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Clay Shaw Butler backing Carmarthen River Festival

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Carmarthen is getting ready for one of its biggest summer events.

The Carmarthen River Festival takes place on Saturday, June 23.

The major sponsor for the event will be chartered accountants and business consultants Clay Shaw Butler.

Mark Jones, a director of Clay Shaw Butler, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the river festival for the second year running.

“Last year’s event was a great success and we are hoping for another great day out for all the family at the weekend.

“It’s an occasion to celebrate Carmarthen’s rich maritime history, to look how the world famous River Tywi can be used to create interest in the town and to see how we can all use the water safely.”

The event is being organised by the Carmarthenshire Water Safety Partnership team led by Adam Whitehouse.

He said: “We have a whole host of activities planned for the weekend and we look forward to welcoming one and all to Carmarthen Quay.

“Our grateful thanks go to all our sponsors and, in particular, our major sponsor, the team from Clay Shaw Butler in Lammas Street, Carmarthen.”

The itinerary for the day is –

1pm – 5pm – Free Fun Fair

1pm – 5pm Sea Cookery

3pm – Ferryside Lifeboat

3.30pm – Coracle Races

4pm – Raft Race

4.30pm – Welsh National Inflatable Sprint Championship

Free Kayak Taster sessions, bands and performers will be entertaining the crowds throughout the day.

There will be a ‘History of the Quay’ talk by Simon Ratty at the Quay Centre (the light blue building on the quayside) from 1pm.

From 1.30pm to 2.30pm contestants will have to check-in their rafts.

Carmarthen Round Table have organised the free funfair on Carmarthen Quayside.

The Carmarthen Round Table is a charity organisation, run by local men who give their time to raise funds for local charities. Their dedication and hard work also provide Carmarthen town with an annual firework display.

As part of the build-up to the event, eight ‘Water Safety Rocks’ have been hidden in and around Carmarthen.

Anyone finding one of these sparkly rocks can exchange it for a Water Safety goodie-bag at the Carmarthen River Festival on Saturday.

The shout has also gone out to all flamingos, unicorns, pizza slices and paddling pools.

The Carmarthen River Festival will feature the Welsh Inflatable Championships!

With a £1 entry fee, you’ve every chance of being crowned the Welsh National Inflatable Sprint Champion 2018 . . . if you can cross the finish line first!

This race is for the young, old and young at heart.

Water safety at the Carmarthen River Festival is a priority.

* All entrants must have a suitable life jacket / buoyancy aid according to their age/weight. Life jackets will be available on the day, but as this will be a popular event and to avoid disappointment, it would be advisable to come prepared.

* All entrants must wear suitable footwear as it will be muddy entering and exiting the water.

* Children are permitted to enter this event but MUST be accompanied by an adult – the child must wear a suitable life jacket / buoyancy aid for their age/weight.

* Safety on the river is paramount. Safety officers will make the decision for you to enter the river. If for any reason they feel a person does not meet with the safety guidelines, the safety officers have the right to refuse entry. The safety officers’ decision is final.

* Don’t forget a change of clothes and a towel . . . and don’t wear your best trainers as they may not turn up in Ferryside on the next tide!

Carmarthen River Festival social media links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carmrivfestival/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carmRIVERFEST


About major sponsors Clay Shaw Butler:

You can find out more about money matters on the Clay Shaw Butler website (under our news for business section) –


We have a strong and experienced team with great local knowledge all geared-up to helping you get the very best from your finances – whether that is as an individual or as a business.

We stay ahead of the game by putting great store by continual professional development for our staff.

With Investors In People status at Clay Shaw Butler, we care passionately about making sure our staff have all the tools they need to serve you, our customers.


Weblink – http://www.clayshawbutler.com

The team at Clay Shaw Butler can be contacted on 01267 228500.

The team at Clay Shaw Butler are on Twitter. Look for @clayshawbutler.

Mark Jones writes a regular column called Money Matters for the Carmarthen Herald, Llanelli Herald and Pembrokeshire Herald.

Scenes from last year’s festival and posters –




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Lifetime contribution award for Aberystwyth International Relations expert

Posted By Robert Lloyd

The life-long contribution of a leading expert in strategic studies, international relations theory, and global security, has been recognised by the British International Studies Association (BISA).

Professor Ken Booth from the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University was presented with the BISA Distinguished Contribution Prize at the Association’s 43rdannual conference which was held in Bath on 13-15 June.

The Distinguished Contribution Prize recognises an individual’s contribution to the promotion of excellence in the discipline of International Studies over a substantial period of time.

BISA describes recipients as an individual who has made a contribution of demonstrable distinction to the intellectual development and the leadership of the discipline, with a record of achievement that is recognised as having added considerable prestige to International Studies in the UK and beyond.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University said: “I extend my warmest congratulations to Professor Booth on this award, which represents a richly deserved recognition of lifetime’s contribution to the world of International Relations. The Department of International Politics has played a pioneering role in the development of the discipline of International Relations, born out of the ravages and bloodshed of the First World War. As it nears its centenary, in 2019, it is only fitting therefore, that one of the Department’s most distinguished members is recognised in this way.”

Professor Book originally came to Aberystwyth as a student and has spent his whole academic career in the Department of International Politics.

During this time he has also held visiting positions at the US Naval War College, Dalhousie University (Canada), Cambridge University, the University of Southern California, Antwerp University, and the National University of Malaysia.

He was Head of the Department (1999-2005) and the first EH Carr Professor.

He is currently President of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies, editor of the journal International Relations, and he was recently made Distinguished Research Professor at Aberystwyth University.

BISA was set up as a Learned Society in 1975 to promote the study of International Studies, and Professor Booth is a former Chair and was its first President. He twice served on the Higher Education Funding Council Research Assessment Exercise panel for Politics and International Studies.

Professor Booth has authored or edited 29 books, singly or sometimes with colleagues, and his research has been translated into a dozen languages, including Chinese, Russian, and Arabic. He has delivered papers and addresses in nearly 30 countries.

He is the only individual in his discipline to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy, receive the (US) International Studies Association Susan Strange Award (for his contribution to challenging conventional wisdom and professional complacency), and now be awarded the BISA Distinguished Contribution Prize.

Photo: Professor Ken Booth, winner of the 2018 British International Studies AssociationDistinguished Contribution Prize

British International Studies Association BISA

Department of International Politics

Professor Ken Booth

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New hair and beauty app launched by student entrepreneurs

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Student entrepreneurs at Aberystwyth have launched a new mobile app that could revolutionise the way people book hair and beauty appointments.

CLIPR which enables users to book appointments on mobile phones or tables has been launched on Google Play.

Developers James Bryan, James Stone and Howun Lam worked closely with hair and beauty salons and barber shops in Aberystwyth to develop the app to enable them to run their businesses from their smartphones.

They are now looking to their fellow students and members of the public to test the app by booking appointments, and provide feedback on their experience.

The team will also produce specially designed posters for businesses to put in shop windows that feature a QR code that makes it easy to download the app.

“CLIPR is Airbnb-meets-Uber for hair and beauty”, said James Bryan, who came up with the idea whilst looking for a hair salon open on a Sunday in Aberystwyth. “Using the app is a very simple, intuitive process which will be familiar to anyone using social media.”

“With graduation only a few weeks away, many students will be looking to book appointments with salons or barbers in Aberystwyth for the big day. We would be delighted if as many people as possible were to download the app, book an appointment and let us know how they get on. Only with this kind of feedback will we be able to improve the app for the users and for the business who are listed with us”, added James.

In March, CLIPR was judged the winner of Aberystwyth University’s annual entrepreneurship competition InvEnterPrize.

Along with the title of InvEnterPrize winners, the team received a £10,000 prize to invest in developing the concept.

With the android version up and running, the team are now working on an iOS version for Apple iPhones and iPads.

They are also recruiting more hair and beauty businesses and barbers onto the app and hope to make Aberystwyth the first town in Europe to have connected its entire hair and beauty market on one app.

CLIPR was the 4thstudent business idea to win InvEnterPrize.

The £10,000 prize for the winner is provided by alumni via the Aber Fund and enables the winner to invest in equipment, facilities or professional services to turn the invention or business start-up idea into reality.

The Chair of the judges for InvEnterPrize 2018,Professor Donald Davies said: “InvEnterPrize is extremely important and clearly inspires students here at Aberystwyth University to venture and develop ideas that go beyond what they might normally do. It is so important to sow the seed of an idea that students can develop into a business, and this competition, along with the support the teams receive throughout the year from the University’s Careers service, makes this all possible.”

InvEnterPrize organiser Tony Orme from Aberystwyth University’s Careers Service said: “James is an incredibly entrepreneurial student who engaged with the University’s support for student enterprise throughout his three years studying in Aberystwyth. He and his fellow team members gave a great “pitch” at the InvEnterPrize Dragons Den finals and was a very deserved winner of this year’s £10,000 prize”.

Aberystwyth University offers a full programme of events to support entrepreneurial activity amongst students, alumni and staff. To find out more visit AberPreneurs online.

Photo:  InvEnterPrize winners CLIPR receive £10,000 boost: Left to right – Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Aberystwyth University; Professor Donald Davies, Chair of Inventerprize judging panel; CLIPR developers Howun Lam, James Stone and James Bryan; Tony Orme, Careers Service at Aberystwyth University and Louise Jagger, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Aberystwyth University.


Aberystwyth University Careers Service

AberPreneurs – Turning Business Ideas into Reality

Aberystwyth Innovation & Enterprise Campus

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Drop-in event for Tenby Surgery patients

Posted By Robert Lloyd

From 1st August 2018, Tenby Surgery will become directly managed by Hywel Dda University Health Board, and work is underway with the staff and teams in the practice to ensure continuity for patients.

The Health Board would like to reassure patients that the practice will remain open, and patients will be able to access services as normal.

A public drop-in session is being held in Tenby to gather the views of local residents who may have concerns about GP services, and members of staff from the practice, the Health Board and the Community Health Council will be available to speak with attendees.

The event will be held on Monday 2nd July 2018 in the Day Room at Tenby Hospital and residents are invited to drop in at any time between 3pm to 7pm.

Patients are reminded that services are also available at both the neighbouring nurse-led Walk-In Centre, and through local community pharmacies who offer a range of expert services.

Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care at Hywel Dda, said: “As a Health Board we are committed to listening to and engaging with local populations around our proposals to strengthen our Primary Care services in the Tenby area and we would therefore like to invite residents to come along and get involved in the conversation.

“The Health Board is looking at opportunities to develop and strengthen services for patients in Tenby and we are working with the Community Health Council to ensure that the views of patients and the local community are heard.”

If patients have specific queries or concerns, please phone Lucie-Jane Whelan, Primary Care Development Manager (07791 413309), or write to Anna Swinfield, Assistant Head of General Medical Services, Hywel Dda University Health Board, The Conference Centre, Withybush Hospital, Fishguard Road, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 2PZ.  You can also contact the Health Board’s Patient Support Services on 0300 0200 159 / hdhb.patientsupportservices@wales.nhs.uk

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Carmarthenshire’s ambition to become ‘cycling hub of Wales’ steps up a gear

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Carmarthenshire’s ambition to become the ‘cycling hub of Wales’ has stepped up a gear following the approval of a new cycling strategy for the county.

The strategy, approved by executive board this week, sets out the direction to support the council’s aspirations to be a national lead in the provision of cycling infrastructure events and development.

It sets out 11 key objectives for the county that focus around issues of health, education, collaboration, employment and economic activity, under three key themes.

This includes infrastructure, including flagship projects such as the Towy Valley Path, Carmarthen Velodrome redevelopment and the Pembrey Closed Cycle Circuit facility.

Another area of focus is to host and attract major events such as the Tour of Britain, which has recently been announced, with ambitions to attract other major international cycling races such as the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

For everyday travel and cycling, the council will also focus on pathways and initiatives to promote and develop cycling as an everyday activity in Carmarthenshire.

This would support the council’s responsibilities under the Active Travel Act, the Welsh Cycling Strategy and Well-Being of Future Generations Act.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of the council, said: “We announced three years ago our intention to make Carmarthenshire the cycling hub of Wales. It was great to be at the velodrome in Carmarthen last week to hear the announcement that the Tour of Britain will start here in Carmarthenshire as part of the first stage. The race director was amazed at the resources was have.”

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, executive board member for culture, sport and tourism, added: “We are attracting people into the county – we are leading the way at the moment and are being highly praised for our efforts.”

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New places available for dental services in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Patients who have been on a waiting list to access dental services in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire are being asked to get in touch after a number of new spaces became available.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has recently undertaken a commissioning exercise to increase the level of NHS dental services within the Health Board.

As a result the health board has successfully awarded new contracts in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire to support those patients who have not previously been able to access NHS dental care.

The contracts have been issued in Pembrokeshire (Tenby), with increase capacity being placed in Milford Haven, Carmarthen, Llandovery and for the Llanelli/Burry Port area.

Anyone who would like to access these services is asked to contact local practices directly.

Patients who are currently on the waiting list held by the dental services team for the Llanelli and Llandovery area will be contacted as appropriate.

Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community Care and Long Term Care, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer additional places at dental practices in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire and I would encourage anyone who has been waiting to use these services to contact their local practice in the areas above.”

If you haven’t been able to find a space please contact us on 01267 229692 to register your interest.

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