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Book project ‘the best sort of recycling’

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Lee Waters, Llanelli AM: Reading stories

Lee Waters, Llanelli AM: Reading stories

ON SATURDAY (Oct 8), people with a love of reading in common gathered in the CETMA offices for the official launch of their free book project, which has been running for weeks.

Llanelli Free Books seeks to recycle books and making them available to people in the community. The books are free and a maximum of three can be taken per visit. CETMA are asking for a donation in return.

Attending the event was Llanelli AM Lee Waters, who read stories to children, Llanelli Rural Council Chairman Cllr Steve Donoghue and local author Bryce Thomas.

Lee Waters said of the project: “This is a great little project that the volunteers from CETMA in Trostre Road have introduced. Rather than throwing away used books, this group of volunteers have made them available for people to take away for free. Anyone can pop in and take away as many as three free books and they are encouraged to bring them back when they are finished for others to enjoy too. There’s a wide range of books, including some lovely children’s books. I spent about 45 minutes on Saturday morning reading some of them to a group of small children. As all the evidence shows, reading with children makes a big difference to their development, and having books available for free should be a help to local families.”

Speaking about the initiative, Cllr Steve Donoghue said: “The book lending facility at CETMA is an excellent one. This is recycling at its best. As an avid reader myself, I know we all have books that we’ve read over and over, that we are reluctant to throw away out of some inbred sentimentality. This is an ideal opportunity to get rid of the ‘clutter’ without the guilt of creating unnecessary waste.

“CETMA’s facilities are excellent and everyone there seemed committed and enthused by what they were doing. A fantastic initiative that is well worth a visit.”

During the event, people had the opportunity to see and choose some books that have been donated, and to take some time out and read. Children also had the opportunity to have their face painted and have some fun.

Jonathan Williams of CETMA said: “I’d like to thank Lee Waters AM and Joanne Yeo for reading stories to the children, Bryce Thomas and Llanelli Rural Council leader Steve Donoghue for coming along to support us, and to thank our volunteers for all the hard work they put in getting everything ready and everyone that has donated books.”

Jonathan is encouraging people to donate their books, and whilst people are donating their books, they can pick up a new book to read.

The project runs between 10am until 2pm, Monday until Saturday. Jonathan explained: “Please think about donating to us instead of sending for wood pulp and whilst you’re here, pick up something new to read. We’re open 10am until 2pm Monday to Saturday. Call in with a friend, have a cuppa and a chat whilst you choose some new books to read.”

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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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