Snippets – Winter 2016

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



snips-2We are not too far away from the launch of the Grand Theatre’s spectacular annual pantomime and back in 1955 these young ladies certainly brought some colour into the lives of audiences at the theatre. The pantomime that year was Jack and the Beanstalk and these four participants were members of Phyllis Jones’ Swansea Babes Dancers. Oh yes they are! Whether they rode the uni-cycles they are pictured with is a matter of debate, although the L-plate might offer a clue. What is not in doubt however is that this fabulous photograph is drawn from Swansea Revisited the latest and 19th consecutive book from former city journalist and publisher David Roberts. On sale now, the book captures some fantastic glimpses of Swansea in the past. For details on how to buy a copy phone 01639 643961 or visit



snips-3Friends of the City of Swansea Botanical Complex are pleased to report that £2,278.25 (as at 25.10.16) has now been raised towards the Wildflower/Wellbeing Garden appeal. There is still a way to go but it does mean that planting can begin in the Spring.

The pathways are now under construction. Hopefully this part of the project will be completed by the middle of December. The seating will be installed soon after.

One of the aims has always been to increase the number of children visiting with schools or with their families. With this in mind there will be an area of “community seating” which could also be used as an “outside classroom”.

New tree labels will be placed on 50 of the mature trees which can be seen easily from the pathways. They will show both botanical/common names and country of origin. All labels will be numbered so that schools can produce their own additional educational material. It is important to the group to not only make this new area a recreational resource but also to offer further educational opportunities and lifelong learning opportunities for all the local community and visitors to the area.

To donate to the appeal either visit or you may also make donations by cheque made out to FCSBC, and sent to The Nursery, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 9DU.



Hello – I picked up a copy of TheBAY from Urban Cyclery in Garden Village and just wanted to say what a nice mag it is – and a pleasant change from the Swansea Life mag I used to subscribe to. I got tired of seeing glossy pics of the same people every month and loads of women-centric adverts….

Well done – keep it up.

Regards Steve, Gorseinon








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