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Nominations open for the Brin Isaac sports awards in Llanelli

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Nominations are now open for the annual Brin Isaac sports awards.
The event, which has six categories, looks to reward local talent for excelling in sporting activities.
Categories include the Brin Isaac Trophy — sportsperson of the year; Walter Hughes Cup — senior runner-up; Star Cup — junior sportsperson of the year; Stradey Centenary Cup — junior runner-up; Kelly Evans Shield — services to sport; W Jack Hughes Cup — coach of the year. The Brin Isaac Memorial Fund remembers the late Brin Isaac, who gave such splendid service to young men through the YMCA, boxing, scouting and many other activities and endeavours.
The winner of last year's main award was Manchester City footballer Emyr Huws. The 19-year-old midfielder, dubbed by some as the next Aaron Ramsey, followed the likes of Phil Bennett, Robert Croft, Derek Quinnell, Stephen Jones and the winner for the previous two years, Olympian Dai Greene, on the Brin Isaac roll of honour. The runner-up in the senior category was cyclist…

Sports teams gearing-up ready for Glasgow Commonwealth Games

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Sports development teams across Carmarthenshire are getting into gear building up to a year of sport to get even more people sports active running up to Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Carmarthenshire will be on the route for the prestigious Queen’s baton relay as part of its visit to Wales, and it is hoped that it will prove as popular as the Olympic torch relay of 2012. A number of sporting events are planned and all secondary school headteachers are being approached to involve pupils.
Sports development unit manager Allison Rees said: “We are keen to use the Commonwealth Games to attract even more people into physical activity and promote opportunities in Carmarthenshire. We are keen to promote 17 sports that will feature in the games focussing on a couple of sports each month in the countdown to the start in September.”
Programme is this year:  October -Shooting and weightlifting,
November - Hockey
December - judo, boxing and wrestling.
Next year:
January -Table tennis, badminto…

Countdown is on to the Llanelli Rotary Club Ball

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The countdown is on to one of the social events of the year in Llanelli, the annual Rotary Club Ball. This autumn's ball will be at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, on Friday, November 1 (7 for 7.30pm).
Llanelli Rotary Club president Ken Abban said: "The ball is always recognised as one of the social highlights of the year in Llanelli - and it also raises a huge amount of cash for charities. "There will be entertainment, a charity raffle and auction and plenty of fun during the course of the evening." Tickets are £35. Llanelli Rotary Club is actively engaged with local charities, community groups, schools and individuals providing charitable donations and support. Llanelli Rotarians also support international causes including the End Polio Now Appeal , Shelter Box and the provision of a 'Hark' Land Rover mobile audiology field clinic for Ghana.
Llanelli Rotary Club recently provided funding towards a Rigid Inflatable Boat for the Llanelli Sea Cadets, lightin…

The latest 'On Song' column from the Llanelli Star

The latest 'On Song' column from the Llanelli Star - 

All eyes are likely to be on the big Lesley Garrett Llanelli Choral Society concert at Ffwrnes Theatre this weekend, but it is also a busy time for some of our other local choirs.
During the afternoon on Saturday (October 12), Côr Meibion Llanelli will be performing at a special Open Day to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Llanelli Hospice at Ty Brynwgyn at Prince Philip Hospital.
“We have always enjoyed a very close association with the hospice and our choir members work hard to support this worthy cause at every available opportunity,” said Côr Meibion Llanelli musical director Eifion Thomas.
Friday, November 15, sees the choir perform at their ‘annual fixture’ for the Llanelli Hospice Appeal Festival of Light in the St Elli Shopping Centre.
“This is always a wonderful occasion and always attracts a big crowd to the St Elli Shopping Centre,” said Mr Thomas.
On Saturday, October 19, Côr Meibion Llanelli perform at the Gethi…

Autumn Fete for Stomach Cancer Awareness at Glangwili Hospital

To celebrate their one year anniversary, the Upper GI Cancer Support Group at Glangwili Hospital is holding an autumn fete this Sunday (October 13) from 11 am to 2 pm in the Cambrian Room.
The group was set up by upper GI clinical nurse specialist Michelle Thomson, for patients recovering from surgery for oesophageal and gastric cancer. They offer support and advice for the patients and family members of those affected by the disease.
Hywel Dda Health Board is committed to raising awareness about oesophageal and stomach cancer.
It is also part of the Health Board’s Ten Pledges to reduce the number of people dying from cancer by 100 people a year, within five years.

Ian Thomas the new chief executive of Age Cymru

Ian Thomas has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Age Cymru.
Ian has extensive experience of working in the voluntary sector and is currently Director of Scope Cymru.
Prior to his current post, he was Director of Alzheimers Cymru and Director of Services/Operations (UK) for the Alzheimers Society.
Ian says, "I feel that the time is now right for me to use my knowledge and experience base to lead an organisation that I have huge belief in, to ensure that the future for older people in Wales is as bright and secure as possible."
Ian will be taking up his new role on December 2.

Doctors and nurses lead improvement plans at Llanelli hospital

Prince Philip Hospital doctors and nurses are leading the plans to enhance and improve services provided at Llanelli’s hospital.
Following the recent announcement by the Health Minister, nurses, GPs and hospital specialists, working closely together with community teams, are creating a new “front door” for people who need emergency / urgent care and people who have minor injuries or illnesses.
Dr Robin Ghosal, Consultant Physician at Prince Philip Hospital said: “As clinicians working in Llanelli, we are very aware of the anxiety the town is feeling about changes to their local hospital. But more than anything, we want to reassure Llanelli that emergency and urgent care services will not be lost but actually enhanced and improved. We want to reassure the public that when they are ill, they can still access the services they already have at Prince Philip Hospital.
“Patient care sits at the heart of our plans, and we, the clinicians, are the leading voice in shaping these.”
Dr Dai Samuel…

Workways project helps Dafydd find a new job

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Thanks to the support of an EU backed employment project, 27-year-old Dafydd William Thomas, from Llanelli, has found a job with a local construction company.
Having been out of work since May 2012, Dafydd’s struggle to find a job had landed a major blow to his confidence. It was thanks to a referral to the South West Workways project by Jobcentre Plus that things began to pick up.
Dafydd said “I was unemployed for 12 months before signing up for Workways. I couldn’t find any jobs as I lacked qualifications and experience.”
Workways helped Dafydd to search for job vacancies, to refine his CV and to complete site safety training. Due to his inexperience, the project also supported him to access a temporary job as a labourer with local company, TRJ Construction.
Impressing over the course of his contract, TRJ were only too happy to offer Dafydd a permanent job.
Len Gibbons, Site Manager, TRJ Construction said “Dafydd has learnt a lot since he’s been with the company. He’s doing a good job”
D…

Heart of Wales railway boost for travel pass holders

If you have a Concessionary Travel Pass issued by Carmarthenshire County Council you are able to travel on the Heart of Wales Line rail services free of charge until March 31, 2014.
Simply show the pass when you book.
Journeys must start or finish at a Welsh station.
County executive board member for transport services Cllr Colin Evans said: “Here is a glorious chance for those with concessionary travel passes to have a great day out and visit the wonderful towns and villages of mid and west Wales.”
County leisure services executive board member Cllr Meryl Gravell said she had heard there were groups of men and women from Llanelli and further west enjoying “last Days of Summer Wine” excursions and regaling humorous tales of their many entertaining day-long free travel experiences.
Concessionary Travel Passes are available to elderly and disabled residents of the county. Application forms are available at local post offices.

Man fined £75 for dropping drinks can in Ammanford

A man has been fined £75 for dropping a drinks can in Wernddu Road in Ammanford.
Council environmental enforcement officers were on routine patrol in the area at the time.
He was issued with a fixed penalty notice for the offence. If he fails to pay it, he could be prosecuted in court where the maximum fine for littering is £2,500.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Dropping litter is a criminal offence. It will not be tolerated and those caught will be fined.
“Keeping Carmarthenshire clean is a priority for the council and much work is underway to raise awareness amongst the public.”
Cllr Jones said he hoped this latest fine would act as a deterrent to others.

Latest 'Healthy Wednesday' advice from the Hywel Dda Health Board

Latest 'Healthy Wednesday' advice from the Hywel Dda Health Board - 

Caring about back care this Healthy Wednesday
This Healthy Wednesday and Back Care Awareness Week, we are focusing on back care for carers.
This year’s Back Care Awareness Week, held from now until October 11, focuses on caring for carers.
Caring for others can cause problems in our own health, which are very often ignored.
Looking after someone may involve helping them with physical tasks, such as getting in and out of beds, baths or chairs.
Without advice and training in safe techniques, the carers may be putting themselves at risk of strain or injury.
Consequently, more than 70% of the UK’s unpaid carers suffer from back pain.
Carers are also at greater risk of developing chronic pain, which is disabling in a third of cases and life-long for the majority.
If you know or work with carers, or are a carer yourself, help and advice can be found at www.backcare.org.uk
If you look after someone and need some he…

'n-ergy works' plays key role in new campaign to reduce chewing gum litter

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Neath Port Talbot Council has launched a new campaign with the aim of reducing littered gum in the local area.
Encouraging residents to ‘Bin it your way’, the council has partnered with the Chewing Gum Action Group (CGAG), an organisation chaired by Defra and funded by the chewing gum industry, to tackle gum litter in the UK.
The campaign, now in its eighth year, sees industry working with councils and BIDs to develop local initiatives to reduce chewing gum litter.
Neath Port Talbot Council is among 16* local authorities and BIDs taking part in the 2013 activity.
Results from previous years demonstrate the significant impact of the campaign on gum litter levels.
Following 2012’s activity, gum litter levels fell by an average of 54% in participating areas, with some authorities reporting even better results.
Cardiff Council reported a 93% decrease whilst Nottingham City Council and Coventry City Council announced drops of 88% and 85% respectively.
The new advertising campaign features profe…

Dream opportunities for young singers in Llanelli

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If you’ve dreamed of performing to sell-out audiences, sharing the stage with international celebrities, singing at leading concert halls and to sing with nationally acclaimed orchestras – then this may be music to your ears!
The famous Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers are currently accepting new members for their exciting Autumn and Winter concert season. Over coming months, choristers will perform with international singing stars such as Russell Watson and Lesley Garrett, give repeated performances at St. David’s Hall Cardiff, star in the Wales Festival of Remembrance, enjoy TV appearances and perform with the leading British Sinfonietta Orchestra.
“It is a pleasure to open the choir’s doors to new choristers to join our current 70-strong ranks”, explained the choir’s London-based Director of Development, Jeremy Hywel Williams. “The teaching, the experiences and opportunities are life unique and can be positively life changing for many.”
The opportunity to join is open to all…

Secret Millionaire opens Ajuda Training Academy

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Kevin Green, star of Channel 4 show Secret Millionaire, was on hand today to officially open a new training centre in Cardiff. The self-made multi-millionaire and social entrepreneur cut the ribbon on Ajuda Ltd’s new Training Academy at Mount Stuart Square in Cardiff Bay.
Set up four years ago by managing director Dawn Evans, Ajuda provides a range of courses in first aid training, manual handling, asbestos awareness, fire safety, food hygiene and lifeguard training to businesses and individuals.
The company now employs four staff and more than 30 associate trainers, and has recently seen the 20,000th delegate complete one of its courses.
The Training Academy, at 15 Mount Stuart Square, is over three floors and includes specialist suites for both academic-based courses and practical hands-on training.
Ajuda, which has moved to Cardiff Bay from the Jasmine Enterprise Centre in Ely, which is being developed as a community hub by Cardiff council, also has a satellite office in Ruthin, Den…

Historic Llanelly House set for autumn opening

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Llanelly House is due to open this Autumn after undergoing a £6.5 million restoration of the early 18th century Georgian house.
It will feature Welsh national treasures such as the Stepney Armorial Dinner Service, a painting of Sir John Stepney by Sir Joshua Reynolds and rare grisaille artwork interior. There will be a projection of the time lapse footage of the restoration and refurbished historic interiors, and guided tours to the upper floors will enable the visitor to step back in time and come face-to-face with past residents -maybe even experience Mira Turner's ghostly presence. Llanelly House Cafe will offer visitors a taste of the past with a modern twist.
The driving force behind the project is Carmarthenshire Heritage Regeneration Trust. The Trust has worked closely with Carmarthenshire County Council and with their support has achieved great success in the renovation of Llanelly House.
The Grade One listed Georgian town house is the last of the Big 5 projects for the rege…

Gareth Lloyd Roberts appointed Director of Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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Gareth Lloyd Roberts, currently Producer at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, has been appointed Director of Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
A fluent Welsh speaker, Gareth joined Wales Millennium Centre in 2004 and has worked in various roles, including Programming Officer and Programmer.
Gareth was appointed to the post of Producer in June 2010. He is responsible for developing and nurturing talent, programming and producing new work as well as facilitating and booking tours of all in house productions at the Centre.
He supervises Incubator, the Centre’s creative development project and was responsible for producing the recent tours of Ma’ Bili’n Bwrw’r Bronco (a co-production with Theatr na nÓg) and I’m With the Band (a co-production with the Traverse Theatre Company), which is currently on tour and at Aberystwyth Arts Centre 14 and 15 October.
Gareth is also the primary creator and organiser of the Centre's highly successful annual Blysh Festival of circus, cabaret and street art which …

Doctor's surgery staff and pharamacy staff help promote Choose Well in Aberystwyth

Staff at Church Surgery and the Co-operative Pharmacy in Aberystwyth have been helping Hywel Dda Health Board raise awareness of Choose Well.
It is important to choose the right NHS Wales service if you become ill or are injured.
Choose Well helps you decide if you need medical attention if you get sick. It explains what each NHS service does, and when it should be used.
Choosing Well means that you and your family will get the best treatment. It also allows busy NHS services to help the people who need them most. Your help with this will save lives.
Owain Edmunds, Pharmacist at The Co-operative Pharmacy, said: “We are very pleased to support the national Choose Well campaign from our Co-operative Pharmacy branch in Aberystwyth. Choose Well will help to raise awareness of the full range of NHS services available and how community pharmacists play a key role.
“The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness of the effect that the winter months can have on people’s health, especially…

Aberystwyth scientist heads to Chile’s Atacama desert in preparation for Mars mission

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A space scientist from Aberystwyth University has travelled to Chile’s Atacama desert as preparations for the 2018 ExoMars mission to Mars continue.
Dr Stephen Pugh from the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science (IMPACS) is working on the ExoMars Panoramic Camera Instrument (PanCam) during a seven-day field trial.
PanCam will be the science 'eyes' for the mission and will feature a novel colour correction system to ensure that images sent back to earth truly represent the colours on Mars.
Featuring small stained-glass coloured chips manufactured using a process similar to that used in medieval times, the PanCam colour calibration target measures just 50 mm × 50 mm, 18 mm high and weighs no more than 25 grams.
The Aberystwyth PanCam work is led by Professor Dave Barnes, who will be based at mission control at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories during the trial along with other PanCam team members.
“Learning how to operate the PanCam instrument on Mars will be vita…

Llanelli gets ready to welcome singing star Lesley Garrett

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Excitement is building as Llanelli prepares to welcome international singing star Lesley Garrett in concert this Saturday (October 12)
Lesley Garrett will join forces with the Llanelli Choral Society for their prestigious annual concert “From Bach to Broadway and Beyond” which will feature Lesley Garrett, the Llanelli Choral Society and the Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers – all under the direction of founder John Hywel Williams MBE.
Sponsored by Jenkins Bakery, the grand performance at Ffwrnes theatre will feature an exciting and diverse programme with great choral works from the Llanelli Choral Society from the world of Baroque, highlights from world opera, and momentous moments from Hollywood, Broadway and the Americas. The Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers will perform a beautiful balanced programme spanning sacred moments including Pie Jesu and Panis Angelicus, Strauss’ Tritsch-Tratsch Polka and movie magic from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Sound of Music.
The high…

Graffiti experts help restore iconic Bronze Age stone landmark

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A South Wales social enterprise has provided the specialist, state-of-the-art technology needed to restore an iconic Bronze Age stone landmark in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Maen Llia is a popular destination for tourists, but the protected Ancient Monument was defaced with graffiti earlier this year.
The moss-covered 3.7 metre tall standing stone has now been restored to its former glory by a team from n-ergy works, who are specialists in graffiti and chewing gum removal.
“It was a very delicate job, requiring a great deal of thought and expertise,” said Steve Hicks, operations director at n-ergy works.
“Maen Llia is a heritage sight and there was a huge degree of sensitivity applied to the operation as we wanted to maintain the integrity of such a valued and well-loved ancient monument.”
Natalie Ward, Heritage Officer (Archaeology) with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, said: “The heritage of the National Park is the legacy left to us by our ancestors and it contains a we…

Owen Money to star at Sports Aid Cymru Wales lunch in Carmarthen

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BBC Radio Wales presenter, comedian and sports fan Owen Money will be the guest speaker at the next SportsAid Cymru Wales lunch in Carmarthen on Friday, November 15.
The lunch will be held at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, 12.30 for 1pm.
During the last five years, the West Wales committee of SportsAid Cymru Wales has raised more than £40,000 to support the future of young Welsh sporting talent.
Anyone interested in tickets for the event, should contact Richard Gealy on 01267 232305.
Website -
http://www.sportsaid.org.uk/regions/wales/

Search is on for Carmarthenshire Sports Personality

A total of 13 awards will be made at the 2013 Carmarthenshire Council Sports Personality Awards ceremony in January.
They recognise sporting achievements of athletes, coaches and volunteers in Carmarthenshire, and provide an opportunity to congratulate and honour the county’s accomplished sports stars.
Nominations, closing on November 15, by phone to 01554 744350 or email Leisure@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Eco Schools programme delight for Carmarthenshire

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Carmarthenshire has the highest number of Platinum and Green Flag schools in Wales under the Eco Schools programme.
The Platinum award is the highest accolade possible under Eco Schools and is the equivalent to achieving four Green Flags - an eco-label for environmental education and performance.
There are now 15 schools in Carmarthenshire to be awarded Platinum status and 75 schools have achieved the Green Flag – both are the highest in Wales in any one authority.
The county is consistently above the national average with 61% of schools achieving their first Green Flag (compared to the national average of 49%); 49% their second Green Flag (the national average 37%); 30% their third Green Flag (national average 20%) and 12% their fourth Green Flag or Platinum award (national average seven per cent).
Welcoming the figures, Executive Board Member for Technical Services Cllr Colin Evans, said: “The Eco Schools programme comes under my remit as part of waste and recycling and I am delighted …

Man fined £75 for dog mess in Ammanford

A man has been fined £75 for not cleaning up after his dog in Maesquarre Road in Ammanford.
Council environmental enforcement officers were on patrol n the area at the time of the incident.
He was issued with a fixed penalty notice which, if not paid, could result in prosecution in court and a fine of up to £1,000.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said the council would not hesitate to fine irresponsible dog owners.
“The majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pets,” he said. “Not only is dog mess very unpleasant if you step in it, but it can be a serious health risk, particularly for children. Hopefully this latest fine will act as a warning to others.”
Enforcement officers carry out patrols across Carmarthenshire seven days a week

Carmarthenshire Council chairman presents cheques to medical charities

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The Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council has presented two cheques for £1,000 to medical charities in memory of his brother.
Chair Cllr Terry Davies has chosen the British Heart Foundation and the Teenage Cancer Trust as his charities for his year in office.
Cllr Davies and his niece Helen have donated the money in memory of his brother Canon Islwyn Davies, Rector of Ystradgynlais, who died in January.
Cllr Terry Davies is pictured presenting the cheques to Jane Lewis of the British Heart Foundation (right) and Cllr Gwyneth Thomas of the Teenage Cancer Trust in the Chairman’s Room at County Hall, Carmarthen.

Waste and tyre amnesty in Pwll, Llanelli

A waste and tyre amnesty is being held for residents living in Pwll.
The council’s waste and recycling section has teamed up with housing services and Tidy Towns for the amnesty which is being held on Wednesday, October 16 between 9am and 1pm at Maesyrhaf.
Most household waste can be taken along including unwanted furniture, carpets and mattresses, electrical items such as fridge-freezers and televisions, garden waste and tyres (maximum 10 tyres per household / no tractor or lorry tyres).
However, paint, garden chemicals, car batteries, gas bottles, asbestos, construction and trade waste will not be accepted.
Residents that dispose of any waste items will also get a free bag of Merlin’s Magic Compost (while stocks last) courtesy of CWM Environmental Ltd.
Executive Board Member for Technical Services Cllr Colin Evans said: “We hope the amnesty will help to reduce fly-tipping in the area and encourage people to recycle more.”
Executive Board Member for Housing Cllr Tegwen Devichand said: “We …

Seven fined for dog fouling offences in Llanelli area

Seven people have been fined for dog fouling offences in the Llanelli area during the last month.
Council environmental enforcement officers have issued a total of seven fixed penalty notices for £75 during the month of September.
If the fines are not paid, then the offenders could be prosecuted in court and fined even more – up to £1,000.
Three of the offences occurred along the Millennium Coastal Path, one at North Dock and two in Burry Port.
The other four offences were at Sandy Water Park; Brynhyfryd, Llanelli; Corporation Avenue, Llanelli; and Cwmgwili.
The fine issued in Corporation Avenue was thanks to a report from a member of the public. The incident in Cwmgwili was also down to a statement from a witness and photographs.
Residents are now being reminded that if they see anyone allowing their dog to foul in a public place and not cleaning it up, they can report it to the council so that action can be taken.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jon…

Hooper brothers return to Llanelli for recital at Greenfield Chapel

Brothers John and Paul Hooper return to Llanelli next week to present a recital of classical and contemporary music. They are both members of Her Majesty’s Band of the Irish Guards and accomplished musician in their own right. John is a previous winner of the Llanelli Star Young Musician of the Year and Paul a brass finalist of that competition and winner of the Cussons Soloist of the Year. They will be accompanied by Major Richard Gaudion of the Salvation Army. The proceeds of the recital will be for the local committee of Leukaemia research and the Ty Bryngwyn Hospice. With music by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Dvorak, Gordon Jacob and others, this will be feast of music for everyone. The recital will be at Greenfield Chapel on Thursday, October 17, at 7pm. Tickets are £4, available at the door on the evening.

Latest special offers from the Jenkins Bakery

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This week's special offers from the Jenkins Bakery -
WEEK COMMENCING 07/10/13 CRAFT BAKERS WEEK
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£1000 Gethin Hughes memorial bursary prize to be awarded

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An exciting £1,000 musical bursary prize will be awarded for the first time this month to honour the man known as Llanelli’s Mr Music, Gethin Hughes MBE.
It is the biggest prize of its kind on offer in Wales and the aim is to find the very best young musical talent in Carmarthenshire.
The prize is the brainchild of Cor Meibion Llanelli musical director Eifion Thomas, a close friend of the late Mr Hughes.
“Gethin was a great pal and a long-serving accompanist for Cor Meibion Llanelli,” said Mr Thomas.
“We travelled the world to concerts and festivals and Gethin was famous the world over for being a real character and a wonderful ambassador for Llanelli.
“Gethin made an outstanding contribution to music in Llanelli and in Wales. It is wonderfully fitting that we should honour his memory and celebrate his life with a musical bursary prize.
“Gethin cared very much about supporting and promoting youngsters on their musical careers. Hopefully, this new award will go a long way to encouragi…

Jenkins Bakery installs new software in 27 shops

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The Llanelli-based Jenkins Bakery has installed ‘CyBake Touch’ shop management software in all of its 27 shops.
Jenkins Bakery is an independent, family-owned firm founded in 1921. The company prides itself on the quality of its products, the frequency it refreshes its range and a strong local reputation. It has an impressive weekly order book for celebration cakes.
The business employs nearly 300 people, full and part-time, at its headquarters in Trostre, Llanelli, and across a network of shops that stretches from Carmarthen to Bridgend to Ystradgynlais in the north of the area.
Jenkins Bakery has been using York-based RedBlack Software's CyBake bakery management system at its head office since 1999. CyBake is used to manage production, recipes, stock control and purchase ordering.
CyBake Touch shop management software is RedBlack Software's fastest-growing product and is sold separately from its flagship CyBake offering. Jenkins Bakery runs CyBake Touch on EPOS till systems fro…

Giant vegetable competition at Aberglasney today

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Today, Aberglasney is delighted to be holding its first Giant Vegetable Competition. If you would like to enter but haven’t returned an entry form then you’re still welcome to come along on Sunday morning with your vegetables (you’ll find a list of all the classes at the end of this email.)
It’s free to enter the competition and the prizes in each class are well worth your efforts – 1st prize is £40 or a joint annual membership for Aberglasney worth £65; 2nd prize is £20 or a £30 gift voucher for Aberglasney’s shop and plant sales area; and 3rd prize is £10 or a copy of the beautiful book ‘The Flowering of Aberglasney’. There are also special prizes for the best Aberglasney Member exhibit and the best junior exhibit.
If you’ve decided not to enter this year we would still love to see you at Aberglasney on Sunday. All visitors will receive a complimentary glass of mulled cider, you’ll be able to get advice from the experts on making the most of your vegetable garden (including from compe…

Latest news from the 'Jazz in the Bar' team at Brecon

Latest news from the 'Jazz in the Bar' team at Brecon - 

Hello everyone - October is here but hope you've enjoyed this lovely sunny day! Planning ahead for eat/meet/jazz this month, arrangements as follows:
BUFFET: £5 per person Lansdowne Hotel, bookable (reply email) if you can, but otherwise, just turn up on Tues 15 October,6.45 till 7.45 pm.
JAZZ 8pm Tuesday 15 October : Deborah Glenister Trio: Deb Glenister on Sax & Flute; Jen Wilson on piano and Elissa Evans vocals - members of Jazz Heritage Wales. Expect swing and blues vocals, and jazz classics from this Swansea-based trio. £6 on the door. All Welcome.
JAZZ BUFFET:One plate (with chicken/vege/fishcake), includes salads, bread, potato and juice, followed by tea/coffee and cake. People who attended in Sept, said: high quality, great value, nice food, relaxing atmos and good to meet others. £5 pp or £2.50 if you just want to pop in for coffee & cake. See you there.

Lynne & Co
Brecon Jazz Club 'Jazz in the Bar…