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Llanelli LGBT Day a success

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Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 09.27.23ON SATURDAY (Aug 6), crowds gathered in Spring Gardens, Llanelli, to come together to raise awareness and celebrate equality. 

There were a range of stalls and activities for everyone of all ages. Stalls included Asda, NUS Wales, Labour Party, Plaid Cymru, the Fire Station, fostering, and Communities First, and there were activities for children. Cariad charity was also in attendance.

A statement was read out on behalf on Llanelli MP Nia Griffith, in which she apologised for not being able to attend the event due to another commitment. She praised what the last Labour government had achieved during their tenure in office for the LGBT community and what needs to be done on an international scale.

The Llanelli MP’s speech also spoke about Stonewall’s campaign ‘Acceptance without exception’ and she commented that she would like to see Carmarthenshire County Council fly the Rainbow Flag, which is conspicuously absent every year from County Hall.

In his absence, a statement was read out on behalf of AM Lee Waters, in which he explained why diversity is cherished but cannot be taken for granted. The local AM also mentioned changes over 20 years that have been taken place in the LGBT community.

Sean Rees, Plaid Cymru Campaign Manager, read out a statement explaining why he attended the event and what needs to be prioritised to tackle stigma around some issues. He spoke of the athletes that are currently competing in Rio 2016, and that there are 42 athletes from the LGBT community – an increase from London 2012.

NUS Wales spoke about their organisation and the fact that it represents all LGBT+ students in both FE and HE education in Wales. They work on a number of campaigns that include tacking LGBT phobia in further education, improving transgender and asexual awareness and pushing for a Gender Identity Clinic in Wales. They also explained about their annual conference where people can run to be elected on to committees and pass through motions for changes they want to see and take part in workshops.

The Fighting Fifth Husky and The Big Bad Blues Band provided music. There was a highly energetic Zumba demonstration performed by Red Total Fitness, in which members of the public joined in.

For the children, there were some special guests, including the Minions from the Despicable Me films, who danced and had photos with everyone.

A cake was raffled and was won by Phil.

Jonathan Williams of CETMA said of the event: “The event went brilliantly, and everyone enjoyed. We are going to build the event up over the year and keep it family friendly. We would like to thank everyone involved in the event from organisations who attended, to our fantastic volunteers and also to The Herald for supporting the event.”

CETMA Manager Keith Evans thanked everyone who took part and attended: “Personal thanks to go Owen’s Transport for the stage, The Fighting Fifth Husky and The Big Fat Blues Band, Cariad for providing First Aid cover, ADJ Entertainments, Plusons mobile catering, RED Total Fitness, all the speakers, Communities First for doing the children’s activities and all the organisations who attended on the day! We’d also like to thank Carmarthenshire County Council for providing the venue and for all the help they gave. If anyone wants to get involved in organising next year’s event, then please contact us.”

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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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