PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY is to provide business masterclasses and support students at a Welsh medium school in Llanelli.
Wales’ largest building society will sponsor Ysgol Y Strade’s rugby team, set up a £300 bursary fund to help students and will hand out a Principality Achievement Award to one hard-working student each term. The Society has also sponsored an upcoming school production.
The school is Principality’s fifth business class partnership school. Business Class is a flagship school and business engagement programme providing targeted support for the next three years. Business Class is a Business in the Community (BITC) programme delivered by Careers Wales and funded by the Welsh Government.
Principality teamed up for the session with charity partner the School of Hard Knocks Cymru who use rugby to help young people develop life skills.
James Harper, corporate social responsibility manager at Principality, said: “We take great pride in our educational partnerships and are very pleased to be supporting Strade. As Wales’ biggest building society we are delighted to be helping a Welsh speaking school as part of Business Class.
“It’s really exciting to bring together our school support with one of our charity partners. They are making great progress on their development in Wales and it’s fitting one of their first workshops is with a school with such a proud rugby heritage. A match made in rugby heaven for sure.”
Mrs Heather Lewis, head teacher at Ysgol Y Strade, said: “We are privileged to in a partnership with a flagship business such as Principality. The engagement and dedication shown by Principality to the partnership has been excellent from the start and will see many of our pupils benefit. We are very excited at Ysgol Y Strade for what’s to come over the years through this innovative and mutually beneficial partnership.”
Catryn Grundy, programme director for School of Hard Knocks Cymru, said: “It’s a fantastic start to what is already shaping up to be a busy launch of the School of Hard Knocks for Schools programme in Wales. The programme supports young people to develop the motivation and skills necessary to succeed not only in school but in life in general. It will be our pleasure to support pupils at Strade with transferring the many skills required for playing rugby into the classroom.”
Principality has also partnered with another Welsh medium school, at Carmarthen-based Bro Myrddin. They will also be getting SOHK taster session.
New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital
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.
M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea
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”
Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.