Celebrating 14 Years of Community as Penarth View’s 50th Issue Hits Your Doorsteps

This spring, Penarth View reaches its 50th issue. Since its inception in November 2010, this magazine has been more than just a publication. It has become an integral part of the fabric of Penarth, showcasing its businesses, events, and, most importantly, its people.

From the very beginning, Penarth View was designed to highlight the best of the town’s local businesses. Over the years, it has been a platform for businesses to showcase their products and services. Despite the changing economic landscape, Penarth View has remained a steadfast supporter of these businesses, recognising their contribution to the town’s identity.

However, Penarth View is more than just a directory of businesses. It is a celebration of community spirit. From its earliest days, the magazine’s aim has been to showcase the diverse and vibrant community of Penarth. Whether it’s highlighting local events or commemorating significant anniversaries of local businesses and institutions, Penarth View has consistently sought to capture what makes Penarth unique.

One of the magazine’s most significant achievements came with its very first issue, which spearheaded the full restoration of Penarth Pier Pavilion with the rallying cry, “Let’s make it happen.”

Despite changes in editorial leadership over the years, from Nigel Dudley, through Jim Brooks-Dowsett, Tanya Lynch and Will summers, to myself, Penarth View has remained committed to its core mission.

Throughout its history, Penarth View has been marked by memorable moments and milestones. From a Summer Art Competition in 2011, which drew an incredible 550 entries, to insightful interviews with local personalities like Matt Holland, Shelley Barrett, James Sommerin, Bethan Elfyn, Claire Jacklin, Shân Eastwood and Jason Dunlop, the magazine has consistently provided a platform for both established and emerging voices in the community.

Over the years, Penarth View has also adapted to meet the changing needs of its readership. The transition to an A5 format in 2015 made it easier for doorstep delivery, highlighting a USP unique to this publication. And in the summer of 2020, at the height of the first lockdown, Penarth View produced its first and only digital-only edition, providing free advertising to its advertisers as a gesture of support during challenging times. Winter 2020, featuring a double-cover with Father Christmas wearing a mask, was also emblematic of this challenging year. In summer 2021, we expanded our reach with the launch of Cowbridge View, Pontcanna View, and Roath Park View. And our summer 2022 issue, focused on pride and diversity, bringing the highest level of engagement and feedback from our readers.

View Publishing, including Penarth View, has received prestigious awards, including Best Independent Publishing Company in 2023. Penarth View was named Welsh Magazine of the Year in 2023 and Independent Magazine of the Year in 2021. I was honoured as Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2022 Vale of Glamorgan Business Awards, and Penarth View was a finalist for Creative and Digital Business of the Year. These accolades highlight our continued commitment to publishing excellence.

As Penarth View marks its 50th issue, it stands as a testament to the resilience, diversity, and vitality of the Penarth community. Through its pages, the magazine continues to weave together the stories, events, and people that make this town more than just a place to live, but a community to cherish and celebrate. Here’s to 50 issues of capturing the heart and soul of Penarth, and to many more to come.

“I am thrilled to extend my heartfelt congratulations to John and his team on reaching the 50th issue! This achievement is a testament to the unwavering dedication and passion of everyone involved in supporting local businesses, celebrating community characters and fostering the vibrant spirit of Penarth. It fills me with immense pride to have been part of the remarkable Penarth View journey and I am grateful for the opportunity to have contributed to its success. Here’s to the next 500 issues of inspirational stories, business collaboration and friendly connections.” Tanya Lynch, Former Editor

“Penarth View’s 50th issue is a triumph of dedication and community spirit. Each page tells a story, each article a reflection of us and our aspirations. Congratulations on this remarkable milestone! I’m pleased to have played a part in the first 50 issues. Here’s to the next 50, and beyond.”Will Summers, Former Editor