Latest news from Brecon Jazz Club

Latest news from the team at Brecon Jazz Club - 

Please bookmark the date: Tues 7 November at Christ College Brecon, Neuadd Theatr, for Lenore Raphael US jazz pianist and her top quartet. Note the venue and also start time of 7.30 pm (a bit earlier than usual, and will have earlier finish). For this event, member price is £10 (£12 visitors/young people £5). More info and ticket booking: [use your membership no. to book]
This is a very special event. Lenore Raphael is someone we've known many years and heard play in London, but how could we invite her to Brecon? With help from trumpeter Chris Hodgkins and staff at Christ College Brecon, we proudly present this standout concert.
And what an all-star line-up, too! Lenore is bringing a leading US guitarist Wayne Wilkinson, and Chris has invited wonderful bassist Alison Rayner to complete the quartet. Between them, they have played with some of the biggest names in the jazz world.
This will be Lenore and Wayne…

The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post

The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post.
Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy.


Soup kitchens!
What image pops into your head when you hear those words?
A raggle-taggle group of whey-faced, shoeless Victorian children, holding out wooden bowls?
Or the Great Depression of the 1930s when long lines of undernourished men and women in threadbare clothes, waited in the freezing cold for a free hot meal?
Soup kitchens are consigned to history, along with rickets, scurvy and Betamax videos.
In poor, inner-city areas they’ve never gone away.
Due to recent events, including the financial crisis of 2007/8, they’ve spread . . . even to Llanelli.
Every Sunday evening, the Sosban Soup Kitchen in Old Castle Road supplies poor, hungry people with a free hot meal.
Run by Gary Glenister and his team of volunteers, it relies on soup and bread generously donated b…

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

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

It’s a big Saturday night for West Wales concert-goers.
They have to make a choice between the Royal British Legion Charity Gala Concert at The Lyric in Carmarthen and a 'Voices for Hospices' charity concert in Llandeilo, featuring Wynne Evans.
The Tywi Valley concert, is in aid of Ty Cymorth, the Carmarthen-based hospice.
The concert starts at 7m on Saturday, October 21, at the new Ysgol Bro Dinefwr in Llandeilo.
Carmarthen-born tenor and radio and TV personalityWynne Evans is a patron of Ty Cymorth hospice.
The concert is being billed as 'Voices for Hospices' and will also celebrate the Rotary International Foundation centenary and 100 years of Rotary International in Wales.
Rotary clubs invited to be involved include Carmarthen, Carmarthen Tywi, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Lampeter, Aberwstwyth and Aberaeron.
The choral line-up includes Côr Meibion Cwmann a’r Cylch, Côr Meibion Dinefwr, C…

New working group for Aberystwyth University campus grounds

The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust is working with Aberystwyth University in a new partnership to develop a long-term conservation plan for the Penglais campus grounds.
A joint working group has been set up with representatives from the Ceredigion branch of the Trust, with the first meeting held Monday 16 October 2017,
As well as the Trust, the group will include Estates Department staff and the University’s own botanical experts.
There will also be consultation with staff and students as part of the development of a conservation management plan for the grounds, which are Grade II* listed by Cadw.
Dr Caroline Palmer, Chair of the Ceredigion branch of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the University on what we envisage will be the development of a long-term plan to be rolled out over a number of years. Our joint aim will be to draw up a policy for current maintenance and future aspirations for this designed landscape. We are fortunate …

Côr Meibion Llanelli delighted to perform for Hillary Clinton

Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir leaders have been talking about their pride at performing in front of USA Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The Llanelli choristers were picked to perform at the closing event for Mrs Clinton’s visit to Swansea University.
Mrs Clinton was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of her commitment to promoting the rights of families and children around the world.
Côr Meibion Llanelli secretary Fred Elias said: “We knew about Mrs Clinton’s visit a couple of months ago, but it was all hush-hush for security reasons.
“But we sort of put two and to together when we were asked to rehearse The Star Spangled Banner, the American anthem we were already very familiar with from our tours to North Amercia.
“Then, when Mrs Clinton’s visit was officially announced, we had to go through stringent security protocols, including getting our own special photographic ID tags for the occasion.
“Most of the events for Mrs Clinton’s vis…

Jenkins Bakery presents £3200 cheque to Cancer Research UK charity

Staff at Jenkins Bakery shops in Llanelli and the rest of South West Wales have collected a magnificent £3,200 for Cancer Research UK.
The money was raised during a special summer fundraising campaign when pink cup cakes were on sale at Jenkins Bakery shops.
The company made a charity donation of 10p or every cake sold and customers added to the sum by making their own contributions. Jenkins Bakery staff also organised special fundraising events.
“The Pink campaign in our shops was a huge success,” said Jenkins Bakery area manager Fiona Snook.
"Members of staff dressed up in a pink theme and the shops were decorated to add to the party spirit.
“Our loyal customers were, of course, fantastic and hugely supportive of the campaign, with generous donations to Cancer Research.
"I must give special praise to our staff, who were fantastic, holding raffles, fancy dress events, bikeathons and a quiz night. "We are into our fifth year of doing this event and each year the fundra…