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CANINE HEART DISEASE It is estimated that about 10% of dogs seen within primary veterinary practices have heart disease. Middle aged to older dogs are most at risk. Routine yearly examinations with your vet can help to detect the onset of heart disease. There are two main causes of heart disease; • Atrioventricular valvular insufficiency – a disease of the heart valves • Dilated cardiomyopathy – a disease of the heart muscle Signs of Heart Disease Early detection of heart disease is key, left too long then unfortunately management is likely to be unsuccessful. Things you may notice are; • • • • • • • •
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February is National Heart Month and the 14th is Valentine’s Day, when we can all focus on those we love or ourselves! The British Heart Foundation has some great tips on its website - I thought I’d share a few here. Quit Smoking - It’s the single best thing you can do for your heart health. You’re more likely to stop smoking for good if you use stop smoking services. At the Health Dispensary we are NHS accredited to offer support, products and coaching.
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WHICH WAR HAS IT’S 35th ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR?
IN WHICH FILM DID THE SONG ‘BRIGHT EYES’ APPEAR?
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Dear Editor, As a candidate for Pontardawe in the forthcoming Council Elections, I am naturally spending a lot of time meeting with people in the local community, finding out what really matters, which I am enjoying doing. Many issues come up for discussion, but one of the main themes of concern I frequently hear about is Neath Port Talbot Councils budget proposals and how this will affect the community. Pontardawe people were understandably pleased therefore to read a recent statement in the Community Mag by Cabinet Member for the Community, Cllr Mike James, which states that “the threat to the budget in both the Arts Centre and Margam Park have been avoided”. What does this mean for the community? Does it mean that the budget proposals have changed? If so, this is wonderful news for the Arts community in Pontardawe and an issue that people are clearly and understandably concerned about. Whilst, on first glance this is fantastic news, the budget consultation may have finished, but Council has not yet met to discuss, debate or decide on the outcome, my concern therefore is that this apparent positive news over a valuable part of the community may be somewhat premature and not necessarily guaranteed. I will, of course, closely monitor the developments on your behalf and will keep you informed, my main concern always being the community, ensuring that people know about what matters to them most. Anthony John Richards Plaid Cymru Candidate for Pontardawe Hi Phil. I’d like to thank the people of Ystradgynlais and Ystalyfera who gave so generously to this years Poppy Appeal raisin £11,646.77 for the cause. I would also like to thank the public who attended this years parades, the two min silence on the cross and at the dedication of the refurbished Cenotaph also the remembrance service and parade on the Sunday, Both days had excellent support from the public. Many Thanks on behalf of the Ystradgynlais Royal British Legion and Poppy Appeal. Les Jones Branch Secretary.
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Your voice on Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Hello, Happy New Year. Unfortunately, many residents in this area , experienced a “rubbish” start to the New Year! You received flyers from the Council , - you put your recycling out on the right day – then woke on Jan 1st to streets lined with bags of rubbish and NO INFORMATION AS TO WHAT TO DO NEXT. I visited residents and you asked me, “What should we do – leave it out or bring it back in? However, no officers had warned me or neighbouring councillors that there was a problem, and no one was contactable to give us information. I gather, from your comments, that this was what annoyed you most. There was no criticism of the refuse collectors themselves; it was the lack of communication. Fortunately my Plaid colleague, Cllr Ros Davies, is a member of the Environment and Highways Scrutiny Committee. She had the opportunity, on Jan 5th to pass on our concerns about the situation and had assurances that lessons will be learned. The New Lidl: At a recent PACT meeting residents of Ynysderw Road reported problems being experienced with the new store. I delivered a letter to each resident asking them to contact me with details and offering to act on their behalf. I also visited the manager of the store. He asked me to tell you that if there is any problem with the day to day running of the store to go in and speak to him and see if the matter can be sorted straight away. I have corresponded with Lidl Head Office in the past and found them approachable and helpful so will continue to act on the residents’ behalf and hopefully the remaining issues can be resolved. The Arts Centre: Sharing your concerns about the future of our much loved and excellent Arts centre, I asked Plaid AM Dr Dai Lloyd, the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture to meet with manager Angie Dickinson to see if he was able to offer any support. He is investigating the level of funding received by the Centre from the Arts Council and will be championing our cause! Parking Charges: No news yet....I will let you know the outcome of Sian Gwenllian AM’s discussion with Ministers as soon as I know myself. ‘Til next month... Linet, firstname.lastname@example.org 01792 864857
COUNCILLOR REBECA PHILLIPS Plaid Cymru County Councillor for Trebanos and Mayor of Pontardawe Town Council. Cynghorwr Sir Plaid Cymru dros Drebannws a Maer Cyngor Tref Pontardawe Footpaths – Some residents may remember when I was first elected I started the plight to get the footpaths behind Lloyd Street, Trebanos to be registered. These footpaths have been used by residents for many years and form part of the village history. This was a very long and legal process and I am very grateful to residents who took their time to fill in paperwork and be interviewed regarding the matter. I am now delighted to note that the footpaths have been officially registered. It is so important that any footpaths of this nature are preserved and registered to protect them from closure and from being blocked. Dementia Friendly Pontardawe – At the January meeting of Pontardawe Town Council a representative of the Alzheimer’s Society joined us to discuss making Pontardawe and surrounding areas Dementia Friendly. This is of course a very important matter with an increasingly elderly population and the number of dementia sufferers on the up. Simple things like going to the shops and feeling safe is imperative to people suffering from the cruel illness as well as their careers. I would be delighted for the council to lead this bid. It will be discussed at the next town council meeting. Caring for our Community – I am very much aware that there has recently been some major problems with the collection of refuse and recycling in the area. This is of course totally unacceptable and does not give residents the incentive to continue to recycle. The Plaid Cymru group have made many representations to council officers regarding this matter and we will continue to do so. We all want to see a clean, litter free, tidy Trebanos and we have pride in our community. If you have any issues regarding litter, dog fouling or recycling please do not hesitate to contact me. Plaid Cymru – With all the uncertainty of our future under ‘Brexit’ plans I believe it is crucial that Wales has a strong voice now more than ever. It is clear that Labour under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn have no strategy and are no real opposition to Theresa May’s Government. Only Plaid Cymru will always put the people of Wales first. Have you ever considered joining Plaid Cymru? If so, now is definitely the time to do so! Please feel free to contact me if you could like an informal chat regarding the matter.
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CLLR. JANICE DUDLEY - Bryncoch South Ward / De Bryncoch HIGH HOPES FOR OUR FUTURE / UCHELGAIS AM EIN DYFODOL You will be aware of the consistently hard work done on behalf of their communities by our serving Plaid Cymru County Councillors throughout Neath Port Talbot. I HAVE BEEN YOUR VERY ACTIVE LOCAL COUNTY COUNCILLOR for many years dealing with local and private issues on your behalf. • I was the only Councillor who spoke up at Council against the Local Development Plan (LDP)which proposed building 200 houses at Leirios Park, and I supported residents during the Appeal We have fought for 15 years to protect our open spaces. Planning permission HAS NOT YET BEEN GRANTED so watch out for proposals and be ready to comment. I appreciate the work done by officers on preparing the LDP but will continue to put my residents needs first and am currently working with residents on the Caewern proposals for eight houses • I liaise with my community through regular Newsletters and ensure you are kept informed • As Chair of Governors at Waunceirch and governor at Blaenhonddan primary schools I am actively involved in promoting the wellbeing of our children and I thank the staff for all the hard work and time that they put in. We raise money for local charities by holding various events including our Carol Concert which, thanks to the efforts of our talented children raised £500 for the Salvation Army • I act as Chair of SACRE , the committee that guides Religious instruction in schools. The most moving annual Holocaust Evening of remembrance, involving children from throughout the Borough is on Feb 8th this year in the Princess Royal Theatre. • I am honoured to serve as Deputy Mayor this year which gives me many opportunities to meet those invaluable organisations that do so much to help people in need whom I thank most sincerely • I also serve as Chair of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority and thank all staff INinvolved in working to keep us safe
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A MAN WALKS INTO A PARK by Alicia Gwynn A man walks into a park. A beautiful daffodil and tulip-painted springtime park. He is a sad pale-faced young man. The park is hopeful, full of life and early spring-washed promise. The man is not. He is walking with a troubled slightly stoop gait. His dark suit is too loose, his sallow skin shows he is a man not taking care of himself, not bothering; the mournful black tie, stark and solid, carefully tied, shows why. He reaches an unoccupied bench, shuffling, hands in his pockets. The lunch time crowd are not about yet and the joggers and mums-with-pushchairs have gone home, so he has plenty of choice. He sits on the still slightly wet wooden bench and immediately holds his head in his hands. He weeps Tears for himself and the emptiness and loneliness which he cannot understand and doesnâ€™t want to live with. After a few minutes he removes his hands from his tear-streaked face and looks at them. The skin stretched tightly and thinly over his bony hands is translucent with grief. His brittle white fingers twist the gold band round and round on his left hand. He stares at it, not looking at the pretty spring scene. He cannot bear to contemplate that life in its unstoppable and inevitable way may well be going on. Life is, in fact, closer than he realises. A large, night-black, silent cat emerges from the dense green undergrowth behind the pale young man. She pads forward and winds around his leg. He starts, suddenly, at the feeling of movement and life thrust upon him. He shoves the velvet cat sharply with his cold hands. The last thing he wants is to look at, or care, about something else. He pushes her away again, but her soft warmth and gentle persistence makes him feel guilty. The cat turns her face towards his. He sees her amber eyes, hard like glass marbles and unblinking. She sees his blue eyes, liquid, grief sodden and empty. She suddenly springs noiselessly and lands on the bench next to him, 57
stretching lazily and selfishly in the spring sunshine. The white-faced man and the black-faced cat sit together in companionable silence. This would be the worst time. Now and then over the next few months the young man returned. The cat always appeared and sat by him, needing nothing. He would come at lunchtime on warm days to escape the office and the sympathy and drop crumbs from his sandwich for his companion. She didnâ€™t always eat them. She saw his pale face slowly becoming less strained and he would sometimes manage a weak smile when he saw her. When summer was ended the chilly park put on its most spectacular show. Flame-bright reds, oranges and burnished copper adorned every tree. The silent cat sat and waited, her velvet black lost in the shadow of autumn splendour. Soon, the show was over and the trees stood bare and bleak. The first day of winter. The earth cold and hard. No colour and no life, yet the cloak black cat sensed something that morning. At lunchtime she sat at the foot of an old oak tree and quietly watched the damp wooden bench. Then, what the cat knew became clear. She watched from afar as a slim, nervous, young woman rushed towards the bench and sat down next to the pale young man. She turned to smile and so did he. Tentative and selfconscious, they shared lunch. The cat noticed that the pale young man was now not quite so pale and the nervous young woman not quite so nervous. Their smiles were warm and they looked into each otherâ€™s eyes unaware of the world at large. Because they were exploring their own. It had all happened just as the cat thought it would, and she turned her wise amber eyes away and padded silently and unobserved into the dense green undergrowth. And waited. If you have a short story you would like published in The Community Mag, send it for approval to email@example.com
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Libra – A good and healthy involvement with daily rou nes, work and play will help you to re-organize everything. This will stretch your busy schedule and help you to do more with your me. Always ac ve and sociable by nature, you some mes tend to burn yourself out, so take a bit of a break if you need to. Venus in your partnership zone a er the 3rd is certain to bring new romance into your life. Scorpio – A ﬁrm grip on ﬁnances is called for and you really being prac cal about what you can aﬀord to do. It is early days for you in a new situa on either to do with home or a love interest, so try to be pa ent as you ﬁnd your feet. A lot of focus on personal plans and ventures will put you in high spirits as you make dates in your calendar for the weeks ahead. Sagi arius – You are heading towards the end of a tense period of me and star ng to feel a bit more relaxed. You have had a lot to deal with and through honest, straight-forward communica on, the air has been cleared. A growing social life and plenty of invita ons and opportuni es to enlarge your circle of friends helps make to you op mis c. Capricorn – A cool approach to plans changing out of the blue will bring the best result. There may be diﬀerences of opinion and you like to be in charge of ma ers, so slowly does it. Home is an area that brings conﬂicts. The main area of concern, which is career and work goes well for you with good opportuni es to expand ideas and take the ini a ve. Aquarius – This is your birthday month and you will be keen to take stock of where you are heading. The thought of change and travel is temp ng and you want to know the right me to go ahead with plans. The full moon in your partnership zone on the 11th is a lunar eclipse and ideal for you to follow your ins ncts. You will know the answers and need have no fears or concerns for the future. Pisces –This month is full of ac vity and nego a on for you, Pisces with a view to dealing with things in terms of priority. Mercury the planet of good communica on enters your sign on the 25th and from that me onwards you will ﬁnd it is easier than you think to push plans into ac on. The new moon on the 26th is in your sign and helps you to make new, exci ng beginnings in all you do.
by Izabella Vlahavas At exactly 5.30 pm gmt on 21st December 2016 the sun entered the sign of Capricorn and for all of you with this sun sign, the following ingredients will colour your year ahead. Modiﬁca ons and adjustments need to be made according to your own personal me, date and place of birth which are unique and individual only to you.. PERSONALITY – You are no ced in the coming year for your genuine concern for others. You will be more sensi ve than usual and put yourself out to support friends and family. In fact a loving and suppor ve part of your nature will come to the fore. LOVE – You will be cool and detached in your interac ons and dealings with close rela onships. It is very likely that your concentra on will be more focused on work and money. You will do well by star ng oﬀ personal projects and gain much from these. WORK – This is going to be a very meaningful year in terms of work and winning. The success of your ideas gets no ced by others, who will want you to take the lead. You will take the ini a ve and be very mo vated. GENERAL – A year that will give you the chance to fulﬁll personal ambi ons and work hard to achieve goals. Major steps forward can be counted on.
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