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Geraint Fowler (Left): With Ryan Jones, Welsh international rugby player

Geraint Fowler (Left): With Ryan Jones, Welsh international rugby player

FAMILY and friends were left devastated after the sudden and untimely death of a young father from Llanelli.

Geraint Fowler was only 38-years-old when he passed away, leaving his young son, Matthew.

His brother Gareth and father Rhodri were devastated by the unexpected death of their brother and son.

Friends of Geraint described him as ‘a force of nature, ‘a true individual’ and ‘a one off’.

Alex Watson, who knew Geraint for the last 25 years said: “He was generous, thoughtful and mischievous in equal measure, but had sincerity and a good decent upbringing provided by his parents made him truly an individual, a one off, our friend.

“He will be missed sorely by all who knew him, no matter if it was only for a minute, an hour, a day, a year or 25 years.”

Playing in orchestras across Llanelli and in several Craig School musicals, Geraint was a talented musician achieving his grade seven in violin.

He was a qualified solicitor and worked for the Morgan Cole law firm, before setting up his own sports agency in Cardiff and becoming Commercial and Legal Director at QOL LTD who make re-usable waterproof covers for limb injuries and casts.

Colleagues from QOL have stepped in to take his place at a sponsored skydive for which Geraint had raised funds to go towards the George Thomas hospice and the Tenovus Cancer Care.

Chris Jones one of his other close friends said: “Geraint had an infectious character, and was always in the thick of it, be that in playing or watching sport, business dealings or leading the singing at a Llanelli or Wales rugby match. He wasn’t afraid to get stuck in, to get involved.

“His lack of fear included him adding bungee-jumping and sky diving to his long list of ‘firsts’.”

Rhys Walters said that Geraint was: “A force of nature, hard to forget”, Rhys also added: “He didn’t walk into a room, he strode in.”

Friends recalled a particular incident where Geraint did the last leg of the 4 x 100m relay for Craig Comprehensive School in an inter-schools championship.

They told of how a cheering crowd had gathered at the finish line for the last race of the day. He ran with a baseball cap on backwards and as he was really sprinting, the wind blew it off his head around 20m from the finishing line, and he somehow managed to catch it behind his head, while running without taking his eyes off the line, and finally won the race, wielding the baton and cap.

Joanna Winslade and Sarah Pemberton from QOL said: “He was a character in and out of the office. When Geraint was on form he has boundless energy, and always committed to the team. We are deeply saddened by his passing.”

Speaking about the guide dog, Geraint was sponsoring for his son they added: “QOL are continuing his sponsorship of a guide dog for his son.”

A celebration of his life is being planned for Radyr, with the date yet to be confirmed.

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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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