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Light bright Ysgol Bro Dinefwr opens to musical artistry

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Ysgol Bro Dinefwr: Opened on Tuesday

Ysgol Bro Dinefwr: Opened on Tuesday

YSGOL BRO DINEFWR, the £30-million comprehensive school built on fields outside Ffairfach, replacing both Pantycelyn in Llandovery and Tregib on the other side of Ffairfach, is super-insulated and super-quiet, decorated in white and tranquil pastels, with many double-height spaces giving the interior an airy, open feel.

A tour of the Bouygues-constructed school, funded by Carmarthenshire County Council and the Welsh Government, was one of the highlights of Tuesday’s (Oct 4) official opening, which also promoted students’ musical excellence. National Eisteddfod winner Owain Rowlands gave a superb singing performance, the instrumental trio of Cerys Bowen, Ellie Davies and Rhydian Tiddy played ‘Valse Russe’, harpists Bethan Evans, Millie Bateman, and twins Cadi and Mari James entertained before the unveiling, by Council Leader Emlyn Dole, of a commemorative plaque, and a choir of girls in Years 8, 9 and 10 gave two polished performances of ‘Ar Lwybrau Gwynt’.

Shortly before the opening ceremonies were due to start at 9.30am, an unexpected fire bell triggered mass evacuation of the school, but it was a false alarm and did not delay proceedings.

Head Girl Hannah Doel and Head Boy Henry Amery gave the first two speeches, and Council Leader Emlyn Dole followed, saying that people across Wales would be envious of the new buildings. He also pointed out that buildings alone are not enough – that interaction between teachers and pupils sparks learning.

Gareth Jones, the council’s Executive Board Member in charge of Education, put the £30 million cost in the context of the council’s £240 million spending, so far, on its ‘Modernising Education’ programme. “This is the fifth opening I have been to so far this year,” said Mr Jones. Continuing the financial theme, Chair of Governors David Dyer commented that sufficient funds were vital if pupils’ educational dreams were to be realised.

Headteacher Julie Griffiths praised the council for providing ‘this wonderful campus’, into which pupils and staff had quickly settled and the Rev. Michael Sadler, Vicar of Llandeilo, blessed the school.

Touring the campus revealed a spacious gym and even larger sports hall, a food technology suite with excellent cooking appliances, wide corridors, roomy classrooms, and a library with a splendid array of computers but relatively few books, a response to the modern online world but also to strained budgets.

The energy saving aspects of the school are among its most remarkable attributes. The roofs hold 700 square metres of photovoltaic panels, there are three 30kW air-source heat pumps, and a 20,000-litre rainwater harvesting system.

Transport to and from the school, much by bus and car, lacks the ecological credentials of the school buildings, but the campus provides an example of responsible resource use which could have a wide influence.

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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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