Our monthly look at events and happenings plus other bits and bobs



Published by Amberley Books this fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Mumbles and Gower have changed and developed over the last century.

Juxtaposing images 100 years apart, illustrates precisely the changes that have occurred in each area.

Priced at £14.99 it makes the perfect Christmas gift.

Available from Cover to Cover bookshop in Newton Road.




The recent publication of Swansea Revisited, the 19th consecutive book that former city journalist and publisher David Roberts has compiled to take us all on a trip back in time has brought with it some fantastic glimpses of the way we once were.

Just like this picture. It shows that even in the 1960s we loved harking back to the way it was decades before, in this case the 1930s.

The group shown here was intent on dressing to thrill in a 1930s night at the Top Rank suite which once occupied the site of Oceana.

For details on how to buy a copy of the book due for publication early this month, visit or phone 01639 643961




Swansea Ladies get Cycling Challenge 2016

Action Bikes Cycling Club Swansea has been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Wales, Awards for All Fund for 2016 to build on a successful idea to get more women active and taking up cycling.

 Action Bikes Cycling Club in Swansea has been successful in attracting over 90 different women in the last year to try cycling and get fit through previous ladies programmes, the last of which ended in a ride to Burry Port from Swansea and back, a distance of 40 miles.

Karen Gibbins Ladies vice captain said “We have discovered that one of the biggest barriers to participation is access to the right kind of bikes and this bursary will hugely help us to remove this barrier for women. We expect to see many more ladies getting active, getting healthy and getting cycling during the year”.

Karen who is also a British Cycling Breeze ride leader says “Cycling provides an opportunity for women to make new friends and lead more active healthier lifestyles. This Big Lottery Awards for All project will change the lives of many women in Swansea I am sure, and we are hugely proud that our project has been selected.”

The club has been able to purchase ladies specific bikes for ladies to borrow for free on designated rides and to be supported on the rides by other Action Bikes Cycling Club members. The next programme begins in October and more information can be found on the facebook site or tweet on @actionbikescc or email us

Some club members who have taken up cycling in just the last year have gone on to take part in some exciting adventures and sportifs. Sarah, Sian, Annie, Julie, Tracey and Diane have just completed a 250 mile charity cycle event to the Somme to visit First World War Graves and promote the work of the SAAFA charity while others Emma, Anne, Louise, Jo and Tricia cycled on a 460 miles journey around Paris and on to Amsterdam for the Swansea based charity the Paul Popham Fund.




In August 2016, Abi Gwynn (from Mayals) Natalie Barron and Robin Fisher climbed Kilimanjaro in aid of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The three zoology students, who met at the start of their studies at University of Exeter all shared the dream of conquering Kilimanjaro and doing something to help protect animals and conservation of endangered species.

On 12 August 2016 they started their Kilimanjaro climb, hiking the beautiful Lemosho route which took them through five different climatic zones; from rain-forest to summit. It took them five days to reach Barafu base camp of elevation 4600m. From here at 12pm on day six they started their final ascent. Seeing other climbers being carried and stretchered down was an intimidating reminder of how difficult this challenge would be, but they powered through and all three reached Uhuru peak (5895m) at 17:45 on the 17 August.

They chose the charity International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) as they are all very passion-ate about protecting vulnerable wildlife and animals in our societies. IFAW works in more than 40 countries to protect animals in so many different areas including wildlife trafficking, preventing cruelty to domestic and farm animals and working with governments to ban savage sports such as seal clubbing and whale hunting.

Natalie, Robin and Abi would be extremely grateful for any donations you can spare to support their ‘Climb Kili for IFAW’ campaign. They are aiming to reach £6000 to help provide a better future for the animals we share this planet with.

You can donate through their JustGiving page

Email or visit Facebook page ‘Climb Kili for IFAW’ for more information.




Sing for your Heart this Christmas – it’s good for you. National charity Heart Research UK is calling for choirs, schools, bands, singers and pubs up and down the country to support its Sing for your Heart campaign this winter.

Research has shown that singing is good for the heart and that is why Heart Research UK has chosen this as a fun idea for people to take on during the festive period and to raise money for the great work that they do.

If you’re a choir, you could book a venue or sing in your local supermarket and donate a percentage of the tickets sales or pass around a collection bucket to raise money to Heart Research UK.

If you’re a school you could turn your annual nativity play into a Sing for your Heart event and ask parents to make a donation or sell tickets.

If you’re an individual who loves singing, or in a band, why not put on a gig and donate a percentage of the proceeds?

If you work at a pub or you’re a regular at your local, why not advertise to host a sing-a-long and get everyone in your area together during Christmas week to sing festive songs and pass round a collection bucket. You could host it in the pub, in the car park all wrapped up or on the village green.

Heart Research UK doesn’t mind how you organise it or how you raise the money – the choice is yours. The charity just wants everyone singing for their hearts this Christmas and raising money to help fund the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

It’s so easy to get involved, all you need to do is contact Heart Research UK for your FREE Sing For Your Heart kit, set a date and venue to host your Sing, advertise for an audience with posters in the pack, nominate someone to go round with a collection bucket at the event and then send in the money to them.

You can sign up online at or call 0113 234 7474 or email

And don’t forget – all money raised locally is spent locally on helping hearts near you.










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