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Lord-Lieutenant thanked for service

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The Hon. Robin Lewis: with dignitaries from Pembrokeshire County Council

CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL took the opportunity to thank the Lord- Lieutenant of Dyfed in the last full council meeting held before his retirement in February. 

The Hon. Robin Lewis OBE has held the position of Lord Lieutenant for ten years, and Chair Peter Hughes- Griffiths took the opportunity for councilors, council staff and on behalf the people of Carmarthenshire to wish him well for his retirement, and to ‘thank him for the commitment and dedication he brought carrying out his role.’

“He has been a good friend – I know that past Chairmen, the Chief Executive, and other staff will appreciate his loyal support, kind advice and attendance at a variety of functions,” Cllr Hughes Griffiths added.

The Hon. Mr Lewis OBE is to be given the title of Commander of the Royal Victorian Order as a reward for his contribution in the role of Lord- Lieutenant.

After receiving gifts from the council, the Hon. Mr Lewis joked that he would ‘need a bigger car to take them home.’

He told councilors that, although he was from Pembrokeshire, he had been introduced to Carmarthen in 1947 as a pupil of a Quay Street school. Carmarthen town was ‘foreign territory’ for him, until he got better-acquainted with the town through ‘living in an attic in Quay Street four nights a week for two years.’

“My first memories go back a long way – there wasn’t a roof on this building [County Hall] when I first came to Carmarthen.”

The Hon. Mr Lewis talked about returning to work for the former Dyfed County Council, before starting his own business – Magstim – in Whitland, which is now a world-leading manufacturer of medical electronics used by neuroscientists and medical professionals and employs around 100 people.

He added that he was ‘very proud’ to see the company ‘flourishing, employing all these people and exporting goods all over the world.’

The Hon Mr Lewis said that he had ‘very much enjoyed the last ten years,’ joking that he would ‘never know’ why the Queen had chosen him for the role of Lord-Lieutenant but had ‘made the best of it,’ and was ‘very pleased’ to see that the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Sara Edwards, would succeed him in the role.

He also took the opportunity to than the Chief Executive, and Audrey and Jessica, ‘who are seconded to me among their very many other duties.’

“I owe them both a great deal,” he added.

“We’ve got a lot to look forward to in this part of the world – a lot of history and a lot of progress for the future,” he added.

The Lord Lieutenant is the local representative of The Queen. Their first duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown. They are expected, in doing this, to foster a spirit of cooperation by giving time to voluntary and benevolent organisations, and by taking an interest in the business and social life of the counties they represent.

Modern-day duties of Lord- Lieutenants include arranging Royal visits and escorting members of the Royal family; advising the Queen about Honours nominations and presenting medals on her behalf; leading the local magistracy as Chairman of the advisory committee on Justices of the Peace; and liaising with local armed services units.

The Lord-Lieutenancy is a non-political position, appointed by the Monarch to serve until they reach the age of 75 years.

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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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