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Successful community meal in Elim Church

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THE DISCOVERY SVS (Student Volunteer Services) is a volunteer-led registered charity. The charity’s aim is to enrich the lives of people in Swansea through their voluntary work. At present they currently have around 300 student volunteers who are busy getting involved in over 40 voluntary projects all over the local community. The organisation envisages a community where people are treated as equals and are not discriminated against or disadvantaged by society.

Last week, 10 students organised a community meal, part of a new partnership formed between Discovery SVS, Tesco and the Elim Church. The 10 students cooked a meal with food that was donated by Pontarddulais Tesco, providing a banquet using the Elim Church facilities for 48 people, all of whom lived local in the community of Hendy and Pontarddulais and surrounding areas. Hopefully this new partnership will be taking place again in few weeks time, where different student volunteers will be coming to the Light House at Elim Church to hold a similar event.

The Food Cloud Scheme is also a registered charity. whose objective is to save food that was once destined to end up in a landfill and also to improve people’s well-being. The bulk of the food they donate to charitable organisations is fresh food which has past its ‘display by’ date, but is still within a ‘use by’ date. The charities the Food Share Cloud Scheme work with can be found across the whole of the UK. Just last year alone, 12,336 tonnes of fresh food once destined for landfill was given to local charities to help people in need, and a total of 5,589 charities were supported. As a result, this equates to a total of 25.8 million meals donated across the UK.

Tesco in Pontarddulais supports several charities, including Elim Church, whose volunteers organise and distribute the food gifted on a daily basis to those that need it and for this support the local community says a big thank you.

LLOYDS MOBILE BANKING VAN TIMES CONFIRMED

THE LOCAL Area Manager for Lloyds Bank, David Alford, has now confirmed the times of the new mobile banking van that will be visiting Pontarddulais when the local branch closes. The van will be situated outside the Scout Hall, in their car park on Water Street, on Mondays between 9.45am-1.45pm, on Wednesdays between 9.45am- 11.45am and on Fridays between 9.45am-11am. The vehicle is disabled friendly and if fully equipped with satellite technology and WiFi, and Mr Alford advised that staff will be able to offer all the services that they once offered in the local branch.

DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING AT FUNSTERS

FUNSTERS Bounce Play Factory, based in Hendy Industrial Estate, have kindly offered their premises for a community defibrillator training day. It will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 11am. The training will be conducted by fully trained medics and volunteers from My Cariad, a registered charity. The training takes approximately one and a half hours and they will teach basic life saving skills, including the correct use of a defibrillator. The new defibrillators will be located in the villages of Hendy and Fforest. There will be five defibrillators in the community; four have been installed thanks to a successful lottery funding bid of £4,000 made by the Hendy and Communities Parks Committee. Anyone who wants to learn life-saving skills is welcome to attend.

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Llanelli and Germany meet again for Oktoberfest 2019

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Fans of beer, music and dancing are in for a treat as Oktoberfest comes to Llanelli this October.

Bringing the German beer festival closer to home, Oktoberfest celebrates its first year in Llanelli this 5th and 6th of October. With a Bavarian Oompah band, German beer, food and an Oktoberfest themed venue, it is sure to be a fantastic event.

Popularly known as the world’s largest beer festival, the traditional Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Germany. With more than six million people travelling from all over the world to attend the Munich event, Iceqbe Events are now hosting the festival in Llanelli.

Iceqbe plan to bring the Bavarian atmosphere to the same venue that the town was once twinned with Germany in 1989. Taking place in the Selwyn Samuel Centre, the event is hopeful to attract both Llanelli locals as well as those who live further afield, supporting the Welsh town.

In preparation for the crowd, the biggest German beer festival to hit Llanelli will take place in a 220 people capacity venue, with the two-day festival spread into three separate beer-drinking sessions. 

Recently nominated for the Great British High Street award, this up and coming town is overflowing with welsh culture and international events, including Pride which took place in Llanelli earlier this year.

Iceqbe’s Co-Founder and Operations manager, Stefan Diamond, explains why they chose the town to host their event.

“We are thrilled to be hosting our very first Oktoberfest event in Llanelli,” said Stefan.

“I’ve lived here for seven years now and know first-hand what a great atmosphere this town brings to events like this. 

“With the town’s connection to Germany, it felt like the obvious choice for our event location. We can’t wait for beer-lovers across the UK to come together for a weekend of dancing, food and fantastic Bavarian beer!”

Co-founder of Iceqbe events, Luke James, explains what they’re hoping to achieve from the event.

“As the majority of event companies continue to outsource their staff, customer service levels have dropped whilst food and drink prices have skyrocketed,” he said. 

“We want to change that. We manage everything in-house which allows us to have full control over everything, from the venue to staffing. Our priority is to provide an amazing, safe and great value experience.”

Oktoberfest is sure to have people flocking in, with the opportunity to win tickets for you and five friends via their social media channel. To find out more about Oktoberfest, visit https://www.iceqbe.com/.

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PH Balance help arrest alleged sex offender

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A 51-YEAR-OLD male was arrested in Llanelli last Sunday (Sept 08) in connection to an alleged sexual offence.

Paedophile Hunting group PH Balance South Wales admitted to being involved with trapping the suspect through the use of a decoy. According to PH Balance’s recent Facebook post, the man had arranged a meeting with PH member Dobby who was acting as as a 14-year-old boy online. The man had shown up to the Llanelli town centre to allegedly take the young boy shopping. 

Dyfed-Powys Police arrived swiftly on scene and placed the alleged offender in handcuffs before taking him to the station in the back of a police vehicle.

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police told the Llanelli Herald: “On Sunday, September 8, we received allegations from a group in respect of a man in the Swansea area, which related to offences involving children. Officers arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of meeting a child following grooming, at Eastgate Llanelli, the same day.”

The spokesman added: “The man has been bailed from police custody with conditions.”

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Becoming Deputy Chief Constable ‘a huge privilege’

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CLAIRE PARMENTER has been announced as the new Dyfed-Powys Police Deputy Chief Constable, describing it as a ‘huge privilege’.

DCC Parmenter, who grew up in Llanelli but now lives in Carmarthen, has worked her way through the ranks since joining the force as a PC 26 years ago.

She said: “Becoming the Deputy Chief Constable within my home force is a huge privilege for me, I hope this will inspire other officers and staff to achieve whatever they want across the service.”

Her policing career began in Ammanford in 1993, having just completed a BA (HONS) degree in Education at Cardiff.

“I was thinking of a career in teaching or policing, and decided to do my degree before making the choice,” DCC Parmenter said. “Policing was always in my heart, so when it came to it, it was an easy decision.”

As well as serving in a variety of uniform roles, DCC Parmenter has undertaken a number of secondments across UK Policing and beyond.

These include a role as national field officer with the National Policing Improvement Agency, becoming operational Chief Inspector in Avon and Somerset Police, and contributing to the national implementation of neighbourhood policing, for which she received a chief constable’s commendation.

She was promoted to Superintendent in 2010 and became lead for the Joint Emergency Services Group in Wales, leading and developing a number of blue light collaboration and resilience programmes, working closely with Fire and Rescue, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust and Welsh Government.

“I’ve always tried to look at the wider landscape of policing and how we work with partners to improve services to our communities,” she said. “These secondments have given me exposure to different ways of working and has broadened my outlook.”

DCC Parmenter returned to uniformed policing in 2012 and took up the role of Superintendent of specialist operations.

She later took over as BCU Commander for Carmarthenshire and Powys, and later took up the post of Chief Superintendent Head of Uniformed Policing for the force.

She is an accredited Strategic Firearms and Gold Public order commander and has won a Stonewall National award for her support of LGBT staff.

A mother of two, DCC Parmenter’s drive and dedication has not only led her to become a chief officer, but has also had a positive influence on her teenage daughters.

DCC Parmenter said: “My youngest daughter is 14 and she’s also keen to join the police. It’s nice to know that she looks at my career positively and can see how policing can make a real difference.

“I’m very proud to be a chief officer in the force I am from. Being able to effect the delivery of services in my home area, and to serve people in the area I live ensuring the best possible service, is a huge privilege.”

Looking ahead, DCC Parmenter’s aims are to keep delivering across Dyfed-Powys Police, and to ensure the force continues to improve and innovate.

She added: “I know Dyfed-Powys communities and staff very well, and I think we have got all the ingredients to be an absolutely outstanding force. I look forward to being a part of the chief officer team to deliver that.

“I’m really grateful to our staff and colleagues across the force, who have supported me throughout my career.”

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “Claire has shown outstanding commitment to our communities over many years and I am delighted to have her as my Deputy Chief Constable.”

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