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Council boards up Trimsaran RFC changing rooms

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changingroomsboardedTHE CHANGING rooms of Trimaran RFC have been boarded up leaving the club with nowhere to prepare for fixtures over the Christmas period and into the New Year.A concerned club member contacted The Herald to say that council employees were at the changing rooms boarding them up and that he was told that the club had 4 hours to clear out. A club representative who asked not to be named told The Herald: “Three weeks ago we made inquiries about the transfer of asset management. We were confident that we would be able to get a £14,000 grant.

The WRU have over half a million in the pot for improving club facilities like those at Trimaran. “However, Meryl Gravell obviously wants to knock the changing rooms and the Miners Welfare Hall down as part of the council’s plans to build a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) there. “There used to be a £100,000 from the Sports Council to do this but those grants are no longer available because the Sports Council themselves say that the MUGA’S are not viable. There would be three MUGAS within a few miles of each other if that went ahead. They are not being used and they do not serve the purpose of rugby and football clubs.” The representative told us he was shocked to hear of the closure over the phone: “I got a phone call on Tuesday (Dec 22) and was told that the council were there turning the water and electricity off and boarding it up.

They cant do that. The club’s equipment is in there.” Speaking about the future plans the club had for the changing rooms the representative , “The WRU has now divided rugby up to Carms East West and Central. The WRU are putting money into clubs with playing fields they own. Trimsaran owns their own ground. Trimsaran would have been the venue for women’s rugby in May and June with under 8’s to under 16’s training there. To do that you need four changing rooms. All schoolboys matches are also played there. “We need these facilities but Meryl Gravell is trying to force the club to use the changing rooms in Leisure centre which is council subsidised. If we did that we would just be propping up a white elephant. It appears Wayne Jones of the County Council instructed that the changing rooms should be shut down. There has been no attempt to repair the roof. The club doesn’t have facilities on Saturdays now.” The Herald asked the representative what he believed was behind the decision to board up the changing rooms.

His answer betrayed a deep cynicism about the Council’s motivations: “You have to question whether this is a deliberate attempt to destroy the building. They have not given us any notice. The attempt to transfer the asset is ongoing. Meryl Gravell is away and uncontactable. She is supposed to be our local councillor and said nothing to us about this before she went away on holiday! How are we supposed to use the leisure centre changing rooms if nobody is there?” Richie Powell, who is standing for the County Council against Meryl Gravell in May 2017, commented: “It is a bit of a shock to come and see that it has been boarded up. It is one of the busiest and most exciting times for Trimsaran Rugby Club. The place is run down but there is a grant available to make it better. They can’t go and change in the leisure centre. There is a cafe by the front entrance. At this time of year when the ground is wet it will be filthy within minutes. “To close it down like this is so unprofessional. The club has produced so many great rugby players.

They have screwed the boards into the framework of the door and into the walls. They could have come here and sorted out the rocks on top of the roof, fixed the guttering, cleaned up, but not board it up.” The Miners’ Welfare Club is another example of a neglected community asset. It has so much history and has been host to so many great community events. Why can’t they do it up like they did with the hall in Carwe? I would like to ask Meryl Gravell why she has left this rugby club in the lurch and gone of for Christmas without a thought for anyone. They have no permission to go anywhere else.” “The Council should have contacted the club and talked about this. This is embarrassing for the village. It seems that some councillors are too far removed from their communities.

The people running the show are the pen pushers at County Hall. They don’t care about history, heritage or communities.” International athlete Richie continued: “Where do the players who play for Wales come from? It is here at the grass roots level in clubs like Trimsaran. This would not happen over the border in England. We seem to have allowed this council to ride roughshod over everybody and that is why I am making a stand and putting myself forward. The council should be able to step in here and give the club a little help. They seem to be able to find the money for so many other people and projects, which have often been white elephants.” The Herald contacted Carmarthenshire County Council and asked if they could provide any information on why the changing rooms were boarded up. A spokesperson told us: “The changing rooms have been closed due to health and safety reasons until maintenance repairs have been carried out. In the meantime the club has been advised to use the facilities at the leisure centre.”

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How Wales created 19 new field hospitals in less than 8 weeks…

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Across Wales the Welsh Government is supporting the NHS to create new field hospitals and rapidly increase bed capacity.
Health boards have repurposed existing buildings, including the Principality Stadium, a holiday park and even a television studio to provide an additional 6,000 beds.Field hospitals are designed to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by providing extra bed capacity but they will also help normal hospital services be restarted and support social care services.Last month, the first patients were admitted to Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig at the Principality Stadium, in Cardiff.

Four to six weeks

Here is how Wales almost doubled its bed capacity in less than eight weeks…The time it has taken to nearly double hospital bed capacity in Wales, creating field hospitals across the nation.

19 field hospitals in Wales
This includes the repurposing of Bluestone Holiday Park and Parc y Scarlets in west Wales and Venue Cymru in north Wales.

1,500 beds at the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig
Making it one of the largest field hospitals in the UK.

Five days
The length of time it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig, which overlapped with the build phase.

3,000
The number of planning hours, involving more than 20 different disciplines, it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig.

£166m
Welsh Government funding for the set up, construction and equipment for field hospitals in Wales.

138,000
The number of pieces of equipment have been provided to help support field hospitals, including beds, imaging equipment, syringe drivers and medicines.

Three North Wales field hospitals have the name Enfys
Meaning rainbow – the symbol of hope and thank you to the NHS during the pandemic.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children

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Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.

Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic.  As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real.  Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.

Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help.  My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.

‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’

Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge.  Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund. 

‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most.  I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’

If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb

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Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package

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A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.

People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.

However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.

That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.

Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.

“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.

“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.

“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”

The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.

The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.

Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit www.persimmonhomes.com or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.

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