‘EVERY person in this town should fight zealously to protect Parc Howard’.
That was the message from local author and historian Phillip Thomas as he spoke to the assembled guests at the Mayor’s Parlour in Llanelli on Friday (Jul 22).
Mayor of Llanelli Bill Thomas had invited Mr Thomas along to give a PowerPoint presentation on the history of Parc Howard and a condensed preview of the new book ‘The Story of Parc Howard’.
Guests heard how the castle formerly known as Bryncaerau dated back to the Bronze Age.
The author told the audience: “People pass the park every day and I am sure that many who go past do not know about its rich history and heritage. It actually dates back more than 10,000 years. There are no guided tours in Parc Howard. Myself and a small team from the Parc Howard Association will begin the tours in September.
“When I speak to people in the park they don’t realise the history that is there. It goes back nearly 10,000 years. I wrote the book for future generations. They will be the people who will protect the public ownership of the park”
Guests included members of the Parc Howard Association, the Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council Eryl Morgan, Chair of the Llanelli Rural Council Steven Donoghue and George Parker who was one of the people who sponsored the book.
Bill Thomas addressed the guests, saying: “The park has a special place amongst the people of Llanelli and we must ensure that it is sensitively preserved within the parameters of its listed status. We need to look after it and it deserves our attention. Perhaps we can network and come up with some ideas for the park and influence the politicians who want to turn it into something else.”
Speaking after the presentation, Nia Griffith MP said: “It was a fascinating presentation. Communication is really important and people really want to know what is happening and if this is a one off or if it something which is going to lead to something else. We need to have up front answers and people need to be fully included in the plans from day one. This is particularly important for those people living around the park, otherwise it will get people’s backs up and the park won’t get the support it deserves.”
Concluding his presentation, Phillip Thomas spoke about restoring an amphitheatre at the park.
He said: “The most interesting aspect of the park was an amphitheatre. If ever there was a project to restore it to its former glory I would join it now. It has to be one of the craziest decisions ever to cover it over with industrial waste. The one thing that will keep Parc Howard in public ownership would be to increase and maintain the public’s interest in the park. It is a gift that every person in this town should fight zealously to protect.”
Bill Thomas concluded by saying: “Phillip has done a wonderful job and he has done this for Parc Howard. You can see and feel the passion in the book. People really need to get this passionate bit about Parc Howard because the history is immense.”
Lottery win for local neighbours
Two people in Ferryside are celebrating today after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.
The neighbours netted the windfall when SA17 5YP was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Wednesday 8th April 2020.
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “Congratulations to our winners! What a great surprise for them, I hope they enjoy their winnings.”
A minimum of 32% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £500 million to date for thousands of good causes in Britain and beyond.
This draw was promoted by Maggie’s which has received over £16.1 million in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Maggie’s runs a network of cancer support centres across the country. These centres bring people together to help combat the isolation and distress that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis.
Many good causes close to the winners have also benefitted from players’ support, and local charities can next apply for funding in August.
Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages
Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.
Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.
More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said: “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.
“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.
“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”
Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative
Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.
First two cases of coronavirus in Carmarthenshire confirmed
THE FIRST two cases of coronavirus have been found in Carmarthenshire, the Welsh Government announced today.
The two patients in the Carmarthenshire local authority area had recently returned together from northern Italy.
It comes as the Hywel Dda Health Board which serves the area opened two centres to test for coronavirus, one in Cardigan and one in Carmarthen.
The health board announced it had opened the testing centres to “help protect the health of our communities”, while also saying that centres could be opened in other areas across the health board.
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, confirmed that a total of nine patients in Wales had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID -19) today, bringing the total to 15.