Snippets – May

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


Join odd-ball comedian Bill Bailey as he performs his latest show, Larks In Transit at Swansea Grand Theatre between Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 May 2018 at 20.00.

Larks in Transit is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald, and re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by the Daily Telegraph as “the brainiest comic of his generation.”

Bill Bailey is a comedian, musician, writer, author, director, presenter and keen stand-up paddle-boarder known for his live shows such as Part Troll, Tinselworm, Qualmpeddler and Limboland and his work on the television programmes Black Books, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI.

Tickets are available at the Swansea Grand Theatre Box Office on 01792 475715 or online at £28*.

*Includes a 50p Restoration Fund contribution. Online booking fee applies.


Established in 1974, Age Cymru Swansea Bay is a vibrant, independent local charity, working at the heart of communities across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend to meet the needs of local people.

Age Cymru Swansea Bay, provide a range of services to their clients from their information and advice line which is open 10.00 till 15.00 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, every week.

Homecare Plus

Homecare Plus provides services such as hairdressing and footcare, meal preparation and domestic cleaning, gardening and home maintenance.

Age Cymru wants their clients to have the best pos-sible services from reliable, local and trustworthy contractors and so to ensure this they carry out a quality check on all their contractors.

Homecare Plus is available to anyone, no matter what your age. The services are chargeable and all monies made are invested into the charity.

Warm and Well project

Warm and Well project provides FREE information and advice to people who are 65 and over. The information ranges from form filling, assisting with benefit check, Council tax reductions, Pension credits and much more. All support is carried out in the comfort of your own home.


Most of the services provided are funded by donat-ions from the public; each pound that is donated makes a significant different to older people across the western bay area. You can make a donation by contacting the office on 01792 64 88 66, you could make a one-off donation or a regular donation by setting up a direct debit or standing order.

For more information on their services or ways you can get involved, please visit the website, or phone 01792 64 88 66 or email

Age Cymru Swansea Bay is registered with the Charity Commission Charity No: 1140989.


Over the past 12 months the Ariosa Singers youth choir and Mumbles Voices community choir have been busy raising funds for deserving good causes.

In concerts they have raised £1000 for the roof appeal of Holy Cross Church in West Cross, £500 for Maggie’s at Singleton Hospital, £500 for Diabetes UK and £450 for Shelter Cymru. Director of both choirs is Penny Ryan OBE. Accompanists are Leslie Ryan and Lisa Mears. The concerts have featured classical works and popular choruses and solos.


The winner of the International Wine Fair ticket was Mrs C Donnelly of Mayals.


Clyne in Bloom is celebrated every year during May when the award winning rhododendrons and azaleas of Clyne Gardens are in full bloom and at their most magnificent.

Clyne Gardens, Mayals Road, Mayals, Swansea. SA3 5BD


Everything stops for tea! So goes the line from that almost forgotten song from the 1930s. That may not quite be the way things are at the moment with so many coffee shops adorning our city, but tea was definitely on the minds of this group of carnival float enthusiasts, way back in the mid-1970s. It was about that time that Elton John and Rod Stewart collaborated on an LP entitled just that….Everything stops for tea!

Of course the people in our photo doing their best to scoop the top prize at Upper Killay Carnival would have known all that. Judging by the giant-sized Typhoo

Tea packets, those were also the days when we used leaf tea, not the bags that seem to come in all shapes and sizes today. The image is one of more than 300 offered up by Swansea Echoes of the past the latest and 20th consecutive book from former city journal-ist and publisher David Roberts. On sale now, the book captures some fantastic glimpses of Swansea in the past as will the next volume for which David is currently appealing for photos. For details on how to obtain a copy visit or phone 01639 643961.



An eclectic and thought provoking exhibition has opened in The Andrew Lamont Gallery at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon. Visitors are greeted by the magnificent reclaimed timber and steel giant ‘Reaching The End’ created by Glenn Morris. Reminiscent of The Engine Man recently seen in Swansea, this vast crawling figure peers at guests from behind the light well.

Vulgar Earth are a not-for-profit artist’s collective who believe that the world has got to ‘a state of life that calls for another way of living’ and is open until May 20th in the second floor gallery at the theatre. The intention of the group’s exhibitions is to generate an emotional awareness through art and to question and discuss the direction human-ity is going and the individuals place within it.

The Andrew Lamont Gallery is open 10.00 – 16.00 every day of the week.

Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon LD3 7EW


The UK’s ‘Best Vintage Fair’ returns to Swansea this month.

On 6 May 2018 from 10.00 to 16.00 at the Brangwyn Hall you will find unique, handpicked quality goods with stalls of vintage fashion, accessories, home, collectables and more from some of the UK’s finest vintage traders.

It’s the perfect chance to shop affordable items, support independents and pick up a unique piece of the past.

Tea Party
For the perfect tea break, Lil’s Parlour tea party will be putting on a great spread of delicious cakes and bakes fresh from their kitsch kitchen.

Hair and Beauty
Stop by the hair and beauty salon Pop Up Parlour for the vintage makeover that you’ve always dreamed of. For perfect pin curls, amazing victory rolls and sky-scraping beehives, a visit to the salon is a must. For more information, prices and appointments, email

Live Music

Ricky Hunter, is a talented trumpeter and vocalist who will take you back to bygone eras with his renditions of jazz and swing favourites.

£2.50 pay on the door entry. Under 12s FREE

Telephone: 07538685938


Swansea Street Food Warehouse returns for a bank holiday weekend of foodie fun.

5 May 2018 – 7 May 2018 12.00 to 22.00

Street Food Warehouse returns for a second year to Museum Park Swansea for a glorious bank holiday weekend of fantastic fresh food and delicious drinks.

Running from 12 noon – 22.00 daily, an outstanding array of different food will be on offer, from fresh stone-baked pizza to gooey gourmet Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and from sugary doughy Churros to crispy Arancini balls.

Hungry visitors will be able to enjoy a range of mouth-watering food from all over the world alongside an ice-cold pint of local craft beer or a fresh zesty Mojito, courtesy of the Pop Up Bar Hire Company.
Gourmet Street Kitchen, Spicer’s Meat Wagon, Bearded Taco and Tukka Tuk are just some of the street food vendors confirmed, with many other Welsh and National vendors yet to be announced. Catering for all with vegan, gluten free and vegetarian vendors, there is truly something for everyone. As a completely FREE and family friendly event this is something you don’t want to miss out on if you love sampling quality food and drink in the sun.

Promising to be “bigger, better and more delicious than last year”, event organiser Tudor Barber commented that “there is nothing like this event in Swansea and we are really pleased to bringing the team back to our favourite city for 2018”.

Telephone: 02920340587


On Friday 15 June, 2018 at 18.00 there will be a Grand Auction at Mumbles Cricket Club in aid of the RNLI.

Auction lots include: private flight + dinner; 4 nights in an apartment in southern Spain; cases of beer and wine; food hampers; boat trip; tennis lessons; signed memorabilia and much more.

Entrance £10 – includes hog roast. Proceeds to Royal National Lifeboat Institution.


Members of Swansea Round Table and Mumbles 41 Club have targeted a number of local charities in recent months who will benefit from monies they have raised principally via the annual Christmas Sleigh run last December.

Thanks to the extremely generous public, in excess of £3,000 will go to local charities such as Ty Olwen, Golau Cancer Foundation, Kids Cancer Charity, The Samaritans, Bikeability and Swansea Hope Night Shelter.

For further information please contact Michael Reeder on 01792 363044.


































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