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Parc Howard Museum offers relaxed sessions



A LLANELLI museum is offering visitors with autism, dementia or other additional needs a new way of exploring and enjoying its displays and grounds.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Parc Howard Museum, set in a former mansion house in acres of impressive grounds and parkland, has started ‘relaxed sessions’ which will be available on the first Saturday of every month.

The county museums team wants to give people who get overwhelmed with sensory experiences a chance to look and explore in drop-in or self-guided activities, free from the usual hustle and bustle.

The free sessions are especially suitable for visitors with autism, dementia or other needs, and their siblings, parents, friends and carers.

Museums Development Manager, Morrigan Mason, said: “Each session will be themed and inspired by the museum, such as fossils, textiles, archaeology and painting. Visitors can expect to find opportunities for object handling, making or creating something to take home, and props to explore the museum with.

“After the session, visitors can make the most of the outing and enjoy a walk in the grounds or the play areas for children and young people.”

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “A century ago, during the First World War, Parc Howard Museum became a place of recuperation for veterans, and its tranquil setting amongst beautiful grounds continues to make it a perfect place for offering new ways of promoting well-being and inclusion.

“We’re pleased to offer these relaxed sessions to make the museum an accessible and enjoyable place for everyone to visit.”

The museum’s relaxed sessions are free of charge, although booking is recommended to discuss access and what can be expected.

The next session takes place on Saturday, May 4, starting at 10am, with artist Louise Bird who will be running an activity on textiles and textures.

Future sessions in 2019 will be taking place on June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2 and December 7.

To book, call 01554 772029 or 07881 008767 (Tuesday to Friday).

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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.

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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”

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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:, by emailing 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

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