blank
Connect with us

Swansea

Swansea celebrates women who shaped city for International Women’s Day

Published

on

Swansea Council is celebrating and highlighting women who have played and continue to play vital roles in the city’s story.

On Monday (March 8) the Guildhall will be lit purple during the evening to mark International Women’s Day.

Meanwhile throughout March the council’s cultural services team has a range of themed online activities for Women’s History Month.

Dylan Thomas Service

The Dylan Thomas Service is using its collection to explore female writers, artists and photographers and it is also posting a series of blogs looking at Dylan’s mother Florence Thomas.

For Women’s History Month, the Dylan Thomas Centre will explore unique objects from their collection relating to writers, artists and photographers including Edith Sitwell, Brenda Chamberlain, Rollie McKenna and Nora Summers.

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is presenting a month-long programme of social media posts featuring artworks, film, and audio from female artists that have previously shown at the gallery as well as highlighting of two current exhibitions featuring Welsh female artists Kathryn Ashill and Anya Paintsil.

The Glynn Vivian have been researching a selection of female artists who have previously shown at the gallery, either within contemporary exhibitions or through works in the gallery’s collection.

Swansea Museum

Swansea Museum is presenting online material from its 2018 exhibition looking at the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave votes to women over 30 and is also posting vignettes of women associated with the museum’s own history.

Swansea Libraries

Swansea’s Library Service is using its social media accounts to showcase 10 must-read books from female writers or about inspirational women, plus it is posting daily on influential Swansea and Welsh women and related books from collections.

Sport and Health

The council’s Sport & Health team is profiling female winners from last year’s Swansea Sports Awards; highlighting the Us Girls programme; and celebrating historic achievements of Swansea’s women in sport and physical activity.


Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Better Communities, Louise Gibbard, said: “The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Choose To Challenge and there are many women in Swansea who have done just that.

“As a council we are committed to honouring and continuing their work. Through the work of Domestic Hub we will always challenge domestic abuse and violence against woman and during the pandemic we became the first council in Wales to develop a hi-tech chatbot so that support is available 24/7.

“We are also challenging period poverty in Swansea by providing grants to foodbanks and community groups who are getting pads, tampons and reusable options to those who need them so that no one has to suffer the indignity of going without these essential items.

Advertisement
Advertisement

“This month the council is also unveiling a blue plaque in the city centre in hour of Swansea woman Jessie Donaldson who travelled to America 170 years ago where she bravely fought and challenged slavery.”

Council cabinet member for Investment, Regeneration & Tourism, Robert Francis-Davies, said: “Our cultural venues have a wealth of information in our collections, gathered through our programmes and exhibitions, that we are able to pull together and can share for significant dates like these.

“It’s been great to see the comprehensive contribution that these services have been able to make towards a number of commemorative dates and occasions recently including LGBGT+ History Month, the 80th Anniversary of the Three Nights Blitz and Black History Month.”

Read more on the Enjoy Swansea site.

Advertisement

(All images: Swansea Council)


Advertisement
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Gardening

Hospital’s flower power proves big success with patients

Published

on

By

A summer of sun and extra flower beds have blossomed into the perfect partnership for patients’ wellbeing at Singleton Hospital.

The recent prolonged sunny spells – the hottest recorded for Wales in 30 years – have provided ideal conditions for hundreds of begonias to bloom.

Advertisement

This year, the health board has invested in additional raised beds around the hospital to increase the positive impact on the wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors.

Betty Foley has worked at Singleton as a volunteer for over 15 years.

Seeing a large number of patients, staff and visitors during each shift, she has heard a lot of positive patient feedback for the flower features.

She said: “I deal with a large number of patients and visitors coming into Singleton and a lot of them have passed comment on how lovely the flowers look around the hospital.

“A lot arrive through the main reception and they’re welcomed by a really colourful bed of flowers, which can give you a bit of a boost when you’re going into hospital for treatment.

Advertisement

“I’ve been told countless times recently by patients that they sit in front of the hospital where the benches are and the flowers take their mind off things.

“Small things like that can really make a big difference to your day.”

Christian Berndsen, gardening maintenance, and his team put the bedding plants in at the end of May.

He said: “We’ve used a lot of different types of begonias as they have a variety of bright colours that really catch the eye.

“The flowers have benefited from a great summer of sun.

Advertisement
Nick Davies, and Christian Berndsen in front of one of the flower beds (Image: Swansea Bay NHS)

“I’ve had a lot of comments while we’re around the hospital, which is nice. The intention was to give anyone who uses the hospital a nice, bright collection of flowers to look at around the site.

“Seeing bright flowers such as the begonias can give you a bit of a lift, so it’s been lovely to hear that patients love them as it shows it’s having a positive effect.”

Singleton has also benefited from a wooden sculpture of an oak dragonfly, which features on the Crush Hall roundabout which is situated between the main entrance and the maternity and child health building.

That has been funded by Biophilic Wales and designed by local sculptor Simon Hedger, and adds to a creative corner in the hospital grounds.

Nick Davies, Estates Officer at Singleton Hospital, added: “The flowers and sculpture certainly improves the appearance of the hospital. As we have a lot of patients, visitors and staff coming to this hospital we firmly believe that first impressions are very important.

“If you’re waiting for an appointment or are visiting family or a friend, it’s nice for people to see and offers a little lift. In addition, it’s a natural habitat for small wildlife such as bees and butterflies.

Advertisement

“Christian and the gardening team have done a great job brightening up areas around the hospital, and we’re really pleased it’s impacted patients in a positive way.”

Lead image: Volunteer Betty Foley, Nick Davies, Estates Officer at Singleton Hospital and Christian Berndsen from gardening maintenance at the Crush Hall roundabout display. (Image: Swansea Bay NHS)

Continue Reading

Comedy

Welsh legend Max Boyce is coming to Swansea Arena

Published

on

By

Following a sell-out tour in 2022, Welsh legend Max Boyce is coming to Swansea Arena with a special 50th anniversary concert.

The iconic Welsh comedian, singer and entertainer is due to play Swansea’s newest concert venue on Saturday 4 March 2023.

Advertisement

Glynneath-born Max rose to fame in the 1970s with a musical comedy act rooted in his passion for Welsh rugby.

His very first recordings were made at the Valley Folk Club in Pontardawe in 1971 and featured several tracks that became his signature tunes including including Hymns and Arias, Duw it’s Hard and Slow – Men at Work.

At his brand new Swansea Arena show he will be performing a musical version of his lockdown poem When Just the Tide Went Out for the first time. Since its release in 2020 it has been something of an internet sensation and been viewed nearly 8 million times. It was titled ‘Pick of the Week’ on Radio 4 and features in his number 1 best-selling book, Hymns and Arias.

Max will also be performing some of his other famous songs which have endeared him to both young and old alike. Don’t miss the chance to see this inspired, and inspiring entertainer, whose songs and stories have become part of Welsh Legend.

The one-off show is hard to miss, and definitely one that for years to come you’ll be able to say: “I was there!”

Advertisement

Max Boyce performs at Swansea Arena on Saturday, March 4th 2023. Tickets go on pre-sale Monday 15 August at 10am with general sale online from 12pm.

Continue Reading

Food & Drink

Swansea rated the best place in the UK for a Thai Takeaway

Published

on

By

person eating using chopsticks

A new study has revealed that Swansea is the best place to find a top quality Thai takeaway in the UK.

This is from HouseholdQuotes who analysed Just Eat data in 523 locations across the UK to discover the best places for 20 cuisine types.

Advertisement

While coming top for Thai takeaways, Swansea ranked a solid 146 out of 523 UK towns and cities for its overall takeaway offering.

While other Swansea Bay towns didn’t rank quite so highly, if you’re after a different kind of cuisine Port Talbot placed 29th for Pizza.

Indian is Llanelli’s speciality takeaway of choice, with the town ranking 72 in the UK.

Bridgend take-out lovers head for fish and chips, with the town coming in at 225 out f the 523 UK towns and cities surveyed.

Advertisement

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending

Copyright © 2021 Swansea Bay News