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Save our Surgery SOS fight steps up a gear in Burry Port

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The SOS fight to save a GP surgery in Burry Port is being scaled up to include a protest at the next meeting of Hywel Dda University Health Board.
Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council is in the vanguard of the campaign to save Harbour View Surgery.
The council’s Mayor, Councillor David Owens, said the proposed closure would have ‘devastating’ consequences for the local community.
Cllr Owens said: “A public meeting in Burry Port earlier this week demonstrated the massive groundswell of opinion against the closure of Harbour View Surgery.
“The people of Burry Port and Pembrey will not sit back and let this happen.
“The SOS campaign is all about Save Our Surgery.
“We will be mobilising our campaign troops to protest at the next meeting of the Hywel Dda Board, when the board meets in Penygroes next week.
“As a council representing the people here, we appreciate that Penygroes may not be the easiest venue to get to, so we are making it easy for SOS campaigners by organising a free bus to take peop…

The latest On Song column from the Carmarthen Journal and the Llanelli Star

The latest On Song column from the Carmarthen Journal and the Llanelli Star, by Robert Lloyd.

The Russians are coming!
To Carmarthen, in fact!
The internationally-acclaimed LYRA Russian Vocal Ensemble will be performing at St Peter’s 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 -
ANDREI SYSOEV – TENOR AND LEADER
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.
ALEKSEI GOLOVIZNIN – BASS
Born in the Karelian ASSR Byelomorsk. Graduated from the State Conservatory in …

Special roast Sunday lunches back on menu at Llanelly House

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Special roast Sunday lunches are back on the menu at the popular Llanelly House in Llanelli town centre.
The kitchen at the historic Georgian house is back in business for Sunday lunches, starting this weekend, April 30.
“We’ve had requests galore from our loyal customers, asking every day of the week when we will be opening again for Sunday lunches,” said Llanelly House trustee Alison Evans.
“This Sunday, we are delighted to be opening our doors again for special roast lunches. As we have a brilliant location, slap bang in the middle of Llanelli town centre, we are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new this Sunday.
“Our resident chef Anna Brown is known throughout the land for her appearances on TV and radio, so you can trust that she will have plenty of culinary treats for everyone to enjoy, starting this Sunday. “Booking is advised and you can save yourself a table by ringing 01554 772857.”
The café and restaurant opens at 10am and the Llanelly House team will also be…

West Wales business celebrates Investors in People award

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The team at West Wales chartered accountants and business consultants Clay Shaw Butler are celebrating passing another significant business landmark.
In recognition of the business maintaining the highest standards, Clay Shaw Butler has been awarded the Investors in People award for a further three years.
“We were already holders of Investors in People status, but this latest award recognises our continued commitment to achieving the highest standards in business,” said Clay Shaw Butler director Mark Jones.
“The award is independently audited and demonstrates our commitment to high performance through good people management.
“With our headquarters in Carmarthen, we pride ourselves on playing a key role in the business community in West Wales.
“Good practice and good business standards and procedures start at home and we hope that our commitment to providing a quality service to our customers receives the recognition it deserves.”
Investors in People is the international standard for people …

County walks across Carmarthenshire upgraded

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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

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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 - 
ANDREI SYSOEV – TENOR AND LEADER
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.

ALEKSEI GOLOVIZNIN – BASS
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.

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

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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…