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Carmarthen’s Jess Roberts joins world’s top cyclists in line-up for Women’s Tour 2022

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FORMER British road race champion and Carmarthenshire’s very own Jess Roberts will be on the starting blocks of this year’s Women’s Tour.

She will be joining some of the world’s most talented riders in the eighth edition of Britain’s leading women’s stage race.

Jess, from Carmarthen (pictured second from left), will be racing on home ground during stage five of the race, which takes place between Pembrey Country Park and the Black Mountain.

Currently riding for Team Coop – Hitec Products, this year’s event will mark her debut in the six-day race.

Jess, the 2018 British champion, said: “The Women’s Tour is one of the races I’ve always really wanted to do. I was meant to do it in 2020 but obviously couldn’t because of the pandemic and then last year I wasn’t able to because of injury so I’m really excited to be on the start line this year with COOP – Hitec Products.

“I’m particularly excited for stage five, which goes from Pembrey and finishes up the Black Mountain. The whole route goes along my home training roads so will be really special to race on them, and my family will be able to watch too! It will definitely be a tough stage that’s for sure!”

She will be joining former champions Kasia Niewiadoma and Coryn Labecki, among the favourites for this year’s title, and past stage winners Lorena Wiebes, Christine Majerus and Chloe Hosking.

Thirteen of the 14 UCI Women’s WorldTour squads will compete in this year’s race as the Women’s Tour gets set for its joint largest field ever: 102 riders across 17 teams.

The Women’s Tour departs on Monday, June 6 with stage five taking place on Friday, June 10 starting at 10.45am at Pembrey Country Park. The riders will pass through Carway, Pontyates, Pontyberem, Nantgaredig, and Llangadog, finishing on the Black Mountain from around 13.45 onwards, with all riders expected to finish by around 2.30pm.

A rolling road closure will take place along the 65-mile route from 10.30am until approximately 14.30pm. Roads will be re-opened once the cyclists have passed through. A full road closure will be in place over the Black Mountain from 5am-5pm.

Spectators are being urged to plan their journey in advance as the roads are likely to be busy.

Carmarthenshire previously hosted the Grand Départ of the Tour of Britain as well as the overall finish of the Women’s Tour in 2019 and the Tour of Britain team trial in 2021.

It is quickly building its reputation as one of the UK’s premier cycling destinations, for both leisure, and for hosting top events providing a major boost to the local economy.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism Cllr Gareth John said: “ I am delighted to welcome the Women’s Tour to Carmarthenshire once again, and I am even more delighted to hear that local cyclist Jess Roberts will be competing, alongside some of the world’s top cyclists. It promises to be an exciting day out and I hope the residents of Carmarthenshire will come out to show their support.

“Carmarthenshire County Council is committed to supporting more people to get fit and active, whilst growing the local cycling tourism economy. Hopefully, this will encourage more people to get on their bikes and, with televised coverage across the world, show what Carmarthenshire has to offer, attracting even more visitors to spend their time and money in the county.”

For full race details and timings, spectator information, road closures, parking and bus service, and more visit newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales

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

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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

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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

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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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