AMMANFORD Cricket Club was this week devastated by news of the death of one of its best-loved servants, Gary ‘Scorer’ Phillips, affectionately known simply as ‘G’.
Week in, week out, every summer – apart from an annual trip to Colwyn Bay to watch Glamorgan play Lancashire – Gary would be ensconced in his scorebox – known as Gary’s Den – meticulously keeping a record of match scores, and armed with a multitude of different coloured pencils, each of which held its own significance in the score book. To read a score sheet recorded by Gary was as close as you got to actually watching the game.
Club Chairman and former captain Jeff Roach, who himself began scoring for the club at the age of 11 and played his first game back in 1968, remembers Gary joining the club as a useful left-arm spinner. ‘He decided his future was in serving the club as scorer,’ said Roach, ‘and he did that superbly and selflessly for over thirty years. He was a gentle, generous man whose ruling passion was cricket in general and Ammanford cricket in particular. The club cannot express its gratitude for his lifetime of service and we will all miss him greatly.’
Ammanford captain Alun Evans acknowledged a huge debt to Gary, whose knowledge of player stats informed the skipper’s match strategy as they travelled together to away matches. Even more important than his knowledge of cricket was his friendship, not just to the skipper but to all the players in the club.
‘The boys idolised him,’ said Evans. ‘When we won a match, all the boys would wait for G to emerge from the scorebox and raise his fist in delight at the victory. That was the signal for celebrations to begin.’
The club WhatsApp group was awash last weekend with expressions of grief and sadness at its loss. One of these messages came from St Vincent in the Caribbean. Linton Lewis, who broke all batting records for Ammanford throughout the 1980s, wrote ‘Gary will always be remembered for his contribution not only as a scorer but as a supporter whose heart has always been directly been linked to the interest of the club.’
Rest in peace, G.
JON COURTENAY: Live in Carmarthen
Jon Courtenay’s 2021 UK Tour “WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT” which is coming to The Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen on Monday 1st November.
“WONDERFUL…YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO HAS WORKED HARD FOR YEARS AND NEEDS A BREAK AND I’M SURE YOU WILL GET A HUGE REACTION FROM THIS, I PROMISE YOU.” Simon Cowell
Following his enormous success as the first Golden Buzzer act ever to win Britain’s Got Talent, Jon Courtenay is delighted to announce that he will be setting out on his debut tour of the UK in 2021.
“ONE OF THE BEST GOLDEN BUZZERS WE’VE EVER HAD ON THE SHOW.” Amanda Holden
Long before triumphing in the 2020 final, Jon was a powerhouse live performer with decades of experience touring the world. Become part of Jon’s journey of a lifetime where you will roar with laughter, maybe shed a few tears and definitely be inspired by his music and the hilarious tales of his family, relationships and life on tour. With a soundtrack including all his Britain’s Got Talent songs and music spanning the classics to rock n roll, Jon’s side-splitting show will leave you with a happy heart and a huge smile on your face.
This will definitely be a rip-roaring night of music and comedy that you’ll never forget!
“IT’S FUNNY, IT’S TOUCHING, IT’S UNIQUE TO YOU…THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLE.” David Walliams
Jon Courtenay originally hails from Ipswich but now lives in Mossley, Greater Manchester with his wife Emmah and two sons Nathan and Alfie. He started his stage career as a comedy magician but gradually the magic made way for the piano. Even before he won Britain’s Got Talent, Jon was already a powerhouse live performer with decades of experience touring the world. He is also one of the rare British performers to be asked time and time again to perform in America. His originality and remarkable stage presence have led to hugely successful shows in the corporate market as well as on all the major luxury cruise lines.
Although Jon’s show is continually evolving, his sense of humour remains the same and he has now created a truly original experience for every audience.
“MAGICAL…YOU NAILED IT MY FRIEND. YOU TICKED EVERY SINGLE BOX.” Alesha Dixon
For more information go to theatrausirgar.co.uk or call 0345 226 3510
Motorbikers urged to stay safe by Carmarthenshire County Council
MOTORBIKERS are being reminded to ride safely as part of a new campaign by Carmarthenshire County Council’s road safety team.
Yellow ‘Ride Safely’ signs have been installed at key locations around the county that are widely used by bikers, reminding them to take extra care.
They can be seen on routes including the A4069 Llandovery to Llangadog, the A484 Pwll to Burry Port, the B4304 at Penclacwydd, Llanelli, and the A4066 Laugharne to Pendine.
As well as a reminder about safety, the signs also display a grid reference sticker to help emergency services pinpoint an exact location in the event of a collision.
Their latest initiative is in response to figures that show the high prevalence of motorcycle casualties on Wales’ roads – particularly in rural areas of Wales.
Between 2017 and 2019 there were 1,755 motorcyclist casualties across Wales with 743 killed or seriously injured.
Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for environment, said: “Everyone using our roads should do so responsibly, with respect for the environment, weather conditions and other road users. We know that some stretches of roads are particularly popular with bikers, so we’ve targeted these areas with new signage as a reminder to remember their safety. Every casualty is one too many – we all need to stay safe on our roads.”
For more information and availability on road safety courses, visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/roadsafety
Dynes mwyaf dylanwadol datganoli’n cael sgwrs dan y lloer
UN o ferched mwyaf dylanwadol yn hanes datganoli Cymru fydd gwestai Elin Fflur ym mhennod nesaf Sgwrs Dan y Lloer nos Lun 15 Mawrth.
Wrth i’r haul fachlud ar arfordir Ceredigion, Llywydd y Senedd, Elin Jones bydd yn croesawu Elin i’w gardd yn Aberaeron. O flaen tanllwyth o dân, cawn glywed am ei phlentyndod yn ardal Llanwnen, ger Llanbed, ei dyddiau yn cyd-ganu yn rhan o grŵp Cwlwm, a’r hyn sy’n tanio ei gwleidyddiaeth.
Bu’r tân yn ei bol am gyfiawnder yno ers yn ifanc, er nad oedd gwleidyddiaeth yn beth amlwg ar yr aelwyd adref:
“Ges i ddim fy magu ar aelwyd wleidyddol lle’r oedden ni’n trafod gwleidyddiaeth. Bydden i ddim yn gwybod sut o’dd fy rhieni i’n pleidleisio pan o’n i’n ifanc. Ond dwi’n gwybod am stori o’dd un o’n athrawon i’n dweud. Yn yr Ysgol Gynradd, fi o’dd yr un disgybl bach hynny oedd yn cwyno wrth yr athrawon bod nhw’n cael peaches and cream i bwdin amser cinio, a bod y plant yn cael semolina…a bod hynny ddim yn deg.
“Ac felly mae’r athrawes hynny wedi dweud wrtha i sawl tro ers hynny bod rhywbeth yndda i hyd yn oed bryd hynny oedd yn gweld annhegwch ac yn gwrthod cymryd hynny!”
A buan y tyfodd yr awydd i wneud gwahaniaeth. Daeth y blas cyntaf o wleidyddiaeth ynghlwm â phlaid ddigon annisgwyl:
“Un o’r etholiadau cynta’ nes i sefyll oedd yn Ysgol Uwchradd Llanbed yn 1982 – un o’r etholiadau ffug ‘na, a dwi’n cael lot o dynnu coes am hyn – ond fi oedd yr ymgeisydd Torïaidd. 15 oed o’n i; o’n i ddim wedi ffurfio ‘ngwleidyddiaeth yn llawn yn fy meddwl! Ac yn rhyfedd iawn nes i ennill yr etholiad ‘na. Ond dwi wastad yn dweud mai teamwork oedd e, achos Shân Cothi oedd fy asiant! Dyna’r tro diwetha’ i mi sefyll i’r Torïaid…nes i ddysgu o hynna ‘mlân.”
Bu Elin ar Gyngor Tref Aberystwyth o 1992 tan 1999, a hi oedd Maer ieuengaf y dref yn nhymor 1997-98. Ond daeth holl ffurfioldeb y rôl yn dipyn o sioc iddi:
“Do’n i ddim wedi dishgwyl yr holl rigmarôl o’dd yn dod gyda bod yn Faer. Ac wrth gwrs gwisgo’r tsiaen; mae tsiaen Maer wedi cael ei wneud ar gyfer ysgwyddau llydan dyn o’r ddeunawfed ganrif fwy neu lai, felly pan mae menyw ifanc, eiddil yn dod i geisio’i gwisgo, dyw e ddim yn ffito; mae’n slipo, ac felly dyw gwisgo’r tsiaen ddim yn un o’r pethau mwya’ cyfforddus yn gorfforol na sut o’dd o’n cael ei weld.
“Dwi’n meddwl bod angen i bobl – bobl ifanc a menywod yn enwedig i gymryd cyfrifoldebau gwahanol a rhoi eu henwau mlân, achos mae ‘na ormod o ddynion mewn gwleidyddiaeth wedi bod ar hyd y ganrif ddiwetha’.
“I fi, o’dd cerdded mewn i stafelloedd cyfarfodydd yn y 90au pu’n o’dd hwnna gyda ‘ngwaith i gyda’r Bwrdd Datblygu bryd hynny neu yn fy ngwleidyddiaeth i o fewn Plaid Cymru, yn y Cyngor Tref yn Aber, roedd yn ddynion mewn siwts llwyd i gyd, ac felly o’dd menyw’n cerdded mewn cot binc tamed bach yn wahanol, ac mae’n bwysig dod a ‘bach o liw i wleidyddiaeth.
“Pobl wahanol o gefndiroedd gwahanol, ac fe ddylai pob agwedd o fywyd fod yn hanner menywod, hanner dynion, achos dyna beth yw bywyd, ac felly mae’n bwysig fod menywod yn cymryd y cyfrifoldebau yna.”
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