YOUR AM WRITES: Rosemary Butler AM, Newport West

YOUR AM WRITES: Rosemary Butler AM, Newport West

YOUR AM WRITES: Rosemary Butler AM, Newport West

First published in Columnists South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

NEWPORT West has always had a strong sense of community spirit, but recent festivities have strengthened this even further.

We are a community all year round, and not just on special occasions.

The arrival of the Olympic Flame in Newport brought thousands to the city streets, all eager to cheer on the torchbearers and join in with the fun.

I was fortunate to attend celebrations at the Riverfront, where it was evident that the torch’s presence in Newport would become a part of the city’s history.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated widely across Newport West, with street parties, fetes and informal gatherings held to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne.

It was great to see many individuals from the local community coming together to enjoy the jubilee, and I extend a big thank you to all those involved in organising these events.

Perhaps the ‘jewel in the jubilee crown’ was the lighting of Newport’s Jubilee Beacon on Ridgeway, Allt-yr-yn.

Individuals from across Newport and further afield helped to create the beacon, attracting thousands of people for the night-time lighting ceremony.

It was fantastic to play a part in the ceremony, and my thanks to the organisers and hosts for such a special and memorable event.

Newport West has a number of Communities First areas, located in the Malpas, Gaer, Maesglas, Duffryn, Bettws and Stow Hill wards, with funding and support provided by the Welsh Government.

The initiative aims to improve the daily lives and prospects of people living in some of the more disadvantaged communities in Wales, by providing activities such as training, community development, youth projects, job support and activities for older people.

Communities First teams make a real difference in Newport West and across Wales, helping to achieve the Welsh Government’s goals of economic regeneration, community engagement and social justice as well as uniting people in our local communities.

To find out more about Communities First and how you can get involved visit communities-first.org

If you would like to raise any issues please contact me on 01633 222523 or rosemary.butler@wales.gov.uk You can view my website at rosemarybutleram.com or follow me on Twitter at @RosemaryButler

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12:04pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Howie' says...

'The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated widely across Newport West, with street parties'.

Really? Where were all of these street party's held?
'The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated widely across Newport West, with street parties'. Really? Where were all of these street party's held? Howie'
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12:12pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Owain Vaughan says...

In the Western Parliamentary division of Newport. Obviously!
In the Western Parliamentary division of Newport. Obviously! Owain Vaughan
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12:28pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Mr Angry says...

I think Howie was being specific.

I didn't see any to be be honest. Most people were totally indifferent, and avoided the 'North Korea' type media coverage like the plauge.
I think Howie was being specific. I didn't see any to be be honest. Most people were totally indifferent, and avoided the 'North Korea' type media coverage like the plauge. Mr Angry
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1:16pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Owain Vaughan says...

Yes, I gathered that he was trying to decry it as a form of republican humour. I however am certainly aware of street parties in the Western Parliamentary division of Newport.
Yes, I gathered that he was trying to decry it as a form of republican humour. I however am certainly aware of street parties in the Western Parliamentary division of Newport. Owain Vaughan
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1:32pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Mr Angry says...

I hope the Monarchists are proud. Stewards for the floating pagent, bussed in , not paid for a 14 hr shift and made to sleep under a bridge.
Hope the Queen sleeps well in luxcery at night.

Being British, Great isn't it.
I hope the Monarchists are proud. Stewards for the floating pagent, bussed in , not paid for a 14 hr shift and made to sleep under a bridge. Hope the Queen sleeps well in luxcery at night. Being British, Great isn't it. Mr Angry
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2:33pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Owain Vaughan says...

So if I understand correctly you are complaining about the organisation of an event that only happens once a century, and then extending that complaint to the entirety of being British? A classic fallacy of defective induction.
So if I understand correctly you are complaining about the organisation of an event that only happens once a century, and then extending that complaint to the entirety of being British? A classic fallacy of defective induction. Owain Vaughan
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8:12pm Thu 28 Jun 12

rgh says...

Is the argus short of stories? Didn't the jubilee celebrations happen three weeks ago????

If you have nothing to write about just say it and stop the boring space filler stories.
Is the argus short of stories? Didn't the jubilee celebrations happen three weeks ago???? If you have nothing to write about just say it and stop the boring space filler stories. rgh
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12:02pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Howie' says...

Owain Vaughan wrote:
Yes, I gathered that he was trying to decry it as a form of republican humour. I however am certainly aware of street parties in the Western Parliamentary division of Newport.
I live in the Western Parliamentary division of Newport, Owain & apart from the firework display over Ridgeway then I ask again 'Where were these street party's held?' Neither I nor my family & friends saw any, as far as I know there were not any road closures for street party's in the Western Parliamentary division of Newport.
[quote][p][bold]Owain Vaughan[/bold] wrote: Yes, I gathered that he was trying to decry it as a form of republican humour. I however am certainly aware of street parties in the Western Parliamentary division of Newport.[/p][/quote]I live in the Western Parliamentary division of Newport, Owain & apart from the firework display over Ridgeway then I ask again 'Where were these street party's held?' Neither I nor my family & friends saw any, as far as I know there were not any road closures for street party's in the Western Parliamentary division of Newport. Howie'
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