Showing posts from January 27, 2013

Council Chief gets £20,000 'cash advance'

Council Chief gets £20,000 cash advance
Carmarthenshire County Council’s Chief Executive received a £20,000 cash advance last year Plaid Cymru has revealed.
Some local authority Chief Executives are paid additional fees and expenses for activities they undertake as a Returning Officer for elections. For local elections (county council and community councils) fees are paid to the Returning Officer by the respective councils. The number of electoral wards contested is a factor which determines the amount of fees paid.
Information obtained by Carmarthenshire MP Jonathan Edwards and AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas shows that the £190,000-a-year Chief Executive was paid an additional £20,000 for election activities a minimum of 5 weeks before the election took place, in a different financial year and before the number of candidates was even known.

Special award for Brian Jones at Carmarthen Town Sports Awards evening

There was a special award to Castell Howell food boss Brian Jones at the Carmarthen Town Sports Awards evening held at the Carmarthen Quins rugby clubhouse. Mr Jones was presented with his 'special achievement' award by Carmarthen Town Mayor Councillor Phil Grice. The winners of the two senior sports personality categories were Carmarthen Harriers athletics star Dewi Griffiths and London 2012 Paralympics medallist Claire Williams. Full results -
Senior Male
1 Dewi Griffiths Athletics
2 James Davies Rugby
Senior Female
1 Claire Williams Athletics
2 Caryl Jones Athletics
U 13s Junior Male
1 Elis Lewis Athletics
2 Owen Roberts Cycling
U 13s Junior Female
1 Carys Jones Athletics
2 Ceri Burgis Squash
3 Heledd Hunt Cycling
U 16s Intermediate Male
1 Steffan Jones Cricket & Rugby
2 Nikita Neary Athletics
3 Daniel Jones Rugby & Cricket
U 16s Intermediate Female
1 Jessica Roberts Cycing
2 Kelly Rogers Cricket
3 Bethan Lewis Surfing & Table Tennis
U 19s Youth Male
1 Scott Davies Cycling
2 Kyran Rob…

Llanelli Rotary's Youth Speaks event a big success

Political correctness, fears of mass corruption in the Establishment, the gap between rich and poor, sports role models, the Olympic legacy and multiculturalism.
These were among the topics debated in the annual Llanelli Rotary Club Youth Speaks competition held at Llanelli Town Hall.
“The quality of the arguments presented was outstanding and the children taking part reflected great credit on their schools and families,” said the chairman of the judging panel Lt Colonel David Mathias. “All the competitors were a great credit to their families and their schools.”
The competition saw the teams from St John Lloyd and Bryngwyn take the senior and intermediate prizes to progress to the next round of the Rotary competition – a zone area final.
The Youth Speaks competition is organised on a national basis and it is possible for the teams to win through to a UK final.
Lt Col Mathias said: “The standard in the competition was exceptionally high and the competitors made the judging task a very…

Latest 'View from Richmond Park' Carmarthen Town AFC column

The latest 'View from Richmond Park' Carmarthen Town AFC column from the Carmarthen Journal -
A 'Noson Joio' fun night is being held at Carmarthen Town AFC's clubhouse next month.
The poems and pints and live music night will be held at Richmond Park at 7.30pm on Friday, February 15.
The evening will feature three celebrated Welsh actors - Dafydd Hywel, Sue Roderick and Dewi 'Pws' Morris.
Proceeds will go towards Speaking Books Wales and the Football Community Programme at Carmarthen Town.
Tickets available from - Gareth O Jones 0781 426 2656; Jeff Thomas 0781 369 7774.
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Fixtures (home matches in capitals) –
February 2 Sat 4:15pm NEWTOWN AFC WPL
Season’s ‘Second Phase’ dates to be confirmed
Tote: January 8, winning numbers 3 and 25. The winner of the £300 prize was Stephanie Evans. January 15, winning numbers 36 and 55. The…

Tributes for popular Llanelli businessman

Tributes for popular town businessman | This is South Wales
Tributes have been paid to a longstanding Llanelli business owner. Denis Bates, who was best known for his Morfa store 'Bates the Shop', died suddenly but peacefully at the age of 84 in Morriston Hospital on January 18.
Côr Meibion Llanelli members were hoping to sing at his funeral service today.
"Denis was a very popular member of the choir during his time with Côr Meibion Llanelli," said choir secretary Fred Elias.
"Always enthusiastic and passionate about his singing, he will be sorely missed."
Former Star editor Robert Lloyd said he had fond memories of working with Denis on the publication of his account of walking the Oregon Trail in the USA.
"His entertaining stories of that walk were featured in the columns of the Llanelli Star," he said. "He was a character and a gentleman with a great sense of humour."

St Elli shopping centre moves into the fast lane

The St Elli Shopping Centre, the trading hub of Llanelli, is moving into the fast lane.
The centre is to have an innovative mini car showroom featuring cars from Sinclair Volkswagen Swansea.
“It’s something of a novelty when it comes to what we offer as a shopping centre,” said centre manager Andrew Stephens.
“It’s very different to our more customary ‘shop’ operations, but Sinclair Volkswagen Swansea were keen on the unit and we think it brings something new and fresh to the shopping centre.
“What is interesting is that there are companies out there willing and prepared to invest in Llanelli.
“You get all this doom and gloom talk on occasions about Llanelli town centre as a shopping destination, but the High Street and the shopping experience is changing all the time.
“It’s good news for the St Elli Shopping Centre that Sinclair Volkswagen Swansea are coming to town – and they are likely to be followed very quickly by another new tenant at our shopping centre.
“Negotiations are near…

Quiz night for Llanelli Labour supporters

Llanelli Constituency Labour Party (CLP) will be holding a Quiz Night at the Queen Victoria Club (next door to the MP's office in Queen Victoria Road) on Thursday 31st January, 7pm. £1 per person, groups welcome!
Put your thinking caps on, come along and enjoy a good night out and support your CLP - all proceeds go to Llanelli CLP funds. Phone Suzy Curry for further details 0756 1566 456.

Côr Meibion Llanelli to record a new ‘battle hymn' for the British Lions

Côr Meibion Llanelli members have been busy rehearsing a new ‘battle hymn’ for the British and Irish Lions rugby team.
And the new version of ‘Men of Harlech’ has received the thumbs-up from two Lions legends, Delme Thomas and Phil Bennett.
The rugby heroes were on hand to hear the unofficial ‘premiere’ of ‘Lions To A Man’, a poem set to the Men of Harlech tune.
“I’m a big fan of Côr Meibion Llanelli and I love listening to them,” said the hero of Llanelli’s famous 9-3 win over New Zealand Delme Thomas. “This new song is very stirring and I am sure people will love it.
The plan is to record ‘Lions To A Man’ and video the recording session. There will be a full edit of the film for You Tube on the internet and the tune will be available for downloads on the iTunes and Android platforms on computers and mobile devices.
“It’s a very exciting project,” said Côr Meibion Llanelli musical director Eifion Thomas. “The ‘boys’ of the choir have had great fun rehearsing ‘Lions To A Man’ and are…

Colossal Cake Sale planned for Narberth

There's a Colossal Cake Sale planned for Narberth on Saturday, April 27. Colossal Cake Sales are being held throughout the UK for Help for Heroes charity in April and May. The Narberth one is scheduled for the old school playground and RAOB club in the car park in Narberth from 10 am - 5 pm on April 27.  One of the organisers is Carol Peett and she said: "We want to make lots of money for this brilliant charity helping our wounded soldiers. "We need all of West Wales to get baking so we have loads of cakes to sell and we also need people to come and buy them!" The Help for Heroes charity has produced a guide for those planning cake sales -
Check out the Help for Heroes Guide to a Colossal Cake Sale for more information and some fantastic recipe ideas
Last year, 700 cake sale enthusiasts nationwide donned their aprons, grabbed their wooden spoons and baked up a storm to support the charity. Help for Heroes website -

Britain’s 'Top Hop' announced

British hop growers and brewers gathered at Stocks Farm in Worcestershire for the unveiling of the results of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling’s annual British Hop Competition for the 2012 crop.
The competition dates back to 1944 and is judged by a panel of Master Brewers who draw on their personal experience as Head Brewers to judge the quality of the hops.
A total of 122 samples from the 2012 harvest were submitted to the competition by 45 growers from across Britain.
The overall champion was a sample of Fuggle hops grown by James Rickard of Rickards Farm in Canterbury, Kent. The award was presented by Mark Woodhouse, Chairman of Hall and Woodhouse and Master of the Worshipful Company of Brewers. Full details of all the winners are listed below.
Simon Jackson, Chief Executive of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling said “Britain is famed around the world as one of the world’s top brewing nations. The excellence of our local raw materials has been a key contributor to this…

Cardigan Health Project takes another step forward

Cardigan Stakeholder Board have welcomed the land being secured and selection of design team and external support consultants as a major step forward for delivery of an integrated health and social care facility.
The Stakeholder Board met recently to discuss progress and the meeting was well-attended by representatives of a wide range of organisations and groups with an interest in the project.
The Project Board has interviewed and notified the successful support consultants (via the ‘Designed for Life 3’ Building for Wales Framework). They are; a project manager and cost advisor, from Gardiner and Theobald; Supply Chain Partner, Balfour Beattie; and ‘Fusion’ Healthcare Planners whose role will be to collate all information for the Outline Business Case for submission to the Welsh Government later this year.
The Stakeholder Board has supported the project being re-named as ‘Cardigan Integrated Care Project’ to reflect the project’s focus on integration across health, social care and the…

Guest speaker at Carmarthen Rotary Club

Just back from a pleasant lunch as the guest speaker at Carmarthen Rotary Club's meeting at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, Carmarthen. The talk was on my role as a 'Games Maker' at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The vote of thanks was given by Jeff Thomas.
Pictured with Carmarthen Rotary Club President Mrs Barbara Rumbold.

Latest news from the 'Jazz in the Bar' team

Latest news from the 'Jazz in the Bar' team at Brecon - 'JAZZ IN THE BAR', BRECON JAZZ CLUB @THEATR BRYCHEINIOG, CANALSIDE, BRECON LD3 7EW Tel 01874 611622
TUESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2013 starts 8pm, £6 on the door
with Alun Vaughan on double bass.
Jazz piano and rhythm section, flute and classy lead vocals.
Sarah Ellen Hughes was lead vocalist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) from 2005-2008. She has earned many accolades including as winner of the 2010 International Jazz Singing Competition, “Jazz Voices,” held in Lithuania. A semi-finalist in the 2011 Montreux Jazz singing competition, where Qunicy Jones told her, "great singing girl... keep doing what you're doing!". Sarah Ellen joins the impressive Swansea outfit, from their residency at Swansea Jazzland. Dave Cottle (piano) and Alun Vaughan (bass) of the Dave Cottle trio will join Sarah Ellen for an impressive lineup. They have accompanied most of the UK’s…

Valentine's Ball at Stradey Park Hotel

A Valentine's Ball is being held by the Llanelli Branch of the British Heart Foundation and Llanelli Coronary Care Unit. It is on Saturday, February 9, at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli. The cost is £30 per head and includes a welcome drink, lavish three-course meal and coffee, with live entertainment from Mojo's Soul band.

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