Following the successful launch of a countrywide tour of the replica Dylan Thomas' writing shed, county councillors have agreed to commission a reproduction of the outdoor toilet used by Dorothy Squires at her family home in Dafen, where the singer lived as a teenager.
Dylan Thomas' iconic writing shed is currently touring the country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the famous poet's birth. It is appearing at places and events across the country, including the Hay Festival, the Royal Welsh Show and the National Eisteddfod. The replica shed has already attracted lots of interest and is helping to promote Laugharne and Carmarthenshire as the home of Dylan Thomas and the place which inspired some of his best work.
Now it is hoped that the replica Dorothy Squires 'Ty Bach' will do the same to help promote Dafen and Llanelli.
Neighbours living next to 'Aston House' in New Road, Dafen, have recollected how young Dorothy could be heard singing in her back garden, and in the outside toilet.“The Ty Bach was the perfect place for Dorothy's singing practice, with acoustics that rivalled the toilets of Sydney Opera House or the Royal Albert Hall," said one neighbour. Another added "it sounded like she played the tuba in there too"!
Project co-ordinator Edna May said, “the 'Ty Bach' was the place where young Dorothy perfected the impressive vocal skills which led her to worldwide fame as a singer and entertainer. And now aspiring singers from around the country will be able to spend private time in this marvelous replica and be inspired, ”.
The fully functioning outhouse, which was completed two weeks ago, will be appear at events and festivals throughout Wales this summer and will be sited at the Wales Millennium Centre during the X-Factor auditions next January.
Visitors to the attraction will have the choice of using 2-ply toilet paper (50p) during their visit, or for a more authentic experience, cut-up sheets of 1930's news paper (free).
John Griffiths AM, Minister for Culture and Sport, will be the first to officially flush the toilet at 11.30am on Tuesday, April 1st, and allow people their first tinkle inside. The unveiling will take place on the grassy area opposite Dafen Post office, which has been earmarked as a permanent site for the attraction when the tour is complete. When asked about the sustainability of the project, Mrs May, said that she was confident that “the toilet will be able to take the p*** for many years to come”.
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The canals of Venice, the monuments of Paris, the skyscrapers of New York, and the pubs of London have all been recreated in the new developments of China's growing cities. But who would have expected that this trend of Chinese copycat architecture would lead to working replicas of shops and buildings from the little Welsh village of Dafen, in Llanelli?
It is thought by experts that replica Dafen might have been created to give Chinese citizens a chance to observe some of the mundane experiences of Western life. In replica Dafen, Chinese children would be able to hold up the queue in a replica Dafen Stores to buy a 20p (2 Chinese Yuan) pick and mix, while their parents drink 'Foel ale and play darts at the replica Bush Inn, before the whole family tucks in to a typical British Takeaway at a replica Dafen Chippy. Later they might even choose to visit replica Dafen Pharmacy to buy, say, Alka-Selter or Imodium.
So there really is a Dafen in China! And this is what it looks like.
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Carmarthenshire County Council is introducing a smoking ban in playgrounds in a drive to reduce the harmful effects of second-hand smoke on children.
Executive Board approved the plans as part of the authority’s Play Sufficiency Assessment.
And today, on national No Smoking Day, hundreds of children will design posters appealing to smokers to have a better conscience when lighting up around children.
Whilst the authority’s first aim will be to introduce the ban in its playgrounds, it is hoped that in future the ban will also extend to areas outside schools, leisure centres, beaches and playing fields.
They hope it will also encourage a ban in playgrounds owned by town and community councils.
Cllr Jim Jones, Executive Board Member for Public Protection, said: “Smokefree playgrounds will mean that children will be spared the risk of exposure to second-hand smoke.
“Whilst introducing a ban in playgrounds is a bold step, we see it as just the first step in making areas where children gather both safer and cleaner.”
It is hoped that as well as protecting children from second-hand smoke and ‘de-normalising’ smoking, the ban will also help them understand that it is a harmful activity.
To coincide with No Smoking Day, year six pupils in primary schools across the county are taking part in lessons which highlight the dangers that passive smoking has on their health.
The posters they are being asked to design will be entered in to a competition, with the winning design being used by the council to promote the ban in playgrounds across Carmarthenshire.
Council tax in Carmarthenshire is to increase by 4.77% from April councillors have decided.
It means that a Band D property will be £1,026.48 for the County Council part of the payment.
Council tax is made up of three parts –County Council, Town/Community Council and Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner charges.
Bills show how much of the charge is due to each of the three parties.
The total amount varies, as although the County Council and police charges are the same for all households, town or community council charges differ for each area.
A full list of charges is published on the council website at www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk along with a council tax calculator people can use to work out exactly how much they need to pay.
Council Leader Cllr Kevin Madge said: “We made significant changes as a result of the extensive public consultation, and I would like to thank once again all those who took part.
“The changes did impact on our council tax which will now increase by 4.77%, we appreciate it is not as low as people would want, but I think we have achieved a balance between protecting services, investment in our future and the impact on council taxpayers. “
The full Council Tax bill assumes that there are a minimum of two adults counted as living in the dwelling.
If only one adult is counted as living in a dwelling as their main home the Council Tax bill is reduced by a quarter.
For a dwelling which is no-one’s main place of residence and which is unfurnished, the bill will be reduced by half and in certain circumstances, may be exempt from paying any Council Tax.
Carmarthenshire County Council
Police are urging retailers and members of the public to remain vigilant following reports of Counterfeit Scottish £20 notes being circulated in the Llandeilo and Ammanford area.
Ps Mike Ross said
“At first glance the notes are very convincing so we want to ensure that other retailers do not fall victim of their use. If you are suspicious of money you are being offered in payment then please contact police immediately.”
Anyone who discovers they’ve been given a fake note is advised to go to their local police station and hand them in. You can also hand them in at banks. If anyone has any information relating to fake notes they should contact police.
Information can be given to Police on 101 or Crimstoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
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