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Llanelli LGBT Day a success

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Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 09.27.23ON SATURDAY (Aug 6), crowds gathered in Spring Gardens, Llanelli, to come together to raise awareness and celebrate equality. 

There were a range of stalls and activities for everyone of all ages. Stalls included Asda, NUS Wales, Labour Party, Plaid Cymru, the Fire Station, fostering, and Communities First, and there were activities for children. Cariad charity was also in attendance.

A statement was read out on behalf on Llanelli MP Nia Griffith, in which she apologised for not being able to attend the event due to another commitment. She praised what the last Labour government had achieved during their tenure in office for the LGBT community and what needs to be done on an international scale.

The Llanelli MP’s speech also spoke about Stonewall’s campaign ‘Acceptance without exception’ and she commented that she would like to see Carmarthenshire County Council fly the Rainbow Flag, which is conspicuously absent every year from County Hall.

In his absence, a statement was read out on behalf of AM Lee Waters, in which he explained why diversity is cherished but cannot be taken for granted. The local AM also mentioned changes over 20 years that have been taken place in the LGBT community.

Sean Rees, Plaid Cymru Campaign Manager, read out a statement explaining why he attended the event and what needs to be prioritised to tackle stigma around some issues. He spoke of the athletes that are currently competing in Rio 2016, and that there are 42 athletes from the LGBT community – an increase from London 2012.

NUS Wales spoke about their organisation and the fact that it represents all LGBT+ students in both FE and HE education in Wales. They work on a number of campaigns that include tacking LGBT phobia in further education, improving transgender and asexual awareness and pushing for a Gender Identity Clinic in Wales. They also explained about their annual conference where people can run to be elected on to committees and pass through motions for changes they want to see and take part in workshops.

The Fighting Fifth Husky and The Big Bad Blues Band provided music. There was a highly energetic Zumba demonstration performed by Red Total Fitness, in which members of the public joined in.

For the children, there were some special guests, including the Minions from the Despicable Me films, who danced and had photos with everyone.

A cake was raffled and was won by Phil.

Jonathan Williams of CETMA said of the event: “The event went brilliantly, and everyone enjoyed. We are going to build the event up over the year and keep it family friendly. We would like to thank everyone involved in the event from organisations who attended, to our fantastic volunteers and also to The Herald for supporting the event.”

CETMA Manager Keith Evans thanked everyone who took part and attended: “Personal thanks to go Owen’s Transport for the stage, The Fighting Fifth Husky and The Big Fat Blues Band, Cariad for providing First Aid cover, ADJ Entertainments, Plusons mobile catering, RED Total Fitness, all the speakers, Communities First for doing the children’s activities and all the organisations who attended on the day! We’d also like to thank Carmarthenshire County Council for providing the venue and for all the help they gave. If anyone wants to get involved in organising next year’s event, then please contact us.”

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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