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Powerful support kits out Pontarddulais Fire Cadets



Cadets: Posing with their new uniform

PONTARDDULAIS FIRE CADETS have become the proud owners of brand new personal protection equipment, including Fire Kit and Uniforms, thanks to the kind support of Western Power Distribution (WPD).

The Cadets were presented with the new PPE kit and uniforms during their weekly drill night (Mar 20) and wasted no time in putting the new equipment through its paces.

Formed within the past 12 months, the Pontarddulais Fire Cadets Scheme provides training to young people, usually between the ages of 12 and 16 years. The training includes operational drills, first aid, fire safety education, leadership and much more.

The new uniforms were well received by the Pontarddulais Fire Cadets.

Fire Cadet Sam commented, “The uniform is really smart and keeps you warm. I’m looking forward to wearing the uniform when we represent Pontarddulais at competitions with other Fire Cadets.”

Fire Cadet Katie was delighted with her new uniform, saying: “I feel proud and a part of something when I’m wearing the uniform.”

Fire Cadet Ben said: “I enjoy coming to Fire Cadets to meet friends and learn new skills. These uniforms make us look smart and part of a team. Thank you WPD.”

Phil Davies, WPD’s Network Services Manager for Wales, said: “We were pleased to support the Cadets. We believe businesses like ours should play a full and active role in the communities they serve.

“We hope the values and behaviours the youngsters receive during their training will help them develop valuable expertise in terms of communication skills and team working, which will be useful in their future careers.”

Watch Manager Anthony Mathias said: “The Pontarddulais Fire Cadet Scheme has only been running for a few months, and we already have ten children enrolled in the Scheme.

“The support we have received from the community has been overwhelming, all our instructors are made up of operational on-call firefighters who offer their time voluntarily, whilst parents also volunteer their time to help.

“The generosity shown by WPD is unbelievable. With the Scheme still in its infancy, WPD have come along and fully sponsored the Fire Cadets Scheme, which is fantastic for the young people and allows the Scheme to flourish in the future.”

Elaine Williams, Youth Development Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are very grateful to WPD for supporting the Pontarddulais Fire Cadets. The Fire Cadets Scheme presents an opportunity for young people to develop self-confidence and respect for their communities.

“Cadets are encouraged to make the most of their physical and mental capabilities to become more responsible, safer and caring members of their communities. Those who successfully complete the scheme also gain a BTEC qualification.

“It is wonderful to receive WPD’s support for this scheme. I would encourage individuals, who wish to volunteer a few hours of their time each week, to support our Fire Cadets.”

Have you considered volunteering as a Fire Cadet Instructor?

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Cadets Scheme provides training and development opportunities for young people, principally through Fire and Rescue Service related activities such as fire safety in the home, arson reduction, anti-social behaviour and road traffic collisions.

MAWWFRS is currently recruiting for volunteer Fire Cadet Instructors at the following Fire Stations: Cymmer, Seven Sisters, Morriston and Abercrave.

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Nearly £50,000 of National Lottery funding for community groups in Carmarthenshire



FIVE local community organisations across Carmarthenshire are celebrating after being awarded a share of £49,575 of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund over the past month.

One successful project was MolTân Makers who will use their £9,820 grant to provide metal working workshops for people wishing to improve their mental health and well-being. The group will reach out to mental health groups and the wider community and also allow people to reconnect with the community following the pandemic.

One participant with MolTân Makers explained, “ The course was professionally run by four hard-working people who helped us with one to one tuition when needed. They were so welcoming and adaptable to individual needs and allowed me to attend the course at different hours due to health reasons.

“They were great company and created an interesting and positive atmosphere to help people with mental and physical health problems feel included and understood and we all took home what we made in the course.”

The Hangout received £10,000 and will help young people improve their mental health and wellbeing through structured outdoor activity programmes. The project will build on a previous pilot project that led to more young people becoming re-engaged in school following the pandemic and continuing to volunteer with the group after the initial sessions finished.

The Alternative Learning Company in Llanelli were awarded £9,955 and will recycle plastic bottles to build full size greenhouses. They will propagate plants for growing schemes in local schools and communities. The project will reduce the levels of plastic sent to landfill or polluting open spaces, and give young people an understanding of the impact of climate change.

Newcastle Emlyn Town Council will build an outdoor structure in collaboration with the community, to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee. This £10,000 grant will fund building and design materials, and a water harvesting kit.

Messy Projects will use their £9,800 grant to run the activities and events they missed due to the pandemic. Activities will include celebrating the Queens platinum jubilee, a BBQ, and a Bonfire party.

John Rose, Wales Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said “These groups play a vital role in supporting their communities and these grants will allow them to continue being there for people in future. 

 ”National Lottery players raise more than £30 million each week for good causes across the UK and the projects funded over the past month show the crucial difference players make through their tickets. I look forward to following all of their progress.”  

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Family of power station worker calls on former colleagues to help with asbestos claim



THE WIFE of a Carmarthenshire man, who was just 66 when he died of an asbestos-related cancer, is calling on colleagues who worked with him in the 1970s to help understand where and how he contracted the disease.

Peter Colton, from Llanelli, died in July 2021 after being diagnosed with the asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.

He worked as a conveyor and weighbridge operator for the CEGB at Carmarthen Bay Power Station. During his time at the power station, his duties included offloading coal wagons and conveying coal to the boilers.

It is possible that Mr Colton was exposed to asbestos during those years and now his family has sought the help of local asbestos specialists J.M Parsons, to investigate a claim for compensation.

Ann Colton, Mr Colton’s wife, wants answers. She said: “Peter was diagnosed with mesothelioma and died just six weeks later. He had been suffering from shortness of breath and just had no quality of life.

“It was devastating to see someone who had been so healthy and active slowly get worse and worse. We just want to know where and how he was exposed to asbestos and hope someone out there can help us.”

According to data from the Health and Safety Executive, annual mesothelioma deaths in Britain increased steeply over the last 50 years, a consequence of mainly occupational asbestos exposures that occurred because of the widespread industrial use of asbestos during 1950-1980.

Amanda Jones is one of the specialists at J.M Parsons, which is owned by Thompsons Solicitors. Thompsons has paved the way for asbestos litigation in the UK ever since it brought about the first successful asbestos disease claim to the House of Lords in 1972, 50 years ago.

She said: “We would be grateful to hear from anyone who remembers working with Peter Colton in Carmarthen Bay Power Station in the 1970s or anyone who worked in the same field as Peter beyond the 1970s.

“Such individuals will be invaluable to Mr Colton’s family as they may be able to add important information that will assist us in building a civil claim. We hope that we will then be able to answer questions about the conditions that Mr Colton worked in during his working life.”

Anyone with information should contact Amanda Jones on 01554 779940, or via email at

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Carmarthenshire cheese maker secures Co-op listing



Caws Cenarth award

A CHEESEMAKER from Carmarthenshire has secured its first listing with the Co-op as part of the retailer’s continued focus on local and community sourcing.

Family-owned Caws Cenarth, which has cheese making in the family dating back to 1903, will now see two of its cheeses listed in more than 20 Co-op stores across the region.

Made on farm in Glyneithinog, Caws Cenarth will supply Co-op with its Organic Caerffili – which has a light and lemony taste with hints of sea salt – and, one of its best known cheeses the Organic Perl Las Mini – which is described as a blue cheese, golden in colour, with a creamy, gently salty taste that grows stronger with maturity.

Carwyn Adams, whose parents rekindled the family tradition for cheese making in 1987 with the creation of Caws Cenarth, said: “We are absolutely thrilled. I shop in our local Co-op and regularly thought how nice it would be to see our cheese on the shelf and, now that is to become a reality. Working with Co-op will support our business development, and raise awareness of our cheeses, not only across the region, but also further afield as visitors to the area often look for local produce to take back home with them as gifts or to remind them of their stay in the area.”

Jo Wadsworth, Co-op’s Community Buying Manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome Caws Cenarth onto our shelves. We know that our Members and customers value the quality and provenance of locally produced food and drink and, here at the Co-op we are focussed on supporting local suppliers as part of our commitment to creating value and making a difference in our local communities.”

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