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School reunion raises £1,200

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screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-10-38-21FORMER pupils of the Llanelli Boys Grammar School and Graig Comprehensive were reunited last Friday night (Oct 7) for the annual dinner held by Llanelli Grammar School Old Boys’ Union and Graig Former Pupils’ Association.

The charity’s patrons are the former president of the Methodist Conference, Lord Leslie Griffiths of Burry Port, and former Conservative Leader Lord Michael Howard, of Lympne. The chairman of the association is Professor Ken Board with the vice chairman being Mr George Parker, of Parker Plant Hire.

The Association had displays of photos of the school showing its history, which included photos of all the headteachers from 1895 onwards.

Guests were treated to a three-course dinner which consisted of chicken liver pate, a silverside of beef with a thyme and onion jus, crushed potatoes and seasonal vegetables and, for dessert,apple crumble with Welsh custard.

Llanelli MP Nia Griffith and AM Lee Waters both attended the event.

A former Grammar school pupil received a special presentation from the Association during the evening.

Dr Vernon Morris, aged 90, attended the Grammar school from 1937 until 1944 and became a well-known and successful GP. He had travelled from Reading to attend the event.

Former pupils had come from across the world to attend the dinner; journeys had been made from Australia, America and France.

The guest speaker was retired dental surgeon Dr Keith Marshall, who entertained guests with an illustrated talk titled ‘Musician or Mouth Magician’, which serialised his career as a talented big-band musician and as a dental surgeon.

Towards the end of the night, there was a raffle and an auction, which consisted of items such as paintings by local artists, a dinner at Sospan, a tour of the Dad’s Army and Mr Selfridge costume exhibition at Llanelly House, a trip on a boat with Keith Marshall and a day’s fly fishing tuition from the International Fly Fishing man Lewis Rumble.

The raffle and auction raised over £1,200, which is being donated to various charitable causes associated with young people in the fields of education, business and entrepreneurship and to the Hywel Dda Charities. The auctioneer was the Rev. Eldon Phillips who was assisted by John Buckee and Claire Rumble. Paul Oram was the ‘Master of Ceremony’ for the evening.

The association is actively engaged in research into the history of the school with the assistance of the Llanelli Heritage Association, who have found newspaper references to the Grammar school dating back to the 1840s, 1860s and 1880s. Further recollections are being sought by former pupils including photos, which will be published on the recently established website.

The membership of the association is currently being developed through their website and their membership includes former pupils who live across the world.

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Conservatives in disarray over alleged Christmas party lockdown breach

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THE CONSERVATIVE Party is investigating the attendance of senior Senedd members and staff at a Christmas party held during December’s lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions prohibit mixing with people outside your own household.

The Welsh restrictions barring such gatherings follow the basic outline of those imposed by the Conservative UK Government in December.

Those attending the drinks party included Paul Smith, the Conservative Chief of Staff at the Senedd, Darren Millar, the Party’s Chief Whip and campaign coordinator, and Preseli Pembrokeshire MS and Conservative Senedd Group Leader Paul Davies.

The Herald understands that a Labour Senedd Member who attended the Party has been suspended by the Labour Senedd Group pending its own investigation.

The Conservatives’ embarrassment at talking the talk but not walking the walk is intensified by Darren Millar’s presence at the shindig.

In May, Mr Millar led calls for Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething to be sacked for eating a bag of chips in a park with one of his own children.

If the Conservative Party follows the logic of their previously stated positions, Mr Millar’s and Mr Davies’ futures look bleak indeed.

With a Senedd election only months away, the revelations have thrown the Conservatives into disarray.

If they do nothing, the Conservatives will – at the very least – face claims they are hypocrites.

If the Conservative Party acts decisively, it faces massive internal problems.

The Conservatives responded to our request for a response to our story.

Those involved stressed they did not host a Christmas Party.

The incident happened on December 8, when the above met in the members’ tea room to discuss legislation for possible inclusion in the Welsh Conservative manifesto with a Labour backbencher.

During the evening they did drink a glass or two of wine.

They stress that at no point were there more than four people in the room at any one time and that they maintained social distancing.

A joint statement from Paul Davies, Darren Millar, and Paul Smith said: “We are profoundly sorry for our actions.

“While we did not break the rules, we recognise that what was part of a day’s work would not be seen to be following the spirit of them, especially given the tough time the country has been going through.”

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Family tribute to Carole Patricia Fowler

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Carole was a teacher for 30 years at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Llanelli. She loved children and they loved her. 

As one of her past colleagues said: “I know she made such a difference to every child she taught.” She was very popular with staff and well respected and loved by parents. She was dedicated and conscientious, always 100% for the children. She led the music there and was always popular with her guitar accompaniments for services and concerts. 

Likewise, she was a valued member of the choir at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Gendros, Swansea, where she would often accompany hymns with her guitar and gave guitar lessons to the children in the church’s Saturday Music Club. She was also a keen member of Côr Persain, Ammanford. 

She was talented, loved and in demand. A convicted and devout Catholic all her life, through good and bad.

Carole was an avid and very gifted crocheter and was always crocheting or knitting something for someone. She had been spending her time recently, during the Covid crisis, crocheting NHS teddies in scrubs and rainbows, with many given to practising nurses. Carole had recently started learning to make bobbin lace. She was also capable of some very decent sewing, too. 

She was also learning Welsh, doing ‘pilates’ and was considering taking up yoga lessons as well.

She was a busy lady! As one of her work colleagues said of her: “She was wise, strong, beautiful, generous, devout and feisty. And I loved her for all those qualities.”

Above all, she was an immeasurably loved Mam, daughter, sister and a doting Mamgu and so much loved by her fiancé. Having been together for 14 years, they would have been married last July 20th had covid allowed! 

Her premature passing at 61 is tragic and she is already sorely, painfully missed. She leaves behind a huge chasm in so many hearts that cannot be filled.

“Eternal rest grant unto her, o Lord, may perpetual light shine about her, may she rest in peace.”

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Tip off leads to pensioner’s drug stash

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A BRIEFCASE full of drugs has been recovered during a raid in Swansea suburb.
Police acting on information provided by a member of the public executed a warrant in Gorseinon and recovered a large quantity of cannabis.
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of the class B drug, with intent to supply.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 6, following an intelligence led operation, a 68 year-old man from Gorseinon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
“He was taken to Swansea central police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation”.

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