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Police appeal following chapel fire




Fire: Police cordoned off the area (pic. Darren Harries)

DYFED-POWYS POLICE are appealing for information about a fire at a disused Llanelli chapel on Upper Ann Street on February 14.

A police spokesperson said: “Police are appealing for any information that could with enquiries, and are particularly interested in any information regarding three individuals who were seen in and around the area at the time.

“One male is described as medium build with a beard, wearing a grey tracksuit and a black t-shirt, aged between 20 and 30.

“A second male, who is described as aged between 20 and 30, wearing a dark coloured puffa type jacket, and carrying a bag.

“A female wearing a pink jumper with dark grey tracksuit bottoms and white trainers, also between 20 and 30 years of age.

“Anyone with any information is asked to call PC 1199 Bringloe on 101.”

The fire started in the pulpit of Calfaria Baptist Chapel, at approximately 2:25pm, and a large area was promptly cordoned off by Dyfed-Powys Police. The fire crews left the scene at around 5:45pm.

Fire service: Two crews attended the blaze (Pic. Darren Harries)

Speaking on condition of anonymity the previous owner of the chapel, who disposed of the property twelve months ago told The Herald that the premises were very secure.

Our source said: “After a small fire around four years ago, we took conscientious steps to board the inside and the outside of the property.”

“We have not owned the premises for twelve months, I believe it is now owned by two businessmen in Cardiff.”

“I would now expect the new owners to be lodging planning permission to build flats on the site if the building is now structurally unsound.”

“They would not have been able to do this if the fire had not happened.”

Police: Told locals the fire was under control (pic. Darren Harries)

A spokesperson for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We had a call at 2.26pm to the chapel.

“It was a fire involving the pulpit area. Two crews from Llanelli attended.

“We used one hose reel jet, four Bas, thermal imaging camera and a safety jet.”

A Llanelli local told The Herald: “Police said it was a small fire, but a large area was cordoned off around the chapel.

“The emergency services were quick to react to the call out. It could have been another chapel burnt out; it was lucky no one was hurt.”

Park Church in Llanelli was completely destroyed by a fire in August 2015.

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    Marion griffiths

    February 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I live in upper Ann st and it was me who reported the fire four years ago,at this chapel and it was no small fire, it was coming through the roof. I contacted the council with my concerns and it fell on death ears, after the park chapel fire, I became very concerned that this lovely chapel, which I have seen slowly falling into dereliction since it closed, would be next, I contacted the council and Nia griffiths, with my concerns, but nothing has been done, and now this has happened, it’s not a case of when these idiots will try again.putting, homes and freighters lives at risk The council should do more to stop these so called developers buying buildings with only one intention and that is to leave them fall into dereliction, , leaving them vulnerable to stupid idiots to set fire to and then to cash in on the insurance or land value

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      May 31, 2017 at 11:20 am

      spot on there……Nia Griffiths and the Council should be ashamed of themselves for turning a blind eye when you contacted them….All they care about is the money they get payed for sitting in meetings and the politicians only shift their backsides and do something when there is an election coming up, or it is something that will interest the public and make them look good in the paper. Unfortunately making sure an empty chapel dosent get set on fire isnt something that help to win the votes of the public…….

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How Wales created 19 new field hospitals in less than 8 weeks…




Across Wales the Welsh Government is supporting the NHS to create new field hospitals and rapidly increase bed capacity.
Health boards have repurposed existing buildings, including the Principality Stadium, a holiday park and even a television studio to provide an additional 6,000 beds.Field hospitals are designed to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by providing extra bed capacity but they will also help normal hospital services be restarted and support social care services.Last month, the first patients were admitted to Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig at the Principality Stadium, in Cardiff.

Four to six weeks

Here is how Wales almost doubled its bed capacity in less than eight weeks…The time it has taken to nearly double hospital bed capacity in Wales, creating field hospitals across the nation.

19 field hospitals in Wales
This includes the repurposing of Bluestone Holiday Park and Parc y Scarlets in west Wales and Venue Cymru in north Wales.

1,500 beds at the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig
Making it one of the largest field hospitals in the UK.

Five days
The length of time it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig, which overlapped with the build phase.

The number of planning hours, involving more than 20 different disciplines, it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig.

Welsh Government funding for the set up, construction and equipment for field hospitals in Wales.

The number of pieces of equipment have been provided to help support field hospitals, including beds, imaging equipment, syringe drivers and medicines.

Three North Wales field hospitals have the name Enfys
Meaning rainbow – the symbol of hope and thank you to the NHS during the pandemic.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children




Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.

Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic.  As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real.  Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.

Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help.  My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.

‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’

Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge.  Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund. 

‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most.  I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’

If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to:

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Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package




A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.

People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.

However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.

That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.

Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.

“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.

“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.

“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”

The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.

The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.

Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.

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