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The City and County of Swansea Council is the governing body for Swansea, Gower and the surrounding area.
The City and County of Swansea Council is the governing body for Swansea, Gower and the surrounding area.

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Spark Something Good

Marks and Spencer in Swansea is calling on volunteers to join their employees in a week of volunteering that will help 24 local projects.

From 24 February – 1 March, local organisations including the Swansea Community Farm, Ty Olwen Hospice, Llys Nini Animal Centre, Swansea Carers, Dementia Friends and Swansea Environment Centre will benefit from a day of support that will transform their premises and improve spaces that are vital to their day-to-day work. 

Swansea will be the first city in Wales to undertake the ambitious initiative, and Marks and Spencer hope locals will get involved.

To find out more and to sign up visit http://bit.ly/1NPkpNm

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All sports fixtures (both juniors and seniors) due to take place on Swansea Council grass pitches this weekend (Saturday January 9 and Sunday January 10) have been cancelled because of waterlogged pitches and more wet weather being forecast.

Here's a list of the grass pitches affected:

* Ashlands, Port Tennant
* Banfield, Port Tennant
* Bishopston Comprehensive School
* Bonymaen Park
* Cadle Mill, Blaenymaes
* Cefn Hengoed School
* Coedbach Park, Pontarddulais
* Coedgwilym Park, Clydach
* Cwm Level Park
* Cwmbwrla Park
* Dunvant Park
* Elba Playing Fields (grass pitches), Gowerton
* Garden Village Park
* Gors Playing Fields
* Graig y Coed, Penclawdd
* Grovesend Park
* Halfway Park
* Heol Las Park
* King George V Playing Fields (Ashleigh Road)
* Maesteg Park, St Thomas
* Morriston Comprehensive School
* Mynydd Newydd Playing Fields
* Paradise Park, Townhill
* Parc Williams, Loughor
* Parc y Werin, Gorseinon,
* Pentrehafod School
* Penyrheol Comprehensive School
* Pontarddulais Comprehensive School
* Pontlliw Park
* Tir Canol Playing Fields, Morriston
* Trallwn Playing Fields
* Underhill Park
* Waunarlwydd Park
* Ynystawe Park

Call the council's parks lettings team on 01792 635411 or email parks.lettings@swansea.gov.uk if you have any questions.

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This week we're staging the first of our budget consultation drop-in sessions at Canolfan Gorseinon on Thursday from 6 till 8.

Pop along and have a chat with a Cabinet Member about the budget proposals.

If you want to find out a bit more about them before you come take a look at www.swansea.gov.uk/budgetsurvey where you'll be able to see a handy video and fill out your consultation form online if you like.

See you on Thursday!

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How to recycle your Christmas tree and cards, plus what to do with your wrapping paper.

http://www.swansea.gov.uk/christmasrecycling

Mae'r Nadolig yn amser pan fo llawer o wastraff yn cael ei greu ac yn cael ei gasglu o ymyl y ffordd.

www.abertawe.gov.uk/ailgylchunadolig

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As part of this year’s National Adoption Week campaign, the Western Bay Adoption Service is asking people to consider adopting an older child as they pose the question “Too old at four?”

Due to the high demand for babies, older children waiting to be adopted are often overlooked and ultimately wait the longest to be placed with a forever family.

The Western Bay Adoption Service is a collaboration between Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea councils.

To find out more visit the Western Bay Adoption Service website, www.westernbayadoption.org or call 0300 365 2222.

SCAM ALERT: A gentleman in the Swansea area has received a phone call making out to be from BT.

The caller informed MR X that he had problems with his Internet and BT would have to install firewalls.

He paid them £7,888 by Debit Card. He was also instructed to turn off his mobile phone and they kept his land line open for several hours.

Please pass on information about this scam to family and friends to help prevent anyone else being affected.

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More charging points for electric cars could soon be introduced in Swansea.
Swansea Council has registered an interest with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles for the next round of funding to help cover the costs of additional charging points in towns and cities across the UK.
The council already has 11 electric cars in its fleet of vehicles. Charging points are located in the council’s depots but a successful funding application could see more put in place in Swansea in future.
Teams like recycling, highways and the corporate building and property service are among those already using electric cars at Swansea Council.
The council is also looking to introduce six electric vans in coming months.
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If you’re a fan of our stunning wild flower scheme, we’d appreciate your support in helping us win a major award.

The wild flower scheme is one of many projects helping boost Swansea’s reputation for sustainability. This is why the council has been shortlisted for a Sustain Wales award, which will be decided by public vote.

Cardiff Council and Conwy Council have also been shortlisted.
Other projects boosting Swansea’s reputation for sustainability include the LED street lighting replacement programme that aims to replace the majority of the city’s ageing street lights with more efficient LEDs.
Go to http://www.cynnalcymru.com/sustainable-public-sector to cast your vote for Swansea.
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A blue plaque was unveiled at St Helen’s in Swansea yesterday morning (Thursday October 1) to forever mark the ground’s contribution to sport since the late 19th Century.

The ground, which first opened in 1873, has played host to some of the most memorable occasions in the city’s sporting history over the years.
St Helen’s was the venue for Wales’ first home rugby international in 1882 against England. It also played host to Swansea RFC’s famous 11-3 win over the All Blacks in 1935. Other historic moments at the ground have included legendary West Indies cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers hitting six sixes in 1968, and Swansea RFC beating the world champion Wallabies in 1992.

Swansea Council is behind the blue plaque scheme. The blue plaque at St Helen’s has been sited close to the clubhouse steps leading to the main pavilion.

Cwmdonkin Park has also received a blue plaque. People to have received a blue plaque in recent years include poet and Bletchley Park codebreaker Vernon Watkins, novelist Ann of Swansea, rock singer Pete Ham, women’s rights campaigner Emily Phipps and polar explorer Edgar Evans.

Next up for the honour is Edward ‘Taffy’ Bowen, a pioneer of radar technology that helped the Allied forces win key battles in World War Two. His blue plaque will be unveiled late next month.
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Look out for your renewal reminder on text or email if you have a resident’s car parking permit in Swansea due to expire this month. Don’t leave it too late. Renewing is easy online athttps://www.swansea.gov.uk/renewresidentsparking
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