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


Gaining city status wasn’t the only talking point around the bay back in 1969. That was also the year that the sea

town’s police force, which had endured for around a century and a half, was swallowed up by an amalgamation of four forces – Cardiff, Glamorgan, Merthyr and Swansea – to form the South Wales police force. South Wales Police celebrates half a century since four forces merged to form Wales’ biggest police force. The actual new force came into being on June 1st, 1969. Now South Wales Police is celebrating its 50-year milestone. This group of stern-looking officers meanwhile, kept law and order in and around Swansea docks before one of the biggest changes in policing Wales took place. The image is one of more than 300 nostalgic images in Swansea the time of our lives, the latest and 21st consecutive book produced by David Roberts. It captures many fantastic glimpses of Swansea in the past as well as offering candid shots of the social side of all our lives. For details on how to obtain a copy or share pictures for a follow up book this year, visit or phone 01639 643961.


The Llansamlet Wednesday Walkers Group was set up to enjoy gentle walks in Swansea.

The group meets at Llansamlet library every Wednesday to go on walks lasting approximately 2 hours depending on the weather. After the walk, the group return to the library where a free cuppa is on offer. The walks are usually advertised on the facebook page – Llansamlet Wednesday Walkers – and at Llansamlet Library.

All walks are subject to the weather so please check the facebook page or contact the library to confirm.

Email: Telephone: 07966245623


Croquet is a game of skill and strategy that can be played by most age groups and physical abilities; it is great fun and a very sociable activity.

Mumbles Croquet Club meet at the Mumbles Bowls Green every Sunday and Monday afternoon starting at 14.00 from May to September.

New players are welcome to try a free game with help from one of their experienced players. All equipment is supplied but please wear flat shoes.

For further details contact: or telephone the secretary Richard Wood on 01792 412488.


A pet blessing service will be held in the grounds of Clyne Chapel on Saturday 13 July at 15.00. Pets of all sizes are welcome and well-behaved responsible owners too!

Take your pet along to be blessed at this special service.


A group of volunteers in Mumbles is helping to tackle loneliness and isolation by taking elderly guests out to tea once a month. The group, which is part of the charity Contact the Elderly, has been running for over twelve years providing a lifeline of friendship to elderly people. The group is looking for volunteer drivers to pick up elderly guests and take them to a tea held in a local community centre.

Groups are run by local volunteers: volunteer drivers collect older guests from their homes and accompany them to tea parties, the local volunteer organiser makes sure the group runs smoothly.

It’s a small commitment, one afternoon a month, and makes a real difference to the lives of the elderly guests who are often isolated and unable to get out and about.

The local group has fascinating elderly guests who tell stories of everything from appearing on stage to nursing at a hospital bombed during the Second World War. Volunteer drivers have a chance to meet these interesting people and join in the monthly tea.

If you’re interested in volunteering, or are an older person interested in attending a tea then please contact Kate Housley Tel: 029 2002 6211

or email: More information can be found on the website


13 Jul 2019 – 14 Jul 2019 12.30pm

Pennard Carnival is an annual weekend summer event, focused upon community and sustaining the old-fashioned village life and has been running for over 60 years. It comprises the famous Saturday procession through the village of Southgate with field/ring events, food stalls and traditional games. On Saturday night there’s live music in the marquee with the Mud Skippers and on Sunday morning a Carnival Service of Celebration for everyone, with all the Gower Churches together in the marquee.

The Carnival Committee is a non-profit making charity, set up by the Pennard Parish Hall to maintain the carnival, and all its benefits to the various sections of the community.

Entry to the field events – £2 (free for under 12s)
Evening bash tickets – £5 (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)  


There will be a charity fund-raising evening on 27 July at the Swansea Uplands Rugby Club in Upper Killay. Tickets are £7 with all proceeds to Ty Olwen Hospice.

There will be live music, auction and raffle.

For ticket information please contact Ashley on 07866850513


Cover to Cover is delighted to launch local writer Jane’s first collection: The South Westerlies.

Based in Llangennith, ‘Jane Fraser’s dark and unsettling debut collection of short stories explores the wind-swept Gower Peninsula of South Wales: a place of folklore and myth, birth and death, envy and revenge.’

‘Fraser’s stories are compellingly told and carefully crafted. She shares a heightened, acute sense of language with Annie Proulx and the right to comparison with such a prose stylist is properly won. And just as Proulx claims the lodgepole pines and wide-skied landscape of Wyoming as her own so too does Jane Fraser take the wind-flensed land’s edge of north Gower and make it hers. She has given this reader, at least, what he so often desires, namely the tang and sharpness of savouring language seemingly newly minted.’ – Jon Gower

‘The South Westerlies is obviously the work of a serious, committed and thoughtful writer, open to both inner and outer realms, the quivering sensitivities of the self, and the tactile, textured world outside, a kind of aesthetic elision between character and place.’– Alan Bilton

 ‘The South Westerlies illustrate a land-scape depicted with great specificity and detail, interfusing an exploration of place with the lives and perceptions of the characters who inhabit it… The stories display a sure grasp of the short story form and the techniques and processes of prose fiction…The collection is an original and valuable contribution to the literature of Gower and Wales.’ – Tristan Hughes

Mumbles Tabernacle | Thursday 8th August | 19:30 £4.00 including wine

Jane will be in conversation with Sarah Rees.

Tickets available from Cover to Cover, 58 Newton Road, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BQ


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