Showing posts from April 13, 2014

‘Florence Taylor’ scoops £20,000 entrepreneurship prize

InvEnterPrize 2014, Aberystwyth University’s version of Dragon’s Den and worth £20,000 to the winner, has been won by Lucy-Jane Newman.
Lucy, a final year student at the Aberystwyth School of Management and Business, was one of five finalists to pitch their business proposals to panel of experts.
Her winning pitch, ‘Florence Taylor’ – an initiative to manufacture and sell bespoke premium beauty tools hand made in Britain, was highly praised by the panel.
Speaking after the announcement, Lucy said; “I’ve been working relentlessly at this business idea for the last two years. With the graduate job market more competitive than ever, winning the InvEnterPrize competition is priceless. It will enable me to create my own job by launching Florence Taylor full-time upon my graduation in July.”

Professor Michael Woods appointed as Professor for Transformative Social Science

Showing commitment to an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Award to nurture social science research which can be truly ‘transformative’, Aberystwyth University has created a new high level post.
Professor Michael Woods from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences has been appointed as Professor for Transformative Social Science.
This innovative post will lead a two year programme which focuses on the ESRC’s three strategic priority areas and aims to nurture transformations in theory, methods and knowledge exchange.
Commenting on his appointment, Professor Woods said; “This is an exciting opportunity not only to develop research that transforms social science knowledge and methods, but also to ensure that our research has a real impact in transforming society for the better”.
Through championing novel and interdisciplinary research, the Professor of Transformative Social Science will lead a programme of activities engaging fellow academics, members of the local communit…

BEACON wins prestigious European Commission RegioStars award

A prestigious European Commission RegioStars Award 2014 has been won by the BEACON Biorefining Centre of Excellence, an innovative Welsh research partnership dedicated to developing industrial products from plants to reduce reliance on fossil-based resources such as coal and gas.
BEACON is a Welsh Government EU funded collaboration between Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea universities. The BEACON team received their award at a glittering awards ceremony in Brussels.
Researchers at BEACON work with industry, including small and medium sized enterprises, to develop renewable materials, fuels and chemicals as well as modified and new environmental and economically sustainable processes.
Led by Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), BEACON was one of 4 projects to be shortlisted in the “Sustainable growth: Green growth and jobs through Bio-economy” category.
The other three were Ecoponto em casa from Portugal, ORGANEXT from Belgium, Germany …

Family Fun Day set for Cwmcerrig on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5

There's a Family Fun Day planned for the Spring Bank Holiday Monday at Cwmcerrig Farmshop and Grill in Gorslas.
The Fun Day is being organised to raise funds for the Wales Air Ambulance and the Gorslas Welfare Association.
It takes place between 10am and 3pm on Monday, May 5.
Radio Carmarthenshire will be broadcasting from the event.
"It promises to be a great day out for all the family," said Cwmcerrig partner Roland Watkins.
"There'll be a warm welcome for one and all. Our award-winning shop and grill will be open and there will be a host of events to enjoy."
Competitions on the day include -
Guess the weight of the bullockGuess the cost of the hamperGuess the number of sheepWellie throwingPig racesSheep racesPlay Your Cards Right There will also be a Bouncy Castle and Barbecue.

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New opening hours at Cwmcerrig Farmshop and Grill in Gorslas

Opening times are being extended at the award-winning Cwmcerrig Farmshop and Grill in Gorslas in response to customer demand. "We've had requests galore to extend our opening hours," said Cwmcerrig partner Roland Watkins. "Everyone leads such busy lives nowadays and many people who are working in the day struggle to get here in time. "In response to that, we are extending our opening times from Monday, April 28. "On most nights, we will now be open until 7pm, which should suit customers old and new." The new opening hours are - Shop: Mon 8am to 5pm; Tues-Sat 8am to 7pm; Sunday and Bank Hols 10am to 5pm. Grill café: Mon 8am to 5pm (last orders 4.30pm); Tues-Sat 8am to 7pm (last orders 6.30pm); Sunday and Bank Hols 10am to 5pm (last orders 4pm).
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'Long arm' of the internet sees missing charity wristbands returned to hotel

Brecon landlord Les Rees didn’t have to resort to the long arm of the law when charity wristbands went missing from The George Hotel in Brecon.
Some speedy work on social media publicised the fact the Help for Heroes/Welsh Guards wristbands had been taken from the bar area.
“We have you on closed circuit TV (CCTV),” was the message from Mr Rees to the culprits.
Within 24 hours the wristbands were returned to the hotel.
“They were returned with an apology and a suitable donation to charity,” said Mr Rees, general manager at the Evan-Evans Brewery hotel.
“I’d like to think that it was a bit of a prank which went wrong.
“Whatever the case, they have been returned to the bar area and we can continue our fundraising efforts.”
Mr Rees said he was very proud of the wristbands appeal at The George.
“Over the last three years we have raised nearly £2500 with our wristband appeal for Help the Heroes and the Welsh Guards.
“We are very proud of the fact that we have on display in the bar a framed letter f…

Hywel Dda learning disabilities service users on their bikes for charity

The recent Sport Relief campaign saw staff and service users from Llanelli community team for learning disabilities cycling the distance from Llanelli to Glasgow in time for the Commonwealth Games, adding to a grand total of £1100 raised for charities.
Led and organised by the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Support Workers, Karen Brown and Sarah Kriewald, the team used static bikes, including wheelchair accessible bikes to ensure maximum participation, to cycle a distance of over 620 km (over 385 miles). As well as raising money, the aim was to promote mental and physical health as well as team-working skills.
Bethan Evans, Physiotherapy Service Lead for Learning Disabilities, said: “This event was the latest in a series of charity challenges that the team has completed, including a very successful ‘Fun and Games’ event around the Olympic Games, a Macmillan coffee morning and a cookery event for Children in Need.
“What was great about this challenge was that service users and…

Comedy Show in aid of Teenage Cancer at the Thomas Arms in Llanelli

There's a Friday Night Comedy Show at the Thomas Arms Hotel, Llanelli, on May 23.
The night is in aid of Teenage Cancer.
It starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. The host will be Kevin Johns (Swansea Sound). Featured comedians include - Karen Sherrard, Col Howarth, Sarah Bridgeman and Steffan Alun. Tickets £10, available from Llanelli Public Library or by phoning 01554 824117 or 07980668892.

Brewer Simon Buckley throws challenge down to councillors

Letter to the editor of the Carmarthen Journal from Simon Buckley, chief executive of Llandeilo-based brewery Evan-Evans - 

Dear Madam, It just goes to show that politicians do listen if you talk to the right ones! The Budget yet again produced a helping hand for the brewing and pub industry. If careful balloting of MPs and Government ministers can achieve this huge result, why is it that at a local level we cannot exercise democracy? Why can’t we see our independent councillors in Carmarthenshire do what they were elected to do: act independently and fight the corner for the electorate and council tax-payers? The Mark James fiasco is a poor example of so-called ‘Independent’ democracy at work. It was laughable. The simple fact is that Meryl’s Gravell’s Gang (and I think the former Leader is still calling the shots) respond to a ‘party’ whip line when voting. An ‘Independent’ group responding to a whip? That makes them far from ‘independent’, and certainly emasculated and, dare I say it, incap…

The latest 'Iechyd Da' beer column from the Carmarthen Journal

The Iechyd Da beer column written for the Carmarthen Journal by award-winning brewer Simon Buckley, chief executive of Llandeilo-based Evan-Evans Brewery.
It’s been the sort of winter where Noah would have felt quite at home.
I think this has been the longest wettest winter I have experienced in nearly 40 years in the brewing industry.
We have had customers flooded out, customers without electricity for weeks on end, and a drinking public that gave up trying to get to the pub on the wettest of nights.
That was January and February, then there was a lamentable Six Nations performance by Wales - and the pub trade was in the doldrums.
But each year Easter is like a beacon.
It’s the time when the brewers and the licensees of Wales look forward to the better seasons ahead and make strenuous efforts to make one with our God to make sure that the weather is kind to us!
This year, spring started in a very different way, with the Budget.
Regular readers of this column will know that I have for the pa…

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 busy planning a special 50th Anniversary Dinner.
The dinner will be held at the Stradey Park Hotel on Saturday, October 18.
“It promises to be a wonderful celebration of the choir’s great 50-year history,” said choir chairman Mr Harries.
“We will be having special VIP guest speakers (due to be announced later in the year) and there will be a wonderful opportunity for choir members past and present to get together with friends of the choir to celebrate our 50th anniversary.”
Meanwhile, the choir has agreed to make a return visit to Hersham in Surrey on Saturday, July 12.
“Our visit there last year was a great success, with the organisers saying they could have sold tickets for the venue twice over,” said choir chairman Mel Harries.
“On our last visit we raised a huge amount of cash for the Royal Marsden cancer hospital. This year, we will be raising fund…

Street art takes on a a new dimension in Llanelli town centre

Potholes will take on a whole new dimension in Llanelli town centre next month.
One measuring 20-feet by 10-feet will appear in Stepney Street.
But council bosses have said there will be no need to panic – it’s an optical illusion.
Armed with paint brushes 3D street artists will descend on Stepney Street creating the hole in the ground during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday, May 24.
Shoppers and visitors will be able to “look” into the hole with no danger of falling in.
The optical illusion will be created by an S4C team promoting one of the new exciting programmes for children called Madron.
Llanelli’s tourism and marketing manager Huw Parsons said: “It’s tremendous Llanelli’s ultra modern town centre is attracting this kind of attention.
“Art of this nature commands a lot of attention and can cause quite a stir with even Jaws breaking out of the drainage system.”
County executive board member for regeneration Cllr Meryl Gravell promised this was not another hole-digging exercise…

Zombie Apocalypse coming soon to a park near you!

Be afraid. The zombies are coming to a park near Llanelli this summer.
Llanelli-based companies, The Academy of Creative Arts and Celtic Laser are working together to develop a series of ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ challenges in Pembrey Country Park.
The first event is planned on Saturday, May 17 and could run every month through to September.
Between 8pm and 11pm eight teams of 10 people must navigate through eight checkpoints spread through the park trying to evade zombies who will be roaming through the park looking for them.
A promotional video of the game was shot using 40 actors at the beginning of April causing quite a stir across social media sites and at McDonald’s in Trostre when a car full of made up “bloodied” actors en route to the park dropped by for a bite.
Taking part in the film was Swansea and Dr Who actress Rebecca Donovan Morgan who said: “I really enjoyed being involved at Pembrey . It was fun to have a part I could really get my teeth in to! Now I can proudly tick being a zom…

Pembrey relives the steam days of yesteryear

The clock went steaming back 100 years in Pembrey.
Billowing clouds of steam from lovingly restored and rebuilt gleaming brassy and copper engines driven by coal stained enthusiasts whistled into Randall Square in the shadow of the Norman tower of St Illtyd’s Parish Church.
Llanelli and district Model Engineers were holding their eighth annual steam rally over two days of the weekend with the highlight a steam procession from Pembrey Country Park two miles along Factory Road, Lando Road and Edwards Terrace, Gwscwm Road to Randall Square.
There were more than 50 engines from as far afield as Cornwall on show and half of them steamed into the village for a rendezvous at the Red Lion Inn.
Landlady Rhoma Spittles said: “What fantastic colourful characters these steam folk are. They bring a lot of fun to the village twice a year.”
In the park, visitors were entertained with 22 steam model railway engines on the miniature railway.
Club chairman Rob Raynor said their 85-strong membership had put i…

Jumping beans nursery jumps for joy after receiving national award

The Jumping Beans Day Nursery in Pembrokeshire was the first nursery in Wales to achieve a national award for health promotion.
Accredited by Welsh Government the Healthy and Sustainable Pre School Scheme includes a wide range of health aspects from nutrition, oral health, hygiene, safety, environment, workplace health, personal development and relationships and emotional health and wellbeing.
Puddleducks Day Nursery, Noah’s Ark Day Nursery and Happy Days Nursery, Haverfordwest all also recently received the award.
Senior Public Health Officer Liz Western said, “A positive approach to health is central to everything a nursery does and I am delighted to see these Pembrokeshire nurseries embracing the ethos of the scheme. Nurseries play a vital role in helping happy, healthy children to be happy, healthy learners.”
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Pictured left to right: Mary Jones, Healthy Pre School Practitioner, Carly Denton Happy Days, Haverfordwest, Shirley Marshall Jumping Beans, Hayley Barnett Noah’s…

Withybush volunteer wins Choose Well health prize

A volunteer has won a competition about the Choose Well health campaign.
Mervyn Davies, a volunteer with the Withybush Hospital League of Friends, took part in the Choose Well Quiz competition during the launch events of the campaign across the university health board.
Everyone who undertook the quiz, which aimed to educate people about what NHS service they should choose when ill, was entered into a prize draw.
Mr Davies was the lucky winner from across the university health board area and won tickets donated by Folly Farm, which he will use to treat his grandchildren. For more information on Choose Well go to Mr Davies is pictured being presented with his prize by Hywel Dda University Health Board chairman Chris Martin.

Healthy Wednesday advice from the Hywel Dda Health Board

Healthy Wednesday advice from the Hywel Dda Health Board - 

This Healthy Wednesday we are reminding you to think about Choosing Well when you get ready for the long Easter weekend.
The Choose Well campaign uses a colour coded thermometer to help people to link their symptoms with a NHS service.
The aim is to raise awareness of the full range of services available so that people are well-informed about where and when to access services that will best meet their needs.
This helps ensure that essential treatment is given in the shortest possible time and that busy emergency services can help those who need them most.
Plan ahead for your Easter break by having essential medicines at home in a child safe cupboard or first aid kit including pain killing medicine e.g. paracetamol, anti-diarrhoeal medicine, plasters and a thermometer.
If you do become unwell you can find out which pharmacy is open close to you over the long weekend by going to or go to…

Leverhulme grant aims to understand early evangelicalism

Evangelical religion is one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing religious movements in the world today.
While still a vibrant force in the USA evidenced in a recent evangelical President, that growth has taken place way beyond its traditional English-speaking heartlands to the Global South which includes China, South Korea, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.
The present-day global evangelical movement had its origins in the religious revivals that swept the British Atlantic world in the middle decades of the eighteenth century.
Dr David Ceri Jones from the Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University, has been awarded a £115,527 grant from the Leverhulme Trust to better understand the early evangelical movement through a reassessment of the life, context and legacy of its inventor and chief inspiration, the trans-Atlantic revivalist, George Whitefield (1714-70).
George Whitefield was probably the most famous religious figure of the eighteenth century, crossing …

New train services welcomed for Aberystwyth

The announcement by Welsh Government Economy, Science and Transport Minister Edwina Hart of new peak hourly train services between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury has been welcomed by Aberystwyth University Vice-Chancellor, Professor April McMahon.
Professor McMahon said; “This is excellent news for everyone concerned with Aberystwyth and the surrounding area. The line from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury provides a vital transport link for the many thousands of students from all parts of the UK and particularly the English Midlands, who chose to study at Aberystwyth University.
“Aberystwyth University is an international institution attracting students from more than 90 countries and is regularly visited by leading academics from all corners of the world. A frequent and reliable train service is essential for the University as it strives to build on its success in an increasingly competitive world.
“The Welsh Government is to be congratulated on its commitment to services on the line. I would also…

Lucy Morris appointed a partner with Red Kite Law team

Commercial property expert Lucy Morris has been appointed a partner with the go-ahead legal team at Red Kite Law.
Mrs Morris, 30, is already in charge of Red Kite Law’s market-leading commercial property team.
Mrs Morris is based at Red Kite Law’s offices in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.
“I’m delighted to be given partner status with Red Kite Law, a legal firm with extensive local knowledge of the community in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire,” she said.
Fellow partner David Sangster said he was delighted to welcome Mrs Morris into the partnership.
He said: “We pride ourselves on our local roots and Lucy is an extremely able solicitor who is both a team leader and a team player with Red Kite Law.
“As someone rooted in the local community, she adds to the unrivalled expertise we are able to offer our clients as the ‘local’ legal team of choice.”
Mrs Morris said: “I have the pleasure of heading up a team with unrivalled breadth of expertise and specialism in all areas of commercial prope…

Michelle Francis appointed operations manager for Evan-Evans pub estate

Wales’s leading specialist brewer, the Evan-Evans Group, has appointed Michelle Francis as operations manager for its growing retail pub estate.
Michelle, 34, steps into the newly-created role following four years in charge of the Evan-Evans flagship pub, The Cricketers in Cathedral Road, Cardiff.
“Michelle has driven one of the great success stories of the Welsh licensed trade,” said Evan-Evans chief executive Simon Buckley.
“The Cricketers is widely recognised as the best eating pub in Cardiff and has consistently led from the front. Her appointment was an obvious one.
“She is now going to work with me driving our new pub acquisitions and apprenticeship programme, building a team of young managers to take the business on to the next stage of development.
“We are determined to grow our own management team from our ranks of talented Welsh men and women - and Michelle will lead the search.”
Evan-Evans has five pubs throughout Wales and hopes to add a further five over the next six months.
Mr …

Big Band Show being staged by Cowbridge Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Cowbridge is staging a Big Band Show at Cowbridge Comprehensive School on Saturday, April 26. The show will feature Liberty. They will be playing music in several genres accompanied by two great singers - Steve Doolan and Allyson Cox. The evening starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.45pm.
Tickets £10 each from
WG Davies, High Street, Cowbridge
Telephone 01446 771645 or any Cowbridge Rotarian
It is all in aid of Rotary Charities.

Young Chef Tegan Andrews cooks dinner for Llanelli Rotary Club

Brynwgyn Comprehensive School pupil Tegan Andrews had her chef's hat on again to help cook a special dinner for members of Llanelli Rotary Club and their guests at the Stradey Park Hotel.  Tegan, 14, was the winner of the 2014 Young Chef competition staged by Llanelli Rotary Club. She also won the inaugural competition last year. Since that first victory, Tegan has been gaining experience helping in the kitchen of the Stradey Park Hotel and other restaurants in Llanelli. This year, she also won her way through to the regional final of the national Rotary Young Chef competition staged in Stoke. "Tegan has been a wonderful ambassador for Llanelli Rotary Club," said club president Ken Abban. "She was a worthy winner of our Llanelli Rotary Young Chef competition and performed with distinction in subsequent competitions." Tegan's culinary skills came to the fore again when she cooked dinner for more than 50 Rotarians and their guests at the club's weekly me…

Aberystwyth University enjoys high ratings from i-Graduate

The latest research undertaken by i-Graduate reveals that Aberystwyth University enjoys very high satisfaction ratings amongst our international and European Union students.
Students ranked Aberystwyth University 1st in the world for “Managing research”, 7th in the world for “Personal tutors” (95.4%), 4th in the UK for “Financial support” and in the top 10 in the world for “safety”.
The findings are based on data collected during autumn 2013.
Professor John Grattan, Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Student Experience said; “Aberystwyth is a truly international university, welcoming undergraduate and postgraduate students from more than 90 countries. These latest i-Graduate findings underline the students’ satisfaction with the language and research management support we provide for international students, the fantastically warm welcome they receive here, and their appreciation of the safe studying environment Aberystwyth offers.
“i-Graduate is one of a number of studies undertaken by…

New Welsh Language Scheme published by Aberystwyth University

A new Welsh Language Scheme has been published by Aberystwyth University.
The University has also launched a short film to promote the use of Welsh and to provide background to the Scheme and its objectives:
The University has operated a Welsh Language Scheme since 2003 and the revised Scheme reflects the structural changes that took place in light of the University adopting a new Institute structure in August 2013.
Following the establishment of the Institutes, seven Directors responsible for Welsh language and Culture were appointed; an innovative move which means that the Welsh language has a champion in every Institute.
Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Welsh Language and Culture and External Relations, said; “This is a time of much debate and development in the University's strategies in relation to the Welsh language, and the publication of this new language scheme is an important milestone.
“Since the adoption of the Uni…

Bunny Hop a winner at Llanelli Library

Youngsters who bounced along to Llanelli Children’s Library’s Bunny Hop enjoyed rabbit jokes, stories, crafts and games.
The free event was one of many which takes place at the library throughout the year.
One of the children said: “I loved the decorating and the story. It was great.” One of the parents added: “’It was good for the children to interact with others and do different craft activities.”
The Children’s Library offers books for all ages in English and Welsh, DVDs, CDs, and free holiday events like the Bunny Hop.
There are also term time activities, such as the pre-school storytime on Tuesdays from 2.15pm - 2.45pm or the Homework Club on Thursdays from 3.30pm - 5pm.

'After School' club members deliver blue recycling bags in Carmarthen

Residents on a Carmarthen estate have received a special delivery of blue recycling bags from their local after school club.
Children from the after school club at Ty Hapus Family Centre delivered a roll of blue bags to every house on the Park Hall estate.
They were joined by the council’s recycling advisors who have recently been knocking on doors in the area to encourage people to recycle as much of their rubbish as possible.
The project led to an 11% increase in recycling /composting and it is hoped householders are keeping up the good work.
Anthony Dragone from the Ty Hapus Family Centre said: “We now stock blue bags for the council so that residents can pick them up from here instead of going into town and we thought that it would be a good way to let people know.
“It was a great experience for the children and we’ve had some excellent feedback from the community too. I’ve noticed there are a lot less black bags on the estate and people are recycling more, it is easy once you start.”

Community correspondents needed for Carmarthenshire tenants' magazine

The editorial group of a Carmarthenshire County Council tenants’ magazine are looking for people to be the eyes and ears of their communities.
Tenant 2 Tenant is produced twice a year by a group of volunteers who want to spread good news, useful information, money savings tips and more to their friends and neighbours.
Supported by officers from the council’s housing and communications teams, the tenants have complete control over the magazine, from the content to the pictures.
Now, in strengthening their editorial group, they want to sign up as many ‘community correspondents’ as they can, so that the magazine covers news from all over the county.
They are also looking for people to take it in turns to have specific roles in each edition, including editors responsible for news, features, events, money, health and wellbeing, children’s page and pictures.
Janet Griffiths, part of the council’s Community Engagement Team, said: “Tenant 2 Tenant has been going now for over a year, and the tenant…

Countdown on to Llandeilo Jazz Festival

The countdown is well and truly on to the third annual Llandeilo Jazz Festival. Jazz at Llandeilo takes place on July 4, 5 and 6 this year. "And this year's event promises to be the biggest and best so far," said festival organiser Simon Buckley, chief executive of Llandeilo-based Evan-Evans Brewery. "Jazz at Llandeilo 2013 was a complete sell out and we were blessed with great weather and great entertainment, with more than 250 musicians performing over the course of the weekend. "We pride ourselves on the variety of our music, with something to appeal to everyone, from Mainstream, Traditional, Big Band, Ragtime, Jazz Rock, Funk, Gypsy Jazz and Blues. Headline acts will be named next month. Mr Buckley added: "My brewery is delighted to be supporting Jazz at Llandeilo. "We believe in putting something back into the community and we believe we have created a wonderful event for the splendid town of Llandeilo. "The festival was a big hit with the …

Thousands join Eisteddfod parade through Llanelli

More than 1200 children have taken part in a parade through Llanelli town to welcome the National Eisteddfod when it comes to Carmarthenshire in August.
You can check out Carmarthenshire County Council’s Flickr page to view pictures from the event.

Changes to rubbish collections over the Easter holidays

Carmarthenshire residents are being reminded that there are changes to refuse and recycling collections over the Easter holidays.
From Friday, April 18 until Friday, April 25, collections will take place one day later than usual. So for example, if your collection is due on Friday it won’t be picked up until Saturday and so on.
Remember to recycle using your blue bags - it is estimated that 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are bought in the UK every year, that’s a lot of cardboard and plastic packaging!
You could also cut down on all that eggs-tra waste by making your own Easter treats such as chocolate cornflake cakes or bunny-shaped biscuits.
And if you are making a big Easter lunch for all the family, make sure you either compost your vegetable peelings or they go into your food waste bin along with any leftovers.
Executive Board Member for Technical Services Cllr Colin Evans said: “It is important we try and recycle as much as we can but also reduce the amount of rubbish we produce in …

Worries over electrification of the Valleys Lines

Welsh Government plans to build a motorway across the Gwent Levels could quash any hope of electrification of the Valleys Lines.
That’s the view of environmental coalition, the Campaign Against the Levels Motorway (CALM). Recent controversy [1] over who pays for electrification of the Valleys Lines could mean that the Welsh Government ends up being faced with a choice between footing the £400 million electrification bill [2] and building a motorway.
CALM Spokesperson Gareth Clubb said:
“If UK Government Ministers are to be believed, the Welsh Government has agreed to pay for electrification of the Valleys Line. But at the same time, Edwina Hart is pushing ahead with plans to build a hugely expensive, environmentally destructive motorway through the Gwent Levels.
“The Welsh Government hasn’t got a bottomless pot of money for transport projects. At some point it’s going to have to make a choice. So will it choose a motorway of questionable benefit for the few, or better public transport for…

Latest news from the Jazz Club team in Brecon

Latest news from the Jazz Club team in Brecon -
Jazz into Spring....
Tuesday (15/4) David Logiri, great jazz pianist from Italy, plays Brecon Jazz Club with Andrew Fawcett (tenor sax), Ben Thomas (trumpet), Ashley John Long (double bass) and Greg Evans (drums). Contemporary jazz standards and some own compositions. Starts 8pm in the Brecon Jazz Bar, £6 on the door.
See you there.
Tuesday, 20 May, is a double bill special for our Jazz Club, please mark diaries and calendars now: Espana-Cymru Jazz Quartet and Cardiff University Big Band, with vocals - £10. Supported by Arts Council Wales and Brecon Jazz Festival. Tickets on sale NOW from Theatr Brycheiniog box office or online.
Lynne and co!

Charity curry night raises £800 for Alzheimer's

Brother and sister team Gary Shinner and Carol Harries present a cheque of £800 to Menna Boyns of the Alzheimer's Society Carmarthenshire after hosting a Charity Curry night at the award winning Masala restaurant in Llanelli. The Curry Night was staged under the expert guidance of owner Mr Ahmed Ali, also pictured.
The money raised will be used to aid the society in Myrtle House Llanelli, where Alzheimer's carers and relatives meet for support and guidance.
Organisers Gary and Carol, along with their family, expressed their most sincere thanks and have been truly overwhelmed by support from family and friends for this event.
Photo: Des Daughton

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Easter fun for children at Llanelli Library

Children are invited to a free bunny hop Easter event at Llanelli Children’s Library.
The holiday activity is taking place at the library in Vaughan Street on Monday, April 14, from 11am to 12noon.
It is free to join the bunny hop springtime stories and crafts, which is suitable for four to 10-year-olds.
Tickets must be obtained in advance and children need to be accompanied by an adult during the sessions.
For more information contact the children’s library on 01554 773538.