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27/02/2015

 Responding to news from the Family and Childcare Trust that nursery costs in Wales have risen 40% since 2010, Julian Foster, Managing Director of Computershare Voucher Services, said: “Childcare costs are a major barrier to work for far too many parents. “Employers could do more to help parents by making flexible working opportunities a reality for employees at all levels. “There is still time for employers to set up their own childcare voucher scheme to help parents with childcare costs…

27/02/2015

Since it was founded back in 1985, Comic Relief has helped fund thousands of charities and organisations worldwide. The charity, whose aim is to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice, has touched the lives of many. But how has it benefited the people of Cardiff? Let us take a moment to look at how the money raised in the last couple of years has helped our local communities.      In Cardiff alone, over a quarter of a…

27/02/2015

Llantrisant Tennis Club has become the first club in Wales to gain the new LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) TennisMark + Award. TennisMark + installs a framework for maintaining standards and practices for clubs across Britain. It replaces the ClubMark award, which Llantrisant gained in 2010. Llantrisant Tennis Club, which is based in Southgate Park, Llantrisant, has an extensive coaching programme and classes across all age groups. The courts are owned by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the tennis club is…

27/02/2015

Former Wimbledon champ to join talented Rhydypenau Primary School pupil on court. One Cardiff tennis hopeful’s dream will come true this week when they get to meet eight-time Grand Slam-winning star Andre Agassi. Elina Pickerd-Barua, 9, sealed her audience with the 1992 Wimbledon champion after battling through the national finals of David Lloyd Leisure’s Tennis All Stars Championships last December – coming runner-up in the nine and under Orange section. It was the culmination of three months of competition, beginning…

27/02/2015

St David’s Hall Wednesday 4 March 7.30pm Remember His Name! One Man. 62 episodes. One show… It takes a brave soul to tackle all five seasons of smash-hit TV series Breaking Bad within a single action-packed evening. But that’s the tough task LA actor Miles Allen has set himself. One Man Breaking Bad is set to take Cardiff by storm when St David’s Hall is transformed into Albuquerque, New Mexico for one night only on Wednesday 4 March. And after…

27/02/2015

– From 6th April 2015 parents will be allowed to transfer Child Trust Fund accounts to Junior ISAs – Over half (58 per cent) of parents currently holding Child Trust Funds are unaware of the new transfer rules – There are over six million Child Trust Fund accounts in the UK Savings and ISA provider Scottish Friendly is today calling on all parents of children aged between four and 13 years old to check the status of their Child Trust Fund…

27/02/2015

In fact, make it ten! Wales’s contribution to testosterone-fuelled operatic singing, the Ten Welsh Tenors are back by popular demand with an amazing concert featuring 10 of the finest tenors from all over Wales with a feast of sumptuous popular operatic delights. The Tenners include Rhys Meirion, Aled Hall, Aled Wyn Davies, Richard Allen, Elgan Llyr Thomas, Trystan Llyr Griffiths  & other guests  will be joining forces to raise the roof for a special Gala Charity Concert at The Cardiff Metropolitan…

27/02/2015

  John Kiki 18th March – 9th April 2015 Corys’ Pop-Up Gallery, Corys’ Buildings, 57 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AJ Preview: Wednesday 18th March 2015, 6.30 – 8.30pm Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm Admission is free to all visitors Gadewch i un a phob yn ffynnu a bod yn greadigol Let one and all thrive and be creative   An historic building in Cardiff Bay is being given a new lease of life through the creation…

27/02/2015

The St. David’s Hotel and Spa is the first hotel in Wales’s capital city to have been awarded a prestigious Green Tourism Gold award – the highest national sustainability standard measured by the not for profit organisation Green Tourism. The St. David’s Hotel and Spa in Cardiff Bay was awarded the gold standard following a rigorous assessment process which evaluated water and energy efficiency, waste management, communication, transport and purchasing. The Hotel established a green committee made up of staff…

27/02/2015

 As a follower of European politics, it seems both the effects and consequences of austerity on the personal lives of the ordinary person cannot be underestimated. Inevitably, it is those who are most vulnerable within our societies who are affected by change the most. What events in Greece also show is the collective power of individual voices to challenge this. In the UK, though the extent of austerity is not as severe as in some other Euro countries, services here…