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Frontline experience for Welsh schoolchildren

Re enactment at the trench in Pendine Credit: Morfa Bay

A real-life trench system has been created in Pendine, Carmarthenshire to educate children across Wales about the realities of war.

The 'Back to the Front' experience at Morfa Bay Adventure Centre features a 100 metre long trench system, equipped with sandbags and barbed wire.

Officer's Mess Credit: Morfa Bay

The system has a frontline trench, an officer's dug-out, communication trench and a delousing area.

It also has 'funk holes', where soldiers may have slept, a toilet area and a cleaning area.

The system has a realistic frontline trench Credit: Morfa Bay

The brains behind the project is Director Andy Edwards, who created the project with the help of a £13,000 tourism grant.

Mr Edwards says he wants West Wales to play its part in marking the 'war to end all wars.'

'With all the media coverage planned for next year's centenary, I feel we have a chance to grab children's attention and tell them the stories that have built our history', he said.

100 years since South Wales Tornado

The damaged caused extensive damage to properties Credit: Glamorgan Archives

This weekend marks 100 years since a tornado swept through South Wales.

It swept through areas such as Trefforest, Pontypridd, Cilfynydd and Abercynon.

The tornado struck on Monday 27 October 1913.

A member of Ton Pentre Football Club, had been playing at Treharris and was walking back to the station after the match. He was caught by the wind, carried some distance and hurled against a wall later dying of his injuries.

Thomas Llewellyn Harries, a collier, was also found in a field near Abercynon, again having been carried a great distance by the force of the wind.

Many others were injured in their homes as walls and roofs collapsed around them.

The effects of the tornado are recorded in school log books held at the Glamorgan Archives. Many record that school buildings were damaged and in Cilfynydd several schools were closed


Mysterious 'Mold Gold Cape' returns to Wales

The Mold Cape is an iconic object linking the Welsh with their ancient past. Credit: British Museum

The Mold Cape wast discovered in 1833, on the outskirts of Mold, Flintshire.

While workmen were filling in a gravel pit they uncovered this decorated gold object in the side of a stony bank. Today, it is recognised as one of the finest achievements in gold craftsmanship from prehistoric Europe.

It was a ceremonial cape, a badge of distinction, thought to have been worn by a religious leader. It would appear that there was a distinctive tradition of making capes in North East Wales. New findings suggest the cape was worn by a ‘woman of distinction’, not a man, as previously assumed.

The gold cape is from the bronze age and was discovered in a grave in Mold in 1833. Credit: National Museum of Wales

The true age of the grave and the cape have been confirmed as being around 3,700 years old, belonging to the Early Bronze Age.

The cape is on display at the National Museum in Cardiff on 2 July to the 4th August when it then leaves for Wrexham Museum from the 8th August to the 14th September.

Campaign to save Caerphilly Miners Hospital

Caerphilly Miners Hospital Credit: ITV Wales
Caerphilly Miners Hospital Credit: ITV Wales

The Caerphilly Miners Centre for the Community group is launching a campaign to raise money to restore the beeches building of Caerphilly Miners Hospital. Their target is £1 million. Campaigners will be holding a bag packing session in Morrisons and a bucket collection in the town centre.

Volunteers will be out an about raising awareness of the building's plight and historical significance. The team will be joined by Simon Weston OBE who was born at the Beeches and will be officially launching the campaign.

The Beeches building was built thanks to donations made by miners out of their pay packets. Those working in 29 local pits set aside 6d of their 12s 6d weekly wages. To reflect this amount, the drive to raise funds is being called the 8 campaign - £8 is the equivalent amont in today's money.