Spirit Stays Strong

Phew, that was the community week that was – with seven superb days of that shining Barry spirit that is stronger than ever.

What with stepping up as a Charity Chair, gigging for Gobaith, coming up trumps for Cadstock, showing up for a fab Fundraiser, and trying to save a Hospital – it’s been a bit manic…even by my double busy standards.

Lucky I didn’t book to run the Cardiff Half Marathon too as I would have been really knackered.

Joking – I would rather nail my tongue to the floor with a rusty horseshoe than pound the streets in a Lycra vest with a number pinned to my chest.

But one woman’s meat, is always another woman’s poison, of course, so my utmost, utmost, respect to all those who took part – with a special shout out to our Gobaith Girl Nina who was there again this year.

Bit of respect to me also I think as I had to forgo my first lie in for about three years to take Handsome Harry to said Marathon so he could marshall with Military Prep. The joys of parenthood eeh?

Joking aside, it’s always heartwarming to see community events so superbly supported. Brilliant as always to see the stunning success of the Cardiff Half with so many Barrybados runners, and supporters in the crowd.

The brand new #theglovesareon Charity, Gobaith’s move to Barry Community Hub, the Keep Cadstock Alive Campaign, the Neil Lewis Fundraiser, and the Save Sam’s Ward March – all in seven supercharged days.

So immensely proud of Soraya for her total triumph against adversity, and for her relentless campaigning that has seen #theglovesareon become a bona fide official registered Charity – that is no mean feat believe me.

I am hugely honoured to be the Chair of the Charity with such exciting times ahead, making a difference, and working to pass our unique community spirit back to the future generations.

I am still a strong supporter of Gobaith (Barri) too of course.

Respect to Rach, who even though she has handed over the running reins to Tammi at Barry Community Hub, is still fundraising for our Suicide Support Centre whilst battling very tough times herself.

Much love to you Rach and here’s to the speediest and safest of recoveries. See you at the the Gobaith Ska Gig.

To date, the Gobaith Funds stand at an impressive £5900, and any donation for the Suicide Support Centre can be made direct to the official account – Sort Code 30-90-89, Account Number 37688168.

Gloves and Gobaith aside, the fag end of the week then saw me strut my stuff at the annual Neil Lewis Memorial Fundraiser.

This raised just short of two grand and once again the town’s talent turned out to offer their trade right across the range – from sponsorship and sound, PA and PR, meals and music plus much more.

The biggest round of applause must be for Rhys who spends so much time thanking others he forgets that without him pulling it all together, one of the best dates in Barry’s calendar would never happen.

Saturday morning saw me up and out at the Save Sam’s Ward March and Rally. So inspiring to see so many people support this great community cause.

Also had a warm glow hearing the many, many stories of loved ones who been cared for so competently and compassionately at the Hospital.

And when the placards were placed back down, there was just enough time for me to knock out a brand new blog for the Keep Cadstock Alive Campaign, before collapsing into a large G&T!

Had to be done though as I am missing the regular meeting at our brilliant Butterfly Collector HQ this week as I have a hot date with Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the National Theatre Live.

I bloody love Fleabag – and all those other fabulous, feisty, slightly and not so slightly, fecked up females she writes about.

So, son’s Marathon duties withstanding, Sunday sees me reflecting on a cracking (and knackering) community week.

Thank you to all those involved – behind the scenes, in front of the stage, on the dance floor, and on the streets.

Keep on keeping on fighting for all the campaigns and causes that our terrific town needs, and deserves.

That’s the, Community, Spirit!

Speak soon.


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Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist.

She blogs about all things Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.

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