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New Margam Country Park 10k run aims to raise funds for Mayor’s charity

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The very first Parc Margam 10k run raising money for the Mayor of Neath Port Talbot’s Charity Fund is to get under way in the beautiful surroundings of Port Talbot’s Margam Country Park on Sunday 13 March.

Entrants can choose between 10k and 5k routes and as well as enjoying the run through the historic park, they will help raise funds and awareness for the two very worthy causes chosen by Neath Port Talbot Mayor, Cllr John Warman’s Charity Fund this year – the Neath Port Talbot Cancer Challenge and British Heart Foundation Cymru.

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The brand new event is being supported by John Pye Auctions, Auction City, Kenfig Industrial Estate, Margam – Europe’s largest indoor general auction facility.

The Mayor of Neath Port Talbot, Cllr John Warman, said: “Whether you want to push yourself, come in fancy dress or just have a gentle run with some friends, the Parc Margam 10k is a great way to blow away the winter cobwebs and get yourself ready for Spring in these breath-taking surroundings.

“Also you will be helping to publicise and raise money for my two Mayor’s Charities, the British Heart Foundation Cymru and Neath Port Talbot Cancer Challenge (NPTCC).”

Run by volunteers, NPTCC is a local charity that helps local people. Its aim is to help with the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancer. The charity raise funds to purchase equipment for local hospitals in Neath Port Talbot, Singleton, Morriston and Bridgend.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru helps to fund life saving research into heart and circulatory diseases to find better ways of treating, diagnosing and ultimately curing them.

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The Parc Margam 10k takes place at Margam Country Park on Sunday 13 March 2022 from 10am. Registration costs £20. To revigister and for more information visit margamcountrypark.co.uk/10k .

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Margam Park Cherry Trees to celebrate blossoming relationship with Japan

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Six cherry trees gifted from Japan have been planted in Margam Country Park to celebrate enduring friendship between the UK and Japan.

The six Japanese cherry trees – or Sakura in Japanese – are some of more than 6,000 of the trees gifted to the UK as part of the Sakura Cherry Tree friendship project paid for by a variety of Japanese businesses.

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At Margam Country Park on Tuesday (March 22nd, 2022) when the trees were planted were the Honorary Consul for Japan, Mr Keith Dunn OBE, the Mayor of Neath Port Talbot, Cllr John Warman, Neath Port Talbot Council Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture, Cllr Peter Rees and Park Manager Mike Wynne.

The Sakura Cherry Tree Project is a legacy from the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2021 which showcased Japan’s multifaceted attractions in the UK. The season provided the opportunity to learn more about Japan, its culture and people through hundreds of events ranging from arts, sports, cuisine and performance. 

The cherry tree being planted by Mayor Cllr John Warman and dignitaries (Image: NPT Council)

The Sakura Cherry Trees will be distributed to more than 200 sites in all four countries of the UK from St Ives to Aberdeen to Londonderry, Cardiff and several of London’s biggest parks. Around 1,000 of the cherry trees will be planted in Wales.

The project was formally launched with a planting ceremony at Regent’s Park attended by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, the then Japanese Ambassador Yasumasa Nagamine and Joint Chairman of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project Keisaku Sandy Sano.

Members of the public in Wales and the rest of the UK will start to witness the thousands of cherry trees blossom in spring 2022 and beyond. 

All of the varieties of cherry trees to be planted as part of this project are of Japanese origin.  The vast majority will be of three varieties, ‘Beni-yutaka’, ‘Taihaku’, and ‘Somei-yoshino’, which have been chosen for their variation in colour, timing, and historical significance. For example, ‘Taihaku’ is a large, single white blossom variety, which became extinct in Japan but was reintroduced to its homeland by Britain’s Collingwood ‘Cherry’ Ingram in 1932.

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Neath Port Talbot Mayor Cllr John Warman said: “What a fantastic way to commemorate friendship between countries. The planting of these trees will be something that both present and future generations can enjoy. I would like to congratulate all of those involved to make possible such a worthwhile project.”

(Lead image: NPT Council)

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Route announced for Mayor’s charity 10K at Margam Park

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The route for the first ever Parc Margam 10k run has been revealed.

The mixed terrain run is set to take place on Sunday 13th March (10am start) in support of the Mayor of Neath Port Talbot’s Charity Fund.

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The scenic 5k loop will start and finish at the 19th Century Tudor Gothic Mansion, and will showcase the very best of Margam Park. Runners will pass alongside three of the park’s lakes before meandering through its woodland trails and past the fields home to the famous Margam Deer Herd.

Entrants can choose between 10k and 5k routes, and as well as enjoying the run through the historic park, they will help raise funds and awareness for the two very worthy causes – the Neath Port Talbot Cancer Challenge and British Heart Foundation Cymru.

All runners will receive a bespoke participant medal as well as an accurate run time from their timing chip.

To be part of this exciting event, you can register online at: www.margamcountrypark.co.uk/10k . Entry to the race costs £20 per person.

The Mayor of Neath Port Talbot, Cllr John Warman, said: “Whether you want to push yourself, come in fancy dress or just have a gentle run with some friends, the Parc Margam 10k is a great way to blow away the winter cobwebs and get yourself ready for Spring in these breath-taking surroundings.

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“Also you will be helping to publicise and raise money for my two Mayor’s Charities, the British Heart Foundation Cymru and Neath Port Talbot Cancer Challenge (NPTCC).”

Run by volunteers, NPTCC is a local charity that helps local people. Its aim is to help with the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancer. The charity raise funds to purchase equipment for local hospitals in Neath Port Talbot, Singleton, Morriston and Bridgend.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru helps to fund life saving research into heart and circulatory diseases to find better ways of treating, diagnosing and ultimately curing them.

The brand new event is being supported by John Pye Auctions, Auction City, Kenfig Industrial Estate, Margam – Europe’s largest indoor general auction facility.

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Vaccination team bids farewell to Margam Orangery

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Swansea Bay University Health Board have said their vaccination team ‘has undergone an amicable parting of the ways’ with The Orangery at Margam.

After delivering more than 150,000 Covid vaccinations, over the course of the past year, at the picturesque wedding venue in the grounds of Margam Park, the team is set to move to a new venue in Aberafan Shopping Centre.

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The change of venue will allow The Orangery (pictured above) to revert to its former use as a sought-after location for happy couples to celebrate tying the knot.

Preparations for the new vaccination centre are still being finalised but until ready a temporary home has been found in The Princess Royal Theatre, also in the centre of town.

Thanking all parties for their cooperation, James Ruggiero, health board Assistant Head of Operational Planning for the Covid-19 vaccination programme, said: “Margam Orangery has been a fantastic venue to help deliver the vaccination programme in Swansea Bay.

“Neath Port Talbot Council and Margam Park have made the staff on-site feel at home and have done everything they can do to support us in delivering a smooth and efficient service at this site.

“The Orangery is now undergoing refurbishment so that they can return to business as usual to provide weddings and functions.

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“We have moved on to our temporary centre at the Princess Royal whilst work on a new site within Aberafan Shopping Centre is complete.

“The council has been, and continues to be, extremely supportive of the vaccination programme and the health board is extremely grateful for the support.”

Margam MVC clinical lead, Rebecca Maus (Image: Swansea bay NHS)

Margam MVC clinical lead, Rebecca Maus, said: “I am very proud of the incredible team of staff that I was fortunate enough to work with at Margam.

“Their hard work and dedication is testament to the success of the vaccination programme.”

Margam was one of three mass vaccination centres in Swansea Bay, alongside Bay, off Fabian Way, and Canolfan Gorseinon Centre, which between them helped deliver more than 750,000 vaccinations.

It also hosted a successful pilot drive-through vaccination scheme to make vaccines as convenient and easy to access as possible for people living in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

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Councillor Ted Latham, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, said: “Since the start of the pandemic the council has done everything it can to support the fight against the virus and to help keep people in Neath Port Talbot safe and well.

“We are proud of the pivotal role Margam Orangery has played in delivering more than 150,000 vaccines, and we continue to work closely with the health board and Swansea Council to help facilitate the vaccination programme across the Swansea Bay region.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors and events back to the beautiful and historic Orangery this year.”

(Lead image: Swansea Bay NHS)

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