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Plans unveiled for Porthcawl care centre

Credit: ABMU Health Board

Plans go on display this week for a new primary care and community services centre.

ABMU Health Board says it's proposing to transfer GP and community services to the new centre, aiming to improve the level of patient care and providing some new services.

Leaflets explaining the proposals are being sent to patients.

The search for a suitable site to build a new centre has been ongoing since 2006 because, the Health Board says, the main Portway Surgery site is too small and doesn’t offer the accommodation required to deliver modern services.

Diarrhoea and vomiting link to Porthcawl bar

Public Health Wales says 50 people are known to have become unwell after attending private functions at the Hi-Tide bar in Porthcawl.

Sandy Bay at Porthcawl. Credit: Visit Wales

Investigations are underway after people became unwell after attending private functions at the venue near the seafront.

All patients are recovering well at home.

The Hi-Tide remains open for business and is co-operating fully with the investigation into the outbreak.

We are aware of up to 50 people who have become unwell after attending private events at the Hi-Tide, and are continuing to speak to people who became unwell to determine the source of their infection.

– Sion Lingard, Consultant in Health Protection for Public Health Wales


Free surf sessions to help young with mental health

Free surfing sessions will be offered to around 300 in children in Wales to help with their mental health.

Around 300 children in South Wales will be offered surf lessons Credit:

The Wave Project Cymru received £142,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in Wales for the community surf project.

It will now offer places to 300 young people over the next 3 years living anywhere between Newport and Swansea.

A pilot scheme started last year at Porthcawl. Credit:

Each person will receive support from their own ‘surf mentor’

The Wave Project has developed an evidence-based programme which is proven to improve self esteem and wellbeing for young people.

By overcome the challenge of learning to surf, they will feel more confident and resilient about dealing with other challenges in their lives.

– Wave Project chief executive Joe Taylo

Wave Project Cymru has already been piloted in Porthcawl.

Police appeal for man last seen at pub in Porthcawl

Police are appealing for information on a 43-year-old man from Blackwood in Gwent who was last seen at the High Tide pub in Porthcawl on Saturday evening.

Gwent Police say Steven Jones is of medium build and approximately 5ft 7 tall. He has a tattoo of three stars on his neck and was last seen wearing stone wash jeans, red daps and a white t-shirt with a red Lonsdale logo on it.

Anyone with information relating to Steven's whereabouts is asked to call 101 quoting log 251 17/08/15.


Police investigate assault at Trecco Bay caravan park

The incident was reported at around 8.00am this morning Credit: PA

An 18-year-old man has been taken to hospital with injuries after a possible assault at the Trecco Bay caravan park in Porthcawl.

The incident was reported at around 8am on Sunday morning.

South Wales Police is asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area overnight to contact them.

Record 1,500 take part in Porthcawl Christmas swim

Organisers say a record 1,500 swimmers took a dip in the sea as part of Porthcawl's Christmas Morning Swim.

The crowds flocked to Sandy Bay beach in fine weather this morning. Credit: Owen Richards / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

A further 3,000 spectators are estimated to have watched on.

Swimmers braved the cold water in a range of Christmas fancy dress outfits. Credit: Owen Richards / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

The event is marking its 50th anniversary, and raises money for a number of local charities and organisations.

Swimmers brave water in Porthcawl on Christmas morning

Many swimmers wore fancy dress as they took to the water. Credit: Wales News Service

Huge crowds have turned out for the Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim.

Swimmers braved the cold sea water at Porthcawl. Credit: Wales News Service

The event is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and raising money for local charities and projects.

The event is raising money for a number of charities and local projects. Credit: Wales News Service

Over 1,000 expected for 50th Porthcawl Christmas swim

More than 1,000 people are expected to brave the cold sea later, as Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim marks its 50th anniversary.

Fancy dress is encouraged for those daring to take part. Credit: Amie Lipley / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

Organisers are hoping for a record attendance, at what is now one of the UK's largest festive swims.

Swimmers are due to gather from 10.30am - before the official start at the top of the beach at 11.45am.

Around 1,000 people took part last year - and organisers expect even more today. Credit: Amie Lipley / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

The event is raising money for a series of charities and local projects.

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