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The best and worst of Welsh film revealed!

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THE NATION has spoken!
* Welsh film fans have had their say on the hits and misses of Welsh cinema in new research from ODEON
* Anthony Hopkins has emerged as the country’s favourite Welsh actor with 26 percent of the nation behind him
* Almost 1 in 5 consider Keira Knightley’s attempt at the native accent to be the worst in film
* Filmgoers can catch the latest blockbusters at ODEON from the everyday low of £5 across Wales

A Welsh film index has revealed new insights into the best and worst of Welsh cinema according to the local film lovers themselves.

Overwhelmingly, over a quarter (26 percent) of the nation has named Silence of the Lambs (1991) star, Anthony Hopkins as their favourite homegrown actor, with Rob Brydon (11 percent), Michael Sheen (10 percent), Catherine Zeta-Jones (8 percent) and Christian Bale (8 percent) all making the top 5, the research commissioned by ODEON revealed.

When it comes to the favourite film shot in Wales, almost a third (32 percent) of the Welsh public agreed that 1997 Swansea-based film Twin Town deserved top spot, while King Arthur (2004) and How green was my valley (2014) deserved honourable mentions with 18 percent and 17 percent of the results respectively.

As far as attempts on the Welsh accent go, Keira Knightley’s football skills appear to be stronger than her crack at the native tongue. Close to 1 in 5 of the public (19 percent) consider her role in The Edge of Love (2008) to have the worst Welsh accent in a film.

Bill Nighy on the other hand apparently aced the accent in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010). The research revealed in his role as Rufus Scrimgeour, Mr Nighy, had the best fake Welsh accent (26 percent) in a film.

A nation of film lovers, Joker (4 October release) is the upcoming film Wales cinema buffs are most looking forward to seeing this year (19 percent), while spending time with friends and family is what the Welsh consider to be the best thing about the cinema (28 percent).

With tickets starting at the everyday low price of £5 at ODEON cinemas across Wales, film fans can catch the latest blockbusters and more, for less!

<strong>WALES’ FAVOURITE WELSH ACTORS:</strong>
1. Anthony Hopkins                               25.7%
2. Rob Brydon                                         10.9%
3. Michael Sheen                                     9.5%
4. Catherine Zeta-Jones                        8.2%
5. Christian Bale                                      7.9%
6. Richard Burton                                   7.7%
7. Rhys Ifans                                            7.4%
8. Dawn French                                      6.2%
9. Taron Egerton                                    5.5%
10. Ioan Gruffudd                                  5.2%

<strong>WALES’ MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS:</strong>

1. Joker                                                                   18.6%
2. Jumanji: The Next Level                                17.7%
3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker                17.4%
4. Frozen 2                                                             13.2%
5. Terminator: Dark Fate                                    12.6%
6. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil                           10.6%
7. Cats                                                                      9.8%

* The research was conducted with 705 respondentsv

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Scheme to enhance the town of Tregaron for the National Eisteddfod

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THE REGENERATING Rural Towns scheme run by the Cynnal y Cardi LEADER programme has been supporting Tregaron Town Council with a series of marketing techniques and installations to promote and enhance Tregaron in preparation for the historic and cultural event, the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2022.

This work acted as a legacy to the National Eisteddfod at Tregaron following the influx of thousands of people to the town daily for the duration of the festival and subsequently to the surrounding rural communities and local sites of interest.

A wide range of installations could be seen in Tregaron during the Eisteddfod following town branding design work, which included a giant deckchair, lamp post flags, banners, bunting, tiered flower planters, benches & picnic tables, monument conservation improvements, and a prominent Tregaron sign overlooking the ‘Maes’. Many of these features will remain in place for the summer months and can be utilised by the town in the future. Further town development work is due to commence to maintain and enhance the attractiveness and vibrancy of the town.

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New Quay RNLI assists boy with broken ankle

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LAST week New Quay RNLI volunteers had a busy week with two training sessions, two call outs and crew attending a local agricultural show in Caerwedros.

With the inshore lifeboat training on Wednesday night and the all-weather lifeboat training on Thursday night, the crew then proceeded to launch on service twice over the weekend.

On Saturday 6 August at 5.50pm New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard to provide first aid and assist the local New Quay Coastguard team with a medical evacuation on Traeth Gwyn, New Quay.

Huw Williams, one of New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “Unfortunately one of our crew members’ son had injured his ankle while playing on Traeth Gwyn. He urgently needed medical care but unfortunately there was a long wait for an ambulance. We arrived quickly on scene and administered pain relief. The casualty was in a lot of pain and we assisted the local Coastguard team to carry the casualty off the beach, up the steep path to their car.”

Father of the injured boy, Wayne Slawson added, “We would like to say a huge thank to everyone involved in this on Saturday and to both organisations as a whole, the level of service you all provide is first class.

“Our son is doing ok, following a few tough days in and out of hospital. He had to have a scan to determine whether or not he needed an operation as he had fractured his growth plate in his ankle. Luckily, they were able to manipulate the ankle into position while in theatre and now he has a full leg plaster. We can’t thank you all enough.”

The second callout was late on Sunday night at 11.50pm when New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard to assist Dyfed Powys Police in searching for a missing person.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “After a thorough search of New Quay bay in glass calm conditions, and with nothing found, we were stood down and back at station by 1.30am. Another great example of our emergency services working together with the local Coastguard Rescue Team and police officers involved.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “We have been busy over the past few months keeping up with training and with many launches on service. Remember if you see anyone in trouble in the sea on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Our volunteers are on call 24/7 to help.”

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Possible super-hospital plans released as Pembrokeshire site ruled out

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HYWEL Dda Health Board have reduced the number of potential sites for the new “super-hospital” in West Wales from five to three. 

The new site has been narrowed down to two possible locations in Whitland or one in St Clears.

According to the plans provided in Hywel Dda’s technical appraisal reports, all sites will include a main building divided into planned and urgent care, as well as a separate facility for mental health services. Parking, administrative facilities, and a helipad are also planned.

Site 12 in Whitland
Travel time analysis for population to site 12

The potential Narberth site is no longer being considered, meaning that the new hospital would be built outside of Pembrokeshire.

Hywel Dda presented the findings of a “transport infrastructure analysis,” stating that both sites had bus services that are “infrequent” and “short,” making shift work difficult.

Plan for ‘site C’ in Whitland
Travel time analysis for population to ‘site C’

For Whitland, it noted that there was an approximate 750m walking distance from the train station to the hospital site, with recommended walking distance of 400m, and that local roads do ‘not appear’ to suffer from significant congestion during a typical weekday. 

In St Clears, the report highlighted the impact a planned new railway station – expected to open in 2024 – could have on the town, saying it would be a ‘major boost’ to the area providing viable alternative car travel, with it being understood there is a commitment to increase the frequency of services at some stations along the west Wales line from two hourly to hourly.

Plans for ‘site 17’ in St Clears
Travel time analysis for population ‘site 17’ in St Clears

After it was announced that Narberth would not be the site of the new hospital, Hywel Dda University Health Board Chair, Maria Battle, assured the residents of Pembrokeshire that their concerns would be taken into account.

“Our programme business case to the Welsh Government is seeking the greatest investment west Wales will have ever seen,” said Ms Battle.

Ambulance times to Whitland, Bronglais Hospital and Morriston Hospital (Welsh Ambulance Service travel time analysis June 2022)
Ambulance times to St Clears, Bronglais Hospital and Morriston Hospital (Welsh Ambulance Service travel time analysis June 2022)

“We have listened to and continue to listen to the fears and voices of the public we serve and our staff who understand the frontline challenges of trying to deliver services across so many sites and spread so thinly.

“Recognising the fragility of our services and the risk this poses every day, we do not intend to make changes at Glangwili or Withybush hospitals before a new hospital is built. And afterwards, they will continue to provide valuable health services to our communities.”

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