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11/09/2020

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach… children and adults have been delighted by Roald Dahl’s books for generations. September 13 is Roald Dahl Day, a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our favourite Dahl stories and characters with fellow fans all over the world. Here, Dahl fan and former primary school teacher Laura Steele of educational resources experts PlanBee shares her top facts about the much-loved author. Who was Roald Dahl? Roald Dahl is one of…

10/09/2020

Heart of Cardiff inspired by the people and communities of the City Cardiff’s award-winning Sherman Theatre has announced its autumn season which includes the new audio series Heart of Cardiff, inspired by the people and communities of the city. The season also includes an audio version of a popular new comedy drama and two series of podcasts. The Sherman will also continue a programme to support freelance theatre makers and connect and develop young people. All of the audio and…

08/09/2020

‘Play nurtures imagination and gives a child a sense of adventure‘ Most children in the UK are given plenty of opportunity to play with a wide range of toys but in Zambia this is not the case. Currently just 17% of schools have a pre-school class. The Zambian government are working to increase this provision but schools need support to do so. The Good Samaritan Ministries School in Lusaka that MAD4Kids supports, is now going into the second year with…

08/09/2020

Coronavirus laws will be tightened across Caerphilly borough to prevent a local outbreak of the virus spreading. A range of new measures will come into force on 8th September at 6pm in a bid to reduce the number of new coronavirus infections. People will not be allowed to enter or leave the Caerphilly County Borough Council area without a reasonable excuse; Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in shops; People will only be able to meet…

08/09/2020

Discarded plastic bottles, cups and other single-use items became a common sight in popular public spaces like Cardiff Bay’s Oval Basin, Canton’s Victoria Park, and at Roath Park Recreation ground. CHOOSE TO REUSE Now, the people of Cardiff are being encouraged to ‘choose to reuse’ this Autumn, by opting for a reusable water bottle and filling up on the go with a local business, rather than buying a single-use plastic bottle. It’s all part of plastic pollution campaigning organisation City…

07/09/2020

The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s highly successful initiative, The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme, is open for family farm businesses from across the UK to sign up. Registration opens from September 7th until October 31st, 2020, but workshops will not take place until local social distancing regulations allow. Held in 15 locations across the UK each year and coordinated by local partners such as FarmCornwall and The Farmer Network, the multi-million-pound programme allows up to 20 farming families to take part in each…

07/09/2020

More than 5,700 of the most vulnerable people in communities across south Wales are set to benefit after Wales & West Utilities announced successful applicants to its Safe and Warm Fund. The gas emergency and pipeline service established the fund in June and put out a call to action to local charities and bodies affected by the coronavirus pandemic to apply for support. With over 400 applications in a three-week period, six organisations from south Wales have been selected to…

04/09/2020

The national celebration of Battle of Britain Day on 15 September is a major event. But do you know what we are commemorating and why, and how can you explain its significance to your children? Former primary school teacher Laura Steele of leading education resource creators PlanBee has all the answers. What was the Battle of Britain? The Battle of Britain was a decisive air battle between Britain and Germany in the Second World War, which took place between July and October…

04/09/2020

Completing a half marathon is a huge challenge by most people’s standards. But Cardiff man Gareth Davies won’t let anything stop him from finishing his 13.1-mile run – including sight loss. Gareth,  is taking part in the UK-wide Marathon Mates challenge this September to raise funds for sight loss charity RNIB. He will run a half marathon route around his local neighbourhood. Gareth was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa aged 19 and was registered blind five years ago. As a keen…

04/09/2020

To mark 80 years since the start of The Blitz, Ancestry,  has commissioned a new collection of art depicting life during The Blitz and World War II The 80 pieces of art, available to view on Ancestry.co.uk/Blitz80, are based on real-life stories discovered in wartime records available on Ancestry and aim to bring to life the extraordinary ‘everyday’ lives and efforts of people all over the country and the British spirit that shone through whilst they lived and served on…