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The Swansea Bay Rider is a 72 seater land train, which runs along Swansea promenade, from Blackpill Lido, Blackpill, to Southend Gardens, Mumbles, and gives passengers a spectacular view of the beautiful Swansea Bay.


The train runs between Blackpill and Mumbles, stopping at West Cross, Norton, Oystermouth and Southend Gardens along the way.


Running Times  28 March - 12 April


Prices Standard £3.00, Concessions £2.00, Passport to Leisure £1.00 Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) £6.00

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The Egypt Centre at Swansea University has become Triple Crown winners as it celebrates yet again that its wonderful young volunteers, the “Nubies”, have been awarded the prestigious Diana Award for Champion Volunteers for the third time.

Minister sends in team to review blue badge refusals by Swansea Council

The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has previously revealed that out of 5,618 applications in 2014, Swansea Council refused 1,135 or 21%, three times higher than any other council in Wales. Rhondda Cynon Taf, which is of comparable size received 7,117 applications and refused 372 or 5% of them. Of the other councils who responded to Mr. Black’s survey, the Vale of Glamorgan refused 8% of the blue badge applications they received, Monmouthshire 3%, Flintshire 7%, Newport 3% and Anglesey 1.3%.

In a question time session on Wednesday, Mr. Black asked the Economy Minister whether she was concerned by the way that Swansea are handling blue badge applications. In response she revealed that she has sent in an expert team to review their administration of the blue badge scheme. She expects a report from this team before Easter after which she is going to consider how the scheme will be operated in future.


Commenting on the Minister’s revelation, Mr. Black said: “As a regional Assembly Member my caseload continues to be dominated by complaints about the way that this blue badge scheme is operating. I work with four councils on this issue and Swansea is by far the most difficult. We have had many cases where the rules say that a blue badge should be issued but Swansea Council have refused it.


“This is borne out by the Minister’s own concerns about councils refusing badges for people with cognitive disorders, which as she points out in her response to me, the regulations provide for blue badges to be issued in these cases. I have also had experience of Swansea Council submitting applicants to intrusive and unnecessary questions and in one case point blank refusing an applicant who later qualified for higher rate personal independence payments.


“I very much welcome the Minister’s review of blue badge refusals and hope that it will lead to a better understanding by local councils of the rules under which they should be issued.”



Gareth Bale's superb second-half double sends Chris Coleman's side top of group Aaron Ramsey also struck to give Wales another evening to remember as they remain unbeaten in Euro 2016 qualifying round. Israel 0-3 Wales.

Gareth Bale may not be the Madrid public’s cup of tea but Wales’ love affair with their Galactico is unlikely to end any time soon after he fired Chris Coleman’s men a huge step closer to Euro 2016 qualification.


The world’s most expensive player has received fearsome flak for his Real Madrid form, and some supporters attacked his car after their defeat by Barcelona.


But he again led from the front for his country by producing a superb double to seal a crucial three points in Haifa.


Coleman saluted a fine team performance against an Israel side who played most of the second half with 10 men after Eylan Tibi’s second yellow for successive fouls on Bale.


Coleman said: “Our biggest strength is our togetherness. We could have scored more goals but we were magnificent. The players were really brave.”


Bale said afterwards: "We knew what a big game it was, it's a top-of-the-table clash and we don't often get to say that, and to come out on top is amazing.


"We've put ourselves in a great position. We're only halfway there, there's still a lot of games to go and anything can happen."


Aaron Ramsey had already opened the scoring with a first-half header before Bale converted a stunning free-kick then completed the scoring from Ramsey’s assist.


The win moved Wales top of Group B and a massive step nearer to a first appearance at a major finals since the 1958 World Cup.


The atmosphere was predictably hostile, but the Israel offered little for their fans to cheer. Tibi appeared particularly spooked by the presence of £86million Bale, twice playing loose passes straight to his feet.


When the best chance of the half came Bale was the provider, but James Collins, on his first Wales start in a year, trod on the ball at the far post with the goal gaping.


Wales can now look forward to a June meeting with Belgium in Cardiff with genuine belief a 57-year wait for a finals appearance may be about to end.


Wales: Hennessey, Collins, Williams, Davies, Gunter, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, Taylor, Bale, Robson-Kanu.

Egypian Centre

The Egypt Centre ‘Nubies’ (named after the ancient Egyptian god Anubis) were nominated for their fantastic work as gallery assistants, helping the public to experience ancient Egypt and the museum’s collection in a new and exciting way! The young volunteers run the museum on a Saturday, without adult intervention bringing life and energy to the museum, and this is reflected again and again in the visitor’s experience.


The Nubie programme has been running for over 16 years and in that time over 250 children have become child volunteers. The young people come from all over South and West Wales, some travelling over 50 miles to attend. The programme is so popular there is a waiting list for places ! One of the reasons the museum was nominated was due to its unique nature in using young people of all backgrounds to run the museum.


Only this month a Welsh Government report ‘Culture and Poverty: Harnessing the power of the arts, culture and heritage to promote social justice in Wales’:  cited the Egypt Centre as being rare in the UK in that it has a child volunteer scheme involving children of wide abilities, ethnic groups and social and economical backgrounds. The report applauded the Egypt Centre’s Saturday workshops which are run by young volunteers and targeted at socially and economically disadvantaged children.  


Syd Howells, Volunteer Manager, says, “We are particularly proud of our young volunteers at the Egypt Centre and the way they contribute their time to the museum and the promotion of ancient Egypt to the wider community. The Egypt Centre is run by our young volunteers on a Saturday and we feel this empowers them and sends out a positive message. The fact the Diana Award has recognised them yet again is just reward for their commitment and enthusiasm.”

The names of the Egypt Centre young “Nubies” collecting their winners certificates are : L-R Amira Rabab; Isobel Stead; Rhodri Protheroe-Jones; Thomas Clarke.

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Wales' remaining Euro 2016 qualifiers:

Belgium home (June 12)

Cyprus away (September 3)

Israel home (September 6)

Bosnia-Hercegovina away (October 10)

Andorra home (October 13) ...