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The French invade Kidwelly again

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THE LLANELLI Ramblers walking group have a close friendship with walkers from Agen in south-west France (Llanelli’s twin town) and have arranged walking holidays in Wales and France every two years since 2005.


This year it was Llanelli’s turn to host and a full programme of events was planned, including a weekend in North Wales, Cresswell Quay, Burry Port and Kidwelly.


This was the one Alwyn Williams, Chairman of Llanelli Ramblers and I were leading.


It was a wonderful day in Kidwelly on Tuesday, leading the 26 visitors from Agen on a 3-mile walk around Kidwelly showing them some of the highlights of our town. We began in Ysgol y Castell, where we had a wonderful welcome and were treated to a fantastic concert, prepared by Mrs Gwen Pearce of pupils from the Foundation phase singing a variety of Welsh songs. This was followed by a Dawns Gwerin group from Key Stage 2. Lloyd Edwards a musically gifted 5-year-old pupil stunned the visitors with his mastery of the violin. He played a medley of Welsh airs accompanied on the piano by his mum and Lola King gave a lovely solo singing performance.


The visitors were then treated to refreshments including Welsh cakes made by the children.


The group were then taken to the Quay where they were greeted by Cllr Crish Davies, Mayor of Kidwelly who welcomed them to the town and wished them a pleasant walk.


It was raining when we led them along Kymer’s Canal, but soon the sun came out and we were blessed with dry weather after the torrential rain.


We came back to the Quay along the bank of the Gwendraeth Fawr River. Here the ornithologists among them enjoyed some bird spotting.


A lovely surprise awaited us at the quay. Mrs Anne Gilley, representing our local Coop, had set up a table brimming with Welsh produce for the visitors to enjoy: Welsh cakes, bara brith, cheeses, waffles.


After enjoying the hospitality, Ann then showed the Agenese Kidwelly’s latest attraction…the Sensory Garden.


Next stop was beautiful St Mary’s Church where the Harvest display was seen. Then along the main street next to one of the best preserved Norman castles in Wales and around the memorial to Gwenllian, we sang Hen Fenyw Fach Cydweli with the French lustily joining in the Ffalala chorus and then on cue Hen Fenyw Fach Cydweli herself aka Mrs Peggy Davies appeared. The visitors were delighted.

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Police appeal for information following alleged assault on a child

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POLICE are appealing for information after an alleged sexual assault on a child in Pembrey Country Park.

The police statement is as follows: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating an allegation of sexual assault by touching on a child, aged 6 years old, which occurred on Saturday afternoon, July 11, at a location in Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire.  

“Officers immediately attended and searched the area.

“The suspect, who was unknown to the victim, is described as a white male with a tan, approximately 6ft tall, in his 40’s-50’s with short messy grey hair. He is described as wearing a blue t-shirt and a hat and carrying a black rucksack.  

“Officers are continuing to patrol the area and anniversary checks will be carried out.

“Anyone who has seen a male matching the description or anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Local bus firms in protest drive over uncertainty

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HONK for hope is being backed by the coach operators surrounding the South West Wales area. 

They took to the roads around Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, and Cardigan in peaceful protest to support the call for help by coach operators during the corona virus pandemic.

Honk for hope is a national campaign to draw the public’s attention to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the industry. It seeks to draw Governments attention to the dangerous position the coach and travel industry has fallen under, asking for them to take action.

Local coach companies, including Midway Motors, took to the roads to show their support to the campaign and to highlight the impact the pandemic has had on the industry and to ask for more support from the Government. 

The coaches and supporters met at the Carmarthen Park and Ride on July 14 at 11am to begin the drive. On the trip they visited Carmarthen at around 11.15am then headed to Haverfordwest for noon, finally reaching cardigan at 1.30pm.

Midway Motors spoke on their social media page: ‘Amazing to see so many local companies turning up to travel around Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. Nice to see so many people along the roadsides as well. Let’s hope for some good news from the Government in Westminster tomorrow.”

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Waters tells Welsh Tories to “Get Serious” in Senedd debate

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LLANELLI’S Member of the Senedd Lee Waters has criticised the Welsh Conservatives for trying to score points from the coronavirus crisis.

In a debate about transport in Wales, the Tories argued that the Welsh Government had failed to provide adequate support for bus operators during the pandemic, and were disappointed by the discouragement of flights from Cardiff airport due to the recently relaxed travel restrictions.

Lee Waters said: “These are serious times, but I am afraid this motion is not a serious response from the Tories. The honourable project to create the Welsh Conservatives appears to be dead. Week after week the WG has faced calls by the Tories to copy the latest back of the envelope announcement from Downing Street. Public health policy driven by press conference is not the approach of this government”

“While passengers have understandably stepped away from public transport, the WG has not. The Tories claim that the 95% drop in passengers is due to the “cruel five mile rule”, but the drops been the same in England. What’s the logic of that?”

The Member of the Welsh Parliament for Llanelli added “When we commit Welsh tax payers money to help distressed bus companies, that’s money not being spent in care homes, or on schools. So when we do use these limited resources, we expect something in return. A commitment to keep down fares and a commitment to keep the services passengers want.”

“We will make extra funding available for increased services when passengers are ready to come back, not when it suits bus company shareholders, who’ve clearly been lobbying the Welsh Conservatives” Lee said.

Discussing Cardiff airport, Mr Waters remarked that it was “An airport the Conservatives wanted us to let fail in private ownership. An airport that we rescued and revived, yet opposed each step of the way by the Tories. Our calls for the UK Government to help regional airports like Cardiff have been ignored, and that’s where the Welsh Conservatives should be focusing their firepower.”

In his closing remarks, Lee said “The Conservatives are criticising us for the recently lifted travel restrictions, despite voting for it.  So we’ve seen the true colours of the Tories today; prepared to put short term profit above public health, and again, we make no apologies for wanting to keep people safe.”

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