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15 jobs created in pub’s new lodge extension



Under construction: The new lodge is due to open in March 2016

Under construction: The new
lodge is due to open in March

A PUB in Llanelli is undergoing preparations for a brand new lodge to be opened, in which up to 15 jobs will be created. The Sessile Oak is planning on opening the lodge on March 7 2016 if all plans and constructions go ahead smoothly. The lodge will have 27 rooms available all offering a comfortable accommodation for any customers whether they are coming to Llanelli to take part in business or leisure activities, or to spend a few days discovering and enjoying the area, or even just as a relaxation getaway for a few nights.

There will be a selection of job roles on offer including chef’s, front of house waiting staff, kitchen porter, cleaners, receptionists, and other jobs involved in running the lodge. Online there will be short descriptions for all the roles that are available and more than one position will be available for some job roles. Anyone interested in these positions can apply directly on the Marston’s Inns and Taverns website or by contacting the Sessile Oak through an internal phone call or visiting the pub in person.

Alex Budge, General Manager for the Sessile Oak Lodge, said: “We are really excited to get the local community involved with our recruitment for the new Sessile Oak Lodge. We have a range of jobs going for the new lodge, so if you are energetic, passionate and hardworking, we are looking for you to come and work with us!” The Sessile Oak Lodge will contain a mixture of rooms for a range of customers including singles, doubles, family rooms, and two accessible rooms. Every room will feature en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, television, and coffee and tea making facilities.

Every booking made will also include a breakfast at the pub also. Alex Budge, added: “We’re really excited about adding this new extension to the pub, and we’re looking forward to showing our customers just how welcoming we can be in Llanelli.” The Area Operations Manager for Marston’s Inns and Taverns, which the Sessile Oak is a part of, said: “The lodge is now only a few weeks away from being ready so this is an exciting time for the Sessile Oak. We believe that the pub will quickly build a reputation for excellent value for money, great food and fantastic customer service.” More information on the jobs available can be found here – www.

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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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