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Humans of the Royal Welsh Show returns

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Humans of the Royal Welsh Show: Picton Jones

Humans of the Royal Welsh Show: Picton Jones

HUMANS OF THE ROYAL WELSH SHOW, which achieved unprecedented success and interest at the 2015 Royal Welsh Show, is being relaunched for this year’s Show. 

The project, which is the work of Greg Thomas, a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, aims to photograph and gather stories from the people who attend the show. It aspires to tell tales of the ordinary and the extraordinary, and chart the stories of the visitors, exhibitors, and volunteers who come together with such enthusiasm to ensure the continuing success of the event.

Last year, Humans of the Royal Welsh Show captured the stories of 62 volunteers, staff and visitors at the Royal Welsh Show. The project was viewed by 197,990 people from 84 different countries, and it is hoped that this success can be repeated.

Throughout this year’s show (Jul 18-21), Greg will be back with his camera and dictaphone, roaming the showground looking for stories to tell. These stories are not only told to the public via Twitter (@ HumansOfTheRWS) and Facebook, but will also inform Greg’s PhD research and the future of the rural events industry.

This year’s project will also involve Greg speaking with key figures and broadcasting live from the Showground using Facebook Live. Speaking of this new addition to the project, Greg said: “I want to be able to use the latest in social media technology to give people a glimpse behind the scenes of the Royal Welsh Show, and show people all around the world the hard work that goes into ensuring that the Royal Welsh is the greatest show on Earth.”

Humans of the Royal Welsh Show forms part of Greg Thomas’ ‘Agricultural Shows: Driving and Displaying Rural Change’ PhD research in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University. This research aims to establish the role of agricultural shows in Wales today. It is hoped that the work will establish the benefits that agricultural shows bring to rural areas, their wider role in rural change, the way agricultural shows bring together town and country and also their role in facilitating relations between farmers and the Welsh Government.

Greg adds: “The Royal Welsh Show is the largest, and in my view the best, cultural event in Wales. My research has shown that the Show attracts visitors from every Welsh county, both rural and urban, bringing together the whole nation in a celebration of our rural heritage.

“The Royal Welsh is about more than farming as it has a much wider resonance – it is something that the whole nation can relate to. It is not only the main event for agriculture in Wales, it is the largest event for food in Wales, and one of the largest gatherings of people in Wales. The Humans project aims to tell the stories of just some of these people.”

Greg is currently seeking people to feature in the project, and is interested in hearing from people who attend the Show, those for whom the Royal Welsh show has special meaning, or anyone who has a story to tell about the Show. If you would like to participate in Humans of the Royal Welsh Show, then please get in touch with Greg.

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade

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LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar

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MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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