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Politicians support food bank volunteers



Jonathan Edwards MP and Adam Price AM: With volunteers of the food bank and Tesco staff at its Ammanford store.

Jonathan Edwards MP and Adam Price AM: With volunteers of the food bank and Tesco staff at its Ammanford store.

LOCAL politicians Adam Price AM and Jonathan Edwards MP have praised local food bank volunteers as they joined them at Tesco’s ‘Neighbourhood Food Collection’ last week.

Tesco’s partnership with the Trussell Trust and FareShare, as well as the generosity of customers, has seen 38 million meals provided to those in need across the UK.

Ammanford Food Bank was officially opened by Jonathan Edwards MP in 2013 – a task Mr Edwards described at the time as one of his most humbling experiences since becoming an elected member.

Both strong opponents of Westminster’s austerity agenda, Mr Edwards and Mr Price hailed the work carried out by the organisers and volunteers of the food bank who, they said, have selflessly stepped in to help their neighbours and demonstrate the very best of Carmarthenshire.

The Plaid Cymru duo urged all those in a position to assist the food bank to consider donating a parcel this Christmas.

Jonathan Edwards MP said: “Not a week goes by in our constituency office without Adam or I being contacted by a constituent affected by a change, a cut or sanction to their benefit. Such impacts are also felt by those defined as the ‘working-poor’ – people who are putting in an honest day’s graft but don’t earn enough to make ends meet.

“The food bank has seen a deeply worrying increase in the number of those who need food parcels.  In some respect this could be attributed to the fantastic work local agencies do in referring people to the service, but there is no doubt that the continued austerity agenda is having a profound impact here in Carmarthenshire.

“I would like to pay tribute to the organisers and volunteers of Ammanford food bank for the way in which they have stepped in to help their neighbours in need.

“It is regrettable that a food bank has to exist in our community.  The Westminster government’s attack on our communities is unnecessary and self-defeating.  But we are very fortunate to have friends and neighbours who selflessly give up their time to support the food bank and ensure families do not go hungry.”

Assembly Member Adam Price added: “Ammanford food bank demonstrates the very worst of Westminster’s cruel cuts ideology, but the very best of Carmarthenshire’s compassion and generosity in supporting those in need.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to those who volunteer and kindly ask all those who are in a position to do so, to consider giving a donation to the food bank.”

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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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