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Good cause benefits from Leader’s Golf Day

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OVER £2,000 has been raised to support people with dementia illnesses and their carers in Carmarthenshire County Council’s Leader’s Golf Day.

Cllr Emlyn Dole set up the charity event last year as an annual fundraiser for good causes.

This year, the funds are going to Ty-Golau, a Llanelli-based charity that supports people with memory problems.

It offers a safe environment for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia type illnesses to engage in mentally stimulating activities, and also offers support and respite to family members and carers.

Cllr Dole had recently met Jan Lewis, who runs Ty-Golau, and was inspired by her dedication and enthusiasm – so much so that he pledged to dedicate his annual golf day to her cause.

The event was held at the Ashburnham Golf Club, Pembrey, on Friday (September 13), where 11 teams played and helped raise money for the cause.

It was supported by a number of local businesses who donated raffle and auction prizes.

They included, amongst others, Parc Y Scarlets, St. Brides Spa Hotel, Penderyn, Stradey Park Hotel, National Botanic Garden of Wales, The Ashburnham Golf course, Castell Howell, LSN Diffusion, Travis Perkins, Celtic Manor and TAD Ltd.

“I am so pleased that once again it was a successful event,” said Cllr Dole.

“We had fantastic support for the event, not only from the teams that entered and dug deep in their pockets for the cause, but to all the businesses that so generously donated prizes for the raffle and auction.

“This year we raised over £2,000 for Ty-Golau – a fantastic cause that supports the health and wellbeing of people with memory problems, Alzheimer’s and dementia type illnesses, their carers and professionals.”

Last year, the Leader’s Golf Day raised funds for the Peony Suite at Prince Philip Hospital’s Breast Care Unit, a charity he chose because of the care and support they gave to his wife when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

For more information about Ty-Golau, visit tygolau.org.uk

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Carmarthenshire towns win two prestigious awards

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has congratulated two local town councils for their success in the One Voice Wales Awards.

Pembrey and Burry Port Council won the Best Community Engagement category for the multi channels of communication it has set up which enables the community to participate in any decisions the council takes. It was also recognised for the shadow forums set up in both primary and secondary schools to ensure the younger generation have a voice.

Kidwelly Town Council won the Best Devolution of Service or Asset Project category for acquiring ownership of Parc Stephens play area from Carmarthenshire County Council in 2019 as part of the asset transfer process. Since then it has increased accessibility and inclusivity for a wide age range of children and includes a sensory garden.

Carmarthen Town Council was highly commended in the Best Annual Report category.

One Voice Wales is recognised by Welsh Government as the national representative body for Community and Town Councils in Wales, providing a wide range of services to our 634 member councils representing approximately 8000 councillors.

This year’s awards ceremony has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths who is responsible for liasing with town and community councils said: “I’d like to congratulate Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council and Kidwelly Town Council on winning the awards. It just goes to show the great work being done across Carmarthenshire and more importantly how we are working with the communities to meet their needs. I’d also like to congratulate Carmarthen Town Council on the commendation.”

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Woman arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply

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AN AMMANFORD woman has been arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers were on patrol in the Glanamman area on when they saw the woman driving a silver Peugeot away from them.

They were aware that the driver had no driver’s licence, and that she was suspected of being involved in supplying class A drugs in and around Ammanford.

Additional units made their way to her home, where the car was stopped. A search of the vehicle resulted in class A drugs being found, and she was arrested.

Further searches were carried out by the response team and dog unit. Around 16g of cocaine, some amphetamine, and some cannabis were found.

A 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, possession and driving offences. The vehicle was also seized.

She has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Sergeant Walters said: “This was a very swift response to information relayed by colleagues who recognised the woman and were aware that she should not have been driving.

“Ammanford Neighbourhood Policing Team, response teams and the dog unit worked closely together to achieve a positive outcome.”

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Play equipment gifted to children with disabilities

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CHILDREN with disabilities in Carmarthenshire have been gifted play equipment by the county council during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some 26 children are already making use of new play materials and outdoor equipment which are helping to maintain their health and well-being during the lockdown.

Items such as garden swing seats, paddling pools, tablets, sensory black out tents, trampolines are making a huge difference to them whilst staying at home.

It comes after funding was set aside for those identified by the council’s social workers or disability intervention staff as needing extra support, and subject to an assessment.

Anna Martin, whose son Finlay has benefited from a garden swing said: “Finlay has spent many an hour calmly swinging in the garden. It has been great for him to spend time with the family outdoors. Fin is like a ‘toddler’ and enjoys a cwtch and a nap so the fact that this turns into a bed has been a big hit! It has certainly perked him up during lockdown.”

Funds are still available and anyone who is supported by the council’s disability service can ask their support worker for an assessment.

The council’s executive board member for children’s services, Cllr Glynog Davies said: “The restrictions of the current lockdown have been a huge challenge for all families, but particularly for those with a child who is disabled or has autism. Our teams identified that for some families having extra play materials or outdoor play equipment could make a massive difference to children’s wellbeing. We established a process where staff from our specialist teams could assess if families would benefit from this type of help. We have been able to purchase and arrange delivery of a number of items so far and we’re delighted to see what a difference it has made.”

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