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Busker learns ‘sound of silence’ HIS music is a regular feature

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Silence is golden: Jonathan Jones

Silence is golden: Jonathan Jones

HIS music is a regular feature of Stepney Street, but a popular Llanelli busker is planning to undertake a seven day sponsored silence to raise money for Ty Olwen hospice.

26 year-old Jonathan Jones spends three days a week busking outside the St Elli centre. However, on Monday (May 4) at midday, he plans to cut his guitar strings and stop making any sounds.

Jonathan laughed when we asked him how this would affect his ability to perform. “Well, I can’t talk, sing, play, hum, whistle, or click,” the Bynea resident said. “I’ll be miming a lot.”

Instead of his usual three days, he plans to spend all seven days of his silence at his pitch. His sponsorship drive has started promisingly, with over £300 already pledged. “I’m 100% determined now,” he said.

“It’s brilliant. The reaction from the local shops has been hilarious. When I asked them to donate, as soon as they heard what I was doing they couldn’t sponsor me quick enough!”

Jonathan told us that he chose Ty Olwen because he had friends and family members who have used similar services.

“They provide amenities and services to people with life-limiting illnesses that the NHS can’t,” he said. “It’s a shame they have to rely on donations for funding – they need £450,000 every year. My mother was a nurse, so I know how hard the job they do is.”

In spite of busking being the primary source of income for Jonathan and his family, he is willing to be silent for seven days. “I’ll still have my hat down, but it’ll be clearly labelled. All sponsors have to pledge on the form first, and I’ll collect the money after the week is up,” he added.

Anyone wishing to donate money to a fantastic cause can either visit Jonathan outside the St Elli centre next week, or visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/silentbusker. To learn more about what Ty Olwen do, visit their website at www.tyolwen. org.

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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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