd out more information about function
room services.
You can also visit The Dormouse Facebook
page for regular updates of whats going
on.
SIMONE AND I WOULD LIKE
TO THANK EVERYONE WHOS
SUPPORTED US IN OUR FIRST YEAR
AND HOPE THAT OUR WONDERFUL
CUSTOMERS WILL CONTINUE TO
SUPPORT US THROUGHOUT 2014.
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thank all of
the people who
both voted for
and supported us
throughout 2013,
Brian Lloyd of
Chez Giovanni
told Voice when
we chatted to him
over a tasty dish
from his menu.
Weve had a
best award every year since 2005, and would like to take the opportunity
to invite people who have never dined with us, and indeed for those who
havent visited Chez Giovannis for a while, to come and sample our
excellent food to be reminded what real quality tastes like.
Throughout January Brian is offering Voice readersup to 50% discount at
this award winning restaurant look for the main Chez Giovanni advert later
on in this very magazine.
The multi-V Award-winning Chez Giovannis is located at 52
Clarence Place, Newport, Gwent, NP19 0AH.
Call 01633 259003 today to book a table or visit the website at
www.chezgiovanni.co.uk for more information.
CHEZ GIOVANNI
ITALIAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
THE NEW COURT HOTEL
NEW RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2013
T
he New Court Hotel is the second
venture for the lovely Lee Taylor and
Lee Selway, who also own The Bell Inn,
Caerleon.
Located in Usk, Lee and Lee
meticulously restored the New Court
bringing the town a very special dining
venue that offers an excellent menu and a
very warm welcome.
Throughout January and February
you can enjoy 25 per cent off your bill
at The New Court when presenting the
coupon that is located right next to these
words (terms and conditions apply).
Why not take advantage of this
amazing offer and take a trip to Usk this
month?
We promise, you wont be left
disappointed.
Call 01291 671319 to book, or
just pop in.
The New Court Hotel is located
at 62 Maryport Street, Usk,
NP15 1AD.
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VANILLA SPICE
INDIAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
V
anilla Spice was voted Indian Restaurant of the
Year by Voice readers and the 2013 V Awards.
We caught up with Manager Nazim Ali to talk to us
about his award winning family run restaurant.
We were absolutely ecstatic when we heard
the news that we had won the V Award, my staff and
I would like to say a great big thank you to everyone
who voted for us to win, said Naz.
Its such an achievement for us, as weve only
been open for a short time, were very glad that
people love our restaurant, especially our great tasting
food.
One of the main goals that the Ali family have
set out to accomplish when they rst opened Vanilla
Spice last summer was to offer people an authentic
taste of the food they love.
This great feat is achieved by the expert head
chef Afaur Rahman, who specialises in original curry
recipes that are made the exact same way they are
created back home in Bangladesh.
Head chef Afaur is very particular and precise in
his way of cooking, selecting the nest ingredients and
spices, that he alone personally approves.
A unique ingredient to his signature style of
cooking is achari sala spice, which creates a
completely different taste to all of his dishes. Afaur also
uses mixed ground basari and curry masala spices
to his dishes, which are delivered fresh daily from a
reputable supplier in London.
Naz added: The response has been fantastic
since opening, the support from our very loyal
customers throughout the year has been fantastic and
Christmas has been incredibly busy.
Were looking forward to the rest of 2014, and
we cant wait to see what the future brings. Id like to
say thank you again to all of our lovely customers who
frequent Vanilla Spice, whether theyre eating at the
restaurant or having a take away.
If youre looking for the perfect venue to treat that
special someone in your life this Valentines Day, why
not have a romantic meal for two at Vanilla Spice?
This beautifully decorated award winning
restaurant will denitely set the mood and you can
enjoy a delicious, romantic, candle-lit meal. Dont
delay; call now to book a table for Friday, February
14th.
The restaurant is open daily from 12noon to
2.30pm for lunch, and from 5.30pm until midnight from
Monday to Saturday. They are also open from 6pm to
midnight every Sunday.
Vanilla Spice is located at The Old Rising
Sun, Lyne Road, Newport, NP20 5JG. To
book a table and for telephone orders you
can give them a call on 01633 255446 or
255330.
You can also visit www.
vanillaspicenewport.co.uk for more
information about private bookings for
parties, wedding receptions and special
occasions, as well as to see the full menu.
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has picked up a huge number of
V Awards over the last eight years
far, far too many for us to mention
here, so we wont even try.
But what we will do is talk about
one of the four Vs he picked up at the
2013 awards.
The Irie Shack proudly took
home its rst V for Family Restaurant
of the Year and we totally
understand why.
Located at Leisure@Cwmbran,
The Irie Shack serves up a traditional
carvery and Caribbean buffet from
Tuesday to Sunday every week.
Children are welcome and
theres plenty of free parking, making
it the ideal place to take the kids.
Dining at the Irie Shack is great
value for money. Prices start at just
6.95 for adults and 4.95 for
children under nine.*
Check out the Irie Shack on
Facebook at www.facebook.
com/irieshack or call 01633
876071 for information.
*Prices vary depending on the
day and time you dine.
THE IRIE SHACK
FAMILY RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
HEALTH CLUB OF THE YEAR
T
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has helped millions of women get
healthier with our 30-minute tness
solution.
In just 30 minutes, you work
every major muscle group and burn
up to 500 calories through a proven
program of strength training, cardio,
and stretching.
But weve always known that the
best solution for weight loss requires a
complete approach.
You need exercise to boost your
metabolism, a diet that starves fat and
feeds muscle, and the encouragement
and support necessary to stay on
track.
Thats why Curves has introduced
Curves Complete - a complete
program with exercise, diet, and
coaching - all in one program, and all
at one place.
Ready to get started with the
only program that provides you with a
complete approach to weight loss?
Call 01633 277223 to
schedule your free, no
obligation appointment
today.
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DRAGON TAXIS
TAXI CAB AWARD
A
ndrew Barley,
operations director
of Dragon Taxis, based in
Newport, triumphantly took
home yet another award for
the rm at the 2013 Vs. We
caught up with him to nd
out what its like to be the
director of the citys most
popular taxi rm.
How did it feel to win
another V Award?
Its great that all of our hard work
has paid off and the people of
Newport have voted for us. Its
conrmation for our staff and
drivers that they do their job well
and that our customers appreciate
the effort.
Were you surprised?
We were surprised as we have
had a busy year changing our
business to accommodate the
growing demand.
What are your plans for 2014?
We have ambitious growth plans
in 2014; we want to be bigger
and better and, by listening to
our customers needs, we plan
to take our 20,000 calls a week
up to 30,000 meaning well be
completing close to two million
journeys a year.
Next time youre in need
of a taxi, why not book an
award-winning one? Call
01633 216216.
S
erving the very best in modern
and traditional cuisine, The
Waterloo has won numerous V
Awards over the years, including
Restaurant of the Year and most
recently Hotel of the Year at the
2013 Vs.
Owner Bob told Voice: Its
always great to win an award, my
team and I would like to thank all the
lovely people who voted for us.
The wonderful seasonal menus
change every three to four months,
with the expert chefs making sure
theres always something new and
different to try.
Why not treat you and your
partner to a romantic meal this
Valentines Day at the Waterloo?
Call 01633 264266 to book a
table.
The beautiful Waterloo Hotel
and Bistro is located at 113
Alexandra Road, Newport,
Gwent NP20 2JG, for more
information visit www.
thewaterloohotel.co.uk
HOTEL OF THE YEAR
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DAVE GREENHAF OF PURE VANS
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
A
fter four years of graft and dedication, Dave
Greenhaf proudly took home the V Award for
Entrepreneur of the Year at the last Vs.
With an unprecedented number of votes Dave
took the award easily and he was over the moon.
He said: When I found out about winning the
award I was Initially excited, and then very pleased
and proud that all the hard work put into making the
business a success had been recognised.
We are fully customer focussed and we put
ourselves in the position of the customer to ensure the
sale runs smoothly from start to nish.
We like to make sure that the customer benets
fully from the substantial discounts we obtain and
hopefully our customers recognise that, and thats why
they voted for us.
Currently looking for larger premises to trade from,
the company supplies predominantly new, but also
a number of used, commercial vehicles of all sizes,
across the UK.
With a combined experience in the industry in
excess of three decades, the Pure Vans team can also
offer valuable advice regarding funding purchases.
As company founder, Dave initially worked from
his home but as business accelerated he soon realised
he needed a business base and moved to Phoenix
Industrial Estate in February 2010.
All vehicles are delivered direct to the customers
door from the factory and there is no need to visit any
premises as the vehicle and brochures can be viewed
online or physically sent if the customer requires.
The reputation enjoyed by Pure Vans and
its commitment to customers is well-known in the
trade and it was approached by a similar business
meaning it now has an associate company in
Rotherham.
So, will Dave be going for a V again in 2014?
Of course we will - but not for the same award,
he said. Once youve won it, youve achieved a goal
and its time to let someone else be recognised for
their effort and success
So, yes but watch this space!
Pure Vans is located at Unit 30,Phoenix
Business Park, Telford Street, Newport
NP19 0LW. Call 0845 409 1341 or
visit www.purevans.co.uk for more
information.
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WINNING THE AWARD I WAS
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PLEASED AND PROUD THAT ALL THE
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BUSINESS A SUCCESS HAD BEEN
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INDIAN RESTAURANT AND
TAKEAWAY OF THE YEAR
P
opadoms is a rm
favourite of Voice
readers, having won
an award every year
since the V Awards
were launched eight
years ago.
This years V
Awards was extra
special for owner
of Popadoms, Fisal,
who was not only
celebrating another
V, but also the birth of
his daughter.
It was brilliant to win again,
said Fisal.
I cant believe that the readers
vote for me every year its
something Im very proud of as I
work incredibly hard to make sure
that my chefs serve up toe nest food
they can for every order that comes
in.
Located on the High Street in
Newport city centre, Popadoms has
a few special offers to make January
a little easier, and the restaurant is
also taking bookings for Valentines
Day. Why not treat yourself?
Popadoms is located at
11 High Street, Newport.
Call 01633 262557 or visit
popadomsnewport.co.uk
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013 was one heck of a year
for Llanwern High School. From
excellent GCSE results to picking
up a V Award in October, the
school had a cracking year and
2014 is set to be even better,
The most rapidly improved
school in the country, it would
seem the awesome effect thats
emanating from Llanwern High is
contagious after all, as the 2013
V Award winner of educational
establishment of the year, there
must be something special going
on there.
Our new school really is
awesome and we were so pleased
that so many people recognised
this by voting for the school in last
years V Awards, said Andy Knight,
the schools business manager.
2013 was amazing for us, as
people can tell by the GCSE results
which saw us recognised as the
most improved school in Wales.
With state-of-the art facilities
and a school building better than
any other in the area, it would seem
the new Llanwern High is having an
awesome effect on pupils many
of whom cant wait to get through
the doors each morning.
As parents make their choice
of schools for next year I would
encourage as many as possible to
visit the school. It really has to be
seen to be believed, added Andy.
Check it out online at
llanwernhighschool.co.uk
and arrange a visit by
calling 01633 411116.
LLANWERN
HIGH SCHOOL
EDUCATION
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COUNTRY PUB OF THE YEAR
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013 was yet another great year for
the team at The Castle Inn, partly
thanks to the pub winning the much-
coveted V Award for Country Pub of the
Year.
This is the most recent in a long run
of V Award wins, something which the
team behind Harveys Leisure are very
proud of!
We cant thank everyone who voted
for us enough, owner Dave Barton said
to us when we caught up with him.
Its so nice that our loyal customers
think of us when they have a V Award
form to ll out hopefully theyll think of us
for 2014 too.
If youve never dined at The Castle
Inn, why not treat yourself this month?
You could also perhaps try the
Castles sister pub, the Usk Vale, which is
just as lovely.
Call 01291 673037 for The Castle
or 01633 859362 for The Usk
Vale.
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V AWARDS
BUSINESS LOANS AND ADVICE FROM NEWPORT CITY
COUNCIL TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS GROW
BROUGHT TO YOU IN ASSOCIATION WITH
www.newport.gov.uk /business
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THE IVY BUSH
LIVE VENUE PUB OF THE YEAR
M
ulti V Award-winner Dave Went has
won yet again, this time for best Live
Venue Pub.
Saturday night entertainment at the Ivy
Bush is one of the best places in Newport
to see local bands and artists play live.
Starting from 9pm every Friday and
Saturday, this fantastic venue is full of like-
minded people enjoying great musical
entertainment, where they party into the
early hours until 2am.
As you may or may not already know,
landlord Dave is a big sports fan, the walls
of the Ivy Bush are adorned with signed
rugby and football jerseys from famous
players and many other items of sporting
memorabilia.
The Ivy Bush has loads of at screen
TVs showing all the best sport that ESPN
and Sky Sports has to offer in glorious full
high denition.
During the Rugby Six Nations matches
in February and March, you can get a free
curry at half time. The rst match is between
Wales and Italy at 2.30pm on Saturday
February 1.
Dave is also known for his incredible
charity work, last year saw him successfully
walk the Grand Canyon, and this year he
planning to spend ten days trekking through
the Sahara Desert to raise money for Marie
Curie, so show your support the next time
you pop into the Ivy Bush.
So for a fantastic night out this January
and New Year, why not make your way to
The Ivy Bush Sports and Music Bar?
The Ivy Bush is located at 65
Clarence Place, Newport, NP19
7AB.
To keep up-to-date with whats
going on at the Ivy Bush you can
join its group page on Facebook
and Twitter.
O
wner Lam
and his staff
would personally
like to thank all
the loyal China
Town customers
who voted it Voice
Takeaway of the
Year.
The great
China Town team
have vowed to
continue to provide
the excellent
quality Chinese
dishes and
traditional sh and
chips that everyone
has come to know and love.
Looking for a low cost delicious
meal this January? Then why not try
the set dinner for four people for
only 31.80.? Thats only 7.95 per
person.
So for a fantastic taste of the
Orient, treat the family to
take out from China Town,
located at 4 Shopping Centre,
Thornbury Park, Rogerstone.
You can place your order
by calling 01633 662081 or
662333 to be collected or
delivered, delivery charges
apply.
CHINA TOWN
TAKE AWAY OF THE YEAR
N
estled away in Newport Arcade is the massively popular, hugely
welcoming Pot Caf.
Multi-V Award-winning, The Pot is one of the beacons of the city centre.
Consistently offering excellent food, superb service and a warm
welcome to all just a quick visit to this, the 2013 Traditional Caf of the
Year exemplies exactly why Voice readers vote for The Pot again and
again.
If you havent visited Angela and the team at The Pot recently, why not
make it your New Years resolution to do just that.
You can nd the V Award-winning Pot Caf at 3-4 Newport
Arcade, High Street, Newport, NP20 1GD.
Give Angela and her team a call on 01633 267755.
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PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
F
riend of Voice and all-round lovely
chap, Nick Murray, proudly picked
up his second V in 2013. We caught
up with him to see what that was like.
Whats this? Your second V
Award? You must be well
chuffed.
Yeah, Im extremely honoured.
Two years in a row it was such a
surprise. To top it off, I also won Best
Wedding Photographer for my region
at the Welsh National Wedding
Awards so two awesome awards
in the last few months rounded off an
amazing year for me.
Why do people keep voting
for you?
Id like to think that its because of
my work ethic and creativity. Id like
to think of myself as a nice guy that
produces the best work I can, for the
amazing people that commission me
to capture their wedding day. Id love
to think thats why they voted for me for
the second year running.
Tell us your plans for 2014.
I shot almost 50 weddings in
2013, as well as family portrait shoots
in and around South Wales, and this
year looks set to be much the same.
Also, most of 2014 will be planning for
2015/16. Im immersing myself too in
another creative venture, which I cant
spoil the surprise for yet, but itll involve
setting up a brand new business. The
best is yet to come!
You can see Nicks V Award
winning work at www.
nickmurrayphotography.
co.uk or like him on
Facebook at www.
facebook.com/
nickmurrayphotographic
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he multi-award winning
Cashbrokers store on Skinner
Street provides a modern
pawnbroking and cheque cashing
service to the people of Newport,
very much being a part of the
community.
Owners David & Megan
along with their team have won
three V awards in total, one for
Best New Business and two for
Customer Service.
David told the voice Its such
a great feeling to be recognised by
the wonderful people of Newport
for a third year, I would like to say a
huge thank you to all that voted
We are looking forward
to continue giving the people of
Newport quality service over the
festive break and in to 2014. Our
motto is your friend with some
cash and thats how we like to
think of ourselves. Well treat you
with respect and offer a big smile
to anyone who walks through our
door, whilst providing you with the
service you require.
Cashbrokers offers a number
of different options to help people
needing to raise money quickly.
They are located at 15 Skinner
Street, Newport.
For more information call
01633 253749 or visit www.
cashbrokers.co.uk
15-17 SKINNER STREET,
NEWPORT, NP20 1HA
TEL. 01633 253749
newport@cashbrokers.co.uk
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Essential Style
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Shopping and
This
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Must
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T
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wedding essential in the 30s, 40s and 50s,
we were super-excited to nd this one on
sale at Its Vintage Darling!
Its an original, 1980s Mary Quant piece
so it could be any brides something old.
In case you didnt know, the tradition for the
groom to remove the brides garter is often seen
as being symbolic of deowering.
Although some believe the origin of the act
has its roots in superstition, with the belief that
taking an article of the brides clothing will bring
good luck.
In the Middle Ages, the groomsmen would
rush at the new bride to take her garters as a
prize.
Today, the privilege of removing the brides
garter is traditionally reserved to the groom, who
will then toss the garter to the unmarried male
guests.
This is performed after the tossing of the
bouquet, when the bride tosses her bouquet over
her shoulder to be caught by the unwed female
guests.
According to superstition, the lady who
catches the bouquet and the man who catches
the garter will be the next man and woman
among those in attendance to be married (though
perhaps not to each other).
The ceremony often continues with the man
who catches the garter obliged to place it on
the leg of the lady who caught the bouquet.
Traditionally, the pair are obliged to share the
next dance.
Off to a wedding?
Look your best with one
of these frocks.
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Newport
A
Newport optician is celebrating 25
years in business this month.
Specsavers was originally opened
on Newports High Street in 1988 by
Leighton Grifths, who left the store only 18
months ago.
Since 2003 Jason Williams has owned
and operated the Specsavers store in
Newport, however, he has not always held
the role of store director.
Back in 1991 he started his career as a
Specsavers employee and worked under the
management of Mr Grifths for 12 years.
It was in 2003 that Jason became a
partner with Mr Grifths. When Mr Grifths
left the business last year, both Craig
MacKenzie and Andrew Bowers came on
board and joined Mr Williams as joint store
directors.
The store has grown signicantly over
the last 25 years. When the opticians rst
opened its doors the workforce consisted of
one optometrist and ve support staff.
Now the Newport site has six consulting
rooms, six optometrists, one full-time contact
lens optician, and 35 support staff, as well as
the three store directors.
Jason said: We are very proud as a team
to be celebrating 25 years in business and I
am delighted to say that I have been here for
22 of them.
It is a great achievement for the store and
we would like to take this opportunity to say
a huge thank you to our customers who have
remained loyal.
They have been extremely supportive of
our store for many years, and without them
we wouldnt be here and celebrating such a
huge milestone.
It has been a fantastic number of years
with various staff passing through the doors
over that time.
I am delighted to now be running both
this site and the Specsavers store in Spytty
Retail Park along with Craig and Andrew.
We are looking forward to another
25 years with excitement and enthusiasm.
We have remained committed to Newport
City Centre, and we are looking forward
to the completion of all the new business
developments in the coming years.
Over the last 25 years the store has
helped to train many employees from the
local area to receive nationally recognised
qualications.
At present there are nine employees
currently in training for further qualications
in optics, such as becoming a fully trained
optometrist, contact lens optician, dispensing
optician, audiologist and optical assistant.
The Newport store has always invested
heavily in the latest technology in order to
keep the business a high street leader in
optics.
Currently the practice is working closely
with the NHS in Wales to offer some
enhanced services, previously dealt with by
GPs and hospitals, in order to reduce waiting
times for patients and costs to the NHS.
The store is always keen to involve itself in
the community and regularly raises money for
charities through sponsorship of local sports
clubs, as well as having good links
with Newport County FC as its
ofcial community partner and the
Newport Gwent Dragons through
sponsorship of the RaboDirect
Pro12 referees.
Specsavers, Newport, is
pleased to have gone from
strength-to-strength over the last 25
years, with the store accumulating
a variety of awards along the way.
Big wins include Best
Dispensing Practice in the Region,
and Best Practice for Community
Involvement.
Newport Specsavers is also
one of a handful of stores in South
Wales that has been recognised as
a Dispensing Centre of Excellence
and carries the Investors in People
status.
Local opticians celebrates
a milestone birthday
Embellished Clutches
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Charlotte Alexander
Your
designer
dress...
...at a
dream
price
Tel: 01633 489329
www.charlottealexander.co.uk
Free Parking
28(a) Victoria Street, Old Cwmbran, NP44 3JS
Join us for our new year sale
Bridal and occasion wear
Saturday 11th January
Gowns from 75
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Charlotte Alexander
Your
designer
dress...
...at a
dream
price
Tel: 01633 489329
www.charlottealexander.co.uk
Free Parking
28(a) Victoria Street, Old Cwmbran, NP44 3JS
Join us for our new year sale
Bridal and occasion wear
Saturday 11th January
Gowns from 75
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The Park Hotel, Pandy
Where your wedding dreams can come
true
Nr Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8DS,
Tel. 01873 890271
Email. enquiries@theparkhotelwales.com
www.theparkhotelwales.com
Wedding Fayre
SUNDAY 16 MARCH, 11AM4PM
Free entry. Browse the wedding trade
stands & take the opportunity to view
this beautiful wedding menu
Wine & Dine
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FRIDAY 14TH & SATURDAY 15TH
FEBRUARY 2014
Special Three Course Dinner. Including
a glass of house wine 25.00 per person
Our 2014 Wedding Offer
2500 FOR 40 GUESTS TO INCLUDE:
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Bridal Suite for the Bride & Groom and much more
Wedding owers to fall in love with
Flowers for every occasion
Birthdays Weddings Christenings Funerals Romantic Thank You Corporate Balloons
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Our team of fully qualied staff offer innovative design in both contemporary and traditional styles.
Charles Barrett
2 Chepstow Road, Newport, NP19 8EA
Tel: 01633 223399 | www.charlesbarrettorist.co.uk
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For a Wedding Pack contact Marilyn or Victoria Am becyn priodas, cysylltwch Marilyn neu Victoria
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Repairs and alterations
All work carried out on-site
J E W E L L E R Y D E S I G N
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Cwmbran Town Centre, NP44 1PQ
www.jordanjewellerydesign.co.uk
info@jordanjewellerydesign.co.uk
01633 875468
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Bridal gowns, bridesmaid and fower girl
dresses, prom wear, exclusive designer labels,
custom designs by Helen Thomas-Powell
and all the accessories you could wish for
Do You Believe?
121 Stow Hill, Newport,
NP20 4ED
01633 266348
www.doyoubelieveuk.com
Open Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm.
Appointments advised
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We offer a beautiful and unique selection
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Tel: 07977 000 599 56 Malpas Road, Newport, NP20 5PB
Open Wed, Fri 11am - 5pm / Thurs 11am - 3pm / Sat 11am - 3pm
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Tel: 01633 246086
333 Corporation Road, Newport, NP19 0FN
Supplier of high-quality fresh and silk owers
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Traditional and modern displays
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f you came along to the V Awards or the
Runway To Reality event, you will have no
doubt seen our wonderful magician the
amazing Malcolm.
Those of you who ventured out of an
evening during the 90s and noughties will no
doubt recognise Malcolm as the lesser-quiffed
half of DJ duo Drop Your Pants.
He hung his headphones up in 2010,
which left him at a loose end so he decided
to pursue his interest in close-up magic.
I got into magic after watching The Paul
Daniels Magic Show back in the late 70s and
early 80s, said Malcolm.
Unfortunately, as much as I tried to base
my hair style on his, I never got it to look like
it!
Malcolms magic has become famous and
over the years his friends have taken to asking
him what new trick hes got up his sleeve.
So Ive always had to be prepared to
entertain, said Malcolm.
Thats why I never go out without my
jacket which is lled with doves, chainsaws
and Debbie McGee look-a-likes.
Malcolms act involves mind-blowing
magical effects, audience participation and
comedy - all right under your nose.
He said: Ive performed at various
occasions including weddings, corporate
events, birthday parties and charity functions
Im even available for funerals.
Ive recently performed for the actress
Natalie Cassidy, Adam Cottrell and the
Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas. Ive even
kept a coach load of Newport County fans
entertained on the journey to and from
Wembley stadium twice.
If youre looking for something different
and entertaining then why not consider a
magician at your function?
Check him out on Facebook at http://
www.facebook.com/MalcHaleyMagician
or call 07510 282321.
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Welcome To
The Monnington
Lodge...
...a great stay plus a ne dining
experience in beautiful surroundings
Join us for our mouth-watering menu,
complete with our free salad cart. Also, our
delicious sh menu is available daily. A La
Carte is also a speciality, plus we offer a
varied choice from our daily specials board
at great value
Getting Married?
We believe the Monnington Lodge is
the perfect place to hold your Wedding
breakfast and evening reception. Our
experienced and dedicated team will
go the extra mile to ensure you have a truly memorible day. With our spacious
function room and restaurant area, we can tailor make the perfect Wedding
package to suit you. Call us for details
Gordon Road, Blackwood, NP12 1DS
T. 01495 230240 | 01495 232126
www.monningtonlodge.co.uk
enquiries@monningtonlodge.co.uk
Monnington Lodge (ofcial)
Fancy a short break?
Ask us about our Weekend
packages, or why not
treat someone special this
Valentines Day
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Welcome To
The Monnington
Lodge...
...a great stay plus a ne dining
experience in beautiful surroundings
Join us for our mouth-watering menu,
complete with our free salad cart. Also, our
delicious sh menu is available daily. A La
Carte is also a speciality, plus we offer a
varied choice from our daily specials board
at great value
Getting Married?
We believe the Monnington Lodge is
the perfect place to hold your Wedding
breakfast and evening reception. Our
experienced and dedicated team will
go the extra mile to ensure you have a truly memorible day. With our spacious
function room and restaurant area, we can tailor make the perfect Wedding
package to suit you. Call us for details
Gordon Road, Blackwood, NP12 1DS
T. 01495 230240 | 01495 232126
www.monningtonlodge.co.uk
enquiries@monningtonlodge.co.uk
Monnington Lodge (ofcial)
Fancy a short break?
Ask us about our Weekend
packages, or why not
treat someone special this
Valentines Day
GETTING MARRIED OR
CELEBRATING SOMETHING SPECIAL?
We can take care of all your party needs. Including venue, decoration, entertainment and DJ,
catering (provided by our sister catering company - Catering For You), centrepieces, sweet
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57 Lliswerry Road, Newport, NP19 4LG
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*Management reserve all rights. Room hire is free on condition of compulsory hire of door staff. Call us for details
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GETTING MARRIED
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Our creative stylists
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ARCADE
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Stockists of Solgar, Virdian Nutrition,
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We Specialise in Vegan Foods, plus gluten,
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Great offers instore throughout January
Add A Touch Of Magic
To Your Wedding Day
Our services include threading, waxing,
facials, hands, feet and body treatments,
hair and make up.
For the WOW factor book your appointment today!
We specialise in Bridal Beauty and Party packages
Call us to nd out how we can make your occasion
extra special.
Magic Fingers
Beauty Salon
121 Caerleon Road, Newport, NP19 7BZ
Tel: 01633 222510
Open Tuesday - Saturday 9am-6pm
Excellent, friendly
service - Patricia
Whant,
High Cross
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Improve the appearance of sagging jowls,
plus lift and rm facial contours with the
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17 years
experience
specialising in a
complete range of
beauty therapies
and treatments.
Call us for
details.
ALSO AVAILABLE: Organic Environ Vitamin skin care Semi-
permanent make-up Harley hot wax - PHD Skin care Pure
Mineral make-up by Jane Iredale (SPF 20) Collagen stimulating
roll kits by Environ Facial line llers Restylane and Vistabel
(from the makers of Botox) applied by a well-known registered
nurse Elure Skin Lightening technology Skin Accumax
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FOR A NATURAL FACE-LIFT AND A
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Try the LPG lift 6, a revolutionary skin-tightening
treatment for the face, neck and breasts. Perfect for
those who have experienced rapid weight-loss, or have
loose wrinkled skin
FOR FRESHER-LOOKING SKIN FOR
SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Ask us about Caci Skin Regeneration, a very gentle
skin peel deep cleanse, which helps moisturise balance
and lymphatic drainage
TO RESTORE BODY SHAPE
Using specic programmes for slimming, contouring
and lymphatic drainage, try the Caci Quantum Body
Treatment
CACI MICROLIFT PERSONAL
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Re-train the muscles of the face and neck to
achieve tighter and rmer features with the
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A great way to rm and tone lines and
wrinkles inbetween salon visits.
Now you can enjoy all the anti-aging
benets of Caci facial toning in the
comfort of your own home.
Purchase the Caci Microlift here
throughout January 2014 and receive
full training on how to use the system,
along with a free Caci jowl lift in salon
worth 20
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workout package from 25 per 12x10 minute sessions
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Our eet comprises of original 1930s vehicles, lovingly restored and maintained by us
to ensure for you a uniquely enjoyable experience of opulence and sophistication.
Our chauffeurs provide a professional and friendly service tailored to your requirements
For the Perfect Entrance
01495 752291
info@henriettahire.net
07967 491885
www.henriettahire.net
Make an award-
winning entrance
on your big day!
T
his family-run business is
operated by brothers Rob
and Jim Stanley, along with
their wives Nyria and Sarah,
whose passion and love for
vintage cars is second to none.
Originally starting out with
two cars, a Rolls Royce and
classic London black taxi, back
in 2004, the eet now consists
of 13 elegant motor vehicles,
having recently acquiring Daimler
Limousine Hire of Newport in
November of 2013.
The best part of the extensive
eet is that Henrietta Vintage Car
Hire has cars that match in colour
and style perfect for those who
are looking for more than one car
for their big day.
Every car has its own unique
personality and style, and are
individually named.
Peggy is a 1935 primrose and
black-coloured Rolls Royce and
shes the star of the eet, being a
popular choice with many brides.
To match Peggy theres
Candice who has the same
colour scheme and is used as
a supporting role, carrying
bridesmaids and other family
members.
Candice has also been known
to take centre stage when the
occasion arises.
This business was recently
claimed the award for Best
Wedding Transport at the
National Welsh Wedding Awards
for 2013. Candice won the
title of best Pre-Second World
War concourse car at this years
Vauxhall Owners Annual Rally.
Our services can be tailored
to your needs ensuring that your
special day runs smoothly and is
most enjoyable, said Rob.
Our cars are driven by
professional uniformed
chauffeurs and are decorated to
your specication.
We have ribbons and
rosettes in virtually every colour
imaginable and can cater for any
theme, within reason.
Nyria added: Due to our
extensive experience of many
functions at regular locations, we
can also help you plan exactly
what you want to do on your
special day by identifying the
best locations for photographs,
planning itineraries, and so on,
just give us a call.
New for 2014, brothers Rob
and Jim have opened a vintage
car repair workshop, called RJS
Restorations, so if you need help
with a classic or vintage car, they
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year,
Henrietta Vintage Car Hire provides a
professional and friendly service, making sure
every bridal party that uses its classic cars
arrives at their wedding in true style.
are the people to call.
If youre looking for the perfect car for your wedding this year, then
look no further than Henrietta Vintage Car Hire.
Let this wonderful family-run business take care of every detail of your
special day.
Henrietta Vintage Car Hire is located at Park Farm Industrial Estate,
Penperlleni, Pontypool, NP4 0AL.
For more information call 01495 752291 or 07967 491885. You
can also nd Henrietta Vintage Car Hire on Facebook or at www.
henriettahire.net
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Our eet comprises of original 1930s vehicles, lovingly restored and maintained by us
to ensure for you a uniquely enjoyable experience of opulence and sophistication.
Our chauffeurs provide a professional and friendly service tailored to your requirements
For the Perfect Entrance
01495 752291
info@henriettahire.net
07967 491885
www.henriettahire.net
Make an award-
winning entrance
on your big day!
T
his family-run business is
operated by brothers Rob
and Jim Stanley, along with
their wives Nyria and Sarah,
whose passion and love for
vintage cars is second to none.
Originally starting out with
two cars, a Rolls Royce and
classic London black taxi, back
in 2004, the eet now consists
of 13 elegant motor vehicles,
having recently acquiring Daimler
Limousine Hire of Newport in
November of 2013.
The best part of the extensive
eet is that Henrietta Vintage Car
Hire has cars that match in colour
and style perfect for those who
are looking for more than one car
for their big day.
Every car has its own unique
personality and style, and are
individually named.
Peggy is a 1935 primrose and
black-coloured Rolls Royce and
shes the star of the eet, being a
popular choice with many brides.
To match Peggy theres
Candice who has the same
colour scheme and is used as
a supporting role, carrying
bridesmaids and other family
members.
Candice has also been known
to take centre stage when the
occasion arises.
This business was recently
claimed the award for Best
Wedding Transport at the
National Welsh Wedding Awards
for 2013. Candice won the
title of best Pre-Second World
War concourse car at this years
Vauxhall Owners Annual Rally.
Our services can be tailored
to your needs ensuring that your
special day runs smoothly and is
most enjoyable, said Rob.
Our cars are driven by
professional uniformed
chauffeurs and are decorated to
your specication.
We have ribbons and
rosettes in virtually every colour
imaginable and can cater for any
theme, within reason.
Nyria added: Due to our
extensive experience of many
functions at regular locations, we
can also help you plan exactly
what you want to do on your
special day by identifying the
best locations for photographs,
planning itineraries, and so on,
just give us a call.
New for 2014, brothers Rob
and Jim have opened a vintage
car repair workshop, called RJS
Restorations, so if you need help
with a classic or vintage car, they
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year,
Henrietta Vintage Car Hire provides a
professional and friendly service, making sure
every bridal party that uses its classic cars
arrives at their wedding in true style.
are the people to call.
If youre looking for the perfect car for your wedding this year, then
look no further than Henrietta Vintage Car Hire.
Let this wonderful family-run business take care of every detail of your
special day.
Henrietta Vintage Car Hire is located at Park Farm Industrial Estate,
Penperlleni, Pontypool, NP4 0AL.
For more information call 01495 752291 or 07967 491885. You
can also nd Henrietta Vintage Car Hire on Facebook or at www.
henriettahire.net
Arrive in style in an elegant vintage car
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lite Touch of Beauty is unique non cosmetic surgery
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erhaps it would help you add a few luxuries to your big day?
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s you know, last month I started training
with Paul from Optimize in Ponthir. And
what a month its been!
We started out with the weigh in
and a few discussions about my goals. Paul
gave me some advice on my diet and how a few
adjustments could make for big improvements.
This, balanced out with some decent gym time
set me on my way to hitting my goal to lose a
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t is actually possible to do just that with the
amazing Body Action workout which is available
at Caci Clinic.
Situated just off Chepstow Road, Maindee,
Caci Clinic, incorporating the Skin Care Centre, is run
by V Award beauty therapist Jan Daymond, who has
been specialising in advance beauty therapies for
more than 17 years.
The Body Action workout provides a non-
strenuous, all over body workout and is suitable for
people of all ages. The package of twelve 10 minute
sessions on the Body Action machines has seen
superb results among the Caci Clinic slimmers, many
of whom have lost up to 6 inches.
On my rst visit to the salon my measurements
were recorded then I was talked through how to
operate the machine controls and shown the various
exercises which could be performed.
The machine has a platform you stand on with
both legs positioned shoulder length apart. The
machine vibrates around a horizontal axis. The
motion makes your legs work and adjust to keep
your balance on the platform which therefore work
and tone all the muscle groups. The benets of this
style of workout include fat reduction, muscle toning,
improved circulation and exibility plus more power
and energy.
I started noticing the results of my effortless
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lost at least three and a quarter inches (some from my
waist, hips and each leg). My legs especially seem
more toned and overall, I feel a lot more energetic!
One of the best things about the workout is that
each session is the equivalent to an hour in the gym,
so if you are a super busy person you can save time
and still get great results in just 10 minutes 2 or 3
times a week. There are 2 machines in a private
room, so why not take a friend along to exercise with?
The recommended course of twelve 10 minute
sessions normally costs 35, but you can save
yourself 10 if you book the course throughout
January 2014 because its on offer for just 25.
For more information, or to book an appointment,
telephone the Caci Clinic on 01633 843222 or
visit www.caciclinic.co.uk. The salon is open 10am
Tuesday to Friday and 10am till 2pm on Saturdays.
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Drop A Dress Size In A Month
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f youre looking for a breathtaking venue,
surrounded by incredible scenery for your
big day, then look no further than this months
Wedding Venue of the Month.
The glorious Maes Manor is situated right in the
heart of the Welsh Valleys.
Elevated high on Maesrudded Hill, it offers
spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
The hotel itself is set in nine acres of beautifully
manicured terraced lawns and woodland this
majestic manor house offers a haven of peace and
tranquillity and is perfect for your big day.
The award-winnng team at the hotel are well-
experienced in hosting wedding receptions.
Renowned for their quality of service, excellent
food and superb value for money, theres no
question the Maes Manor will give you and your
guests a day to remember for a lifetime.
From the moment you arrive for your rst
consultation with the hotels wedding co-ordinator,
you will be given the nest customer service by the
hotels friendly and highly professional award-
winning team, who will be on hand right up until the
last dance to ensure everything runs smoothly.
The hotels extensive packages offer a wide
range of choices for your special day, with
something to suit every budget and every party size.
The Maes Manors Islwyn Suite can
accommodate as many as 220 guests, meaning that
even the largest of families can be catered for.
The packages offered by the Maes Manor are
varied and perfect for parties and budgets of any
size, however, they arent set in stone.
The wonderful staff appreciate that each
wedding is individual and are happy to
accommodate any changes or additions you require.
There are four 2014 packages on offer, as well
as the hotels Classic and Elegance packages.
If you do decide to choose this historic venue for
your special day, you can rest assured you will not
be overrun by another wedding.
The hotel has a strict one wedding a day policy,
assuring each couple of privacy and personal
attention right through the big day.
You can be assured that once you choose the
Maes Manor Hotel as your wedding venue, the
award-winning team will hold your hand every step
of the way, taking you through each tiny detail and
offering imaginative ideas to add to the success of
your truly memorable occasion. All you need to do is
relax and enjoy.
For further information call 01495 220011,
visit www.maesmanor.com, or e-mail
info@maesmanor.com
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PACKAGE 4
Winter wedding
52 per guest
January, February,
March and April 2014
subject to availability
Winter punch or Bucks Fizz on
arrival.Three-course wedding
breakfast.
No room hire charges
for breakfast or evening
celebrations.
Evening finger buffet for all of
your day guests.
Complimentary bridal suite
for bride and groom, including
breakfast.
PACKAGE 3
2014 packages for 2,014
Only Available Monday to
Wednesday until November
30, 2014
2,014 for 50 day guests and
100 evening guests.
Bucks Fizz and orange juice on
arrival.
Two-course wedding breakfast.
Evening buffet of bacon
and sausage butties with
homemade chips.
No room hire charges
for breakfast or evening
celebrations.
Complimentary bridal suite
for bride and groom including
breakfast.
PACKAGE 2
Late Summer Deal
49 per person
Valid from March 1 -
September 30, 2014
Summer punch or Bucks Fizz
and orange juice on arrival.
Two-course wedding breakfast.
Evening buffet for all day guests.
No room hire charges
for breakfast or evening
celebrations.
Complimentary bridal suite
for bride and groom, including
breakfast.
Additional evening guests will
be priced at 15 per person
thereafter.
PACKAGE 1
Available until
November 30, 2014.
4,500 all-in for up to 80 day
guests and up to 120 evening
guests, or 50 per person if
above set numbers.
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Bucks Fizz and orange juice on
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salon of the month
After 13 hugely successful years on Durham Road,
late 2013 saw Inspirations move to a lovely new
location on Caerleon Road.
Inspirations
W
ith the move comes a wide variety
of new hair, beauty and holistic
treatments, including the launch of
their fantastic new Wella Studio Professional hair
care range.
Wella System Professional is an exclusive
salon hair care range; offering products that
directly match your hair type while protecting your
scalp, adding shine and much, much more.
Our must-have product from Wella SP is the
new Luxeoil Collection, a variety of oil based
products that provides hair with long lasting
smoothness and a luxurious, lightweight feel by
nourishing and protecting the hairs keratin,
owner Jen told us when we joined her at the new
salon.
New beauty treatments at Inspirations include
Crystal Clear and Caci facials, which start from
just 30 per session, a wide range of SpaRitual
Vegan products that are made with eco-friendly
ingredients, as well as many holistic therapy
treatments, such as hot stone massage and a
selection of soothing body wraps.
Beauty therapist Ameena is a highly qualied
and trained beautician won a V Award for her
skills and customer service in 2011. Ameena
regularly attends training courses to learn new
treatments, skills and techniques and cant wait to
try out the new Auravedic Oil massage which is
available new and exclusively new to the salon
for 2014 . This luxurious treatment is just wonderful
- why not pop in today to nd out more about this
revolutionary new service?
As well as offering exclusive and new
treatments, Inspirations also offers threading,
waxing, HD Brows, OPI nails, a variety of
cleansing and purifying facials, as well an
extensive range of hair treatments.
The move has been a great success and
weve settled in quite nicely, added Jen.
We are very pleased to be able to offer our
wonderful clientele a whole host of new services
and beauty treatments!
We look forward to welcoming clients old
and new very soon!
Are you planning your wedding? If youre
seeking a professional and friendly service that
can cater for all your needs as bride and make
you look and feel fantastic on your wedding
day, why not give Inspirations a call? The salon
offers bespoke wedding packages meaning that
your pre-wedding pampering can suit your day
perfectly.
Why not treat yourself to a new look and
a relaxing aromatherapy body massage this
January at Inspirations Spa Retreat? Theres
a 15% discount on all salon services every
Tuesday*.
Inspirations is open from 9am to 6pm Tuesday
and Wednesday, 9am to 8pm Thursday, 9am to
6pm Friday and from 9am to 4pm on Saturday.
Call 01633 222186 to make an appointment
for any of their hair or beauty services.
Inspirations Spa Retreat is located at 264
Caerleon Road, Newport NP19 7DP.
*terms and conditions apply. See in salon for
details.
OPENING
TIMES
INSPIRATIONS IS OPEN FROM
9AM TO 6PM TUESDAY AND
WEDNESDAY, 9AM TO 8PM
THURSDAY, 9AM TO 6PM FRIDAY
AND FROM 9AM TO 4PM ON
SATURDAY.
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www.weddingshowwales.co.uk
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We couldnt possibly bring you a
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Vintage! On-hand will be a fan-
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January Special! Exclusive Discounts & Offers


Tickets are available
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We have some great
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2014 Themed
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Tickets available online & at door .
Magazines & amazing Goodybags included.
show@weddingshowwales.co.uk
Local Hotline: 01792 446017
This event is brought to you by JR Events LTD
Were proud to bring you
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This National Event is coming to Cardiff on January 19th
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This is a wedding show with a difference - its our
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All About Eve
shop of the month - All About Eve
L
ast year saw All About Eve move to a new,
much larger premises, just a few doors up from
their previous location.
The new bridal store is almost four-times larger
than the previous shop, which allows All About Eve
to offer more choice than ever before.
Specialists in exclusive designer wedding
dresses, the shop offers the most beautiful range
of gowns, selected from award-winning designers
many of which are exclusive to Newport.
The ground oor of the new store is dedicated
solely to mother of the bride and mother of the
groom outts and accessories.
The rails include collections by John Charles,
Condici, Linea Raffaelli, Veni Infantino and Gina
Bacconi.
The rst oor is dedicated purely to the bride
and features four private and spacious dressing
rooms, which are lavishly decorated and are
especially for the bride to try dresses on.
Each secluded room is beautifully decorated
and designed for comfort, meaning that family and
friends can relax and enjoy a complimentary tea or
coffee while the bride searches for the dress of her
dreams.
Not only does the shop offer a wide variety
of exquisite dresses, it also stocks a full range of
accessories including tiaras, veils and shoes, to add
those all important nishing touches.
Family-run, by mother and daughter team
Maureen and Vicki, the shop recently won Best
Bridal Retailer Wales at The Welsh National
Wedding Awards 2013.
Its the third year in a row that All About Eve has
won this award, it also picked up a national award
in the same category.
To win that award was just fantastic, said
Vicki.
It was voted by the general public and our very
valued customers, which is what makes it so special.
It was a great way to celebrate a fantastic
year.
Weve had such a great response since the
move to our new location.
The feedback on the new store has been just
fantastic especially the talk about the new private
dressing rooms where the ladies can try on their
dresses.
Theres a lot planned for 2014 too Vicki
and Maureen are launching a new designer
label called Allure Bridal, which will be available
exclusively in Newport.
Also at their other store, in Chepstow, they will
be stocking new ranges for mother of the bride.
In March and April of this year All About
Eve will be hosting special events, where new
designers, styles, looks and trends for 2015 will be
showcased.
Call now for more details about the special
days.
To ensure the very best service and enjoyable
experience, the great team at All About Eve
recommends that you book an appointment - they
wouldnt want you to have a wasted journey and
not be able to try on their gorgeous dresses.
The Newport branch of All About Eve is located
at 7 Clytha Park Road, Newport, NP20 4NZ. Call
01633 243943 for an appointment.
The Chepstow branch is located at 28 High St,
Chepstow, NP16 5LJ. The telephone number for the
shop is 01291 629338.
For more information, and to view dresses
online, visit www.allaboutevebridalwear.com
Now, rmly at home in their new shop, Vicki and
Maureen of All About Eve are eagerly anticipating
2014 with the hope that its just as good as last year...
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Let your wedding journey begin
here and imagine how special your
day would be with the style and
splendor of a vintage bus.
Built in 1958, this delightful vehicle
has a charm and elegance that will wow
your guests and add that extra sparkle
to your day.
Immaculately presented and adorned with leather
upholstery there really is no ner setting.
Our drivers are presented immaculately for your
wedding, dressed in distinguished uniform and attentive to your
every requirement
Comfortably seat up to 58 guests, the vintage
wedding bus offers a unique and memorable
setting for your wedding photography, giving you
memories you will never forget.
And just as importantly we make sure that our
Vintage Wedding Bus doesnt cost you the earth
with our extremely attractive packages able to
meet even the smallest of budgets.
We understand how special and important your wedding day is to you,
which is why from the moment you book with us we make sure that every
detail of your journey is etched in perfection.
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shopping and style
E
ach and every wedding is a rich pool
of ideas and creativity. When I shoot a
wedding, I always love to meet with the
bride and groom beforehand to chat over a
coffee and get to know them as friends and not
just clients.
Its a huge responsibility photographing a
wedding day, as every single moment is a one
shot deal, so its denitely worth it to make the
effort beforehand (if youre a photographer), so
its effortless on the day.
The couple in this shot had a huge love for
each other, and it was prevalent throughout the
whole day, with just little looks and glances here
and there.
They were
so inspirational in
themselves and
really appreciated
creativity. It was a
hugely fun day.
This was taken
far away from the wedding guests on a patch of
long grass covered by trees.
It was a beautifully warm day but I cooled the
image down in post production to make it more
fairytale-like.
This was one of about half a dozen frames,
chosen to get their expressions just perfect.
You can check out Nicks V Award winning
wedding photography at
www.nickmurrayphotography.co.uk or catch him
on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/nickmurrayphotographic
Inspiring V
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Photography
Nick Murray said: Everything can inspire
you when shooting a wedding from the
season to the brides dress, to the colours
of the bridesmaids owers.
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xpress your love with
a beautiful bouquet of
owers this autumn, gift
boxes start from 10 and hand
ties in water from 20.
With a combined total
of more than 71 years of
experience in the ower
industry, the team aim to
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Additionally, they can cater
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Florist and
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Happiest day
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A
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friends it doesnt need to be.
Trust plays a major part in any
wedding and choosing the right
business for you is vital in making your
special day run smoothly.
Remember though, a wedding is
about you and your partner its not
about pleasing hundreds of relatives
and friends, so dont worry what they
think or about offending anyone.
Just take your time, relax and
have fun - theres nothing worse than
a stressed bride on her wedding
day- this should be the happiest day
of your life!
Visit www.youandyourwedding.
co.uk for more helpful hints and tips.

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o, research has it that interval training
will be the big tness trend this year. Its
excellent for burning calories and gaining
tness.
An interval training workout involves
alternating periods of high-intensity effort with
periods of low-intensity effort, which is called the
recovery. For runners, this would typically involve
interspersing bouts of fast running with slower
running.
What happens to your body during the
recovery phase?
The recovery phase is a really important part of
interval training. The stop-and-start pattern trains
your body to recover quickly between bursts of
faster running, which, over time, will gradually
increase your ability to run faster for longer.
What are the health benets of interval
training?
The long-term health benets from interval training
are similar to those achieved from most types
of longer-duration, moderate-intensity aerobic
exercise, namely a lower risk of many chronic
diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes,
stroke and some cancers.
Can interval training help me lose
weight?
During the high-intensity phase, your body burns
mainly carbs for energy but during the recovery,
your body burns mainly fat to produce the energy
needed to help your body recover from the
intense effort. This process can continue for hours
after training, which can help you lose weight, as
long as youre also eating healthily.
What research is there on interval
training?
There is growing evidence to support that interval
training might be as effective, if not more so, than
longer, moderate-intensity aerobic workouts.
Researchers at McMaster University in Canada
found that three 20-minute sessions of interval
training a week provided the same benets as 10
hours of steady exercise over a two-week period.
How can interval training help my
running?
Interval training is one of the most effective
exercises for improving speed. Learning to run
faster is a gradual process. Alternating bursts of
fast running with a recovery period trains your
muscles to work more efciently and economically
at higher speeds. Another benet is that your
routine moderately paced runs will feel easier.
How often should I do interval training?
You shouldnt be doing interval training every
day. Intervals are hard work and you need to
give your body time to recover. If you dont,
youre likely to lose motivation, tire yourself out
and possibly injure yourself. If youre used to
running three days a week, you could set aside
one of those runs for an interval training session.
For a 25-minute interval run, download Couch to
5K+: speed.
Is interval training safe?
Interval training is hard work on the whole body,
but particularly the heart, lungs and muscles. If
youre out of shape or youve not exercised for a
while, you should get the all clear from your GP
before starting. It is generally advisable to have
a good level of overall aerobic tness before
performing high-intensity training of any kind.
Visit www.nhs.uk for more information
or health, wellbeing and tness.
Getting Fit In 2014
and
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sportswear just in time for the new year. We just
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little nutritional support why
not visit Newport specialty
retailer Serious Sports Nutrition?
Located in the Kingsway,
SSN will be running lots of
special offers throughout
January.
Why not pop in and check
out the deals or visit the
website at
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Because U Can
Is your New Years resolution to lose weight
or stop smoking? Are you having trouble
sticking to diets or nding the strength to stop
lighting up another cigarette?
shopping and style
M
aybe you are in need of
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grow as a person?
Whether you want to achieve a
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experience in helping people make
changes and achieve their goals within
the mental health sector of Newport
and at her private practice.
Natasha told Voice: Research
has shown that human beings are
goal directed creatures, the people
that do better in stressful situations are
those individuals who can set out and
achieve their goals.
Some individuals can also
develop particular issues such as
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more skills to help them cope with
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At Because U Can, people are
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This in turn will help boost
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enable them to believe in themselves.
Natasha provides personal
consultations and workshops at her
private practice at 35 Stow Park Circle,
and also training throughout South
East Wales to private clients, voluntary
sector organisations and the private
sector.
Regular workshops include
condence, anxiety, anger, goal
setting, stress, well being and building
futures. Natasha also offers free talks
for groups and organisations.
For the month of January Natasha
is offering all you lucky Voice readers
a great discount, where you can get six
individual sessions for the price of four,
thats a saving of 120.
If you want the power to change
your life, or if youve had enough of
how life is at the moment, call now and
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Because U Can is located at
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you can give Natasha a call on
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For more information you
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not get outside with the whole family and
make it your mission to get fit in 2014?
www.nhs.uk/change4life has loads of ideas
on how to get fit as a family from cutting out
the takeaways to getting outside with a football.
It doesnt have to cost the earth either. Many
leisure centres offer free swimming for children
- and there are more parks and outdoor play
areas about than you can shake a stick at!
So go on, what are you waiting for? Get fit
as a family!
Learning to Make A Difference
Celebrating 400 years of
educational excellence in 2014,
Haberdashers Monmouth Schools
have invested in state-of-the-art
facilities to ensure they continue
to nurture the next generation of
talented individuals ready to make
their mark on the world stage.
Past pupils include former
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Monmouth was listed in the
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Special 400th anniversary
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who show exceptional academic,
sporting or musical ability.
See www.habs-monmouth.org
A
doption is a way of providing a child
(or children) with the security of a
loving and caring home when it is not
possible for them to continue living with their
birth families.
There are common misconceptions about
who can adopt, such as being too old, being
single, not owning a house or having to go
through a different process if you are gay, lesbian
or transgender.
Unfortunately these misconceptions are
preventing eligible adopters from coming
forward and providing new families for these
children.
For more information, come along to our
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You can meet the team, have a coffee and ask
any questions you might have about adoption in
an informal and friendly setting.
Drop in at any time between 2pm and 4pm,
no need to book a place.
Call 01495 355766, e-mail adoption@
blaenau-gwent.gov.uk or visit www.
adoptionsoutheastwales.co.uk for more
information.
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ABOUT ADOPTION?
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Q
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relation to kids. My son can be quite
obsessive could he have OCD?
A
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that might help you decide whether
you need a trip to the doctor.
OCD is a type of anxiety disorder.
Kids with OCD become preoccupied
with whether something could be
harmful, dangerous, wrong, or dirty
or with thoughts that bad stuff
could happen.
With OCD, upsetting or scary
thoughts or images, called
obsessions, pop into a persons mind
and are hard to shake.
Kids with OCD also might worry
about things not being in order or
just right. They may worry about
losing things, sometimes feeling the
need to collect these items, even
though they may seem useless to
other people.
Someone with OCD feels strong
urges to do certain things repeatedly
called rituals or compulsions in
order to banish the scary thoughts,
ward off something dreaded, or make
extra sure that things are safe, clean,
or right in some way.
Children may have a difcult time
explaining a reason for their rituals
and say they do them just because.
But in general, by doing a ritual,
someone with OCD is trying to
relieve anxiety. They may want to feel
absolutely certain that something bad
wont happen or to feel just right.
Think of OCD as an overactive alarm
system, the rise in anxiety or worry
is so strong that a child feels like he
or she must perform the task or dwell
on the thought, over and over again,
to the point where it interferes with
everyday life.
Most kids with OCD realize that
they really dont have to repeat the
behaviors over and over again, but
the anxiety can be so great that they
feel that repetition is required to
neutralize the uncomfortable feeling.
And often the behavior does decrease
the anxiety but only temporarily.
In the long run, the rituals may
worsen OCD severity and prompt the
obsessions to return.
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Norfolk House Nursery is the
longest running Nursery in
Newport. Established in 1989, it is
proud of the fantastic reputation
it has built over the years.
Situated conveniently on the
junction of Caerau Road and
Caerau Crescent, it enjoys the
benefit of having two large
adjoining Victorian three storey
buildings providing a safe, homely
and stimulating environment.
Claim a 50% discount from your first
months bill when you present this
advert and book a place for your
child at our nursery.
Childcare vouchers accepted -
Estyn funding available.
We provide a breakfast club and
after school club service, please ask
for more details.
We also offer a sibling discount
Vast range of
activities that take
place both inside
and outside
Dedicated,
established and
highly qualified
staff
Lots of
opportunities for
children to play,
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Free childcare
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MOST OF ALL WE HAVE FUN
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YOUR CHILDS HOME
AWAY FROMHOME
Norfolk House Nursery is the
longest running Nursery in
Newport. Established in 1989, it is
proud of the fantastic reputation
it has built over the years.
Situated conveniently on the
junction of Caerau Road and
Caerau Crescent, it enjoys the
benefit of having two large
adjoining Victorian three storey
buildings providing a safe, homely
and stimulating environment.
Claim a 50% discount from your first
months bill when you present this
advert and book a place for your
child at our nursery.
Childcare vouchers accepted -
Estyn funding available.
We provide a breakfast club and
after school club service, please ask
for more details.
We also offer a sibling discount
Vast range of
activities that take
place both inside
and outside
Dedicated,
established and
highly qualified
staff
Lots of
opportunities for
children to play,
learn and have fun
Free childcare
sessions. Please
call for further
details
WE EDUCATE... WE BUILD... WE EXPLORE OUR SENSES... WE PLAY
MOST OF ALL WE HAVE FUN
Norfolk House Nursery, 9 Caerau Crescent, Newport, Gwent, NP20 4HG
T: 01633 840243 E: info@norfolkhousenursery.co.uk W: www.norfolkhousenursery.co.uk
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DO NURSERIES NEED TO BE REGISTERED
AND INSPECTED?
All day nurseries should be registered
and inspected regularly by the
appropriate authority:
England: Ofce for Standards in
Education (Ofsted)
Scotland: HM Inspectorate of
Education (HMIE)
Wales: Estyn
Northern Ireland: Department for
Education Northern Ireland (DENI)
The registration certicate should
be displayed prominently in the
day nursery. If it is not immediately
apparent, ask the manager if you can
see it.
HOW DO I FIND OUT IF A NURSERY HAS A
GOOD REPUTATION?
A sign of a good day nursery is a
recommendation from other parents.
When you visit a day nursery, try to
chat to one or two of the parents and get
a feel for the place.
Also talk to other local parents you
know to see if they have heard anything,
positive or negative, about a day nursery
youre interested in.
Your own rst impressions are
important too.
Is there a friendly, welcoming
atmosphere? What do you see? Is it
clean, calm and, most importantly, do
the children look happy and occupied?
Whatever the day nursery tells you, its
important to listen to your instincts.
WHAT SORT OF POLICIES SHOULD I LOOK
OUT FOR?
A day nursery should have clearly
established policies for everything from
opening and closing times to dealing
with emergencies.
By checking that these procedures
are in place, you can see that the day
nursery takes the responsibility of caring
for your child seriously.
Youll want to see that a day nursery
can be exible, too.
For example, it should allow you
to pick up and drop off your child at
different times if your working hours
change at short notice.
Also look for a day nursery with a
strict illness policy. Find out which
illnesses will keep your child at home,
and for how long.
If your child is unwell, you may need
to take time off work for dependents.
You do have the right to take a
reasonable amount of time off work if
you need to care for your child at short
notice.
A good nursery should have an open
door policy which encourages parents to
drop in, unannounced.
Some nurseries go beyond just letting
you in and encourage you to help with
activities or outings.
If you work full-time, you may nd
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babies from birth to four or ve-years-old. Youll want
to visit a few different day nurseries in your local area
to nd one that you and your child are happy with.
We guide you through how to nd a good day nursery.
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taking part difcult to t in on a regular
basis. However, you can take parental
leave if youd like to take time off to care
for your child.
WHAT ACTIVITIES SHOULD I EXPECT TO
FIND IN THE NURSERY?
All day nurseries have to follow the early
years foundation stage (EYFS).
This provides a structure of learning
and care for children from birth to ve-
years-old.
This means that there will be a range
of activities suitable for your childs
stage. Though your child will just see
this as different ways of playing.
The sort of activities your child may
take part in:
painting, drawing, gluing and sticking
imaginative play with the sand pit,
water table or playhouse
story time and reading
construction blocks and dough
jigsaws and puzzles
moving and dancing to music
singing
simple cooking
Some day nurseries also provide
children with the chance to play
learning games on the computer, under
supervision from a member of staff.
Television and videos should play
little or no part in what your child does
at nursery.
If videos are part of the curriculum,
make sure that they are age-appropriate
and educational.
Children learn through play, so look
for somewhere that places a high value
on children simply doing activities that
they enjoy.
Many day nurseries will keep parents
informed about forthcoming topics so
you can talk about them with your child
at home.
Look for a nursery with a wide range
of age-appropriate toys. These will
encourage your childs development and
stimulate creative, imaginative play.
Look at what is on the walls, too.
Its important that there are plenty
of drawings and paintings that the
children have done themselves. This
shows that their creativity is valued.
A day nursery should have an
outdoor play area and allow children to
play outside every day.
City-based nurseries may not
have enough space for an outdoor
playground. But they should still
provide a spacious indoor area and take
children on regular visits to the local
shops, park or playground.
Finally, nd out what the nursery
serves at meal times.
Check that they serve nutritious
options and that vegetarian children or
those with food allergies or intolerances
will be properly catered for.
WHAT TRAINING SHOULD THE STAFF
HAVE?
All day nursery staff must be trained
in the EYFS. This means they are
trained to create a safe and stimulating
environment for your child to enjoy and
develop in.
They must also provide toys and
activities suitable for his stage.
Some nursery staff also complete a
range of other courses to extend their
skills. These can range from diplomas to
degree-level qualications.
What qualities should I look for in the
staff?
Look for staff members who share
your views on sleep, discipline, feeding
and other care issues.
Good carers will ask detailed
questions about your childs health and
care.
This will help determine whether
their particular day nursery is right for
you.
Staff should also make time to get to
know you and your child quickly and
talk to you at the end of the day.
Look for a nursery with good staff
benets. Those that pay well and offer
a good employment package are more
likely to keep their best staff.
Low staff turnover is one key to
ensuring consistent, stable care for your
child.
Some nurseries close early every so
often for staff support and training.
Although inconvenient in the short
term, this is time well spent.
It shows you that the staff are valued
and up-to-date in their skills.
If staff training isnt up to scratch,
and they seem overworked and stressed,
then the nursery is not for you.
WHAT SHOULD THE RATIO OF STAFF TO
CHILDREN BE?
There are regulations in place to make
sure there are the right numbers of
carers in a day nursery. The child to
staff ratio should be:
one adult to three children aged two
and younger
one adult to four children aged
between two and three
one adult to eight children aged
between three and ve
Do day nurseries have to follow
health and safety regulations?
All day nurseries are required to
provide a safe environment for staff,
children and visiting parents. Check
that play equipment is safe and that re
drills take place regularly.
Security must also be a high priority.
Check that children cant leave the
building without being noticed, and that
nobody can enter without valid reason.
Prevention of dangerous situations
is a must in a day nursery setting. You
should satisfy yourself that steps have
been taken to minimise every risk.
A good nursery is also clean. Floors,
corridors, walls and the kitchen area
must be spotless. Rubbish bins should
not be left full, and the building should
be suitably heated, lit and ventilated.
Staff must be aware of the
importance of personal hygiene.
They should also follow appropriate
procedures when helping your child in
the toilet.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT
WWW.BABYCENTRE.CO.UK
Lullabyz
Nursery
Riverside Court, Tregare Street
Newport, NP19 7AP
Tel. 01633 264246 Mob. 07957111479
Email. hello@lullabyznursery.co.uk
Web. www.lullabyznursery.co.uk
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his great success is due to the hard
working team of professional and
highly trained staff, who recently
received an exceptional CSSIW report,
which is available to view online on the
nursery website.
Lullabyz is owned by Nicola Reed, who is
also the manager along with Louise Touhig.
Both are qualied primary school teachers,
who have a combined total of more than 20
years experience teaching children.
Lullabyz has really taken off, said Nicola.
Weve had loads of positive feedback
from very happy parents saying how much
they and their children love our childcare
services.
Its been an amazing and very rewarding
rst year.
The team originally started with just ve
staff members and now, 14 months later, we
are 15-strong to keep up with the demand.
Due to our great success, we will be
expanding the business, and during January
we will be unveiling our new purpose-built
annexe, which will be primarily used for
breakfast clubs, holiday clubs and after
school clubs.
Were very excited to be opening this
building.
When designing the original Lullabyz
building, the layout was built with children in
mind, with an emphasis on open-plan play
areas.
Every room is bright and welcoming and
aims to challenge and excite the children.
With planned topics and activities, the
highly trained staff encourage the children to
learn through play.
One of the favourite elements at Lullabyz
that parents comment on is the security and
safety.
There are electric gates at the front of the
property, external and internal security doors
and CCTV cameras throughout.
This means parents can relax in the
knowledge that safety is a number one
priority
Nicola added: We understand that
choosing a nursery can be an emotional
decision and here at Lullabyz we make every
Having celebrated its rst
anniversary in October, Lullabyz Nursery
has enjoyed fantastic success since
opening, with more than 120 children
currently registered there.
effort to create a home from home environment
in which you, the parent, will feel condent leaving
your little ones.
In fact, before parents come to us we
encourage them to visit as many nurseries as they
can, just to see the difference here at Lullabyz,
then make a decision.
We dont think that youll want to go anywhere
else.
Lullabyz is situated close to the centre of
Newport and within easy reach of the M4
motorway.
There is ample parking in bays outside the
nursery, as well as a dedicated drop off point on-
site for the safety of children and parents alike.
Lullabyz has an open door policy at all times, so
Nicola and her team invite you to come along and
nd out what makes their nursery so special.
Lullabyz Nursery is located at Riverside
Court, Tregare Street, Newport, NP19
7AP and is open from 8am until 6pm
Monday to Friday, all year around
except bank holidays.
For more information see www.
lullabyznursery.co.uk or call 01633
264246.
You can also join the Lullabyz Facebook
group and follow it on Twitter to keep
up to date with the latest news and
activities.
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Lullabyz
Nursery
Riverside Court, Tregare Street
Newport, NP19 7AP
Tel. 01633 264246 Mob. 07957111479
Email. hello@lullabyznursery.co.uk
Web. www.lullabyznursery.co.uk
C
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his great success is due to the hard
working team of professional and
highly trained staff, who recently
received an exceptional CSSIW report,
which is available to view online on the
nursery website.
Lullabyz is owned by Nicola Reed, who is
also the manager along with Louise Touhig.
Both are qualied primary school teachers,
who have a combined total of more than 20
years experience teaching children.
Lullabyz has really taken off, said Nicola.
Weve had loads of positive feedback
from very happy parents saying how much
they and their children love our childcare
services.
Its been an amazing and very rewarding
rst year.
The team originally started with just ve
staff members and now, 14 months later, we
are 15-strong to keep up with the demand.
Due to our great success, we will be
expanding the business, and during January
we will be unveiling our new purpose-built
annexe, which will be primarily used for
breakfast clubs, holiday clubs and after
school clubs.
Were very excited to be opening this
building.
When designing the original Lullabyz
building, the layout was built with children in
mind, with an emphasis on open-plan play
areas.
Every room is bright and welcoming and
aims to challenge and excite the children.
With planned topics and activities, the
highly trained staff encourage the children to
learn through play.
One of the favourite elements at Lullabyz
that parents comment on is the security and
safety.
There are electric gates at the front of the
property, external and internal security doors
and CCTV cameras throughout.
This means parents can relax in the
knowledge that safety is a number one
priority
Nicola added: We understand that
choosing a nursery can be an emotional
decision and here at Lullabyz we make every
Having celebrated its rst
anniversary in October, Lullabyz Nursery
has enjoyed fantastic success since
opening, with more than 120 children
currently registered there.
effort to create a home from home environment
in which you, the parent, will feel condent leaving
your little ones.
In fact, before parents come to us we
encourage them to visit as many nurseries as they
can, just to see the difference here at Lullabyz,
then make a decision.
We dont think that youll want to go anywhere
else.
Lullabyz is situated close to the centre of
Newport and within easy reach of the M4
motorway.
There is ample parking in bays outside the
nursery, as well as a dedicated drop off point on-
site for the safety of children and parents alike.
Lullabyz has an open door policy at all times, so
Nicola and her team invite you to come along and
nd out what makes their nursery so special.
Lullabyz Nursery is located at Riverside
Court, Tregare Street, Newport, NP19
7AP and is open from 8am until 6pm
Monday to Friday, all year around
except bank holidays.
For more information see www.
lullabyznursery.co.uk or call 01633
264246.
You can also join the Lullabyz Facebook
group and follow it on Twitter to keep
up to date with the latest news and
activities.
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GRIFFITHSAM
Assembly Member for Newport East
John holds regular surgeries across Newport East.
If you need advice or have any concerns affecting you,
your family, or your neighbourhood, please get in touch.
Tel: 01633 222 302
e-mail john.grifths@wales.gov.uk
www.johngrifthsam.com
Clarence House, Clarence Place, Newport, NP19 7AA
Make friends with all the animals and learn about rare
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Meet and play with rabbits and Guinea Pigs
in their large pen Pony rides
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Power around our go-karting racetrack
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RISCA PINE CENTRE
New to the Risca Pine Centre is the fabulous range of Yankee
Candles. Owner Helen stocks more than 30 different fragrances,
including special editions as well as fragrance of the month.
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people have been very supportive
knowing that these popular scented candles
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M
ore than 60 homeless men and
women, supported by homeless
charity Solas Cymru, have been
instrumental in Newport Social Enterprise
Cre8 Products recent business growth.
Launched in 2012, the social enterprise
was created to provide employment,
training and volunteering opportunities
to support disadvantaged people in
Wales, who may be homeless or at risk of
homelessness, by empowering them to full
their potential whilst gaining experience
working in a thriving and creative business.
Cre8 is not just about creating
meaningful work opportunities in a
commercial environment, selling a high
quality range of stylish products is of
tantamount importance.
The success of the enterprise to date
has provided a platform to create even
more work opportunities for homeless
people, as well as extending the range of
products and customer base.
Capitalising on the rising demand for its
products and the opportunity for business
growth, Cre8 has bravely ventured out of
its etched glassware and awards niche
into a range of bespoke and retail-ready
Welsh slate products which have been
launched on the worlds largest online
retailer website.
This has already led to a surge in the
demand for Cre8s products across the UK.
The boutique-style Cre8 shop is a short
walk from Newport City Centre and
while bespoke products in glass and Welsh
slate such as awards, and tableware
remain the biggest sellers the new range
of complementary ceramics and textiles
are already proving very popular and
promise to bring sophistication and style to
any home.
Dawn Bevan, head of Cre8 Services,
said: Cre8 has given over 60 people
supported by Solas the opportunity to
develop both their skills and condence,
whilst gaining invaluable work experience,
enabling them to move onto lasting
independence and a more positive future.
The residents should be extremely
proud of the part they have played in
Cre8s success to date.
Not content to sit back on their laurels,
a group of Solas staff recently visited
Holland to see how social enterprises
operate, which has already lead to the
implementation of many innovative ideas
at Cre8 and has whet the appetite for
exploring other opportunities to create
social enterprises within the Seren Group.
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some of your unwanted electrical goods?
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mobile phones, computers, consoles and games.
It will buy your unwanted items for cash and will even
take damaged LED and LCD TVs off your hands for cash
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A STEP BACK IN TIME IN 2014
GRANDEUR OF AN EDWARDIAN HOME
WITH THE HEIGHT OF MODERN LIVING
A
new scheme of 18 apartments at Newports
Shire Hall has launched to the public with six
properties already reserved.
The development offers buyers a mixture of
Edwardian Architecture with the latest in contemporary
living within the grade II listed building.
Originally built by the architect William Tanner in
1902, Shire Hall is an Edwardian designed Civic building
which served as the county hall for Monmouth County
Council. It has now been restored to reect its history,
style and the extravagance of the period by the same
team that converted the Lansdowne Hotel and Russell
Court in Cardiff.
Buyers can choose from a studio, one or two
bedroom apartment with the option of secure allocated
parking.
The development is being marketed by
Savills new homes team. Lisa Howells of
Savills comments, With the experience of
marketing period conversions such as The Old
Arts College in Newport, we know the current appetite
for apartments in this kind of property. The fact that four
properties have already been reserved is evidence of
this.
Shire Hall succeeds in bringing together an attractive
Edwardian building with all the character features of the
time, with a high specication interior which fulls all the
needs of a modern home. Each apartment has its own
original charm with the penthouses offering views of the
city. With the majority of property exempt from stamp
duty, the development is an appealing prospect for local
buyers and investors alike.
Show home viewings are by appointment only,
please call Lisa Howells at Savills on
02920 368 940 to arrange an
appointment or visit www.savills.co.uk
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NOW LAUNCHED!
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A STEP BACK IN TIME IN 2014
GRANDEUR OF AN EDWARDIAN HOME
WITH THE HEIGHT OF MODERN LIVING
A
new scheme of 18 apartments at Newports
Shire Hall has launched to the public with six
properties already reserved.
The development offers buyers a mixture of
Edwardian Architecture with the latest in contemporary
living within the grade II listed building.
Originally built by the architect William Tanner in
1902, Shire Hall is an Edwardian designed Civic building
which served as the county hall for Monmouth County
Council. It has now been restored to reect its history,
style and the extravagance of the period by the same
team that converted the Lansdowne Hotel and Russell
Court in Cardiff.
Buyers can choose from a studio, one or two
bedroom apartment with the option of secure allocated
parking.
The development is being marketed by
Savills new homes team. Lisa Howells of
Savills comments, With the experience of
marketing period conversions such as The Old
Arts College in Newport, we know the current appetite
for apartments in this kind of property. The fact that four
properties have already been reserved is evidence of
this.
Shire Hall succeeds in bringing together an attractive
Edwardian building with all the character features of the
time, with a high specication interior which fulls all the
needs of a modern home. Each apartment has its own
original charm with the penthouses offering views of the
city. With the majority of property exempt from stamp
duty, the development is an appealing prospect for local
buyers and investors alike.
Show home viewings are by appointment only,
please call Lisa Howells at Savills on
02920 368 940 to arrange an
appointment or visit www.savills.co.uk
30% ALREADY SOLD
NOW LAUNCHED!
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Lloyds TSB
Rugby Lunch
Celtic Manor Resort
Fri 24 Jan 2014
12 noon for 1pm onwards for a 3 course lunch.
Guest speaker David Duckham MBE
(England & British Lions). Compred by Rick OShea
45 per person
Pontypool
10k Home Run
10am Sun 23 Feb 2014
Pontypool Park
Run with us along the beautiful Monmouthshire
- Brecon canal towpath. Suitable for all levels of
ability. Proceeds to St Davids Hospice Care.
The Admiral City of
Newport Half Marathon
Sun 2 March 2014
9am
Scenic course that showcases some of the iconic
landmarks of the city of Newport. In association with
Admiral and Newport City Council
St Davids
Big Bike Ride
77 miles on our new road route
Sun 30 March 2014
Enjoy stunning scenery on our new
picturesque route around South Wales
15 per rider with event T-shirt
Charity Golf Days
Monmouthshire Golf Club
Thu 10 April 2014
Newport Golf Club
Thu 11 Sep 2014
We invite you to join us at our annual charity golf
days in order to help us raise much needed funds to
provide our free hospice service.
200 per team
4 ball
Three Peaks of
Wales
Sat 28 June 2014
Are you up for the challenge?
We invite you to join us as we climb the
three peaks of Wales: Snowdon, Cadair
Idris & Pen - y - Fan in one day.
www.stdavidshospicecare.org - 01633 851051
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2
For the chicken, cut the meat around the end of the
wing bone and push down towards the breast, exposing
the bone. Taking great care, using the heel of the knife, cut
off the small knuckle at the end of the bone to leave a clean
straight bone. Carefully lift the skin away from the breast
meat, starting at the end furthest away from the bone, but
leaving it intact and still attached at the bone end.
3
Place the chervil, flatleaf parsley, parmesan, garlic, salt
and peppercorns into a pestle and mortar and pound to a
paste. Add the extra virgin olive oil and pound once more to
a smooth paste. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground
black pepper.
4
Spoon the herb mixture onto the chicken breasts, then
smooth the skin back down to cover the herbs.
5
Heat half the butter and the olive oil in an ovenproof
frying pan, add the chicken breasts, skin-side down and
fry for two minutes, until the skin is crisp and golden-brown
then, turn over and cook for another minute. Transfer to
the oven for 15 minutes, until the chicken is golden-brown
and cooked through. (The chicken is cooked through when
the juices run clear when pierced in the thickest part with a
skewer.) Remove and rest for five minutes.
6
Heat a frying pan until hot, add the red wine and cook
until the volume of the liquid has reduced by a third,
then add the chicken stock and cook until the volume of the
liquid has reduced by a half. Add any chicken juices from the
rested chicken, season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground
black pepper and add the remaining butter.
7
For the cabbage, heat a deep-sided frying pan until hot,
add half the butter, the shallot and garlic and sweat for 1-
2 minutes. Add the bacon and cook for two minutes until just
starting to crisp. Add the cabbage and chestnuts, saut for 1
minute then add the rest of the butter and the water. Bring to
a boil, turn down the heat and simmer gently for 4-5 minutes
until the cabbage is tender and the sauce reduced slightly.
Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
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To serve, spoon the cabbage into the centre of each
plate, cut each chicken breast into three slices and place
on top of the cabbage. Spoon the sauce around the edge and
garnish with a sprig of chervil
For more seasonal recipes visit www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes
Why not make 2014 the year you cut back on the air miles and keep your
food seasonal and local? Heres a blooming lovely recipe to get you going.
Fried herb-
stuffed chicken
with cabbage and chestnuts
Ingredients:
For the chicken
4 boneless chicken breasts,
wing bone attached
6 tbsp fresh chervil leaves
6 tbsp flatleaf parsley, leaves
only
3 tbsp freshly grated parmesan
cheese
1 garlic clove
1 tsp salt
tsp black peppercorns
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black
pepper
75g/3oz butter
1 tbsp olive oil
200ml/7fl oz red wine
300ml/11fl oz chicken stock
For the cabbage
75g/3oz butter
1 banana shallot, finely
chopped
1 garlic clove, finely diced
4 rashers bacon, cut into
lardons
400g/14oz pointed cabbage,
finely shredded
150g/5oz cooked chestnuts,
roughly chopped
200ml/7fl oz water
4 sprigs fresh chervil, to
garnish
Preparation method
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pubs amazing new Seren Restaurant and to sample the
fantastic new menu?
If you havent, make a date in your diary this January to enjoy
a delicious home-cooked meal in this recently renovated
restaurant.
Voice caught up with the very busy owner, Michael Davies.
He told us: We would like to thank all of our old and new
customers for their fantastic support that we have received since
opening the new Seren Restaurant.
The comments have been very complimentary and very much
appreciated.
Not only are people enjoying the comfortable new surroundings
of the restaurant and lounge area, but theyre also raving about
our new menu, which has been meticulously created by our very
talented chefs Eugene and Steve.
Dishes on the new lunch menu, which is served Monday to
Saturday from noon until 2pm, include starters priced from 2.95
and main courses from 7.95.
The main course options include dishes like Wiltshire ham with
homemade pineapple chutney and cress salad.
Also on the lunch menu are options from the grill, including a 10oz rump steak for 14.95, a 10oz gammon
steak for 11.95.
If youre up for it, you could also attempt the Seren mixed grill which consists of rump steak, sausage,
gammon, chicken breast, pork chop and an egg for only 15.95.
The new evening menu is served daily from 5.30pm until 9pm with starters priced from 3.95, and mains
from 10.95 including their popular crispy homemade beer battered cod llet, with peas or salad garnish
and a choice of potatoes.
Theres also a wide variety of vegetarian dishes,
options from the grill and old pub favourites to tempt
you, such as their homemade pie of the day with a
handcrafted short crust pastry for just 8.95.
Senior citizens can save every Monday and
Wednesday lunch time with a fantastic offer of two
courses for only 8.50.
The Star Inn is also open longer on Sundays, with a
traditional lunch served from noon until 3pm, and the
evening a la carte menu available from 5.30pm until
9pm.
Booking in advance is well advised for the sensational
Sunday lunch, which is priced at 8.95 for one course,
10.95 for two courses and 12.95 for three courses.
Pop in today and enjoy an expertly cooked meal,
made using the nest locally sourced ingredients.
The chefs will also be pleased to help if you have any
special dietary requirements just call in advance.
Why not pop in this New Year to sample the new
menu? Call to book a table on 01633 420582.
Dont forget, The Star Inn now has karaoke every
Friday night from 9.30pm until midnight.
The Star Inn is located on Caerleon Road, Ponthir,
Newport, NP18 1GZ.
Visit www.thestarponthir.co.uk for more information
about the weekly entertainment and menus.
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pubs amazing new Seren Restaurant and to sample the
fantastic new menu?
If you havent, make a date in your diary this January to enjoy
a delicious home-cooked meal in this recently renovated
restaurant.
Voice caught up with the very busy owner, Michael Davies.
He told us: We would like to thank all of our old and new
customers for their fantastic support that we have received since
opening the new Seren Restaurant.
The comments have been very complimentary and very much
appreciated.
Not only are people enjoying the comfortable new surroundings
of the restaurant and lounge area, but theyre also raving about
our new menu, which has been meticulously created by our very
talented chefs Eugene and Steve.
Dishes on the new lunch menu, which is served Monday to
Saturday from noon until 2pm, include starters priced from 2.95
and main courses from 7.95.
The main course options include dishes like Wiltshire ham with
homemade pineapple chutney and cress salad.
Also on the lunch menu are options from the grill, including a 10oz rump steak for 14.95, a 10oz gammon
steak for 11.95.
If youre up for it, you could also attempt the Seren mixed grill which consists of rump steak, sausage,
gammon, chicken breast, pork chop and an egg for only 15.95.
The new evening menu is served daily from 5.30pm until 9pm with starters priced from 3.95, and mains
from 10.95 including their popular crispy homemade beer battered cod llet, with peas or salad garnish
and a choice of potatoes.
Theres also a wide variety of vegetarian dishes,
options from the grill and old pub favourites to tempt
you, such as their homemade pie of the day with a
handcrafted short crust pastry for just 8.95.
Senior citizens can save every Monday and
Wednesday lunch time with a fantastic offer of two
courses for only 8.50.
The Star Inn is also open longer on Sundays, with a
traditional lunch served from noon until 3pm, and the
evening a la carte menu available from 5.30pm until
9pm.
Booking in advance is well advised for the sensational
Sunday lunch, which is priced at 8.95 for one course,
10.95 for two courses and 12.95 for three courses.
Pop in today and enjoy an expertly cooked meal,
made using the nest locally sourced ingredients.
The chefs will also be pleased to help if you have any
special dietary requirements just call in advance.
Why not pop in this New Year to sample the new
menu? Call to book a table on 01633 420582.
Dont forget, The Star Inn now has karaoke every
Friday night from 9.30pm until midnight.
The Star Inn is located on Caerleon Road, Ponthir,
Newport, NP18 1GZ.
Visit www.thestarponthir.co.uk for more information
about the weekly entertainment and menus.
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ts the New Year and for
most of us that means one
thing money is tight.
Our money has all been
spent on enjoying the festive
season, and theres not much
left for January, but that
doesnt mean that you cant go
out and enjoy yourself.
The Darran in Risca has
plenty of special offers to keep
you dining out this month.
If you visited over
Christmas, make sure to dig
out your exclusive BOGOF
vouchers and take advantage of
the amazing buy-one-get-one-
free deal.
Throughout the month, the
pub will also be running its
usual two meals for 10.99
menu and Tuesdays will
be grill night when diners
can enjoy 25 per cent off all
options from the grill.
We have plenty on offer
this month for everyone who
comes to see us, manager
Nate told us. Why not pop in?
Well make those pennies go a
bit further this January.
Looking ahead, The Darran
is already taking bookings for
Valentines Day.
Although the menu wasnt
finalised at the time of going to
print, Nate told us there will be
a special two or three-course
meal served up on the night.
However, space is limited,
so be sure to make your
reservation as soon as you can.
The Darran is located
at 2 St Mary Street, Risca,
NP11 6GU. Call 01633 612414
for your Valentines Day
reservation.
The Darran
RE-DECORATING THIS 2014?
WE MAY BE ABLE TO USE YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE
We urgently require good quality used
furniture, especially wardrobes and
chest of drawers, other household
goods and bedding
Food donations always required including,
any tinned goods and long dated dried
goods like rice and pasta.
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Raven House, 276-278 Cromwell Road, Newport,
NP19 0HT | Tel: 01633 762999
e-mail contact@ravenhouse.org
www.ravenhouse.org
Supported by the Henry Smith Charity. Charity N
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Pleased to be In Partnership with
Stow Park Church Centre,
Brynhyfryd Road, Newport, NP20 4FX.
Open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm
Bettws Food Bank
Church Community House
1 Tone Close, Newport, NP20 7AT
Tel: 01633 856623
Stow Park Church Centre
Brynhyfryd Road,
Newport, NP20 4FX
Tel: 01633 843730
Qual i t y Used Fur ni t ure | House Cl earance | Removal s | Donat i ons
We provide support through the provision of food,
furniture clothing and general household items for
needy people or those in a vulnerable position.
We work with agencies including social services, the
police, reach, womans aid and countless others
THANK YOU
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DONATIONS
CALDICOT
FOOD BANK OPEN!
Every Friday 10am - 12noon
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Sandy Lane, NP26 4NA
Please give generously
RAVEN HOUSE TRUST
THE TRUST THAT HELPS VULNERABLE PEOPLE AND FAMILIES
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A TASTE OF NEWPORT
H
arry and Kate are no strangers when
it comes to running a successful
business, as the couple have many
years of experience between them in the
landlord trade.
Harry in particular built and owned the
popular Junction 28 restaurant located in
Bassaleg.
Harry and Kates daughters, Kayleigh
and Becky, will also be giving a helping
hand with the business, with Becky
entertaining the crowd with her vocal
talents, once a month, and Kayleigh helping
out with the running of the business.
The Barnbrooks may be new owners at
The Greyhound Inn but its still the same
friendly bar staff with the same great chefs,
with long-serving manager, David Mitchell,
still overseeing the business.
New owner Harry told Voice: We have
great things planned for this much-loved
traditional pub.
Firstly we plan on upgrading the food
by using better quality locally sourced
produce.
Well be launching a new menu soon
and also have a fantastic new lunch time
and early bird offer with fabulous food for
a fiver, which will be available Monday to
Thursday from 12noon until 2.30pm and
then from 6pm to 7pm in the evening.
Lunch is served from noon until 3pm
throughout the week. evening dinner is
served from 6pm until 9pm Monday to
Saturday.
Everything is made fresh and to order at
the Greyhound and wherever possible the
team source ingredients from local suppliers
within a 20-mile radius.
Why not treat the family to a gorgeous
traditional Sunday lunch at the Greyhound
Inn?
With a fine selection of roast meats to
choose from, youll ask yourself why you
havent visited the Greyhound Inn before.
All roasts come served with fresh
vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire
pudding, which you can then smother with
delicious homemade gravy.
Its just 8.25 for one course or you
could go for two and choose a delicious
dessert.
Sunday lunch is served from noon until
3pm every week.
Every Saturday night, the Greyhound
has live entertainment which starts at 9pm
each week and showcases some of the finest
acts and bands around.
Theres also a popular quiz every
Sunday evening, which is free to enter
and you could win a 20 voucher which
can be spent on any food or drink at the
Greyhound.
Do you have what it takes to win?
Test your general knowledge skills this
Sunday, the quiz starts at 9pm.
With its rustic charm and friendly
welcoming staff, the Greyhound Inn is a
THE GREYHOUND INN,
CHRISTCHURCH
Harry and Kate Barnbrook are the proud new
owners of The Greyhound Inn at Christchurch.
firm favourite with the locals and
regulars and everyone who graces
its doors.
Pop in this January after a game
of golf at The Celtic Manor or
just to catch up with friends with
a social drink, you can be assured
to always receive a very warm
welcome.
Located at the top of
Christchurch Hill, Newport,
NP18 1J, call 01633 420306 to
book a table for Sunday lunch
or to find out more information
about menus and entertainment.
You can also join the
Greyhound Inns Facebook
group.
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Voices Business of the Month goes to
young entrepreneur Jonathan Hill, who
recently opened Hi Coffee Stores, a
convenient coffee bar that is located on
Platform 4 of Newport Train Station.
HI COFFEE
STORES LTD
J
onathan has always wanted
to open his own business,
but never followed his
vision of having his very own
chain of coffee bars through. It
wasnt until the sudden passing
of his beloved mother, who
unfortunately lost her battle
with cancer last year, that
Jonathan found the drive and
determination to open Hi Coffee
Stores.
My mother was an
inspiration, he told us. She
was a dedicated and very hard
working lady who taught me
that if I wanted something, Id
have to put the long hours and
effort in to achieve my goals.
Losing mum was horrific,
but it also made me see that
you have to follow your heart
and your dreams, Jonathan
continued.
I had a lot of help and
support from my family, but I
did face some adversity from
people when creating my
business proposal, advising me
that Newport wouldnt want
a high-end establishment that
served quality produce.
Im glad that I wasnt
perturbed by those negative
people, as I personally think
that Newport is a fantastic city
and that the people deserve the
option to have the finer things
in life.
Since opening the response
has been fantastic. Weve had
loads of positive feedback for
our great tasting, Fairtrade
coffee and freshly prepared
food, just take a look on our
Twitter feed.
Im so glad that I opened.
Mum backed my idea 100% and
always told me that I should go
for it, and thankfully I did.
Jonathan has a five year plan
and intends to open a chain of
coffee stores throughout the
country; he wants to make Hi
Coffee a brand that people will
love and trust a real must-have
experience.
When people see Hi
Coffee, I want them to instantly
think of high quality as well as
a friendly hello, hence the name
Hi! Jonathan added.
Conveniently located on
Platform 4, Hi Coffee has a
wide variety of customers who
travel to and from all over the
country, its the perfect place to
visit before you take you trip
or relax after a long journey on
your commute to work.
Not only does Jonathan offer
exceptional, high quality coffee
at highly competitive prices,
he also stocks a wide variety of
snacks and lite bites, including
freshly made baguettes,
sandwiches, fruit drinks and
snacks, as well as a tempting
range of delicious muffins,
chocolate tarts, brownies and
homemade Welsh cakes.
All ingredients, wherever
possible, are locally sourced
and have been selected for Hi
Coffee.
Pay a visit to Hi Coffee
Stores Ltd this January to try
their amazing coffees and
support a local independent
business.
Hi Coffee Stores is located at
the long stay car park entrance
of Platform 4 of Newport Train
Station. To keep up to date with
the latest news, events and new
menu choices you can find Hi
Coffee Stores Ltd on Facebook
and follow them on Twitter at @
HiCoffeeStore
SINCE OPENING THE RESPONSE HAS
BEEN FANTASTIC, WEVE HAD LOADS OF
POSITIVE FEEDBACK FOR OUR GREAT
TASTING, FAIRTRADE COFFEE AND
FRESHLY PREPARED FOOD, JUST TAKE A
LOOK ON OUR TWITTER FEED.
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A TASTE OF NEWPORT
BUSINESS OF THE
MONTH
ALL INGREDIENTS,
WHEREVER POSSIBLE,
ARE LOCALLY SOURCED
ESPECIALLY FOR HI
COFFEE.
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A TASTE OF CARDIFF
Located in the lovely Duke St. Arcade, Cardiff, youll nd a
tea revolution happening in the form of Barker Tea House.
BARKER TEA HOUSE
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arker Tea House is here to bring back
teas to the forefront of modern social
culture by brewing up a friendly and
welcoming home-from-home atmosphere in
its lavish and extremely comfortable decor.
The sister-venue of the hugely popular
Coffee Barker, Barker Tea House celebrates
the great British tradition of afternoon tea.
On offer is a choice of sixty loose-leaf teas to
sample, each with its own unique flavour and
fragrance to captivate your taste buds.
They have teas for every occasion
- whether youre looking to have a quiet
break from work with a freshly brewed pot
of Earl Grey and a slice of cake, or if youre
with a group of friends wanting to enjoy full
afternoon tea with a bottle of Champagne,
Barker Tea house can cater for you.
Not only do they offer a wide variety of
teas and beautiful handmade desserts, they
also offer a fantastic selection of scrumptious
breakfasts and tasty lunches.
Why not start the day in a great way by
enjoying one a tea and one of the delicious
breakfast dishes from the enticing menu.
Breakfast is served from 8.30am. Options
include a classic bacon doorstep sandwich,
smoked salmon and scrambled duck egg on
toast and their incredible house special - Eggs
Benedict.
Every Sunday from 11am until 4pm they
offer an alternative to a traditional roast - the
sublime New York-style Sunday Brunch. Its
just great for those who love to enjoy a late
breakfast on a lazy Sunday - their wholesome
dishes are perfect cure for the morning after!
Why not pay a visit to Cardiffs hottest
new establishment and take the time out to
relax while enjoying a flavoursome speciality
tea? Its the perfect retreat from the busy
January sales, with the comfort and opulence
of this beautiful tea room offering the perfect
resting spot.
Barker Tea House is located in Duke St.
Arcade, in Cardiff City Centre. To keep
up to date with the latest offerings and
news you can follow them on Twitter at @
BarkerTeaHouse, or join their Facebook
page.
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The Ship Inn
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RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH
Whether youre looking to celebrate a birthday with family and
friends or just want a quiet lunch-time meal for two, dining at this
months Restaurant of the Month, The Ship Inn is always a special
occasion any time of the year.
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his superb family pub has it all - a massive play
area in their gorgeous beer garden for the
children, a brand new winter menu and a wide
variety of drinks from a well stocked bar. The
Ship also offers free Wi-Fi and accommodation
for visitors to the city.
New for January, Landlady and Head Chef Val
has introduced a fantastic new family platter. Designed
for two adults and two children to share, the platter fresh
scampi, chicken wings and garlic bread served with an
abundance of fries and costs just 15.00.
Why not take advantage of their two courses for
9.50 meal deal? Theres loads of fantastic dishes
to choose from including homemade lasagne and
homemade pies, curries, sh dishes, burgers, half rack of
ribs and king prawn salad, to name but a few.
For all you burger lovers you simply must try the epic
Ship Inn burger, which consists of two hand crafted 4oz
patties, served in a fresh bun with fries and sides for an
incredible price of 10.95.
The new menu has loads of great new dishes for
people to try including curries, choices from the grill and
variety of new dishes from around the world, as the Ship
Inn loves to travel, said Val.
Food is served daily from noon until 3pm, and then
from 6pm until 9pm Monday to Thursday. Food is also
served from noon until 7pm on Friday and Saturday.
Sunday lunch is served from noon until 6pm and is
8.50 for adults and 5 for children. Theres a choice
of four roasts to choose from including beef, chicken and
pork, turkey, each roast is served with fresh seasonal
vegetables and delicious homemade gravy.
To reward their very loyal customers, the great team
at The Ship Inn have introduced a loyalty meal ticket.
You receive a ticket every time you buy a main meal, and
once youve collected six tickets they can be exchanged
for a main course from their Lite Bite menu.
To help you get started Val and her team at the Ship
are offering all you lucky Voice readers a FREE ticket to
start you off collecting - just cut the ticket out from this
page. Why not pay a visit to The Ship Inn this January
and start collecting your loyalty meal tickets? (Terms and
conditions apply.)
Celebrating twenty-four successful years this coming
April, Val and her wonderful team look forward to seeing
you very soon.
The Ship Inn is located on New Road, just
before the bridge into Caerleon, Newport, NP18
1QF. For more information about their great food
offers and to book a table call the friendly team on
01633 420087.
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A TASTE OF NEWPORT
I
t is the brainchild of friends Louis Georgiou and Dave
Lee.
Louis owns Georgiou Hair Design, which is
located next door to Bakerlicious Bakery and will look
after the financial side of the business, whereas Daves
35 years of experience as a professional baker lets him
create a variety of delicious homemade breads as well
as heavenly pastries and exquisite cakes.
We saw that there was an opportunity for
something new on Commercial Street and decided to
open Bakerlicious, said Louis.
The response has been fantastic since opening, with
everyone commenting on how lovely Daves freshly
baked bread is and the smell alone is just fantastic.
Dave has always wanted to open a place of his
own where he could have the freedom to create without
having the constraints of the company or employer that
he worked for.
Dave makes his bread fresh from scratch every day,
using the finest locally sourced ingredients.
Prices for his freshly baked bread are very
competitive too, with a wide range of options to choose
from including wholemeal loaves, tiger bloomers,
baguettes, French sticks, ciabattas and bara brith.
Not only does Dave and his team at Bakerlicious
stock a wide range of freshly baked breads, they also
offer artisan pies, pasties and pizzas, rolls, sandwiches
and baguettes with a variety of fillings, as well as
Daves hand-crafted cakes and pastries. His cinnamon
swirl is a definite must-try.
Bakerlicious also caters for special dietary
requirements, including wheat, gluten and diabetic
dietary needs all you need to do is phone ahead and
state what youd like to order. Do you know someone
whos getting married or is planning on celebrating a
birthday soon?
Bakerlicious offers a bespoke cake making service
you can choose the size and theme of your cake and
have it custom-made to your liking.
Why not pop into the bakery, or call for more
details?
If youre in the restaurant, catering or retail trade,
Bakerlicious is also offering a wholesale service, so
if your restaurant or catering business is looking for a
delicious range of speciality breads, cakes and pastries,
give Louis or Dave a call today.
Bakerlicious Bakery is located at 94a
Commercial Street, Newport, NP20 1LU, next to
Georgiou Hair Design.
For more information call 07747 044133.
BAKERLICIOUS
BAKERY
Bakerlicious is a fantastic new
bakery which opened late
last year. Based in the city
centre, youll nd it located on
Commercial Street opposite the
Cardiff Road police station.
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Blackwood Miners Institute launches
its new season this month with a
mouth-watering array of music, theatre,
comedy, live music, family entertainment
and more.
The season has a dramatic start
with Swedish crime thriller/ comedy
INSPECTOR NORSE on Thursday 30 January,
complete with knitted jumpers (and set).
Black RAT Productions make a welcome
return on Friday 5 February with popular
Shakespeare play ROMEO & JULIET. The
genius behind the bercoolest moustache
in science Albert Einstein pays a visit in
RELATIVITY SPREAKING on Wednesday
16 April, featuring the wurst sausage joke
ever
The very best music acts have been
lined up for your enjoyment. Theres music
from Big Macs Wholly Soul Band on Friday
24 January and up- and- coming Welsh
Artists will be playing. Sion Russell Jones
performs on Friday31 January, and singer-
songwriter Kizzy Crawford will be here on
Friday 28 March. Local band THE BLEEDIN
NOSES play their recently recorded
material on February 14 and the ultimate
in-your-face rhythm and blues band THE
LARRY MILLER BAND will give a legendary
performance on Saturday 8 March.
The UKs most popular County Music
Show NASHVILLE NIGHTS & DIXIE DAYS
will be rolling into Blackwood on Saturday
1 February and world class AC/DC tribute
LIVE/WIRE perform on 15 February.
One of the greatest pop bands ever
SHOWADDYWADDY will be performing
all their famous hits on Friday 21 February.
Following a sell-out show in 2011, A
NIGHT OF DIRTY DANCING will be back
so you can Have The Time Of your Life on
Thursday 6 March. Theres music from the
Rock n Roll 50s, the Swinging 60s, the
Motown 70s and the Abba 80s in FOREVER
IN BLUE JEANS on 22 March and 60s
icons GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS will be
performing their greatest hits on Thursday
27 March.
Children of all ages have something
to look forward to. Written especially for
parents to enjoy with their children OLD
MACDONALD will be here on Thursday
27 February. Theres interactive theatre for
babies and toddlers in CURIOUS on 18 &
19 March and Thear Iolo make a welcome
return on Tuesday 25 March with their
new production LUNA. An exciting new
show, POP FACTOR will be here on 26
April, featuring hits from all your favourite
popstars including One Direction, Taylor
Swift, Little Mix & Justin Bieber.
Theres even more on offer including a
scintillating selection of over forty Broadway
musical numbers in BROADWAY & BEYOND
on 29 March and dont forget theres
hilarious stand-up on offer in the monthly
STUTE COMEDY NIGHTS.
To find out more, or to book tickets
for any of this seasons events, contact
the Box Office at Blackwood Miners
Institute on 01495 227 206 or visit www.
blackwoodminersinstitute.com.
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Dick Barton
Special Agent
THE DOLMAN
January 15 - 18
Jason Manford
ST DAVIDS HALL
January 25
If youre lucky,
you might be
able to pick up
a ticket or two
for Jason Man-
fords stand-up
gig at St Davids
Hall later on this
month.
Hitting the
venue as part
of his First
World Problems
Tour, this show
promises to
feature a wealth
of comedy an-
ecdotes, comic
misunderstand-
ings and audi-
ence banter
delivered with
Jasons likeable
charm and teasingly intelligent wit.
Hes due in Cardiff on January 25.
Visit www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk for ticket availability.
A tongue in cheek spoof of the highly
popular radio series, Dick Barton
Special Agent will be performed by
the Newport Playgoers Society at The
Dolman Theatre from January 15 to 18.
A tongue-in-cheek spoof of the
radio show of the same name, Dick,
Snowy and Jock must rescue the nation
from mass poisoning and sing a few
patriotic songs along the way.
This promises to be a great
production, showcasing the finest
in local talent. Ticket information is
available online at www.dolmantheatre.
co.uk
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Spirit Medium Andrew
Dee will take to the stage at
The Congress Theatre on
February 8, bringing his
unique style of mediumship
with him.
His Black and White
tour, which takes in much
of the UK, will showcase
his no-nonsense, back-to-
basics style of mediumship
as he aims to lift the lid on
any questions you may
have about this life and the
hereafter as well as the joy
that awaits us all.
To book your tickets call
01633 868239.
The Other Side:
Spirit Medium
Andrew Dee
THE CONGRESS
THEATRE
February 8
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Our friends
at Tin Shed
Theatre will be
rocking up at
The Riverfront
next month with
their take on the
classic Of Mice
and Men.
Of Mice and
Men was written
by John Steinbeck and was published
in 1937.
Telling the tragic story of George
Milton and Lennie Small, two
displaced migrant ranch workers, who
move from place to place in search
of new job opportunities during the
Great Depression in California, USA.
On stage from February 12 to
14, with two performances on the
Thursday and Friday, you can book
tickets by calling 01633 656757.
Tin Shed
Theatre:
Of Mice and Men
THE RIVERFRONT
February 12 - 14
Inspiral!
LE PUB
January 16
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If you loved the Inspiral
Carpets, then Le Pub will
be the place to be on
January 16.
The Inspirals front
man, Tom Hingley, will
be bringing his solo tour
to Newport, hitting Le
Pub for a very special
performance.
What better way to get
over the New Year blues?
Visit lepub.co.uk for more
information.
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Theres a great selection of music, comedy
and childrens entertainment at Blaenau
Gwent Venues this spring.
BLAENAU GWENTS
NEW SEASON
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Pearl Handled Revolver and
Fireroad kick off the music
season on Friday, January 24, at 8pm
in Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale.
This is set to be a great gig, with
two fantastic up-and-coming bands.
Fireroad have a modern take
on a classic rock sound while Pear
Handled Revolver are a great rock
n blues band from London with a
US label with a heritage at the top of
southern rock.
Tickets cost 10, 8 for Blues Club
Members
Shappi Khorsandi is one of the
hottest comedy prospects in the
country and she will be appearing at
Beaufort Theatre and Ballroom, Ebbw
Vale, on Friday, February 7, at 8pm to
help you laugh off those winter blues.
Owen Money, one of Wales best
loved characters, visits Beaufort
Theatre on St Davids Day, to entertain
us with a special selection of stories,
music and song, in Proud to be Welsh.
Owen will be joined by some very
special friends. Tickets 15.
To keep the children entertained
there are productions from Circo
Ridiculoso, Theatr Iolo and Peoples
Theatre Company.
For a look at the complete spring
season visit
blaenaugwentvenues.com
Box Offce 01495 355800
www.blaenaugwentvenues.com
Friday 7
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February 8pm
Beaufort Theatre & Ballroom,
Ebbw Vale
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The Full Monty opens the
season in spectacular fashion
and theres more laughter with
The Play that Goes Wrong, a show
guaranteed to make you ache with
laughter. From deepest, darkest
Egypt - via Cardiff - the mother of
all comedy horrors The Mummy will
have you laughing and screaming in
equal measure.
For play-lovers Robert Powell
stars as Hercule Poirot in Black
Coffee, Under Milk Wood marks the
centenary of Dylan Thomas birth
and Jack Shepherd stars in Classic
Ghosts, a double presentation of
spine-tingling stories.
Dance fans are not forgotten as
Northern Ballets Cinderella tells the
story of the classic fairytale through
beautiful ballet.
To keep the youngsters
entertained, February half term
brings childrens literary classic
Toms Midnight Garden and Scooby-
Doo: The Mystery of the Pyramid
fills the Easter holidays with lots of
spooky mystery and fun.
For those of you that love a
good musical this season will not
disappoint. Paul Michael Glaser
stars as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof,
Marti Pellow takes on the role of Che
in Evita and Lesley Joseph returns to
Cardiff in the naughtiest musical in
town, Hot Flush.
Dont miss out book now!
THE NEW THEATRE
The New Theatres spring season is blooming
with shows for everyone to enjoy.
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TOURNAMENT THE SAME,
I JUST CONCENTRATE ON
WINNING MATCHES...
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Ahead of the battle we caught up with Welsh
star Michael White who is hoping to take the
title this year.
Voice (V): What do you think of the new format that
they have introduced this year at the Welsh open,
with 128 players starting in the first round, pitting
established professionals against up and coming
snooker stars?
Michael White (MW) : To be honest, I personally
dont like this new format. I much prefer just
having thirty-two players that have qualified for the
tournament.
V: Due to the changes, the event is four days longer
than usual; do you think this will have an effect on
the players by adding that little bit of extra pressure,
playing more games and possibly longer waits
between matches?
MW: Quite possibly, Im not a fan of playing one
match then having to wait for a few days to play the
next game; Id much prefer to keep focussed.
V: Being a Welshman, is it a lot easier playing on
home turf at Newport compared to playing in other
tournaments around the world?
MW: I treat every tournament the same - I just
concentrate on winning matches. Obviously its a lot
easier playing in the UK with familiar surroundings
and its great to have the support of family and friends
when they come to see me play at Newport.
V: What are the Welsh fans like? Are they are patriotic
as the rugby and football?
MW: Yes, definitely. Its always great to see a Welsh
flag in the crowd as well as having the support of the
nation cheering you on.
V: Who would say are the ones to look out for during
the Welsh Open this February?
MW: Ronnie OSullivan and Mark Selby, definitely.
V: At the age of nine you were the youngest player
to hit a century break, which got you an invite to The
Crucible in 2001. What, or who, got you into snooker
at such an early age?
MW: The second time I ever played a game I had
over a twenty score break. I found that playing
snooker came very easily and naturally to me. I love
playing the game and since a very early age Ive
been passionate about the sport as it fascinated me
and captured my attention.
V: On first meeting John Parrot
at The Crucible in the same
year, he commented on how
he hoped that hed have been
retired before playing you?
What did that feel like to have
a compliment from such a snooker
legend?
MW: It was a great honour to meet
him; he said that hed hope to be
retired before he played me, then
when I actually got to play him many
years later, I beat him 5-0! Ha! So what
he said when he first met me as a
youngster was kind of true!
V: Growing up, who were your favourite
snooker players?
MW: Ronnie OSullivan and Matthew
Stephens.
V: Anthony McGill, whos a similar age
to you, is aiming to be a flag bearer for
the next generation of young Scottish
snooker players; do you think youd be a
good role model for young Welsh people
looking to get into the sport?
MW: Definitely, we need to get kids more
involved with snooker in Wales.
V: What advice would you give to them?
MW: Practice as much as you can and
keep at it and play as many tournaments
and competitions as you can - the more
exposure of different players you can play
against the better your playing ability will
be.
V: Finally, why should people come
and watch Welsh Open this
February and March?
MW: To see top quality snooker
being played live, from the worlds
very best!
Call 01633 656757 for tickets for visit
www.worldsnooker.com/tickets
The Welsh Open will take place from
February 19 to March 2.
Next month will see a 128 of the countrys best
snooker players rock up in Newport to compete
for the Welsh Open title at Newport Centre.
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