C O U N C I L L O R S , business people and community representatives got together this week to discuss how to make the most of opportunities for developing the Amman Valley economy.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s Economic Development division hosted a successful event at the Amman Centre in Ammanford that was chaired by Council Leader Cllr Kevin Madge.
The event also aimed to ensure that the Amman Valley benefits from Carmarthenshire Tourism Month and on-going development and promotional campaigns, and to encourage and applications for funding from sources such as the Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.
Guest speakers included Steve Adams, the editor of the South Wales Guardian on the best ways to use Newspaper in promotion; Chris Jones the S4C weather man and walking Guru on the power of video footage to showcase an area to visitors and Nia Balon from Carmarthenshire Tourism Association spoke jointly with Huw Parsons from the Local Authority on making more from Tourists and Visitors whilst Council officers Stuart Walters and John Wilson updated all on the funding opportunities and some of the major projects being worked on in Ammanford by the Partnership.
It was extremely well attended by representatives from the community including All Saints Church, Ammanford Pensioners, Dinefwr Riding Centre, the Mill at Glynhir and Parc Garnant, along with county councillors and town and community councillors.
The guest speakers were able to showcase to the audience the opportunities available to them. Awareness was raised regarding funding opportunities and who to contact, the value and importance of tourism to Carmarthenshire and the national and international opportunities, The Tourism Ambassador Scheme was highlighted by Carmarthenshire Tourism Association and the tourism training opportunities that exist through it.
Council Leader Cllr Kevin Madge said: “I called for this meeting to make sure that we make the most of every opportunity to develop the economy of Ammanford and the Amman Valley. The event was well attended and was a great chance to share ideas and information and we must now take those ideas forward.”
Colourful new eatery ‘The Junction’ opens in Gorseinon
Junction Bar and Kitchen has just opened in Gorseinon
A trendy new restaurant has just opened in Gorseinon – and has already been met with an optimistic reaction from locals. ‘The Junction Bar & Kitchen’ has opened upstairs at the Gorseinon Events Centre (known by some as the “GEC”) in Gorseinon High Street and is set to be a huge success, with delicious fry-up breakfasts and mouth-watering burgers, with loaded fries set to be added to the menu very soon.
The events centre itself was first built as a theatre in the early 1900s but, as the years have passed, has developed into a multi-purpose indoor events arena, which now welcomes a mixt of well-known artists and up-and-coming performers and DJs. The venue has two events spaces, two bars, a recording studio and a “DJ tuition room” with access to an extensive vinyl library. For more stories about Gorseinon, go here.
The GEC first began serving meals during the pandemic. Staff members cooked them in the venue’s then-small kitchen, for delivery and takeaway. Public demand grew very quickly, staff say, so management soon added a full-kitchen and a seating area post-lockdown which has proven to work wonders.
Since then, the seating area has grown and staff have further developed the space – ultimately turning it into an open and welcoming eatery, which opened to the public on Monday, October 24. The venue is currently open from 9am to 2pm, serving breakfast and lunch, and will soon be open from 4pm to 8pm as well, offering burgers, loaded fries and other evening meals.
Staff member Jason Thomas said: “The GEC is an events centre which offers a variety of events including world-class DJs like Ben Nicky who is performing in December and up-and-coming DJs, musicians and tribute acts. During the lockdown, the GEC began to offer dinners for takeaway and delivery and had a great response so far. You can read more stories about Gorseinon here.
“People have seen pictures of the burgers we’ll be making [on social media] and say they’re really excited to try them, the pictures are going viral!” he added.
In weeks to come, staff plan on showing big sports events, including Wales games, on the big screens in the GEC and expanding their menu and offerings in The Junction.
In the mean-time, The Junction Bar & Kitchen is servings its breakfast menu from 9am to 2pm. The Junction Bar & Kitchen can be found upstairs at Gorseinon Events Centre at 12 High Street, Gorseinon, Swansea, SA4 4BX.
Yodel creates over 40 new jobs in Llanelli as it gears up for the festive season
UK INDEPENDENT parcel carrier Yodel has announced that it is looking to recruit 49 new colleagues at its Llanelli site. This latest drive comes as the business prepares for what is expected to be a busy festive period.
Yodel’s Llanelli depot is a key site in its nationwide network, handling millions of parcels every year and serving customers across South Wales. Recent years have seen a dramatic growth in e-commerce, feeding sustained demand for parcel delivery services with Yodel expecting to handle over 200 million parcels this year. This latest recruitment drive follows a series of infrastructure investments and will support the business as it scales up its operations for peak.
Mike Hancox, CEO of Yodel, commented: “There are a range of roles available based at our Llanelli depot that supports our deliveries across South Wales. Christmas is always our busiest time of the year, but with 2022 bringing additional World Cup related shopping, we’re anticipating a festive season like never before. By joining Yodel, you will become part of a nationwide family and have options to work either full or part-time to suit your lifestyle.”
Our neighborhood courier roles suit a wide variety of lifestyles, and no previous experience is required. In recent years Yodel has developed a specialism in delivering parcels for growing and well-known retailer names.
For more information, please visit https://yodelopportunities.co.uk/ or text ‘Deliver’ to 84433 to learn more about courier roles at Yodel, find out about the values behind the business and apply for current opportunities.
Community groups receive a share of cash from Ogi’s community fund ‘Cefnogi’
COMMUNITY groups across Pembrokeshire, Monmouthshire and the Vale of Glamorgan have each received a cash injection, thanks to Ogi’s new ‘Cefnogi’ local support fund.
Wales’s homegrown internet company, Ogi has given over £4,000 so far to community groups in Pembrokeshire, Monmouthshire and the Vale of Glamorgan, to date, with everything from community gardens to coffee mornings being supported by the broadband provider’s micro-fund.
Building on the company’s sponsorship of local grassroots activities at Haverfordwest AFC, Llantwit Major RFC and Portskewett and Sudbrook FC, the ‘Cefnogi’ micro-fund offers small, local groups a cash injection to support activities that directly benefit their communities.
Speaking about the fund, Head of Brand and Engagement, Sarah Vining, said: “Investing in our communities is an important part of our plan to bring full fibre connectivity to towns and villages across south Wales.
“This initiative, bringing small, but no less vital, cash injections to thriving local community groups is our way of giving back to those that are providing much needed support locally.”
The fund, set up by the regional Community Liaison team, offers grants of around £250 to local grassroots groups in the broadband providers roll our areas.
Community Liaison Officer, Martin Jones, one of the team who originally came up with the idea for the fund, said: “I’m thrilled to see so many groups being supported by the ‘Cefnogi’ fund.
“Community really is at the heart of all we do here at Ogi, and giving back through our micro-fund is making a real difference to the local groups we support.”
Ogi’s support extends to volunteering opportunities too, with teams across the businesses having supported the clearing of residents gardens, hosting coffee mornings and redeveloping community spaces.
For more information on the ‘Cefnogi’ micro-fund visit www.ogi.wales/support.
The latest round of the fund is accepting applications until the end of October 2022.