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Great turnout for cross country championships



On the run: Year 4 Girls

A RECORD turnout of more than 3,000 runners, teachers and spectators attended the popular Dyfed Primary Schools cross country championships last Thursday evening (Mar 16) held at the United Counties Showground in Nantyci, Carmarthen.

In what was an exciting evening of cross country running, Dyfed primary schools turned out in their numbers for the end of season finale now in its 30th annual year organised by Hedydd Davies Chairman of Carmarthen Harriers. Close to 1,500 runners from more than 75 schools in the district took part – passing the 2015 totals of 1,327.

The championships this year was sponsored by the West Wales Freemasons and McDonalds. Awards to the first ten in each race, first three teams and winning county were presented by the invited guests: Cllr Eryl Morgan Chairman Carmarthenshire County Council, Mrs Jean Morgan, Cllr Wyn Thomas Mayor of Carmarthen, Mrs Sylvia Perkins Mayorees of Carmarthen, Mr Ron Mounsey McDonalds, Mr Gareth Jones Cabinet Member Education, John Elward Vice President Welsh Athletics and Lionel Hughes West Wales Freemasons.

In the team competition there were five different team winners. Griffith Jones and Y Dderwen both had one win each while Gelli Aur, Gymraeg Aberaeron and Iau Llangennech won two team races each, and as a result with no points difference – were the overall joint team winners and will share the trophy. In the inter county competition Carmarthenshire won six races and Pembrokeshire two events.

The summer months will see the Carmarthenshire & Dyfed track & field athletics championships come to Carmarthen during May & June with the venue being the Carmarthen Leisure Centre track in Johnstown.


  • Year 3 Girls: 1 Ophehia Jenkins (Tavernspite) 2 Tirion Yate (Dewi Sant) 3 Beatrice Morgan (Llangadog)
  • Year 3 Boys: 1 Steffan Thomas (Teilo Sant) 2 Dylan Owen (Ffairfach) 3 Logan Owen (Gwenllian)
  • Year 4 Girls: Kaitlyn Gwynne Jones (Aberaeron) 2 Mared Jones (Y Dderwen) 3 Casi Gregson (Carreg Hirfaen)
  • Year 4 Boys: 1 Rowan Dickson (Hakin) 2 Cynyr McRae (Y Ddwylan) 3 William Harris (Hook)
  • Year 5 Girls: 1 Erin Morgan (Y Dderwen) 2 Seren Davies (Aberaeron) 3 Bessy Hill (Y Ddwylan)
  • Year 5 Boys: 1 Ifan Bowen (Y Dderwen) 2 Iwan Thomas (Parc Y Tywyn) 3 Harry Billingham (Tavernspite)
  • Year 6 Girls: 1 Bethan Adams (Llangennech) 2 Lucy Wintle (Hafan Y Mor) 3 Keira Carmody (Model)
  • Year 6 Boys: 1 Morgan Williams (Gelli Aur) 2 Rhys Jenkins (Aberaeron) 3 Jack Thomas (Johnstown)

A Carmarthen Harriers Athletics Club spokesman said: “The partnership between Carmarthen Harriers and Dyfed schools continue to grow and has already resulted in Carmarthen Harriers being awarded with the Welsh Athletics Partnership Award a number of times over the past few years, including in 2016 for its work with McDonalds.

“Thanks to all schools in West Wales for continuing to support the events arranged by the club in Dyfed, as was evident with the large number of visitors at last Thursday’s championships.”

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Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre and Brynamman Lido to be transferred to a community groups



A MULTI- SPORTS facility, at the heart of the Gwendraeth Valley, has been taken over by a local sports group, the Baton Twirlers.

The management of Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre, which is owned by Carmarthenshire County, has been transferred to the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) via a lease agreement and will allow the public to continue to use the facilities at the centre.

Whilst Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre is now the official home of BTAC its facilities are available for the local community and sports groups to be used.

An official reopening of the Centre, which bears the name of one of the Gwendraeth Valley’s most famous sons, under the new management of the BTAC was held on Sunday, October 2.

Speaking at the event, Jessica Shore Director of the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) said:

“We are thrilled to have worked with Carmarthenshire County Council to secure this sports centre on behalf of the local community and it’s a pleasure to welcome the public here today. We are looking forward to working with and hosting various community and sports groups at the Carwyn James Sports Centre.

“It also was very important to us to provide a home for baton twirling in Wales, and we will make great use of the excellent facilities here.”

Cllr. Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said “This is a great success story for the BTAC, the Gwendraeth Valley and the council as we have secured the future of the Carwyn James Sports Centre for the local community.

I would like to thank Baton Twirlers Association Cymru for their work and enthusiasm during the process of transferring management of the Sports Centre to them, as a community group, and I wish them the very best for the future.”

Plans approved to transfer management of Brynamman Lido

On Monday, October 3, the council’s Cabinet approved plans to lease the Brynamman Lido, which is held in trust by the Carmarthenshire County Council, to Brynamman Lido Limited under its asset transfer programme.

Under the proposed lease, Brynamman Lido Limited will take over the management of the lido with the intention to reopen the swimming pool for sporting, recreational and leisure activities.

Following the approval of the plans by the Cabinet, Cllr. Gareth John commented:

“We are pleased to be working with the local group in Brynamman to transfer the management and maintenance of the lido to the community.

“The transfer of this asset will allow Brynamman Lido Ltd to apply for funding via grants that would not be available to the County Council, and we will continue to work with them and provide support along the journey to reopening the lido to the community.”

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Latest recruit to Llandeilo’s Ashmole & Co team ‘converts’ his spare time into being a rugby referee



Ashmole & Co have scored a try with their newest Trainee Accountant. The firm is delighted to announce that Aled Jones has recently started working for the successful accountancy team in the Llandeilo office.

Aled, who lives in Pontyberem, is a community rugby referee in his spare time. He referees senior rugby games on Saturdays and Junior rugby games on Sundays including cup matches. He is also involved in the Scarlets Cup Final at Parc y Scarlets and the Carmarthenshire cup finals.

Before joining Ashmole & Co Aled was a Personal Banker with Barclays Bank for five years. He studied AAT Level three at Coleg Sir Gar. Aled went to primary school in Pontyberem and secondary school in Ysgol y Gwendraeth.

Day to day with Ashmole & Co, Aled prepares and inputs clients’ sales and purchase invoices onto the accounting software; completes clients’ VAT returns and assists senior members of the team with the preparation of accounts. The most rewarding part of the job for Aled is hearing that the clients are happy.

Welcoming Aled to the team, Ceri Llwyd, Partner in the Llandeilo Ashmole & Co office, said, “We are delighted that Aled has joined our team in Carmarthenshire. He has fitted in well and is a pleasure to work with. I’ve told my rugby mad sons that they have to behave now when they play rugby on a Sunday in case Aled is their referee! It is great that he gives up his spare time to help local rugby clubs in this way.”
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Aled said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co, who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered, certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales, to give me this opportunity.”

Ashmole & Co offer financial support to a significant number of junior and professional sports teams across south Wales. The Llandeilo office has recently shown its support to Llandeilo RFC by contributing towards new tops for the juniors.

Ceri added, “As a rural firm that works with businesses in the area it is a pleasure for us to be able to lend our support to local sports teams.”

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Llangennech prove too strong for Penclawdd



LLANGENNECH earned their fourth win in as many matches on Saturday (Oct 22) as they beat Penclawdd 38-10.

Jordan Saunders got the scoring underway with the first try of the game and Thomas Davies added the extras.

Penclawdd then levelled the scoring with a try from Daniel John Guarneri and Marcus Brown added the extras.

It remained 7-7 until half time with conditions proving tricky for both sides.

In the second half, Aaron Howles got the try to put Llangennech ahead but the conversion was missed.

Joseph Hutchings then extended the visitors’ lead with their third try and Davies added the extras to take the score to 7-19.

Penclawdd then responded with a penalty from Brown as the home side looked to get back into the game.

However, Llangennech soon had their fourth try and a bonus point as Howles touched down for his second try of the game and Davies added the extras.

Louis Rees then scored an unconverted try before replacement Hefin Jones went over for Llangennech’s sixth try, converted by Davies.

On Saturday, October 29, Penclawdd travel to Aberystwyth for their second game in the Division 1 Cup.

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