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Facilities at Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Community School continue to improve

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Education, arts, sports and outdoor facilities at a thriving comprehensive in Swansea are being revamped and updated to improve the school for environment for pupils, staff and the wider community.

Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Jennifer Raynor, has visited Dylan Thomas Community School to see the changes that are taking place.

These include a new outdoor gym and cardio area (pictured above), more outdoor learning and recreation areas and new bike sheds.

Retractable seating has been installed turning the old drama studio into a 120 seat theatre (pictured), the Science and Technology Department has had a face lift with three updated laboratories and top of the range construction desks in the D&T room along with a state of the art laser cutter.

Retractable seating turns the old drama class into a 120 seat theatre

The catering classroom has had a complete re-fit and now there is a dedicated demonstration area as well as sleek new worktops hosting 15 hobs and ovens for pupils to put the theory in to practice and rustle up restaurant quality meals.

The school also now boasts a new ICT suite along with equipment that means students can to connect, research and innovate across all of their subjects.

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Cllr Raynor said: “The changes taking place at Dylan Thomas Community School are very impressive and I’d congratulate headteacher Paul Davies and his team, along with the governing body and parents, for what they are achieving.

“I was particularly impressed to hear about the role pupils played in identifying areas of the school they wanted updated and the new facilities needed.

“Great progress has been made and there are further exciting plans including the new all-weather sports facilities to which the council is contributing.”

Funding was approved last month by the council’s cabinet for the all-weather pitch and multi-use games areas that will be built where the old tennis courts stand.

These will be widely available for the community when not in use by the school and have been made possible with grants from Garfield Weston Foundation and the Johann Cruyff Foundation.

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Mr Davies said there had been a lot of hard work by staff, pupils and many others during the last year to make the changes possible.

He added: “We are very proud of the significant updates to many of our facilities having raised funding with external sponsors and grant providers to ensure we provide the best learning facilities to our staff and pupils.

“The pupils were heavily involved in identifying the parts of the school and new facilities they wanted to update or add and we have worked hard to deliver these to the point where the school is almost unrecognisable.

“We are now looking forward to the development of the new sports facilities which will build on our strong community links and will be widely welcomed when completed next year.”


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Cash and mobile taken in late night Carmarthen Road assault

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South Wales Police are appealing for information after an alleged assault between 1am and 2am on Carmarthen Road in Swansea on Tuesday 12 October.

A 60 year-old man was reportedly attacked while walking up Carmarthen Road near to the first bus stop after Dyfatty lights.

A woman is alleged to have approached the man, then assaulted him before making off with money and his mobile phone.

Police are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage, anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have more information to contact them online, by emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting reference 2100358315.

(Lead image: Google Maps)

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Coronavirus

Health board using converted shipping containers as ‘local vaccination centres’

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Swansea Bay University Health Board say they are making it easier for older people to get their Covid-19 booster vaccinations with the use of converted shipping containers.

Three containers, known as Local Vaccination Centres (LVCs), have been located in communities across the Swansea Bay area for those who may find it difficult to get to a mass vaccination centre.

The containers build on the success and experience of the Immbulance, the health board’s mobile vaccination unit.

And they are able to free up the Immbulance to be deployed to cover new areas.

The units can be located in one place for several days and include staff facilities, which means they can stay there longer and don’t have to be driven away each night and be brought back the following morning.

Staff are providing Covid booster vaccinations for those with an appointment only and aim to deliver 60 jabs every day.

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People can then wait the usual 15-minutes after a vaccination either in their cars or in the container itself.

One of the units has been placed in Seven Sisters Rugby Club car park to serve those in the Dulais Valley and neighbouring communities.

Another of the LVCs has been placed near the Guildhall in Swansea, which has proven to be a popular location for the Immbulance.

James Ruggiero, Swansea Bay University Health Board’s Assistant Head of Operational Planning for the vaccination programme, said: “This project is part of our ongoing effort to increase access to vaccinations across the Swansea Bay area. 

“These units are helping us in our aim to get as many people vaccinated as possible, particularly those who may have difficulty in travelling to our mass vaccination centres.”

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Lead image: Matthew Armstrong, immuniser; Andrea Howells, clinical supervisor; Ian Worthing, immuniser (Image: Swansea Bay NHS)

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MP pledges support for local pubs in Gower

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Tonia Antoniazzi MP has pledged her support for the Long Live the Local campaign to help pubs and breweries in Gower recover and thrive.

Tonia joins over 125,000 people who have signed the petition so far, including 137 in Gower alone.

Ms Antoniazzi is calling on the Government to lower VAT for pubs and for an overall reduction in Beer Duty.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on brewers and pubs throughout the UK and continues to do so as the sector tries to kickstart its recovery.

The campaign argues that the sector needs an immediate boost and the fact that a local pub adds £100,000 to its local economy, creates jobs and acts as a social hub, underlines how directly investment in the form of lower VAT and an overall cut to beer duty can help pubs and their communities to recover. It will also boost Britain’s world class brewing sector, a homegrown manufacturing success story that brews over 80% of the beer we drink.

Brewing and pubs in Gower supports 1344 jobs and contributes £29m to the local economy. With £1 in every £3 pounds spent in UK pubs going to the taxman, British drinkers and pub goers are overtaxed and this is hampering the recovery of our cherished locals and Britain`s brewers.

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Commenting on the campaign, Tonia Antoniazzi MP said: “Pubs are at the heart of communities across Gower, but with pubs bearing a disproportionate burden as a result of the pandemic the Government should consider cutting unfair taxes on pubs that are hampering their recovery. I’m supporting the Long Live the Local campaign and calling on the Chancellor to lower VAT for pubs and reduce Beer Duty overall at this year’s Budget to support the recovery of pubs.”

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said: “85% of pubs are based in community and rural areas, bringing jobs to the parts of the UK that need them most. They employ over 600,000 people, of which 43% are under 25. Cutting VAT and an overall reduction in Beer Duty would go a long way to helping pubs and brewers across Gower that are desperately trying to recover.

“We are very grateful to Tonia Antoniazzi for her support for the Long Live the Local campaign, and hope that the Government listens to MPs across Parliament and the thousands of people across the country who are calling on the Chancellor to lower VAT & Business Rates for pubs and reduce Beer Duty overall.”

Lead image: Emma McClarkin with Tonia Antoniazzi. 

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