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Money raised for Ty Hafan at Winter Wonderland

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OVER 500 children recently attended the ‘Winter Wonderland’ at the Selwyn Samuel Centre in aid of charity.

As well as a meet and greet with Santa, they were treated to hot food, competitions and much more.

The event was in aid of raising money for Ty Hafan. Anyone Waiting, Joe’s Ice Cream, Bouncy Beans, Mike Clarke Printing, Morrisons Cakes, JW Entertainment and The BEAN Network all donated money for the event.

A spokesperson for Anyone Waiting told the Herald: “We are pleased at ‘Anyone Waiting’ based in The Selwyn Samuel Centre to hold such large community events. We endeavour to meet the needs of our community here in Llanelli. The aim of the event was to reach out to families and make sure that they had a good time, in turn their contribution helped out all of the children in Ty Hafan.

“Our company along with other companies that merged ensured over £2,000 of goodies were given to transform the room into a ‘Winter Wonderland’, we feel that we achieved this and there were lots of smiles from everyone.

“We’ve recently raised a substantial amount for CYCA (Carmarthenshire Youth & Children’s Association), this event was specifically for Ty Hafan. Each event seems to get bigger and better and December doesn’t slow things down.

“Our monthly wartime ‘Cream Teas’ are proving a hit for the older community also with unlimited cakes, a show and prosecco available serving the ladies and gents.”

“All of our staff get into the spirit by dressing up and learning varied dances to entertain the masses. We make our grass roots venue a flagship for the community. After all, we buy local, we employ local and it’s all actually for the locals. Our motto is; ‘Working As One, Everyone Achieves’.”

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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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