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by Izabella Vlahavas At exactly 08.00 pm gmt on 22nd July 2017 the sun enters the sign of Leo and for all of you born with this sun sign, the following ingredients will colour your year ahead. Altera ons and modiﬁca ons need to be make according to your own speciﬁc me, date and place of birth which are individual only to you… PERSONALITY – A diﬀerent approach in the coming few months will intrigue others. You are more grounded and prac cal and methodical. You will pay a en on to detail and show how ambi ous you can be. A sense of mo va on will take others by surprise. LOVE – A very warm and sensi ve approach to one to one rela onships and partnerships helps you to make strides of success. Both in business and love you get more done with helpful allies. The art of joining forces with others helps you to make great progress in all your dealings. MONEY – Expect changes through travel and new opportuni es. Unexpected new plans will lead you to try new things. Your drive and enthusiasm opens doors and gains your trust and pres ge. GENERAL – This coming year opens new ﬁelds of interest for you, Leo. You can add to your skills and make new, exci ng partnerships. Lots of love and best of luck from Izabella Vlahavas
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THE NIGHT OUT YOUNG PROMOTERS SCHEME
Police Community Support Officers from Ystradgynlais Station have recently been involved with pupils from Year 5 at Ysgol Bro Tawe, Ystradgynlais working on â€˜The Night Out Young Promoters Scheme.â€™ This involved working with the Young promoters taking them through the process of organising a professional performance for their community, funded by the Night Out community touring scheme. Over a series of six weekly sessions the children set ticket prices and start times, design posters and fliers, invite local VIPs and are responsible for marketing and promoting the event. Sessions are facilitated by Christine with the help of local Police Community Support Officers, giving the children an opportunity to get to know their local officers which helps builds trust and confidence and impacts on anti-social behaviour. The children were also subject to a visit from PC Flynn 106 and PC Thomas 699 who are Firearms Officers and also PC 942 Llewellyn from the Dog Section along with his dogs Rula and Monty. The performance took place on the 5th July and Circo Rum BaBa, a group of three 63
talented acteresses took part in the show called â€˜The Crow Houseâ€™. The event was very successful and enjoyed by parents, children, and the VIP guests which included County Cllr Mrs S McNicholas, Gaynor from Tesco in Ystradgynlais who sponsored the event and the Superintendent for Powys Mr Jon Cummins. Ystradgynlais Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to thank Tesco, Ystradgynlais for sponsoring the event and also Nigel from TLT who also provided soft drinks, cakes and crisps for the children.
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NEW BREWERY IN THE SWANSEA VALLEY Ystradgynlais has a new craft ale microbrewery – 9 Lives Brewing. Robert Scott has been a freelance brewer for 18 years and in June this year had the opportunity to buy his own 5 barrel microbrewery. In the 18 years Robert has created award winning recipes having won numerous awards including CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Wales twice and has been entered into Roger Protz book – 300 More Beers to Try Before you Die! In the past Robert was also featured on the I Love Wales programme. In embarking on this new adventure Robert says “My aim is to create new and interesting beer alongside established styles that have proved so popular.” There are currently four craft ales available, Gold and thirst quenching 4.5% bitter, Dark a 4.0% ruby ale, Amber a 4% smooth session ale and Special at 5% is an extra strong bitter. Special is not the strongest ale that Robert makes because at Christmas he makes Strong which is nearly 7%.
ABERCRAF W.I. JULY 2017 MEETING REPORT
Vice President Mrs Sue Roberts welcomed members to the last meeting before the summer break. Apologies were received from Mrs E. Tyler, Mrs Ann James, Mrs Jean Wilds, Mrs Maggy Phillips-Talbot, Mrs Pat Battenbough and Mrs Margaret Jenkins. Members were pleased to see that the new stair lift had been installed in the hall. The meeting began with the singing of Jerusalem part in Welsh and part in English. Secretary Mrs Iris Lewis read the Minutes of the last meeting. Treasurer Mrs Valerie Dalling gave a report on the Group’s finances. As the Group had not managed a day trip this year it was decided to investigate the chance of enjoying afternoon tea at a local venue which members have now visited on two occasions and had a wonderful time! The speaker for the afternoon was Mrs Maureen Casagrande from WaterAid, a charity which raises funds for and, with partners, transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. 650 million people worldwide live without safe water, 2.3 billion worldwide live without a toilet. For every £1 invested in water and toilets, on average £4 is returned in increased productivity. The weight of water that women in Africa and Asia carry on their heads is commonly 20kg, the same as the average UK airport luggage allowance. It is only women and girls who fetch water and as a result girls do not have the chance for any education. WaterAid started in 1981 raising £25,000 in the first year. In 1981 Prince Charles became the first President. WaterAid is only used in Third World countries and is supported by all the water companies in the U.K The raffle was won by Mrs Valerie Jordan, and refreshments were most enjoyed, with a chance to catch up with other members and their recent activities. If you would like to come and “give us a try” we meet again on Friday 1st September in the Lesser Hall, Abercrave Welfare Hall at 2 p.m. For further details please contact Secretary Mrs Iris Lewis on 01639-730364.
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Dear Phil, Yet again we are subjected to your left wing political ramblings in the Editorial, but this time I cannot allow it to pass unanswered. I sometimes wonder what planet you’re on! Nobody would argue that the events of Manchester, London Bridge or Grenfell Tower were horrific and something our country in its entirety should condemn, but scoring political points out of disaster as was seen blatantly on the Glastonbury stage or outside Grenfell Tower is beneath contempt. Indeed it was truly gutter politics. Your comments about the Prime Minister being “increasingly strange” are bewildering to say the least but even more laughable is your comment about her trying to broker a deal with terrorist sympathisers. I think you’re talking about the wrong leader – surely you must mean Corbyn, after all his background is littered with sympathy and talks with terrorists. Yes, I voted Conservative and proud to say I did so. I’m not financially wealthy, a liar or a carpet bagger, just an ordinary working person who pays her taxes and is sick to the back teeth of the left wing agenda being peddled by the likes of Corbyn and McDonald (sic) et al. At least we don’t take to Facebook etc. to spread lies about individuals in an effort to undermine democracy. Sincerely A. E. Watkins
ALLTWEN HEELS WI So far this year, we have welcomed several new members, which is great news. The Summer months continue to be busy for all our members. On June 21st, twenty two Ladies enjoyed the garden Party, at Margam Park, organised by the Glamorgan Federation. A wonderful buffet was enjoyed by all, entertainment, drinks and wonderful weather. July 16th, the BBC is filming ‘Street Auction’, in Pontardawe, and we have been asked by them, to provide a refreshment stall. I shall be posting when our TV appearance is due on screen! Our July meeting we welcomed Tori, who taught us the art of Belly dancing! July 12th saw members visit the Art Exhibition by our talented member, Julia Harris, at Aberglasney Gardens, a real treat . In August, we shall visit Moruzzi’s in Neath, for an evening of wine tasting and tapas. We shall also be present at the Pontardawe Fest, on August 19th, with a selection of home made cakes, so, hope to see many of you there. Our latest venture, is a plot at the Community gardens, Rhos, so far, we have planted out vegetables and flowers, and tidied up the plot. We are applying for grants, in the hope of buying a shed and equipment. Our September meeting will be all about CPR, and the use of a defibrillator, We see our WI as being a very positive part of the local Community, and you can see, from our wide range of activities, a very varied one. We have an FB page and we are also on Twitter. Our September meeting is on the 7th, 7.30 p.m. start, st Alltwen Community centre. All welcome. 79
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