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Lots going on at our childcare hubs

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THE council’s childcare hubs which look after the children of critical workers responding to the coronavirus crisis are a hive of activity.

Located across Carmarthenshire, the hubs are providing essential childcare to make sure frontline services can continue during the pandemic, as well as to support our more vulnerable children.

A lot of work goes into making sure they run as smoothly as possible thanks to a number of staff including headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants, catering staff, cleaners, caretakers and youth workers along with local authority staff who have been redeployed from their usual jobs to be on the hub staff rotas.

All the hubs have strict procedures in place in relation to hand washing, the use of tissues, and keeping the 2m distance to ensure both pupil and staff safety; and although it makes it difficult to carry out some of the more normal school activities, there is still lots going on.

This includes circle time sessions to discuss feelings, emotions and situations; physical activities such as circuits in the hall or outside on the yard, online workout sessions, dance karaoke and musical statues; as well as yoga, relaxation exercises and mindfulness.

Other activities include art and craft, gardening and planting, and reading and listening to stories including some written specifically in relation to the Covid 19 situation.

Ipads and computers are used in the hubs, but staff are mindful of screen time and the devices are wiped down after every use and pupils wash their hands before and after.

Some of the pupils use part of the day to complete tasks set by their own schools / teachers and hub staff are there to give support if needed.

All the activities which take place at the hubs aim to promote both physical and emotional wellbeing.

Feedback from key workers has been positive, with one mother, a manager at Glangwili Hospital, saying that she would be unable to continue with her work without the hub and that she’s so grateful for the service.

Another parent from Llanelli, who works for the council, said: “Not only is the ongoing situation with coronavirus making it very difficult to manage both work and family, but it isn’t easy for our children being away from school and their friends.

“It is great to see my son so happy when I pick him up from the hub at Ysgol Pen Rhos and the staff are always so friendly, I can’t thank them enough.”

Executive Board Member Cllr Glynog Davies said: “It is wonderful to hear such great feedback from key workers who are able to continue with their essential work knowing that their children are safe and being looked after.

“It is equally important that our children are feeling happy and secure during this very uncertain time, and the staff at the hubs are doing a fantastic job. I would like to congratulate and thank all the staff for all their hard work.”

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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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