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New Chair of Llanelli Rural Council invested

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Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 10.12.48LLANELLI RURAL COUNCIL held its annual meeting at Vaxhaull Buildings, Llanelli on Tuesday (May 10).

The meeting was opened by the Reverend John Treharne who offered prayers. The Chairman Martin V Davies addressed the meeting thanking his consort, clerk and councillors for their help and support throughout his term in office. He said it had been a privilege to serve the community and meet so many wonderful volunteers and organisations in the community.

The Chairman then invited nominations for the election of Chairman of Council. Councillor Jim Jones nominated Councillor Stephen M Donoghue as Chairman of Council and it was seconded by Councillor Giles Morgan. Chairman Martin V Davies put the proposal to the meeting and it was carried unanimously.

The Chairman then invested the In-Coming Chairman and Consort, Mrs Michelle Donoghue with the chains of office. Mark Galbraith the Clerk of Council invited the new Chairman to make the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

The Chairman invited nominations for the election of Vice- Chairman. Councillor Susan N lewis moved the appointment of Councillor H John Evans as Vice-Chairman. Councillor Tegwen Devichand seconded the motion.

Chairman Stephen M Donoghue invested the In-Coming Vice- Chairman and Consort Mrs Sylvia Evans with the chains of office.

The Clerk invited the Vice- Chairman to make the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

The Vice-Chairman extended his thanks and there followed a presentation of medallions to the outgoing Chairman and his Consort and bouquets for the outgoing Consort, the new Chairman’s Consort and the new Vice-Chairman’s Consort.

Councillor Giles Morgan adjourned the meeting until Thursday (May 12). Councillor Carol Rees seconded the motion.

In his address to the meeting Chairman, Councillor Stephen M Donoghue said: “I am delighted to stand before you this evening as Chairman of Llanelli Rural Community Council. It is my hope that I will maintain the high standards of previous Chairmen and represent the Council in a positive and professional manner.

He thanked the immediate Past Chairman Cllr Martin Davies and his consort Ruth, Thomas for the way in which they had promoted the Council over the last 12 months saying: “Having supported Martin and Ruth as Vice Chairman last year it has provided excellent preparation for Michelle and I and we are both looking forward to the year ahead with enthusiasm.”

He also thanked Cllr John Evans and his consort, Sylvia, for accepting the Office of Vice Chairman and said: “Michelle and I are looking forward to working with them.”

Turning his attention to Councillor Bill Thomas he said: “I would like to convey my congratulations to Cllr Bill Thomas on being elected Mayor to Llanelli Town Council and also to Cllr Eryl Morgan on his impending election as Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council.”

He said he looked forward very much to working together with Cllr Thomas over the next 12 months and of working with other civic dignitaries from neighbouring Community Councils in the Llanelli Area.

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Detectives ask for help following an assault outside a Llanelli bar

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DETECTIVES from Dyfed-Powys Police are looking to speak to several men to help with its enquiries following an assault outside a Llanelli bar.

At around 3am on Monday, 29 August, a man was attacked outside the Met Bar in Station Road. He was left with a fractured eye socket, cuts and bite marks.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220829-062.

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Prince and Princess of Wales to visit Wales

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THE PRINCE and Princess of Wales have planned a trip to Wales to visit a variety of communities across the nation and learn about the work of key charitable organisations. 

The Prince and Princess have a deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, and have thoroughly enjoyed their previous visits and the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people. 

Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to spending more time in Wales over the next few years, they hope to strengthen their relationship with communities in all parts of Wales. 

During their first engagement, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, where they will meet crew, volunteers and some people who have been supported by their local unit.

Holyhead is one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has a remarkable history of bravery, having received 70 awards for gallantry. 

Their Royal Highnesses will then take a short walk to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar, where they will meet local people, including representatives of small businesses and organisations, including the Coastguard and Sea Cadets. 

In their second engagement, the Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to visit Swansea. 

Their Royal Highnesses will visit St Thomas Church, a re-developed church in Swansea which supports people in the local area and across the City and County of Swansea. 

Over the last two years the church has been transformed into a thriving community hub and is home to a vast array of services, including:

  • A foodbank which supports over 200 people per week
  • Swansea Baby Basics which distributes essential items for vulnerable mothers across the city, such as toiletries and clothes
  • Facilities for the homeless including food, showers and toilets
  • A not-for-profit cafe and community training kitchen
  • A surplus food distribution network which collects food from supermarkets at the end of each day and distributes it from the church to prevent food waste and to help end food poverty

As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet those volunteering at the church across different initiatives including Baby Basics and the foodbank. Their Royal Highnesses will also spend some time meeting members of the public gathered outside the church. 

The Princess of Wales has previously worked with Baby Banks and the in summer of 2020 brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide, operated by Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities. 

Her Royal Highness has visited a number of baby banks across the UK, including in London, Sheffield and West Norfolk where she has spent time speaking with families about their experiences of using their local baby bank services, as well as helping unload donations. 

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Road closed after man suffers serious injury in Burry Port

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OFFICERS from Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating after a man suffered a serious injury in Station Road, Burry Port.

Officers were called to a report that the man had suffered an injury at around 10.45pm on Saturday, 24 September. He has been taken to hospital.

A 39-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault. He remains in police custody.

A road closure is in place for scene preservation and is likely to remain for a number of hours.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220924-360.

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