A 13-YEAR OLD girl from Llanmiloe, Carmarthenshire, has been chosen by Wales’ largest theme park to help park owners ensure the attraction is working hard to offer the best possible experience to young visitors.
Following a two-month search, Oakwood Theme Park has selected Faith Dee McDermott to become one of its three Directors of Fun, battling stiff competition from across the country for the role.
The Pembrokeshire-based attraction, which first opened its doors thirty years ago, is giving the three Directors of Fun the chance to spend time with senior executives at Oakwood to share their thoughts and ideas on what they love about the park and how it can be improved.
Faith caught the attention of Oakwood bosses after sending in a cleverly-written poem about the park as part of her application.
Faith, who attends Dyffryn Taf school, said: “I didn’t expect to get the role because I knew how many people would have applied. I decided to write a poem for my application because I wanted to do something a bit different.
“I’m a big fan of Oakwood and their rides are awesome, especially, Megafobia. I love meeting new people and discovering new things. I’m really interested to hear about how the park designs and implements new rides, areas and events, and am looking forward to being involved in the process.”
Sue Elaiho, Director of Oakwood Theme Park, said “We are so happy to be welcoming Faith as one of our Directors of Fun. Her application showed her true appreciation of Oakwood Theme Park and its family-friendly values, which we thought was fundamental in finding the perfect person for our new role.
“Hearing the thoughts of the public is very important to us at Oakwood so that we can consistently provide an attraction of the highest quality, that Pembrokeshire, and Wales alike, is proud to call its own. We are continually looking at ways to improve Oakwood and continue to offer attractions that people love, which is what inspired us to search for our Directors of Fun.
“We had so many incredible entries, and it was extremely difficult to narrow them down to just three. We look forward to hearing more of Faith’s ideas, and hearing what she thinks we can improve for our young visitors.”
As well as having the opportunity to share her thoughts with park bosses, Faith will also bag herself a family annual pass to the amusement park, home to the world-famous wooden rollercoaster Megafobia, as part of the role.
Carmarthenshire towns win two prestigious awards
CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has congratulated two local town councils for their success in the One Voice Wales Awards.
Pembrey and Burry Port Council won the Best Community Engagement category for the multi channels of communication it has set up which enables the community to participate in any decisions the council takes. It was also recognised for the shadow forums set up in both primary and secondary schools to ensure the younger generation have a voice.
Kidwelly Town Council won the Best Devolution of Service or Asset Project category for acquiring ownership of Parc Stephens play area from Carmarthenshire County Council in 2019 as part of the asset transfer process. Since then it has increased accessibility and inclusivity for a wide age range of children and includes a sensory garden.
Carmarthen Town Council was highly commended in the Best Annual Report category.
One Voice Wales is recognised by Welsh Government as the national representative body for Community and Town Councils in Wales, providing a wide range of services to our 634 member councils representing approximately 8000 councillors.
This year’s awards ceremony has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths who is responsible for liasing with town and community councils said: “I’d like to congratulate Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council and Kidwelly Town Council on winning the awards. It just goes to show the great work being done across Carmarthenshire and more importantly how we are working with the communities to meet their needs. I’d also like to congratulate Carmarthen Town Council on the commendation.”
Woman arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply
AN AMMANFORD woman has been arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.
Dyfed-Powys Police officers were on patrol in the Glanamman area on when they saw the woman driving a silver Peugeot away from them.
They were aware that the driver had no driver’s licence, and that she was suspected of being involved in supplying class A drugs in and around Ammanford.
Additional units made their way to her home, where the car was stopped. A search of the vehicle resulted in class A drugs being found, and she was arrested.
Further searches were carried out by the response team and dog unit. Around 16g of cocaine, some amphetamine, and some cannabis were found.
A 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, possession and driving offences. The vehicle was also seized.
She has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Sergeant Walters said: “This was a very swift response to information relayed by colleagues who recognised the woman and were aware that she should not have been driving.
“Ammanford Neighbourhood Policing Team, response teams and the dog unit worked closely together to achieve a positive outcome.”
Play equipment gifted to children with disabilities
CHILDREN with disabilities in Carmarthenshire have been gifted play equipment by the county council during the coronavirus pandemic.
Some 26 children are already making use of new play materials and outdoor equipment which are helping to maintain their health and well-being during the lockdown.
Items such as garden swing seats, paddling pools, tablets, sensory black out tents, trampolines are making a huge difference to them whilst staying at home.
It comes after funding was set aside for those identified by the council’s social workers or disability intervention staff as needing extra support, and subject to an assessment.
Anna Martin, whose son Finlay has benefited from a garden swing said: “Finlay has spent many an hour calmly swinging in the garden. It has been great for him to spend time with the family outdoors. Fin is like a ‘toddler’ and enjoys a cwtch and a nap so the fact that this turns into a bed has been a big hit! It has certainly perked him up during lockdown.”
Funds are still available and anyone who is supported by the council’s disability service can ask their support worker for an assessment.
The council’s executive board member for children’s services, Cllr Glynog Davies said: “The restrictions of the current lockdown have been a huge challenge for all families, but particularly for those with a child who is disabled or has autism. Our teams identified that for some families having extra play materials or outdoor play equipment could make a massive difference to children’s wellbeing. We established a process where staff from our specialist teams could assess if families would benefit from this type of help. We have been able to purchase and arrange delivery of a number of items so far and we’re delighted to see what a difference it has made.”
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