Bay received the following letter from regular reader Denise Pearce. She asked that we publish it so that she could express her thanks to everyone who made her so welcome in Swansea.
June 2021 Swansea Bay
As a resident at Langland for the past four years I would like to express thanks to the local residents and businesses which we frequented. We purchased a property in the area as my husband’s family had been based in Neath. Langland was the ideal position for us, we made full use of the theatre, local farm shops and the fantastic Swansea market amongst many other local and family shops. We were annual members of Cadw, Margam Park and the Wild Fowl Centre at Llanelli.
Our main residence is in Dorset, but we used our flat at Langland regularly, approximately every three weeks, bringing other families to stay. Being of an age, fortunate to have expend-able income and time to enjoy our years of taking early retirement, I feel it is very short sighted of Swansea Council to double the council tax of second home owners in the Swansea area.
Once the initial ‘stay-cation’, of 2021 has waned I feel it is local businesses who will be the losers.
Although 2020 prevented us from enjoying Langland fully, it is second home owners like us that bring money into the area without putting a drain on resources, e.g. no regular medical requirements, no education requirements just money into the local economy and a great marketing asset spreading the word by example of how good the area and how positive and welcom-ing the Welsh are.
So, it is with regret we moved out of Langland this month and will be setting up our next second home in Somerset, where we trust our hard-working income over the years will be appreciated in local businesses and tourism rather than in the pockets of Swansea local authority who we received little benefit from. It is the doubling of our council tax which has driven us away.
I wish all the small businesses of The Mumbles and local area well during these difficult economic times and will look back fondly on the years we have spent enjoying our second home in your area.
Kind Regards Denise Pearce
The annual Beach Sculpture Festival is now in its 17th year with free environmental art workshops. Come along and help a team of artists create a display of temporary sculptures that inspire, inform and educate. Learn new art skills and techniques on some of Swansea and Gower’s beautiful beaches.
Please bring your own buckets and spades, don’t forget hats and sunscreen.
- Tuesday 20 July – Caswell Beach
- Wednesday 21 July – Oxwich Beach
- Thursday 22 July – Port Eynon Beach
- Friday 23 July – Bracelet Bay
- Saturday 24 July – Blackpill Beach (by Lido)
Between 10.00 and 16.00 FREE Drop in workshop (all ages and abilities welcome).
See www.artandeducationbythesea.co.uk for festival updates.
What is Music Therapy?
with Georgia Pineacre – Registered Music Therapist
Music therapy takes place on a 1-1 or group basis and most people can benefit from it. No-one needs to be “musical” or experienced in playing. It facilitates self-expression and can affect the emotions, social and cognitive skills and motor functioning. Music itself has the potential to make an impact on several areas of the brain and neural imaging has shown the effects it can have on the autonomic nervous system.
Trust and Expression. Music therapy for indivi-duals is based on the relationship between client and therapist. By playing instruments or using voice, individuals may become aware of how they are feeling. There is no “correct” way of playing. Individuals have the opportunity to experiment with sound making instinctively with a range of instru-ments and vocal sounds.
Connection. The therapist journeys alongside the client, accompanying by holding with sound and engaging in musical dialogue. Listening, communicat-ing and relating may follow, as meaning is created. Words are used where needed.
How Does it Help? Music therapy can work on many levels in various ways for different people. Emotional, cognitive, social, physical levels can be affected and new neural pathways can be formed.
Just as there are many styles of relating, there are many ways of relating through music and the journey of finding one’s own “voice”/self through the music is different for everyone. An initial session will begin with an assessment and clients can express their desired outcomes at the outset. A set number of sessions can be agreed on for short term work or more unstructured longer term work is also available.
Summer music therapy for adults
For more information contact Georgia on
07790591578 or email: