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Prince Charles supports motorbike gala



PRINCE CHARLES lowered the starting flag on Llandovery’s first Motorbike Weekend, which aims to build on the town’s reputation as bikers’ day trip destination – and which could be the start of a new Llandovery tradition. 

Organisers Lt Col Jonah MacGill and Mrs Sue MacGill poured months of effort into the weekend, and were delighted a couple of days before Friday’s royal opening (Jul 8) when the Big Lottery Fund announced a grant of £3,880 towards venue fees, safety equipment, the sound system, hire of tables and toilets, licensing and publicity.

Sue MacGill said the weekend’s main aims were to encourage bikers to stay longer in the Llandovery area, to raise road safety awareness, and to support Prime Cymru, one of Prince Charles’s charities.

Prime Cymru, which is headquartered in Llandovery, helps the over-50s into employment or self- employment. Lunch in the Castle Hotel on Friday was a fund-raiser for Prime Cymru.

Carmarthenshire County Council had a big presence at the launch, focussed on safer motorbiking.

Stephen Pilliner, the council’s Head of Transport, said that in 2015, 17 fatal and serious injury accidents in the county involved motorcycles. Council Chairman Eryl Morgan, from Llanelli, Llandovery’s County Counillor Ivor Jackson, Executive Board Members including former leader Councillor Meryl Gravell, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr’s MP Jonathan Edwards, and Llandovery’s Mayor, Councillor David Long, were among the dignitaries presented to Prince Charles, who was escorted by the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, and the TV and radio presenter Sara Edwards.

Prince Charles met representatives of road safety, police and emergency services as well as motorcyclists taking part in the launch parade through the town, ranged behind Llandovery’s Helen Greenslade on her Boom trike from Germany, with Sarah the Sheep, mascot for September’s Sheep Festival, riding pillion.

Martin ‘Willis’ Williams from Llansadwrn, with passengers Caren and pet dog Betsy, brought along his rebuilt, originally homemade, bike with a Reliant 850 engine and ‘Crazy Horse’ cowboy and Indian embellishments.

From Llangadog, Mrs Leita Juster enthused fellow members of the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club to come in numbers. There were Harley Davidsons, too. There were Triumphs – still made in the UK at two factories in Hinckley, Leicestershire, as well as in Thailand and Brazil – Hondas and many more, including vintage models.

Events moved inside Llandovery Mart on the Saturday due to heavy rain. “We are very grateful to auctioneers Clee Tompkinson and Francis for letting us use the mart free of charge,” said Jonah MacGill afterwards. “We had more than 50 motorbikes on display, and a ‘Biker Down’ first aid course, as well as cooking demonstrations by chef Roger Stevens interspersed with experts commenting on famous motorbike models.

“Malcolm Palmer of Teglan Design Associates, Cross Hands, helped us with sponsorship besides designing our logo and the glassware we presented to Prince Charles. Thanks are due to so many people for raffle prizes and for helping with the events.”

Proceeds from raffles on the Saturday will be split between the Royal British Legion and the Wales Air Ambulance.

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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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