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Minister to open £13 million Extra Care Scheme



The feature wall: Cartref Cynnes

The feature wall: Cartref Cynnes

A FLAGSHIP £13m Extra Care Scheme delivered in partnership by the Family Housing Association and Carmarthenshire County Council officially opens on Monday (Aug 15). 

Cartref Cynnes, in Johnstown, Carmarthen, has 61 one and two-bedroom apartments for rent alongside a new day centre.

A fun day has been planned starting at 10am with refreshments on arrival, followed by the official opening at 10.30am by Welsh Government Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans AM.

Supporting the Minister at the opening will be the Chief Executive of FHA (Wales) Ltd., Karen Dusgate, and Carmarthenshire Council’s Executive Board Member for Social Care and Health, Cllr Jane Tremlett.

A guided tour of the building will be followed by a buffet lunch in the restaurant.

An open afternoon of Cartref Cynnes is planned from 2pm involving music, arts and crafts and contributions from Cartref Cynnes Women’s Institute. Carmarthen Ukuleles will perform in the lounge, Splat Cymru will be offering hands-on activities for everyone in the crafts and hobby room and the independent retail outlets based at Cartref Cynnes and Radio Carmarthenshire will also be joining in the fun.

With pioneering cutting edge extra care principles, Cartref Cynnes opened its doors earlier this year meeting the needs of the community of Carmarthen and the surrounding area. The scheme also acts as a community hub with businesses and activities available not only for the people who live there, but also for the wider community. These include a shop, hair and beauty salon, hobby and craft room, a well-being room, a library and IT facilities and a licensed restaurant, all of which are open to the public as well as to residents.

Project Manager for Cartref Cynnes, Jill Pethick, said: “This has been a great opportunity for us to build on our successes in the field of extra care. We have created much needed facilities right in the heart of the community, which goes to show what can be achieved when different agencies work towards a common goal. We aim to create a vibrant hub providing much needed state of the art advanced facilities for the older generation and wider community of Carmarthen.”

Building on the success of earlier extra care schemes such as Hazel Court, Swansea, and Maes Mwldan, Cardigan – all part of an ongoing programme of excellence in extra care – Family Housing have been able to put experience to good use in designing the Johnstown addition to the family.

Head of Care and Support Services at FHA, Richard Batt, said: “Our extra care apartments are maintenance free and designed for older people. You can retain as much independence as you choose. You will have your own front door to come and go as you please but there are also shared facilities like a lounge area which is used as a meeting point and for social events; a restaurant, hobby rooms and other facilities that you can use when you feel like some company.

“Loneliness as we get older is a huge issue and our extra care housing offers neighbourly companionship in a friendly environment when you want it. In fact, many of our tenants tell us that they wished they had moved in years ago.”

Richard added: “All of our extra care homes are designed to be part of the local community rather than separate from it. Local people are encouraged to come in and use the facilities.

“Importantly, our extra care apartments are future proofed against any changing needs as you age, with a range of safety and security features so that you can live well, age well and stay well.”

Cllr Tremlett said: “Cartref Cynnes is one of two superb schemes delivered by Carmarthenshire Council in partnership with the FHA, providing 111 extra care apartments in Carmarthen and Ty Dyffryn, Ammanford.

“This vision of safe, secure and independent living is now a reality with a model of exceptional housing standards paired with outstanding care, as and when needed, provided by the council’s domiciliary care service.”

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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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