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Hoseasons partners with Channel 4 to celebrate the Best of British

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HOSEASONS will underline its commitment to the promotion of UK holidays this spring with the sponsorship of a major new Channel 4 entertainment show.

The self-catering staycation specialist has agreed a six-figure deal with the broadcaster to help fund Best of Britain By the Sea – a five-part series that will see Britain’s best-loved foodies, Ainsley Harriott and Grace Dent, explore some of the best seaside holiday destinations – and dishes – the British Isles have to offer.

South Devon, the Isle of Wight, Carmarthenshire, Aberdeenshire and Norwich and Great Yarmouth will all feature in the show with Grace and Ainsley staying at a different Hoseasons location for each episode and using it as a base to cook for each other, explore the local area and experience hidden foodie hotspots.

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The first episode,which aired on May 16 showcased the wonderful Cefncilwg cottage located in Carmarthenshire. More information about this property can be found here

Paul Evans, Vice President of Portfolio at Awaze – the parent company of Hoseasons – says: “We are delighted to be working with Grace, Ainsley, Blink Films and Channel 4 on what we know is going to be the feel-good series of the spring. The staycation has never been more popular and it’s great to be doing our bit to help showcase some of the amazing places that are out there to be discovered and experienced along our fantastic shores.”

As well as enabling Hoseasons to showcase the quality and range of its luxury lodge, cottage, park and boating portfolio, the deal will also see the brand featured extensively across the show’s advertising, both on air and across digital channels – something the company hopes will help to ‘sell’ the joys of the self-catering staycation to a wider audience.

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News of Hoseasons’ involvement in the show, comes at a time when direct bookings for the brand are up 11% compared to where they were at the same point in 2019 – a clear sign the staycation is here to stay, despite the easing of foreign travel restrictions in the wake of Covid.

Secondary sponsorship for the Norwich and Great Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, Carmarthenshire, and Aberdeenshire episodes of the show is being provided by their respective tourist boards, county and borough councils and associated funding projects.

Dan Chambers, Creative Director Blink Films says: “There are so many great treats to be found around the British coast. After watching this series, you just won’t want to holiday anywhere else!”

Best of British By the Sea has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Deborah Dunnett, working alongside Katherine Marlow, C4’s Branded Entertainment Controller. The Executive Producers are Will Knott and Dan Chambers, and the Series Producer is Martha Swales. The series is being distributed by Beyond Rights.

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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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