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Youth summer hols programme backed

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Summer activities: Group taking part in a drumming class

A CARMARTHEN youth group that works with over 300 young people and is looking to raise money for a summer holidays programme has received £1,000 backing from a w est Wales housebuilder.

The Carmarthen Youth Project, based at The Clubhouse in Friars Park, is a drop-in centre that works with young people aged from eight to 25.

The grant comes courtesy of Community Champions, a charity initiative that rewards two good causes with donations of up to £1,000 each month.

Gayle Harris, project manager at Carmarthen Youth Project, said: “We offer a drop-in centre, diner, computer suite, hall venue, wet room, as well as clothes washing and drying facilities.

“Encouraging young people to participate in the activities we provide is so important to us. We love to get them involved, which in turn improves the community.

“We currently run a young parents group and an eight to 11-year-old youth club which is supported by our older members.

“The group provides training, information, support and a voice to young people who are mostly from disadvantaged families and Persimmon’s kind donation is sure to help out with our work.

“The money will help out with our Summer Holiday programme for youngsters, giving them alternatives to hanging around.”

Sharon Robinson, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Carmarthen Youth Project shows how valuable engaging in the community is and how beneficial it can be for young people in Carmarthen.

“The group challenges youngsters and helps them learn new skills – they’re a true Community Champion.

“Choosing our two winners each month is always a tricky task, as we get worthy applications from right across the region in the areas in which we build.

“We would encourage those that have not been chosen to try again for a chance to become our latest Community Champion beneficiary.”

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Coracle photos sought for Welsh Week

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Historic industry: Carmarthen's coracle men

CARMARTHEN C​ORACLE​ & Netsmen’s Association has asked for anyone associated with the historic industry to send their photos and stories to them, to be used as part of a week-long celebration.

The Association will be proudly supporting Carmarthen’s Welsh Week, which begins on February 24 and finishes with a town parade on March 3.

Throughout the week, coracles will be proudly displayed at various locations around the town. Each coracle will symbolise Carmarthen’s oldest fishing tradition, which also represents the 2018 Wales tourism theme of ‘Year of the Sea’.

“During the 18th and 19th century, Carmarthen’s port was thriving, with huge cargo ships regularly visiting, its quayside bustling with traders and numerous warehouses. Too poor to live within the town’s boundary wall, the large coracle fishing families lived in tiny, damp cottages along the river bank,” a spokesperson for CC&NA said.

“Strangely enough, through time, it is only the coracle which has survived the major changes to Carmarthen’s quayside.”

To celebrate the unique heritage of Carmarthen’s coracle, the Association would like to honour the fishing families of bygone years by displaying a small selection of photos at each coracle located around Carmarthen town.

They are appealing to anyone who may have belonged to a coracle family to send a copy of your photo and any stories or memories they may have. The photos will then be proudly displayed inside each coracle for visitors to follow a ‘Coracle Trail’ around the town.

Any photos can be emailed juliecoracles@gmail.com or sent via Facebook to ‘Carmarthen Coracle and Netsmen’s Association’.

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​​Volunteers offer to wrap your gifts

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Wrapped in Love: Offering to wrap your Christmas presents

A SCHEME set up by volunteers to wrap presents in the lead up to Christmas launched last Saturday (Dec 2).

Wrapped in Love, a new scheme in conjunction with Llanelli Town Council, will now be wrapping presents at Llanelli’s Indoor Market every Saturday between 10am and 3pm before Christmas.

Volunteers from Ty Gwyn Community Church have a stall situated outside Blodau Elli flower shop and are more than happy to wrap two presents per visitor for free.

Minister of Ty Gwyn Ivan Parker said: “A couple of our younger leaders had an idea to do something different and decided they’d like to offer a free Christmas wrapping service, in the run up to the festivities.

“It’s a big help for a lot of people. Not everyone likes wrapping presents and we’ve had a really good response here today. This is the first week of our launch and it’s something that we’ll be doing annually. The Town Council loved the idea and are on board with us.

“We want to connect with people and show that we care. I’ve been Minister at Ty Gwyn since 2006 and I love my vocation.

“We’re here every Saturday prior to Christmas and everyone is welcome. We supply all of the wrapping paper and some added extras of bows and tags if needed.

“There are 39 volunteers involved with this project over the duration of the next four weeks and we alternate doing a two and a half hour slot each.

“The spookiest thing for a few has been us approaching them, some have thought that we’re trying to sell them something. It’s been rather amusing when they’ve realised this isn’t the case.

“We also have white tote bags with information on our services and an invitation to our coffee morning at Ty Gwyn every Monday from 10am-2pm. Everyone is welcome and there is a token for a free cup of coffee.”

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Curry ​evening raises funds for Twinning Association

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THE LLANELLI and District Twinning Association held a successful and enjoyable​ ​curry evening recently, which raised over £600 to enable the association to carry on its work.

The packed-out fundraiser was held in Trinity Road’s Ali Raj establishment was packed out and everyone enjoyed the delicious buffet, plus raffle and an auction.

Llanelli Town Mayor Cllr Jeff Edmunds was in attendance, Chair of Llanelli Rural Council John Evans, Rural and County Councillors, Llanelli Town Council as well as many members of community organisations such as The Multicultural Network, The Community Partnership, Llanelli Tenants Network, Llanelli Ramblers, The Visually Impaired Bowls Club and The Sosban Shredders.

Chair of The Twinning Association Paolo Piana said: “It was a well attended evening with over 70 people, many different agencies attended. Involving a wide cross section of the community is a vital role within the Twinning Association, it gives people the opportunity across Llanelli and the surrounding areas to take part in community led activities and events. I’m thankful to everyone that donated prizes to the raffle and the auction and for being so supportive.”

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