Showing posts from April 18, 2010

Jacob is a boccia star in Cardiff

A boccia player from Bethesda in Pembrokeshire was a winner in the Welsh Boccia National Competition in Cardiff on Sunday.
Jacob Thomas, who had been training with GB squad in Bath earlier in the week, played outstandingly, reaching the final by winning all his games.
Jacob played James Ciaburro in the final of the BC3 category and won 7-0. The BC3 is one of four categories in the championship.
The 15-year-old was among four players from the Crymych Panthers who took part in the competition at the Welsh Institute of Sport.
The other three players were Sian Jones, James Pugh, and Jenny Bartholomew-Biggs.
All three played very well but unfortunately did not progress to the semi finals.
Angela Miles, Disability Sports Development Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council, congratulated Jacob on his success, and added:
"It is great that this year Pembrokeshire had four players at the Nationals, all of whom played well and learnt from their experience."

Ash and David screening at Carmarthen festival

Two students from Trinity University in Carmarthen will be aiming to make their mark at the Myrddin Shorts film festival being staged in the town on the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Ash Roberts will be screening Delivery and David Evans will be showing Down in a Hole.
Ash Roberts is a third-year student currently studying a degree in Media Studies at Trinity University College.
Delivery is one of his many films in a portfolio that spans over six years of experience, which includes work in graphic design, web authoring and design, visual and audio editing, film and radio work (including script writing), animation and game mechanics and design.
In future he hopes to pursue a career in either graphic or web design as he finds practical work a lot more worthwhile as it expresses his creative side.
Delivery synopsis -
Delivery is about an innocent and simple Postman named Kenneth who becomes redundant and mistakes his compensation as a bonus.
He is then misled into accepting another job by Levi, whe…

Isabelle in British championships - aged 11

A swimmer aged just 11 has qualified for the prestigious British National Swimming Championships this summer in Sheffield.
Isabelle Davies will compete with around 32 of the UK's best swimmers in each event.
This is the first year she has qualified, and has done so in four events - the 800m freestyle, the 1500m freestyle, the 200m butterfly and the 400m individual medley.
Isabelle has come through the Pembrokeshire Aquatics pathway, learning to swim at Fishguard Leisure Centre, moving to Fishguard Flyers and also attending school swimming at Ysgol Wdig.
She then developed her talent at Fishguard Flyers and is now training with Pembrokeshire County Performance squad.
Currently coached by Paul Dowey, Pembrokeshire leisure's swimming development coach, Isabelle has also received much valuable coaching from the Fishguard Flyers.
Paul said Isabelle is a talent for the future. "The hard work and input from the volunteer coaches at Fishguard Flyers has undoubtedly given Isabelle a bas…

Fishguard customs man Bill remembered

A former Fishguard customs officer, who helped guard the Pembrokeshire coast for over 20 years, has been remembered in the town.
WPD ‘Bill' Manley came to Fishguard in 1939 and headed the customs service at the port until 1962.
Now a plaque has been put up in his memory on a bench at his favourite viewing spot along the town's Marine Walk.
The plaque was put up by Pembrokeshire County Council's maintenance team at the request of Mr Manley's son, Dr Gerald Manley.
"He loved Marine Walk and the north Pembrokeshire coastline. When he first came down to Fishguard from working in London's East End Docks he would write us ecstatic letters home about the place," said Dr Manley.
"He used to say that the view from Marine Walk overlooking the fort and Dinas Head was the best in the world and I think he was right."
Brian Maddocks, Pembrokeshire County Council's Head of Maintenance, said they were happy to help remember someone who had such a long and happy a…

Pembrokeshire pupils fly flag at book awards

Four pupils from Pembrokeshire will be representing the county at a major children's book award ceremony.
Jordan James and George Higgins-Washbrook from Ysgol Bro Gwaun in Fishguard and Emily Williams and Ben Watson from Johnston Primary School will be taking part in the Red House Children's Book Award ceremony in Birmingham next month.
The Red House Children's Book Award is unique in that the winners are chosen solely by youngsters and thousands of children from across the UK, including Pembrokeshire, will be taking part in the vote.
The Pembrokeshire four were chosen to represent their County because of the large number of books they have read.
Jordan James read 31 novels between last October and this February while his Year Seven compatriot George Higgins-Washbrook read 26 novels. Pupils from Johnston recorded the largest return of votes.
Following the children's vote, the award organisers compile a top ten list of children's books - four picture books, three books f…

Value for money at Carmarthen Town

Value for money is the name of the game when it comes to advertising your business with Carmarthen Town AFC.
The club has a number of advertising opportunities designed to suit even the smallest business. For example –
• The annual fixture calendar. This eye-catching – and very well read - poster is distributed at 300 key locations in Carmarthen and up to 20 miles beyond. The season’s match fixtures form the centrepiece, with generous advertising space on the surround. Cost: £75 (excluding VAT).
• Match sponsorship. This guarantees admission for two, a free meal for two in the hospitality suite, a bottle of house wine, a free match programme and an advertisement in a prominent spot in the match programme. The sponsorship also guarantees a mention on the Richmond Park public address system. Cost: £100 (exc VAT)
• Match ball sponsorship, Match programme sponsorship, Players’ refreshments sponsorship, There are three separate opportunities for businesses here. All guarantee admission for two…

Llanelli Reds keep title hopes alive

The Llanelli Reds beat Rhyl by 3 goals to 1 at Stebonheath Park on Thursday night to ensure that the Welsh Premier League Championship race goes to the wire on Saturday.
Andrew Pearson put the visitors ahead after 17 minutes but goals from Jordan Follows (19) and Rhys Griffiths (29 and 73 pen) finished off a memorable night for the Reds after the pressure of playing games every other day made the going tough for the players.

Sevens rugby date at Aberystwyth

May Day bank holiday weekend will see more than 2500 visitors descend on Aberystwyth University’s Blaendolau playing fields for Rugby 7s - the sporting event of the year.
Attracting a variety of players across a spectrum of backgrounds and abilities, Rugby 7s is now in its 12th successful year as an Aberystwyth University Guild of Students event.
The event is organised by the Athletic Union at the Guild of Students and receives input and guidance from Aberystwyth University’s Sports Centre, Mid Wales Referees, Llanelli and District Referees, WRU, Machynlleth and Aberystwyth Rugby Football Clubs.
This year’s Rugby 7s weekend will take place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May at Blaendolau playing fields, Aberystwyth.
A estimated 900 players across four leagues will compete for a variety of trophies and cash prizes as well as the coveted Rugby 7s cup.
The Men’s and Women’s leagues have been sponsored by local Aberystwyth businesses, The Royal Pier and The Academy.
Car parking facilities, a fu…

Owen premieres Brothers at Carmarthen festival

One of the budding film-makers aiming to make his mark at the Myrddin Shorts film festival in Carmarthen on the May Bank Holiday weekend is Owen Alan Richards.
Richards is a third-year Media Studies student at Trinity University College, Carmarthen, and is very interested in the post-production aspect of film making and directing.
For three years he has been writing and directing films and radio plays, together with his web design work, animation and audio/visual editing, which he considers to be his strength.
He prefers to concentrate on the practical side and likes to convey it through his work.
Richards will be showing Brothers at the film festival.
Brothers (2010)
Aces High (2009)
Kickin' Krime with Sandra & Bullock (2008)
Brothers synopsis -
Brothers is about three siblings who lose their parents and have to deal with life on their own. They must find ways of paying their way and living with each other without their parents around.
Cast - Will Bourdillon, Rhys Morgan, A…

Reds Under-19s win

The Llanelli Reds U19s had a hard fought win at Pontardawe Town last night as they beat the home side 2-1.
Craig Frater put the Reds ahead in the 43rd minute only for Ponty to equalise in the 50th minute.
The U19s then took a leaf out of Manchester United’s book when an own goal in the 92nd minute won them the points!
The U18s were also in action as they won away at Corus Steel in Port Talbot. Kristian Corbisiero (2) and Jonathan Jordan scored the goals to win the points.
The U19s are home at Stebo next Monday night (26th April ) when they entertain Bryntirion Athletic (7 30) and the U18s are at Stebo the following night when they play Afan Lido (KO 7.30pm).

Floodlights on at Carmarthen

A couple of pics (not very good, I admit) of the floodlit game between Carmarthen Town AFC and Haverfordwest on Tuesday night.
The Richmond Park ground is now fully licensed up to UEFA European league standard.

Jeff Thomas to stand down at Carmarthen Town

Carmarthen Town AFC has announced that Jeff Thomas will shortly stand down as chairman of the Welsh Premier League side.
Mr Thomas, pictured above, has been at the helm for the last 14 years, a period of unprecedented success on and off the football field.
Carmarthen’s achievements during his years of office include -
• Taking part in three Welsh Cup Finals, winning once
• Taking part in two League Cup Finals, winning once
• Consistently finishing in the top six of the Welsh Premier League
• 10 European Cup appearances
• Helping to bring the ground up to UEFA European standard with European games held at Richmond Park. Capacity of 2,500 includes 1056 seats in their grandstand
• Opening of a new state of the art Community Centre, just completed at a cost of £400,000 incorporating Social Club, Match Hospitality Suites with conference facilities and meeting rooms available for hire.
Mr Thomas said the search was now on for a successor.
The ideal candidate to take over as the new chairman of Carmar…

Ammanford man fined for litter

A man has been fined £75 for dropping litter in Ammanford Park.
The council’s environmental enforcement officers were on patrol in the area and issued the man with a fixed penalty notice.
Failure to pay could lead to prosecution in the magistrates court and a maximum fine of £2,500.
It is now hoped this fine will act as a warning to would-be litter louts.
Head of Street Scene David Hughes said: “Dropping litter is against the law, whether it is discarding rubbish from a vehicle, throwing cigarette ends or spitting out chewing gum.
“This type of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and the culprits will face hefty fines.”
Carmarthenshire County Council is working hard to clean up the county. On average 40 tonnes of litter is removed every week at a cost of over £2.1 million per year.
Litter is also a blight on the landscape, takes years to degrade, and can cause harm to wildlife.
Residents with any information on littering are being asked to contact Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 23456…

Ammanford man fined for dog mess

A man has been fined £75 for failing to clean up after his dog in the Myddynfych area of Bonllwyn, Ammanford.
Council environmental enforcement officers were on patrol in the area and issued the man with a fixed penalty notice.
Failure to pay could lead to prosecution in the magistrates court where the maximum penalty that can be imposed is £1,000.
Enforcement officers regularly carry out patrols across the county and irresponsible dog owners are being warned to clean up or pay up.
The council’s Head of Street Scene David Hughes said: “Dog faeces left anywhere is a serious health risk and although the majority of residents take their responsibilities seriously, there is still a small minority who do not listen.
“Those caught flouting the law will be prosecuted. The council is determined to stop the problem of dog fouling in Carmarthenshire and improve the environment for both residents and visitors.”
The public are being asked to help identify those responsible. Anyone with any information …

Carmarthenshire advice on the ash disruption

Carmarthenshire Trading Standards is urging air passengers whose flights have been delayed or cancelled due to the volcanic dust blown over to the UK from Iceland to make sure they know their rights.
Passengers should contact Consumer Direct Wales for advice.
They have the following rights under the Regulation 261/2004 Air Passenger Rights.
* Consumers in this instance are entitled to a refund or re-routing if the flight is cancelled;
* If re-routing is offered from an alternative location, the airline shall bear the cost of transferring;
* In the event of re-routing, the consumer is entitled to meals and refreshments, hotel accommodation (if necessary), transport between airport and accommodation, two free telephone calls, faxes or e-mails;
* In the event of delay, where the delay is over two hours, they are entitled to refreshments, hotel accommodation, transport and telephone calls etc.;
* If the delay is over five hours, consumers are also entitled to a refund or re-routing.

Keep your name in the frame at Richmond Park

Keeping your name in the frame is the key to making sure you score in the world of business.
And Carmarthen Town AFC recognises that it pays to advertise, putting together a series of different packages to appeal to sponsors.
Carmarthen Town AFC’s ground at Richmond Park is one of the finest stadiums in the Welsh Premier League, a competition which attracts frequent TV coverage and widespread publicity in the newspaper press, on radio and on the internet.
Putting your name pitchside at Richmond Park is one of the best opportunities to promote your business at Carmarthen Town AFC.
A prime spot ground advertising hoarding in an excellent TV vantage point costs £350 (excluding VAT). *
There are mid-range advertising hoardings in good TV vantage points available at £300 (exc VAT). Finally, there are advertising hoardings which are prominent for the grandstand, but offer no guaranteed TV view. These cost £250 (exc VAT).
Another very cost-effective way of advertising with Carmarthen Town AFC is t…

Carmarthen 2 Haverfordwest 2

CPD Caerfyrddin / Carmarthen AFC
Carmarthen Town still in 11th, but can go 10th if they win their final game of the season on Saturday.

New WRU company secretary a Llanelli boy

WalesOnline - Business - Business News - Career path of the WRU company secretary
Gareth Williams was born in Llanelli and spent a year at Llanelli Grammar School where his father taught English.

Sheltered housing boost for William

Pensioner William Dix is one of the older people in Carmarthenshire being helped to stay independent for longer by moving into sheltered housing.
Mr Dix, of Llanelli, who is 76, recently moved into sheltered housing at Llwyn yr Ynys, Llwynhendy, from a three-bedroom council house.
He said: “I was living on my own and am very pleased with my new home. I’m still living in the same community and am able to keep in contact with family and friends.
“I had difficulty climbing stairs and steps and had a large garden that needed looking after. It will be far easier for me to manage here.”
The council offers a range and options to support older people safely and securely in their own homes enabling then to enjoy life with dignity and respect. It is however recognised that staying in the family home is not always possible. In instances where age or illness make it impossible to remain in a larger home the council and a couple of Housing Association partners offer alternative housing within Sheltere…

A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse . . .

Down Llanelli beach yesterday -
Member of Llanelli's 'travelling community': "Oi, mate, you see a white horse anywhere?"
Me (a lover of horses, but not the roaming variety): "Er, yes, just seen one near Sandy Bridge."
Didn't hang around to see if Mr Traveller got the joke when he reached the White Horse Inn!

Family fun in Llanybydder

Tenants and residents in Llanybydder have been given the opportunity to say what is important to them about the area where they live.
They have been working together with Carmarthenshire County Council Housing staff. The Delivering the Environmental Works Project Group surveyed households living in council sites in Llanybydder to find out what is important to them about where they are living.
The results of the survey where launched in a fun family event held in Bro Einon, Llanybydder.
The day was a great success with lots of information and advice on the main concern from the survey, which was dog fouling.
There was information and ideas gathering to assist in the development of the biggest request from the survey, which is for the local woodland area to be developed sympathetically for use by the community.
Other highlights of the day where a visit by CHES, the polar bear mascot for the Carmarthenshire Home Energy Advice Service, face painting, play activities, refreshments, a prize draw…

It's a Knockout day for youngsters!

Easter holidays went down a treat for young people in the Amman and Gwendraeth areas thanks to Carmarthenshire Council’s Youth Service.
A range of activities were held throughout the break, and the It’s a Knockout event, held at Parc Golwg yr Aman, was a blast at the end of the holidays.
Young people from across the two areas and beyond got together to enjoy a day of fun inflatables and obstacle courses.
Rhys Jones, Senior Youth Worker for the Amman and Gwendraeth Areas said:“We had a fantastic turn out over the holidays and I’m so glad we can offer these activities to young people free of charge.
“Our aim as a service is to put on a range of activities for young people during and out of term time in order to help develop their skills and to tackle mischief on the streets.
“The team has plenty to offer and all young people are welcome to attend any of our clubs and initiatives.”
To get involved in activities in the Amman and Gwendraeth areas, please contact the Glanaman Youth Resource Centr…

Cerys Matthews plays Llanelli

It was the night they ran out of cider at Theatr Elli, Llanelli.
Singer and musician Cerys Matthews, who went to school in St Michael's in Llanelli, played to a full house at Theatr Elli, Llanelli.
It was the first time she had appeared on stage in the town’s theatre, despite having sat in the audience a number of times as a former pupil of St Michael’s School.
Cerys, who shot to fame in the 90s with Welsh rock band Catatonia, was on tour following the release of her first album in two years ‘Don’t Look Down’ which also makes history as the first album to be released by an artist in Welsh and English versions simultaneously.
Recorded at sessions in Nashville, Seattle, London, Providence and Rhode Island, ‘Don't Look Down' was written, produced and recorded by Cerys along with Mason Neely.
It shows off her voice – raw and full of emotion - like never before.
Some subtle lighting and an empty stage of just a few candles and three chairs (for Cerys and her two musicians) created a …

They know their oats at Aberystwyth!

The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University is leading a major new study to develop improved varieties of oats that will provide significant economic and environmental benefits for growers, millers, and the dairy, beef and poultry industries.
Quality Oats (QUOATS), a £4.9m five year project funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Defra, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Government, is also expected to enhance health benefits as more and more people turn to oats as part of a healthier diet.
Increased demand for safe, healthy and nutritious food or feedstuff, together with increased agricultural energy and fertiliser costs and the need to farm in a more sustainable manner are among the drivers behind the study according to Dr Athole Marshall (pictured above), head of the Oat Breeding Programme at IBERS.
“Oats are a valuable break crop in cereal rotations reducing disease and weed problems…

Scorsese influences Jonathan's film

One of the budding film-makers aiming to make his mark at the Myrddin Shorts film festival in Carmarthen on the May Bank Holiday weekend is Jonathan Evans.
Evans has directed The Taming of Charlie Langford.
From an early age, Evans wanted to be making films.
After being heavily influenced by his film idols Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, Evans started filming short films such as “The other side” and “Afterglow”.
He also writes comedy screenplays and began his interest in writing at the very early age of seven.
It is Martin Scorsese’s dark comedy “The King of Comedy” that influenced his latest film “The Taming of Charlie Langford” – a project that has been eight years in the making.
He assembled a talented and committed cast and crew for the filming who were immediately interested in the project due to the tightly entertaining script he had written.
Recently he gave an interview where he expressed his desire in film making - “Making films is such a rewarding experience for all collabo…

Quote of the day

"None of those three would ever have got to a Fifteen to One play-off" - TV quiz show host William G Stewart on the similarity of the prime-ministerial debate line-up to one of his finals.

Bucket collection at crunch game

There will be a bucket collection tonight (see post below) to raise money for the Carmarthen Town AFC EMC Services sponsored Community Programme and the club's two nominated charities for this season.
They are:
Carmarthen and District Hearing Impaired Group
Founded in 1983 they arrange a programme of Speakers and other events providing the necessary equipment and transport to ensure members can take advantage of their facilities.
The Megan and Trevor Griffiths(Bronwydd)Trust
Founded in 1990 to promote the welfare and independence of disabled people, providing respite care breaks for adults with learning disabilities and also award small grants for equipment and services.
In addition eight supporters will be undertaking a sponsored cycle ride from Cefn Mawr (Wrexham) to Carmarthen to arrive in time for kick off against Cefn Druids on Saturday 24th April.
Meanwhile, for the remainder of the season there is a sale in the Carmarthen Town shop.

Crunch night for Carmarthen Town

With the season into its last week, Carmarthen Town have two vital games to win if they are to retain Welsh Premier status.
In a game that could seal the future of both clubs, Town entertain Haverfordwest County on tonight in what could well be a 'winner takes all' affair before welcoming Elements Cefn Druids to Richmond Park for the final game of the season on Saturday.
Manager Deryn Brace said: “We have to be confident, we know we can get there. We have two difficult games but I’m confident we have the character and commitment to get the results. Haverfordwest are a decent outfit. They have taken points off TNS, Rhyl and Llanelli so we know they can rise to the big occasion.
“There are several players that that have played for both clubs, so it will be an intriguing affair. Both sides will obviously fancy their chances.
“I think our strength is mobility and a little bit more power. Haverfordwest have got good pace and goal scorers. They’ve probably got one of the hottest goal sc…

Snooker legends in Llanelli

There are still a few tickets left for the Snooker Legends night down at the Terry Griffiths Matchroom on 12th May.
The night features Jimmy White and Cliff Thorburn - contact 01554 774494 or email: to book.

Sandy fast food outlet is the real thing!

You've got to smile at this fast food van on the Sandy Water Park roundabout in Llanelli.
It's at the old Weslec store by Sandy Bridge.
The neat design is now in the shape of a can of Coca Cola.
Before the paint job, it was a can of Branston beans.
See earlier post -
Below is the view of the hatch open for business.

Heritage day in Pontyates

A heritage open day is being held in Pontyates on Saturday, April 24.
The Pontyates and District Local History group is holding the event at the Welfare hall from 11am until 4pm.
Visitors will get another chance to see the group's photographic exhibition.
People are being urged to call in for a cup of tea and a chat and to bring stories, memories, old photos or documents to help the group record the history of the community.

Jones unveils Joshua's Secrets at festival!

One of the budding film-makers aiming to make her mark at the Myrddin Shorts film festival in Carmarthen on the May Bank Holiday weekend is Helen Marie Jones.
Jones will be screening Joshua's Secrets.
Jones was brought up in the Swansea Valleys and attended a Welsh secondary school.
This led her to perform in Eisteddfodau and in many school productions which have been recognised across the South Wales valleys.
Her love for performing expanded to a new level to making films.
This interest began by studying media studies at A level.
Currently, Jones is a third-year student at Trinity University College, Carmarthen.
She has explored the many different aspects of film and media, which has led to an interest in writing and directing short films.
Her favourite part of the filming process is to search for locations and editing.
Jones takes great pride in her three films that she has written, directed and edited as a part of her course at Trinity.
Her favourite film so far is her second year prod…

Llanelli make it an all-West final

Pembrokeshire players turn out for Wales

Six Pembrokeshire hockey players turned out for Wales.
Stacey John from Milford Haven and Ceri Jenkins and Sophie Rees form Haverfordwest travelled to Glasgow to play three Under-18 Test matches against Scotland.
Meanwhile, Under-16 players Hannah Lewis from Tenby and Charlotte Harries and Chloe Sinnott from Fishguard and Goodwick travelled to Wrexham for their three matches against Scotland.
The under-18s won one, drew one and lost one, while the under-16s lost their matches.
The girls were picked to play for Wales after initially taking part in a Pembrokeshire performance development centre last autumn. From the centre 11 girls were chosen for the Regional Hockey Academy in Swansea.
After weeks of intense training at the Academy six were then selected to represent Wales in the test matches this Easter.
Angela Miles, hockey development officer for Sport Pembrokeshire -Pembrokeshire County Council's sports development arm - said she was delighted at their success.
"They've put i…

Reds Under-19s now in semi-finals

The Llanelli Reds Under-19s reached the semi-finals of the Macwhirter Welsh Youth League Cup on Sunday when they defeated Newport YMCA at Stebonheath 4-2.
The Reds goals were scored by Declan John (2) and Rikki Evans (2).
After going 4-0 up the Reds let the visitors back into the game and the scoreline ended up 4-2 in the Reds favour.
The only downside of the afternoon was the red card shown to defender Ryan Batley, who now misses selection for the 1st team for the Neath game.
The Reds U18s won their South Wales FA Youth League game at Cardiff-based side Les Croupiers Casino by 4-2. The Reds goals coming from Gethin Davies (2) James Beckett and Josh Tomkins.
The Under-16 side beat Swansea City at Llanerch by the only goal of the game which was scored by Joe Parker in the 50th minute.
The Under-14s lost their game against the Swans 8-3. The Reds goals were scored by Liam W Evans, James Taylor and Ross Carter.
The U12 side also played against the Swans and went down to a heavy 10-0 defeat.

Tyre amnesty in Carmarthenshire

A tyre amnesty is being held in Carmarthenshire.
Residents can take advantage of this one-off opportunity to get rid of any unwanted tyres free of charge.
The amnesty is being run by Tidy Towns, a Welsh Assembly Government-funded initiative which is delivered in partnership by Carmarthenshire County Council and Keep Wales Tidy.
Residents from Carmarthenshire only can take their unwanted tyres (up to 10 per household, on or off the wheel rim) to a number of sites across the county to dispose of them free of charge instead of paying a fee.
At present, tyre companies attach a charge to any tyres that are disposed of at their business.
It is hoped the amnesty will encourage householders to dispose of their waste responsibly and discourage fly-tipping which is not only a blight on the landscape, but costs local authorities millions of pounds every year to clean up and causes harm to wildlife and the environment.
Tidy Towns project officer Kelly Shefford said: “The UK produces around 450,000 tonn…

Junior international off - because of ash!

The Belgium v Switzerland Under-16 international scheduled for Wednesday night at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli, has been cancelled due to flights into the UK being suspended due to the Icelandic volcano situation.

Mark aiming to make film festival mark!

One of the budding film-makers aiming to make his mark at the Myrddin Shorts film festival in Carmarthen on the May Bank Holiday weekend is Mark Howells
As a student in his final year of a Film Studies degree course at Trinity University College, Howells is heavily involved with all aspects of filmmaking.
He has created several short films, acting as both writer and director.
He is also a member of an unsigned band, Ruby Surge, for which he directs music videos.
Howells has a passion for visual arts and creativity drives his ambition to learn and develop as a professional filmmaker.
‘Bad Blood’ (2010) – Writer, Director
‘Solace’ (2010) – Writer, Director

Bad Blood synopsis -
Matt wakes up alone on a beach and can’t get home; the only person he knows in the area is a mysterious stranger he met the day before.
Cast- Tom Goodridge, Jason Keith Platt, Osian Cai Dulais, Siwan Humphreys
Written and Directed by- Mark Howells
Approx Running Length- 13 mins

The word journalists would like to dump!

Journalism jobs and news from
Spelling survey results on Hold The Front Page.
The percentage of journalists who misspelt each of the ten words was as follows (figure for national population in brackets.)
Embarrassed: 25pc (54pc)
Millennium: 16pc (43pc)
Accidentally: 16pc (26pc)
Liaison: 12pc (46pc)
Separate: 11pc (25pc)
Accommodation: 10pc (36pc)
Definitely: 7pc (37pc)
Attempted: 1pc (8pc)
Appeared: 0.5pc (6pc)
Friend 0.2pc (3pc)
The survey showed the word journalists would most like to see spelt differently is 'diarrhoea'.

Tory implies Rhodri Morgan is still First Minister

Forum meeting for Carmarthenshire charities

Carmarthenshire Third Sector Health and Wellbeing Forum will meet on Thursday 29th April 2010 from 11.00 am at CAVS (the Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services HQ), The Mount, Carmarthen.
The forum will be preceded by CAVS Generic Forum from 9.30am to 11.00am and followed from 1.30pm by a facilitated workshop focusing on Sustainability – Building a Positive Brand (to which all forum members are actively invited to attend).
A presentation on the Trust’s Volunteer for Health Project will be given and a buffet lunch will be provided from 1.00pm to 1.30pm.
For more details about the forum please contact Debbie Bence, Health and Social Care Facilitator, 01267 228817, email

Shelter workshops for Carmarthenshire

The Sheltercymru charity is holding information workshops in Carmarthenshire during May and June.
The 'Information matters to rural communities' project is working to help people in rural communities who are experiencing housing and financial difficulties, poverty and rural isolation.
Local volunteers, community workers and professionals can attend the free workshops and receive expert training on housing, debt and welfare benefits.
There will be an opportunity to discuss problems that are relevant to individual communities.
By attending you will:
* Participate in case study led sessions
* Be better equipped to identify problems and find possible solutions
* Gain greater knowledge to assist your community
* 07 May 2010 Llandysul
* 10 May 2010 Llanelli
* 14 May 2010 Haverfordwest
* 25 May 2010 Aberystwyth
* 08 June 2010 Newcastle Emlyn
* 15 June 2010 Narberth
Time 10 am – 2 pm, Complementary lunch & refreshments
Don’t let your community miss out – limited spaces availab…

Fraudster sentenced over £34m pyramid scheme

BBC News - Kent fraudster sentenced over £34m pyramid scheme
Lots of people from Llanelli and West Wales suffered at the hands of the KF Concept scam.

Quote of the day

"Oprah does not do stairs" - What Oprah Winfrey reportedly told an art gallery owner when he told her the paintings she wanted to look at were on a different floor.

Welsh inspiration behind UK's favourite rock song

WalesOnline - Lifestyle - Music - Welsh inspiration behind UK's favourite rock song
Led Zep take Top 10 honours. But I think I might have put it behind Won't Get Fooled Again and Gimmer Shelter . . .
Absolute Classic Rock listeners’ top 10
1. Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven
2. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
3. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
4. Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta love
5. Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
6. The Who – Baba O’ Reilly
7. Led Zeppelin – Rock ’n’ Roll
8. Free – All Right Now
9. The Beatles – Revolution
10. The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

Fishguard pupils get their Duke awards

Duke of Edinburgh's Award holders from Ysgol Bro Gwaun in Fishguard have been presented with their certificates at the school's Prizegiving Evening.
The awards were presented by Anne Wakefield, Head of Lifelong Learning and Development at Pembrokeshire County Council.
The young people have achieved 12 Bronze Awards and 12 Silver Awards, and two sixth-formers have qualified as Award Leaders.
A Gold Award group from the school will be going to the Outer Hebrides this year as part of their award programme.

Dean gets the Llanelli final

Swansea referee Dean John will referee the Welsh Cup Final between Port Talbot Town and Bangor City at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday 1st May.KO 4.30pm

Llanelli Reds win - but it's a strain

The strain of playing six games in a 12-day period is beginning to tell on Llanelli Reds who struggled to overcome Welshpool 2-1.
Having established a two goal lead in the first half, a missed penalty by Rhys Griffiths just prior to the break almost proved costly, as the visitors pulled one back and were controversially denied an equaliser when the ball appeared to cross the line before being scooped out by Craig Morris.
The Reds claimed the three points at the close, but will not be satisfied with the overall performance, particularly with another three testing matches to come in the last week of the season.
LLANELLI; C. Morris; Phillips (Moses, 53); Jarman; S. Jones; Thomas; Venables; Bowen
Mumford (63); Warlow; Holloway (Legg, 69); Griffiths ©; Follows; Subs. not used; Hayes; John.
GOAL CHART; Llanelli – Griffiths, 34; Follows, 42.
Technogroup Welshpool – Stuart, 68.
YELLOW CARDS; Llanelli – Venables.
Technogroup Welshpool – Beattie.
MAN OF THE MATCH - Chris Venables.

Upgrade is Natalie's Carmarthen film festival entry

One of the budding young film-makers aiming to make her mark at the Myrddin Shorts film festival in Carmarthen on the May Bank Holiday weekend is Natalie Williams.
Williams is showing Upgrade at the festival.
Her passion for film has led her to explore many different aspects of digital video production, from screenwriting, to editing and directing.
Currently completing her BA Film Studies degree at Trinity University College, Carmarthen, the short films she has contributed is just the beginning. Her career objective is to be a feature film director.
‘Upgrade’ (2010) – Writer, Editor, Director
'Once Bitten’ (2010) – Writer, Editor, Director
'The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ (2010) – Writer, Editor, Director

Upgrade synopsis -
A young man, unhappy with his monotonous life, apparently discovers one day that he is a robot. But with a history of mental illness what are his friends to believe?
Cast - Bruce Harrison, Christopher Goldthorn, Tom Garrick.
Written and directed…

First away-win for Blues at Scarlets

WalesOnline - RugbyNation - Blues - First away-win for Blues at Scarlets
It was entertaining for the first half and then rather grim during the second for the Scarlets.

Swans keep play-off hopes alive

Swansea City 3 Barnsley 1
Come on, you Swans!

Glamorgan beat Middlesex to end wait for Lord's win

First all-3D cinema a coup for Carmarthen

WalesOnline - Lifestyle - Showbiz - First all-3D cinema a coup for Carmarthen – and for Wales
Is 3-D just a passing fad, or will it stick this time around? I wonder.

Dates for Carmarthen Town fans

Diary dates for Carmarthen Town AFC fans -
FINAL WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE GAME OF THE SEASON – SATURDAY 24TH APRIL 2010 v Elements Cefn Druids 2.30 at Richmond Park.
Cheer the first team on and welcome back the charity cyclists.
Also enjoy an entertaining quiz from 5.30 in the Clubhouse.
All welcome.
The meeting is open to all Vice Presidents and Season ticket holders. It will be held at 7.30pm in the Clubhouse at Richmond Park.
Deryn Brace will be providing feedback from the season and you can take the opportunity to develop the future strategy of the club.
This year’s event will commence at 8.00pm and will be held in the Clubhouse at Richmond Park.
This hot buffet night, at £6 a head, gives you the opportunity to honour the players and coaches of our football teams and their support/backroom team.
Come and see the player…