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New directors at Gelli Aur

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gelliaur2There has been some movement at the Gelli Aur Country Mansion, with the Golden Grove Trust seeing the departure of all but one of its directors Mr Christopher Salmon. New to the board of directors are Adelle Blakebrough listed as Director from the 4th of December along with James Ronald Seaton.

Adele Blakebrough is the CEO of Social Business trust (SBT). Prior to joining Social Business Trust, Adele was the co-founder and Chief Executive of CAN, one of the UK’s leading organisations for the development and promotion of social entrepreneurs where she worked with the Reverend Andrew Mawson, now Lord Mawson. Adele was also the CEO of the nationally renowned Kaleidoscope project in Kingston-Upon-Thames, a voluntary organisation working with 350 heroin users daily. She holds a masters degree in Theology and is a trained Baptist minister.

In 2005, Adele was awarded the prestigious BITC Sieff Award for engaging business for social benefit and in 2006 she was awarded an MBE for services to social enterprises. As CEO of SBT she persuades very successful bosses to give up their time to mentor and advise non profit organisations and they have to pay for the privilege of doing so. Adele was interviewed recently on on BBC Radio 4 and said, “I am motivated in that we want to find high growth potential social enterprises in the UK and to help them scale up their impact to national level.

What I am trying to do is get a dream team of corporates to come together and use their skills and deploy them in social enterprises using their professional expertise to help high-growth potential social enterprises scale-up: Not painting fences or digging trenches but actually using their business skills.” Some of the big companies signed up already include Baine, British Gas, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse EY and Thompson Reuters. She said, “Between them they should have the skills all social enterprises need.

We are able to work collaboratively with these services to deploy their services and skills and it is a win win for them as their employees are asking for more volunteering work placed opportunities.” The U.K. and Welsh Government are faced with making major cuts to services for the most vulnerable people in our society. Touching on finding alternative solutions for dealing with the forthcoming problems Adele said, “The problems we have with educational disadvantage and elderly care is that this cannot just rely on the public purse. Corporates are stepping up and realising they have to do something.”

Adele is a member of Big Society Capital Advisory Board and a nonexecutive Board Member of Impact International. Impact is a global people development company, established in 1980 in the UK. Operating in over 50 countries from 18 offices covering Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe. They are one of the smallest companies to sign up to the United Nations ‘Global Compact’ and have won a number of awards for being a Great Place To Work, as voted for by their employees.

They are committed to becoming a model of sustainable enterprise, integrating social equity and environmental sustainability into their work so as to achieve better and more profitable business results. They believe from real experience, that other commercial organisations can embrace this concept of ‘doing well by doing good’.

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Llanelli: Stop notice issued for school planning application

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A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a new 480-spaced school in Llanelli has been issued a stop notice by the Welsh Government.
Carmarthenshire County Council is proposing to build a new £9.1m school on Llanerch Fields in Llanelli and were looking to determine the planning application in the coming weeks. Welsh Government will now decide whether to call in the application or not.
The new school would accommodate 420 primary and 60 nursery pupils, set over two floors with larger classrooms with integrated IT facilities, a multi-purpose hall and specialist provision for pupils with additional learning needs.
Over recent years there has been much debate in the area on the choice of site for the new school with campaigners arguing that they support a new school, but object against Llanerch fields being built upon. Last year an attempt to get the land designated as a village green was turned down.
In 2017, Ysgol Dewi Sant as the first Welsh medium primary school to be provided by a local authority celebrated its 70th birthday.
Councillor Rob James, local member for Lliedi, stated “From day one I have raised concerns that the Council’s site choice and planning process opened the Council up to the possibility of the Welsh Government calling in the planning application. It is clear that these concerns were not misplaced and there is now a really chance that it will be. 

“As a local Councillor, a school governor and a parent, I am passionate about the need for a new school for the pupils of Ysgol Dewi Sant and it is important that local pupils get the benefits of a 21st century school.
“I will now be working with Council Officers to ensure that contingency plans are prepared in case the Welsh Government state that the planning application does not comply with national planning policy.
“I will also work with parents, pupils, residents and interested parties are able to engage with the Welsh Government during this process.”

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Third annual Burry Port Raft Race is eagerly awaited

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, organised by Burry Port couple, Craig and Isabel Goodman, will be held on Saturday (July 27).

The event which is held in Burry Port Harbour, raises much needed funds for both Burry Port RNLI and a children’s football academy and primary school the couple support in The Gambia.

The day launches at 12pm with stands, food stalls and children’s inflatable games and rides and these will be available until 5pm. You’ll also have a chance to meet the crews, who’ll be busy putting the final touches to their rafts.

Rafts launch at 3pm, followed by a presentation ceremony, including prizes for first raft over the line, first raft to sink and best dressed raft.

Craig said: ” A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors, including overall sponsor Dawsons, along with continued sponsorship from Celtic Couriers, Parker Plant Hire, Burns Pet Nutrition, Burry Port Co-Op, Llanelli Star, LBS Builders Merchants, Burry Port Marina, First Choice Flooring and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council.

For any further information about the event, please contact 07825 842981.

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Compensation offered after FSCS declares Llanelli firm in default

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CONSUMERS could get back money they have lost as a result of their dealings with a failed regulated firm in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The firm is Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited formerly Assura Protect, Room 1, 7 Meadows Bridge, Parc Menter, Cross Hands, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA14 6RA.

The firm was declared in default in June 2019 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

FSCS is the UK’s statutory compensation scheme that protects customers of authorised financial services firms that carry out certain regulated activities. A declaration of default means FSCS is satisfied a firm is unable to pay claims for compensation made against it. This paves the way for customers of that firm to make a claim for compensation with FSCS.

Alex Kuczynski, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FSCS, said: “FSCS steps in to protect consumers around the UK when authorised financial services firms go bust. This vital service, which is free to consumers, protects deposits, insurance, investments, home finance and debt management. We want anyone who believes they may be owed money as a result of their dealings with this firm to get in touch, as we may be able to help you.”

Since it began in 2001, FSCS has helped more than 4.5m people, paying out more than £26bn in compensation.

If you wish to make a claim with FSCS against Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited, you may be able to do so using FSCS’s online claims service at https://claims.fscs.org.uk Or you can contact its Customer Services Team on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100

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