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Mods, rockers, steam and cycling at Pembrey



Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 14.02.55HUNDREDS of people flocked to the Pembrey Country Park in Llanelli on Saturday (Mar 19) and Sunday (Mar 20) for a weekend of events including a vintage vehicle rally, a steam rally, a mods and rockers get together and a series of bicycle races.

The predominant section of visitors and campers were those who had come from far and wide to compete in the cycle races, which ran throughout the day and sometimes into the night.

The cycling culminated in a mass cycle race on the Sunday when around 800 participants took part in Howie’s Battle on the Beach.

Competitors had to complete three laps of a 12 km circuit starting at the entrance to the beach, along the sands and back onto rough tracks and through the forest section.

After a gruelling ride the first home was Richard Jansen followed almost side by side by Bram Imming in second place with Benjamin Wadey following very close behind finishing in third place. The three riders were visibly tired and covered in mud but still found the breath to speak to The Herald. Richard Jansen said that he and Bram Imming had completed the whole course almost side by side and had decided to stick together up to the finish line.

Bram Imming said: “It is a great venue and a very tough course. This was the last race of the season for us and we are now going home for some time off.”

The three riders said that the course was tough in parts due to the soft sand but that they had enjoyed the race and the location.

The Mods and Rockers arrived on a range of two and three wheeled motorcycles for a friendly get together far removed from the famous battles at the seafront in Brighton, which was immortalised in the film, ‘Quadrophenia’. There were no battles to speak of other than friendly banter about whether a Harley Davidson was better than British bikes or whether British bikes were better than Japanese bikes.

There was an abundance of leather clad men and women including two trike riding grandmothers Patricia Lanham and Annie Hunnie who said that their children thought that they should be home knitting and ironing.

A fine collection of vintage vehicles lined up in the park with young and old sharing memories of motoring experiences in such classics as the Ford Escort, the Vauxhall Viva, the Zephyr and many more vehicles, which, but for the tender loving care of some seriously dedicated owners, would have suffered the same fate as many being crushed into small cubes of metal.

There were also the unique smells of coal powered steam engines as they pootled around the park towing trailers filled with water containers, coal, children and the occasional dog. There were rides on the miniature railway as well as stalls selling everything from hot dogs to monster bicycles.

All in all, it was a great weekend for the whole family and a great success for the organisers.

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



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



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



“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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