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School dinners are full of flavour

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New menu: Flavours from around the world

New menu: Flavours from around the world

PRIMARY SCHOOL children are tucking in to a variety of meals from around the world as part of the new summer school meals menu. Serving up 19,000 hot meals every day, Carmarthenshire County Council’s catering team have revamped the menu with a mix of traditional favourites and modern dishes to tempt the taste buds. Dishes range from chicken korma and chicken tikka paninis giving children a taste of Asian cuisine; spaghetti bolognese, pizza and pasta bake offering a taste of Italian fare, and barbecue chicken wrap with mixed rice and coleslaw providing a more Stateside and Caribbean flavour. Traditional British meals also feature, with roast dinners every Wednesday and ‘chip shop fish’ amongst the highlights on the menu. For the first time, the menu has been laid out for parents to see the nutritional balance of each meal.

Vegetables include mixed salad and coleslaw, baked beans or peas, or carrot and cucumber battons. Carbohydrates include jacket wedges, herby potatoes, or garlic bread, and an occasional Friday treat of chips. Desserts include chocolate brownies, apple muffins and lemon drizzle cake, although children can instead opt for their pick of fruit. Each meal is served with a drink of water, milk or aqua juice. Catering services manager Sandra Weigel said: “We have kept some traditional summer dishes on the menu, along with new main meals and desserts that we hope children will enjoy. “We were pleased to design this menu based on feedback from children and parents during a consultation in winter last year. They suggested we improve the layout of the menu to illustrate how meals are nutritionally balanced and have the correct balance of protein, carbs, fresh fruit and veg.” She added: “School meals are a great way to ensure children have a well-balanced diet and the energy and concentration they need to do their best in their classrooms. They are also convenient for parents, who do not need to worry about creating a well-balanced packed lunch that will remain fresh until lunchtime.”

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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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