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Rotary Club - Recycle Plastics for "End Polio" Project

The Rotary Club of Abertillery and Blaina, along with other Rotary Clubs in the area, is collecting recyclable plastics to raise money towards the international Rotary Project - 'End Polio Now'.

In 1988 polio was in over 125 countries and around 1,000 people every day were getting polio. That was when Rotary International, followed by the World Health Organisation, decided to try and remove polio from the world. Rotarians have raised over £600 million since then to pay for an immunisation programme to protect children against polio. Today, almost 30 years later, only 3 countries have polio - Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, so we have rid the world of 99% of polio and, although we no longer have polio in the UK because we are vaccinated as babies, we should remember that polio "is only a plane ride away".

For the last year or so, the Rotary Club of Abertillery and Blaina has been collecting plastics with the recycling triangle with a 1 or a 2 inside it, and taking these plastics to a local recycling plant where we receive 15p for every kilo we take there. For every £1 donated the Bill and Melinda gates Foundation matches this two to one, so every £1 becomes £3. Over the last year, the Rotary Club has collected 589 kg which becomes £265.05 for the End Polio Project.

We have been concentrating on the bottle tops as these are easier for people to collect (plastic milk bottle tops, carbonated drinks bottle tops), but we are also now collecting the plastic bottles (eg carbonated drinks bottles, water bottles, some shampoo/conditioner bottles, laundry detergent bottles, fruit shot bottles etc) - anything with a 1 or a 2 in the recycling triangle.

Contact the Rotary Club of Abertillery and Blaina at abertilleryblainarotary@outlook.com or via their Facebook or Twitter accounts. https://www.facebook.com/RotaryClubOfAbertillery/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RotaryAber

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JOHN SELWAY 

 

The artist John Selway has died at his home in south Wales, at the age of 79.

A contemporary of David Hockney and Peter Blake at the Royal College of Art in the 1960s, he was a senior lecturer at the Newport School of Art for many years. He died in Abertillery, where his striking 15-piece Stations of the Cross is on permanent display at St Michael's church.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of South Wales in 2017.

Selway's art, which as well as print-making and painting, also included sculpture and engraving, led to collaborations with several writers.

Subjects included the Holocaust and post-war Europe, while he was also fascinated with his home country Wales and the writings of Dylan Thomas.

He had been been born in Askern, Yorkshire but the family moved back to their home town Abertillery when he was three.

Selway enrolled at arts school in Newport at 15 and continued studying around National Service before getting a place at London's Royal College of Art.

There he was known as an unusual figure as a "boy from Wales who already had his own dealer in tow".

He recalled he was making more money from his work at 22 than Hockney was.

"I probably kept reasonable pace with that group of people for about five years and then I realised that my work was not the sort of work that was going to make a lot of money anyhow".

Selway taught at Newport for more than 25 years before retiring in 1991.

In recent years he divided his time between his homes in Abertillery and Spain, as well as discovering the potential of digital art.

Surgery had affected his ability to speak but Selway was working until the week before his death from cancer on illustrations for a new edition of Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan.

A biography by writer Jon Gower is due out early next year.

Publisher Richard Frame, a former student, said: "As time went by I began to realise what an important Welsh artist he was d that his work was under-appreciated".