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Syria Sir Gar show a huge success



At the concert: Paolo Piana (L) with dignitaries and their concerts

A RECENT concert held in Y Ffwrnes Theatre celebrated Welsh and Syrian culture and was hailed as a great success.

The show was held in conjunction with Syria Sir Gar.

Syria Sir Gar is a voluntary organisation, which has been set up to offer community response, support plus friendship to Syrian families who have been relocated in Carmarthenshire following the tragic situation in Syria.

MP Joe Cox spoke about the common love that is shared with regards to food, football, and music and attendees were treated to music from Rihab, a Syrian trio, and Adwaith, from Carmarthen.

The two groups even performed together, collaborating perfectly on chosen songs.

Guests of honour were Cllr Irfon Jones (Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council), Deputy Mayoress of Llanelli Cllr Louvain Roberts, Chair and Vice Chair of Llanelli Rural Council Cllr John Evans, Cllr Sian Caiach and their Consorts.

Secretary of Syria Sir Gar Paolo Piana said: “The Adwaith and Rihab show gave everybody the opportunity to enjoy Welsh and Syrian music and make new friends at the fantastic venue of Y Ffwrnes Th​e​atre.

“Syria Sir Gar would like to thank everybody in attendance that chose to support the evening. Our guests from Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Town Council, Llanelli Rural Council, Llanelli Tenant’s Association and Dyfed​-​Powys Police made the event extra special.

“I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the musicians, the dedicated team at the theatre and all of the wonderful Syria Sir Gar volunteers.
“We’ve been spoilt for choice at this cultural event. Here’s hoping there will be many more in the future.”

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‘Knife attacker’ remanded into custody



A CARMARTHEN man accused of ‘repeatedly’ stabbing another man in Bridge Street on Friday (Dec 8) was remanded into custody until January.

Gareth George Edwards, 44, of Priory Street, indicated two guilty pleas to charges of maliciously wounding Michael Byard with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a bladed article in a public place, namely a kitchen knife.

Representing Edwards, David Williams made no submissions at this stage.

No application for bail was made, and Edwards was remanded into custody until he appears at Swansea Crown Court on January 8.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Following an incident in Bridge St, Carmarthen on Friday afternoon, Dec 8, at around 4.30pm, three people have been charged.

“A 44 year old man has been charged with Section 18 Assault and Possession of an Offensive Weapon and is due appear at Llanelli Magistrates court today, Dec 11.

“A 50 year old man has been charged with Common Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.

“A 43 year old woman has been charged with Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.”

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Snow causes school closures across county



SEVERAL snows across Carmarthenshire are closed today (Dec 11) as heavy snowfall overnight has caused hazardous conditions.

The current list of schools closed in Carmarthenshire this morning consists of:

  • Beca
  • Brynasaron (Llangeler)
  • Cae’r Felin
  • Carreg Hirfaen
  • Llanllwni
  • Llanybydder
  • Rhys Prichard Llandovery
  • Talley / Talyllychau

All of the closures cite snow as the reason.

The council’s website states for Talley / Talyllychau: “The majority of staff are unable to make it in, plus the taxi service have informed us that they are unable to collect the children from the most rural areas.”

Over the weekend a weather warning was issues for the majority of the UK as snow fell and temperatures dropped.

You can check the status of your child’s school on the Carmarthenshire County Council website:

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Christmas parcel delivered to Glangwilli Hospital



BLISS, the UK’s leading premature and sick baby charity, has donated Christmas parcels to every neonatal unit in Wales – including Glangwilli Hospital – to make sure that babies and their parents know that they are not alone this Christmas.

The Christmas gifts will arrive at the neonatal units this week and will be distributed by unit staff and volunteers.

The parcels, which also contain gifts for parents, comprise of: a Bliss teddy bear, dungarees, photo frame, children’s book, snacks and toiletries. The parcel includes additional information about the support parents can receive from Bliss. The majority of these gifts have been donated by Bliss’ corporate partners including Pampers, Mothercare, Barnack Confectionary and Mush.

Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive at Bliss said: “Having a baby on the neonatal unit can be an isolating experience for parents – especially at Christmas. We hope through this small gesture, we can let parents know that they aren’t alone.

“Bliss would like to thank all of our corporate partners who helped to make this project possible. We hope that if the scheme is successful we will be able to roll the Christmas parcels out nationwide in future to reach all parents with a baby in neonatal care at Christmas.”

Head of Nursing for Children’s Services for NHS Wales Eirlys Thomas said: “On behalf of all the parents and babies we would like to thank Bliss for their kind donations. They will certainly cheer up all the parents who will need to spend Christmas in hospital with their babies.”

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