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Construction award for Ysgol Ffwrnes



Award-winning: Ysgol Ffwrnes

Award-winning: Ysgol Ffwrnes

A LLANELLI Welsh medium school was named the best sustainable building in Wales at the 2015 Construction Excellence Wales Awards.

Led and developed by Carmarthenshire County Council’s in-house design and projects team, and built by WRW Construction Ltd, the school was also highly commended in the building of the year category. It will now go forward to the UK finals, which will be held in London later this year.

The joint submission by WRW and the council highlighted the school’s eco features, as well as the sustainable methods used in its design and construction.

Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, said: “Winning this award proves that Ysgol Ffwrnes is one of the best in Wales.

“We are very pleased that it has been recognised by construction industry leaders, although our most valued feedback is from staff and pupils who use the building daily – and they think it’s fantastic too.”

The Welsh medium school, built through the council’s Modernising Education Programme, achieved BREEAM outstanding at design stage and is scheduled to become the first BREEAM outstanding school constructed in Wales, owing to its high environmentally friendly standards.

Various measures were considered and built in to design, with the aim of considerably reducing energy demand and use, and encouraging eco-friendly behaviour and responsible use.

Features include rainwater harvesting, external planting, habitat and ecological areas, a large array of photovoltaic solar panels, and a number of other renewable energy sources and building management systems.

Ysgol Ffwrnes was amongst a number of people and projects linked to Carmarthenshire County Council that were shortlisted for a CEW award – considered the pinnacle of construction excellence in Wales.

For the second time, Shane Evans, one of the council’s design technicians within the design and projects team, was one of only three in Wales to be shortlisted for the Young Achiever award, although he narrowly missed out once again.

Shane, who joined the authority as a building cadet in 2011 having completed a shared apprenticeship with Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd, suffers a debilitating condition but has battled through illness to qualify as a carpenter and quickly progress his career. He now works alongside senior staff on construction design and management of the council’s major investment projects.

Cyfle Building Skills, a project the council partners with to provide training and apprenticeship opportunities, won the Leadership and People Development Award.

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being



CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade



LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar



MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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