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School travel passes issued

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SCHOOLCHILDREN in Carmarthenshire who travel to school by bus should now have received their Travel Passes ready for September.

Over 5,000 Travel Passes have been posted out, but anyone who has not received their pass is urged to contact the council immediately on 01267 228 326.

Some families may have changed address during the last year and have forgotten to tell us, which means their travel passes could have been sent to the old address.

It is also possible that some parents have forgotten to apply for transport. If this is the case, unfortunately it is now too late to be added to the arrangements for the start of the new term. However, if you think your child is eligible for free transport but haven’t yet applied we would urge you to submit your applications online at www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/schooltransport  as soon as possible so that if eligible we can try to accommodate you as soon as we can.

Parents are also urged to ensure that the stopping details shown on the Travel Passes are correct, as bus and taxi drivers will only be able to pick up and drop off pupils at the locations shown on their Travel Passes, and the vehicles will only stop at the points show on the timetables, which are available online at www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/schooltransport

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Glan-y-Môr conduct its annual sponsored walk

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Despite being foiled multiple times by the weather,  Glan-y-Môr has finally conducted its annual sponsored walk to raise money for our community.

We were rewarded with a wonderful afternoon and a great experience for all involved on our annual whole school Sponsored Walk in aid of RNLI and other local charities.

In total by completing the walk of almost 5 miles the school managed to raise £2000, on a trek that took pupils through Burry Port, past the RNLI boathouse and then along the seafront and back. 

The moneys raised will be donated to charities close to the school’s heart, such as the RNLI and Cancer Research. 

Head of School John Jones said “We have always been a proud community school, and the walk has always been a focal point for this, a way of everyone coming together to contribute to our local community, and in particular our links with the RNLI that keep so many of our young people safe in their time outside of school.

In a time where so many communities are fractured and at loggerheads with each other, we are a very proud part of a close knit community here in Pembrey and Burry Port, and always look to fulfil our part in that important relationship. 

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Llanelli’s big night is back with a bang

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THE annual Llanelli Christmas Carnival takes place on Friday November 22, sponsored by Rainscape, Dwr Cymru.

Market stalls full of festive eats, treats and gift ideas will line Stepney Street from 9am, building up the atmosphere ready for the biggest night of the year.

Street entertainment and fairground rides will begin at 4pm with live stage acts starting at 5.45pm. Radio DJ Tommo will compere the evening, with performances by local singers.

The carnival procession will leave Festival Fields, Pwll, at 6.15pm, arriving in town shortly after the Christmas lights switch-on at 6.45pm.

The road closure of Station Road and Church Street, Llanelli, from its junction with Murray Street to its junction with Gelli Onn, will start at 5.45pm until 8pm.

This year, for the first time, Gelli Onn will be closed to westbound traffic only, from its junction with Thomas Street.

Fireworks will mark the finale of the entertainment at 7.40pm. The funfair will remain open until 9pm.

This year, the town’s Christmas lights will be switched on by Llanelli Chamber of Trade and Commerce competition winners Farah Asada of Ysgol Brynteg and Weronika Szafran-Drafc of Ysgol Penrhos, whose winning designs will be illuminated as part of the Stepney Street decorations.

Chris Jones, Dwr Cymru’s Programme Delivery Manager, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Llanelli Christmas Carnival again this year. It was great to see the winners’ Christmas light designs converted into the real size thing which will be a focal point for the carnival. Well done to Weronika and Farah.”

Timetable

9am: Llanelli Outdoor Market situated on Stepney Street

12pm: Cowell Street closed

4pm: Big, small and scary funfair rides open with lots of side stalls plus selection of hot and cold refreshments (kindly supported by South Wales Showman’s Guild). Street entertainment (various locations)

5.45pm: Road closures in place for Gelli Onn westbound, Church Street and side streets.

5.45pm: Live entertainment and music begins on the stage located outside Town Hall including with compére Tommo.

6.15pm: Carnival parade leaves Festival Fields, Sandy Road*

6.40pm: Presentation to Christmas lights design winners (Main Stage). Kindly supported by Llanelli Chamber of Trade and Llanelli BID

6.45pm: Christmas lights switch-on by the Mayor of Llanelli Town Council, the Chair of Llanelli Rural Council and the Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council

7pm: Arrival of carnival parade in Town Hall area*. Kindly organised by Llanelli Round Table

7.40pm: Spectacular Firework Display ** (Town Hall Gardens)

8.15pm: Carnival parade prize presentation (Main Stage)

9pm: Fun fair closes

*Please note all times and activities are subject to change. Road closures will start to take effect from 12noon, effecting town centre to traffic until around 8pm.

** Timings subject to change due to Carnival Parade

For more up to date information on the day, check Discover Carmarthenshire’s Facebook page fb.me/DiscoverCarmarthenshire

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LLANELLI TOWN AFC VS PENRHYNCOCH FC

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LLANELLI TOWN AFC VS PENRHYNCOCH FC

LLANELLI TOWN 0 PENRHYNCOCH 1

A blast from the past in the form of former Reds` favourite, Antonio Corbisiero, ended their interest in the JD Welsh Cup for another season in this second round tie.

His stunning 19th minute volley demonstrated he has lost little of the craft which he used to employ to such good effect in the more heady days of the club`s history, and how they could do with him now as he was head and shoulders above anyone on either side.

Another patched-up home outfit, once again missing several key players, were, quite frankly, abysmal, struggling to establish any meaningful pattern to their play, particularly in the first half, with far too many errors allied with some careless passing which gifted possession to their opponents.

They were reduced to firing hopeful long-range efforts which seldom looked capable of reaching the intended target, with Kyle Copp in the forefront of this tactic, to no great effect.

The visitors also seemed incapable of any worthwhile attacking ploys, and it took Corbisiero`s strike to lift the contest out of mediocrity when he met a delivery from the right by Jack Rimmer on the edge of the box to volley sweetly past the despairing clutches of Scott Coughlan in the home goal.

Even this setback did little to stir the Reds out of their lethargy, and while they continued to enjoy plenty of possession, they seldom looked capable of levelling matters.

Ryan Hurlow had a tame effort easily dealt with by the Roosters` keeper, Leigh Jenkins, while he also parried and gathered an effort from distance by James Loveridge.

With a forgettable first half over, the Reds did up the anti after the restart, and were certainly more forceful in their efforts to secure the goal which would level matters, but once again wrong decisions at the vital time proved costly, typified by Morgan Cutler opting to pass inside when he had a viable shooting opportunity.

Their best, and as it turned out, only real chance arose when Jenkins opted to come off his line to challenge for a ball on the edge of the box but instead allowed it to run loose, affording Tim Parker a clear strike on the vacant net, but he failed to connect cleanly, allowing Jonathan Foligno to scramble it off the line and away from danger.

This was about as good as it got for the hosts, and even with their opponents visibly flagging as the game progressed, they still were unable to press home the advantage.

In fact, it was the other end of the field which provided the best chances when the visitors broke, with Gwion Pugh-Jones first failing to convert a ball bobbling about in the area, while Tomos Evans missed a

good chance at the far post following a run and cross by Steffan Davies.

Parker did have an effort deflected for a corner when he was found by Zac Brown, and Liam Samuel curled his finish just wide.

The Roosters then should have put the result beyond doubt when Evans was put clear in acres of space, but with only Coughlan to beat he directed his finish at the keeper who gratefully diverted it away.

As the contest entered its closing stages, an increasingly desperate home outfit did manage a couple of efforts on target, but these were capably dealt with by Jenkins, and the final whistle signalled the end of the Reds` further involvement in the competition.

Some serious work is needed if their season is not to descend into mediocrity, and the visit of Undy Athletic on Saturday could yet provide the springboard needed for a revival in fortunes. Kick off is at 2.30 p.m.

LLANELLI TOWN; Coughlan; M. Cutler (J. Cutler, 82); Brown; Thomas; Bevan ©; Griffiths; Copp, Samuel (Rees, 90+2); Parker, Loveridge, Hurlow.

PENRHYNCOCH; Jenkins; Rimmer; Pemberthy; James ©; Foligno (Gittins, 81); Corbisiero; Jones (Morgan, 84); T. Evans; Davies; J. Evans; Pugh-Jones. Subs. not used; Rees; Burrel; Meredith.

SCORER; Penrhyncoch; Corbisiero, 19.

YELLOW CARD; Penrhyncoch; Rimmer.

REFEREE; Daniel Richardson.

ATTENDANCE; 141.

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