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Town Councillor Vacancy

Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council currently has a vacancy for a Councillor which will be filled through the process of co-option.

Co-opted Councillors have the same rights and responsibilities as those Councillors who obtain office through election.

Councillors are expected to attend the monthly meetings of the Council and also to serve on Committees which meet on a 2 monthly cycle. The role is varied and enables local people to use their skills and experience to enhance the work undertaken by the Council for the benefit of the community.

The Council wishes to invite interested and eligible people to submit their expressions of interest for the role of Councillor by way of a letter outlining the following:

. You are at at least 18 years old.
. You are registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.
• the contribution you believe you could make to the work of the Council;
• the personal qualities that you would bring to the role;
• your availability for attending meetings.
Please make sure that you include your home address, telephone number
and e-mail address in your letter.

All members of the community are welcome to apply.
The Council is committed to achieving a balanced composition of Councillors that reflects the community of Cowbridge with Llanblethian.
The Mayor Councillor John Andrew

Closing date: Tuesday the 30th of August 2022
Please email Cathy Kennedy the Town Clerk with your expression of interest.

Expressions of interest will be considered at the next Council meeting to be held on Tuesday the 20th of September 2022

The Mayor’s Coffee Morning

Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council invite you to a Coffee and Drop-in Morning;

Saturday 6th August 2022 From 10am

To include recognition of the Town Hall lift sponsors and project team at 10.30am.

Main hall, 1st floor, Cowbridge Town Hall

Access by West entrance stairs and lift. All are welcome. Free entry, coffee or tea and cake DonaBons and raffle to Barnardos and Atal y Fro Discuss any local issues and ideas with The Mayor and other Councillors. Visit the Museum

Casual Vacancy


Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council

– Llanblethian East Ward

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Casual Vacancy exists for the above named Council and if no election is requested as below the Community Council will fill the vacancy by way of co-option.

An election will be held if TEN local government electors for the Llanblethian East Ward give notice, in writing, of a request for such an election to the Returning Officer, The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry CF63 4RU, no later than 12 o’clock midnight on Thursday 11 August 2022.

Dated 25 July 2022 TOWN CLERK

Cathy Kennedy Town Clerk

Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council Town Hall


Vale of Glamorgan


Cyngor Tref y Bontfaen gyda Llanfleiddian – Ward Dwyrain Llanfleiddian


gael ar y Cyngor a enwir uchod ac os nas gofynnir am etholiad fel y nodir isod bydd y Cyngor Cymuned yn llenwi’r swydd wag ar sail cyfetholiad.

Cynhelir etholiad os bydd DEG etholwr llywodraeth leol ar gyfer Ward Dwyrain Llanfleiddian yn rhoi hysbysiad, yn ysgrifenedig, yn gofyn am y fath etholiad i Swyddog Canlyniadau, Cyngor Bro Morgannwg, Swyddfeydd Dinesig, Heol Holltwn, Y Barri CF63 4RU, ddim hwyrach na 12 o’r gloch, sef hanner nos, ar dydd Iau 11 Awst 2022.

Dydd 25 Gorffennaf 2022 CLERC Y DREF

Cathy Kennedy Clerc y Dref

Cyngor Tref y Bontfaen gyda Llanfleiddian Neuadd y Tref


Bro Morgannwg

Long Service Certificate Presentations

Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council Presentation of Certificates of Long Service

The morning of Saturday 2nd July saw a good turnout for the Mayor’s Coffee and drop-in morning at which Certificates of Long Service were presented to 5 people who between them have served on Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council for a total of 148 years!

At the event held in the main hall of Cowbridge Town Hall the Mayor, Councillor John Andrew, explained that a number of long serving Councillors had recently either stepped down from the Council or decided not to stand for re-election. Since the Town Council is no longer able to award Freedom of the Town, the Council resolved to mark long service to the Council and the community by the award of certificates at an event attended by members of the community.

The 5 people recognised have all served at least 25 years as a Councillor on the Town Council and have all been Mayor at least once. They have also all been active in the community in a variety of other ways such as being School Governors, Trustees of local charities etc.

The 5 people to whom certificates were presented are: Mrs Susan Cox MBE, Councillor. Gwen Baty BEM, Geoff Cox, Marian Arnold and Jon R. Harris.

Sue Cox joined Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council in 1984 and stepped down just this year so was a Town Councillor for a remarkable 38 years. In addition she has served on and chaired many local committees, groups and charities. Her service to the local community was recognised by the award of an MBE in her Majesty the Queen’s birthday Honours list 4 years ago. Sue was a founder member of the Town Twinning Association and was one of the signatories of the Charter between Cowbridge and Clisson. She is a Trustee and founder member of Cowbridge Charter Trust, a Trustee of a number of local trusts and charities as well as having been a governor of two local primary schools. She was Mayor of Cowbridge in 1990 and then again in 2004.

Sue’s Certificate of Long Service was accepted on her behalf by her husband, Geoff.

Councillor Gwen Baty joined Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council in 1992 and is still serving on the Council today so she has been a Councillor for 30 years and counting.

Over those 30 years she also has been very active in the community and was awarded The British Empire Medal by Her Majesty the Queen in the New Year Honours List of 2017. This was in recognition of her voluntary services to the community of Cowbridge and Llanblethian. The nomination made particular reference to her work over the years with young people and the elderly.

Gwen also has the distinction of having been Mayor three times. In 1997, 2005 and 2013.

Councillor Gwen Baty

Geoff Cox joined Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council in 1995 and served as a Town Councillor for 27 years before deciding not to stand for re-election in May this year.

Like his wife Sue he has also served the community in many other ways including being a School Governor but perhaps most importantly as a Vale of Glamorgan Councillor for the Cowbridge Ward for over 20 years. For a part of that time he was a cabinet member.

Notably he topped the poll in the elections of 2008, 2012 and 2017. Geoff was Mayor of Cowbridge in the year 2000.

Marian Arnold joined Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council in 1995 and served as a Town councillor for 27 years. She decided to step down earlier this year. Marian was Mayor in 2001. Marian was also the Mayoress, before she became a Councillor, in 1989 when her late husband was the Mayor.

Marian’s main interests and passions are the outdoor areas for which the Town Council is responsible. The cemetery, Twt Park, Southgate Park and Llanblethian playing field. She is always very keen to ensure that they are maintained to a high standard.

Another of Marian’s interests is footpaths and she chaired a footpath liaison committee for a number of years.

Jon Harris joined Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council in 1992 and served as a Town Councillor for 26 years before deciding to step down in 2018. In addition to being a Councillor Jon was the Mayor of Cowbridge in 1996 and then again in 2009.

Also Jon had the important role of being Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee for many years. When he first took over as Chairman the finances of the Town Council were said to be in a precarious position and during his time as Chairman he was able to restore them to their current solvent and secure state.

Jon’s Certificate of Long Service was accepted on his behalf by his daughter, Beverley.

Jon Harris’ daughter, Beverley

Following the presentation, photographs were taken by Mike Wilcock.

L to r Beverley Drummond-Murray, Alun Cairns, Morfudd Meredith, Gwen Baty, Geoff Cox, John Andrew All photos by Mike Wilcock

A raffle in aid of the Mayor’s charities, Barnardo’s and Atal y Fro, was held during the event. The prizes were all donated by Barnardo’s, Atal y Fro and various Cowbridge businesses.

Those attending also gave donations for coffee, tea and cake all kindly served and donated by volunteers.

The intention is to hold Coffee and Drop-in mornings on the first Saturday of each month, the next one being on Saturday 6th August. All are most welcome.

Councillor John Andrew The Mayor

Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council Tel: 07964 829780

Email: 4th July 2022

Cowbridge Beacon lighting for Queens Platinum Jubilee

The Cowbridge Beacon was lit at precisely 9:45 pm on Thursday, 2nd June 2022, along with beacons all across the country. The lighting of the Cowbridge Beacon was performed by Jane Williams, Cowbridge’s Coronation baby, to cheers from the crowd which broke into an impromptu rendering of the National Anthem.

Jane Williams, Cowbridge’s Coronation baby, lights the Beacon

The lighting itself was preceded by performances by the Rock Choir, Stage Door 1 and Stagecoach Theatre Arts.

To fanfare the lighting Charlotte Leeke played Majesty, a piece of music written specifically for the event, on the trumpet.

Fortunately the weather for the event was excellent and a good crowd came along to enjoy the evening.

The bar at the Rugby Club did good business as did Shampan, who provided an Indian buffet, and fablas ice cream.

The Queen made an appearance, having made her way from The Bay Tree. Many people took the opportunity to have their photo taken with her.

A young Queen with (l to r) Deputy Mayor Cllr. Malcolm Wilson, Mayoress Anna Andrew, Cllr, Andrew Pritchard

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the Cowbridge Town Crier, Jon Wilks, who, as well as introducing all the performers and announcing the winners of the Cowbridge Chamber of Trade Art Competition, lead everyone in singing Sweet Caroline.

Earlier in the day, in front of Cowbridge Town Hall, the Town Crier projected his magnificent voice to proclaim the lighting of the Beacon later using the nationally prescribed proclamation.

The Beacon lighting event was organised by Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council supported by Cowbridge Rugby Club, Cowbridge Chamber of Trade, Cowbridge Rotary, Llantwit Major and Cowbridge Lions Club, St John Ambulance and Cowbridge Fire Service.

Local MP, Alun Cairns, was present and congratulated the Town on a good event.

In recognition of having organised the lighting of a Jubilee Beacon the Town has been awarded a Certificate by Bruno Peek, the Pageantmaster.

Councillor John Andrew The Mayor
Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council Tel: 07964 829780

Charity Champagne Cancer Research

The Mayor of Cowbridge ( Ancient Borough) with Llanblethian Town Council Cllr Siân Vaughan with her consort Mr Rob Vaughan hosted a Champagne and Canapes Event to raise money for Cancer Research Wales on the 7th May 2022. The sun shone and a grand total of £870 was raised. The event was attended by the Vale Mayor Cllr Jayne Norman and her consort Cllr Margaret Wilkinson, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress Cllr John and Mrs Anna Andrew, Fellow Councillors , friends and family. In addition to the sparkling drinks a barrel of beer was donated by a donor that wishes to remain anonymous. Wonderful raffle prizes were donated by Waitrose , Tesco , W G Davies newsagents , Vale Mayor and Consort, Cancer Research Wales Staff, friends and family and money donations were received from friends that could not attend on the day . Everyone present enjoyed the event and had a great time raising money for such a good cause.

Mayors Coffee Morning for Cancer Research Wales

The Mayor of Cowbridge (Ancient Borough) with Llanblethian Town Council Cllr Siân Vaughan and her consort Mr Rob Vaughan hosted a coffee morning in the Mayor’s parlour on Saturday 25th Sept 2021 at 10.30am in aid of Cancer Research Wales. The event was very well supported and a total of £319 was raised for the charity. Those present enjoyed home make cakes and good company. Thank you to all those who made cakes for the event and donated raffle prizes. Thanks also to Mike Wilcock for the photographs.


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