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Buckle- up! It’s the Wild Wild West

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screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-12-08-15LLANELLI Town Centre played welcome host this half term holiday to a free event, Wednesday’s Wild West.

The family-friendly event saw several hundred people pass through the centre and enjoy the show of activities for the youngsters, although the adults also had plenty of smiles as they joined in.

The successful event was funded directly by Ymlaen Llanelli, a local project run by Llanelli BID (Business Improvement District).

Stepney Street provided plenty of space for the themed day of gold-panning, hoopla, a lively rodeo bull, the Crossbow Challenge, a whip-cracking workshop and even a hog roast, for good measure.

Ymlaen Llanelli’s BID Manager Mandy Jenkins said: “It’s BID’S first planned event which they have fully funded today. The importance of g etting shoppers into our town is imperative with regards to helping our local businesses.”

The event, which was previously held in Carmarthen’s Merlin’s Walk, proved successful. One dad told us: “It’s wonderful to see so many happy faces, even better that it’s all free.”

He also said the event was welcome as ‘Llanelli needs support and backing’.

Ymlaen Llanelli evolved when local businesses decided to vote in favour of establishing district improvement in December.

The BID aims to raise a large investment pot for Llanelli Town Centre, in the region of £500,000, over a five year span, from a levy of 1.25%. The relatable value will go towards eligible businesses.

The money will be aimed at projects and priority cases.

Mandy Jenkins explained: “The aim is to raise a well-promoted, easily accessible and attractive town. This can then attract more visitors plus new businesses which can only result in a better environment locally!”

To get involved in BID, please contact Ms Mandy Jenkins on 07803503972.

Ymlaen Llanelli’s next event is The Reindeer Parade on Saturday, December 3 when there will be another warm welcome offered to all.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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