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New team at Llanelli breakfast club

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Paul Williams and Gareth Isaac: At the weekly meeting at the Diplomat Hotel, Llanelli

Paul Williams and Gareth Isaac:
At the weekly meeting at the Diplomat Hotel, Llanelli

THERE’S a new team at the top at a popular Llanelli business breakfast club.

Two well-known businessmen, from Llanelli and Burry Port, have taken over the reins as president and vice-president.

Paul Williams, of Llanelli-based Paul’s Plastering and Damp Prooding, is the new president and his vice-president is Gareth Isaac, of G I Carpets and Flooring in Burry Port.

“It’s a great honour and privilege to be in the big chair on the top table at BNI in Llanelli,” said Mr Williams.

“I have been a member of BNI now for many years and can give a glowing testimonial for how it really means business for independent tradesmen, craftsmen, sole traders and small businesses in Llanelli.

“We all work very hard to grow our businesses and the BNI business network provides us with very fertile soil to bring further growth into the local economy.

“It is estimated that each seat (member position) is worth £14,000 on average a year to that local business. We are a small but creative local business group and it is estimated that we earned more than £430,000 in additional revenue for members last year.”

Vice-president Gareth Isaac said: “The BNI business network works on so many different levels. The network is built on providing referrals (new business opportunities) to each other. If I am laying carpets at a property, I will happily recommend an electrician, plumber, plasterer, gardener or any other business the client needs.

“The BNI Llanelli Chapter is both inclusive and exclusive. We are inclusive because we aim to develop business opportunities for each other. We are exclusive because we only allow one particular sector per seat in the club, so to speak. So, if a carpenter joins BNI, he can rest assured we will not recruit another carpenter into the network while he is a member.

“In Llanelli, there is a wonderful spirit and camaraderie in the network. We look out for each other and help each other with advice and support, make the most of learning and training opportunities in the wider BNI network and there are also social events which add fun to the whole experience.”

Recently, BNI members went go-karting. Later this month, they will be climbing the Brecon Beacons to see dawn rise over Penyfan.

The Llanelli BNI Chapter has its sights set on bigger targets and is looking for new members.

Currently, the BNI in Llanelli is looking for a florist, painter and decorator, domestic and commercial cleaner and an events organiser.

The Thursday morning club meets at The Diplomat Hotel.

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Fire safety plea as dry weather puts countryside on high alert

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WEEKS of unusually dry weather have put the UK countryside at high risk of fires which could be started by careless visitors, warns NFU Mutual.

The leading rural insurer is making a plea for people visiting the countryside not to use disposable barbecues, and to take care to avoid starting fires by accidentally dropping matches in such arid conditions.

Following an exceptionally dry spring, many parts of the UK countryside are at high risk of fires started by barbecues and cigarette ends, the insurer warns. These fires can put people, farm animals and wildlife at risk, as well as destroying natural habitats.

Over the past two months, firefighters have tackled grassland fires across the UK – including in South West England, Scotland and Wales.

In late March, a gorse fire on Dartmoor led to the closure of the busy A386 as the fire sent clouds of smoke across the carriageway.

In Wales, an early April grassfire near Stormy Down, Bridgend, caused damage to an area equal to about 25 football pitches.

On Salisbury Plain, a grassfire fire in early May which destroyed a plantation of trees was traced to a fire pit which had been used as a barbecue.

Scotland too has suffered a number of fires including one near Dumbarton in late April which required 20 firefighters to bring it under control.

Rebecca Davidson, NFU Mutual Rural Affairs Specialist, said: “After a very dry spring, a dropped match or smouldering barbecue is all that’s needed to start a serious fire in our fields and forests.

“With more hot weather forecast, as many people are heading to the countryside, we’re urging visitors to take care to avoid starting a fire. All too often, disposable barbecues, which seem to have gone out, smoulder for hours and start fires which can engulf acres of growing crops and wildlife habitats.”

NFU Mutual claims statistics reveal the cost of farm fires totalled £69m in 2020 – a 40% rise from 2019.

NFU Mutual Countryside Fire Prevention Guide

Don’t drop used matches or cigarettes – they can smoulder and start a fire
Don’t use disposable barbecues on grass or moorland
Call 999 if you spot a grassland or moorland fire while out in the countryside
Avoid parking in country lanes where emergency services vehicle access could be blocked
Don’t drop litter – discarded bottles can focus sunlight and start a fire
Keep to footpaths when walking in the countryside
More information about safety in the countryside is available from NFU Mutual’s website: www.nfumutual.co.uk

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Funding for music education trebled to the tune of £13.5m

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EVERY child will have the opportunity to benefit from music education as part of the Welsh Government’s plans for a national music service, which will help ensure no child misses out due to a lack of means.

As the National Plan for Music Education is published, the Minister for Education has confirmed funding will be trebled, with £13.5m being invested over the next three years.

The plan will make access to music education fairer and more consistent across Wales, with a particular focus on learners from low-income households and those with Additional Learning Needs. Support will be available for children and young people to access and progress with music tuition, with learners from disadvantaged and under-represented groups supported to join music ensembles.

The plan includes a number of key work programmes such as:

A review on music tutors’ terms and conditions, to ensure they are treated equitably and are recognised properly.
A ‘First Experiences’ programme to offer children in primary schools a minimum of half a term of musical instrument taster sessions, delivered by trained and skilled music practitioners.
A ‘Making Music with Others’ initiative, including opportunities for children and young people in secondary schools to gain industry experience through working alongside musicians and creative industries
A new national instrument and equipment library to support access to a resource bank to be shared across Wales.
These programmes will be rolled out from September 2022, supporting schools and settings to give all children and young people from the ages of 3 to 16 the opportunity to learn to play an instrument as well as singing and making music in our schools and our communities.

The National Music Service will operate as a ‘hub’, with the Welsh Local Government Association co-ordinating the Music Service’s programmes with a wide range of organisations. It will help schools and settings in their delivery of the Curriculum for Wales and provide more diverse opportunities for children and young people to experience music outside schools and settings.

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford and the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, visited St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School in Swansea to see a cluster of primary school children taking part in a ‘Play Along’ session led by Swansea Music Service.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said:

“The establishment of a National Music Service for Wales is an important commitment in our Programme for Government and I’m delighted that we are delivering on this pledge.

“Learning an instrument was a formative part of my upbringing and a lack of money should not be a barrier to any young person who wants to learn to play music. We are fortunate in Wales to have a strong tradition of school, county and national ensembles, and we want to make sure that our children and young people are able to play a full part in these. This funding will support music services in schools and within the community to help nurture our young musical talent.”

The Minister for Education and the Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles said:

“Our vision is for all children and young people across Wales, regardless of background, to have the chance to learn to play an instrument. The plan we are publishing today, backed by funding, will help deliver that vision.

“For too long, the chance to learn an instrument and develop musical skills has been for those few whose families and carers who can afford tuition. I want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to access music tuition, and that’s why we’re making this significant investment to deliver a range of activities for our children and young people to learn and experience the joy of music.

“The development of the National Music Service will ensure that we nurture our next generation and continue to produce new talent and showcase Wales to the world.”

WLGA Chief Executive Chris Llewelyn said:

“We are proud to work with the Welsh Government on delivering this vital service to children across Wales. Many families in Wales can’t afford an instrument, and this funding will go a long way to opening doors to children across Wales to have the opportunity of learning an instrument.

“Playing an instrument and reading music is a very important skill for a child, and music brings enormous joy to children. Local authorities believe that children across Wales will have better access to instruments, and this plan will develop many future talented musicians, and support pupils to develop their musical skills.”

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Trailer for horror film ‘Protein’ which was shot in Swansea and Llanelli released

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PROTEIN is a 2022 British horror crime thriller filmed in west Wales. A couple of gym-obsessed serial killer who murders and eats an area drug supplier for his or her… protein, inadvertently sparking a brutal and bloodthirsty tit-for-tat turf conflict between rival drug gangs.

The movie is the work of Carmarthenshire-based production company Broadside Films, directed by Tony Burke and produced by Tom Gripper. Tom said: “The film is currently going through the post-production process but will be released sometime later this year. We’re hoping to do a festival run first before it goes to wider distribution, but we’re also hoping to have some local showings in Wales, particularly near where it was filmed.

The trailer: Features some of the scenes filmed in Gorseinon and Llanelli (Hand out)

“I’m really proud of it. Even before we cut it, it was really exciting. It is really well directed and really well performed, and thanks to the incredible crew, it is looking really good. I’m really excited for people to see it.

“The trailer features some of the scenes we filmed in Gorseinon and Llanelli so people will be able to recognise those. And of course we’re really grateful to the residents of Swansea and Carmarthenshire for their patience and putting up with us, as well as the crew at Sin City in Swansea, who were amazing and very accommodating, we’re super thankful to them.” These are all the TV and film projects being made in Wales in spring, 2022.

MORE ABOUT THE FILM

Directed by Tony Burke – making his function movie debut – from a screenplay co-written with Mike Oughton, primarily based on Burke’s 2014 in need of the identical identify.

The Broadside Films manufacturing stars Craig Russell (School of the DamnedNightshootersCanaries aka Alien Party Crashers), Steve Meo, Kai Owen, Ross O’Hennessy, Richard Elis, Gareth John Bale, Charles Dale, Andrea Hall, Richard Mylan and Kezia Burrows.

Cast and characters:

Craig Russell … Sion
Steve Meo … Kevin
Kai Owen … Dwayne
Ross O’Hennessy … Nik
Richard Elis … Big Tim
Gareth John Bale … Gary
Charles Dale … Stanton
Andrea Hall … Patch
Richard Mylan … Joe Llewelyn
Kezia Burrows … Katrina
Jamie Kenna … Fitz
Phil Deguara … Wilkes
Claire Cage … DCI Arning
Justine Jones … Leanne
Andrew Lennon … Carl
Alex Parry … Zef
Darren Swain … Yuri
Dean Lewis … Petr
Russell Daniels … Luan
Christopher Pegler-Lambert … Alexis
Oliver Coles … Lotan
Michelle McTernan … Sian
Derek Palmer … Guy
Ieuan Evans … Kid
Dhean Morris … Delivery Guy
Llew Roderick … Ryan
Julian Lewis Jones … DS Tom Warbler
Ceri Jones … DI Bryan Davies

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