A professional cyclist from Dafen is to attempt a unique cycling challenge which will see him cycle uphill until he has reached the equivalent height of Mount Everest. The challenge, known in the cycling world as 'Everesting', is to ride up any hill or mountain repeatedly until a total elevation of 8,848m has been accomplished.
Recently, Ed Laverack, the Under-23 British Road Race Champion narrowly finished second to the British Hill Climbing champion Dan Evans at the Welsh Hill Climb championships; a result he can be pleased with after suffering almost a week of illness before the race. His next challenge will be to get his name on the Everesting Hall of Fame.
A site in Dafen is being considered as the location of a new Llanelli Police Station and Custody Suite after a report deemed refurbishments to the existing police station would not be cost effective. The decision to pursue the site was made at a meeting of the Policing Board on 26th August 2015. It is understood that a base for the policing team of the town area wil also be sought.
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Building work on Prince Philip Hospital’s Front of House project has started following a three year journey to develop a sustainable emergency medical service for the population of Llanelli.
Mr Bryan Hitchman, Chair of the Committee for Improving Hospital Services (CIHS) was invited by Hywel Dda University Health Board Vice Chair Mrs Sian-Marie James to cut the sod at the site of what will become the new ‘front door’ for the Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU).
Mr Hitchman, said: “It is an honour to be invited to participate in the cutting of the first sod for the Front of House Project at Prince Philip Hospital. It has been a pleasure to have been a small part of the project committee.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire to an electrical transformer near Dafe yesterday. The damage led to a powercut in the area which was attended to by Western Power. The transformer, near the roundabout that leads to Dafen Industrial Estate, is reported to have exploded.
The incident comes after another transformer exploded in the area in May. At that time, Bryngwyn School was evacuated and had to remain closed to the majority of pupils the following day while repairs were carried out.
The Governors of Dafen and Swiss Valley Primary Schools have written to advise parents that they have agreed to enter an informal Federation for a pilot period of one academic year.
The term ‘federation’ describes collaborative leadership and governance arrangements between the schools. The schools will work collaboratively to improve outcomes for both schools under the pilot, which will be monitored and reviewed regularly by a Focus group, made up of Governors, Head Teachers and a Senior Local Authority Advisor. Under arrangements made between the two schools, Swiss Valley School's Mr Ceri Morris, will take the leadership role of Executive Head Teacher, and Mrs Iolan Greville from Dafen will be Deputy Head Teacher.
Information evenings will be held at both schools in the coming weeks, and updates and feedbackwill be given to parents throughout the pilot period.
According to a report by ESTYN, the Inspectorate of Education and Training in Wales, nearly all schools are involved in some form of partnership working with other schools.
The details of the 'Federation Working' planned for Dafen and Swiss Valley may become more clear during the forthcoming information evenings, and it is important to note the 'informal' status of the arrangement, but ESTYN says that Federated schools seek to improve the learning experiences of pupils by planning schemes of work jointly. It says that, though most federation arrangements are relatively new, there is evidence that outcomes for pupils in relation to well-being, such as attendance and behaviour, improve as a result of federation. Joint extra-curricular activities contribute well to pupils’ well-being, and teachers develop a greater range of teaching skills as a result of working together and sharing professional development activities. In nearly all federations studied in the report, there have been financial benefits, derived from sharing and pooling staff and expertise; achieving consistency of approach; being able to negotiate better deals for services and resources; and rationalising staffing structure.
At present, Federated schools remain registered as separate schools,which means that for audit and inspection purposes they are treated separately.
Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed the successful appointment of a GP group to provide medical services for the patients of Andrew Street Practice (which has a branch in Dafen). The Rosedale Medical Group will take over from Dr Devichand when he retires on the 30 September 2015. Dr Devichand will, however, continue to work alongside the new GPs following his retirement. This means that patients registered with Andrew Street Practice will continue to access services as they have always done and do not need to do anything further.
Elaine Lorton, Assistant Director of Primary Care for Hywel Dda UHB, said: “I am pleased that we are able to reassure patients registered with Andrew Street Practice that GP services will continue under the Rosedale Medical Group after Dr Devichand retires. “Drs Perry, Mellin and Williams bring with them great experience in providing general medical services and I hope this ends any uncertainty over the future of the practice.
“I’d like to thank the patients of Andrew Street Practice who took the time to let us know their feedback through our questionnaire and public meeting. We fully recognised the strength of feeling that patients wished to remain with Andrew Street Practice and I am pleased that Hywel Dda UHB can provide that reassurance today.”
Dr Huw Perry, Dr Kristy Mellin, and Dr Paul Williams of Rosedale Medical Group are excited to meet the patients of Llanelli. They are very much looking forward to working with Dr Devichand in the near future, in order to continue to provide excellent care to the patients of Andrew Street Surgery.
A meeting has being arranged by the practice to commence at 7.15pm on 23 September at the Lliedi Suite, Selwyn Samuel Centre, Llanelli when patients can meet with both the new GPs and Dr Devichand.
Hywel Dda UHB will be writing directly to patients registered with Andrew Street Practice shortly to confirm the news.
A consultation excersise is underway for people to give their views on the proposed relocation of services to Dafen Stores.
The benefits of the new location include longer opening hours. Full details and info on how to give your opinions are given below. The consultation ends on 30th September 2015.
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