Hundreds turn out for tenant event and charity walk

15 September 2015

More than 500 people attended this year’s Festivale tenant engagement event at the end of August.

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This was the second year for the event, which is organised by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s housing and building services team and is held in Gladstone Gardens in Barry.


The crowds were treated to a wide range of entertainment on the main stage with music from A Friendly Bit of Banter and Livy Moxy, award winning children’s entertainment from Magic Stu, a zumba competition, and a Taekwondo demonstration.


This year’s event was also the starting point for local domestic abuse support service, Atal Y Fro’s ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ charity walk. The march, which is coordinated internationally by the White Ribbon Campaign, saw men from South Wales Police, South Wales Fire Service and the Vale of Glamorgan Council walk a mile in high heeled shoes around Barry to raise the profile of the impacts to victims of domestic abuse.


Festivale also featured a range of stalls offering a mix between family entertainment and helpful advice. The latter was provided by the Money Advice Service, the Council’s housing and repairs teams, Safer Vale, and South Wales Police. While face painting, balloon modelling, an inflatable assault course, football area, climbing wall, and photo booth were on offer to keep people amused.


Throughout the day local tenants Lisa, Brenda, Jean and Ann served drinks in the St John’s Ambulance Hall. All the money raised from the sale of refreshments went towards the charities Atal Y Fro and Wales Air Ambulance.


Councillor Bronwen Brooks, Cabinet Member for Housing, Building Maintenance and Community Safety, said: “Tenant engagement events like Festivale are all about having fun. They are a great way for us to get to know our tenants and talk to them about our services.


“I’d like to give a big thank you to the tenants who came along and to the council staff who volunteered for the event and made the day a huge success.”


Sean and Gina Doyle from the S.T.A.R. – Saints Tenant and Residents Group said: “Our family really enjoyed Saturday at Gladstone Gardens, it was a huge success. Well done to those involved.”


At the conclusion of the event competition winners were announced and money vouchers were given to the winners of the Vale’s Best kept garden competition, the Money Advice Service’s money box and money survey competition and the ‘What’s Top and Pants about your Area’ consultation competition.


The Vale of Glamorgan Council would like to thank our contractors Lovell who provided activities throughout the event, Keepmoat, Ian Williams, SMK, Willis Construction, and Felt Fab who donated a selection of vouchers and gifts for the free prize draw, and also all the organisations who provided a variety of the acts, entertainment, an refreshments that made the event such a success.


More images of the event can be found online at