LLANELLI’S MP Nia Griffith and AM Lee Waters have visited local schools to award the prizes for their annual Christmas card competition.
Liwsi May Davies from Ysgol Gymraeg Gwenllian and Lewis Dylan Thomas from Ysgol Gynradd Llannon, winners of the infant and junior categories, both received framed copies of their designs, which are featured on the MP and AM’s Christmas cards. The schools were also awarded a cash prize, courtesy of the sponser George Parker from Parker Plant Hire.
The winning designs have also been on display in Llanelly House throughout December, alongside the runners-up and many of the entries that were commended by the judges.
Nia Griffith MP said: “Congratulations to Liwsi and Lewis for winning our Christmas card competition with fantastic designs.
“It was a pleasure to visit Ysgol Gymraeg Gwenllian and Ysgol Gynradd Llannon to award the prizes and thank all the talented pupils who took part in this year’s competition. Lee and I were very impressed by the high standard of entries, and I know the judges had a difficult time picking the winners.
“I would like to thank all the children who took part, and their schools. We are also very grateful to the judges who volunteered their time and everyone else who helped make the competition happen, including Fay Hampson, George Parker and the staff at Llanelly House.
Lee Waters AM added, “Every year I am impressed by the standard of entries from the children! As always, they have created imaginatively festive cards to an incredibly high standard.
“Many of these excellent designs are on display in Llanelly House and I would encourage everyone to visit and celebrate the talents of our youngsters – they will definitely put you in the Christmas mood.”
The runners-up in the infant category are Morgan MacFayden from Old Road School and Cady Harrison, Vincent Lloyd and Dexter Thomas from Swiss Valley Primary School. The junior runners-up were Ava Beau Williams Rogers from Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel, Jac Morgan from Swiss Valley Primary School, and Catherine Johnson and Kyle Lloyd from Ysgol Y Felin.
The annual MP/AM Christmas card competition is open to all local primary schools in the Llanelli constituency, and Nia and Lee received several hundred entries on the theme of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ this year. The difficult job of judging the competition was undertaken by local artist Richard Gravelle, retired Primary School Headteacher Elizabeth Parker MBE and Lee Turnell, a graphic designer.
Small Grants Scheme launched by Police and Crime Commissioner aimed at reducing acquisitive crimes in Llanelli
Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn has today launched the Safer Street small grant scheme for projects aimed at reducing acquisitive crimes.
Up to £2000 is available through the scheme for charities, voluntary organisations and community groups in part of the Elli Tyisha wards of Llanelli. (Map of eligible area is available in guidelines document – link below.)
The small grants scheme is part of the Safer Streets initiative whereby funding was secured earlier this year by the Police and Crime Commissioner in partnership with Carmarthenshire Safer Communities Partnership from the Home Office.
The funding will support the development of projects that have a direct impact on these local communities in Elli and Tyisha that will make residents feel safer and reduce demand on the police.
In 2020, Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn launched a small grants scheme for an area in Glanymor and another area of the Tyisha ward of Llanelli. Following this additional funding from the Home Office, the Commissioner is now able to launch a separate grants scheme for part of the Elli and Tyisha wards.
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said; “I am delighted to announce this additional small grant fund today that is part of the Safer Street funding scheme that I secured earlier this year.
“Ensuring the security and safety of residents is a priority of mine – everyone deserves to live safely, and free from harm.
“Acquisitive offences are the crimes that the public are most likely to encounter, and they are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year. There is strong evidence that these crimes can be prevented by tactics that either remove opportunities to commit crime or act as a deterrent by increasing the chances of an offender being caught.
“I have invested significantly in the area over recent years with community grants I made available in addition to the new CCTV system that is in place across the town. This new additional funding will further build upon my work over recent years and I hope the residents will feel a positive difference in their communities.”
Cllr Ann Davies, Executive Board Member for Communities and Rural Affairs and Chair of the Safer Community Partnership said: “The Council and Safer Communities Partnership are really pleased to have been able to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner on securing this funding. We are delighted to be part of this initiative to help our residents be safer and feel safer, building on our ongoing work in these communities to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
“The Partnership is made up of local partners that all aim to make Carmarthenshire safer, including the Council, Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Probation and Health. We will be happy to support local organisations to help us all achieve that aim, so please contact us with your ideas before 17 September.”
Closing date for applications is the 17th of September. Funding guidelines and application form can be downloaded from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website here.
Ray’s Renal Ray of Sunshine Run
LYNDON and Alfie-Ray Rees from Llanelli had set themselves a challenge of running an Ultra Marathon, “Ray’s Renal Ray of Sunshine Run” on May 29 2021 in memory of Raymond Bolton a “larger than life” character that would always bring light and happiness wherever he went.
A Llanelli man who doted on his family and was loved and respected by so many.
Ray worked down the mines in Cynheidre as an electrician and loved nothing more than building and flying model aircrafts in his spare time.
Ray made such an impact on everyone’s lives. A father figure to his niece, due to their close relationship she named her youngest son, Alfie-Ray. As a mark of respect Alfie-Ray, aged 12, wanted to run an Ultra Marathon of 31 miles on May 29 2021 for the Renal Unit that supported Ray through his treatment.
All the staff at the unit could not speak highly enough of Ray, he was so full of sunshine and laughter he made a lasting impression on everyone he met. Ray sadly passed away in March this year and Alfie-Ray wishes to honour his memory.
Lyndon and Alfie-Ray Rees (12 years of age) completed the Ultra Marathon in 6 hours, 32 minutes and 40 seconds. The run started and finished at Llanelli Leisure Centre.
The first part of the route involved running from Llanelli Leisure Centre along the coastal path to Pembrey, before running back to Llanelli Leisure Centre.
The second part of the route took them up the Path of Doom which is the old Mynydd Mawr Railway Line in Cynheidre before reaching Tumble and this was the turning point before they made their way back to Llanelli Leisure Centre to finish the run.
The weather was kind to us on Saturday and what a special way to remember and celebrate the life of the much-loved Raymond Bolton. This father and son partnership faced this epic challenge head on and their determination and self-belief allowed them to achieve their goal.
Furthermore, the charity’s motto is “Believe in Yourself, both Lyndon and Alfie–Ray are shining examples of what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.
Organisers would like to say a huge thank you to Llanelli Leisure Centre, First in Events, Daisy’s Little Coffee Shop, Picton Sports, Waunwyllt Inn, Hidden Carmarthenshire, Morrisons Llanelli, and Glangwili Hospital for all their donations and support for the Ultra Marathon.
The cheesecake at Daisy’s Little Coffee shop was a much needed sugar boost on the Ultra Marathon Route which fuelled Lyndon and Alfie-Ray to complete the run in record time.
Alfie-Ray, aged 12, said: “I was very nervous building up to the event and I knew it was a huge challenge. I started well and I felt strong but as the miles racked up so did the fatigue.
“The last 3 miles were the hardest it took all my mental strength to finish, but I was not going to let “Uncle Ray” down. Although I was visualising what I would be eating at the end of the race I was so exhausted I couldn’t eat my food. After a good night’s sleep, I more than made up for it the following day”.
Lyndon, father of Alfie-Ray, said: “Needless to say, I am very proud of Alfie-Ray and all of his achievements, however this takes it to another level. Alfie- Ray had a very good idea of what discomfort was ahead of him, but he dug deep and pushed on.
“Even I was shocked with the ease in which he covered the 31 miles”.
Anna Powell, Children and Youth Community Engagement Officer, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Lyndon, Alfie-Ray and the Rees Family.
“I am in awe of Alfie-Ray completing an Ultra Marathon at the age of 12, because the majority of adults would not even attempt it. Uncle Ray would be so proud of his achievement and what a positive way to remember him and celebrate his life”.
Lyndon and Alfie-Ray would like to thank everyone who has donated to date and they have raised £610 (and counting). It will make a huge difference to the Renal Unit in Glangwili Hospital.
There is still time to donate to this fantastic cause please click the link below : https://localgiving.org/fundraising/RaysRenalRayofSunshineRun/
Llanelli fitness group thanked for NHS donation
HYWEL DDA HEALTH CHARITIES has thanked Arumba Llan, a not-for profit fitness group based at Llangennech Rugby Club, Llanelli.
The club has over 60 members and has donated £2,500 to Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official NHS charity for Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. The money will be used to support the Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) at Prince Philip Hospital.
Over the 9 years it’s been running, Arumba Llan has raised approximately £70,000 through weekly classes held at Llangennech Rugby Club.
They are a non-profit organisation and all the money raised from running classes, along with various charity events and theme nights, is donated to good causes.
Managing Director and instructor Nia Gibbs said, “2020 was a very difficult year for us as for every charity. We relied on kind donations from the girls who participated in live classes on Facebook with me and the few months of actual classes we’ve managed to have. Despite this, we decided this year to donate £2,500 to the ICU in PPH as a way to thank the NHS for their wonderful work, in particular to PPH, as we like to support local causes in Arumba Llan.”
“Teresa Owens helped me with deciding where the money was most needed. I only knew that I wanted the money to help with COVID in some way. She is a wonderful human being along with a massive gang of ladies who support me.”
“I believe these funds are greatly required by the hospital and it is a chance for Aumba Llan to thank the tireless work of the staff and a tribute to their selflessness during this precarious climate.
“It is also of great pride that we have members of Arumba Llan who are employees at PPH.”
Catherine Cole, a Sister in Prince Philip ITU said “We would like to thank the Arumba Llan for the very generous donation. It will be used to benefit the ITU providing services and activities above and beyond core NHS expenditure such as extra patient comforts, the most up to date medical equipment, more welcoming surroundings, staff training, development and wellbeing initiatives and enhanced care. Thank you”
To find out more about Hywel Dda Health Charities go to hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk.
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