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Excitement builds for this year’s Gower Show

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IT’S the Gower Show this Sunday but it’s not too late to think about coming along.   If you haven’t had your chance to book in advance, you can pay at the gate.   This year’s show will again be packed with competitions, crafts, entertainment and refreshments – ideal for a spontaneous family day out. 

The 2019 Gower Show is set to be another great event with a range of new and popular attractions from previous years.

The first Gower Show was held on the 20th September 1906 in the grounds of Penrice Castle by kind permission of Miss Emily Talbot. There were 480 entries, and the show was hailed as a great success. It then alternated between Penrice and Kilvrough Home Farm.  No shows were held during the First World War and the 1919 Show at Kilvrough was described as Gower’s Peace Show. The 1925 show was the last to be held at Kilvrough, from this date the show was held annually at Penrice. In the early days there were few lorries in Gower, and on Show Day small groups of men and animals would be seen walking towards the showground from all the Gower villages.

The Gower Show was the highlight of the year for many Gower families – the day before would be spent preparing the animals, the children would pick wild flowers for their competition and the mothers would prepare food for the next day. On the day of the show there was a holiday atmosphere with old friends to meet and great celebrations if prices had been won. The show continued until 1939 and the resumed in 1946 at the end of the Second World War. The show continued at Penrice until 1987 when it moved to Fairwood – which lacked the rural feel of a country show and the people of Gower were delighted when in 2002 the Show came back home to Penrice. The well attended centennial show was held on a beautiful day in August 2005.

NOVELTY DOG SHOW

An event that increases in popularity every year, the Novelty Dog Show is back and we are expecting a record number of entries.  There will be two rings running sim simultaneously starting at 1pm.
So if you have a pretty pup, come down and enter your pooch in this year’s Novelty Dog Show event.

Entry is just £2 per category and tickets can be collected from the Banwen Miners Hounds stall at the entrance to the main President’s show ring. Due to the popularity of this event, again this year we will have 2 rings operating at the same time as follows:

RIDGESIDE FALCONRY

We are pleased to welcome Ridgeside Falconry to this year’s Gower Show. This is the largest mobile display team in the country providing County Shows, Carnivals,
Fairs and Special Event Days with Falconry Demonstrations.

Ridgeside Birds of Prey Demonstrations consist of a static display of approximately 15 Birds of Prey from around the world, including owls, falcons, hawks, eagles and vultures, plus spectacular free flying displays.

The highly skilled team will be on hand to give visitors to the show advice and to share their extensive knowledge of falconry. Ridgeside will involve the public as much as they can during the demonstrations, including handling birds.

THOMAS LONGTON’S SHEEPDOG DISPLAY

Thomas has been giving Sheepdog displays and demonstrations with sheep  geese and  ducks all over the British Isles for over 20 years at large country shows or small village fetes. His demonstrations are  both informative and amusing, especially when the ducks are misbehaving. We are pleased to welcome Thomas and his ducks and geese to this year’s Gower Show.  A display not to be missed!

RING TIMETABLE

NOTICE TO ALL EXHIBITORS ORDER OF COMPETITION JUDGING
(APPROXIMATE TIMES)
Saturday 3th August
2pmHorticulture, Honey & Cookery
Sunday 4th August
9.00am
9.30am
10.00am
10.00am
2.30pm
Horses
Poultry
Crops
Livestock
Prize Giving
THERE WILL BE A 15 MINUTE WARNING BEFORE YOUR CLASS/SECTION. IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE RING ON TIME JUDGING WILL COMMENCE WITHOUT YOU.
PRESIDENT’S RING TIMETABLE
9.00 am
11.00 am
11.30 am
12.00 pm
12.00 noon
1.00 pm
2.00pm
2.30pm
3.30pm
4.00pm
Children’s Riding Ponies
Sheepdog Display/Duck hearding
Celtic Mowers Quad Biking
Ridgeside Falconry Display
Fall Bay Rugby Display Team
Novelty Dog Show
Sheepdog Display/ Duck hearding
Shires
Ridgeside Falconry display
Celtic Mowers quad biking
The famous STIG will be making a guest appearance with the Celtic Mowers quad biking
ALL THREE RINGS WILL COMMENCE AT 9.00a.m. AND CLASSES WILL FOLLOW ON UNLESS A TIME IS STATED FOR COMMENCEMENT OF A SECTION.
ORDER OF SHOWING
OXWICH
9.00am
12:00
Working Hunter
Harness Classes followed by Ridden Hunters
ON COMPLETION OF THE RIDDEN HUNTER SECTION OXWICH RING WILL BE SPLIT INTO OXWICH AND HORTON RINGS AND THE FOLLOWING CLASSES WILL COMMENCE:
PENRICE RING PRESIDENT’S RING
9.00am
9.00am10.00am
To followNot before 12.00pm
2.30pm
To follow
Palominos, Dun & Foreign Breeds
Children’s Riding Ponies
(including Best turned out and Local Ridden section)
Section A
Welsh Ponies Section B
Welsh Ponies (Cob Type) Section C
Welsh Cobs Section D
Shires
Ridden Welsh Champion
Overall Welsh Championship
OXWICH RING HORTON RING
Followed by
Followed by
Followed by
Followed by
Riding Horses, & Cobs
Piebald & Skewbald
Side saddle
Mountain & Moorland
Miscellaneous Classes
Fancy Dress
RHOSILLI RING
10.00am
5.00pm approx
Shetlands
PENRICE RING
SUPREME HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP

HORSE CLASSES (INCLUDING WORKING HUNTER CLASSES)

From Welsh ponies and cobs to Hunters, Mountain and Moorland… the horse section at the Gower Show has something for all horse and show enthusiasts.

All entries to be submitted no later than 15th July 2019. Late entries can be taken, see form for details.

 

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The Range’s Swansea Store Shortlisted for ‘Best Christmas Display’

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Christmas has arrived early for The Range stores in Wales, boasting gigantic displays of all-things festive! The Range is well known for going all out during the Christmas season to create a fun and magical experience full of trees, lights, decorations and much more for their customers to enjoy and this year is no exception. The Range in Swansea surpassed expectations with a display so great, it’s left them shortlisted for ‘Best Christmas Display’ out of all The Range’s 182 stores.

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Local coronavirus restrictions imposed to control outbreaks in South Wales

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Coronavirus laws are being tightened in four more Welsh authorities – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport – following a sharp rise in cases, Health Minister Vaughan Gething today announced.

The new measures will come into force at 6pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020, to protect people’s health and control the spread of the virus in the four local authority areas.

The new restrictions will apply to everyone living in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport:

People will not be allowed to enter or leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education;
People will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors for the time being. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households;
All licensed premises will have to close at 11pm;
Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public areas – as is the case across Wales.
From 6pm on Tuesday 22 September, the requirement for all licensed premises to close at 11pm will also be extended to Caerphilly borough.

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, said:

“Following the decision to place additional coronavirus restrictions in place in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf, we have seen a worrying and rapid rise in cases in four other south Wales council areas – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport.

“In many cases, this is linked to people socialising indoors without social distancing. We are seeing evidence of coronavirus spreading. We need to take action to control and, ultimately, reduce its spread and protect people’s health.

“It’s always a difficult decision to introduce restrictions but coronavirus has not gone away – it is still circulating in communities across Wales and, as we are seeing in parts of South Wales, small clusters can quickly cause real issues in local communities.

“We need everyone’s help to bring coronavirus under control. We need everyone to pull together and to follow the measures which are there to protect you and your loved ones.”

The restrictions are being introduced following a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases in coronavirus, which have been linked to people meeting indoors, not following social distancing guidelines and returning from summer holidays overseas.

The Welsh Government will call an urgent meeting of all local authority, health board and police forces from Bridgend to the English border tomorrow to discuss the wider situation in South Wales and whether further measures are needed across the region to protect people’s health.

The new local restrictions measures will be kept under regular review. They will be enforced by local authorities and by the police.

Keep Wales safe by:

Always keeping your distance
Washing your hands regularly
Working from home wherever you can
Following any local restrictions
Following the rules about meeting people
Staying at home if you or anyone in your extended household has symptoms.

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Welsh legislation will restrict those travelling from hotspot areas

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MARK Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, has today announced legislation which will restrict those coming from coronavirus hotspot’s from travelling to Wales.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has refused to impose rules which prohibit those from areas where the infection rate is high from entering low virus rate areas’s.

Mr Drakeford has made two requests to the Prime Minister requesting to impose rules which will mean those from high virus areas in England be prohibited from travelling to Wales, a request which has been denied by Mr Johnson.

The powers set by Mr Drakeford will come into force by the end of the week, unless Boris Johnson takes action sooner.

Speaking at the Plenary today, Mr Drakeford made the announcement, stating if Mr Johnson does not reply to his request by Friday then The Welsh Government will bring in legislation to restrict travel from those in English lockdown areas travelling to Wales.

Mr Drakeford said this was not a case of all those from England being restricted travel to Wales, just hotspot areas.

He said: “Evidence from public health professionals suggests coronavirus is moving from east to west across the UK and across Wales. As a general rule, it is concentrating in urban areas and then spreading to more sparsely populated areas as a result of people travelling.

“Much of Wales in now subject to local restriction measures because levels of the virus have risen and people living in those areas are not able to travel beyond their county boundary without a reasonable excuse. This is designed to prevent the spread of infection within Wales and to other areas of the UK.

“We are preparing to take this action to prevent people who live in areas where there are higher Covid infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales and bringing the virus with them.

“I am determined to keep Wales safe.”

The legislation, which is understood to come into force Friday, October 16 at 6pm, will mean those travelling to Wales from areas of England which are classed as virus hotspot’s will be restricted.

The new legislation also restricts those travelling into Wales from high virus prevalence areas from Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament – Paul Davies MS – has rounded on the First Minister over a ban on people entering Wales from England, and the Labour Party’s inability or unwillingness to publish comprehensive data proving that transmission rates are accelerating due to travel.

Mr Davies took the First Minister to task during Plenary today (October 14), and referred to a statement made by the leader of the Labour Party on September 23 when he said that the Welsh Government was not seeing any spikes at all in infection due to travel and tourism.

Mr Davies said that the people of Wales deserve to have sight of the data that underpins the Welsh Labour-led Government’s position on this matter, so that they can be confident that the Government’s actions are proportionate to the threat of the virus in their area.

Mr Davies also referred to a paper that accompanied the First Minister’s letter to the Prime Minister yesterday, a paper – that was not peer-reviewed – that confirms the data “…does not constitute definitive proof” in favour of a travel ban.

Mr Davies said: “The First Minister and his Government have acted rashly and without examining a range of other factors before a conclusion on whether to impose a travel ban or not is reached, while at the same time seemingly ignoring the fact that transmission rates in relation to travel had already peaked in August and September.

“It is incumbent on the First Minister to explain just why he has chosen to act in this way, and what supporting evidence he and his Ministers have seen to justify a ban and then publish it so it can be properly scrutinised.

“If he cannot or will not, then he must review and rescind this ban immediately.”

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