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Fundraising quiz for heritage hub

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Goods Shed Trust: Site will include hub, arts centre, workshops and

A FUNDRAISING quiz, planned by the supporters of the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust project, will take place at Llanelli Conservative Club on Cowell Street on Thursday July 30.

The quiz will help raise funds to support the trust, who recently began early site clearance work. The trust are working to breathe more life into an important historical landmark in the town by redeveloping the derelict goods shed and adjourning land and old offices to create a new facility to benefit the local community.

Plans for the site near Llanelli Railway Station include a community hub, an arts centre, workshops, offices a café and a heritage centre.

Recent works cleared shrubs, brambles and other material and the trust are now able to move forward with plans for the site with a better appraisal of the land surrounding the site.

“Pulling the digger in allowed us to get a better appraisal of the old road, path and railway line structures, other pieces of platform and other outlying buildings,” said Railway Goods Shed Trust secretary Richard Roper, “The site is a fascinating one to explore and the digger work enabled us to get a better understanding of what a complex operation the Shed railway was in its hey-day.”

Work on grant applications still continues, with requests to the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Big Lottery Fund and the Screwfix Foundation.

Goods Shed Trust’s project manager, Robert Lloyd, said: “The digger work was another important step for the charity and it allows us more opportunities to investigate the site and develop ideas for its future use.

“The Goods Shed is the largest independently organised project in the Llanelli area. It is estimated the project could take in the region of £3m to complete over a 5-year-plus period. Since its inception the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust has shown its commitment to stay

in the project for the long haul. Projects of this scale take time, but there is a substantial amount of goodwill and enthusiasm for the project out there in the community.”

The quiz will begin at 7pm, with an entry fee of £20 per team. A maximum of four people can be part of a team. There will be a cash prize and a trophy for the winners. If anyone is interested in leading a quiz team, please contact Robert Lloyd on rlloydpr@btinternet. com

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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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 (gov.wales)

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

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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 llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

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

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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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