History of The Group

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2022

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  • March

    • End of period for projects funded by NLHF & WG 

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2021

  • December

    • 15 - Carols in The Square, in collaboration with All Saints Church

    • 1-15 - Victoria Primary's Lanterns in The Square

  • November

    • 17 - "History of Victoria Square & All Saints Church" talk given by local historian and PCS member, Chris Riley.

    • 06 - Our ecologists Laura & Ella are interviewed by a trainee broadcaster from Cardiff University's School of Journalism about their work with the pumpkins.

    • 06-27 (Saturdays) - BULB PLANTING NOVEMBER. We plant a lot of bulbs for next spring. Nearly 4500 bulbs English Bluebells were planted on the 6th. With the remaining 500 + 1000 Tenby Daffodils being added on the 13th (the remaining Saturdays became other site task days).

    • 03 - We launch Wildlife Wednesday on Facebook, with our ecologists posting information and facts about our local wildlife.

    • 02 - Following on from the Tree Talk we launch Tree Tuesday on Facebook. Each Tuesday we look to post some information about our Trees.

    • 01-06 - The Great Pumpkin Post-Halloween After Party - We asked members of the public to once again donate their pumpkins to help feed the local wildlife. Our new ecologists headed up the project.

  • October

    • 31 - 130th Anniversary of the Consecration of All Saints Church (1891)

    • 30 - Ambler Tree Experts member Vaughan Lewis ran a couple of "Trees of The Square" guided tours.

    • 30 - GPG/PGC hold Community Fest @ West House. PCS/PTF were there, as were several of our members (as visitors) / shared members as representatives of those respective groups & other sub groups.

    • 14 - We (& Victoria Square) are officially awarded a GREEN FLAG Community Award

    • 06 - A Members Meeting was held to both talk about the work we've done so far, and to make plans for future of our work. These include looking at how we can engage with the public more, as well as local schools and other groups. Grow Cardiff helped us out planning with this.

    • 01 - FoVS Website goes into expansion development mode, with volunteers taking control and gathering information to include.

  • September

    • 30 - We appear Front Page (and Page 2) of The Penarth Times paper copy.

    • 28 - We appear on The Penarth Times website, for our work

    • c04 - New info signs go into the Square for the various projects

    • Work begins on the Hibernacula. Three are built over several Saturdays

  • August

    • 19 - Community Garden starts sharing out its first produce, Courgettes/Squashes, Beans, Onions & more.

    • 14 - Public Open Day held. Many attended, which resulted in several new members with useful specialist skills (right place, right time). Penarth Times kindly announces it.

  • July

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  • June

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  • May

    • 06 - AGM 2021 - held outdoors at The Square as we couldn't be inside.

  • April

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  • February

  • January

    • 30K in Funds were awarded in the form of grants from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Welsh Government (Woodlands Scheme)

2020

  • December

    • c08 - The cherry tree stump & trunk near the notice board on Victoria Rd had to be cut down following severe storm damage. The FOVS Gardening Group made the tree remains a ‘living thing’ by planting ferns, ivy & mosses in nooks & crannies.

    • c02 - Local Artist & Art Teacher Andrew Coslett* created us an artistic poster of The Square [6]

  • November

    • c28 - The new bird boxes are finally installed (made from the floorboards of a Victoria Sq house apparently)

    • c03 - Fairies start appearing in The Square [6]

    • c02 - One of the new Log Piles is created [6]

  • October

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  • September

    • c16 - Two new noticeboards for us go up at the South and West corners of The Square [6]

  • August

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  • July

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  • June

    • 06 - The Eden Project Big Lunch is unfortunately cancelled due to the global issue taking place.

    • 02 - more bird boxes are donated to us, made by David Rapley (Thank You)

  • May

    • 03 - Ribbons and rainbows start appearing in The Square from locals showing their support for the NHS [6] They remain as of this update Nov2021

  • April

    • 02 - This Website goes Live with first published version

  • March

    • 10 - We start to install bird boxes on some trees [6]

    • 03 - A topographical survey of Victoria Square is done by Tim Coombs of Alpine Land Survey Ltd [6]

    • c03 - Penarth Civic Society hold a successful Penarth Tree Forum* talk [6] [9] 

  • February

    • 15 - We did another BRAMBLE SCRAMBLE

  • January

    • 22 - Penarth Nub News* report on our Bramble Scramble* [6] [9] 

    • 18 - We attempted our first ever BRAMBLE SCRAMBLE

 

2019

  • December

    • 11 - Carols in The Square, in collaboration with All Saints Church [6]

  • November

    • 29 - Tree-felling of the sick trees started. While sad this led us on to some good things. [6]

    • 27 - Autumn Open Meeting - an update on things so far [6]

    • 01 - The Great Pumpkin Drive 2019 - We asked members of the public to once again donate their pumpkins to help feed the local wildlife. [6]

  • October

  • September

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  • August

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  • July

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  • June

    • 01 - We took part in The Eden Project BIG LUNCH[5] [6]

    • A £9K grant was awarded from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for initial surveys of the trees and landscape. [5]

  • May

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  • April

    • 09 - Our first ever Annual General Meeting! [6] This date is considered our Official Start Date.

  • March

    • 23 - Facebook Page launched.

  • February

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  • January

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2018

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  • October

    • Public Meeting held at All Saints Church to discus future maintenance of Victoria Square. As a result, Friends of Victoria Square was formed.

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2000-2017

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  • 2015

    • Nov - Railway Path Project (PCS) formed [3]​

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  • 2006

    • (circa) - Gavin & Stacey film in All Saints Church Hall* (series 1 episode 5 "The Stag & Hen Do")

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1980-1999

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    • 100th Anniversary of the Consecration of All Saints Church

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  • 1988

    • Penarth Civic Society Formed. [3]​

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1960-1979

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  • 1976

    • Penarth Conservation Area boundary extended to include Victoria Square [2]

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  • 1971

    • Aug - Penarth Conservation Area designated. Victoria Square is not included within the initial boundary. [2]

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1900-1959

  • 1954 - 14 Sep  - All Saints Church is re-opened [1]

  • 1941 - 1954     - All Saints Church services held in church hall until church rebuilt. [1]

  • 1941 - 04 Mar - All Saints Church is bombed [1] - Click HERE* too see what that looked like.

  • 1928 - 01 Mar - All Saints Church is reopened [1]

  • 1926 - 30 Apr - All Saints Church is burned down by fire [1]

  • 1926 - Italian Gardens opened.

 

1800s

  • 1891 - 30 OctConsecration of All Saints Church [1]

  • c.1889-91 - Construction of All Saints Church - Click HERE* to see what it originally looked like (c.1905).

  • c.1860s-80s - Construction of Victoria Square [1]

 

Sources

  1. Penarth - A History Of (Vol. 1 & 2) by Roy Thorne

  2. Vale of Glamorgan Conservation Area Penarth, Appraisal and Management Plan 2011*

  3. Penarth Civic Society and its members.

  4. Penarth 1842-71 (A Glimpse of the Past) by E. Alwyn Benjamin

  5. FoVS Historical Archives - Website

  6. FoVS Historical Archives - Facebook

  7. FoVS Historical Archives - Offline (e.g. meeting minutes)

  8. Penarth Times

  9. Penarth Nub News