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GWR war hero takes train ride to celebrate 100th birthday

Former Great Western Railway driver Gordon Pritchard rode in the driver’s cab of a new Intercity Express Train as part of his 100th birthday celebrations. Te Second World War hero experienced GWR’s high-speed, bullet-style train when he joined current driver depot manager Ted Llewellyn in the cab from Swansea to Swindon – a journey he regularly made as a driver. Te 93-mile journey to Swindon was a far cry from transporting soldiers, goods and artillery across Asia and Europe in War

Gordon worked in the freight yards of Swansea before signing up for Militia training in 1939. Soon aſter his 20th birthday he was


Department locomotives. At Swindon, Gordon took a trip down memory lane with a tour of the town’s railway heritage STEAM Museum, where GWR presented him with a cake and framed picture.

Born in Swansea on November 30, 1919, Gordon leſt school at 14 and worked for a couple of

local butchers. He

then took a factory job in Birmingham before sitting his first GWR tests.

up, joining 190 Railway Operating Company, Royal Engineers. Aſter returning to work with GWR, Gordon successfully applied for a vacancy at Southall yard. Gordon’s career with GWR spanned freight and passenger trains and he would regularly drive the Swansea-London Paddington route. He later worked on the Port Tennant and Danygraig lines and transported coal from the pits in the Merthyr Valley to Swansea Docks before retiring in May 1983.

The Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School

The Bishop of Llandaff is an 11-18 mixed Church-in-Wales High School. We serve Christian and

non-Christian families within the city of Cardiff and surrounding areas, including Bridgend, The Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Parents of children in Year 6 are warmly invited to our

Rookwood Close, Llandaff Cardiff CF5 2NR Tel: 029 20562485

Email: Website:

on Thursday 10th October Tours of the school from 5.30pm until 7.30pm


Presentations from Marc Belli, Executive Headteacher at 5.30pm; 6.15pm and 7.00pm

The choice of secondary school can be one of the most challenging for parents. In choosing The Bishop of Llandaff be assured that your child will be joining a school which is recognised as ‘excellent’ in every area by Estyn and diocesan authorities.

Our examination performance is consistently amongst the best in the country (not just Wales!) and each year our students perform well above their expectations. In 2018, we celebrated another remarkable set of GCSE and A Level results. However, our school is not just about achievement in public examinations. Our students develop a broad set of skills which prepares them for adult life and they develop strong moral values built on

love, acceptance, responsibility and forgiveness. We believe these values help create a more tolerant society and help young people grow in character.

While we are proud of our students and their achievements in all aspects of school. We

are driven to ensure that we provide all our students with an exceptional education where they meet and exceed their expectations. We shall leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of excellence. We invite families who share this ambition to come and visit us!

Our school prides itself on being a positive, caring and inclusive community. We have the highest expectations of all our students and we work hard to ensure that all students, regardless of ability or background, leave us with exceptional outcomes, the skills to be successful in future life and a set of moral principles to enable them to be good citizens.

A copy of our prospectus can be downloaded from our school website and for more information please contact us at school

“A culture of extremely high expectations permeates all aspects of school” (Estyn)

16 - Friday 27th September 2019 - Cardiff & South Wales Advertiser

The top ten ways you’re damaging your car without realising

The team at CarShop Cardiff, has revealed the top 10 driving habits you probably didn’t know were damaging your car - and why you should avoid them.

1. Flooring the accelerator in a high gear Many cars have a gear shift indicator which suggests when to change gears. However, this indicator is usually based on the assumption that you’ll be cruising at the same speed, and isn’t always accurate if you’re continuing to accelerate. If you find you’re having to floor the accelerator in a high gear, you should shift down a gear for more power. Flooring the accelerator in a high gear means your engine is working extremely hard, which puts a lot of strain on your motor.

2. Overloading your car

While this may seem obvious, you might not realise how easy it is to overload your car. If you’ve got four passengers and luggage, it’s likely your car is already overloaded. Overloading your car puts strain on your brakes, drivetrain [the system in a motor vehicle which connects the transmission to the drive axles] and suspension. It can result in you having less control of your vehicle, and may also lead to very costly repairs.

3. Resting your hand on the gear stick In short, your gear stick is attached to what’s called a “selector fork” inside your transmission, which makes contact with rotating metal components every time you select a gear. However, when you rest your hand on the gear stick, this pressure may force the selector fork into the rotating components for a prolonged period, when you’re not even changing gear, causing it to wear out much more quickly than it usually would.

4. Riding the clutch

“Riding the clutch” refers to keeping your clutch partially pressed in. You’re most likely to do this when you’re in a queue of traffic, when you’re gently pressing and releasing the clutch to creep forward and stop rather than braking. The reason this is bad for your car is that it causes unnecessary friction between the clutch plate and flywheel - which could lead your clutch kit to an early grave, resulting in some costly repair fees.

5. Shifting into reverse before stopping In manual cars, if you put your car into reverse whilst still moving slightly forward, you will have to use the clutch more for your car to begin reversing - which adds more wear to your clutch and drivetrain. However, this is an even bigger problem in automatic cars, as it’s problematic for the transmission and will wear the transmission band considerably more.

6. Driving your car before it’s warmed up You shouldn’t turn on your car and immediately drive as it won’t have warmed up properly. This only takes a few seconds in modern cars, but in older cars this can take much longer. Once you turn your car on, you should watch your RPM gauge - your car will run at a high idle before dropping down to a lower RPM. Only after your RPM has dropped should you set off, as this means the oil has had time to properly lubricate the components in your car.

7. Keeping the clutch depressed when stationary Many drivers will wait at a traffic light with first gear engaged and the clutch depressed - but this is causing unnecessary wear on your clutch. When you don’t need to use the clutch pedal, don’t. It’s much better to put your car in neutral and use your handbrake while you’re stationary.

8. Braking just before a speed bump

When you apply your brakes your car nosedives and compresses the struts in your car. Whilst doing this, if you go over a speedbump, you run a high risk of the underside of your car grazing the bump.

The bump also forces your wheels upwards which further compresses your struts, adding unnecessary strain. Adjust your speed well before approaching a speed bump to avoid this.

9. Forgetting oil changes

Not changing your oil regularly has a large impact on your engine - as old oil becomes less and less efficient when it comes to lubricating its components. It’s recommended that oil, along with the oil filter, is changed every 3-6 months.

10. Forgetting to check tyre pressure You should regularly check the pressure of your tyres. Over inflated tyres decrease contact with road surface, which severely reduces control and handling. Under inflated tyres cause too much friction and leave you at risk of your tyres popping or “blowing out” - which could cause a severe accident.

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