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Kirsten Orsborn, aged 21 from Neath has been singing since the age of 6, where she found her love for music and supporting charities. In 2014 she was officially adopted by The Royal Marines as their Forces Sweetheart. Kirsten travels all over the UK performing in many prestigious events for the forces and will be travelling to the Falklands voluntary in 2018. Kirsten performs a wide range of music to suit all ages, from soul and Motown to Jazz and Rock n Roll. Our local Welsh 'Songbird' works tirelessly to support many charities close to her heart including, The RMA, SSAFA, SAMA Wales, BLESMA and The Royal British Legion just to name a few. Just in July 2017 alone she raised almost £4000 for SAMA Wales. Kirsten has become a Patron to Veterans Films UK, Veterans Families Radio, Veterans Radio Net and Swans4Cancer Charity. Kirsten released a single 'Believing', which raises funds and awareness for The Royal Marines Association. Our Welsh 'Songbird' is very excited to be performing on the cruise ships through 2018. Follow Kirsten Orsborn on all available Social Media!


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After many years at their present site on Fabian Way, the museum will close in December and re-allocate to new premises in the Hafod.


The last open day will be on Sunday 29th October 2017 from 10 am - 4 pm.  There will be lots of activities for children and adults with rides to Aberavon and Mumbles in their restored open deck double-decker buses.


The Glamorgan Constabulary Police Re-enactment Group will be there with their famous jail and their new ARP (Air Raid Precautions) manakin.


Come along and lend your support to this gem of a museum and help to keep it going for their new venture in the Hafod.

Swansea University unveils its sparkling new Santander Cycles

Turbine parts will make their way from Swansea Docks along the M4 and A48 to Carmarthen and continue until the autumn as part of a huge operation. A total of 28 wind turbines with an overall capacity of 57.4 megawatts are being installed at the Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm, north of Carmarthen off the A485, near the village of Alltwalis.

The turbines will be 145 metres to tip height. The longest components are the blades, each at 46 metres.

There will be two delivery runs a day Monday to Thursday and single runs on Fridays and Saturdays - all under police escort.

The route will see components taken from Swansea Docks along Fabian Way, connect to the M4, along the A48 from Pont Abraham, onto the A40 at Carmarthen before the final run up the A485 just passing the village of Alltwalis where the site entrance is.


Expect delays on the M4 during these periods.

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Swansea University’s Vice- Chancellor, staff and students got a chance today to ride one of the Santander cycles which will be a common sight on the Swansea Bay promenade if the crowdfunding competition is successful.


The University held an event at Fulton House on the Singleton Campus to explain more about the scheme, to show off the bikes and get interested staff and students to sign up to the newsletter which will keep them up to date with all the latest news about how they can help Swansea University to win the competition. Fulton House was buzzing as students took the bikes for a spin.


Swansea University has made it through to the second stage of the Santander Cycles University Challenge, beating stiff competition from 22 other UK universities.


Only five out of the 23 universities who entered the competition have made it through to the final stage which will see Swansea University battling it out with Birmingham, Brunel University London, Surrey and Portsmouth in an intense contest to raise funds through crowdfunding campaigns.


The two universities who raise the highest percentage of funds above their initial target will win the coveted prize of £100,000 worth of equipment and infrastructure to establish a bikeshare rental scheme for their university and community.


Vice Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies said; “ We are delighted to have reached the final round of the Santander Cycles University Challenge. This is a fantastic opportunity for Swansea and the University. Winning the competition in partnership will enable us to bring a viable bikeshare scheme to the City which will offer the whole community a wide range of benefits. We believe this will help us to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce congestion in the City and contribute to the health and wellbeing of our community.


“We can’t do it alone though. Between now and the crowdfunding closing date of 8 December, we encourage the whole community of Swansea to support this crowdfunding activity. You don’t need to make a huge donation to the scheme. Every pledge, no matter how big or small will help us beat the competition and bring this excellent scheme here to the Swansea community.”

The brand new competition which was launched in March by Santander and partners Nextbike and Crowdfunder has been built around a revolutionary approach to how bikeshare schemes can be funded and sustained within communities across the UK. By combining the provision of resources and consultancy with crowdfunding, Santander is redefining the way that companies sponsor cycle schemes.


Swansea’s competition entry has seen University students working closely with staff in a bid to bring the Santander backed scheme to Swansea.

If Swansea University are successful, the bikeshare rental scheme will launch in March 2018, bringing with it a whole host of benefits for the entire community. This is a scheme for the whole City which everybody, including visitors, will have access to. The scheme aims to link the University’s Bay and Singleton Park Campuses, offering 50 bicycles across 100 stations at 5 hubs located along Swansea’s main cycle path. Hubs will be stationed at each campus with three more situated in between at the Civic Centre, the National Waterfront Museum and at Fabian Way Park and Ride.


The crowdfunding campaign will run from midnight on 6 November to midnight on 8 December 2017 and the two winning institutions will launch their schemes in Spring of 2018. To find out more visit the webpages and sign up to the campaign newsletter.



Former Hurricane Ophelia plowed into southern Ireland early Monday, unleashing wind gusts as high as 119 mph, ripping off roofs and downing trees. The Irish Meteorological Service said it could be the country’s strongest storm in 50 years.



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Our video shows Ophelia battering Swansea Bay by the Swansea University Bay Campus. Winds of 80 mph were recorded and there was no significant damage just a few Gasibos blown about. Ophelia has now moved north towards Scotland so tomorrow should be calmer with a bit of sunshine.

Flu (influenza) Season starts

What to look out for:


Flu usually comes on fast and the symptoms can hit you hard, so you may have to stay in bed until you feel well again.


Symptoms include: High fever (38C or above) - Aching body - Headache - Dry, chesty cough - Sore throat - Blocked or runny nose - Sneezing.

Flu (Influenza) What to look out for.  The Vice Chancellor and the Swansea Santander Cycles University Challenge Team.  (l to r) The Vice Chancellor, Jayne Cornelius Swansea University Travel Plan Co-ordinator  and Craig Nowell Director of Estates and Facilities Management. Vice Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies trying out one of the new bikes.

Picture 1: Vice Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies trying out one of the new bikes.


Picture 2 : (l to r) The Vice Chancellor, Jayne Cornelius Swansea University Travel Plan Co-ordinator  and Craig Nowell Director of Estates and Facilities Management.


Picture 3: The Vice Chancellor and the Swansea Santander Cycles University Challenge Team.

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