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Royal visit to Stebonheath

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Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 14.48.47ON FRIDAY (Feb 26) HRH The Prince of Wales visited Stebonheath Primary School to view a Welsh Water ‘RainScape’.

He viewed the water catchment system which has been installed on the school’s site; before meeting staff and pupils and watching a performance in the school hall. He was accompanied by TV presenter Sara Edwards, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed.

The Prince met local dignitaries before being welcomed by MP Nia Griffith and AM Keith Davies, then was eventually shown around the project by the headmaster Julian Littler.

RainScape is Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s approach to sustainably managing surface water. Surface water is rainwater that runs off roofs, highways and paved areas.

In many areas, this rainwater ultimately drains into public sewerage systems, which have to deal with increasing volumes of surface water . These flows are increasing for a number of reasons, including the growth of builtup areas and more frequent severe storms.

Too much surface water entering sewer networks is a problem that cannot be resolved simply by building bigger sewers, storage tanks and extending networks, as this is not sustainable nor affordable.

RainScape catches rainwater and slows down the speed at which it goes into sewer networks. Using tried and tested methods from around the world, it helps reduce sewer flooding and pollution and creates greener, cleaner communities.

Welsh Water has invested £15m between 2012-2015 in the Llanelli and Gowerton network. A further £60m investment is planned across Wales between 2015 and 2020, with £25m alone in Llanelli, Burry Port and Gowerton.

Chris Jones CEO of Dwr Cymru said: “It has been a fantastic event and the kids have had a fantastic opportunity to meet with The Prince of Wales and tell him about how the scheme here is helping the environment locally. He had a look around at some of the schemes in the town.

“He was impressed with what is going on in Llanelli. He is hugely knowledgeable and very keen on sustainable solutions. He was talking about some of the latest research and he was delighted to see it being put into use in the community of Llanelli.”

The Prince of Wales walked around the project chatting with the staff and children among those he spoke to was 10 year-old Kieran Morgan. Kieran told The Herald: “Prince Charles asked me how the leeks were coming on and said it would be nice to have them for dinner.”

Year 2 teacher Jade Edwards was in the garden reading to children when The Prince of Wales passed by and asked the children : “Does she give you any homework.” Following the tour of the RainScape project The Prince was treated to a performance of Welsh songs and dance by pupils dressed in traditional Welsh costume. Before leaving the Prince unveiled a commemorative plaque marking his visit.

The headmaster said: “This was a big day for the children. They knew this was coming for a few weeks. It was an historic occasion for Stebonheath school. It is the first time he has been here.”

Schoolchildren lined the route of the Prince’s exit dressed in Welsh costume and waving Welsh flags.

One 4 year-old little girl, Katie Turner attempted to ‘high five’ The Prince of Wales but he opted for the politer option of shaking her hand.

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Conservatives in disarray over alleged Christmas party lockdown breach

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THE CONSERVATIVE Party is investigating the attendance of senior Senedd members and staff at a Christmas party held during December’s lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions prohibit mixing with people outside your own household.

The Welsh restrictions barring such gatherings follow the basic outline of those imposed by the Conservative UK Government in December.

Those attending the drinks party included Paul Smith, the Conservative Chief of Staff at the Senedd, Darren Millar, the Party’s Chief Whip and campaign coordinator, and Preseli Pembrokeshire MS and Conservative Senedd Group Leader Paul Davies.

The Herald understands that a Labour Senedd Member who attended the Party has been suspended by the Labour Senedd Group pending its own investigation.

The Conservatives’ embarrassment at talking the talk but not walking the walk is intensified by Darren Millar’s presence at the shindig.

In May, Mr Millar led calls for Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething to be sacked for eating a bag of chips in a park with one of his own children.

If the Conservative Party follows the logic of their previously stated positions, Mr Millar’s and Mr Davies’ futures look bleak indeed.

With a Senedd election only months away, the revelations have thrown the Conservatives into disarray.

If they do nothing, the Conservatives will – at the very least – face claims they are hypocrites.

If the Conservative Party acts decisively, it faces massive internal problems.

The Conservatives responded to our request for a response to our story.

Those involved stressed they did not host a Christmas Party.

The incident happened on December 8, when the above met in the members’ tea room to discuss legislation for possible inclusion in the Welsh Conservative manifesto with a Labour backbencher.

During the evening they did drink a glass or two of wine.

They stress that at no point were there more than four people in the room at any one time and that they maintained social distancing.

A joint statement from Paul Davies, Darren Millar, and Paul Smith said: “We are profoundly sorry for our actions.

“While we did not break the rules, we recognise that what was part of a day’s work would not be seen to be following the spirit of them, especially given the tough time the country has been going through.”

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Family tribute to Carole Patricia Fowler

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Carole was a teacher for 30 years at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Llanelli. She loved children and they loved her. 

As one of her past colleagues said: “I know she made such a difference to every child she taught.” She was very popular with staff and well respected and loved by parents. She was dedicated and conscientious, always 100% for the children. She led the music there and was always popular with her guitar accompaniments for services and concerts. 

Likewise, she was a valued member of the choir at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Gendros, Swansea, where she would often accompany hymns with her guitar and gave guitar lessons to the children in the church’s Saturday Music Club. She was also a keen member of Côr Persain, Ammanford. 

She was talented, loved and in demand. A convicted and devout Catholic all her life, through good and bad.

Carole was an avid and very gifted crocheter and was always crocheting or knitting something for someone. She had been spending her time recently, during the Covid crisis, crocheting NHS teddies in scrubs and rainbows, with many given to practising nurses. Carole had recently started learning to make bobbin lace. She was also capable of some very decent sewing, too. 

She was also learning Welsh, doing ‘pilates’ and was considering taking up yoga lessons as well.

She was a busy lady! As one of her work colleagues said of her: “She was wise, strong, beautiful, generous, devout and feisty. And I loved her for all those qualities.”

Above all, she was an immeasurably loved Mam, daughter, sister and a doting Mamgu and so much loved by her fiancé. Having been together for 14 years, they would have been married last July 20th had covid allowed! 

Her premature passing at 61 is tragic and she is already sorely, painfully missed. She leaves behind a huge chasm in so many hearts that cannot be filled.

“Eternal rest grant unto her, o Lord, may perpetual light shine about her, may she rest in peace.”

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Tip off leads to pensioner’s drug stash

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A BRIEFCASE full of drugs has been recovered during a raid in Swansea suburb.
Police acting on information provided by a member of the public executed a warrant in Gorseinon and recovered a large quantity of cannabis.
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of the class B drug, with intent to supply.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 6, following an intelligence led operation, a 68 year-old man from Gorseinon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
“He was taken to Swansea central police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation”.

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