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Traditional Nepalese festival celebrated in Llanelli

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LAST Saturday (Sept 27) saw the Ghurkha Nepalese Association host a special evening at the town’s Selwyn Samuel Centre. The day marked the celebration of Dashain, the traditional Nepalese Festival.

Dashain is traditionally celebrated over a period of fifteen days, normally during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon.

The Herald proudly caught up with Mayor Cllr. Jeff Edmunds and Paolo Piana (Chair of Llanelli Community Partnership) to have their take on the special evening which was utterly unique.

A mixture of traditional foods with specialist meat proved popular as did Nepalese Rum during the celebration and was something entirely different!

Chair of the Llanelli Community Partnership Paolo Piana said: “There are currently fifteen Nepalese families residing and working here in Llanelli. All of the families were of Ghurka soldiers who’ve served in the Ghurka regiments of the British Army. The connection of the British Army goes back over a period of 200 years when the British forces based in India found that they were unable to defeat these tough warriors and instead recruited them in the British Army.”

“Most of the families have resided in Llanelli for over thirteen years and their children are ascertaining qualifications through local schools, colleges and universities.”

“The Chair of the Ghurkha Nepalese Association Tanka Rai warmly welcomed the Mayor Cllr. Jeff Edmunds, Mayoress Cllr. Lauren Edmunds plus myself.”

Also in attendance was Ann Evans (Chair of Llanelli Multicultural Network) plus representatives of the Royal Naval Association including Chair Dennis Morgan.

Mayoress Cllr. Lauren Edmunds presented bouquets to two young nurses who’ve recently qualified and have gained employment in Prince Philip Hospital. That was a very proud moment for everyone and worthy of celebration in itself!

The heritage and culture of the people from Nepal has enriched our town and helped to add to the cultural diversity in Llanelli. I’m so proud to have been invited along.

Mayor Cllr. Jeff Edmunds said: “Saturday’s event was wonderful, it was a celebration of the Nepalese New Year, 2067. There were around ten tables that seated nine families at the Selwyn Samuel Centre, it was an ideal venue and very accommodating.

“The support was clear for all to see with some families in attendance from Bridgend, however most are residing in Llanelli. There were children at the celebration who’d lived in Llanelli for some thirteen or fourteen years, my daughter Lauren who’s Mayoress knew some of the individuals that had received schooling in Coedcae Comprehensive School when she’d attended as a pupil.”

“A proud moment for all was when two of the ladies who’d qualified as Nurses and work locally in Prince Philip Hospital received gifts which they loved. I think that they’ve a lot of colour to add to our culture. Two young ladies did a traditional Nepalese dance which was impressive.”

“Speeches were extra special also, I was proud as Mayor to make a speech and Paolo rose to the occasion with his words for the Ghurkha Nepalese Association. It was something entirely different to celebrate the New Year with a diverse cultural group and celebrate their traditions. The Royal Naval Group were in attendance with ex serving members seated at our table. They proudly wore cookery badges that had been given to them by the Ghurkha retirees. They were clearly proud to wear the badges, I’d have worn one, I would in a heartbeat. It was a tremendous honour for me to have been invited as Mayor.”

“They all work in the economy and are extremely proud individuals. They’ve served so valiantly within the British Army and for our country. We should recognise this. Infact the Ghurkha regiment won twenty six Victoria Crosses, they have the highest count in the whole of the British Army. That’s the highest badge of honour that the country can give, imagine that!”

“Apart from their bravery and how they represented us in the first and second world war as well as other wars and in peace time also, they’re very generous people. The hospitality was second to none and the fact that they’ve bedded into our culture pleases me. We were looked after and had a superb time.”
The Nepalese Rum was a surprise as it was 57% alcohol/108 proof, whisky is 40 proof. The hosts were eager to pour seconds. I took a little sip and it was a strong tipple, possibly an acquired taste but a new experience that was extremely kind.

The Selwyn Samuel was an ideal venue and the staff couldn’t do enough. It’s great that this is an annual event and it was a pleasure to be welcomed by such wonderful people as Mayor. Wales is now their home.

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Cllr Kevin Madge elected as new county council Chairman

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THE new chair of Carmarthenshire County Council said he will work tirelessly during his term of office.

Cllr Kevin Madge, member for Garnant, takes the chain of office whilst celebrating 40 years as a councillor.

Taking the chair, Cllr Madge paid tribute to outgoing chairman Cllr Mansel Charles, member for Llanegwad, saying he had fulfilled his duties with passion.

Cllr Madge will chair the council for the next 12 months, with Cllr Ieuan Davies, member for Llanybydder, as his vice chair, and his wife Catrin as his consort.

“I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead, I will do my best for everyone. I will work tirelessly,” he said.

Cllr Madge has chosen the Trussell Trust, which supports a nationwide network of food banks and emergency food provision for people in crisis, as his Chairman’s Charity of the Year.

The Chair is the first citizen of Carmarthenshire County Council, and is elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Duties include chairing full meetings of the council, representing the council at formal and ceremonial occasions, welcoming visitors to the county, and attending and supporting events organised by local people and organisations.

Cllr Madge has been a county councillor since 1996, and a member of Cwmaman Town Council since 1979.

He also serves as chairman of the Royal British Legion Garnant branch, Garnant Family Centre and Cwmaman Meals on Wheels, and is a member of Amman Valley League of Friends.

He represents the county council on the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, and the Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm Community Fund, and is on the governing body of Ysgol Y Bedol.

A former pupil of Amman Valley School, Cllr Madge has worked in the Amman Valley throughout his life, most recently as agent and researcher to Dr Alan Williams MP until 2001.

A keen football supporter, he has served as chair and president of Cwmaman Football Club and spent 25 years as a Welsh League and Neath and District football referee.

He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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‘UK Government should work with the Welsh Labour Government on Tata’

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LOCAL Assembly Member Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said ““This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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MP and AM call for Trostre certainty after merger fails

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LOCAL ASSEMBLY MEMBER Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said “This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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