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Llanelli Rail Strike remembered

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Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 12.08.40A MARCH to commemorate the shooting of two innocent men in Llanelli more than a hundred years ago will take place this weekend. 

John ‘Jac’ John, aged just 21, and 19-year-old Leonard Worsell were shot by British troops on British soil, during industrial action over low pay for railway workers during the Llanelli Railway Strike in August 1911. Neither of the two had any connection with the railway; Jac John, a promising rugby player, worked in the tin industry, while Leonard Worsell, a labourer from London, was being treated for tuberculosis at a nearby sanatorium, and was staying with relatives.

Cllr Sîan Caiach said: “The Llanelli riots were not a public disturbance led by criminals but a reaction to totally innocent people being shot, two of them dying, followed by anger against the magistrates and the railway owners whose property was then targeted by the townspeople. John Edwards had to censor passages from his first book to get funding to publish it but the second edition published in 2011 for the centenary has the whole story.”

The annual commemoration march will leave the railway station on Saturday (Aug 20) at 2pm. Speeches will be given at the town centre around 2.30pm and after a short break, the march goes on to on to the Box Cemetery later for the wreath laying at the graves of the two young men shot dead by the troops.

This year, the events are dedicated to John Willock, of Llangennech. John was a lifelong social campaigner, an active trade unionist and a shop steward in Trostre tinplate works, a Unison branch Secretary and a training officer at Carmarthenshire college, a Llangennech Community Councillor and elected chair of that council on two occasions during his 20 years service, and became secretary to Llanelli Trades Council and was a founder member of the Llanelli 1911 committee.

John was a local character and a friend to many as well as a loving father. He battled to keep open Llanelli Care Homes, he campaigned to Stop Public Service cuts everywhere and was a member of Sopan, trying hard to save the services at Prince Philip Hospital.

His friends are invited to join the march this year to join in the commemoration of these historical events which the authorities concealed the real truth of for many years.

Thanks to people like John, and the local historian John Edwards who wrote the first edition of his book about the strike, ‘Remembrance of a Riot’ 30 years ago, the truth is now public and accepted.

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Lottery win for local neighbours

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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.

For more information onPeople’s Postcode Lottery, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk or Facebook  and Twitter.

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Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages

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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.

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First two cases of coronavirus in Carmarthenshire confirmed

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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.

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