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Charity success for Christmas Craft Fayre

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A CRAFT FAYRE held in Llanelli on Thursday (Nov 16) gave shoppers the opportunity to choose some unique Christmas gifts – as well as raising over £5,000 for local charities.

42 stalls displayed their wares at the Selwyn Samuel Centre between 5​pm ​-​ ​10pm, and the event was well-attended, with plenty of visitors taking advantage of the free entry to look for a bargain.

Members of staff couldn’t do enough to accommodate visitors, and there were smiles galore. It is the only Christmas Craft Fayre to be held this year at the centre and local choir ‘The Voices’ were full of enthusiasm as they sang traditional Christmas Carols to entertain the visitors under the musical direction of Choirmaster Piet Zorn.

Colin Harrison, PR at The Selwyn Samuel Centre, said that this year’s Fayre had exceeded expectations ‘without a doubt’.

“The amount of visitors that we’ve had has been wonderful and we’ve been so jam-packed that we’ve actually had to turn stalls away,” he added.

“As you can see there’s a very festive theme here tonight especially with local choir ‘The Voices’ singing. They’ve performed every hour and have had a great response from the audience.

“The food as always has gone down well, everything has been homemade on site, from mulled wine to mince pies and pulled pork rolls with cranberry sauce.

“We have donated the whole evening to the stalls and to local charities. It’s important to support small stalls and local businesses, that’s what we’re about here and the ‘Anyone Waiting’ staff go above and beyond with their customer service skills.

“We’ve raised over £5000 this evening for 20 local charities. We’ve not charged fees for the pitches and each business has kindly donated a percentage of money towards our causes plus raffle prizes. If that isn’t community spirit, then I don’t know what is. Let’s keep Llanelli going and support local.”

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Victoria Road: Meat stolen shed not fit for humans, say police

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is warning that meat stolen during a burglary in Llanelli is not fit for consumption by humans.
Several bags of frozen chicken and other meat were taken from a shed in Queen Victoria Road some time over the past few days, along with a radio controlled car and an electric saw.
If eaten, the meat could result in food poisoning.
Officers are concerned that the offender could be intending to sell the meat on, or might already have sold it.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Llanelli: Woman on trial for fiddling more than £100,000 in benefits

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A LLANELLI woman is to stand trial accused of fiddling more than £100,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Emma Jane Campbell, aged 49, appeared at Swansea Crown Court today for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

Campbell, of Elizabeth Street, denied retaining wrongful credits totalling £42,908 between 2002 and 2010, £63,113 between 2002 and 2016 and £7,722 between 20002 and 2013.

The amounts were said to relate to income support, housing benefit and council tax relief received by Campbell when she had capital in excess of the permitted amount.

Campbell is also charged with fraud by claiming Jobseeker’s allowance and employment support allowance but failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions of her true financial position.

Campbell entered pleas of not guilty to all the charges.

She was granted bail until the start of her trial on April 17.

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Burry Port RFC welcomes asset transfer

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BURRY PORT RFC has welcomed its takeover of its home base from Carmarthenshire County Council.

The Rugby Club has signed a 99 year lease for the playing fields and changing rooms at Burry Port Memorial Park as part of the county council’s asset transfer programme.

The club has also been awarded a Maintenance Grant to assist with maintaining the asset and an Improvement Grant to assist with making any improvement works they may wish to undertake.

Around 80 per cent of the county council’s recreation assets have already been transferred, or are nearing completion, to town or community councils, or community groups.

Two years ago the council’s executive board agreed a package to offer community councils or groups the opportunity to take over the running of facilities in their areas.

Councillors believe it gives local people greater control in the future of their area and their community.

Burry Port RFC secretary Jonathan Davies said the club accepted that changes had to be made although it would not have chosen it.

“In hindsight I think it is a positive thing for the club. It has increased the assets of the club and given members a sense of belonging to the park.”

Executive board member for assets Cllr David Jenkins said: “Unfortunately, we can no longer afford to maintain all the recreational assets in our portfolio.

“However, this is not just a cost saving exercise – communities are often best placed to manage facilities in their local environment.

“I’m pleased that Burry Port RFC has taken over and is looking forward to the future.”

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