As part of the continuing celebrations, the school will also be holding a Centenary Dinner at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday 8th of June 2013. The event is open to parents, past pupils (over 18) and members of the public with a general connection with the school. There will be a formal dress code and tickets will cost £30, to include a three course dinner, drink on arrival, disco and live entertainment.
A new play about the tumultuous life of Welsh performer Dorothy Squires is to be staged at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.
Dorothy Squires spent her teenage years living at her parents home in New Road, Dafen, where a commemorative Blue Plaque - sponsored by her ex-husband Roger Moore - has now been placed to comemorate her early life in the village. According to Llanelli Community Heritage, Dorothy's first claim to fame was winning a skipping race at the opening of Dafen Welfare Club's sports day, in 1926. But her real talent was singing, and this, coupled with her sense of determination would catapult her to worldwide stardom. During her time in Dafen, local press reports state that she worked at a local tinplate works, and locals remember her singing and playing the ukelele in her back garden, and singing to the local boys on Dafen Bridge. She returned many times to visit the area during the height of her stardom.
Her career was plagued by turmoil and litigation, ending in bankruptcy, and the play staged in Sherman Cymru reveres this fallen hero. One of its playwrights Johnny Tudor, a veteran performer of the stage and screen, and a close friend of Dorothy Squires said, "I wanted to write this play because having known Dorothy all my life and appeared with her many times including the famous Palladium Concerts in the ’70s, have an in depth knowledge of this remarkable woman’s life; not just the showbiz glitz and glamour but the human story behind it. In my opinion the tale of this extraordinary larger than life, talented Welsh woman is worth telling. Dorothy is certainly one of our unsung heroes and still has a lot of fans to this day."
Say It With Flowers runs at Sherman Cymru from May 15th - 25th, starring Welsh actress Ruth Madoc and West End performer Gillian Kirkpatrick as the famous singer at different stages of her life.
Read more: Wales Online http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/showbiz/2013/03/27/new-play-about-life-of-dorothy-squires-to-open-at-sherman-theatre-91466-33064265/#ixzz2OpB8dzY
Dyfed Powys Police are reminding homeowners to protect their garden sheds and outbuildings. As the weather gets warmer and people start to work in their garden sheds, there usually an increase in the number of reported thefts from gardens and sheds across the force. “Garden sheds are too often easy targets for criminals,” said Inspector Rose Ann Lloyd. “This is a great concern to the police because it is clear that shed thefts can be prevented if a reasonable level of security was put in place. We are encouraging people to install good quality locks to all garden sheds and also to property mark their equipment using UV marker pens, paint or engraving.”
To improve security and to reduce the chance of become a victim of crime, please consider the following:
Dafen looks set to benefit from faster internet speeds as part of a commitment to upgrade the UK communications network. Openreach, who are responsible for the task, are upgrading the network by laying fibre optic cables over the current copper lines. They are using £2.5 billion committed by the BT Group to make superfast fibre broadband available to two-thirds of the homes in Britain by end Spring 2014.
Llanelli is forecast to be ready by September 2013, and residents of Dafen served by the Llanelli Exchange, should be able to take advantage of this as soon as the street cabinets in the area have been upgraded.
To find out whether or not you'll be able to get superfast fibre broadband for a specific property, and the cost, use the line checker on your preferred supplier's website.
Community Sport Clubs and organisations within Carmarthenshire could benefit from a cash boost from the Sport Wales Community Chest Grant.
Sports or physical activity clubs looking to expand their current provision, introducing a new age group, increase the number or quality coaches could be eligible to access up to £1500.
Almost £90,000 was distributed to organisations within the county from in the last 12 months.
Typical of those who have benefitted in recent years are Clwb Hoci Dinefwr a’r Fro awarded were £978 in 2011 to increase the number of coaches and umpires at the club.
Llangennech Badminton club were awarded £1494 last year to establish a new badminton club
Peniel Community Football Club were awarded £851 in 2012 to set up an U7’s team.
County executive board member for leisure services Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “The grant provides funding towards activities that encourage more people to be more active, more often and to raise the standards of existing activities.”
Organisations can also apply for a second project that enables them to cater for interest generated via 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and to prepare for demand leading up to Glasgow 2014 and beyond or to tackle inequality - BME, disability (inclusion), women and girls, social inclusion.
The next closing date for applications is the April 9, 2013. Clubs and organisations who are looking to start a new project are encouraged to seek further advice and guidance from Hilary Jones, Sports Development Officer on 01554 744350 or email HGJones@carmarthenshire.gov.uk
Applications and further information are available from Sport Wales .
Dafen residents are being reminded that there are changes to refuse and recycling collections over the Easter holidays.
From Friday, March 29 until Friday, April 5, collections will take place one day later than usual.
The recycling centre in Trostre (Llanelli) is open as usual over the Easter period.
Residents can sign up to the council’s text messaging or email alert service for latest news and information including refuse / recycling collections. Text ‘sign up’ to 0789 2345678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on waste and recycling visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/recycling or call Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567.
Thursday 21st March sees Bryngwyn pupils take part in the BBC School Report, a nationwide programme for pupils to develop, produce and broadcast their own news about their school and their area.
The eight Year 9 Pupils are extremely excited about this opportunity to be a part of the News Day 2013 and are working hard to get their articles ready to come hot off the press!
Make sure you watch the BBC red button on Thursday, as many school news teams including the pupils at Brynwgyn hope to be mentioned and included in News coverage by the BBC.
Click here to access the Bryngwyn School Report Website.
The 'Rag Bag' recycling bank located in Dafen Park has been adopted by the Dafen Forum to generate regular fundraising for community projects. Good quality clothing is transported to Africa and other developing nations where your old clothes are re-used, while money is also paid to our charity for every kg recycled. However, there has been an increasing number of deposits made to the bank which are unsuitable for processing. This means that local volunteers are using valuable time to sort through the clothes bank, and are having to dipose of certain items porperly themselves. Residents are being asked to take notice of what type of items the clothes bank accepts, and to dispose of other unwanted items correctly.
The following items are accepted:
This year is Halfway School's Centenary Year. The school first opened on the sixth of January 1913. As part of the school's centenary celebrations, children from years 1-6 have been invited to participate with Cor Mebion Llanelli and guest vocalist Laura Thomas, a former pupil, in an evening of entertainment.
The concert will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday 21st March in St John Lloyd school hall. Tickets for the event are £4 and are on sale from the school office. They will also be made available to members of the community. Any profits made will be used to purchase ‘Commemorative Centenary Gifts' for the Children and to support the development and implementation of handheld technology in the school.
The breakfast club at Dafen Primary School, which provides free breakfasts for up to fifty children per day, has been praised by Carmarthenshire Council and achieved a gold award for its work. It acheived the accolade based on its healthy menu and the activities and care provided by the staff.
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