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Carmarthen Town Council hosts annual presentation evening



CARMARTHEN TOWN COUNCIL held its annual presentation evening at St Peter’s Civic Hall recently.
The Mayor of Carmarthen, Councillor Jeff Thomas said: ‘Carmarthen Town Council is extremely proud of its annual awards evening, which has become a celebration of the fantastic work that individuals, volunteers and very many different organisations carry out in Carmarthen’.

‘The Town Council’s Pride of Place Scheme attracts an awful lot of interest from very many people across Carmarthen and it has been a huge privilege but at the same time an enormous challenge for myself and my wife Eirlys – the Mayoress – to decide who the winners are in the various categories’.

‘We are very pleased to be able to provide very many small grants that help local organisations and also towards projects and initiatives that help to promote sustainability and improve our environment’.
‘The Town Council is also working hard with its anti-dog fouling campaign to educate people about this problem and I am very pleased that Model School has volunteered to take the lead on this. Sharon Kelman from the School won our poster competition’.

‘This year the Town Council hosted the start of the final stage of the Women’s Cycling Tour of Great Britain at our Velodrome in Carmarthen Park, and many people across the town participated in our various cycling themed competitions’.

Anyone wishing to apply for any of these grants should in the first instance contact the Clerk of the Town Council Mr Alun Harries on 01267 235199, or via email at

Poster Competition – Anti Dog-fouling Campaign Winner
Winner – Shannon Kelman, Model School (£50)

Women’s Cycling Tour of Britain Competitions
Best Cycling Jersey Design
1st – Lewys Evans (£100)
2nd Rose Elizabeth Edwards (£50)

Best Cycling Themed Business/Retail Window
1st – Starvin Marvin’s, Lammas Street (£100)
2nd – Celtic Podiatry, King Street (£50)
3rd – The Optic Shop, Red Street (£25)

Pride of Place Winners (£25.00 per category):

Residential Area (up to 5 dwellings) – 1, 5, 12, 16 and 22 Brynderwen, Abergwili Road

Residential Area – Ridgeway, Greenhill Close

Residential Area (Outer Town) – 132 Llansteffan Road, Johnstown

Shopping Area – Guildhall Square and Nott Square (Town Council for flower towers)

Business (Town Centre) – Florentino’s, Jackson’s Lane

Business (Outer Town) – Friends Arms, Johnstown

Conservation Area – Porth Angel, 26 Picton Terrace

Individual House (town) – Temple Villa, Mansel Street

Individual House (outer town) – Penybryn, 108 Bronwydd Road

Individual House, Pentrefelin Area – 16 Ferrar Street

Individual House (Best use of Limited Space) – 1 Gors Court, St Catherine Street

Mayor’s Award for Special Interest – 10 Nash Avenue

Siân Johnston Keep Carmarthen Tidy Award – Newlands, 133 Abergwili Road

Small Grants Awarded by Carmarthen Town Council 2019
Carmarthen Town Council awards small grants to organisations who apply to the Town Council, and this year grants were awarded as follows:
Carmarthen & District Youth Opera – £200
Citizen’s Advice Bureau – £500
Urdd Gobaith Cymru – £200
Urdd National Eisteddfod – £200
Llangollen International Eisteddfod – £200
National Eisteddfod of Wales – £200
Gwyl Cerdd Dant Cymru – £200
Dr M’z Youth Project – £1,000
Oriel Myrddin – £4,500
Carmarthenshire Young Farmers Clubs – £150
Carmarthen Boat Club – £500
Carmarthenshire Swimming Club – £150
Wales Air Ambulance – £200
Teenage Cancer Trust – £100

Red Court Solar Farm Environmental Projects Grants
The Town Council also awards grants in connection with the community levy it receives in respect of the energy created at Red Court Solar Farm, and the Town Council uses this money to promote environmental projects and to provide grants that contribute positively towards the environment and sustainability.

This year grants were awarded to the following organisations:
Dr M’z Youth Project – £500 for the creation of a community garden
Carmarthenshire Water Safety Partnership – £500 for the provision of flowers and bedding plants at the Quay Centre

Carmarthenshire Youth Support Service – £500 towards the Cwmoernant Ponds Fairy Walk Youth Project
St Mary’s Roman Catholic School – £500 for the creation of a vegetable garden at the school
The Nurture Centre, John Street – £500 for the purchase of plants and flowers for the rear garden and relaxation area
Carmarthenshire Federation of Women’s Institutes – £500 for purchasing and planting trees in Carmarthen

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CO-OP serves-up newest Welsh store in Carmarthen



THE CO-OP is set to serve-up its newest food store in Wales following a £550,000 investment creating 15 jobs in Carmarthen.
The 2,500 sq. ft. new store – located on Job’s Well Road and opening on Friday, 6 December – runs on 100% renewable electricity, and provides a funding boost for local causes through Co-op’s membership scheme.

The store – which opens between 7am – 11pm daily – includes customer car parking, free ATM, a Costa coffee dispenser and bakery alongside its focus on fresh, healthy products, food-to-go, vegan and free-from foods, hot food, chilled beers, award winning wines, meal ideas and, essentials.

Co-op also offers a 10% discount off groceries to TOTUM cardholders (the new name for the NUS extra card) to support students during their studies.

Alun Roberts, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to carry out such significant investment in the area – It really is exciting to be opening Co-op’s newest Welsh store and we are looking forward to serving the community. Connecting communities and bringing people together is at the core of the Co-op and our aim is to operate at the heart of local life, a community hub. The investment is a great way to mark the Co-op’s 175th anniversary year!”

Chris Ellis, Co-op Area Manager, added: “Co-op is committed to making a difference and creating value in its communities – our focus is all about delivering what our members and customers want, need and care about, conveniently. We also want the community to know that they can become a co-owner and Member of their Co-op, and every time a Co-op product or service is bought by our Members, local community groups receive funding.”

The Co-op picked up the “Convenience Retailer of the Year” and “Food-to-go Retailer of the Year” titles at the latest Retail Industry Awards.

There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch.

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Mobile library services put in place for Cross Hands



OPTIONS are being explored for a temporary home for Cross Hands Library, pending a proposed permanent move to a purpose-built facility within the town.

The library will leave its current home at the Cross Hands Cinema building during December following expiry of a lease agreement.

Services will be provided from Carmarthenshire County Council’s mobile library from Saturday, December 7, until a new temporary premises is found.

It will provide a comprehensive range of reading materials along with iPad access to online services and will operate during existing Cross Hands library hours – 10am-5pm Mondays and Thursdays, and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.

The council said it welcomes suggestions from members of the public and businesses about a temporary solution.

Longer-term, there are proposals for the library to be permanently based at a new Health and Wellbeing Centre planned for the Cross Hands area.

Ian Jones, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Head of Leisure, said: “We would like to thank people for their understanding whilst we work towards the permanent provision of a modern, fully-equipped, and purpose-built library service within the Cross Hands area.

“We will shortly be leaving our current home at Cross Hands Cinema, and thank the trustees for welcoming us over the last few years.

“Our mobile library service will be operating in the area from late December, offering a good range of reading and audio material, as well as digital access for our customers.”

The current provision at Cross Hands Cinema will come to an end on December 7.

For further information, email or call 01269 598360.

Gwasanaethau llyfrgell teithiol ar waith yn Cross Hands

MAE opsiynau’n cael eu hystyried ar gyfer cartref dros dro i Lyfrgell Cross Hands, hyd nes y gwireddir y bwriad i symud yn barhaol i gyfleuster pwrpasol yn y dref.

Bydd y llyfrgell yn gadael ei chartref bresennol yn adeilad Sinema Cross Hands yn ystod mis Rhagfyr ar ôl i gytundeb prydles ddod i ben.

Bydd gwasanaethau’n cael eu darparu o lyfrgell deithiol Cyngor Sir Caerfyrddin o ddydd Sadwrn, 7 Rhagfyr, hyd nes y bydd safle dros dro newydd yn cael ei ganfod.

Bydd yn darparu amrywiaeth gynhwysfawr o ddeunydd darllen ynghyd â mynediad i iPad i gyrchu gwasanaethau ar-lein. Bydd yn gweithredu yn ystod oriau presennol llyfrgell Cross Hands, sef rhwng 10am a 5pm ar ddydd Llun a dydd Iau, a rhwng 10am ac 1pm ar ddydd Sadwrn.

Dywedodd y cyngor ei fod yn croesawu awgrymiadau gan y cyhoedd a busnesau ynghylch ateb dros dro.

Yn y tymor hir, mae cynigion ar gyfer lleoli’r llyfrgell yn barhaol mewn Canolfan Iechyd a Llesiant newydd sy’n cael ei chynllunio ar gyfer ardal Cross Hands.

Dywedodd Ian Jones, Pennaeth Hamdden Cyngor Sir Caerfyrddin: “Hoffem ddiolch i bobl am eu dealltwriaeth wrth inni weithio tuag at ddarparu gwasanaeth llyfrgell pwrpasol a pharhaol sy’n fodern ac yn cynnwys yr holl gyfarpar angenrheidiol, a hynny yn ardal Cross Hands.

“Cyn bo hir byddwn yn gadael ein cartref presennol yn Sinema Cross Hands, a hoffem ddiolch i’r ymddiriedolwyr am ein croesawu ni dros y blynyddoedd diwethaf.

“Bydd ein gwasanaeth llyfrgell teithiol yn gweithredu yn yr ardal o ddiwedd Rhagfyr, gan gynnig amrywiaeth dda o ddeunydd darllen a sain, yn ogystal â mynediad digidol i’n cwsmeriaid.”

Bydd y ddarpariaeth bresennol yn Sinema Cross Hands yn dod i ben ar 7 Rhagfyr.

I gael rhagor o wybodaeth, anfonwch neges e-bost at neu ffoniwch 01269 598360.

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Big donation boosts Toybox Appeal



The Christmas Toybox Appeal has received a huge boost thanks to a large donation.

Llanelli’s Business Improvement District (BID) handed over £600 to the council’s appeal team and it’s guaranteed to put a smile on a lot more faces this Christmas.

The money will be spent locally on gifts and toys for families who cannot afford to buy for their children.

Last year, over 6,000 gifts were donated to 957 children from babies from 18 months up to teenagers.

The appeal has been running for the last eight years and Carmarthenshire County Council staff are joined by volunteers to sort, wrap and deliver toys in the run-up to Christmas.

The council’s Toybox Appeal co-ordinator, Nia Thomas said: “We are thrilled to receive such a large donation off the BID. The money will go a long way in ensuring we reach as many families as possible who haven’t got the money to buy their children any gifts or toys.”

When you’re out and about doing your Christmas shopping this year, please spare a thought for those less fortunate families, and purchase an extra present to donate to the Christmas appeal.

Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at a number of collection points throughout the county by December 1. People can also donate gift wrap, scissors and sellotape for the volunteers. You can also give a monetary donation which will only be used to buy toys and gifts. You can send your contributions (cheques payable to Carmarthenshire County Council) to Building 2, St David’s Park, Job’s Well Road, Carmarthen SA31 3HB, or telephone 01267 246657 if you have a cash donation.

The BID chair, Lesley Richards said: “The number of stallholders at the food festival was astounding, so it only felt right to donate all that money to two great local initiatives. We thought that the event’s success should go as far as possible, so we agreed with Carmarthenshire Markets that we would donate the funds to two Llanelli-based initiatives that would benefit local people. These are, after all, the people who support our town centre.”

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