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R ecycling scheme: Over 30 tonnes of white goods collected.

R ecycling scheme: Over 30 tonnes of white goods collected.

OVER 30 tonnes of unwanted white goods were collected in Carmarthenshire by a council-run initiative last year. The Gwyn i Wyrdd project take appliances like electric cookers, washing machines and tumble driers, and either refurbish them for resale, or recycle the components. Any Carmarthenshire residents with unwanted appliances can contact the team and get them picked up for free. However, they suggest making a donation of £10 for fridges and freezers because they are classified as hazardous waste.

The Gwyn i Wyrdd project is run by Carmarthenshire Council’s Social Care, Health and Housing department. As well as promoting repair, reuse and recycling, the scheme provides opportunities for people who have struggled to find work due to physical or learning disabilities, mental health issues, substance abuse problems, or chronic health conditions. Electrical appliances are taken to a workshop in Cross Hands where they are assessed and, where applicable, repaired by EEEsafe registered domestic appliance technicians. Technician Stuart Brain spoke to the Herald about the work of the Gwyn i Wyrdd project. “About 11-15% of what we collect goes for resale,” he said. “Almost everything else gets recycled – except fridges and freezers, which are disposed of by the council.” We also do some upcycling; the people training with us make planters out of washing machine drums which we sell on a stall in the St Elli market.”

The initiative has been going for around two years, and has been very successful: “We’ve got 2 or three volunteers, technicians, and a van driver, who’s just been offered a permanent contract,” Mr Brain said. “There are generally about 20 adults training with us, and we’ve seen more and more people trying to enrol. As well as the upcycling, they also do some woodwork, and what we call contact work, which involves fitting magnets in alarm systems.” “Prince Charles visited us last year, and was very impressed with what we are doing. We even sold a planter to his press secretary!” Director of Social Care, Health and Housing Jake Morgan praised Gwyn i Wyrdd: “This is an excellent project which not only provides affordable and safely repaired white goods to local communities but also offers training opportunities and the chance for people to learn new skills,” he said.

His views were echoed by Carmarthenshire Council’s Director of Environment Christina Harrhy, who said: “This project is an example reuse at its best; it provides a free collection for white goods that people no longer want, jobs and training for those that need it, and quality electrical appliances at reasonable prices. “We must try and reduce the amount of electrical waste and repair and reuse as much as possible. It is such a waste to buy something new when it can easily be repaired.” For more information or if you have an electrical appliance you no longer want visit www.gwyniwyrdd. co.uk or call 01269 845685. The project also has a Facebook page www.facebook.com/gwyniwyrdd .

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Cost of living support available at Carmarthenshire’s customer service Hwbs

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FROM Thursday, December 1, Carmarthenshire County Council’s customer service Hwbs in Carmarthen, Ammanford and Llanelli will offer an enhanced range of support, advice and services to residents. 

This additional service has been introduced from an action taken at a recent cost of living collaboration event that was hosted by Carmarthenshire County Council that saw stakeholders gather to discuss ways of helping the people of Carmarthenshire with the increasing cost of living. 

The Council’s team of Hwb advisers will be available every day, along with housing officers and employability advisers, to provide tailored packages of support to residents, with advice and guidance on what our residents are entitled to claim, based on their individual circumstances. Visitors to the Hwbs can also access information on the services available to support them as the cost of living increases.

The aim is to also work closely with specific third sector organisations such as Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Careers Wales to support this work and by also being present in the Hwbs to provide even further advice to residents.

Targeted support will also be available at every Hwb, with each day dedicated to a service area that matters most to residents. Officers from various Council service areas, will be on hand to answer questions and offer support and advice to residents in need.

The services available at Hwbs on particular days are:

Monday – Recycling and waste advice

Tuesday – Trading Standards

Wednesday – Employability

Thursday – Housing

Friday – Various services

The information and advice offered on a Friday will differ from week to week and will be dictated by the needs of residents and other factors.

Cllr Linda Evans, Deputy Leader and Cabinet lead said: “Since April, our Hwb Advisers have helped over 800 Carmarthenshire residents by providing advice and support on accessing a range of council and third-party support schemes, including blue badges for disabled parking, council tax discounts, school meals and uniform grants, referrals to employability schemes and much more.

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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 Festival publishes its Entertainment schedule

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“CHILDREN AND families are at the heart of our festival this year,” announces festival vice chair Debbie Ince. “On Friday 18th November the festival stalls will start trading at 10am but in the evening there will be the official opening, followed at 6:15pm by Santa coming through the town on his sleigh. A children’s Lantern procession from CK to King Street led by Llandeilo Primary School’s Samba group will meet Santa on King Street to tunes by the Llandeilo Town Band and bilingual hymn singer Ffion Haf. Once the children had their fill of Santa, the Christmas Lights will be switched on by Mayor Gordon Kilby. Local legend singer and actor Harry Luke and Ffion Haf will entertain the crowd until 8pm.”

People enjoying the festival

A spectacular and pet-friendly Laser Show will replace the controversial fireworks at 8pm. “There’s also a tea cup ride on King Street for kids,” adds Ince. “On Saturday and Sunday kids can go to Santa’s Grotto 10 – 4, and on Saturday to St Teilo’s Church or Hengwrt for activities. At our park and ride on Beechwood Estate ‘Sgiliau’ will be open for our youngest visitors.”

“There is of course plenty of entertainment for adults, too,” adds festival chair Christoph Fischer. “From Davies & Co Station Road to Flows on Market Street, most Llandeilo venues will play indoor music, many day and night. The stage will host a variety of acts: from school and adult choirs, bands, solo singers and dance groups, such as Mixed Youth Group, Lotus Sisters Belly dancers and Sunflowers Wales. Cooking demonstrations on Saturday and a Santa Run on Sunday morning round up the festival programme. You can find updates on the Llandeilo Town App Dyma Llandeilo.”

Santa at the Parade

“With our wide selection of street food, arts-,crafts-, fashion- and food stalls there should be something for everyone,” adds stalls coordinator and treasurer Mered Williams. “See you all on the 18th.!”

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