A NEW four-part series will follow two Llanelli men compete in the world’s biggest pizza competition. Bois y Pizza, on S4C, follows Ieuan Harry and Jez Phillips of Ffwrnes Pizza, as they face off against the finest chefs in the world when they compete in Italy, the birthplace of the dish.
Since setting up in 2014, Ffwrnes Pizza has made a name for itself in Wales – dishing up at the wedding of none other than singer Charlotte Church, and also cyclist Geraint Thomas. And now the boys are on their way to Parma, Italy, to compete in the world’s biggest pizza competition, the Campionato Mondiale della Pizza.
Before they get there, they will take the opportunity to learn and taste all the delights Europe has to offer.
They’ll be learning, tasting and experimenting by making original pizzas using traditional ingredients in some of Europe’s most famous places.
S4C viewers can join them on the journey in Smokey Pete – the three-wheeled van that carries the heart and soul of the company, the Pizza Furnace.
Ieuan Harry is one half of Ffwrnes Pizza. Here he tells us more about the journey and the celebrated Pizza Championship.
When asked by S4C about the motive behind their journey, Ieuan said: “The purpose of the journey was to decide upon the finest ingredients for our pizza in the competition. We called in towns and famous restaurants in search of ingredients to use in our pizza. Of course, we had to go to Napoli as well! We met people who are considered ‘masters’ of their craft, famous for the best Neapolitan pizza. We picked up lots of tips and it was fantastic preparation for the competition.”
They went on to ask about any challenges or unexpected problems during the journey or at the competition, with Ieuan replying: “Driving on the Italian roads was the biggest challenge! The Italians are wild drivers; they dart in and out of everywhere. In Napoli, every car had dents and scratches. That was the hardest part because we’re so fond of our little van and we didn’t want it to get dented!”
When describing the competition, Ieuan said: “The competition was a mad place. There were 43 different countries competing – we were so happy to be there and to see so many people preparing all the different pizzas. We were only allowed to create one pizza so everything had to be perfect – from the preparation to the ingredients and from the cooking to the presentation.
“The biggest challenge was to place the pizza in the oven and to take it out again in perfect condition. It’s quite a task when you’re nervous and your hands are shaking. During the competition, the man next to us made a right mess of things. He came from Hungary, and he didn’t even get the chance to serve his pizza to the judges! When placing the pizza on the paddle, he tore the dough, and that was the end of his part in the competition.”
S4C also asked if there any more adventures on the cards for Ffwrnes, with Ieuan saying: “The dream is to someday open a small restaurant, instead of cooking from the van all the time. But, another trip would be nice as well. Maybe we could go to the USA to taste pizza there. There’s so much variety, from Chicago to New England to New York. I think that would be very interesting.”
Bois y Pizza starts Friday, June 22, at 8.25pm on S4C, English subtitles are available.
PH Balance help arrest alleged sex offender
A 51-YEAR-OLD male was arrested in Llanelli last Sunday (Sept 08) in connection to an alleged sexual offence.
Paedophile Hunting group PH Balance South Wales admitted to being involved with trapping the suspect through the use of a decoy. According to PH Balance’s recent Facebook post, the man had arranged a meeting with PH member Dobby who was acting as as a 14-year-old boy online. The man had shown up to the Llanelli town centre to allegedly take the young boy shopping.
Dyfed-Powys Police arrived swiftly on scene and placed the alleged offender in handcuffs before taking him to the station in the back of a police vehicle.
A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police told the Llanelli Herald: “On Sunday, September 8, we received allegations from a group in respect of a man in the Swansea area, which related to offences involving children. Officers arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of meeting a child following grooming, at Eastgate Llanelli, the same day.”
The spokesman added: “The man has been bailed from police custody with conditions.”
Becoming Deputy Chief Constable ‘a huge privilege’
CLAIRE PARMENTER has been announced as the new Dyfed-Powys Police Deputy Chief Constable, describing it as a ‘huge privilege’.
DCC Parmenter, who grew up in Llanelli but now lives in Carmarthen, has worked her way through the ranks since joining the force as a PC 26 years ago.
She said: “Becoming the Deputy Chief Constable within my home force is a huge privilege for me, I hope this will inspire other officers and staff to achieve whatever they want across the service.”
Her policing career began in Ammanford in 1993, having just completed a BA (HONS) degree in Education at Cardiff.
“I was thinking of a career in teaching or policing, and decided to do my degree before making the choice,” DCC Parmenter said. “Policing was always in my heart, so when it came to it, it was an easy decision.”
As well as serving in a variety of uniform roles, DCC Parmenter has undertaken a number of secondments across UK Policing and beyond.
These include a role as national field officer with the National Policing Improvement Agency, becoming operational Chief Inspector in Avon and Somerset Police, and contributing to the national implementation of neighbourhood policing, for which she received a chief constable’s commendation.
She was promoted to Superintendent in 2010 and became lead for the Joint Emergency Services Group in Wales, leading and developing a number of blue light collaboration and resilience programmes, working closely with Fire and Rescue, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust and Welsh Government.
“I’ve always tried to look at the wider landscape of policing and how we work with partners to improve services to our communities,” she said. “These secondments have given me exposure to different ways of working and has broadened my outlook.”
DCC Parmenter returned to uniformed policing in 2012 and took up the role of Superintendent of specialist operations.
She later took over as BCU Commander for Carmarthenshire and Powys, and later took up the post of Chief Superintendent Head of Uniformed Policing for the force.
She is an accredited Strategic Firearms and Gold Public order commander and has won a Stonewall National award for her support of LGBT staff.
A mother of two, DCC Parmenter’s drive and dedication has not only led her to become a chief officer, but has also had a positive influence on her teenage daughters.
DCC Parmenter said: “My youngest daughter is 14 and she’s also keen to join the police. It’s nice to know that she looks at my career positively and can see how policing can make a real difference.
“I’m very proud to be a chief officer in the force I am from. Being able to effect the delivery of services in my home area, and to serve people in the area I live ensuring the best possible service, is a huge privilege.”
Looking ahead, DCC Parmenter’s aims are to keep delivering across Dyfed-Powys Police, and to ensure the force continues to improve and innovate.
She added: “I know Dyfed-Powys communities and staff very well, and I think we have got all the ingredients to be an absolutely outstanding force. I look forward to being a part of the chief officer team to deliver that.
“I’m really grateful to our staff and colleagues across the force, who have supported me throughout my career.”
Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “Claire has shown outstanding commitment to our communities over many years and I am delighted to have her as my Deputy Chief Constable.”
MP calls for ‘fair funding’ for Wales
PLAID CYMRU Treasury Spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, has called for a radical rethink of how the nations and regions of the UK are funded through the establishment of an independent Office for Fair Funding.
Writing in Wales on Sunday, Mr Edwards said he would propose legislation – in the form of a 10 Minute Rule Bill – in Westminster which would establish the new expert-led, independent body.
The organisation would have a statutory obligation to deliver geographic wealth convergence, as well as for deciding on funding settlements for the devolved nations and regions of the UK.
Recent international data has shown that the largest difference in economic prosperity in Europe was between Inner London, the UK’s richest region (with a regional GDP average of 614% of the EU average), and West Wales and the Valleys, the UK’s poorest (with a regional GDP 68% of the EU average).
Disputes between devolved government and Whitehall relating to how nations are regions were funded could also be resolved by the independent body, Mr Edwards suggested.
For example, the dispute over HS2’s consequences for Welsh funding could be examined by the Office.
The greater the spending on HS2 the greater the proportional fall in funding Wales will receive.
This is due to ‘comparability factors’ – the measure Westminster uses to decide how much spending by a Whitehall Government Department relates to issues that are devolved.
Scotland and Northern Ireland get a score of 100% on the HS2 comparability factor, whereas Wales gets a 0% score (as confirmed in the British Government’s Statement of Funding).
This leads to a counterintuitive scenario where, as the Department for Transport’s budget increases to meet the spending requirement of HS2, Scotland and Northern Ireland will receive corresponding uplifts in the money it receives.
Whereas Wales’s overall comparability factor will proportionally decrease, meaning Wales will receive a smaller slice of the overall funding.
This will also mean that as spending accelerates on HS2 during the construction of HS2 the proportional disadvantage for Wales increases.
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP, Jonathan Edwards said: “For decades, British Governments – red and blue alike – have tinkered around the edges of the broken economic system without challenging its fundamental problems.
“That is why, as a first step in rebalancing things, I am proposing a new law that would establish an independent Office for Fair Funding.
“The independent, expert-led organisation would be legally bound to deliver a fairer economic balance between the nations and regions of the UK.
“London and the south-east of England continue to act as a black hole, sucking in talent and investment from the rest of the UK.
“Things have got so bad that recent data has shown that the inequality between London and Wales was the worst in Europe.
“These inequalities have disfigured the UK economy to the point where we no longer have a ‘UK economy’ in any meaningful sense.
“The Office of Fair Funding is not a silver bullet. There is little hope on the horizon of a fundamental shift away from the over-centralised British State, but it could be the first step on the much-needed journey towards a fairer, more equal economy.”
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