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Carmarthen Town Council hosts annual presentation evening

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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 AJharries@carmarthentowncouncil.gov.uk

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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Eggstra special Easter treat for Carmarthenshire children

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VULNERABLE children and children of critical workers in Carmarthenshire will be getting an eggstra special Easter treat this year.

Kind donations of chocolate eggs and hot cross buns are being delivered to all the childcare hubs and food hubs in the county.

The childcare hubs have been set up to look after the children of critical workers and to support vulnerable children during the coronavirus pandemic.

A number of food hubs have also been set up by the council across the county to help families in need. Children who are entitled to free school meals also receive food supplies to feed the whole family.

Now thanks to the generosity of local businesses and organisations, the children and staff are guaranteed a very ‘hoppy’ Easter.

Food wholesaler Bookers in Carmarthen have given 50 boxes of Cadbury’s crème eggs to share out between the food hubs for children receiving free school meals – that’s a total of 1,968 eggs!

And the Co-op stores in Ammanford and Burry Port, Morrisons in Llanelli, Carmarthen and Llanelli Rotary Clubs, and Llandeilo Town Council have donated Easter eggs to give out to all the children attending the care hubs.

Morrisons in Carmarthen are also providing Easter eggs for all the staff working in the hubs on Good Friday; and Carmarthen-based Hafod Bakery will also be making a special delivery of hot cross buns and loaves of bread.

Executive Board Member for Education and Children’s Services Cllr Glynog Davies said: “I would like to thank everyone involved for their generosity, both the children and staff will be delighted.

“It is particularly important at this difficult time that we remain positive and take joy in all that we can. These Easter eggs will put a big smile on all the children’s faces, and it also shows how much we appreciate the hard work of all the staff.

“This is an excellent example of what we are trying to achieve as part of our SirGâredig campaign – the incredible community spirit and kindness that is taking place throughout Carmarthenshire during the pandemic.

“It is at times like these that we see the good in people, and I am proud of the people of Carmarthenshire for the support and kindness they are showing one another in these challenging times.”

Thanks also to Morrisons in Carmarthen for delivering Easter eggs to our bin collection crews at the Cillefwr depot today (Thursday, April 9), they were very happy indeed!

If you have an act of kindness you would like to share, please tweet us @CarmsCouncil using the hashtag #SirGaredig or post on our Facebook page @CarmarthenshireCC

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Supporting vulnerable children and their families

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SUPPORT for vulnerable children and their families is continuing during the coronavirus crisis.

Staff from Education and Children’s Services are continuing to offer wellbeing support as well as respite to families that need it.

With schools closed, headteachers and staff at specialist settings are making regular contact to make sure children are receiving the support they need and that the family is coping.

Other families with children that require individual support have been contacted directly by one of the council’s family liaison officers to find out what support is needed and how best it can be delivered, either through one of the childcare hubs, or through alternative arrangements.

Some pupils who need additional support are having their needs met through the childcare hubs and the feedback from parents is that it is working well.

Although schools are closed, Area 43, the school-based counselling service can still be accessed by children and young people from Year 5 upwards. Staff are available to provide information, support and counselling remotely; either online, by telephone or text and through its social media pages. Visit Area43.co.uk for more details.

Executive Board Member for Education and Children’s Services Cllr Glynog Davies said: “Respite and support services are continuing for vulnerable children, and will continue to do so as long as staff remain well, and families want and need it.

“It is more important than ever that we have this support in place for families, and it is also important that our young people can still access the counselling service whilst the schools are closed. This is a very difficult and uncertain time for everyone, and this type of support is essential.

“I am also very pleased to receive positive feedback from parents of children with additional learning needs that are using the hubs.”

If you have any concerns about a child or young person, please get in touch by emailing CRTChildren@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or by calling 01554 742322. If a problem occurs out of office hours that cannot wait, please call 0300 333 2222.

More information and support for parents can be found at newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/coronavirus

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Lottery win for local neighbours

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Two people in Ferryside are celebrating today after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.

The neighbours netted the windfall when SA17 5YP was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Wednesday 8th April 2020.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “Congratulations to our winners! What a great surprise for them, I hope they enjoy their winnings.”

A minimum of 32% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £500 million to date for thousands of good causes in Britain and beyond.

This draw was promoted by Maggie’s which has received over £16.1 million in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Maggie’s runs a network of cancer support centres across the country. These centres bring people together to help combat the isolation and distress that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

Many good causes close to the winners have also benefitted from players’ support, and local charities can next apply for funding in August.

For more information on People’s Postcode Lottery, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk or Facebook and Twitter.

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