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Pilgrimage for Dic Penderyn

25 people came to remember Penderyn Credit: Emily Gadd/ITV Cymru Wales

The man known as 'Dic Penderyn' will be commemorated today in Aberavon. Twenty five people took part in the walk from Pyle to St Mary's Church in Aberavon.

Penderyn was a Welsh miner who was hanged nearly 200 years ago. He was sentenced to death for stabbing a solider in the Merthyr uprising of 1831.

At that time people protested his innocence, and the case has been cited as a grave miscarriage of justice for generations.

St Mary's Church, Aberavon Credit: Emily Gadd/ITV Cymru Wales

ITV Wales Cymru news has been shown a letter of support, from Penderyn's relatives, over a call for a posthumous pardon.

Support for calls for a posthumous pardon Credit: Emily Gadd/ITV Cymru Wales

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Councillors welcome new lido for Aberavon

The decision to create a new leisure complex in Aberavon has been welcomed by local councillors.

The plans for a sports complex and lido were approved today. The centre will replace Afan Lido, which was destroyed more than four years ago.

The new complex will cater for the whole of the County not just for Aberavon and along with our existing leisure centres will provide the framework for provision of sport, leisure, and fitness for all ages in our County and to make it affordable for everybody.

– Councillor John Warman, Neath Port Talbot

£13m lido in Aberavon given the green light

Work on the new complex could begin by the end of this month Credit: Neath Port Talbot Council

Work to build a new leisure complex in Aberavon could start immediately now that plans have been given approval by Neath Port Talbot councillors.

The £13m lido would replace the Afan Lido which was destroyed by a fire four years ago.

The new leisure complex will feature an 8 lane swimming pool, a fitness gym and a youth club.

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Aberavon beach at Port Talbot littered with debris

The stormy weather has left carnage in its wake on Aberavon beach Credit: Russel Lewis
Among the damage left by the weather was this twisted fence Credit: Russel Lewis
Aberavon beach near Port Talbot has been littered with debris Credit: Russel Lewis
A big clean up operation will be needed after the debris left on the beach Credit: Russel Lewis

Aberavon Labour thanks Francis

The Aberavon MP, Hywel Francis, has decided to stand down at the next general election. He's held the seat since 2001.

The Aberavon Constituency have thanked him for his hard work:

Hywel has been a powerful and passionate advocate for Aberavon since his election as our MP back in 2001. He has made a huge contribution and worked tirelessly to support thousands of constituents as well as hundreds of local organisations.”

– Councillor Anthony Taylor

He's campaigned on many issues, including the new Swansea University Science & Innovation Campus which is set to open in 2015.

Aberavon MP to stand down in 2015

Dr Hywel Francis has announced that he will not seek re-election as the MP for Aberavon in the 2015 General Election.

Having served the constituency since 2001, Dr Francis said:

It has been a great privilege to be the local Member of Parliament and to serve the constituents of Aberavon.

There have been many great challenges facing us since 2001 – and none no more than today as we face the Conservative-Liberal Democratic Coalition Government with its austerity programme. But I am hopeful for the future, with an expected Labour victory in 2015.

I wish to thank the electors of Aberavon, the Aberavon Constituency Labour Party, my staff and my family for their support.

Aberavon church gets green light for £1m project

Revd Matthew Trick at St. Paul's Church in Aberavon Credit: Church in Wales

The Big Lottery fund has awarded £500,000 for a new church community centre in one of South Wales' most deprived areas.

St. Paul's Church in Aberavon plans to build a brand new community centre in its grounds to replace the current one which is no longer fit for purpose.

The Welsh Government awarded a grant of £300,000 earlier this year and coupled with the boost from the Big Lottery Fund, work is expected to begin on the project in early 2014.

Called the St Paul’s Centre, the glass fronted building will be built around a central courtyard area which will include a cafe, shop and garden.

There are plans to cater for youth clubs, pensioners, toddler groups, jobs clubs and even wedding receptions.

Revd Matthew Trick, the Team Vicar for Aberavon and Project Director said:

“The heart of the St Paul’s Centre is about trying to help local people improve the quality of their lives against deprivation - it will tackle deprivation by improving social skills and reducing anti social behaviour.

“We are delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has given us this £500,000. It turns the project from a dream into a reality which will benefit the whole of the community of Aberavon."

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