All smiles at new Trimsaran Community Primary School

Trimsaran Community Primary School is the latest school to be delivered through Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme.
The £6.8 million new building opened its doors September 2017 and caters for children aged between 3 to 11, with 30 nursery places and a Flying Start facility.
It has state of the art facilities and first class accommodation designed for both school and community use.
The building was jointly funded between the County Council and Welsh Government through the 21stCentury Schools initiative.
Already, the new school has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and is a Passivhaus accredited building.
Trimsaran headteacher, Sharon Owen said: “The building has been a dream for a number of years and, with much pride, we realize that dream.
The education provided at the school has always been a strength and today, with new resources and facilities, we see our pupils thrive with renewed eagerness and enthusiasm so that they achieve their potential in a l…

Scarlets new boy Kieron Fonotia at his first press conference at Parc y Scarlets

New Scarlets recruit Kieron Fonotia starts this press conference at Parc y Scarlets by talking about his international prospects with Samoa.
This is an edited version of the press conference. A fuller version will appear at the weekend.

Ospreys add Wales Sevens star to squad for World Cup in San Francisco

Wales Sevens star Luke Morgan will link up with Ospreys following his involvement in this month’s World Cup in San Francisco. The 26-year-old from Bridgend is Wales’ leading try- and points - scorer of all time, and ended the 2017/18 World Rugby Sevens Series second in most tries scored (44) – with only the USA’s Carlin Isles touching down on more occasions (49) across the campaign. Morgan, who came through the development pathway at the Ospreys and played one senior game for his home region as a teenager, follows former Wales Sevens teammate Sam Cross, who joined the Liberty Stadium based region last pre-season, with Cross’ move being made permanent in March. Head coach Gareth Williams says the agreement with Ospreys is another example of the good relationship between the sevens programme and regional rugby, and how sevens aids player development as a part of the pathway. “This is a great opportunity for Luke following his achievements on the World Series," says Williams. "It’…

Summer Reading Challenge starts for Carmarthenshire children

Children are being urged to take part in this year’s free Summer Reading Challenge.
This year’s challenge, which launched on Saturday, July 14, is Mischief Makers, celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic.
To take part, all children need to do is to head to their local library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their reading journey.
Visit Ammanford, Carmarthen or Llanelli town libraries along with any of the 15 local community libraries and the three mobile library vans in Carmarthenshire, to be able to enter a competition for the most read books over the summer to win a family ticket to a Pantomime near you.
As children read at least six library books over the summer, they will collect stickers which will help them crack the clues and help Dennis, Gnasher and friends find the buried treasure!
The Summer Reading Challenge, a unique partnership between The Reading Agency and public libraries across the UK, last year got ov…

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Shortage of GPs to cover the Out of Hours service in Carmarthenshire overnight

Update on Out of Hours Service in Carmarthenshire – Thursday 21 June 2018
Press release from Hywel Dda University Health Board:
We are currently experiencing a shortage of GPs to cover the Out of Hours service in Carmarthenshire overnight tonight.
Efforts are continuing until the last possible moment to fill the shifts affected.
Clinical staff will be available to make an assessment of your condition and refer you to an appropriate destination should an urgent face-to-face review be required. In the meantime, there are other services that can help you if you are unwell:
for health information and advice, including online symptom checkers, please visit NHS Direct Wales: 111 – they can help to signpost you to the right service, for example a GP, nurse, pharmacist or Minor Injury Unit, they also provide health information on a wide range of conditions for self care if appropriateattend a minor injury unit, available at Glangwili Hospital and Prince Philip Ho…

Three former Llanelli RFC Rugby Union players have been inducted into the Hall of Fame at St Helens

Three former Llanelli RFC Rugby Union players have been inducted into the Hall of Fame at St Helens Rugby League Football Club.
The three are Kel Coslett, Roy Mathias and John Warlow.
All three are keen followers of the Scarlets Rugby Union region and have been regular visitors to Stradey Park and Parc y Scarlets down the years.
The three were at St Helens Rugby League club for the unveiling of their portraits in the Hall of Fame.
John Warlow Kel Coslett Roy Mathias About Kel Coslett: He played representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales, and at club level for Aberavon RFC, and Llanelli RFC, as a goal-kicking full-back, representative level rugby league (Rl) for Wales, and at club level for St. Helens (captain), and Rochdale Hornets as a toe-end kicking style (rather than round the corner kicking style) goal-kicking fullback, prop, second-row, or loose forward/lock, i.e. number 1, 8 or 10, 11 or 12, or 13, and coached at club level for Rochdale Hornets, Wigan, and St. Helens.