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Cardiff Council Update: 11 November 2022

Here's your Friday update, covering: the National Service of Remembrance for Wales; National Safeguarding Week: Back to basics; and a progress update on the development of Fairwater Community Campus.


The National Service of Remembrance for Wales

Wales' national observance of Remembrance Sunday, which is jointly hosted by Cardiff Council, the Welsh Government and in partnership with The Royal British Legion, will take place in Cardiff on Sunday, 13thNovember 2022.

Detachments from the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets and Cadet Forces will march past City Hall and along King Edward VII Avenue to the Welsh National War Memorial in Alexandra Gardens, Cathays Park, Cardiff where they will arrive by 10:40am and form up around the memorial.

Those detachments will be joined by columns of ex-Servicemen and women, organised by the Royal British Legion and columns of civilians representing organisations connected with current and past conflicts.

A selection of music will be played by the Canton Salvation Army Band from 10:30am until shortly before 11am, when the service will begin with bidding and words of scripture given by Cardiff Council Honorary Chaplain, Reverend Canon Stewart Lisk. The Cardiff Military Wives Choir and the Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir will lead the singing during the service.

At 10:59am a bugler from The Royal Welsh Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh will sound the ‘Last Post' followed at 11am by a gun of the104 Regiment Royal Artillery,Newport who will be firing to mark the start of the two minutes' silence which will be observed. Its conclusion will again be marked by the firing of the gun and the playing of ‘Reveille' by the Bugler.

The order of ceremony, that will be followed on the day, is available for downloadhere. In all, 22 wreath layers will take part in Wales' national observance of Remembrance Sunday.

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National Safeguarding Week: Back to basics

A White Ribbon Ambassador and award-winning domestic abuse advocate with personal experience of coercive control within his family brings his inspiring story to Cardiff next week, as part of National Safeguarding Week (November 14 - 18).

Ryan Hart's mother and sister were brutally killed at the hands of his father but with his brother Luke, they have used the tragedy to help others by raising awareness and speaking out against male violence towards women and girls. The brothers founded the Coercion and Control Awareness (CoCo Awareness) organisation in memory of their mother and sister, and also wrote a memoir which has been described as ‘an important contribution to our understanding of domestic abuse.'

Ryan will speak at the Cardiff and Vale Safeguarding Board's conference on November 15, one of a number of events during the week for safeguarding professionals, those working with children or adults as well as sessions for the wider public.

The theme of this year's National Safeguarding Week is ‘The Fundamentals of Safeguarding Practice - Back-to-Basics' and the programme of events has been organised to reinforce the message that safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.

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Progress update for the development of Fairwater Community Campus

Plans are progressing for the delivery of three new Cardiff schools which will share the same

campus in the Fairwater area but, costs have increased largely due to rising inflation, Cardiff Council's Cabinet will hear.

The Fairwater Community Campus is a pioneering project for Cardiff which, when completed, will see Cantonian High School, Riverbank School, and Woodlands School all located in new buildings on one dedicated site.

The joint campus will also boast a range of comprehensive facilities which will be available for community and public use outside of school hours. 

Plans for the scheme are well underway, but at its meeting on Thursday, 17 November, Cabinet will hear how, largely due to inflation, the cost of the project has increased significantly.

A report to Cabinet will recommend releasing additional funds from both the Council and Welsh Government's Band B Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme so the scheme can continue without delay.

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