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Carmarthenshire Hunt Club hold New Year’s Day Meet

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Carmarthenshire Hunt: On New Year's Day (pic. Christopher Harte)

THE CARMARTHENSHIRE HUNT CLUB held their annual New Year’s Day Meet in Guildhall Square yesterday (Jan 1). This was the 130th occasion that the Hunt had met in the Square since their formation in 1889.

Although the day was slightly overcast this did not stop the hunt’s supporters from attending in large numbers to cheer the 71 riders as they made their way from Richmond Terrace, via Mansel Street, to Lammas Street where they paraded through the good wishes of the crowd to the Guildhall.

A Hunt spokesman said that at a conservative estimate around 600 people attended the Meet as well as a number of people who were protesting against the hunt who were corralled by the police behind barriers in the Square.

Putting on a show: For the large crowd (pic. Christopher Harte )

“The popularity of the Hunt has not waned in the years since the Hunting Act became law in 2005,” he said.

“Since that time we have conducted a trail hunt with the full support of farmers within the county.”

“Our hunts are continually monitored and on no occasion have we been found to do anything but comply with the current legislation as it stands.”

He added: “It is a great shame that those who protest are, in the main, not local people and they only visit on New Year’s Day to chant and make a noise. The vocal support we had from those in Guildhall Square and Lammas Street just showed how much our community supports the Hunt.”

Smiling: Fun was had by all (pic. Christopher Harte)

“As for the claim that they succeeded in keeping the Hunt away from the steps of Guildhall it was, in fact, a Health and Safety matter agreed with the Town Council in order to protect the horses. With the police having to erect barriers it was feared that horses might have injured themselves by accidentally putting their hooves through the palings.”

The spokesman concluded: “We know that support for us within Carmarthenshire is very strong. The rural and farming communities are our strength and their help allows us to continue the traditions and enjoyment experienced by the generations of the past.”

At the start of the Meet in Lammas Street the riding members of the Hunt gathered outside The Boar’s Head Hotel where the owner, Meinir Hunter, and her staff passed around glasses of warm punch (known as stirrup-cups) and sandwiches to sustain the riders before they set off for a day’s trail hunting.

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Man who breached restraining order three times jailed

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A CARMARTHEN man who breached a restraining order three times within a month has been jailed.

Gary Rees, aged 47, admitted approaching a woman on December 27 and was jailed for 20 weeks.

Judge Paul Thomas told Rees, of Llys Picton, it was time for him to grow up and act his age.

Ian Ibrahim, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that in November Rees was convicted of battery previously against the woman.

Magistrates issued a restraining order banning Rees from contacting her.

But on December 8 he breached the order and was fined, and five days later he did it again and received a suspended prison sentence of eight weeks.

On December 27 he again went to her home.

Mr Ibrahim said the woman opened the door to put out some rubbish and was startled to find Rees standing there.

She knew he was drunk and told him to leave but he pushed his way in and sat on a settee.

She then called the police and Rees was arrested and held in custody.

Judge Thomas told Rees that court orders had to be abided by.

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide

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PHASE two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following the recovery of a lorry from the river below.

Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landslide in October.

Phase one, which commenced before Christmas, created a safe zone for the recovery of a lorry that was swept in to the river during the storm.

That recovery took place earlier today (Monday, January 14, 2019).

Phase two, to permanently stabilise the embankment, involves complex drainage and geotechnical works.

The highway structure will then be assessed before any indication can be given as to when the road will re-open.

The council has thanked the community, and affected commuters, for their patience whilst site assessments and works have been underway.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are now making progress in what has been a highly complex operation and legal process between the council, partner agencies and the landowner.

“We fully appreciate the impact this has had on the community, and we wish to reiterate that we have worked without delay to undertake site investigations in the immediate aftermath of the landslide, along with clearance and construction works to make the area safe.

“We are working as quickly as we can to re-open the road as soon as possible, and would like to thank those affected most sincerely for their patience.”

Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen – Newcastle Emlyn.

Additional bus services remain in place:

  • A shuttle service currently runs from Cwmduad to Tycoch to catch the 460 service at 7.25am, 9.35am and 10.55am. Return journeys are at 2.25pm and 4.45pm.
  • The 460 service is currently operating on a diversion route
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