On the 27th April 14 a 5ft 4in painting by artist Malcolm Philips will be unveiled in All Saints church, Oystermouth, Swansea

This painting depicts the fire which raged through the Church de la Campagna in Chile on a feast day on 17th December 1863. The blaze was sparked by the lighting of ceremonial lamps, filled with liquid gas. More than 2,500 people died in this tragedy.

Links between All saints and the Church de la Campagna go back to the time when the bells of Santiago were returned to Chile from All Saints church in 2010.

The Chillean authorities have founded a memorial for those who died in that fire. The vicar of All Saints, the Reverend Keith Evans wrote a book last year about the accident.

Mumbles-Crest-600MUMBLES Community Council is looking for a new councillor to replace former councillor, Rob Speht.
Notices have been put up in the area advertising the vacancy. There will be an election if 10 constituents request one in writing within 14 working days of yesterday. Electors should write to the returning officer at Swansea Council. If none is requested, the community council will seek to coopt a new councillor. There are currently 17 of them serving the Newton, Oystermouth, Mayals and West Cross wards.
To find out more about the role, phone council clerk Steve Heydon on 01792 363598

Congratulations to Nigel Calcutt and his staff in getting a very popular meeting place open in time for the Easter and summertime vistitors, also the residents, at the very much liked and visited Caswell Bay, Mumbles/Gower.

At the height of the severe 5 weeks of storms during January and February 2014, when some waves of 12 feet high smashed the shutters of the cafe and destroyed windows, chairs, tables and other vital equipment.

It is reported that during the clean-up they found fish swimming around inside the cafe (lucky it’s not April First). See a full report in the Evening Post  7-4-14.

We understand that Mark Portsmouth, a well known figure in Mumbles, is due to retire on Friday 21st April 2014. (He has actually finished this week!)

Mark has worked for Lloyds Bank during 38 years of service.

Mark has given tremendous service to the communityduring has time in Mumbles, working for the Mumbles Cricket Club and the Langland Bay Golf Club.

He was awarded the Honour of Mumbles by the Mumbles Community Council in October 2011 in recognition of his service to local sports in Mumbles.

Mark was also honoured by carrying the Olympic Flame through Mumbles.

We all wish him well in his retirement.

An article in the Swansea Leader , March 2014 advises Householders who may be considering laying a new driveway on their property are being urged to check if they need planning permission before they start work.

New rules mean planning permission is now needed for all hard surfaces outside your house if it’s on your property between the front of the house and the highway, but isn’t made of porous or permeable material. The rules also apply to repairs to hard surfaces.

To find out more call 01792 635763


Age Cymru wants to find people to speak to the media about their experiences of scams during Scams Awareness Month in May.

These could either be people who have been scammed or family members of people who have been scammed.

They may have been targeted by rogue builders; ripped off by a postal scam such as a fake lottery; or been tricked into handing over bank details by phone or online scammers.       

If you can help, please contact Iwan Rhys Roberts or Laura Nott on 029 2043 1562,,

Rest assured, we won’t put pressure on anyone, or ask or expect them to do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.


 Iwan Rhys Roberts
External Relations Officer
Age Cymru
029 2043 1562


“NHS Patients’ Watchdog launch On-line Survey 

Urgent  appointments with the GP 


Patients’ across Wales are being given the opportunity to rate accessing their GP in a National Survey launched by the Community Health Council.


The Survey asks how easy it was to obtain an urgent appointment to booking yourself in for a routine appointment with your GP. It also asks Patients’ to indicate how long they waited to be seen once they had an appointment.


Community Health Councils (CHCs) across Wales have concerns about GP appointment systems and timely access for patients given that approximately 90% of contacts with the NHS happen in Primary Care.


The survey will run for two months and we are urging anyone who has to see their GP to complete the on line survey. 


The survey can be found by accessing: