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Llangennech prove too strong for Penclawdd



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



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



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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Llandeilo Bowling Club end season on a high note



The 2022 lawn bowls season finished on a high note for Llandeilo Bowling Club (LBC).
President’s day – this year’s president is Sara Nicholls, Commonwealth Games player- was a BBQ
held at the club in glorious sunshine. King Jones and Alan and Angela Roberts donned their apron
and served up gourmet bangers and burgers which were accompanied by salads and desserts
prepared by members.
The President, Sara Nicholls, presented a cheque for £250 on behalf of the club to Cllr Edward
Thomas and Lesley Prosser, chair of the Llandeilo and District dementia group. A further donation of
£190 was made to “Many tears” dog rescue, the President’s chosen charity for the day.
Members spectated as closely contested LBC final competitions were played off to determin club
winners. The fun “spider” competition, traditionally played on President’s day, was won to much
applause, by Lynda James.
LBC’s annual dinner took place last Friday at the Plough Hotel and Restaurant, Rhosmaen when the
cups and trophies were awarded to this year’s winners.
Richard Davies, LBC secretary, was presented by Cllr Edward Thomas with a perpetual silver plate in
recognition of his outstanding contribution to LBC over the last year.
The David Groves pairs trophy was, this year, won by the duo Doug Davies and John Vanlandewyck.
The Alf and Nest pairs trophy went to King Jones and Jean Stancer.
The president’s prize was taken by Richard Palmer.
The “Plough” cup presented by Amanda Cheek on behalf of the hotel was awarded to Richard
LBC champion of the year was Richard Palmer. Richard’s success is particularly impressive for whilst
a highly successful short mat bowler, this was Richard’s first season playing lawn bowls.
The club President paid tribute to all the volunteers who put so much effort into maintaining the
green and the clubhouse during the year for the benefit of members as a whole.
It was encouraging to see the club going from strength to strength not just in terms of new members
but also competition success. LBC ladies had stormed Carmarthenshire Ladies Bowling Association
finals bringing home an unprecedented 6 trophies. To mark their success the five ladies who had
played were each presented with a bunch of yellow roses by the club. It was noted that the men had
this year improved their position in the League and despite being relative new comers to the world
of short mat bowls the club’s team had hit the ground running at the start of the winter tournament.
(New members always welcome Tuesday evenings at 6pm)
The President was congratulated on reaching the quarter finals at the Commonwealth Games having
missed out on a medal to New Zealand by one point on the final end. Sara was wished every success
with selection for the World Bowls Championships which would take place in 2023 on the Gold
A great night with good food and excellent company was concluded with the hope that members
“would winter well” and be back in play on the green next Spring.

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