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Pontarddulais Tesco store has donated more than 100,000 meals to local groups.

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Tesco’s Pontarddulais store has donated more than 100,000 meals-worth of surplus food to local charities and community groups, the supermarket has revealed.
The first superstore in Wales to reach this milestone, it is one of 18 Tesco stores across the UK which have donated 100,000 meals of food that would have otherwise gone to waste through the supermarket’s Community Food Connection Scheme, run in conjunction with food charity FareShare.

Tesco recently marked the fourth anniversary of the scheme, which has now provided more than 40 million meals-worth of food.

Food from the Pontarddulais store has helped to support a number of local charities and good causes in the town, including Hope House – Teen Challenge South Wales.
Alicia Ward, Centre Manager at Hope House, said the food donated by the store had made a real difference to their work.
“At Hope House we are catering for more than 30 women, providing three meals a day. The FareShare collections have really helped us with the catering budget by providing substantial ingredients for those meals, along with some nice extras such as fruit and cakes and even bouquets of flowers. 
“Once the staff at Pontarddulais Tesco became aware of our specific needs they have been very helpful by having the collections all ready for our staff to pick up.”
Tesco’s Head of Community Alec Brown congratulated colleagues at the Pontarddulais Superstore for helping to make the scheme such a success.
“Community Food Connection has gone from strength to strength over the past four years,” he said. “We have rolled out the scheme to all of our 2,600-plus stores and the fact that our Pontarddulais store has now donated 100,000 meals-worth of food shows the difference the scheme can make.
“Their efforts mean that thousands of meals-worth of food that would otherwise have gone to waste have instead gone to help feed people through the amazing work of community groups and charities here in Pontarddulais.
“The success of the scheme has helped us to significantly reduce the food waste from our stores and we want to make sure even more of our food surplus goes to charity and community groups in the year ahead.”
FareShare Chief Executive Lindsay Boswell also congratulated the store on donating so many meals through the scheme.
“Around a third of all the food that is grown in the world goes to waste, so we are proud of our partnership with Tesco, which has allowed us to divert thousands of tonnes of food to feed people rather than going to waste,” he said.
“At FareShare we work closely with some 7,000 groups that now receive surplus food from Tesco, and our community coordinators see week-in week-out the difference that the surplus food is making in settings such as community centres, pensioners’ lunch clubs, groups helping the homeless and children’s breakfast clubs. The Pontarddulais store is a great example of how the scheme can both tackle food waste and provide food to support the work of groups who are at the heart of their local community.”
For more details of Community Food Connection visit: https://sustainability.tescoplc.com/sustainability/food-waste/topics/own-operations/community-food-connection/
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A nation of sheepish lovers

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A NEW study has revealed that adults in Wales are still a secretive bunch when it comes to sex, with a shocking 69% admitting that they are not entirely open with their partners about their sexual preferences, nor have 38% been completely open about their sexual history.

That has resulted in 41% being less than satisfied with their sex lives; 39% who want more sex than they’re currently having; and 45% who rate their partner’s skills in the bedroom as no better than “good”.

These findings have today been revealed by national digital radio station JACK Radio, ahead of its launch of The Tracey Cox Show; a bold new radio show that aspires to get the subject of sex out in the open and which is fronted by one of the world’s most famous sex and relationship experts, Tracey Cox. The Tracey Cox Show launches on JACK Radio at 12pm on Wednesday 25 September 2019, and can be heard every week thereafter.

The survey also looked at personal habits amongst adults in Wales, with 71% admitting that they would openly burp in front of their partner; 57% admit to passing wind in front of their partner; and 55% who use the toilet with the door open. Only 55% however, would tell their partner if they had poor hygiene in an intimate area!

Instead of being hidden away after dark, The Tracey Cox Show can be heard on JACK Radio every Wednesday lunchtime from 12pm to 1pm, launching this Wednesday 25 September. Every week, Tracey will tackle a broad range of topics – from dating tips and relationship advice, to the latest bedroom moves and sexual hang-ups, sharing her experience gained over a career of more than 30 years writing, researching and talking about sex, with key plaudits including prime-time series Would Like to Meet (BBC, Discovery) and The Sex Inspectors (Channel 4, HBO), as well as appearances on the likes of Oprah, CNN and The Today Show in the US and a weekly column in the MailOnline.

Speaking of the findings, Tracey said: “We live in a sexualised society but still don’t talk to our partners about sex. Yet it’s impossible to survive and thrive sexually as a couple if you aren’t open with each other about your secret needs and desires. Mouths are good for many things when it comes to sex but most of all for talking.

“I’m hoping my show on JACK Radio will get people talking about sex topics they normally shy away from. I’m going to challenge the myths head on and provide good, practical information to help people enjoy sex more and communicate more easily.”

The launch of JACK Radio was announced late last year and made headlines with its world-first-broadcast radio format, which provides an exclusive platform for women in music and creates a completely unique listening experience.

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Swansea 10k gets gold

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RUNNERS from across the country gathered in Swansea this Sunday, September 22, for Admiral’s yearly Swansea Bay 10k.

The gruelling 10k race began at St Helen’s rugby ground with runners going towards Mumbles then returning along the promenade towards the city centre. The finish line was located at at the cenotaph.

The Swansea race is widely known as one of the best of its kind in the UK, aside from the main 10k event, there was also a 10k wheelchair race, a 1k and 3k junior race and even a 100m mascot race for those brave enough to don their fancy dress.

Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers boasted the male 10k winner, North London’s Kieran Clements and, for the first time since the 1980’s, Wales boasted a winner in the form of Micky Morris Racing Team’s Natasha Cockram who finished first in the female 10k.

For an outstanding fourth year in a row, the disability race was won by Disability Sports Wales’ Richie Powell.

Councillor Robert Francis-Davies, said: “It was a joy for our city to host so many running enthusiasts at the weekend; another special way for Swansea to celebrate its first 50 years of city status.

“We’re delighted with the huge crowd of spectators which added to the community feel and family atmosphere that helps to inspire everyone who takes part.”

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Cows make chaos

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Tuesday, 17th September, Pontarddulais unexpectedly had plenty of unwelcome visitors as a herd of cows had managed to escape and cause carnage in the streets and playground.

Many residents were shocked at the sight and took pictures and video footage of the mammals strolling around helping themselves to vegitation whilst from residents gardens. While some created a mess falling into fences and parked cars.

South Wales Police were informed by a variety of locals and social media was used to find the owner of the roaming farm animals.

After rummaging around housing estates, the herd made their way to the local childrens playground on Bolgoed Road.

A resident of Bolgoed Road said “My three year old was standing out in the front garden watching them pass so it was very exciting for her.

“It was lovely for the children to see even if it was a bit hectic in Pontarddulais.”

4pm on Tuesday the cows were finally claimed by the owner after causing disruption to traffic and blocking roads along the way.

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