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Rock Choir ‘Keeping The Dream Alive’

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ROCK CHOIR, the largest contemporary choir in the world, have announced that they will be releasing a Christmas single to support the Mental Health Foundation and help raise awareness of mental health.

Thousands of Rock Choir Members from across England, Wales and Scotland have come
together virtually as one choir to record their vocals on a national Christmas single of a very special Rock Choir version of ‘Keeping The Dream Alive’.

This includes Rock Choir Members from Mumbles, Swansea, Neath, Llanelli and Carmarthen who are led by Dan Rogers as well as the team of Rock Choir Leaders from over 400 UK towns and communities along with Rock Choir’s vocalist, inspirational Creator and Founder Caroline Redman Lusher will all take part in the single which will be released on Friday December 11.

With the world experiencing an unprecedented health emergency, the mental health of millions has been impacted.

Rock Choir is best known for its unique, powerful and uplifting formula which allows its Members to experience a natural high when they take part in a rehearsal or event. The Rock Choir Team and Members are delighted that the Christmas Single will help to raise crucial awareness for the Mental Health Foundation.

The Sunday Times once quoted ‘Rock Choir has become the biggest National Cultural Movement of the decade’ and they were not wrong! Since then it has inspired hundreds of amateur and contemporary choirs to start singing and has changed the musical landscape of the country in turn becoming the largest contemporary choir in the world!

When Covid-19 hit the UK, Rock Choir became even more of a vital life-line as fear, panic and confusion swept the country and choirs were silenced. With a record speed turn around, the Rock Choir Team quickly adapted and moved their Membership to a virtual online experience. They provided an essential routine in lockdown, ensuring communities stayed connected and could continue to sing. The team also focused on and created a new platform to support and nurture the invaluable and special friendships in Rock Choir allowing them to continue and remain connected. It was vital that the Rock Choir Members
or ‘Rockies’ as they are fondly referred to, could feel supported and cared for reflecting the original ethos and family culture of Rock Choir.

During lockdown, the invitation to take part in their feel-good uplifting singing sessions was opened up to the wider public when Rock Choir pledged to run a FREE daily live singing session via their FB Page throughout the entire period. The whole of the UK was encouraged to join in. 106 consecutive days of their daily sessions reached over 5 million views.

In May this year and as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Rock Choir Team hosted a 24-hour back to back music and well-being online event called ‘Rock Choir 24’, which raised over £45,000 for the Mental Health Foundation. It’s a well-known fact that singing improves people’s well-being by building their self-confidence, self-esteem and in turn improving their mental and general health. Supporting Mental Health Awareness continues to be a priority for Rock Choir.

Mark Rowland, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation says, “We are delighted that Rock Choir is releasing their own version of ‘Keeping the Dream Alive’ and supporting good mental health for all. We are very excited to hear the single and hope that, as it’s coming out at Christmas, it has a shot of becoming that elusive number one! Music is great for our mental health; both listening to it and playing or singing which is why Rock Choir are such a great fit for us. We love knowing that people all around the country are taking part.”

The Christmas single is a wonderful way to bring all the Members together as one choir. The sincerity and emotion of the words reflect the current situation we all find ourselves in and how we need to keep our dreams alive. With choirs all over the world temporarily silenced, it only made the Rock Choir Team more determined than ever to look after their members and keep them singing. The inspirational message of hope is evident in the single’s narrative and the magic that only Rock Choir can produce will leave listeners with no doubt that the members’ voices are louder and stronger than ever.

Founder and Creator of Rock Choir, Caroline Redman Lusher, comments: “The lyrics in the song are extremely relevant to arts and entertainment at the moment.

“The game will never be over, because we’re keeping the dream alive.

“It’s been one of the hardest hit industries this year and everyone is desperate to find a positive and successful way forward to allow music and singing to take its place in society again.

“Singing brings a sense of community and togetherness with a power to uplift and heal individuals. It shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“The Christmas single will unite us all and reinforce why Rock Choir is so very special for the UK. The mental health and well-being of our Membership is central to everything we do in Rock Choir so the whole project is perfect. We are also bringing the Rock Choir sparkle to Christmas this year and I am so proud of everyone taking part and delighted to be once again joining forces with the Mental Health Foundation.”

‘Keeping the Dream Alive’ will be released on Friday December 11, and will be available on all major streaming platforms. Caroline Redman Lusher, the Founder and Creator of Rock Choir will be available for interview as well as Regional Rock Choir Leaders from across the UK.”

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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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