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'We shall remember': S taff and students at the Welsh Memorial at Passchendale .

‘We shall remember’: S taff and students at the Welsh Memorial at Passchendale .

26 SECONDARY PGCE students and five tutors from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) recently visited Paris and Ypres.

The aim of the trip was to explore opportunities for developing cross-curricular teaching resources and students were expected to develop a detailed scheme of work as part of the experience.

Whilst in Paris the students sought inspiration for their work through visiting famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Mussée de l’Armee and the Tomb of Napoleon. On the final leg of their journey the group travelled to Ypres and visited the war grave of the famous Welsh poet Hedd Wynn at Artillery Wood Cemetery, the Welsh War Memorial and a German War Cemetery at Langemark.

The University were honoured to have been invited by the Last Post Association to take part in the 29913th Menin Gate Memorial Ceremony on the 30th March 2015. The Last Post was a bugle call played in the British Army to mark the end of the day’s labours and the onset of the night’s rest. In the context of the Last Post Ceremony, it has come to represent a final farewell to the fallen at the end of their earthly labours and at the onset of their eternal rest. The ceremony has taken place every evening at 8pm since 1928.

Ian Roberts, Secondary PGCE History Tutor said: “The journey to the trenches will remain long in the memory of all those who visited. I wish to thank the Last Post Association for inviting the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to take part in the 29,913th Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate. We hope that the resources which the students have developed will support pupils in schools to continue to learn about the sacrifice of all the soldiers who took part in the Great War.”

For Susan Smith, Secondary PGCE Design and Technology Tutor, and Jason Plummer, Secondary PGCE History Student, the visit to Menin Gate had a very personal poignancy. Susan was able to pay respect to her great uncle whose name is listed on the Memorial Wall at Menin Gate, whilst Jason, prior to enrolling on the Secondary PGCE programme had served in the RAG regiment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Both took part in ceremony and 11-years old Carys Brooks laid a wreath of behalf of the University.

In closing the University’s remembrance of the fallen soldiers and their sacrifice, Religious Education PGCE students Chloe Cole, Stephanie Jones and Laura Shellard read poems and a prayer.

James Short, PGCE History Student said: “For me, the most memorable part of our visit was attending the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate. After enjoying the wonderful sights of Paris, the mood of our party had completely changed to one of silent respect. Against a backdrop of wind and rain, the notes of the Last Post rang out and our wreath was laid. Everyone dispersed, quiet, humbled and grateful. We shall never forget.”

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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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