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Llangennech School crowd-funder disappears




A CROWD-FUNDING page which purported to be raising money for a legal challenge to Carmarthenshire County Council’s decision to move Ysgol Llangennech along the language continuum to Welsh-medium education from Dual Stream has been closed down without explanation.

Under a headline which asks whether the page as a scam, a statement on Families First’s Carmarthenshire page states:

“At Families like many other news outlets across Wales we received a press release about a very reputable South Wales solicitor firm wishing to challenge that both English and Welsh Medium education in Wales remains in Carmarthenshire and across Wales. Along with further information it included a link to a corresponding crowd funding page hosted on a legit met platform and was stating money being raised was to cover said legal costs for this.

“A written statement was attached from the solicitor firms Watkins and Gunn partner Michael Imperato which we published on this article and was subsequently broadcast on all of our Welsh Families Sites along with the link to the crowd funding page.

“On Saturday 8th April, we received a further email from the same source, requesting if the solicitor firms Watkins and Gunn partner Michael Imperato statement and the information provide could now be retracted as they have decided to close down the crowd funding page. No further explanation was given to why, apart from that they seem to have simply changed their minds.”

The story about the existence of the crowd funding page was given significant prominence by some online news sources, with Wales Online in particular repeating the content of the now-disappeared web page almost verbatim in a news article.

It is not the first time that Trinity Mirror titles have appeared to take sides in the Llangennech debate. The Western Mail was compelled to apologise to Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg after appearing to suggest the organisation was involved in vandalism in the town. A police statement revealed that the incidents of vandalism were not only unconnected with the school controversy, but that the victims of the vandalism did not regard them as being linked.

A check on the link to the crowd-funder page shows the original shrill statement, which was riddled with errors, has been replaced by the following headline – accompanying a picture of Ysgol Llangennech: “Case launching on Friday, 28 April 2017 at 7 p.m. GMT”

The Herald has emailed Watkins and Gunn asking about their involvement in the matter and also sought a comment from Carmarthenshire County Council about the purported threat of legal action.

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    Jane Hopkins

    April 9, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Does anyone know whether the money did go where it said it would?
    Not that I’d consider giving them money but the whole things seems a tad shady.

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    Stephen Grant-Davies

    April 10, 2017 at 9:46 am

    hi Jason C, I would be interested in an update to this, Cheers!

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    April 13, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    All sounds very dodgy! The whole campaign against the new school has been based on lies and mistruths so should we be surprised?

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    Glasnost UK

    April 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Nothing sinister or dishonest – To my understanding parents involved decided to cancel the CrowdFunding appeal as soon as they realised that the timing of the campaign was wrong (Easter holidays and the local elections). Inside 48 hours they received circa £1,500 in pledges but no money is paid out unless the target was achieved (No fraud as implied) and the battle for justice will continue.

    People should not lose the focus of the key issue behind the failed/postponed funding project: Carmarthenshire Council, their LEA and the school Governors have disregarded parental wishes by a huge majority to retain the dual language schooling in their village.

    ThePlaid Cymru-controlled Council is hell bent on imposing Welsh Medium education and in the process disregarding a simple and well-established fact that the English language 1 children are damaged in Welsh Medium Education.

    Hopefully, Carmarthenshire people will put the Democracy first and will refuse to vote for Plaid Cymru on 4th May, or any other prospective Councillor who will not respect parental choices and wishes in which language to educate their children!!

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Business offer Welsh Government help in ‘non-essential’ shopping row




THIS morning (Tuesday, October 27), the Wales Retail Consortium, CBI Wales and Association of Convenience stores presented the Welsh Government joint recommendation to resolve the confusion over non-essential items.

The three industry bodies’ statement expresses the hope that the Welsh Government, ‘will agree to these recommendations and the people of Wales can refocus all their energies on respecting the Fire Break’.

The recommendations come in response to confused and confusing messaging from the Welsh Government, which allowed its public health message to be drowned out over the weekend by rows over whether toasters, Lee Childs novels, and size 16 jeans were essential items for customers. The confusion was not helped by a mistaken tweet by supermarket giant Tesco which claimed women’s period products were not essential items when they are and always have been.

The WRC, CBI Wales and ACS believe their recommendations will fulfil retail’s role in tackling the spread of the virus while allowing for discretion to be used on an individual basis – as recommended by Health Minister Vaughan Gething in a tense press conference yesterday,

The business bodies recommend:

  • To limit the spread of the virus and allow for individual discretion, retailers will prominently display Welsh Government approved signage in front of known non-essential items and in communal areas. The signage will make clear the government’s regulation and the need to abide by it.
  • This message will be reinforced through in-store announcements and social media messaging. Advising customers to put off non-essential purchases
  • We recommend the individual customer is trusted to make their own decision as to whether a product is non-essential or not, taking into account the notices displayed throughout the store and their immediate needs
  • If the customer goes ahead with the purchase of the item the final liability ought to rest with the customer
  • Retailers will remove special in-store promotional displays of non-essential items in order to minimise browsing and avoid triggering a non-essential purchase.
  • These recommendations would mean non-essential items are not removed from shelves – or cordoned off in stores – but large notices are placed in front of the products and in communal spaces informing customers of the Welsh Government’s regulations and the Welsh public are trusted to make the right decision.

They also say they ‘look forward to engaging with Welsh Government again this morning and we hope consensus can be reached’.

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Llanelli Christmas Carnival goes online




Preparations are underway to host the first ever virtual Llanelli Christmas Carnival. 

The carnival will go digital for the first time in its 42-year history due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in line with current Welsh Government guidance and increasing concerns about the spread of coronavirus linked to large gatherings. 

Whilst there won’t be the usual street parade, people will be able to get into the festive spirit from the comfort of their own home. 

The online celebration will be hosted as an event on Discover Carmarthenshire’s Facebook page on Friday, November 13. 

Over the years, thousands of people have been involved in the Llanelli Christmas Carnival – either dressing up to enter a float in the parade, volunteering, or simply enjoying the atmosphere with generations of their families. 

They can still get involved this year by sharing photos and video to help people celebrate good memories and help others reminisce about carnivals gone by. 

There will be a broadcast of music from talented local performers who would usually sing from the main stage, and people will still be able to countdown to the switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights. 

The largest Christmas carnival in Wales, Llanelli’s festive celebrations are a joint effort by Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Town Council, Llanelli Rural Council and Llanelli Round Table. 

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “It’s very unfortunate that we can’t hold Llanelli Christmas Carnival this year, but we’re determined to keep the spirit of the carnival alive. Let’s come together and celebrate one of the biggest events in Wales from the comfort of our homes – celebrate with generations of memories and look forward to a bigger and better carnival next year.” 

Sign up to attend Llanelli’s first virtual Christmas carnival – visit 

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Free Community Crime Prevention Kits to be distributed in Llanelli area




OVER the coming weeks, residents from both the Ty Isha and Glanymor areas in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, will receive free crime prevention kits that will aim to deter offenders and make both communities safer.

The prevention kits have been purchased through funding that was secured from the Home Office’s Safer Street Fund by Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn.

The funding of £195,673 that was secured by Mr Llywelyn will go towards measures proven to cut crime, and will include employing two Community Wardens; purchase of SelectaDNA kits, Community crime prevention activity support, Environmental improvements and Community Crime Prevention kits.

SelectaDNA kits and Bike register kits are two of the Community Prevention kits that will be distributed to residents within the local communities over coming weeks.

The SelectaDNA kits are property marking kits that include a unique formula of DNA, UV tracer and microdots, which people can use to mark their valuable household items, so that if stolen, police are able to trace them. 

Similarly, the bike register kits include stickers, frame markings and microdots to uniquely identify a bike.  Users can add descriptions and photos to ensure that in the event of a theft, their bicycle can be easily identified and returned by Police through the BikeRegister Scheme.

Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys said, “I am delighted that both these crime prevention kits have been purchased through the Safer Streets funding that I secured earlier this year.  Hopefully, as they are distributed over the coming weeks, we will see that they will have a positive impact within the area.  Criminals know that DNA is the police’s most powerful weapon in convicting criminals therefore the DNA fear-factor is highly understood and acts as a huge deterrent.

“I have invested significantly in the area over recent years with community grants I made available in addition to the new CCTV system that is in place across the town. These new crime prevention kits that have been purchased through the new additional Safer Streets funding will further build upon my work over recent years and I hope the residents will feel a positive difference in their communities.

Both Ty Isha and Glanymor areas are considered to be two of the most deprived areas in Carmarthenshire according to the Welsh Government’s Index of Multiple Deprivation. The funding secured will focus on tackling all acquisitive crime such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery within the identified areas.

PCC Llywelyn added, “Ensuring the security and safety of residents is a priority of mine – everyone deserves to live safely, and free from harm. Acquisitive offences are the crimes that the public are most likely to encounter, and they are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year. There is strong evidence that these crimes can be prevented by tactics that either remove opportunities to commit crime or act as a deterrent by increasing the chances of an offender being caught. I now look forward to continue working closely with all partners that have supported us with our bid, to tackle these crimes in both areas and to ensure that they become safer environments for community residents.”

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