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The latest Clay Shaw Butler Money Matters column from the Carmarthenshire Herald

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The latest Clay Shaw Butler Money Matters column from the Carmarthenshire Herald.
By Mark Jones, director of Carmarthen-based Clay Shaw Butler chartered accountants and business consultants.


In last week’s Money Matters, we stressed the importance of sticking to deadlines – particularly when it comes to tax matters.
Keeping a regular, updated calendar of key taxation dates is very important on a business and a personal level when it comes of money management
At Clay Shaw Butler, we have an online calendar of upcoming key taxation dates on our website.
But, in case you don’t have access to that, here are a few helpful dates for the rest of the year . . .
October 2017
Thursday October 19
PAYE quarterly payments are due for small employers for the pay periods 6th July 2017 to 5th October 2017.
This deadline is relevant to small employers only. As a small employer with income tax, national insurance and student loan deductions of less than £1,500 a month you are required to make payment to …

The latest 'On Song' column from the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star

The latest 'On Song' column from the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star -
There’s a very exciting Royal British Legion Charity Gala Concert being planned for West Wales in October.
The headline acts are the famous Thee Three Welsh Tenors – Rhys Meirion, Aled Hall and Aled Wyn Davies - and soprano Gwawr Edwards.
Rarely do the Three Welsh Tenors get the opportunity to perform together as each is a professional tenor with a demanding solo career in his own right.
Also appearing will be one of Wales’s famous male voice choirs, the mighty Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir, the bagpipes of the City and County of Swansea Pipe Band and the Corps of Drums of the 215 RAF Squadron.
The fundraising concert is at The Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on Saturday, October 21.
Soloist Gwawr Edwards has a new recording out - 'Blue Jay and Red Cardinal' written by Marta Bellido and Mosi Dorbayani.
Gwawr is widely regarded as one of the most talented soprano soloists inWales.
She was born into …

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.
www.philevans.co.uk


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A false impression:

When I was a lad, my gran warned me that watching too much television would harm my eyes.
As young boys tend to, I ignored her and absorbed as much of the three channels our 17-inch telly offered.
We were content with BBC One and Two and ITV, as there always seemed to be something ‘great’ to watch – especially on a Saturday night.
The deterioration of TV programme quality since a mind-boggling selection of channels was thrust upon us – I don’t remember asking for them, do you? - will be the subject of a future article, I am sure . . .
I had no idea my gran was a fortune teller able to look into the future as far as 2017.
Because it’s only this year that TV started to harm my eyes - to such an extent, when I hear the theme music to certain shows I take the prec…

There’s a new ‘master of the house’ at Llanelli’s No1 tourist attraction

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Historic Plas Llanelly House, one of the jewels in Llanelli’s crown, has a new ‘head of the household’. Paul Carter has taken on the new role of Commercial and Events Manager at Llanelli town centre’s premier tourist attraction.
He aims to make Llanelly House a major ‘destination venue’ for first class events and exhibitions and raise the profile of the historic property for weddings, top quality entertainment and great value quality food and drink.
Mr Carter, 50, said: “Llanelly House is very familiar to many in and around Llanelli, but for some it is still something of a hidden treasure.
“We’ll be creating a range of exciting new activities in Llanelly House to reach out to those who have yet to experience the delights of the house. We’ll be putting Llanelly House firmly on the map as a ‘go to’ venue attractive to one and all.
“Our historic doors are open with a welcome to all in West Wales (and beyond) and we look forward to working with the local community in developing new activ…

1000 words: Strangest thing I've eaten

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It was celebrity broadcaster Wynne Evans who posed the question on Radio Wales last week . . .
“What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten?”
Snails . . . oysters . . . frogs’ legs . . . there were quite a few of the expected ‘standards’ in the replies.
But it got me thinking – what’s the most unusual thing I’ve eaten?
The answer arrived quicker than a burp in the tasting and testing department of the pop factory.
Rocky Mountain Oysters!
Bit of a nuts answer, really.
Rocky Mountain Oysters are definitely not the bivalves of the sea.
In the version I sampled, they were bulls’ testicles.
But there are variations on the theme – you can have bison, pigs and sheep testicles on the same menu card, if you so desire.


The dining location was the world famous Coors Field baseball stadium in the Mile High city of Denver, Colorado.
They were offered up as an alternative to foot-long hot dogs and cholesterol-packed killer cheeseburgers.
The date was September 2001 and I was in the company of Monro…

Latest special offers from the team at Jenkins Bakery

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Latest special offers from the team at Jenkins Bakery - 

More special offers on the website -
https://www.jenkinsbakery.co.uk

The latest Clay Shaw Butler Money Matters column from the Carmarthenshire Herald

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The latest Clay Shaw Butler Money Matters column from the Carmarthenshire Herald.
By Mark Jones, director of Carmarthen-based Clay Shaw Butler chartered accountants and business consultants.


Deadlines are so important in the world of business – particularly when it comes to tax matters.
At Clay Shaw Butler, we recognise how important deadlines are by helping our customers with a regularly-updated calendar of upcoming key taxation dates.
Here is what’s coming up during the rest of this year . . .
August 2017
Saturday August 19
PAYE, Student loan and CIS deductions are due for the month to 5th August 2017.
This deadline is relevant to employers who have made PAYE deductions from their employees' salaries and to contractors who have paid subcontractors under the CIS.
Employers are required to make payment to HMRC of the income tax, national insurance and student loan deductions. Contractors are required to make payment to HMRC of the tax deductions made from subcontractors under the CI…

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.
www.philevans.co.uk


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A shock to the system: 
It’s been announced that rail electrification between London and South Wales will stop at Cardiff Central – although no-one is prepared to predict at the precise time it’ll come to a halt.
Having taken the train to Paddington and back on more occasions I can remember, there’s every chance it’ll be delayed because of a signal failure between Reading and Didcot Parkway, a cow on the line outside Swindon and the possibility of a nervous little train refusing to move out of the safety of the Severn Tunnel and on into Newport in case it has its wheels stolen while waiting in the station for two minutes.
It’s okay.
I have friends in Newport.
They can take a joke.
Well, you’d be exactly the same if you lived there.
As soon it was announced rail electrification wou…

The latest 'On Song' column from the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star

The latest 'On Song' column from the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star -
The wonderful ladies of Côr Curiad are just a slim fingernail away from having a sell-out concert in September.
At the start of this week, there were just three seats left for their September 2 concert with The Overtones at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.
The night will conclude Côr Curiad’s two-year fundraising efforts for Ty Bryngwyn Hospice in Llanelli.
The choristers set themselves a £20,000 target.
The target has already been met, so Côr Curiad’s members are looking forward to smashing the figure and handing the final cheque over on a special night!
The Overtones are a five-piece vocal harmony group - Darren, Mark, Timmy, Mike and Lachie.
They were discovered by a Warner Bros Records talent scout while working as decorators in a shop near Oxford Street, singing during their tea break.
Their debut album, Good Ol’ Fashioned Love entered the UK Albums Chart at No16 in November 2010. However, after the re-release …

Touch of Mexicana leads the new products at Jenkins Bakery

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There’s a touch of Mexicana leading the new products being launched by the Jenkins Bakery.
The new products hit the shops on Monday (July 31).
They are –



Mexicana Cheese & Salsa Wrap – £2:60



BLT with Applewood Cheese Sandwich – £2:75

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Mallow filled Oyster Wafer (“Ollie the Oyster”) – £1:00

Operations director Russell Jenkins said: “Our team at our bakery HQ in Trostre are always keen to try new products. We like to do plenty of market research to see what new taste sensations our customers fancy trying.
“This week, we have three new products making their debut on the shelves.
“The Mexican Cheese Salsa wrap is a tortilla wrap with spicy fire-roasted tomato sauce and spicy Mexicana Cheese. Mexicana cheese is a red Farmhouse cheddar cheese with bell peppers and Hot Chilli spices.
“The BLT with Applewood Cheese is on Multiseed bread with Reggae Reggae spicy sauce, rashers of streaky bacon, Lettuce, Sliced tomato and Applewood Smoked Cheese. Applewood cheese is a smooth textured Farmhouse che…

Plas Llanelly House hosts afternoon of reflections on Netherlands trip

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Reflections on a ground-breaking trip to honour links between Llanelli and a city in The Netherlands were the order of the day at Plas Llanelly House. There was a full house for an afternoon which mixed music and memories for the team from Loud Applause Rising Stars.
‘Rising Stars’ is the charitable wing of Loud Applause Productions and works to help mentor up-and-coming singers and musicians and give them experience of the concert stage.
The team from Rising Stars were invited to attend World War Two commemoration events in s’Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch) in The Netherlands.
And the success of the trip was outlined in a photo presentation by Loud Applause Rising Stars Trustee Mrs Susan Roberts.
Loud Applause Rising Stars took two of their young singers, Thomas Bytheway and Callum Rhys Williams, to s’Hertogenbosch.
They were accompanied by Rising Stars Ambassador Mark Llewelyn Evans and accompanied by Andrew Pike, musical advisor – and a team of Rising Stars supporters.
Mrs Roberts said in her…

New pop-up gallery opens at Plas Llanelly House

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A new pop-up gallery has opened in Llanelli at historic Plas Llanelly House.
The new gallery features exhibits by awarding-winning artist Denise Di Battista (John Street Gallery) and Llanelli Photographic Society member Arthur Mallett.
“This is a first for Plas Llanelly House,” said trustee Alison Evans.
“We’ve got some great rooms to show off her at Plas Llanelly House and it’s great to be able to create a buzz in the house with the installation of a pop-up gallery.
“Denise Di Battista is a very well known local artist who already runs a successful gallery in John Street.
“Arthur Mallett is a wonderful photographer and his prints will also attract a great deal of local interest."
The pop-up gallery is on the ground floor and everyone is welcome to come in and have a browse.
Arthur Mallett is a member of Llanelli Photographic Society and gained his AWPF (Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation) in 2010.
He said: “I have taken photos for most of my life but only took it seriously …

Help Age Cymru Sir Gâr in Tesco Bags of Help appeal

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Age Cymru Sir Gâr in Carmarthenshire have applied to the Tesco Bags of Help scheme and needs your support to help win up to £4,000 to help us support older people with new technology.
Ann Dymock, chief officer of Age Cymru Sir Gâr, explained -
"Tesco donates all the 5ps that they charge for carrier bags to a charitable cause. Age Cymru Sir Gâr are in the final 3 for July 2017 and details about the charity and the work it wants to achieve with funding help from Tesco will be displayed in its Carmarthenshire stores throughout July.
"To help us win the £4,000 for the charity to help older people learn how to engage with new technology please vote for us. All you need to do is to make a purchase of any value from a Tesco store. You will receive one token per transaction (you may need to ask for the token) and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. At the front of the store there will be three bins where you can place your blue token. Just po…

Well deserved standing ovation for Curtain Up Theatre Company

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Hats off to the Curtain Up Theatre Company.
They received a well-deserved standing ovation at the end of their Saturday Night At The Movies show at Ffwrnes, Llanelli.
The evening featured some of the best loved songs from music and television, under the musical direction of Anne-Marie Marks and with choreography from Debbie Garratt.
The inimitable Denys Jenkins BEM (Denny Twp to Llanelli's Panto fans) was the host with the most, with a rich repertoire of 'true stories' for his Ffwrnes fan club.
From the opening with the Drifters classic Saturday Night At The Movies, this was an evening where the cast enjoyed just as much as the audience.
And it was all in a good cause, with the proceeds from the night going to the Llanelli branch of Mind.
It was a night with plenty of highlights - Circle of Life, from the Lion King, Everything I Do, from Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, The Lakme Flower Duet, from True Romance, Unchained Melody, from Ghost, and Bring Him Home, from Les Mise…

Jenkins Bakery team help the Nation Radio Pride of Wales awards

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The team at Jenkins Bakery will be doing their bit to support the Nation Radio Pride of Wales awards this week.
The prestigious awards dinner takes place at The Vale Resort, near Cardiff, on Thursday night.
The awards recognise and reward the unsung heroes in Wales.
Operations director Russell Jenkins said: “We will be doing our bit to make sure the event goes well by supplying more than 200 cup cakes for the awards dinner.
“Our best wishes go to Nation Radio and all the nominees in the different award categories. We hope it is a successful night.”

Weblink –
http://nationradio.wales/nation-radio-pride-of-wales-awards-2017/


Nation Radio Pride of Wales awards


Nation Radio Pride of Wales awards cup cake
Link to Jenkins Bakery's new website - https://www.jenkinsbakery.co.uk

Save our Surgery SOS fight steps up a gear in Burry Port

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The SOS fight to save a GP surgery in Burry Port is being scaled up to include a protest at the next meeting of Hywel Dda University Health Board.
Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council is in the vanguard of the campaign to save Harbour View Surgery.
The council’s Mayor, Councillor David Owens, said the proposed closure would have ‘devastating’ consequences for the local community.
Cllr Owens said: “A public meeting in Burry Port earlier this week demonstrated the massive groundswell of opinion against the closure of Harbour View Surgery.
“The people of Burry Port and Pembrey will not sit back and let this happen.
“The SOS campaign is all about Save Our Surgery.
“We will be mobilising our campaign troops to protest at the next meeting of the Hywel Dda Board, when the board meets in Penygroes next week.
“As a council representing the people here, we appreciate that Penygroes may not be the easiest venue to get to, so we are making it easy for SOS campaigners by organising a free bus to take peop…

The latest On Song column from the Carmarthen Journal and the Llanelli Star

The latest On Song column from the Carmarthen Journal and the Llanelli Star, by Robert Lloyd.

The Russians are coming!
To Carmarthen, in fact!
The internationally-acclaimed LYRA Russian Vocal Ensemble will be performing at St Peter’s Church, Carmarthen, on Friday, May 12 (7pm).
Tickets are £10 on the door and there are interval refreshments available at £2.50.
LYRA are from St. Petersburg, Russia.
The singing group consists of four members that have been educated either as opera singers or choir conductors in St. Petersburg Conservatory.
The four are -
ANDREI SYSOEV – TENOR AND LEADER
Born in St Petersburg. Graduated from the St. Petersburg conservatory. Won International competition of Sacred Music in Roma, Italy in 1995 as the conductor of a chamber choir "SingerBridge". Works as a choir master in St. Peter’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Act as an active composer too.
ALEKSEI GOLOVIZNIN – BASS
Born in the Karelian ASSR Byelomorsk. Graduated from the State Conservatory in …

Special roast Sunday lunches back on menu at Llanelly House

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Special roast Sunday lunches are back on the menu at the popular Llanelly House in Llanelli town centre.
The kitchen at the historic Georgian house is back in business for Sunday lunches, starting this weekend, April 30.
“We’ve had requests galore from our loyal customers, asking every day of the week when we will be opening again for Sunday lunches,” said Llanelly House trustee Alison Evans.
“This Sunday, we are delighted to be opening our doors again for special roast lunches. As we have a brilliant location, slap bang in the middle of Llanelli town centre, we are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new this Sunday.
“Our resident chef Anna Brown is known throughout the land for her appearances on TV and radio, so you can trust that she will have plenty of culinary treats for everyone to enjoy, starting this Sunday. “Booking is advised and you can save yourself a table by ringing 01554 772857.”
The café and restaurant opens at 10am and the Llanelly House team will also be…

West Wales business celebrates Investors in People award

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The team at West Wales chartered accountants and business consultants Clay Shaw Butler are celebrating passing another significant business landmark.
In recognition of the business maintaining the highest standards, Clay Shaw Butler has been awarded the Investors in People award for a further three years.
“We were already holders of Investors in People status, but this latest award recognises our continued commitment to achieving the highest standards in business,” said Clay Shaw Butler director Mark Jones.
“The award is independently audited and demonstrates our commitment to high performance through good people management.
“With our headquarters in Carmarthen, we pride ourselves on playing a key role in the business community in West Wales.
“Good practice and good business standards and procedures start at home and we hope that our commitment to providing a quality service to our customers receives the recognition it deserves.”
Investors in People is the international standard for people …

County walks across Carmarthenshire upgraded

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County Walks across Carmarthenshire have benefitted from an upgrade thanks to the Rights of Way Improvement Plan Funding Programme from the Welsh Government. The programme is managed by Natural Resources Wales and implemented by Carmarthenshire County Council.
Nearly 43km of 44 routes across the county, covering 23 town and community council areas have been improved, and 146 items of furniture installed, 97 per cent of which were new gates to help improve access to the countryside.
County recreation and access manager Alan Warner said: “An example of the improvements carried out under ROWIP is in Brechfa, where 10 stiles have been replaced with self-closing pedestrian gates, new steps and signage installed to improve routes for local residents and visitors to the area.
“This formed part of the larger programme of rights of way improvements on footpaths and bridleways around the county including works on the Ferryside, Cenarth and Llandysul County Walks as well as routes in Cwmifor, Tall…

Carmarthen concert date for famous LYRA Russian Vocal Ensemble

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The Russians are coming! To Carmarthen, in fact! The internationally-acclaimed LYRA Russian Vocal Ensemble will be performing at St Peters Church, Carmarthen, on Friday, May 12 (7pm). Tickets are £10 on the door and there are interval refreshments available at £2.50.
LYRA are from St. Petersburg, Russia. The singing group consists of four members that have been educated either as opera singers or choir conductors in St. Petersburg Conservatory.
The four are - 
ANDREI SYSOEV – TENOR AND LEADER
Born in St Petersburg. Graduated from the St. Petersburg conservatory. Won International competition of Sacred Music in Roma, Italy in 1995 as the conductor of a chamber choir "SingerBridge". Works as a choir master in St. Peter’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Act as an active composer too.

ALEKSEI GOLOVIZNIN – BASS
Born in the Karelian ASSR Byelomorsk. Graduated from the State Conservatory in Saint-Petersburg. Actively touring musician. Well-known in St Petersburg as a jazz-singer.

ZLATA GOGO…

Success for Hywel Dda health board at the Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards

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Two high-flying consultant psychiatrists from Hywel Dda University Health Board are celebrating after winning prestigious awards from the British Medical Association (BMA).
Dr Justin Cressey-Rogers and Dr Matthew Sargeant came first in their respective categories in Teaching and Learning Innovation and Outstanding Achievement at the BMA Cymru Wales/ BMJ Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards for 2017.
Dr Cressey-Rogers has been involved in teaching medical students from Cardiff and Swansea universities, and teaching junior doctors in west Wales and Swansea.
Dr Cressey-Rogers is currently a consultant in psychiatry of substance misuse at CDAT Penlan, Carmarthen, and also works in community adult psychiatry, as well as working closely with substance misuse workers in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
He said: "“I’m absolutely delighted to have won this award – it’s been a team effort and special mention must go to the postgraduate centre and to Dr Sargeant, without whom I co…

The Phil Harmonics ready for fundraiser for Ty Bryngwyn Hospice

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The busy ladies of The Phil Harmonics have a special charity fundraising night coming up this summer.
They will be performing at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, on Friday, June 9, in aid of the Ty Bryngwyn Hospice Fund.
Tickets are £25 and include a two-course meal and other entertainment from 'Friends' of The Phil Harmonics.
Tickets are available from Phil Harmonics members of through their Facebook page.
Rock and pop choir the Phil Harmonics have made their entrance onto the Llanelli music scene gradually over the last two years. The group was set up by Sarah Mair Richards, Phil Thomas and Pauline Yudowitz.
In 2016 they held a charity evening which helped raise more than £1,600 for Prince Philip Hospital Breast Care Unit in Llanelli and a maternity hospital in Uganda.
Choir rehearsals are at The Stradey Park Hotel and the choir members are grateful for the hotel’s continuing support.
The Choir is for 18 - 80 year olds who want to be part of a very exciting group who are very diff…

Llanelli Rotary Curry Night aims to boost End Polio Now campaign

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As part of the global End Polio Now campaign, Llanelli Rotary Club members are staging a fundraising Curry and Quiz Night next month.
The event is at 7pm on Thursday, May 4 at The Stag public house in Five Roads.
The evening is being organised by Rotarian Joanna Isaac.
Tickets are £10 and are available from any member of Llanelli Rotary Club.
Joanna said: "It promises to be a fun evening and we will be raising cash on the night to help boost the End Polio Now campaign.
"Everything we raise locally in Llanelli gets 'cash-matched' higher up the ladder.
"We have already held a number of very successful events in aid of the charity and this Curry and Quiz Night should enable us to submit a significant total towards what is a very worthy international campaign to rid the world of polio."