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Llanelli Rotary team present cheques worth £2600 to Prince Philip Hospital team

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The team at Llanelli Rotary Club presented two cheques, worth a total of £2600, to the prostate cancer team at the urology department at Llanelli's Prince Philip Hospital. In the top photo, Llanelli Rotary President Mark Evans (right) presented a cheque for £2200, the proceeds of his annual Carten 100 charity bike ride between Cardiff and Tenby. In the second photo, Llanelli Rotary Club associate member Maxine Walters presented a cheque for £400 in memory of her late husband, Llanelli Rotarian Monro Walters. The money was raised at a charity art show featuring Maxine's paintings. Included in both photos are members of the urology department at Prince Philip Hospital, including consultants Mr Moosa and Mr Ng. Also pictured, top, are Llanelli Rotarians Hugh Thomas, Susan Roberts and Maxine Walters.

Ammanford surgery commended for supporting carers

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Margaret Street Surgery in Ammanford has been recognised for their commitment and support for carers and their families.  The surgery has achieved the Investors in Carers Silver Level award - a scheme which is delivered by Hywel Dda University Health Board and supported by its local authority partners in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
The Investors in Carers initiative is designed to help health facilities such as GP practices and hospitals focus on and improve their carer awareness and enhance the help and support they give carers.
A carer is someone, of any age, who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. Anyone can become a carer; in most cases becoming a carer is not out of choice, it just happens.
Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Chair and Carers’ Champion, Mrs Bernardine Rees OBE recent…

Could you be the next Richard Branson or Alan Sugar?

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The search is on to find Carmarthenshire’s next Richard Branson or Alan Sugar.
Budding entrepreneurs are being urged to enter this year’s Beacon Bursary competition, launched at the Graig Campus of Coleg Sir Gar.
Open to further and higher education students studying or living in Carmarthenshire, winners of the competition are offered free office space within the Beacon Centre for Enterprise in Dafen, Llanelli, along with a cash prize of up to £3000 and mentoring support, so that they can develop their businesses.
The annual competition is delivered through Carmarthenshire County Council in conjunction with Coleg Sir Gâr and University of Wales Trinity Saint David and forms part of the council’s commitment to developing entrepreneurship within the county.
It provides people with an opportunity to access finance, office space and a wealth of support and experience which will provide the best opportunity for their businesses to flourish.
Last year’s winner was Martin Goddard of 360 Entertain…

Support for national stroke awareness campaign in Aberystwyth

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Stroke specialist nurses from Bronglais Hospital and Ceredigion’s Life after Stroke coordinator held a dedicated stand at Morrison’s supermarket in Aberystwyth this week to support a national awareness-raising campaign.
The ‘Lower your risk of stroke’ stand was held in the entrance to the supermarket on Wednesday 8 March, offering blood pressure checks, pulse checks and stroke primary prevention advice and information.
Overall the team provided stroke prevention advice to over 40 people and provided blood pressure and pulse checks for 39 people, of which 12 were referred onto their GP for further assessment.
In Wales more than 7,000 people have a stroke each year and it is one of the leading causes of severe adult disability. There are over 65,100 people in Wales and 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.
By taking action on three of the biggest stroke risk factors, the number of strokes across Wales could be reduced by up to 50%. The campaign asks people to do …

Review: St David’s Celebration Concert at Ffwrnes Theatre

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St David’s Celebration Concert at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, featuring soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, tenor Osian Wyn Bowen, massed male choir from Côr Meibion Mynydd Mawr, Côr Meibion Dyffryn Aman, Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi, Côr Meibion Porth Tywyn, conducted by Dr Alwyn Humphreys MBE.

This was an evening celebrating the very best of Welsh singing - and a real ‘coming of age’ for West Wales tenor Osian Wyn Bowen.
The 20-year-old from Burry Port has been quietly refining his craft for a number of years - and his performance before a packed house at Ffwrnes marked him out as a soloist to watch and follow for years to come.
Confident, assured and controlled (with plenty of cheeky stagecraft thrown in for good measure), Osian showed that his time as a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has paid dividends.
A duet with top-of-the-bill soprano Elin Manahan Thomas will live long in the memory.
The couple’s performance of the Joseph Parry classic ‘Hywel a Blodwen’ (complete with a …

This week's special offers at Jenkins Bakery shops

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This week's special offers at Jenkins Bakery shops -

WEEK COMMENCING March 13, 2017

3 Medium Corned Beef Pasties, £1.85
2 Large Corned Beef Pasties, £2.20
4 Medium Sausage Rolls, £2.00
2 Fresh Cream Doughnuts, £2.00
Sandwich of the Week, Turkey, Stuffing and Cranberry, £2.50
Rustic Baguette of the Week, Ham and Cheese, £2.60
Filled Softie of the Week, Chicken Tikka, £2.55
Website -
http://jenkinsbakery.co.uk/

The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post

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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.
www.philevans.co.uk

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WAS A £600 FINE HIGHWAY ROBBERY?

I never understood what people meant when they said, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions” until a week or so ago when I read about a Llanelli man who last July painted “Happy Birthday“ (plus his girlfriend’s name) in the middle of his street.
The message came from the heart and the paint came straight from B & Q.
Other paint suppliers are available, by the way.
He must have done it when there was no traffic around, otherwise a passing lorry might have squashed his plans . . . and everything else.
The man gave away his identity by signing it, “Love Dai”, followed by a drawing of a heart and a large ‘X’.
Either he didn’t realise that painting words two-foot long on a stretch of tarmac is just as anti-social as writing them two-foot high …