County walks across Carmarthenshire upgraded

County Walks across Carmarthenshire have benefitted from an upgrade thanks to the Rights of Way Improvement Plan Funding Programme from the Welsh Government. The programme is managed by Natural Resources Wales and implemented by Carmarthenshire County Council.
Nearly 43km of 44 routes across the county, covering 23 town and community council areas have been improved, and 146 items of furniture installed, 97 per cent of which were new gates to help improve access to the countryside.
County recreation and access manager Alan Warner said: “An example of the improvements carried out under ROWIP is in Brechfa, where 10 stiles have been replaced with self-closing pedestrian gates, new steps and signage installed to improve routes for local residents and visitors to the area.
“This formed part of the larger programme of rights of way improvements on footpaths and bridleways around the county including works on the Ferryside, Cenarth and Llandysul County Walks as well as routes in Cwmifor, Tall…

Carmarthen concert date for famous LYRA Russian Vocal Ensemble

The Russians are coming! To Carmarthen, in fact! The internationally-acclaimed LYRA Russian Vocal Ensemble will be performing at St Peters Church, Carmarthen, on Friday, May 12 (7pm). Tickets are £10 on the door and there are interval refreshments available at £2.50.
LYRA are from St. Petersburg, Russia. The singing group consists of four members that have been educated either as opera singers or choir conductors in St. Petersburg Conservatory.
The four are - 
Born in St Petersburg. Graduated from the St. Petersburg conservatory. Won International competition of Sacred Music in Roma, Italy in 1995 as the conductor of a chamber choir "SingerBridge". Works as a choir master in St. Peter’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Act as an active composer too.

Born in the Karelian ASSR Byelomorsk. Graduated from the State Conservatory in Saint-Petersburg. Actively touring musician. Well-known in St Petersburg as a jazz-singer.


Success for Hywel Dda health board at the Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards

Two high-flying consultant psychiatrists from Hywel Dda University Health Board are celebrating after winning prestigious awards from the British Medical Association (BMA).
Dr Justin Cressey-Rogers and Dr Matthew Sargeant came first in their respective categories in Teaching and Learning Innovation and Outstanding Achievement at the BMA Cymru Wales/ BMJ Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards for 2017.
Dr Cressey-Rogers has been involved in teaching medical students from Cardiff and Swansea universities, and teaching junior doctors in west Wales and Swansea.
Dr Cressey-Rogers is currently a consultant in psychiatry of substance misuse at CDAT Penlan, Carmarthen, and also works in community adult psychiatry, as well as working closely with substance misuse workers in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
He said: "“I’m absolutely delighted to have won this award – it’s been a team effort and special mention must go to the postgraduate centre and to Dr Sargeant, without whom I co…

The Phil Harmonics ready for fundraiser for Ty Bryngwyn Hospice

The busy ladies of The Phil Harmonics have a special charity fundraising night coming up this summer.
They will be performing at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, on Friday, June 9, in aid of the Ty Bryngwyn Hospice Fund.
Tickets are £25 and include a two-course meal and other entertainment from 'Friends' of The Phil Harmonics.
Tickets are available from Phil Harmonics members of through their Facebook page.
Rock and pop choir the Phil Harmonics have made their entrance onto the Llanelli music scene gradually over the last two years. The group was set up by Sarah Mair Richards, Phil Thomas and Pauline Yudowitz.
In 2016 they held a charity evening which helped raise more than £1,600 for Prince Philip Hospital Breast Care Unit in Llanelli and a maternity hospital in Uganda.
Choir rehearsals are at The Stradey Park Hotel and the choir members are grateful for the hotel’s continuing support.
The Choir is for 18 - 80 year olds who want to be part of a very exciting group who are very diff…

Llanelli Rotary Curry Night aims to boost End Polio Now campaign

As part of the global End Polio Now campaign, Llanelli Rotary Club members are staging a fundraising Curry and Quiz Night next month.
The event is at 7pm on Thursday, May 4 at The Stag public house in Five Roads.
The evening is being organised by Rotarian Joanna Isaac.
Tickets are £10 and are available from any member of Llanelli Rotary Club.
Joanna said: "It promises to be a fun evening and we will be raising cash on the night to help boost the End Polio Now campaign.
"Everything we raise locally in Llanelli gets 'cash-matched' higher up the ladder.
"We have already held a number of very successful events in aid of the charity and this Curry and Quiz Night should enable us to submit a significant total towards what is a very worthy international campaign to rid the world of polio."

Guest speaker at WEA Llanelli to tell the story of the Ukraine

The next public lecture for the Llanelli Workers' Education Association (WEA) promises to be a special event. The lecture is on Thursday 27 April at the Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli and the guest speaker is Bohdana Bahlay. She will be giving a talk on "The Story of the Ukraine".  Bohdana is a specialist Cardiac Physiologist at Morriston Hospital, having held the post for more than 10 years. In her spare time, she is an active member of the organisation Voice of Ukraine Wales, which raises awareness of the history and culture of the Ukraine. She has helped stage several cultural events in Llanelli to promote her homeland.
The lecture starts at 7.30pm. Admission free - non members welcome to attend.

Pembrey Country Park goes back in time

Pembrey Country Park will step back in time over the spring bank holiday.
Visitors to the park will be given an insight into what it was like living during the First World War in a two-day event.
Infantry, cavalry, medical services, munitionettes and civilians from that era will interact with each other with period police officers doing the rounds.
A WWI field hospital, complete with medical equipment, will be set up within the park, near the visitor centre, from 10am to 5pm.
Representatives from The Welsh Great War Society, Northamptonshire Regiment and the Norfolk Regiment will also make an appearance along with a group portraying the French/Belgian resistance.
A treasure hunt, organised by Dyfed Archaeological Trust, will lead people through the tunnels and munitions factory base.
Entry to the event on Sunday and Monday, April 30 and May 1 is free. Usual car parking charges apply.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s head of leisure, Ian Jones said: “Pembrey Country Park wasn’t always the mag…