Rain sodden pitches, poor maintenance and pitch fee increases have been a big concern for sports in the village, and in February 2014 HRH the Prince of Wales reportedly made a surprise visit to a waterlogged Dafen Park after an official visit to Llanelly House. Read More.
Since the Prince's rumoured visit, it has been claimed that a cash strapped County Council has been considering proposals by the Prince to ensure the future of sports in Dafen following a consultation exercise by the Council which sought people’s views and suggestions towards finding an acceptable charging structure, or alternative, that would ensure sporting facilities can be enjoyed for generations.
The Prince is said to have gone down the alternative route by putting forward a proposal to take out a lease on Dafen Park with plans to turn it into a Centre of Excellence for the World Alternative Games.
The new activities would mean that no maintenance tasks would need to be undertaken as the venue would paradoxically improve as the grounds continued to degrade. Conditions at the park are already favourable for events such as Bog Snorkelling and Mud Wrestling, and the local cricket and soccer clubs already have experience. Other sports that would be developed as part of the plans include Ditch Racing, Egg Throwing, Sack Fighting, Toe Wrestling, and Worm Charming.
The World Alternative Games takes place annually at Llanwrtyd Wells, and it is hoped that the new Centre of Excellence in Dafen would give Wales a competitive edge and ensure Welsh domination for decades to come.
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A Dafen man has been confined to his house after being diagnosed with a severe case of Beer-bola.
The condition, linked to type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, inflammatory diseases, and other obesity-related diseases, was first identified in Wales in the mid-1970s as 'beer belly', and spread across the world with travelling Welsh rugby fans. The beer belly/bola [Welsh], in which excessive visceral fat causes the abdomen to protrude, is often associated with a high alcohol intake.
In May 2014, a doctor treating patients at Llanelli's Prince Philip Hospital contracted Beer-bola and was flown back to Nigeria for treatment. But experts say the disease is unlikely to spread beyond westernised countries.
In this latest case, the unnamed Dafen man is said to be under strict orders by his wife to stay at home until he has effectively been cured. But compounding the sadness of this story is the fact that he has been isolated from his drinking buddies in the village. In response, they have pre-empted any similar action by their own wives by voluntarily quarantining themselves at Dafen Cricket Club for the weekend.
One of the wives of the men told us, “He texted me to say that it wasn't safe for him to come home and could not have contact with me until doctors rule out the possibility that he has been infected. He said they have all been banned from having visitors for the weekend while their health is monitored for early symptoms of Beer-bola, but could I post a hundred quid in an envelope in case he runs short of cash.”
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There has been strong speculation from political observers that Barrack Obama will this week make a stop at Dafen ahead of the NATO conference in Newport's Celtic Manor.
The diplomatic mission would be aimed at averting a wider conflict around the village as pro-Dafen rebels from Gorsfach vie to reunite Dafen South with Dafen North, years after being separated by the A4138 and Ward boundary changes. Many Gorsfach residents have rejected the idea of re-joining Dafen, preferring to maintain ties with Llwynhendy and Pemberton, and have accused Dafen Stores in the village of supporting Dafen South rebels by selling them newspapers and supplies. Anti-Dafen sentiment from neighbouring Bryn, Pemberton and Llwynhendy has seen tensions rise, with a growing number of volunteers enlisted to overpower the rebels and take the fight through the subway and into Dafen.
President Obama last week vowed to help find a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but has not ruled out military intervention after it emerged that the former Avon Inflatables building near Dafen Roundabout was being used to stockpile hundreds of boxes of cheap fireworks, which, experts say, would be used in a campaign of terror around the neighbourhood. A UN inspection of the site has uncovered a list of Dafen addresses where letterboxes and drainpipes could be targeted, and has discovered rockets standing in milk bottles, all aimed in the direction of Dafen Park.
Dafen Cricket Club will tell President Obama on his visit that they are ready for any such attacks, as they prepare an Iron Dome Defence System of hundreds of cricket balls which will be launched into the skies to intercept and destroy any incoming missiles. Meanwhile, staff at Prince Philip Hospital are preparing for high numbers of casualties by printing leaflets on how to get to A&E in Glangwilli.
Expectations for the visit are high. The Americans have a proven track record in resolving disputes in the area. When Swiss Valley encroached onto Felinfoel – by moving the Swiss Valley boundary sign down past the White Lion Inn on Millfield Road – fierce bickering raged for months until a diplomatic solution was found. Under guidance from the Americans, Swiss Valley was allowed to maintain control over the disputed area, and a memorial to the mill which gave Felinfoel its name was erected near the site as compensation. Since resolving the dispute, floral baskets are hung each year on both sides of Y Felin Millwheel to represent peace and cooperation between the two communities.
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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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HRH the Prince of Wales made a surprise visit to a waterlogged Dafen Park after an official visit to Llanelly House earlier in the day. It was the Royal's first visit to Dafen since unveiling a revamped Nevill's Arms in 2011, when it was renamed 'Porky's Bar and Grill'.
The soccer calendar at Dafen Park has been badly affected by the recent weather, with many games postponed because of water logged pitches. Burrowing animals – another problem in the park – are thought to have retreated to higher ground – although Fox News reports that this was in protest to the Council's pitch fee increases. The Prince said that the condition of the pitches coupled with future price hikes was a tragedy.
Rumours that the Prince may have been considering buying a house in neighbouring Felinfoel were quashed when it was admitted that he thought the village had been moved brick by brick to St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life.
The Prince ended the visit at Dafen Chippy, congratulating the take away on its improved Food Hygiene rating of 3 out of 5, before continuing to other parts of the country ahead of St David's Day celebrations.
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Dafen AFC announce that all Minis and Juniors games played during 2013 -14 will be in 3D - High Definition
In an attempt to boost player and coaching numbers in the younger age groups, Dafen Welfare AFC have announced that all games for the coming 2013 -14 season will be played in 3D-HD. It is anticipated that the games will also be fully interactive, with players' whole body movements being able to control the game, just like on some games consoles, but without the need for a Motion Recognition sensor-bar or camera.
The move has come after it was identified that the amateur sport was facing increased competition from modern technology and that some kids often preferred to spend all their free time on high-spec TVs, PCs and games consoles rather than play sport.
A spokesman for Dafen Welfare AFC said, "We have been running trials of 3D-HD soccer in Dafen since 1917 and have found that it works rather well. Much better than anything generated on a TV Screen. Our senior players were brought up playing it. Most players agree that it is more exciting than playing computer games, and young people in Dafen and the surrounding areas should be taking advantage of this fantastic real-life action experience."
It was admitted, that to access 3D-HD games, some players and spectators may need special viewing aids (glasses). But these can be purchased from any high-street optician, and are available for many free on prescription. Most participants will be able to take part without the use of the aids, but it is not yet certain whether referees will be required to use the technology.
If you or anyone you know is interested in taking part in 3D-HD interactive soccer (i.e., real-life football), Dafen Welfare AFC have Minis teams from Under 7's to Under 11's, and Juniors teams from Under 12's to Under 16's. They are also in urgent need of coaches, and are offering free coaching courses for anybody interested. For further information visit Dafen Website Notice Board or go to http://www.dafenafc.co.uk
Drivers in the Dafen area are advised to avoid the B4303 this Bank Holiday after a 63 year-old man was injured in the early hours of the morning when his car was swallowed by a hole in Dafen Road. The road has been blocked from both directions while engineers from the Coal Authority make assessments.
-More to follow.
A Coal Authority engineer said: "It is likely that repeated impacts over a critical point in the road by drivers coming down hard off the speed bump [at the zebra crossing], has caused a weakness to develop over a hitherto unknown subsurface branch of the Bryngwyn Pit. Unfortunately for this gentleman, this car was the straw that broke the camel's back."
A team from Swansea Metropolitan University will be working closely with the Coal Authority in the coming days to examine other roads in the area using GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar). Senior Lecturer Avril Sot said, "until the GPR study is completed there is no cause for alarm, but it is advisable that extra caution is taken when going over speed bumps in the area, and also where cars come down from kerbs after parking on pavements."
Because of the importance of the route for hospital services, it is expected that the road will be filled and resurfaced by as early as noon today. A spokesperson for the County Council said "We are pulling out all the stops to get this road fully repaired today so that Llanelli A&E patients are able to travel the quickest route to Glangwili after being redirected from Prince Philip Hospital."
In the meantime, locals are being urged to help the effort by bringing wheel barrows of soil down to the site to speed the process up. "While the weather is nice, if every household in the area could bring one barrow of soil from their gardens, the route could be restored by eleven," she said.
Drivers who are concerned about the safety of roads in the area are advised to avoid non-essential travel until the end of APRIL FOOLS' day ;-).
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