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Carmarthen: Vintage Festival was chuffing marvelous



Vintage Festival 2016 Carmarthen Higher Quality-7739CARMARTHEN came alive with the sights and sounds of vintage eras on Saturday.

Residents and visitors alike were encouraged to take a trip down memory lane as Carmarthen town welcomed back the 2nd Carmarthen Vintage Festival with the support of Carmarthenshire County Council.

The Vintage Festival was organised by Carmarthen Town Centre Regeneration Forum through funding from the Welsh Government’s Town Centre Partnership scheme for projects including branding, annual events, development of a website, improved signage, installation of footfall counters and tourism ambassador training for traders.

Shopkeepers joined in the fun and dressed in vintage outfits bringing a touch of the good old days back to the streets.

There were vintage fashion shows, clothing, hair and make-up displays, arts & craft and dance, and new this year was a vintage wedding fair.

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There were also opportunities for the public to make things to take home, Arts Care Gofal Celf provided a drop in workshops for people to create something to take away, including vintage style broaches/ jewellery using fabrics/lace/buttons etc. There was a whole host of activities in St Catherine’s walk including street entertainers, balloon modellers and vintage steam engines to entertain the children.

There were musical performances from the Big Cwtch artists, Tobias Robertson, Trenchfoot, Super promotions and Two Dumb Blondes to name but a few. Nott Square became a vintage fashion and beauty quarter with vintage fashion shows.   From vintage dresses to hair and make-up designs to the awesome shoes and accessories, the area was transformed.

Merlin’s Walk also supported the festival. Shoppers in Merlin’s walk were graced by an elegant explorer and adventurer Lady Augusta Llywelyn-Gordon, a 12ft tall street walker, and her assistants glided through the mall picking out interesting creatures and features on their walkabout performance.

The Big Cwtch pop-up sessions proved to be a huge success across town, the public were able to get a little taster of what to expect of the Big Cwtch Summer Festival one of Carmarthenshire’s award winning family festival now in its third year showcasing emerging Welsh artists and some of Wales’ best food producers in a breath-taking lakeside setting. Find out more

If Saturday’s event inspired you don’t forget to visit to download the antiques trail.

Executive board member for regeneration and leisure Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “The event was a huge success. It certainly goes to show that organised events have a big part to play in why shoppers and tourists choose to come to Carmarthen over many other local venues.

“Themed events like the Vintage Festival help to ensure Carmarthen remains the number one destination in West Wales.”

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened



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



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

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



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:, by emailing 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

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