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Happy New Year!

A very happy new year to everyone. Have a great 2012!

Clampdown on fly-tipping in Carmarthenshire

Fly-tipping Action Wales is making a fresh appeal for people in Carmarthenshire to think twice before getting rid of waste from their homes, in an early attempt to clamp down on fly-tipping over the festive season.
The call from the Welsh Government-funded partnership of more than 50 partner agencies comes as latest fly-capture figures* show the annual clean-up cost totalled £2.2 million last year (01 April 2010 – end March 2011). According to the official figures, released by Welsh Government, 4,941 cases of fly-tipping were reported during Christmas and New Year** across Wales.
With household budgets expected to be stretched this Christmas, the partnership is calling on people to make way for Christmas gifts in their homes by getting rid of unwanted goods, such as toys or electrical equipment, responsibly. Over the Christmas and New Year period, fly-tipping levels often rise and the partnership recommends using recycling services as much as possible.
Pippa Sabine, all Wales coordinator…

Safety event held for bikers in Bigyn

Safety awareness event held for bikers in Bigyn | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysDespite the bad weather, a good turnout was seen at a recent crime prevention and safety advice event organised by Dyfed Powys Police for motorcyclists in the Bigyn area of Llanelli. Around 19 people turned out in total, and the event was well supported by Fire Brigade, Bwlch Outreach Team, Coedcae Comprehensive School and Dyfed Powys Police’s Road Policing Unit.

New bid to tackle transit robberies

‘Follow That Van’ | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysDyfed Powys Police is putting measures in place to tackle potential cash-in-transit robberies. This follows arrests and prosecution following an incident in May last year where a van was targeted in Machynlleth.

The whip's been cracked - I'm back to work!

Christmas over - now back to work for a few days before the New Year bash!

Nadolig Llawen

Nadolig Llawen - Merry Christmas everyone!

Last chance to pick up a real Christmas Tree

Last chance to pick up a real Christmas Tree. Find a supplier on the Welsh Christmas Trees website -

'Shootings, riots and gang warfare' in Carmarthen

Shootings, riots and gang warfare - Carmarthen’s colourful history goes on show - Wales News - News - WalesOnline
With tales of shootings, riots and bitter gang warfare, a new exhibition has prompted comparisons between an 18th century Welsh town and Chicago’s Mafia-plagued 1920s.
Threats were even made to tear out the hearts of councillors in Carmarthen, documents on show at the County Museum in nearby Abergwili today show.

'Doctor Who' Christmas special: Review

'Doctor Who' Christmas special: Review -
Robert Lloyd (of the LA Times) reviews the Christmas Dr Who, part of which was filmed in Llanelli.,0,2055644.story

Christmas comes early at Llwynhendy School

Pupils and staff in Llwynhendy received an early Christmas present – a £6.6million state of the art new school.
The official opening of Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel took place with a special ‘festive themed’ ceremony and the unveiling of a plaque by Carmarthenshire County Council Chair Cllr Ivor Jackson.
The Welsh primary school, which has a capacity for 210 pupils and a nursery for 30 children, was built through the council’s Modernising Education Provision (MEP) programme.
The hi-tech, eco-friendly building opened its doors a few weeks ago after being completed ahead of schedule by contractors Kier Western.
An architectural design team from the council’s Property Services worked with the contractors to develop an inspiring learning environment. Its most iconic feature is the split level corridor which brings light into the building and creates space for pupils to display their artwork.
Work included a compete remodelling of the former school campus and the demolition of the old school whic…

Christmas Toybox Scheme a success

Hundreds of toys have been donated to help put a smile on young people’s faces this Christmas thanks to the Christmas Toybox Scheme.
The scheme, led by Carmarthenshire County Council, aims to make Christmas easier for those in difficult financial situations. Toys donated by members of the public have been sent to Myrtle House in Llanelli, Towy Community Church in Carmarthen, the Evangelical Church in Carmarthen and Communities First in Pantyffynnon; officers at these organisiations will ensure that the toys will reach the young people ready for Christmas.
Local Service Board users also supported the scheme; they included Hywel Dda Health Board, Dyfed Powys Police, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and Coleg Sir Gâr. The Llanelli Star, Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Guardian also supported the appeal.
The idea for the scheme was originated by Cllr Pam Palmer, Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board business manager. She said: “We are overwhelmed by the support we have …

Major regeneration project for Pendine

A major regeneration project is about to get underway in Pendine.
Carmarthenshire County Council has secured grant funding through the Green Seas Beach Improvement Programme which forms part of “Visit Wales” Environment for Growth(EG4) Coastal Tourism Project, which is part funded by the Convergence European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
Plans are being developed for a new promenade for the seaside village of Pendine, the proposals will seek to create a continuous promenade route along the waterfront that links in with the Wales Costal Path and other visitor destinations in the village.
The proposals will also include opportunities for the creation of new public open spaces and landscape features set within a distinctive, coordinated public realm. The £500,000 scheme will be developed in phases during the winter months to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.
The works are aimed at enhancing the seaside community and making it a must-see destination for v…

Christmas miracles at East Gate in Llanelli

Britannia Construction has performed miracles evolving the £25-million East Gate development off one of the busiest traffic roundabouts in Carmarthenshire.
Construction is well advanced and there are signs that elements of the development could be opening next summer ahead of the scheduled Autumn 2012 completion date.
Swansea Castle Roundabout at peak periods of the day has more than 3,000 vehicles entering it and hour, that’s nearly a car every second.
The only access to the East Gate site of the new Odeon Cinema, hotel and shops and office complex that is being developed is one of the five spurs off the roundabout.
Thousands of tonnes of steel and building blocks, more than 1,000 lorry movements of other building materials and other equipment have all been able to access the site with minimal disturbance to other road users and residents who flank the site on Stepney Place.
Hundreds of tonnes of spoil excavated on the site, has been largely retained within the site boundary and been used…

10 people saved thanks to Telecare

More than 10 people have been saved from the deadly poisons of carbon monoxide thanks to Telecare – a system which helps vulnerable people live independently at home.
Since April 2010, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Careline+ staff have dealt with 16 incidents where carbon monoxide detectors, installed as part of a Telecare package, have triggered an alarm and set an emergency response in action.
Whilst five of them turned out to be false alarms, the other 11 have been actual incidents where, if it were not for the alarm being triggered, may have led to deadly consequences for the residents.
Telecare manager Jeanette Munn said: “The most recent incident was only last week, where a carbon monoxide alarm was triggered and our Careline+ staff alerted the fire service. Fortunately, we were able to provide a quick response, as the chimney had become blocked and carbon monoxide gases were building up inside the property.
“We are very fortunate to have a good partnership with the fire service,…

Text messages on Christmas rubbish!

Residents in Carmarthenshire who have signed up to the council’s text messaging service will receive information on refuse/recycling collections over Christmas.
The messages from Carmarthenshire Direct keep the public up-to-date on a wide range of council services and facilities.
Short text messages are sent to customers in the language of their choice and can be stopped at any time.
It is particularly useful during the festive period and messages have already been sent to advise householders that there will be no refuse / recycling collections on Boxing Day. Collections between Monday, December 26 and Friday, December 30 will be made a day later than usual. Friday collections will be made on Saturday, December 31. Collections are back to normal from Monday, January 2.
Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Philip Hughes said: “We try to publicise the changes to refuse / recycling collections over the Christmas period as much as possible and this is an excellent way of informing …

Probe into Felinfoel assault

An investigation is underway after two brothers were assaulted in what they say was an unprovoked attack which happened in Felinfoel at 9pm on Monday 12th December. “One One of the brothers sustained a fractured cheekbone in the incident,” said Sergeant Eddie Donnelly. “The other cuts and bruising."The incident is reported to have taken place near Felinfoel Brewery and Salem Road. One of them has claimed that two members of a large gang have assaulted him and his brother. One of the men is described as white, aged 19 or 20, standing about 6ft tall. He was of large build, had a shaven head. He was wearing a navy blue baseball cap with a white frontal area, a white hoodie with sma…

Amman Towy warning on burglaries

Protect yourself from burglars | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysA number of burglaries at sheds and garages across the Amman Towy area have led officers to issue guidance and advice to prevent others becoming victims of crime.

Nine arrests in Powys fraud probe

Nine people have been arrested by Dyfed Powys Police following a fraud conspiracy investigation in Powys.
Officers have scrutinized over a 100 transactions in bank accounts linked with the suspects.
The nine will return to Newtown police station on Friday 23rd December 2011 by which time police will have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service regarding charges.
Detective Inspector Diane Davies confirmed that Operation Seashell, moved into arrest phase on Thursday 15th December.
She said, “This is a time of year where family finances can be pushed to the limit, it’s never a good time to be victim of a crime but the impact at this time is particularly hard hitting.”

Dyfed-Powys Police warn of computer scam

Police warn of computer scam | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysDyfed Powys Police are investigating a number of reports of a computer scam known as ransomeware.
Online criminals are attempting to extort funds from unsuspecting computer users by impersonating the Metropolitan Police and other police forces.
Users visiting certain infected websites have downloaded malware which locks their computer, the force’s eCrime officer Karen Burch warned.

Police assurance on Christmas service

Carmarthenshire police station public enquiry offices opening hours over the festive season | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysPolice in Carmarthen and Ammanford are reassuring the public in both towns that the Christmas closure of the front desk offices in the local stations will not affect policing in the town or deny people the chance to contact officers should they be needed.

Car windows smashed in Welshpool

Two vehicles had their windows smashed in the car park at Tesco, Welshpool at 12.50am on Sunday 18th December 2011. A man seen causing the damage was seen to walk off in the direction of the train station. If anyone saw this offence occurring or knows the identity of the offender then please contact to Welshpool Police Station on 101.

Pupils ready for final in All Wales School Crime Prevention Quiz

Regional winners get set for final in All Wales School Crime Prevention Quiz | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysPupils from four school in the Dyfed Powys Police force area visited police headquarters in Carmarthen recently for the force’s stage of a Wales wide crime prevention quiz.
The quiz is operated by the four Welsh forces as part of the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme for secondary schools.
One school from each of the four counties was at the event; St John Lloyd’s Roman Catholic School from Carmarthenshire, Penglais School from Ceredigion, Sir Thomas Picton School from Pembrokeshire and Builth Wells High School from Powys.

Chainsaw stolen near Welshpool

Sometime between Sunday 11th December and Wednesday 21st December a Stihl MS211 chainsaw, orange in colour has been stolen from the rear of an unlocked blue pick up in the Llanfair Caereinion area. Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Sara Tinnuche at Welshpool police station on 101.

Car vandal hunted in Newtown

Newtown police are appealing for witnesses or information to a criminal damage which occurred sometime between 8.30pm on Wednesday 21st December and 12pm on Thursday 22nd December in Lon Gwern, Trehafren, Newtown.
Someone has caused damage to a grey Audi A4 parked at the location by scratching both sides of the vehicle with a sharp tool.
Anyone with information should contact Newtown police on 101, or crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

New Special Constables start work

New Special Constables start work | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysA total of 19 new Special Constables were sworn in recently at their Attestation ceremony at Dyfed Powys Police HQ in Carmarthen. After six months of training they are already on the streets assisting colleagues over the busy Christmas period. The volunteer officers are stationed throughout Dyfed Powys and will work a minimum of 16 hours a month, undertaking various duties in their communities.

Llanelli shoppers’ dismay after HMV reveals store closure

Nice one re Evan Evans

Nice piece about the Evan Evans brewery in the Western Mail newspaper today.

Brewery and concert promoter hope to run jazz event

BBC News - Brecon Jazz: Brewery and concert promoter hope to run eventA Cardiff events company and Carmarthenshire brewery both say they are interested in securing the future of Brecon Jazz.
It follows the decision of the Hay Festival to end its three-year contract.
Promoters Orchard Media and Events said it intends registering "an expression of interest" to take over the Powys music event held every August.
Llandeilo brewer Evan Evans said it was also willing to help fund events.

Smashing breakfast at the BNI!

Smashing business breakfast this morning at the Diplomat Hotel, Llanelli, with the guys and girls of the BNI Business Network International.

Don't forget to pick up a tree!

Just two days to Christmas! Pick up a real tree from the Welsh Christmas Trees Cooperative  -

Warning on energy-saving scam

Carmarthenshire County Council Trading Standards officers are urging consumers to beware of rogue telephone cold callers offering energy saving devices.
Trading Standards Service departments across the country have reported hundreds of complaints about people claiming to be their energy supplier or working in partnership with them, offering a plug in device which they say can save them 40 per cent off their energy bills.
Trading standards have had a number of the items tested which not only failed to satisfy electrical safety standards but do not deliver any tangible energy savings.
Trading Standards Manager Roger Edmunds said: “Consumers are warned not to use the products as they pose a risk of fire and electrocution and a safety recall has been issued for the items traced so far.
“Unscrupulous criminals are using the rising energy prices as an opportunity to lure in cash strapped consumers – elderly people seem to have been deliberately targeted.
“The addresses the scammers give is that …

Safety checks at Ammanford Cemetery

Safety tests are to be carried out on memorials at Ammanford Cemetery.
The works are being undertaken by Carmarthenshire County Council for health and safety reasons.
The council has a legislative duty to ensure all memorials in this cemetery are in a safe and stable condition.
Testing will begin on the week commencing January 30 on memorials in section L. Memorials found to be in a dangerous condition will be fitted with a temporary support. Remedial works will then be carried out by local monumental masons.
Families affected will be contacted in writing and the cost of any re-instatement work will be paid for by the council.
Executive board Member for Technical Services Cllr Philip Hughes said: “I would like to reassure relatives that any headstones which fail the safety test and require remedial work will be restored to the same high standard as they were originally erected and that the works will be undertaken with respect and dignity. Furthermore, the full cost of any re-instatement w…

Career 'taster day' at Kidwelly construction firm

School pupils from Caraway and Swiss Valley Primary Schools in Carmarthenshire got a taste for a career in construction at a Construction Awareness Day held by local company Dyfrig Dalziel in conjunction with ConstructionSkills.
More than 30 pupils were involved in the day which, which was held at Dyfrig Dalziel’s site in Kidwelly and included visits from Keith Davies AM, Nia Griffith MP and Kidwelly Town Mayor Jeanette Gilasbey. Throughout the day pupils got to try their hand at a range of construction based activities from bricklaying, tiling and carpentry, through to recycling and building a miniature house.
The event highlighted the different career paths available to young people in the industry and reinforced the message that construction is a viable career choice for women as well as men and that young girls should serious consider a future in the industry.
ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and the Industry Training Board for the construction industry, supported Dy…

In the news today . . .

The latest 'View from Richmond Park' Carmarthen Town AFC column is in the Carmarthen Journal today.
Smashing picture story in the Carmarthen Journal today about Llandeilo-based Evan Evans brewery looking for 30 new beer tasters!
Nice piece in the Western Mail business section today about the Evan Evans brewery looking for 30 new beer tasters!
Smashing meeting with my friends at The Jenkins Bakery in Llanelli this morning.

Brewer offers to save jazz in Brecon

Leading West Wales brewer Evan Evans has offered to help save the Brecon Jazz Fringe Festival after the withdrawal of the Hay management company.
Evan Evans, who own the George Hotel in Brecon, one of the main fringe venues, is determined to see jazz live on in Brecon and is prepared to put its money behind the deal.
Evan Evans Group Chief Executive Simon Buckley said: "Brecon Jazz is a Welsh institution that, sadly, over the last few years, has lost its way. Far from being a splendid street festival, where it had a carnival atmosphere, the festival has moved towards ever more expensive fixed venue gigs.
"It's time to re-focus and provide what the festival followers want.
"Over the last few years, the George Hotel has developed its involvement with the Fringe Festival, where thousands of jazz revellers have enjoyed some of the very best music free of charge. The fringe is the way forward for Brecon Jazz.
"The Jazz Festival is an important part of our business …

Still time to get a real tree!

Still time to get a real tree. Just three days left before Christmas, according to the Welsh Christmas Trees website -

Prince Philip Hospital's A&E department set to be axed

Prince Philip Hospital's A&E department is set to be axed in shake-up | This is South Wales
Accident and emergency at Llanelli's Prince Philip Hospital looks set to be axed under newly revealed plans to reorganise health services in Hywel Dda.
Health board bosses have presented three options for the delivery of emergency care across the region — none of which include an A&E at Prince Philip Hospital.

Welsh rugby introduces salary cap

BBC Sport - Welsh rugby introduces salary cap at regions
Wales' four regions have announced a salary cap amid fears of a mass player exodus to France.
Each of the four teams will spend a maximum of £3.5m on Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup squad members.
The cap begins in July 2012 and the Welsh Rugby Union has welcomed it.

Llanybydder community woodland flourishes

A Community woodland is flourishing in Llanybydder thanks to a joint effort between residents and stakeholders.
The area between Bro Einon and Heol y Deri has been transformed from an overgrown area of rough woodland to a vibrant communal area where people can get in touch with nature.
Picnic areas have been created, with benches, interpretation panels, bird and bat boxes.
The project has been funded by the Environment Agency, the Welsh Government’s Tidy Towns project and the Environmental Works Project, which is part of the council’s Carmarthenshire Homes Standard - a £200million programme to renovate council homes and communal areas through environmental improvements.
It followed an extensive consultation by members of the Developing the Environmental Works Project group, which consists of tenants from across Carmarthenshire, who worked with the Llanybydder Tenants and Residents Association and housing officers.
Maria Evans, Community Engagement Officer, said: “A door to door surve…

Make your views known on Coleshill centre

Those who want to get involved in developing the future of Carmarthenshire’s new Centre for Economic Inclusion are being asked to make their views known.
The £2million centre, which will be based at Coleshill, Llanelli, will provide a wide range of support services to help people of all backgrounds prepare for sustainable employment, including people who have been disadvantaged because of disability or social circumstances.
Through the centre, people will have access to training facilities and small business support, as well as personal development support such as health improvement and rehabilitation.
The aim is to improve the social and economic prospects of people who have been unable to find and retain employment or training for a long time due to longstanding ill-health, disability or social barriers.
Work is currently underway at the site, with its launch anticipated to take place in June.
In the meantime, the team behind the development want to hear from people and organisations who…

Spotlight on hate crime

A spotlight will shine on disability hate crime, harm, neglect and abuse at a special event in the New Year.
Carmarthenshire Adult Safeguarding Board will host the ‘open space’ event in February to demonstrate what steps people can take to protect themselves - or people they care for – from falling prey to crime.
It will be held at the Princess Gwenllian Centre, Kidwelly, on February 7, and places are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Service users, carers, health and social care professionals, and general members of the public can attend.
Bruce McLernon, Director of Social Care, Health and Housing and Chair of the Carmarthenshire Adult Safeguarding Board, said: “Safeguarding is everyone’s business, and this event will explore and demonstrate the various ways that vulnerable people can be misled, discriminated against or abused – both physically and mentally.
“It is an open space event, which means that people will be able to move around speak to different people, watch de…

Dyfrig Dalziel views on 2012

Dyfrig Dalziel, managing director of Kidwelly-based construction company Dyfrig Dalziel Ltd, gives his views on 2012 –
Without a shadow of doubt, the Welsh construction industry will continue to face challenges next year.
The longer term outlook is slow with a sustained period of recovery.
There are opportunities for the Welsh Government, through the low carbon agenda, to create jobs and additional work for local contractors.
Many homes in Wales will need to be retro-fitted to meet the Government carbon targets.
But private homeowners will also need to be incentivized to make their homes more energy efficient.
Construction firms in Wales will need to be ready to deliver this work.
Locally, we are teaming up with other builders to help meet the challenges ahead.
Six construction companies in South West Wales have joined forces to set up an innovative new project which will help our environment and give a major boost to community projects.
The firms are also helping to spread t…

'Fresh Start' project for Carmarthenshire

Menter Cwm Gwendraeth has been given the go ahead to work with economically inactive people in Carmarthenshire.
Project ‘Fresh Start’ will work with those furthest away from the labour market in the rural communities of Carmarthenshire to develop the skills and positive attitudes required by employers in today’s competitive workplace.
It is part of the Engagement Gateway which has been developed as a collaborative venture by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), Welsh Government and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.
The project will work with those who are above the age of 16, not in employment and who live in rural Carmarthenshire. It caters for those people not in work who do not receive Job Seekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.
The project offers sessions and workshops in the following: CV writing, interviewing skills, confidence building and additional sessions based on the individual working plans. The project also offers volunteering opportunities, training co…

Santa spotted in New Road, Llanelli!

Santa spotted in New Road, Llanelli!

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Just four days left until Christmas

Just four days left until Christmas, according to the Welsh Christmas Trees website. Still time to get your real tree!

Driver of black vehicle targeting schoolchildren

Suspicious incident: Driver of black vehicle targeting school children | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed Powys
Dyfed-Powys Police is appealing for witnesses regarding incidents involving a small black vehicle possibly a Renault Clio in the Aberystwyth area.
The occupants of the vehicle have approached separate young female schoolchildren from two comprehensive schools and suggested that they accept a lift – this gave the females enough concern to leave the scene immediately.

Joy Cornock shines with Cor Meibion Llanelli

See concert review below -

Christmas cracker from Côr Meibion

Côr Meibion Llanelli Christmas Concert at Theatr Elli, Llanelli. Compere: Chris Needs. Soloist: Joy Cornock.

Côr Meibion Llanelli created their very own musical Christmas cracker for their annual Christmas Concert at Theatr Elli, Llanelli.
It had spark and a whole host of goodies to entertain a full house at Theatr Elli.
Pulling the strings as MC was BBC Radio presenter Chris Needs, who brought his own brand of festive fun to the proceedings.
Côr Meibion Llanelli musical director D Eifion Thomas put together a varied programme, with the accent firmly on the Christmas theme and plenty of audience participation.
As well as the traditional Carols, the audience happily supplied ‘backing’ to White Christmas and the spiritual A-Rockin’ All Night.
Soprano Joy Cornock added more sparkle to the evening with solo spots featuring Panis Angelicus, Noel, Little Road to Bethlehem and Ser y Nadolig.
Her feature moment, though, came when she teamed up with the choir for a stunning rendition of Verdi’s La Ve…

Interview with the Rev Eldon Phillips

An edited section of the the Llanelli Talking Newspaper for the Blind December 2 recording, featuring an interview with the Rev Eldon Phillips about his planned trip to India.

Ken shines at Cor Meibion Llanelli concert

Chorister Ken Collins was one of the stars of the Cor Meibion Llanelli Christmas Concert staged at Theatr Elli, Llanelli, on Saturday, December 17, 2011.

Byron on song for Cor Meibion Llanelli

Byron Thomas is the soloist on A-Rockin' All Night at the Cor Meibion Llanelli Christmas Concert at Theatr Elli, Llanelli.

Evening Post spotlight on Aberglasney

Aberglasney head gardener Joseph Atkin's latest gardening column in the South Wales Evening Post yesterday.

This week's offers from the Jenkins Bakery

This week's special offers from the Jenkins Bakery (inc 4 medium sausage rolls £1.60) now up on the website -

Ah the smell of a fresh Christmas Tree!

Ah the smell of a fresh Christmas Tree! Don't forget: just six days until Christmas. Find a Welsh Christmas Tree now -

Good gig last night

Splendid concert last night - Cor Meibion Llanelli, with Chris Needs as MC, Joy Cornock, soprano, at Theatr Elli, Llanelli.

Only seven days to go until Christmas

Only seven days to go until Christmas, according to the Welsh Christmas Trees website. Beat the rush and buy 2day -

Just finished recording another edition of the Llanelli Talking Newspaper

Just finished recording another edition of the Llanelli Talking Newspaper for the Blind. Our new digital kit is working a treat!

Splendid morning at 'The Ash'

Good meeting with my friends at The Ashburnham Golf Club in Pembrey this morning. Glorious day for golf. Sadly, no time for a round!

Only eight days until Christmas

Only eight days to go until Christmas, according to the Welsh Christmas Trees website. Get 'real' this Christmas -

Festive treat from Cor Meibion Llanelli

It promises to be just what you need to get into the Christmas spirit.  Cor Meibion Llanelli’s annual Christmas Concert is being staged at Theatr Elli, Llanelli, on Saturday, December 17.
The show is being compered by the radio star who runs the biggest ‘Garden’ in Wales, Chris Needs, pictured above.
It will also feature soprano soloist Joy Cornock, pictured below. “We can promises a feast of Christmas music – and one or two surprises along the way,” said Cor Meibion Llanelli musical director Eifion Thomas.
“For example, we have a big surprise for one of our special guests as we have been rehearsing their favourite song.
“The Christmas Concert is always one of the highlights of the year for Cor Meibion Llanelli and there will be solos from a number of choir members, plenty of festive favourites and the audience gets a chance to get involved with some carol singing.”
Soprano Joy Cornock is a regular soloist in recitals and concerts around the UK, Spain, Germany and Ireland.
Joy has be…

Award-winning architects launch website

The award-winning South Wales architects the Lewis Partnership Ltd have this week launched their new website.
“The new website reflects our determination to keep up to speed with all the latest technology,” said managing director Philip Lewis.
“In our day-to-day business, we use high-tech Autocad computer-aided design, so it was appropriate that we looked at the tools we use to promote ourselves in the high-speed internet age.
“In addition to launching a new website (, we have also put ourselves on Facebook and Twitter to engage with our clients and customers.
“The new website and the social media will help us promote the business throughout South Wales and beyond.” Mr Lewis, pictured above, added: “Although we are based in Llanelli (at Park Crescent), our work takes us all over South Wales, from Bridgend to Pembroke Dock and northwards to Lampeter.  “These are exciting times for us, with a number of design jobs throughout the area and we will be doi…

Good business breakfast this morning

Just back from business breakfast with the guys and gals of the Business Network International (BNI) Llanelli group at The Diplomat.

It's panto time at Rotary club

Splendid 'Christmas panto' rehearsal at last night's meeting of Llanelli Rotary Club. Next week's performance a 'one-night-only' show!

Just nine days to Christmas

Just nine days to go until Christmas, according to the Welsh Christmas Trees Cooperative website -

The hooter's gone for today!

The hooter in the attic office has just sounded. Cover on keyboard. Off to Llanelli Rotary Club's weekly meeting at the Stradey Park Hotel.

Man charged with causing death by dangerous driving

Man charged with causing death by dangerous driving | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysA 34 year old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following the death of five year old in a car accident at Moors Length, Welshpool.

The Red Kite Law view of 2012 . . .

Donna Purchase, partner and employment law and Human Resources specialist with Red Kite Law, the newest and biggest law firm in West Wales, gives her views on 2012 –
In 2012, the Government will continue with its review of employment law red tape.
This review forms part of the Government’s stated aims to deliver economic growth by breaking down barriers and creating the right conditions for businesses to start up and thrive.
It has confirmed that it will deliver a number of changes in 2012, the most important of which is the change in the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from one year to two years.
As a result, employees will need to have worked with the employer for a continuous period of two years rather than the current one year period before they are entitled to bring a claim of unfair dismissal.
This change is set to take place in April, 2012.
There are many more changes that are yet to be confirmed, such as changes to the Employment Tribunal procedure.
As always, o…

The latest 'View from Richmond Park' column

The latest 'View from Richmond Park' Carmarthen Town AFC column from the Carmarthen Journal -
The Carmarthen Town AFC club shop is now doing business around the globe.
“The shop is run by Ron and Celia Kirkby, two of the club’s unsung heroes,” said Paul Ashley-Jones, a member of Town’s executive committee.
“The shop is open every matchday but Carmarthen Town fans around the world can do business with us via the internet.
“Recently, we have had customers from Poland, Australia, Italy, Spain, France, Hungary and the United States of America.
“So the popularity of Carmarthen Town AFC is spreading far and wide.”
Mr Ashley-Jones added: “Of course, Ron and Celia have been busy putting some special packages together for Christmas. They really do stock something for everyone.”
The club’s shop is on the following website -
You can also get Carmarthen Town AFC goods on the Spend and Raise website -…

Leading architect gives his views on 2012

Philip Lewis, managing director of the award-winning architectural firm the Lewis Partnership, of South Wales, gives his views on what 2012 holds –
These are uncertain times, but architecture is about building for the future. As one of the leading firms in South Wales, we have to be optimistic about 2012.
It may seem like a simple wish, but it is surely not beyond our own Welsh Government to look at providing greater investment opportunities in the building industry.
A much-needed stimulus for the building industry will help create employment – and everyone in Wales can feel the mutual benefit from more jobs.
As architects, we are keenly aware of the need to produce eco-friendly, sustainable and environmentally-friendly buildings.
The focus on energy savings will become ever more important during 2012 and those businesses who use cutting-edge technology and techniques to keep at the forefront of environmental issues will be the ones that succeed.
Partnerships will be prized and valued…

Polar medal honour for Aberystwyth scientist

An Aberystwyth University glaciologist, Professor Michael Hambrey, is to receive a second clasp to his Polar Medal from the Queen for his research on glaciers in Antarctica.
 Professor Hambrey, a member of the Centre for Glaciology at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, was first awarded the Medal in 1989 for research in both Polar Regions, and now joins an elite list of recipients who have earned the award a second time.
He has taught geology and physical geography at Aberystwyth since 1998. He was instrumental in establishing the Climate Change Consortium of Wales in 2009, becoming its first Director.
 He has undertaken extensive field research on the response of glaciers and ice sheets to climate change, not only in the Antarctic and Arctic, but also the Alps, the Himalaya and the Andes.
In total he has spent 10 field seasons in Antarctica and around 20 in the Arctic, and has a further trip to Antarctica planned in February.
The citation from the UK Hydrographic…

Aberglasney staff on Roy Noble Show

Tune in to the Radio Wales Roy Noble Show at about 3pm today - Aberglasney's Joseph Atkin and Rhys Griffiths will be on air.

Wedi3 at Aberglasney

The S4C (Welsh 4th channel) Wedi3 magazine programme was filming at Aberglasney House and Gardens this morning. Watch this space!

Good pow-wow with the Lewis Partnership

Excellent pow-wow and photo-call with the Lewis Partnership Ltd, the premier architectural firm in the area -

Busy morning . . .

Busy morning! Good to sit down for a coffee and a chat with Llanelli Assembly member Keith Davies.

In the news today

Smashing picture in the Llanell Star today of Cor Meibion Llanelli making a special presentation to Lt Col David Mathias.
Lovely spotlight on Cor Meibion Llanelli's Christmas Concert at Theatr Elli (this Saturday) in the Llanelli Star today.
Nice story in the South Wales Evening Post today about Llandeilo brewery Evan Evans searching for new beer tasters.
The latest 'View from Richmond Park' Carmarthen Town AFC column is in the Carmarthen Journal today.
Nice picture feature in the Carmarthen Journal about Aberglasney Gardens taking part in an innovative careers convention.
Carmarthen Journal puts the spotlight on the new heritage gardening trainee gardener scheme at Aberglasney House and Gardens.
Lovely story in the Carmarthen Journal today about the Evan Evans Brewery and their search for beer tasters!
Smashing spotlight in the Carmarthen Journal on 'real' Christmas Trees and the Welsh Christmas Trees Cooperative.
Nice story in the Carmarthen Journal about Carmarthen Town…

Police search for missing man

Police and Emergency Services continue to search for Missing person | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysDyfed-Powys Police and emergency services colleagues are continuing to search for David John Williams, 63, who has been missing since Saturday 10 December 2011.
Mr David John Williams was reported as a missing person by a family member at 22:00 that evening when he didn’t return home from Newcastle Emlyn Rugby club.

Warning to Aberystwyth revellers

Behave during the holiday season! | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysFestive revellers who misbehave in pubs and clubs across Aberystwyth are being given a severe warning — behave or be banned (BoBB).
Dyfed-Powys Police and the local Community Safety Partnership have joined forces to help ensure the streets are safe for people who want to enjoy the festive spirit, and that alcohol-fuelled violence will not be tolerated.

Police station opening times

Station Opening times during Festive period | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysThe opening hours for Pembrokeshire and Mid Wales Police Stations over the Christmas period.

Honda motorbike stolen from Carmarthen

Honda motorbike stolen from Carmarthen garden | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysA Honda motorbike has been stolen from a back garden in Carmarthen.

Welsh brewery looking for beer tasters!

The international award-winning brewer Evan Evans is offering the best job opportunity ever - Official Beer Taster!
This week, the company launched five new beers to kick off its celebrations of 245 years of family brewing in Wales.
The company is starting a recruiting campaign to find 30 beer tasters who will be responsible for helping shape the company’s new beer brands in 2012.
Evan Evans, which this year sees the Buckley family celebrate 245 years of family brewing has now become the leading specialist cask ale brewer in Wales.
The company, which launched its new website this week, has set out an ambitious plan to double in size in 2012 with the launching of the new Archers brands and the development of a new organic bottled beer range.

Chief executive Simon Buckley said: ‘This year, Evan Evans has had great success with its cask ale range and hopes to double its brewing volumes in 2012.
“At the end of September, we had sold more than one million pints of cask ale. We look certain to ha…

NASA trip pupils visit County Hall

Youngsters who have visited NASA were among pupils from Tregib Comprehensive, Llandeilo, to visit County Hall as guests of Carmarthenshire County Council Chairman Cllr Ivor Jackson.
A party of pupils was entertained in the Chairman’s Room by Cllr Jackson and Chairman’s Consort Mrs Mary Jackson.
The visit involved three groups of pupils, those who spent time at NASA and others who spent time in New York.
The pupils who went to the United Space School Programme in Houston, Texas, were Christopher Grylls and Sam Adam-Day, both from Llandybie.
Christopher was one of four pupils out of 37 on the NASA scheme to win an award for hard work and leadership and was presented with the American flag that flew from the Capitol Building on July 21, 2011, to mark the 42nd anniversary of the first man on the Moon and the flight of the USS Atlantis, the final launch of the US Shuttle Programme.

Christopher said: “We stayed with host families while we were out there so we were thrown in at the deep end with …

New changes to Llangunnor roads

Carmarthenshire County Council transport officers are looking at imposing a new speed restriction on the B 4300 Capel Dewi Road to include the entrance to Tywi Park, and the extent of a 40mph speed restriction on Llangunnor Road to include Login Road Junction and the new access to Police HQ.
Llangunnor Community Council will be updated on the proposals at their next meeting.

Boost for Carmarthenshire transport projects

A start could soon be made on four major transport projects in Carmarthenshire.
The Welsh Government has published its revised National Transport Plan which could allow a start to be made on the schemes.
The Llandeilo By-Pass is referred to under a 2011-12 heading as a scheme to begin early contractor engagement with construction possibly beginning after 2014.
County Executive board member for transport service Cllr Phillip Hughes said : “This is really welcome news. Director of Technical Services Richard Workmen and I have recently met with Assembly officials and provided them with updated information on education and other developments in the locality that would benefit from the proposals.
“It is important the community in and around Llandeilo supports the initiative because there are other contenders vying for the available cash. It would be a tragedy if it was lost because of procrastination.”
A477 St Clears to Red Roses This is listed as a scheme to start in 2012-13.
Councillor H…

Carmarthenshire officers rewarded by First Minister

Three Carmarthenshire County Council officers have been recognised for their innovative approach to partnership working in the health and social care sector.
Sheila Porter, Head of Primary, Community and Social Care; Dylan Owen, Locality Manager; and Gwyneth Ayers, Partnership Officer, have each been presented with Recognising Achievement awards by the First Minister, Carwyn Jones.
The awards acknowledged their work towards the creation of integrated health and social care services in Carmarthenshire.
Sheila Porter holds a post which is funded jointly by Carmarthenshire County Council and Hywel Dda Health Board. Working jointly and equally between both organisations gives her an unrivalled platform from which to develop integrated services. Since her post was established in 2008, there has been a huge shift in the way services are delivered.
Most recently, this has involved the creation of Community Resource Teams, which provide a single point of contact for health and social care profess…

Free home safety checks for Carmarthenshire

The police have teamed up with the fire service to carry out free home safety checks for older people in Carmarthenshire this winter.
The Dyfed-Powys Police ‘Bobby Van’ will visit homes where a qualified carpenter will look at security and fit locks, alarms and door chains if needed as well as offer advice to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime.
Thanks to funding from the Electrical Safety Council, he will be joined by staff from Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service who will supply and install a smoke alarm and give practical information on identifying fire hazards in the home.
The aim of the project is to help people feel safer in their homes by reducing the opportunity for crime and the risk of fire.
Jan Morgan, aged 68, said she was very grateful for the safety check carried out at her home in Robinson Street, Llanelli.
“The police came to talk to us at the Tuesday Club in the Catholic Hall to tell us about the Bobby Van and the fire safety checks so I signed up …

BBC business expert Stephanie helps bakery celebrate

BBC Breakfast TV’s resident business expert Stephanie McGovern was on hand to provide the icing on the cake for two members of staff at Jenkins the Bakers in Llanelli. Stephanie, who was visiting the bakery for a live outside broadcast, took time out from her busy schedule to present a prestigious Richemont Club certificate to Sarah Williams and Natasha Fuge.
The specialist cake decorators won the certificate for taking part in a live challenge in the Bakers’ Fair in Bolton as part of the Richemont Club of Great Britain’s President’s Challenge Cup.
“Competing in the Bakers’ Fair was a great experience,” said the Operations Director of the Jenkins Bakery, Russell Jenkins.
“Our girls were really up against the crème de la crème of British talent.
“The best way of explaining the Richemont Club competition to people outside the bakery industry is that it is an event which has status in the baking and confectionery business equal to that of football’s Premier League.
“The Richemont Cl…

Brecon Market Hall thefts under investigation

Market Hall in Brecon – thefts under police investigation | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysTwo thefts which happened between 5pm on Wednesday 7th and 5.45am on Thursday 8th December are under investigation within the Market Hall in Brecon.

Carmarthenshire police station Christmas opening times

Carmarthenshire police station Christmas opening times. | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed PowysOpening hours for Carmarthenshire Stations over the Christmas period.

Urban bird songs have the X Factor

Birds that sing their songs at a higher pitch help them travel further in built-up areas.
Previously it was thought that great tits and other common birds sung at a higher pitch in noisy areas to avoid the low pitch noise from traffic and industry.
Now, scientists from Aberystwyth University and the University of Copenhagen have found that it is the buildings that are changing the way that birds sing in cities.
Their new study, published in the journal PLoS One, suggests that urban architecture may be just as important as background noise in shaping how our birds sing.
“Our cities are packed with reflective surfaces, open spaces and narrow channels, which you just don’t get in woodland. Because sounds bounce and travel in different ways, birds have to use songs that can cope with this”, says researcher Emily Mockford. “The higher notes mean the echoes disappear faster and the next note is clearer”.
A surprise result also showed that urban songs transmitted more clearly in woodlan…