Hello & Welcome

to the July edition of TheBAY

As we go to print the fine weather has returned, which gives us the opportunity to follow in Ian Bateman’s footsteps on his walk around Ilston and its surrounds. In his inimitable way, Ian also provides his suggestions for a play list to accompany you on your ramble – and there are some golden oldies among them. Liz Barry too has a great suggestion for an August Bank Holiday visit to Dorset for the Steam Fair – this will be its 50th anniversary so should be quite a spectacle.

Nick Smith travelled a little further afield for his article this month – sunny Barbados. Why is it whenever I hear the word ‘Barbados’ I hear it sung by the band Typically Tropical in their number one hit of 1975? Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths proves that you don’t have to go to the Caribbean to have fun in the sun – Gower has recently provided him with plenty of opportunities to soak up the rays and take to the surf on his twin fin fish.

Emlyn Roberts-Harry’s choice of film for this month is more like a sea-going nightmare. Adrift tells the tale of a sailing adventure that goes horribly wrong. As I am terrified of water and have a dread of drowning, I think this film might be one that I have to watch through my fingers.

We welcome two newcomers to the Bay this month. Mark Rees is a local author and keen supporter of the art scene in Swansea. Mark kicks of his regular column with news from the Attic Gallery in the Maritime Quarter, which has recently been taken over by new owners. Nick Holland is a Swansea boy who now lives and works in Dubai as a personal fitness trainer. Nick will be giving advice on nutrition and exercise in the coming months. If you have any questions for Nick you’ll find his contact details at the end of his article on page 137.

We recently held our first trip through the Bay TRAVEL CLUB – a tour of the Royal Mint at Llantrisant followed by wine tasting and lunch at Llanerch Vineyard. It was a great day out and it was lovely to meet so many of our regular readers and to hear their views on the magazine. All positive I’m pleased to say! Our next trip is on 15 September to the Abergavenny Food Festival with lunch at the Angel Hotel – there are just a few places remaining for this fabulous excursion, so you’ll have to hurry if you want to join us.

Next month’s issue will be for August and September, and it will be dropping through your letterbox at the beginning of August. Have a great month and we’ll be back soon.