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Jenkins Bakery releases details of Easter products

Posted By RobertLloyd58

The Jenkins Bakery has released details of its Easter range of products.

“There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Easter time,” said the Jenkins Bakery’s operations director Russell Jenkins.

“Our staff always enjoy producing new ideas for Easter and I’m sure our customers will enjoy sampling the products we have on offer.”

The Easter range includes –


Moist chocolate Swiss Roll enrobed with chocolate and decorated with mini chocolate eggs in a nest of chocolate buttercream.


Our chocolate krispie confectionery with an edible sugar bunny and drizzled with white chocolate.


Our top quality shortbread biscuit cut out in a Shape of an Easter Bunny and expertly Hand Decorated.


A rich fruit shortbread biscuit dusted with caster sugar and packed in a gift bag.


Our delicious rich fruit cake marzipan and ribbed rolled sugar paste a fruit cake lover’s delight!


Our top quality moist chocolate cupcake hand decorated with a whirl of chocolate and           Easter sugar sprinkles.


New for 2018. Our top quality shortbread biscuit with a Easter bunny cut out and decorated with an edible sugar plaque.


Our top quality fruit cake topped with golden marzipan and white sugar paste which is decorated with the inscription: Happy Easter/Pasg Hapus.

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Jenkins Bakery team ready to celebrate St David’s Day

Posted By RobertLloyd58

St David’s Day (Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant) is the feast day for Wales’s patron saint, so Llanelli’s biggest bakery is marking the occasion in style.

Jenkins the Bakers will be rolling out patriotic products to make March 1st a real feast.

“There will be a proper Welsh theme to our products before, during and immediately after St David’s Day,” said operations director Russell Jenkins.

“We are already well known for helping to put the accent on all things Welsh at our bakery and our shops – and this year is no exception to the rule as we celebrate St David’s Day.’

Among the products hitting the shops this week are  –

A new ‘Sheep Cupcake’, Welsh Cakes, Bara Brith, Teisin Lap (cake on a plate), A Welsh-themed cupcake, the Welsh Pastie and new Jam Splits.

“We pride ourselves as being a bakery business which knows its customers and we know how people love to celebrate St David’s Day,” added Mr Jenkins.

“All our staff will be dressing up to mark our patron’s day and we take this opportunity of wishing all our customers a very pleasant St David’s Day.”

Product information –

BARA BRITH   £2.65

Bara Brith is a traditional Welsh fruit loaf containing top quality sultanas, mixed peel and spice.


Our top quality sponge individually hand decorated with a smooth, creamy frosting and a hand finished Sugarpaste daffodil.

WELSH PASTIE  £1.45 OR 2 FOR £2.60

Diced ham, smoked ham & leeks in a creamy cheese sauce encased in our top quality flaky pastry.


10 Mini Welshcakes packed in a gift bag.


10 Mini Plain Welshcakes packed in a gift bag.


New for St David’s day 2018. Four Plain Welshcakes split and filled with Raspberry Jam sprinkled with caster sugar.

TEISEN LAP   £2.00

A traditional Welsh favourite, moist Farmhouse fruitcake with a streusel topping.


Another new product for 2018 and one that should be popular with children of all ages.Plain sponge cupcake with a cream topping finished with mini marshmallows and a handmade Sugar paste faces.


  • The Jenkins bakery employs 300 people, full and part-time, across 30 different stores in South Wales. The company has the Gold Standard Welsh Food Hygiene Award and the Investors in People award. The business employs 70 people at its Trostre HQ, while the Jenkins shop network stretches from Carmarthen to Bridgend. There are shops throughout Carmarthenshire and even one as far afield as Powys.
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Comedian Phil Evans leads trio for inaugural Merthyr Comedy Festival

Posted By RobertLloyd58

Three popular Welsh comedians are planning to add extra mirth to the inaugural Merthyr Comedy Festival in April.

The ‘Comedy and  Cwtshes’ event at Dowlais Theatre will be held on Saturday, April 14.

Tickets are on sale now via Redhouse – and are going fast.

The evening will feature classic stand-up comedy, with Phil Evans – the man with more pop than a bottle of Corona – in the vanguard of a three-part attack on the funny bones.

The evening will also feature BBC broadcaster Gary Slaymaker and another seasoned radio performer in Aled Richards.

“I always have to watch my words when describing Gary Slaymaker, but it’s fair to say we are three ‘big’ comedy performers in every sense of the word,” said Phil.

“The Apocalypse has its three horsemen, but Welsh comedy has its three joybringers, who promise to bring lorry loads of laughs to the first Merthyr Comedy Festival.”

Spread over two days and around 10 different venues in the town, the festival will showcase a huge range of comedy talent, including some of the biggest stars of the British comedy circuit, rising talent from around the UK, children’s shows, family shows and shows that are a little more adult in their nature.

There promises to be something for everyone across the festival programme.

Phil Evans and Friends with be at Dowlais Theatre between 5pm – 6pm on April 14 for Comedy and Cwtshes.

About Phil Evans:

Phil Evans is a hugely sought-after comedian, writer, newspaper columnist and conference host from the heart of South Wales.

With multiple TV and radio credits to his name at home in the UK, Phil has also performed far and wide, including Oslo, America and Canada.

Phil has recently performed and hosted events in Dublin and Cork for corporate organisations and keeps getting asked back,. He is renowned for his warmth, humour and likeability.

Phil started his comedy career many years back as a TV warm-up artist for the BBC, S4C and HTV/ITV and continues to perform alongside many of the most talented people in entertainment.

With more than 20 years experience, Phil isn’t so much a comic, but more like a force of nature.

Phil is the man who has put the ‘Cwtsh’ back into Welsh comedy.

He is sometimes known as the ‘Hugmeister of Wales’ for his devotion to his favourite topic – the Welsh cwtsh (hug).

If you can spare the time (possibly a week or so), he will explain why a cwtsh should always be spelt as ‘cwtsh’ and not ‘cwtch’.

Press him for further information about how his comedy career started and he will tell you how he left school with 10 GCSEs . . . before the headmaster told him to put them back!

Cheeky, but never crude or offensive, Evans produces a very Welsh brand of humour.

He writes a popular weekly column in the South Wales Evening Post, the Carmarthen Journal and the Llanelli Star newspapers.

He also has a weekly podcast called “The Big Cwtsh’, available now on SoundCloud.

He’s guaranteed to bring ‘mirth’ to Merthyr!


“Phil Evans – the resident ‘Hug-meister’ of Wales . . . the one man who knows how to spell ‘cwtsh’ properly . . .a free-wheeling fun merchant who is close to being a national Welsh treasure”.

Robert Lloyd, media consultant and former newspaper editor.

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Twitter @philevanswales


About Aled Richards:

Shit happens. And every cloud has a silver lining, apparently.

So indeed, a major health scare can spawn a whole new comedy routine.

Aled Richards is known for musing over the latest shit things that have happened in his life. You may have seen him on S4C. You may have heard him on Radio Cymru. Or you may not have. You will however be able to hear him in Merthyr. So go along. You may laugh.


Gary Slaymaker:

Gary Slaymaker is a BBC Radio Wales film reviewer, author, comedy writer, and broadcaster . . . which means he’s either quite talented, or can’t keep hold of a single job.

With more than 25 years of experience as a stand-up comedian, he’s managed to upset people all over Britain . . . but mainly his mam.

Gary is completely toilet trained, but does sometimes have trouble with his aiming.

The same is true for his humour.

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Llanelli and District Talking Newspaper in appeal for volunteers

Posted By RobertLloyd58

It’s been a valued institution in Llanelli for more than 40 years.

Now the Llanelli and District Talking Newspaper Association is searching for more volunteers.

The association produces a comprehensive CD local news and information bulletin for blind and partially-sighted members of the community once a fortnight – having never missed a deadline in 42 years.

“There’s a great sense of pride in Llanelli as we were one of the first towns in Wales to introduce a talking newspaper service,” said Llanelli and District Talking Newspaper Association chairman Robert Lloyd.

“The service was founded during 1976, with the first edition being issued to nine listeners in December of that year.

“The inspiration and driving force behind the project was the late Mr Harold Owen, Manager of a Painting and Decorating shop situated in Stepney Street, Llanelli.

“The team of volunteers involved in the production and distribution of the newspaper numbers about 25 people at present and it is a credit to them, and their predecessor volunteers that the service has never once missed an edition.

“No volunteer receives any payment or remuneration whatsoever, and all income is applied solely to the provision of the service itself, i.e. Water rates, electricity, and insurance of the recording studio, and purchase of CDs and postal wallets and other necessary equipment.

“In particular, we are looking for volunteers with technical and computer skills to help with the recording of the fortnightly CD programme and the duplication of CDs.

“Training will be given and the role of technical engineer would suit young students eager to gain knowledge of working in a well-equipped recording studio. The role would also suit retired members of the community eager to put their technical skills to good use.”

The AGM of the Llanelli and District Talking Newspaper Association is being held at the St Barnabas Community Centre in Llewellyn Street, Llanelli SA15 1BD, on Thursday, February 22 at 6.30pm.

There is a vacancy on the association’s management committee which will be filled at the AGM.

Association chairman Mr Lloyd added: “We are always looking for new faces to bolster the hard-working team at the talking newspaper. Anyone interested in lending a hand is welcome to pop along to the AGM to find out more about the service.

“Alternatively, anyone interested in volunteering can email me at rlloydpr@btinternet.com or phone me on 07777 6835637.”

Photo: Newsreaders Andrew Sayers and Veronica Haynes recording the most recent edition of the Llanelli Talking Newspaper for the Blind.

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Chance for older people to go to the theatre in Carmarthen

Posted By RobertLloyd58

If you are 50-plus and want to go and see the wonderful Carmarthen Youth Opera performing the fabulous Guys and Dolls at the Lyric theatre, Carmarthen,  contact Age Cymru Sir Gar – 01554 784080.

The charity has, courtesy of Western Power Distribution and Carmarthen Youth Opera, been given 20 free tickets for older people to attend.

The matinee performance will be held on Saturday, February 24, and Western Power Distribution will also be putting on a reception with light refreshments for those lucky winners of the free tickets. 

Also if someone aged 50+ wants to go but needs help to attend from a family member or carer who is under 50, a ticket can be supplied. 

Ring the charity on 01554 784080 or email info@agecymrusirgar.org.uk for further details.

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Touch of Mexicana leads the new products at Jenkins Bakery

Posted By RobertLloyd58

There’s a touch of Mexicana leading the new products being launched by the Jenkins Bakery.

The new products hit the shops on Monday (July 31).

They are –

Mexicana Cheese & Salsa Wrap – £2:60

BLT with Applewood Cheese Sandwich – £2:75


Mallow filled Oyster Wafer (“Ollie the Oyster”) – £1:00

Operations director Russell Jenkins said: “Our team at our bakery HQ in Trostre are always keen to try new products. We like to do plenty of market research to see what new taste sensations our customers fancy trying.

“This week, we have three new products making their debut on the shelves.

“The Mexican Cheese Salsa wrap is a tortilla wrap with spicy fire-roasted tomato sauce and spicy Mexicana Cheese. Mexicana cheese is a red Farmhouse cheddar cheese with bell peppers and Hot Chilli spices.

“The BLT with Applewood Cheese is on Multiseed bread with Reggae Reggae spicy sauce, rashers of streaky bacon, Lettuce, Sliced tomato and Applewood Smoked Cheese. Applewood cheese is a smooth textured Farmhouse cheddar with a delicate smoky flavour finished with a hint of paprika.

“Ollie the Oyster is a mallow filled oyster shell wafer with a mini chocolate egg “pearl”. Ollie is also dipped in milk chocolate and coated with coloured sprinkles. A treat for children – young and old!”

Mr Jenkins added: “We look forward in receiving valuable feedback from our customers about what they think about our new products.”

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Jenkins Bakery launch new recipe for cheese and onion pastie

Posted By RobertLloyd58

The cheese and onion pastie is one of the most popular snacks in the Jenkins Bakery product range.

Our bakers have just completed extensive research and testing at the Jenkins Bakery HQ in Trostre, Llanelli – and have come up with a new recipe.

The new recipe cheese and onion pastie has been released gradually through our shops.

The secret recipe contains a more mature cheese – but the full recipe remains a closely guarded secret!

Russell Jenkins, operations director at Jenkins Bakery, said: “We are always very aware of how our customers love our traditional products. We put a lot of care and attention to detail into our recipes and only change recipes after giving some very thoughtful consideration.

“We hope our customers enjoy the new cheese and onion pastie.

“And, of course, we will be interested in receiving their views.

“Please let us know what you think about the new recipe.

“We are a family bakery with a long proud history, but we are also a bakery continually striving for improvement. The cheese and onion pastie is one of our most popular products and we hope it is a hit with our customers.”

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Jenkins Bakery work to help Cancer Research UK campaign

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The team at Jenkins Bakery will next week (July 15) launch the firm’s annual campaign to support Cancer Research UK Breast Cancer Awareness.

The annual campaign runs during the rest of July.

The bakery has launched a new cupcake with a special Pink Ribbon motif.

The product will be in Jenkins Bakery shops from Saturday, July 15, and will run for two weeks.

The Jenkins Bakery will donate 10p for every cupcake sold.

There will also be collection tins in each shop.

Individual shops will be arranging local events in-store to support Cancer Research UK.

Russell Jenkins, operations director at Jenkins Bakery said: “We always like to do our bit to support charity whenever we can.

“We have been running charity campaigns to support Cancer Research UK for a number of years and they have been hugely successful.

“Our customers appreciate the effort we make – and our shop assistants go the extra mile to dress up in colourful costume and arrange special events to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

“A big thank you goes to our customers, who always provide massive support for our charity campaigns.”

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Help Age Cymru Sir Gâr in Tesco Bags of Help appeal

Posted By RobertLloyd58

Age Cymru Sir Gâr in Carmarthenshire have applied to the Tesco Bags of Help scheme and needs your support to help win up to £4,000 to help us support older people with new technology.
Ann Dymock, chief officer of Age Cymru Sir Gâr, explained –
“Tesco donates all the 5ps that they charge for carrier bags to a charitable cause. Age Cymru Sir Gâr are in the final 3 for July 2017 and details about the charity and the work it wants to achieve with funding help from Tesco will be displayed in its Carmarthenshire stores throughout July.
“To help us win the £4,000 for the charity to help older people learn how to engage with new technology please vote for us. All you need to do is to make a purchase of any value from a Tesco store. You will receive one token per transaction (you may need to ask for the token) and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. At the front of the store there will be three bins where you can place your blue token. Just pop the token into the one that says Age Cymru Sir Gâr and that gains us one vote.
“If your local Tesco does not have an Age Cymru Sir Gâr box and you’ve got tokens that you would like to use, please drop them into the office or ring and let us know and a member of staff can take them to our local Tesco and put them in the Age Cymru Sir Gâr box for you.
“We need your votes. Please ask friends and neighbours to support us, too.”

For more information on the Tesco bags of help, please click on the link below –
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Llanelli News

New pop-up gallery opens at Plas Llanelly House

Posted By RobertLloyd58

A new pop-up gallery has opened in Llanelli at historic Plas Llanelly House.

The new gallery features exhibits by awarding-winning artist Denise Di Battista (John Street Gallery) and Llanelli Photographic Society member Arthur Mallett.

“This is a first for Plas Llanelly House,” said trustee Alison Evans.

“We’ve got some great rooms to show off her at Plas Llanelly House and it’s great to be able to create a buzz in the house with the installation of a pop-up gallery.

“Denise Di Battista is a very well known local artist who already runs a successful gallery in John Street.

“Arthur Mallett is a wonderful photographer and his prints will also attract a great deal of local interest.

The pop-up gallery is on the ground floor and everyone is welcome to come in and have a browse.

Arthur Mallett is a member of Llanelli Photographic Society and gained his AWPF (Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation) in 2010.

He said: “I have taken photos for most of my life but only took it seriously in about 2004 when I first joined Llanelli Photographic Society. My main passion is landscapes but I also enjoy all other styles of photography.”

Denise Di Battista is based at the John Street Gallery in Llanelli – a building that is the bricks and mortar destination gallery of ArtOfWales.com



Arthur Mallett with some of his photos now on show at the pop-up gallery at Plas Llanelly House.

Denise de Battista and Ivano Di Battista at the pop-up gallery at Plas Llanelly House.

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