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Welcome mat out for Welsh Society at choir rehearsals

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Cor Meibion Llanelli were in fine voice this week to welcome visitors from Berkhamsted and District Welsh Society in Hertfordshire. The visit was organised by Dr Roscoe Howells and Marie Duro. The society members were staying at the Stradey Park Hotel and made the short trip over to Furnace Community Hall to sit in on the choir's rehearsals.

Scarlet bloomer at the 'Botanic'

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A rare scarlet bloomer at the National Botanic Garden of Wales flowered on what was a big weekend for ‘Scarlets’. This striking Banksia coccinea (or ‘Scarlet Banksia’) burst into bloom the same time that Scarlets legend Stephen Jones played his last game for the club.

Girls invited to try Touch Rugby

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'Scrum along girls' is the call from the touch rugby Try Touch brigade.
There are still more men than women joining up for the thrd year in successive blowing away the cobwebs for a summer of weekly touch rugby.
The sessions, run by Carmarthenshire sports development officer, Matthew Adams gives players a chance to practice and improve some of the skills needed for Touch.
Groups are split into teams and played a few shortened games against one another other.
Carmarthenshire sports development officer, Matthew Adams Mr Adams said: “It’s great to see Touch starting up again in Llanelli. We are seeing more and more people take up the game. It’s currently mainly men’s teams, but we’re trying to encourage more women to either join mixed teams or form women-only teams.”
Althought the league was initial set up and run by thye county sports development unit, it has just been passed on to new WRU participation officer, Daryl Richards.
The WRU has appointed 14 regional officers who wi…

Advice issued on breast screening in Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum is encouraging older women to go for breast screening.
More than 2,000 women are being offered a free, potentially life-saving screening test with the return of Breast Test Wales to St Clears.
The NHS service has brought its mobile screening unit to the area. Sited at Pentre Road Car Park (Pay and Display), the unit will offer free, high-quality breast screening by invitation only, to women aged 50 and above who are registered with local GP surgeries until the end of June.
All women aged between 50 and 70 should automatically receive a postal invitation if they are registered with the following GP surgeries: Coach & Horses Surgery, St Clears and Meddygfa Taf, Whitland.
Women aged over 70 will not receive an automatic invitation, but can be screened on request by telephoning Breast Test Wales on 01792 459988 to make an appointment.
Carmarthenshire 50+ development officer Kevin Pett said: “We would encourage women to accept their invitation for an appointment at…

Spotlight falls on family services in Carmarthenshire

People with an interest in family services have gathered to share the findings of an evaluation of Plant Dewi Families Together groups and Carmarthenshire Family Centres.
The event at Parc Y Scarlets, was attended by partners from health, education and statutory services as well as staff from Plant Dewi and local family centres, all of whom work with Carmarthenshire County Council to operate safe, supportive and positive family centre and group services.
The independent evaluation was carried out by Anne Crowley of Red Kite Research and Consultancy, who was selected as a previous member of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Child Poverty Expert Group.
Ms Crowley also sits on the Welsh Government’s National Independent Advocacy Board and on the Wales Committee of Equality and Human Rights Commission.
She said: “The independent evaluation of Plant Dewi’s Families Together Groups and the Network of Family Centres illustrates how the services support families with young children in their local…

Graffiti woman snared by Facebook blunder

A woman who posted pictures of herself on Facebook desecrating a wall with graffiti has been fined by council.
The 33-year-old, who cannot be named, was issued with a fixed penalty notice for £75 for the offence under Towy Bridge in Carmarthen.
The council’s environmental enforcement officers received a complaint from a member of the public and were informed there were pictures on Facebook.
The culprit was traced and interviewed by officers and as it was a minor offence and she admitted full liability, she was offered a fixed penalty notice instead of prosecution in court. She also agreed to wash the graffiti off the walls herself.
The council now hopes this fine will act as a warning to others that anyone caught defacing property in this way will be prosecuted.
Graffiti is an offence under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 and if the value of criminal damage exceeds £5,000 the maximum penalty for those aged 18 or over is 10 years in prison and for those aged 12-17 a detention and training orde…

Woman fined for cigarette litter

A woman has been fined for dropping a cigarette end in Carmarthen town centre.
The council’s environmental enforcement officers issued the fixed penalty notice for £75 to the 28-year-old in John Street.
Failure to pay could result in prosecution in the magistrates court and a maximum fine of up to £2,500.
The council hopes the fine will act as a warning to others that those caught throwing litter will be prosecuted.
It follows a campaign to raise awareness of smoking-related litter as research shows that discarded cigarette ends make up the largest proportion of litter in Carmarthenshire with 83 per cent of litter found on the county’s streets smoking-related.
Director of Technical Services Richard Workman said: “There is no excuse for littering our streets. Many people do not think of cigarette ends as litter, but they are. They make an area look unsightly and they are difficult and very expensive to clean up as the ends fall into grates and cracks in the pavement which makes them almost …

Man fined over dog mess

A man has been fined for failing to clean up after his dog at a popular Llanelli leisure spot.
He was issued with a fixed penalty notice for £75 by the council’s environmental enforcement officers at Dafen pond.
Failure to pay the fixed penalty could result in prosecution in the magistrates court and a maximum fine of up to £1,000.
Carmarthenshire County Council is working hard to tackle the problem of dog fouling and enforcement officers regularly carry out patrols across the county.
Dog fouling is one of the main causes of complaint from residents and it is hoped this latest fine will act as warning to others.
Director of Technical Services Richard Workman said: “This area is used for recreation and leisure by families as well as for walking dogs. Dog mess left anywhere is a serious health risk and anyone caught failing to clean up after their pets will be issued with a fixed penalty. We do not want to fine people but we have no choice if people continue to flout the law in this way.”
If …

River clean-up a success in Amman Valley

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More than 25 young people and local residents attended the Amman Youth Forum’s river clean project on Saturday May 4.  Following hard graft a large quantity of rubbish was removed from the river; rubbish items included old tyres, electrical equipment, a deep fat fryer, the side of a port-a-loo and a car exhaust. The banks along the river were also targeted and bags upon bags of rubbish were filled.
Jamie Davies, Chairperson of the Amman Youth Forum said: “I would like to thank all the volunteers who took part in the clean up and for giving up their free time to participate in a much needed activity. It was a tremendous effort by all involved and hopefully people in Cwmamman will think twice about dropping litter and polluting our river and village.”
The Amman Youth Forum, and staff from Carmarthenshire Council would like to thank everyone who took part in the clean up for all their hard work and support.

Public Health Wales marks International Nurses’ Day

Hywel Dda Health Board | Public Health Wales marks International Nurses’ Day
Public Health Wales is marking International Nurses’ Day by highlighting the work of some of its staff.
The annual event takes place on 12 May each year, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and celebrates the hard work of nurses across the UK.
Public Health Wales employs nurses across a number of divisions, including nurses working within the health protection, screening and safeguarding children teams.

New National Plant Phenomics Centre to be opened

On Monday 14 May 2012, the new National Plant Phenomics Centre, which features the most advanced research greenhouse in the UK, will be formally opened at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.
The new Centre (http://www.phenomics.org.uk/) is a Biotechnology and Biological Research Council (BBSRC) supported national facility and has been developed at a cost of £6.8m.
The research conducted at this new national centre will help to develop new plant and crop varieties to help tackle the global challenges of climate change, food security and replacing oil based products.
Located on the University’s Gogerddan campus, it will be will be opened by BBSRC Chairman, Professor Sir Tom Blundell FRS at 12.00 p.m.
The new building is one of two significant capital investment developments that are being opened on the same day.
At 3.30 p.m. Welsh Government Education and Skills Minister Leighton Andrews will open new teaching and researcher facilities o…

Cor Meibion Llanelli - back in the 1980s

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Cor Meibion Llanelli pictured before a performance at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, in the early 19890s. Musical director D Eifion Thomas is centre in the white jacket. Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir musical director Clive Phillips is to the right in the bow tie. If you recognise anyone else, then email the choir's publicity officer, Robert Lloyd, on rlloydpr@btinternet.com

Another award for Newcastle Emlyn's Adam

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Following his High Sheriff’s Award, which recognised his charitable work within the county, Adam Cousins aged 16 of Newcastle Emlyn has received yet another prestigious award.
Adam, a pupil from Emlyn Comprehensive School, has won the national Gwirforce Inspirational Young Person of the Year Award. The award recognised Adam’s extensive voluntary work and commitment to the participation agenda and his dedication to Carmarthenshire Youth Council.
Adam was one of three young people across Wales to be shortlisted for the award and he received the honour from First Minister Carwyn Jones at an awards ceremony in Cardiff Bay on Thursday May 3.
Adam said:“It was such an honour to receive the award from the first minister, I will never forget it. To be shortlisted was a privilege in itself but to win the award was just amazing.
“I would like to thank everyone who’s supported me and I will continue to work hard to help improve provisions for young people in the county.”
Sarah Powell, Carmarthenshir…

Feel Good Factor project starts in Morfa

Glanymor & Tyisha Communities First has initiated a pilot health project, the Feel Good Factor.
It is a 12 week health and wellbeing project running once a week on Fridays in the Wesleyan Hall in Morfa from 9.45am-2.30pm.
The project takes a holistic approach to health, incorporating exercise, healthy eating, meditation, self esteem and self image.
Communities First development officer Farah Aziz said: “The project is designed to encourage a healthier lifestyle amongst local families, giving adults the tools and education to make healthier choices for long term health benefits.”
There are still two or three vacancies for the course and anyone interested should contact Farah on 01554 777850.

Joanna wins a Sony e-reader

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Receiving her prize of a Sony e-reader is Llanelli Library member Joanna Leeuwerke. Joanna was the winner of a quiz held during the opening week of the newly refurbished library, correctly answering questions relating to literary classics, as well as local brainteasers. She is pictured with Assistant Libraries and Heritage Manager Daniel Alliston and Scarlets player Deacon Manu.

Diamond Jubilee event at Prince's Myddfai home

The Myddfai Ty Talcen charity has been granted permission to hold a Diamond Jubilee event at the Prince of Wales’s Carmarthenshire home.
The charity applied for Temporary Event Notices to hold a fireworks event at Llwynywermod near Myddfai on June 4 with two marquees for guests. The event is pre-purchase ticket only.
The application has been dealt with by Carmarthenshire County Council’s licensing section.
The council has so far approved six other Temporary Event Notices for June 4 for events in Llandeilo, Llanwrda, Abergwili, Llandovery, Bynea and Cwmann, and a series of events by Five Roads Village Hall and Park on June 2, 3 and 5.
Carmarthenshire has granted temporary road closures for Market Square, Llandovery; Church Street, Ammanford; Gilbert Crescent, Llanelli; Park Terrace, Burry Port; Randell Square, Pembrey; and Tunnel Road, Llanelli. There willalso be street parties going ahead at Llangadog Square, Llangadog, and Drefach, Felindre, without the need to close the road.
The local…

Lifeguards return to Cefn Sidan beach

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RNLI lifeguards will be returning to Cefn Sidan beach in Pembrey this Saturday (12 May) to offer high-level first aid and safety service to the public for the summer season. The charity’s lifeguards will be ready at their posts between 10am-6pm everyday from Saturday until Sunday 2 September.
The charity’s lifeguards have already completed two weeks of intense training and passed vital fitness tests to ensure that everyone is on top form ready for the seasonal service. This will be the fourth season for RNLI lifeguards to provide a safety service on Cefn Sidan beach.
Rob Steele, Swansea RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor said:
“The charity’s lifeguards are looking forward to return to Cefn Sidan beach in Pembrey this weekend. They have all been put through their paces over the past few weeks to ensure the highest level of fitness and training to help save lives on Welsh beaches this summer.
“RNLI lifeguards can provide tips and advice to help beachgoers avoid any unfortunate incidences that may…

What's on at Ffos Las racecourse

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What's on at Ffos Las racecourse in the Gwendraeth Valley -
Boys' Toys Raceday
THURSDAY 31 MAY
Adrenaline-filled afternoon, Horse Racing meets Horse Power.
Supercars, 4 x 4s, Pembrey Performance Driving School, M & P Motorcycles, Skid Car and free taster sessions of Golf with Glyn Abbey Golf Club and more...
Tickets only £14*
QUEENS DIAMOND
JUBILEE RACEDAY
TUESDAY 5 JUNE
Join in the celebration on Bank Holiday Tuesday for a fun filled day out.
With entertainment from the Dixie Landers prior to racing and a great street party atmosphere.
Come dressed up as your favourite icon from the last 60 years and you will be in with the chance to win a prize.
Tickets only £14*

LADIES NIGHT
THURSDAY 21 JUNE
Join us at one of our most stylish events of the year and get dressed up in your finest to soak up the buzz of racing.
Enjoy Ascot Ladies Day LIVE before racing plus competitions for Best Dressed Lady,
Gent and Best Hat throughout the day. Furthermore, why not relax in our PIMM'S vil…

Nursing celebrated on International Nurses Day

Hywel Dda Health Board | Nursing celebrated on International Nurses Day
Hywel Dda Health Board is thanking its dedicated and caring nurses on International Nurses Day.
On May 14, International Nurses Day is being marked within the health board with poster displays showing examples of developments in nursing practice.
The date marks the birth date of Florence Nightingale, born in 1820, and considered by many to be the founder of modern nursing.

Rosemary Butler denies drinking culture among AMs

BBC News - Rosemary Butler denies drinking culture among AMs
The Welsh assembly's Presiding Officer has denied there is a drinking culture among assembly members.
Rosemary Butler spoke after the conduct of AMs was put under the spotlight following a report into the behaviour of Llanelli's Labour AM Keith Davies after a night out.
In denying there was a drinking culture in Cardiff Bay, she said what people did after work was a matter for them.

Join the Llanelly House team for a 'Walk and Talk'

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If only walls could talk?
Well, they can!
Join the Llanelly House Team for a 'Walk and Talk' around the centre of Llanelli to discover what tales the walls have to tell about our past.
Why not meet the Community Team of Llanelly House for a walk and a talk around Llanelli Town Centre on Wednesday 30th May at 11am?
Did you realise that the street layout of the town was literally developed within and around the grounds of Llanelly House?
To listen to more fascinating stories and have a gentle walk around the town centre please reserve your space by contacting the team*.
*Cost is Free but spaces are limited, please contact Estelle Evans on 01554 772857 or email estelle.evans@chrt.org.uk Lisa Bancroft : lisa.bancroft@chrt.org.uk

Llanelly House
· Llanelly House is a Grade1 listed Georgian building in the process of being developed as a sustainable community heritage centre offering an exciting interpretation of the restored House and its history as well as providing…

Queues for half-price compost bins

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A total of 363 compost bins were sold in a special half-price compost bin sale held during Compost Awareness Week. The one-off sale was organised by Carmarthenshire County Council’s waste section at the Co-op car park in Cross Hands.
The compost bins were available to county residents only at a subsidised price of just £5.
The aim was to encourage householders to go green by home composting their garden and kitchen waste.
Council waste minimisation/recycling officer Karen Fulham said: “Many people don’t realise how simple it is to home compost or just how much of their household waste can actually be composted. As well as autumn leaves, grass and hedge clippings, vegetable peelings and egg shells, you can put shredded cardboard, tea bags and even the contents of your vacuum cleaner into your compost bin.
“This is the third time we have held a compost bin sale and it was another great success. It was a central location for most of the county and we would like to thank the Co-op for allowi…

Woman fined over dog fouling in Gwendraeth

A woman has been fined for failing to clean up after her dog at a popular Gwendraeth Valley park.
The dog owner was issued with the fixed penalty notice for £75 at Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park near Tumble.
The council’s environmental enforcement officers were on patrol at the council-run attraction following complaints of owners not clearing up after their pets.
Failure to pay could result in prosecution in the magistrates court and a maximum fine of up to £1,000.
Dog fouling is one of the main causes of complaint from residents to Carmarthenshire County Council.
The council is working hard to tackle the problem of dog fouling and enforcement officers regularly carry out patrols across the county.
Director of Technical Services Richard Workman said: “Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park is used for recreation and leisure by families as well as for walking dogs and it is only fair that people should be able to enjoy the park free of dog mess.
“Dog mess left anywhere is a serious health risk; the council’s …

Chatham House meeting date for Aberystwyth team

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Researchers from the Centre for Health and International Relations, Aberystwyth University, will review and discuss how globalisation is changing global patterns of health and disease at Chatham House in London this Friday (11 May).  The Chatham House meeting will be in front of a prestigious academic and policy-oriented audience from the UK, Europe, US and Africa.
This will be the first in a series of dissemination events presenting the findings of a four year European Research Council-funded project which has taken an innovative approach to the study of global health governance and the ways in which competing ideas about health impact upon policy making.
The project team has been led by Professor Colin McInnes from Aberystwyth University and Professor Kelley Lee at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr Simon Rushton and Dr Owain Williams, both from Aberystwyth, have also been heavily involved in researching the project.
Professor McInnes explains, “We have…

Woman fined for black bag offence

A woman has been fined for dumping a black bag next to a bus shelter in Bancycapel.
She was issued with a fixed penalty notice for £75 for the offence by council environmental enforcement officers.
Failure to pay could result in prosecution in the magistrates court and a fine of up to £2,500.
The council hopes this will now act as a warning to others that dropping litter or fly-tipping of any kind will not be tolerated.
The council has launched a spring clean-up campaign; and with the Olympic flame travelling through Carmarthenshire later this month, we want a county we can be proud of.
The aim is to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish more responsibly and raise awareness of the effect litter and fly-tipping has on the environment.
Director of Technical Services Richard Workman said: “Dropping litter and fly-tipping is against the law. Not only does it spoil our quality of life and enjoyment of the environment, but it can cause serious pollution and harm to human health and wildlif…

'Healthy Wednesday' tips from Hywel Dda Health Trust

Hywel Dda Health Board | Get active on Healthy Wednesday
Okay, a day late, but . . . 
This Healthy Wednesday why not think about what small changes you can make in your day-to-day activities to get 30 minutes of exercise a day, five times a week.
It may seem a lot but you may be surprised how much physical activity you already do and how a few small changes could make a big difference to your health.

Pam Murden's latest blog from the 'Botanic'

Round the world in the Great Glasshouse | The National Botanic Garden of Wales
This is the time of year in the Great Glass House at the National Botanic Garden when every few feet you have to stop, admire and exclaim.  The variety and range of the plants housed there is just superb.
Follow the link to read Pam Murden's blog.

Results of healthcare associated infections survey published

Hywel Dda Health Board | Results of healthcare associated infections survey published
Public Health Wales has published the Welsh results of a European study to collect data on healthcare associated infections, the use of medical devices and antimicrobial usage in hospitals.
The Welsh Antimicrobial Resistance Programme and Welsh Healthcare Associated Infection Programme of Public Health Wales, together with 1000 Lives Plus, supported NHS Wales in running the Point Prevalence Survey during November 2011.
All seven health boards in Wales, plus Velindre NHS Trust, participated in the survey, involving 9,094 in-patients. This is the largest survey of its kind conducted in Wales.

Crackdown on alcohol-fuelled drunken behaviour

Direction to Leave! | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed Powys
Dyfed-Powys Police is continuing to crack down on alcohol-fuelled violent behaviour with the innovative Section 27 Direction to Leave Powers.
The Violent Crime Reduction Act law enables Police Officers to issue a direction to an individual – aged 16 or over – to leave a public place for 48 hours if the Officer believes the likelihood of a crime or alcohol-related disturbance will take place.
If the offender refuses to leave, or breaches the order and returns to the area within the specified time, is guilty of an offence and could be liable for an arrest and possible conviction, to a fine of up to £2,500.

Independent report finds compelling need for health changes

Hywel Dda Health Board | Independent report finds compelling need for change
An independent review of what clinical evidence says about hospital services in Wales (Wednesday 9 May 2012) concludes that patients in Wales are not getting the best possible outcomes from their hospital care and there is a strong case for changing the way some hospital services are organised.

Aberystwyth lecture date for Leighton Andrews

Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Welsh Politics will host a public lecture by the Welsh Government’s Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews, on Monday 14 May.
His lecture is entitled ‘Education and the Welsh Public Sphere’, and will be held in the Main Hall of the Department of International Politics at 7.30pm. The evening will be chaired by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, April McMahon, and is open to the public.
Dr Anwen Elias, Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics, said that “We look forward to welcoming Leighton Andrews, and to hear his reflections on education in Wales and the challenges for the future. This is a highly relevant topic, and I’m sure his lecture will be interesting and thought-provoking.”
Born in Cardiff and brought up in Barry and Dorset, Leighton Andrews holds a BA Honours (English and History) from Bangor University, and an MA in History from the University of Sussex. He was a visiting professor at the University of Westminster fr…

New eye clinic hits the road in the Hywel Dda area

Hywel Dda Health Board | New eye clinic hits the road
Communities are benefiting from a new service which provides eye treatments closer to their homes.
The Mobile Macular Scan Van is piloting retinal scanning in the community to reduce the travelling for patients from community clinics to Aberystwyth.

Exit for Carmarthen Journal editor Cathryn Ings

Exit for Carmarthen Journal editor Cathryn Ings - Press Gazette
Carmarthen Journal editor Cathryn Ings will leave the company next month, publisher Northcliffe Media announced.
Ings, who has edited the paid-for weekly for the last four years, began her career as a trainee reporter with the Llanelli Star in 1989 followed by spells at The Western Mail in Cardiff and the Evening Post in Swansea.
In 2010 she oversaw the Journal’s 200th birthday celebrations and launched the Carmarthen Journal Bicentenary Community Awards aimed at celebrating unsung local heroes.
The search for her successor begins immediately.

Another excellent journalist leaving the fold. Best wishes to Cathryn for the future.

Hywel Dda Health Board staff help community projects

Hywel Dda Health Board | Health Board staff help community projects
Staff from Hywel Dda Health Board are committed to making a difference in their community.
Hywel Dda Health Board is the only health board in Wales taking part in the UK’s largest day of employee volunteering.
Three teams of volunteers from the health board will be out in the community on Give and Gain Day on May 18.
The teams, one in each county of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire have chosen projects which will benefit the community.

The latest 'Business Brief' column from QualitySolicitors Redkite

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‘The Business Brief’ is the new column from Red Kite Law in the Carmarthen Journal.
This week, Employment Law Partner Donna Purchase, puts the spotlight on the latest Employment Law Changes.
Anyone in business today needs to keep a ‘head-up’ on the latest changes in Employment Law.
Here are a couple of important changes that came into operation in April –
Unfair dismissal
The main change this April is the introduction of the increased qualifying period for an unfair dismissal claim.
From 6 April 2012 an employee must have been continuously employed for at least two years before they are able to bring an unfair dismissal claim.
However, this increase will only apply to employees who start work with an employer on or after 6 April 2012.
Although this change attempts to redress the balance in favour of employers, some critics fear it may have the opposite effect.
This is because some claims, for example discrimination, whistle blowing and health and safety, do not require any qual…

Criminals pay for Fishguard youth rugby project!

Criminals pay for Fishguard youth rugby project! | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed Powys
It’s not everyday that you can say crime pays – but thanks to the Dyfed-Powys Police Incentivisation Fund, Fishguard Junior Tag Rugby team has received much needed cash.
The kit was actually purchased using money supplied by a local donor – Neil Page Property Developments – as well as money received from the Incentivisation Scheme.
The police portion of the cash, which paid for rugby shirts, was obtained as a result of Police successfully seizing and confiscating criminal assets.

'Women in war and at war' conference

The first ‘women in war and at war’ conference, which will look at sexual and gender based violence against women during wartime, will be held at Aberystwyth University from Friday 11 to Saturday 12 May.
Sexual and gender based violence is one of the greatest threats to human rights in modern wars and continues to be used as a deliberate strategy and illegitimate method of warfare, which poses serious threats to women’s lives even long after the fighting has stopped.
The two-day conference has been organised by Professor Ryszard Piotrowicz and Dr Anél Boshoff, both of the Department of Law and Criminology at the University, as well as Olga Jurasz, a PhD student at the department and a Lecturer at the Open University.
In addition, Professor Chris Harding, Professor John Williams and Jennifer Phipps of the Department of Law and Criminology will make presentations, along with Dr Jennifer Mathers from the Department of International Politics.
The University will welcome 50 partici…

Second-half recovery . . .

Latest score: Man Flu 1 Lloyd 0. Early goal from Ed Ache. Beechams just introduced as a late sub for Lloyd. Equaliser expected soon!

21 motorcyclists given fixed penalty notices by police

21 motorcyclists given fixed penalty notices by roads policing officers in North Carmarthenshire and Powys for speeding on the weekend | Dyfed Powys Police | Heddlu Dyfed Powys
Police officers carried out a special operation on Sunday targeting anti-social riders and drivers using roads in North Carmarthenshire and Powys.
A total of 21 motorcyclists were given fixed penalty notices for speeding, and five were reported for summons for speeding. This means the offences are too serious to warrant a fixed penalty and need to be dealt with in a court.

China show celebrates Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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Best known as the birthplace of the famous pirate, Black Bart, the village of Little Newcastle, near Letterston in Pembrokeshire staged a wonderful exhibition of commemorative china at the start of May to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The event, which was held in St Peter’s Church on the edge of the village green, had been organised by Richard Davies, a church member who is a discerning collector of royal memorabilia.
The beautifully arranged displays were organised into discrete sections covering the coronation, the investiture of Prince Charles, the silver and golden jubilees, royal weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, Charles and Diana, the Queen Mother and William and Kate and more. Among the over 300 artefacts on display, some recorded the royal divorces and separations. The quality of the items was noteworthy and the careful numbering of the displayed pieces enhanced the visitor experience. Commemorative china expert Richard Davies was also on hand to answer querie…

Tŷ Golau expanding into Kidwelly

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Tŷ Golau, the service which lights up the lives of the elderly, is expanding into Kidwelly. The Llanelli health and well-being facility for people with memory problems and dementia type illnesses is opening a second venue at Kidwelly.
“We are all about care in the community,” said Emanuel Mercieca, Project Manager of the Tŷ Golau Lighthouse facility.
“We have been active in Llanelli since 2009 and the service we provide has met with a very favourable response.
Mr Mercieca added, “Recently we were approached to start Ty Golau at Kidwelly. We are encouraged by the support received from the Jeanette Gilasbey, Mayor of Kidwelly, and Kidwelly car dealership owner David Gravell, among others, who have advocated very strongly for the people in and around Kidwelly, so we decided to respond to the need that exists there.
“We are looking at several areas to expand our facility, but the first pilot project will begin in Kidwelly, on Wednesday, May 16, at the Morfa Chapel vestry at 10am”
The current …

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival programme for today

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Carmarthen Bay Film Festival Programme for Tuesday, May 8. Venue: Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli
14:00 Welcome to the festival
14:15 Luminary/Audio visual short fantasy
A film by James Harris
Audio visual fantasy
As a teenager, I used to regularly go cycling though the forest used in the film. I also used to imagine a mysterious world of lights around me as I cycled through it. This film is in part a realisation of that idea.
Process:
It was filmed using a Canon XH A1 and a GoPro Hero 2. It was edited in Final Cut Pro, and the visual effects were created using After Effects CS5 and Cinema 4D. The soundtrack was written in Logic Pro 8.
14:30 The Future/short dry witted comedy
A film by Venetia Taylor
Comedy
Synopsis When you're young and in love the future seems bright... but then what?
14:45 Luella and Me/comedy drama
A film by Robert Howells
Comedy-Drama
Synopsis - Alonzo is a loner who spends his days working and living inside his ice-cream van - Luella. When local authorities stop turning a b…

Plaid's 'Magnificent Seven' pose for a picture

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Plaid Cymru's 'Magnificent Seven' posed for a photocall outside Carmarthen's Shire Hall today.
The seven took the Carmarthen seats and the Llangunnor seat on Carmarthenshire County Council.
They are pictured posing for Carmarthen Journal photographer Carolyn Evans.
To be fair to the potential future Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, Peter Hughes Griffiths on the left, you can't be critical of his choice of footwear; he was helping out at the Carmarthen Mayor's Fun Run races this morning!

Plenty of fun at the Carmarthen races

From four-year-olds to veterans, they all turned out for the annual Carmarthen Mayor’s Fun Run races staged in the town centre on Bank Holiday Monday.
Runners of all shapes and sizes took to the streets of Carmarthen, helping to raise cash for many different charities.
“It was a great, fun occasion , with the accent firmly on everyone having fun,” said Carmarthen Mayor the Reverend Councillor Tom Defis.
“This is the 31st year for the races to be held in Carmarthen and each year it is a delight to see hundreds of families enjoy the experience.
“The toddlers race, where mums and dads joined their more athletic youngsters around the town centre circuit was great fun.
“There was keen competition in many of the school-age races and a decent field of nearly 100 athletes for the main 5K race over three laps of the town centre circuit.”
Everyone who finished received a special medal.
The winner of the 5K race was John Morris, of Amman Valley Harriers.
Many of the runners were raising money fo…