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Spring Truck-Fest – entry & qualifying

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Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 11.49.50ON A DAY that was sunny but with a cold breeze, there was a mixture of regulars, returnees, and several newcomers having their first races.

The first few rows had a familiar look with Keith White and his BMW Z4 Silhouette on Pole with a time of 62.011. Jason Davies was only 7/10ths behind with his Class CS Ford Sierra Cossie. Jason was hoping to make a real charge for the 2016 title and his car had a few aero tweeks and a new stronger engine, but more of that later!

The first of the Class CS West Wales Fresh Air Brigade (WW Fab) was Damian Logotano in 3rd place in his Westfield on 63.542.

Damian, a former grass-tracker, has come a long way since his race debut in 2014, which must be an inspiration to those drivers making their debuts now! Neil Watts was 4th with his Westfield. Ken James and his Locost was the 3rd member of the WW FAB in 5th place. In 6th place were Fabio Lufferelli and his Moto-Mini.

The first of the returnees in 7th place was Chris Everill in a Ginetta, but this was a new G50, and Chris was just getting used to it. Rhodri Jenkins and his turbo Civic joined Chris on row 4, with Jim Lyons next up.

Jim, another returnee, had been burning the midnight oil getting his car ready, and his turbo Mini had a new nice paint job and a big rear wing! Roger Dowden joined Jim on row 5 and was the first of the Class AS runners. On Row 6 was Bradley John, the first newcomer with his nice black Mitsubishi Evo.

Bradley had done some quad bike racing and was moving up from track days to actual racing. ‘On some track-days there isn’t anybody to play with’ 11th fastest on your debut is a promising start. Leading Class BT was Daryl Radford whose Honda Civic was looking nice in it new paint job.

On Row 7 Dave Scarmanga had changed tyres on his VW Vento and was now on his own in Class CT! Alongside was Paul Flinders who was running the turbo on his MR2 in low boost mode.

On row 8 Susanne Jones was trying to co-ordinate her ensemble with the colour of the Originia Lotus Elise. Susanne no longer needs to have a yellow and black cross on her car, and was 2nd in Class BT, just ahead of the 2nd newcomer Colin Lewis in his Class BT Clio who was also having his first race. Colin is a former Grass-tracker.

On row 9 were Endaf Owens and his Mini Miglia alongside Colin Dunn and his Williams Clio.

Behind them on row 10 was the 3rd and final newcomer Richard Francis. Richard has a long history associated with Pembrey, and has done some karting, but this was his first time to race on the track. Richard was driving a Citroën Saxo and was obviously finding his feet, but there was a lot of sage advice on offer in the paddock. Alongside him was Andrew Williams and his MG ZR.

On Row 11 it was the walking wounded of Tyrone Lufferelli and Peter Hills. Peter found his engine overheating, and having already changed the head gasket, he feared another more serious engine problem was brewing and so he elected to miss the race and went to help his fellow Vale resident Jim Lyons.

On the final rows were Graham Welch (Rover 200) Alan Smith and his Ford KA who was ahead of Holly Welch who now had her own car, a Vauxhall Nova.

There was a lot of head scratching among the ranks of the turbo cars, with almost everyone suffering from some sort of woe or another.

No one was immune, with Jason finding a loss of oil and some water, and thought that may have been due to the improved breathing rather than actual turbo boost. Rhodri, with Alvin on hand, was trying to figure out how and where his oil was going under pressure.

Paul Flinders was trying to run with as little boost as possible but Jim Lyons, who was in an intense hard working post practice session, to try and fix his windscreen and other things, had found he had no boost due to software fault!

A great start to the year’s racing at Pembrey, with many more high quality events still to come.

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened

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ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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