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Encouraging pupils to speak Welsh outside the classroom: Codi Caerau Sir Gâr

Encouraging pupils to speak Welsh outside the classroom: Codi
Caerau Sir Gâr

A NEW language charter for Carmarthenshire schools has been launched in Carmarthen. Codi Caerau Sir Gâr was launched at an event at Yr Atom, the new Welsh centre in the town’s King Street. The aim of the charter is to encourage young people to learn Welsh and to use the language, developing from only speaking Welsh to teachers to using the language around the school, with friends, parents, using Welsh technology such as apps and listening to Welsh music and watching Welsh language programmes. The word ‘Caer’ in Codi Caerau, comes from the Welsh word for Carmarthen, Caerfyrddin. The origin of the word Caer is the Latin castrum which means castle or stronghold. Carmarthenshire County Council executive board member for the Welsh language Cllr Mair Stephens told the launch: “The purpose of the charter is to support bilingualism. As someone who has learned the Welsh language you can see the advantages of speaking it.” She said that people who were bilingual learned to think outside the box.

The council’s Chief Education Officer Gareth Morgans said the purpose of Codi Caerau Sir Gâr was to create strongholds of the Welsh language in the county. Poet and author Mererid Hopwood gave an informative presentation on the development of the Welsh language. Gwynedd County Council language charter officer Gwenan Ellis Jones said that Gwynedd was regarded as a very Welsh county but there were schools where no pupils were Welsh speaking and schools where 30 per cent of pupils had neither Welsh nor English as a first language. She said Gwynedd’s charter was used to encourage pupils to speak Welsh outside the classroom. Elfed Morgan Morris, headteacher at Ysgol Llandygai in Gwynedd, described how the charter and the school’s Cled Celt character were used to help parents appreciate the value of being bilingual and inspire pupils to use the Welsh language.

Improving Welsh and Bilingualism Teachers hosted workshops on the language charter, DJ Marky G (Marc Griffiths) gave a talk the use of radio in schools, and pupils of Bancffosfelen School performed an enthusiastic ‘Rap Siarter Sir Gar’ which was co written between the pupils and the Welsh Children’s Poet Aneirin Karadog. Carmarthenshire County Council executive board member for education and children’s services Cllr Gareth Jones said: “It is a historic day in Carmarthenshire in launching the new language charter. It is another step forward as we try to restore the position of the Welsh language in the county.”

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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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