Connect with us
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

Five star crafters pop-up

Avatar

Published

on

Pop-up success: Pert y Blasus utilises an empty space in Llanelli’s St Elli Centre for a fantastic Christmas crafts shop

Pop-up success: Pert y Blasus utilises an empty space in Llanelli’s St Elli Centre for a fantastic Christmas crafts shop

LLANELLI’S St Elli Centre was host to a fantastic group of pop-up craft stalls earlier this month.

The Pert y Blasus (Pretty and Tasty) venture saw five local crafters come together for one week Saturday, December 3 until last Saturday (Dec 10) to sell their homemade, handmade crafts and cakes.

Those involved had previously met whilst running craft stalls in towns and cities across South Wales and have come from a variety of backgrounds – including a former kitchen fitter and scaffolder, a former clerical assistant and a primary school teacher.

Primary school teacher Jill Davies has been crafting most of her life as a hobby; however, seven years ago decided to launch ‘Dzines by Jill’, decorating plain pieces of ceramics and household items by hand with her own designs.

Also onboard was Sue Wellings (known as Susie Cupcakes within Llanelli’s crafting community); Cut n Scroll’s Steve Kennedy, who hand cuts items from wood and enlists help from his wife, Tanya, for painting and gemming; Wendy Taylor (another former primary school teacher) who completed a precious metal course at Gower College and now makes her own items for her Simplicity by Silver stall; and Jill James who runs her Pretty Cute Fairies stall.

The Herald caught up with Jill Davies after Pert y Blasus had finished. When asked how it all went, Jill said: “It was a great venture. We thoroughly enjoyed it and it worked really well. We all worked together and helped one another, and the customers were very pleased. We had lots of positive feedback about there being something like this in Llanelli. The Mayor actually visited the shop as well and was very complimentary.

“We all did really well with our sales and were pleased with what we sold. Because we all make different things – which was the whole point – none of us could have done it on our own, so it was a way for us to put ourselves out there.”

Jill also organises the ‘Made it Markets’ in Neath, which brings together around 38 crafters and stalls four times a year. When asked if Pert y Blasus might become a more permanent feature for Llanelli, Jill said: “Probably not a more permanent one but we’d really like to do the pop-up idea again – the festive one works well, but possibly early summer might work well with the visitors.

“When the Mayor visited, he said how he would like to see something like the Made it Market that I do in Neath in Llanelli and would get in touch possibly about using one of the empty shops, which would be great. So, perhaps a quarterly craft market or something like that.”

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Llanelli Councillor Resigns from Plaid Cymru

Avatar

Published

on

SHOCK ANNOUNCEMENT JUST DAYS BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION

Jordan Randall, Llanelli Rural Councillor for Swiss Valley says he has resigned from Plaid Cymru because he is disappointed with the choice of Plaid candidate again for the forthcoming General Election.

The full statement, sent to The Llanelli Herald today: “This is not a decision that I’ve taken lightly but one which has been a long time coming. 
“I’ve had the privilege of being a Llanelli Rural Councillor in recent years to try my very best in making a difference where I can. I now look forward to continuing this work as an Independent Councillor for Swiss Valley, which will always be my priority. 


“I’ve been very disappointed with the choice of Plaid candidate again for the forthcoming General Election. If the party is to make any progress in the Town, then it needs a candidate who is local to the area and actually understands the everyday issues which face our communities. We do not need someone who is completely out of touch and unfortunately just sees Llanelli as a stepping stone to advance their own career. 


“Ongoing personal vendettas now seem to be the most important thing for Plaid Cymru at a local level. I no longer recognise the party. The party already lost a number of lifelong members in recent years due to the negativity locally. Astonishingly, they have also taken the decision to no longer have an all year round office presence within the Town. 
“Calls for national leadership have simply gone unanswered, with new leader Adam Price unwilling to intervene in any way to try to achieve a way forward.


“I am also not happy and have been for some time with Plaid’s position on Brexit as they are simply ignoring the wishes of the people of Llanelli as the Town overwhelmingly voted to leave in the referendum, a decision which whether people voted to Remain or Leave ought to be one which is respected. 


“Party politics is broken but I remain committed to campaigning to improve our public services, helping to sort out any concerns and supporting ideas which will strengthen and grow our community.”

Continue Reading

News

Plaid’s pro-EU Saturday push in Trimsaran

Avatar

Published

on

DUBBED Pro-EU Saturday, the 30th November in Trimsaran saw the local girl and MP candidate Mari Arthur, descend on her home village of Trimsaran, to draw attention to the £680million of European Union (EU) funds that Wales receives every single year.


The only Remain candidate in Llanelli, Mari Arthur was proudly joined by Plaid Cymru regional AM Helen Mary Jones, Wales MEP Jill Evans, County Councillor Kim Broom, and a whole host of supporters, to speak with as many people as possible in the community ahead of the General Election on 12th December.


Plaid Cymru candidate Mari Arthur said: “I was thrilled to be joined in Trimsaran by so many people to talk about why EU funds have been vital for the area. We are a net beneficiary, which means that, as a nation, we get £245milion more than we pay into the EU.


“Trimsaran Leisure Centre itself is a building that received £180k from EU funds and is now the beating heart of the community. It’s great to see how this is still having a positive impact on people living in the village and further afield.”


West Wales and the Valleys is a “less developed region”, which means it is one of the “poorest regions” in Europe, as its GDP is less than 75% of the EU average. This means that £680million of EU funds comes to Wales, in the form of:


Structural Funds which amounts to just over £4 billion in extra funds to Wales since 2000, including £180,000 towards the build of Trimsaran Leisure Centre Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with £200million a year – almost a third of all EU funding in Wales – providing vital support to 16,0000 farms in Wales.


Other Funds that help support everything else, like the arts and biodiversity. Speaking from Trimsaran, Jill Evans MEP, said: “It’s wonderful to be here today in Trimsaran and to see the fantastic support on the doorstep for Plaid Cymru, and the only local candidate on the Llanelli ticket: Mari Arthur. It’s very heartening!


“Obviously, like elsewhere in Wales, there’s a real feeling of frustration on the doorstep in relation to Brexit – among those who voted to leave AND those who voted to remain three years ago. Plaid Cymru is proudly Remain, because we believe Brexit – particularly a No Deal Brexit – would be catastrophic for Wales.


“Ask yourselves this: will Westminster Government honour this level of funding, post-Brexit? It is almost certainly a No. Vote Plaid.”


Helen Mary Jones AM, also at Trimsaran Leisure Centre, said: “It was wonderful to be at Trimsaran and to have a glimpse into what the future could be like: with Kim Broom speaking up for the community at Plaid Cymru-led Carmarthenshire Council, myself at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, Jill in Brussels and then Mari at Westminster. It would be wonderful to have a team in place that could deliver comprehensive support to the community.”
The Pro-EU day highlighted the positive impact that EU funding has had on the lives of people and communities across the Llanelli constituency.

Continue Reading

News

Criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

Avatar

Published

on

POLICE are investigating reports of thefts and criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

Two reports have been made, with a number of items stolen from two caravans at Tanylan Caravan Park.

The first incident took place between September 23 and October 12.

A number of items – including fishing equipment, computer consoles and £300 cash – were stolen, and an awning window was smashed.

The second report was made on October 13, with the crime taking place sometime after August 25.

Scooters, camping equipment, TVs, DVD players, Amazon fire sticks, a Wii U console, and several other items were taken.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Continue Reading

Trending

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK