Month: December 2013

Sainsbury’s Toy Appeal provides hundreds of toys for Royal Glamorgan Children’s Ward!

Sainsbury’s Pontypridd once again held a toy appeal in which customers could donate toys for Royal Glamorgan Children’s ward. The store did this last year which was a big hit but they have managed to go bigger and better this year providing over one hundred toys for the Children’s Ward. The staff at Pontypridd are always so amazed at the kindness and generosity of the customers. The staff at Royal Glamorgan hospital were overwhelmed by the amount of toys that were donated during the toy appeal this year and would like to thank the staff and customers at Sainsbury’s...

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THE FALL RETURN.

The Fall lit up The Globe in Cardiff with their below 2013 live date. The band return with the uncompromising juggernaut of six track EP The Remainderer on the sublime Cherry Red Records. A Live album is also due, but for now our memories of the majesty of Mark E Smith and his marauders is charted here! One would not expect to report about the jovial presence of Mark E. Smith. However, The Globe in Cardiff witnessed The Fall leader smiling, sharing in light-hearted banter and playing with the gathered throng. M.E.S. offered quips about Deep Purple and Steppenwolf, he wrapped a microphone cord around the neck of one guy and hands over his turned off mouthpiece to give random persons their shot at 15 seconds of false fame! It may be tongue in cheek but Smith grinned at the audience and said ‘I love you!’ This may be standard practice for your punter pleasing performer but this is the legendary Lancastrian Lucifer! ‘Fall fuehrer in fun-time fantasy’! Well! Let’s not get carried away! Smith can also pull facial contortions that could have Dracula running for the hills! He also tampers with equipment (to the dismay of his musicians), sits down away from the gaze of his fans and barks out an encore from off-stage. It‘s not traditional but it’s absorbing! Nobody at The Globe gives a damn about...

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New LTA chief to attend first event in Wales.

The new chief of British tennis will attend his first official function in the role, when he is a guest of honour at the Tennis Wales awards in Cardiff in January. Michael Downey, the former head of Tennis Canada, replaces Roger Draper as chief executive officer of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) on January 6th, and will attend the Cardiff event 12 days later. Also attending will be Sarah Powell, the new chief executive of Sport Wales, joining players, volunteers, officials and supporters from all over Wales. “It is a fantastic coup for us to welcome Michael to Wales so soon into his role,” said Peter Drew, chief executive of Tennis Wales. “It will be a great chance for us to show him some of our successes over the past year – not just in competitions but in the huge growth in participation, especially among children, where our investment of time and energy in schools is paying off. “Primarily, though, the evening is about celebrating and rewarding the hard work of all those who make Welsh tennis the success it is.” Finalists for the awards are: Volunteer of the Year Alan Brain (Swansea Tennis Centre),  Ann Powell (Allt-Yr-Yn LTC), and Jan Nevill (Newtown Tennis Club); Young Volunteer of the Year Amy Lloyd (Swansea Tennis Centre), George Morris (Mold Tennis Club), Harry Nevill (Newtown Tennis Club), and Mair Floyd-Bosley (Abergavenny...

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TV’s Mariclare joins award-winning agency for training days.

TV presenter and journalist Mariclare Carey-Jones has teamed up with award-winning Cardiff public relations agency Weltch Media to offer special media-training days. Ms Carey-Jones, a familiar face on ITV Wales News for many years, and also a regular on ITV National News, BBC TV and Real Radio, is joining Weltch Media founder Andrew Weltch, a former newspaper journalist, to run the sessions in January and February. “People in all kinds of organisations are keen to get their message across to the media, but are often understandably nervous about it,” said Ms Carey-Jones. “These sessions aim to put people at...

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