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New team at Llanelli breakfast club



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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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being



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 (

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



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

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at

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



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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