The biggest under 17's party around will be back at the Play King in Dafen Industrial Estate next week with special guests including DJ and TV personality Lauren Pope.
'Bounce', the popular disco event was first held in July 2014 as an end of term disco and was joined by reality TV star Joey Essex. Lauren Pope, who visits in September, has also appeared in the ITV2 reality series (The Only Way Is Essex) and has a career as a glamour model, DJ, music producer and entrepreneur.
The event will feature live acts, four DJ'S, and a separate roller disco area.
A news story, which was first reported in the Llanelli Star this week, about a psychic medium who allegedly hid a man in the attic during a ghost hunt at the Halfway Hotel, has become news across the country. The hidden man is said to have responded to the psychic's request for a spirit to knock twice if present. After sceptical members of the group, which included members of the Halfway Hotel's staff, challenged this occurence in the hotel's former stables, a man came down from the attic and was promptly ejected by hotel staff. The psychic is said to have consequently fled the scene.
The story has been presented by national newspapers today such as The Sun, The Star, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail and has also got mentioned on the ITV This Morning show.
The £12 a ticket event, which took place last Friday at the Halfway Hotel — a venue well-known for its ghost tours — was hosted by psychic medium Chris Date, who denies any collusion with the hidden man. Halfway Hotel owner Paul Francis said that in the seven to eight years the Halfway Hotel has been hosting ghost hunts he had never experienced anything like that before and added that since Friday, other paranormal groups have phoned in and booked events at the Halfway offering free entry to any unsatisfied customers from Friday night.
A Dafen man took part in a feature on Countryfile this Sunday, September 1st, as the programme headed to the Gower.
Anthony Lewis is a volunteer from the Ammanford branch of the British Sub-Aqua club who were joined by Countryfile presenter Matt Baker on a dive to clean up the Gower Coast.
The BSAC runs an annual Underwater Litterpick and the presenter helps the divers retrieve tin cans, bottles, fishing weights, lines, nets and plastic bags from under the water. The excersise featured on the prime-time television programme on Sunday September 1st at 7pm.
Anthony, from Nant Y Bryn said, “We really had a great day and Matt was just like one of the boys. We cleared a large amount of litter off the sea bed like discarded nets, bottles and cans all of which are hazardous to the marine life in Swansea Bay.”
Also on the show Ellie Harrison visited Swansea Docks to see how its once filthy waters are now so clean that mussels thrive there. And she found out how little yellow fish are helping people flush their waste water down the right pipes. Matt joined the divers who pull tonnes of waste a year out of the waters off the peninsular, before hitting dry land to hook up with the volunteers keeping its beaches pristine.
A Six-A-Side Cricket Tournament hosted by Dafen Welfare Cricket Club last Sunday raised £1,800 for charity. The event, which was organised in aid of #TeamDan, a fund-raising campaign in the name of ex-Scarlets player Dan Rogers, took place in front of a bumper crowd on a glorious day of Dafen sunshine after a worryingly wet Saturday.
Volunteers for the hosts appeared early on Sunday morning to prepare the ground for the big day, which saw teams competing from local rival clubs Llangennech, Llanelli, Felinfoel and Pwll. But the trophy went to a group better known for their exploits with a rugby ball – star attractions of the day, the Scarlets. The Scarlets impressed, with fine performances with both bat and ball, and were also a credit off the field.
#TeamDan was also represented in the tournament, with Dan Rogers' brother Steff, joined by another Scarlet, Phil John.
Scarlet's Steve Shingler, previously capped for Wales at age-grade cricket, won the leading batsman award for the tournament, while Steve Devonald, playing for tournament runners-up Pwll, was recognised as the Best Bowler. Dafen's Jonathan Griffiths was recognised as the tournament's Best All-Rounder.
There was fun for all the family from 11am on Sunday, with lasertag, bouncy castle, barbecue, music and more, and a great day was had by all. Many took to social networking sites to sing the praises of the event, and hoped that the organisers would be encouraged to make it a regular annual fixture, with the Scarlets defending the title next year.
The money raised has contributed to thousands of pounds already raised for The University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff's intensive care and haematology units, where Dan is undergoing treatment.
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A team of Llanelli Scarlets will be playing at Dafen Park this weekend (Sunday the 18th of August), consisting of British & Irish Lions star Jonathan Davies and fellow Wales internationals Rhys Priestland, Ken Owens, Liam Williams and Aaron Shingler. The squad will also include Jake Ball, Steve Shingler, George Earle, Simon Easterby and Scarlets' Head of Athletic Performance Brad Harrington .
It will not be rugby that the team will be playing on Sunday, but one of the more favoured sports in Dafen, as Dafen Welfare Cricket Club host a Six-a-Side Charity Cricket Tournament in aid of #TeamDan.
#TeamDan is a fundraising campaign which began on the internet a couple of months ago in support of the cancer battle of ex-Scarlet Dan Rogers, who was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. He is said to be making great improvements thanks to chemotherapy, and thousands of pounds have already been raised for The University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff's intensive care and haematology units, where Dan is undergoing treatment.
A lot of the fundraising success so far has come from the sales of #TeamDan T-shirts and vests, supplied by Manhattan Marketing, and recently modelled by legendary All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter on social networking site Twitter. Dan Rogers was a player and coach for the Llanelli Wanderers before falling ill and the shirts come in Wanderers team colours. They are on sale for £9.99 and the vests are going for £14.99, with all profits going to the cause.
This weekends cricket tournament which will feature eight teams split into two groups, includes two teams from Dafen, and teams from local rivals Felinfoel, Kidwelly, Llangennech and Llanelli. #TeamDan will also have a side taking part in the tournament, led by Dan's brother Steff. Amongst the Scarlets team, Shingler is a former England Under-19 and Glamorgan fast bowler,and his younger brother Steve is a Wales age-grade cap. Jake Ball is also said to have been a talented young cricketer in Australia
The action begins on Sunday at 11am, and there will be live music, a bouncy castle, a BBQ,and more. Please come along, have fun and show your support!
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
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