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The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post

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The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post.

Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy.
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Did you watch “The Great Escape” over Christmas?
Despite the fact the 1963 prisoner-of-war classic has as much to do with Santa Claus as raging myxomatosis has to do with the Easter Bunny, it’s a regular fixture in the Christmas schedules. This time around it was on Five USA.
TV executives could be accused of lazy programming, filling-up several hours with a 50-year old film. But what’s wrong with spending a cold winter’s afternoon settled on the sofa watching an old movie full of big name stars, action, excitement, humour...and that incredible motorcycle leap over the barbed-wire fence at the climax?
Whatever your feelings about war films, without doubt it’s a rock solid piece of screen entertainment with a brilliant screenplay and the sure hand of Hollywood veteran John Sturges at the helm.
I make a poin…

Good progress being made on 24 hour Emergency and Urgent Care Centre at Withybush

Hywel Dda University Health Board reassures patients and the public that it is making good progress to maintain short and long term provisions of the 24 hour Emergency and Urgent Care Centre at Withybush Hospital.
The University Health Board is continuing to work hard with clinical staff, managers, senior medical leads and GP representatives to ensure these services can continue to be provided to the same high standard for our local population.
Medical Director, Dr Sue Fish said: “We are committed to the long term provision of a safe, high quality service for patients in Pembrokeshire and I would like to thank our staff and partners for their hard work and commitment in developing both short and long term solutions to ensure we continue to provide access to both 24 hour accident and emergency services and GP out of hours services”.
Discussions are continuing on a regular basis to further explore greater use of community hospitals; developing models of care to allow greater involvemen…

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Boxing Day Walrus Dip a huge success at Pembrey Country Park

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From sizzling Bondi Beach Oz to shivering Cefn Sidan, Boxing Day Walrus Dippers came from all over the globe.
Five hundred fancy dress charity fund raisers braved the freezing winds and icy seas at the 30th annual Cefn Sidan Boxing Day Walrus Dip.
They came dressed as bananas, carrots, First World War Land Girls, a bottle of larger, a bathplug and ET. Penguins danced with the Hunchback of Notredam, there were scores of Father Christmases and a rash of daring dos in their mankinis and bikinis.
The youngest dipper spotted was five year Rachael Charles from Dafen in a Pepper Pig onesie and the oldest registered dipper Graham Carter aged 72 from Clydach.
There was a family of fairies and elves from Merthyr Tydfil raising money for Wales Air Ambulance and banana and a carrot from Ashburnham Road, Pembrey raising cash for the Ebola campaign.
The biggest shivering shock was delivered by 20-year-old Maddie Willey from Gladstone, Queensland, Australia, who confessed not even Bondi Beach and the Gol…

The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post

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The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post.
Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy.

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'The Harley and the Ivy'
By the time this goes to print, it’ll be Christmas Eve. I can still remember the thrill of waking up at dawn one Christmas and reaching out to feel the exciting shapes hidden within the pillowcase hanging on the end of the bed.
I carefully unwrapped the first present - a pair of bicycle clips, with a note attached which said “These are no good unless they’re attached to something useful. Take a look under the bed.”
So I looked. And do you know what was there?
A pair of trousers!
The motorcycle community often create a negative image in the minds of the public and in the media.
Mention the word “bikers” and immediately, big, hairy types covered in tattoos spring to mind. They’re tough as nails, don’t shave for days, never wash their leathers, drink Jack Daniels straight from the b…

The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post

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The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post.

Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy.
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If you read last week’s page – and if you didn’t you missed out big time, because I revealed Kylie Minogue’s mobile number and Bob Geldof’s PIN number - you’ll remember I briefly mentioned the Nativity.
Well, as the man who designed the London Eye once remarked, “What goes around, comes around.”
Because, co-incidentally, just before I started writing this article, I saw something on breakfast TV which astonished me.
And no, it wasn’t Lorraine Kelly managing to get through a whole programme without lying to the soap-actress-of-the-day she seems contractually obliged to converse with every morning, “The top secret plotline you’ve been unable to reveal to me during the last six minutes, sounds really grrreat!”, as she laughs and flaps her hands around in the rigorous interviewing style that will surely one day w…

Latest special offers from the Jenkins Bakery

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WEEK COMMENCING December 8, 2014
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2 Large Corned Beef Pasties £1.95
4 Medium Sausage Rolls £1.80
2 Fresh Cream Eclairs £1.70
Sandwich of the Week Festive Special £2.65
Rustic Baguette of the Week Chicken and Bacon £2.40
Filed Softie of the Week Ham Salad £2.20
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Baroness Gillian Shepard on fact-finding mission with South Wales Rotary Clubs

Baroness Gillian Shepard (deputy chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission) attended the Rotary Club in Cardiff to hear from Rotary members from all over South Wales about their work with social mobility
The venue was Whitchurch (Cardiff) Golf Club, Pantmawr Road, Cardiff.
Baroness Shepard spent the afternoon with Rotary Club members from across Rotary's District 1150 South Wales area to hear about their continued work and support within their local communities. There was a focus around what the clubs are doing to reduce child poverty and improve social mobility, which is timely, as child poverty and social mobility is rising up the agenda again.
Background:
The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (the Commission) is an advisory non-departmental public body established by the Child Poverty Act 2010 as amended by the Welfare Reform Act 2012. The Commission became fully operational in January 2013.
The role of the Commission is to:
Monitor the Government’s progre…

The latest 'On Song' column from the Llanelli Star

The latest 'On Song' column (about the choral scene in and around Llanelli) from the Llanelli Star - 

Côr Meibion Llanelli members are getting ready for a series of Christmas events.
On Thursday, December 11, the choir will be Carol Singing at Llanelly House between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
On Saturday, December 13, the choir’s annual Christmas concert takes the form of a Gymanfa Ganu at Greenfield Chapel, Llanelli, starting at 7pm.
Côr Meibion Llanelli musical director Eifion Thomas said: “The Gymanfa Ganu tradition remains strong here in Llanelli and it seems appropriate at Christmas time that we should all be united in song and in rejoicing.
“The Gymanfa promises to be a celebration of the very best of community singing and we are looking forward to a full house at Greenfield Chapel so that everyone can get into the proper festive spirit.”
On Monday, December 15, the choir will be singing at the Christmas Raceday at Ffoslas racecourse in Carway, between 12 noon and 2.30pm.
On Wednesday…

The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post

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The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post.

Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy.

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As it’s the season to be cheerful, I thought I’d start this week’s column with a joke.
I’m telling you it’s a joke because it’s so subtle that when you read it you might think to yourself, “Phil said he was starting with a joke, but he forgot to put one in, the poor old fool!”
One of my friends is an eminent ophthalmologist. (Try saying that while eating a packet of crisps) He’s the best in the country. And he’s also pretty good in the city. Anyway, while I was visiting him recently, he showed me a new piece of equipment he’d taken delivery of. It was a quarter of an inch thick, six inches long, had a tiny blade at one end and was used for intricate ophthalmologic surgery.
Take it from me, it was a real eye-opener!
Hello? Are you still there?
Talking of cardboard (!), have you had any through your letterbox r…

Latest special offers from the Jenkins Bakery

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WEEK COMMENCING December 8, 2014
3 Medium Corned Beef £1.65
2 Large Corned Beef Pasties £1.95
4 Medium Sausage Rolls £1.80
2 Fresh Cream Eclairs £1.70
Sandwich of the Week Festive Special £2.65
Rustic Baguette of the Week Chicken and Bacon £2.40
Filed Softie of the Week Chicken Tikka £2.30
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http://jenkinsbakery.co.uk/

Music and mince pies - free concert at Ffwrnes, Llanelli

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Music and Mince pies is a FREE music concert for older people on Monday 15th December at 2.30pm in the Ffrwnes Theatre in Llanelli.
The concert is sponsored by Western Power Distribution and Arts and Business Culture Step and features soprano Jessica Robinson and pianist Rhiannon Pritchard.
Mince pies and hot drinks will be served and this is your chance to attend a joyful festive event to help celebrate getting together and socialising over the festive period.
While the event is free, people do need to reserve a ticket via the Ffwrnes by phone or website, please ring 0845 2263510 or e-mail theatres@sirgar.gov.uk.
Although there may be space on the day for people to just turn up, it is better if you confirm your ticket in advance to ensure you have a seat. 

Jessica Robinson (soprano)
Jessica Robinson is a postgraduate student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where her studies are supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the Elizabeth Evans Trust.
Jessica holds a first class…

The latest 'On Song' column from the Llanelli Star

The latest 'On Song' column (about the choral scene in and around Llanelli) from the Llanelli Star - 

Côr Meibion Llanelli members are getting ready for a series of Christmas events.
On Saturday, December 13, the choir’s annual Christmas concert takes the form of a Gymanfa Ganu at Greenfield Chapel, Llanelli, starting at 7pm.
Côr Meibion Llanelli musical director Eifion Thomas said: “The Gymanfa Ganu tradition remains strong here in Llanelli and it seems appropriate at Christmas time that we should all be united in song and in rejoicing.
“The Gymanfa promises to be a celebration of the very best of community singing and we are looking forward to a full house at Greenfield Chapel so that everyone can get into the proper festive spirit.”
On Monday, December 15, the choir will be singing at the Christmas Raceday at Ffoslas racecourse in Carway.
On Wednesday, December 17, the choir’s annual charity concert takes place at The Thomas Arms, starting at 7pm.
The choir will also be busy reco…

The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post

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The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post

Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy

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I loathe round robins. Not the chubby, red-breasted little birds you see on Christmas cards. Although in olden times, (before Channel4 began) a robin was seen as a harbinger of death.
I’m referring to those self-congratulatory ‘What A Wonderful Year Our Family Has Had’ letters and e-mails that arrive in the run-up to Christmas, usually sent from distant relatives, old work colleagues you barely remember and that irritating couple you met on holiday, to whom you foolishly gave your address in a moment of weakness.
You never see them from one year to the next - for which you’re more than grateful – yet bafflingly, they think you’re desperate to know what they and their incredibly talented, highly successful family have been up to since you dropped their last round robin into the recycling.
They also mistakenly ass…

Get well soon wishes go to Peter Rees, Scarlets hero

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Get well soon wishes go to Peter Rees, Scarlets and Wales rugby hero.
The former Llanelli RFC Chairman and President went into hospital in November and had to have a second emergency operation on Saturday - but he came around from surgery in time to watch the Wales team beat South Africa!
Peter is the last surviving player from the 1947 Five Nations Tournament, which was the first after World War Two and the first Five Nations tournament for 16 years. Wales were joint Champions with England.
Peter, 89 (90 in February), is currently in Preseli Ward in Glangwili Hospital.
Mark John, Secretary Llanelli Rugby Football Club, said everyone at Llanelli RFC and the Scarlets wished Peter a speedy recovery.

Businessman Roger’s festive rescue saves the day

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A Carmarthenshire businessman has stepped it to save a popular festive contest for schools with the donation of a 20 Christmas trees.
The popular Christmas Tree Decorating Competition, held annually at the National Botanic Garden and featuring hundreds of local schoolchildren, was thrown into doubt when the Garden’s supply of trees disappeared.
But Roger Hunt, who owns and runs the company Cymru Christmas Trees and a massive plantation of 10,000 trees near to the Garden, has made a very special Christmas gift of 12 six-foot trees to ensure the competition goes ahead as planned – on Thursday December 4.
Education development officer at the Garden, Nancy Hardy said: “We are very grateful to Roger. It is a fabulous gesture and came just in the nick of time to save this special day in which hundreds of local schoolchildren take part.”
Mr Hunt said: “As a major supplier of Christmas trees, I am delighted to be able to help the National Botanic Garden with this competition.
“We are part of the…

Pwllpeiran New Entrant Partnerships launched by Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University officially announced the Pwllpeiran Upland Research Platform New Entrant Partnerships at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair today. The Partnerships offer a unique opportunity for up to two farmers with some experience in managing a livestock hill farm, to work in partnership to develop upland research programmes with the Institute and its researchers.
Nigel Scollan, Waitrose Professor in Sustainable Agriculture at IBERS said; “This is an exciting prospect to work with us to investigate and demonstrate new innovations in Uplands Agriculture, and to identify and exploit new rural or land based enterprises and business opportunities.
The challenges of food security, global warming and the protection of biodiversity require informed and improved use of the uplands through the development of new plants and animal systems. Innovative, science-driven approaches will be developed to meet these challenges, and as such IBERS is exceptionally well positioned to make a major contr…

Christmas event for Ty Cymorth Carmarthen and District Hospice Appeal

Christmas event for Ty Cymorth Carmarthen and District Hospice Appeal - Wednesday  December 3, Christmas Coffee Morning with mince pies at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel Carmarthen, starts at 10am. To be opened by Dr Llinos Roberts. To include a Christmas raffle and stalls. Tickets at the door or available from any committee members at £1.50. Free car-parking. Why not pop along for a lovely cup of coffee and a chat?

Ffwrnes School in Llanelli opens its doors to pupils

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“It's awesome!”...that’s the view of pupils at Llanelli’s latest new school.
Ysgol Ffwrnes threw open its doors to pupils for the first time today, months ahead of schedule.
The £14.6million primary school has been built as part of Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme, and headteacher Catherine Lloyd Jenkins was the first to welcome pupils for their first day at the new school this morning.
For many, it was the first time they’d laid eyes on it, whilst several older pupils - who have been involved in the design and build stages – were pleased to see the project complete.
“There’s been a lot of excitement, but we’re settling in very well,” said Mrs Lloyd Jenkins.
The excitement of the day was summed up by year four pupils Austin Jones, Ifan Wheeler and Rowan Morris.
Austin, aged nine, said: “It’s nice – I love the smell of it! And the carpets are really colourful.”
Comparing it to his old school, which has now been decommissioned, Ifan, eight, said: “It’s more…

Carmarthenshire residents invited to 'roadtest' the new i-Local website

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Carmarthenshire residents are being asked to test out the county council's new i-Local site to check that it’s easy to use and access.
The site, which was launched by the county council at the National Eisteddfod in August, is now being tested.
The Council’s E Government Officer employed via the Communities 2.0 project is assisting to ensure that i-Local is easy to use and as accessible as possible, the results from testing will be used to make improvements to the site.
Executive board member for communications Cllr Pam Palmer said: “We are asking local residents to get involved to test areas of the website so that we can improve the service.
“We want to make sure that i-Local is as easy to use and accessible as possible and we believe consulting the people who use the site is the best way to achieve that goal.”
The first testing session took place recently at the Felinfoel Resource Centre, facilitated by the Communities 2.0 E Government Officer and was the first time Carmarthenshire …

Carmarthen Market will open on Sundays in run up to Christmas

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Carmarthen market will now be open every Sunday in the run up to Christmas.
It’s even easier to wrap up your Christmas by visiting the indoor market – now open 7 days a week from this Sunday (December 7).
The market will be open from 10am-4pm every Sunday.
And don’t forget you can take the stress out of the organising the big day by pre-ordering your fresh produce in good time - visit your local market trader to find out more.
Carmarthen open air market will also be held every Sunday in December in the run-up to Christmas and every day from Monday, December 15 until Christmas Eve.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board member responsible for the markets Cllr Jeff Edmunds said: “With the markets open on these extra dates it’s even easier to get Christmas wrapped up.”
To find out Christmas opening hours and much more, visit www.carmarthenshiremarkets.co.uk

You can have your say on Carmarthenshire Budget proposals

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People can have their say on council budget proposals at events taking place across Carmarthenshire.
Roadshows will be held in Newcastle Emlyn, Llanelli, Ammanford and St Clears as part of the consultation process.
People can go along and speak to officers and councillors about the proposals being put forward as the council tries to balance its books, whilst facing cuts of around £44million over the next three years.
With such a significant reduction in its budget the council is having to look at all options for reducing spend and it is likely that this will affect dozens of services and jobs.
Senior officers have already identified millions of pounds in operational savings, now councillors have to make decisions that could affect the delivery of front line services to find the rest of the money needed.
The process started with a members’ seminar, and all of the Council’s scrutiny committees will discuss the budget at their meetings over the coming months.
Full consultation with the public…

Côr Meibion Llanelli home after successful winter tour to Austria

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The globe-trotting choristers of Côr Meibion Llanelli have returned home after their winter tour to Austria.
The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the destination for a musical journey with a Christmas theme.
The choir members performed at the renowned Salzburg Cathedral and also sang at nearby Oberndorf, the place where Stille Nacht (Silent Night) was written.
They also took in a trip to some of the key locations of The Sound of Music film.
“All in all, it was a very memorable trip and one of the highlights of this our 50th anniversary year,” said choir chairman Mel Harries.
“It is yet another great example of why it pays to be a member of a choir with a great tradition of male voice singing like Côr Meibion Llanelli. You get the chance to perform in world famous locations and make friends the world over.”
The choir members were honoured to be allowed to perform at the memorial chapel to the writers of Stille Nacht (Silent Night), Franz Xaver Gruber (music) and Joseph Mohr (lyrics)…

£2,500 raised by HSBC staff for Glangwili Hospital’s Children’s Ward in Carmarthen

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Staff from HSBC’s South West Wales premier banking team have raised a fantastic £2500 for Cilgerran Ward at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen.
Members of staff cycled from Carmarthen to Swansea and others walked from Llanelli to Swansea on the same day. With the money raised by the team generously match-funded by HSBC’s Pound for Pound scheme their donation is set to go even further.
In recent years the group have raised funds for a variety of national charities but this year decided that they wanted to support something a little closer to home.
Simon Dyer, Area Premier Manager, said: “We are pleased to be supporting such a worthy cause for local children and young people and hope that the donation makes a difference to the services provided by the team at Cilgerran Ward. It was a pleasure meeting members of the team and hearing first hand about the fantastic work that they do.”
Cilgerran Ward at Glangwili Hospital provides inpatient children’s service for scheduled and unscheduled care …

Latest special offers from the Jenkins Bakery

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WEEK COMMENCING December 1, 2014
3 Medium Corned Beef £1.65
2 Large Corned Beef Pasties £1.95
2 Spicy Chicken Pasties £2.25
2 Strawberry Manchester Tarts £1.70
Sandwich of the Week Salmon and Cucumber £2.10
Rustic Baguette of the Week Ham and Cheese £2.40
Filed Softie of the Week Chicken Tikka £2.30

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The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post

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The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post

Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy

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C.S. Lewis once wrote “When I became a man, I put away childish things”.
And while his Narnia books were written for children, old C.S. knew what he was talking about.
As soon as my voice started to break and I realised that I could have more fun with girls than pulling their hair and pinching them on the odd occasion, I swapped my short trousers for long trousers.
Actually, to be truthful, because I didn’t know any better, for the first three months I wore my long trousers over my short trousers. I was such an idiot at 19.
I really was an idiot, because I was still in the Fourth Form. The Head was unhappy with me and refused to let me leave school without a single exam pass. So I decided to put a smile on the Heads face. Not his actual face. I used a marker pen to draw a big toothy grin on his portrait hanging in th…

The latest 'On Song' column from the Llanelli Star

The latest 'On Song' column (about the choral scene in and around Llanelli) from the Llanelli Star - 

It is a busy Christmas for Cerith Owens, the director of Llaneli-based Loud Applause productions.
He’s getting ready for the first Loud Applause Christmas Concert, which is being staged at Greenfield Chapel, Llanelli, this Saturday, November 29.
Cerith explained: “It is always a rare privilege to be able to a debut a brand new choir, especially an exciting youth choir from the area and Loud Applause has that honour in its inaugural Christmas Concert at Greenfield Baptist Church.
“Cor Ieuenctid Llwyth Y Llan Youth Choir from Llangennech formed only a few months ago but already has 54 members. The choir are under the baton of Lewis Richards who has had numerous successes with his Llangennech Primary School Choir.
“He took on the baton to form the choir for members between the ages of 10 and 16 to perform in the medium of Welsh, English and other languages.
“At the moment the choir are…