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Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was born into a family of British nobility with royal ancestry as The Honourable Diana Spencer. She was the fourth child and third daughter of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and the Honourable Frances Roche. She grew up in Park House, situated on the Sandringham estate, and was educated in England and Switzerland. In 1975, after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer, she became Lady Diana Spencer.


On 31 August 1997, Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, which also caused the deaths of her companion Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul, acting security manager of the Hôtel Ritz Paris.

New car tax rules in April 2017: what's changing and what it costs

A team of re-enactors were at the Park Y Scarlets Ground in Llanelli on Sunday for the home game against the Saracens to fund raise for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

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Re-enactors collect for Gurkha Welfare Trust

Rare footage of Diana, Princess of Wales

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Rebecca Newman  

FROM her humble roots as an operatic busker, touring the UK and producing are on the CD albums, Rebecca Newman has grown into one of the most exciting artist around today.


Affectionately named the people's soprano' by fans, colleagues and the media, Rebecca made music history in late 2014 when she became the first independent soprano to score a number 1 album in the official UK classic albums chart.


The album, Dare to Dream, is named after a song she wrote, and features the city of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted and arranged by Paul Bateman, the genius behind the orchestration for the hit song Time to Say Goodbye.


Following the chart success, Rebecca's profile exploded onto the music scene with live performances on BBC2 Radio 2 -  including a session on Weekend Wogan with the late Sir Terry Wogan - BBC1 Songs of Praise, performances with Alfie Boy, Blake, G4 and an extensive UK tour with the U.K.'s best selling classical artists Russell Watson.


Unusually for a classically trained soprano, Rebecca is also a songwriter. Her repertoire spans many styles from opera through to light pop and jazz, so her songwriting allows her to enjoy using all areas of her voice.  Her focus is on adding new standards to the classical-crossover repertoire.


Rebecca is now in high demand for concerts, Proms events, tours and private events across the UK and overseas.  To find out about her little shows you can visit her website on social media pages.

Service for Christian Unity Week 2017

On Tuesday 24 January at 7pm in St James’ Church, Walter Road, Swansea members from the different churches that make up Unitas are meeting to celebrate the unity they do share.


Rev Mark Williams of St James’ and Unitas Chair Quentin Hawkins hope that visitors and Christians from across the city will take the opportunity to come and join together to proclaim their joint witness in this international Week of Christian Unity.


For more information contact Quentin Hawkins on 01792 413639, Rev Mark Williams on 01792 459449, or myself John on 07979 482527

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19 January

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Barbara_Jane_Davies_02 The 1974 Piaggio Ape van. Matt White making a delicious hot chocolate.

Local man Matt White from the Uplands area of Swansea has brought his 40 year old Italian Piaggio Ape three wheeler van complete with tea, coffee and hot chocolate making facilities at the back to Swansea's Oxford Street. The Piaggio was built in 1974, Matt purchased it about two years ago and started to renovate the van and added the tea and coffee making facilities at the back.  He also added an electric socket so he can heat the water before leaving the house so when he gets to Oxford Street the water is warm and then the in built Calor gas system takes over to boil the water. Matt said the Piaggio has caused a lot of interest from Swansea shoppers who ask numerous questions about the van as they enjoy a home made cup of coffee. Matt said he will be trading in Oxford Street for three days of the week. Try his delicious hot chocolate, a must have.

Cup of coffee anyone


Big change in Vehicle Excise Duty could see some drivers pay a lot more tax. Find out more about what's happening and how you could beat it.

There is a major change to the rules surrounding Vehicle Excise Duty, also referred to as car tax or road tax, coming in April 2017.


Some drivers could end up paying out hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds more.

New car tax rules in April 2017



18 January

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The team included a Brigadier, a recruiting sergeant and a WW1 soldier, also there were volunteers to help cover the vast ground each with buckets for the donations.  


Paul Harris who was the Brigadier said: "This has been an eye opener for me, the hospitality at Park Y Scarlets was absolutely amazing, I got filmed by their own TV unit to be shown on the big screen at half time,  they gave us tickets to see the second half, the best half, as the game finished at a draw. We were able to have refreshments in the players lounge and it was quite noticeable what stunning facilities they have there."


Rod Hughes who was the recruiting sergeant said: "The supporters have been very generous and all indications are that we have done very well."


Alan Mason the WW1 soldier said: "It has taken some time to organise this event with Park Y Scarlets for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and its all been worth it. The weather stayed dry but cold which made it a pleasant afternoon for everybody. Alan said a big thank you to the volunteers for turning up and their efforts."

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Rebecca Newman sings in Oxford Street, Swansea. Rebecca Newman sings in Oxford Street, Swansea.

Rebecca Newman sings in Oxford Street, Swansea.