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Davis Cup comes to Llanelli

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CROWDS gathered as the sun came out above the tennis club in Denham Avenue, Llanelli on Sunday (Aug 7) to see the Davis Cup trophy as part of its UK wide tour, hoping to inspire the next generation of tennis players. 

During the afternoon, everyone had the opportunity to have photographs with the trophy, watch tennis tournaments and have taster sessions.

There was a chance to have a go at the speed of serve and target testing, which went down very well with everyone, who had a lot of fun with these. Children had the opportunity to have a go on the bouncy castle.

In attendance were rugby legend Phil Bennett, Ospreys rugby player Justin Tipuric and local tennis player Evan Hoyt, who were all happy to have photographs with the trophy and visitors. Also in attendance were previous presidents of the club, Buster and Diana Brown. During the event, Justin went on the court to show his tennis talent as he played in some doubles in the pro-Am exhibition.

The Chief Executive of Tennis Wales, Peter Drew, explained that Llanelli was one of the clubs that won the big of the Davis Cup Tour through their strong application.

He explained that Britain won the Davis Cup in 2015 for the first time in 79 years and that they are taking the trophy around Britain to inspire the next generation of tennis players.

Evan Hoyt, who began playing tennis aged four, said: “I started when I was four, I had a few lessons and it grew from there.”

For the next generation of players, he said: “It’ll be great to see new faces and to get children into the sport.”

During the event, tournaments were played by people of all ages. The Rest of the World team beat the Llanelli team, but it was a close competition.

There were nearly 600 people in attendance of the event and the club hopes that this will inspire people to join the club as part of their coaching programme that begins in September.

A spokeswoman for the club said: “Our amazing team of volunteers and coaches in partnership with Tennis Wales delivered a day which, indeed, helped grow the Davis Cup Legacy.”

A letter was sent to the club after the event, in which Peter Drew praised the club for the event and the success of the day: “On behalf of the whole Tennis Wales team, I just wanted to say a huge congratulations and thank you to you and the whole Llanelli team for the big day yesterday. It was an absolutely brilliant day and great to see so many people there enjoying the carnival atmosphere and just enjoying tennis. Great job to get such a big team of volunteers who really made the day, and having the rugby guys down there also really added to it all. Really appreciate Evan’s input to it as well.

“So thank you to you and the rest of the Llanelli team for the huge amount of time and effort that went into making that happen. The Llanelli team have really helped generate a real Davis Cup legacy for Welsh tennis and the Tennis Wales team really enjoyed being there to help support such a fantastic day.”

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Burry Port RNLI Malfunction On Recovery vehicle

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A busy and eventful weekend at Burry Port RNLI, with a major mechanical failure on one of our launch vehicles, we were tasked to six serious incidents on Saturday evening, a major equipment recovery on Sunday, with a few minor incidents occurring when recovery was complete.Starting Saturday, at 5.30 pm we were tasked for both boats to assist in a major search for a missing swimmer in Rhossili Bay area of the Gower. Both boats were launched and quickly on their way, when a major failure occurred on our County Tractor launch and recovery vehicle, left it in 6 foot of water, undriveable, with a fast incoming tide, with the recovery trailer still attached. Our driver had made a safe evacuation from the vehicle and was unhurt. Both boats arrived on scene at Rhossili and the swimmer was found safe and well, so both boats returned to Burry Port.


The decision was made to abandon the Tractor and trailer, anchor and bouy them for safety. At this point we received another tasking from Milford Haven UK Coastguard, for a missing person with 2 children, last seen in the water at Pembrey Country park Beach. A search was commenced, but the 3 casualties were again found safe and well, so both boats returned to Burry Port.


Whilst continuing to make safe our stricken vehicle, our Atlantic 85 lifeboat was re-tasked to search for 2 persons, cut off by the fast incoming tide at Worms Head on the Gower. The lifeboat arrived very quickly on scene, located the 2 casualties, and took them to the safety of the beach, handing them to the Rhossili Coastguard team.

At this point, a group of people were seen on the sandbank at Pembrey old Harbour, completely cut off by the tide, so our smaller D class ILB was sent to pick them up and ferry them to safety, and handed them to Burry Port UK CG team.Our Atlantic Lifeboat was moored in the harbour overnight, as we had no recovery vehicle, and our D class was recovered and stored for the night.

By 9.00am Sunday morning, a specialist recovery team and vehicle were en route to Burry Port, and a spare tractor was also despatched.Sunday was spent planning and preparing for the recovery, with low tide at 4.45 pm, both lifeboats were placed in positions to be used if called on, and at 3.00pm the recovery operation began, with the Tallus caterpillar tracked recovery vehicle, and the RNLI specialist team, and some assistance from our D class lifeboat crew, the stricken vehicle was recovered at 4.15pm, replaced by the replacement vehicle and both lifeboats were made available for service.

Minutes later the D class was assisting people trying to cross from a sandbank to the Lighthouse, and then to a vehicle bogged down in soft sand, before all boats, trailers and vehicles were back in the safety of the Lifeboat Station.Grateful thanks to the RNLI team, and the transport driver who replaced our stricken vehicle with a serviceable tractor. Great respect to all our team, who even in adverse conditions and problems, still managed to carry out all their taskings, and assist in the recovery of the vehicle. A great team effort.

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Four Welsh charities will receive a share of £1.2 million charity fund from ScottishPower Foundation

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Four charities in Wales will receive a share of a £1.2 million funding pot from the ScottishPower Foundation, which champions benevolent work across the country.

Applying to the Foundation for funding is highly competitive each year. The charities that are successful in securing funding show passion, skill and commitment to making a positive change in their communities. 

From education programmes to art projects, the fund will enable projects across Wales to deliver philanthropic work, supporting thousands of beneficiaries.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, which runs the Llanelli Wetland Centre in Carmarthenshire, has been awarded £100,000 for its ‘Generation Wild’ project to offer thousands of children across the UK with the opportunity to experience and interact with wildlife and the surrounding habitat. The programme will work with 15,000 children from disadvantaged communities, their teachers, and families to develop a life-long love of the natural world.

Bangor University (Reaching Wider North and Mid Wales partnership) will also benefit from the funding for its innovative ‘Bright Sparks’ programme. It combines education and theatre in the classroom to inspire a love for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Working with Theatr Clwyd, Welsh students will learn about a variety of subject areas from ‘Professor Sparky’ and her nephew ‘Eric’ who is trying to pass his exams. The sessions will focus on the environmental benefits of Low Carbon Technologies.

Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham has been awarded a grant of £25,000 to support its vital work in Wrexham for both patients and the local community.

Cardiff-based Size of Wales will use funding to encourage conversations on climate change among young people in Wales. The project will return with its ‘MockCOP’ initiative for 14-18 year-olds, which is similar in style to a United Nations discussion. It will give young people a platform to speak out on climate change and empower them to feel that they can be part of the solution.

Melanie Hill, Executive Officer and Trustee at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “At the ScottishPower Foundation, we’re passionate about supporting causes that really make a difference for communities, committed to fighting climate change, and dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential for a brighter future. The charities we’re funding this year do all of that – and more – carrying out exceptional work, often in challenging circumstances, as they strive to make lives better.

 “We recognise that now, more than ever, people are relying on charities and their services and we’re very proud to support these efforts in such a meaningful way. We’ll continue to work closely with our charity partners to help maximise the impact of our ScottishPower Foundation funding to achieve the best possible outcomes for people and communities across the UK.”

Mark Stead, National Formal Learning Manager at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding. My childhood was filled with splashing in streams and climbing trees. Very few of today’s children have these experiences and we are in danger of raising a generation of young people that have become disconnected from the natural world.

“This disconnection is felt even more keenly among disadvantaged communities and at WWT we believe that nature is for everyone, irrespective of their background. This funding will enable us to reconnect some of those in society who need it most with nature, boosting their mental wellbeing whilst helping to create a new generation of conservationists.”

The ScottishPower Foundation was established in 2013 to make a significant and lasting contribution to society, enhancing the lives of people living in communities throughout the UK. It provides funding to help support the advancement of education, environmental protection, arts and culture and citizenship. It also supports charities who aim to provide relief from poverty, disability, or other disadvantages.

The full list of this year’s funding recipients are:

·         Kidscape Campaign for Children’s Safety

·         Changing Faces

·         South Tyneside Churches KEY Project

·         Inter Madrassah Organisation

·         National Theatre of Scotland

·         Youth Connections

·         The Customs House

·         Starcatchers

·         Nightingale House Hospice

·         Bangor University (Reaching Wider North and Mid Wales partnership)

·         The Literacy Pirates

·         Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

·         Bendrigg Trust

·         The Movement for Non-Mobile Children (Whizz-Kidz)

·         Acorns (North Tyneside)

·         Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland

·         Dynamic Earth Charitable Trust

·         Size of Wales

·         The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

·         Bumblebee Conservation Trust

·         Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland

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Llanelli Mayors First Engagement

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OUR first engagement for the Town Mayor Chris Griffiths and Town Mayoress Mrs Sara Griffiths, Town Deputy Mayor Terry Davies and Town Deputy Mayoress Mrs Susan Davies, supporting Ymlaen Llanelli (BID).

What a pleasure it was to see people back out again social distancing and using the town to do shopping and socialising with the cafe’s. 

Riding on the back and hard work of last year’s success events and a challenge with the Covid 19 lockdown. Ymlaen Llanelli (Ymlaen Llanelli is Llanelli’s Business Improvement District (BID), working to build a more vibrant town centre).

They took up the gauntlet to boost the town by arranging the Super heroes weekend last Saturday, be it at a lower scale from last year, but once again the dedicated team made it a success and a pleasure to be in the town with them, with characters such as Iron man and Captain America, and the Jurassic T rex and the princesses. 

Check out their fun video on their facebook page with the Mayoral party giving out the free Jenkins the Bakers cupcakes. Look on https://www.facebook.com/YmlaenLlanelli/ for future events and this year’s rules.

The Mayoral party visited Cowell Street and Marzano’s cafe and bistro and the market St Elli centre, Stepney street and Vaughn street to check out the towns activity and chat with the people. Rev Eldon Phillips our town Cryer was full swing with his bell and entertaining with his news. 

All in all, everyone agreed it was a breath of fresh air after lockdown and to see that people were adopting a new style of shopping and experiencing the value and friendship in shopping at Llanelli. You may also check out the towns arrangements with the Bid on

GOOD TO BE BACK SATURDAY

Saturday, 8th August is ‘Good to be Back’ Saturday in Llanelli town centre. Due to safety issues it will not be as large-scale as our previous events but we wanted to welcome you back to town in style. From 10am – 2pm some of our old friends including Rapunzel and Belle, Iron Man and Captain America plus Ronnie the T-Rex will be in town to say hello. Social distancing measures will apply of course. There will be free cupcakes from our friends at Jenkins Bakery so get in there early before they are all gone! Hope to see you on 8th!#goodtobebackJenkins Bakery Dino4hire PS. .Parties I Am Iron Man For Hire I Am Captain America For Hire

Posted by Ymlaen Llanelli on Friday, 31 July 2020
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